Saturday, March 22, 2008

CVS this week

There were many deals this week at CVS, but I only did "egh." I ended up with:

-a Glade flameless candle
-a Bic Soleil Razor system
-the Bic Soleil Razor refill pack
-Maybelline Lip Gloss (which I really like, BTW!)
-a tube of Neosporin
-2 packs of Band-Aids

I paid $3 OOP (out of pocket) and used 26 ECB's. I got 20 ECB's back. See??!?! Just "egh......"

For those of you doing this CVS thing, will they let you use multiple manufactures coupons for one item?

Random Fact of the Day: Up until last Saturday I had gone 13 years without being pulled over. (*Knock on wood*) I still have not gotten an ticket. I got a warning for going 45 in a 25! Off to pull the horseshoe out, now......!!

Friday, March 21, 2008


It's amazing how easy it is to find funny pictures of Ella but very hard to find them of Coby. This one is a classic "what-you-can-do-with-your-baby-when-he-is-sleeping" thing. He was one day shy of one month old when this was taken.

Have a Wonderfully Blessed Easter Weekend!!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Carroll Idol

Some of you have been asking about the Carroll Idol competition I had mentioned here. The top ten were chosen yesterday and I have a friend that made it! Her name is Sunshine Safely and she has a fantastic voice! If you would like to go to cheer her on or need more info let me know. The show is Friday April 25th at Grace Lutheran Church in Westminster.

(Wouldn't it be fun to have it at our church with our rockin' sound system next year?!?!)

I ended up not submitting an entry this year, but one of the songs I had wanted to sing is by Nichole Nordeman. Below are the lyrics:


I don't mind if you've got something nice to say about me
And I enjoy an accolade like the rest
You could take my picture and hang it in a gallery
Of all who's who and so-n-so's that used to be the best
At such'n'such ... it wouldn't matter much

I won't lie, it feels alright to see your name in lights
We all need an 'Atta boy' or 'Atta girl'
But in the end I'd like to hang my hat on more besides
The temporary trappings of this world

I want to leave a legacy

How will they remember me?
Did I choose to love?
Did I point to You enough
To make a mark on things?
I want to leave an offering
A child of mercy and grace who blessed your name unapologetically
And leave that kind of legacy

I don't have to look too far or too long awhile
To make a lengthy list of all that I enjoy
It's an accumulating trinket and a treasure pile
Where moth and rust, thieves and such will soon enough destroy

(repeat chorus)

Not well traveled, not well read, not well-to-do or well bred
Just want to hear instead, "Well Done" good and faithful one...

(repeat chorus)

AI Bottom Three




Going Home Tonight:


(....hey, this has got to be right at some point, right?!??!)

Random Fact of the Day: To go along with Jen's post, my first car was a 1988 navy blue Chevy Nova (photo-likeness, of course...):

Monday, March 17, 2008

Oh Sabriiiinnnnaaa!!!!! (She says in a sing-song voice....)

Looky what I found!! Have I mentioned how much I love my new scanner?!?!

Junior Year (1994)...wasn't this in the band room taken for the newspaper or something?

Senior PROM (1995)!!

Drum Major + Cheerleader = BFF, right??!!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Testing my theory....

Most of you know that Ella has been diagnosed with Alopecia. She had been losing a lot of hair until recently..... it has been growing back! It was not noticeable unless you really knew it was there because it is on the back of her head. I first noticed it in August, as were getting ready to go to my girlfriends house for a party. I was putting Ella's hair in pigtails. This is what it looked like:

Not a big deal, but startling, nonetheless. I did some Internet research (don't ever do that, BTW), and came up with the conclusion that she had this thing called Alopecia and she was going to lose all of her hair (typical mom response, don't you think?!). I took her to the ped the next day and he confirmed my thoughts (the Alopecia part, although he wasn't hopeful about her future) and told me to go to a dermatologist. So, off we went and got the same answer, although this doc went as far as to say that because of her age and where the spots were she had a 75% chance of losing it all. Our next stop was Hopkins and they were a bit more hopeful. They gave me a prescription for a steroid cream and sent me on my way. To them, her prognosis was a positive one. I was now as confused as ever, but understood that's the way of the disease. There is no way to know or tell or determine what will happen next. Jon and I decided against using the cream. She can make that decision when she is older. The cream only encourages hair re-growth, it does not stop hair from falling out.

A few months later, in December, this is what her head looked like:

More hair had been falling out, but I noticed that it had happened a few weeks after she had had a fever (the week of Thanksgiving, to be exact). Then I got thinking about the first time I noticed the patch (and yes, back in the beginning of August I had noticed more hair than normal falling out as I brushed her hair in the morning but you have to know Ella's hair to realize how thick and adult-like it is. I thought it was her normal "shedding" time.) and remembered she had a fever back in mid-July. Both times the fever was a freak thing. It only lasted 8-10 hours and got really high with no other symptoms. Huh.......

This brings me to the current day where she is running a 102.2 fever. Poor thing, she is miserable! I almost hope my theory is wrong and that a fever is not jolting the disease, because her head now looks like this:

And her hair has been growing back quite rapidly!

So, can you all please say a quick prayer for her? I know this is going to be a life-long thing for her and I've already given this whole thing to God and am comforted to know that He is in control. That being said, we all know God wants us to come to Him with our troubles, and so that's what I'm doing. It makes me feel so good when I can go to Him and lay it all down.