Aren't we just swell?
Back in April, we noticed some bruising that looked more like skin pigmentation on the back of one of Ashley's legs and brought her into the doctor to have it checked out. It was kind of a coincidence that at the time she was learning how to slide into homeplate in softball when these spots appeared. There are about 10 of them and they vary in size and her doctor was pretty sure it was just iron from her blood/bruise staining the skin and that eventually they would fade and go away.
So here we are, 4 months later and they are still there. Haven't faded. Haven't really changed much at all. Two weeks ago, Bret brought her back to the doctor and he and counted them and measured them and told us to bring her back in two weeks so he could document whether there was any change. Today was the follow up appointment, and while he is still fairly sure it is nothing serious, he admitted that he cannot say he's 100% sure and suggested doing a biopsy right then and there to rule anything else out.
So Ryan went off with his favorite nurse there to play while Ashley and I followed the doc into the procedure room to get started. I think we were both expecting a lot more, but it was fairly simple and really quick. She was such a brave little trooper!
No one likes to hear the word biopsy, though. In five to seven days we'll know what the results are and just what these marks on her leg are. I'm sure it's nothing, though.
Cheers to my brave daughter!!!
Update: Biopsy came back normal. What a relief. Still not really sure what it is, though.
Friday, August 31, 2007
Aren't we just swell?
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Do you really think it's fair to change your policies regarding your child care services ten months after telling me that I can bring Chloe there with me? When I have written authorization from her mother, who is also a member? I realize that by telling members that they can no longer bring children who are not their own, you believe this will solve your over crowding issue, but do you honestly think that is fair? I've been a member there for two years and was completely shocked when you threw this piece of garbage news at me this morning. I've been honest about this situation from the start and all you are doing is encouraging people to lie to you.
So, let me see if I've got this right. Instead of bringing just ONE child in the morning, you would rather me bring my TWO children in the evening when it is just as crowded? What the heck are you smoking?
*By the way, my two page letter with my detailed opinion on this matter will be on it's way to your owner soon. Failing to resolve this amicably will result in another detailed letter to your corporate office, filling them in on how you treat your members and all of the DCFS regulations you are so obviously ignoring.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Ryan with the field in the background.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Ashley and her friend that moved in this summer waiting for the bus.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Do I clean up the basement today for Ryan's upcoming birthday party or do I take the kids to the pool instead? Such tough decisions!
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Saturday, August 11, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
How does his wife of nine years pay him back?
She switches the tupperware cabinet with the dishes cabinet to confuse the hell out of him for the next nine years everytime he goes to get a plate.
Update: Ok, I admit it. I had been eyeing those Rubbermaid containers myself for awhile now.
Thursday, August 09, 2007
A couple of months ago, Teri got her self sucked back into the PTO at our kids' school as the Vice President. Along with this comes the responsibility of chairing the biggest fundraiser that the school puts on - the school carnival. Being the nice person that she is, she couldn't find it in her to say no.
I've been there. Secretary. Scrip Sales Chair. Girl Scout Leader. Girl Scout Service Unit Manager. Fall Fundraiser Sales Chair. I've done my time, right? Well, guess who's bailing Teri's butt out? (Holds breath.) Me. Did you get that? Let me say it again. Me. (Let's out breath.) She's been trying to find someone to co-chair with her since she signed up for it but hasn't had any luck, until now. She used the 'ol, "I'd do it for you" bit on me. Like the sucker that I am, I agreed. Then I started thinking about the fact that I'd get to be a part of something that benefits our children in such a big way. This fundraiser averages a $14 thousand dollar profit each year that buys the students and teachers things that they otherwise wouldn't be able to afford. And not to toot my own horn, but I am a whiz when it comes to organization and computer work. I'm getting excited about it now. We'll have a lot of fun together doing this, but first I need to go organize her freaking binder because it's making the hair on my arms stand on end with how messy and disorganized it is. Then we can get started.
Yep, I'm a sucker.
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
One last quick picture of Ashley before she goes upstairs to recheck that we haven't forgotten anything.
Us in the lobby of the main lodge.
Before heading back to Peoria, we stopped at little ice cream place for sandwiches for lunch.
They really do love each other. Really.
For the rest of day three's pictures, click here.
Thanks, Grandma and Grandpa for sending us again this year. Merry Christmas!
Ashley loved the water slides again this year.
This may be my favorite picture out of all four hundred some that were taken. Ryan waits for me to put away the camera so I can take him over to try the big water slide.
I went down first so I could catch Ryan when he goes next.
A little trigger happy with the camera, but he did make it down and decided ten minutes later over a bribed snack that he did indeed like it afterall.
Once we were thoroughly water logged, we went back to the villa to eat lunch. On the walk back it started raining and we we looked like we had just stepped right out of the pool. After eating, Bret stayed back at the villa while Mitchell napped and Ryan played. The rest of us walked over for more thrills at the amusement park again.
Ashley and Brooke in front of the Rock Monster.
After this experience, I've decided that Ashley's not getting her driver's lisence until she's 25!
She's definately not afraid of anything that whips you around in the air!
Still spinning from the rides we went back to get ready for dinner.
Mitchell and Bret chill out on the sofa.
After dinner, the plan was to let the kids play at the park while the guys played minature golf with Ashley, but the humidity was still so thick that even taking pictures outdoors was nearly impossible because the lens kept fogging up and everything hadn't dried off yet. There was still thunder booming in the distance, so we put the kids' swim suits back on and let them play for a bit at the still wet park. The loved it.
The kids posing in front of a bear on the walk over to the park.
The kids really didn't care too much that everything was all wet. However, parden the foggy lens.
The rain was starting to move back in, so we quickly made our way to the water park for another swim. You'd think we would be sick of swimming at this point, but it was really just the opposite. The water park was a lot of fun. They even turn off the lights in the water slides at night, making the ride down that much more fun. We weren't loving the five story climb to the top of the stairs each time we wanted to go down though.
Ashley smiles pretty, but Ryan is tired of pictures by now.
To view the complete set of pictures from day two, click here.
Monday, August 06, 2007
As soon as we had our stuff unpacked, we headed straight for the indoor waterpark.
Brooke and Ryan play in the fountains.
The water park.
The wave pool.
After swimming, we headed back to the villa for showers and to make dinner. After letting our dinner settle for (hopefully) long enough, we made our way to the indoor amusement park for some thrill rides.
Ashley and I outside of our villa.
We stopped for a quick picture of the kids at Bear Island.
Remember this big ol scary thing from last year? (The rock monster, not Bret.)
Ashley and Brooke hit the rides.
They finally let Mitchell and I join them.
The kids are wiped out and the adults finally get some grown up time, if they can manage to stay awake.
To see the whole set of pictures from day one at Flickr, click here.