Friday, April 29, 2011

French Braids

Grandma was excited because her girls' hair is finally long enough for some french braids...

Happy Sunny Weekend!!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

My Daddy

Sally wanted to share her thoughts about her Daddy:

D-Devoted Husband and Father, and a darn good one!

A-Adored by his girls (me and Mommy, of course!)

D-Dedicated to whatever he sets his mind to, and does it whole-heartedly.  Even if it is cheering for the MN Gopher football team :)

D-Dashingly good looking

Y-Yes, he's ours. No, you can't have him!

Happy Birthday Daddy! I hope to be just like you someday!

Love always,
Sally Ann ♥

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Cutie Patooties

Cousins all dolled up for Easter

Sally can't get enough of her BFF William

Can you hear us shouting to sit down, look and smile while 3 cameras are flashing?

First Lucy is on the go...

Then it's Sally's turn...

Guess we have to take whatever we can get

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Bless Us Our Lord

Sally is improving on her before meal prayers.  Take a look:

Monday, April 25, 2011

911, What's your Emergency?

Another trip to the ER was not quite what we were expecting last week. Especially since Daddy was out of town last week. Remember last time he was out of town, Sally fell and hit her head?

Long story short, Sally had what’s called a Febrile Seizure. Apparently very common in children under 5, 1 in 25 have one. Of that 1 in 25, 50% are likely to have more than one. There is no harm done, or side effects, it doesn’t mean she has Epilepsy. It is just a seizure caused by a fever. I can’t believe I just typed that sentence, “just a seizure.”

Here comes the long version:

We check on Sally every night before we head up to bed. I had done so Wednesday night. She seemed totally fine. I re-adjusted her blankets and made sure her nuk was in arm’s reach. I brushed away the hair from her face and felt the back of her neck to see if she seemed too warm or cold. She was just fine. I went upstairs to call Reid to say Good Night. He was enjoying a nice meal in Orange County, California on the beach. I know, right? Little did he know I was about to call him again in about 15 minutes to tell him “everything is fine, but we’re in an ambulance.” How can everything be fine if the word ambulance is in that same sentence?

About 10 minutes after I hung up the phone with Reid, Sally made a quick short cry over the monitor. My stomach dropped as I thought, “Great, the flu, AGAIN!” She didn’t cry anymore and usually we’d just let things be, she often talks in her sleep or has a bad dream. However, being alone, I wanted to check just to make sure everything was fine, mother’s intuition, right?

I found her lying in the same position as when I checked on her earlier only she was moaning and moving her legs and felt like she was on fire. I picked her up and she was totally limp. Lights were on, but nobody was home. Lethargic. She was breathing, but not a normal steadiness to it, almost like she was trying to go to the bathroom. I kept shouting her name thinking she was maybe having a bad dream she couldn’t wake up from. Nothing. I went upstairs and dialed 911.

5 minutes later (probably less), which felt like an eternity, two fireman were at my door. They were the first responders. This next piece of information is not important to the story, but I think it adds a little character. You guys, these firemen were drop.dead.gorgeous. Like straight out of the movies, or would be in a firefighter’s calendar or something. Remember, I was ready to turn the lights out and go to bed before all this happened, so, let me tell you, I was looking pretty hot myself :)

They came just in time because Sally was starting to shut her eyes and her breathing started to get more labored. I anxiously waited for every breath, in anticipation that I’d have to give her CPR. They put a thing on one of her fingers to check her heart rate, blood pressure and amount of oxygen she was getting. All things looked good, a little high heart rate, but that was to be expected. They said just to let her sleep, and by what I was describing they thought a Febrile Seizure.

At that point two EMT’s had arrived and I described everything again. I was asked what Hospital we take Sally to and said Children’s of Minneapolis. He said “Ok, why don’t we bring her out to the ambulance and check her out.” Sure, no problem, I thought. They asked if I wanted my shoes and had keys to lock the house. “Wait, are we going to the hospital in the ambulance?” “Yes, I think that would be a good idea.” Me, totally thinking in the moment, in survival mode say, “Ok, just a second, can someone hold Sally, I need to go put a bra on.” Yep, I said those words out loud. Yep, those drop dead gorgeous firemen were still standing in my living room.

We weren’t going to the hospital with the lights flashing or anything, but we did take a trip to the hospital. Sally was starting to come to a little more and obviously confused so, was crying off and on. The only thing that would really calm her down was if I’d sing “Row Your Boat.” Within that drive I was able to call Reid and fill him in on the details, poor guy! I was also able to get a hold of my brother to meet us at the hospital.

Sally needed to get blood drawn, catheter for a urine sample and a nasal swipe, to check for possible infections or bacteria that would have caused her fever. After waiting a little over two hours all of the tests came back negative. They couldn’t give us an answer as to why the fever spiked other than possibly something viral. Since the tests were negative, Sally was finally given something to drink. She took two sips of her juice and she was back to chatty Sally. Acting as if nothing had happened and she was in the best of moods. The nurses didn’t want to let us go home because she was their entertainment.

We ended up getting home around 3am, thanks to Uncle Joe Joe. He was wonderful! We’re lucky to have him so close, and so willing to do anything for us!

Reid got home Thursday evening and as soon as I saw him the tears started flowing. It was the first time I had cried. I finally felt like I could let down my survival barrier and share the burden with him. Poor daddy, he’s never going to want to get on an airplane again. Sally sure shows him!

Proof that she's still as cute as can be!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Swimming Lessons

This was Sally's third week of swimming lessons.  She looooooves it! Usually this is Daddy's special time with her, but since Daddy is out of town...again, Mama got to see what it's all about.

It was fun, but I'm glad it's Daddy's event :)

We sent Daddy a big hug before we left

So excited!

Only in MN do we have to wear winter boots to swim class in the middle of APRIL! Ugh!

Because it's Holy Week, I thought you'd enjoy this cute thing Sally does at swimming lessons.  Reid told me about it last week and I got to see her do it yesterday, with no prompting from either of us. She totally does this all on her own and thought of it herself.  She dips her hand in the extra water by the gutters and does the sign of the cross.  Yep, she thinks it's just like the Holy water as we enter Church.  We've got a little Saint on our hands :)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Coffee Buzz

We were in the mood to check out a local coffee shop, call Coffee Buzz. Or, we went to a 'Fockyshop' as Sally calls it.  If you ask her about it, she'll tell you

1. Muffin-we had a banana bread muffin
2.Buttcake {cupcake}, she saw pictures of cupcakes
3. Secial {special} water- since Mommy and Daddy got coffee, Sally got special water.  Which means, she got to drink water out of a big kid cup and she thought she was pretty cool!

We enjoyed the new place and will go back.  It's nice and quiet and we had our own little section where Sally was free to wander about and dance to the music.

sharing the muffin

she loved it...of course

Sally's spot

Daddy's girls

Monday, April 18, 2011

Nickelodeon Universe

Since we're not getting the most generous spring, we went with our good friends to MOA Saturday morning.  We were pleasantly surprised that it wasn't very busy!  The girls are finally old enough to go on a few of the rides.  It was a great time!

Lucy, Brad, Sally and I waiting to get on the Ferris Wheel


I was laughing at Reid because he was snapping pictures and videos the entire time

Daddy's turn with Sally on the train ride

I love this picture.  As they were waiting their turn for the Carousel, Sally was doing something to make Reid laugh.

Patiently waiting for it to took forever! Sally, pointing out the "big ball," of course. P.S. Reid made sure to get the craziest animal...

"Up, down, weeeee," is what Sally said about this ride.

Friday, April 15, 2011

New Stool

She would wash her hands and brush her teeth all day, if we'd let her!

Happy Weekend Friends!

Thursday, April 14, 2011


When we head out on the highway, Sally knows when we're getting close to the 394/94 entrance and shouts "TUNNEL!" She thinks it is so funny to go through the Lowry Hill tunnel.  She kicks her feet and giggles and as soon as we come out she says "MOOOOOORE Please!"  Since there's only one, we have made her excited about bridges as well :)

Yesterday we made tunnels all around the house and she thought it was pretty funny.  Here are a few before bedtime, hence the crazy hair!

sending her train through

trying to walk under, instead of crawl, she was laughing so hard!

I love you Mama!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Hi Mickey

Sally can spot a Mickey from a mile away. She loves to come say hello to this Mickey. It's nice because she doesn't know what putting money in will do, so she's happy with just sitting there.

Do any of you watch Parenthood? I'd highly recommend it. It's my favorite show. It's worth getting Netflix and starting it from the very beginning. Last night was all about parenting teenagers. I guess I'll take Sally's little bit of whininess in order to hold off on the teenager stage as long as possible!  Really, check out Parenthood, Tuesday nights at 9pm.  Next week is the Season Finale I think...

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Puppy Love

Sally loves puppies, yes, we know that. She especially loves the one in the entrance to Old Navy.  If the puppy was in the back of the store, I think I could seriously consider leaving her there while I shop around the store. She oblivious to everything around her when she's with this fake puppy!
He receives many hugs and kisses from our girl!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Twins Fan

Apparently she needs to wear this shirt every day in order for the Twinkies to win :) The day she wore it, Friday, they won!

Look at that Belly!!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Minnesota Nice

Would we appreciate our beautiful days if we didn’t have our four seasons? Would we be as friendly with our neighbors if we didn’t “hibernate” for 5+ months?

I’m not sure of the answers to those questions, but yesterday was a picture perfect day! Have I told you lately how much I love where we live? Location location location, really is key in picking a house. However, you never know who your neighbors are going to be.

I love that I can go outside with Sally and know that I’m sure I’ll meet someone new, or see a friendly neighbor we used to see often before the snow came. Or we can finally learn the names of the dogs and the owners who we see walk by every day. Or meet the new little one that joined our world over the winter months.

Why I love our neighborhood:

• Yesterday we were playing outside with sidewalk chalk and bubbles and Delores and Andie came over to visit and play

• Our neighbor got home from work and he couldn’t believe how big Sally was getting

• We said “Hello” to our friendly mail carrier, Jim. Yep, we know him by name!

"Hey Mom, are you coming?"
• Sally was asking to go to the park to see the steps, the slide and the swings that she got to play on two days ago.

• I thought I’d humor her and see how far she’d walk. The park is about 5 blocks away. She’s bound and determined and of course she made it to the park. Walking the whole way She’s her mother’s daughter, that’s for sure!

• On the way to the park we met the newest addition to the block, Hadley, and caught up with the family we used to see most days when it was nice outside.

She couldn't leave her bubbles behind.

• Sally met new boys and girls at the park “Hi Girl!” “Hi Boy!”

"Help, Please, Mommy!"

Looking through the holes and saying "hi" to the girl.
• On the way home we met my brother-in-law’s old high school friend and his son, who is only a month younger than Sally

• We learned that a puggle that lives on our street goes by the name of Luca (luke-ah)

• Our friends Brad, Mary and Lucy were out for a walk and stopped by for a visit

• Our wonderful babysitter was walking home from track practice and she stopped over to say “Hello” to Sally!

Thank you Sophie!
• My good friend who lives around the corner walked over and brought me flowers; just because.

Are we lucky or what? We feel the love, and love to share it! Come on over this way anytime, we’d love to visit!