Friday, December 31, 2010

a look back {a raw post}

As I was driving to work, watching the beautiful Colorado sunrise, one cold December morning I started to reflect back on the year of 2010. The quote above somehow seems to sum it all up. As I neared the curve that always reminds me of my beloved pup (I’ll explain more in a minute) I realized that 2010 had been a very hard year.

As 2010 rang in I was sure we had just closed the door on a very difficult year. Eric had found a job that he really liked, our finances were going towards the positive side again, I had been blessed with some amazing opportunities at my job, Kate’s ear infections seemed to have disappeared. 2010 was going to be a great year.

Then I discovered a lump in my beloved dog’s shoulder/neck area. I truly hate to admit this but I brushed it off. She was older and I thought it was really a fatty tumor. I didn’t want to overreact and I didn’t want to put her through any type of surgery that would cause her unneeded pain. I thought to myself I’ll keep an eye on it and if it gets worse I’ll do something.
And then there was the Landrover. It was overheating a lot and we were taking it in to the shop a lot.Minor things were fixed and we were told the problem was solved. Call us naive.

There was also the fact that Kate was still sick a lot. We were still at the doctor’s office a lot. Within the first six months of the New Year Kate had three chest x-rays, RSV once, and Pneumonia twice. At times I felt like a crazy mother always dragging my kid to the doctor to find some type of answer. Frustrated because I thought the tubes would make everything better. Praying for my little girl just to be better, wishing to go just one month without having to visit the doctor.

Back to the curve that reminds me of my dear Riley… I kept an eye on Riley’s tumors they didn’t seem to be growing at an alarming rate and few more had cropped up. They were not big and she seemed fine…her normal, very vocal self. Then one day I noticed that Riley looked extremely skinny. I started feeling all over her body and found an extremely large tumor in Riley’s groin area. I was so mad at myself for not taking her to the doctor. So angry and upset at life that my beloved sidekick’s final days were here.

I could barely get the words out when I called the vet to schedule her appointment. The day came and we were all ready for our final good-bye. But then we got a nice surprise… Riley was granted more time. Because her temperament, demeanor, and zest for life was still strong the vet felt now was not Riley’s time. We took her home and began a steroid treatment. And the treatment worked…

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Look! Santa Came!

I just love this photograph!
This was the moment Kate realized Santa had come and left her a present under the tree.
Oh how I love that I captured this beautiful, sweet, innocent moment! Priceless!

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merry christmas

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

candy cane festival 2010

We headed back to the candy factory for the annual Candy Cane Festival again this year.
We decided this would become an annual holiday tradition for our family.
This year Kate rode in the wagon pulled by work horses, rode the train, made a darling Christmas tree hat...

Got a darling Christmas tree painted on her face...


Sat in Santa's lap!
She asked to sit in Santa's lap!
What a huge change from last year!
And what did she ask Santa for?
A present!
How cute and innocent is that?!?

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

the pumpkin patch

{Holding a pellet to feed the cows on the way to the pumpkin patch.}

{The baby cows.}

{Admiring the corn. I swear she is an Iowan at heart.}

{Pumpkins.  Lots of pumpkins.}

{Kate's first pony ride! I was really nervous.}

{Look at that smile! Priceless!}

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Monday, October 11, 2010

mommy's little helper

{Kate helping me "grade" some math assessments.}

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

too many?

How many hair pretties are too many?

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Saturday, October 2, 2010

balloons for sweet baby eisley

On September 14, 2010 Eisley was called home while still in her mother's womb.
She was 26 weeks, 4 days.

In celebration and remembrance of her life her family asked for those who had prayed for sweet Eisley to release a pink balloon in her honor.
We did not hesitate to release three balloons in her honor (one for each of us.)

It was a small gesture filled with so much meaning.

Please take a moment (or two) to read Eisley's story.

May sweet Eisley, Jami, Ted, and Chase remain in our thoughts and prayers.

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