crohn's walk 2011

Dave was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in December of 2001.
last year we were lucky to participate for the first time in the Crohn's walk and we are happy to be able to participate again this year
IBD, which stands for inflammatory bowel diseases, is comprised of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis — two serious, chronic digestive diseases that affect five million people worldwide (1.4 million in the U.S. alone). Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis directly affect the digestive system and cause intestinal tissue to become inflamed, form sores, and bleed easily. There is no cure, no known cause, and little public understanding of the pain and chronic suffering with which IBD patients courageously cope every day of their lives.
doctor's say dave in remission, and for that we are extremely thankful... but he still struggles with stomach issues more often than is liked and takes medicine 3 times a day to help control his discomfort.

finding the cause and a cure for this disease would be amazing. 
to our family, and so many others.
we are supporting that mission. by taking steps for chron's and colitis.

thank you :)


10 years

10 years ago i married my best friend.
may 26th, 2001.
1 year later...
2 years later...
3 years later....
4 years later...
 5 years later...
6 years later...
 7 years later...

 8 years later...
 9 years later...
year 10 picture coming sooner... or later.

the best is yet to come...
i love you sweetie boy :)


em and cohen dance ;)

Em: Now we're married! Wanna dance together?!?
Cohen: I gotta go poopie.
Em: ok! Then we dance?

May 24, 2011


learn to like

i find lots of great things on other blogs.
things that speak to me.
this is one of them.



we found a few garage sales while out running errands this morning.
garage sale season has begun.
oh i love garage sales. for so many reasons.
here is $16.75 worth of reasons.
 brand new unopened rockem sockem robots.
chutes and ladders.
2 DVDs (disney's eight below, and dodge ball).
3 hardback kids books.
3 coloring books (2 brand new).
1 long sleeve shirt for lilly (children's place).
2 short sleeve shirts for lilly.
1 tank top for lilly.
2 pairs of girl boxers for lilly.
1 justice outfit for lilly. (shirt and capris)
3 long sleeve shirts for cohen.
1 set of PJs for cohen.
2 short sleeve shirts for cohen.
1 pair of sport shorts for cohen.
1 GAP windbreaker/jacket for cohen.
golf tie for cohen.
2 pairs of build-a-bear boxers.
1 pair of build-a-bear unders.
and here are my happy little helpers with all the loot :)


kids say the darndest things.

these are heavy on the cohen side...
except for the last charmer i found scribbled on a sheet of paper in a long forgotten pile.

Dave: What are you going to practice? I think you should practice your stopping.
Cohen: But, when I stop… I keep going.
Before heading out on the ice at open skate.
April 2, 2011

Cohen: can I get up?
Me: yeesss.
Cohen: but I don’t want to.
Cohen asking permission to get out of his bed in the morning.
Or not :)
April 3, 2011

Me: I love you more than cookies.
Cohen: I love the cookies.
When Cohen came in to cuddle with me in the early morning.
April 7, 2011

I feel like I’m gonna be in here forever.
Cohen sitting on the potty with diarrhea.
April 16, 2011

Lilly: Cohen, you gotta teach me not to chew my nails.
Cohen: I tried it before. It doesn’t taste good.
Lilly: What?
Cohen: I tried it when I was a little baby. It didn’t taste good.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
After trimming Cohen’s nails.

Lilly: I think I need a bigger ice cube. It didn’t work.
Me: How do you know?
Lilly: It didn’t work! Nothing happened.
Me: What happened?
Lilly: It just went down and them came up.
Me: It came back up?
Lilly: Yes.
Me: Where is it now?
Lilly: I took it out and put it in the trash can.
Me: Lilly! You don’t put your hands in the toilet!
Lilly: Mom! I used toilet paper.
Lilly trying a new aged school ritual of flushing ice cubes down the toilet to try and summons a snow day.
Not dated.


homemade frapuccino

so, i love a certain chain's frappuccino.
but caffeine and i are not friends.
nor is my wallet friendly with buying things i dont need.
especially from companies who already make billions of dollars.
they don't need my money, that's for sure.

so i hit the world wide web for some recipe inspiration.
man, i love the world wide web.
looky what i found.

jen's decaf frappuccino remix

3/4 cup cold water
2 spoons of instant decaf coffee granules
3 TBS sugar
1 cup skim milk
2 cups ice

Add 2 spoonfulls of instant decaf coffee to cold water and stir to dissolve. (Add more or less granules to taste.)  Add coffee, sugar (more or less to taste), milk, and 2 cups of ice to blender and blend on high until ice is nice and crushed.  Pour into 2 big glasses to share (or one glass and refill till you can't drink anymore.)  No need for whipped cream... check out this froth.  oh yum. 

A decaf treat, which is good on my skittery heart.
And easy on my spending :)
Any time I want.
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