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Santa Makes Beds, too!!!

I KNEW I heard something coming from Nathan's room Christmas Eve night (while he was at his dad's), but I knew Nathan wasn't home, so I didn't think anything of it. I just thought it was "lonely mom syndrome."

Well, when Nathan came home later on Christmas day, I told him I heard noises and we decided to go check it out. The door was locked! I didn't do that! We unlocked the door and this is what happened!
**I think I was more excited than he was**

Santa Shoppe Rocks!!!

Nathan had his first Santa Shoppe experience at school this year. Which, makes sense since he's in Kindergarten this year! Anyway, when he came home he would NOT let me look in his bag like I always do. He had to wrap all the gifts he got first, then I could look in there. I knew he got his dad a coffee mug, his cousin a pencil and his step-brother stickers, but I had no clue what he got me.

I opened up that bag and unwrapped my gift and got teary eyed! He got me a sun windchime and a dragonfly suncatcher. The windchime - because he knows how much I love to hear the windchimes in the wind. The suncatcher - because he knows how much I love the sun. So incredibly thoughtful!

I will treasure these gifts for as long as I live!!! Much like my mom has kept the tiny vase I bought in the third grade. It sill sits on her dresser next to her jewelry box! I know I will always have these two in a very special place as well!!!

Santa Came!!!!

so, santa arrived at mom's a little earlier than normal this year, but we were kind of expecting that. the kids were upstairs looking through the window, franticlaly looking for santa and his sleigh. but, nathan finally had enough! he decided he was going to go downstairs cuz he "had a feeling santa was here". well, abuelo told the kids they should go downstairs "he didn't want them playing around uop there". so, down the stairs they went. whle ellis was overjoyed at all the gifts santa left, nathan on the other hand was devastated! he missed santa! he didn't see him! "i told you we needed to come downstairs" he says! he was de-ve-stay-ted!!! he finally calmed down a little when he saw that santa had eaten all but one bite of a cookie and drank all the milk AND the reindeer spilled their food out back and left tracks everywhere.

maybe next year i can see if santa will allow himself (or his backside) to be 'seen' so nathan doesn't get quite so upset......it's a tough one, i tell you!

DIsco Fever!!!

Personalize funny videos and birthday eCards at JibJab!

Half Time - AWESOME!

You gotta check out this amazing video! It is, by far, the coolest half-time show I've seen!!


bball practice, 10 19 10

Check out Nathan's first Basketball Practice! Stay tuned for Nathan's first GAME!

An Easy & Quick Dinner


2 to 3 pounds of Sirloin Tip Steak sliced to about 3/8”
Bread crumbs, I have used seasoned bread crumbs
about ½ cup chopped parsley
4 eggs
Oil --out ¾’ of skillet (you might need more depending on how many milanesas you are making.)
--Tenderize the meat to where it is very thin and set meat aside.
--Mix parsley and eggs, you should have a runny mixture and put in a shallow dish.
--Put bread crumbs in another shallow dish.
--Dip meat in egg mix, drip off extra. Put meat in bread crumbs and shake and then turn over and do other side. Gently pat so bread crumbs will stick. Put aside on a plate till they are all breaded.
--Heat oil in skillet. Put a couple milanesas at a time in the skillet and cook each side till brown. Place in a warm dish till all are cooked.
--Serve with mash potatoes, rice salad or mom’s ensalada rusa.
Any extras can be refrigerated and either warmed the next day or make a cold sandwich , either way they are delicious.

Thoughtless Thursday

Here's one for you!
Yeah! Happy Fathers Day, Dad!

Movie Title Help!!!

ok....the movie is about this little boy. he's around 13 or so and he's like 2 1/2 feet tall. when he was born his mom didn't even know she was pregnant, went to the doc for cramping, sneezed and he was born. the movie is about his life. he had a best friend who was more like a brother. he loved his bff's mother who died from a foul ball blow to the head and he blamed himself.

i can't remember the title to save my life and it's killing me. it was probably in the early 90's or so. the title is the kid's name. ARGH!

someone PLEASE tell me you know what i'm talking about.....

Update on Wayra - 1/19/10

Okay, so through all the emails, the going online to decipher the terminology and going online to translate medical terms....this is what we've gathered so far:

Wayra was going to get a bone marrow test of some kind today, but it was a no-go (i think because they didn't have enough to do the test). So, they are going to take another sample and do the test tomorrow morning. Then, tomorrow afternoon she will go to another hospital where they will do a Scintigraphy. This is defined as such: the production of two-dimensional images of the distribution of radioactivity in tissues after the internal administration of a radiopharmaceutical imaging agent.

The "test" on the tumor itself came back with this: the tumor is 11x9.5x9.5 cm. It (seemingly) is attached to the spine (?) and heading towards the umbilical region. THe left Kidney is displaced (moved?), but all other organs seem to be in the normal range. The results came back with a diagnosis of "Neuroblastoma". It is defined as such: It develops from the tissues that form the sympathetic nervous system (the part of the nervous system that controls body functions, such as heart rate and blood pressure, digestion, and levels of certain hormones). Neuroblastoma most commonly begins in the abdomen in the tissues of the adrenal gland, but it may also occur in other areas. It can spread to the lymph nodes, liver, bones, and bone marrow. The cause of the tumor is unknown. Neuroblastoma is most commonly diagnosed in children before age 5. The disorder occurs in approximately 1 out of 100,000 children and is slightly more common in boys

After treatment children under the age of 2 have a 70-90% chance of survival, while children over the age of 3 have a 30% chance. This, of course, is dependant on what stage the child is in. From the sound of things she is in a Stage 3, possibly.

My mother has forwarded information from St.Jude's hospital to my aunt Lucy to forward to Wayra's parents. I am hoping Wayra's doctor sees this as an opportunity and will contact St. Jude's doctors for a referral. If the doctor refers her to St. Jude and the St. Jude doctors accept her, they will bring her to the States for treatment and, God willing, a cure.

It is hard to say anything with 100% certainty of course. Being here and they being in Argentina makes things much more difficult for us. I know there are a lot of people praying for her and her family, so I am keeping faith in that.


please pray for my little 2nd cousin (4y) - WAYRA - in argentina.
they went to the hospital in a rush yesterday morning by plane (they NEVER take plane - always bus/train). healthcare is not the best over there. They say she has a fast growing tumor in her belly.

I heard this morning that they have not done the surgery (to remove the tumor)yet. They will be doing another test/exam today on her bone marrow where the tumor seems to be more significant and it goes all the way down to the bottom of her kidneys! The doctors have given them no hope. I don’t know what else to say at this point, except PLEASE PRAY!

The End of Week #1

Well, I lost 3 pounds!!!

I'm so happy! I didn't stick to it 100%, but I must've done something right. I need to incorporate more exercizing in my daily routine. I have to find a time and all to do it. I always feel great afterwards, I just can't seem to get motovated enough to get up off my butt!

Wordless Wednesday - 1/6/10

Weight Loss - 1/6/10

Well, today was my first day on the new "plan." I'm using the Slim Fast plan online. It's free. It's easy and It's functional for me. I'm so finicky, this one is great! I really like this plan and hope to stick with it. It's not like it used to be: "a shake for breakfast, a shake for lunch and a sensible dinner." Nope, not at all! I'm actually doing the plan WITHOUT the Slim-Fast products. It's not that I don't like to have chocolate for breakfast, it's that I can't afford to right now.

What did I eat today? You ask. I ate: banana slices w/sugar, tuna salad sandwich, carrot slices, orange, tomato slices, hamburger, green beans, coke zero and water.

I'm full. I stayed full all day.

I didn't exercize today. I wanted to, but with Nathan home in the evenings with me this week, I highly doubt I will get much exercising time in. There's always the weekends and next week.

I hope to be able to keep myself accountable by blogging every day!

179.9 pounds
size 16

Another Sleepy Sunday

Yes, another sleepy sunday is upon us. And what does today hold? A whole lot of nothing!

Let's see, we start the day by getting up at 9am. Nathan wanted to know if it was time to go downstairs. I told him he can go downstairs any time he wants so long as he's dressed and teeth have been brushed. So, I take my shower, head downstairs and make breakfast (left over pizza from movie night the night before). Yeah, he was thrilled!!!

Doing the laundry, gonna vaccuum a little, clean up the kitchen, some more movies and then off to bed.

What a wonderfully boring day it will be. Amazing all the things you can do when you have no money! he he he