Friday, May 31, 2013

Family Pictures 2013

Do I have a beautiful family or what??

Meet Penny

We finally brought our Penny home about a month ago. She is the sweetest puppy in the world. We adore her! She is doing great. She is housebroken, she has alerted on James on several occasions, she sits, places, stays on command and is doing great with her door manners and leash training. I'm amazed by her. I still worry that I won't do her justice since I have no idea what i'm doing. But she is so smart, she'll help me along! She is growing like a weed, she weighed in at 20 pounds at her vet appointment today! She will be 14 weeks old on Sunday. Love our Penny!

Monday, April 8, 2013

More puppies

Sorry, I can't resist. :) We went and saw the puppies again on Saturday. They are getting so big and really coming into their personalities. It is so fun to watch them explore their world. We got to take all 11 puppies outside to play with them. So fun! They are 6 weeks old now.

This sweet little girl (same one as the picture with Beth above) seemed to really like our family. When we were outside with all the puppies she would play right next to James, then run off for a minute, but she would always come back to him. She was very sweet and calm. It was so cute. Then we went inside and all the other puppies went into their kennel to sleep but this one stayed out and snuggle with everyone in the family and then fell asleep on my lap. *puppy love* The breeder said there was a chance we were being "chosen". She says it happens sometimes that a puppy just know where it belongs, and she'd be an idiot to ignore it. There will be no final decisions made until April 16th, the breeder always waits for puppy testing scores, but she said she would definitely make notes about how she behaved with us. Sweet little thing! I had kind of over looked her on our previous visits, so many puppies to love on, but now of course she holds my heart strings. :) I will love any puppy we end up with, but even Kate said "this is our puppy mom." We will know in a week from tomorrow!!

Celebrating James

Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday, dear James, Happy birthday to you!

 Birthday morning gifts. 

 More presents!

Birthday dinner at Texas Roadhouse (He said he wanted to go to the cowboy restaurant where you can sit on a horse for you birthday.)

 And finally, a few days after the actual birthday, McDonald's and Jungle Jim's with James' friend Craig and the family. So much fun! We love you James!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

How on earth???

James is 6! I can't even believe it. I was pregnant with James when we moved into our house, and it really doesn't seem possible that its been 6 years.

James is an amazing kid. He is creative, gentle, brave and considerate. He deals with more than any kid should have to. He pricks his fingers 8-10+ times a day. He gets a large needle and catheter inserted in his body every 2-3 days and his life depends on lots of daily medication. He eats on a fairly strict schedule, and can't always have what he wants to eat. He worries about going low or high and is much more conscious of his body and how he feels then most kids his age. Its not fair, but he really does make the best of it. He certainly has days where he wishes we could take a break from diabetes (don't we all???), but generally he is very brave and patient about it, and for that I am truly grateful.

James is very smart. He is doing awesome in school. His teacher loves him. He loves math, and anything to do with numbers. We feel that is one blessing that has come from diabetes, he learned very young what numbers look like and what they mean and it has really helped him grasp math concepts.

James has a lot of his dad's personality. :) He doesn't love big crowds, crowded stores, or getting his pictures taken (thus the lack of photos on this post, i'm working on him!)! He does great with kids in smaller groups, and has lots of friends at school. He plays great with his sisters, especially Kate.

James still loves cars, and other vehicles, monster trucks, airplanes, rockets etc. He also loves beyblades, riding his scooter, reading books, star wars and running. He will be giving track a try this year, I hope he loves it!

Celebration plans: Today James got to pick meals for the day. His choices: Cinnamon rolls, peanut butter and honey sandwich, and Texas Roadhouse with the whole family for dinner! On Friday we are going as a family to Jungle Jims (small amusement park style rides for kids), and he is bringing one friend from school. Easy kid. :)

I love him so much! I'm grateful for everything he is to our family. I'm grateful for his example in dealing with hardship. He is a great kid and I am really looking forward to watching him grow up. Cute kid. I love my boy!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Beginning our Adventure with a D.A.D.

Early in our journey with Type 1 Diabetes, I learned about a wonderful thing, a D.A.D., which stands for Diabetic Alert Dog. I did a little research, thinking it would be the perfect thing for my little James. A dog that could watch over him and alert us when his blood sugar was out of range. Another pair of eyes (or a nose more fittingly) that would care about James and how he was doing. I knew if would be fantastic for us, even Ryan, the no-pet person in the family said that he would gladly get a dog if we could get a D.A.D. Then came the sad news that most diabetic alert dogs cost $20,000-$30,000. Yeah, that's a little out of reach. The process of getting a well bread dog, then training it to maturity to be a service dog is just costly.

Then a little over a month ago, I was reading on a Facebook group for type 1 diabetics that i'm a part of and I learned about a woman named KC Owens of Tattle Tail Scent Dogs. She breeds dogs to be diabetic alert dogs. The difference with her is that she starts the scent training the day the puppies are born! We get the dog at about 8-9 weeks old, but the puppies are already able to alert to blood sugars at that age! Obviously there is a lot of training that has to happen, obedience training, refining the alert to be a more readable and obvious alert, public access training (since its a service dog and will be allowed to go to all publicly accessible places). It will be a lot of work, but these dogs are amazing! Every story I hear makes me more and more of a believer. We are a little nervous about it, just because there will be a lot of work involved, and its a big responsibility, but I just keep thinking if the dog saves James life just one time, every second of the effort will be worth it! KC also gives us a lot of resources after we get the puppy to help us along with training. I feel very empowered in this process and I feel like its something I can do. It will be very rewarding.

The puppy we are getting is currently 4 1/2 weeks old. The litter has 11 puppies! 7 girls and 4 boys. They are all chocolate labs. We do not know which puppy is ours yet. When they are exactly 7 weeks old they are put through a test of sorts that helps the breeder see what kind of personality they have. She spends a lot of time getting to know the families that are taking a puppy and then she determines which puppy will be the best fit for us after the testing. She does and amazing job and I completely trust her to pick the right puppy. We have names picked out for a boy and a girl puppy. We are so excited to find out which one is ours in 2 1/2 weeks! We are so lucky that the breeder is here in Salt Lake, so we go visit the puppies about once a week. It is amazing to watch them grow and learn. I get more excited every time! I've bought just about every dog thing we could possibly need, its like I'm nesting for our new baby, I love it. :)

Here are some pictures I took last night. Aren't they CUTE! I forgot to take some when we had them out of the kennel cause they were just being too fun to play with. :) Look at that poor mama nursing 11 puppies!

This will certainly be an adventure for us, but one I am very excited about. I'll keep you posted!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Starting Fresh

So...There is no way I can catch up. The idea of trying makes me crazy. But, I am hoping to do more blogging. I want to capture life with my family. I feel like its flying by and I can't even believe it. I don't want to miss a thing! So...I'm going to post some random pictures from the last few months and then start from scratch. I'm determined to take more pictures and be a more active participant in life. I'm inspired by my brother Dion. His family is so involved and active and busy and he has wonderful hobbies and he inspires me to do more. So, i'm gonna try!!

Here is our last few months in pictures:

Nana-nana-nana-nana-BAT FAM!

 Thanksgiving Day run with my kids!

Fun family Christmas photo shoot. That's me in the Santa suit!

Kate as the "Happy Birthday Girl!"

James' awesome new room!

Obviously a LOT has happened since October, so this is just a taste and a road to a fresh start!