July 22, 2011

2 Years Ago

Two years ago, I started this blog.  So many things have happened in those two years.  Jonas and I celebrated our 9th anniversary.  Jack was born.  Hayley started school.  Ryan started preschool.

This blog is part about the kids and our family life.  Also part opinion about whatever is going in the world.  It's become a way for me to vent when needed.  It's a blog about being a mom, wife, friend and a woman.  It's a blog to share my photography.  It's a blog about finding myself.   

In the last two years, this rainy place has really begun to feel like home.  I've found my place here and made some really fantastic friends.  I feel like I belong here.  A few years ago I wouldn't have believed it, it just took a little time.  Like most things.  But now, it's home. 

July 17, 2011

Peanut Sauce

Maybe it's just coincidence, but maybe my peanut sauce was just the little nudge he needed.  That "he" is Kellan.  He was six days past due in his momma's belly, my friend Mikaela.  (Nine days by another due date that she was given.)

We had invited them over for dinner, pending whether or not Kellan had decided make his debut.  I knew Mikaela liked peanut sauce and planned for that.  My Thai neighbor showed me how to make it, so easy!  I marinated some chicken for skewers.  Jonas grilled it and some corn.  I also made jasmine rice and egg rolls.  And of course, some peanut sauce with just enough red curry for a kick.  They brought a yummy chocolate mousse cake for dessert.

It's funny, later that night they were timing contractions.  They headed home a little while later, I think we were all a little hopeful.

Kellan arrived the next morning.

Yes, he was over due.  Maybe my peanut sauce was that little push he needed.  I think he was finally ready to meet the three fantastic people eagerly waiting to meet him.  Either way, congratulations Erik, Mikaela and Kylah!  He's beautiful!  And thank you for letting us coming to meet him at the hospital, we were all very honored. 

The girls meeting Baby Kellan at the hospital.
Baby Kellan - Shared with permission

July 15, 2011

Bravo!

Have you heard about this?

Yes, children under the age of six being banned from a restaurant.  Some people agree with this bold move.  And there are some that protest and call it unfair.  But you know, I say...

BRAVO!

I said it.  Clue one.  There's no kid's menu.  Clue Two.  Fine Dining.  Can you really blame the owner?  It's on a golf course.   

I have three children, all currently six or under.  We are also a family that enjoys to dine out on occasion.  However, my husband and I have worked hard on teaching our kids how to behave when we go out to eat.  It's paid off.  There's the volume rule, manners, etc.  We bring things to keep them busy.  And if there's any chance of dessert after our meal, they knows their chances of that improve with good behavior.  And then there's Jack.  Yes, it's still a little difficult to control his mood and such.  If it gets to the end of our meal and he's had enough, one of us will simply take him to the car.  No one else in the restaurant should have to listen to my crying child.  Right?!!

Here's the flip side.  It's date night!  Jonas and I get to go out without our kids.  We've hired a babysitter.  I get dressed up.  We've decided to go out and have dinner at a place that does not have a kid's menu.  A place that we can share a bottle of wine.  A place that will probably not involve coupons.  Yes, we will probably go out and talk about our kids.  Because our kids are awesome!  We had to make a reservation weeks ago!  The last thing I want to see or hear is another person's crying or whining child! 

Sorry.  I'm being honest.  We're not going out and spending $$$ on dinner and another $$ on a babysitter to listen to another person's kid scream.  This actually happened one night when we went out.  It was at The Melting Pot.   There was a couple there with their two small loud children.  I was worried about their kid getting burned, thanks people.  I don't expect the restaurant to turn these people away, but I do expect the parents to make better judgements.  If you can't get out without your children, then you should dine somewhere that's appropriate.  Like Red Robin!
               
I don't like to be judgemental, but I believe that people should be more aware.  People just don't seem to care or they're selfish.  Same thing?  It makes me happy that when we go out to eat that my kids are well behaved.  Most of the time.  Jonas and I always pick places with kid's menus because that's an appropriate place for families.  And there are places that are simply not appropriate for small kids and parent's need to respect that.   

July 13, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Taken with my iPhone 4.


July 7, 2011

Unfinished

These last couple months have been been anything but normal.  Things were busy with school, baseball and life in general.  Things were good.  But like I've mentioned before, I had begun to notice that things were a little off with Hayley.  I chaulked it up to her allergies and moved up her yearly allergy appointment.  We forged ahead and looked to the fun things we had planned for the the end of the school year and the coming summer. 

Well, those "allergies" got worse and she began to run a fever.  And then there was that day she was positive for strep.  And then there was the pneumonia.  And the hospital.  And...you know the rest of the story...

I have to tell you.  I'm exhausted.  Emotionally.  Mentally.  Physically.  The thought of one of the other kids getting sick makes me anxious.  When Hayley tells me she doesn't feel well lately, my heart drops.  It's seems like her road to recovery is never ending at times.  I'm constantly worried.  Eh, worried is a bad place to be.         

Since that first doctor's visit when Hayley had strep; we've been back and forth to the pediatrician seven times in less than four weeks.  She's seen an asthma and allergy specialist once.  She's had four chest X-rays and scheduled to have another next week.  She's had her blood drawn three times.  She's had two IV's.  She's been allergy tested.  She's been on numerous medications.  She's been diagnosed with asthma.  I've watched my daughter be poked, I've watched her cry and I've watched her bleed.  I've watched her struggle to breathe.  I've held back my own tears to keep her from panicking even more. 

And now, I'm trying to figure out how to deal with this new part of Hayley's life.  It's completely managable, but it's new.  And honestly, the last thing I want/need is whitty banter and jokes.  It doesn't help, it's incredibly frustrating and hurtful. 

And you know, Hayley and I didn't get to finish all those fun things we had planned.  Ryan and Jack have missed out too!  And Jonas!  No end of the year school party!  I was on the party planning committee!  No special baseball party at the big kids field!  No last day of school!  We've missed lots of sunny days outside.  We need a vacation!  Everything was left so unfinished and summer just started without us.     

Thankfully, Hayley is doing a lot better.  She's still dealing with fatigue and the coughing, but that pneumonia kicked her butt.  We have a better understanding of what's going on and how to deal with everything.  We've just started the new treatments and we have to wait about a month to see how she's doing.  We'll go back to see the Asthma/Allergy Specialist for another evaluation and go from there. 

So, for now, we can get out more enjoy the Summer sun...when it comes out.  We live in Western Washington, the Sun is an elusive creature.
       

July 6, 2011

Another Diagnosis

Today we met up with the Allergy and Asthma Specialist for Hayley, this was a doctor we had seen a year before for Hayley's allergies.  We went over everything that has been going on recently with the pneumonia and the how she had been feeling leading up to that.  This appointment went really well because the doctor listened to everything I had to say and really shared my concerns about Hayley.  About her fatigue, moodiness, coughing and other changes.  He listened when I told him that her teacher had told me that she had also noticed changes in Hayley's demeanor.

It's been a difficult month and then some going back and forth to the doctor.  As a parent, I have to be the voice for my child.  I don't want to feel like a burden, but I want my daughter to get to best care and I want her to feel better.  I want her to feel like her old self.  I want her to feel like a kid.  I want her to have that typical kid energy without getting overly tired and cranky.  Because the six year old attiude gets old really quickly.  After going through Hayley's history this past year and her decline over the past few months, he decided there was a pretty good chance she had developed mild asthma.  After his diagnosis, it was time for the skin test for allergies.  Poor Hayley, was not thrilled. 

She began to cry, but I remained calm so she wouldn't panic.  She's been through so much the past few weeks, I've seen her poked more times than I would have liked, but I know it's been for the best.  I also know she's getting fed up with all of it.  Luckily, the nurse was quick and the test was done.  Hayley picked out a cotton candy sucker through her tears.  And still, only two allergies.  Cat and dog.  Yes, I know we have one of each.  And no, we have no plans or getting rid of either one of them.  The doctor didn't recommend it at this point.  So please, if you have an opinion about, keep it to yourself.  Hayley knows to wash her hands after she plays with the dog or cat.     

So, for now, the doctor wants to treat her agressively.  She was perscribed an inhaler to treat the asthma and a few medications for her allergies.  There are also a couple other measures incase of colds or activies.  Hopefully, this will get us headed a good direction and get our summer started.  It's been rough.  It's been stressful.  But we're getting through it it.  And soon Hayley will be back to her old self.  It's just taking a lot longer than we thought.  And we're a little impatient.       
     

Wordless Wednesday - Can You See the Plane?

Taken with my iPhone.

July 2, 2011

Cake Smash!!

Finally, here are some of the photos from Baby Jack's birthday party. We had a fun party at home with some friends. The kids had a blast playing in the yard with the dozens of bubbles I had purchased and the weather was perfect. And of course, Jack loved his cake.









July 1, 2011

Garage Sale Saga: Part 3

I thought I was dreaming, but the other day I looked out my window and...

the big ugly trailer was GONE...

...GASP...

I'm still a little wary.  I don't know if this is all really the end.  All of the crap is gone out of her driveway.  Even her garden in the front has been weeded and everything looks really nice.  The graffiti on her fence was scrubbed away.  It all looks normal.  Too normal. 

Again, I'm wary.  And thankful.  But mostly wary.

 
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