Sunday, October 31, 2010

Some Halloween Fun!

 No, Carter does not usually have a beard or such bushy eyebrows.  Everyone always says he is such a mini Dave....thought I'd emphasize the point.  My dear hubby actually shaved off his gotee this week...much to my dismay!  I decided to put it back on him!  If you haven't used www.picnik.com, you should check it out...so much fun to play with your pictures!
My beautiful boys....Carter (4 years old), and Jace (9 months old).
Okay, this was a pic of Jace and I halloweened out just for kicks!  Have a happy day everyone!

SUNDAY'S CYSTIC SITES


INTERESTING CF SITES that I've discovered this week...anything from news articles, to cool fundraisers, merchandise for CF, and so on.  Enjoy!

www.goodsearch.com  - My niece told me about this site...a search engine that donates a cent for every search to a charity of your choice.  Their are several CF charities to choose from! 

Trampoline as CF therapy- Interesting article written by a physiotherapist from Sweden in 2008.  In our home, we do use a trampoline to compliment therapy (not replace) for our son w/cf.  It often gets him coughing when nothing else works.

Recipe Ideas for CF kids  Check out these high calorie recipes.

Halloween Fundraiser - In the spirit of Halloween today...here are a few halloween fundraisers that benefit CF.  Check out this Halloween Run

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Heading into a crazy winter...

It seems, that this year we are going to spend a lot of time sick!  Grrrrrr.  It makes me so MAD!  We've enjoyed a few weeks of health, and now we are getting sick in our home again.  It is virtually impossible to protect Carter from this!  So far, it is Jace and I fighting this bug, but it is inevitable that Carter will catch it.  It would be a miracle if he didn't.   I feel like I am constantly saying "go wash your hands," "don't touch your face," "don't get so close to your brother," ahhhhhhh! It is enough to drive a mom insane.  It is times like this when I wish we had a larger house so we had space to hang out in different rooms.  Sigh.....  I never thought simple colds would one day cause me so much stress.  Somedays it feels like nothing will ever be simple again.
Yesterday, a family aquaintance came by with a couple of adorable puppies.  She was on her way to take them to the pet store.  Sweet little husky/shepherd crosses.  My husband tried with all his might to convince me that we could have one.  We have an awesome German Shepherd "Yukon" already...he is 9 years old.  I stood my ground with almost panic in my mind....how on earth could I find any more time to deal with an outdoor puppy when we are heading into the snowy cold winter months?  The poor little thing would have to spend so much time by itself out there...penned up, and lonely.  Thank goodness my husband was understanding, and did not push the issue too far.  I can't tell you the relief I feel at not having that extra task to deal with or feel guilty about over the winter months....the frequently "sick" season.  Maybe in the spring, we could spend more time outside enjoying a puppy....

Some days, CF makes me SO VERY MAD!  This is one of those days.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Menu Monday

The BIG GOAL here is finding foods that fill up my little CFer with healthy high fat/calorie foods that he enjoys...& meanwhile allowing the rest of us to attain and maintain a healthy weight!  If we didn't "encourage" Carter to eat other foods, he would only eat vegetables and fruit.  It is a constant battle to get the calories into him and not so many into us!  I've found a variety of recipes that he enjoys, and we do too.  I'm really not sure if I can be organized enough to do this every week...but here is our family menu for this week!

Monday:
with salad (full fat dressing for C...light for us), and rice (w/some margarine on C's)

Tuesday:
Leftovers

Wednesday:
Italian sausage/potatoes (still looking for a great casserole recipe...)

Thursday:
Crockpot Pork Chops
This is for 3-4 small pork chops (double the recipe for more) 
in crockpot put 1 can mushroom soup
add 1/4 to half the mushroom soup can of water
add half a package of dry onion soup mix add pork chops
cook in crockpot on low for about 6 hours 
serve with rice and pour mixture on top of rice!

+ Steamed veggies (w/margarine for C)

Friday:
Eat out.


Sunday, October 24, 2010

SUNDAY'S CYSTIC SITES



INTERESTING CF SITES that I've discovered this week...anything from news articles, to cool fundraisers, merchandise for CF, and so on.  Enjoy!

CF Skin wrinkling in water - This I found very interesting!  I've always wondered about my son's excessive skin wrinkling after he came out of his bath...

Flashmob - Came across this awareness event....this short video clip brought a smile to my face.

CF Trivia Game - Try your hand at a little CF trivia.

A Wish For Taylor  - This is not CF related...but it really breaks my heart and actually makes me thankful that my son has CF...a disease with hope for a cure in his lifetime.  This story about little Taylor is unfolding here in Edmonton right now...she has cancer...and has been given only 6 months to live.  Join the Facebook Group here.
It is amazingly awesome how people from near and far are pulling together to make this a special time for her family.
Watch a recent News Clip

Sunday, October 17, 2010

SUNDAY'S CYSTIC SITES


INTERESTING CF SITES that I've discovered this week...anything from news articles, to cool fundraisers, merchandise for CF, and so on.  Enjoy!

The Bonnell Foundation - Check out their new CF Calendar for 2011!  I just emailed them to see if they will send one to me in Canada!  Looks awesome! (update:  They will send to Canada!)

Tiny Trinkets - Custom jewelry to help benefit CF. (Find CF pieces in the gallery at the bottom, or check out their facebook page here.)

Fundraising for a Cause - Angel Tac pins that you can sell as a fundraiser for CF. Check out the rest of this site for more items to promote CF!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Brotherly Love

It really warms my heart when I see how my boys are starting to interact with each other.  I love how Carter can talk to his baby brother and Jace's face will light up with pure adoration.  If ever I wondered about the decision we made to give Carter a sibling...I am confident now that we made the right choice.  Yes, it also means more germs hanging around for them to share....and share they do...there is no keeping them apart!  Little Jace has sometimes had to wait to be fed, or comforted until I could complete Carter's treatments.  The attention they get will not always be equal.  Then, there is also the horrid thought that has entered my mind that one day Jace may have to face the grief of losing his brother.  (Wow, instant tears popped into my eyes with that sentence.)
But, all of the worry disappears when I see them together.  They have so much love for each other, and that is a great gift.  We've given Carter more JOY.  Whether, CF steals him from us early, or if he lives to 100...he has one more person to stand by his side and fight for a cure, and he'll always know how immensely he is loved.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

October 10


Today is October 10.  It has been three years since my sweet dad lost his long battle with cancer.  I don't know how so much time has passed...and I can't believe how much I miss him.  We all do.  He was such a good man and a wonderful dad, and an amazing grandpa.  He fought his personal battles and won with strength and dignity.  Never once in my life, did I doubt his love for me.  I was a daddy's girl.  
Dad worked hard, laughed hard, and gave big hugs with a hard pat on the back.  We are all so thankful for the time we had with him, we mourn the time that is gone, and look forward to the day we meet again.  We love you dad, more than ever.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Walk to Remember

Today we walked with friends to remember and celebrate their little son who went to heaven before his life on earth could begin.  In fact, we walked with 700 others...all commemorating precious little lives that were over too soon.  It was a beautiful, and bitter sweet experience.  More than once, I had to fight back a lump in my throat as we saw families wearing shirts with their child's picture, or parents lovingly removing leaves and debris from their child's name written in chalk on the sidewalk along the walk route.  Take a minute to be thankful today for the ones you love.
(Walk to Remember Website)




Friday, October 1, 2010

Flash Me Friday

Yup...Friday again!  Check out The Groettum Family Blog to see how Flash Me Friday works.  Today we are flashing "Fall Decor."  I have to say, I am pretty pathetic in my attempt this year.  It has been such a gloomy, cold fall until now.  This is all I have so far...

Okay...off-topic...but this ugly little fellow below just happened to be out on my patio.  I have not seen one of these around here since I was a little girl...not that I'm complaining.  Eeeeeeeeew.

Have a fabulous weekend!

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