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Well, Kensley is turning 1 year old. I can’t believe it! I practiced making her a smash cake. I borrowed the cutest cake pan, and I think it turned out great!practice-smash-cake-007 Her birthday is Monday. She’s growing up so fast! She’s taking steps, waving bye bye, and getting the cutest curly hair!

On another note Kaden learned to ride his bicycle without training wheels. He worked so hard and was very intent on teaching himself. We are so proud of him! kaden-rides-his-bike-0081

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Kensley has RSV

Well, we’ve been struggling with a runny nose for about a month now.  I began to wonder if maybe she might have a sinus infection.  When we went to the doctor they tested her and came back in and told me she has RSV.  WHAT?!  It’s very contagious.  It acts like the common cold in adults and older children, but in young babies it can be much more dangerous.  It is very dangerous in newborns, and worrisome in babies that are Kensley’s age.  So, for now we are having to do breathing treatments every 4 hours, taking antibiotics, and taking steroids.  She’s been a little trooper though.  We go back for a recheck on Monday.  I really hope all these breathing treatments do the trick…but within the past 24 hours I haven’t seen much improvement 😦

My mom took the boys home with her for the weekend.  They were so excited to go!  I’m glad they love to see their Nana and Papa so much.  It gives us a nice break, and a chance to “disinfect” everything! 

My little trooper

My little trooper

Let me preface this post by saying that we are praying for the Dudley family. On Wed. morning a former coworker of mine passed away. He had a strep infection that went untreated for too long. I had always heard that if strep went untreated that it could get to your heart, but I never actually knew anyone that this had happened to…until now. Wow, I am still in total shock over this. I know so many people who are hurting at school over this loss. Keith Dudley was such a good guy. Kind, generous, thoughtful, funny…my heart goes out to all those affected by this loss. I can’t even imagine what his family is going through!

PLEASE…if you even THINK you have strep, go to the doctor and get antibiotics, and take every last one of them!!! I’m not usually a big fan of antibiotics (I think as a society we are overmedicated but that’s a whole other blog), but in the case of Strep, it could be a life or death situation!!!!

Our prayers are with all the family and friends of Keith Dudley!

Today was Gymnastics Tuesday. Kaden LOVES his gymnastics class. There is a class just for 5 year old boys and there are only 3 other 5 year old boys in his class. They get a lot of one on one attention. I am so amazed to watch Kaden in action. He is so agile and flexible. He has no fear at all. They practice on the high bar and he doesn’t even hesitate. Today they jumped off a high mat into a foam block pit. I’d say it’s atleast 6 feet high. He never blinked! Jumped right off without any hesitation at all…and loved it! He loves gymnastics, and I think he’s going to be pretty athletic…atleast I think he’s going to have a lot of endurance…lol….he never stops!!!!

I’ve been reading a book by Karen Kingsbury called Ever After. It’s the second book in a series. Like most Karen Kingsbury books, I have spent the better half of this book in tears. But for some reason, this book has really hit home the hardest with me. In the book, a young soldier is killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq. The book goes into great detail of all the people he left behind back in the States. It really makes you think about the war going on now. So many lives are touched and so many families are grieving a fallen soldier. And it leaves many people questioning what purpose the war in Iraq serves. Yet, at the same time so many understand that war is a necessary evil. I just can’t imagine sending my son or daughter off to war knowing what the consequence could be. It is heartbreaking to know that on a daily basis so many families are saying goodbye to their loved ones forever. Families are torn apart by war, and yet there are so many brave soldiers willing to lay their life down for the people of America…for people they don’t even know…

My eyes are opened as I read this book. And if you haven’t ever read it…I highly recommend it. The first book of the series is Even Now, and the second one is Ever After (which is the one I am currently reading).

So, my inlaws just bought a new truck today. They came over to show it to us, and offered to watch the kids for a little while to let Kenny and I “go out”. It was kinda late already, so we decided to go grab dessert somewhere. We drove around for a little bit trying to decide where to go. I told Kenny, “to be honest, I’d just as soon ride around in silence”. He laughed. It’s sad to think that on our date night we’d both prefer to just ride around in the car having uninterruped conversation and enjoy the sweet silence in between. Anyway, we went through a drive-through and got some coffee and drove around for about an hour. It was so relaxing…I feel sure that at some point in our lives we will miss all the noise and chaos, and the sweet silence will become boring and monotonous. But, for the moment, it was thoroughly enjoyed!

So, today I ventured out to a boy’s birthday party with all 3 kids by myself. Kenny had a funeral to go to in Gastonia. I was kind of dreading taking the kids alone because aside from the fact I have my hands full, Kolby is in the midst of exerting his independence, but hasn’t mastered obedience or staying near mommy yet…We’re still working on the “don’t run out in the parking lot…stay on the sidewalk lesson”. The party ended up being not as difficult as I expected, and I kept Kensley in the Mei Tai the whole time. She fell asleep toward the end. Kolby did pretty well too. I think I just psyched myself out…and it wasn’t really as bad as I had pictured.

I am running on very little sleep this past week since Kensley has been sick and not sleeping very well. Thankfully Kenny let me take a little nap. After dealing with sleep deprivation for nearly 6 years now, I have begun to wonder….If God created our bodies to require sleep in order to function properly, then why didn’t He create babies and toddlers to sleep better at night? This is a question that has perplexed me for a long time now….

I just received a TON of free fabric from a girl who works at a furniture factory. The factory receives so many samples of their fabric they can’t possibly keep it all, so they give it away for free. I’m so excited because I have lots of fabric to practice sewing on my new sewing machine. I have never used a sewing machine, but I am eager to learn! I think it will be so cool to be able to “make” things! Maybe I’ll even get good enough to make some clothes for my kids! Kenny will be thrilled to save money! I got so much fabric I can’t possibly keep it all. I plan to give a lot of fabric to my cousin too. She’s the expert seamstess! I’m hoping to get together with her soon so she can show me a few things.

Kenny has just taken the boys to get some dinner. I try not to cook on the weekends. I don’t mind to cook…I just hate to clean.

Here’s hoping I get a good night’s sleep soon. I mean seriously…is it really necessary to test my faith at 2am, 3am, AND 4am????

Take care! Thanks for reading!

Oh, and by the way…HAPPY BIRTHDAY ADAM AND CORINNE!!!!!