Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Cucumbers, JT Bananas, cashews, applesauce and PB&J on a whole wheat sanwich thin, 2 colby jack cheese cutouts.


Monday, August 29, 2011

New School year, new lunches...

Yes. My favorite part of Back to school (besides the quiet with big girls gone all day!) is lunches.

Here's a today's.

The big girls lunches.

This is Bella's.  PB sandwich, afew strawberry koala cookies, cheddar cheese cubes, cucumber spears and Jello.

Caity has the same, except she wanted colby jack cheese instead.

Callleigh has cucumber, cheddar cubes, and a kolache

Dried strawberries and bananas on top

Bella's lunch all packed up with her milk and banana

Caity's lunch all packed up with her milk and banana

3 lunches closed up with milks.


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Today you are TWO!

Miss Calleigh Nicole. 

You are TWO!


  • Say lots of things. 
  • Weigh 18lbs 7oz and are 31 inches tall
  • wear 12-18 month clothing
  • size 4 shoes
  • still have very little hair but what you do have is curly
  • LOVE your milk
  • are a total BLANKIE girl.  You are not picky about it, but you have to have a blankie. Though you do have favorites. 
  • get annoyed by your sisters often
  • are very independant
  • love to "cook" in your kitchen


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

First week of school lunches.

Finally getting this post up. Here are some of the girls lunches from their first week of school


Monday, August 15, 2011

This year....We sent TWO girls off to school

I still didn't cry.

But I do sort of miss my babies.

Miss Big 2nd Grader

Pre-K Here comes trouble.

PRE-K door with Bella's name! She's SO happy

Look forward to lots of Bento lunch posts to come!  I'm packing lunch for TWO this year!


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Today is Open House

Which means we are one step closer to School!

Tonight we will find out who Caitlyn has for a teacher this year and also Mrs. Reimers will get to meet what will most likely be her most infamous student, That would be Isabella.

All of Caitlyn's supplies are bought. Isabella, we still have to pick up a few, because they just posted Pre-K's list.

Here's to a fun fun year! (For all of us!)


Tuesday, August 9, 2011


School starts next week, so I'm pulling out the bento gear again!

This year we got a few new boxes. Here's two of them. Isabella's is the Pink Minnie, Caitlyn's is the purple sleeping beauty.

These were just some snack bentos. 

Isabella has on the left side, half of a white peach and part of a Pluot, Right side: Babybel white chedder, a few cashews, half a hot dog, and some wheat thins stix. 

Caitlyn has on the left, half a white peach, part of a Pluot, Right side: half a hot dog, chedder cubes on pics and some cashews and wheat thin stix.


Monday, August 8, 2011

The Fabric Paper Dolls.... A How too.. Sort of.

I promised Rachel that I'd post this, so here ya go.

As I posted while we were in Boston, I was using some of my time wisely and working on Christmas gifts. These were one of them.

I'm not anywhere near done with all that I have but I am taking the time to post this here now before I forget and before school starts and I'm crazy hectic again. 

What you need to make these fabric Paper Dolls:

  • The Paper Doll fabric. It is available Here or here or several other fabric stores and even Ebay.
  • Fleece or flannel
  • Heat N Bond
  • Velcro

Using the heat and bond you want to bond the Paper doll fabric to the fleece/flannel.  This will make the dolls sturdier.  I used a combo of scraps of fleece an flannel I had.   On the fleece sets, I added a little bit of the "hook" velcro to the tabs of the clothes to help them stay on.  The flannel didn't have a problem sticking for me.

After the fabrics are together, cut out closely and have fun.


How Boston Went.

As promised, here's the daily breakdown of our Boston Trip and Caity's surgery/recovery.

So we loaded up bright and early Monday July 18th to head to the airport in LR. Our flight was scheduled to leave at 7:40 a.m. We arrived in Chicago, to find that our plane had been given away and we were not only delayed but they didn't know when we'd be leaving OR from what gate. After a couple hours we finally got boarding info and got onto the plane. We arrived in Boston, just about an hour later than we wer supposed to. Popped on the subway and headed to the house we were staying in (It's owned by Boston Children's hospital). Got all checked in there and then went exploring a bit.

Family Inn we stayed in while we were there.

Tuesday, the 19th, we had our Pre-Op appointment. It was mostly just a bunch of talking and going over what would happen and making sure she was healthy enough for surgery. We were told to call between 3 and 5 to get our scheduled surgery time. We were told to be at hospital at Noon for a 1:30 p.m. surgery.

Wednesday, the 20th, we arrive at hospital at Noon. Hang out in Pre-Op for quite a while, Caity is nervous, upset about not having eaten or being allowed too and surgery is delayed for a while. Finally Heading to OR triage area, where they are prepping her for surgery. Anestesiaologist pops in to discuss things with us and her and asks what she wants her mask to smell like. After thinking about it for a while, she picks Cherry.

Uro intern comes by and autographs her belly. Talks to her and us about surgery and tells us he'll be back soon to take us back.

Nurse brings her goodies, a Webkinz elephant, a coloring book and crayons, and a balloon. The child live advocate woman brings her a DS to play while we hang out waiting to go back.

Finally it is time. ONly one of us can go back with her while they put her under, she picks me. So I leave Dh with all of our stuff and go back with her.

She panics and freaks out, fighting the anesthesia. Pinches her nose shut with one hand and covers her mouth withthe other. It takes a while, but finally she calms down enough to let hte gas seep in and she's gone in 60 seconds. I leave my baby and go back in the pre-op triage area. The nurse takes DH and I to the surgery waiting room where they will update us througout the surgery. We've been told it should take around two and ahalf hours. By now it is almost 2 hours after we were scheduled for surgery. Dh and I have not eaten all day as we couldn't in front of her. The nurse tells us to go eat and be back at 5 and they'll have an OR update for us.

But before we can eat we have to run to Best Buy because DH's cell phone has died completely and we can't go without it for two weeks. We get back to the surgery waiting area at 5 and the nurse tells us things are going well and tehy will be done shortly. She tells us we can leave but to be back by a quarter to 6. WE go down to the cafeteria (because we still hadn't eaten) So we gobble up some food and make it back up to the waiting area just 15 minutes before Dr. Retik comes out of the OR to talk to us.

He tells us that surgery went very well. They reimplanted the ureter on teh left side as planned and found nothing to worry about on the right side. WHEW! He says that he was very happy with the procedure and when she was all finished in the OR they'd have us come back to the PACU (like CCU).

About an hour later, we finally get to go back to the PACU. Caity's coming out of it, but she's very agitated and trying to remove her IV, so the nurse gives her some morphine and she goes back to sleep. When she wakes up the second time, she's much better and requesting Food. She gets a popsicle. We spend about 3 hours in teh PACU. We had been told in PRE-OP to expect to be there the first night, but after the 3 hours, we move to the transplant floor. A private room.

She recovered in the hospital wonderfully, aside from her being irritated by the IV and catheter (I don't blame her) all went well. We were released Friday the 22nd, to go back to the house until our POST op appt.  We left with lots of new meds, and a No- Bath order.  

Plus one more that was in the Fridge

No bath for now.  But our incision isn't too bad.

Post op went very well, her kidney and Ureter were both still swollen, but that was normal for a week post op and the severity of her reflux.   Repeat kidney u/s in 4-6 weeks here in AR and a follow up in Boston in 6 months or so to see how the bladder is coming along.

Thanks to all for the prayers.


Friday, August 5, 2011

We are Home!

Most of you know this already. But its been a crazy week and I haven't had much down time really. I still owe a huge post regarding Boston, and I'll get it up soon.

In the meantime, we are home. The littles did wonderfully for my mom and grandma while we were away.

Caitlyn's recovery has been awesome! You'd never know she just had surgery 2 weeks ago.

it's been a crazy hectic week, getting adjusted to being back home (time zone difference, HEAT difference, being with all 3 girls)

But we are Home! We are Safe! And Surgery was quite successful for this trip!