Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Liam

Man do I love this little boy! He is full of squeals, smiles, slobbers, hugs, crumbs and dirt. He is at such a fun age. Liam says a lot through the faces he makes because he is quite stubborn and shy and still not wanting to talk much. He says a hand full of words, shakes his head yes and no and is starting to make different sounds. He is making progress so I am not too worried anymore. And if you haven't heard or noticed....no more pacifier....Yay! Liam is growing up so fast but is still my most snugly baby. He loves to rock in the chair before nap and bed and when he gets up in the morning he often times runs to my room to crawl in bed with me for more snuggles. I just love it! Up next, to turn his crib into a toddler bed....then all signs of 'babyness' will be gone, ah so sad!

Liam learned how to climb anything recently, kind of scary! This was a search for his paci back in March. The boy would do anything for that darn pacifier, but surprisingly it was pretty easy to get rid of. We are very lucky he didn't get hurt in any of climbing adventures.
Liam loves Mickey, I'm mean really really loves Mickey! This is what he does most mornings while eating his cereal from a baggie. He does not like to be disturbed and pretty much ignores everyone around him.
He also loves to open/close the garage door. Now our car is synched with the garage door but we have to bring the other one so Liam can do it. He gets it off the counter when we leave, hops in the car, makes a few noises to go along with pressing the button and closes the door. Then when we get home he opens it, gets out and closes it from inside the house, then places it back on the counter.

The kids love the call him 'mail' because that is what his name is spelled backwards. The boys always ask people what is their backwards name. We have a Nadia, Yelda, Ile and Mail!

And the above watermelon picture. This is where Liam spends most of his time eating, especially watermelon and popsicles. Otherwise I spend half of my day wiping up sticky messes from the floor. He loves watermelon and I am a big fan of the slow melt popsicles. You must let your kids try them!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Bone Marrow Donation

Recently I was contacted by the Bone Marrow Registry stating that I was a match for a patient. This caught me off guard as I signed up with the registry in 1998, while living in Arizona and in college. I think I went to give blood one day and they asked if I wanted to be on the list, I said yes, they took a swab of my mouth and that was it, very simple. After the first call to see if I was willing to move forward, which I agreed to, they set up a call for a health history review. That is now completed and tomorrow I go to get my blood drawn to run more tests to see how good of a match I am for the patient. The only information that I will ever know about the patient until a year after transplant is that he is a 63 yr old male with myelodysplastic syndrome. If I am a good match the donation could take place in the next 2 months. I am of course nervous of the process and have tried to research it the best that I can. There are 2 donation methods - harvesting bone marrow from my hip under light anesthesia or a peripheral donation after taking a certain medication for 5 days that draws the stem cells out of my bone marrow. The donation may need to be done in California or possibly somewhere on the east coast. The reason I bring this up is that I don't know anyone that has ever gone through this process, do you? If so do you mind filling me in on their experience, positive or negative, complications, side effects, etc. I am totally willing to help out. I know circumstances where some people have never gotten a match and have died. I want to help but I want to be informed the best that I can. So please comment if you have any info. Thanks!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Easter & misc

Yes, I know it's June and I'm posting about Easter - ridiculously behind, but I'm going to do it anyway. I was lucky enough to be on-call on Easter and spend the time with family. I love the food and watching the kids hunt for eggs. I remember even when I was in college and came home for Easter my parents would still hide eggs for us...some with candy inside and some with $ inside. That will probably be a tradition I uphold in the future. I also like Easter because of the message it sends and the reminder it gives us all.

Aidan does not like getting his picture taken.

I love the look on Liam's face

When Aidan turned 8 he started his journey in scouts. We did a cake contest for the Blue & Gold banquet. His cake won. I thought he an Jared did a fantastic job. I didn't help one bit in the making of the cake. It was all the boys.


Friday, June 24, 2011

Eli's Preschool/Discovery Place

Eli finished his first year of preschool in May. They have this big program for the 4yr old kids and the 3yr old class gets to participate as well. Eli loves school. He asks me everyday if he gets to go to school tomorrow. He only goes 2 times a week. I hope his love for school doesn't wear off like it has for Aidan. I think it's because Aidan is bored. I wish his teacher could see that and challenge him more. Maybe in 3rd grade it will be different. Did I just say 3rd grade - time sure does fly and I'm certainly not getting any younger. Anyway, back to Eli. He did a great job in his program. He yawned a lot, poor kid we were at Dollywood the day before and didn't get home until late. But he did flash a few good smiles...

Eli with Miss Linda - he loves her and we do too!

Eli being silly at a store on Main Street.

Also while my parents were here we went to Discovery Place in Charlotte. It was so much fun. We also saw the IMAX while there called "Born to be Wild". Aside from the place being so environmentally friendly and organic (it was $5 for a dang organic PB&J - there wasn't much in the way of selection for the average family), it was a fun place to visit.
Liam at the water station
I love this picture of Adley because he is in the air!
The kids spent majority of their time at this machine that you control yourself by spinning wheels. It transports nerd-like pebbles from one side to the other. We spent so much time here we missed a whole section of the place that we didn't even know about.

Liam in the air chair. I think this picture looks like something out of Star Wars.
Adley's tower
Playing games with Grandma & Grandpa Bird while me and Jared went on a much needed date night.
Me & my mom

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Butterfly (EB) Children



A wonderful video about EB. These children constantly amaze me!
Video done by: http://thebutterflyfund.org

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Dollywood

Pictures from our trip to Dollywood with my parents. It was a great trip! Good food, great weather and we wore the kids out!Going to get wet!
My dad & Adley in the back row!
Flying elephants
Aidan is not a fan of a lot of rides. He waited in line with us determined to ride and backed out at the last minute....maybe one day. Liam loves this ride...doesn't he look so little on it!

Water fight!
Driving home - someone napped at Dollywood!
However these boys did not! They slept the whole way home and into bed.

Monday, June 13, 2011

I'm back.....

Well I think I am anyway...I'll give this whole blogging thing another try and see if I can't keep up with it better than I have in the the last 4 months. Let's see where do I even begin... in the last 4 months...
**Eli turned 4 and is now completely potty trained - Hallelujah, only 1 more kiddo to go!
**Liam turned 2 and is starting to make lots of jibber jabber noises and the occasional word comes out too...often times surprising himself just as much as me. We are weaning down the paci - most days! Is it bad that I like the darn thing as much as I hate it.
**We celebrated Easter.
**Saw two movies - Rio and Kung Fu Panda 2 - both excellent!
**Aidan finished 2nd grade and Adley finished kindergarten.
**We moved into our new house and all that comes with that....which is a lot and a lot more expensive than predicted.
**Eli finished 3yr old preschool.
**We've been to Dollywood twice and Charlotte's Discovery Place once.
**Adley started and finished his entire soccer season.
**My parents came and stayed for an entire week - a week after we moved into the house. It was awesome!
**We poured concrete at the new house - sidewalk and two pads in the back with my parents help.
**We are currently trying to grow grass - it's going pretty well.
**The big boys went to the Father/Son campout and me and Liam had a date night.

I have taken some pictures along the way, I'll be posting pictures this week. Here is a start from when we poured concrete. I'm glad my dad knew what he was doing. We learned pretty quick though.

Sidewalk in front
2 pads in the back
Our 'construction worker'
Getting fill dirt for the pads - lots of 'helpers'
Me & my dad
Liam playing with his trucks
Pouring the pads
Finishing in the front

The kids are out of school for the summer. I welcome any cheap entertainment ideas!