Friday, August 28, 2009

We're going back, back, back to school again!




I love that song from the movie Grease 2! And we were in full swing on Monday for the first day of school. Josh woke up super early since he goes in earlier than the rest of the clan. He was ready to go with his breakfast made and everything. I tell you, that kid is just on top of things. Aaron woke up and headed downstairs and requested eggs for breakfast. Ellison was still showering since she goes into school last. Sergio got to drop off Aaron for his first day of school. He got a great teacher for 2nd grade, Ms. Bass.


Eating breakfast

So at 7:15 a.m. off we went. First stop, Josh's middle school. Already the line was enormous. We made a note to come drop off earlier to avoid the lines!



Then I was dropped off at work and Sergio took Aaron to school. Ellison rides the bus to school. I can't believe she is now a Senior! Pretty soon....college. Where has the time gone??








After school everyone reported a great first day.






The second day of school Aaron got his eyes checked. He has had some trouble reading so I thought I'd take him to a specialist. It turns out that those glasses are ok. He is farsighted and needs his glasses to read. While there, Aaron entertained the staff with his stories and told his doctor after seeing his retinal scan on the computer, that he knew exactly what was wrong with him and he had just diagnosed himself. The Dr. got a kick out of that. Then the Dr. asked Aaron what his favorite thing about school was and Aaron answered, after a little pondering, "dismissal". The Doctor cracked up. Then she asked what his least favorite thing was and he quickly said "music". Then he added "I am a science kind of guy". The doctor was pleased with his answer. The whole staff remembers the tiny little boy with the big personality.
Waiting to get his eyes scanned with this super cool camera. We could later see the inside of Aaron's eyes on the doctor's computer screen. Aaron loved that.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Getting older, wiser and feeling like a kid again!

Yesterday was my birthday. First Sergio surprised me by waking me up with this huge bouquet of flowers and a beautiful card that basically says how much he is in love with me.
It brought tears to my eyes. Then we went to Fiesta to buy the meat and stuff for the party that night.

As we were walking in we spotted, up on top of the shelves, some PIÑATAS. Well a certain character from my childhood in Mexico was up there..El Chavo del 8. Sergio remember how much I had wanted to have a themed party after this show that I grew up with so he promptly went over to those shelves and grabbed me a PIÑATA so I could break at my party!! How thoughtful.



He also remembered that I have been wanting a new watch so he got me two for my birthday. Nothing fancy just with big numbers and digital face that shows the time and date scrolling thru it. How cool is that!!
But the best part of my birthday was spending time with family and friends. I didn't want a party, orginally, but Sergio convinced me that it would be fun.Boy am I glad I listened.




The fajitas were delicious, salsa, potato salad, homemade chips, guacamole, rice and charro beans made by my mom...YUUUMMMYY












And best of all I got to feel like a kid again. I love life!! And ever since I began my 960 calories a day diet, I feel better than ever. I have lost 5 lbs. in one week and I seriously have never felt younger or so full of life. I am dancing and playing with my kids once again. I realized that the food I had been eating was not good for me, nor were all those meds my doctors had me on. So hopefully this will help clear all the toxins from my body, especially my liver (I have Non Alcoholic Steato Hepatitis). So in all a great day filled with laughter and joy. Happy Birthday to me !!!!!






Can you tell that I loved my PIÑATA??



























Friday, August 21, 2009

Splashin' Party Fun

Wednesday was Aaron's 7th birthday. We decided to have it at the Aviator park not far from our house. It has a splash pad and nice park playground equipment. It was the perfect evening. Breezy and fun! The kids had a great time and a couple of the moms helped me with the serving,etc. That was such a big help, because with this liver disease I am constantly exhausted! God heard my prayer and sent these two angels to help! Thanks Jana and Lanette!


Waiting for cake!



Happiness is eating PIZZA!!

After the food and fun, Aaron opened his presents and clowned around with his pals








Aaron making his "sad monkey" face
Summer plus birthday = fun


Saturday, August 15, 2009

Lazy days of summer and my liver

We are counting down the days until school starts and in the meantime enjoying the lazy days of summer as it comes to an end. We have been swimming, fishing, spending some quality time as a family and today we went to fly some kites. There was enough wind to get them up but not as high as we would have wanted. Josh loaned his kite to Aaron since Aaron's wasn't working very well. The other night we were over at the little park in our neighborhood and noticed two kids fishing. One boy caught two fish in the span of 30 mins!! I took a pic of him. We went the following day but caught nothing.


This kid caught a fish in the neighborhood lake the other night
Me trying my hand at the kite flying

Josh was the best at it






Aaron got the hang of it pretty quick too


And just Thursday I got the call from my doctor about the ultrasound and labwork-my liver. Just as I suspected. I have a liver disease where my liver gets extremely inflammed. This is why my belly has been getting bigger and bigger. I had a bout of this a couple of years ago. The good thing is that the liver is a mysterious organ that regenerates itself. There is no damage to my liver, but it could happen if I don't watch it. So I have to be on a very low calorie diet and lots of exercise. I feel tired most every day but I try to push myself so I don't end up feeling sorry for myself and depressed. I danced last night with the kids and stayed up talking with Ellison and her friends till 1 a.m.!! Holy cow I am definitely not young anymore. This week will be very busy. Aaron's party is on Wednesday then we are going to do something for my birthday next Saturday. All in all it has been a great summer, but I am ready for the kids to go back to school and back to our routine.





Friday, August 7, 2009

Playing with my new toy and saying no to being toothless!

For the past few weeks I have been playing with my new toy!



The Cricut Expression! I have been wanting one of these die cutting machines for a very long time. Finally my wish came true and Sergio bought me one as an early birthday present. Happy Birthday to me! The first thing I did was make some cute cards for a couple of people I visit teach. Then I made a Happy Birthday banner that we can use over and over. In this case, I will use it for Aaron's birthday party in a couple of weeks. I am planning on making his invitations with it too. I totally love it! You can cut vinyl too and I am planning on making some vinyl phrases to put on the walls and also to etch on some glass plates. Nothing like having some fun with a new toy, huh?






Next update: I went to my gastroenterologist on Monday because I've been feeling kinda blah lately and I have been putting on some weight really, really fast. Which is totally unlike me. So I suspect it's my liver acting up again. He gave me a new script for a drug that is for prediabetics (great something to look forward to) and I went and filled it. He also ordered blood work and a full abdominal ultrasound. I haven't heard from his office yet on the results so I guess no news is good news. But when I googled the drug he gave me for side effects it had the following posts from over 300 people!!



tooth loss



rapid weight gain (um...hello, I'm trying to LOSE weight)



hair loss



severe muscle and joint pain



bloating of the legs, feet and abdominal area



feeling depressed



Uh...no thanks, I think I'll stick to the old medication. I should have checked it out before buying it. Actually, I decided to stop taking all my meds sort of a detox if you will, to see how it goes. I plan on just eating healthy and exercising more.



Last night I started to feel the withdrawal effects. Granted, I am NOT taking narcotics. These are just antibiotics and an anti-diabetic type drug but my whole body was achy! My joints hurt so bad I wanted to cry. I took some Tylenol and went to sleep. I also noticed my face getting oilier. The antibiotics are for the cystic acne I have been suffering for over 17 years! I hope I don't start to break out too bad :(



If worse comes to worse, I'll just go back on my meds again. But I know taking antibiotics for that long cannot be good for my liver.



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