Thursday, July 31, 2008

My Mom with her Grandkids

On Sunday I did a photo shoot with my Mom, Step-Dad and their 6 grandchildren. My brother, sister, and I really wanted these pictures done because with as quickly as my Mom is declining we just didn't want to miss out on this opportunity. I even took a few pictures of just my Mom and Step-Dad. I took quite a few pictures and it would be too much to post here really, but I did upload a few of my favorites. You can click on the pictures to bigger versions of them.
My Mom and Dan

My Mom, Dan, Kylar, and Olivia

Front Row - Alyssa, Olivia, & Ava

Middle Row - Mom, Kylar, Austin, & Jordan

Back Row - Dan

All six grandchildren together.

My Mom, Dan, & Ava

My Mom, Dan, Austin, Jordan, & Alyssa

Monday, July 28, 2008

A bit disappointed and discouraged...

Tonight I signed onto my computer and on the yahoo main page was an article about Alzheimer's research. So with my Mom having Alzheimer's, I of course was very curious as to what this article had to say. I am sure by now you, can guess from my subject line to this e-mail the news was not positive for Alzheimer's research. My Mom was put on Aricept to help slow down the progression of Alzheimer's, which at this point the medicine actually hasn't done. If anything it seems like my Mom is progressing even faster into the disease. Well, she was put on Aricept because her doctor mentioned at her appointment in December/January he was very hopefully of the new medicines they had coming out in the next year or two. Well ,yesterday the news was released that this medicine they were hoping to release within the next year failed to show any benefits for Alzheimer's patients in the late stage trial of its research. This was pretty disheartning to read because I was actually still staying pretty positive about the new medicines that were to come out. Hoping that my Mom might just hold out for these other medicines that were to be coming out. Now the next one that may be of any use is still undergoing testing and the results for those tests will not be available until at least 2010. Two years does not sound that far away and in many instances two years is not, however with how rapidly my Mom is progressing, my fear is that we just do not have two years to wait. I am trying to have some faith in all this, but some days it is just hard to be hopeful when Alzheimer's is still such a mystery.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Some old fence post...

in the middle of basically nowhere! Central Illinois offers a lot of cornfields, bean fields, and open fields in pretty much any direction you look. Flat land all around. Though if you venture out to the country you can find some pretty cool things to take pictures of. At least I think so anyway!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Bathtime Is Messy...

but oh so fun when you have bath crayons to draw on the walls of the bath tub making washable artwork! And then turn the individual crayon holders into finger tips! Oh so cool and oh so much fun! :) She was having a blast and I was having flashbacks of Freddy Krueger and visions of Nightmare On Elm Street movies! One, Two Freddie's coming for you...Three, Four better lock the door....LOL

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July

This year we stayed home and had a cookout at our house for the 4th of July. My brother and his family were out of town camping over the holiday weekend, with my brothers in-laws and a couple of their friends. So, I invited my Mom and Step-Dad over, as well as my sister and her family to join us. It was a nice time just having a relaxing holiday together. No drama, good food, and a nice time was had by all. We did consider going to Harristown for their fireworks or else going down to the lake to watch the fireworks they put on each year.

Last weekend we went to Arthur and watched their fireworks display, so personally I was okay with sitting these out tonight. Sometimes it is just a huge hassle trying to find a parking space down at the lake and then the traffic getting out is always forever long. Well even though we decided to not venture out to Harristown or to the lake, I only had to walk out my front door to see a really nice fireworks display that people in our neighborhood put on. Happy 4th of July! :)

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Camera Time...

Hand a 10 year old a camera and this is what you get....

Say Cheese!!!!!!

I think I am scared...okay maybe not! :)

Well at least he doesn't have any cavities! :)