Sunday, June 19, 2011

My Flight Instructor

On Father's Day night, I spent time looking through old photos. I did not find a photo of myself and my dad that I wanted to post. I didn't find a picture of a special moment. I have oodles and oodles of pictures. I barely scraped the surface of our photos. But, I had fun reminiscing, which is something my dad likes to do. I was also struck by the sheer number of aerial photos I found. My dad used to be a pilot. We used to take flights just to enjoy the experience and view. Thus, I found photos of aerial views of my home, my church, my downtown, and various landscapes that I found striking.

My dad taught me to soar. He gave me wings to fly. It is cliche but true. He taught me that success is not given, it is earned. He taught me that to soar, you have to have the know-how to take-off. When effort is not enough and you stall, you simply try again.

I am thankful for my dad.

I will never stop trying my hardest and giving my best effort. My goals change often but I am always striving towards an achievement. My dad taught me. He helped me acquire the skills I needed to meet goals. Then, he let me go with an understanding that he'd always be there to listen and, when desired, guide.

My thankfulness is abundant.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Thursday Thanks Tank #157

Each Thursday I try to make a list of my thankful thoughts. Sometimes I jot it down on paper, sometimes I share that list here, and other times I just highlight one or two things that I am thankful for. This is my Thursday Thanks Tank.

Today I am thankful for:

Time with a good friend: A friend of mine that moved out of state last year came in town this past weekend. We had fun catching up with each other. Our kids played wonderfully. We even let all 7 kids sleep in one room (in the end, my youngest couldn't handle it and wanted to be in her own room). It was crazy fun for the kids and really nice for us girls.

Getting Away: During their visit, they invited us to the beach with them. It was refreshing to get out of town. With everything that is weighing on my mind with the upcoming move, it was just what I needed.

Beach time: I loved every second of watching my kids play at the beach. They had a blast.

More time with my friend: I enjoyed long talks and lots of laughter. I am thankful for our friendship.

I super thankful I was able to spend time with my friend and her kids. It was wonderful to go to the coast with the kids.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

School's Out Sundae

I let my kids make their own sundaes yesterday to celebrate the end of the school year...

Surprisingly, he couldn't finish it.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

It's a Mushy Love (TTT#156)

When we talk about moving, we talk about the exciting things to come. I sit at the table with the kids and talk about what our new location will be like.

There's a drive-in theater in the new town. It will be super cool to sit in the back of the truck to watch movies.

My second son is most excited that he won't have ride his bike in the rain as much as he does here.

We talk about going to the lake. I try to explain (without pictures, even though the computer is steps away) the massive size of Lake Tahoe.

There is AYSO soccer in Nevada. The season will be drier, no doubt.

The kids wonder about trips to the pool, going camping, and size and number of rooms that will be in our next house.

These conversations are fun. We focus on the fun.

Every single time that we talk about the move, we talk about our family. We are looking forward to being all together. Somethings will be easier. Everything will be more fun.

Not very long ago, a friend told me that most couples wouldn't be able to handle the situation that we've been in this last year. I am not sure if that's true. I am sure that most couples wouldn't chose it. What I do know is this, I am thankful for the strength of our family unit. I am thankful for my family. I am thankful for the love between us all. While this seems sort of mushy (in an aw shucks sort of way), it is what I am most thankful for right now.

This is my Thursday Thanks Tank.

What's Up Doc?

The allergist makes my son nervous. We had an appointment on Wednesday. The doctor he sees is an allergy and asthma specialist. My son was consumed by a fear of "the shots" (the allergy skin tests, which seem to hurt my son tremendously when he is tested for his peanut allergy). He must have asked me 15 time between Tuesday night and the appointment if he was going to have to have "shots".

The appointment went really well. No allergy skin tests ("shots").

My son does not need to use the nebulizer regularly anymore. Basically, because of his age he can now handle using pulmacourt in his inhaler instead of having the medicine in the nebulizer. My son is thrilled. He hates "the mask" (the nebulizer) because of the time it takes. At least for the next month or so while we live in this valley (the self proclaimed grass seed capital of the world), he needs to do the inhaler treatment morning and night. It will be nice. He does his inhaler much easier (more willingly) than the nebulizer.

That's the biggest change.

The doctor also thought my son will be better off in the new climate we will be in once we move. There will be less grass in Nevada- thus, less grass pollen to aggravate his asthma. That's one bright side to Nevada.

When asked about meds, I said that we had been using claritin for seasonal allergies and it doesn't seem to be working as well as the zyrtec. The doctor said zyrtec is a much better antihistamine.

The doctor asked about my son's peanut allergy reactions. When I told him about my son's most recent contact reaction, he shook his head slightly and said hadn't outgrown the allergy. There's no doubt. So we could have another skin test in a couple of years... but really, it seems unlikely he will outgrow the allergy.

No "shots". Again, my son was thrilled.

My son's prescriptions are renewed. We are armed with a note from the doctor to take to the new school district. The doctor is going to call with a doctor recommendation for our new area.

All in all, it was a great appointment.

Now I just need to get the prescriptions filled... new epipens, new inhaler medicines, and I need to pick up some zyrtec.