Wednesday, June 17, 2009


It's been several months since I posted over here. Which leads me to the fact that I don't really feel at home here anymore. I have been leaning towards shutting this blog down, and focusing on my knitting blog. So if you care to follow me over there, feel free! I'd love to have you.

Thanks for the 2 plus years of support and friendship! I hope you'll continue to read my other blog, as I'll still continue reading all of yours.

Friday, April 17, 2009


Seth still sounds pretty good! He had a little wheezing last night, but some alb.uterol took that right away. His congestion is WAY better. He hasn't sounded this good in months, seriously! I'm thrilled. Celia still has a cold, and is taking her allergy meds well. She said this morning that she had a headache, but went to school, and barely noticed when I left. So much easier than the little girl who used to cry and cling to me whenever I left. Much easier.

Last night, Celia hit 10 days in a row of being dry. I have no idea how it happened, but she suddenly decided it was time to stop having accidents. Of course, it's as we're going through the process of having her tested for things, and she has a flow test in 2 weeks to see what's going on. She apparently doesn't empty her bladder completely when she goes. At any rate, she's doing much better! And to celebrate, we went out for dinner to the restaurant of her choice- Greene Turtle. I am just SO proud of her!!

I'm really looking forward to the weekend! I have a bunch of friends from my knitting groups coming over to learn how to dye yarn. Some of them have done it before, others haven't, so I expect it will be a blast! We're going to set up outside and just have a full day of dyeing, snacking, drinking wine, and just having fun! I can't wait!!

I'm also really excited that I finally broke down and joined a CSA! I'll be splitting the share with one of my knitting friends, and it's going to be awesome. Can't wait to have a full summer of fresh veggies and fruits. It's going to be amazing! I'm also looking forward to trying some new veggies that I haven't really used before. Just awesome.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


We met with the allergist yesterday, and all I can say is that she is FANTASTIC!! I love her. AND, she sees adults too. So I can see her and get myself squared away too.

Anyway, she was great. She spent about 45 minutes with us, and went over everything. I have to say I'm so lucky to have the doctors that we have for Seth- they all actually care, and are willing to spend extra time with us. We went over his whole history, his symptoms, his asthma episodes, and the like. She definitely wants to do major allergy testing on him (next week, after he has been off his zyr.tec for a week), but she also wants to do an immune workup on him. Lots of bloodwork, to make sure we're not missing anything. And if the skin test comes out inconclusive, we can just do blood tests at the same time. Nice. We also had a follow-up with Dr R (the pulmonologist) today, and he was definitely happy to hear that we're getting the immune workup done. We'll see what it says. And he's hopeful that after spring, we'll be able to back off his meds a little. I'm not optimistic, but he is. Nice to think about the possibility of this getting better. He also wants us using the Naso.nex daily, as well as the Zyrte.c (after the allergy testing). Anything to help is a good thing. We're off to a good start this week with him too- his breathing was crystal clear!!

Though Celia is another story. She had a little bit of a temp yesterday, and cold symptoms. I kept her home and had her rest all day (with the exception of going to Seth's appt with us), and got some work done. She was fine today, but tonight I noticed she is warm again. Took her temp and it was 100.1. I'm curious to see what it is at in the morning. Bah.

Monday, April 13, 2009

got milk?

The end of last week, I took Celia in to see Dr. D because her allergies have been acting up for a month, and I'm not sure what to do with it. So we've got her started on Clar.itin and will see if it helps. If not, we go to, and if not, I call him back and we try all.egra. Fun times. The next morning, Seth woke up congested still, and sounding lousy, so I took him in to see Dr. D. Two days in a row, at around the same time, I found it funny. Anyway, we chatted, he listened to Seth, looked him over, and he thought for a bit. We switched him back to Augm.entin for 3 weeks, since his sinus infection didn't seem to really be clearing well. Then he brings up another thing, which I was totally afraid of hearing- a possible milk allergy. He suggested I take him to an allergist to have some testing done, and see what comes up. But said to stop giving him any milk protein at all from now on and see if it makes a difference. I figured it would take a bit to get in to see the allergist, but when I called this morning, they said they had a cancellation at 2:30, so we get to go today. Of course, Celia has to go with us, because she's home sick with a cold.

Let me tell you how hard it is to avoid milk! No milk (well duh), cheese, yogurt, anything with milk in it (bread, muffins, pancakes, etc), and lots of things I"m sure I haven't thought of yet. Of course, I made pancakes yesterday, and added milk and butter without thinking about it. And the corn we had for our pre-easter dinner had butter in the sauce. So he didn't get to have any. He was NOT amused.

At least Easter was lovely. We met up with a friend of mine from Grad school who came to town for a vacation with her husband and daughter. It was so much fun to see her, and her daughter C and Celia are the same age, so they had a blast! We hit the Zoo, and saw the Pandas, lions, tigers, and lots of other animals. It was so much fun!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Cherry blossoms

This weekend, we spent a lot of time outside! The weather was lovely, warm, breezy, and sunny. And, our beautiful cherry tree was in bloom- each day getting a few more blossoms to pop out. So I took advantage of the situation, and took TONS of pictures of it. I got to play with my new camera a LOT, and got some amazing pics. Some I plan to blow up and put in our bathroom as art, and maybe put a few of them in Celia's room too.

We also took some time to work on our gardens. We bought the wood for the raised beds, and soil, and started working on them. Nathan also tilled all of the soil. The area where the raised bed is, was all grass before we got our hands on it this weekend. There is also another one to the left of the brick-bordered garden. The brick one is what we had last year, so we're really increasing our garden space. We also loaded them with soil, and planted some peas. The others will wait, as it's still too cool here at night to plant the tomatoes or other goodies. However I did make two window boxes for my kitchen window- one with lettuce, and the other with herbs I started.

Then a few great shots I got of the kids:

Can you tell how much I LOVE my new camera?!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

so many things, so little time

A recap of the last few weeks:

Seth has been sick AGAIN. Another sinus infection. And he ended up back on ora.pred, after wheezing like crazy for a few days. Poor baby can't catch a break.

Seth went to the ENT again, to see if there is anything they can do for him, with recurrent sinus infections. Thankfully (or not), there is nothing. We just have to keep him on strong antibiotics for 3 full weeks, and irrigate his nasal passageway daily. I ordered a kit and it arrived yesterday. Thankfully he doesn't mind it too much. After the irrigation we use Naso.nex to help reduce swelling in the passages. Here's to hoping it works!!

Celia had a sonogram and Xray to help figure out what is going on with her bladder. She's still having daily accidents (at 5 years of age), and she's even getting frustrated with it. We meet with the Urologist on Friday to see what the results are.

I took Celia to the airprot last monday, and picked her up last friday, so she could travel to Disney World with my mom and step dad. Thankfully I was able to go through security with her, and even got to have lunch with my mom/stepfather both days. They had an absolute blast, and Celia can't stop talking about Disney, and the fun things she did and saw. I can't wait to take her some day!

I had a huge show and sold a ton of yarn! I was completely overwhelmed, and thrilled at the success.

I also will be having my yarn in a booth at the Maryland Sheep and Wool festival. More details on that to come! But I'm thrilled, and am busy getting all the yarn I'll need dyed up for it.

I took some of my profit and put it towards credit cards, which was very satisfying. And took more and bought more yarn. And took some more, and put it towards part of a camera that I've been wanting. I bought it this weekend, because I really need to be able to take true to color photos for my shop. It's incredible. And the pics I've taken have been outstanding. I'm in love with a camera. I admit it.

Planned a weekend away in May, with me, my MIL and my SILs in Pennsylvania. We're meeting in the middle, in Williamsport, and going to chill out, craft, and relax all weekend. With out any kids. It's going to be great!

I think that is all. I leave you with a pic I took of the kids over the weekend with my new camera. They are just so adorable!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


Wow, it's been ages since I have posted!! Lots has gone on, and all of it is good!!

I had a work trip to Lubbock, TX last week, and overall it was pretty good. I helped teach a course for 3 days, and that went well (minus a few glitches). The hotel I was at had a happy hour every night, which was fun- pretty yummy margaritas too! Dinners were great, I ate tex-mex twice, and great steak twice. Can't complain about that!! All I can say is YUM. It was really good to come back home though, I really missed the DH and kids! 5 days away is a lot. But at the same time, it was 5 days of uninterrupted sleep, so I can't complain!

Got home on Friday, and the inlaws were already at the house. Dinner was ready, which helped a lot too! I didn't have to do any dishes (I would have revolted if I had to), and I just put my feet up for the evening. The weekend was OK. Got some dyeing done for a huge show I'm in this week. If you're in the DC metro area, check out The Homespun Yarn Party, happening on Sunday between 12 and 5. It's going to be amazing- lots of indie dyers (including ME!), and other fun shops will be there.

Seth is still doing great at his new day care. He had a brief fever on Sunday, but it broke by the following morning. Followed by a rash- which means it's a reaction to his shots he had a few weeks ago. So at least I knew what it was when I saw it, and it was no big deal. He's as happy as can be, active, and doing just great! Celia's doing well too. She had fun with her grandparents, and they both stayed home on Monday to have extra nana/papa/great grandma time. She had a blast.

Next up- a trip for Celia to Disney with my mom/step dad. She can't wait for that- and she can't stop talking about it. She already has her outfit all picked out for the plane. What a sweetie.