Tuesday, July 22, 2014


My very talented niece Alora drew this picture of Kerri.  She is an amazing young artist.  I absolutely love it!!

Thank you Alora!

Life with Kerri loves this drawing.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Counting the days.

Two, to be exact.  In two days, we will be going to the airport to pick up my dad, Grandpa Oscar.  We haven't seen him in two years (he was undergoing cancer treatment), so this trip is extra special.

And with him will be our niece Chelsea, who we haven't seen for over 5 years.  This will be her first trip to Canada, so we are hoping to make it memorable for her.

We are so excited we can't sleep!

Life with Kerri will be taking lots of pictures.

Saturday, July 19, 2014


Because I don't know what else to call it.  Kerri is obsessed.

I can't even use our electronics without assistance.  She picked up her tablet and mastered the game in minutes.

Today she showed me her several-storied elaborate tree house, her farm and animals, and her waterfalls.  I have no clue how she did this.  I am still trying to figure out how to make a house with Legos.

Whatever happened to playing board games?

Life with Kerri is just like her Daddy - a techie junkie.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Growing up.

I realize it's not the greatest picture and is a little bit blurry, but this photo just made me realize how much she has grown up this year.

Life with Kerri is changing.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Reaching high.

This past weekend Kerri hosted a sleepover.  The girls went to the movies, rock climbing, played laser tag and bumper cars, had lots of snacks, sleepless nights full of chatter and giggles, and family time with pillow fights, sing a longs, and dancing.

The girls declared it a complete success, and can't wait to do it again.

I am still recovering.

Life with Kerri keeps climbing.

Friday, July 11, 2014

9 years ago today....

...we became a family.

Happy Gotcha Day Kerri!

Life with Kerri has been blessed these past 9 years.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


  • Kerri had her orthodontist appointment today.  Her braces are working, and next month they will add more brackets as her teeth finally have room to start coming down.  No more shark teeth!  We might be in braces longer than expected, but Kerri is dealing really well with them, and her brushing is really good.
  • Last winter, my doctor took me off a medication I needed to be on because he said I was doing great.  Then my blood work came back bad, so he put me on a new medication in February.  Turns out this new medicine is not working, and so now I am worse than before.  He put me back on the old medication that I was doing just fine on all these years until he decided I didn't need it anymore.  I told him, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.  I am really glad to get off the new meds, as the side effects are very scary.
  • My Achilles tendon is slowly healing, but is still extremely painful.  I have a few more months of this and if it doesn't heal, then doc will send me to a surgeon (and then 6 months in a cast).  Good news is I am now only taking the pain medication infrequently, which is a huge improvement!
  • Kerri and her BFF are bonding in her room, with the door closed.  I told them door open, my rules, but they didn't want the cat or dog in the room, so I let it go.  The BFF asked to stay for dinner, but today I said no, only because I am not feeling well.  
  • Kerri's classmate, who came for a play date the other day, is coming over for a sleep over soon, and has invited Kerri to her birthday sleepover next month.  We are still not sure if we will let her go, since I do not know her family and Kerri has never been to her house.  I know I am over-protective, but that is my prerogative until Kerri is no longer a minor.  Kerri has never attended a sleep over in anyone's house, but she has hosted them in our home.
  • Speaking of birthdays, I have to figure out what to do for hubby's next month, and Kerri's 10th.  I think she has outgrown all the birthday party venues.
  • Hubby's new couch came with what looks like industrial glue stuck to the fabric, so they are sending a professional cleaner to clean the new couch.  For the record, I don't like the couch, but it was hubby's Father's Day gift and he and Kerri love it.  I was told that if they can't clean it, they will order a new half and replace the half that has the stain/glue, but it will take 6-8 weeks to custom order it.  Thank goodness I got the protection plan!
  • Jade and Pookie are finally, completely friends.  Jade likes to groom Pookie from time to time.  Pookie likes to mount Jade (and gets scratched and bit when he does).  They love to sit and look out the sliding glass door window together too.  Pookie still won't let Jade cuddle with him, but they do lie down together (touching).  They also like to play together.  Now Pookie thinks he is a cat and Jade acts like a dog.  It's all good.  
  • I finally sent out all my random acts of kindness gifts (something I did on Facebook).  It felt really good to pick out something fun (or funny!) that the ladies might not get for themselves.  I enjoyed it so much, I think I will do this every year!  I challenge you to do a random act of kindness for someone, and maybe your recipient will pay it forward to someone else. I can't fix the world's problems, but I can make a small difference, one smile at a time.  
Life with Kerri is up-to-date!