Thursday, November 29, 2012

thankful thursday: tune in radio

 many of us love the holiday season
i am one of them
one of my favorite parts of the season
is the Christmas music
back home
plays Christmas music 24/7
from the day after Thanksgiving
the day after Christmas
it makes my heart happy
here in italy
they don’t believe in 24/7 Christmas music
they have no idea what they are missing
if it wasn’t for my iphone

i would be a grinch

during this holiday season
so thank you
tune in radio
magic 104.1
for keeping my heart full of Christmas cheer!!

what is your favorite part of the holiday season?

Monday, November 26, 2012

hemangioma 7 months in...

inspired by a friend
who’s friend
found my blog on emmi’s hemangioma
and inspiring
i am giving ya’ll an update!
we’ve been on the propranolol now for 7 months
and we’ve seen such a change
top pic on left 2 week after birth, top pic on right two months old and ulcerated
bottom pic on left 6 months old loving food! bottom pic right today at 9 months 
last month the base got a new dermatologist
and he was impressed
but added a new medication
which is a topical steroid
the side effects of a steroid
are atrophy and reduce swelling
which of course is what we want this hemangioma to do
i’ve done some research on fluocinonide
and reviews are mixed on it’s effectiveness
it isn’t hurting her
so why not try
area measurements of the hemangioma are about the same
on average
it’s barely ‘swollen’
it’s almost flat against her face
the docs keep telling me to be patient
and it appears
this hemangioma is on a five year plan
overall the results are great
 we will continue with therapy
just be patient
hope those who have infants with hemangiomas continue to find hope
and inspiration
in other’s stories

love love from aviano!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

thankful thursday: travel

happy thanksgiving
to celebrate emmi’s first thanksgiving
one would think we’d pile her high chair tray
with turkey pumpkin pie and sweet potato casserole
we aren’t
we deserve the good parent award i know
we are running away
to Vienna
pic from {here}
then to slovania
so her first thanksgiving dinner will be brats and apple strudel
i am so excited to see the Christmas markets!
we went to Salzburg last year 
and it was
sparking us to start a new tradition
of seeing different Christmas markets each year
so happy thanksgiving
and may your travels be safe
and you be surrounded by loved ones

love love from aviano

Monday, November 19, 2012

because there was no link....

i found this post on 
but it didn’t have a link
so i thought
why the heck not
it looks simple enough
and it was
prep was easy
especially since i used all prepackaged goods
hey i am not ashamed with a 8 month old
i needs simple and quick
hence why i choose this recipe
line the bottom of your muffin tin with cookies
then add your reesee cups
make your brownie mix according to box directions
then add to the reese/cookie mix
cook time was simple
18 minutes at 350*f
and it comes out looking delicious
but i must have done something wrong
the recipe just sounds good
because the taste was mediocre
getting the brownie cookie mix out of the muffin tin was hard
i let it cool 
but still it was difficult 
and didn’t come out pretty
maybe in the future I will use cupcake tins
the bottom cookie tasted slightly burnt
and the peanut butter didn’t help the burnt taste either
so that is my review
try the recipe for yourself
let me know tips to making it better

Saturday, November 17, 2012

world prematurity day

today is world prematurity day
so to celebrate
another fabulous preemie mom
and i
set up a booth at the bx

we had pamphlets about different issues regarding prematurity
that were donated from various agencies on base
we had purple ribbons for those who wanted to show support
we also had information on our new support group
thanks to the support and help
from some wonderful moms
we now have a  

a bimonthly support group
for families of preemies
and those who have delivered off base
or received care off base for their little one
here is a recent
  about it!
(they refer to me by my maiden name 
because it’s hyphenated on facebook 
and a lot of correspondence was done through facebook!) 
we met so many other families
who had preemies
it was a wonderful afternoon in aviano
emmi discovered balloons!!!

love love from aviano

Thursday, November 15, 2012

thankful thursday: smile!

thankful thursday is back!
i have so much to be thankful for
and it gives me a "topic" to guide a post!
it's her smile

her smile lights up a room
warms my heart

love love from aviano

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

unexpected packages

the mail has been 
well almost at a standstill 
because of 
hurricane sandy
(most of our mail goes through new york)
but today
i got an unexpected package
from a dear friend
one who i call my soul sister
one who always seems to find the perfect gifts
that speak to your heart
thank you devon
we miss you too!!!
(and we will hurry home!!)

Monday, November 12, 2012

new look new title

notice a change?
a new look!
a new title!
thank you holly!!!!
now i must try to organize 
and blog more...
 for today though
i leave you with this 
my two favorite veterans

God Bless Our Veterans