Thursday, December 31, 2009

something cute

Kids really say such cute things. Last night Myla was so cute I thought I would share.

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

Four already??

Today Myla turned four! I know it is crazy to say but today was a happy/sad day for me. Myla is growing up way to fast. I just wish I could keep her my little girl forever.

Today was all about Myla. We took the "train" aka light rail to downtown Sacramento where we went to The Princess and the Frog movie. It was really a fun day and Myla loved being the special girl all day.
Kirk, Paige and Dillon playing a game of who could not fall first without holding on. Needless to say Myla, Sariah and myself watched.

Myla just relapsed on Sunday even though she was still on steroids for her last relapse. So she was hurting all day but you would never know it. She is such a strong little girl.
We came home and did family presents. We are having her Birthday party at my moms house on Friday so we just did a little family thing tonight.

Myla really wants to be a ballerina and so we got her some real ballerina slippers and my mom will be paying for her to do dance lessons. Shhh Myla does not know until Friday.
I love this picture of how excited she is when she opened them.



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.

Our Christmas Eve gift

We got a surprise call from Kirk's sister saying that her son was in town for work and wanted to come visit for Christmas. Kirk's nephew Cory is in a band, and man can he play. He has a very unique voice and such a great talent. He came Christmas Eve and we stayed up until almost 2 am listening to him give us our own concert. I was in heaven. I was so tired and knew that I had a early day ahead of me but I could not bring myself to go to bed. The way he plays the guitar was so beautiful. He writes his own songs and I love how each one has its own meaning but the meanings are a little hidden. He will be cutting his fifth CD when he goes back home and I will be the first one in line to get it!!!! Not a great picture but you get the idea right??? Check out some of his music on my blog.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Great documentary!

What a great film! My brother-in-law, Chris told us about this movie before it came out and said that we had to see it. I agree, even my kids learned a lot and really enjoyed it. This is what the web said about it.

"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

And it is......

Today was the big day... an ultrasound of our little one. I really wanted to wait to find out what we were having. I thought it would be fun to find out the "old fashion" way but my hubby really wanted to find out and since I love him so much, away we went.

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

It is amazing how fast the second one grows up. I know it is nothing new that the second child does things so much earlier than the first but it is sure fun to watch.

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

I did it!

I came from a split family. My real dad left my mom when I was two and never really turned back. When I was ten my mom and step dad sat my sister and I down and said they had something to talk to us about. At that time I was searching my mind trying to remember what I did that I was about to get into trouble about. Do you remember that feeling as a kid when you know you are about to get into trouble? I hate that feeling! Anyway to my relief my mom said that my real dad called and whats to see us. I was just relieved that I was not in trouble. I like to make people happy and I do not like being told that I did something wrong. Yeah I'm still working on that one!

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).

Favorite Turkey tradition


A few years back I found a recipe similar to this one and I changed it to work for me. SOOOOOOOOO yummy! I made it for my family a few years back and now it is the only turkey they will let me make. Thought I would share.


Pressed Herbs and Spices Turkey


This will work for up to a 15 lbs turkey. I'm making a 21 lbs turkey so I will be doubling it.

3 tablespoons grill seasoning (recommended: Montreal Seasoning by McCormick) 3 palm fulls
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


Directions
Preheat oven to according to turkey directions

Mix grill seasoning, cumin, paprika and coriander together. Place the thyme, cilantro or basil, parsley and pistachios in the food processor and process into a paste. Remove bowl from processor and remove blade from bowl. Have a rubber spatula on hand. Drizzle extra-virgin olive oil generously over the turkey to coat the skin. Loosen skin of turkey with a small sharp knife. Use your hands to move the paste around under the skin to evenly distribute the mixture. Coat the extra-virgin olive oil coated skin with the spice mixture.

This is worth a try, you will not be disappointed!!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Feeds my soul

Tonight was the adult session of stake conference. Every time Conference comes around, stake or general I am always amazed by how much they can inspire me. I feel spiritual feed, renewed and ready to serve the Lord. I am so grateful for this gospel and what it has done for me in my life and in the life of my family. Tonight they wanted us to think about how much the gospel means to us and what it has done in our lives. Then taking that blessing we have been given and sharing it with those around us.

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

The love of a husband

Have you ever noticed the way the Prophet speaks about his wife? Or any of the General Authorities, Stake Presidents, or Bishops for that matter. On Sunday we had a new counselor called and he got up and shared his testimony. The way he spoke about his wife brought tears to my eyes. I've always wondered what these women do to make their husbands love them so much. That there husbands truly could not imagine this life or the next without them. There should be some kind of book or something.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Stain remover recipe

Here is my favorite stain remover!! It has worked really well for me so I thought I would share.


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

I'm so over this

I am so tired of being sick and throwing up. I will be 17 weeks on Thursday and I feel like it is getting worse not better. That's all just thought I would say that I am over this!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

I love apple season!

Each year at this time I love going to Apple Hill and buying a couple big boxes of apples to make homemade apple sauce, apple pie and anything else we feel like that year. So this year I bought 60 lbs of fresh apples and went to work making some apple sauce. My girls were old enough this year to get really excited and could not wait for it to be done. Yummy!!



I'm planning on making an apple pie for Kirk tomorrow since it is his favorite!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Very sad day!

I found out this morning that Myla has relapsed, that her Nephrotic Syndrome is back. I have spent most of the morning crying. I can't explain how hard it is except that steroids make Myla's body hurt all the time. Her stomach and eyes always hurt. It is really hard as a mommy to see your child in pain all the time and then have their personality totally change also.

OK you have hear enough complaining out of me.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

again, again,again

Kirk's love for music has passed down to Sariah.

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

A new project

I have really felt so lost for the past few months. With Myla getting sick and then getting pregnant and being sick for 2 months and counting (yes, I'm still sick), I have not had much time for hobbies. Here is a dress that I finished tonight and I hope to finish a matching one for Myla to wear on Sunday. The last dress I made Myla was green and let me tell you she was not happy about it not being pink. So per her request this one is pink. It really is so much cuter on but I guess that can wait until church.



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...

So here is my next project that I hope to start tomorrow and then work on it at our ward knitting night this Thursday. I love this sweater and hope that since there are only two buttons on the top I can still wear it with a big baby belly.

Family Harvest Party

The MOMS club had a Family Harvest party on Saturday and here are just a couple pics of my crazy girls. They wanted to be princesses but Myla also wanted pink hair to match her pink dress. A little odd mix but she LOVED it!


I loved Sariah's wig, I just wish she would have kept it on longer. I can't wait until she gets some hair.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Dancing with dad

Friday night was date night for Kirk and his three girls. We spent the evening dancing and having a great time. When it was time to get the girls calmed down for the night Kirk slow danced with each one. I love seeing him dance with his girls.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Feeling better

I know that I am feeling better since I am getting an over whelming desire to craft, sew, compost and recycle all at the same time. I was asked the other day what I have been up to and the answer is nothing and I am going crazy. I have so many projects on my to do list that I can't wait to get my hands on. If only the house cleaning would not get in the way.....

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

OK Fine I will tell people

OK I will tell people just so the rumors will stop. Yes we are pregnant with my baby #3 but as a family that will make #5. To answer the second question I have been getting is yes we did plan it and I was really excited, now just a little scared. We are 10 weeks and almost done with the first trimester and I will be very happy when it is over. I do feel very blessed to have another baby and feel that this one, like my others are such a miracle.

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

being different

My sister was in town this weekend so the kids and I were down at my families house all weekend. I love being around family. I just hate how I feel so different around them. That all my choices are wrong or weird. I just want to be accepted so bad yet everything I do makes me more and more different from them. Why is it that the place were we should feel the most safe and secure is one of the hardest places to be around. Don't get me wrong, I love my family and they are wonderful people I wish sometimes we were heading in the same direction. It might be a little easier. Maybe if I was not the youngest they would be easier on me. Not sure, just sad tonight.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

My Favorite Shirts


My favorite shirt/uniform that I wear everyday would be modesty tops. It is so hard to find a cute shirt that is modest on top or long enough on the bottom. A few years ago my sister in law taught me the "Mormon" way. That is where my love started....


There are a few different brands that I have in my closet that I really like, such as Shade, Mod Bod, Cover Wear. There are so many more out there than what I have. Normally a modesty shirt is $15-$20 each or at the end of each seasons you can get the outgoing colors on sale for $9.99 but are limited on colors and sizes. Well I found Down East Basics, this is a clothing store in Roseville and also online. They always sell their shirts for only $9.99 year round. I love they way the fit just as much as Shade tops almost as much as I love it when someone shares a great find with me so here you go. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Messy Play Group

Today I had a messy play group at my house and the kids had such a blast! We had a plastic pool full of cooked noodles and water. Another one with three different kinds of pudding that they could"paint" with or eat. Last I had whip cream that they could spray at each other. It was so fun to see the kids being about to do things they are normally not allowed to do.
I've missed the "B" family and I'm glad they are home. No more vacations, deal?

Mexican Vanilla or Agave Nectar

I am a BIG fan of Mexican vanilla. In baking it always makes everything taste so much better. I think part of it is that American vanilla has 35% alcohol and Mexican only has 10%. I have used it for the past 8 years and than I ran out. So I purchased some at a big box store and I could not believe how strong the alcohol smell was. I also noticed a big difference in taste. I was a believer after that. OK so why am I blogging about my love for vanilla? Well I am putting in a order with a company out of Utah that gives discounts on order size and free shipping on any order over $35.

Here are the prices for vanilla-
If there are twelve people that want a litter it is only $9.99
or
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
brown sugar
demerara or turbinado sugar
maple sugar crystals
dehydrated cane juice
date sugar

Prices for Agave Nectar-
24 oz) $9.95
or
If there are six people that want a gallon $39.95

Let me know if anyone is interested.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Priesthood

On Sunday Dillon was ordained and is now a deacon. It is fun to see him grow up into such a sweet young man. Kirk loved every minute of it and spend a lot of time sitting down and explaining the Priesthood to him and his responsibilities. Here are some pics of his happy day.
Ok well he is not all grown up yet but its a start!

Favorite diapers








With Sariah I which to cloth diapers and I have LOVED it. At first I switched to save money and I knew it was better for the environment. I was surprised how much I like them. Here are some pics of Sariah wearing Fuzzi Bunz diapers. These are not your mothers diapers where you have to fold the diaper, pin it and then put plastic pants over. They are pocket diapers that are all one piece. They have an insert that you put in the back and then they snap closed. They now make one size fits newborn to toddler. I sent $200 on diapers that bought me 12 which is a perfect amount for me. That is all I have to spend on diapers EVER. They will work for all my babies to come. The best all in one diapers are the tiny tushes. I always love hearing about new ideas so I thought I would share.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Potty training

Myla was "potty trained" at 2 1/2 and since then she always had accidents. Sometimes three or four a day and other times maybe one. I really struggled with the thought of just putting diapers back on her or not. Kirks side of the family has a lot of potty training issues some lasting into their teens. So I kind of thought this was just the road we were on.

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

Here is the deal

Am I a vegetarian? No, I just eat meat really sparingly. When I was pregnant with Sariah I got sick on some meat and now meat is just not the same to me at all. Plus Kirk was going through a really big red meat stretch and that just about did me in. I am also not a big egg person, I never have been. A great friend taught me to center my meals around vegetables a while back and we really enjoyed it. Kirk included. So is this a permanent change? No we are just giving it a try. For a few years now we have chosen to eat really healthy and understand what is in food labels. Do I think it is the only way? No. Do I think less of people when they feed their kids chips, sodas, fruit snacks and all the other things I love? So no, it works for me and our family. That's it.

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.






I have noticed already that this involves a lot of planning, more than before. I need to plan meals ahead of time and make sure we have enough snacks cut up and ready to go.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Half Moon Bay - Just the two of us!

After 3 1/2 years Kirk and I finally went away for the weekend. We went to Half Moon Bay about 20 minutes outside S.F. We were right on the beach and the weather was perfect at about 60. We went to a fabulous restaurant Friday night with whole lobster and crab, really good food, great service and nice atmosphere. Saturday morning we walked the beach, went to Main Street to walk the shops and then went to the local farms. Kirk was so nice to do all the things I wanted to do without complaining. I know his ideal vacation would have been him ab diving but he was really a great sport. When we were heading back he said, "Can we do this every weekend, please". What a nice weekend. We sure love the beach!


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.

Eating from the earth

Why can't I eat from the land even if I do not have land yet. So here goes... Kirk and I are trying to eat only foods that come from the earth. Fresh veggies, fruits, and grains. Kirk is actually excited about trying it. I think I am rubbing off on him. Anyway I think it would be fun to try and see how we feel. Kirk's only concern was, what about bread? Please tell me you can make me some? So I can do the bread with honey and it would be a little stretch but I do not know a Wilkins that can live without bread.

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

Dream Home??

So on our hunt for our or my dream home my dad called me today and said he had a great idea for us. Here is the deal, I want to buy a house with at least 10 acres so I do not have to see or hear my neighbors. I think I am just getting grumpy in my old age. Well really I want a HUGE garden and lots of farm animals. I know I am crazy but it has been my dream since I was little.
Anyway here is the idea my dad had. Can you guess what this house is made out of????










You may have guess it, a shipping container.


Ok so maybe the idea may not be new to you but I kept asking him if I was understanding him correctly since it was over the phone. Sure enough I googled it and there they were and lots of them. So here is the idea.

1.) they are eco friendly since you are recycling
2.) very cheap, you can build a 3,600 sq ft house for around $60,000. installed

3.) to build you a huge house is really fast!

4.) they are fire proof and built to last

Just to name a few. Paige loved the idea of living in a box. Out of all things she is happy about living in a box??? OK well that is another story all together.

Will we be buying land and building a box, probably not but I thought I would share the idea.

Sharing

Our ward has been sharing the stomach flu this past week and lucky us we got it. I was so bummed to figure out that Sunday afternoon I was very very sick. By that night I felt like I was going to die. Probably the worst stomach flu I have ever had. Then yesterday Sariah came down with it. I am just praying that Myla does not get sick. With all the steroids she is on she has no immune system left. So now our house is empty (all of Kirk's family has gone home) and now we still can not play. Hopefully soon we can go and see some friends!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Higher Education

Hurray for Kirk. After many years of Kirk wanting to go back to school and get his MBA (Masters in Business) he took the GMAT a month ago. We just found that that he was accepted into Sac State. It was a really hard choice for Kirk to go to Sac State. Leaving the area was out of the question. Kirk really wanted to go to UC Davis but that was $64,000.00 without books or parking. It also took three years to complete vs. Sac State which is $33,000.00 including books, parking and they will even feed him. Not to mention it will only take 15 months. So off to Sac State he goes. Kirk will start in September and that will probably be the last I will see him for the next 15 months. We are so proud of him and we wish him the best!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Remission!

Hurray Myla is in remission. Yesterday we went to the Nephrologist and found out that Myla has responded to the steroids really well. Myla will still have to be on steroids for at least the next two months but is doing so much better. The doctor said she will probably relaps up to 6 to 8 times a year. We will have to test her urine everyday for protein for the next 10 or so years. Can you imagine. Crazy! Having Myla on steroids has been really hard. Her personality has totally changed. Once in a while I see small glimpses of my little girl and it makes me miss her so much. It is hard having Kirk's family here, they have not seen Myla for a few years and so they do not know what a amazing girl she is. They only see this crazy girl...

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

Anniversary


Kirk and I just celebrated our five year anniversary. It has been five fun, crazy, hard and learning years and now on to the easy days right??? This past year has been really great for Kirk and I. I have been reminded of all the reasons I feel in love with him and we have really grown so close. Thank you Kirk for the past five and cheers to another 50.


Saturday, July 18, 2009

Crazy house!

My house has been so crazy! I got back in town last Wednesday and that same day Kirk's brother came and stayed until Sunday morning. Sunday night Kirk's sister, her husband and their four kids came to stay. Tom and two of the kids go home on Monday and then Kim and the other two kids will stay another 10 days. It sounds a little crazy to have that many people in my little house but Kim is amazing. The house is clean, dishes are done, laundry is done and everyone is happy. I have so much to learn from her, so I am glad she is stay another week.

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

Myla Update

Today we went the nephrologist (kidney specialist) at Phoenix Children's Hospital. This doctor was amazing and really helped me understand what challenges we have ahead of us. When we were in the emergency room with Myla she was a perfect angel. She let the doctors do what even they needed and was so sweet. Well today was not the case. If a doctor came with in 10 feet of her she started screaming. She was really traumatized by the catheter and poking they did the other night.

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

Current pic of Myla

So here is what Myla looks like tonight. It is not a good picture since it was taken from my sisters phone but at least you get the idea of how "puffy" she looks.

Vacation and Hospitals

Hurray for vacation... boo for hospitals!

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

Whats for dinner?

I really liked tonight dinner and so did Kirk. I got these yummy round (like a baseball) zucchini's at an very cute organic farm in Placerville. So I made stuffed zucchini and cous cous but this was not normal cous cous. I made it with a sweet syrup and added craisins and chopped almonds. It really added a nice flavor and made it taste totally different that normal cous cous.



Monday, June 29, 2009

BEST pie ever!!

The girls and I went blueberry picking on Saturday so I thought I would make a yummy pie. Oh my this pie was AMAZING! Even Kirk said it was the best pie he has ever had (and he is hard to please). Don't let the picture fool you. It was not my best looking pie but boy was it good. Here is the recipe for those of you who would like it. I bet it would work with most fruits. No don't forget the homemade whipping creme or vanilla ice cream.


INGREDIENTS

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

DIRECTIONS
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.

Homemade

People have told me so many times that they would like to do more homemade stuff but think it will take way to much time. Well today I made laundry soap, stain remover, hand soap, dish soap, and all purpose cleaner all in about 30 minutes. Now if you add up all the money I saved doing it myself, that is pretty cool.


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.

Stain Remover
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.
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