What I'm Loving

Thursday, March 31, 2011

PostHeaderIcon Just onea those days!

Seriously, here it is, 1:34 in the afternoon as I sit to type this and I'm already exhausted. Aiden and Alana are peacefully napping. The hubs is upstairs sleeping before he has to go into work for the night and Anton is off at school. I'm stressing over the fact that mother nature is deciding to dump another snow storm on us here in New England and feeling sorry for my poor little flowers that are nearly 4 inches tall now. What on earth is up with Mother Nature? Lady, you need to take some Midol or something because we can't handle anymore of your mood swings! JUST SAYIN!!!!!

Argh, and to make all matters great, I went to Joann's today(and Savers) and managed to not spend one penny...now this is could be because I left my wallet at home mistakenly. They had the cutest little outfits at Savers that my dearest would have looked darling in...if she were 3 sizes smaller =) Really though, her closet needs to be purged(the boys too for that matter) and I need to refill her wardrobe. My dear sweet Princess is down to merely no clothes that fit! Anton has the knees ripped in probably 75% of his jeans(does anyone have a good/cute way to repair them?!) and Aiden is just growing like a weed...who is on some MEGA MiracleGro!!! lol

All is well though and I am blessed with the days I have. Today I have finished an order of grocery bag holders and need to get those in the mail tomorrow. I think I'll mass produce some bibs and burp clothes tonight...or maybe just get some rest?



What are you all doing with your time? Has Mother Nature given up on keeping you cold and allowing you to enjoy the warmth of the sun yet? If so, I'm direly jealous, send some my way!
Wednesday, March 30, 2011

PostHeaderIcon Every little thing...

Is gonna be alright =)



I'm not sure if you're familiar with this song or not, but it's my motto these days. I first found the profound meaning of it while pregnant with our little Princess. My pregnancy was far from smooth from the beginning. I was put on bed rest at 8 weeks with a husband who was constantly going out to sea and two boys who were 2 and 4 when she was born. It was a very difficult time and frustrating to know that it didn't matter that the doctor's orders were for me to rest to save my baby, I had to care for the two I already had, too. I listened to this song EVERY DAY multiple times throughout and it got me through that pregnancy. She ended up coming 2 weeks early, but so did my boys, so it all worked out and every little thing was alright!


We still listen to this song every day and it's a favorite amongst the little ones. It makes me smile every time I hear my boys singing the lyrics and watching my daughter dance and jabber to it.

So, here we are, singing this song again! Anton's appointment went amazingly well on Monday. We now have a diagnosis and guess what? It wasn't Asperger's, ADHD, OR neuromuscular disorder! Anton has what they call "dyspraxia" and it basically means his brain doesn't process motor functions like most people do. He has trouble with every day things that we all take for granted, like spreading cheese on a cracker, brushing his teeth, tying his shoes, to even writing. It makes it very difficult for him to sequence so for him to tell you what letter comes after L he's going to have to start all the way from A to figure it out. Same goes with numbers. She says as he gets older we'll have to teach him to organize himself so that he will remember all the small things he needs daily, such as which books to take to school or his schedule for the day. I'm sure it will be a learning process for us all, but atleast now we KNOW why he has so much trouble and we can make a plan to help him succeed.

A huge weight has been lifted because there are those who have called him a child who acts out or ill mannered and he isn't any of those things. He becomes upset easily, yes, but now looking at his situations we can try to make people understand WHY he becomes upset and what we can do to help him. I know our schedule is about to be added to because he'll need to start physical therapy and speech therapy along with the occupational therapy he already receives. He'll also have to be in summer learning programs more than likely all the way through middle school and possibly high school as well.

Thank you for your prayers and well wishes. I truly do appreciate them more than you could know and it's really a blessing to have gotten this appointment and a diagnosis on the first visit.

If you would like to know more about dyspraxia you can find information HERE or HERE. I am now on the mission of getting him an IEP(Individualized Education Program) so that he can start getting the help and services at school as well. Does anyone else have a child with dyspraxia here? I'd love to hear your story!
Sunday, March 27, 2011

PostHeaderIcon The unknown

Thursday I received a call from medical(yeah, military, we call it "medical") and they had scheduled my oldest son, Anton, an appointment with a neurologist. This seemed like a godsend since we had been trying to get him in to see one for almost 8 months now with no luck. However, the reasoning for it is completely different than what we were looking for the initial appointment.

Back story:

Anton has always been a little different, a little quirky. He's done things in his short little life that have made me giggle because of his meticulousness. He would line his crayons up at the end of the counter top end to end right along the edge. He'd go through the recycle bin and pull out the 2 liter soda bottles and line those up in the entry way to the living room and stack them as high as he could.

And then there were the few things that weren't so funny. The things that made me wonder if he was "okay" or if there was something I should be concerned about. The vacuum cleaner was the scariest monster in the world.  If I turned it on he instantly went upstairs to his room to the farther corner next to his closet and hunkered down and shook like crazy until atleast 15 minutes after it was turned off. I dealt with this until he was atleast 3 1/2. The other thing was the "tantrums" as everyone else around me called them. They weren't tantrums. He wasn't trying to get his way by throwing a fit it was just like he would get overloaded or frustrated and had no idea how to let that out so there were "meltdowns" daily. Then to top all this, he never slept. He'd go to sleep at 2:30 in the morning at be back up between 5:30 and 6 am.

I became pregnant with my middle child, Aiden, when Anton was battling a lot of this. Near the end of the pregnancy the lack of sleep and constant stress of dealing with him got to me and I finally took him to medical to see what could be going on. They insisted he be taken to Yale to do an autism evaluation. My husband "put his foot down" so to speak and wouldn't ALLOW me to take him. He felt that the stress of the pregnancy and him being gone all the time underway on the submarine that it was just me getting worn out.

Well, then we fast forward 3 years when Anton begins kindergarten. He scored 37 on his entry testing where most other students in his grade scored 75 or higher. It wasn't that Anton didn't know these things, it was that he wouldn't speak to the teacher to tell her anything. Now we are over midway through the school year and Anton is facing retention because he's just not "producing" in class. The teacher doesn't feel retention is what he needs, but because of funding issues he hasn't been able to get the testing through the school to get him services. I've been fighting to get some sort of diagnosis that would require the school to give him help. We've seen a psychologist who refused to diagnosis him because he felt he was "too young" but that he did show signs of Asperger's syndrome as well as ADHD. He continues to go to occupational therapy once a week to work on his fine motor skills and sensory development. We'd been waiting to see a neurologist to rule out autism so that was what I thought this appointment would be for.

However, his pediatrician who looked over the reports from his OT said he feels he may be showing sides of neuromuscular disorder. I've refrained from doing internet research, I just can't bring myself to that. I'm praying that we have good results tomorrow and that everything is going to be OKAY and my baby boy is healthy and will be just fine.

Have any of you gone through this? How did you keep sane? I'm basically a one man show here since my husband isn't supportive of any of the testing and I live 900+ miles from family.

So if you could just say a prayer for him or send good vibes or whatever it is that you believe in because we could surely use it.


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Saturday, March 26, 2011

PostHeaderIcon We have a winner!

Congratulations to MAG Creations! By luck of Random.org you are the winner of our lovely Blossom Bag!

Winning comment #7 was "My favorite food...hmmm...Probably lasagna that my mom, brother and I used to make. I still do (not near as fun without it being all of us) but we use cottage cheese instead of ricotta. Hopefully my almost 3 year old will be able to help very very soon!!!


I hope you enjoy your new bag!
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

PostHeaderIcon A tiny update!

On the bag you're trying to win! I do have to be honest here, it's not anywhere near perfect and I still have to put the dividers inside, but this bag has been a NIGHTMARE to make. If you're wondering, it's a pattern from Amy Butler's Style Stitches book. I'd never really made a boutique bag before, and well, after this one, I'm not sure I ever will again ;P

So, I'm warning you, if you win, it's not perfection, however, that is not to say that alot of blood, sweat, and tears were not put into it....and probably some curse words, too.

Eye candy =)


And a close up of the handle detail:

Love the bag and completely confused as to what giveaway? Find all that information HERE!


Monday, March 21, 2011

PostHeaderIcon What's this snow business?

Ya know, I know I'm in New England and I ought to be used to this snow business, but COME ON! When you give me a few days of 65+ days and then go back to snowing I get a little disheartened. It's no longer snow at this point in the evening, but I'm pretty sure there's sleet coming down with the rain. I'm just ready for some spring time. I want to see flowers blooming and hear birds chirping when I wake in the morning. It's the little things that make me happy and darnit, my kids need fresh air! We've harvested and bred so many viruses and infections this winter that I'm just ready for it to be over with!

ANYWAY!

For those of you entering my giveaway please PLEASE PLEASE! Remember to put a comment on the blog post for every entry to you do. So, if you are now following my blog(bless your little hearts and I love you for it!!!) do make sure you leave a comment on the post so that you get an entry =) I wouldn't want anyone missing out and that is the easiest way to keep track of the entries.

I'll be working on the purse tonight, just as soon as I get done here so hopefully it will be fully together tomorrow =) I think you'll LOVE it!

I'd like to take the time tonight to introduce you to my family and tell you a little about us. We're a family of 5 and a Navy family(until May 2012 anyway) We've been stationed in; Charleston, South Carolina, Groton, Connecticut, and are currently in Kittery, Maine for our second stay. Although we do enjoy the north, it wears on you. I think if we had our choice and family would move along with us we'd end back up in Charleston. Loved that area more so than any other so far. (Not that I would trade the time we've spent and the friends we've made along the way though!!!)

We have a dog(who tests my patience more than our children) named Marley, 2 feline fellows we called Meeko and Max and a goldfish....that I can't believe is still alive. You know how you take your child to the fair and they INSIST on playing the toss-the-ball-into-the-fish-bowl game and they NEVER win or if they do the fish ALWAYS dies...ours won, and he's still a live. *sigh*

As for the kiddos, we have our oldest guy, Anton, who is the most amazing little boy I have ever met. His eyes coupled with is so blue eyes could melt your heart in no time flat. He's our big boy and in Kindergarten. We see him grow so much day to day and becoming more independent. He even has his first loose tooth! (And this tooth is not to be confused with the one he has already lost, since that one had to be removed after an accident where his face met the sidewalk last summer =P)


Next up we have a dear sweet Aiden. We couldn't have chosen a better name, albeit over used, he truly is a fiery little boy. You must be on your toes for the wit that this 3 year old guy carries in his pocket. I have literally spat out drinks listening to him carry on casual conversation with me. I'm sure you'll hear about one....or a million if you hang around here long =) He's got the personality of a kid who loves everyone and everything and you can't help but love him, too.


Our little Princess Alana is the youngest in our family. She just turned 1 at the end of December and we couldn't have asked for a more laid back little girl. She's finally walking and terrorizing her big brothers, the dog and the cat and I'm sure if we give it time she'll pester the fish, too. She makes life more interesting that's for sure. It's not often you won't find her rummaging through her snack drawer searching for her Oreos(she truly has an addiction and I think we might need to setup and intervention soon!)

They brighten my day, everyday. I won't say there aren't days that I really just want to crawl back in bed and not deal with being mommy, but that phase doesn't last long, because in no time I have a sweet smiling face waking me up to make sure I'm okay. Nothing compares to the love of a child.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

PostHeaderIcon What's a blog without readers?

Lonely =(

What's the best way to lure readers? Have a giveaway! That's right, I'm bribing you to follow me by having a giveway. I'll stoop that low =D

I have an absolutely amazing purse I am working on and no matter how much I love it I know that one of you will get way more use out of it than me!


Isn't this fabric A-MUH-AZING?! I love it to pieces, but I'm not really a purse kinda gal so I truly would love to give it to one of you lovely readers to enjoy. I promise I'll post finished photos in the next day or so and you have until March 26th to enter. 

HOW TO ENTER!
Please remember to leave a comment for each separate entry. Each comment is like your raffle ticket, but please don't cheat and leave comments without fulfilling the requirement, I will be checking.

1. Become a follower!

2. Blog out my giveaway!

3. Share the giveaway on Facebook/Twitter or whatever other social networking website you use!

4. Leave a comment with your favorite recipe. Don't cook? Leave a comment with your favorite home cooked food, wether it's by grandma, auntie, or mom herself!

That's right folks, 4 chances to win! Now, get to sharing the love for me and I'll get to work on YOUR bag =)

<3 Emily
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

PostHeaderIcon There's been a break in!

Anton came home from school today insisting we had to get treasure of gold and shiny things to put out for his leprechaun trap because he just HAD to catch one so that he could find where he hid all his gold! Well, what's a momma to do? We took a trip to Joann's(where I was supposed to get interfacing and ended up with way more than that...and without the interfacing!) to get some lovely treasures to set our trap!

Now, mind you, I have two boys who both want in on this fun so we MUST set TWO traps instead of just one!

Anton picked out a huge strand of golden beads and Aiden chose some red glass beads and to home we went. I told them they had to choose something to put their treasures in to catch their leprechaun. After much thought Anton decided on a glass jar(that I had to empty my caramel apple pops out of) and Aiden chose a glass. We put their pretty little things inside their own trap and then I tucked them in.

Now, I was looking at these two traps with NO IDEA how I was going to catch a leprechaun for my very excited little boys to find in the morning. Then it hit me, I didn't really need to CATCH one per-say, I could just find evidence that one had been here and that maybe he couldn't make it out with all his loot from our house and hid it away for later.













Now it's time to go tuck myself in and get some rest. Hopefully I'll have an eventful day tomorrow to blog about =)
Monday, March 14, 2011

PostHeaderIcon Sewing...without a tutorial!

Makes my head hurt.

I'm terrible at math. I mean, absolutely TERRIBLE. I learned tonight that one can have the best of intentions when it comes to numbers and though they may add and re-add and look those numbers over 3...maybe even 4 times....if they aren't a number person it's just not going to end well. After much adding of borders and much trimming of edges I managed to make the outer portion of the cover for my(husband's) bread machine.

I took the day and did a major rearrange of my dining room and chose to use a shelving unit(that was still boxed!) to house a few small kitchen appliances. After putting them there though they looked like a worse eye sore than the clutter that was rampant prior. I decided(oi vey) to make that little bread machine a dress! It does look mighty great on there right now, but I know that there is the next step of making the liner for that cover and well, that makes me want to hide the cover and forget I made it!

I love to sew and normally I do so by tutorials or pattens where my numbers are all right there for me and I do very well with that. I went out of my zone of comfort though because I truly wanted that so very uber cute bird fabric to be on display and oogled over(even if only by me!) Please tell me there is someone else out there that loves to sew, but can't do a fraction to save their lives?!




I received the blue fabric I used as borders(because of my terrible math skills) from a strip swap a while back. I have been hoarding the fabric strips for quite a while and it was time to put at least ONE of them to use. Maybe I'll work on using a few more soon, they're just so yummy!

Aren't these little birds just divine? I'm in love!







I promise to take a better photo of this little beaut tomorrow when the sun is shining and I'm not relying on my terrible(and lack thereof..) overhead lighting.
Saturday, March 12, 2011

PostHeaderIcon Ah, a duty free weekend.

So, a bit of information that would be helpful to those trying to get to know me is that I am married(8 years in June) to a United States Sailor. Life has never not consisted of days apart(months, too) and within the Navy there are "duty" days. These are days that my dear Sailor must stay aboard and man his submarine. (Oh yeah, he's also submarines, so those days(months, too) apart are usually without much contact and what little contact we do have when he's gone is via email, and I say email but what I really mean is a short message saying I love you and I miss you and a little detail of the day to day that is read by multiple people(and computer scanning systems) before he ever reads it. What that means is if someone thinks the news he's receiving isn't something he should hear while underway then it just isn't delivered. ANYWAY, where I'm going with this is that this weekend was a duty free weekend.

He had an idea and I made a phone call and some pocket change(...savings) later we were loading up our three wee ones to head to Danvers, Mass which is just north of Boston for some indoor water park fun. Our youngest, Princess Alana(14 months) has been feeling a little under the weather, but then again, who isn't these days with all this cold/snow/rain in New England?! Our first day there we checked into the hotel and then swiftly made our way to the water park(connected to the hotel!) The boys, Anton(5) and Aiden(3), had no idea what to expect, but I think the huge tubes sticking out of the building as we circled took some of the surprise away from Anton. The guys of the house(haha yes, i mean the biggest of them all, too) played mostly in the jungle gym area while Alana and I hung out in the kiddie area. She(or me) didn't enjoy much of the splashing from all the other raging children(oh and their parents) so we spent most of our time avoiding the shooting water coming from the sides of the wading pool and the fountains from the floor of the pool OH AND the water from the huge fountain over us. Lots of water, lots of splashing and lots of cranky baby.

The huge perk to the trip, Sonic is down that way, too =) If you're in New England, but from the south, you can relate to the happiness this brings. I think sometimes we make excuses to go to Boston just for Sonic! And then this morning for breakfast we wined(haha) and dined at Denny's. I just love a Moons Over My Hammy every once in a great while. The boys spent the morning back at the water park while the Princess and I decided to hang out in the van and watch some Ice Age. I'm fairly certain that was more enjoyable for both of us.

We are now back home and Aiden and Tony(the hubs) are napping and Alana just laid down. Anton and I are attempting to get some organizing and rearranging done before all awake and chaos resumes.

It was a nice night away from home and the boys truly enjoyed themselves. Now to work on getting this little Princess back to health and some Spring would be nice! The snow is slowly melting away and we're starting to see some grass, albeit brown. Anything is better than dirty snow!

How is YOUR weekend so far?
Friday, March 11, 2011

PostHeaderIcon Blogging?

I have spent countless hours reading blogs of people I've never met, nor ever will, but feel like I know. Some I have followed for years while others I have just recently found. I love to see that I'm not the only mom that struggles raising a family and being a stay-at-home-mom and I am also given inspiration that some day I too will be able to work outside of the home to help support my family and still be able to be MOM to my children.

I have read stories of the utmost strength and Courage, Inspiration, giggles(and fabric!), and all things sewing. I find myself laughing and crying with these women and they have no idea I'm even there reading their stories. I love that the online community has brought so many people together and I think it's about time I make my way into it.

I'm not sure what this blog will feature, I'm sure you'll see:
My (Beautiful) Children
My sewing projects
Fabric?
And life as a Navy wife holed up in Maine.

I hope something here can inspire you, or make you laugh, or if you can relate enough and it hits just the right chord, make you cry.

I'm Emily, and it'll be nice getting to know me.

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