Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Sickness has consumed us for the past 6 days. Ace started with a stuffy nose and cough last Friday that has turned into a rattler. We stayed inside for 3 days straight :( He feels better but still has a rough cough. Gracyn started sneezing and coughing Sunday night and now I have watery eyes and stuffy nose, nothing Sudafed can't cure, just as long as it doesn't turn into a chest cold like Ace I'll be fine. Gracyn is a trooper, not fussy, no fever, just some boogies and he gets pissed when he coughs - LOL

A couple months ago we went in for a Audiology appointment for Asa's 4 Yr. hearing test. They found a conductive hearing loss in his right ear. With his tiny ear canals it's so hard to see what's going on in there. The suspect was fluid in the middle ear. Side note: he hasn't had any prominent ear infections - ever. The Audiologist said we'd give it a month and see if it cleared on it's own and repeat the test. We did that Dec. 28th with the same results. Since then we've been to ENT and yes he does have fluid in his middle ear and for some reason it's not draining on it's own - effecting his hearing. We go in for ear tubes next Wednesday, I know this is going to help him out so much and I can't wait. I have noticed since this cold set in that he is having a harder time hearing. Oh and on Thursday I'm scheduled to have a wisdom tooth taken out, Lord knows I don't have much wisdom to loose but it's been bothering me and gots to go :)

Wish us luck that we all get better and Ace and I aren't in too much pain together next week...

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Nella's 2 for 2 Fund

Benefiting NDSS, last year Nella raised over $100,000 for her first birthday. This year her goal is $200,000.
Must watch video...

Visit Nella's 2 for 2 Fund Page to Donate

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

New Obsession

Well, I must confess. I have a new obsession. Shutterfly Photo Books! I've purchased my Holiday cards through Shutterfly for a few years now and when I received an email saying they were having a New Year's 40% off sale on Photo Books I thought what the heck I'll take a crack at it. I used to scrapbook and it was fun, but when you have two little kids and work 40 hours a week who has time for that! I was also feeling guilty I haven't done anything with my photos and they were just sitting in various files at work and at home. So like they say for scrapbooking, start current and work your way backwards. I started with 2011.

Create a gorgeous, high quality wedding photo album at

I like my 2011 Book, but I'm not in LOVE with it. It should arrive today and I'm anxious to see how it turned out for "REALS".  I wasn't used to all the embellishments and background options. I thought I just wanted to go simple white and let my photos speak for themselves. Then the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to take another crack. So I started going through my 2010 photos. In May 2010 I got a new camera, me being the can't be bothered with person I am I never set the date on it. Boy, let me tell you. I've set the date now - LOL I had to go by how chubby Asa's cheeks were to figure out the timeline on my photos! With out further ado here is 2010. I'm still not necessarily in LOVE with the whole thing. There are some pages I REALLY LOVE, but some I'm just okay with.

Create your own personalized photo books at

I'm hooked now and once I muster the gumption to start 2009 it might take me awhile. My OCD tendencies kick in hardcore with this kind of stuff. It's my advertising major coming out... It's all about placement baby :)

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My name is Jackie and I am a mother, wife, friend, sister, daughter, cousin to many, and a dreamer of sorts. I dream of many things and one is a life full of acceptance, achievement and success for my Super Hero son Asa. He's got extra good stuff that comes with a little thing called Down syndrome. We live in the beautiful state of New Hampshire with our 2 Bulldogs; Rosie, Frankie and 36 chickens.