Blue on Blue – No – It’s Layer time

Layers
Okay this post has two titles because I’m a bit hopped up on caffeine and I couldn’t narrow it down to just one (some of the other contenders today: The two shades of Blue, and Blueeeepers)<– see caffeine, never again. This morning marks October 13th and the first time the weather dipped into the 60’s here in Las Vegas. Well, it hit 69 at 7:30am and now it’s probably 80 degrees outside, but hey it felt right to bust out the chambray and royal blue layering pieces today.

It has only been a couple of years since I have embraced the layering trend. I don’t like to feel bulky and I like to know what I’m wearing would look okay if I had to take some pieces off. Enter the button up belted cardigan look. It’s my go to for Monday meetings. Yes, I dedicated a whole post just to the layering of a button up and a cardigan, I’d say that is Monday folks.

I hope you had a great weekend!

Layers 2

Hospital Gowns – Hated At Every Age

Ear Tube Surgery

Logan went under Anesthesia for the first time, and it is just as petrifying as you think it is. The first time Logan has an ear infection he was just barely over two months old, the next at four months and then two back to back just before he was nine months old. The back to back antibiotics he took is what send him to the ER with his life threatening C-Diff diagnosis. Then just like that he suffered through four more until finally we were given a referral to see an Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialist. After waiting three weeks to be seen the doctor looked in his ears and automatically knew, he needed ear tubes. Since we did not know what ear tubes were or why he needed them, the specialist had us look in Logan’s ears and then to the corresponding photo showing the buildup of fluid and gunky stuff.

The morning of his surgery was the most stressful, we couldn’t let him eat or drink anything because of the Anesthesia, which was one of the trickiest things we’ve ever had to do because our boy…he likes to eat. Wes and I woke up super early and got everything ready, so all we had to do was wake Logan up, change him, put him in the car and go. Everything was going smoothly; Logan was smiling and looking around at the Surgery Center…we thought we were home free with dealing with a hungry baby. Then, during our pre-op with the Anesthesiologist he asked when Logan had last has water or food… That was all it took. My little man’s eyes got big, and he screamed WAA WAAA (short for water), then he realized he was really really hungry. Luckily we were able to turn on basketball highlights to distract him. We had waited another ten minutes before they took Logan back into surgery. During this time, he decided he hated his hospital gown and took it off. He sat, happily, naked while waiting him the doctor.

Seeing someone take your baby away.

Worst feeling ever.

The procedure luckily only took twenty-five minutes, and I was able to go back and see him. Poor guy was a floppy drunk; he was screaming at the lady when I got in. Immediately I took him, and he calmed down. It took about fifteen minutes to get him ready to go. Hopefully, the tubes help, the doctor told us that the fluid in his right ear was still there from his first ear infection. When we got Logan home, he was wobbly, he was trying to “re-learn” to walk and he also had a clear “C” sound when he said car. Right now the inside of his ears are still a bit swollen but he is already showing signs of improvement.

Surgery for the littles is hard, It doesn’t matter if it’s tubes, tonsils, or a transplant… It all is stressful and full of prayers.

Ear Tube Surgery

It’s a bird, It’s a plane, It’s SuperLogan

Logan Halloween

Oh October…Welcome back. Last year was no fun, but this year I promise to make it better than spending three days in the hospital. I’ve got quite a few to-do’s to fit into a tight October. I found Logan’s costume early this year and it was a toss up between Clark Kent and the Grandpa from UP… since daddy is a comic book fan I had no vote.

Now we only have:

Pumpkin Picking
Pumpkin Carving
hallOVeen (a charity Halloween event)
Baby Group Halloween Party
and some
Trick or Treating

left on the to-do list.

What’s on your October to-do list?

Some exciting news

Logan Happy

 

One month from now I am going to challenge myself to the 30-day blog off. I’ve completely made up my challenge and named it on the fly BUT it’s going to be awesome. I feel like I have lost a little bit of my creative side, and I want to find it again. So for the month of November there will be a VioletSage post every day. I mean, whoa…it’s going to be intense.

I’d love your feedback, and I want to challenge you as well. Please leave a comment with something you’d like me to write about, try for the first time, etc…. I’m already in planning mode, and I can’t wait.

P.S. Happy Birthday Dad

P.P.S This means there are only 6 days until my birthday (inside joke between my daddy and I)

Fighting Blood Cancer

Light The Night

 

With only 32 days until the Las Vegas Light The Night Walk put on by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, I thought I would take a moment and share with you my involvement with this organization. I’ve never had to endure the heartache or fear of having someone in my family or close to me battle cancer. The closest I’ve been was one of my husbands co-workers who I met once before he passed away from his battle. I know I am blessed to date to not have to overcome the emotions of cancer. Back in February of this year my boss asked me to join him for an LLS meeting, he was becoming the 2014 Walk Chair for Southern Nevada. If we are honest, and I always am, I was wondering how much extra work this was going to put on my shoulders. With the small worry of how much extra work I’d be doing I joined him and ten other people inside of a trendy bar in Downtown Las Vegas. As people introduced themselves I took note of their names and kept up conversation. I didn’t even know what Leukemia & Lymphoma was at this point. Out of the corner of my eye I saw a small boy; he has blond hair and the cutest blue eyes you’ll ever see…next to Logan of course.

When the meet and greet ended we all headed into a small gallery that was adjacent to the bar. This was the first official meeting for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night 2014 walk. The campaign manager kicked things off; the previous president gave a speech, and then it was my boss turn to talk. Again terrible as this sounds I couldn’t stop thinking about how much extra work this was going to be, the goal was $25,000 from our company and I didn’t know if I was up to it. You may be wondering why I keep bringing this up, and there is a point I promise.

Last to speak was this little blond haired boy. He was a little shy, so his mom took the microphone and told his story. His name is Austin, and he is seven years old. Austin was diagnosed at age 22 months, almost the same age as my son. Austin’s story was powerful and as a mom I couldn’t imagine sitting in an office with my son at that age going through treatments for blood cancer. I was heartbroken but full of hope see him six years later, perfect. Do you remember that girl who was worried about the workload? Well, I joined as not only the right hand for my boss but as an Executive Committee member to help bring awareness to this disease.

I am so glad I did. I was able to connect with people who have powerful stories, and I’m working toward bringing much-needed funds for research. Because, unlike a lot of other charities I have seen who is helped by the discoveries and trials. I was able to rally my friends for a poker night that raised $200, I sold Oreo’s and that brought in $200, and I have a photography session set up to inch closer to my goal to be a Bright Light this year.

So I’d like to challenge you to seek out your local chapters walk and participate. If you want to be a part of something breathtaking take the first step and go to this website. AND if you want to donate to my cause… You can do so here :)

p.s. Austin – He wants to be Captain America when he grows up… I think he already is :)

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Why Logan is in Gymnastics

Why Gymnastics is good for preschoolers Why Gymnastics is good for preschoolers

 

Chalky Air. Squishy Mat. Springy Floors.

What do all of those have in common? My childhood. I grew up in the gym; I called it home even when I didn’t have a home. I would clean the mats, take out garbage, coach preschool classes just to be able to afford to be in classes. I honestly believe I wouldn’t be who I am today without the sport of gymnastics. Last October I made the hardest decision in my life, I gave up coaching. I’ve been in the gym since I was 8 and started coaching when I was 16 full time. I’ve spent 20 years in a chalky air, squishy mat, and springy floor atmosphere. Gymnastics is deep in my soul, something I can’t seem to let go. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about it. So even though I had a son, I knew I needed to start him in a Gymnastics class when he was able to walk. I’ve had quite a few emails from moms with sons asking me why I chose to put Logan in Gymnastics since it’s mostly a female sport.

Here is why.

Balance & Strength – The obstacle courses that they put together make babies use their cute little muscle. They have to climb stairs, walk on squishy mat, hold on to the bar, jump, etc. They start to develop a strong sense of balance and strength.

Patience – We can all agree that babies and toddlers do not have any patience. However, Logan has to have the patience to stand there and wait his turn.

Determination – We go over the same trick on average five times before the class ends and each time he is determined to do it by himself. This also translates into his learning activities at home. He used to not be interested at all but now he keeps trying.

Bravery – Of course, I help him with all of the tricks but he has to be the one brave enough to roll, climb, jump, etc.

Responsibility – Logan has two jobs during class. First he has to get him mat for stretching and put it away and second he has to help his coach pick up the bouncy balls when she brings them out. This is his job, and he takes it very serious, even at an age where he isn’t talking.

Passion – While he may not be Olympic bound he loves going to gymnastics class. Gymnastics is teaching him passion. It’s teaching him that no matter how hard something is, eventually, you will learn it and be amazing.

So now I challenge you to find a gym, enroll your toddler/child and try two months worth of gymnastics. You will see such a change, and whether or not they want to continue is up to them but the skills they will gain outside of the “cool” stuff is far more important in my eyes.

Why Gymnastics is good for preschoolers

oh… and remember the strength I was talking about… Here you go: