Growth Ruler Fun

Saturday, December 27, 2014



Word of mouth can spread like wild fire, and for this DIY I am thankful. I made a growth ruler for my home, so I can transfer the boy's heights to something a bit more creative than the white board we were using in the garage. Since making that first board I have made, and sold 10 plus growth ruler's (thank you pottery barn) for the inspiration. I have also given several away as gifts.

I wanted to share this one that I made for a friend. She did such an amazing job of putting it in her house. I love how she put her 2 boy's around the board. Isn't she creative? Now I know there are many of these floating around on Pinterest, but I had to show off this one too, it has so much character and love shown in one part of this house:).

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Happy 10th Birthday Julian

I can not believe we have a 10 yr. old in the house. It seems like just yesterday I found out I was pregnant with Julian.  I use to sit and rub my growing belly in ahh that I was growing a human.
Julian has taught me so much about being a mama. Like it's ok to let him make  a peanut butter sandwich. It won't look like my PBJ, but it will give him the confidence to start making some of his own snacks, after all he is 10;). Julian has also taught me to slow down. To just sit back and enjoy the little moments because these are the moments that are so special, and treasured. I feel as though someone has hit the speed button since we had Julian, and the day to day doesn't go by fast, but the year's fly by. Thank you Julian for making me into the mama I am today. I treasure everyday with you.


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Hemp, Bamboo, and a Dairy Free Diet Save the Day

Tuesday, August 5, 2014



Cruz is making strides on staying soil free........ Yippeeeee!! We have been working diligently with Seattle Children's Hospital to try and find a enema recipe for Cruz. We have been back and forth to the hospital more than we have liked over the last year. Cruz went from having 6 leaks a day to maybe 1-2 leaks a day in the last 1 1/2 weeks, so this is still new territory for us; and our finger's are crossed that the change in diet and enema recipe is working. 2 weeks ago the team that works with Cruz up at Seattle Children's Hospital told us that from a incontinence stand point Cruz is not ready for kindergarten. I thought well tell that to the little boy who is counting down day's until kindergarten starts so he can be in school with his big brother's and friend's.

So Scott and I have been trying everything from decreasing the amount of water and glycerin he gets in his morning enema to changing his dairy intake in his diet, and I think we found a good recipe:). I also started to  research the most absorbing material that will catch soils and still leave him without a rash. I found that bamboo and hemp are the most absorbent and will leave him rash free. I have started to sew hemp and the bamboo material to fit in his underwear and I attached velcro so it can be removed from his underwear easily. In case he does have a leak the hemp and bamboo material will keep it from running down his leg, or prevent him from having a wet stain on his pants:).

Cruz will be starting kindergarten in the fall, and we can not be more excited for him.


Cruz hanging with his 2 older brother's.

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Our Little Fishies..........

Thursday, July 24, 2014

It has been such a fun summer watching Cruz as he joined his brother's on the Twin Lakes Swim Team.  He has become such a skilled swimmer since last summer, and it amazes me how his attitude is so positive despite some of his obstacles. There is something sweet about having a 5 yr. old in the house, and every time I hear him giggle, or see him smile I am reminded how blessed we are to have him. There are some swim meets Cruz could not participate in due to his medical condition, and we have been up to  Seattle Children's hospital more than I have wanted to this summer, but despite it all this little boy stays so positive.


Here is a picture of Cruz jumping in the deep end.




We are equally as proud of Cole and Julian and there great swimming capabilities. Here is Cole at swim practice.



Here is Julian exiting the pool after swimming the 50 meter free swim.

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A Date With my Favorite 9 yr. Old.......

Thursday, July 3, 2014


The Color Run



Julian and I are all signed up and ready to run the 5k color run. I am very excited to spend some one on one time with Julian, and even tho it's a running event I am sure we will be skipping, hopping, and running our way to the finish line. I will post the before and after photo's ;).


Before the race began

                                   
                                                            At the starting line
                                                          Julian on the run

We made it to the finish line:)


Cole and Cruz meet us at the end. 

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It's good to be loved.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Emma is in town visiting us from Hawaii, and we love having her here. We were giving Cole a good luck kiss before his baseball game. By the look on his face I think he liked it:).

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Cruz Last Day of Preschool

Monday, June 2, 2014

Wow, what a wonderful accomplishment to see Cruz have his last day of preschool. If you follow my blog than you know Cruz has overcome some great obstacles. This year has been a big challenge to try and keep him soil free, due to his birth defect. Cruz and I will be going to Seattle Children's Hospital tomorrow to work with the specialist up there to see what we need to do to keep him from soil free. I want him to be able to start kindergarten and not have to worry about leaking, and being teased. You would never know that Cruz suffers from this, he has a zest for life that is so contagious. Even though I have day's I want to pull my hair out because we go through 3 pairs of clothing a day, I'm so very thankful that God chose me to be his mama. 

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