Sunday, May 30, 2010


I have been lucky enough to meet D mom Megann in the past when she visited AZ. She lives in Idaho but has family here in AZ. So, when she comes to visit, we like to plan some sort of get together.

This time around, we decided to include a few other D blogging moms. Donna was gracious enough to invite us all to her house and we had the BEST party EVER! And I am not joking! I have NEVER felt so comfortable to just let my kids play and run around.

I felt like everyone watched out for all the kids, not just their own. We all had small kids, so everyone REALLY GETS IT! It was AMAZING.

We started at Donna's house with playtime before dinner, then we ate dinner, more playing, we went to the park for some pictures, and OF COURSE, some dessert! Enjoy...

The whole group!

D- Moms, From Left to Right: Danielle, Tracy(me), Megann (with Libby), Donna, and Kris

Seriously, I think the kids (and adults) would have stayed FOREVER! We left there around 9pm. It was THE BEST gathering EVER. (in case you didn't get that already!)

I CANNOT wait to do it again! Thanks Donna (and Brian) for hosting! The Superhero keeps saying "I can't wait to play with my Diabesee friends again!"

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

And the Winners Are...

I am FINALLY getting around to my 100th Post contest winners! I am a little surprised that I only had a total of 4 people respond. I guess my prizes weren't good enough. :-)

Anyway, here are the winners...

1) Donna @ Life & Times of a Mom of Twins for her guess of my 32nd post for the 100th time I used ALL caps.

2) Lora @ My Diabetic Child for her guess of 517 total times I used ALL caps.

3) Wendy @ Candy Hearts in the random draw! There were only 2 other posts besides the winners above. I wrote names on sticky notes and folded them up, and drew Wendy's name.

So, I am sorry to Meri @ Our Diabetic Life for being the only one to not officially win. BUT I love you
anyway, Meri!

The actual numbers...

1) I reached my 100th time using ALL caps in my 29th post (Thank You Secret Santa)

2) I used ALL caps a total of 542 times!

Those of you who won, I will mail out the prizes soon(pictures of the prizes are in the 100th post, and will be sent in order of who won). :-)

Thank you for participating! I can't wait to get to the 200th post!

Monday, May 17, 2010

I made it!

This is my 100th post. Diabetes Blogging Week helped speed things along for the last 7 posts leading to today.

I am inspired by Meri's 100th post to come up with something creative. I feel like 100 is a big deal. Being a teacher, we used to celebrate the 100th day of school with all kinds of fun activities. We would count 100 M&M's. We would have the student bring in 100 of any item they chose. We would do a dot to dot with 100 dots. We would color 100 themed coloring pages.We would do word searches with 100 words.We would read stories about the 100th day. Ok, you get the idea, 100 days of school was a BIG deal. (as adults, we all know the 100th day has to do with funding, but the kids had no clue, so we had fun!)

So, for my 100th post, I am creating a contest. Meri started this idea with her ellipsis counting. I am using her idea, a little.

Though I do use the ellipsis A LOT...I tend to emphasize words by using all caps. It is hard to get the true emotion and feelings across in words on a blog. Using all caps allows me to get the importance of some words/idea across more easily. So here is the contest, rules, prizes, and deadline. Enjoy!

Contest: I have gone back and counted the number of times I used ALL caps in a single word. I want YOU to post a comment on this post telling me 1) which post (1-100) I hit the 100 mark of using all caps and 2) How many times in my 100 posts (yes, including this one) I used all caps to emphasize a word.

Prizes: I will give a prize to the person who guesses closest to the post that had the 100th word. I will give a prize to the person who guesses closest to the total number of times I used all caps. And I will put the rest of the names in a random drawing for a third prize.

UPDATED: There will be the following 3 prizes to choose from...

1) 2 Flower shaped sticky notes

2) Sticky notes with a magnet on the back

3) A friendship sign

Guidelines/Rules: Don't cheat! Don't go back and count, just take a WILD GUESS! Sometimes there will be phrases WHERE I USED CAPS for several words in a row. Those would count individually, not as a set. Words that are meant to be all caps to start with do not count, such as AZVA (Arizona Virtual Academy), or the word I. If more than one person answers the same numbers and that number is the winner, I will do a random drawing between those people.

Deadline: This contest will run through Friday, May 21st. I will go through the comments and choose the winners over the weekend and announce them on my blog either Monday or Tuesday (24th or 25th).


Diabetes Blog Week - Day 7: Dream a Little Dream

Dream a little dream - life after a cure. To wrap up Diabetes Blog Week, let’s pretend a cure has been found. We are all given a tiny little pill to swallow and *poof* our pancreases are back in working order. No side effects. No more insulin resistance. No more diabetes. Tell us what your life is now like. Or take us through your first day celebrating life without the Big D. Blog about how you imagine you would feel if you no longer were a Person With Diabetes.

We were WAY too busy to post yesterday, so please excuse my lateness. :-)

Oh if this would only happen! I try to have hope that this will happen in The Superhero’s lifetime. I also have a hard time and don’t want to get my hopes up.

BUT if there was a cure here is what I think we would do…

1) Have a HUGE party with all of our friends with kids who formerly had Diabetes, or those who had it themselves. Maybe even a HUGE vacation together. And of course, we will have the money for said vacation because we will be saving SO much money from not having to buy all of the supplies needed to manage the disease we no longer have to deal with.

2) We will BURN all of the old Diabetes stuff. Although, knowing me, I will keep a few things around JUST IN CASE this “cure” does not work out.

3) I am sure we would eat meals and still think about the carbs, we would try not to, but I am sure it would still happen for a long time.

4) I would LOVE to let The Superhero run around like a crazy child without having to worry what it is doing to his BG. And he can swim to his little heart’s content.

That being said, if we don’t get a cure in his lifetime, I am SO thankful for all of the friends we have made along this journey. We will still live happy, fulfilling lives with Diabetes thrown in the mix. I am just happy to have my little boy here with me, each and every day.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Diabetes Blog Week - Day 6 Diabetes Snapshots

Here is our life with Diabetes since just before The Superhero was diagnosed until now...

Just days before he was diagnosed. You can see how skinny he is by looking at his neck and face.

Diagnosis pictures...(and yep, that is an IV in his neck, and both arms )

The Superhero still likes to be a normal kid, making cookies with his Pompa

And of course, that means tasting the dough

He LOVES to eat cupcakes

He can have ice cream and diet coke for breakfast if he wants to (at Disneyland only!)

1 Year Diaversary Celebration. We took him to his FIRST movie, EVER. (to see Up) He enjoyed the diet coke and popcorn treat.

When things don't work out quite right, due to stomach bugs we end up in the hospital. We have been back 2x since dx almost 2 years ago.

October 2009

February 2010

We are SO lucky to have some of the best technology available for The Superhero.

Lots of supplies (a little messy at the time of this picture, it has since been cleaned out)

And some of the BEST friends we could EVER ask for!

Here is The Superhero with part of our Secret Santa gift.

Our local support group.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Diabetes Blog Week - Day 5: Let's Get Moving

Exercise? And 3-year-old crazy little boys? I think it goes without saying!

The Superhero is a BUSY kid. He likes to run around the house like a crazy child. I have asked him before what he is doing and his response now is “I running around like a crazy boy, Mommy.” This craziness causes his BG to DROP and I always have to keep an eye on him to see how the BG is doing.

But, there are times when he will just sit and watch a movie (or 2, or 3). Then we end up with highs.

If we go to the park, we have to determine if he is going to run around like crazy, or if it is going to be a digging in the sand, low key kind of day.

Thank GOD for Dexie! Before Dexie, we would have to check his BG every 20-30 minutes during activity, if he decided to be extra active. Now with Dexie, I can just look at the receiver every so often and determine which direction his BG is going.

It is all a balancing act. I have to watch and decide what kind of day The Superhero is going to have.

Is it going to be a low key, fall asleep on the couch kind of day like this one...

Or a day like today...

(video of my CRAZY children! Please excuse the extreme mess, it has been a very busy week and we are getting ready to move. And yes, pants are optional in our house. :) )

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