Friday, December 11, 2009

what a month!

we have been so blessed this month! Thanksgiving weekend our house sold! it only took about 6 weeks, which is a huge blessing, and it was our first offer! so now we are busy looking at plans and discussing layouts to BUILD A HOME! :)
we have decided that we love the new Ridgewood at Rye Hill subdivision and we can't wait to close on our house so we can start the building should only take around 4 months, which will give us plenty of time to move and settle in before the new baby comes in July! :)
speaking of the baby, i go for my first prenatal visit and ultrasound on the 18th! we are really excited to see this little one! i haven't been sick at all yet, except for a horrible sinus infection that i've had since black friday...being pregnant, i can't take an antibiotic to kick this thing, and poor little noah has gotten a touch of it too :( it's not been a lot of fun for us the last couple of weeks.
during all this excitement and sickness, i was given an awesome christmas present from my boss, dr. willis. he took our entire office to New York City for 4 days (December 3-6th) for our christmas party!! we stayed at the Sheraton Towers, got to be on the Early Show, went shopping on 5th Avenue and Canal Street (Chinatown)...and ate, and ate, and ate!!! we even got to watch Wicked and the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular!!! i loved every minute of it (except for blowing my nose every 5 minutes!) on our 3rd night there, New York City got their first snow of the season! and it was AMAZING!!! we went to Rockefeller Center and saw the ginormous christmas tree...there is nothing to compare!
the entire trip was so much fun, but completely wore me out! lots of walking and cold weather made my cold a lot worse, so i'm home today with noah just resting and trying to feel better...say a little prayer for me if you think of it for this bug to go far far away!!
hopefully soon i will be able to post pictures of my trip and maybe next week i can even scan in a "rough draft" of our house plans!! :)

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving..and other news!

it's hard to even express all the things i am thankful for this year. God has blessed my little family so abundantly, and i just feel so unworthy.

i have two amazing families that just love me, jamie, and noah so much. i couldn't make it on a daily basis without help from them. from my parents opening their home to us while we are selling our home, to jamie's parents just being there to watch noah WHENEVER i call! i am so blessed!

i am so thankful for jamie. he is such a rock for me. last night while noah and i were in poteau with the girls, jamie had to stay home all alone...and at 2 in the morning when noah and i couldn't sleep he answered the phone before the it even fully rang once and talked me home, then put our precious baby to bed and cuddled with me til i fell asleep. i just love that man.

words can't express how thankful i am for noah. this little boy just makes life worth living! he is so much fun all the time!!! into everything and going full speed ahead at every moment. life is so exciting and interesting for him!! i'm so thankful to have healthy babies! what a blessing! which leads me to my big news....

I'm Pregnant!!

i'm due july 11, 2010 with baby #2!! (we're hoping it's a girl...a little Audrey Claire)

life couldn't be better! thank you God for all your blessings this year!

Monday, October 26, 2009

from baby to toddler!

Here's a few images from Noah's first birthday party. we had it this past saturday, October 24, 2009. it was a costume party!! :) the first picture is of my sissy brooke was a pirate, there's me!, my mom was a graduate, dad was mr. incredible, and my sissy carah was a barista! aka a starbucks girl!

Oh yea, i was dorothy from the wizard of oz! pretty cute, huh!

caramel apples for thank you gifts!

noah and jeremiah = best friends!

my little dragon boy! :) he had a great day!

Monday, September 14, 2009

my favorite picture

i love everything about this picture...the way you can see the storm in the distance, and the awesome color of the water...and of course my boys :) i love how noah looks so small next to his mommy and daddy...he is getting to be such a big boy! it's hard to believe he will be a year old in just a month and a half! 

just had to share this great picture with ya'll

have a great night!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

i forgot to tell you!

i lost 25.5 pounds and
  30 inches!!!! 


we're having a GREAT time!

we left thursday night for our vacation! we've been all over the OuterBanks...we have seen two lighthouses, the house that was used in Nights in Rodanthe, and some crazy waves caused by Hurricane Bill!! it's been a great vacation so far.
we are in Washington D.C. since yesterday. we drove alllllllll day yesterday...literally! we left OBX at 8:30 and finally arrived at our condo at 3:30 (we were supposed to get there by 12 or 1) then we drove all around downtown dc seeing the sights (and trying to find a parking spot!) we finally made it to dinner at the ESPN Zone restaurant, which was pretty good. it was jessica's request since it was her 25th birthday!! :) we all had a great time walking around downtown and just looking at all of the monuments. 
here are some pictures from our trip so far!

the family in front of the White House!
aww! i really do love him!!
jamie picked a flower for me :)
this is the view from our beach house!! so beautiful!!
noah has done sooo great throughout the trip! he is such a big boy!!
the beautiful ocean view!!
"Serendipity" from Nights in Rodanthe!
a great family shot in front of the Bodie Lighthouse!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Five Generations!

At my parent's 25th wedding anniversary party, we got the chance to take a 5 generation picture!! Thats my Granny Cagle, my Papa Ron Cagle, my daddy Keith Cagle, me, and noah :) what's really cool is that papa, dad, and noah are all first born sons :) and i am also a firstborn! we thought that was pretty neat! Noah has such a great heritage, both on my side as well as Jamie's side. he is so blessed to have two sets of grandparents, great grandparents, and even a great-great grandmother still living!! 

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

was that really just one year ago??!!

noah is 10 months tomorrow! he is getting to be such a big kid!! he is still up playing in the living room...just talking away!! he yells and grunts and makes he funniest noises! 
we are leaving for vacation tomorrow...Outerbanks, NC and Washington D.C. 
noah is currently trying to unpack our suitcases :) 

i loved being pregnant. i loved the way my body looked (for the most part) and i just loved being able to feel noah kick and move and knowing that i was growing a precious little boy :)

it's so hard to believe that he will be a year old soon! 

well it's time to get him to nighty night

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

from My Trendy Tykes...just type in your name followed by each word into google's so random!!

1. {kacee needs} to survive her cancer...i pray against that right now! 
2. {kacee looks like} a lot more fun to be with! definitely!!! :)
3. {kacee wants} you to join her mob...STUPID! i hate all those requests on facebook!
4. {kacee does} it with a unique twist... i'm pretty unique i guess!
5. {kacee hates} stupid roommates...i only had nice roommates! :)
6. {kacee asks} about you all the time. true. i do. ;)
7. {kacee likes} things that smell like i do not!
8. {kacee wears} "budding chiffon" in purple heart, $32, Nordstrom...never been to nordstrom
9. {kacee eats} airplane. i don't think the metal would taste very good.
10. {kacee was arrested for} driving while intoxicated. NEVER!
11. {kacee loves} alex/anthony/ryan...nope...i love JAMIE! :)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

just gotta toot my own horn!

okay, so i've been with Let's Lose since the end of May.

we've had our ups and downs...many, many downs...and then several surprising ups...but today was great! i have finally surpassed my 20 lb 'mini goal' and hit 23 stinkin pounds today!!

my consultant, alicia was really proud of me and she even emailed my picture :)
why yes, thank you for noticing! i am wearing a smaller scrub top!! i got to move down a size because we had an extra at work and it just happened to fit this morning!!
what a great day it was!!
Goal Recap:
Longterm goals = -65 lbs/healthy bmi/i want to fit into the jeans i wore before i got married
So far = -23 lbs/bmi has gone down about 5 or 6 points/ i can wear jeans from 2 summers ago!! (about 1 1/2 dress sizes so far!)/ -24.25 inches!!!

Monday, August 10, 2009

now what do i do?

UPS just delivered the cutest, white, a line dress (see picture) to my doorstep. i ordered it from Gap a week or so ago to wear on the beach for those quintessential white top/khaki pants pictures :)
i jump on any opportunity to make my husband take pictures with me!!

so i laid noah down for a nap then ravenously tore into the little gray bag...there were a couple of other items, a cute gray top, an adorable blue flowery print dress, and a hoodie for cool nights on the beach...but what i wanted was the white dress. i ripped open the package and ran back to the bedroom to try it on.

i shook out the wrinkles and unzipped the side zipper...stepped into it and pulled it up.

then i slowly zipped the zipper back up.....


it won't stay on!! it's TOO BIG! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

okay, i thought, it came with optional spaghetti i quickly find the straps and attached them...but all they do is hold up the big dress....

we are leaving for the beach in less than 10 days...

yes i wanted to lose weight, but i really wanted to wear this dress! :(

now what?

Sunday, August 9, 2009

facelifts and tummy tucks

i've been "trying on" new looks for my blog today..but i think i'm in need of some real help! it still just doesn't 'feel' right! 
so let me know what you think so far...and feel free to leave me any comments/suggestions on what would make it better! anyone know any good, free header designers??  i'd love to add pictures to my header! 

in other news...i'm still dieting with Let's Lose! at my last weigh in i was up to 21 lbs/ 24.25 inches lost!! i am still daily amazed at how much i have really lost, especially when i try on pants that haven't fit in 2 years and they are too big!!! Heck Yes!!
...keeping it in perspective, i still need to lose about 40ish more lbs. but hey! i have lost 21 lbs!! that is FABULOUS!

of course, having a baby completely changes your body. duh! 
i just didn't realize how much it would change it.

my thighs will never be the same. thunder thighs does not begin to cover it. my tummy sags in ways i never knew it could {cesarian scars are just not pretty! i'm gonna ask my ob to do a tummy tuck after the next baby!} my boobs...oh heck, i'm just gonna say it. a few months ago jamie called them "swahili woman boobs." don't pretend you don't know what i'm talking about! but ladies, there is life after breastfeeding! they will shrink back down to normal proportions! stretch marks, varicose veins...these are the reasons i will not be wearing a bikini to the beach this year! 

it is perfectly respectable to wear a swim skirt to the beach! 
come on ya'll show me some love!! ;)

11 days left til our vacation to the Outerbanks, N.C. and Washington D.C.!! i can't wait!! 

hi. my name's kacee. and i'm an addict.

...of Lost and Twilight that is...
i started reading Twilight about 2 weekends ago and i'm LOVING it! i just wish there were more hours in the day so i could actually finish a chapter!! haha!! right now i'm carrying it around in my purse waiting for a delay at a stop light, or a chance to sit in a parking lot and read a few pages...maybe i need to be like Linda of My Trendy Tykes and start hiding in the bathroom so i can read a few pages!! (if you've never checked out her blog, you so should! she's hilarious!! and so down to earth!!)
then last night, for lack of anything good to watch, jamie and i found Lost season 1 on netflix instant play! do you have netflix? if not you should!! it's the best thing ever!! you can instantly download tons of tv shows and movies straight through your xbox 360, or you can buy a little tiny black box called Roku ( i think ) and watch it anytime!! so handy!
my lastest find was the first season of Beverly Hills 90210...hahaha!! that's some funny stuff!!
well, we are on episode 5 i i better go!! it's getting good!! 

Thursday, July 30, 2009

let me hear a "whoop whooop"!!

i fell off the wagon for a couple of weeks

but now i'm back!
i weighed in today...and i finally reached my 20 pound goal!!!

woo hoo!! 

gotta give a shout out to Let's Lose for helping me get this far!! i couldn't have done it alone!!

i still need to lose about 45 pounds to be where i want to be. my goal is to get there by christmas!

lots to look forward to in the coming months:

august 21st-29th family vacation to the outerbanks, nc and washington dc!!
october 21st noah's 1st birthday!!!!! tear baby's growin up!
december 3rd-6th new york with my dental office!!!!
december 31st weight loss goal of 65 pounds lost! :)

in other news, i'm taking noah for his 9 month shots and check up tomorrow! can't wait to see what he weighs and how long he is! he's so big!! crawling all over the place and into EVERYTHING!! he is also using anything he can get his hands on to walk around the living room/kitchen (ie chairs, his tonka truck, the stepstool, the cat)...this kid loves to be moving!!

we had a rough week about 2 weeks ago where he was having trouble sleeping, i blame it all on jamie of course, because he let noah sleep in our bed!! big no no! but after a couple of nights of getting  back into the routine of bedtime in his crib he did fine and now goes down around 8:30 in his crib every night! 

he is cutting another tooth also! this one makes 7 now! it's the lower left lateral incisor for those of you who care! haha!! just a few more months and he will get to go to dr. willis' office for his first check up!!! "first dental exam by the first year"

in other, other news...jamie and i celebrated our 4  year wedding anniversary on july 23rd!! can't believe it was 4 years ago that i married that crazy man! hahaha! we went to Hot Springs for the was uneventful...we watched at least 4 movies..2 at the theatre...we are so boring!

oh and in other, other, other news...i started reading Twilight!!! sooooo good!!!!!

well alas i must retire...have to go talk to some children tomorrow morning about brushing their teethies!! :) 

Friday, July 10, 2009

gotta get back on track!

all right, let's face it...dieting is HARD work! 
the first few weeks i was so motivated, so determined, so STRICT! 
then last week i dove off the deep end and got myself in some trouble...wah wah wah!! 

for the record, i'm blaming it all on PMS!

now it's week 9 and i'm still having a little trouble getting back on track...but yesterday i got a comment from a sweet little lady, Heather. her encouragement led me to take a look at her site and i noticed she was joining this thing called "body after baby"...of course that spoke to me!! so today i've been looking into can find out all about it over at Samantha's site.  

now for the hard part! for the first leg of this challenge i have to send of myself for her to post on her site! yikes!! i admit i'm having a hard time finding a picture of myself where i haven't strategically cropped out my lower half or turned in such a way as to hide my mommy tummy...hahaha! 

i had no problem taking full length pictures of my ever expanding tummy while i was prego with noah, but now it's all i can do to hide it from the camera! 
so the challenge starts monday, you can look for all of the participants pictures to be posted then, along with our weight loss goals, starting weight, etc. 

i will not tell you my's never gonna happen...forget about it!

in cuter news, noah learned how to drink out of a straw on 4th of july! it's adorable! here's one of my favorite pictures from the 4th and a couple of family pics we managed to get!!

Saturday, July 4, 2009


oreos... ice cream...
oh this is bad...
really, really, really bad

i woke up on thursday HUNGRY!
hungry for junkfood!!

i've been doing so good with my diet, but i just couldn't stop myself!
so this weekend has been an all out binge! 
(just don't tell Alicia at Let's Lose!)

i promise i'm stopping
i'm throwing the oreos away. in the trash...
well, maybe i'll save a few... i'm sure noah would like them.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

the weight loss saga continues!!

I lost 15.6 pounds!!!!!! WAHHOOOO!!!! :)


i'm going to weigh in today!!! last week i was up to 13.4 pounds i'm hoping to be over the 14 mark...15 would just totally make my day.

i think i'll work out again this morning...
and maybe right before i weigh in.

transitions are not my best subject.

i think i pulled a muscle. has anyone heard of pulling your diaphragm? jamie thinks thats what i did because it hurts A LOT when i breathe in. i don't think i've taken a full breath in like 3 days. 
any suggestions to help this??

and yet another bad transition...

noah is into EVERYTHING!! my sister in law said it best on sunday night, "you couldn't wait for him to crawl could you!" i didn't know what i was in for!

i think he just crawled into our cats "room".... eeewww! gotta go rescue the baby!!!

Monday, June 29, 2009

i won la mer!

i won this gorgeous necklace from The Vintage Pearl's giveaway week! the necklace is handmade by Pixisette!! i'm so excited!! 

can't wait to get this in the mail and wear it with one of my cute, new summer dresses!!! :)

Happy Monday!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

sunday, sunday...

**anyone know what song i'm mimicking for my title??**

so this morning started off bad. well last night started off bad. i guess i should back up.
noah couldn't sleep. he is a great sleeper! he usually goes to bed around 8 or 8:30..but last night at 9 he was still bouncing on the bed...literally! we couldn't figure out why he had so much energy...until i remembered doing this...

oh yeah! now i know why the kid is bouncing off the walls...he ate a ton of my snow cone! 
ok so in my defense it was sugar free (sugar free ice cream! yum yum!!) must have been the sweetner that hyped him up?! 
all i know is that he was wired! so much so that after 3 attempts at just letting him cry himself to sleep i finally put him in my bed, told jamie that his baby needed his "did-da" (noah's way of saying dada), and we all fell asleep around 10. 

now back to my other story...

this morning i woke up around 1 am with a terrible pain on my left side at the base of my ribcage...every time i would take a deep breath it would hurt. actually, it still hurts! but not quite so much. jamie thinks that i pulled a muscle with all of my Wii Active workouts. ugghhh!! 
then at 3 am noah woke up crying, he couldn't get comfy in our bed so jamie took him back to his crib...where he slept until 9:30!! hallelujah!!! 
church starts at 10. it was 9:40 and i was just waking up, sitting on the couch feeding noah his morning bottle. needless to say, we were late for church...about 20 minutes late. no problem though, we were just in time for the last worship song and a great message from jamie's dad (he's our pastor) about using the Word as a mirror for our lives. 

everything was great. lunch was yummy, uncle josh came to church, we got invited to go swimming later, and noah's nana and papa are back from church camp! hooray!! 

all happiness ended when we got home though. 

for some reason i had an urge to go look for my paycheck from work (we are off this entire week, so we got our checks early, but we were told not to deposit them until tuesday). i had placed it in my wallet and hadn't thought of it since...that is until i couldn't find it!! we tore the house up looking...not in the purse, not in the car, not in the kitchen....AHHHHH!!!!  i am a very responsible person and i just don't lose things! i have no idea where i lost it!!! to make matters worse, my boss is on vacation until after the 4th, so i can't even get him to write me another check! 

oh well, i guess you just live and learn!

on a positive note, this is the reward i received from Let's Lose for my 10 lb goal!! :) i go in for my next weigh in on tuesday and i'm hoping that i've reached 14.5 or 15 lbs!!! keep your fingers crossed!!! 

Friday, June 26, 2009

were you on the radio?

**for those of you who know pioneer woman, look out! she's got a surprise coming soon!! make sure you are checking her site daily for news of the big secret!! :) i swear upon all things blog worthy that i will not utter another word about don't ask!!! :)  (that sounded mean, sorry!)**

tonight i have been exploring the blogging world a little more deeply! i found a blog, through another blog, that took me to another blog...hahaha!! long story short, i ended up here and was immediately sucked in! 

so i've been having fun for the last hour, just looking at other gal's blogs and dreaming of how mine could be better...but here's the deal...i don't know what to do! i'm not crafty, so out goes the Etsy world...i don't have super cool connections for giveaways, and my stories are almost always about my little boy...all in all, i'm kinda boring! sorry to disappoint you! 

i do have a funny story to share with ya'll though...

do you know about Air 1?? it's the positive alternative! christian alternative music that is...and they ROCK! i've been a listener since my highschool and have always been a fan of the morning show. 

little known fact about me: i love to be on the radio. i love to talk to the dj's (my parent's were dj's for their own business The Great American Road Show). i love to call in and request a song or put in my two cents on their discussion. this brings great joy to my life and has ever since i got a cell phone :) 

today was no exception. i was listening early this morning, while i drove to my dr's appointment, and the dj was talking about his recent trip to the of course i had to chime in on this!!  so i called and we chatted for a while.

about 20 minutes after my little snipet aired, "yes, that little scrapy thing they use on your teeth is a scaler! and the yucky stuff that it removes is calculus!" my hubby called...
*jamie: "were you on the radio just a few minutes ago"
*kacee: "oh yeah, i called in to air 1 to talk about the dental office...scott didn't know what a scaler was, so i had to explain some stuff to him"
*jamie: "scott (jamie's coworker) just called me and said, 'dude, this girl just called into air 1 and was talking about all this dental hygiene stuff, and she sounded just like your had to be your wife!!!' so that was you?
*kacee: "yup!! you know me! i love to be on the radio"
*jamie: "you're a nerd."

go check out my facebook when you get a chance. i'm loading a super cute new video of noah. he learned how to "high 5" :) it's adorable!!! 
and in other news, he is teething something awful! both maxillary lateral incisors (top 2 on each side of the front teeth) have broken through the gums, but he is still in a lot of pain. he is chewing on his poor little fingers constantly! :(

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

my weight loss endeavor continues!

today begins my 6th week with Let's Lose.
i weighed in today and was so excited to see that i had lost another 3.6 pounds!! that brings my total to 13.4 pounds! is that exciting or what?!?!

* first goal was 10 pounds by June 21st and i hit my goal on June 16th!

* next goal is 20 pounds by July 21st!! only another 6.6 pounds to go and i have nearly a month left to meet it!!

* mid-year goal is 30 pounds by August 21st! just in time for our family vaca to washington d.c and the outerbanks!! i can't wait to buy my bathing suit for the beach!! (but not until i lose more weight!)

i love working out with my Wii Fit and Active! i am definitely getting a great workout with the Active game! it's majorly intense!!! but it is still fun enough to keep me going!! i'm feeling so healthy and great and i have so much more energy that i have in the past!!! 

keep in touch for more updates!!!

lots of new stuff!

we had a great weekend!

Friday i went to a truely highschool-esque slumber party, complete with games, facials, midnight walmart runs, and singing Hanson in the car! mmmmBop! does anyone actually know what they say after that?? we just make it up as we go until you get to the part where it says, "can you tell me is it gonna be a daisy orrrrrrrrrr a roooooosssseee???" hahaha! good times!!!  my friend patti invited me!!  i met her, along with some of her friends from church, emily, alisha, and rachel at the park near their church to play volleyball! it was my first time to play! seriously! i hate sports and pretty much any sport that includes a ball which could hit my face (remember marsha brady?? it could so happen to me!) i was terrible, that was to be expected! we were all so ready to get in the air conditioning because it was soo hot, but we all had a great time playing together!
afterwards we all went back to emily's house! we got cozy in our jammies, ate some yummy fruit and dip, and just chatted for a long time! these girls are so sweet and they all are just precious! they all basically grew up together in their church, so of course i was a little out of the loop on some of the stories, but they quickly caught me up!
we played a round of pictionary, which was hard, but fun!! i learned that i am really bad at guessing! hahaha! we lost but had fun anyways! later on we ran to walmart to get facial stuff and had a funny run in at wendys! (you had to be there for that one!) then it was back home for facials and pedicures. my new friend rachel painted everyone's toenails! so pretty!! we all enjoyed getting pampered!! 
we talked and talked and talked! and we finally fell asleep at 4 am! oh man was i ever tired! i never stay up that late!! luckily my great in laws had noah so i was able to sleep in!  what a fun night! i was so glad to get to hang out with those girls! such a sweet group of Godly women!! :)
oh, and emily makes amazing bread, which i cheated on my diet for!! it was yummmmmyyyy!!!

saturday was kinda boring, just chilled at the house and then we had Gary's birthday party down in greenwood! fun fun! teresa made beef stroganoff, the boy's favorite, so of course i had to eat a little (def. not part of my diet!!)... i promise i only cheated a little this weekend, but it seems like more when i write it all down! hahaha! 

sunday was father's day! we had a great service at church. noah's best friend, jeremiah, was dedicated!! he just turned one year on the 22nd! he's older than noah, but they are still best friends! in fact, i think that he encouraged and helped teach noah how to crawl!! and boy can he crawl now!! he follows me all over the kitchen and living room! and he is into everything now! 

after church we went to my parent's house for father's day lunch and swimming! we ended up staying there all day and we got so sunburned (except noah!) :) we had a great time! it was noah's first time in the "big pool" and he loved it!! mom got noah the cutest little "shaded" raft with little rubber ducks all over it! of course he was most interested in the big, floating ducky (but it holds bleach so he couldn't play with it!). 

it was a great weekend!!!

in other news, noah is getting two more teeth!! he is definitely cutting his upper right and left lateral incisors :) we can't see them yet, but we can see the little white bump that always comes first! my little boy is getting so big!!

these aren't from this weekend, but they are just so cute!! just noah, being noah!! first with aunt cc making funny faces, then eating a cookie! he loves em, but you have to watch him so closely because he choked recently on one! boy were we scared!!! 
he's such a sweet boy!!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

a little purple ribbon

mommy's little boy

today i got a cool gift. 

a short, no frills, purple piece of ribbon.

it may not seem like much now, but when you realize it's exactly the length of the number of inches i have lost in just 4 weeks you will be smiling as big as i am right now!! :) 

my ribbon is 12.75 inches long!

i got my picture made with my ribbon...and my certificate that shows i hit my 10 pound goal! i would show you my picture but my good friend alisha down at Let's Lose took it with her camera...i didn't have my camera handy darn it!

long term goal: 65 pounds 
weight lost: -10 pounds
left to lose: 55 pounds!!!! 

in other news, noah is crawling up a storm!! he can really get around! he is also pulling up on everything and being really brave and letting go to move to something else... he stood alone for like 2 tenths of a second! hahaha!! i was probably the only one who saw it, but it still counts! he got to go swimming today with his gama! i bought him some new swim trunks last night with Lightning McQueen on them! haha! he loves that movie!! :) he totally zones out while they are racing! it's so funny!

jamie's spiderbite is doing a little better. we thought he was going to have surgery today to have the dead part removed, but once he saw the dr. he decided to wait and see if some different meds. would help to shrink the wound...if he operated today he would have needed to remove a golf ball size piece of flesh from jamie's thigh! not fun!! 
he wants to see him again on the 23rd to see if it has shrunk any, if so, then he probably won't need please be praying that it shrinks, or goes away completely with the new meds, and with God's healing powers! 

jamie's brown recluse spider bite (this was friday night i's much worse now)

Friday, June 12, 2009

seizures, spiderbites, and storms...OH MY!

i'm warning you now that this will be a long post, because just about every possible bad thing that could happen happened today! i'll try to keep it interesting, but if you want to skip ahead, i've numbered the sections to help you find each story. i apologize in advance for typos, this has taken me forever to type out and i'm tired now!!

1. absence seizures
2. the spiderbite
3. the storm
5. coffee table incident
6.  cookie incident
7. finding the SPIDER!

#1 Absence Seizures-
Let's start at the beginning.... i made an appointment for noah to see JoAnn, our pediatrician at the indian clinic, for today. so we drove all the way up to Talihina at 7 am for our 9 am appointment.  basically i wanted JoAnn to look at what i thought might be excema on noah's little body and his twitching/spacey thing that he does: basically he will be playing and all of the sudden he will start shaking his head back and forth and get this spaced out look, like his eyes kinda stare off into only lasts for a few seconds and is very sporadic, sometimes he might do it several times in a sitting, but then he might not do it for a day or so...(i'm gonna post the video on facebook later so you can see what i'm talking about). JoAnn confirmed the excema and prescribed some hydrocortisone cream and special baby lotion. then i showed her the video of noah's spasms...after going over all of the normal developmental things noah should be doing (he passes them all!!) she took my camera to show 2 other pediatricians in the office. when she came back she said she doesn't think that him shaking his head is the problem, but the spacey look he gets could be the sign of an "absence seizure." basically the baby looks absent. so she recommended that we get a "sleep/awake EEG" done just to be safe. since we don't live in oklahoma though the indian clinic can't cover the cost of it (since we would have to go to a specialist in tulsa) and we don't have any insurance. so, we called around and there isn't even a pediatric neurologist in fort smith. arkansas children's hospital referred us to a pedo. neurologist in rogers, i can't remember her name right now, and now we just have to get the appointment set up through our pediatrician's office. 

jamie wants to wait. he thinks it is something that noah will outgrow with time, which the dr. said was likely, and that we should just watch him for a while longer and see if he's still doing it in a few weeks. of course this annoys me, because i want to know now that nothing is wrong with my baby. i would just feel much better if we got the test and the dr. said, "are you crazy, nothing's wrong with this kid!" or "yes, this is the problem and here's what we need to do to fix it." 

i hate waiting! 

i hate waiting!!

i hate waiting!!!

ok, sorry about that. back to the story.

so, we're waiting. the end.

#2 The Spider Bite-
Last night jamie kept complaining that he just wasn't feeling well and that he had a wierd rash on the back of his thigh and on his foot. i brushed it off thinking he was just being a baby, but then i saw "the rash." 

it looked like death.

it was like a huge, purple bruise, outlined with a large circle of red. he kept saying that it felt like his leg was burning, kinda itchy. i didn't know what to think and told him he needed to get to the doctor asap the next morning.

so after i left the dr's office with noah this morning, i called jamie to tell him all about our appointment and he says, "i don't want you to worry or anything, but it was a spider bite, the dr. thinks it was a brown recluse. and it looks worse. alot worse. it's like dead flesh in the middle now." EWWWW!!!! *freeaakkkoutttt* I HATE SPIDERS!!!! "dr thinks it happened in bed, so i need you to take all the sheets off the bed and wash everything as soon as you get home." (remember this sentence for another part of the story).

i called Pest Free - our go to pest controllers :)...i just love this company by the way. family business, super nice's a father/son team that come out to the house and they are always so friendly! they come out and spray once every quarter for bugs, ticks, spiders...they were just here last friday and when i told her what happened she told me that she'd send the guys over as soon as they could get out and since we are regulars there would be no charge (thank you Lord). 

#3 The Storm-
after lunch at La Fiesta with jamie and noah, the weather started looking pretty bad, so we packed up, paid, and ran to the car in the pouring rain. by the time i got home, about 10 minutes later, the sky had started to turn an awful green color. then i heard the tornado sirens! i ran inside, put noah in his crib, ran back outside, grabbed the dogs, put them in their room, ran back to grab noah, grabbed a couple of pillows and my cell phone and went to my closet. this was my first big storm alone at the house with noah. i was terrified. as we were sitting there, i could hear hail starting to hit the roof and windows, and the wind was blowing so loudly. i tried, with trembling hands, to dial jamie, but the calls would never go through. the power flickered on and off, on and off...and the wind continued to howl. noah, oblivious to the storm, tried to eat every pair of flip flops i own :) he didn't care that a storm could possibly be tearing our house down at any moment! 

once the cell phones started working again, i was able to call jamie and he assured me that the storm had almost passed. i then received a call from pest free. they were calling to tell me that they would be late. duh! :) i thought it was nice that they called. then i got a call from my good friend christa...she had a funny story to tell me about walmart, lots of rain, and shorts that were way too big for her...well maybe i should let her tell you that one instead! lets just say that some shoppers got to see a lot more than they expected when they went shopping at wally world today!

at some point while we were in the closet, noah got ahold of my phone and started "baby dialing" ... he called my dad's office, jamie, and 643-1666 ahahahaha! silly boy, he loves to play with electronics just like his daddy!!

after about 20 minutes, i decided to peak out of the closet door just to see if the storm was was still raining a bit, but the worst had past, and just at that moment i heard a knock on the door. it was the guys from pest free. i went outside to survey the damage from the storm and to my great joy, my car was unharmed, our house was intact, and so were our neighbors. one neighbor had a tree down in her yard, and i heard rumor that a tree had fallen on a house on the street behind us.  my in-laws house took a heavy beating though. their patio roof was completely torn off and placed on top of the house roof and all of the patio furniture was thrown around, some of which was broken! crazy, i know! but at least no one was hurt!!

tonight we were playing with noah, just rolling around on the floor, listening to all of his new noises and laughs, and all of a sudden he took 2 full "crawls" forward! finally!! no matter that he didn't do it again afterwards, he did it once!!! my baby crawled!!

#5 the coffee table incident-
after noah crawled he noticed a couple of remote controllers on the coffee table, so he wriggled his way over there and proceeded to pull himself up. i had the video camera on him the whole time. sitting on his knees, he played and chewed on that remote, until...

.... he dropped it.  poor baby had to have his remote back so he started to lean down to get it and *crash* face first into the table! he cried and he cried hard...which leads me into my next story!

#6 the cookie incident-
to calm noah down from #5, i gave him a teething cookie. he loves 'em! but he's technically still a little too young for them, so we watch him very carefully while he eats one. of course i had the camera on him this time too. he was doing great, had the cookie all over his face, clothes, hands, legs...i looked down to pet our cat, myra, and i heard coughing. noah "fake coughs" a lot, so that's what i thought it was at first, but after a couple of hard coughs i realized he was choking. i threw the camera down and began to slap his little back. then i stuck my finger in his mouth and pulled out a pretty large piece of cookie. poor little guy. he's had a rough night!

#7 finding the spider-
remember when i said that jamie told me to wash the sheets from our bed, well it was about 8ish and i still hadn't had time to wash them. i took them off the bed after the storm, but i just left them in a pile in the laundry room. so i went to put everything in the washer and as i took my hand off of the quilt i sleep with, i saw it! a large, brown spider with black stripes down its back!  i screamed bloody murder and jamie came running. we captured it, half dead, and put it in a plastic baggie. jamie spent about an hour trying to figure out what kind of spider it is, but we never could find a good picture that looked just like it online. it's body is a yellowy/brown and it's back has 2 black stripes down each part of it's body. it's legs have little black spots on the ends. 

the spider, in it's little plastic bag home, is still on my kitchen counter. jamie killed it a while ago. 
i think i'll bleach that spot tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

week quatro!

pardon my spanglish...i've been watching Handy Manny today :) 

Yesterday was the start of my 4th week on the Let's Lose program. I was so nervous/excited to go weigh in and see if i had lost anything....and.....I DID! i lost 1.4 lbs!!! that brings my total to 8.1!!!!

weight loss goal:    65 lbs
weight lost to date: - 8.1
56.9 lbs left to lose!   

my goal is to lose 10 lbs by June 20th!! so i still have about 10 days to lose that last 1.9 lbs! and then i'll just have 55 more to lose! that number seems so daunting when i look at it like that, but by taking it just one step (or pound) at a time i know i will reach my goal!!!

"just keep swimming, just keep swimming!" - dory

Monday, June 8, 2009

my weight loss endeavor

3 weeks ago i started a weight loss program, along with my husband's hubby is the only one so far to not jump on board. the program is called Let's Lose and it focuses on eating healthier as a lifestyle change. at my first week weigh in i lost 5.2 lbs!!! then at my 2 week weigh in i lost another 1.5 lbs!! so that's a total of 6.7 lbs!! in just 2 weeks!!!  i go for my 3rd weigh in tomorrow!!!
while on the Let's Lose program there are a few rules you must follow:
#1 you must eat 3 meals a day + 2 high protein "snacks"
#2 you must use the supplements (2-3 per day) provided by Let's Lose..high protein shakes, bars, "snacks"
#3 you must drink at least 8, 8 oz glasses of water per day
#4 avoid salt!
#5 avoid sugar!
#6 avoid caffeine!  (i haven't had a coke in 3 weeks!! this is HUGE for me!!)

there are other rules as well, but i think these are the biggies...and so far these have been doable! i never realized how dehydrated i was until i started drinking tons and tons of water a day! now i know that my body needs it and i feel amazing! while i feel so great that i've been able to follow all of these rules it's rule #7 that is killing me...

#7 you must exercise for 30 minutes 3 days a week

exercise is my weakness, my hard spot. i have a really hard time getting out there and exercising without lots of encouragement and last night i bought the new EA Active Personal Trainer for the Wii! i haven't tried it yet but i am going to tonight!!!

wish me good luck!

i'll try to keep up with my weight loss and fitness progress on here! maybe it will encourage ya'll to get active and start eating healthier too!!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

the snozberries taste like snozberries!

i love this...noah couldn't get comfortable to take his morning nap until he fell over like this! it was so cute! i love it when he's snuggly!
Today we decided to take noah to the park for a picnic. we invited my sisters, carah and brooke, and my brother in law, craig, to come with us. we picked up lunch on the way and found the perfect table with a shade tree next to it for noah to sit under. noah was fascinated with all of the ducks and geese...too bad i didn't get any pictures of them! one kept coming back to our table, trying to get food i'm sure, but the boys fought him off! we had a wonderful time, swinging with noah for the first time and even letting him slide down the slide like a big boy! jamie and i even managed to take a couple of good pictures together! we had to call it a day though at about 2 because it started to get really hot! we were all sweaty and we didn't want to let noah get a sunburn. he had a great time and promptly fell asleep when we got home! :)


noah's first time on the slide!

our family!