Showing posts with label Sophie. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sophie. Show all posts

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Hats Hats Hats

We love hats here and today I'm joining Cari for a Hats & Scarves photo link up. 


Busy day here.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Re-Model ~ Girl's Room

It's been a few days since I've posted.  You'll understand why by looking at this:





 

This was a few days in the making.  I knew it would take some time and effort so Tuesday this is what we did.  This was a pre-cursor to more changes.  The dresser has seen it's day and will be sitting at the bottom of the drive as soon as Big Daddy hauls it down there. 
 
Starting from the top, the walls are going to be painted pink and pink.  Until recently this room always housed a boy.  It started out like this with many thanks to my friend Amy!

Looking at this picture for too long could make me shed a tear.  Time has gone by so quickly.

So dark pink & light pink on the walls.  Two twin beds with while headboards and footboards is first choice.  They will be where the bed is now and adjacent to that.  I found an dresser to paint white as well as a night stand.  The new/old dresser will go where the closet is and that will be closed off.  The new closet will go where the dresser currently sits.  The plan is for the carpet to be re-placed with hardwood floors and a rug.  We'll see how far the budget reaches.  But we're in for some changes. 

This closet as it is now will be a closet in Henry's room.  I'll post more about that with some pictures another day.  I'm getting my part ready for Adam to be able to get into this room.

I started my Lent plan a little early.  I bagged up two garbage bags full of clothes to donate along with one Target size bag of garbage.  I'm counting this as 3 bags into my goal of 40 bags.  That was progress!

Today, we had a two hour late start with some little friends over before and after school.  Kids are enjoying the extra company.

It's been a good day to catch up on calendar things and moving piles from one place to another! :)

Have a blessed day!



Friday, February 1, 2013

Catholic Schools Week

We just wrapped up Catholic Schools Week!

The week started off on Sunday when we went to late Mass, a rare thing at Casa Fisher.  We chose the late Mass because after there was lunch and a carnival to kick off Catholic Schools week.  The kids had so much fun playing games, putting people "in jail", winning prizes, face painting, and hanging out with their friends.







We ate lunch with another family that have twin girls in Henry's class and then we all went to the carnival.  It's fun to see how our kids interact with their friends and it's cute to see how at Karley's age(pre-school) they just say "hi" and stay closer to us.  Kindergarten has changed all that for Henry.  Not only is he friends with all the kids in his own class but he's been busy making friends with older  children as well.  This likely happens since Kindergarten through second grade eat lunch together and play outside together. 

Monday the kids were allowed a non-uniform day and wear their clothes backwards, inside out, etc. They walked to the local assisted living apartments and sang "Jesus church songs" for the elderly.  Tuesday, also a non-uniform day, was neon and the kids played some fun games.  We didn't have anything neon so we went for the brightest green we could find. 



Wednesday was a uniform day as they had Mass.  Our school along with another school celebrated Mass together as a part of our Area Faith Community.  {I think it's a rare thing for there to be two schools in an Area Faith Community.  And it's even rarer that our school is Pre-K - 12.}  After Mass the Kindergarten students joined for a snack in our Kindergarten classroom.  The students were mingled together and it was really special to see my son engaging in conversation with another little boy his same age that he'd never met before.  I sat and thought about how big he really is getting and how school is opening him up to other people and things all while keeping him grounded in our faith.  During Mass I watched him sing with the other students and take part in the Mass which is not how it is when he's with us.  School seems to challenge him and keeps him accountable in different ways than home.  I'm very grateful. 

After snack the elementary kids gathered in the gym and were presented with a show by Critters & Company.  From their website:  "Critters & Company uses a unique medium of live animals and their stories to share with the children relationship building concepts".  The kids had a great time and learned about the animals as well as how teasing can affect others. 




 
Thursday the kids wore their comfy clothes did some special projects.  Friday they wore a special t-shirt made for them that was like a snowman.  I missed getting a photo of this.  I was going to get one after Mass but since it was -14F -minus wind chill school was two hours late.  This was actually the third time in one week school was two hours late due to weather of some sort.  The children didn't have Mass and I didn't get a photo. 
 
Henry and his classmates had a fun week.  The week was about recognizing our students, teachers, priests, fellow volunteers, benefactors and our faith.  We absolutely love this school and are grateful for the sacrifices so our kids can receive a Catholic education.  I feel in the world we live in today, the best chance we can give our kids to keep God in the forefront of their lives is that they don't check their faith at the door when they leave our home.  We love that their faith is being learned in our home and at school.  We have come to know other families and have even been aided by them in our recent time of need.  We love our school family and parish!  

Happy Catholic Schools Week! 


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Tennis, Golf & Embrace



Either something was going on with Blogger today or it just plain doesn't like all these pictures being added.  Sadly, this took way too much time and a number of things on my to do list didn't get done.  The thing is, once I'm set on doing something, I'm set and it's hard hard hard to walk away.
 
My parents came last weekend to visit the kids and a little golfing of their own.  Last year for Christmas the kids got tennis rackets and golf clubs.  I didn't get around to as many lessons as I would have liked but my parents filled in the gaps this weekend. 
 
Somewhere in the middle is an Embrace the Camera picture but in reverse.  I embraced the camera with my Mom.
 
Enjoy the Sun Kisses......
 
 
 
Love having a ball hopper!


She has a racket but was all done by the time I got to photographing her,
 
 
Karely seems to be a bit of a natural in the athelitic department.
 
 
Keep your eye on the ball.
 
 
Embrace the Camera
 
 
Tee it up
 
 
 
 
 
Square up to the ball
 
 
 
 
 
 
Taking a break to enjoy the "flowers"
 
Giving it all away.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gram & The "Gramkids"
 
 
 
 
 
God Bless!
 
Tina
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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Embrace the Camera 8.16.12

Emily writes a beautiful post today on why we  Embrace the Camera, take a peek and join us....your kids will thank you!


















Have a blessed day!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Embrace the Camera 8.2.12

Before we left for vacation I stumbled upon the blog called The Anderson Crew, Our Life with 3 Boys and 3 Little Ladies.  I was either looking at junk blogs (junk/crap turned into something new and wonderful) or a photography site.  My guess is the later, but it could have been both. 

On Thursdays Emily hosts Embrace the Camera, where Mom actually gets in the photo with her kids.  Her story is one that I felt myself because...years ago I went looking for a picture of my husband with his Mother.  We hardly have any pictures of her and I thought the best picture would be of the two of them.  {She passed away days after Henry was born} I couldn't find one.  My Father-in-Law probably has a few in a box somewhere, however, it was my hope was that my husband would have some.  It was sad that he didn't. 

So I vowed to make sure that we are in pictures together with our kids and that we have the kids with each other.  When I found this Emily's site it reminded me to be better about this, not for my husband and I, but for them.  I doubt I have many pictures with my own mother either, something I can still do.

So here's my first Embrace the Camera post.  Sophie and I last year at the zoo.  She's just as lovey today.  I'm so thankful!

by Daphne
 Embrace the Camera!

Friday, July 6, 2012

My Priceless Patient

I knew I was going to have to tell her at some point, even if I didn't want to, even if I had to try my hardest not to cry.  Half way into our hour drive she finally did ask, "Where are we going".  I had to tell her. 

I explained as little as I could and still my eyes filled with water.  I didn't have to say much and she said softly, "okay, Mom".  She always ends her words with, "Mom".

Her little blonde curls sprung as she walked and she didn't have a care in the world.  She felt so safe, I hated that she didn't know, yet her ignorance could only help, both her & I.  Tonsils, and most likely adenoids would be coming out within hours.

She played with toys in our little pre-op room, talked to all the doctors, nurses and child life representative.  Sweetness all around her.  Even sweeter, she walked to surgery in her pink eye crocs. 

I worried once I put her on the surgery table she'd start crying, ask me to carry, anything but lay so sweetly and take in the air that would allow for surgery to take place.  She  layed so calm and sweet as I talked to her told her how good she was.  We talked about the nurse whose name is Mary how we like the name Mary.  I told her how much we all love her and then she began to start falling asleep.  The anaesthesiologist warned me that he might arch her back, legs might kick, head would arch, in response to her body disconnecting to her consciousness.  My thoughts were of the soul disconnecting from the body.  I was scared to see this, too close to death, a mother never wants to see this.  I also knew that she would do much better with me present so I went with, without hesitation.  Her little legs bent, her back slightly arched and I knew this is what the doctor was speaking about.  I kissed her and whispered a prayer in her ear, then cried my way back to her pre-op room.

The doctor said he'd come back to us about 45 minutes after the start, I happened to remember to look at my watch right after my scrubs came off.  9:00 AM.  Adam is good company, thank God.  And thank God it was a very quick 35 minutes.  The mild mannered doctor came to tell us all went well, she had "very very large tonsils" as well as a "very large adenoid", "a lot of tissue for a girl her age and size".  I took that to mean he sees a lot of tonsils and these were on the larger side of what he normally sees.  He instructed us on home care and what to expect, then told us she'd be in her room in about 30 minutes.

That was a long 30 minutes, I'm guessing because it turned into an hour.  Not exactly what waiting parents would like, but since she was already out of anesthesia and didn't have any problems during the operation, we figured it was because she was sleeping, which it was.



She finally came back to the room and she did a lot of sleeping while an IV dripped into her arm.  She was very willing to chew on popsicles and drink from her juice box.  We were very thankful she was such a good patient and very amazed.  I prepared for the worst and was pleasantly surprised at how well she did.

One of the things we've noticed while the big two were away is how big Sophie is.  She' isn't a baby by any means, but she's always the youngest.  While I looked at her hands all wrapped up with an IV drip attached, I thought she looked big and small all at the same time.



Adam ran into work, while at Sophie's request, I crawled into bed with her for a nap.  Then about 3:30 we headed home.  I was surprised that she would be going home but seeing how well she did, I could see why we were allowed to go home. 



We got home about 4:30 PM and she was hungry!  I wasn't really prepared for how hungry she'd be.  I thought she'd be so out of it that she wouldn't eat and would just sleep.  I was wrong!  In addtion to eating, she was all about her stickers, watching her two new Dora movies. 




Then it hit.  I think about 8:30 PM (not a normal bedtime but when you sleep all day?) her local anesthesia must have worn off and she was cRaNkY!  Didn't want meds that she had to have, didn't want to drink anything, didn't want to eat anything, didn't want either of us to touch her, talk to her or even look at her.  She kicked, screamed and cried.  The reality has hit, this isn't going to be as easy as she would have had me believe three hours earlier.

The night was long, I was worried about bleeding, forcing meds and her not drinking.  We made it through and she woke up fairly pleasant, with Dora for company this morning.  Henry and Karley spoke with her on the phone.  Her face was so happy when she was talking with them and as soon as she was done I could tell by her little face how much she misses them.  I think they will all be glad to be together.  They miss each other and I'm grateful for their love of one another. 

She's been doing a little napping, a little watching her bff and even played in her room a little bit. 

I'm grateful.



 



Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Sophie's Surgery

We took our little Tootsie Wootsie out for dinner last night, what a difference it is to only have one child in tow.  During the school year I've become accustomed to two for a few hours but this week we are going to have four days of just Sophie. 

Today will be the only day which she will actually enjoy having just us, even though what she really wanted was to go to Gram's.  The big two went to Gram's so we wouldn't have to worry about them the day of surgery or the day after.  Thank you Gram & Grandpa, and Auntie! 

"It's not fair" to not be able to go to Gram's and it's not more fun to hang out with Mom & Dad.  Certainly not.

Tomorrow Sophie will have her tonsils and adenoids removed.  The procedure will be done at Children's in Minneapolis.  This brings some comfort but I don't think a mother ever has total comfort when one of their children is going to have surgery.

I've mentioned before that this was a possibility.  We sought out advice from four different doctors and all thought it would be in her best interest to have them removed.  Sophie was in all four categories established for having them removed.  Unfortunately, diet won't change the size or function of her tonsil.  She was just blessed with large tonsils that cause her problems daily, which in turn can affect her long term.  Silly tonsils.

Sunday after Mass our wonderful priest, who we are going to miss terribly, did one finally thing for us before he moved to his new parish.  I had asked him to bless or anoint her prior to the surgery but when I didn't make it to Friday morning Mass I didn't want to ask after Mass on Sunday.  But he remembered.  I was very thankful.  Her anointing was very special to us.


















I had wanted to get a picture of our family with Fr. Tony but I didn't think of it until too late when he came for dinner last week.  After the skydiving event (post to come) there were so many people I thought maybe after Mass.  Then after Mass the line was long and it would have been hard to get a picture, but this worked out perfectly.  Thanks Rose!  Then I notice, my beloved picture, with our beloved priest, and my daughter looks like she's undressed herself.  Good to be reminded of humility.

Back to Sophie, I welcome prayers you might offer for her, her surgery, recovery and all her caretakers.  Thank you very humbly and kindly.

God Bless!




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