Wednesday, January 30, 2008
The idea. I sketched this when Zoe was little.
These are the kind of tacky gold frames I am trying to find. They can be any shape or size, large or small. If you know where I can find some please leave a comment. The large oval frame came from a dear friend and the small oval frame came from a thrift store in San Diego.
Sloan was just 4 years old when she was diagnosed with juvenile diabeties, on December 16, 2004. We were supposed to fly home to see my folks for Christmas but that just wasn't ment to be. Her keytones were very high and her sugar was well over 475. Once some more blood work was taken and her diagnosis confirmed I was in shock. She spent 5 days in the hospital while doctors and nurses showed us how to manage this life altering disease. When we finally got home I felt like the world was coming to an end and life would never be the same. The world didn't come to an end, however life has returned to "our version" of normal. 5,840 is the number of shots Sloan has taken over the past four years. 8,760 is the number of times Sloan has pricked her fingers over the past four years to test her sugar. A little hard to wrap your mind around considering most kids only have to have one or two shots a year. There is so much more that comes with this disease. There are the food issues, mood swings, and the motherly guilt to deal with also. Sloan is a brave little girl. She can do what everyone else can do. She just has diabeties. The awesome thing is now she knows how to do her own shots at school. She also does all of her own prick tests. She is more aware of lows (we are working on the highs). Sloan is an amazing and beautiful little girl. I just adore her. It still touches my heart that because of this experience, as a mother I saw so many blessings come our way. It is so true that when one door closes the lord always opens another. I experienced some of the most amazing outpouring of love and kindness durring the time Sloan was diagnosed.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
It is almost time for Popeye to go to sleep. I am feeding her cereal at night with the hope that it will help her sleep a little better. This is my first try so we will see. Oh she just looked up at me and smiled. I love that. I have so little time to create and as much as I would love to write more I am going to cut it short and panit tonight. Hope everyone had a great day. I will post some photos tomorrow.
Monday, January 28, 2008
and served them a delicious meal.
Hey mom, take a picture of me with my husky!
Abby and Sloan, BFF.
Dean and Zoe practicing their guitars.
I thought I would put some pictures from Friday thru Sunday. We are all feeling so much better. I still am a little congested but feel like I can get back to normal again. We had a lovely weekend and we were able to spend some time as a family just hanging around the house. Although we ran a few errands, for the most part we just took it easy. I think it helped in the recoup department. Dean is back at work and I think he is happy to be back to his work schedule. He can only stand a few days off at a time.
I woke up to a phone call at 5 am this morning saying we had a delayed start for all Washoe County Schools due to all the snowfall we recieved last night. It was nice because the girls and I slept in, and when we all woke up I made chocolate chip pancakes for the girls. Very healthy for all, especially since I have a diabetic daughter. Even Sloan deserves a super sugary breakfast once in a while. When I dropped Sloan off at school, I kid you not, there were about 100 semi trucks lined up along the road chaining up so they could get through the pass. The exit for Sloan's school just happens to be one of the last few exits before you go through Truckee. It was kind of cool to drive slowly past all these men who are chaining up not just two tires but 4-8 tires. It gives you a healthy respect for the job that they have to do. My dad drove trucks when I was a small girl.
Well time to go and pick up my little Sloan from school. I will try to post more, later.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
I could watch this a thousand times. One reason is, well she's mine. The second is I know she is growing so quickly. I hope all the grammas and grampas, uncles, aunties and whoever enjoy seeing a little peak at what I get to experience in my everyday life. I do truly feel blessed.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Enough about beds. Sloan was finally able to use her Boarders gift certificate. Grandpa David and Roberta gave it to her for Christmas. She was able to buy the first Harry Potter book, the first Spiderwick Chronicle book, Utterly Me, By Clarice Bean (This is the artist and author of the Charlie and Lola cartoons on Disney Chanel), Dave Barry's Peter and the Starcatchers, and last but certainly not least The good Dog by Avi. Plus she finished off the card by purchasing a husky beany babies for herself and a kitten beanie babies for Zoe. Oh yea, she also bought a mini pack of highlighters to use for her art. She cleaned up with that gift certificate. Thanks so much David and Roberta.
We are now home, the girls are in bed and Dean is watching the X Games while I type. I am going to add a few layers of paint on my large canvas before I call it a day. Before I go I want to tall you about the latest link I added to my blog. It is The cart before the horse. They are a husband wife team of artists who make the most amazing art dolls. Their dolls are more like sculptures, so whimsical and creative. I am so inspired by these two talented artists. They sell their work on e-bay. I hope to own some of their art in the near future.
Look for some pictures tomorrow, my batteries were out of juice today.
Friday, January 25, 2008
I will be picking up Abby and Sloan from school soon and this is their fun day. Friday is the day we call "popcorn" day. We pop up popcorn and watch a movie and then the girls usually play barbies for a few hours. Most Friday's we invite some friends over to have popcorn with us, but because we have been sick so much the last few weeks have been just us. Hopefully next week we can get back on track.
I have had a chance to talk to a few old friends through e-mail lately. It is so nice when you can still talk to someone like you saw them yesterday, even though you might not have talked in a while. I am so very blessed because I have so many wonderful friends and family members.
I will try to write some more tonight and add some more photos. Time to go wash some dishes and fold some clothes.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
I have wanted to take this sketch and see it through to a painting for quite a while. I still haven't found the right frames. I am keeping my eyes open for antique, ornate picture frames the gaudier the better. The middle frame has a little girl opening a valentine. In the two frames on both sides of her, little boys are vying for her attention to take the valentines they are trying to give her.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
The girls just goofing off.
The freshly cleaned room. These are most of the girls books.
The girls playing in the "messy before cleaned" room.
I can't even express how good I feel at the moment. Not only was I able to get all the cleaning done, but I also read with my girls had dinner with my family,took a nap, and visited on the phone with my little sister Cristin. I should probably just call her my sister because shes 18, but It's a hard habit to break.Something really cool happened. Cordwood Cabin (one of the new links I added the other night) added a nice little paragraph about my blog today. It's a super motivator to keep working toward my goals and not give up.
I am sitting here listening to Ryan Adams radio on pandora.com. He's sort of a favorite of mine at the moment. Snow is falling. Everyone is asleep but me. I am going to sketch. I can't explain how peaceful it is right now in my home. I have had some ideas of sewing projects that I want to do eventually. I want to sketch them out before I forget, but I don't want to sew right now. I need to finish up the last eight hand print plaques for the JDRF. I also have that giant canvas sitting in the kitchen calling my name. Sewing is something I enjoy so much but right now I need to focus on my family and these other projects first.
The girls had so much fun playing with the kitchen today. As I promised I'm posting some pictures of the girls playing' plus some video of them dancing. You will have to forgive the jumpiness of the video, it's just my camera so the resolution stinks. Tomorrow I will post some art.
Monday, January 21, 2008
The girls Dr.'s office called today and Sloan has strep again, then little Zoe woke up half way through her nap with a fever of 102.3. She was shaking and so sad. Once I gave her some Motrin she slept until a little past three. It was sooooooooooo nice because I was able to take a nap with the girls. I must say as lovely as all this snow is that we are getting, I can't wait for the spring and lovely weather. Mostly so we can all get healthy again.
I am hoping that tomorrow will be a more artfully productive day. I have all these ideas that I want to get down on paper. Things I want to sew and draw and paint. I know that family comes first. As much as I love doing my art I love being a mommy even more.
PS. No matter what I will post some art and pictures tomorrow!
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Tonight Sloan and I went and picked up the much anticipated last Christmas gift, from Bumma and Pop Pop (my mom and dad). By the time we got it home and had some popcorn and opened the box it was already 9pm. It was way past bedtime for both the girls. They were both so excited about the new kitchen. Sloan understood the concept of playing with the new kitchen tomorrow, Zoe not so much. She cried until Dean finished putting it together and brought it into their room. I am sure tomorrow will be filled with many "pretend" meals and lots of fun.
Before I sign out I would just like to let everyone know I have added even more links. These are fun sites to visit, you never know what you may find. I used the last of my eBay gift card from Cindy today. I won this awesome handmade Alice in Wonderland Doll. Shes not to play with, more of a sculpture. I plan on eventually putting her in the girls room on their bookshelf with the other characters they have from various children's books. You can actually see the doll in progress on the artists blog. Their blog is under Cordwood cabin Primitives.
Oh yea, the whole super fun day. Well that it was. After Abby went home Dean and I took the girls out for some family fun. First we went to an RV show. I know it sounds sort of red neckish but it is actually fun to look at all the models. Sloan and Zoe love to see all the "little houses". They had a blast running from RV to RV. Sloan's favorites were the ones with bunks and a place you could put a TV for just the kids to watch. Than we went to Recycled Records and I traded in some Cd's I just don't listen to anymore and got store credit to go back and buy some music I actually listen to. After that we took the girls to TGIFridays for dinner. It was very yummy, however halfway through the meal, due to hardly any nap today, Zoe had a small meltdown. So instead of taking the girls to the book store afterward we headed home. It is always fun to do things together. I can't wait for our next family day.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
One kind of cool thing is that I received a "comment" from someone I didn't contact first. I think she is a friend of my mother in law, but it's still super cool. I have switched my settings so that you don't have to have a Google account to leave a comment. Please feel free, it is super fun to get them. hope everyone is well.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
My dear friend Kirsten holding little Aris