Sunday, January 27, 2008
Sam & Rachel
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Please if you don't mind ... say a prayer for Dave's wife Karen. It's bad enough that she has to see her husband go through this, unsure if he will pull through ... not to mention she has to run the the business that they own on by herself so that they can continue to pay their bills ...but she's also having to deal with the awful bureaucracy of the insurance company now. Apparently she's fighting with them about the cost of the medication he will need to take monthly (several thousand dollars) for the rest of his life when he gets the transplant.
I'll keep you all posted on Dave's condition ... we're praying for a speedy recovery!
Have a great day ...
- There is a severe organ shortage in this country. 17 people die each day waiting for transplants.
- As of this morning, there are 97, 972 people on an organ donation list. Check out: http://optn.org for more information and statistics.
- A new name is added to the transplant waiting list every 13 minutes.
- Most major religions with the exceptions of Shinto and Gypsies supports organ donation. Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish faiths, support organ donation as a virtuous and charitable act. Other religions view donation as a personal choice.
- Organs and tissues from a single donor can be used to benefit more than 50 people on the waiting list.
- Donating organs and tissues does not prevent an open casket burial
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Funny story, though ..... They had to leave about 7:30 (they told me to be there by 8:00 so we could register and the class started at 8:30) ... and the girls were --- amazingly enough --- not up yet. When they finally woke up around 8:00 the first thing they asked was "where's Zachy" .... they then proceeded to look for him (in his room, by the TV, out the window) and they continued to ask "where's Zachy" for the next hour. Talk about separation anxiety! I thought that was sweet, though....they sure do love their big brother and they are obviously not used to him doing things without them. However, it was nice for Mommy, after we ate breakfast, the three girls snuggled on the couch with a book and (of course) one of their favorite TV shows on. We don't usually get "girl time" .... Zach usually likes to cut in on any snuggling if I am trying to cuddle with the girls (can we say jealous, LOL).
PS: Exciting news .... it's snowing here!! Yippee!!! We're "supposed" to get 3-5 inches .... which from what I'm told LITERALLY shuts the city down ... I can't wait to let the kids play in it if that's what happens overnight. They loved standing at the window watching it fall ... I don't really miss the cold & the snow ... but I am excited for ONE snow day since I haven't seen it in so long! :)
Friday, January 18, 2008
Check this out and you will NEVER EVER EVER think the same.
ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS UGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
This is totally and completely unreal.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Sam hadn't kept in contact with his good friend over the years, and is really feeling very sad that he didn't. Let that be a reminder to all of us that even though we all have very busy lives, it doesn't take any time to drop an e-mail to our friends - old and new - just to say hello ... or pick up the phone ... or (and I know this is so.....out of style....kind of like, leg warmers or Forenza sweaters!) write a letter and send it through the MAIL (GASP!!)?? Needless to say, Sam got in contact with many people today that he has not talked to in years - and it's unfortunate that is what it took to reconnect them all.
Anyway, just wanted to ask all of our praying friends and family if you could send a prayer up for Sam's friend, Dave Slagle or put him on a prayer list at your church. I know Dave and his wife Karen could really use as many prayers as possible right now. We are truly hoping that he pulls through.
Thanks in advance,
I read that Hep A is one of the most common vaccine-preventable infections acquired during travel ... so please - if you go - get the shots!
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Here's some pictures of our little guy in his first piece of sporting equipment (but I've got a feeling it won't be the last!) Note, it was only really "not scary" to put this big helmet / cage thing on when he had a "stick" and a team (which is what he calls his Flyers jersey) on over his Thomas PJ's. It will be interesting to see how he does on Saturday - since they won't be using a stick/puck for awhile, I presume he'll have no need for the cage for now...though it does make for good protection against his sisters! Heeheee!!!
Have a good night everyone......I'll see you all another day!
If y'all had any idea how hard it is to get 1 kid to sit still for a picture, try multiplying that times 5. Here's about the best photo we could get of the five kids together. Not "great" but by far the best we've come close to getting!
We've never had the girls pictures taken professionally - we're going to be *hopefully* doing that in the next couple weeks. I'll keep you updated on how that goes!!
Since I'm a photo junkie, I couldn't bear the the thought of ever losing one of my photos! So I used to just dump all the photos off my camera into Kodak and then give everyone the link. I'd take out the really bad pictures, but if I wasn't "sure" which pictures I wanted to print (if there was 5 or 6 of the same pose, for example) I'd just save them all - which usually meant everyone had to look through 200 pictures once a month.
I discovered a few things over this last year. First, a decent backup hard drive is like $80.00. It's small, portable and overall a GREAT investment. I just back up on there every week or so...and if I have a problem...I've got something to work with. Second, I started blogging - which is not only FUN but it is really a way for me to just.......unwind .....and tell you all a little about what is going on in the busy Tramontana household. (Just in the slightest chance you might actually want to know.) <-- smile!! Last, I started scrapbooking this past year. I realized that I was saving photos that had NO BUSINESS being saved. Like will Zach REALLY ever want to see TWENTY-FOUR pictures of him eating his first meatball? Seriously!
This year, my goal (and I just did this with my first batch of 2008 photos) is to delete any picture that is really not worthy of framing, blogging or scrapbooking. Anyway, enough about that. Here's some "random" photos of the girls from the last few weeks. Thought you would enjoy!
Picture of Addie with her curly hair...she looks like such a toddler ...she is so losing that baby look. *sigh* .... They grow up too fast!!!
Another one eating off the sprinkles ...
Mmm, this was a yummy treat dad!!!
Have a great day everyone, and pray that Zachary has more coordination than his Mama!
Sunday, January 13, 2008
But today, we signed him up for soccer. He's really not a baby anymore. Two weeks ago it's the twins crib sides, and today we're signing Zach up for soccer. What next??? High school? First date? Drivers license (See below)? lol!! When I was pregnant people told me to enjoy the little things because time files ... but you really don't have any sense of how fast it really does go by until you are signing your "baby" up for soccer ... (smile!)
So anyway - yes, we signed him up for his first organized activity. I really can't believe it. We're not sure if he is mentally ready (lol) but physically the kid can run like the wind (Daddy always calls him Dash - like the little boy in the movie Incredibles.) Plus he can kick and run with the soccer ball ... so we think he's going to be fine for that part. It's the whole "following directions" that we think he might have a problem with. We'll see what happens - I'll keep you posted!! Oh, and Daddy is going to be the Coach! That will be exciting!! Mommy, Addie and Avery will of course be the cheerleaders from the sidelines!! :) Go Zach!!!
Hope you all had a great weekend.....
Rachel (officially a "soccer mom")
Monday, January 7, 2008
Just thought I'd share what I thought was a cute...and sweet....story.
In between dancing, Kayla finds time to get good grades and spend with her frieds TEXTING and doing all the other things 16 year olds do - including drive (did I mention she has her driver's license now??) She also has a boyfriend (Kory) --> pictured below. We wish her tons of luck next month at her audition in Chicago which takes place at the Hubbard Street School of Dance!!
Here are some pretty cute pictures Kay shared with us ...and don't forget to click on this link to take you to our gallery to see her dance pictures - they're amazing! (There were just too many to post!!)
Sunday, January 6, 2008
Back home in Minnesota, he plays for the Anoka Tornados (Squirts). He has scored 21 goals and has had 5 assists. In only 19 games so far this year. He is the leading scorer for his team!! WooHoo!
Addicted to TOY shopping. Yes, you read that correctly. TOY shopping.
(Oh okay....Apple Martinis too, but ya'll already knew that!) <-- Smile!
Ok, so I'm trying to reason with myself here. Some women are addicted to shoe shopping ... or they spend all kinds of money on expensive clothes or makeup, right? I don't really do all that ... but I am addicted to buying toys. Literally the day after Christmas we were at the mall to get some clothes for the kids and I'm like let's go into Disney...great sales going on in there! (Mind you if you read my post for Christmas you will have read how miserable my kids were with all their new toys....too many new things all at once is my theory!) Anyway ... as you all probably know, Zach's been into the movie CARS for like ever now ... and he has been collecting (okay, WE have been collecting......alright, Sam....lately I have been collecting!!!) the little die-cast cars for awhile. I just took inventory. We have 74 of them. I mean, we literally have just about every single one that you can currently purchase. Not every one ... but pretty darn close.
Is there some twelve step-program for mom's who can't control the urge to buy toys? I mean it's a week after Christmas for goodness sake!! I've bought Zach two monster trucks and a CARS race-track for these little "Adventure" cars - which I haven't even mentioned (and we have all of, by the way, LOL!) The thing is....he has so many and he gets them all the time ... he could care less when he gets one. BUT I CAN'T CONTROL MYSELF ... I HAVE TO GET THEM. When a new one comes out ... I will go to EVERY Target, Wal-Mart, Toys-R-Us, etc. to see if they have it. Literally, I have driven to three different stores in ONE DAY to see if they had the "newly" released cars. It's like I'm the one who is addicted to getting him all the cars in the collection - he doesn't even know they exist. Someone please STOP ME!!!!! (Please note: I was at Toys R Us this weekend with Kayla - they had two NEW cars that we DON'T have - the Pace Car and a new "Lightning" Ramone ... my heart started beating fast and my palms were getting sweaty at the prospect of the new cars ... but Kayla (always the sensible one) talked me out of buying them. I actually walked out of the store and I was so pleased with myself. But in the next store, the store we ran into JUST to get tape (Wal-Mart) I bought him a CARS Racetrack. Oh gosh, it's out of control. Anyway, here's the list of the one we have. I figure "coming clean" is the first step of any program, right?? (smile!!!) Holy cow!!!
Chick Hicks (3)
Chick Hicks Dinoco
Doc Pit Crew
Fabulous Hudson Hornet
Mater - Brand New
McQueen Bling Bling
McQueen Bug Mouth
McQueen Dirt Track
McQueen Radiator Springs
Mia & Tia
Mike & Sully
Mrs. The King
Ramone Ghostlight Blue
Ramone Red Hydraullic
Ramone Red Old School
McQueen Regular (2)
Red & Stanley
Rusty & Dusty
Snot Rod (2)
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
The sleeping in "big girl" beds is NOT going very well. The night this picture was taken they were up all evening long and so by the time they finally fell asleep (well past 10:30) we just left her there for fear of waking her up. We've since had to put all their toys in the closet. And tape the closet shut. (We've already had to move one of the cribs in front of the dresser so they don't open the drawers and take all the clothes out.) They like to jump on the beds, play and they usually end up falling asleep in the same bed together (which is actually rather cute, I must add.) Pray that it gets better for us. The girls actually have circles under thier eyes...lol!
Anyway - Kayla and Ben are here for the week, I just wanted to get this post up because I thought it was such a funny picture.
Enjoy and hope everyone had a Happy New Year!