Saturday, December 31, 2011

Somewhere Only We Know...

As a parent of a child with type 1 diabetes, I often can't help but long for a time and place when diabetes didn't affect our lives. The simpler times without the constant blood sugar checks and worries.

But I snap myself out of that and instead remind myself of how lucky we are, how we have the power to make a difference.

Here's to never giving up, and to always looking forward.  And to remembering that HOPE is a powerful thing, and that with enough perseverance we will return to a place and time without type 1.

Happy 2012!! Check out the video link above!!

Friday, December 30, 2011

New Year's Eve Thumbprints

My cookie baking was lacking this year...didn't seem to have time to try many new cookie recipes before Christmas like I usually like to do. So I thought I would make one batch just in time for NYE.
Thumbprint cookies are my absolute favorite, and I have to say these lived up to my expectations. Recipe is from and vanilla buttercream from food network. Yum.

Pecan Thumbprints

1/4 cup sugar
1 cup butter
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4 teaspoon salt

Mix all ingredients together. Roll into balls and indent with thumbprint, without breaking through the dough. Bake at 300 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Let cool completely and fill with icing.

Quick Vanilla Buttercream (half batch)

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons whipping cream

Mix butter and powdered sugar on low for 1 minute, increase to medium for 3 minutes. Add vanilla and whipping cream, and beat 1 minute more. Divide and add food coloring, if desired.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Happy Birthday, Lukas!

5 years ago,  a hefty, happy 10 pound baby named Lukas Edward entered our lives.

He's had us laughing ever since!! Happy Birthday to my baby boy!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

We came, we saw, we knocked out some pigs!

7 preschool boys + 1 homemade Angry Birds game = ONE fun birthday party!!

And a lot of energy in one house in the middle of winter!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Tis the Season

So cracking open the emergency glucagon kit for the first time is definitely not a good feeling.

Thankfully, it wasn't because leah was unconscious...but a nasty stomach bug, ketones, and blood sugars well below 80 left us no other option.

After a day of trying to force any kind of sugar down her throat and just hoping it would stay down, her doctor recommended zofran and mini-glucagon doses to keep us from heading to the ER. Luckily, it worked... The zofran stopped the puking, she needed the glucagon about every two hours through the night which raised her just enough so I could keep bolusing insulin to get rid of ketones (yay me for finally remembering to get a blood ketone meter!), and it bought us time til morning.

But when the puking started again the next night, I figured we were headed to the hospital for sure. Luckily, zofran helped her keep some juice down, we made it through one more night, and finally today has been good.

A nice reminder of the fun that winter and flu season brings. It's funny what becomes your reality--staring at the glucagon, syringes, empty juice boxes, making 3am phone calls to the just kind of go into autopilot, do what you need to do, and hope beyond hope you're making all the right decisions.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Sad face finger

We pricked Leah's finger and the blood made a sad face....Leah says we must of hurt his feelings. :)