Monday, June 30, 2008

Saylee turns 2!!!

This weekend we celebrated Saylee birthday!! Shes not actually 2 until tommorrow. It was a jam packed day full of fun. We went to our good friend Mylies 2nd birthday party that morning then hurried home and prepared for an invasion of guests! All but 2 people we invited RSVP'd which meant our little house was at max capacity with over 30 people and tons of kids! It was a blast! Shes so big and we're so proud of all her MANY accomplishments she has achieved throughout this year. We love you Say Say!!!
She'll wear anything on her head as long as she doesnt know its there!
I didnt get a pic, but Brody blew out her candles for her...what a big brother!
She loved opening up her presents for about 3 minutes, then I opened up the rest
Dustin and Saylee earlier that day at Mylies party!
This is just a few of the presents she got. We got tons of clothes and some outside toys that arent here. I just want to thank everyone so much for your thought in finding Saylee "therapy approriate toys" It is all awesome! She loves all of her new things and her and Brody are all ready fighting over them!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Green the Vaccine Rally

At the beginning of this month there was a rally held in DC... Green the Vaccine. It would have been so cool to be there for my Saylee. I so strongly believe that not only parents of autisic children but EVERY parent needs to be aware of the war against toxic vaccinations. This post is a long one but Ive been up for awhile researching info I want every person who comes across this to see...tell your friends!

If i could meet any celebrity in the world, it would be Jenny

Sorry the video quality isnt the best but I thought Jim's speech was awesome!

The second part of Jim's speech


Medical professionals that ensure parents that mercury has been removed from all vaccines are lying. They might tell you that only trace amounts of mercury have been found in a few vaccines. Did you know that those small trace amounts are too toxic for drinking water??

Here is a website to go & see what vaccines still have thimerosal (mercury)

Here is an alternate vaccine schedule... This recommendation was written by Donald Miller, MD who is cardiac surgeon and Professor of Surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle and one of the members of the Doctors for disasters preparedness. Here is the link to the article that he wrote I hope everyone will read. It is well worth your time.

1. No vaccinations until a child is 2 years old

2. No vaccines that contain thimersol(mercury)

3.No live virus vaccines (except for small pox if it should reoccur)

4. These vaccines, to be given one at a time, every 6 months beginning at age 2






Did you Know....

* we give the same amount of a vaccine to a newborn that we would give to a full size adult. One size fits all is ridiculous. Why do we have to give different amounts of medicine for different ages but when it comes to vaccines it doesn't matter??????

*The Flu vaccines still have a full dose of mercury in it. I find it interesting that Doctors encourage us to get the flu vaccine while we are pregnant but discourage us to eat fish while pregnant to prevent us getting any mercury. Does that make sense???

* Children who delay vaccinations by 2 months cut their risk of asthma by ½ according to (Kozyrskyj, University of Manitoba)

* What are in the vaccines???(Mercury, Aluminum, viruses, bacteria, formaldehyde, MSG, HCL, Antibiotics, Human, Cow, Chicken, Guinea Pig, Monkey tissue/serum, Yeast, and Egg)

* The current schedule requires 36 vaccines by the time a child is 6 and the majority are given to the children by the age of 15 months compared to 1983 when children received 10 vaccines in the same time period.

*7 Vaccines injected into a 13lb two month old infant is equivalent to 70 doses in a 130 lb adult.

*50 years ago when immunization schedule contained only 4 vaccines, autism was virtually unknown

* Type 1 diabetes went from 1 in 7,100 children in the 1950's to now 1 in 480* The CDC has not done any long term studies to see if vaccine schedule is safe

* US government has paid out more then $11.5 billion in vaccine injury compensation

Here are some tips I found on taca.orgs website. (talk about curing autism)
1. Do not vaccinate newborns. When you are ready to vaccinate – check into a slower vaccination schedule that may work for your family, address your concerns, and achieve public health policy slowly.

2. Avoid re-immunization with a vaccine after a previous bad reaction.

3. NEVER vaccinate ill children or children recovering from an infection.

4. Space vaccines - do not give multiple vaccines in 1 day.(THAT INCLUDES single vaccine doses that have multiple viruses! Split them up!)

5. Use single-dose vials from which to draw up the vaccines as opposed to multiple-dose vials which provide less uniform dosage.

6. Use inactivated polio. (the shot, not the drops)

7. Give RDA (Recommended Daily Allowances) of Vitamin C before and after vaccines

8. Give a natural form of Vitamin A ( cod liver oil ) to keep RDA's at level at all times for the age.

9. Separate the MMR into 3 doses: start with measles at 12-15 months, then mumps at 18-21 months, rubella at 24-27 months.

10. Do not give live virus vaccines to immunodeficient children.

11. Do not give vaccines if allergic to any of these components:i. Yeast - Hep B ii. Eggs - MMR iii. Neonycian - MMR or Varicella

12. Hold off on the Varicella until 10-12 years and if the child is shown not immunity to Chicken pox.

13. Check vaccine titers before giving boosters (Most people are immune after one dose. We continue to get multiple doses that MAY NOT BE NEEDED. Have them check antibody levels via titres blood test.)


These recommendations are based on great books for all parents/grandparents:

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children's Vaccinationsby Stephanie Cave, MD (paperback, September 2001)

The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child (Sears Parenting Library), by Robert Sears, (paperback, 2007)

Evidence of Harm by David Kirby

Additional reading on this important topic can be located at the Autism Research Institute:
* Another great web site with the latest research papers can be found at

*If you read through this whole thing then I applaud you. If you were ever unsure of vaccinations then I hope this cleared the air. Thanks for listening!!

Saturday, June 21, 2008


So I was tagged by Elisa to do this little factoid! Thundercats a go!...How To Play This Game of Tag: Post these rules on your blog. List: 3 joys, 3 fears, 3 goals, 3 current obsessions/collections, & 3 random surprising facts about yourself. Tag 5 people at the end of your post by leaving their names. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog!

3 Joys:
1. My family... If you would of asked me ten years ago if I would have three children in three years, I probably would have punched you right in the mouth! It amazes me how natural it is for me to take care of my family. I love my husband and being a stay at home mom, something I never experienced. Its the hardest job in the world and the most fulfilling. I love that each one of my babies are so different. They each have such wonderful personalities and it is so exciting to think that its my job to mold them and watch them grow up!
2. Dance... I quite enjoy cutting a rug whenever the chance presents itself. I was in dance when I was a kid and in junior high and high school. Im not as graceful as I used to be (childbirth took care of that) but I can shake what my mamma gave me. I love the hip -hoppin- b-boppin type of dance and I hope that never goes away. It could be an embarrassment to my children!
3. Music... when I hear a new band that I fall in love with or an old band I've always been in love with, I fill my veins with joy. My theory is that everything in life is better with music! Can you imagine watching a movie without any background music or main songs? You know how you can hear a song that will instantly take you back 8 years to a specific moment that all of a sudden becomes insanely vivid? I thinks its amazing. I love all types of music and I hope to instill this love with each of my kiddos.
3 Fears:
1. The loss of a child: Of coarse I would be devistated if anything at all EVER happened to Dustin, but to be perfectly honest I can see myself survivng through the ordeal. However, if I lost one of my children, Im pretty sure theres no coming back from that. I would lose my s*^#! Enough said.
2. Cancer: Deep down inside Ive always felt like cancer will be in my future. Whether its the cause of my death or just a huge obstacle I will face, im pretty sure its going to happen and im terrified. My fear stems from the thought of leaving my children young without a mother, I can relate and I never want that to happen.
3. Snakes: I am a total bad-A when it comes to spiders and bugs, Im pretty immune to most of them but if I ever ran across a snake I would freeze. I will never purposely see one in person, up close, never touch one or allow my kids to! If anyone wanted to literally scare me to death, snakes would be your in!
3 Goals:
1. Saylee: My most passionate goal in life is the improvment of Saylee. I want her to be a blabber mouth and in a "typical school" with "typical kids" by 5 years of age. I want her future memories to be full of slumber parties, football games, and proms with an insane group of friends without anyone ever knowing she was a "special needs" child. She has such a loving soul and internal beauty to her that I want everyone to see. Im terrified of her being judged by other kids so Im trying my best to prevent that.
2. ME: Throughout my life as a mom so far, I automatically put myself on the back-burner, I think every mother does...thats why moms are the greatest! I really want to try to set goals for myself involving "adult time" and things I do as Kristen, not as "mom" or a wife. I also want to lose weight weight, lighten up on some things and be the COOLEST MOM ever.
3. Cooking: I will cook all day for 37 people and have no problem, I love it; but to cook on a daily basis for Dustin, Brody and myself....I hate it. I already make Saylee a seperate meal everyday which is teadious enough. I dont know why I hate to cook for my family but I do!! I want to be better and not only cook more often but cook more interesting entrees so I have a little more variety in our dinner mix.
3 Current Obsessions:
1. Garage sales: Regardless of the time of day or day of the week if I see a sign marked "Garage sale" I MUST GO! I feel like the treasure of a lifetime is waiting for me! I have been busy with so many other things lately that I havent gone in 3 weeks and it hurts me to my core! I've been bitten by the bug and im pretty sure theres no turning back!
2. Sewing: its something I've been working on the last few weeks and Im hoping to perfect it and add it to my "mom resume." My mom always tried to teach me to sow, even though I was pretty young and I totally blew her off. She always said its a skill that Id use for the rest of my life. I really want to take a sewing class and learn more challenging techniques and junk.
3. Twilight: Im not ashamed to say it..."Im in love with an imaginary 17 year old boy!" Wow that feels good. The twilight saga was one of the best things thats ever happened to me, it goes...1. Marrying Dustin 2. Having Brody 3. Having Saylee 4. Having Grady 5. TWILIGHT! In 39 days the book Ive been waiting for since October is coming out and I am getting way too excited. Im about to read all three books from the beginning, much to my husbands dismay!
3 Random/Suprising Facts:
1. In the summer of 2002 I went tubing down the salt river (I know, white trash) and burned myself so bad I got blood poisoning and 3rd degree burns on my legs/body. I was in a wheelchair for a week. Whats so funny is that because of the blood poisoning, my legs had to stay elevated so I had these stirrups attached to the wheelchair and I looked pathetic! I know Mandis laughing right now with the memory of wheeling me into a corner then walking away!
2. I can rollerskate like a rockstar. Rythmn skating is a skill I have from a misspent youth. Im pretty good and I take advantage to show it off whenever I get the chance, which isnt very often! One of my friends always makes fun of me because back in the day it was cool to tell everyone the style of skates you had. I was rockin the LT-429 Hard Candy Vapor Lights! It sounds ridiculous to you but it makes sense to me.
3. I have a pretty good memory. I can listen to a comedy CD twice and usually can repeat it word for word. I dont know why but I know the names to a million actors and actresses that I don't even like and know whos in movies Ive never even seen. It doesnt take me very long to get lyrics to songs. I memorized the lyrics to the extended version of "Rapers Delight" when I was 11!!
I tag Mandi, Tera, Charolette, Kristy and Heather!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Practice makes perfect!

Here are three receiving blankets that I made for a friends baby shower. They all have burp rags to match. Again, not so hot with the "displaying" things so theres a close-up shot so you can see the patterns. Unfortunately I was unable to go to the actual shower so Im not sure of her reaction but I think they were a hit! I know they look amazing but hold off your orders im just too swamped right now!! Ha Ha Ha...

pattern close-up
I love to wrap! Heres the final present look!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

What a clown!

So after Brodys decides to put his magnet letters on his fingers, he says "look at me, look at me!" (he says that ALL the time!) When I look at him he says "mamma...take picture?" I laughted so hard! For some reason when I took the picture Brody decided to growl- this is the end result!! I love this kid!!!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Gradys blessing

On Sunday we had the privelge of blessing Grady in church. We had a pretty good turnout and he looked adorable. My in-laws saved us a seat in the 2 row (we are not an "up front" kind of family) so i was flustered. When they announced it was time to do the blessing, Grady was just chillin in his car seat still strapped in and everything! After sacrament we had our friends and family over to the house for breakfast. After we ate, Dustin gave a special blessing to Saylee. It was very sweet and pretty powerful, there wasnt a dry eye in the house! All in all it was a memorable day. I was running around like a crazy lady so theres no group shots of Dus, Grady and I.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Junque Fair

Bright and early saturday morning I hit downtown Mesa for a vintage junque fair. I had alot of wonderful finds, I could have spent a thousand dollars there but guess what, I dont have a thousand new to this style of decor and I havn't the slighest idea of where or how to display my new favorite things. Im just gonna wing it! Lindsay told me,"Think outside the box," with which I replied, "Lindsay, you LIVE outside the box!" She has such an amazing talent for finding cheap things and giving them new life!
The white frame has a chalkboard inside

on the left is a sconce with shelf laying on its side

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

My first creation

For my birthday in December I got a sewing machine, I wanted one bad and its only taken me six months to bust it out and experiment. This is a recieving blanket with matching burp rag. I have no idea what Im doing so its not the best but Im hoping to get better. I couldnt think of a cute way to display so sorry if its a little dull! Heres Grady modeling it for, and yes he is naked!
"I love it! Its so comfy! Im naked!"

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

My talented husband!

Yesterday we had some time to check up on a few houses Dustins designed. This is one of my favorites. The above pic is only about 3/4ths of the front elevation...its huge! Dustin is so talented and loves his work. He has such a great desire to design houses that families can call home and make lifelong memories in. Way to go McGruber...I love you!
Front entry (all marble)
wood paneling in office (before stain)
small shot of the BIGGEST closet Ive ever seen
View from balcony (its nicer than it looks!) Its in Las Sendas

About 4 minutes after taking this shot we were leaving the house. I was walking down the main staircase and slipped on a stupid marble stair and tumbled my fat butt down 3 or 4 stairs! It knocked the wind out of me and BOY did it leave a mark!

Monday, June 2, 2008

Date Night!!

Friday night Dus and I along with Sarah, Jay, Tanj and James hit up some bowling at a super nice Bruinswick in Gilbert. The first hour we bowled old school but our second hour was cosmic bowling and of coarse I was into that. We ate some food, danced (well just me!) and had alot of fun! Tanj had a coupon so we did it all for free! Fun feels better when your doing it free of charge!!
Jay and Sarah (1st night without Noah!)
Cosmic crazy!!
Keepin in domestically real!