August 21, 2010


Please join me and my family in our efforts to support the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network Walk for Food Allergy: Moving Toward a Cure. FAAN provides much needed education and advocacy to families and individuals dealing with often life threatening food allergies. They have provided much needed funding to agencies like Medic Alert, to provide medical ID bracelets along with call in service for medical responders, free of charge to children. Please read more about their mission statement by clicking here.

We found that when Abigayil was diagnosed at 10 months old after a near fatal reaction to milk, that there was not a lot of information readily available for dealing with this type of medical issue in such a young child. That was, until we were referred to FAAN a few months later. FAAN has personally helped myself and my family in our ongoing quest to provide for our 3year old daughter, Abigayil. Abigayil suffers from severe multiple food allergies to dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, and many common food additives. FAAN has provided the networking, recipies, recall alerts, and allergen alerts needed to keep her healthy and growing. My hope is that together we can raise enough money to keep this going for many more families facing the distress of food allergy and anaphylaxis.

The butterflies love her allergy alert bracelet too!

I would love to give something back to this wonderful organization. My family and I will be participating in the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network: Walk For the Cure on September 19th, 2010 in Lincoln, NE. Please help us reach our family goal of $150.00 by donating online at the Team Safety MAP walk page. You can click on my name (Sarah) and use the Support Me button to make your donation. Thank you for your support!

Intersted in participating in a local walk? Check out the 2010 Walk Locations page and sign up for one in your area.

June 3, 2009

Ellie's first (and hopefully last) self haircut

All I can say is I am thankful to have a neighbor who is a hairdresser, AND she was up early on a Sunday morning. Next time Ellie is up to go potty at 2am and she takes a little too long, I might go check a bit sooner! She also found a little drink mix packet and ate it (hence the Joker/Dark Knight makeup job). ACK!

It's That Time of Year Again

It is time once again to pull out the picnic and camping gear and set out on many family adventures. This is our picnic/camping "party ball" that I put together. I remember trips as a child and my mom had something similar, only not as functional, and much higher priced. It only served 4 (maybe 6, I dont remember!) Anyway, this lovely little self contained feeding and eating aparatus has full place settings for 8 and is highly portable for those last minute "bring your own table service" outings. It's also environmentally friendly as there is no trash to throw away.

It starts out like this:

Opens up into this:

And conveiniently goes back to this when finished:

If you are just picnicing for the meal, you can just close it all up and bring it home to wash. When I am camping, I always throw a pot of water on the fire when cooking so I can wash it up for the next meal. The cake taker can also be used as a serving bowl and serving plate. I usually stick the handle into the groove of the picnic table to keep it flat. Just make sure you are not putting hot foods into it.
1 cheap cake taker ($4 @ Walmart)
8 bowls ($1 for 2 @ walmart)
8 divided plates ($1 for 4 @ Walmart)
8 7oz cups ($1 for 2 @ Walmart)
8 sporks by Light My Fire ($2.99 ea @ Scheel's All Sports)
1 little tube of baby silverware ($? @ Target in the baby sundries)

May 9, 2009

Avram is 10!

Avram had his 10th birthday party today! I can't believe how fast time flies. Unfortunately my camera battery died, and the backup battery was not charged. I missed him opening his gifts. I did get the battery charged enough to get cake pics though! Thank goodness for rapid chargers!

The cake I made...I was in a hurry and biffed a few things up, like the i instead of an I, and the letters got bigger as I wrote. Oh well! Avram liked it just the same.

January 22, 2009

What is playing at a theater near you?

Kevin and I were out the other night...and spotted the funniest thing. A new movie! We have never even seen the previews! What a find! I think it might be about some animals who have dreams of escaping the zoo, to become racecar drivers! How exciting!


January 19, 2009

Science City

Science City is one of our favorite spots in Kansas City to visit. Here is one of the great exhibits for your viewing pleasure.

All you need to do is stare at the center of the vortex, and try to not look away, or fuzz out of focus. It will be good, I promise!

Try it again and look at something else near you.

January 2, 2009

Quotes from a 3 year old

"MOM! we CAN'T take the decorations down! I don't want to ruin Christmas! (stern sing-song here) Mom, Santa will be mad."

With folded arms and a big pout, "Santa just bringed me a BOX!" upon unwrapping a gift, to find a plain brown box which needed to be opened to disclose what the gift really was. This has since become the thing to say whenever opening something in a plain box at our house.

On the way to preschool one morning:
"Mom, if you kill me, you will be sad." To which I asked if she was scared of mommy...,"Nope, but you will be sad if you kill me." "sweety, mommy would never kill you.", "yeah, you would be sad." Let me tell you, this one gave me shivers! I was thinking I needed to call a psychologist, but no need for alarm here! I had thought about it all that day, and remembered later that I had told the boys to please be quiet so I wouldn't crash the car and kill we drove on icy roads into the blinding sunrise.

While listening to Eartha Kitt's "Santa Baby" on the radio..."Mom? How do santa babies get down the chimney? They can't even WALK!"

"Dad! You're not a doctor!". After being told 'no more monkeys jumping on the bed'.