Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
Shawn continues to do amazing at work and I have taken on another job as well....I work for Shawn's parents (AGPRO) as well as my WSU job and after school care. Both of my real jobs (I consider after school care too much fun to be called a job) of course are done remotely...I love being able to continue to work from home while raising my 3 girls......I still can not believe how fast this year has zoomed by.....My dad and Ri were here for Christmas, it was so wonderful to spend the holidays with family....and of course Uncle Joel and Jessica came down for a visit too.....just love them to pieces!
Kiara loves school and she loves to do homework books (that is what she calls the Kumon learning books, she has like 6 of them), she will sit down and work in one for hours at a time, taking it wherever we go....She is growing up super fast and loves to act like the oldest.....mother hen like I suppose! She likes playing outside with boys in the 'hood....and she is one of the tallest in her class, neck and neck with the boys....She is pondering getting her hair cut shorter, we shall see how this develops!
Mikiah is doing wonderfully....she really loves school, music and dancing. We are getting ready to put her into ballet soon....she is so excited. She is my little sous chef in the kitchen and enjoys helping make all our meals.....it is so fun for both of us to work together to get dinner on the table. She is pretty excited about her Paula Deen Cookbook she got for Christmas! On the health front all is good, insurance approved her to be able to take Growth hormone therapy....She just has to have an MRI and then we will get started. The shots will be daily and we will re access at a time in the future if they are helping. We will keep you posted on when we start and how she is progressing.
Lila is my little mischievous one. She likes to cause a little trouble here and there but she is so sweet.....She is a talker and she says so many sentences and statements that really blow Shawn and I away, it is like talking to a mini adult sometimes. She is just growing up too fast, she certainly doesn't act like a 2 1/2 year old until she throws a fit! She loves playing with her sisters, but is perfectly content going in her room, shutting her door and playing by herself. Which is good considering her sisters will be gone all day next year.....She will be attending preschool next year, probably 3 days a week...she is excited for that! On her health front we will be starting Physical Therapy soon but she is already running better then she use too.....
I have included an album with pics over that last few months, overkill I am sure....hopefully it will not be this long until I blog again!!! You can tell after the first few Christmas day pics the quality of pictures changing.....I got a new Nikon Digital SLR D3000 for Christmas, I LOVE IT! Hope this post finds everyone doing well and gearing up for a Happy New Year!
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
|Harper Girls Turn 5|
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
|Seattle Fun July 2009|
|Mariners Game 7-11-09 Diamond Club|
Sunday we had a BBQ with my Mom's family at my bro's....So great to see the family! Just love them...I am always amazed at how fast all the kiddos grow up.....Shawn is working today and tomorrow and then files out on Wed....We are soaking him up before he returns to SA......
Monday, July 6, 2009
Here are a few photos from are trip up, my dads and our arrival....we left on Friday after Shawn got off work and made it to my dad's super early on Sat, which was so nice to run around and stretch the legs.....Sun & Mon were both 10 hour driving days, but the kiddos did awesome. So fun measuring time in the number of movies they can watch....and Miss Lila kept her pull up dry both days, she went potty every time we stopped.....I think she is ready for some potty training....
|July 09 WA State Trip|
On Wed, the girls and I headed to Headquarters Salon for a hair appt and to get their nails painted. We were there all day...I got my hair cut off.....I love it....She cut it so I could wear it straight or curly....MJ & Kiara both got trims and Miss Lila got her hair styled....Nanna got a trim and a pedicure....good times for sure!
|Day at the Hair Salon Pullman WA|
On Thursday the 2nd we headed up to Spokane to pick up Joel & Jessica and then headed to a Harper Family BBQ at the Robinson's....Good times in the pool and great to catch up with everyone that was there.....
On Friday the 3rd we headed over to Sindy's house (Nanna Anna's Best Friend) for a Prime Rib dinner and BBQ.....the girls love going out to the country.....Longball & Amie and Joe & Erin made it out too! So fun! We also headed out to Rico's that night to see everyone that was in town, nice to get out and hang with our friends sans the kiddos.....of course I didn't bring my camera! Oh well....
|July 3rd BBQ out at the Zerbe's...|
On the 4th we planned a big BBQ at Shawn's parents house. We had most of the Pullman crew in town. It was so great to see everyone and their kiddos. The kids all had a great time playing together while all of us adults were able to catch up.....good times!
|4th of July 2009 Party|
|Family BBQ on the 5th with The Callaways|
So now it is Monday, I have some work to catch up and we may head up to campus to check out all the work that was done on the CUB and meet the great/grandparents for some ice cream at Ferdinand's, just my have to get some Cougar Gold Cheese too......I will have more pics to come.....and sorry about the overload....internet here has been a bit hit or miss.....
Sunday, June 21, 2009
|Fun & Fathers Day 09|
Now we are just gearing up for our road trip to WA state. I can not believe we will be heading out of here at the end of the week....just crazy! I have so much to do before then! Plus Thurs we have Lila's MRI....it will be here before we know it.....the girls got some last minute supplies for the road trip yesterday, sleeping bags, shoes and sun glasses....I did manage to get our grocery shopping done for the road trip and this next week....man it has been a wild fast weekend.....Hope everyone has great weeks ahead!
Sunday, June 14, 2009
The twins had follow up appts for their ear infections on Monday....Kiara's ears were perfect and the infection was gone...but poor MJ, her ear infection was worse (after a round of antibiotics) and she was running a fever....so she is finishing up her second round of antibiotics and doing great....When she is done with her medicine, she and I will go get our blood work done.....She has to have hers done w/results by Aug 12th (for her appt at Texas Children's) and I just need to get mine done....so I thought it would make it easier if we did it together....Lila had an appt on Monday as well....nothing like forking out $90 in co-pays! She has had a rash on her arm that has been getting worse....sometimes it goes away but lately it has been pretty red....well anyway she has Eczema....so she got a prescription for that along with a ton of samples....the non-steroid cream she got worked great and it has now cleared up.....but I know it will come and go.....I had it as a child too....
On Wednesday Lila had an appt at an Orthopedic Surgeon...She has always had a slight limp since she started walking at 14m, we thought she would grow out of it, but finally made an appointment to get it looked at. It has become much more noticeable now that she runs everywhere.....Well we where shocked at the diagnosis....We were thinking something was wrong with her hip or her knee or maybe her leg was longer.....but it turns out Lila has a very mild case of Cerebral Palsy. I couldn't believe what the doctor was saying....my little girl has brain damage on her right side of her brain somewhere that is affecting her left side motor skills for her leg and arm....Most likely Lila's CP was caused by damage to the motor control centers of the developing brain during pregnancy (which is about 75 percent). Lila has/is/a Spastic hemiplegia, so only one side of her body is affected.....she basically drags her left side of her body along when she moves/walks/runs....We never noticed her having trouble with her left arm but of course now we are watching her every move....If you looked at her you wouldn't notice anything....Anyway we now need to find out where the brain damage is to see if the damage that is done will effect anything further as she grows up......One of the bright sides of CP is the damage is already done and it is non-progressive. We do know Lila will need Physical and Occupational therapy and will continue to have an Orthopedic doctor. On June 25th Lila will have an MRI done of her Brain and Spine, she will be fully sedated (we have experienced this before with MJ so we are ready and know what to expect).....The results will come in while we are on vacation in WA but the Orthopedic Dr will call to confirm where the brain damage is and what to expect when we go to Lila's Neurologist. On Aug 5th after we get back WA we will be taking the MRI results to the Neurologist to find out the next course of action if any (besides physical therapy) and we will find out if there is further brain damage....it all sounds pretty scary sometimes but we know that we all with get through this and we will do everything we can for Miss Lila.....She is still our happy, smiley, and chatty little girl....she will talk your ear off and still continues to amaze me with her vocabulary....We thank you all for your continued love and support....and look forward to seeing most of you soon!
In other news......it has been super hot down here this week....we have tipped into the triple digits for the last few days.....the only way to be outside is to have the pool out.....it makes a world of difference and makes it easy to stay outside most of the day.....I mean who doesn't enjoy sitting in a kiddie pool staying cool.....As we head into our hot months down here we can not wait to get up to WA to get out of this super hot heat where the overnight low is cooler then 78 degrees....Looking forward to seeing everyone soon.....here are some shots of our fun in the sun.....
|Few Shots from Swimming June 09|
Sunday, May 31, 2009
|Missions Baseball May 09|
Shawn also finished painting the shutters....the house looks so great! I love the brown, I was apprehensive before we painted but I am so happy with the color we chose...here is the finished product....
Other then hitting the gym for BodyPump on Saturday and Cardio on Sunday, playing in the sun in the 'hood, and cleaning around the house, we were not up to much this weekend....My second job ends this week for the summer....I can not believe school is getting out Thursday....It has been so fun watching the Garcia kiddos everyday.....I know the girls will miss seeing them so often and watching all the school buses, but they do only live across the street........anyway, hope everyone has a great week ahead!.....
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
We painted our 1/2 bath, FINALLY....Lila had taken a pencil to the walls and it was one of two rooms not yet painted in our house...and I can not remember if I mentioned it but Shawn also stained the cabinets a few weeks ago.....(he is going to do my kitchen cabinets in July the same color)....now we just have our master bath to paint....We still need to change out the mirror, the light fixture and faucet....we are also going to river rock the counter top....and add a few more accessories....so yes a work in progress but here is where we are..... ...and we also painted 4 out of the 6 shutters on the house....I must say the painted shutters really change the look of the house....before they blended right in....but the chocolate/dark brown that we picked and painted really makes the house look so much better.....Shawn is planning on painted the other 2 this weekend and hopefully we can get the front door painted the same color......I can not wait until they are done....but here is a sneak peek....you really couldn't tell we had them before....look above the garage...
As for us and the kiddos, we ate so much BBQ-ed yummy food....we spent time with the neighbors....love our driveway nights in the 'hood.....We also got another pool.....I had to repair the old one and the kiddos couldn't wait the 12 hours for the patch to dry....so dad saved the day with a new pool.....the girls got to swim and play.....the neighbor kiddos also came over to enjoy in the fun.....All in all it was a great weekend......
|Memorial Day 09|
Now on to the more....the girls had their 4 yr check up yesterday......and both are growing wonderfully!....Both have sprouted up a bunch.....MJ is still on the same grow pattern as she has always been on....so that is great news....we go to Texas Children's in Aug for more grow plotting and we will go over the blood work I have to have done for MJ......Kiara's well check had to get cancelled and changed into a sick appt.....Her and MJ both have right ear infections (which is strange since ear infections are not contagious, but I am sure the swimming didn't help)....anyway both are on antibiotics.....Kiara also has bronculitis, instead of the big broncular tubes being infected, its just the little ones in the lungs....she is on some asthma medicine (I think it is a steroid) and she also had to have a nebulizer treatment in the office....but she was a trooper....I am so not fond of all the meds but I want my kiddos healthy.....
We hope to get better soon and are on the road to recovery.....They did go to the dentist today and all have no cavities and are brushing great.....other then all that we are doing great! I have upped my BodyPump classes to 3 times a week and looking forward to a more toned over body.......Shawn is still going on Sat mornings with me....and I have been able to fit in Tues/Thurs nights.....I am addicted.......
Thursday, May 21, 2009
I had my last MOPS last Thursday, we had a lovely bunch. It was so great to meet such wonderful women. I love all my new friendships MOPS has fostered for me. Such amazing ladies and mothers. I am looking forward to MOPS next year and will probably continue for as long as I can or until Lila heads to Kinder......years away, I know.
I really do not have much to update you on....we are looking forward to our trip up to the Northwest and can not believe it is only 5 or so weeks away.....seems crazy! We are looking forward to having daddy around for 3 days this weekend and all the BBQ food he is planning on grilling up! Can we say muscles on the grill.....YUM!
Poor DB, she got sticker'd!
The Twins tuckered after a day of playing....this was Sunday night right before dinner.....
Sunday, May 10, 2009
That was my first wake up this morning......so I rolled over went back to sleep until all 3 girls brought me in coffee and a piece of toast with butter & jelly.....I love my girls! They then persisted to get their toast and then joined me in bed to eat......very fun!
After breakfast it was time for my scavenger hunt, the girls and dad hid clues and presents all over the upstairs.....So fun and so creative....I LOVED IT and so did the girls! The presents were over the top and the girls and Shawn did a great job of picking out the best presents for me.....From Flowers, to Soap and Body wash, to a gorgeous blue tank top from Macy's, to a UT Reversible Vest, Sunblock, US Weekly, to an iTunes gift card and some Mexican hand painted serve wear for my kitchen....to athletic socks to thigh high socks, and a few athletic tanks.....hope I am not forgetting anything.....it was such a wonderful surprise......I must say he & the girls are bargain shoppers as they were able to get everything on sale....and the girls LOVED going shopping with just daddy!........love it......and to top it off, I also got to get a pedicure today with Miss Heather for Mother's Day.....So fun....I now have beautified blue toe nails!......
Shawn made steak wraps for dinner, with a little bit of my help...and we just enjoyed a piece of Chocolate Cream pie.....YUMO.....All in all we have had a wonderful weekend....I even got Shawn to take BodyPump with me on Saturday morning, we are both really sore, but looking forward to next Saturday's class.....I love working out together!......And today I have had the best mother's day.....my girls truly are angels and I have the best husband in the world......I did miss spending time with my mom today, but I did get to chat with her......and I am so looking forward to our trip to WA in July!......I warn you most of the pics below I am in my PJs.....no makeup no hair done.....
|Mother's Day 09|
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Tuesday night we had a Neighborhood Girls Night In at my friend and neighbor Jenna's house.....What a great time, we all brought desserts and chatted it up. We have lots of new neighbors so it was nice to FINALLY meet a few of them.....Shawn had fun playing games with the girls at home....and was pretty much asleep when I got home....
We had another great weekend....We did our usual Friday Night Driveway get together with a few of the neighbors....the kids love playing outside/inside and staying up late while us adults enjoy our beverages and conversations in the driveways.....It is fast becoming a Friday night tradition. It is pretty funny when neighbors drive by and see us, they usual park at home and walk back to hang out....So fun! The best part is we get to walk home........Saturday we had our Woodthorn Neighborhood BBQ......a spring social to get to know the neighbors....So fun, there was face painting, bubble blowing, chalk drawing and also a bike parade....the girls decorated their bikes before we went down.....too cute! This weekend we also painted our master bath room cabinets, we are trying to see how we want to upgrade the kitchen ones, whether to paint or stain (since part of the cabinets are wood and part our fake wood)....So today Shawn decided to stain the 1/2 bath cabinet/doors with my favorite stain color.....it will be nice to compare the two.....As of now I am leaning towards staining the kitchen cabinets.....but I love our painted ones in our bathroom....As soon as i get hardware and clean the bathrooms and I will post pics of both.....
|Weekend fun Woodthorn BBQ|
Monday, April 27, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Shawn bbq'ed a Ham yesterday....I must say he is becoming quite the bbq-er/smoker.....it was sooooo good. We are looking forward to homemade mac n cheese tonight with the ham in it....yumo....Speaking of food, I did FINALLY update The Breezy with some new recipes.....about time I know.....Our weather has started to be steady 80's again......I have to admit the sun always puts me in a good mood!.....I love it. Well I am off to work, walk, parent & enjoy our sunny day!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Other then working out we seriously have not been up to anything.....I had Mom's Night out on Tuesday.....I went a coffeehouse with my MOPS moms and we got to chat and hang out.....Always fun.....We are sad that we only have 1 more MOPS meeting left.....it will be fun since it is a Brunch.....but hopefully we will all stay in touch over the summer....either a book club or something.....The twins are addicted to their new Leapster Games, Pet Pals....they have take care of a puppy and feed it/walk it/bath it...they can buy clothes for ......I have had to put limits on their playing time....They also have Webkinz that they are begging me to set up online.....I suppose I better do that soon too.....We really need to get a bare bones computer for them to use......anyway......I am off to get my reports done for work.....
Sunday, April 12, 2009
After church it was off to my friend Sarah's parents house......It was so sweet of her to invite us to her families house for Easter....We enjoyed great food and good fun with a warm & inviting family.....The girls got to play with their friend & neighbor Naomi....They all enjoyed an Easter Egg Hunt!!! They also got to enjoy egg fight with us adults....We all brought Cascarones with us and had a massive confetti egg fight.....So fun, and do not worry we plan on bringing a bunch up North with us for a fight over the 4th of July!.....All in all we have had an amazing Easter and hope everyone else did too!!!!
Friday, April 10, 2009
Kiara's nose finally did go black and blue....just in time for Easter.....here is her latest look...
Today we headed to a park for an Easter Party.....a friend at MOPS decided to put together a last minute party and Egg Hunt.....We took a picnic lunch and enjoyed good times with friends....We also dyed Easter Eggs tonight.....We miss doing this with the Coffer's but got it done and had fun! Here are some pics from today.....Overkill I know, those are for the Grandparents!
|April 2009 Park & Eggs|