Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Boys Clothing Sale

Ah.....Consignment Season. I blame my sweet unnamed friend here in Charlotte for getting me hooked but I love them. That makes me sound like a cheap Black Friday shopper but when you can buy smocked outfits from $15-$20 and Polos for $5 it makes it all worth it. When Ford was first born I wanted all new adorable outfits and then realized 1 thing...... BOYS. They tear clothes up. And I don't dress this kid fancy for daycare so cords and jeans and long sleeve shirts all come from consingment sales. I'll still supplement from Gap, Old Navy, Mini Boden, and Crewcuts as the season goes by but for staples I go to the YMCA (September 6th!) sale and for nicer clothes I hit up Wallace's Wearhouse (September 16th!)

All that being said I am buried under 5 bins of boy clothes. I'm going to post the nicer things here (You guys don't want my 20 Carter's pajamas since infancy) and if they sell today great, if they don't it's off to Wallace's they go!

Shipping is $5. I wish it was lower but by the time you by the packaging and get to the post office that is about how much it costs. My email is first name last name at gmail dot com. Remember, I spell my first name funny-Katharine. I would also rather sell to people I know so that if I get a surprise in the delivery room I can track all of you down and buy these boy clothes back!

Smocked outfits are $12, Applique $11, Solid $10. Shipping is $5 or locals can come pick-up.

Left to Right
Royal Child 9M, Cupcake Originals 12M, Anavini 18M 

Tenille & Co 2, Reversible Navy and Orange to just Navy, no brand and no tag but measures 24M or 2T, Blue solid imp originals 2T

Little English 18M (I never monogrammed), No brand Snowman 2T, Orient Expressed 3T (never mongrammed) and I think we had to pin for him to wear last Christmas length wise.

Viva la Fete 3T, Remember Nguyen 18M, Bailey Boys reverses to red bear 2T

Orient Expressed 3T (same shoulder to stride though as a bailey boys 2t), Shrimp and Grits Kids 24M, Bailey Boys 2T
Reverse of Bailey Boys

Bonpoint Wool hoodie sweater 3T (a small 3T) LOVED this $10, Pixie Lily 6-9M $12, Flora and Henri beige sweater 2y  $10

Janie and Jack Rocking Horse Sweater 12-18M $9
Lands End Dog Sweater 6-9M $9
Ralph Lauren Wool 3T Sweater $10
Jacadi Paris Long Sleeve Polo 23M $9

Marie Chantal Wool Aqua Longall 12M $11
Petit Ami Cars Longall 24M $11

Ralph Lauren Half-Zip Cotton 2T (loved this!) $12
Red Columbia Fleece Jacket 24M $14
Petit Faune Wool Coat 12M (big in my opinion) $12

Will keep adding stuff! Today has gotten away from me. 


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Baby Girl Nursery Progress

Yesterday we took our lunch breaks to move beds and furniture around upstairs. Things are starting to look girly in the previously boyish and blue nursery! And I'm so so so so relieved the double bed from the guest room fit. Things are a little tight in there but this way if we have company we can always put baby in our room and I have a feeling I'll be sleeping in here the rest of where do I hang the 40" TV? (kidding)

Things left to do:
-Hang art. I had Norman Rockwell prints framed above Ford's crib but they were boy-centric. I have some generic flower prints I could put there and then I'm thinking my "For James" by Katie Long Stevenson can go to the right of the curtains.
-Bigger side table and tablecloth. I will probably be cheap and get one of these decorator tables. Anyone have a good source for tablecloths? Should I just order the Burlap from Ballard?
-Recover bench? We have 1 panel left of the Manuel Canovas curtain material (all a gift from a long time ago) I can't decide if we should make new shams or use it for crib skirt or what. I also have about 5 yards of a pretty green stripe.
-New Changing table pad. Pink, Green or Lavender?
-New Crib Bedding., green or lavender? I love a set of green PB crib bedding I found on Ebay but I'm not sure the Greens match up.
-Get a lumbar pillow and blanket for Glider
-Spray bookshelves white for reading corner. Maybe order 1 or 2 girlie books. My niece just gave us her copy of Madeline!
-Order another white noise machine. The one I have is from my parents attic and it is awesomely LOUD. What is the loudest out there?
-Price out double video monitor systems. We only have 1 wifi webcam and that won't work with two. And still need to keep my eye on the big guy as he just graduated to a big boy bed.

Pottery Barn Bedding via Website and Ebay, Serena and Lily Bedding, "For James" by Katie Long Stevenson, Rikshaw throw blankets, Monogram boudoir pillows via Etsy, Changing Pad via Target, Gorgeous purple monogram via Leontine Linens.

Anything else? Ford slept in his moses basket for this first three months but we are going to try to get baby girl in her crib much earlier. That being said...where can I buy moses basket bedding? Or will I just use the Newborn Rock and Play this time instead? (We didn't have those back in 2011. And thanks Elie for the early gift!!)


Friday, August 22, 2014

The Clock Test

My Mom had her Memory Care appointment this week and I drove over on Wednesday to attend. These appointments are not only incredibly informative but also healing for my father and I. We soak up every word of advice the doctors and nurses give us and sometimes wish the appointment would last for hours as we have so many stories and "what-if" scenarios we would like to discuss. We are very thankful we have this resource up in Western North Carolina.

We split up when we arrive and Mom goes to get her "tests" done while Dad and I sit in a conference room. These tests range from things such as trying to recall the President, name 5 animals, name the schools you have gone to, fold a piece of paper, and to draw a clock. 

The Dr came into the room where my father and I were waiting and started to go over Mom's results. Her inability to communicate seems to be the fastest decline we have seen yet. She can still somewhat carry on a conversation but there a lot of "you know what I mean" and "you know, that word that means _____" and phrases such as "Do you like my _________ that I just got". She finally comes up with the word lights but she means glasses. 

But the test that really showed the progression of her Alzheimer's was the Clock Test. Her Dr. showed us her clock from Wednesday and it was blank with a few marks in the upper corner. We just sat there silently. The arthritis in her fingers might have a little bit to do with it but when forced to she can try to write. 

He then showed us her clock from last November. This clock was completely filled out.....not exactly spaced perfectly, but had all the correct numbers.

Staring at her clock from this appointment and her clock from a year ago sent my father and I into tears. We were staring at Alzheimer's on paper. We know Alzheimer's. We kiss, hug, cook for, take shopping, and talk to Alzheimer's. But to see it on paper was staggering.

When we left the appointment Mom asked me if the Dr said she was going to get worse. It took everything in me not to start crying again and I just told her that yes, Alzheimer's does get worse, but that we are working with Memory Care to use medicines and safeguards to make her feel stable and happy. That answer seemed to please her until she asked several times again the next day. You see, she used to work in Long Term Care. I think she knows in her heart it will get worse but I'm hoping that by going to these appointments and adding vitamins and her seeing we are making changes will help her believe she can at least fight it.

Because that is all we can do. Put our hope in medicine and pray

We are in Stage 5 now. There are only 7. We know there is no silver lining or easy path ahead. We are very thankful for our family and friends that continue to help Mom (and us) and treat her as a friend and the wonderful woman that she still is.



Monday, August 18, 2014

My Ice Bucket Challenge (I chose to donate) and Defending the Water Dumpers.

Image via NYT

I have defriended two people on facebook today. People ranting that the ice water bucket challenge is useless and stupid and a waste of water.

You know what? You people are assholes. Not one to point fingers but Breast Cancer gets an ENTIRE month on NFL. Pink gloves, pink shoes...etc. Do you same people complain about all the pink? Brilliant marketing for breast cancer awareness and kudos to Susan G. Komen for creating one of the best funded fights in the medical field.

But there are others of us (like ALS, Alzheimer's, and Autism) that don't have that level of recognition yet. So if a silly viral idea of dumping ice water on our heads sparks some attention what is the big damn deal? Wasting water? Please. We have had a nice wet summer in the south and I've skipped a few showers so that can probably cover South Charlotte.  I haven't even had to dump water on my hydrangeas like I normally do so give up the argument about water. It is ONE bucket.

Annoying? Perhaps to some.....I mean my entire feed is ice bucket challenges. But you know what? It is also full of first day of school pics, newborn babies, wedding montages, vacation snaps.etc.... which I LOVE. Post away people. It is called social media for a reason and I'm so tired of people making fun of everyone else on there. Yes, I am an oversharer. Hide me, unfriend me. But don't you dare publicly shame me or make me feel bad about myself for SHARING on social media. (I could dedicate a whole post to this)

I partially understand the argument of feeling publicly shamed to post a video. PARTIALLY. But without the video this wouldn't have been so viral. Do you want to watch me post a video of me donating? And would ANY of these people have donated had there not been a fun silly video to record? NOPE. It would have been glossed over. I was going to record this whole post in video form but nobody would have finished watching without the ice bucket. The photo I posted of my Mother wearing a funny shirt referencing Alzheimer's has received 212 likes. Of those 212 people I think 7 have donated. You have to get people to actually do something to hold them accountable. It is the sad truth of charity.

My point is that this "silly obnoxious" gimmick has raised millions for ALS. (New York Times Article HERE). 13.3 million has been raised since this began compared to their normal 1.7 they normally receive. That is AMAZING. My main annoyance is I didn't think of it first and now will be racking my brain to think of a way to do this for Alzheimer's.

Snipped from NYT article:
Pete Frates can no longer speak. But in the last two and a half weeks, a
video posted on Facebook by Mr. Frates, a 29-year-old former college
baseball player, has inspired people like Bill Gates, LeBron James, Chris
Christie and Taylor Swift to dump a bucket of ice on their heads and speak
out for his cause.
The “Ice Bucket Challenge” has lit social media on fire, raising both
money and awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known
as Lou Gehrig’s disease. About 30,000 Americans now have the disease,
which attacks nerve cells and ultimately leads to total paralysis, though the
mind remains sharp. Life expectancy is typically two to five years from the
time of diagnosis.
The stunt goes like this: People make a video of themselves dumping a
bucket of ice water on their heads, post it on Facebook, Instagram or other
social media sites, and then challenge friends to do the same within 24
hours or donate $100 to ALS. (Many do both.)
People have shared more than 1.2 million videos on Facebook between
June 1 and Aug. 13 and mentioned the phenomenon more than 2.2 million
times on Twitter since July 29, according to those sites. Donations to the
ALS Association have spiked. As of Sunday, the association said it had
received $13.3 million in donations since July 29, compared with $1.7
million during the same period last year. I

So today my family will be donating to ALS and ALZ. My husband's family lost his uncle to ALS in 2011 so we will be making a donation to the Steve Gleason foundation (Team Gleason) in Victor Gasser's name.

I will also be donating to the Alzheimer's Association today. Alzheimer's Disease, and the fact that it also has no cure, is my main charity and something that is obviously close to my heart as my Mom was diagnosed in 2011. For a moment think about this:

Steve Gleason has a beautiful and brilliant mind trapped inside a body that is failing him. On the other hand my Mother has a failing mind trapped inside a perfectly capable body. Two horrible diseases, two wonderful loving people, and no cure or prevention for either. Both FATAL.

So leave the ice bucket dumpers alone. Go donate today. Be nice. Stop hating and shaming people.