Wednesday, June 8, 2011


Really I can't say anything else about this! The picture speaks for itself! Yes that is a tampon and yes Sylas calls those "spinners".
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Monday, June 6, 2011

I Believe

I believe that when you are good to others they tend to be good to you

I believe if they aren't you should be able to punch them in the face and not get in trouble

I believe more food should be served on sticks

I believe the older I get the less I care about what others think

I believe in ghosts and spirits and things that go bump in the night

I believe in laughing

a lot

mostly at myself

I believe picnics should be a mandatory part of summer

I believe ants at picnics should be banned

I believe in God

I believe exercise and eating right shouldn't be combined

I believe if you eat right you shouldn't have to exercise

I believe moms should have mandatory bedtimes too

I believe I am tired

I believe it is time to say good night

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Thank You Intuniv

Making the decision to medicate my toddler was one of the most difficult decisions of my life. It went against every parenting belief I held. But we had run out of options. I was desperate, Hulk was desperate. We were at a point where we couldn't keep moving on like we were. So medication it was.


I handed my 3 1/2 year old a little pill called Intuniv. Watched him swallow it and cheered for him being such a big boy. And I said a prayer that it would help him and not hurt him! And help him it has!!! The first few weeks he was pretty sleepy. It took him awhile to adjust to it. But now that he has adjusted it is amazing. Intuniv has given me my son back!


These pictures are proof that it has given us our lives back. These pictures are of a silly little boy munching on some crackers at the grocery store. Not a big deal to most people but HUGE for Hulk. He hadn't been able to go in public to a store or a restaurant in months! He would totally freak out and melt down. Now he can go and it's no big deal. I told him when we got done shopping this day how proud I was of him and he said "I proud of me too." He has also told me that his head isn't at loud and he isn't as wiggly. He can notice the change too.
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Can Intuniv fix it all. Absolutly not! We still work very hard on learning ways to cope and self regulate. We still have behavior modification plans in place. Hulk and I are always learning and trying new things to help him be successful. But Intuniv has given him the chance to calm down enough that he can process and learn those other skills.

I'm not getting paid by Intuniv. I just know when I was considering meds I searched blog after blog and website after website looking for info. If this can help some other desperate parent I hope they find it.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Summer Fun # 18

We are having a blast with our to do list of fun! This was one of the best things I've ever done for us! Tonight we enjoyed item number 18 and headed to C of E park! We took Hulks trike so he could ride it. This park has a great walking path that was super for his trike.

However, he quickly found the flowers and the bugs on the sidewalk and the pond and ditched his bike for exploration. I was all good with that! The walking path is a half mile so he ended up getting a mile walk out of the deal. Probably more because he was running all over. Made for a happy and tired boy when we were done.

This kid loves sticks! And he loves water! Throwing sticks into the water was like a little bit of heaven for him! Who knew???? While this park has the perks of good walking/bike riding and the pond there is no playground equipment. So this park lost a few points for that. It won't win the grand prize of best park in town in Hulk's opinion. But it for sure ranks high on the list. Very well maintained!

Now a great time was had at the park until it was time to leave. I was loading his trike into the car and didn't realize he had walked up right beside me. So when I picked up the trike I accidentally whacked him in the head! He immediately told me "I can't wike that!" as the goose egg began to form on his head! When he got out of his bath tonight he asked for an icepack and reminded me that "you not supposa do dat mama." Poor kid!

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

My Desk

My desk is absolutely ridiculous! Right now I'm looking at it and I want to puke! Seriously there is a stack of papers high enough that they have now tipped over and spilled onto the floor. There are about 12 books. A bunch of granola bar wrappers. Photo invoices, a notebook, my kindle. The three hole punch is taking up some room but the best part is the 1873 little round pieces of paper that Hulk dumped out of it all over my desk and floor. That is awesome!

I don't know why I can't seem to keep it cleaned off! It drives me crazy. But in just a matter of days it will be covered again. I can't seem to find a good way to organize all my paperwork. Seriously it really really drives me crazy.

And I just now moved in my desk chair and ran over an old pretzel and a crayon. I've got to clean this crap up! I'll post again if the office doesn't suck me in!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

What's Up

Some random tidbits about what is going on at our house.....

I'm doing an online Bible study of the book Hidden Joy. It's a great book and I'm hoping I'll get a lot of "joy" out of it. If you'd like to join in you still can. We just started this week. Head over to to get all signed up.

Someone is trying really hard to pee in the potty all the time. I can't wait till this is mastered!

I get to photograph a wedding this weekend and I'm pretty excited about it. I'm hoping the weather is fantastic since it is outdoors.

Since we don't have cable we watch shows on Instant Netflix. Well I should say we watch one show. The Deadliest Catch. Hulk is obsessed with it! He knows all of the captains names and the names of the boats. He is convinced if he goes fishing here in Kansas he will be able to catch Alaskan crabs. I have a feeling he will be disappointed.

I'm eating Peanut Butter Cap'n Crunch right now. Not the best choice but I still have 8 ww points left for the day and 3/4 cup of it is only 3 points. Heck I may eat two servings. I'm wild like that on occasion.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Promise

I don't even know where to start. We went to Max's funeral today and it just breaks my heart. No parents should ever have to bury their child! It's not fair. I hate that Kelci and Kevin have ever experienced such sorrow!

But the minister today said something that stuck with me. He said that never again will Kelci and Kevin be just Kelci and Kevin. They will forever be Maxton's parents. While they will not parent him here he will be waiting for them in heaven. And that reminded me that the only reason this sorrow is so deep is because Maxton was loved so very much. He will forever be their child and will forever be loved and remembered. And God promises to reunite them someday. While I don't want this to be happening I don't know how people ever get through something like this without the promise of heaven and eternity together.

I will never understand this but I will forever understand a parent's love. It never ends. Parents love forever! On this earth or the next. Forever! And I have to believe that love is what will keep Maxton's memory alive until his parents can see him again.