Building Our Story: August 2011

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

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Fun right?!?! Now it is your turn and tell your friends too!

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Wordless Wednesday: Milkers

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Okay, I know it is weird but the kid likes the cow at the museum.

My brother called udders, Milkers when we grew up being on my grandfather's farm. LOL Great!

Jude knew exactly what to do when he saw the cow.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Photo Dump - A Family Wedding

Last weekend my older cousin got married. The rehersal dinner and wedding was beautiful and a lot of fun. I love getting dressed up and stepping out with my boys.

We looked pretty great if you ask me!
WARNING! A TON OF PICTURES TO FOLLOW!

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Ready to head to the rehersal dinner. One good looking family!

Jude's Bow Tie Shirt is from SweetPea a la Mode - you must check her shop out!

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Jude fedding himself like a big boy!


 The Wedding!
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The family shot again. Day 2 of dressing up! Again - the Tie shirt is from SweetPea a la Mode!

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Brian (my cousin) and Sarah. The vows.

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 Mommy and Jude at the reception.

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Jude with the Bride and Groom.

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 Cake time!!

The best part of the wedding reception was the Photo Booth. I love the photo both idea. So much fun.

 Here are all of our photo booth picture strips!
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We had a great a great weekend with family. I am so happy for Brian and Sarah and wish them the very best!

Monday, August 29, 2011

This is how Jude rolls...

This weekend we decided to try out a place near by called Little Monkey Bizness. It was a great time. It was air conditioned so it gave Jude time to run around in the cool air and not be completely exhausted from the heat.

Well this was Jude's favorite part:

 

Yeah it does look rough but he and Jeremy did this about 20 times and each time that kid had a smile on his face and was full of laughs! So funny! He is all boy!!

He did end up with a little ouchy on his nose from all the fun though. Poor baby!

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 Poor red nose!

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READY!! GO!!!


Believe me we will be returning! 

Friday, August 26, 2011

Y3W: 14 Months Old

Jude turned 14 Months Old yesterday - August 25th!

 I cannot believe it is time for another monthly update. It goes so quick!

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This picture melts my heart. The sweet smile and beautiful baby blues are just perfect. I love you Turtle!

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Milestones and things I do not want to forget: *Walking! Walking every where! He still hasn't figured out how to stand up with out help of a couch, wall or toy but he is working on it.

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*Trying to feed himself - really can use a spoon but he likes to tip the bowls so we haven't let him do it on his own yet.

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*Jude is allergic to Amoxicillin. First hospital stay.

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*Says Mama, Dada, woof.
*Loves to Shake his Booty! His dancing moves are great.
 *Took a couple trips to the cabin, really enjoys the outdoors!
*Wears a size 4 diaper.
*Still using bottles but getting really good at sippy cups and straw cups. Will work on the bottle issue after our Spain trip.


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Well that is the 14 Month Update.
He is probably still about 25 pounds and the same height, we didnt measure but from all of the recent trips to the doctor and ER we know he is still around 25 pounds.
Big and perfect baby boy!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Clean Mama Printables - review/giveaway

I am excited to share this giveaway with all of you.

 I recently posted about getting organized by starting and using a family binder. Well we are on week 2 of being more organized and I love it BUT the only reason I am sticking to it is because of Becky from Clean Mama Printables.
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 Clean Mama sells original organizational documents designed to take the work out of organizing your life. These documents are emailed to you after you buy the design or kit you like which means you can start working on your organizing system immediately! PERFECT! The documents are clean, bright and fun! Just what I needed to get in gear! Thank you Becky!

I decided on the Meal Planning Kit and the Budget Kit. So far I love them both!!

Check out these pictures of just some of the kits she provides:
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So which kit would you pick?

Not only do you find great deals daily in her etsy shop but if you “like” her on facebook you can get on the fabulous weekly codes to get discounts in her shop – facebook followers only! Thanks for the discounts Becky.

Are you hooked yet? Do you want to try for yourself? Well you know I have that chance for you right now!! Just cuz I want you to be organized too! Did I mention that I am obsessed with getting organized? Yeah I am.

Now follow the rules below – I am trying a new program to make giveaways easier on you! I would love feedback on this too.

As always, thanks for reading and following. I love my readers!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wordless (kind of) Wednesday: Hold ME!!

In 7 hours I will be having a root canal. I am scared sick. The dentist said it would take 2 hours, I need to remember this, only 2 hours of my life. Thats it. I can do this! Photobucket

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

I'm bringing what back?

Most of my long time readers have read about my Grandfather.  He has passed on but I often talk about how much he meant to me and my entire family.  Well now it is time to talk about another grandparent. 
My Grandmother – Helen.  Grandma has been gone for a long time; let’s see about 12 years actually.  Wow that is a long time!! 
She was a wonderful woman and I often wonder what she would have thought of Jeremy and Jude.  I know she sees our little family from Heaven but I know that if she was here with us now she would love Jeremy and Jude to pieces.  Especially Jude !! 
Okay now on to the real reason why I am writing this post.  Recently, my mom has been using a phrase that my Grandmother (her mother) used with my brother and I all the time.
LITTLE WOODEN EAR! 
I know – funny.  But it is so true.  I swear this little 14 month old is already ignoring us when we ask him to do something or not to do something.  This phrase sounds old but I am bringing it back! 
I love my LITTLE WOODEN EAR, even if he drives us nuts sometimes. 
So thank you to my Grandma whose memory will hold strong in our home forever. 

What “old” phrases are you bringing back in your parenthood? 

Don't forget to link up! 

Monday, August 22, 2011

The Winner is...

Amber - @educatingamber!
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Congratulations!

Please email me at zippinviolet01@gmail.com ASAP and we will get you your pick of Rockabye Baby CDs!

Thanks for playing everyone!

 P.S. - be on the look out for more Reviews/Giveaways - September is going to be full of surprises!

A much needed update on our little boy

Wow, what a week.

First of all I want to thank all of my readers for their support online and off line while Jeremy and I dealt with a very sick little boy.

Well here is the much needed update. Last Wednesday I posted a post about “Connecting The Dots” and how Jude had an allergic reaction to some amoxicillin he was taking for a sinus infection. After that post it got worse! A lot worse!

Here is the picture of Jude at his 2nd doctor appointment:
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Even with this swollen face and huge red spots we were sent home from the doctor with the instructions of Benadryl and waiting it out - that was Wednesday afternoon.
Well by Wednesday evening, we had enough. Jude was turning purple and blistering around his ankles, tummy and wrists. So we packed up and headed to The Children’s Hospital North. Thankfully we have an urgent care that is part of The Children’s Hospital just about 15 minutes north of our house.

Once we got there we could see that everyone was concerned, we didn’t even sit down in the waiting room – queue worried parents but also thankful parents! :O)
After a quick Q & A with the nurse we had a doctor come in and immediately decide to administer the EPI shot in hopes that the reaction would stop. YAY! Oh man, that shot made Jude so MAD! He cried but you could tell he was more pissed at the nurse for jabbing him in the leg!!

Because the EPI shot raising the heart rate so much they told us we would be staying the night. So there you have it, Jude’s first and HOPEFULLY last hospital stay. :o( So sad!!

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The Children’s Hospital was amazing. Jeremy and I are monthly donators to the hospital and they always send us information thanking us for what we do and that we are so lucky as Colorado residents to have The Children’s Hospital in our “backyard” because you never know when you will need them.

Yeah – NO SHIT! Excuse my French! LOL The measly 15 dollars month means a hell of a lot more to me now. So thank you Children’s!! We love you and hold you close in our hearts now.

Check out some pictures from Jude’s stay:
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This was his crib – all set up with his very own blanket and new stuffy. Talk about taking care of kids – they got it right on the dot! Jude had a smile on his face when he saw his cute dino stuffy!

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Jude looks miserable. He wasn’t our normal happy and crazy Jude. It was so hard to see.

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Sleeping on mommy. He had a rough time throughout the night.

He finally fell asleep on Jeremy at 2AM and slept until 7AM. Thursday morning we were a little disappointed because he woke up looking the same! Still swollen and still itchy and red. Not any worse though so the EPI shot did work to stop the reaction but it didn’t clear up what had already started. The next step was the use of prednisone. Something that we know isn’t great for anyone to be on but it was decided that in order for the swelling to go down it was so necessary.

He had the prednisone around 8AM and we saw a difference immediately. Those spots weren’t as red and the swelling went down! YAY!!! We were discharged at 10AM on Thursday with an ALMOST normal looking Jude. We were free!!

By the time we got home we had this little boy back!

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Loving on his new dino. :O)

He is doing so much better now. He still has some outlines of the spots but other than that he is back to his normal healthy self!

So again, thank you for your thoughts and prayers and thank you so much to the staff at The Children’s Hospital. I truly do not know how you all do what you do for those sick kiddos but THANK YOU!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Y3W: Watch Jude Go!

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When we were in the mountains last weekend we went for a little hike with Jude and he wanted out of the stroller to go on a "real" walk!

So we let him out and off he went!!!

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Walking with Mommy. It was so much fun to see Jude being so active. He got down and dirty in the dirt too! Such a boy!

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Look at me go! So happy!

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Daddy and Jude enjoying the mountain air! We cannot wait until next summer at the cabin, he will able to start really taking hikes and maybe even do some fishing. So exciting.


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Thursday, August 18, 2011

The worst feeling for a Mommy

From my most recent post you know that Jude is dealing with a really horrible allergic reaction to amoxicillin.

I will be the first to admit that he looks horrible.
He looks sore.
He looks scary.
He looks sick.

Thankfully he isn’t sick or contagious, he is just miserable while his body tries to get rid of this medication but while this is happening I can’t help but be angry at some on lookers.

While at the doctor office, you know the place that people go when they aren’t feeling well, we got all kinds of awful looks from other patients. I wish I could explain what we saw, the faces, the glares, the talking. I left that office with a really heavy heart. My heart was and still is aching for Jude because I couldn’t do anything to make those people stop looking at him or make his face look normal. :(

I know, it sounds stupid but it was an awful feeling.

It is the worst feeling seeing people look at your baby like he has some crazy disease.

So as you live your life remember this. Don’t stare, don’t cringe, don’t whisper at anyone. You don’t know their story or their feelings. And even if you don’t think you are making that person feel looked at or judged – believe me they feel it.

Thanks for listening to my rant.

An update on Jude: Had to go to the doctor for the second time yesterday. Had 3 doctors confirm that it is just a HORRIBLE medication allergy and that there isn’t some magic drug to get rid of the spots and pain. Just time and Benadryl. Until it is out of his system, we have one sore, fussy, tired and swollen baby boy.

 I leave you with this picture from our doctor visit.

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Get better soon Jude!!
You are adorable even with spots!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wordful Wednesday: Connect the Dots

Last night was interesting.

Here is what I saw when I met my parents at the pediatricians office.

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I know! Sad AND scary right?

Thankfully Jude is just fine. He is officially allergic to amoxicillin or to all the “cillin” medications. I guess we shouldn’t be too surprised because Jeremy is also allergic but seeing Jude like this is hard.

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The doctor said it could take up to 3 days for it all to be cleared up and out of his system. I hope it doesn’t take that long . The Benadryl seems to be working and it helping him sleep too. Work it out baby boy!

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As much as this sucks, I am glad that this didn’t get any worse or affect his breathing.
And now we know – NO CILLIN for this boy!

But even with these crazy things all over him – we end the evening like this –

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I love this little boy!!! He warms my heart!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Time for some organizing!

I never thought I would be so excited to print off documents from an email. Yeah you read that right – excitement over printed paper.

I am obsessed with getting organized!

I have started my very own Family Binder and I cannot wait to add more! I love this feeling.

 I found this great etsy shop (I love etsy) called Clean Mama Printables and fell in love. It is just a simple idea of printed documents for meal planners, grocery lists, inventories and even bill trackers.

 I decided that this was something that I had to have, so I finally hit “BUY” and got 2 kits that I love! So far I have a binder made and labeled and have started using the meal planner and the inventories for our freezer and pantry. I feel better already. I know what we have in our home to eat and surprisingly we have A TON of food! HAHA! Hello money saver – grocery shopping will be very cheap for the next month or so. Thank goodness because we are on a new challenge of a major budget (more on that later).

Check out my pictures! I am so proud.
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Keep checking back on Building Our Story, Clean Mama has graciously agreed to let one of my lovely readers win 1 kit of their choice! I will keep you updated on the giveaway and also my progress on the use of my new binder!

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What do you think? Any tips on what you have your Family Binder?

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