Friday, January 16, 2009

Cold Outside....

So cold that they canceled school! I've never heard of a school doing that. But it is a freezin season right now! Woke up to temps of 2 and felt below 0 sad there is no snow to go with it. Of course Caleb was sad he loves school and Cami shes been very moody today so perhaps she misses going to school too. This was their first week back to school since being out 3 weeks on their Christmas Break. Cami didnt get to go back till Tuesday because she had her MRI. Which she did amazing such a pro my girl! Not one fuss out of her and the I.V she didnt even flinch just kept sucking that thumb. Going into the MRI room Jason went in with her this time and she sat up looked at me while they inserted the sleep stuff and she said Mama Bye Bye and her head went forward and she was out! That stuff is quick it just breaks my heart everytime, I hate these tests. But 45 minutes we got the page that she was done went back and saw her 10 minutes later she was awake and ready to go home! Quick and Easy. The results came in yesterday and it said the lesion is stable. SO great news! They said to have a repeat in a year.

When Cameran returned to school this week my girl was so excited, she couldnt get in there fast enough. She ran in and joined her friends in circle time where they where enjoying music and she jumped right in. With her coat and backpack on...LOL! The next day when I dropped her off they where in the center reading and she ran over again. Her friends where saying Hi Cameran hi Cameran and Cami kept saying Hi Hello Hi Hello it was the cutest. I told her Bye and she ran over grabbed her bags from me and said Bye wanting me to leave.....oh how fast they grow up!

Not much else going on just trying to stay warm. Since no school today it means a 4 day weekend and I'm liable to lose my mind with all the fighting and arguing they have been doing. Caleb screaming at Cami saying she won't share, Cami screaming back saying mine! Oh the joy of it all I'm just glad she can hollar and communicate back ;)

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

New Things in a New Year...

Seems Cami is in for a change this year. My girl is really picking up words left and right. She mimics our sounds and she loves to copy everything her brother does...Monkey see Monkey Do! We have to keep reminding him of that because when he climbs or jumps off something he is not suppose to, she is right behind him doing the same. Of course he thinks its hilarious, can you say T-R-O-U-B-L-E!

Trouble written all over his sweet lil face...huh!

But her knew sounds are way cute, some new words this week are Bowl, Gean(green), LelloLello(yellow), hello, HOHOHO(for santa), I need, I d want(for I dont want), my mine, hmmmmm Up(for clean up) and more, all those words in just the past 2 week. She is also saying something we havent figured out yet but she'll say GoGo agee GoGo agee and points to nothing in particular pretty much everything....any ideas...LOL!

Some words shes been saying for a while: car, no, UhhhhOhhhh(when she drops something), go go, byebye, ball, awwwite(alright) mawmaw, nannie, daddy, mommy, bubba, I want, bbball(basketball)and I think she is saying NeNe for Cami because she says it when she sees a picture of herself. We do hear lots of other sounds its just lots of babble that we dont understand yet but man what a great way to start this year.
I think this year she will be able to blow out her birthday candles as well. We have been working really hard on that one and I think she has it down just not sure if she does it hard enough to get them out but hey atleast she knows what it means to blow them out. And can you believe it she will be 4 years old in one month from today! Makes me so sad seeing her grow up so fast!

We are also quickly approaching her 2 year seizure freedom mark. We think we may have seen some absence seizures in November and possibly one in her sleep too but we think it was because she was so sick. We discussed it with her Neuro last week at her appt and he thinks it was possible it was just related to her being sick. I had also just given her some cough medicine which he said could have counteracted with her Depakote said we have to be careful with some meds. But all in all he thought she looked great. He got to hear her talk for the first time when he saw her back in October she wasnt saying anything but mama and dada and she didnt even say that around him. The week after that appt she just started talking! He asked about her sleep we said its been great without anything, he was shocked that it just got better, seems once her belly issues got straightened out her sleep got better and then the talking started....ALL in one weeks time!

She also had a follow up with her GI a few weeks back and she was stopped up again so we had to do another clean out and it went well. She has been put on Murilax permantely everyday for atleast a year. She said since her bowel has been so big it has really stretched it out in there so she said it will take 6-12 months to get it back to normal size so in order for that to happen we have to keep her regular for a year. We can tell when she gets backed up because she refuses to eat and her belly gets really bloated.
Anyhow her Neuros where very pleased at her progress I got a new updated picture of them all together but its on my new camera and I dont know how to get the pics on the computer yet. They think she is doing so well that come July we will attempt the wean of her Depakote. We are very excited about that!!!! I can only imagine a life for her with no meds talk about a NEW GIRL!

She goes for her yearly MRI on the 12th checking that lesion in her cerebellum making sure its not grown in size. We've not seen any off balance issues so I think we shall see good results. Now its just keeping her healthy so we can keep the appt, cant be around anybody sick since she picks up everything so easy so thankfully they dont start back to school till Monday. Sadly she will miss her first day back but I know she will be so excited to get back on Tuesday! I know Caleb is more than excited. There is only so much you can do to keep these guys intertained for 3 weeks specially with the Holidays being over. I've been bored out of my mind, we have gotten to venture out a few days when the Lord blessed us with some gorgeous fall temps Cami got to try out her new car and Caleb took off on his bike.

But this week its been nothing but a nasty rainy mess and now the cold windy temps are back. Just send me a good snow and I'll be done with the winter time! I'll update next after her MRI but for now this is all I have, I dont think anything exciting will happen in our household the remainding of this week I think we are gonna head to a local boat show this weekend to see Spongebob and that will give them the thrill of the week! A perfect way to end their Christmas break!
Heres some more pics over the break. These where taken at Opryland Hotel in Nashville. We've been going there every Christmas since Caleb was 3 months old. The kids love it and it is always so beautifully decorated inside and out, this place is HUGE! Saying that it's huge doesn't really describe it. What does kind of help you get an understanding for how big it is is that its property encompasses 35 acres of land. Yep 35. You can get hopelessly lost in there if your not careful--and I mean lost, not disoriented.

In addition to being really big the Opryland also encompases a huge atrium-like structure full of acres and acres of tropical plants and man-made rivers and waterfalls. There are walkways and bridges and overhangs all over the place. Did I mention that the rivers are also full of fish and that you can take a boat ride? All on the inside of this place. There are night clubs in there, ball rooms, hotel rooms the list just goes on and on. Its a neat place!

Here's a few of the Huge Christmas Trees in The Hotel.

One of the beautiful Murals in the Ball room! Caleb loved that one.

This is inside our Favorite Garden, its got the Waterfall that Caleb loves. Its beautiful.

A bear and Rudolph shrubs lit up...too cute!

One of the front views of the hotel!

How beautiful is that??? My favorite shot I captured it was beautiful!

No pictures of Cami outside this year while there. It was 13 degrees on this night and me and Caleb froze our tootsies off trying to get some outside shots. Needless to say 10 minutes was all we could handle, Cami and her Daddy waited in the car and when me and Caleb got in they had us some warm hot chocolate waiting, man did it hit the spot. It was a great night out.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Christmas 08

Well I finally got one camera of pics downloaded of our Christmas. So this year we flipped it up a little, we decided to let the kids open a few gifts on Christmas Eve. Those being gifts from my oldest sister and then the gifts Caleb and Cameran picked out for each other. Then the hubby gave me a gift from the kids so I passed him his from them as well. So here are those pics first in a neat little slideshow, thanks to it Cameran can now say HOHOHO:

Now for the rest. I tell ya Caleb was so excited about Santa coming, we set out cookies and milk in his room and a cookie in Camerans room to make sure he left her a gift too. We also sprinkled the lawn with mashed up ritz crackers since we where out of pop-corn for the reindeer. Surprisingly it was gone in the morning.....thanks to the neighboorhood animals....LOL! Anywho I didnt think Caleb would ever fall asleep every time I would go in there he would pop up. I dont think Santa made it till around 2:30, man it gets harder every year!

But Santa brought Caleb what he asked for and that was buildings. He got a wood house to build and some blocks so he can make the tallest buildings he could imagine.
Caleb and his buildings!

And Cameran she got a Basketball goal and ball, her favorite sport. I think this is the last year he comes to their room, Cameran woke up during the middle of the night saying BBBall-for basketball....ugghhh!
Cami and her basketball goal

Then of course Caleb got up during the middle of the night and went to the bathroom and saw one of the gifts we had got him. Making me hate the layout of our house even more! Anyhow come Christmas morning we woke them up at 7am to get our long jammed pack day started. Neither one of them wanted to get up, imagine that!
Big yawns on our Christmas morning!

But once the looked at their Santa gifts it was off to the Living Room for the gifts from mama and daddy. You see we only allow them to pick their ONE thing they want the most to be from Santa the rest comes from us. There is a strategy behind that....It want be so dissapointing when they do find out the truth!

Anyhow the big item Caleb saw was his desk we got him! He said mommy I saw that last night but I didnt know it was mine that is soooo cool!

He was ready to pull his Christmas tree down in his room so he could put it in his room. He got lots of desk items and Cami lots of girly girly things that she just loved. So they had a great Christmas! At 1:00 we headed to Jasons grandmothers to do our gathering with all the cousins we had a wonderful dinner and visit their we do the name draw gift exchange between the little ones. Caleb got some neat art supplies and Cami another baby she takes everywhere, she adores the ones that talk and babble.
At 7:00 we moved our gathering over to my hubbys parents house. It consists of just his sisters and their families. The kids went wild like they do every year. The 2 main big things they got was...Cami got a new car that we can control by remote but she still feels big like she is doing it by herself. Then Caleb got the dog named Biscuit. That thing looks so real and follows commands, shaking hands, sitting, lie down, sit up and begging for a that thing is cool, the stuff they can come up with I tell ya...thats some amazing technology. The kids both have fell in love with it. I tell ya though I wish we would have had that thing last July when Caleb and Jason decided to bring home a real puppy he turned into to being a BIG ol bear hes huge and digs holes like you wouldnt believe.....

So anyone looking for a dog that you dont have to feed or clean up after Biscuit is the one for you....LOL! Heres some of my fav pics from that morning!

Caleb's room Christmas morning:

We put Cami in bed with him to wake him up.

Arent they sweet!

Stocking Time:

Cameran with her Pegasis Horse. She loves this thing but of course she thought she could ride on it. Here you see her fixing to sit on that thing and try to ride it...LOL, silly silly girl!

I'll have to post a picture of her soon. Its hilarious, she brought me her baby Dora's shoe and mind you this is a small doll. Well she wanted to wear Dora's shoe so she gave it to me and stuck her foot up on my lap I said baby girl it wont fit and she grabbed it stuck it on her big toe and was walking around with it on. Funny thing is that she was walking around with her big toe pointed up, she is a nut, but my girl LOVES shoes no matter what size!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas I know I did, my hubby spoiled me a little, I was shocked at how well he did this year!

I guess spoiled is the word this year for Christmas. Gosh I remember when I was lucky to get underwear for Christmas. Which that does bring up a funny story. Jason had mentioned needing some new undies so I thought hey a good stocking stuffer. Well when Jason opened them up out of his stocking Caleb busted out laughing and said Daddy you must of not been very good this year....Laughed my butt off! Love my kids they are so great.
Warm Wishes to everyone!