Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Flower Fun

I have an addiction that i must admit right now;)))  Want to know what it is;)  Blog hopping!! hehe!!  Once when you start  you cant stop trust me. There are so many crafty people out there...and to make matters worse..i have a list a mile long now of projects that I MUST do!!!  But thought i would share one of them with you all and who knows maybe Ill share them all with you when and if I ever get them done but just to warn you that it might be a long time from now..Ok first up…Fabric Flowers…or some call them organza flowers..guess what I made them out of…yeap all them fancy bridesmaids dresses that are just collecting dust in my closet..well not actually bc my girls love them for dress up..so we just had to make the dresses shorter so i could use some of the fabric.. These were so so easy and so much fun..and you don't have to use them for your hair..put a pin on the backs and use them for a broach or clip them on a purse or a belt..the possibilities are endless..Aren't they just girly and cute:)
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Here are just a few that we made..Michelle guess where the blue one came from..;)  Yeap your bridesmaid dress from your wedding..and the red one well i just used a shirt that i picked up at goodwill for $.75. I’m sure I can get a lot from that one shirt!!

See here is the dress that the purple ones came from… So what do you think?? 

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Destiny’s biography

Destiny comes home from school and shows me her biography…she could pick anyone that she wanted to and do a biography on them..they had to research the person and write what they learned..Well my heart just melted when Destiny showed me her’s. It was great and I want to share it all with you:)   She picked Chris Burke!! (here’s a pic in case anyone don't know who he is)
Chris Burke was born August 1965. His mother was Marian Burke and his fathers name is Frank Burke. Chris Burke went to a special school and made many friends. Chris Burke was important because he had Down Syndrome. Some of his accomplishments were that he became a boy scout. He went to a school in Massachusetts.  The school had a farm. He is an actor. Even though he had Down Syndrome he did a lot in his life.  by: Destiny West

Thursday, April 15, 2010

3 yr Check Ups!!

This month has been crazy with doctor check ups for Avery.  We went to her regular pediatrician, hearing check up, eyes check up, and the special needs/nutritionist doctor.  Next week its the ENT.  Wow..its been crazy..She has to go to most of them every 6 months so they all fall in the same month I'm not sure why I do this to myself but I guess then its all over for another 6 months right;).
So as far as her hearing goes she is doing awesome!!!  Her eyes are still doing great but we have went down a little there..he said that she was just on the border for nearsightness..but that you can stay there for a very long time too so i guess we will just have to keep an eye on it..For her regular doctor just very basic just gave me orders for all of her blood work…complete cbc (white blood count), thyroid, Celiac disease, diabetes, and i think one other thing and then that might be all;). Poor girl..I always hate doing all of the blood work I get all uptight and worried until I get the clear that everything is good..She now weighs 30lbs..cant believe that..we were once fighting to get her to gain so much weight do you guys all remember then..at ten months she as ten pounds...and now she is at 30lbs..so I brought up to him about doing a sleep study..I just think she might have sleep apnea a little..so we will see..he said to bring it up to the ENT doctor..so that is what ill do I guess..On to the special needs/nutritionist she was VERY thorough as she always is that’s why i like going to her..I had taken her of off her prevacid (for her acid reflux per her GI doctor)  and well after her still spitting up and her having mucus from her nose constantly, and maybe even her sleep problems  it all goes back to her acid reflux..so we are putting her back on prevacid for now..and she even put her on some allergy medicine bc after looking in her nose she said that it might look allergy/pollen related..well who wouldn't have problems with all the pollen we have been having..its HORRIBLE!!! So between the two we can hopefully knock the runny icky buggy nose all the time..I did notice it got worse after we took her off of prevacid but never put two and two together until now..she also has a razzle in her lungs that we cant get rid of either..lets see what else did she say..oh yes to watch her weight now;)  so in the beginning we were pushing extra calories and now we are watching calories..hehe!!  and to make sure she gets lots of good exercise..oh trust me she is getting exercise the girl never stops except when she sleeps!!!  She also told us to get a referral to a developmental pediatrics in Greenville..(I'm thinking are you kidding me I get to add another dr to my list) What for you ask???  To help tailor her education plans I guess..and since there is a 6 month waiting list then to go ahead and get the referral now;)  I don't even want to start to think about her going to school yet!!  I did have the school call me since she is three now and see if she was going to go to school..but I said no not yet..bc I dont want her going to school everyday right now..just a personal choice!!  But the special needs dr said that i could maybe get her into the school for the deaf and blind for a couple hours like maybe two to three times a week so we might look into that..why u ask?? well bc her speech is soooooooo delayed!!!!! 
So how is she doing in her therapies???  Well in physical she is doing awesome she isn't even getting physical therapy right now bc of lack of therapist..but I don't mind bc what she cant do she seems to find her own way of doing it..and Occupational therapy is still working with her to strengthen her trunk muscles..So for Occupational we are just working on getting her ready for school..writing, cutting, small pincher grasp things like that..and for Speech well basically just to get her to talk more..the girl hardly talks words at all.She babbles all day long but nothing that anyone can understand. She understands ALOT but cant verbally talk what she wants..so we have really been doing the sign language to help with the frustration and it is actually helping her talk too.. For instance…we were eating supper one night and she wanted ketchup but we didn't know what in the world she wanted and after about five minutes and a total break down we finally figured out that she wanted ketchup..so the next time her occupational therapist came i asked her what ketchup is( i knew she would know bc her husband is deaf) so the next time at supper when ketchup was involved..and she was wanting more..i signed ketchup and said ketchup at the same time…so what does miss Avery do..she signs ketchup and try's to say it at the same time..so it got her to say ketchup!!  yeah we have one word that we know:))  That girl is so quick to pick up signs too..she got a bunch of signing time dvds for her birthday (Signing times are dvds that are  very catchy and easy to learn signs geared at kids but VERY, VERY  expensive I might add) and she picked up on the signs for signing time so the girl comes to me and does signing time signs when she wants to watch it and actually try's to say it too..which is impressive bc it is two words together and that does not happen!!  After reading someone else’s blog I am going to be looking up and researching speech apraxia to see if that is what Avery has…hmmm..we will see what kind of rabbit trail it leads me on..
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Well that was way to long!!!!  That pretty much much sums up what I've been up to lately..just helping the doctors take home that pay check!!!:) Here’s a short video of Avery doing signing times.  Don’t mind me either;)  She does do a couple of signs play (two hands shake with thumb and pinky out) , and time.. (where she is hitting her hand) Sorry that this is sideways I could not for the life of me figure out how to turn it around the right way!!  If anyone knows how please let me know!!! Thanks;)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Easter family Pictures

Well we tried but they didn't turn out the greatest but I guess i cant be that picky..its kind of hard to get five kids to cooperate.. I think Jared might of been worse then the kids though to agree to take pictures!!!  I have to retake some of just the girls.. What do you all think???

Jianna’s on the right, Jayla’s on the left

The girls in there Easter dresses!!

This one is the best i think..(i guess) at  least everyone is looking even though they may not be smiling..hehe!!
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Daddy and his girls!!!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Fishy, Fishy..hmm

Jared did his first fishing tournament this past weekend. He did pretty good but didn't place or win any money so i guess he didn't..huh??  But anyways Avery loves looking at Jared's fish that he brings home..She’ll do the sign for fishy, fishy. This one was his biggest…It was almost 4lbs..


She’s keeping an eye on the fish..but the fish flipped out of the bucket and hit her in the face and that was the end of liking the fish!!!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Avery won!!!

Avery's the Upstates most huggable easter baby!!!  She WON!!!!! Woohoo!!!  Thank you to everyone that voted for her!!!
Go here if you want to look!!


“ Up from the grave he a-rose, with a mighty triumph o’er his foes; He a-rose a victor from the dark domain, and he lives forever with his saints to reign. He a-rose! He a-rose! Hal-le-lu-jah! Christ a-rose!! “
Most of the older cousins down here..(minus Tyler & Janie’s family)
Ready, set …..GO!!! 
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We were just missing Tyler & Janie’s kiddos!! and obviously my twins weren't in here.. (the other set of twin cousins are in the front..the little boy and the little girls in the yellow dress)
(We did manage to get some family pics done this past weekend..so look for them to come soon..and the girls in there Easter outfits!!)

Three Months

Wow!! Its crazy they are 3 months already..But I'm so glad:) bc they are so much happier..they love to look around in there bumbos and love to look at each other and smile..its too cute;)

I have to include these pics..the girls put there build-a-bear hat on the twins and thought it was so cute so we had to take pics of it;) Little golfer hats..hehe..Don't they look so big already!!!:) Jayla is wearing purple and Jianna is wearing pink!!
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Avery has been loving there smiles and loves to talk to them all day…
She luvs her baby sisters :))
Jayla’s on the left and Jianna’s on the right!! (in both pics)

Dying Easter Eggs

The girls had a blast dying Easter eggs this year…Avery wasn't sure what to think but she quickly caught on and enjoyed it!! 
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Avery watching closely to see what you do;)
She’s going to give it a try..but she did not like it on her hand..silly girl!!  hehe!!
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Lovely dyed hands too:))

Friday, April 2, 2010

Our highlight for the evening!!

I was dressing the last child to walk out the door to church tonight and Destiny comes running upstairs.."”Mom, Brielle got a comb stuck in her hair..” I'm thinking how bad can it be..really..Brielle comes crying upstairs..and I look at it and all i can do is laugh.. I should of known better..

Brielle says the only thing we can do is cut it..and of course she is just bawling..We cant cut it Brielle you will look funny..Brielle- Well I don't want to look funny” sob,cry,cry some more… I ask her “What happened Brielle??” Brielle- I just twirled the comb up..and I didn't know this was going to happen..Of course not..Brielle..How lovely!!  Sigh..I just have to walk away..and think about how in the world am I going to get the comb out with out giving her a 5 inch bald spot right in the front of her head of course!! And then she comes running to me..I have an idea Mom!!!  With  a pair of scissors in her hand she says..”We can cut the comb.  You have another one in the drawer mom…So it will be ok!! “ Chuckle,chuckle..Oh Brielle..you crack me up!!  So I go out in the garage and we find the wire cutter and start snipping the comb away..” Every couple of seconds she looks up at me and asks Is it working Mom? and by the time we got that comb out Brielle sighs and says well that wasn't so bad..and I said we aren't done Brielle now comes the fun part.

So we go upstairs and I rub lots of conditioner on her hair and start combing and combing and rubbing more conditioner in her hair and she is just yelling to stop pulling....and then Brielle looks up at me and says “I thought you said this was going to  be fun part.” HAHA!!   Pretty much we have a big knot left and Jared tells Brielle  to go downstairs that he will just snip a little and hopefully the rest will be easier to work out.. So off they go downstairs..(I should of know better) By the time I got downstairs (which wasn't even 5 minutes) the whole knot was already cut and on the floor..

Luckily the top of her hair was out of the knot so she just has some….layers :) underneath.. it really doesn't look that bad.. After about an hour of getting that stupid comb out at least we don't have a 5 inch bald spot..so I'm pretty pleased.. and so is Brielle so I guess..we will call it a night:)  BTW we  didn't quite make it church..but we were going to go so that counts right:)


Thursday, April 1, 2010

Easter Egg Nests