Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009- Our Year In Review

2009 has been an interesting year in our house. Here is a recap of our year, the highlights and the not so highlights.



January 2009- Ella Grace turned one year old. Kyler was officially potty trained. I was in my 5th month of Interferon treatments at our local Cancer Center. I noticed a spot on my back. Ella tripped and split her chin open.



February 2009- 6 months on Interferon.



March 2009- I noticed two m0re spots on my chest. Dermatologist took them off after hours on a Thursday. Results came in on Tuesday. All three spots were positive for Melanoma. Met with my local oncologist and he recommended I seek treatment elsewhere. Made appt with MD Anderson.



April 2009- Celebrated Easter at our house with the whole family. Initial appt at MD Anderson. Set up a plan of attack. Began first round of chemo at MD Anderson. PICC line was placed in right side of chest. Developed blood clot in my right arm from PICC line. PICC line was removed. Started Lovanox shots twice a day for the next 6 months.

May 2009- Church began bringing us dinner every Monday. Attended Graduation party for cousin. New PICC line was placed in my left arm. 2nd and 3rd rounds of chemo. I turned 31. Cody and I celebrated 6 years of marriage.

June 2009- Kyler attended zoo class for one week. Daddy left for a week for a work trip. 4th round of chemo.

July 2009- 5th round of chemo, diagnosed 1 year, Ella attended her first zoo class

August 2009- 6th and last round of chemo-August 10th 2009. One year anniversary of chemo-August 11th, 2009;

September 2009- Returned to MD Anderson for consult with surgeon, had first surgery to remove tumor, Kyler attended first day of Preschool, Ella and Kyler attended first day of Mom's Day Out at church, Ella and Kyler started gymnastics, Kyler started WOW at church, Deegan turned one, Cody celebrated his 28th birthday

October 2009- Ella continued gymnastics, Kyler started swimming lessons, family vacation to Branson, Parent Teacher conferences at Kyler's school

November 2009-Kyler turned 4, follow up appt at MDA, 2nd tumor was found and a surgery was scheduled, celebrated Thanksgiving with my family and Cody's parents

December 2009- surgery to remove second tumor, incision became infected, bedrest to recover, Ella started potty training, celebrated Christmas with Cody's parents, celebrated Christmas with my family, had surgery to get tubes tied, ended the year CANCER FREE!!!


Whew, what a tough year! Bring it on 2010!

Resolution

Do you make New Year's Resolutions?

I'll be honest, usually I don't. I know I won't keep them so what's the point?

However, this year I am determined to keep my resolution. My resolution is to make a budget and stick with it. I love to shop. I love to buy clothes and toys for my kids. I am constantly finding things that they "need." When, in reality, they don't need any more clothes or toys.

They have more clothes and toys than any two children need.

So, after writing up a analysis for the last two months and seeing where our money is going, I have concluded that I buy a lot of crap! So, for the year 2010, that is going to stop. Frivolous spending will be kept to a minimum.

Can I do it? I don't really know. I guess we will see!

Now, tell me, do you have a resolution?
Can you keep it?
What are going to do differently to ensure that you keep it?

To help me keep mine I am going to do some research on the infamous Dave Ramsey and get some tips from him. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

My Gorgeous Cuddlebugs

I ran downstairs to throw in a load of laundry and this is what I saw when I came back upstairs!


They are so cute and loving (most of the time!)









Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Our Christmas 2009

Most Christmas' we leave early Christmas morning to head to my parents house to celebrate Christmas with them. However, because Mother Nature wasn't very kind this year, traveling that far was not an option for us. I was quite sad, but our Christmas turned out very nice, despite the weather.



A couple years ago, Santa let me know that he was a very busy man and asked if he could come to our house Christmas Eve morning instead of Christmas morning. Of course I said yes:)


So, Christmas Eve eve the kids got to open one present. Usually it's PJ's, however, since we all have matching PJ's (and were wearing them) they got to open a puzzle.

They both loved their puzzles and spent most of the evening putting them together and taking them apart. I am so proud at well they share with each other.


Christmas Eve morning the kids were up around 7:00AM to see what Santa brought them. They each received a robe and a pair of slippers. Kyler received a V Tech motion and Ella received a Cabbage Patch Newborn named Alice.


She loves Alice, but I think she loves Alice's belly button even more! Alice is now a nudist!


Since our Christmas traditions were thrown out the window, we decided to start some new ones! I never let the kids paint. I can't stand the mess. I know I need to chill, but that is easier said than done!



After they painted some beautiful pictures, we got them all dressed to go outside. It took l0nger to get them dressed, but they sure looked cute!


Later in the afternoon we went to Cody's Aunt Tracy's house. It was nice to be around family.



We were able to meet a new additon to the family. Baby Emmett is a couple months and is quite possibly one of the prettiest little ladies I have ever seen!

And Ella loved baby Emmett. Although Ella loves all babies! She will be a fabulous mommy some day!

We had a fabulous Christmas, even if it was a little different. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas also!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

A Makeover Kind of Day

In the morning Ella likes to stand on the toilet and watch me get ready. Some mornings she just watches and some mornings she begs for my makeup. I usually just give her the blush brush, but this morning I gave her the eyeshadow. Isn't she gorgeous?:)


Notice the purple on the right eyelid, but not the left? No matter what I said, she would not put it on the other side! Silly girl. She also added a little bit of lip gloss to complete the glamour look. She is all girl!

We had a big day! We also went for our first real haircut. (12/16/09)


My dear friend, Lynn, cuts my hair so I have her cut the kids hair too.


Ella did a fabulous job!! No tears, no screaming, just sitting, eating some M & M's and letting Miss Lynn cut away.




Just a little off the sides, K?


The final product
Obviously, not much was cut, but I didn't want much cut. I can't wait for her hair to be long, beautiful, and curly.
 
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