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happy 7th bday izzy.

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

Today Izzy is seven years old.

She is growing so tall and weighs 58 pounds!

We are celebrating with ice cream cake from Baskin Robbins!

Some presents she recieved for her birthday …

Hanna Andersson outfits from Gram, Jane Ellen, and Jane Ann. Junie B. Jones books from Melanie & Camilla. Various toys and dvds. A princess pillow from Nini. Fun stuff like bath products and a crown from Sarai & Katie.  I am going to redo her room when we do the big room shift.  We are planning a princess room.  With Amanda leaving for OU soon she is giving up her bigger room to Bailey and the smaller room will be her room when she is home for the weekends and also have some of Izzy’s things in it.  Izzy sleeps in our room right now so it should work out fine.

It was a fun birthday!

barbie

wordy wednesday.

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Whew…. what a day.

Started with a run/walk at the park in the crazy hot heat.  Even at 8 a.m. it was HOT.  Came home and got a lot of chores done.  Izzy had ESY today! 

Guess who showed up at school?  MELANIE!  Me & Izzy just ♥ Melanie!  It was nice to catch up with her… and see the pics of her thriving garden and new swimming pool!  I can’t wait for school to begin in August and I know Izzy will be so happy to get back to school too. 

Me & Emelia got a happy hour 1/2 price Sonic drink while Iz was at school… (here we are waiting for our drinks).

sonic

Matt had to work late…

I know you’re dying to hear about our vegan dinner for tonight.  Right? 

I bought these… (boca italian sausage (meatless))…

italian-sausage-natural

I sauteed them with sliced onions and green peppers with a dab of olive oil.  Served then on ww buns with mustard.  They were pretty good.  Good enough we both agreed we would have them again!  They tasted like sausage, they were softer than sausage and the texture was a little different, but overall I give them a thumbs up and was expecting to hate them.  We had baked potatoes and corn on the cob.  I am stuffed. 

OH!  I just remembered why I started this post… to put this recipe here so I would have it.   I made sour cream and onion dip (with no dairy).   We had this on our baked potatoes.  It tasted very similar to french onion dip.  I think I might make a batch without the onions too.  It was good though!

SOUR CREAM & ONION DIP

1 cup silken tofu (firm)

2 T canola oil

1 T dried onion flakes

1 T lemon juice

1 T apple cider vinegar

1 t. tamari (although I omitted this because I haven’t gotten any yet)

1 t. sugar

1/4 t. dried parsley (I used a dash of parsley and chives both freeze dried)

Mix with food processor and chill for a few hours.

I’m going to feed Izzy and then go for a swim before bed! How was your Wednesday?

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Monday, July 13th, 2009

The vegan thing is going pretty well… my favorite kid comment from the week was from Emelia while leaving church yesterday.  She said, “Can you please take me by McDonald’s for some meat?”  Poor girl 🙂  I fixed sloppy joes for lunch with morningstar crumbles (meat substitute) and we had fresh green beans and carrot sticks with hummus (and veggie chips).  

Tonight we had ww pitas with beans and morningstar crumbles with taco seasoning and avocados.  Green beans and fresh corn on the cob were sides.  I was very full. 

I cannot honestly say I miss meat yet.  I am feeling healthier and seem to be losing weight too! AED

*subject change*

Spent the day helping the twins (lol) Emelia and Bailey get their rooms clean.  They needed mom help and I had to take the day off and help them.  All day.  Well, I did take time out for a pedicure mostly because those silly flags painted on my toes were getting annoying.  That sweet nail girl “tammy” always does something whacky to my toes and I can’t understand her well enough to stop it before it’s too late.  I picked a pleasant neutral hot pink and ended up with tropical designs :O… Oh well.

tropical-toes

We went for a nice swim after dinner, in this heat the pool is priceless for cooling off in the evenings.

Izzy.

Isabelle is doing well. She’s healthy and happy.  I will be so glad when school starts again!  I know she will be too!  She goes back to ESY this Wednesday (two weeks off for the fourth holiday).  She is growing so much it seems.  Maybe it’s my imagination but she seems bigger.  She will have a birthday soon.

Amanda.

Amanda is getting closer and closer to move out day.  I am in denial.  We got her bedding and other things for her dorm room last week.  I need to find a few more things and we’re going to make a curtain to fit the window…  She is so excited!

a surprise!

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Today was Izzy’s day for ESY … which is Summer school.  She has been missing Melanie (her favorite teacher)!  Today Melanie came to surprise Izzy!  She brought balloons… and one was ORANGE.  Izzy grabbed the orange balloon when Melanie showed them to her.  Word was that Iz did better with Karen and Camilla than she has all Summer.  Melanie is a great motivator.  Lots of exciting things to look forward to this school year including a new classroom of their very own that is bigger and can accommodate all the things needed to make school perfect!  So great. 

Thank you Melanie for coming to school today to surprise Izzy.  She was so happy to see you!  (so was I) 🙂

balloons

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june 10.

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

Today is Matt’s birthday!

He called around noon to let me know he wanted a orange crush bundt/pound cake… I had never made that cake before, but was up for the challenge.

orangecake

Orange Crush Pound Cake

1 sticks butter

2 3/4 c. sugar
5 eggs
3 c. plain flour
1 c. orange crush
1 tsp. orange flavoring
1 tsp. Vanilla

ORANGE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
1/2 stick butter
1 (3 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
1 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. orange flavoring
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing well after each. Add orange crush, alternately with sifted flour. Add flavorings. Put into greased and floured tube pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour and 10 minutes.

FROSTING: Cream butter and cream cheese. Add powdered sugar and flavorings. Spread over warm cake. .

It turned out really good.

I  marinated pork chops.  made grilled quartered new red potatoes from dad’s garden on the grill, some stuffing, some veggies…  No diet pills for me.  lol.

Then we all headed to VBS.  Biblewood.  I was craft leader again this year.  I had a blast! Now I need to learn to play piano!

Izzy had Summer School/therapy today for the first time.  She was only there a little over an hour and personally I think it made her sad to be at school without her friends (no, not the kids… Melanie, Michele, and Camilla 🙂 )

It was like a ghost town.  Andrea and Karen are very nice.  I’m just saying.

One week from today is our 20th anniversary.  I can’t be that old.  Can I?

So, I think Matt had a great birthday.  In fact I know he did.

weekend and stuff.

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

Another pretty productive weekend.  Matt was productive anyway.  He has been on a mission to use less energy, so he installed a big vent thing in the attic and then added some vents in gables.  It was a hard, hot job… but someone had to do it.  Glad it wasn’t me :). It was nice to have the pool ready for quick cool downs between jobs.  I mostly ran errands for the “boys” all day Saturday.  We need cardboard displays

Me & Emelia washed my car.  Emelia can’t stand to not have a part in the action… so here she is washing away. 

carwash

She helped me vacuum and armour all… and then “helped” spray stinky cherry stuff everywhere!

She and Izzy enjoyed some movie/computer time together.

girls

Izzy is wearing one of her newly acquired “orange” shirts from Gram & Melanie.

5 years ago today.

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

I posted izzy’s story a couple of years ago… now, 5 years later I am reposting… I hope even one toddler is spared from a drowing accident.

Izzy continues to amaze us daily and we KNOW the best is yet to come.

As you probably know if you read my blog, I started blogging after the near drowning accident of my youngest daughter Isabelle (Izzy). I started her blog after I had been emailing updates to friends and family and the email address list was getting so big I had to do several separate mailings to get it all out. That along with the fact that people’s addresses changed and would ask about updates. It was just easier to have a central place where I could write about her progress. The emails those first few months were priceless and I was so happy to have a way to correspond with people who love and care for our family. We were out of state for a couple of months in a rehab facility with Izzy. Later I started this blog because I enjoy the memes and general blogging that I don’t feel is appropriate for Izzy’s blog…

I have had several people email privately asking for the details of Izzy’s near drowning accident and have sent them the information. But, in an attempt to help people understand the potential for drownings, I am going to sum up her accident here…

Izzy was 21 months old. It was May ’04, a Sunday evening. We had been to church (morning and evening) stopped at the store for a few things, came home to read the Sunday paper and watch Extreme Home Makeover… My son Bailey who was 10 at the time was going outside (the side deck which is away from the pool) to lift weights for fun. Izzy was his constant shadow and he called to tell me Izzy was with him… to which I replied, “okay, but watch her!” I have to pause here to say that Isabelle was terrified of the pool. She even hated taking baths. I had just put her in the pool with Matt a few days before this and she screamed so I took her out immediately. I guess my point is she was afraid of the water and I felt like she would never get into it alone. I was wrong. Isabelle wondered away in a blink and got into the pool. I have replayed this a million times in my mind, the what if’s … what if I had said, “no, she needs to stay in the house.” what if I would have glanced outside and noticed she was headed in the direction of the pool… etc. What did happen was I had a weird thought, “isabelle… pool” came into my mind which was odd for the reasons I stated. Amanda was walking by and I asked her to make sure Izzy was still with Bailey (just to be sure), she came right back and said, “Bailey is still on the deck.” What about Isabelle? She went back out and before I could get there I heard screaming. Bailey pulled Izzy out of the pool and held her upside down. Matt came second and started giving her breaths. What seemed like hours was only a few seconds and the image I saw was a ifeless blue baby. It was the worst thing I have ever seen in my life and I prayed for a year for God to take that image out of my mind. I still get shaky thinking about it. I called 911, and took over cpr while Matt talked to the person on the phone until the ambulance arrived. I did cpr until a emt took her from my arms. After that I laid on the ground begging God to spare my baby. They worked on her for about 20 minutes in the ambulance. I wasn’t allowed near. I sat with the kids and we prayed for her … We were finally told they were heading to the ER. When we followed, we didn’t know walking in whether or not she was alive. We went into the family room and were told they had gotten a pulse but were still working on her. Before five minutes passed there were so many people there we had filled the family room and the hall of the er. They then took her to the Children’s Hospital by medivac. We followed again and were told that Izzy would probably not survive the night. The rest of the story would take a week to write, but she is alive… it will be three years in May! She is healthy and making progress and we have learned so much about our faith and about God. We believe that she will be completely restored.

A while after her accident I joined an online support group for parent’s of near drownings. I have come to learn that this happens far too often especially to children around 2 years old. I feel compelled to plead you to treat any open water as if it were a loaded gun. It is so dangerous for toddlers because they don’t have the rational to know the danger involved and it happens so quickly. I have read parents stories of babysitters, grandparents, birthday parties, koi ponds, retention ponds, it happens everywhere in every way! You cannot be too careful.

One great preventative if you have toddlers is to teach them to swim. The guys who come over from Australia to do Izzy’s brain therapy have made videos that show how to teach your babies to swim at a very young age.

If you are interested in more information on Izzy’s progress, you can look at her blog. If you are a person that prays, any prayers of faith for Isabelle would be greatly appreciated.

Here are a few statistics…

  • In 2000, there were 3,482 unintentional drownings inthe United States, an average of nine people per day.(U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • It is estimated that for each drowning death, there are 1 to 4 nonfatal submersions serious enough to result in hospitalization. Children who still require cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at the time they arrive at the emergency department have a poor prognosis, with at least half of survivors suffering significant neurologic impairment. (American Academy of Pediatrics)
  • Drowning is the second-leading cause of injury-related death among children under the age of 15. (U.S.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • 19% of drowning deaths involving children occur in public pools with
    certified lifeguards present.(Drowning Prevention Foundation)

  • A swimming pool is 14 times more likely than a motor vehicle to be involved
    in the death of a child age 4 and under. (Orange County California Fire
    Authority)
  • Children under five and adolescents between the ages of 15-24 have the highest drowning rates. (U.S.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • An estimated 5,000 children ages 14 and under are hospitalized due to
    unintentional drowning-related incidents each year; 15 percent die in the hospital and as many as 20 percent suffer severe, permanent neurological disability. (National Safety Council)Of all preschoolers who drown, 70 percent are in the care of one or both parents at the time of the drowning and 75 percent are missing from sight for five minutes or less. (Orange County, CA, Fire Authority)

  • The majority of children who survive (92 percent) are discovered within two minutes following submersion,and most children who die (86 percent) are found after10 minutes. Nearly all who require cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) die or are left with severe braininjury. (National Safe Kids Campaign)

 

izzy’s makeover…

Friday, May 15th, 2009

Saturday Matt and I ran an errand and while we were gone I got a picture text from Emelia… iz-makeoverApparently they played makeover while we were gone… Amanda suggested Izzy start wearing makeup to school, but also thought maybe a little less lipstick.  I agree she looks gorgeous, but think we’ll stick with the natural look for at least a few more years.

Izzy is still pushing the orange thing.  She apparently loves oranges to eat too.  I just can’t imagine why she is so into orange 🙂 !!! I think of Texas or OSU when I see orange… reminds me of the post on auto insurance quotes Texas I need to finish.

orange … and zoo.

Friday, May 15th, 2009

Yesterday when I was picking up Isabelle from school, they were letting her choose the color of her new hand splints. I usually just order pink or purple when we get any type of splints or orthotics… anyway, with her new found ability to make choices using her left hand for no and right for yes… they were eliminating choices and had it narrowed down to three. Pink, neon green, and orange. I watched as they showed her each color several times and she chose orange! I couldn’t believe it! Gram and her love of OSU has obviously had more affect on Iz than I had thought! So she’ll be sporting fancy orange hand splints.

Today was the zoo field trip. After an early morning State Honor Society breakfast, me and Izzy headed to the zoo. We actually beat the school buses by almost an hour! I was happy to see a few old friends from church and then a couple of “girls” I graduated with not many years ago 🙂 … It was nice catching up and then we hit the zoo!

It was a very humid day. My hair is the biggest evidence of that!!!

Izzy and Emelia (Izzy’s school para/mom’s daughter) got airbrushed tatoos at the zoo. They chose butterflies.

We braved the stinky snake house! Here’s Izzy checking out a tortoise!

The snakes were icky! But we looked at them all!

There were two things I didn’t exactly enjoy about the timing of our zoo trip. 1. It was feeding time which meant there were a lot of animals gnawing on a lot of nasty bones and other things… and 2. Those things have to come out of those animals and the gorillas made quite a show of that. I will spare you the details, but lets just say some things should NEVER be eaten!  Like cattle supplies.

This is teacher appreciation week and me and Izzy sure do appreciate these two girls!!! Michele and Melanie are the most awesomest bestest para and teacher ever!!!


Here’s Izzy and Michele’s daughter Emily. They had fun zoo-ing together today!


This is what kept me and izzy hydrated! Our favorite drink!

izzy’s other great day…

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Iz had another great day at school yesterday (Wednesday)… She used her yes/no to answer lots of questions (correctly) and… Margaret said if she keeps it up she’ll be talking in no time. Apparently they were discussing animals in speech therapy and she attempted all the sounds presented to her. Way to go Izzy!!!