Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Right to Choose

Recently I was called ignorant for my choice not to vaccinate my children. I'm not usually very vocal about my choice because it causes a lot of controversy. I've always been of the mindset to educate yourself and do what you feel is best for your child no matter what that might be. I also have the opinion that if the vaccines work then why are people so afraid of the unvaccinated. It's my children who are at your risk, not yours. That statement is what started a debate (if you will) with someone we attended church with before we relocated last year. I genuinely liked this person. We weren't BFF and didn't hang out together aside from seeing each other at church. Now I know that it was probably a good idea that we didn't.

She posted a link to an article that CNN put out about a measles outbreak. Fingers being pointed that the unvaccinated were going to cause the outbreak. My problem with the article 1. it came from CNN the most biased news reporting station there is 2. is that not all outbreaks really start with unvaxed kids. It's a spin to scare people into running to get shots. When I read articles like this it brings questions like, What were the ages of the people that the outbreak was occurring? How many were vaxed? How many weren't vaxed?

Most adults (my age) that were vaxed as kids no longer have immunity from childhood vaccines. They have about a 10 yr time frame of immunity before immunity from the vaccines wears off. Hence the new campaign to push adult vaccines for pertussis, chicken pox, etc. Natural immunity is greater than immunity from vaccines. Vaccines dull the immune system and it doesn't work as effectively because it's been compromised. Eating a healthy diet of organic foods rich in vitamins and minerals like fruits and veggies builds the immune system.

Getting back to the reason for my post.

I really like this interview by Dr Sear's on vaccine choice. I read his book while doing some education research for myself. I like his approach. I wish more pediatricians were like him. We started a delayed schedule with our oldest. She had a reaction. I'm not sure if hives and swelling in the injection site would be considered a minor or severe reaction. Albeit thats what happened within minutes of injection to the HIB. It was a good enough reaction for us to decide we would not continue. While that may have been a minor reaction that time the next time it could have been more severe. We were not willing to take a chance and play Russian roulette to find out.

Our country was founded on the idea of freedom of choice. It's sad to think that parents are losing or being bullied out of that choice.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

oops I did it again.....

IT seems that I've let time pass again without updating. I had some pictures to post but it seems they are on the other computer.

What we've been doing......

JT had a hernia repair surgery in March. It ended up being an emergency and landed us a 2 night stay in the hospital. He's recovered wonderfully.

AGL turned 8!!!! Still can't believe my 1st baby is 8 already. She had a combined birthday party with 2 friends from the neighborhood one of which shares the same birthday as her. We met them in the hospital when they were born.

We've been exploring the area a bit. I will admit as time has gone on I dislike this area. It's hard to explain exactly why but I won't be sad when the time comes for Chief's next duty station. However the landscape in this area here in just beautiful. We've been able to learn some history. We visited George Washington's birthplace, Robert E Lee's birthplace {who is a relative on Chief's side} and Thomas Stone's plantation. If you don't know who he was he penned the Declaration of Independence. I'm grateful that my girls are learning so much history.

I've becoming a regular runner. Chief and I have started running about 3 times a week. I can run up to 3 miles in about 45 minutes. Not super great time but I"m happy that I can even run that long. Hoping to run a 5k soon.

Both the girls are finally riding their bikes without training wheels!!!!! I thought AG would never learn. We are able to go out at night and run while the girls ride bikes and JT is in the jogging stroller.

Hope those of you that still check into this blog are all doing well and enjoying the summer.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

finding the time

This is the time in my life where I should be blogging daily. Goodness knows there is lots to blog about lots to remember in the future.

But with that said, it's hard to find the time. If there is any down time I find myself stealing a few minutes to knit or read a book.

If things weren't already busy for us we are going to be even busier with softball. We signed up the girls to play this spring. We are all pretty excited about it.

I'm hoping even if it's every now and again I can find the time to post pics or even blog about what we are doing.

I'm still here just busy with life and raising a family.

someone had a birthday.....

Our baby girl turned 6 last week!!!
Where has the time gone?
She wanted a Brave party.
Darn that Pinterest!
I did some searching and got lots of cute ideas for the party.
We had cotten candy wisps, bear claw cookies, Scottish sweet buns and "Haggis."
Chief made bow and arrows for the kids to shoot at a target.
It was a fun time!
This little girl has keeps us on our toes.
She is smart, sassy, outspoken {I don't know where that comes from}
loving and affectionate.
Life would certainly be boring without her.
Happy 6th Birthday!!!!
I love you!
love mama

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


I promise I don't mean to space out on my blogging. Things have just been extremely busy here. I realized after Christmas that I didn't even post our anual family picture by the tree. It was a bit chaotic because we left the day after Christmas for TN to meet some of Chief's family for a few days. The girls didn't get a very long break from school either. They got out on the 21st of Dec and had to be back the 2nd of January.  I was a bit sad at the short break over the holiday's. It's been full throddle ever since we've moved.

Chief has since checked into his new command and as of last week finally has an actual job. His work days are short he's home to get the girls off the bus daily. And he comes home for lunch just about every day. Living on base has simplifed our lives in so many ways. I can't express how much this change was needed for us.

On the 1st Chief and I started the Advocare 24 day Challenge. We are on day 16 and thus far doing very well. So well in fact we've become distributors of the products. I'll share more about that another day.

For some reason blogger isn't allowing me to upload any pics. I'll try again later.

Hopefully this year I can devote a little more time to this blog. Thats my plan anyway.

Until next time........

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Inactivation Ceremony

Saturday December 1, 2012
USS Enterprise CVN 65
Last weekend we attended the inactivation ceremony for the Enterprise.
Chief has been on board this ship for 3 deployments.
His first was April 2001 to October 2001.
Enterprise was the first ship on station after the attacks on Sept 11th 2001.
Followed by two other deployments.
January 2011 to June 2011
March 2012 to October 2012
Farwinds and Following Sea's CVN 65.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

We've moved.......

Remember I said we'd been busy.
Well that's because we moved!!!
This is our new house.
Love it!!!
4br 2.5 baths and lots of space.
We are living on base for this duty station.
It's a first for us and so far we are really liking it.
We live right across the street from the playground.
The bus stop for the girls is right in front of our house.
The Commissary and Exchange are about 2 miles away.
And Chief's work is about 2 to 3 miles away.
We are really liking the area.
It's a bit remote compared to where we moved from but it's been fine.
{the mall is about an hour away}
The bonus is there is a lot to do here!

Finally Home!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm about a month late on posting these. {It's been busy for us.} Our Chief came home after 7 months and 11 days!!! I was able to have a photographer there with us. She's become a really good friend. I'm so happy we were able to have someone there to capture that moment.
JT has adjusted well to having his daddy home.
This one is one of my favorites from that day.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

1st day of school 2012!

1st day of school 2012!
Eating a healthy breakfast!

 Scrambled eggs
 Chocolate chip oatmeal
 Getting so big!
Walking to class...
AG is so excited to have her little sister at school with her.
It's going to be a great year!