Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Essential Oils

Steven has many injuries from his tour in Iraq but the 19+ medications that he has been on a different times has caused his liver to have problems so we have been looking in to more natural ways of helping him feel better and that search has lead us to doTerra Essential Oils. They have made a BIG difference both physically and mentally. He has been regularly drinking water with Lemon oil in it as well as taking the vitamins and mineral supplements. His weight has fluctuated because of lack of exercise and bad food choices that have happened since we don't have our next apartment yet, but I expect that to all change as we get in to our new place in 10 more days. He has had fewer problems with his gout since starting to drink the lemon water and he has been drinking less Pepsi too. I took the vitamins this winter too and eventhough I didn't really lose any weight, I was only sick for one day out of the entire winter! I stopped taking them in hopes that the baby would sleep better but that didn't pan out so I am trying to get back in the habit of taking them again.
Steven just had his 8th surgery and since our oils got packed, I haven't been able to use them when changing his dressings like I did last time and even I can tell a difference in the healing rate.
Next I'm going to get us exercising and doing stuff and see how the oils can help with weight loss and food preparation.
As for the kids, I have used lavender on their feet to help them get to sleep, peppermint as a drug-free fever reducer, and clove for teething pain.
I will try to remember to share what I learn as I do my research!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Short update

A short update of nearly 2 years.... We moved to Texas, had baby #4, kids are getting huge and talented and smart, Steven is 1 class away from his associates degree at last, and I just earned my yellow sash in Tai Chi! Life is good!!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

2010 in a nut shell

We've had quite the year so far starting with helping to remodel the house we are in, moving, school starting for Steven, preschool starting for Aukai, getting pregnant (baby is on the way!), great summer, and now Aukai has started kindergarten! We have had lots of bumps along the way as we are still learning how to be together again plus other problems, but it is working out. The kids are doing great with letting daddy back in the family. Daddy has good days and rough days. A lot of his problems are stemming from PTSD, moderate Traumatic Brain Injury from a concussion and a few bombs that were too close, plus injuries head to toe that are making "normal" life more difficult. Luckily the VA has been quite good with all of this and now the Army is going to start their own paperwork for a possible medical retirement or discharge. I am trying to keep up with all of the processes that we have to jump through as well as 2 very smart kiddos that never quite stop. At times I get very frustrated but the kids give me lots of hugs and kisses and help me get through it all.

Aukai loved being in preschool so we went ahead and enrolled him in kindergarten. The only worry I had was that he would be the youngest in his class as the cut off date in August 31, but that worry was completely unfounded as he is doing great making new friends and learning so much. Now my only worry would be that he get bored, but time will tell on that one.

Keli'i is hoping to start preschool soon but we'll have to see if she gets in the one that Aukai was in last year. If not, we will be looking at gymnastics once a week or ballet. Both activities fit her interests very well. She is growing so fast and can't wait to be a big sister!

The baby is growing well and should be joining our family at the end of October. We have already found out that it is a boy and as his older siblings were so on time, we can anticipate October 29th as his birthdate...yeah right. Lol

Steven has been doing well in school and he is getting help for some memory problems through the VA and has had some great teachers that have helped, so he has had 3 very successful quarters and is looking forward to fall quarter to start in another 1.5 weeks.

I am trying to get everything unpacked (yes I still have plenty of boxes around) and settled plus get out my baby things so I can see what we might need. Our last baby boy was 5 years ago now and I did get rid of some stuff since our apartment was so tiny.

So, this may not be as good as a daily blog, that would be a bit of our year in a nut shell. Here are some pics to enjoy!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

He's HOME!

I can't believe that it's true, but Steven has been home now for almost 3 months! I am so very grateful for him getting here safely, and besides a few injuries that the VA is going to take care of (we hope) he is whole and well. I was anticipating a difficult readjustment period and in many ways it has been hard, but some others he was able to just slide into our life here and just be home. He started back to work for security a short time ago and is working (which is very very good) his shift is 12 hour graveyards (which is not so good). He is hoping and aiming for school starting in January and we will have the GI Bill and some other financial aid stuff, so he will only have to work part time as he will be a full time student. I am happily getting us ready for a move from our small 2 bedroom apartment in to a much larger 3 bedroom house, yes...I said HOUSE. It has a huge fenced back yard. We will be renting it for a very reasonable price and we are all excited to have the space. The kids are growing and adjusting to having 2 parents again. We are hoping to put the kids into a preschool either through Clark College or through the school district as they are ready to learn outside the house and have adventures. We are still debating whether or not to send our boy to kindergarten next fall as he will be barely old enough to start.
Life is non-stop and oh so fun!
I'm just so grateful that Steven is home for all the holidays, even if he does have to work Christmas Eve, Christmas day, New Years Eve and New Years day. At least he is home and safe, we can deal with anything else now that he is here.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Getting sneaky!

This is to be a very random post but I had to share! I have been introduced to something called the Sneaky Chef. It is a way of cooking that adds vegetables and fruits, minerals, vitamins, and proteins to your everyday foods! Now my kids and my husband do enjoy vegetables and fruits of nearly all kinds but the problem I face is that I don't serve them very often, or at least not nearly as often as we need to have them in our diet. I was also looking at different diets that I can do to change the way that I feel, one is the Flat Belly Diet, but as I look through the food and stuff I realized that I would never be able to keep it up on my own. So, when my sisters started talking about chocolate choc chip pancakes that have spinach and blueberries (Iron and vitamin C) hidden and all of her kids AND her husband would eat them, I decided that I really need to look into it. I got the kids recipes book and the manly recipes. I am SOOOOO excited to get going with this and just tweek the recipes that I already do all the time and make them healthier. Thanks for listening to my ramblings!
Oh on the home front, Steven should be returning before Aukai's birthday!! We'll let everyone know as the day gets closer, but as his extension was denied, he is returning on time and with his unit! The countdown has begun!!!

June 03,2009
Today I made Hamburger Helper with a sneaky twist and LOVED it! I used vegetable broth in place of the water and then added the sweet potato/carrot puree to the sauce plus added frozen mixed veggies to it at the end, and I got full off of about 1 cup of dinner and 12 oz of skim milk! Usually I can eat half a box which is 2.5 servings! I am sooo impressed and can't wait to try more! Especially the chocolate choc chip pancakes with hidden spinach and blueberry puree!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Family time!

Well, R&R has come and gone and now we are back to finding our "normal". But before we delve back into that world...here's a little of our family time!
Steven arrived 4 hours early to PDX thanks to some very nice people who gave him their seat on an earlier flight from Dallas to Portland so he could get home. Debbie came with us, Ashley Paice and her son Tyson came and my sister Sheryl and 3 of her kids joined us too to wait and cheer and hug as my hero arrived. Contrary to my fears and the fears of others, Aukai and Keli'i knew exactly who he was and there was no hesitation as they jumped into Daddy's arms.

Over the next 15 days, we had 2 BBQ's with friends and family, with lots of meat and laughter. We went to 2 Mariners games (one we lost and one we won!), we played tons and thoroughly enjoyed every possible minute. We went swimming, played ball, messed up the house, the car, and generally had a blast!
Steven and I were lucky enough to have 4 days on our own as we went to Seattle and Bellevue to attend a seminar given by the Army Family Services, while the kids stayed with Grandma and Grandpa Gold here in Vancouver. They took their first trip to the Children's Museum one day and the Zoo another day! They had lots of fun!
We had a wonderful visit and Daddy was able to recharge his batteries, he is now back in Iraq ready to finish his job and return home to us. Here are a few of our favorite moments from Steven's R&R. Enjoy!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

R&R Here we come!!!

Well, we are officially over the half way point of this deployment. The original homecoming date of August has been pushed back to November-ish, so we have passed half way to November. Now we can begin to look forward to the end of this time apart. Right now, we have R&R to look forward to! Steven should right now be on his way home for 2 weeks' vacation. I say should because he can be bumped off the flight in favor of anyone of higher rank or for someone heading home for emergency leave. I won't know for sure until he has reached the States and calls me, so we hope he's on his way. My plans for R&R are very loose, so let us know what plans and activities are going on but please do not be hurt or offended if we don't come or if we are late. We have such a short time together that we are going to be selfish with that time. We are going to have a BBQ of our own here in our apartment complex, potluck of course and will be posting the time later when we see the white's of his eyes!
Our main plans include a Mariner's game and relaxed fun with the kids. So, we might be up Seattle way for a couple of days, but it's still up in the air until we see how Steven is feeling and what he can handle.
We hope that everyone is doing well!!