Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Friday, January 07, 2011

been crafting!

i've been working on some things for the girls birthday party at the end of the month. i love my cricut!  Don't know what i would do without it.  the little owl card is their invitation.  i loved him with the party hat!

I've also been making some thank you cards for our holiday gifts (finally!)  I've missed crafting and sewing.  The hustle and bustle of the holidays stole my time away.

facebook comments

I was so touched by all the comments about my post below I wanted to save them...

Wednesday at 8:30 pm - Stephanie Bucci Palmer ‎(((HUGS)))

Wednesday at 8:33pm · Rachel Barrett Erin- you speak so beautifully about the love of a parent and the challenges that this love can bring. Thinking of you.

Wednesday at 8:40pm · Tammi Decker Counts She sounds awesome. People like her and YOU are few and far between.

Wednesday at 8:48pm · eEmily Kleier ‎*hugs*

Wednesday at 8:58pm · Kim Bennett Donald She's right...you ARE a great mommy!

Wednesday at 9:11pm · Laura Stebelton Mason Oh, the happiness and peacefulness in Kole's eyes tell the whole story, Erin. What an amazing blessing to have had her in your life!

Wednesday at 9:23pm · Stacey Barrett Though I am thankful that Kole is doing so well that Elizabeth is able to step back, I understand the support she has been for you and for Kole. What a blessing she has been.

Wednesday at 9:30pm · Jill Harker Wow, Erin. I had no clue. I appreciate your candor and willingness to share your life so fully. The words you speak are the words of a mother that would do anything for your children. I'm sure the bittersweet feeling is mutual with Elizabeth. What a joy to know you have reached this amazing milestone with Kole. Thank you for sharing.

Wednesday at 9:46pm · Kathryn Conners Beck ‎(((((((hugs)))))))

Wednesday at 10:03pm · Shannon Hill Taylor i'm sure that she will ALWAYS be a part of your family! hugs to you!

Wednesday at 10:18pm · Trish Raridan Preston wow Erin...you guys have been through a lot and I can't imagine how difficult it has been for you guys. Prayers that things for your family continue to be blessed!

Wednesday at 10:36pm · Sarah Zivic Aubry ‎:( she was a true gift!

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

meet elizabeth

*disclaimer:  a whole bunch of rambling below...

She is our clinician.  Correction.  Was our clinician.  Koley was successfully discharged from the Ranch and from our intensive home based therapy yesterday.  Sounds wonderful right?  Then why on earth do I feel like I lost my best friend and have a lump in my throat the size of a baseball? 

I'm scared to death of losing her and the services that she provides.  She was (IS) awesome.  Like stellar awesome.  Never have we had such a amazing clinician.  We've been in this for a long time.  We started down this road when Koley was three.  He will be twelve in a couple months.  She came into our lives just as Kole was at a low.  We were all at a low.  Koley had just been readmitted to the Ranch to the residential program.  She started coming to our home twice a week.  I have become so dependent on her that I can't imagine, nor do I want to imagine how time will pass without her in our lives. 

She taught me so many things.  One of the most important things is that I am a good mama to Kole.  That I can get through his tantrums.  She taught me coping skills and positive thinking.

I can never thank her enough for the time, effort and energy she put into our family.  She was such a wealth of information and helpfulness.  I wish I was one of those that was eloquent but alas, I'm not, but when I say that I will miss her, that our entire family will miss her, it comes from my heart.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

my girls

Not only are they cute but they are best friends.  I couldn't ask for better little girls.  

Monday, January 03, 2011

Saturday, January 01, 2011

welcome to 2011!

We celebrated with a great group of friends and had the best night!   The holidays flew by and left a huge mess.  With a new year comes new rwsolutions and hopes. 

I love this great reminder and thought I'd share.

An Erma Bombeck Column:

A young mother writes: "I know you've written before about the empty-nest syndrome -- that lonely period after the children are grown and gone. Right now, I'm up to my eyeballs in laundry and muddy boots. The baby is teething; the boys are fighting. My husband just called and said to eat without him, and I fell off my diet. Lay it on me again, will you?"


One of these days, you'll shout, "Why don't you kids grow up and act your age!"

And they will.

Or, "You guys get outside and find yourselves something to do ... and don't slam the door!"

And they won't.

You'll straighten up the boys' bedroom neat and tidy -- bumper stickers discarded, bedspread tucked and smooth, toys displayed on the shelves. Hangers in the closet. Animals caged. And you'll say out loud, "Now I want it to stay this way."

And it will.

You'll prepare a perfect dinner with a salad that hasn't been picked to death and a cake with no finger traces in the icing, and you'll say, "Now, there's a meal for company."

And you'll eat it alone.

You'll say: "I want complete privacy on the phone. No dancing around. No demolition crews. Silence! Do you hear?" And you'll have it.

No more plastic tablecloths stained with spaghetti.

No more bedspreads to protect the sofa from damp bottoms.

No more gates to stumble over at the top of the basement steps.

No more clothespins under the sofa.

No more playpens to arrange a room around.

No more anxious nights under a vaporizer tent.

No more sand on the sheets or Popeye movies in the bathrooms.

No more iron-on patches, wet, knotted shoestrings, tight boots, or rubber bands for ponytails.

Imagine. A lipstick with a point on it. No baby sitter for New Year's Eve. Washing only once a week. Seeing a steak that isn't ground. Having your teeth cleaned without a baby on your lap.

No PTA meetings.

No car pools.

No blaring radios.

No one washing her hair at 11 o'clock at night.

Having your own roll of Scotch tape.

Think about it. No more Christmas presents out of toothpicks and library paste.

No more sloppy oatmeal kisses.

No more tooth fairy.

No giggles in the dark.

No knees to heal, no responsibility.

Only a voice crying, "Why don't you grow up?"

and the silence echoing, "I did."

Thursday, August 05, 2010

could you say slacker?
i'm gonna do better! 


Tuesday, February 23, 2010


i'm a trader.
i have always been a nikon girl.
from my old slr
to my point and shoot
to my dslr.

i jumped ship when my last point and shoot ate it.

i went to canon.
i hate it.
the pics stink.
user error?
maybe but i don't think so.

all the pics i am posting are horrible. 
i blame the camera!


my babies

i truly mean it when i say this is a rarity.  but every now and then they will all sit together and be still willingly.  they all curled up on the couch together.  they are cool!

im certain the fact that lane is playing littlest pet shop has NOTHING to do with it!

abbie's holiday program

Abbie is preschool for the first time this year and she ADORES it.  Every morning when I get Lane up for school she asks if she can go to.  She absolutely can't wait until it is her turn.  Her teachers had practiced for months for their show and it was so cool.  All these amazing little people singing and signing completely took my breath away. 

Our girl continued to holler at "Gi Gi" and "Mama" and wave and say hello.  She was (as usual) a funny girl.

The best preschool teacher ever (who happens to be my best friend since the 5th grade!)