All I can say is I have made it thru the night now I just hope today is better. We have been battling some terrible stomach bug the last few days. Liam started this whole thing on Wed. and is still throwing up. He ate a little last night and it all came back up in our bed last night.
Jeremy came home from work yesterday and did not leave the bathroom for a few hrs. I am sure half the neighborhood heard him hacking away. At about 3:00 he looked awful and was saying he wanted to go the the E.R. Well my first response was not a very nice one. I told him that stomach bugs were bad and he was going to feel terrible. Well, I ended up taking all the kids in the car and driving him to the doctors office. He told me he could not walk and that he needed a wheel chair and I told him he had to walk. Ok you now know how mean I am. It is just that when Jeremy gets sick or hurt he tends to be a bit of a baby about it. I guess I still have memories of being pregnant with Liam and making trips back and forth from the bathroom to the kitchen making Christmas dinner 3 years ago. Well to get back to the story, Jeremy made it into the clinic and they took one look at him and put him in his much wanted wheel chair and took him to do some blood work and get an IV started. I took the kids back home to see if I could drop them off at a friends house but we got stuck in major traffic (got to love Honolulu at 4:00) I finally made it back home and dropped Riley and Lorenzo off at one of the best neighbors you could wish for! I promised that the boys were not sick and that it was just Liam and Jeremy so she did not have to worry about getting the other kids sick. She was so nice and I really am thankful to have such good friends.
I got back on the road to go see how Jeremy was doing and what the plan was going to be. I got there and they were starting his 2nd bag of fluid and he was starting to look a little better. After 3 bags of fluid, and a few shots I took him back home. he was still hacking most the way home but I was prepared, I had our little trash can for him to use. It was not a fun ride home, we again got stuck in traffic but this time I got to hear, and smell, Jeremy the whole way home. I dropped him off and went to pick up the boys. It was now after 7:00.
I got them home and fed them and then put them to sleep to be woke up by Lorenzo a few hours later. Yes, you guessed it, he now has the same wonderful stomach bug as liam and Jeremy. So after a long night and not a clean sheet or towel later here I am hoping that Lorenzo did not get the family that watched him yesterday sick and in turn get our whole ward sick. We have our Ward Christmas party today and needless to say we will not be in attendance. I was going to send Riley with the Same people that watched him yesterday but I do not dare take any chances.
The bad thing is Riley and Lorenzo were picked from the School to take a limo ride to see the Holiday lights with a few other students and I do not think they are going to make it now. Oh well I should be thankful that it is this week and not Christmas. I hope they will all be better by then And That Riley and I will not have it by then :)
Saturday, December 15, 2007
All I can say is I have made it thru the night now I just hope today is better. We have been battling some terrible stomach bug the last few days. Liam started this whole thing on Wed. and is still throwing up. He ate a little last night and it all came back up in our bed last night.
Posted by Briana Ward at 9:28 AM
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Jeremy is not very much fun at Christmas as he is a really big sneak and likes to ruin surprises. Last week he was up in the present stash and found a CD I was giving him. If that was not bad enough he then got onto the history on our computer and found the other gift that he is getting. He is like this every year and so I try to really do a good job of hiding things or when they are wrapped I put them in strange boxes or cover them with bubble wrap before wrapping so he has a harder time while he is snooping and shaking. I was really upset about this one though. I never thought that he would go through the history on the computer. I made special effort to delete all the emails because I know he looks through my email but he still managed to find out. What a stink!!! He is much worse then then kids.
On a better note Lorenzo is doing GREAT!!!! We started a new medication a few weeks ago and he is like a new kid, or I should say like the kid we always knew he was. he has been happy and has only had a few minor meltdowns which don't five year olds do that anyway sometimes? He still has a lot of anxiety and has been crying some at school but he is making leaps of progress as far as his moods and behavior are. He has just been a joy to be around!!!! We are so thankful that things are going well for him. It is just nice to see him happy and upbeat, not to mention having fun!
Posted by Briana Ward at 10:05 AM
Sunday, December 2, 2007
We signed up or were forced into signing up for our wards Talent show/Christmas party in a couple of weeks so we decided that Riley would play the piano and Jeremy would accompany him on the bass. Well I decided to get my trumpet out and play a little and wow, I stink! It is probably only the 3rd time I have played it this year, but as I have not had any trumpet students out here I have really lost it. Jeremy was getting on me every time I would miss something (plus I was transposing and not very well) and to make a long story short I ended up crying. It really was not Jeremy, I was just upset that I could no longer play like I used to. It is strange that something that used to be so natural and such a big part of who I am is now something I do not even think much about. It made me a little sad. I am going to have to start practicing again, I just need to figure out a way to work it without Liam, he hates it. Oh, well I may have to wait until he starts preschool next year.
Posted by Briana Ward at 9:33 PM
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Riley has been complaining if a stomach ache for about 2 weeks and I did not think much of it. I really thought he was just trying to get out of eating dinner. Well, last night He woke up at about 1:00 a.m. crying that his stomach hurt. I asked if he felt like he was going to be sick or needed to use the bathroom and he said no, so I gave him some tylenol and put the heating pad on his little belly and he fell asleep. He woke up today and said he felt better and wanted to go to school so I took him and made an appointment for this afternoon. We ended up going in earlier as I got a phone call from the school nurse, who is so nice, saying Riley was in her office complaining of a tummy ache. I picked him up and we went right to the Doctors. After a long wait and some x-rays the Doctor came to the conclusion that he has gastritis or an ulcer. They are both treated the same way so she sent us home with some zantax and told us to come back in 2 days to see if he is any better.
I feel so bad that I did not take him seriously! Riley is not sick very often so I should have known and not waited until he was up in the middle of the night crying! What a "bad mom" as Lorenzo would say!
Well, this has been a week of Doctor's appointments. Lorenzo had one yesterday and they have made yet another Med change, We hope this works better then the last. Liam had his developmental assessment and has another one on Thursday. And I have been on the phone a ton trying to find a therapist for Lorenzo. I hope December lets up a little!!!!
Posted by Briana Ward at 8:44 PM
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Riley had his first ever Archery Tournament yesterday. I am sorry I do not have any pictures but I forgot my camera, I wish I'd had it as it was so much fun to see him with the huge bow! A friend of mine took some pictures of Riley so if she emails them to me I will post them later.
Riley has been taking archery classes for the last 3 month and this tournament was with about 6 other groups on our side of the island. Riley was in category D (9 and under) and he scored 72 points yesterday which was about 8 point shy from getting a medal. He was very excited and it was fun to watch all of the kids. I have never been to anything like it and It was amazing to see how good some of the kids were! Liam was a little crazy and was driving everyone nuts including the coaches and other kids. I think I need to get him a leash! But other then that it was a so much fun.
Thanks to everyone for their congrats and phone calls. I have to tell Jonathan and Cindy it was nicest way to wake up and I was glad for their early morning call! The only thing is it was a little bitter sweet as we wish it was Jeremy and David but we know it will happen soon. Jeremy found out he scored a 70 and that he was the cut off so we feel very blessed!
Posted by Briana Ward at 9:38 AM
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Shelle sent me an email with this. It was so inspiring!!! He has an amazing talent!!!
Posted by Briana Ward at 5:13 PM
Friday, November 2, 2007
Well, where to start? I guess I will back track to last Sat. We had our Church fall festival and it was a lot of fun. They had a great turn out and it was fun to see all the kids there. liam refused to wear his costume that night but oh well. The boys had a lot of fun and for the first time ever Lorenzo went with Riley by himself to participate in the games and activities so i think it was a big success!
Halloween was a wet and muddy affair here. it rained all day and off and on while we were out trick-or-treating. liam decided to put on his super suit but he and lorenzo only lasted about 1 block. we came back home and Jeremy took Riley out to do a little more. I was thinking about some years in RI and the kids were all bundled up and how cold it was, not out here. In between rain showers we were fighting off mosquitoes.
Other news: Jeremy found out yesterday that he will be going on the 4-5 month (it has gone down to possibly 4 months) tour. We are not to excited about this but hey, what do you do. I went to a breakfast get-together at a friends house yesterday and all of their husbands were gone and some to Iraq and had been gone over a year. It puts things into perspective and makes me grateful for what we have. I worry about Lorenzo but I have faith the Lord will get us through it.
Posted by Briana Ward at 11:11 AM
Friday, October 26, 2007
Ok, seeing as I have been tagged twice I guess i am going to have to think of some things you guys do not already know about me. I think I am kind of boring, I am going to really have to rack my brain.
1. I spent 3 hrs on Wed. with a scrub brush and some Mr.. Clean scrubbing gecko poo off the front of our house. It made me sick every day when I would go out the front door and so I started avoiding the front and would go out the garage. Well, enough is enough and I decided to reclaim my front door.
2. I love to read in the bath tub. This is the only place I can ever seem to have uninterrupted time to read. It is not unusual for me to be in there over an hour with whatever I am reading right then. Riley and Lorenzo are not allowed in so I only have to fend off liam for my private time.
3. I love to look at catalogs! I dog ear all the pages and dream shop (although i hate to shop if it is not on the computer or "in a catalog") I rarely ever buy anything but nonetheless i still love to dream!
4. I hate our dog. OK, so I know I am the one that talked jeremy into letting us get a dog and I am glad that we have her because the kids love her but........ she drives me nuts!!!! Once when she got out and we could not find her i was secretly thinking "good" and reluctantly went to find her.
5. I love pie. It is my favorite food. Whenever I make pie i always make 2 so I can eat it for breakfast the next few days. The kids will not eat it unless it is chocolate ,so as long as Jeremy is not up late raiding the fridge there is usually leftover pie for the next few days.
6. I once participated in "the Milk challenge" while in high school. I know, I hate milk, this did not help the fact either. For those of you who do not know about the milk challenge it is where you have to try and drink a gallon of milk in under an hour. It can't be done. One kid dyed his milk green so that when it came back up it would be more colorful. We had a huge bucket and after a while everyone started vomiting in this big bucket. It the most disgusting things I have ever done, I do not know what got into me.
Ok so I guess I am going to have to tag all you guys again, Holly, Janus and Cindy and maybe Lisa, Bethany and Catherine
Posted by Briana Ward at 1:00 PM
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Riley got his Bobcat and Wolf Badge on Tuesday. He was so excited, he really loves cub scouts.
Posted by Briana Ward at 1:06 PM
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Jeremy came home from a Navy gig last night a little upset but was tired and just went to bed. This morning he came and got me up early to talk about the knot in his stomach. Apparently they were talking about the 5 month tour they have coming up next spring and Jeremy was told by the LPO that he is on it. So now what. I told Jeremy that he needs to go in and talk to his bosses and let them know the situation with Lorenzo. Last time Jeremy was gone for 3 1/2 weeks Lorenzo game undone, I do not even want to think about what 5 months would be like. Any kind of change is very hard on him. We have trouble with the transition from the weekend to school days, regular full school days to his short day on Wed. Not to mention the days Jeremy is gone all day. I am trying not to get to worked up about it. After all, Jeremy still needs to go and talk to his MC, but I am a little concerned. Maybe we will be getting out and going back to life on the outside.
Posted by Briana Ward at 11:04 AM
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Ok, this may sound a little pathetic but I miss socks. Now I know that I have never really worn socks, even in the super cold blizzardy weather of RI but now that I have not had on a pair in over 2 1/2 years I really miss them, So last night I put some on. They were some really soft chocolate brown chenille socks that I do not think I have ever worn and must have been some impulse buy at T.J. Max in RI. I had a primary presidency meting at our house last night and I am sure I looked a little silly with my socks but who cares, I enjoyed it.
It is not only sock's on my own feet that I miss but it is putting socks on Liam. Riley and Lorenzo have to wear them for p.e. and they are not as much fun to dress any more, but Liam is still small and I was thinking I wanted to get him a pair of Chucks and if I did that I would also have to by some socks. I got really excited about this (Maybe something is wrong with me) but then had a reality check when I remembered that he has never even owned a pair of shoes with laces and that he is particular about what he has on his feet. Blue crocs with buzz jibbits or his red crocs with buzz jibbits are all he will wear. I was letting him wear them to church because I did not want to deal with the fight of getting him t o wear his cute little gymboree sandals but I have been putting my foot down and telling him he has to wear his church shoes if he wants to go to nursery. It has been working so maybe I can do the same if I decide to get him some real shoes!
The other thing I miss is fall. I miss that crisp feeling in the air. I miss the colors. I miss my fall and winter clothing. I was wearing my jacket in the house a few days ago much to the kids confusion, but it just felt good and it needed to be worn. We keep it pretty cool in here (Jeremy's doing) so I could dress in my sweaters, turtlenecks and corduroys in the house but then I would have to do a complete wardrobe change when it came time to go outside.
I do love Hawaii, but I always have loved the seasons and going on 3 years without them I am a little homesick!
Posted by Briana Ward at 12:05 PM
Monday, October 15, 2007
Ok, I know that I think everything I am currently working on is the cutest but these overalls I finished today are the cutest. I made them for first a teacher friend of mine, they were not as cute in an adult size, and they were a little different but these are a cute "little size". I want to make Liam a pair. He loves this book, I just need to find the time. Maybe next month. These are going to the U.K.
Well I decided to take a break from cutting out fabric appliqué pieces and am just sitting here listening to Jeremy practicing in the garage. Really I am procrastinating all the sewing I have to do. I think I got a little over zealous and I have a hard time saying no, so I will be sewing every night for the next 2-3 weeks at least. Oh well, at least I met my goal which was to earn enough to get the christmas shopping done.
Posted by Briana Ward at 11:48 PM
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Ok, if you have already seen this sorry but it was on my brothers site and another friends and it is very ENTERTAINING, I wonder is she made it big? Cindy Maybe you can ask Michael if he wants to learn it.
Posted by Briana Ward at 8:10 PM
Friday, October 12, 2007
Well after I picked Lorenzo up from school yesterday I was hoping that he had had a better day, I was wrong! He ended up crying for over an hour in the morning and then at Lunch again and he was crying when I picked him up. I talked with the teacher and she does not know what to do. Everyone seems to be out sick this week so she was sending him to the office. I understand that you can't have him disrupting the rest of the class but there is supposed to be someone there to help him when he gets that way. I came home and called his doctor after that and he wanted to see Lorenzo this morning, so we went there at 9:00 and Lorenzo was having a lot of anxiety about school and the doctor noticed it right away. He also had lost a couple of pounds and I told the doctor that he has not eating very well and his snack I send him to school with is coming home every day. lorenzo has been complaining that his tummy hurts all the time the last week and I am pretty sure it is the stress and anxiety, we have been through this before. Well to make a long story short, we are going to add celexa back into his medicine regime but at a very low dose. This was the medicine that helped so much a little over a year ago but then Lorenzo started having more of the outbursts, rages, and Meltdowns that lasted days so we are going to take it slow and see if it helps. The nice thing if it works is that we will gradually take him off the other anxiety med.'s he is on now.
I think part of me is still in denial about this whole thing. I know something is not right, I have know basically since he was born but there is also a part of me that thinks no, he is normal he is going to snap out of this. If we have a few days or weeks that go well I think, OK, he is better things are going to be ok. But we always seem to end up back here. We have been spiraling downward for the last couple of weeks, but part of me just does not want to deal with it. I am seeing more of the highs and lows lately and it just breaks my heart. He has also been doing other strange things like when he eats it is like he goes into a trance. He closes his eyes and gets this glazed over strange look. i do not even know how to explain it.
There have been a lot of shown on tv lately about autism. I do not watch a lot of tv and I missed the one on oprah but a friend of mine told me about it and i was able to read about it online. I was able, however, to catch a similar program on Larry king Live a couple of weeks ago and it alarmed me how many similar characteristics Lorenzo had with the kids they were talking about. The only thing is Lorenzo is vocal and is not detached. In fact that is just opposite. But the way they play and the repetitiveness. The rocking back and forth and strange body movements. The problems with bowles and digestive systems. it makes me think that maybe the Autism spectrum is a whole lot bigger then people are giving credit. I wonder if that spectrum will open up to include more of the mental disorders or vise versa.
Posted by Briana Ward at 6:25 PM
I was up late sewing and listening to music and I forgot how MUCH I LOVE music!!! It has been so lond since I have been able to listen to something of my choice, the boys have controll over the ipod, that I just plain forgot how much I enjoy music. Now if I could just find time to practice! Here is a good one from one of the Jazz Great's!!
Posted by Briana Ward at 2:10 AM
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Lorenzo has been having a hard couple of days. I think it is because they were off of school last week, and like always, is having a hard time transitioning. He was crying today and said he wanted to stay home from school because he is sick and if he goes to school he will get sent to the office. I asked him if he was sent to the office yesterday and he said yes that he had been there the last 2 days. I asked him why and if it was because he is sick and he said no it was because he was crying. Well, Jeremy took him to school today and went in to ask the teacher what was going on. I have been up there the last 2 days and she has said nothing to me. All she told Jeremy was that he has been sad and that she has sent him to the back of the class to wash his face and try to calm down and when he does not she has sent him to the office. I am a little upset because he feels he is being punished, who would'nt. He cant help his anxiety and he is supposed to have help there as stated in his IEP when he is having trouble. needless to say I am going down there to talk with her and the special ed coordinator today. I told jeremy I feel bad, if this was Riley I would have kept him home because of the cold but as it is Lorenzo he could be sick for the rest of the month and If I keep him home one day it is going to be next to impossible to get him to go back. I feel bad for the little guy!
Posted by Briana Ward at 4:12 PM
Sunday, October 7, 2007
I Love conference weekend. Not only is it a weekend that Jeremy is home, I like staying in my p.j.'s and laying on the sofa with the kids hearing the uplifting talks. it get's me motivated to be better! I guess I am a slacker, but I need to hear these things over and over again to keep myself close to the Spirit. One thing I have really enjoyed is the motab. I have never liked choir very much and the organ is my least favorite instrument. I remember sitting through an organ recital at USU by Dr. Drake and trying really really hard to just stay awake. At any rate, I have really enjoyed the Choir and the organ these past 2 days. I guess I must be growing up. The kids have been good and have been doing their conference workbooks thanks to a friend from RI and we have just been having an enjoyable weekend!
The only down side to our weekend is that Lorenzo is sick AGAIN. I think the longest we have ever gone with him not having something is about 2 months and that was only once in his entire 5 and a half years! I know that stress and anxiety can weaken your immune system but I just do not know if there is more going on. I have tried to find a link to bipolar and poor health but nothing so far. I guess I should not be to worried they are usually just colds but when he gets a cold they are bad. We have to pull out the nebulizer and he just gets really sick. We can all have the same cold here but Lorenzo will be 10 times worse then the rest of us. And it is that way with every little illness. I wish I could figure it out. I think I might take him back to the allergist and see if we should still pursue looking into food allergies even though we have already been that route before. Oh well, maybe eventually I'll know more.
Posted by Briana Ward at 11:24 AM
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Ok, any of you that know me know that I hate bugs. I have tried not to make a big deal about it in front of the kids because I do not want them to grow up with the same fear. Hawaii has some big bugs. Big scary bugs. We have not had to many problems since we moved here 2 years ago but they have been doing some construction type work and cutting trees in our neighborhood this last week and we officially have a problem now! We have been going to bed and waking up in the morning to huge mouse size cockroaches and great big centipedes in various places around the house. Two mornings ago jeremy was in the Shower and Riley said there was a centipede on the ceiling in front of our bedroom door. He jumped out and in a towel was able to get it and take it outside and dispose of it (still in the bath towel) Then Lorenzo walked out of the other bathroom and said"Dad, I thought you said you found a centipede? It's a cockroach!" There was a great big cockroach on the bathroom wall. There was also one in Liam's toy farm, Lorenzo's play clothes, my dresser, Jeremy's suitcase, one crawled out of the bathroom sink last night and again another centipede downstairs this morning. And this is just the last 2 days. I feel like I am in a horror movie! They can't spray until October 2 so I am off to home depot this morning to see what I can find to get rid of them!
Posted by Briana Ward at 10:57 AM
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Well, I had quite a scare yesterday. I was up at one of the community centers registering the boys for a couple of classes yesterday and we lost liam!! There were a ton of people there not only for the registration but for soccer too (I think there were about 6 different games going on) The park is huge and as i was waiting in line the boys were off to the side playing on the playground. When it was my turn to go in I told Riley to watch liam for 2 min. while I turned in their papers. Riley is usually pretty responsible but I guess he got distracted. in the min and a half that I was inside Riley and Lorenzo came walking in asking if I had seen Liam. I just dropped everything, left the stroller there blocking everyone and ran out to look for him. I did not have to look far because when I got a few feet outside a nice lady was holding his hand as he was walking and shouting Ma Ma Ma. He saw me and just gave me a big smile and said MA!!! He was not fazed by it in the least. I was scared out of my mind on the other hand. I know it could not have been more then 30 second from the time I knew he was missing to the time we found him but I had all sorts of things running through me head. I kept thinking just call the police there is no way you are going to find him with all these people, and at the same time was just praying asking the Lord to help me find him. Someone has been watching over us.
I thought I was doing pretty well while Jeremy has been gone. (He has been in Malaysia the last 2 weeks) but I guess not. I have never had to worry about the kids wandering off. Riley and lorenzo were both quite clingy and were always attached to me. Liam however is from a different mold. I am just glad he is ok!
Posted by Briana Ward at 6:09 PM
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
We were able to spend most of July in Utah and it was so much fun seeing everyone! The kids and I had not been back for over 2 years. Almost all of Jeremy's family was there including his brother who has been stationed in Japan. The kids had so much fun getting to know their cousins better, they really wanted to stay longer!
Well the trip back home was fun but that is not to say that it did not go off without a hitch. The night we left Jeremy and Lorenzo were in the emergency room because lorenzo had an ear infection. They had to leave before they even saw the Doctor so we did not miss our flight. As soon as we got to Utah I was on the phone trying to get him some medicine. Luckily Cara has a friend that was able to write us a prescription without having to spend all day in the ER again. A few days later Liam came down with some kind of eye infection but again we were lucky enough to be at my sisters and her husband was able to write us a prescription. The Sunday before we left we were at the Wards and all the family was there except one of Jeremy's Brothers and his family but there were a ton of people and kids everywhere. Riley was down stars playing with some of his cousins when Grandpas deer head that was on the wall fell and hit him in the head. One ER visit and a few stitches later he was back home and back to playing. We were glad to go home back to Hawaii, although we miss everyone, it is good to be back!
The Kids started school August 1st and they are doing well! Riley has his teacher from 1st grade and Lorenzo got the new kindergarten teacher. We are so relived that lorenzo likes her and is doing well! He has not even needed the special ed minutes they have allotted him. I hope this lasts!!!! Meanwhile Liam turned two! It has gone by so fast!!! He has missed his brothers now that they are at school but we are enjoying our time at home together and are having fun at home! it is so quiet but I have to say that it is a nice break.
Posted by Briana Ward at 11:02 AM
Thursday, July 5, 2007
We had a fun 4th of July this year. Some good friends of ours invited us to their church celebration and the boys had a blast! They were able to each dunk the boy in the dunk tank a couple of times along with a lot of other fun activities! Jeremy had to play a Navy gig so we were not able to stay the entire time but when we got home the kids and I went down to the water to hunt fo crabs, needless to say the had a good time. Later that night our friends Tom and Judy and their kids Connor and Kevin came over and we watched the Pearl Harbor fireworks from the pier down by our house. Jeremy was able to make it home just in time for the fireworks! We missed being with family but were glad to be with good friends!
Posted by Briana Ward at 10:04 PM
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
After Family home evening the other night Lorenzo was telling us that he is going to be a dentist when he grows up. We were talking about what kind of dentist he was going to be when Riley came in and said "guess what I want to be" I said a diver/oceanographer (that is what he last told us) and he said "No" that he want's to be President of the United States. Well Jeremy and I both looked at each other and said wow, we were kind of joking with him and asking him if he was going to take "president classes" in college and he said" no, I think first I will study law and then become a supreme court justice and then maybe run for governor or the mayor! Jeremy and I had to pick our jaws up off the floor! I knew he liked his social studies and economics class this year but it made a big impact on him!
As I have been going through my week I keep thinking about his new ambition and think "Riley, Go for it!!! You would make a great President!!!" I love my kids, all 3 (4 if you include Jeremy) future president or not they are number 1 in my book!
Olivia went home yesterday and the house seems empty without her. I know there are still the five of us here but we miss her. Liam has walked around asking for Wa-Wa (Olivia) and it makes me wish we lived closer to family. We will be out in Utah in a little over a week so we are not as sad as we were last year when she left.
Posted by Briana Ward at 11:26 PM
Friday, June 22, 2007
One of the added bonuses having Olivia here is we have a babysitter, so I have been able to go with Jeremy on a few gigs over the past couple of weeks. It has been a lot of fun. I have not been able to do this since before we had kids. He played last night at a mexican restaurant called Cisco's cantina and it was so much fun!!! We went a little early so we could eat, the comp him a meal, and we must have had the world largest burrito. It was HUGE!!! We could not even finish it between the 2 of us, it is now in the fridge to feed the rest of our family for the weekend! After dinner I was able to hang out and just listen. Jeremy plays in a group called the windward jazz trio and the play at Cisco's every thursday night. It was so much fun. Besides just getting to listen to the group who are really good they had people come and sit in and it turned into a big party. There was a man there that looked like he was about 100 years old and Jeremy new him a bit and said he was a great conga player. Well he had hi congas and sat in on ST. Thomas and they brought the house down!!! I can't remember enjoying one of Jeremy's gig's so much!
He also plays at a place called Ward Rafters on Sunday. It is really an old lady's house that has had the attic converted into a type of studio/club. The room is big and they just have a bunch of chairs and tables and couches everywhere. Her husband was a very talented bass player who traveled the world p[laying until they ended up here in the Honolulu symphony. he passed away a few years ago but she is still heading up these jam/concerts and going strong! She loves Jeremy and was telling me he reminds her of her husband, just a big husky bass down to earth farm boy who can really play the bass. I had to pause and think a min. (did she just say big and husky?) When Jeremy and I were first married he weighed in at a whopping 140 lbs and he is 6' 1" so needless to say I never thought I would here him described as big and husky lol!! We took Lorenzo with us and he did really well considering it is Lorenzo. He really liked the sax player.
On an exciting note, Lorenzo lost his first tooth last week. He just made 5 so we were a bit surprised he lost it so early but he is very excited. I was trying to pull it out when he said "let me try mom" and just reached in there and grabbed it out! He has another loose one so he thinks he is going to be rich after another visit from the tooth fairy. He asked if I could pull them all out so he could have lots of money!! He is so funny!!!
Posted by Briana Ward at 11:35 AM
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Yesterday my sister called and told me to watch NBC nightly news as they were going to have a segment on children with bipolar. So I was able to watch it on their website and was so angry after! The first half was the same old stuff, the rages the tantrums we know all to well but they had a psychiatrist on that said "in a nut shell" that parents who are medicating their children are abusing them and that we are chemically altering their brains. Bipolar is thought to be because of a chemical imbalance, and we are medicating our son now but only after A LOT of research and trial and error with other things. I would like to tell this doc. to take a look at my son now after the meds! We have our son back! The medication has not taken the illness away but has made it more manageable. Lorenzo is now able to go to school (although it is still not easy) and to play with his friends. He is not screaming and tantruming all day long and I mean all day long! Here is the link if any of you would like to check it out or click on the ? box at the top
On a lighter note my sister Olivia is out for a visit. It has been so much fun and the boys LOVE her plus I love having her here too. We have been to the beach and the pool and are just enjoying our summer so far!
Posted by Briana Ward at 1:22 PM
Friday, June 1, 2007
Never trust quiet! We were reading scriptures a little early yesterday as Jeremy had to leave for a gig. Riley and Lorenzo were upstairs with us and we thought Liam was on his way but it was a little too quiet. I sent Jeremy down to get him and there was a trail of mud from the back door to the laundry room. He was a mess but happy! We all had a good laugh!
Lorenzo is going in to get his PT tubes removed and his ears cleaned out Monday. They are so bad that they have to put him under to do it. Well as if that was not exciting enough Olivia, my sister, is comming out to surprise the boys and her flight gets in at noon. The doctor promised me that I would be finished by then. I am keeping my fingers crossed! As soon as I get Olivia we have to pick Riley up from school rush back home because Lorenzo has an IEP meeting with his old school and his new one that we could not reschedule. poor guy has to sit thru that after being put under a few hours before. Jeremy will be in Midway for some navy thing so I will be flying solo. I am just so thankful I was able to find someone to get Riley to school and to watch Liam! (Huge thanks to Lindsey and Debbie)
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Ok so my sister in law said she jumped on the blog wagon and I guess I am going to make the jump too. What a fun way to keep in touch! Lorenzo is at school today and Liam is on my lap so things are quiet here at the moment. Dora the explorer is making some noise in the other room however. Riley has a Military appriciation luch at his school today and will be playing the piano as part of the program. I have been trying to find someone to watch Lorenzo as he is hard to take places. I hope my the gal I have lined up makes it back from her app. in time.
I ran the battery dead on the van yesterday. Jeremy was at a gig and we were on our way to scouts. Luckily our neighbors were home and able to give me a jump. All the kids thought it was so exciting! Lorenzo keeps asking how much power the van has now. lol!
Well I am off to do the laundry, I know, Lucky me!!