Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Passports and Scooters!

Hi! I just wanted to let everyone know I haven't added pictures lately because my laptop ran out
of disc space and so Paul bought me a passport (usb hard drive) to put all my pictures on. Well when I want to pull out a picture I have to hook it up to this little passport and well I have been too scared to try it. I just need Paul to show me how once and then I will be fine but when he is home I never think about asking him to help so I need to remember....

Onto the scooters...For Christmas we got both boys electric scooters. They are so fun and go up to 12 mph. You just plug them in when you are done riding and they charge up. The kids are so cute because they have friends all up and down the block and every day after school they will get their scooters and ride to their friends house to play. It is almost like they have cars. It is so cute! All their friends on our block want one. :) I do have pictures but I will have to wait till I figure out how to get them....

I take my anatomy class downtown and their is no parking close! I would love to bring one of these scooters to ride from where I do park! I am sure I would look so cool! Lol! Oh well the walk is good exercise! On another note in my anatomy class today (The Lab) I was completely confused! We learned about connective tissue which I understand it from the book and the pictures they show in the book but in Lab we pulled out the slides and they all look the same and never look like the pictures in the book. A lot of people were confused about it and then there were the few that totally got it and tried to explain it to the rest of us but I didn't get it today. I am hoping it will click for me! They have an open lab on Sat so I may have to take a trip up there on Sat and see if I can better understand it. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Wild Cat Of The Week!

Every week at my kid's school they pick a person to be Wild Cat Of The Week and this week it was Branson. He was very excited! We had to do a poster all about him with pictures of him, his family, favorite places, wishes, dreams, what he wants to be when he grows up, ect. They announce his name on the speaker on the morning announcements and the parents can come eat lunch with him for free (you can eat lunch with your kids anytime but have to pay for your lunch, which isn't a big deal). So me and Paul had lunch with Branson at school and he was so excited! All the kids at his table were so cute and all wanted to talk, talk, talk! Kyler came in when Brans' class was done eating and he came over and said hi. We asked if he wanted us to eat with him and he said no. Lol! Aww, the life of a 4th grader! I hate that he is too embrassed to eat lunch with his parents already! I do remember those days well though, so I understand.

Today I had my developmental psyc today and I really like my teacher. She use to be a paramedic, then she went back to school for psycology and got her masters. Then she had a practice and now she teachers and is going for her PH D. She is a very good teacher and very interesting! I love teachers like this because it makes class so much more fun! Today we laughed so much (she is also very funny!).

So all in all today was a very fun day! My hand is sore from writing so much (all the note cards I have been doing for anatomy class). I haven't writen this much in forever!

Monday, January 26, 2009

I Know! I Know! I Know!

Well here is a little school update. My anatomy class is going to be fast and furious and I am a little worried about this. Our first test is in two weeks and it will be over 5 chapters!! And on the same day we will also have our Lab class test! And this first test will be the easiest of all the tests!!! The second test will be over 7 chapters! Whatever happened to going over 1 chapter for a couple of weeks then taking a test? Guess that was back in high school. :)

So the 19 year old in me would of waited till about two days before the test then started studying and reading the 5 chapters. I know this because that is how I use to do it and amazingly I did pass but with C's. So this weekend I read the first 3 chapters and made a million note cards and studied the note cards! Today in class the teacher would ask questions and I felt like that annoying person that would throw up her hand and be like "I know! I know! I know!! Pick me! Pick me! Pick me!!!" Haha! I had never done this before and I was so proud of myself!! Usually I am the one where when the teacher asks the question I pretend to be deeply engrossed in my note taking that I could not possibly answer any questions. Lol!

So we will see what happens on the first test! Maybe my mom was right..." Your smart, you just never apply yourself." It is a different experience to go to class and actually understand what is going on! Can you tell? All my old school issues are coming up! All week I have been having flashbacks from high school and college!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

RT Student Blog

Hey take a look under my blog list at RT Student Blog !! He is an RT student that has been showcasing kids with cf on his blog trying to raise money for the cf foundation for a cure for cf! He has a picture of Kyler and Branson! All the pictures of all the kids are really cute and have great stories! Check out his blog!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

School Update

Well I started school this week! I really like my classes so far. Almost everyone in my Human Anatomy class is going for nursing so it was nice to meet other people with the same goal. Unfortunately we have all been sick this week so I wasn't feeling my best but I pushed through. Jade was sick last week, then Kyler was sick over the weekend, then I came down with it on Sunday night, Paul on Monday and Branson was today. Kyler and Jade are back to their normal happy selves and have been at school all week. Branson missed school today and will probably miss tomorrow. Paul has been in bed since Monday and I would of been in bed but have had to get out to go to school. I didn't want to miss the first week of school. I did pretty good today (I was tanked up on Day Quil) but crashed once I got home. We are all ready to get over this cold. It has been a strange bug because one day you will feel sick, then next day you will feel better like you are getting over it and then the next day you are back to feeling worse than every before. It tricks you. Hope everyone out there is feeling well and I will update again soon!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Questions and Answers!

I got this off another blog so here it goes...

1. Do you like scary movies?
Not anymore. I use to like them when I was younger but now they just seem to be really gross. All blood and guts.

2. What kind of cell phone do you have?
I have a blackberry. Sprint was giving them away free if you upgraded your contract for another 2 years. I love sprint so I had no problem doing the 2 year contract. I love the blackberry. You can check email, facebook, myspace, ect. It is like a mini computer.

3.Do you have a passport?
Yes. Got one when we went to Cabo last summer. My first one!

4. Has anything out of the ordinary happen this week?
Well my daughter did get a rash on her hands and feet this week. Dr said she picked it up from school. It is gone now.

5. Have you broken any bones?
Yes in a car wreck when I was 21. My knee/leg. Had to have knee surgery and have a bolt put in my leg because the bone was too crushed. I set a lot of airport security off. LOL!

6. Did you do anything this week that you normally don't do?
Yes, I am taking two classes and a lab at school starting next week and they are at two different campus so I went to both campus and found where my classes would be. Talk about flashbacks!

7.What's the worst thing you have had in your wardrobe?
Hmmmm.....probably the jeans that were up to your belly button. Back when they were in, not anymore. I am sure there has been way more than that but I try to block it out! Haha!


8. Did you ever have braces?
No! :)

9. Ever win a big sum of money?
Well it wasn't a really big amount but the second time in Vegas I didn't want to spend a lot at the slots so I was joking with our friends and said I was only going to spend a dollar. I put it in and won 150.00 in quarters. I was like 'ok I am done with the slots!' haha!

10. Any big plans coming up?
Well we are trying to decide what to do for Spring Break...maybe Disney?

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Update

So here is a quick update. I am going back to school for nursing. My classes start next week on tues Jan 20th! I can't wait to get the first week over with! I only have 4 classes to take before I can apply for the nursing program but have to take my anatomy class before I can take the other 3 classes. I also have a psychology class that i can take now so I am taking 2 classes and a lab this semester. I did have all my math, history, English out of the way so I was really glad that all my classes I took way back when still would count! Back when I was 19 and started college I had thought about being a nurse but had never really been around nurses, hospitals, ect and thought that you had to be as smart as a Dr to be a nurse and I didn't have the confidence to think I could do it. I had really no direction at that time and just took basics (which now I am glad I did that). Well now that I have been around a ton of nurses I realize I could be a nurse. We have had some really great nurses and we have had others. After I get my RN I would really like to work at a dermatolgist office or a plastic surgeons office. I really like skin care and love all the Dr 90210 shows. If that doesn't pan out I would like to work in labor and Delivery. Or I might just be a school nurse and have all the holidays and summers off. I just love all the possibilities! I may even stay in school till I get my masters and then I can be a nurse practitioner. I am really excited about going back to school and actually having a direction this time!

ps. Head on over to Phoneix's Fight down on the right side of my blog and leave him some love and prayers! Thanks!!

Monday, January 12, 2009

The Meaning Of Rescue

"The Meaning of Rescue"

Now that I'm home, bathed, settled and fed,
All nicely tucked in my warm new bed,
I'd like to open by baggage
Lest I forget,
There is so much to carry -
So much to regret.
Hmm...yes there it is, right on top
Let's unpack Loneliness, heartache and Loss,
And there by my leash hides Fear and Shame.
as I look on these things I tried so hard to leave -
I still have to unpack my baggage called Pain.
I loved them, the others, the ones who left me,
But I wasn't good enough - for they didn't want me.
Will you add to my baggage?
Will you help me unpack?
Or will you just look at my things -
And take me right back?
Do you have the time to help me unpack?
To put away my baggage,
To never repack?
I pray that you do - I'm so tired you see,
But I do come with baggage -
Will you still want me?

~Author Unknown~

I found this poem on the internet on a dog rescue page. It did pull a string for me. We did find Kia (Our German Shepard) at the pound. She was 9 months old and as big as she is now. She is 11 now and weighs 100pounds. It was an hour before the pound was closing that day and it was her "last" day. I had to do some fast talking to Paul because he was not at all happy about getting a 100 pound dog. She is a fully registered German Shepard and the previous owners had left her papers at the pound for the next owner. The reason they put for not keeping her was "Supose to be daughter's dog and she decided to go to college and she doesn't like cats"

We had 3 days to change our mind and in that 3 days she was the best dog ever!! Not that I would have taken her back if she would have been bad. Once I decide on a animal they stay with me till the end. We had our 2 cats at the time and she didn't mind them one bit in that 3 days! She instiantly bonded with Paul (which drove me crazy!!) and she was just the perfect little angel! I will say thou that during the first 2 or 3 weeks she did have a saddness about her. Even then I knew it was because she missed her previous owner/s. I also knew she didn't really understand why they had left her or why she was now with us.That is why that poem hit a chord with me today when I found it.

Well after the 3 days her true colors came out! She wasn't a bad dog but lets just say she was a very hyper dog with a mind of her own! She did like the cats....well she liked to chase them anyway! One of our cats finally figured out if you didn't run from her she would just go lay down and not bug them but it took our other cat awhile to figure that out. We had to segergate them for awhile.

We saw the movie Marely & Me the other day and that dog reminded me of Kia so much!! It was a really good movie if you get a chance to see it! Anyway we did get Kia in dog training and we learned to handle her. Paul even showed her in dog shows for the first year we had her. I will say our first couple of years with her were tough but like the movie, totally worth it with so many great memories! I will say I have always felt safe with Kia! I know she would give her life to save ours if she had to! That is in the German Shepard blood! She has always been good with the kids and even now is friends with the cats. I catch them all sharing her bed at times.

Kia has been a very special part of our family and I can't imagin life without her!

ps. If you click on Dog under label at the bottom of this post it will take you to a couple more posts about Kia with pictures.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Ruby

I have been watching the show Ruby about a woman on a weight loss journey. I really like the show and it is very inspirational. It is on Style Network on Sundays 8/7 c.

She weighed almost 500 pounds when she started and she has lost over 100 pounds. They show reruns through out the week so I have caught up on past episodes. She really has changed from the beginning! On one episode some people started making fun of her. They were adults, not kids, and it made me so mad I wanted to go gives those people a piece of my mind! I can't believe how rude people can be and how mean!! She was going to a restaurant and having a hard time walking up the stairs and the mean people were sitting outside and started making fun of her. It just amazed me that people could do that right to someone's face!

Anyway just thought I would pass this on in case you are looking for a show to watch while most shows are in reruns.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

25 Tips For A Better Life- 2009

25 TIPS FOR A BETTER LIFE - 2009


1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant.
2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Buy a lock if you have to.
3. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement, 'My purpose is to __________ today.'
4. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
5. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli, almonds & walnuts.
6. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
7. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts o r things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
8. Eat breakfast like a king
9. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
10. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
11. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
12. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
13. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
14. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
15. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
16. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: 'In five years, will this matter?'
17. Forgive everyone for everything.
18. What other people think of you is none of your business.
19. GOD heals almost everything. . . and He can heal everything if its in His plan. We just need to trust His bigger picture.
20. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
21. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch!!!
22. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
23. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements: I am thankful for __________. Today I accomplished _________.
24. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.

25. And lastly, always know that I love you!


Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Kyler And Branson's CF Appt

Today was Kyler and Branson's CF appt. Both boys gained 5 pounds! I knew they had gone through a growth spurt! Both also grew taller although I forgot to get the exact number. I know Kyler has really grown taller in the last couple of months. Branson's pfts were the same which means they were all over the place all the way from in the 50's to the 80's. They chalk that up to him being too young to really do it correctly. Kyler's pfts were down to 88 FEV1. Normally he is high 90's. But yesterday he started complaing that his ear hurt and today the Dr comfirmed he had an ear infection so the Dr thinks that is why his pfts are down. They started him on two antibodics for two weeks to knock it out. Both their lungs sounded great. Both boys do not culture anything and all meds are to stay the same except for the two antibodics for Kyler for the next two weeks.

Meds for both boys
abuetral
mucomyst
hypertonic
previcide
nasonex
ultrase mt12's
vitamins
vest 2x a day

Branson-
cephalexin (antibodic) every other month during winter months. We just started this this year and so far (knock on wood) it has worked out great!! Branson has a hard time with colds in the winter and so far so good!!

Kyler-
bactrin (antibodic) and something that starts with an L (antibodic) for the next two weeks to help with the ear infection and anything else that is going on inside.

On another note we ran out of Kyler's enzymes (ultrase mt12s) a few days before his next batch was due with the insurence. The pharmacy gave us one bottle to tied us over so today at their appt I asked for them to write us a new script for more so we wouldn't run out. Can you believe Kyler went through 1100 pills in one month for just food! They upped it to 1200 a month so we wouldn't run out. The amount of pills Kyler and Branson go through a month is amazing to me and they do it without one complaint! They are truely my heros without a doubt!!

Lance Armstrong

www.livestrong.com is Lance Armstrong's website and I love it! I got the info off another blog and went straight to the website. I got a free account and start the online food journal. Take a look at the website and see what you think!

It allows you to
sign up for free, create a profile, keep a daily food and exercise journal, take challenges (such as the "drink more water" challenge), and has tons of great articles about getting healthy.

Livestrong.com also has all of your popular restaurants listed, so there is no more guessing about how many calories you are consuming when going out to eat. We put in the dishes we had last night, and it gave us all of the nutritional information on that dish.
This is a great way to start off 2009!!