My babies!

My babies!
Catch up on our families daily adventures, learn more about our dreams and experience life with diabetes through our eyes! Grab a cup of something warm and read on to learn more about my Random Thoughts....

Friday, September 30, 2011

Diorama and the Stomach bug

Kaci stayed home today with a touch of the stomach bug that has been going around school this week. She made a few trips to the bathroom- but mostly she made lots of trips to her meter. Whatever she has has really been working her bloodsugar levels! We have had lots of lows....which was the main reason I kept her home today.

However, it was also the perfect opportunity for her to work on her diaroma for her Independent Study class at school. It is an extension of her TAG class- that no matter what they tell basically EXTRA work for the TAG kids.....I don't have her in TAG to have MORE work, I put her in TAG so that she would have more challenging work.

Well- after many phone calls and email discussions- I have been told that in order to stay in TAG, she must also participate in this Independent Study here we are ...making the best of it. (Sorry- guess I needed to vent a little there!)

Either way- I love her diaroma! It is the relaxation portion of her backyard project. As you can see, she has a swimming pool, library and art section! I think those may just be her 3 favorite things; swimming, reading and painting! Good work, Kaci! I am proud of you!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

"When you are kind to others, it not only changes you, it changes the world."Harold Kushner

So, many of you already know that we recently ordered Kaci's Team Walk shirts for the, Say Boo to Diabetes Walk, from a company called CustomInk. They should be arriving any day now- and we can't wait!!

Imagine my surprise today when I received the following email from CustomInk....

Hi Andrea,

I noticed that you designed t-shirts for an upcoming charitable effort. We think it's terrific that you are participating in such a worthy cause! CustomInk would love to help you reach your fundraising goal by making a donation to your team.

Please reply to this email with either a:
• link/URL to your individual or team sponsorship page
• mailing address where I can send a check and to whom I should make the check payable

I look forward to hearing from you soon. And thanks for choosing us to make your special t-shirts!

Warm regards,
Laney Caspio
Charity Outreach

That is AMAZING! I didn't waste anytime and have already sent them:

A) the link to Kaci's fundraising page and

B)our home address with the directions to make their check payable to JDRF!

I will keep you posted on when and what we receive from this wonderful company! No matter how BIG or how small- I am overjoyed that a company who knows us from no one- would take the time and the effort to donate to a cause that is so important to our family!!

If you need any Custom shirts made - I highly recommend that you use Custom Ink.

Please view their webpage at

Bailey by Harry Bliss

Bailey was so excited to get his book order today and get his new book, Bailey!

In this story you will meet a cute dog names,Bailey -who surprises and charms his fellow human classmates with his irrepressible antics.

Follow Bailey the dog as he gets ready and goes to school. Should he wear the red or blue collar? Both are so fashionable! Will he be late? That squirrel is a distraction! And what about Bailey's homework? Would you believe he ate it? That is what dogs do, after all.

In this funny new book from the best selling children's illustrator Harry Bliss, school proves to be an unexpected place for Bailey to do all sorts of things he loves: reading, fetching, painting, digging, singing - and making friends!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Getting ready for a "Happy Halloween 2011!"

Scrappers vs. Sandgnats

Way to go, Scrappers! So proud of how you all played together as a team! We walked away with our second win today with a score of 11 to 4 !

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Feed the birds. Who will feed the birds??

Love the new bagel birdfeeders we made for the trees in the front yard. Amazing what you can do with a stale bagel, a little peanut butter and some bird seed, isn't it?

Monday, September 19, 2011

Invisible Illness Week

Here is the shirt we have designed online for Kaci's walk team....Go Kaci's Krushers!!!

In honor of Invisible Illness week... and because everyone else is doing it... Here is my list of 30.

1. The illness I live with is: Type 1 Diabetes. Kaci is the one who HAS Type 1. But we all live with it.

2. Kaci was diagnosed with it on: June 28, 2009 She was 7 years old and about to start 2nd grade.

3. Kaci had symptoms since: I guess early May 2009. She was thirsty a lot and going to the bathroom several times a night. Then as the month progressed she started losing weight and complaining a lot that her legs hurt.

4. The biggest adjustment I’ve had to make is: The lack of sleep and the worry I feel when she is away from me at school each day.

5. Most people assume: That as long as Kaci doesn't eat too much sugar she is okay and doesn't need a shot. They don't realize that everything you eat will eventually turn to sugar. They don't realize that it is such a numbers game and often a "guessing" number game. They don't realize that even though she has her shot of insulin that you still have to worry about possible "highs" or "lows" in between the next meal.

6. The hardest part about mornings are: Um ...mornings really aren't much harder now than they were before. I am NOT a morning person- and neither are my kiddos!

7. My favorite medical TV show is: I don't watch any medical shows. I prefer shows like: The Office, Dancing with the Stars, Big Brother, Modern Family! They all start back up this week! Can't wait!

8. A gadget I couldn’t live without is: Kaci's meter. Sometimes I check my blood sugar just to see!

9. The hardest part about nights are: The fear. It is ALWAYS worse at night.

10. Each day Kaci takes: 2 vitamins, 1 pill and a shot of insulin every meal, snack and at bedtime!
11. Regarding alternative treatments I: I hate when people ask me if she has learned to eat less carbs. I often want to say, "Have you thought of eating less carbs, chunky?" I hate when people suggest she eat more cinnamon.

12. If I had to choose between an invisible illness or visible I would choose: Invisible. At least you can hide it if you want to. It presents it's own sets of problems but at least you have the choice.

13. Regarding working and career: I work, but I don't have to. I was able to take off the whole first year after Kaci was diagnosed. I only work part time, 3 days a week. I am able to drop the kiddos off at school and pick them up. I am able to check on her throughout the day- and her nurse at school often calls me just to let me know how Kaci is doing. We are blessed that way!

14. People would be surprised to know: The amount of math involved with Diabetes. Read this post I wrote about "A Day in the Life of Numbers"

15. The hardest thing to accept about Kaci's new reality has been: That it is FOREVER. I hate that it is forever. That it never takes a break or goes on vacation!

16. Something I never thought Kaci could do with her illness that she did was: I don't know. I have always believed that she can do anything. I think flying for the first time in November to Disney World will be challenging- but we will manage :)

17. The commercials about Kaci's illness: I have never seen a commercial about Type 1. All the commercials I see are about Type 2. She doesn't have Type 2, Thank you very much! Another pet peeve of mine....people confusing the 2!

18. Something I really miss doing since Kaci was diagnosed is: Not weighing food and counting carbs. I would just like to swing into Sonic or 7-Eleven and treat the kids to a slush or Slurpee without the guilt of knowing that Kaci has to have a shot for hers, while Bailey and I don't :/

19. It was really hard to have to give up: Watching Kaci be carefree

20. A new hobby I have taken up since Kaci's diagnosis is: Nothing new here....still read, and obsess about a clean house.

21. If I could have one day of feeling normal again I would: Pick up donuts for the kids for breakfast, eat Taco Bell for lunch, get a Slurpee and a cookie for snack and eat all you can eat pizza for dinner followed by a double scoop of Baskin Robbins ice cream on a waffle cone. On second thought.....we would all be sick with stomach maybe just donuts for breakfast and an all you can eat meal for dinner with no counting!!

22. Kaci's illness has taught me: How many carbs are in everything. Not to take things for granted!

23. Want to know a secret? One thing people say that gets under my skin is: “What can she eat?” and "Will she outgrow it?" I know it shouldn’t, I know they’re just being concerned and helpful… It just gets me sometimes. Oh- another one that gets me ...."Do you worry Bailey will get it?"

24. But I love it when people: Ask questions and then genuinely listen to the answers. And remember what I tell them. Or ask more questions.

25. My favorite motto, scripture, quote that gets me through tough times is: I have several favorite quotes. Depends on the day and my mood....Here are a few of them:

"You can't change yesterday, but you can ruin today- worrying about tomorrow!"

"Making the decision to have a child -it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside your body." Elizabeth Stone

"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference."

"While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about."

"He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it. "

"All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my children"

26. When someone is diagnosed I’d like to tell them: If we can do can YOU! It will get easier but you will be sad and mad for a long time. Sometimes just when you think you aren't sad or mad hits you like a ton of bricks! But you will be HAPPY again! The smiles will out number your frowns.

27. Something that has surprised me about living with an illness is: How generous people can be. How much they really want to help and understand.

28. The nicest thing someone did for me when he wasn’t feeling well was: They listened to me.....Just listened :)

29. I’m involved with Invisible Illness Week because: It's important. It's important for people to learn that our kids might not look sick.... And they aren't sick.... But they deal with things that would blow your mind.

30. The fact that you read this list makes me feel: Happy!

Saturday, September 17, 2011


Love, Love, Love this picture that Kaci has painted! She has really gotten good at this "painting on canvas" thing lately. She made this one for her Grandma.

This is a picture of Kaci and Tinkerbell. I think the canvas looks just like the real thing!

What do you think?

Friday, September 16, 2011

It doesn't get cuter than this??

Today is picture day at school. Each of the kiddos got a new outfit to wear. Here is Kaci modeling hers.
I just love that smile. It is so bright and contagious!

Here's my handsome man! Just look at his new haircut! I love it!

It just doesn't get cuter than this, does it??

Monday, September 12, 2011

Giving back to our community~

A few weeks ago, the LadyBird Service Unit sent out an email to all of the Girl Scout troops in our Unit asking if anyone would be interested in making meals and taking them out to the fire stations for all of the hardworking firemen. I couldn't wait to sign our troop up! 3 out of the 4 girls in our tiny little troop could not wait to participate either. We choose to make them a Mexican food themed dinner with enchiladas, beans, rice and cookies!

Here is the gang after delivery checking out all of the cool equipment in the garage!

These firemen were so cool- they even took the kids two at time for a spin in the firetruck around the building~

It feels good to give back to others - when they work so hard for our community everyday

My babies are always willing to give back to our community!

Kaci's Walk Video

Before you play the video ...scroll to the bottom of the screen and turn the juke box off!

Congratulations on being a GOLD STAR school!!

So proud of this banner I saw at the kids school last week! They both told me it has been hanging since last year. Not sure how I missed it, but I did! This reflects the money raised by Kaci and Bailey's classmates last year for JDRF! So proud that we were a part of this and that her school decided to hang this banner in their hallways. A constant reminder of all of the hard work the students put into this fundraiser to help Kaci and other Type 1 Diabetics! AMAZING!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Scrappers win!

Well- it is finally here! Bailey's first baseball game of the season! I just love this time of year. The weather was perfect too! (too bad the too hot weather is scheduled to be back next week)
Oh well, we will take what we can get when it comes to cooler weather. Bailey got to play his 3 favorite positions this game: catcher, pitcher and first base!! (this was his first time to play first base in a game....Way to go!)

The Scrappers worked well together as a team and were able to pull of a 7-5 WIN!

There were lots of good hits and lots of good plays in the outfield!

Thanks to PaPa and Uncle Chad for coming out to watch the first game! Even Kaci enjoyed watching this year...although I think her diet coke and giant pickle helped out a little too!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Greeting Cakes for every occassion!

Ever heard of Greeting Cakes? Well, for those of you that haven' have to check this out. They are so cute and affordable. My kids love them and so do many of their friends! I have been selling them (mostly buying them at a discounted rate for our friends and family) for about 5 years now. They are so unique and can only be ordered through a sales rep. or online.

You can learn more about them at

If you order through me ....they are $6.50 each with FREE shipping!

They come in a variety of designs! You can find them with Christmas labels, birthday labels, Get Well labels, Back to school labels, It's a Girl labels, Happy Halloween labels.....and the list goes on and on and on and on!!! Here is a fun Sports label pictures below!

Here is how they work! They come in a small plastic container that holds everything you need to make a cake in . So cute! Just add water to the cake mix (in the original container) and put in the microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds and PRESTO! You have a cake! Even comes with it's own icing, sprinkles, candles (for wish making, of course!) and a small spoon to eat it with! So easy a kid can do it! So tasty .... adults will want to do it too!

Step 1: Add 3 small spoonfuls of water to the cake batter mix and stir until smooth in the original container (Don't forget to lick the spoon)

Step 2: Put your cake in the microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds.

Step 3: Add 2 small spoonfuls of water to the icing packet and stir until creamy!

Step 4: Add sprinkles and your candle to the cake!

Step 5: Blow out your candle and make a wish! Eat your cake and enjoy!

A grandfather is someone with silver in his hair and gold in his heart!

Today Bailey and Kaci's school hosted a Grandparent's Day lunch! What fun and what a crowd! The kids were both so excited that PaPa was able to make it for this special treat!

PaPa and Bailey!

Kaci and PaPa right after her lunch shot! We love you, PaPa!

Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game!

I was so proud of Bailey at baseball practice tonight. He can really crush the ball this season. Even Coach E.G. told me he really thinks that Bailey has found his power! Can't wait for the Scrappers first game tomorrow at 12. I hope their hard work and practice pays off for them :)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Moving on up.....

Well, after 3 years as a Brownie- Kaci is finally "moving on up" to Juniors! Just look how cute she is sporting the new green vest. We will be meeting at the church for our first Girlscout meeting of the new year. (school year, that is!)

She is getting so big- and it is getting harder and harder to watch her grow! YIKES! Where does the time go? We are jumping right in with both feet and our troops "Fall Fundraiser" starts on October 1st. This is my favorite fundraiser of the year- I even like it better than cookies. (shhh....Don't tell!)

I will send out an email soon and let you know all of the wonderful items she will have for sale.

Here she is showing off some of the badges she earned over the summer. I love my Junior Scout!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Back to school....

Today was my first day back at school- and the first day of preschool for many kiddos! I am really looking forward to getting back into a routine. I am really looking forward to art projects, cooking lessons, new songs and making new friends! I hope this school year is the best one yet!