Saturday, January 30, 2010

rockin the hot pink

tayli fractured her tibia wednesday night... the cast will be on for 4-6 weeks

we think hot pink casts are awesome

right after it happened

the day after... waiting for the doc to call us back

just home from the doc and rockin her hot pink cast

frozen yogurt to make her happy

enjoy your saturday friends


Friday, January 29, 2010

fill in the blank

my lovely friend, lauren, has started a fun friday blog hop called

fill in the blank friday

so i'm joining in on the fun!

if you want to join in on the fun too, then be sure check out lauren's blog and link up!

okay, here goes...

found here

1.  If I weren't a   mom                 I'd love to be     traveling the world                    .

2.  When I'm super upset I  pray, talk to dan and/or call my mom/dad/sister.

3.  My favorite thing about myself is   my smile (feature wise) and my sense of humor          .

4.  If I found a $100 in the pocket of last winter's coat I'd spend it on   myself... sad but true... i would totally go antiquing     .

5.  Even though some people might consider this a flaw, I love    my mom boobs - they fed three kids and even though they are not 'perky' or 'pretty' they are mine and i wouldn't change them... my tummy on the other that's a different story          .

6.  I love the way I feel    after a good work out, during worship at church and when i get a new pretty outfit         .

7.  I love my hair most when it's   wavy and unruly 

i would love to hear your answers so either link up or feel free to let me know in the comment section!

i'm so glad it's friday 
this has been a stressful and looooong week for us!

i'm really looking forward to a mellow weekend:
watching movies
 bbq with friends
maybe a little sewing/embroidering
service day at church
and i'm sure we'll fit the beach in there somewhere

what plans do you have?


edited to add

i haven't heard from the giveaway winner, bree, so if i don't hear from her in the next 24 hours then i am going to draw another winner using!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

de-stress post

today was quite a stressful day for me...

the kids ran over tayli's foot with my longboard skateboard yesterday evening... she was up all night last night crying and in my arms all day today (crying) until we finally got in to see the doctor. 
x-rays were taken which confirmed a break in her leg (not sure of the severity) but no cast was put on since they couldn't get ahold of my doctor after the x-rays were taken.... 
anyway, it's been stressful and emotional and tiring.

i decided to de-stress by finally checking out which i heard about on lauren's blog 

that site is too fun!

basically you can put together outfits of your liking...

this is the outfit i was feeling tonight

this is me


it just looks comfy and fun to wear. 
i love it.
i actually have an outfit pretty close to this... maybe i'll wear it tomorrow!

let me know if you guys check out polyvore!


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

and the Winner is....

i used to get my winner and it came up with the number


congrats to bree from killian

bree said:

Blogger Bree and Phil Killian said...

Oh kass, You are Amazing. For real,Best Giveaway. I love this stuff. OOH to have a phone case, I think today, I was just noticing how scratched my phone is. BOOOO. You're awesome and thank YOU for being so nice to write back! You are So fun! Its been so fun getting to know yoU! Much loove!

bree, email me at with your mailing address so i can get your goods out to you as soon as possible!

thanks to all of you for entering my little giveaway and all of the lovely things you had to say in your comments!

i'm sure i'll be doing another giveaway soon... :-)

love to you all

fun mail

i love receiving mail from friends 

i mean, c'mon, who doesn't?

over the last few days i have received some pretty awesome stuff

and i thought i would share it all with you guys... because, really, half the fun of getting mail is sharing your excitement with others at what you received.

on saturday i got a lovely little package from the always funny and beautiful brandi 

she made me an awesome mixed tape to work out to and i got one of her super fun and fabulous bueno bueno key necklaces... i told her to pick it out for me since i could not decide which one i wanted... she surprised me with the sun key being that i'm a california girl and all... how cute and sweet is she!

i love everything so much... thank you brandi!

be sure to check out her blog and her etsy store!

then on monday... after getting the news about dan... i found a surprise package on my doorstep from one of the sweetest girls i've ever had the pleasure of knowing... the beautiful and charming danielle from dinosaur toes 

i opened the package and to my surprise there were a bunch of beautiful fabrics with a sweet little note letting me know she sent me these fabrics so i could have some pretty material to use for my new sewing machine... under some fabric was hiding a gorgeous bracelet that she made just for me! how sweet is that! she totally made my day and pretty much brought me to tears.

thank you so much danielle!

be sure to check out danielle's blog and etsy store!

you girls are terrific and i love you both mucho!
thanks for making my week so bright!

and thank you to ALL of you who have left me the most encouraging, supportive and heart felt comments in regards to dan's health. i am amazed at the love i have felt from all of you!
thank you thank you thank you

enjoy your wednesday my friends

oh, and be sure to enter the giveaway if you haven't already - i'll be posting the winner this evening in between 6pm and 8pm


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

update on the hus

i've mentioned some of my husbands health problems here and here

and i know some of you have been praying for him, so i wanted to give you all an update on what we found out at his latest doctors appointment yesterday

he did a sleep study test a couple of weeks ago and these were the results

sleep apnea:

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person's breathing is interrupted during sleep. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times.
There are two types of sleep apnea:
  • Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA): The more common of the two forms of apnea, it is caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses during sleep.
  • Central sleep apnea : Unlike OSA, the airway is not blocked but the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe due to instability in the respiratory control center.

restless leg syndrome:

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a disorder of the part of the nervous system that affects movements of the legs. Because it usually interferes with sleep, it also is considered a sleep disorder.

Symptoms of Restless Legs Syndrome

People with RLS have strange sensations in their legs (and sometimes arms) and an irresistible urge to move their legs to relieve the sensations. The sensations are difficult to describe: they are not painful, but an uncomfortable, "itchy," "pins and needles," or "creepy crawly" feeling deep in the legs. The sensations are usually worse at rest, especially when lying in bed. The sensations lead to walking discomfort, sleep deprivation, and stress.
The severity of RLS symptoms ranges from mild to intolerable. Symptoms get gradually worse over time in about two thirds of people with the condition and may be severe enough to be disabling. The symptoms are generally worse in the evening and night and less severe in the morning. While the symptoms are usually quite mild in young adults, by age 50 the symptoms may cause severe nightly sleep disruption that can significantly impair a person's quality of life.

non-sustained ventricular tachycardia:

What is ventricular tachycardia?

Ventricular tachycardia is a fast heart rhythm that starts in the lower part of the heart (ventricles). If left untreated, some forms of ventricular tachycardia may get worse and lead to ventricular fibrillation, which can be life-threatening.
Ventricular tachycardia is a fast but regular rhythm. It can lead to ventricular fibrillation which is fast and irregular. With ventricular fibrillation, the heart beats are so fast and irregular that the heart stops pumping blood. Ventricular fibrillation is a leading cause of sudden cardiac death.

What causes ventricular tachycardia?

Sometimes it is not known what causes ventricular tachycardia, especially when it occurs in young people. But in most cases ventricular tachycardia is caused by heart disease, such as a previous heart attack, a congenital heart defect,hypertrophic or dilated cardiomyopathy, or myocarditis. Sometimes ventricular tachycardia occurs after heart surgery.
Some medicines-including antiarrhythmic medicines, which are used to treat other types of abnormal heart rhythms-can cause ventricular tachycardia. Less common causes include blood imbalances, such as low potassium levels and otherelectrolyte imbalances.
Nonprescription decongestants, herbal remedies (especially those that contain ma huang or ephedra), diet pills, and "pep" pills often contain stimulants that can trigger episodes of ventricular tachycardia. Illegal drugs (such as stimulants, like cocaine) also may cause ventricular tachycardia. It is important to be aware of which substances have an effect on you and how to avoid them.

What are the symptoms?

In ventricular tachycardia, the heart beats too rapidly and the ventricles cannot effectively pump oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body. Ventricular tachycardia can be life-threatening.
Symptoms include:
This heart rhythm is dangerous because if it lasts more than just a few seconds, it can turn into ventricular fibrillation which causes sudden death.

How is ventricular tachycardia diagnosed?

If an electrocardiogram (EKG, ECG) can be performed while ventricular tachycardia is occurring, it often provides the most useful information. An electrocardiogram is a tracing of the electrical activity of your heart. It is usually done along with a history and physical examination, lab tests, and a chest X-ray.
Because ventricular tachycardia can occur intermittently and may not always be captured by an EKG at the doctor's office, you may be asked to use a portable EKG to record your heart rhythm on a continuous basis, usually over a 24-hour period. This is referred to by several names, including ambulatory electrocardiography, ambulatory EKG, Holter monitoring, 24-hour EKG, or cardiac event monitoring.
Your doctor may recommend further tests, including an echocardiogram, to evaluate your heart's function, a stress test or coronary angiogram to determine whether a part of the heart is not getting enough blood, and/or an electrophysiology study. During an electrophysiology (EP) study, electrical currents are sent through a catheter into the heart to try to trigger ventricular tachycardia and record the flow of electricity through the heart. In this way, the EP study can locate specific areas of heart tissue that give rise to abnormal electrical impulses, which may be causing the ventricular tachycardia. This information is used to determine the best treatment.

If you are having symptoms and are in a sustained tachycardia, it is a medical emergency. You will require immediate treatment. You may need CPR or a shock from an automatic defibrillator (also known as an AED). Paramedics or your doctor may try intravenous medicines or electrical cardioversion to return your heart to a normal rhythm.
To prevent the arrhythmia from recurring, you may need to take antiarrhythmic medicines. But these medicines may have side effects, so instead doctors often recommend a type of permanent pacemaker, called an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). This device is placed under the skin in your chest and continuously monitors your heart's rhythm. If ventricular tachycardia occurs, the ICD applies an electrical shock to the heart to restore a normal rhythm. After a normal rhythm is restored, the device goes back to continuous monitoring mode. Sometimes, both medicines and an ICD are necessary.

How is it treated?

In some cases a procedure called catheter ablation is used to destroy small areas of heart tissue responsible for the arrhythmia. In this procedure, thin, flexible wires are inserted into a blood vessel in the thigh, groin, neck, or elbow and threaded to the heart. Through these wires, heat or freezing cold temperatures can be delivered to the specific heart tissue that is generating abnormal electrical impulses (previously located in the EP study). The heat or freezing cold destroy (ablate) this heart tissue and can stop ventricular tachycardia from happening again.
It is very important that any causes of ventricular tachycardia be identified and treated, if possible. For example, if a low potassium level is causing ventricular tachycardia, it needs to be corrected to prevent a recurrence. If the ventricular tachycardia results from a medicine, the medicine needs to be stopped. If heart disease caused the ventricular tachycardia, the heart disease needs to be treated. Treating coronary artery disease provides the best treatment for ventricular tachycardia caused by a heart attack.

What precautions should you take?

If you have palpitations, dizziness, near-fainting, or chest pain, call911or other emergency services immediately.
If you have had an episode of ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation, your doctor may recommend that you don't drive a car for a few months. This precaution is to make sure you don't have any other episodes that could make driving unsafe.12
People with this condition should avoid caffeine-containing foods, which can trigger ventricular tachycardia. Caffeine is present in coffee, tea, colas, various other soft drinks, and chocolate. Also, fad diets such as liquid-based programs or high-protein regimens can affect the concentrations of electrolytes in your bloodstream. This can, in turn, cause problems with your heart.

the VT really worries me... but at the same time, we are hopeful that this will finally give us answers as to why he has had a constant headache for ten months.
he is waiting for the referral to see the cardiologist and once that happens we will know more.

as far as the sleep apnea goes, it is pretty uncommon for someone as young as daniel (29) who is not overweight to have it. so i'm curious as to what may be causing it - maybe the heart condition?
dan has to start wearing a mask at night... not fun at all... at least, so i've heard from my dad who has had sleep apnea for a few years now.

the restless leg syndrome is pretty common for people who have sleep apnea.

we are thankful that these things showed up and are hopeful that dan will get the correct treatment.

we serve a mighty Lord!

i would appreciate your continued prayers and thoughts. 

thank you so much my friends!


Two Things i Love... Around my Home

good morning my friends!

it's tuesday which means another round of two things i love... around my home

here are my two things for today

this vase from anthro

this antique end table that i've made into my entry way bench - it was my grans, then my moms and now mine... i actually have it's twin hiding in the garage somewhere

now it's your turn

i would love to see your two things!

to play along all you have to do is write a post with two things that you are lovin around your home with a link back to me, then come back here and link up with the mcklinky!

looking forward to seeing your two things!

and thanks to all who played along last week - we had 17 link-ups!


ps. if you haven't entered the giveaway be sure to do so - i pick the winner tomorrow night!

Monday, January 25, 2010

for my mom

i love you so much mom

Happy 59th Birthday!

my mom (on the far right) with my uncles and my gran - passport photo

teenage beauty 

my mom and i on my first birthday - april 1981

my mom with my sister, me and my brother - easter 1987 i think

my mom's 40th birthday

nathan, lee, bob, mom, me and keely - mammoth 1993/94

my sister, gran, me and mom - mothers day 2002

bob, little tyler and my mom - mothers day 2002

my wedding day august 9, 2003

bob, mom, tayli, tyler and tannyn - october 2007

my beautiful mom with tayli summer of 2008

me and mom - april 2009

tay and mom - spring 2009

mom, me and gran - mothers day 2009

bob and mom - june 2009

mom and i - august 2009

gran, me and mom - october 2009

mom, tannyn, tayli and bob - december 2009

isn't she gorgeous? christmas day 2009


thank you

being my best friend
loving me and supporting me throughout the years
raising me to know and love Jesus
being the best example of a mom and wife
your loving discipline
loving my husband
being the best granny to my children
for your love

i love you
mucho mucho grande!

wishing you the happiest of birthdays...

your loving daughter,

Kasandra Farrin