Thursday, December 31, 2009
Our family was gathered together to say family prayers and Kirk and Dillon were playing around. Then Myla said, " Can we hurry up and pray so I can feel better"? (There has been something good Myla has learned from all of her Kidney problems. Myla has really gained a testimony of the power of prayer)
We normally read scriptures in the morning so I thought what Myla said later when I was putting her to bed was so funny. I tucked her in bed and as I was leaving the room she said, " Mom, I really need to read scriptures by myself tonight". I asked her if she wanted me to get her Book of Mormon Reader and she said yes. When I went in to check on her before I went to bed she had fallen asleep reading her scriptures. So sweet. I love this little girl. She make me laugh everyday!
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
I am so in love with this little girl. She makes me laugh every day. I pray that her kidneys will start working on their own so we can take her off of all the drugs. She has been on steroids for the past five months with only two weeks off. If this round does not work they will have to start using different drugs with more side effects. I really do not want to go that route but we will have to if she does not go into remission and stay in it for longer.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
"Food, Inc. lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing how our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put pro...fit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. Food, Inc. reveals surprising – and often shocking truths – about what we eat, how it's produced and who we have become as a nation"
I really is a good look at what we eat and when they say farmers what they really mean. I could not believe how some of the animals are treated and even the people that help bring food to our table. If you get a chance to see it, it is well worth the time!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
As Kirk says I am 0 for 3. So yes we are having a little girl. No big surprise there but I am really excited to have another girl. My mom had three girls so I am just following her path.
We feel really blessed to have a new little one and can not wait to meet her.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Sariah can sing half the alphabet song by herself and she can just about count to ten. Sariah has also been really big on the potty thing. Let me just say that I am not ready to potty train her but she thinks she is ready. Tonight she told me she needed to go potty and sure enough she went poop right away like it was no big deal. She goes and sits on the potty by herself through out the day and Myla says she goes potty but there has only been a handful of times I have seen it. So I thought I would be one of those moms and post a pic of her. She is so skinny it just makes me laugh to see her sit on this big potty.
On a side note, I knew it would not last long but Kirk and I can no longer spell things out because Myla always knows what we are spelling. She is only three I thought we had until she was at least 4 1/2. I think I need to learn Spanish or something....
These girls sure are keeping me on my toes!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
A few weeks later we drove to Utah to see him. I was fine until I was about 20 minutes from his house. I thought I was going to throw up and was really scared. Long story short, the visit went fine a little awkward since I did not know him but it was fine. I saw him two more times over the next six years. Since than I have not seen or heard from him at all.
On Sunday Kirk had this dream and he kept getting the feeling that I needed to call my dad. I had heard he moved back to Utah but I was not sure and did not have his number. After Kirk kept mentioning it I got his number from my uncle but I could not bring myself to call him.
I did not know this person or what kind of life he was living and I was afraid of that. What would I say to him. Hi, this is Tiffany...... your daughter. Remember me?
OK now I am just rambling. I finally brought myself to call him today and it was a little awkward for both of us I think. He told me his wife of 15 years just passed away in May and he has felt very alone since then. Maybe that is why Kirk got this feeling that I should call him.
Sometimes Heavenly Father goes through other people if we are not willing to hear the message. As I am writing this I realized that this year I have thought about him a few times and wondered where he was and why he has never tried to call us. Ummm maybe that was my prompting and I was not willing to listen. Bummer. I did today.
I do not know if he will ever call me again or if he will ever meet my kids but I do feel good that I called him. Kirk was right (first time, ha ha).
1 tablespoon ground cumin, a palm full
1 tablespoon smoked sweet paprika, a palm full
1 tablespoon coriander, a palm full
4 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, 8 sprigs, stripped off stems
Cilantro leaves, 2 handfuls or 1/2 cup basil leaves
1 cup loosely packed flat-leaf parsley, 4 handfuls
1 cup shelled natural pistachios
Extra-virgin olive oil, for generous drizzling
Preheat oven to according to turkey directions
Saturday, November 21, 2009
It's funny that if we find out about a new restaurant or cool new product we have to tell everyone or even blog about it (me included). Yet when it comes to something that gives meaning to life, brings us so much happiness, helps us be better people and seals us to our families we do not share it or are to scared to share it.
I have testimony of this gospel, that this is the true church. With a living Prophet that leads and guides this church. I know that Joseph Smith was a true Prophet that restored the gospel on this earth. I know that if we follow Him that we can return to walk with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and be with our families for eternity.
This Christmas season I have renewed my dedication to share what has made me so happy. To study the life of Jesus Christ and share that with as many people as I can.
I want to share with others the true happiness I have found.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
1/2 Cup Ammonia
1/2 Cup Liquid Laundry Detergent (Use homemade)
1/2 Cup White Vinegar
1/2 Cup Water
Mix well, and store in spray bottle. *Hint - Reuse your "Spray and Wash" bottle. I normally spray it and let it sit for a few minutes.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
I'm planning on making an apple pie for Kirk tomorrow since it is his favorite!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
OK you have hear enough complaining out of me.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tonight Kirk was watching a concert pianist play on t.v. When the lady was done playing Sariah yelled again, again. Then on came a full orchestra and she loved it. After awhile Kirk turned it off so we could say prayers and put the kids to bed and Sariah starts yelling again, again, again.
Sariah is so cute. If there is any music on in the house she will stop what she is doing to go and listen/dance and her favorite is to "play" piano with dad.
I just love my little girl!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I learned to knit when I was a teenager and have not knitted anything for the past 6 months. It took me a few minutes to reteach myself but once I started going it all came back. It is a perfect project to keep me busy until I feel better. I made a few hats this week and baby booties but I think I need something for me...
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
On a second note I am so blessed to have a wonderful friend (cough cough.... Nikki) who has brought me dinner, done my dishes, laundry and watched my girls. It is really hard for me to have someone help me but I get crazy sick, I have already lost 10 lbs (not such a bad thing) and with Kirk gone lets just say my house is not as clean as I would like it to be. So my friend has been so wonderful to help me through this hard time!
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Here are the prices for vanilla-
If there are twelve people that want a litter it is only $9.99
If there are six people that want a gallon $29.99
Also they sell Agave Nectar which is a great natural sweetener I use it in baking and also on pancakes. I have to buy pure maple to get syrup without high fructose corn syrup in it and so this is much cheaper for me.
Here is some info I got off the Internet.
Agave makes a good substitute for sugar for a variety of reasons. Agave nectar is a real sugar, as opposed to an artificial or non-nutritive sweetener. It has properties similar to many sugars with one important exception: its glycemic index is significantly lower. This makes it a healthier alternative to many processed AND natural sweeteners, including:
white granulated sugar
demerara or turbinado sugar
maple sugar crystals
dehydrated cane juice
Prices for Agave Nectar-
24 oz) $9.95
If there are six people that want a gallon $39.95
Let me know if anyone is interested.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Since Myla started steroids 1 1/2 months ago she become accident FREE. It really was over night, she was done with accidents. Most of the time she does not even tell me, she just goes to the bathroom by herself. I asked the doctors if this meant something and they said no just a coincident. I do not know if I believe them or not but I guess we might find out when she gets off the steroids.
This week we even have better news. Myla is now dry at night!!! For any mom that has struggled with potty training knows my excitement and relief. I know Sariah is right around the corner and she asks to go sit on the potty all the time but I am not pushing that issue at all. I will enjoy diapers with her for now!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
I hope that answers every ones questions
So now with that said I went and purchased some new cook books so I can be more creative in my cooking styles.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
We are so lame. We forgot our camera so we had to use Kirk's camera phone. It worked ok but some how we mostly just got pic of me.
Now bread without butter... what a sad day.
If only my chickens did not eat everything in my garden this year we would be able to eat from there but I guess off to the farmers market we go.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
On a brighter side, since we have been going to the specialist it has made me so grateful that I have healthy kids. There are some really sick kids. Kids that will be sick their whole lives. For this we are really blessed!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Also I am so excited. Kirk's family has an amazing musical talent. Tomorrow Kirk and his two nieces will be singing in church and his sister will play the piano. Since I was not born with that talent at least I can enjoy it right?
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
What I learned is first that Myla will have to be on steroids for the next 12 to 18 weeks. He talked about the mood changes we will be experiences and the weight gain. Now with the mood changes I have already started to see them and let me just apologize in advance for what she might do to you or your kids. Now don't be scared really!?!
The part that upset me the most is she will probably struggle with this on and off until she hits her teens. Once she heals from his episode they gave me tester strips to see if her kidneys are leaking protein again. Then back on steroids. Now if she keeps relapsing they will do a biopsy on her kidneys to get a better what is really going on.
Myla looks so much better today and has gone to the bathroom five times today. Hurray!! She will be "puffy" for quite a while. My sister was on steroids most of her childhood and people always made comments about how she looked. It made her feel really bad about herself. So if I could ask that people do not say anything with in ear shot of her. I know that I can not control everything or everyone but I would like to try to avoid some of it.
Well we are flying home tomorrow. See everyone soon!
Sunday, July 5, 2009
A little over a week ago I noticed that Myla's eyes were puffy and then each day they got more puffy. I took Myla to the doctor before I left out of town on Thursday and the doctor said she had a double ear infection and that could be why her eyes were swollen. I know she noticed my hesitation so she said well lets take a urine sample just in case. I could not get Myla to go to the bathroom so I thought she was just not sure about peeing in a cup. Her face did look much better and so we flew to Arizona that night without another thought. Friday she woke up and her face was puffy again and by that night I noticed that her stomach was really large. I also started to think that I did not notice if she went to the bathroom at all. I asked my sister and mom if they had seen her or taken her and they said no also. On Saturday morning her face was not as swollen and this whole time her has been acting just fine. I called the advice nurse because it seemed like she was bigger in her legs and her pull up was dry and she would not go to the bathroom. The advise nurse said that push fluids down her as much as I could and just watch her all day. If she had not gone to the bathroom by that night then bring her into the emergency room. Well by Saturday night she still had not gone and by this point the last time I remember her going was Wednesday and she was looking really big. I took her to Phoenix Children's Hospital and they were amazing. The first doctor that looked at Myla just said well lets run some test to see. He must have sent another doctor in since he was not sure and as soon as he saw Myla he knew what it was. After the tests came back it confirmed that Myla has Nephrotic Syndrome.
Nephrotic Syndrome is a set of signs or symptoms that may point to kidney problems. They clean the blood by filtering out excess water and salt and waste products from food. Healthy kidneys keep protein in the blood, which helps the blood soak up water from tissues. But kidneys with damaged filters may leak protein into the urine. As a result, not enough protein is left in the blood to soak up the water. The water then moves from the blood into body tissues and causes swelling.
So what does that mean? That means Myla is now on steroids and will be going to a kidney specialist for probably six months to a year.
You would not believe how big Myla is today. The doctor said she looks like the michelin man. Since Thursday she has gained 5 lbs. It is so crazy holding her because she does not feel like my little girl. We are still in Arizona and will be here until Wednesday night. Kirk is home and going crazy not being here with is little girl. We go see a specialist tomorrow and I hope that will make us feel better knowing what to expect.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
1 cup organic pure sugar cane
5 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 cups fresh blueberries
1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
1 tablespoon butter
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
Mix sugar, cornstarch, salt, and cinnamon, and sprinkle over blueberries.
Line pie dish with one pie crust. Pour berry mixture into the crust, and dot with butter. Cut remaining pastry into 1/2 - 3/4 inch wide strips, and make lattice top. Crimp and flute edges.
Bake pie on lower shelf of oven for about 50 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.
I thought I would share my favorite stain removed recipe. This recipe is sooo easy but it works better then anything I have purchased at the store.
1/2 Cup Ammonia
Mix well, and store in spray bottle. *Hint - Reuse your "Spray and Wash" bottle.