Monday, February 28, 2011

Friend Makin' Monday



After a few serious, somewhat sad postings... I think it's time to take a breather and enjoy questions from Friend Makin' Monday hosted by Kenz.

This week because of the Academy Awards (which I actually watched) the questions are movie themed!

1. What is your favorite movie?
I always hate this question because I can never fully make a decision. Zoolander is a favorite, guilty pleasure and it makes me laugh every time. I also like G.I. Jane and Braveheart. P.S. I Love You is my great sappy love story movie... and I can go on, but what's the point?

2. If you could trade lives with an actor or actress for one day, who would you choose? And why?
Hmmm... maybe Jada Pinkett Smith. First off, she's married to the gorgeous and talented Will Smith and has been for a long time. She's beautiful and has some great kids. She is also quite talented herself.

3. Who is your favorite actor/actress?
I never can pick just one. I like Tom Hanks, Colin Firth, Christian Bale, Gerard Butler, John Travolta, Johnny Depp, Heath Ledger, Javier Bardem, Orlando Bloom (who I saw at Narita Airport one time), Mark Whalberg... ummm... Naomi Watts, Nicole Kidman, Selma Hayek, Emily Blunt, Sandra Bullock, Reese Witherspoon... that's enough.



Oh, and I just found THIS out today and am totally excited! Maybe this time will be my year!


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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Apraxia

I realized I actually don't blog very much about Will and his apraxia. I talk about his therapies and what not, but not the actual difficulties we're experiencing.

Apraxia sucks. I know there are several developmental and other speech disorders that people deal with that can be very difficult... but I guess God didn't want us to work through that. He gave us a son with Apraxia.

Apraxia is not something William will just "grow out" of. This will not go away on its own. Working through to get some sort of understandable speech is going to take therapies and a lot of effort. Months and probably years of therapies and effort.

I finally bought "The Late Talker" by Maryilyn C. Agin, M.D., Lisa F Geng, and Malcolm J. Nicholl. This book is like the basic piece of information for parents with children who have Apraxia. There is also the CHERAB Foundation, which I'm beginning to get plugged into.

Anyway, I started reading the book and in the introduction, where Lisa Geng talks about the road to their son's diagnosis, I read this:

I remember being in a supermarket with Tanner when he was about two years old and he spotted a toy that he just had to have. Trying to tell me what he wanted in the only way that he knew how, he pointed and loudly kept repeating, "Mmm." An older boy who was watching turned to his mother, and asked innocently, "Mommy, what's wrong with him?" It killed me because it was the same question that was gnawing away at me. I wanted to wrap my son in a protective bubble and keep him from hearing such things. It made me determined to find out what was wrong with Tanner and what we could do about it.

That's all it took... I broke down. I know EXACTLY what that woman is talking about.

I have a son who will be 3 in a week's time and he can only say "mama" and "kitty" approximate "daddy" and must have prompting to get approximations of other words.

He can't tell me where he hurts.

He can't tell me what he wants.

He can't ask me questions.

He can't just talk to me.

And he knows there's something wrong with him. He's different. And he understands everything that you tell him.

Going through this whole thing has been draining and frustrating and emotionally challenging. When he was a baby and we lived in Japan I had no explaination as to why he wasn't learning to talk. We did Kindermusik and his 2 little friends (both girls) were born 1 and 2 months before him, yet they were beginning to talk. People would just tell me, "it's okay, he's just a late talker. He'll get it." I tried to be pursuaded... but as time went on and he still had NO words I knew something was going on.

Then I had people ask me, "well... don't you play with him? Do you talk with him?" ARGH! I can't believe people would think I completely ignore my child! I spent all day with him every day. He was my little buddy and we went everywhere together.

Once we got into Early Intervention here in New Mexico and his therapist, after working with him for a few months, gave me the diagnosis of Apraxia it was like this huge weight was lifted off my shoulders. It wasn't anything I did wrong. In fact, I was told that all the work that I did naturally and even the effort I put in to work harder on his speech was a good foundation and gave him some support needed to eventually learn speech.

So last night, as I read more of the book, I kept having mini-meltdowns over Will. Most of the information I have come across before so it wasn't anything new to me. I'm sure this time of the month isn't helping my emotions either. After Ryan got Will to bed he came and sat down and I let him know what I was thinking.

I feel horrible for my little boy. My heart breaks for him for the difficulties he has ahead and the hurdles he must conquer. Something that should come completely naturally, he has to work very hard on. People don't realize how bright and clever he is. Many people think that if a child can't speak they are stupid, which is totally wrong. Studies have shown that most children with Apraxia are of average or above average intelligence. I'm already seeing a wedge in his personal interactions from his lack of ability to speak. I see him go up to children playing and look at them and smile, wanting to be included, but the other children don't really take him in since he doesn't vocalize his desire to play with them. So the other children move on to play and Will stands there and watches... sometimes reverting to parallel play nearby or he goes off to play by himself.

It's not fair.

It is not fair.

And I know this will probably continue until he can express himself. And I hurt for him.

I can only give him all the love and support I have for him, but I can't fix this with a magic wand. It is not just going to go away.

We have a long road ahead of us. Right now I don't even know if Will can count to 5 because he can't say it and with his motor planning problem he can't show me either. I also am aware that children with Apraxia have difficulty learning to read and write later on. There's a lot more, but that's years ahead.

At this time we are focusing on what we can do... not what may be. We are in Early Intervention getting Speech Thearpy, Occupational Therapy and Hippotherapy. We're already in talks to increase the frequency of all these therapies. In the coming weeks we will be in talks with the public school system for his transition. We are hoping that with all the thearpies and work by age 5 he will be able to start Kindergarten normally and be all caught up or have very minor speech delays. But then again, that is a mere 2 years away and who knows what can happen in that time.

So this is a piece of what we're going through right now... in addition to the lack of eating issues. We have many, many more doctors appointments in the works as well as his therapies.

I'm really trying to not have Alanna lost during all this time. She is my little bright spot, my little spit fire. It really has been a blessing to see a child developing speech normally. I admit that at times I'm nervous and concerned that she will have problems... and then she does something amazing that totally puts me at ease (like repeatedly saying "mama" while feeding her last night).

Just keep us in your prayers. I try to stay strong over everything and maybe some people think that I'm not as concerned as I am... but they don't see what's going on behind closed doors when I just sit down and sob about what Will is going through and cry for God to help us get through this and heal my little boy.

I know there are many other people out there dealing with more severe situations and my heart goes out to them. I know how much of a struggle this is and how I feel so I can't imagine how those parents deal with worse.

Anyway, this blog got much longer and involved than I had originally planned so I'll sign off now. Again, just pray for us.


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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Eating Issues

I am at a loss.

This boy will hardly eat ANYTHING!

For nearly a week he has not felt well but is now doing great. Totally back to normal. The problem is that I can't get him to eat.

This makes things worse because I need to keep a calorie count list for 72 hours for the G.I. specialist we are seeing.

I look at how little Will eats... and I feel like a bad mom. I swear to you I am NOT starving or withholding food. We even had to take him off his special diet so that the few foods he would eat were not being restricted. This was my argument for why not to do the diet at this time anyway... but whatever.

He won't even drink PediaSure now.

He's not even taking in 900 calories!

The diarrea isn't helping either.

Maybe tomorrow I will go back to the commissary and load up on the Gerber crunchies and other such items that he can't get enough of to see if that helps him eat more. Lately he will only eat dry Top Ramen.

I really hope we can get to the bottom of this lack of eating problem. I can't have him continue to lose weight. You would think that after not eating he would be starving and want to eat anything, but he's not.

I just don't know what to do.


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Friday, February 25, 2011

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In.... plus some

Before I get to MilSpouse Friday Fill-In I just want to share that we are in the house now! Promptly after getting into said house with brand new carpet, William spills chocolate PediaSure on that brand new carpet... and I'm out of Resolve Carpet Cleaner. *FAIL*

We're moving things back into place. This takes a long time when I've been dead to the world since last Friday morning, finally reviving Tuesday to do house work and cook. And now both my little ones seem to have the same sickness. Lots of love and cuddles makes the work also take longer.

Oh well. We'll get there. At least we're back in the house (though they haven't painted the repairs yet).

And now for:

Wanna join in? Check out Wife Of A Sailor, answer the questions and link up!

This week:

1. Aside from the deployments, what is one thing you would want to make the MilSpouse life "perfect"submitted by Oh How Delightful
I know many people will probably mention the moving around... but I actually like that. So... how about not having to deal with some of the stupid TriCare stuff. Not sure if I really shared before, but they nearly wouldn't cover all my pregnancy care or delivery... and that was about 1 week before I was to have my second child. Oh, and we were active duty since before she was even conceived! Sometimes I think they want to make things complicated on purpose.

2. Just how many peppers did Peter Piper pick? submitted by Married into Army
Hmmm... whatever is a "peck" so I'm thinking... 5. LOL What a random question.

3. If you could have any career in the world with nothing holding you back, what would you do? submitted by It’s My Party and I’ll Cry if I Want To
That's easy, I'd be working either on Broadway as a Stage Manager or possibly a director or I'd be with a touring company as a stage manager or director. Read this, you'll get it.

4. Do you have a service oriented tattoo and if so what is it. If you don’t what would you get? submitted by The Squid’s Accomplice
No I do not have any tattoos. I've talked about this before too, here.

5. Imagine a block of time has opened up in your busy day for you to take a class in anything you like. What subject would you choose? submitted by To The Nth
Oh geez... I'd love to get back into a theatre course. Then again, I want to take a cooking class at some point so that would be good. Also, I might join a friend to take some French classes, but we'll see what life looks like.


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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Game Shows

Sometimes game shows make me wonder.

Have you seen "Wipeout"?? I do admit that sometimes I actually DO enjoy it, but then again, it annoys me.

Are people REALLY that desperate to make it on tv that they're willing to embarass themselves nationally as well as have the hosts make fun of them? All of that on top of pain... not fun.

But I'm also a former Japan inhabitant and am not a stranger to some of those strange game shows that were gut-splitting funny. Maybe it helped that I had no idea what was being said so I couldn't feel bad if the contestants were being insulted.

There are other shows I love to watch... like Wheel of Fortune or Jeopardy. I used to like Deal or No Deal and Who Wants to Be A Millionaire when they were popular. Sometimes I enjoy Minute to Win It. I even like the Price is Right.

By the way, my sister was actully on the Price is Right, won her game, won the wheel spin AND won the showcase showdown. Oh yeah! Who else do you know that can claim that? She gave us the living room set she won but she kept the car she won for herself.

So what am I getting at??

I think there are a few game shows (and maybe reality tv shows) that I'd be willing to go on and Wipeout is not one of them.

If you could go on a game show which one would you go for?


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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Ruby Slippers

I think I must have clicked the heels of these pretty things...


'cause there really is no place like home.

It is sooooooo nice being back in our own place again. We still have a lot of work to do to move in, but I felt great sleeping in my own bed after being out of it for two and a half weeks.

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Friday, February 18, 2011

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In

Before I get to the meat of this post just wanted to let ya'll know that it looks like we'll be moving back into our house this weekend! They're working on the drywall today and doing the texturing and painting tomorow. Although it could be awhile until everything is back to normal, at least we'll be back in our own place with our own stuff (at least the stuff not damaged).

Also... the saga continues: I'm sick with something. I just can't catch a break. LOL

And now, moving on:

If you'd like to join, head on over to Wife Of A Sailor, answer the questions and link up!

This week:

1. What is your favorite MilSpouse blog (not including Wife of a Sailor who we all love, or your own)? submitted by Our Crazy Life

Hmm... there are several I read so here's a list of a few of my favs:
Many Waters: I had the chance to meet this charming lady over the holidays. Though she's Navy we have stuff in common, and some good recipies.
John & Emily Alley: I consider this a military spouse blog. Found her blog from a friend who's husband had been friends with this girl's husband. This brave woman lost her husband to a tragic accident shortly after marriage and learning they were pregnant. It is good to see her faith, hope, and raising of her son.
Viaggio: A recent find. This girl got the luck of the draw and is stationed at our dream base, Aviano. She just got there and it's fun to see the early experiences of living overseas.
Household 6 Diva: talk about super mil spouse. This woman is great and I love the resources she provides.
2. What are your favorite perks about your s/o being deployed (we all know there are perks)? submitted by Ramblings of a Marine Wife

Again, husband hasn't been deployed, but when he's been on TDY I guess the perks have been the easier cleaning, watching what I want without the peanut gallery, and possibly doing things my own way without another person's opinion.

3. How long did you date your before getting engaged? Married? submitted by Utterly Chaotic

We dated 9 months before getting engaged and then were married 2 months later.

4. What do you think your would do if s/he wasn’t in the military? submitted by Adventures of M-Squared

Not really sure about that. We've chatted and he has mentioned becoming a professor or just working in the computer science or some sort of science field. More schooling would be required for most of that anyway.

5. If you could talk to the Secretary of (fill in your appropriate branch) what is one suggestion you would like to bring to their attention in order to improve the lives of military families? submitted by My Life as His (Air Force) Wife

For Mr. Donley, Secretary of the Air Force... not saying that we're volunteering, but what is with having some guys going on their 3rd or 4th deployment while other guys have never gone? Shouldn't it be more fair? I've known many wives who haven't seen much of their husbands over a 3 year period because they've been gone while there are other people that have never left. There are families really struggling.

Oh, and communication has improved so that's helpful... but I'm sure more can be done.

And one more thing... what's with having our military members on food stamps? If they're willing to die for this country shouldn't they at least have the proper pay to support their family?! I'm just saying...


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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Yum-O!

So far -- a GREAT day.
There was nothing on my calendar so I was able to take my time and decide what was going to happen.
So for the first item of the day: Haircut for Will. He did great. I love Kid's Jungle Cuts... they do a wonderful job... and the stylist Will goes to just radiates fun. (Can a person do that??)
Then, since it was on the way home, we stopped by Cake Fetish.

O. M. G. !!!

I swear, I could have gained 20 pounds just standing there and smelling all that deliciousness. This place is a cupcake specialty store that I've been wanting to try out. And a plus -- their prices are decent and fair! Since they make cakes I wanted to order the kids' birthday cakes from them this year... but I wasn't sure what flavor.
So I just got a 1/2 dozen regular cupcakes as well as the dozen minis so we could sample a bunch of different flavors.


The remaining regular cupcakes: back - Birthday Cake, front - Boston Cream, Grasshopper, Half-Baked.
Right now I think the Half-Baked is winning... though the Choco-holic (with the dark chocolate covered chocolate whipped cream) was to die for.
Will knows what they are so at this time they are a great bribing motivation. LOL. "Want a cupcake?? Eat your sandwitch first!"
I'm drooling just thinking about those yum-o treats sitting on the counter. But none until after dinner (provided by a PWOC lady).
Anyway, after we were home for awhile and had lunch, me and the kids wandered around the local mall for a few hours. I got some good exercise pushing that double stroller and the kids were well-behaved.
But I must admit, shopping by yourself isn't very fun. Guess I need a shopping buddy... and more money.
Now I'm looking forward to a relaxing evening and my shows are on tonight: Grey's & Bones & CSI!

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Housing news: They SAID they're going to start dry-wall tomorrow. No guarantee it will get primed, textured, or painted... but they said we have to move in tomorrow. We'll see. If insurance will cover it Ryan wants to stay in TLF until the house is actually ready.
But... there's also a chance that the house will be somewhat ready and we can go back to normal. That is sooooooo good news to me!

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

For Friends

So I have to admit that overall things have been pretty crappy around here... if you haven't kept up with this blog just got back a few days and you'll see what I mean.

It doesn't help that Ryan and I have been fighting.

C'mon... we're in a stressful situation and it happens.

And I feel TERRIBLE for having to rely so heavily on friends recently. Like, I seriously feel like that whiney spouse who has to have everybody help her 'cause she's just too dense to help herself. In reality I try NOT to have other people involved in our problems... but I'm learning it is necessary in some cases.

If it weren't for some friends, our kids would have had a very difficult time while mommy & daddy were super sick over the weeked.

If it weren't for a friend, we'd be stressing with our dog in TLF hoping and praying that she didn't get destructive in her time left all alone.

If it weren't for some lovely ladies at PWOC, we would still be struggling to make dinners nearly every night with thrown together ingredients and cooking ware that is less than desireable.

If it weren't for some friends we'd have had a very difficult time moving our furniture out and then back into our house during this crazy period as well as others who watched our kids during that crazy period.

There's more, but I think you get the point.

I really do hope I can repay everybody that has helped us out so much during this time. I'd love to return the favor to them in some way to let them know how much it was appreciated.

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In housing news: we're STILL out of our house. We are 1 of 5 families on the base not back in their homes. Housing is trying to say that once carpet is back in the houses people need to move back in.

I'm sorry, but when half of my son's ceiling is still missing (not even plastic covering the hole) and there's literally drywall cracking and flaking onto the floor in several places in a few rooms... I don't feel it is very safe to be in with 2 small kids.

Can somebody else please explain to housing why this is a good reason??

Oh, and not make us pay to live in TLF while we also have to pay rent on that place that we cannot live in that was their fault for getting messed up in the first place?? Not to mention the heat bill that's coming our way in a house we haven't lived in for 2 weeks!

*sigh* There's just so much I want to vent about, but don't need to bore my readers (even though I'm sure I already do that).

Just pray for us during this hard time. And pray for Will... his MRI is early in the morning and I'm not sure how much more bad stuff I can handle at this point... so let's have faith that everything will turn out fine.


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Monday, February 14, 2011

I've had better days

Happy Valentine's Day.

Not sure what you are doing to celebrate, but we're doing NOTHING!

Saturday night hubby and I shared some Teriyaki Chicken Bowl for dinner and the a few hours later the torture began.

Torture = food posioning.

I was up every hour from about 8 pm to 4 am the next morning... heaving the lining of my stomach while the other end also had to be accomodated.

Ryan's began a few hours after mine, but he continued through most of the morning.

I have NEVER been that sick in my life. It just hurts. The vomiting is so VIOLENT, who needs to excercise?? My abs clear through to my back are totally sore.

There was no way we could care for the kids (how does a 10 month old fend for herself) so some friends took them for the day and even overnight. We sought some help at Urgent Care and were told we were VERY sick.

1500 cc saline for me and 2000 cc saline for Ryan plus we got some zolfran and we were back in TLF for some sleep.

This morning we're still not 100%. Ryan got a doctor's note that he's to be off for 1-3 days for recovery. He's been sleeping while I've been taking care of the kids. We're weak and shaky... fearful of food but somewhat trying to eat.

We will probably never eat at Teriyaki Chicken Bowl again.

Can things get any worse?? Flooded house, broken pipes, living in TLF, food posioning...

Yes they can...

I just learned today through Facebook that a good friend of mine in high school passed away. I don't have any details on what happened, but my condolences go out to his family.

Can somebody just give me a hug?


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Friday, February 11, 2011

A Passion

Know what I got to see a few nights ago??!!

Give you a hint:
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OH YEAH!

Of all the different shows I've seen, this is hands down my favorite. Ah-maz-ing!

Yeah, the whole thing is 3 hours long with intermission, but you don't realize it. I was glued to the production the whole time. My favorite song was "Defying Gravity" and the staging and set were so well done that I just had to sit and enjoy it all. Even Ryan really liked it.

We spent the money for good seats, and it was worth it. We were 10 rows from the stage in the center. I don't like to be RIGHT up front because then you can miss some of the staging and I don't like to be on the sides because you can't get the full effect. They were perfect seats! And they were my birthday present from last July.

When it was all over I felt bittersweet. The show was great, but it made me miss my 'what-could-have-been' life.

Time for some reminiscing and 'what-ifs' but realize that I do appreciate my life and know that if I had taken another path I would not have had some wonderful experiences nor would I have my children.

So... I was a theatre major. Loved it! And I really miss it. Theatre life is invigorating to me. I live to make costumes, do fun makeup, build sets, even being a stage hand... but I really love running shows. Stage managing and directing. I'm not the actress, though if necessary I can be on stage comfortably... and I never really learned lighting and sound.

It was always my dream to join a touring company and put on productions all over the states or even the world. My other dream was to own my own theatre.

I miss it. I really do.

While in college I told my professor that I was getting married. His response: marriage is the worst thing for a theatre career. I didn't like him from then on. I knew that marrying a military man would immensly cut short my life in the theatre... but only recently have I realized how much I miss it.

Yes, there are the church Christmas & Easter things and I can try to do community theatre (if somebody will watch the kids for HOURS and HOURS) but it isn't the same as working with people who LIVE to do theatre and know what they're doing.

By the way... I was really good at what I did.

Now you know one of my biggest passions in life... and I'll say it again:

I really miss it.

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Settling In TLF

I think I'm holding things together pretty well. Amazingly I'm not stressed out. There really isn't anything I can do to make the repairs on our home go any faster. This whole thing sucks, to be frank... but we're getting settled into our temporary lodging with the knowledge that we could be here for a few weeks. Housing and Maintenance really have no idea when they'll actually get around to our repairs and are not moving us to different unit either.

We photographed more detail of our furniture and personal property that was damaged. Other than that and getting that info to our insurance there isn't much left to do at this point. I reguarly make trips to bring things from one place to the other, but I'm trying not to do that too much because everything has to return once we move back.

In other news I'm beginning the process of planning Will's 3rd Birthday (1 month away) and Alanna's 1st Birthday (2 months away). Not sure what I'm going to do yet so I'm searching my options and trying to weigh in the budget. Nothing big for either, I'm sure... but still something fun.

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Lately I've been thinking of getting back into a regular excercise routine. My jeans are getting a bit tighter and that dreded muffin top is really starting to show. Grrr! Not sure what I want to do. I'm debating on going back to the P90X, but not sure I can stick with it just yet. I've also thought about trying the Couch to 5K but not sure I'll have the dedication 'cause I absolutly HATE running. My most recent idea is to take our new double sit & stand stroller and take the kids on a walk to our house to get the mail every day while in TLF. It's like a mile or so. Not bad and not too difficult. Maybe taking this small step (and avoiding snack foods during this frustrating time) could help me lose a bit of flub, make me feel better, and motivate me to do more intense workouts in the near future.

We'll see...

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Progress

Looks like we're getting new carpet.

Stopped by in the afternoon to workers pulling up the padding but they said the carpets are pretty bad and have been sitting wet too long. They smelled.

I came back again in the evening and all the carpet (except in the dining room) was GONE! It was all in the zeroscaping in front of our house.

A step in the right direction.

Now we need the walls and ceilings fixed. The hole in Will's room has become even BIGGER! Oh, and of course they have to paint as well.

Not sure how much longer we'll be in TLF, but for now we're still doing fine. The baby needs more clothes though... and I think she fits better in 12 months now than 9 months. Kind of sad, she's growing too fast. Both kids got new shoes yesterday though, they needed them since most of their shoes were taken away to get cleaned after getting soaked.

Now, before I foget, it's Friend Making Monday hosted by Kenz:


This week's question: Did you watch the SuperBowl? If so, did you enjoy it? If not, what did you do instead?

I have a confession to make: I did not watch the SuperBowl. I have a number of reasons as to why that happened. First off, I'm not really into football. Second, I didn't care for either team. Third, there was a messy house to clean up. Four, I had to get food from our house to bring over. And Five, with facebook, the internet, and tv that night and the next day I can pretty much find out anything I need or want to know about the game.

So what did you do last night?

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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Pics of the Damage

Alright, I'm going to share some of the pictures of the damages to our house from the broken pipes so you can see some of what we're dealing with. From what we have heard from the maintenance people and others who have seen multiple water damage from other broken pipes, we have some of the worst.

soo... this is from the entry way looking into the living room. The water spread more since this picture -- seeping further in. And that entry way has standing water on the linolium. Down the entire hallway the carpet basically looks the same, soaked.


This is where Alanna was sleeping. The carpet is completely saturated, damaging everything on the floor as well.
William's room.


Walking on the floor through the entire house this is what you saw.


Sagging dry wall in the bathroom.


Bubbles in the ceiling of the bathroom.


Lightswitch in Will's room... water was running out of it that's why the wall is saggy there too.


This was the "bubble" above Will's bed.
Then that bubble broke the ceiling having the insulation fall through.


Let me point out: This is where my kids beds are!
This is what the ceiling looks like now.
And here is the ceiling in the bathroom over the shower.



This is just a glimpse of the damage we're dealing with. I didn't show our bedroom, details of the bathrooms, closets, storage room and laundry room.

The carpet cleaners did show up and suction up most of the water, but since we hadn't moved all the furniture out yet we asked that they come back the next day to pull out all the padding and do the fan thing to dry everything out. Well, they said they would return but never did. I'm now thinking they won't return until Monday and the liklihood of mold growing increases with every passing day.

About half of our Pastoral Staff from our church came over and helped move out all our funiture into the garage. Those guys are awesome... I owe them all dinner.

Every day since the pipes burst we've had a different friend watching our kids. Today Alanna woke with a fever, but after sleeping more she seemed better so I took her to a sitter. I got a call a few hours later that her fever was getting worse so we took her to Urgent Care. After 2 1/2 hours we leave knowing that she has a bad cold, needs more Tylenol and saline & suction to keep her nose passages clear.

In terms of great news, we've gotten more help from our insurance! They sent over a company to pick up all the laundry, bedding, shoes, area rugs and other such items that were damaged/wet from the water. They bagged them all up, going to clean and dry them and then bring them back. How awesome is that?! So great!

There is still a lot to do to fix this. We have no timeline from housing. For now we're settling in okay to our temporary lodging and do what we can at the house while the kids are with friends. Today, for example, I was able to clean up the laundry room and entry way. I'm so thankful to so many people and for so many things. It's when bad things happen you get to see some of the best in people... and we know some great people.


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Thursday, February 3, 2011

It happened.

They broke.

They not only broke... those freakin' pipes EXPLODED!

We woke up at 4 am to our fire alarms going off. We jump out of bed and our feet are soaked.

I don't want to go into details because it has been one LOOOOONG day. Kinda stressful, but we're okay.

But, basically, water was pouring into our house from the ceiling, vents, lighting fixtures and outlets. Probably 80% of our house has water damage. All 3 bedrooms were flooded, our walk in closet, the hallway, the storage room, both bathrooms and maybe 1/4 of our living room. There is also water in the laundry room. We had standing water in both bathrooms and the entry way which included another closet. The only parts untouched were the kitchen and dining room... oh, and the garage.

We praise God that William woke up at 2 am and ended up sleeping on the couch because the worst damage (besides the 1 bathroom) was directly over his bed.

I'll probably post pictures soon.

There have been so many blessings in this crazy situation to be thankful for. We are all fine. We are staying in TLF. Although Albuquerque is having a MAJOR natural gas shortage and we had no heat for awhile, we now have heat and were also able to get an electric space heater. Our dog is staying with a friend and we have renter's insurance. Things are working out, this is just a bad and horribly inconvenient situation.

On a funnier note I have to share this story:

As I said, it was like 4 am. With all the insane water raining down in our house and coming out of electric stuff we quickly shut off all the breakers, to be safe.

We needed to shut off the water -- and fast!

So my wonderful husband was in some cotton shorts, a tee shirt, and a huge puffy jacket... running around outside our house in -4 degree weather trying to find a shut off valve. In the mean time I called maintenance and let them know what was going on.

-4 degree weather people... and he's only in his pjs!

It took them about 30 minutes for the maintenance guy to get there and shut off the water.

Apparently pipes had been bursting all over base but he said we get the award for the worst damage. Not really an award I'd like to receive.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Frozen Pipes

Ever had frozen pipes?

They SUCK!

Called housing and apparently many people are dealing with the same issues. We're on "the list" for work orders.

We did what we were supposed to do to try to prevent it; open your sink cabinets and turn on your faucets to allow them to drip the entire night.

Unfortuantly, this morning our toilets don't flush and bathtubs/showers don't work -- and we left the water on there too!

Yesterday I was focusing on cleaning up the house so I didn't shower... my last shower was Sunday morning... Not very happy! Guess I'll try to get kitchen sink all cleared out and cleaned up so I can at least wash my greasy hair.

Stupid cold front...

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

February's Welcome


Blizzard weather! I can't believe February is welcoming us with a major snowstorm. I've never seen it like this here in Albuquerque. The wind is fierce. It is literally HOWLING outside.


The poor FedEx guy dropped off a package and I had to put on a coat and slippers just to open the door since the snow was coming in! It is piling up outside our doors.

Schools are cancelled, many businesses on base are closed down, and Will's speech therapist had to reschedule.

And now for other news BESIDES the weather:

With everything going on with Will, Ryan has been communicating with a homeopathic place for additional information and care. I'm not totally on board with everything because I personally think they are a money hungry company preying on families seeking any source of hope, help or cure for their kids. It may work for some people... but I'm VERY skeptical.

Anyway, because of what they had to say we have changed Will's diet. He is now dairy-free and gluten-free with additional nutrition and these special additive and digestive enzyme things.

Eventually we'll be able to add back in those items if he can tolerate them. This is just to take out anything that could possibly be aggrivating his little body that is preventing him from absorbing the proper calories and what not. He may not be "allergic" to those foods, but they could possibly still be interfering with his digestion.

We'll try this for a few months and if there's no change or improvement we'll just have wasted, oh... about $1000. Yeah, I'm not thrilled.

Will is making improvements in other areas. He did AWESOME in his Occupational Therapy the other day... before his meltdown because he wanted a snack and we (at the time) didn't have "safe" snacks for him. Later Ryan came home with a bunch of stuff that he seems to be liking okay.

He also had his horse therapy last week and really enjoyed it. The boy loves to be on that horse and refuses to do the initial "play" once the horses enter the arena. And then he also has a hard time leaving so we have to make a big deal out of saying "bye-bye" to the horse.

Here's a quick video of part of Will's session. He's riding LP.
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In other news, Alanna is doing great. She's growing like a weed. Her first tooth is coming in nicely and can be seen more easily and definitely felt if you stick your finger in her mouth. She is trying to copy and repeat sounds we make to her which I just adore! I didn't have this stage of development with William so it is very fun to experience for the first time. She can say "mama" and "dada" and is trying to say "dog" and "duck" though they aren't really clear.

I love watching her and Will play with each other... when they aren't fighting. The other wonderful part of them together is when one of them makes a sound the other tries to copy it. So fun! And it is good for Will.

I'm still planning on opening an etsy shop in the near future. Once this weather clears up a bit I'm hoping to get some fabric shopping done. I'll keep you posted.

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