Sunday, July 25, 2010

Firefly Fling

Saturday was a fabulous day! Melissa came to visit and spoiled everyone by bringing surprises. We had such a good time visiting and I am so excited we got to spend some time with her and can't wait for her to come back. After Melissa left (sad) we took Ashlynn and Jaxton to the Firefly Fling at the Botanical Gardens. We had a great time and the gardens are absolutely beautiful!





Ashlynn and I enjoyed seeing the Fairy Houses- all though we couldn't find any fairies. Daddy and Jaxton spent the evening strolling around looking at all the people.



Ashlynn made a beautiful fairy wand,
got a pink fairy painted on her cheek, and made a fairy boat.

Another wonderful family evening in NWA!












































































Friday, July 23, 2010

A minor set back


It has been a very long time since I have talked about Ashlynn's dysfunctional voiding. So long in fact that many of you reading may not even know what I am talking about. So here is a re-cap: In June of 2008 Ashlynn was diagnosed with dysfunctional voiding. This in simple terms means her brain does not give her body the signal that she needs to go to the bathroom. It has been a huge struggle for our family. I cannot tell you how many tears were shed, how many prayers where sent up, and how many thousands of dollars for medical testing were spent to get to where we are today.

In April of this year Ashlynn finally reached our goal of going one full week without and accident. We had a potty party and thanked God for this accomplishment. It was a huge break through for Ashlynn and a sigh of relief for us. I just cannot explain how much our life revolved around this. Everything we did, everything we planned, EVERYTHING, revolved around Ashlynn and the bathroom.
Since April, Ashlynn has continued doing great. So great that I can count the number of accidents she has had since then on one hand. Such a difference coming from a child that at one point had 12 accidents a day.

Well about two weeks ago Ashlynn started complaining that her bottom hurt when she went to the bathroom. I didn't really know what to think about it and I decided to try a couple of things before rushing back to the doctor. In all honesty anytime Ashlynn complains about anything I like to give it a couple of days because she is kind of a drama queen (I am hoping that is just a stage and not something that is going to become part of her personality).

Long story short she has a UTI and we got her on some antibiotics. I am just so sad because she is reverting back to some of her old habits of waiting to late and not wanting to go to the bathroom. Ugggg! Don't get me wrong it is nothing like it used to be. She has worked very hard developing her own signals for when she needs to use the bathroom and she is not flat out having accidents. However, it is very disappointing to be dealing with bathroom issues again.


Here's to more prayers for Ashlynn and that this minor set back is just temporary.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Blah Blah Blah

I am having one of those days where I just feel Blah. Nothing is really wrong, but nothing really seems "whoo hoo" either.

I though in an attempt to get myself in a happy mood I would write about my random loves. I am not talking about those loves like "I love God" and "I love my family". I am talking about completely random things that make me happy.



I love brand new crayons.
I love drinking from a plastic cup.
I love peanut butter and jelly mixed together in a bowl.
I love my stuffed chipmunk Theodore.
I love Bic mechanical pencils.
I love petting my cat with my feet.
I love eating biscuit dough.
I love seeing how much lent collects in the dryer.
I love getting the mail.
I love the center cinnamon roll.
I love standing outside in stormy weather.
I love making a Saturday morning "game plan".
I love sticky tabs.
I love Dolly.
I love the three dots...
I love my writing in my planner.
I love pulling the plastic tags off of new clothes.
I love really really hot water.
I love to drink water with lots of ice.
I love opening the Sunday newspaper before anyone else touches it.
So now that I have shared some of my random loves-What are yours?

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Already?

I cannot believe Jaxton is already 8 months old! I think the time is flying by so much faster with the second child then it did with the first!
I am enjoying this stage very much. He is such a sweet little boy and such a good snuggler.


He is crawling, pulling up on everything, taking a few steps, talking-even saying mama and dada, feeding himself anything he can pick up (including cat food if he can get over there before I catch him), and just enjoying life.


We are loving every minute of him and can't wait to see what new skill he learns next!
Jaxton's 8 month Schedule

7:30- Wake Up and eat/ snuggle time
8:00-Play time (finger stories with momma, songs, getting carried around so I can see the world)
8:30-Cereal and fruit
9:00-Nap time
11:00-Wake up and eat
11:30-Play time ( run errands with momma or crawling, playing with anything that makes noise or I can put in my mouth)
12:30-Lunch cereal and vegetable
1:00-Play time (crawling and getting into sister's things)
1:30-Nap
3:30-Wake up and eat
4:00-Play time (outside time and daddy time)
6:30-Dinner vegetable, fruit, and soft table food
7:15-Bath
7:30-Eat and snuggle
7:45- Book, song, and bedtime prayers
8:00-Bedtime



Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Remembering my Blessings

I am so bad about remembering how blessed I am. I get so caught up in how things in life don't go just how I plan or just how I imagined them and forget that I should be thanking God for all of the many blessings I have.

For example, last week after getting home from vacation we were completely out of food and I had to go to the grocery store. I am kind of weird in the fact that I hate hate hate going places by myself. I have always made Marshal go to the grocery store with me. During the summer, since I am home, I do try and go to the store during the day instead of wasting the weekend.

Well this summer it is not only Ashlynn I have to take to the store, but Jaxton as well. This has thrown a major kink in our grocery shopping adventures. I mean with both kids in the cart where are you suppose to put your groceries?

Long story short I had to go-there was no waiting for the weekend. I talked to my friend Sharon and she gave me a great tip on how to make the two kid thing work. So off we went. I am telling you I was so nervous I literally almost backed out 15 times. All I could think was " I do not want to do this".

Any way, I did take both kids and everything went great. I got all of the groceries and had absolutely no problems. I was actually very proud of myself.

That was until a couple of days later.

We were driving home from church when I saw a lady walking down the sidewalk pulling a broken wagon and carrying two small children. The wagon had her groceries in it.

Talk about reality setting in. Here I was complaining about driving in my very nice very comfortable car with my great little shopping cart cover. Then there was this woman that had walked at least three miles to the store with her two young children and now was having to carry them and drag her groceries back home. It was hot. Children are heavy. You could see the struggle on her face.

I am blessed. You are blessed. I pray that I stop focusing on life's little inconveniences and start focusing on all of life's many blessings. I have nothing to complain about and everything to be grateful for.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy 4th of July

I hope everyone has a Happy 4th of July!
We are so blessed to live in such a wonderful country! Take a minute to hug you loved ones today and pray for the men and women that are away from their families protecting our great country.