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Bon Voyage

We arrived to Los Angeles last night after a long 7 1/2 hour drive. The kid’s were amazingly good. They watched their movies and played their handheld games. I am so proud of all of them for being so well bahved for the long car ride!

This morning everyone is so excited! We woke up to see our enormous cruise ship docked outside of our hotel window. Sean, Kinley & Hadley are bouncing on the beds. They cannot wait to get on the ship. Last night we had all of the cousins running around Bompa & Grammy’s hotel room with much excitement and lots of energy.

I have to make this post short since we have to get ready to get on our shuttle to the ship. I will be updating my blog from the internet cafe on the ship.

Bon Voyage, we are off to the Mexican Rivera for 8 days.

 The Golden Princess

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April 6, 2008 - 5:14 pm

Christy - Have really fun time Aimee! Sounds like you all could use a little R&R.

Vacation Time!!

So our vacation is almost here. We will be leaving tomorrow morning for 10 days for our cruise. There are 19 of us going so I think that it should be pretty fun & exciting!

Getting ready is the difficult part. I feel so unsettled right now. We have only been in our new house for 4 nights and it is still a total mess. I need to get the family packed today and I really do not know where to even start since we have not even unpacked our house.  My stomach feels so anxious today as I have a big list of things that need to be done. The first thing that is on my mind is Kinley. My sweet girl has a large swollen lymph node in her neck. We have been to the doctors twice because it is getting larger and she has had a low grade fever for two weeks. This morning I have to take her to get a blood test and I am extremely nervous about how traumatic that will be for her. Kinley already has so much anxiety about going to the doctor and this is not going to help that situation at all.  I get so nervous when my kid’s are sick but to put that together with being in the middle of the ocean for over a week makes me even more anxious. I am praying that we get good news from the blood test.

The rest of my day will include visiting my dear friend Adrianne who has cancer. I want to spend time with her before I go since she is in hospice care right now and her health is unfortunately declining. I am yet again very anxious about this and I feel torn about going on my vacation.

Later this afternoon I will be packing and I have two more appointments….. ughhhh!!!  I cannot wait for today to end.

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April 4, 2008 - 10:13 pm

Kim - Oh my gosh! I don’t know how you do it?? I thought my life was crazy busy. I hate being in that unpacking stage. You feel like everything is chaotic. Sounds like your vacation is exactly what you need though! Hope you have a great time, and hope that you get alot of relaxation in! HAVE FUN!


I have really been slacking on posting in my blog lately. Life has been super busy but then again it always is! This weekend was our big move back to Aptos and we are all so tired. I truly hate moving. Packing is a nightmare and unpacking is even worse. I was way too busy and tired to get sad or emotional over the move. Tonight I am missing Scotts Valley a little and feeling slightly homesick. I think that I am just exhausted because everything is bugging me and I am feeling really overwhelmed. On top of the move the house is not even ready. The kitchen is torn apart and is not usable and both of the bathrooms are still under construction. Our dogs are total freaks that bark and annoy everyone and I am ready to ship them all off to new homes. Our basset hound is the absolute worst pet. She is about 10 years old and has every issue known to dog. She whines, whimpers, howls, barks, goes potty in the house and constantly does nervous pacing back and forth. I think that I am going to set her loose and put my ex-husbands name on her tags since he gave me her to me……

 I also had another doctor appointment today for a second opinion. I loved this doctor! She does not think that I really need an MRI at this point but would like me to get my thyroid tested and see the neurologist for a nerve conduction study. I am not sure what is going on with me but I am hoping that it is nothing serious!

 Sorry for the grumpy rant of a post. I am just very tired!!



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April 2, 2008 - 4:56 pm

Sarah Lewis - What did the second option say?

Happy Easter


God almighty, our holy one
Conquering, victorious and risen son
Saviour, redeemer, Lord of light
You saved me, freed me, and gave me life
Is there a way that I can repay
What it cost you my Lord that fateful day?
When you gave your life upon the cross
For all mankind eternally lost
For I know I could never pay the price
The cost of your eternal sacrifice
For salvation is a gift that you freely gave
When you died and arose from the grave
The hope that came from your sacrifice
Is the hope we have of eternal life

© By M.S.Lowndes


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Thanks a Lot Doc…..

This week as been filled with lots of doctors appointments for Hadley and myself. I have had a pain in my left shoulder, neck and collar bone area for 7 months now and it just will not go away. It feel like a pulled or strained muscle. Sometimes it feels better and sometimes it feels worse, it really depends what day it is. Yesterday I had about 20 x-rays taken. I was so excited when my doctor told me that everything looked normal, however, within minutes of being told the good news my doctor decided to take one last look at my shoulders. She noted that my left shoulder seems to have less muscle than my right shoulder and that it looks indented. I was not alarmed by this at first but then she proceeds to tell me that I need to see a neurologist to have an MRI taken to see if I have a possible tumor in my neck…. What the hell? I was so shocked and confused? How did we go from everything looks okay to you may have a tumor in your neck. Last night I was so anxious and I could not sleep. Today I gave me worries to God. I refuse to believe or even entertain the idea that this could be a tumor. I may not be a doctor but I do know that over the past three years I that I have sat at the computer every single day and night of the week in a chair with a rolling desk in a very non ergonomic position.  I had been sitting slouched to the right with my legs curled up in the chair to my left, and I often have a child in my lap as I am trying to work. I am a web designer and I do everything with my right hand. (My neck & shoulder pain in on the left side) I type with my right hand and rarely use my my left side as if often just hangs there. I use the mouse to design websites all day and I only use my right hand. When thinking about this I would think that it should be my right side that could be effected from this excessive activity but then again I think that my left side never gets used anymore.   I am hoping that this would be enough to explain the difference in muscle between the two sides?  I just cannot imagine that this would be from a tumor. SECOND OPINION PLEASE…..

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March 24, 2008 - 4:47 am

Kim - I am sure everything will be fine! I get a pain in my right shoulder all the time! As women, mothers, wife’s etc. we tend to carry alot of stress in our shoulders and neck! So, it may just be some tension. I will be thinking about ya! Kim

March 25, 2008 - 8:56 pm

Sarah Lewis - Ahh Amiee i hope you are ok.


I have been so busy lately that I have not had time to keep up with my blog as much as I would like to. We have been getting ready for our move and trying to get our house all  packed up. It never fails that we tend to always have too much going on all at once. Our move is happening at a crazy time with Easter fast approaching as well as we will be leaving on a 10 day cruise days after our move. There is never a dull moment in our house and we are always super busy.

This past week I have felt a creative energy that I have not had in a long time and it felt so good! I was able to create several new premade websites for my web design business I have realized that I cannot force when I will feel creative and it just has to come to me naturally. I love creating new designs as it is a real stress relief for me to do that! I am also working on a new design for my blog that I will have up very soon.

I am also totally excited about my online children’s boutique Pink Taffy Designs! We were featured in OK Magazine this week in their celebrity baby issue. We have been in magazines before but never OK. I am feeling very excited with how successfully Pink Taffy Designs has been for us!!

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