Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Charlie and Seizures

The big boy is still having seizures. 
They seem to be happening every two weeks, to date. 
Again it always happens first thing in the morning 
after he has made his running, barking lap around the yard.
First we thought he had low blood sugar, 
so he got a treat 20 minutes before we let him outside.
This worked for two weeks and then BAM it happened again.
Then we decided to keep with the treat, but put him on leash and go out a different door.
We thought we had finally figured it out.
It seemed to be working.
This morning around 4:30 a.m. he had another one in our bed. 
Poor Brian had to get a disoriented Charlie off  the bed once he came out of his seizure. 
We have a vet appointment on Sunday. We will talk with the Doc. and see if we should start
his seizure medicine. I was hoping to avoid putting him on medication, but it looks like we may have to.
Will keep you posted.     

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Baby Z

I am officially an auntie again. 
I am so thankful to have been able to meet this sweet little bebe 
while I was home for Christmas. 
What a blessing she is and will be. 
I know it has been a rough few years for my sister, but I think "she"
was worth the wait. 

I want to bombard my blog with all the photos I have take of baby z,
but I feel I should wait until my sister blogs about it first. 
But, I do want to share just a few of my favorites. 

Nana doing what she does best, rocking here sweet granddaughter.

Sleepy baby.

 Aunt manda loves you baby z!

I mean can she get any cuter?!

Some good looking aunts you got there, baby Z.

Unfortunately, I had to leave just two hours after she got home. 
I am always a crying-hot-mess when I leave Kentucky. 
To the point where I sneak out of my parents house to avoid telling them goodbye.
They know now not to call or text until I call them.
I know it's a terrible habit, but I just can't handle the "good-bye" part, so I skip it.
This time, of course, was no different. 
Brian said I cried for an hour and a half. 
And not just a tear here and there, but the ugly kind...
runny nose, swollen eyes, deep breaths etc. 
 I'm still waiting on the day it gets easier. 
People have said it does, but i'm going on 4 years
and it is still so hard. 
But nonetheless, I was so thankful to be home when sweet little Z came into the world.

I leave you with this... H and Z (cousins).

photo by Mandy Triplett

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Toppik...Thick hair in 30 seconds.

One of our favorite things to browse through while on a plane is Sky Mall catalogs. 
There are all kinds of gadgets that everyone just so desperately needs. 
When Brian saw Toppik, "See a head full of hair in 30 seconds" in the catalog, 
he so desperately wanted to get it for his brother. 
But being the frugal man he is, he would NEVER spend that kind of money.
one day it happened....
it appeared on Groupon.
 He could not help himself, he purchased it. 
Merry Christmas, Greg! ;)
I have to admit, I was not on board with this purchase. 
I was afraid he would not think it was funny or he would take offense to it. 
But BT did not think twice once he clicked that purchase button.

Luckily, Greg was a great sport and let us test it out. 

I think we all were pretty surprised how well it actually worked. 

So we started in the back. 

By the looks of our faces, 
we clearly had no clue what we were doing. 
We may have sprayed a little to much in one spot. 

But we charged on...

The front needed some loving too. Luckily, we had a little "bangs" 
brush to make it look 
 "real". ha!

 Loving the new look. 

Then we went for the side burns. 


And then we had some fun...

 Anthony Davis has nothing on this unibrow.  

Check out these results! 

Shout out to Christine for taking these great pictures. 
I think we should send these to Toppik. 
I hear they love a good testimony. 

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Christmas: Part 2

Christmas morning was a blast this year. Not only was
Hudson at the perfect age,
 but it was also the first time Carmen got to spend Christmas with her dad. 
It has been 11 years. New beginnings, indeed!

We started our morning with this good looking guy... 
God Bless! 

Hudson was so excited to "pop the pig"

He played his new piano. 

We always draw names between the sisters and BIL's. 
Brian drew Abby's name this year. 

 Merry Christmas, Ab! 

And Santa was pretty good to this little gal! 
I can't believe how much Carmen is growing up. 
She is turning into a beautiful young lady! 
I am so proud of her.

Here she is with her dad. 
What a special day for her... for all of us!

She was pretty pumped to get her own Mini Fuji Film Instax (Polaroid camera).
Along with a million other things. Must be nice to be spoiled by Santa, Dad, nana and bust, grandparents and four sisters. xoxo! 

Notice: All picture below were taken by Christine. They are amazing! Maybe someday I will take a photography class.

Christmas at the Scott's 

Tata loved his gift from his great grandson, Sam. 

Look what Brian got....CHUBBIES! 

And they "threw" in a pair of "sky's out thighs out" croakies. 

Like a kid in a candy store...pure excitement. 

Brian modeling his new attire.
Can you tell his shorts have a 5 inch inseam?
Seems shorter, right?! HA! 

Greg's reaction to Brian's shorts. Love it.

Ann wrapped up a scotch glass for Ed, that Ed had bought himself. I love this idea Ann.
I shall use this strategy next year. 

 My parents bought us new dinning room dish sets. 
And we got some more pieces from Brian's family.
We are officially old. Love my new plates, bowls, etc. 

I think someone is a proud grandmother!

 We all face-timed with Sam-Sam. I can't get over how big he is getting. 
Crazy how fast they grow up.

And here is my baby boy, Charlie. He barked the entire time home. 
I'm sure it got annoying. 
Bless him. 
When Brian and I go home for vacation he and Charlie stay at his parents and I stay at mine. 
It's like we are in high school again. 
I love it. 
I love home. 
 I love that our families live in the same town. 
I love that Morehead has the "Best" Wendy's in the United States.
I love Morehead, Pasquales and the Fuzzy duck.....
Oh wait, I lost track....
back to Charlie ( I love him too) he may have barked the entire stay, but had zero seizures. 
So, yay Char-dog!

 If you are ever visiting the Scott's while this puppy dog is in town, 
you best not sit in his seat. 
Please take note.

Christine, Tata and Greg

Granddad spent a lot of his time here. 
He watched the game, got warm and managed to squeeze in a few (lots) of naps. 
Funny story about Tata. 
When Brian and I arrived home. Tata informed me that I looked "taller". 
I can only assume he meant thinner. 
That's what I am going to go with. 
When in actuality, he is probably just shrinking.  ;)

We had an amazing Christmas. 
Brian and I are so blessed to have great family and friends. 
And I am so thankful to be able to spend my favorite holiday seasons with each one of them. 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Christmas: Part 1

I love coming home for Christmas. I can't think of a better place to spend my favorite time of year, than in my favorite place...Home. 

After 14 hours in the car, seeing this sign brings tears to my eyes and a huge smile on my face. Seriously. 
I sometimes wonder if anyone can love Morehead as much as I do. 
I'm not sure it is possible. :)

After being in the 'head' for less then two hours, we hopped back in the car and headed to our first, of many, Christmas parties. I realized that I did not take one picture with the hostesses, my sisters or any of my friends,  but only of one special little guy. I was both anxious and nervous to see Hudson. I always have such high expectations that I will be his favorite aunt and he will scream with excitement every time he sees me. Obviously, that is not the case; but rather I am a complete stranger. And instead of excitement screams, I get terrified "noooo, want mama." (sigh)  Staying positive, I hoped that our hours of face-time would help him recognize me. 

And boy did it! We got into all kinds of trouble. We went up stairs we weren't supposed to. ( I had no clue he had been warned and in time out for going up these stairs. So, when he asked to go up "those" stairs, I said sure.)  We Jumped on beds and had pillow fights. We climbed up and down stairs (these stairs we were allowed on) with me throwing him into the air each time he reached the top. I had to take several layers off and put the hair up from sweating so much. This fun aunt stuff is hard work. I could not convince Hudson to play with trucks, while I tried to stop sweating. But I was quick on my feet and we went outside to sit with Rudolph with no shoes or socks (aunt of the year award goes right here).  We had an amazing time. And I knew the week ahead would be just as great. 

Here are a few pictures of our nights leading up to Christmas!

I put my hair pack down for our little photo shoot. 

Huddy is obsessed with Rudolph.   

He loved uncle Brian's Christmas Sweater. 

Hudson enjoyed my homemade marshmallows. 
He had to take a bite out of each one.

Question: What water creature do I look like?
Answer: Stingray

Every year on Christmas eve my family has an ornament exchange. It's so fun.

Hudson got a cupcake ornament. And this is where he takes after his auntie.
All he wanted to do was lick the icing off. I mean can one blame him? Icing is the BEST part.
Poor thing licked it for several minutes....

We let Nanny and Papaw open up their Christmas present early.  IPAD! 
I am so excited to be able to Face-time with them whenever I want. 
This makes living far from home a little easier. 

Of course it's not a Christmas party without Brian wearing his 3 year old Wal-Mart women's 
Christmas turtle neck that has shrunk in size with every wash. 
I have official given up on this fight. 
Go ahead-- show off your midriff! What a Christmas blessing. 

Much more to come from our trip back home.