Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Fancy cupcakes!

My mom is such a fun grandma! Last week while we were at the hospital with Myla my mom had a blast with Sariah. They made the cutest cupcakes for Myla so she would have something fun when she got home.

Since we have been out of town this week the girls really miss their grandma. They were telling one of my friends out how cool their grandma is. "She ALWAYS has juice and cookies", Myla was bragging. My mom has mastered the art of cookie making. Even Kirk requests my moms cookies and Kirk is not a sweets fan.

Thank you mom the girls LOVED it!!





If you look close the the babies had marshmallows for pillows, teddy grahams for teddy bears and mini cookies for heads.





Ahhhhh the beach!

This week we are spending some time at the beach. If you have not noticed that is my favorite place to go for vacation. After last week our family really needed a break and some time away from the hard parts of life.


Seeing Myla so happy was worth every second of the 12 hour drive!




Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Please join us!


Please help find a cure for Nephrotic Syndrome (a Kidney disease that my daughter has).

My family just sign up to do a walk to help find a cure for Nephrotic Syndrome in San Francisco October 16th 2010.

How can you help?
1.) Offer to walk
2.) Donate
3.) Get donations and spread the word

Please go to our donation page where you can join us or donate money to help!

http://www.firstgiving.com/mylabear

Anything you can do to help would mean a lot to our family and more importantly helping millions of children that suffer from this horrible disease.


(This is a picture of Myla when she fully relapses.)

Her is a little info about Nephcure

The NephCure Foundation is the only organization committed exclusively to support research seeking a cause and cure for two potentially devastating kidney conditions. These conditions are Nephrotic Syndrome and FSGS. The NephCure Walk program is an opportunity for patients, family, friends and the medical community to get together to raise awareness and money to fund research for a cure for Nephrotic Syndrome and FSGS.




Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Myla Update



Yesterday Myla had an appointment at Oakland, Kaiser to do a kidney biopsy. I was totally full of emotion. Oakland Kaiser is a huge hospital. When we got there I was walking down the halls with my sweet little girl and I was so scared. There was so many very nice people that I did not know. That did not know us or my little girl.

Over the past year every doctor's appointment I have told Myla everything that was going to happen a few days before. Then we talk about it a few times so she would not be scared and also she would know what to expect. When I talked to her about the I.V. I explained that they would put a numbing cream on first and that she would feel a little pain and pressure but it would not hurt as bad a last time.

Well the nurses made me into a big liar!

The nurse asked if they needed to get a blanket to wrap her in and strap her down. Ummm no!!! I said she will cry but will not move. So the first nurse that tried did not seem like he knew what he was doing. So a second nurse tried. They kept jamming the needle in over and over again. Myla is really good. She does not move an inch but she was screaming from pain. After two nurses tried I said no more and I wanted a vain specialist. Next the charge nurse came in and it took her two tries and a blown vain for her to get it. While we were trying to calm Myla down her doctor came in. What a huge sigh of relief to see someone we knew. Myla calmed down. I think Myla knew she was safe now seeing a doctor she knew.

Then from the tenth floor down to the basement we went as they wheeled her down in this cute peach gown in a massive bed. It made her look so small and innocent. Myla had to wave to everyone we passed and say hi.

Kirk went in with her first so I could get Capri to sleep (Capri came with us). When I gave Capri back to Kirk I went in and there were about eight doctors and nurses standing around her bed. They had me dress down in the full gear (scrubs, hat, shoe covers and face mask). Myla was given this really crazy jokers hat earlier and so she wanted to wear that hat under her white hospital hat. She looked so silly but loved every moment of all of us "dressing up".



In the operating room I got really nerves. There were about fifteen people in there, three specialist doctors and then rest nurses. This is now the second time I have seen someone put Myla under and let me tell you it does not get any easier. The first time she was put under she was breathing really weird almost like she could barely breath and this time she went almost stiff. She did not look or feel like my little girl.

Right after they put her out one of the specialist I have never met asked me if they explained all the risks. I said yes they did. He asked again did they tell you about the risk of bleeding. I explained that they did and then he said ok and if we can not stop the bleeding we will have to remove her kidney. What, wait no one explained that to me. It takes so much faith to leave your child and trust in people you do not know to care for your child and believe they will do everything right. I looked at Myla's Nephrologist and just had to trust her.

Kirk and I sat out in the waiting room and prayed for our little girl and the doctors.

Everything went well with the biopsy. Myla did not have any bleeding problems. It was about eight hours before she got released from the hospital and we were able to go home.

I am trying to get Myla to take it easy but that is not working really well. Her kidneys are sore but she seems to be doing fine. We should find out the results from the biopsy hopefully by Friday if not next week some time.

My mom watched Sariah while we were down in Oakland. It was so nice to focus our attention on Myla. The sweetest thing I was reminded of is the love of sisters.
We went down to Oakland Sunday night since we had to be at the hospital at 8am and we did not want to fight Monday morning traffic. As soon as we woke up Monday morning Myla wanted to call Sariah. Every time I would call my mom to give her updates Myla would want to talk to Sariah and tell her she loved her and missed her. Then that night when we picked up Sariah, the first thing she did is gave Myla a BIG hug. Sariah was so gentle with Myla and knew that she was sore and was so sweet.

Listening to Myla and how much so loves her sister and missed her reminded me of my sister. My sister and I have always had a great relationship. I hope my girls will be just as close!


Sunday, August 15, 2010

Sweet Honey

I found a GREAT deal on local raw honey, $30 for a gallon of honey. So I bought two!! We use a lot of honey for honey wheat bread, granola and so on. Yum!!!

Both batches came with honey combs in them and let me just tell you it is amazing!!




Saturday, August 14, 2010

Green Friday

Today's green idea is understanding where food comes from or should I say how far it comes from.

You are at the store and you purchase a box of crackers. Have you ever stopped to think what it took to get that box to you? If you look on the packaging it says where it was distributed from. Lets say this a box of crackers comes from Chicago. All the ingredients come from different places and get shipped to Chicago. Then in Chicago they make the boxes of crackers and then ship them to distributors. From there they are shipped to store distributors and so on. The average food item we eat comes at least 1500 miles.

Think of all the resources used the gas to ship it, electricity to run a whole plant and so on. Are you following me yet?

If you decided to make your own crackers think of how many resources it would save just from one box.

Here are two recipes to help with ideas.


Whole Wheat Crackers

2 cups whole wheat
1/2 sugar or honey (next time I will try it with less)
1/4 tsp salt
2 Tbsp soften butter
2/3 cups milk
Kosher or sea salt for tops (optional)

(A lot of recipes say to preheat the oven first. I normally wait and preheat it when I am ready to put it in the oven or preheat it just a few minutes before I am ready to put it in. This helps save electricity. Really the oven does not need to preheat for 20 minutes.)

Sorry back to the recipe

"Preheat" oven to 325

Combine flours, sugar and salt in large mixing bowl. Cut butter until the mixture resembles a course meal. Slowly blend in milk, using just enough to form a ball that holds together.

Divide the dough in half and roll each portion out to 1/16-1/8 inch thick on floured surface. Lightly sprinkle with salt and gently roll over dough with rolling pin. I use a pizza cutter to cut 2 in strips and then cut those strips every 2 inches. You should have 2 in squares. If you want to get creative use fun cookie cutters to make different shapes. Now place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Prick crackers 2-3 times with a fork and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on rack.

Makes about 100 crackers.

My kids loved these crackers. I have a few more recipes that I am going to try and see which one is our favorite.

Let me just say this next recipe is AMAZING!! Worth the 30 minutes you are going to sit at the stove!!


Homemade Vanilla Tapioca Pudding

Scant 1/2 cup small pearl tapioca (not instant)
2 1/2 cups whole milk
2 large egg yolks, slightly beaten
scant 1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup cold heavy whipping cream

Soak tapioca in 1 cup of water for 30 minutes, then drain (do not rinse) and set aside.

In medium size saucepan, whisk together milk, egg yolks, sugar and salt. Add tapioca then bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat, stirring slowly but constantly with a wooden spoon. The pudding will start to thicken. Turn heat to low and continue to simmer, stirring slowly and constantly, for another 20 to 30 minutes or until the tapioca is completely translucent- the time will vary depending on the size of your tapioca.

Remove pudding from heat and stir in vanilla. Cover and let cool to lukewarm. In a separate bowl, beat cream (make sure it is cold) with an electric mixer until it holds soft peaks. Stir cooled tapioca, and then gently fold in the whipped cream until thoroughly combined. Scrape pudding into serving bowls and serve immediately or cover with plastic wrap and chill until ready to serve (I like it better cold).

Tip: Push plastic wrap onto surface of pudding to prevent skin from forming.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

motherhood

Does anyone else with small children get the feeling that this blessing we have to be parents is such a short journey?

Each day I see my kids growing, learning new things, and developing their own personalities. I see how fast this time with them goes.

Sariah has really turned a corner these past few weeks. We have always called her the distructor. She loves to smash things, take them apart or spill things just to see what happens. Being the one that has to clean up the mess, has been hard but at the same time I see that she is learning. Kirk was the same way when he was a kid.

Sariah has started to listen, she is talking so much better and communicating her needs or ideas. She still continues to keep me on my toes, like rubbing a whole stick of butter on herself last night like a was Thanksgiving turkey. I just love her!

Myla is reading (small words but she is reading), drawing the sweetest pictures and boy is she a cuddle bug.

Capri is rolling over which I never thought would happen since I never put her down. She is by far my easiest baby but she is growing up way to fast!

The amazing thing is I look at each one of my kids and I know why Heavenly Father blessed me with them. Why they were chosen for me. They have taught me so much and continue to teach me.

Being a mother is the greatest blessing I have been given on this earth. I want to enjoy every second but only wish it would not go by so fast!

Myla, Sariah and Capri I love you more than words could ever say.

If I teach my children nothing else I pray it will be that I LOVE them. More importantly I pray that they will know that their Heavenly Father loves them.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Green Friday

Saving Gas

Have you ever stopped to think about how much gas is wasted by leaving your car idling?

For every two minutes your car is idling it uses as much gas as driving one mile.

So a good rule of thumb is if you are going to idle for more than 30 seconds turn off your car. Ten seconds of idling can use more gas than restarting your car.

My favorite myth is your car needs to "warm up" before you drive it like on a cold winter day. When really idling is not an effective way to warm up your car. With today's modern engines, you need no more than 30 seconds of idling on winter days before driving away.

Saving Bags

The past few years it has become more and more popular to purchase reusable bags. Now I say purchase because so many people buy them and yet forget to use them.

Have you ever stopped to find out about how bad it really is to use paper or plastic? I will list just a few reasons but check out here for a list of 25 reasons to remember those bags!

1.) A plastic shopping bag can take anywhere from 15 to 1000 years to decompose. In a compressed landfill, deprived of atmosphere to help them biodegrade, paper bags don't fare much better.

2.) Plastic bags make up over 10% of washed-up debris polluting the US coastline.

3.) An estimated one million birds and 100,000 turtles and other sea animals die of starvation each year after ingesting discarded plastic bags which block their digestive tracks.

4.) Made with chemicals processed at high temperatures, paper bag production releases many toxins into the atmosphere at much the same rate as plastic production.

5.) Over a lifetime, use of reusable bags by just one person would save over 22,000 plastic bags. Isn't that even better incentive?

Here two ideas to remembering to bring in your bags at every store not just the grocery store.
One put a note on your dash board (this helps me) or maybe putting your shopping list and purse in one of the bags when you are getting into the car.

I really have enjoyed changing over to reusable bags. Give it a try and see how much you like it!!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

A new cut

I could not take it one more day. From all the meds Myla is on her hair has become so stringing and just did not look good. So off for a hair cut. She LOVED it!

Much better! I think she looks soooo cute. I love her natural highlights in her hair.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Really?

So I know when you go out to eat fast food your are not eating for your healthy but come on. My hubby was sick and craving KFC (gross) so I picked him up some (What I felt bad, he was really sick).

Have you ever looked at the back of the honey packet? I would guess the ingredients would be ummm HONEY. Well that is one of the but not first on the list, it is third.

Ingredients:

High Fructose corn syrup, sugar, honey, corn syrup. natural flavor, caramel color.

Can you believe that? I know it is always about the bottom line but really!


This beautiful picture of REALLY honey was provided by www.jerusalembaskets.com

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