Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween 09

This year for Halloween we had a Spider Man



We had a Tinkerbell



And a Cow.



It's so fun to see my children progress each year. Last year Tristan was only 3 months old. Gabriel was an elephant last year and this year was very adamant about being Spider Man. Brooke was a princess last year and was very adamant about being Tinkerbell this year, although I have to admit, we got her the outfit for her Birthday because she just loves dressing up.....she's a girly girl to the max.


We are very much looking forward to next year's Halloween. We are going all out. We will be dressing up as Nintendo Characters. I will be Daisy, Matt will be Luigi, Gabriel will be Mario, Brooke will be Peach and Tristan will be Toad. IF we have another kid by then, they will either be Toadette or baby Luigi. So...here's to next year :o)

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Casting Call for.....Brooke....maybe...


http://family.go.com/gapcastingcall/entries/beautiful_cantus/716242942/


Well, I entered Brooke into a GAP Contest. If she wins, she will be a GAP kid. If she's a runner up, she will get these prizes: All 20 finalists will receive:

* Professional Gap photo shoot
* $500 Gap GiftCard redeemable for a babyGap or GapKids wardrobe

Deluxe Disney gift bags:

* Jonas Brothers' Lines, Vines and Trying Times CD>
* Demi Lovato's Here We Go Again CD>
* A special selection of books from Disney Press>
* A 20" Winnie the Pooh Plush from DisneyStore.com>
* Disney Movie Club DVD Prize package including Bolt,
WALL-E and Mary Poppins 45th Anniversary Special Edition>


So what are you waiting for? Go and vote for her :o)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Is this in our Future?!

By Hilary White

GORLESTON, UK, September 9, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A young British mother has criticized medical guidelines that, she said, resulted in doctors refusing treatment and leaving her newborn premature son to die. 23 year-old Sarah Capewell told media that her son Jayden, born at 21 weeks and five days gestation, was refused intensive care because he was two days under the limit set by Nuffield Council on Bioethics, a UK bioethics think tank that creates guidelines for medical practice.

Capewell said that her son Jayden cried and lived for two hours before dying in her arms. During that time, his mother took photos of him and pleaded with doctors that he be admitted to the special baby unit at James Paget University Hospital (JPH). Staff at the hospital, in Gorleston, Norfolk, told her that had Jayden been born two days later they would have helped him.

Since her son's death, Capewell has launched an internet campaign to change the guidelines and says that she has received messages of support from around the world.

Guidelines set down by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics in 2006 say that intensive care should never be given to babies below 22 weeks gestation, and rarely to those below 23 weeks. In secular bioethics, this is called Futile Care Theory, which holds that in cases where there is no hope for improvement of an incapacitating condition, such as extreme prematurity, no treatment should be offered.

A spokesman for the Nuffield Council told LifeSiteNews.com that "resources are not covered in the guidelines". The guidelines, said Catherine Joynson, communications manager of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, "state that doctors caring for premature babies should not be driven by the resource implications of their decisions. those decisions should be determined by clinical judgements of priority." Nevertheless, while preterm babies often suffer long-term health effects, some born before 22 weeks survived in the US and Canada with intensive perinatal care. In 1987, James Elgin Gill was born at 21 weeks and 5 days gestation and survived. In 2007, Amillia Sonja Taylor, born in October in Miami, Florida, at less than 21 weeks and six days gestation and under 10 ounces, survived to go home with her parents in March that year.

In the case of Sarah Capewell' son, the Nuffeld Council guidance that staff reportedly cited was backed up by advice published by the British Association of Perinatal Medicine (BAPM) last year. The BAPM paper itself, however, does not mandate the refusal of treatment, saying only, "This is not a set of instructions, but a framework to highlight the range of evidence and opinion that needs to be considered by staff and parents."

"The care of the mother, her fetus and the baby, will always need to be individualized and should be led by senior staff in all disciplines. The parents' hopes and expectations need to be explored with honesty and compassion in a realistic way, drawing upon the available evidence."

The BAPM paper says that in cases where children are born before 23 weeks gestation, "it would be considered in the best interests of the baby, and standard practice, for resuscitation not to be carried out." It continues, however, "If the parents wish they should have the opportunity to discuss outcomes with a second senior member of the perinatal team."

But Capewell reports that her wishes were ignored by hospital staff. "When I asked about my baby's human rights," she said, "the attitude of the doctors seemed to be that he did not have any. They said before 22 weeks he was just a fetus."

Under British criminal law, an unborn child can be killed by abortion up to 24 weeks gestation without any cause being stated and up to the time of full gestation if he is suspected of suffering from some disability.

The British national health care rationing body, the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (N.I.C.E.), has plainly stated that such guidelines are based on financial motives, in consideration of how expensive a treatment will be compared to the "quality of life years" it can provide. This is an expression of a new utilitarian trend in the philosophy of medical care that has replaced classical medical ethics in recent decades.

In traditional medical ethics, the governing principle, according to the ancient Hippocratic Oath, is to "do no harm" to the patient. In modern utilitarian bioethics, the guiding principle is to produce "the greatest good for the greatest number," whether that good benefits the patient or not.

Under this principle, which has swept the medical world in most western countries that have adopted government socialized medical care, it is increasingly common for medical guidelines to allow doctors to decide, against a patient's wishes or those of his family, that further medical treatment is "futile" and can be discontinued. In countries such as Britain and Canada, where the provision of food and water are considered "medical treatment," this can mean that a patient can be legally dehydrated to death, often while being placed in permanent sedation.

*This article edited on Sept. 10, 2009 at 4:22pm EST.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Time Out For Women 2009


October 9-10 we had Time Out For Women. I didn't get the opportunity to go the 9th (Friday) but I was lucky enough to go Saturday thanks to my friend Liz :o) It was such a great experience and it was amazing to be with sisters in my ward that I got to know a lot better because of this event♥

We got to hear a lot of great speakers and in between the speakers we heard Kenneth Cope sing with his amazing talented voice. He's not that hard on the eyes either ;o) My friend Kira had a camera, so we went up to take pictures with him and get his signature. We were like teenagers meeting this famous person. He was so down to earth and extremely nice to his fans. We were lucky enough to be first in line :o)
YAY for Kenneth Cope and for the opportunity to meet him and go to Time Out for Women :o) :o)

Monday, October 5, 2009

Update on Life!

Since it's been FOREVER since my last post, I'd thought I would update all of you on what's going on in life.

We arrived here in Arizona August 20th, and despite people warning us of the horrible heat, it's actually not that bad!! Humid heat is worse then this heat! Sure, you get burned within a min. of standing out in the sun, but when your in the shade you don't feel how hot it is outside! We moved into our home with the help of some friends (actually my ex-boyfriend and his wife and some of their friends) Only 4 people helped out, and if it wasn't for them we would have been in a WORLD of hurt! And yes, it was awkward having an ex of mine come help out, although we are still good friends, it kind of made Matt feel weird. We were still thankful none the less!
It has been a struggle being here. Matt was supposed to start a job and then they called up and told him that there wasn't enough people to put more staff on (Mental Health Hospital). So, here we were, with only a little bit of money and bills already needing to be paid. Thankfully Matt started a job this past week at a Mental Health Hospital working with adults....working night shifts! I hate night shifts, but it will do for now :o)
Being here has definitely been a testimony builder! It's also taught me humility...and I lot of it! We went to the Temple a few weeks ago, both Matt and I got an impression that everything was going to be OK. We have been feeling this for some time now, and I have even gotten blessings telling me that I will have everything I need (i.e. new car, new home, clothes, food...etc.) So all I have to do is have faith.

Updates on kids:
Gabriel~ He's talking more and more. He's also becoming more and more bossy. He's my little organizer and he's OCD already! Example: We have vertical blinds over our sliding glass door and when they get stuck and are not lined up perfectly he asks if he can fix the blinds....but of course, being the mother that I am I tell him no! I let him sit there for a while and then tell him to fix it :o) lol He's such a big helper! He's going to be a great big brother!! He will teach the other kids the right morals!

Brooke~ She's a total mommy's girl. She wants to do EVERYTHING with me. Lately she has been showering with me because she just loves copying everything I do. Example: When I'm done showering I run the bath so I can shave my legs (too much info? sorry, deal with it) So, when I shave she does the same thing, but she uses her hand as the razor...too cute! Ever since she was, I would say 2, she always wanted to put makeup on, so I bought her her own lip gloss, she opens and shuts that thing all the time. It even has a little mirror on it, and she puts the gloss on and looks in that little mirror and purses her lips together. Such a mommy's girl!

Tristan~ He's a mommy's boy!! He is the most loving and sweetest child we have had (Don't get me wrong, my other 2 were extremely sweet also, but he is different) He always hugs and kisses us. He also puts stuff that needs to go in the trash in the trash! He helps to clean up toys as well. I've always had a very strong connection to him ever since I knew I was pregnant with him (that's why I thought I was having a girl for the longest time) He's spoiled by me, there's no denying that and Matt gets a little irritated at times, but he can deal with it :o) He's a fast learner, but maybe that's because he's the 3rd child and sees Gabriel and Brooke do things that he wants to do. He was walking at 10 months and he's talking more and more :o)

Updates on Us:

Matt~ He's working full time and going to school full time, what a guy! He's also running his business full time! He teaches piano and voice. Good things will happen because of this business, I just know it!

Me~ I'm staying at home with the kids full time! I have been wanting to go back to school come this Spring. I will be going into Photography :o) I'm so very very excited!!!! I've also been into saving money. I've found some sites that keep you updated on what store is having sales. It's nice!

That's about it for now! I can't wait to see what the rest of this year has in store for the Armstrong's!! Optimism is my main goal :o)