In April, 2010, when Andrew was 2 1/2, a tumor was discovered behind his eye. The tumor was removed, but it was found to be an aggressive cancer. He endured seven months of chemo and six weeks radiation. In December of 2010, the day after his last treatment, he was rushed to the ER with an almost fatal bacterial infection. He survived.

He is now seven-years-old!! I don't visit here much, because during the ordeal, this is where I dumped everything--my rage, my fear, my sadness, my ugly, my hope, my everything. But I want all of you who supported and prayed for us to hear his updates. You helped me survive, and I am deeply thankful. Every once in awhile, I will check in to let you know how he's doing. Please continue to pray that cancer will never return to his body. Thank you.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Blog Party...Randomness

It's a Blog Party! To find out more, click this link:

Ultimate Blog Party 2010

Hello!  I am Julie.  I have three boys, three dogs, and one husband. 

Random Facts

I lose my cell phone about once a day.  The only way I find it,  is to call it.  I wish I could call my keys.

Every day after school, my sons come home and empty the sand from their shoes into a bucket. 
We are saving up for a sandbox...
Not really, but we should!! 

I have my Master's degree in Marriage and Family therapy. I currently stay at home with my kids.
I overanalyze everything. Mostly myself.

I run to stay fit; I run to stay sane.

I need to make a chore chart for myself.

I am hooked on LOST but wish they would answer a few more questions! 
How are they going to wrap this all up in a few weeks?!

 I tend to let our kids go a little wild with their "creativity."

My husband has found a unique way to organize our garage:

I hit my head on a bike at least once a day...

I love to travel.  I wish I could do more of it.

Secret Talents

In this picture I was trying to do a cartwheel on a piece of wood stretched across a swimming pool. 
I tried several times.
I never quite landed it.  One foot on, two feet on, but darn it!  Never found myself standing on the other side.
Thankfully, I am still alive to tell about it.

I make a mean PB and J. 

I'm pretty good at face-painting.

and arm painting

Daily Ponderings

Does the guy on the corner, dressed like the Statue of Liberty, really bring in business?
or does he scare it away...?

Putting fruit in my son's lunchbox seems to be an exercise  in futility. 
I put it in.  He doesn't eat it.  It comes back home. 
 I put it in. He doesn't eat it. It comes back home. 
 But if I don't put it in, I feel like a bad mom.  So we play this little "pass the fruit" game.

I am afraid to look under my bed.  No, not afraid of monsters.  Afraid of what I might find under there.  It has become a dog den.  Old food wrappers, stolen underwear (mine, ugh!), and wooden toys handmade in Germany chewed to bits...Oh, I've braved it a few times, and it is not pretty.

I'm still finding plastic Easter eggs wherever I go, parking lots, the park...are you? 

Usually when the house is quiet, it is a bad thing.
When the car is quiet, it is usually a good thing.
However, it is not usually THIS good:

I asked the kids to help me decorate for my husband's birthday:


I just finished reading The Help, by Kathryn Stockett.  I LOVED it.  
If you are looking for a good book, I highly recommend it. (See my side bar for pic.) 

Another great book is Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer. 
Read it!  You will love it.  Well, at least, I loved it.

Happy Blog Party and Random Tuesday!



  1. That was one seriously awesome into. Also, your sidebar about me kicks ass. I'm following now. Had to do it.

    Hi there. Greetings from Miami, FL. I'm stopping in this Monday to toss a little confetti, pull up a cozy virtual chair and party with you for a bit. Let's have some fun!

    I've got my Ultimate Blog Party 2010 post up at Dayngrous Discourse along with some giveaways and one of those posts that give you a little taste of what's it like to have some Dayngr in your life. I hope you'll surf on over, say hello and follow along if the mood strikes you.

    Oh, one last thing - If you're the tweetin' kind, I'm @Dayngr on twitter.

  2. Love the decorations for the party..that made me laugh:)

  3. I never know where my cell phone is !

    Big Lost junkie here : )

    Enjoy the party!

  4. I loved this! You are very good at the painting gig!! My husband keeps threatening he is going to that to our garage and now I know I am for sure going to put my foot down! ;-)

  5. What a clever creative way to introduce yourself Julie! I loved it. Between losing your cell phone and bumping your head on bikes each day, how do you get anything done? lol! You are a super talented body painter! I wish we had people with those skills around here- Bear's lucky if he can get an accurate smiley face drawn on his face at our Fair. Still cute, but kind of nondescript if you ask me ;)

  6. Great your sense of humor. Loved learning more about you! Glad you joined me at the party!

  7. What a FUN party post! It's so nice to meet you! :)

  8. Thanks for stopping by my blog from UBP2010...It's just about my bedtime but I plan to come back and check your blog out a bit more because I love what I've seen so far!

    Happy "Partying"!

  9. Your very first line "I lose my cell phone about once a day. The only way I find it, is to call it. I wish I could call my keys." is so me I can't stand it.

    I love the body painting. Yours and theirs :)

  10. Wow- that looks fun!
    Have a great Tuesday!

  11. LOL about the cell phone and keys. My husband loses his cell phone on a regular basis. It is currently so lost that when we phoned it we couldn't hear the ring and now the battery has died...

    I need a chore chart too! Here's something I think would be fun -- The Wheel of Chorture

    Happy UBP!

  12. Holy entertaining intro, batman! Mine is super lackluster (and boring) in comparison. wahhhh... Yeah that is me whining.

    Your saving up for a sandbox cracks me up. You LIVE in a big sandbox :)

    AGAIN, GREAT post!

  13. I've read so many recommendations for The Help, I guess it's time I get a copy.
    Thanks for stopping by today.
    Love all the photos in the posts below. Your boys are gorgeous!

  14. Hi there! Nice to meet you! I'm stopping by via UBP. I loved reading your blog. I will be visiting it again soon! Wow with 3 boys 3 dogs and one husband i bet life is an adventure!!!

    I hope you can stop by our blog: is a mom owned newly launched site.

    Have a beautiful day

  15. I am laughing SO very hard at the decorations for your husbands birthday! You are an amazing face/arm painter. Holy WOW! : ) I always wonder that about the statue of liberty guy too. I have never gone into one of those places.

  16. I love your blog header...wnat to come back and read more...This is such a fun party and I have met some of the greatest bloggers... I am amazed at all the different and creative blogs. Stop by for a visit...just leave a comment on any of the last few posts on either blog and you are eligible for the GRAND PRIZE $100 GIFT BASKET! I am going to draw Friday night.....


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