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Monday, December 9, 2013

Wow! Loooong time

Life has been good.  Blogging, bad.  ...........I'm already in the mood to think about the next year.  Basically, I'm going to scale down on the social media.  I'm going to work out the kinks on finding what this blog should be and most likely, drop Facebook.  My biggest goal next year is to bring my faith back.  For someone like me, that questions everything, this has been a little difficult.  ........also, I'm dropping the care to earn money from this blog.  I'll keep the simple adsense but beyond that, it's doubtful.  I've always blogged best when I just posted my pics and my life...an online journal.  Anywho, Tristan will be graduating this spring from high school.  Connor still has that dang g-tube and can't seem to quite nix the horrible reflux (yet he's fantastic beyond what any medical expert expected).  Sawyer has his little issues and his focus for the new year will be getting on the dang potty!!! (he's the kiddo that could walk in dirty diaper all day and doesn't want you to touch him).

..........anywho, some pics to update a bit.

Still love this guy .......going on 10 years knowing his crazy bum!

Beginning of fall demanded a trip to Black Island Farms nearby to see pets and get a hay ride.


Mikey was the adventurous one at the farm.


Sawyer just may have a future in drumming.  


Connor was all about banging stuff....underneath that wooden posts were some poles with different tones.


Con-con has been all about pulling his button/g-tube out.  We're so ready for this to be gone.  He only uses it for one medication now and if they'd just flavor the stuff, surely he could take it by mouth.  We've tried things at home and really, the stuff is nasty.


I had a UP3 surgery to remove tonsils, part of my palate, and some other stuff to help with sleep apnea and horrible snoring.  Worst pain ever for about two weeks straight.  It looks like a mini bomb went off in the back of my throat.  Nothing there...........and yet, Mikey says I'm snoring worse........but hey, I sleep great now.


I've had about 3 of these skin precancer spots removed this fall alone..........wear the sunscreen!  I do all the time but I was a sun hog back in the day and I'm paying for it now.


Happy.


I guess these are "selfies" with the babies.  I do not like selfies but then again, I have a few too.


Another "selfie" with Connor.  This term is apparently the word of the year.  

Fall activity, Cornbellies out at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, Utah.  Lots of little guy fun.


Great day.


A sad attempt to make Ree Drummond's halloween eyeballs.  For the life of me, dipping chocolate never comes out smooth with a cake ball for me...........now chocolate covered chips, I can always make look gourmet.


It was a Toy Story Halloween...........and the boys could care less.  We did as we have done forever and went to my friend's kid populated neighborhood..........we circled one block and these guys were done.

Buzz Lightyear just was a bit curious about the entire night.


Woody here really thought we should visit each home that opened their door.  We had a few home tours.


Photogenic Sawyere here......Connor caught mid chomp on a banana.


Cheesy smile.


My non eater does like fancy blueberry-cream cheese filled french toast.

Connor and the chickens.


I think super-dad is in this pic somewhere.


Smile.


A visit to trains has become a favorite for the boys.


So cool.


Train love.


Sawyer took this picture of Connor.  Besides the food particles on this happy little eater, is that face not the cutest????


I needed a change.........


Selfie........with Connor.......to show the new do.  The one "highlight" in the front makes me feel like Cruella Deville.

I apparently can not smile for a selfie.............but here is the hair style.  I actually really like it.  I'm not one to fix my hair so lots of layers are good for me.


I somewhat smiled  here.........I swear my nose has grown as I've aged.  What's up with that?????


We are a family of readers.................doh!, except the daddy...he prefers not to ruin his future movies.  :D


We had family visit this year for Thanksgiving.......so we took them on the Heber Valley Train .........in Heber Valley, of course.  


This guy was entranced the entire time.  He was not real certain on how to use the binoculars though.  Usually, both eyes were closed when he'd bring those puppies up.


We took a trip to the Hill Air Force museum where they now have a kids exhibit.  Was really nice simulators and activities in there.  Even computer set ups with simulator games for the older kids and adults.


There is Silas!.........Fuzzy but these guys were all over these simulators.


Silas in a pilot's seat.


Mikey and his cousin Aileen.  I love her so much........can't stand that we're not near.


the little guys........Tristan and Silas's sister, Ashley did appear during the visit but pics are rare of teens.


A trip to Antelope Island always shows cool buffalo around.  


.....instagram love.

trying to show that Tristan is around on occasion.  He's usually at work, school, or his girlfriend's house.  I can say lately this teen of mine is getting to better to hang around.........we had some rough times for a bit there but we're redefining boundaries.  :D


For some reason, My pics stopped after Thanksgiving.  We've been getting alot of snow here, so we have been hermits lately.  The decorations for Christmas have been up since....the day after Thanksgiving!!!  I've got most of my shopping done for immediate family and we've asked everyone this year to simply invest in time with Skype.  We prefer to see everyone so hope that if anyone feels the need to invest in us, that they invest in a good video camera so we can see them.  :D  ............I'll try to be better here on this blog...........I had no idea it had really been this long!!!!  All has been well here.  Everyone has had sniffles but who doesn't right now?  We're enjoying activities like cooking and clay fun (2 cups flour, 1/2 cup salt,2 tablespoons oil, food coloring, and 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar if you have it, if not, no worries)........my Christmas tree mainly has decorations on the top half and who knows where the bottom half decorations have gone?!......I've been wrapping gifts in tissue paper this year so the boys can actually unwrap them.....and I feel Tristan is too grown now because he has a measly amount of unwrapping when he keeps saying to just give him money.    .............oh well, there is my slight blog update.  :D


**update to that clay recipe....mix it all with about 1 and 1/2 cup of boiling water....add more water or flour to get the right consistency and just knead it all together.........it makes alot.....i made the mistake of making it all green.............next time, I'd divide it up and then add the food coloring as I kneaded it.

Friday, September 20, 2013

What is an Ebook? and how can I publish one?

There has been some confusion as to how to download the book I wrote.  First, an e-book is simply a pdf file.  If you have something as easy as Adobe reader, you can download this.  If you can download documents in your email, you will download this with ease.

I wrote this in what is called a S Note app.  (S note allows drawings and documents to be made using my tablet's s pen).  I then exported that file to our family's dropbox app. ( dropbox saves all of our pictures in one place....it also houses documents. )  From there, I went to www.e-junkie.com.  This is the site I had publish my e-book.

Simple as that.  1. Get your idea.  2.  Write  3. Make this a PDF file.  4.  E-junkie

E-junkie also can sell physical items but really....go to ebay for that unless you have a blog or website.

The only advice I can give from here is to promote and be patient.  So far, I'm learning my patience seems to only extend to my kiddos.  I so want this to be just a little successful.   At least, with my own friends and family.

To access my e-book simply go to the shopping cart at the upper right side of this blog.

And truly, it is as easy as it sounds.  My subject matter made thiss hard....but I'll talk about that another day.



Thursday, September 19, 2013

I Made an Angel E-book!!!!

 I wrote a BOOK!!!!

an e-book.....

I just hit the publish button and it's a done thing.  This is a simple 72 page book that tells a bit about our story with Ireland.  Writing was difficult AND not so difficult.  I'll post about that very soon so I can share the process I did to make this happen.  Pricing wasn't easy.  Obviously, I want to make money...and then we really would like to give to the two places that meant the most to us concerning Ireland.  .......so please, if it's ridiculous, let me know.  Also, please, please, PLEASE, leave me a comment if you want me to answer any questions about how this was made and/or published.  My plan is to next week go into detail about this so any of my friends or family wishing to do something like this will know step by step what to do.  I think the whole process was fairly simple now that I've done it.  Also, I nearly peed my pants hitting the publish button!!!  I know....TMI (too much information)....but really...REALLY!!!!...I finally did it.  It's not a Pulitzer here but I'm very proud.  Those who have read this gave me criticism to add more here or less there or go ahead and write a book-book.....and well, in the end, we decided this was a format perfect for me.  It's my style....dots and pictures and chalkboards and all.  Also, looking around at other ebooks we noticed far higher and far lower prices.  I did what I felt I'd spend on something like this that included a donation to something worthy.     .........anywho, with pride, I present:

To buy the book, you must be in web mode.
I haven't quite figured out how to link this to 
be seen in a mobile view.

My hubby helped, my dad said my spelling was fine but it was a hard read, Tristan ......well Tristan read it too though it hits home for us with the initial reading.................my friends and my family inspired me to do this and it feels so good.  ......I have ideas for future ebooks but this will surely always be my favorite simply because it's my girl here.

And seriously.......I promise to do my best on inspiring you to write something too......and if your gift is art or pictures or making something physical to sell......I have learned a few things and will try to share that with you.  I'm big on you reap what you sow and that one must give in order to receive.....I've got a very long way to go on learning how to edit or be a bit "more refined" but I'm learning some major lessons on how to think fukem' and do your thing.  ........apologize for my use of bad language but seriously.......this attitude is helping a bit.  :D

Soooooo.........that's it......my link for this is at the top of my sidebar.  It's all fairly simplified and if at any point it seems something is amiss, please let me know.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

GI issues and Autism....updates on the littlest Brady's


Warning!:  very long post with lots of pics!



Waiting, forever, to see the GI doctor.
Just getting into as much as he can until I fuss at him.  

It's MONSTERS!!!  on Friday the 13th!!!!........and his newest obsession....wait for it........pulling off his pants and diapers.  Nice.  Good thing he's cute.

Well, this week has involved a few appointments and alot of paperwork.  Connor has worsening reflux which I guess can be normal.  He's not spitting up alot but more burping...that nasty stuff that you get as an adult I imagine, because his eyes sort of tear up and his breath reeks.  Poor baby.  This has possibly messed with his appetite just a bit.  So far, it's not a problem because really, Connor loves to eat.  The concern is more that if the acid reflux isn't controlled, his esophagus may begin showing signs of the awful reflux and then he just plain old won't want to eat.  ......not there yet, so not worried to that extent.  He did have to go back on his azithromyacin.  .....what can you do??
As for Sawyer, we've been talking to doctors and sort of ignoring doctors since he turned 2.  Why?  Because I've believed boys can simply be slower at learning things. Also, Sawyer can act perfectly normal one day and the next day...well there are alot of next days...he can be odd.  Odd as in screaming at seemingly nothing,  odd in screaming if you dare to stop an activity, odd as in not just a little ole temper tantrum...we're talking anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour plus.  Also, Sawyer is perfectly fine with a few friends we have but does better if kids are around.  He also seems to do better if we're right there or atleast, Connor is there.  He gets scared of our aloe plant.  He counts constantly.  He sings monkeys jumping on the bed easily 20 times a day.  He does that lining up of his cars thing...but oddly, I've not seen him really line anything else up.  He carries a blanket around like ....well like he's going to freakin' lose it if you take his blanket!!!!  I'm learning he likes muffins and peanut butter crackers or sandwiches....anything beyond that, not so much.  He walks in circles....not twirling...just around a room, pool, porch.....if you have something like a kiddie cart, mower or anything he can push...even better.
..........ANYWHO, let me share.
Notice the many areas I just didn't answer and left blank.  Also, on the quest to not label my son but find a little help....I can't just circle a number...I have to add in some quick notes...maybe they could dock some points from that particular number.

Just as in any facebook post......I read directions after dong this paperwork that said do not add points and score........what parent isn't going to do this.......really?!  Notice he has a 0 in one area showing completely normal!!!!  And then we go all Autism happy with a few other numbers.  BUT, let's not forget that maybe some numbers could be reduced.......then again I didn't answer several things because I either thought it was a ridiculous question for his age or there may have been a bit of that fear thinking something is up.

Another Test.........he scored moderate on this one.  Notice I scribbled here and there.....I left a few blank.  

SERIOUSLY....some of these tests were just a bit much.  I got an entire packet on Tuesday to fill out with directions to call then put these in the mail.  .......I haven't called and they're not in the mail.  Monday....I'll put it on the Monday to-do list.  WHY do I hesitate????....well seriously, could he just be going through something?!  I think so  but then again his speech at 2 (32 months if you swing that way) is waaaaaaay lacking.  Speech therapy was here to assess Connor this Thursday.  While Connor was right where he needs to be, discussions about Sawyer walking around and talking gibberish became a topic of we'll see you in 2 weeks for his assessment.  ENOUGH SAID for now.  ............clearly, when he sees the folks associated with this paperwork, we'll get an Autism diagnosis on Sawyer.  His doctor made notes at his 2 year well baby appointment.  I just thought he'd grow out of a few things.  The biggest concern has been his speech...or lack there of.  Really, Connor with all our fears and predictions, is speaking just as well and even clearer.  .......the crazy thing, Sawyer understands everything.  He laughs at the right spots in books.  He knows what we're saying and meaning.  He just also laughs at inappropriate times.  Or screams/yells inappropriately.  He can say alot of words if you're one on one and pointing out specific words.  But have him try to converse with you, and you may be lucky to pick out a word or two.  He has just recently started putting words together and sometimes you get it, sometimes not so much.   ........................sooooooooo....we'll find out things as we go.  I'll share.  Hopefully, if you're interested, you can zoom on these sheets.  I should have added the asperger's questionnaire sheets but really......the questions on that were beyond inappropriate for his age.  I've yet to meet a 2 or 3 year old that isn't selfish, most are not potty trained, groups of friends aren't really established yet, I'm thinking most toddlers don't get sarcasm, etc.  I figure I'll just tell them on the phone that it was ridiculous to send me a questionnaire that clearly was asking questions for someone much older.

OH WELL....cat out of the bag.  I don't by any means want to offend anyone who has a child with Autism.  Right now, for our family, we don't truly understand the many aspects of Autism.  I think Rainman honestly.  And Sawyer isn't Rainman.....I'd obviously be in Vegas if he were.  .....but, I do know a family (vaguely through another friend) that has a little guy with Autism.  He can seem perfectly normal but I also know that these little ones can do well.....some better than others.......some higher or lower on the spectrum.........and some do amazing because of the work that they're doing at home and with care workers.  For us, we've had one daughter pass away from a congenital defect, one perfectly fine teen (though reading some of these sheets had me wondering.....and really, I'm just kidding but there were points that you'd see in any child), one baby with Pierre Robin and various GI difficulties and then we're now finding out Sawyer may have Autism.  It's a bit of a butt hurt thinking your genes are responsible for all of this.  And really, I heard the neighbor's girlfriend (insert scratchy, deep smoker voice) talking about us one day wondering why we'd have kids knowing they would have problems.......now this was shortly after Connor was born and we went nowhere without his apnea monitor and a book bag full of his feeding equipment and his NG tube (the obvious one in their noses).  Of course, I spoke loudly that some people have no freaking clue (insert really bad word here) but even today, I want to punch her because that crap hurt.  And she was probably just talking out of her bum that day and not meaning anything but at the same time she doesn't know that we had genetics counseling and were told our little gene mix was wonderful.  Gene mixes don't predict developmental conditions like Pierre Robin and about a gazillion other things.  Science is obviously amazing....but as Ireland proved, it's got a long way to go too.  Gene mixes don't predict Autism.   ...............and for me, sometimes I think there are alot of kids functioning in a way that will have them needing care forever....they're autistic and they're parents probably get sick of commercials showing how to "cure" autism.....they probably get sick of the little kid smiling and reading and seeming perfectly normal.  I know this feeling because I've got a little of that with the CDH kids that live on.  It doesn't mean that I'm not happy for them, it just means I'm human and occasionally get really upset that my little one didn't get the same outcome.  Imagine the autistic kid that is grown and still fighting and fidgeting and maybe not speaking at all or needing help constantly........there are major differences in the word Autism.  It should be acknowledged that not all of these kids become the commercialized gluten cured.       ...........anywho, that was my tangent.  I have issues with labels.  It may be why I don't subscribe to being an advocate of my kiddos issues.  I respect those that do.  Goodness knows, I keep them as my friends because they're some knowledgeable peeps and they're there to help in a second if you need to know anything...........and really, I do like to share my story.....thus blogging......and I offer any help at anytime.  But, I don't want labels defining me or my kids.    ...............that is it.  I DON'T WANT LABELS DEFINING ANY OF US.

       
He's not all about a good picture......good luck with that.....sorry Grandma, there were things to do.

He is not one to stay with the group......he's wanting to explore it all and he'll keep you running and slightly worried if you're closer to traffic.

He can be a bit of a 'zoner' out of nowhere.......but be careful near a road because if you startle him, he may just run.  He's not really aware that this is dangerous as all get out.

He is definitely not the clingy type unless he's ill.  He was a cuddly baby but somewhere along the line he decided that wasn't for him.........so don't get your feelings hurt if he doesn't want to kiss or hug.  It's rare for him though he can be extremely sweet when he's in the mood.  

I can just imagine him thinking.......really, this is a train Pappy and Nana!  I can't stop for pictures!!!  If you try to get him to stay still, he'll just start kicking and screaming.  We thought he was just spoiled for awhile there....but really, this is different.  We've tried everything and those that have been around him in these instances (and know us)......well, they just try to offer sweet advice.  So far, we haven't figured out the solution and trust me....we've tried everything from spanking a butt to useless time outs.

Seriously......he's adorable and can be the sweetest kid around.  He is fun and alive and I wish I had his energy.

If you need a hug...just grab this one.  He'll be happy to manipulate you all day.  ........know that I say this smiling and with complete love.....though this is quite honest.

SMILE!!!

He loooooooved being with family out east this summer.  He did have outbursts going from one new place to another....but he had good times too.  He loved the attention, the food, the laughing and fun..........we all had fun.

Sweet, sweet babies.

He is not a social butterfly like that little guy in the background.  He doesn't just jump in to anything.  He is very cautious and a bit suspicious of everyone.  He may walk the perimeter for some time and it may take alot of prompting to get him to do something new.  It's OK though because eventually, we get him in there and then.....HE DOESN'T WANT TO LEAVE!!!!!

see..........good times!

As much as he loves splashing, he stays on the steps of a pool the entire time........one party, he simply ran around the pool the entire time.  Oh well, we'll get him in there eventually.  He still had a good time.

He zones out with a good movie.  

He's not real great on listening and luckily, the family room is the place to jump around on couches.  He does, for the most part, know to not jump on the furniture downstairs and he does pretty good most of the time with that.  He tends to be wild if he's been cooped up inside for too long......like most little ones, I think.

I've probably posted this picture a gazillion times.  It was a good time.  He walked around that pool probably 20 times, if not more.  He refused to leave that step once we did get him in the pool and the one time we tried to take him away from the step...it was a disaster.  BUT...we had a good time.  He had a good time.  And really, I just love this picture.  He's still my baby and he's got these little hands and big eyes that trust I'll do the right thing for him as his mama.  I'm always trying bud.  I'm not quite sure about the label you'll get but I will see if we can't find a better way to calm you down, ease your fears, and as for any of my babies, make your way towards adulthood as easy and as smooth as possible (with lots of fun, laughing, traditions, family, friends, etc) so you can live your best life knowing that we loved you so much and always did our best for you and with you.

Well............that's all folks.  Connor is good.  Sawyer is good.  Tristan loves his job and most of his senior classes, that is good.  ........let me know if all of these pics are too much or if it slows down uploads for any of you.