March 21, 2013

Busy... Busy...

Good Morning Thursday!
Happy Spring!

Spring showed up in her true lioness form yesterday. We woke up to cold cloudy skies and throughout the day, we experienced everything from snow flurries, torrential rain, quarter sized hail, and wind that could knock you to your feet. But the day ended with beautiful blue skies, and big mud puddle for Zoie to jump in. It was Cah-Razy!

This morning it is looking nicer with clearer skies, but there is a bit of frost on everything outside. So I won't be venturing out until I absolutely have to today. I hate the cold. 

We've been super busy here the last week. I can't even contain my excitement when I tell you that we have 7 new babies in our house. Ziva had her pups last Friday night. She did beautifully and she is a wonderful mama. 

Seriously?!? How can you not LOVE this face?

They've been to the vet and are all as perfect as can be.
We are excited to watch them grow up... at least for the next 7-8 weeks.

How has your week been?
This morning, Zoie and I are off to MOPs.
Then home again to spend another day with the puppies and Miss Ziva.
Zoie is so sweet and kind to them. I love watching her love on the puppies.


March 14, 2013

Spring Puppies

A few GREAT things happening here this week.

Did you know??
We got a little sunshine the other day! The temps have warmed from low 30's to mid 50's, and we are enjoying EVERY SINGLE SECOND of it!
Zoie, Ryleigh and I celebrated with a Verry Berry Smoothy from Costco.

Spring! We are Ready for you!!!


Did you all see yesterday, that my Mama celebrated a birthday??
Well... To honor her I am offering a 15% discount on ALL Holiday items on the website!
With there already being FREE SHIPPING code (Facebook) on all Easter items... 
this is a deal you can't pass up!

Seriously?!? How cute are these adorable Easter outfits from Mudpie?
I'm in LOVE with the pink one!
You can find them at Chasing Zoie.


We have been super busy around our house the last week. Yesterday I spent literally all day prepping and preparing home made Chinese food for my Mama's birthday dinner.
Today, Zoie and I are headed to town to find a bed for Ziva to have her puppies!
She is due any day... so we better get to it.

Our happy girl at the vet.

I can't wait for the puppies to come!
Our visit to the vet went really well on Monday. 
The x-ray showed a definite 7 puppies in her big belly. 
Although, the vet thought there could be 9. So hard to tell on an x-ray when they are all scrunched together and overlapped. 

Can you see the little heads?

Until the puppies come, Ziva is loving all the pampering she is getting.
She's REALLY LOVING getting to sleep in the house by the fireplace.

Zoie is enjoying having her be a little calmer than normal. 
She loves her Ziva and they are both loving the snuggling.


Have you heard about the GIVEAWAY that J&M's Eye Candy is having. 
It right here on The Foley Fam Blog!
Kristine is dear friend of mine that I met through blogging, so lovely! 
If you haven't met her yet... You seriously need to!


March 13, 2013

Happy Birthday Mama

Today is my Mama's birthday!
I'm not going to tell you how old she is... she might get mad.

But let me tell you!
She is an amazing mom, person, and friend.
She's got a very level head which comes in handy in many situations that I can't keep mine level.

Not a single day goes by, even now being an adult, that I don't need my mom. We talk almost every day and I seek her advice in more situations than I can count. 

I hope you have an amazing birthday Mom!
I love you!
And Zoie loves her Nana!

Fly safe getting home to us!
I'm making your favorite dinner. Homemade Chinese!


March 8, 2013

Zoie's First ER Visit

Let me start by say... She is fine!
Don't want to worry anyone.

Yesterday morning I finished my  time on my elliptical and took Zoie and headed to my bedroom/bathroom to get ready for the day. I left her in my bedroom/sink area and went in the potty room for a moment.

After less than a minute I walked back into the sink area and saw that Zoie was putting a pill in her mouth. 

Ok... A little back story...

My step-daughter, Ryleigh, who is 13 suffers from a condition called Dermatomyositis. Dermatomyositis is a muscle disease that is most common in children ages 5-15. It typically shows itself at the age of 11 with severe rashes and muscle weakness. The disease is treated with anti-inflammatory medicines, steroids, and drugs that suppress the immune system.
Ryleigh has been receiving treatment for this since shortly after her 11th birthday. Since December of 2012,, her medications have been reduced and she is considered in remission! Hallelujah!!
She is however, still taking several medications from side effects of treatment medication such as, high blood pressure pills, ADHD medication, immune-suppressors, and several high dose vitamins. 

So yesterday morning... Zoie found them!
Ack!!! In less than I minute or two, she's SO quick. And how the heck she reached them, I still can't figure it out!

Needless to say... this Mama FREAKED THE FREAK OUT!

I quickly called Ryleigh's mom who gave me the names of all the pills from Ryleigh's pill box. (I didn't have a current list.) We found that there were 5 pills missing form the 8 originally in the case.
I then called poison control and explained the situation. The man on the phone was very calm and professional and in the nicest way he could, told me to get to the emergency room as fast as we could!

I have never driven so fast down city streets before. We live about 30-40 minutes from our local children's hospital where he told me I should go. So I was FLYING down the road. Driving as quickly and as safely as I could, I made it in record time and pulled in the ER where they immediately took us to the back. 
Thankfully Poison Control called ahead for us! So they knew we were coming!!

After talking with the nurses and quickly confirming the medications she could have possibly ingested, we made another call to Ryleigh's mom to verify a dosage amount. In our frantic need to read and write down names and dosages we got the dosage incorrect on the blood pressure medication. We had thought it read 25 mg and turns out it was only 2.5 mg. 

After learning our mistake, the nurses calmed a bit and the Dr. then took her time going over the entire scenario. That particular medication was the biggest worry of everyone involved. Had it actually been the dosage we originally gave (25 mg) it probably would have slowed her heart to a near stop. However, with the dosage she received with each pill, it was merely a double dose of what she would be prescribed at her age and weight. Not as life threatening as they had originally thought.

We then spent several hours at the hospital, trying to get Zoie to pee in a bag so we could test her urine to be sure of what we were dealing with. Have you ever tried to get a 16 month old to sit still so her pee goes in a tiny bag they have taped to her bottom??? Ya... it doesn't work. But short of going in and getting in an invasive way this was our option.

Needless to say, it didn't work. Especially since there were buttons to push and beeping screens to touch. After some time, since Zoie had not shown any signs of distress, they were okay with sending us home.

They gave me a list of symptoms to watch out for and told me what we could be dealing with, and we were off. Not quite as scary as it could have been.

Zoie fell fast asleep as soon as pulled out of the parking garage. 
It was a horribly stressful morning. My nerves were shot! After that I thought I deserved a Shamrock Shake from McDonald's! I didn't though... my willpower won out and I got myself an unsweetened Iced Tea on my way home.

I am so very thankful we had an amazing medical team working with us. I am thankful for poison control for their help. I am thankful that my husband was home and was able to come to the hospital with us. I am mostly thankful for my relationship with Ryleigh's mom, Julie. Five years ago, I don't know that I would have been able to call and ask such simple questions, let alone communicate what the issue was and work together for the sake of our children.

So thankful for a good outcome!
This morning Zoie is doing great! Her normal little spitfire self!

Happy Friday Peeps! Let's hope its uneventful.


March 6, 2013

Semi-Wordless Wednesday

A look at Zoie through the last year...


Have you checked out our new Facebook Chasing Zoie?
We have some beautiful Easter Items :)


March 5, 2013

Who do you Choose?

The time has come for Zach and I to make a HUGE decision.
When I say HUGE, I mean GINORMOUS!

Since Zoie is now 16 months old, it has come time for us to change our Last Will and Testament. I know, I know, we probably should have done it months ago or even a year or more ago... but these are hard decisions to make. The hardest of which is "Who gets the privilege of  raising Zoie?".

There are so many loving people in our lives. People who I know love and care for Zoie. But how do you choose someone to actually raise her if (God Forbid) something should happen to both Zach and I. 

We had our Wills done long before we had Zoie, that would take care of the businesses and the estate and Zach's kids (who would obviously stay with their mother). Businesses would probably be sold, the house would be sold, various items would be given to each child and the rest sold and the money put to into a trust for each child. 

Much of that is still the same with Zoie now a part of our family... except choosing a person to raise Zoie is one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make. I can't imagine my life without her and I can't imagine her life without us. It's too sad to even think about. But it must be done. A decision must be made.

So yesterday we made a list. A list containing the names of 4 couples that we know and could trust to raise our child. 
I've taken into consideration things like:

Lifestyle: Would having Zoie completely change the lifestyle they are currently living? Of course, but the real question is; Would they be resentful of us? Or more importantly, Zoie, if she were to upset their lifestyle?

Financial Stability: Could they care for Zoie financially? We would obviously leave money behind to care for Zoie in her day to day life for the following years until she becomes an adult. Can I trust said person to correctly allot said money to Zoie and not for themselves? If they are on my list I know I can trust them now, but money changes things... doesn't it? 

Occupation: What kind of job do they have? Is it safe? There are two families on my list that have jobs with questionable safety issues. Even though I am sure they would care for Zoie and do everything they could to love and protect her and raise her to be a good person, do I want her to worry that her new "parent" wouldn't be coming home from work? Would she be left alone again?

LOVE: The most important issue to me. Would said person love and nurture and care for Zoie as if she was their own? Yet teach her and show her that she is from someone else? Would they tell Zoie stories of her parents and teach her how we lived and the kind of people we were? Would they try to instill a bit of us in her when we can't?

Current Family Situation: Would Zoie, coming into a new family change the dynamic of said family? Would her presence be resented by other children? I would hate for her to grow up in a house where the birth children of these adults we love and trust so much treated her badly? How would we even know this? Are they people that could see the signs if she struggled and tried to remedy the situation? Or would they come to eventually turn on her because she was causing problems for their children and be forced to change her situation because of the harm that having her is making on their family?

Age: I know... age is just a number. Age should almost never matter. But in this situation it matters a great deal. Do we want Zoie going to someone that is older than the average parent? Knowing that when she graduates from high school they could be in their 70's. Knowing that there is always a chance that said person or people could 'go' early and leave her alone once again?

You see my dilemma? How did you make this decision? I could really use some input. How do I decide? How do you choose someone to raise your child when the only person you want or can see raising her is you? It's heartbreaking to say the least. 

Last questions: What about the people you don't choose? Do they resent you? Do they get angry because you didn't choose them?

The first time we left Zoie, when Zach and I flew somewhere without her... I sent a text to my mom that said if our plane crashed she was to care for Zoie. That text is still in effect until this decision is made. 


March 4, 2013

Looking Forward 2 Weeks and 23 Days and 19 Weeks

Two Weeks!
That's how long until we have puppies!
We are Oh So Excited!

As you might remember, I posted a couple months ago that my chocolate lab, Ziva, spent about a week with her 'boyfriend' Street. Did I mention he is a beautiful chocolate lab? Cause he is! I know these puppies will be gorgeous and I can't wait for them to come. 

Did you know dogs are only pregnant for 60 days? I couldn't believe it. They make 4-9 puppies in 60 days and we make 1 baby in 9 months. I don't know about you, but we sure got the short end of that stick.... although, Elephants are pregnant for 22 months... so I guess I shouldn't be comparing. It could be worse.

We have an appointment to do a puppy count at the vet next Monday the 11th. A puppy count is just when they take an x-ray of Ziva so we can see how many pups are snuggled up in her tummy.  I will be sure to post that picture.

Then she is due on the 18th. 
Two Weeks! Ack!




23 Days from now, or 3 weeks and 2 days we are headed to sunny Phoenix for Spring Break!
If you thought I was excited about the puppies, you should see my excitement for going to Arizona.

(Never fear, Ari will be staying with the pups. She loves animals and is going to college to be either a vet or a zoologist or a marine biologist. Hasn't made up her mind yet, but she can handle them. She's a seasoned vet when it comes to caring for puppies.)

I LOVE the sun and can't wait to see it and be warm again. 
We have actually been lucky enough to have some sunshine here the last few days. Yay!
But there is a huge difference between WA sun and AZ sun in February/March.
WA sun is pretty to look at, but it's still bitter cold when you step outside. 

Ari's first trip to Phoenix, Oct 2010

Ryleigh is coming with us and get's to spend some time with her Grandparents. She'll attend a family reunion and meet family she has never met before, and then have an sleep over. Exciting!

Ry's first trip to Phoenix, April 2010 With her Auntie Ariane, Papa Fred, and Nanny Carla who live in Tuscon.


I'm working on my New Year's Goals for this year!

I planned our beach camping trip for July. We always end up going to the same place in Fort Stevens, Oregon. Although we really enjoy our time there, we have decided to try a new place this year. 

Our 2013 Beach Trip will be in Depoe Bay, Oregon.
And we will be camping here!

See how close the Ocean is to the camp sites?
How cool is that?
Usually we have to drive a couple miles to get to the water.
Not this time!
Plus... No Trees mean No Mosquitoes!
It'll probably be windy... but I'll trade the wind for mosquitoes any day!
And that trip is only 19 Weeks away... glass half FULL!

SO Much to look forward to!
What are you looking forward to?
I'd love to hear about it. If you've blogged something you are looking forward to, leave a link in the comments.