Sunday, December 24, 2006
Well, I wish each of you a splendid holiday --- I'll post pics as time allows! Happy Holidays!
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Work tonight wasn't too bad. I can tell it is only 2 weeks until Christmas because people are crazy. We weren't really that busy after 8 pm -- so I got to come home a little early. No complaints here...I'm tired from my 4 am wake-up call. I have cute pics to download from the weekend -- 2 parties and a Christmas program - so as soon as I get those done I will upload them for everyone's viewing pleasure! Have a good day.....
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Gotta run--- hopefully more tomorrow!
Monday, November 27, 2006
Mary goes back to school tomorrow - Katie's classroom still has tomorrow off -- she won't remember what school is by the time she goes back on Tuesday -- hee hee!!
Sorry this one is short, but I hope everyone had a fabulous holiday and I have two weekdays off this week, so hopefully I will have a chance to sit down and catch everyone up! Hope your turkey day was terrific!!! Christmas is only 4 weeks away -- Yippee!!!!
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Mary's teeth are so close to falling out ... I can't wait to see how cute she will be with no bottom teeth (hee hee). Did I mention that both girls are on antibiotics for ear infections? It is almost winter, isn't it? I am kind of ticked because I had to take Mary to the hospital in the middle of the night on Wednesday night into Thursday b/c she was in so much pain from her ear. The Dr. at the ER said it was only an infection in the ear canal and she didn't need antibiotics. The next day I took her to the pediatrician with Katie b/c Katie had been running a fever and had a green nose. The Dr. was like, "Jill, she has an ear infection and she needs meds..." So I guess that was a waste of money at the hospital. That is not the first time that has happened -- but you know you can't take your screaming 5 year old to the Dr's office at 3 am b/c they aren't open. What else can I do????
Well, gotta run -- another busy day tomorrow!!!HAPPY THANKSGIVING if I don't get a chance to post tomorrow!!!
Monday, November 13, 2006
Hard to believe that Thanksgiving is next week -- this time of year seems to come too quickly as I get older....
Mary has her first two loose teeth! She is so excited. She keeps asking me to call the tooth fairy and let her know. My response was -- "The tooth fairy and I are very good friends -- I have known her about 36 years (hee hee) and I'm sure that when those teeth come out, she'll be the first to know!" Mary's response was , "Do you know her phone number?" to which I replied -- "Yep - I'm pretty sure I've got that one covered!"
Thursday, November 02, 2006
What a week...I've been really sick since last Friday, but in true Mommy fashion I must continue on....I think the whole town has this cough..it's not fun. Thankfully the girls and Bill are pretty healthy....
Halloween was a crazy day..I'll post some pics. The girls had parties at school and then a big party at church in the evening.
Hopefully I'll be healthy and back to my blogging self soon....
Saturday, October 28, 2006
What a weekend this is turning out to be. I took the girls Trick or Treating at the local supermarket (Meijers) and that was a blast. They had all kinds of stuff for the kids -- and it is nice for the kids to be able to dress up. Mary is very excited about Halloween. Katie has no clue what Halloween is as far as I can tell. I am one of the room mothers for Mary's class, so I get to be at her party. That will be fun. I have the day off of work for all of the festivities. Our church has a huge party also where they have inflatables and games and dinner -- all free for the community. It is a blast! The girls always have a great time at that - and this year I have two of my girlfriends and their kids coming along, too ...so it will be three times the fun.
I went scrapbooking last night with my friend Alicia -- that was a blast as always. I only got one layout done, but it was a very cute one, thanks to my crop coach (Alicia). She does more coaching than cropping, but that serves as a huge benefit to me --thanks Alicia!
Well, I probably should go...the girls are being too quiet and that is never a good thing :)
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Today was crazy. Katie didn't have school at all, and Mary had an extended day, so things were really messed up. I can always tell when Katie's routine is off because it really sends her for a loop.
Does anyone out there watch "The Nine".....we don't seem to talk about TV shows much in blog world, but I am really fascinated by this show. I don't watch (and have never watched) LOST, which I am told is very similar to the NINE --- but it really is an interesting format for a TV show...just wondered if anyone else is intrigued by it...
Well, gotta run..hopefully game 4 will go off without a hitch tomorrow -- but rain is in the forecast....
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
I had today off. That was a good thing. I had worked all weekend and had a lot to do around the house. I feel like I am always coming from behind when I have to work all weekend. There is so much to do with the kids -- Mary's last soccer game of the fall was supposed to be last night, but it was cancelled b/c of snow -- how funny is that. It was only 35 degrees out -- too cold for 5 year olds to be playing soccer if you ask me, so I was thrilled to not have a game.
Okay, the game isn't going so well at this moment, so maybe I should stop blogging -- hee hee -- GO TIGERS!!!
Saturday, October 21, 2006
WORLD SERIES BEGINS TONIGHT!! GO TIGERS...
Okay, that is all I will say on that subject...for now. Actually I have really cute pictures of Katie at the Apple Orchard that I want to post. She was such a trooper...and actually picked an apple. It was great! The picture on the right is Katie's aid Amy helping her to pick an apple. Katie wasn't sure at first, but she had a great day.
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Finally, this year, we have had something to cheer about. I thought it was interesting that my local newspaper stated that it was appropriate that Detroit have a good year in baseball because the state of Michigan as a whole has really needed something to cheer about. Hello, we have to put up with the Detroit Lions -- although they did win today! Seriously, with unemployment and all of that, it is nice to have some nice Michigan news for a change. Go TIGERS~~~
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
The silly days of soccer are upon us. These kids of mine crack me up! As you can see, Mary is on the Orange Diamonds -- gotta love that orange jersey, and Katie just hangs out and makes me laugh. 3 more weeks of fall soccer - it'll be snowing before the season is over!!
Not too much else going on. Bill and the girls have been sick, so we've all been going to bed early. Work is crazy for both Bill and I. With the threat of snow on Thursday, Bill is crazy busy as people are freaking out that their boats are going to freeze in the lake.
Well...the Tigers are playing!! Go Detroit!! Gotta run....
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Katie is doing so well. We are really pleased at how she is progressing. She has her IEP (Individualized Education Plan) in a few weeks. I am interested to hear everyone's comments as we don't always see eye to eye. The big thing is that she really needs to continue to have her own aide in the classroom. We are praying that that piece will remain in tact. Katie turns 4 next week -- that is hard for me to believe.
My father-in-law found an ELMO TMK for the girls for Christmas. I work at a retail chain and I can't even get one, but somehow he found one. I'm impressed! I need to come up with some good present ideas this year. Mary's b-day is one week before Christmas, so it means twice the presents and sometimes it is hard to be creative.
Well, I need to get ready for work. I get to scrapbook again tomorrow - I'm excited about that....
Sunday, October 01, 2006
Work has been very busy for Bill and I both. I feel like the holidays are almost here. Hard to believe it is October already. Mary is loving school...all she ever says is "school is great". She has a cold, Katie, too... 3 weeks into school before our first sickeness isn't too bad :)
Katie had a Dr's appointment on Friday. We are going to run chelation therapy on her for the next 4 months. I really am excited about this because even after just one session of treatment (they do 3 days on the meds and 11 days off) we have seen some great improvements in her. I will be sure to keep updating her progress with the chelation... it really it is an exciting therapy option for autistic families.
Well, I had better go.. I haven't heard Katie in awhile so I need to see what she is up to. Last night while I was at work she stood in the bathroom sink and turned our master bathroom into a swimming pool. Bill said the water was flowing down the walls and into the kitchen below. I am really glad I missed it!!!
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Mary and Katie have an open house at school tonight. I'm actually looking forward to it, mostly because we haven't had much of an opportunity to meet Mary's teacher and see what is going on in the classroom. Also, Mary hardly says anything about Kindergarten. Last year - when she was at the private school in K4 - she couldn't stop talking about all of the things they were doing, but now it's like pulling teeth. Hopefully tonight I will see what she has actually been doing :)
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
I am enjoying one of my new-found mornings of freedom when I don't have to work and both girls are in school. WOW!!! It is so nice to have some Jill time. I love the girls...but I also need to learn to take care of myself. They are both on the bus by 7:30 so it gives me time to have a cup of coffee and clean the house :). Today I went and got my hair cut without having to chase two kids around while I'm trying to get a decent haircut!!!
The weather here has been crazy...rainy and cold. It feels more like November than September....which is a bummer because both of my girls love to be outside!! It is supposed to be much nicer this weekend.
Saturday, September 09, 2006
I have not been meaning to be neglectful of my blog...but as I have looked through my blogging pals blogs, they too seem to be running a bit behind in updating. It is just a busy time of year with the kids getting back to school. I feel like we are running at 100 miles an hour all the time. Also, our church has built a new addition and our first day in the new church is tomorrow ..so that is just more "excitement" to our already crazy schedule.
Things are going pretty well with back to school. Katie is not adjusting as well as Mary. Mary loves kindergarten and loves riding the bus. She is doing fine with public school. She has asked a couple of times if she is going back to her old school...but I think she is almost past it. Katie is another story. She either doesn't want to get on the bus, or doesn't want to get off the bus. On Friday, she had her shoes off in the van (at the bus stop on the corner) and I had to carry her to the bus and put her shoes in her backpack. When the bus driver dropped her off at lunch time, he said that by the time he got to school she had her shirt off, too! You have to love autistic kids and how they hate shoes and clothes in general!! It's funny to me now, but I do wish that she could at least wear shoes!!!
Well...it's getting late and I'm actually watching Dale Jr. try and secure a spot in the Nextel chase for the cup. I challenge all of my blogging pals to update their sites very soon as I am dying for an update!!!
Monday, September 04, 2006
MICHIGAN'S ADVENTURE -- This week has been so busy that I didn't get around to writing about our trip to Michigan's Adventure onThursday. My mom watched Katie so that we could have a good day with Mary and give her some quality one on one time. Plus, Katie would have been miserable. I didn't take a lot of pictures, mostly video, but here's one that shows how much fun we were having.
Saturday, September 02, 2006
Sunday, August 27, 2006
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Can you say CHUCK E. CHEESE? We went yesterday for my neighbor's 39th birthday. 4 moms and all of our kids -- it was crazy. This was Katie's favorite spot -- lying on the skee-ball game. Too crazy-- especially when a boy (probably 8 or 9) decided that he was going to throw skee-balls at her. When I told him that he should not throw balls at a child he said "Lady, she shouldn't be up there and I'll throw them at her if I want." I said, "No, you won't. She's a child, and sometimes child go places they shouldn't. It will not be a good thing if you hit her with a ball". He gave me a dirty look and kept righ on throwing the balls. He was there with a daycare group -- okay, seriously, why would you take a daycare group to Chuck E. Cheese? It was fun. The food was bad as usual, but the kids had a great time. The best part is that I don't have to worry about losing Katie because they put hand stamps on you and the stamps have to match in order to take the child out with you....I often joke that people wouldn't get too far trying to kidnap Katie anyway. She throws a fit when her own mother tries to make her leave -- I can't imagine what kind of meltdown she would have if a stranger tried to pick her up!!!!
Monday, August 21, 2006
Friday, August 18, 2006
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Saturday, August 12, 2006
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Well it was my day off, but it wasn't a true day off. Katie had her yearly appointment with the pediatric neurologist this morning. That went pretty well. She said that Katie looked great and that it seemed like, all things considered, Katie was doing really well. We talked about the new doctor we are seeing and how we are trying to modify her diet and see what happens. Like my pediatrician she also told me not to put too much hope in "alternative" medicines. She was concerned that I might have become "Anti-vacine" (which I am not). I told her that I am not opposed to vaccinating children, I just think that parents need to be better educated about what is in the shots and in how they are being administered.
Once we got past that it was a good visit. Katie is all set for another year unless we start to have more sleep issues or if any new issues develop. Then we came home and Mary went with Papa B to Coney Island for lunch and then to the lake for a swim. She learned how to "dive" off the diving board today....she is growing up so fast. Katie had speech therapy this afternoon. That went really well. She is making such good progress. By the time we got home from that it was 3 o'clock and the day was pretty much spent. Seems like today was my day to run 5 million errands - so I am tired. But all of this is why I am a few days behind on the blog...hope to do better...but I close the next two nights at work, so we'll see what happens. :)
Friday, August 04, 2006
Thursday, August 03, 2006
This is Katie on our vacation. Gotta love that harness! It is a life-saver with her :) Mindy sent me a cd with150+ pictures on it -- it will take me awhile to get through them all, but this one of Katie is so cute...she's such a treat! ..and after all, she is really what this blog is all about! My mom spent hours at the healthfood store today trying to find some foods that she can eat. It is going to be a challenge to get her diet re-vamped so that she isn't eating all of the foods that bother her. We had a little scare today...while the sitter was here, Katie managed to go into Mary's room and somehow flip over the toy kitchen (which is quite large - and she flips it over all the time) but today she somehow got it wedged between the wall and the door and there was no way for the sitter to get into the room. It ended up that Bill had to come home from work and use a crowbar to move the kitchen enough so that the door would open. What a mess. She was in there for about 45 minutes -- the sitter said that she was just happy as a clam, jumping on the bed and laughing !! She's a little stinker!! But we love her!!!!!
Saturday, July 29, 2006
Well as you can see - it was ELEPHANT Day in Plainwell. Katie didn't ride, but Mary loved it. It was so hot out waiting in line, but Mary had great fun. They had the elephants a few years ago when I was pregnant for Katie, and Mary rode then, too. She says she still remembers it, but I'm not sure about that :)
Friday, July 28, 2006
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Sunday, July 23, 2006
Vacation Pics.... There will be more later. My cousin's wife Mindy is going to mail me a cd with tons more pics...but these are from the Robert Wadlow Statue in Alton, IL. (Near St. Louis). He was the tallest person in the modern era at over 8 feet tall. To give these pictures perspective, my husband is 6'5" and he looks like a midget next to him.....
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Saturday, July 08, 2006
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
Happy Birthday USA!
Wow - Hard to believe that it is the fourth of July already. The weather here has been awful this weekend so far. I knew that would happen because I have had four days off. The good part is that with the yucky weather the marina hasn't been that busy and Bill has been able to cut his hours back. That has been great for the girls and I.
Katie is doing well. I never got back on and talked about her new doctor and everything - but the readers' digest version is that I think if we can get her on the right diet and on the right therapies, we may be able to see some great progress. We are really encouraged. She needs to have some blood test and other tests done this week and then we should be able to find out what we are really dealing with.
We are going out to the lake swimming this afternoon and then staying for fireworks if it isn't raining. We had thunder and lightening last night, so that would have made it impossible. We actually go out in the boat to see the fireworks, so lightening kind of throws a wrench in it.
I hope that everyone is having a great holiday....if I take pics this afternoon I will try to upload them later! happy 4th!
Friday, June 30, 2006
Thursday, June 29, 2006
Sunday, June 25, 2006
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Okay, I've been delinquent with pictures, so here are a few -- this is my husband Bill and my oldest, Mary on a field trip a few weeks ago to the Marina where Bill works. The top one is my precious Katie at her sissy's soccer game. She's trying to sleep but it's too sunny out!
Monday, June 19, 2006
Saturday, June 17, 2006
Thursday, June 15, 2006
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Saturday, June 10, 2006
Friday, June 09, 2006
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
Monday, June 05, 2006
Sunday, June 04, 2006
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Thursday, February 09, 2006
Monday, February 06, 2006
We were supposed to be going to Chicago today for a college thing for me. The touring group I sang in is celebrating its 60th anniversary -- but I decided that I didn't have anything to wear and I wasn't in the mood to deal with it -- so we stayed home. Considering how Bill is feeling, I think that was a good decision.
Saturday, January 28, 2006
I hope that everyone else is doing well. I need to catch up on everyone's blogs -- I am going to try and do that this weekend... and I need to finish my list as well!!!!
Friday, January 27, 2006
61. God is good.
62. Babies are a true miracle.
63. I've always had an easier time making guy friends than girls friends
64. I only had 2 serious boyfriends before I met my husband.
65. Taco Bell always gives me a tummy-ache.
65. I broke my foot in the fourth grade and my fourth toe on my left foot has never grown since that time.
66. I can't ice skate worth a hoot - but I love to rollerskate -- and was pretty good at it in my prime.
67. Autism is a cruel disease --
68. I wish that I could be a stay at home mom.
69. I could never home-school.
70. I need to learn to be more generous.
71. Hot fudge
72. Chicago White Sox
73. I've seen Billy Joel and Elton John in concert seperately and they both rocked.
74. Houston's -- have you ever eaten there?
75. Hot tubs
77. Have I mentioned my love of NASCAR???
80. Giordonno's Pizza - if you haven't had it you are missing out.
81. Date Night -- we don't have it often enough.
82. Flannel Sheets
83. Fudge Brownies
Okay -- I have to go to work -- but I'm almost done.
Katie has a double ear infection and Bill has bronchitis, so we have been in the sick zone again. I am getting tired of it. We are trying to have Katie's tubes put back in her ears -- it helped her so much last time, so hopefully we can work that out. We have an appointment with the ENT next week.
Sunday, January 22, 2006
52. I had brain surgery in '02 when I was diagnosed with Arnold Chiari Malformation.
53. I love to eat at Red Lobster.
54. Chicago's greatest hits is the CD currently in my CD player.
55. Although not officially labeled as one, I think I stutter quite often.
56. I have a teaching degree although I have never taught (other than subbing.)
57. I buy cheap shampoo.
58. Chocolate Milk - what more can I say.
59. Old Navy has the best kids clothes.
60. Retail management is not my life ambition.
Saturday, January 21, 2006
The new job is improving -- I am starting to feel adjusted. It wasn't good earlier this week -- but I've decided that I am going to stay positivie and stick it out --- (I liked your flying house comment, Em.)
I need to finish my top 100 list --- maybe Wednesday on my day off. And Susie -- I agree that there needs to be a better way to say "I'm not a girly girl ", but how. To me it means that I'm not a "foofy" girl -- I don't wear frilly dresses and strappy heels but I'm still a girl and I still know how to look pretty.
Okay -- I'm tired. So I'm signing off. Thanks for hanging with me fellow bloggers!!! Goodnight.
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
I challenge any fellow bloggers out there to work on their own top 100 list.....I'd love to read them!
Saturday, January 14, 2006
1. Jesus Christ is my heavenly father and I know that eternal life in heaven awaits me when I die.
2. I hate cleaining my house, but I love a clean house.
3. I love McDonald's cheesburgers.
4. I love Diet Coke.
5. I hate the sound of the word "Moist".
6. I have a secret crush on Val Kilmer.
7. I am a grumpy "waker-upper".
8. Bad drivers make me angry.
9. I don't like it when people talk on their cell-phone and try to check out at a store/bank at the same time.
10. I love ice cream.
11. I love to scrapbook, but don't seem to have much time for it.
12. I love coffee.
13. I hate mornings.
14. I don't like it when my kids whine.
15. I love my children and they are both the apple of my eye.
16. I love to get a tan in the summer.
17. I am a big John Grisham fan and have read most of his books.
18. I am a "Fanilow" (Barry Manilow fan) and have been since I was a young child.
19. I hate it when people ask me if I have a cold just because I have a raspy voice.
20. I married the perfect person for me.
21. Chicago is my favorite city.
22. I've made a lot of mistakes in my life, but I try to learn from each of them.
23. I am a spender, not a saver.
24. I' m not into shoes, like most women are.
25. I'm not a girly girl.
26. I admit to fixing hamburger helper on a regular basis.
27. I am crazy about Nascar and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
28. Disneyworld is probably my favorite place on earth.
29. I'm a Harry Potter fan.
30.I often have a hard time finishing things that I start.
31. I love to bake, but I hate cleaning up afterwards.
32. My mom is the best!
33. I cherish my true friends.
34. Where would we be without computers?
35. I like to shop - but only when I have money.
36. I don't like to swim very much.
37. I didn't like High School
38. I loved college.
39.Hawaii is overrated.
40. I wish I was more organized.
41. "The Saint" is my all-time favorite movie.
42. I like to have wine at weddings.
43. I have never struggled with feeling old - I'm 35 and that's okay.
44. I tend not to be even tempered -- that is why my husband is so good for me.
45. I like to play Chinese Checkers and Mexican Train.
46. Bill and I are awesome at Euchre.
47. I wish I didn't have to work and could spend more time at home with the kids and Bill.
48. I'm thankful for a house in a nice neighborhood.
49. I still have friends from college with whom I keep in regular contact with. I am proud of my efforts to stay in touch with them.
50! This list is killing me. Maybe the next fifty will be my next blog. I challenge all of my other blogging friends out there to give it a shot!
Katie and Mary both had yesterday off school. We ran errands in the morning and then I had to close at work last night. I'm off this weekend -- which I really needed. I've been cleaning my house all morning and we have a party tonight with some old friends of ours from before we were married. Most of us have kids now and it always ends up being quite an interesting event.
Did you all watch "Dancing with the Stars" on Thursday? I missed the elimination show last night, but Bill told me all about it.
Well, I best keep it short and sweet - I have brownies in the oven downstairs for the party tonight and I don't want them to burn. Hope everyone is having a great weekend.
Thursday, January 12, 2006
Anyway, work was crazy -- I'm starting to feel at home though. I am slowing, but surely, getting the hang of it. We still need to find a good babysitter to help my mom with childcare. We are praying ---
Dancing with the Stars is on tonight -- can't wait!!!
The girls are good. Katie's bus rides continue to go well.
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Katie continues to do well. We have gone back to letting her have a sippy cup at school. They have been trying to teach her to drink out of a regular cup, but she doesn't want anything to do with it -- and she doesn't drink anything all morning-- which for her is a big deal. She has always been much more of a drinker than an eater. We decided to let her go back to the sippy cup -- especially because now she is riding the bus home as well which means she doesn't get a drink for almost 4 hours.
Bill's new position is starting to transition. I think he's feeling better now that he is back from the holiday lay-off and he can start to implement his new ideas. I'll be glad when he and I are both adjusted to our new positions.
Monday, January 09, 2006
Katie is doing great with the bus. Thanks for the comments that I was right in not putting her on the bus for an hour in the am. We are totally at peace with that decision. The ride home is going great. The bus driver told my mom today that he wished all the kids were like Katie. She is quiet and just sits in her sit and enjoys the ride. We are so happy for her.
Bill's new job officially started today. I've talked to him on the phone -- he sounds a little overwhelmed. Kind of like I did on my first day.
Okay...lots to do. I just got home from a 6-2:30 shift and I am tired!
Friday, January 06, 2006
Back to work for me tomorrow.
Does anyone watch "Dancing with the Stars?" I love it! Drew Lachey and Jerry Rice are my top two picks. Any thoughts or comments?
Thursday, January 05, 2006
She also shook her head "no" twice in direct response to my mom today -- and I was there to see her do it! That was a first for her as well. What a great "Katie-day" this has been.
I have today and tomorrow off! That, too, is exciting, but I do have to work the weekend. I'll take it -- Bill is still on lay-off, so it's nice to have the time off with he and the girls.
Not much else going on except that Bill is off racing cars tonight, Katie has been asleep since 4 in the afternoon and I desperately need to get at this messy house!
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Katie did great at school today. She rolled a ball back and forth 10 times with her Occupational Therapist. WOW!!!! That was a year end goal for her, so we are so thrilled.
Well, I need to run,....more about the new job later.