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....

Monday, December 31, 2012

Year in Review 2012

If you follow the blog (or read occasionally) you have a pretty good idea of how our year went.
Here is a look at last year’s review

And if you have any interest in 2012’s review ....look no further!

Clint is still VP of Azuma Leasing. He works hard and long.....mostly too hard and too long. He is committed to doing the best and being the best he can for his employer. He often leaves before the sun comes up and returns as it is going down. He has been fighting several health issues this year- some that are here to stay- others that will hopefully leave as quick as they came. He has had more doctor's and lab appointments than I care to think about, and on his 39th birthday he had a biopsy on his kidneys. The results were scary- but continued appointments throughout the year have shown that there has not been further damage to his kidneys- although the damage done can not be reversed. He enjoyed another trip to Dallas this year, with a group of guy friends to attend UT vs. OU! The outcome was not what he had hoped for- but I think he still had fun....maybe! He continues to be an AWESOME dad and a SUPER husband. He and Bailey enjoy playing baseball together. While he and Kaci enjoyed going to their 4th annual Daddy Daughter Dance in March. They all love playing Star Wars on the PlayStation and wrestling until somebody gets hurt!
I love his guts!
Kaci is in 5th grade this year and is proud to serve as her Class President. She finished off her last year as a Girl Scout. She is an all A student and continues to thrive in TAG classes at school. She was on the cover of the Round Rock Leader in March- for her commitment to collecting donations for the Williamson County Humane Society with the help of her classmates. She continues to volunteer for the Austin JDRF Chapter and has stuffed over 6,000 school walk folders this year. She also walked in her 4th annual Say Boo To Diabetes Walk in October and raised just over $1,800.00! Way to go, Kaci’s Krushers! She loves to paint and attended art camp this summer and continues to paint canvases at home. I am so proud of the young lady she is becoming.
I love her guts!
Bailey is in the 3rd grade this year and also enjoys being in TAG. He is a straight A student and loves school and learning. He continues to enjoy being a member of Boy Scouts Pack 565 and made his Wolf Rank this year. He also continues to play for T&C baseball and finished first place in the regular season! Bailey is a boy that loves to help others. This year – when his school had a drive to collect soda tabs for the Ronald McDonald house- he turned in just over 4,000 tabs! I am so proud of him. He is a super funny boy and is full of “fun-facts!” He had fun dressing up as Waluigi this year for Halloween! I loved seeing him in the mustache. He is currently attending Religious Education classes to receive his First Communion in May of 2013. Papa takes him to class every Monday and then they enjoy eating dinner together afterwards.
 I love his guts!
I am still working at Grace Preschool in Georgetown. This year I am teaching 4 days a week, Monday- Thursday from 8:30-1:30. Perfect hours! I can still drop the kids off and swing through Starbucks before work starts! I have a class full of wonderful kiddos that I love!! I continue to volunteer for JDRF’s Austin Chapter and stuff folders and present for the Kids School Walk program. I am Kaci and Bailey’s biggest fan! I was thrilled this year to get to meet in person and have dinner with Kerri Sparling! She is a member of the Diabetic Online Community and the author of the blog, Six Until Me! It was almost as good as meeting Justin Bieber! Yes, I still love Justin Bieber! Did you hear that he and Selena Gomez split? I think there may still be a chance for me and him! NOT! I realized this year- just how little sleep I need to function. If I am not up checking blood sugars, letting the dogs out to potty or just playing Words With Friends on my phone- I sometimes catch some uninterrupted Z’s!
As a family we continue to enjoy playing board games together, going out to eat and watching movies! In August we enjoyed a trip to Boston- It was a business trip for Clint- that we extended to enjoy the city! We enjoyed seeing the Basketball Hall of Fame and eating some super yummy pizza! We had a great day at a Boston Redsox game drinking beer and snow cones while eating popcorn and peanuts, We explored every tank at the Boston Aquarium and learned lots of history on the Boston Walking Tours. We enjoyed some delicious seafood and I ate more than my share of sausage!! It was a trip that almost didn’t happen- and if I told you all the things that went wrong before, during and after our trip- you would never believe me. But....when life hands the Borchgartdt’s lemons....we try to make lemonade! Clint and I celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary in San Antonio at the horse races. I have never had so much fun while doing something I am totally clueless about! lol!
We are ready for the next 14 years!- and just so you know, according to Clint- the next 14 years do not include a new baby....much to my dismay!

This last week of the year - has found both of the kids sick - Bailey with tested negative for the flu but did not escape bronchitis and a sinus infection. He was put on antibiotics, an inhaler, sudafed and afrin! He has been taking Motrin to fight a fever for 8 days- Kaci was tested for strep and the flu. Both came back negative, but the doctor put her on antibiotics sudafed and afrin as well. She has been drinking Motrin like it is going out of style to fight her fever. Clint has been battling a sour stomach and some unexplained body aches. I have been washing sheets, and disinfecting EVERYTHING! Hopefully - we are leaving the sickness in 2012-
So- Here we go ....Marching into 2013!

 Ready or not....


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Holiday Loves and Un-Loves!

Here are the things I LOVE about the HOLIDAYS-

(in no particular order)

1. Going to visit Santa

2. Taking pictures for our christmas card

3. Listening to Christmas carols 

4. Sending Christmas cards

5. Receiving Christmas cards

6. All the yummy home baked goodies

7. Decorating the house and putting up the trees

8. Cold weather

9. Snow days!

10. Warm sweaters

11. Starbucks, hot cocoa and hot apple cider 

(and not just in the morning)

12. Hot Mexican food

13. Listening to my preschoolers sing at their Christmas Program

14. Bright red poinsettias 

15. Being with my family on Christmas Eve (this year I won't be

...insert sad face here)

16. Spiked eggnog

17. Making gingerbread houses

18. Shopping on Amazon with Amazon Prime-

 it all ships FREE and arrives in 2 days- 

and I get to do it in my pajamas!

19. Peppermint Scentsy circle air fresheners in 

my car on a cold, cold morning!

Here are the things I UN-LOVE about the HOLIDAYS-

(in no particular order)

1. Being able to wear shorts the week before

Christmas because the temperature is in the 80's

2. Wrapping presents....I am no good at it!

3. School parties

4. Carb counting -sugar, upon sugar, upon sugar treat! -

and EXTRA shots!

5. The feeling that you have forgotten someone or something

6. Being completely and totally STRESSED OUT!!

7. Not being with my family on Christmas Eve

(insert sad face here....)

8. That awful "Christmas shoes for Momma" song

9. Feeling that the house is cluttered

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

It's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas!

We have been very busy today!
Yesterday was my last day at Preschool! We had a wonderful Christmas Program and a delicious lunch afterwards in the Parish Hall. Parents, grandparent, aunts and uncles all joined in. It was so much fun. A ham sandwich, Doritos and cupcakes never tasted so good! I loved listening to the little voices singing Christmas carols and getting to meet all of the extended family of the children. 
I am truly blessed to work at such a great place! 

Thursday will be Kaci and Bailey's last day of school. I offered for them to stay home on the last day- but they didn't want to miss their class parties-I understand....
So, instead ....they stayed home with me today! 
We spent most of the day in our pajamas making lots of yummy treats for Clint's co-workers!

 This was the first treat we made. So good- I have no idea what it is called- but this is how you make it
2 cups of Cheerios
4 cups of rice chex
1/2 large bag of pretzels
1/2 large bag of M&M's
1 container of dry roasted peanuts
Mic all together and pour 1 pound of melted white chocolate on top and stir.
Spread on a cookie sheet and let dry. 
Then, simply break into bite size (or bigger) pieces! YUMMY!
This was our second treat. You are supposed to use the cute square pretzels, but they were sold out at 2 HEB's - so we just used the regular old twists!

Place a Hershey kiss on top of each chocolate.
Place in oven for 5 minutes at 200 degrees.
Pull out of the oven and gently place an M&M in the middle of each kiss! 
Let cool!
 Our third treat was easy- Just good old chocolate covered pretzels with sprinkles and M&M coating! 
Super Delicious!
 We individually wrapped 120 bags of these yummy treats! 
Then inside larger bags we placed one of each of the homemade treats, a full  size candy bar, peanut butter pretzels and some store bought trail mix. Over all we made 40 large bags. It was a family affair. The kids both said they wished they worked at Daddy's office! LOL! I hope that everyone at the office enjoys their treats and knows they were made with much love!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

A Little Friendly Christmas Competition!

We have been decorating cookies for the past two days. Last night we made some little gingerbread men, christmas trees, snowflakes and snowmen. Tonight we decided to have a little competition and make BIG Gingerbread Men and see who could decorate theirs the best! Let's see what you think?
 Entry #1
 Entry #2
 Entry #3
 Entry #4

We used colored icing, sprinkles, jelly beans, m&m's and peppermint bark! YUMMY!
And the winner is.............

Friday, December 14, 2012

LIghting the Advent Wreath

The Advent wreath is a circular garland of evergreen branches representing eternity. On that wreath, five candles are typically arranged. During the season of Advent one candle on the wreath is lit each Sunday as a part of the Advent services. Each candle represents an aspect of the spiritual preparation for the coming of the Lord, Jesus Christ. 

Time to make the cookies....

We thought it might help us get into the Christmas spirit tonight by decorating some delicious gingerbread and sugar cookies! The weather around here sure isn't making it feel like Christmas, but maybe this will work!
Here they are hot out of the oven. We used cookie cutters for most of them, but Kaci and Clint decided to make wreaths our of the leftover dough! I love Kaci's gingerbread wreath with the sugar cookie accents!
Bailey was having a great time with the icing!
I love this picture of my 3 favorite people~!
We had a great night!

Monday, November 12, 2012

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Happy Birthday to my baby!

Best Birthday EVER!
Kaci had her 11th birthday party at City Lights in Georgetown this year! What a great place to have a party!
We have all been dying to see Wreck It Ralph and we could not have picked a better movie. It was so cute and funny! Everyone loved it from little kid, to big kids all the way up to us old adults!

Kaci has a great group of friends. I love them all!
Happy 11th Birthday to my baby girl!
I love you so much it hurts!

Monday, November 5, 2012

TKO Diabetes

Kaci is loving her new shirt from her Pen Pal, Kyriana! Kyriana is having her Diabetes Walk this month too and we wanted to help support her and her team! TKO Diabetes.....
Team Kyriana Overcomes Diabetes....
and lets make it a 
Total Knock Out!!!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

World Diabetes Day Postcard Exchange!

We got busy today getting ready for our 2nd Annual World Diabetes Day Postcard Exchange!
To learn more about it- Click on the link below

 We each signed up for multiple postcard swaps this year. They were so much fun to receive last year!
 This one says ....Diabetics are naturally sweet! 
 And this one shows a bandage around the heart and a band-aid over the blue World Diabetes Day circle.
 I love the two postcards Bailey made. 
 He is hoping for a cure!
 Here is one of Kaci's.....and it is so true!
But...this last one has to be my favorite of all!
 "Diabetes Drives Me Batty!" 
Good one, Kaci!

Taken directly from the World Diabetes Postcard Exchange website.....

"Welcome to the home of the World Diabetes Day Postcard Exchange, an initiative to connect people affected by diabetes from around the world with each other during the month of November in celebration of World Diabetes Day and Diabetes Awareness Month. Participants in the Postcard Exchange send and receive handmade postcards with assigned Postcard Buddies. They create postcards using the blue circle, the international symbol of diabetes, in their design. The Postcard Exchange was created to promote healing through Creativity, Connection, and Activism"

Thursday, November 1, 2012

The head of the beast....

Last year the kid's school collected soda tabs for the Ronald Mc Donald house. Ever since then....Bailey has kept on collecting. We have a jar on our counter where we put our tabs everytime we have a soda!
Well, thanks to Mr. Jerry- we know have more than just a little jar! (and according to Mr. Jerry this is just the "Head of the Beast" There are more to come!!)
 Look at all the soda tabs he brought me to give to Bailey! WOW! I have a feeling Bailey's class may win this year!
We better get to counting. How many soda tabs do you think are in there?

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Pumpkin Time!

Love pumpkin carving time! This is Bailey's very own creation....Looks like Frankenstein to me!
Kaci was very creative this year! She made this cute little ghost! Sort of reminds me of the Pac- Man ghosts! 
Happy Halloween Everybody!!!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Your welcome!

Dear Andrea,

Thank you! The Austin 2012 Walk to Cure Diabetes is now in the
history books and we could not have done it without you! You gave us
your time, talent and commitment. As you know, our goal is to improve
the lives of every person affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D) by
accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing,
better treating, and preventing the disease.

We have an unrelenting passion and commitment to find a cure as soon
as possible. Without people like you, we could not unite the best and
brightest minds from around the world and support programs with the
greatest potential of achieving our goals.

Thank you for being a T1D hero!

With sincere gratitude,

Austin Chapter

Say Boo 2012

 Today was the "Say Boo To Diabetes" Walk!
 We had a great day and the weather was perfect!
 We got to see Lenny the Lion from Medtronic again this year.
 Kaci and Grandma Dee shot some hoops!
 Bailey played Monster Mash-
 While Kaci got her face painted!
 Taking a break to smile!
 The walk was 2 miles, but it sure went fast.
 It is always fun to be on the look out for our Boo Buddy sign.
 We found it!
 I wonder how many walkers were out today....LOTS!!
 Thanks to everyone who came out to walk with us.
 Grandma Dee and Papa smiling with Kaci!
 Kaci and GYH!
 Kaci and Uncle Chad!
My babies! It was a great day! I am so proud of Kaci and how well she has learned to take care of herself and her diabetes!