Monday, December 28, 2009

Honolulu, HI/ Maui, HI

Recently my husband and I took a 10 day excursion to Hawaii. How did we do this you may ask with three children. We didn't take the children. We have such wonderful family and friends that they were well cared for while we were gone. It was fabulous to get away just him and I. We needed the vacation. We visited the island of Oahu and Maui. I must tell you that it wasn't what we had expected Hawaii to be. In our heads we were thinking of tropical rainforests everywhere but that just wasn't the case. We stayed on Waikiki and almost the whole time I felt like I was in downtown LA or Japan. The other side of Oahu was beautiful and was more like what we were looking for. Maui was pretty much dry on one side but the other side was tropical rainforest. It was absolutely beautiful. If you ever get over to Maui you must do the Road to Hanna! Beautiful and breathtaking drive. Here are some of the pictures from our trip. I couldn't upload them all because there is to many. Sorry to my facebook friends because these are repeats.
Waterfall on the Road to Hana.

Panorama of Waikiki.

Our sandman we made in Maui.


Rainbow Eucalyptus on the Road to Hana.


Pineapple field at the Dole Plantation.


Black Sand Beach on the Road to Hana.

Bryan and I on Waikiki Beach.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas At My Parent's House!

Every Christmas we spend the day over at my parent's house since we do my husband's family celebration on Christmas Eve. This year we had a new edition to the family. My brother and sister-in-law welcomed a baby girl named Zoe in November. Here are some pictures of the family.


The Grandparents and grandkids.
My dad and Zoe.


My dad, Zoe, Logan, and Caden.


My Sister-in-law, brother, and Zoe.


Zoe and I.

Miss Zoe. She's all wide eyed and bushy tailed. :)

Our family.

Christmas Eve!


Merry Christmas Eve! Every Christmas eve we all dress up in our jammies and head over to my husbands aunt's house for some good food, family, and gift exchange. As you can see all three boys were being impatient and just wanted us to hurry up and take the picture so that we could get going. :)

Friday, December 25, 2009

My Husband's New Toy!



My husband has been dabbling in photography for the past year and I must say he is very good at it. All the pictures that I post seem to get a comment from at least someone saying how beautiful his pictures are. He has even gotten some of his pictures excepted onto stock photography websites. I tend to neglect my blog with his beautiful pictures because lately my life has been consumed with this rotten website called Facebook. I'm sure most if not all have been afflicted by it also.
He has now begun to take pictures of other families. He did his first informal photo shoot last Saturday for a friend of ours. I do have to tell you that a lot of the pictures turned out really cute. I will be asking this family if I may post some on my photography blog that I will be creating for his work. Right now we are doing "Pro Bono" work. Basically we are using our friends as guinea's. I'm sure they don't mind because they will get cute family portraits out of it for free.
Bryan's style is more carefree and flowing. He does not like the sit down and pose look. He likes to shoot the subjects in their daily lives rather than make them do cardboard cutout poses. He likes to capture the children playing or acting like themselves whether it be bratty or happy go lucky. He likes to capture the families doing the same things. He does do some posing but it's at the families request because they would like some sit down pictures.
Up above is the new toy that I got him for Christmas. I am not even going to mention how much this thing costs because everyone's jaw would drop. If you know me I am a bargain hunter and I did everything in my power not to pay full price. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time. This was not a deal I could pass up and I knew he just had to have it. He has been talking about this lens for the past 6 months and now he doesn't have to talk about anymore besides to say that he loves it. This lens is a Nikon 70mm-200mm 2.8 lens. He is still trying to learn the ends and outs of it. I know he'll make something beautiful out of it and it will be worth every penny I spent.
Keep your eye out for a link to our new photography blog. Once I get permission I will be posting pictures of the families that allow us too.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Our Christmas Card Picture 2009!

Merry Christmas from the Treguboff's!



Isn't it the cutest picture you have ever seen!
P.S. This will now become our blog picture. :)

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Another Doctor Added To Our List!

Zane had his appointment at the audiology department last week and it didn't go as planned. I had hoped that we would be able to get in and out without a fuss and unfortunately that was not the case. As soon as the audiologist took one look in his ears she said he wouldn't pass the hearing test. I could just feel my heart sink at that very moment and yet I still had some hope. She went on to say that he has fluid on one ear and the other is compacted with wax. I know that sounds gross but the wax is so far in there that I can't get it out. This little finding leads us to the new doctor that will be added onto our list.

We are to schedule an appoinment with the ENT at Phoenix Children's Hospital. I think this will be a good thing because he will be able to clear his ears and also possibly help with his congestion and faucet running nose. We'll see.

As for school they decided that they didn't think it was fair to hold Zane up from getting the services he needs since we are technically trying to get the hearing situation taken care of. We had his IEP meeting on Monday and everything went well. I must say that when I walked into the meeting I was expecting doom and gloom. It actually went great and we got everything we asked for. As of February 1st my little chunkers will be a preschooler at:

FBC (Foundation For Blind Children)

This is very exciting for us. I absolutely did not want him in the district school and obviously I got my point across. Now I just have to get him registered and they have to figure out the whole nursing situation for him and then we'll be up and going.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Hello! Can you hear me?

First off, Zane's IEP went well. Almost all of his evaluations went as planned and it seems as though he may get to go to FBC. I couldn't put enough emphasis on how badly I didn't want him to go to the district schools. Hopefully I got my point across and our wish will be granted.

One evaluation didn't go as I hoped. Before a child is allowed to be put into a special education program they must have a hearing test done. We know and assume that Zane's hearing is fine. We are hoping that the test that they were trying to perform at the evaluation was wrong. The hearing test kept saying "REFER". So here begins our new path to see another doctor. Zane has an appointment with the audiologist tomorrow. We will get his hearing tested by a specialist to make sure that everything is fine there. We believe he can hear but it does concern me that it kept saying "REFER". We'll see I guess. If it's not ok then what's another thing right? It's just one more thing to add to the list.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

IEP Evaluations

Yesterday was a day to rejoice yet I am sort of saddened by the IEP paperwork. For those that don't know what an IEP is, it is an Individual Education Plan. The IEP is a plan that specifies what the child and the parent want during school such as care, therapies and so on. My little Zane will be starting preschool in January. Since September we have started the process for his transition into this new prospect. So far it's been easy. Yesterday I must say was easy but it was sad because it was put on paper what he can and can not do. It was hard to see all the "no's" and all the "Non-applicable" that was stated. Then again it is good to have all the "no's" because then it raises his chances of getting into The Foundation for Blind Children. Next week we have his official meeting and that's when we'll find out whether he's going to district school or FBC. Please cross your fingers and hope that FBC is their choice.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

In the middle of nowhere!


Last weekend our family went for a drive to find some places to take some cool pictures. We ended up going really far out west to Arlington where we found a really old bridge. We all got out of the car and we let the boys go wild while Bryan snapped some pictures and I walked along with Zane. It was a nice and relaxing afternoon.


Here are some pictures from our expedition. :)


What a view!


Hanging out on top of the world!


Caden the dare devil!


Something sparked Caden's interest.

Little Mr. Attitude.


The old bridge.


A closer look at the cool bridge.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Happy Halloween!

I had the cutest Darth Vader, Clone Trooper, and Tiger for Halloween. This year we went trick or treating with Bryan's cousins and it was a lot of fun. We went around a neighborhood over by Bryan's aunts house and then went up to one of the kids school for a little carnival. Here are some pictures from our night.


Our Halloween Troop

(Coyote Fan, Darth Vader, Hannah Montana, Megatron, and Clone Trooper)

Of course we had our cute tiger too!


Friday, October 30, 2009

It's Pumpkin Carving Time!




A few days ago my husband picked up a pumpkin because the boys have been asking non-stop for one since September. He decided to wait to carve it until I came back from my trip to Florida. That was nice of him wasn't it! It was fun to watch the boys dig in and pull out all the pumpkin insides. My middle son Caden announced that he had "pumpkin blood" all over him. This made us all giggle. Here are some pictures from their carving experience this year.


Can't help but laugh at Caden's expression. What a goofball he is!


Caden inspecting the "pumpkin blood".


Dig in!


Logan loved playing with the pumpkin insides. Caden not so much.


Teamwork!

The finished product!



Thursday, October 29, 2009

Florida!


From sunday through wednesday I was in Florida for a palliative care conference. Zane's pediatrician asked me if I would be interested in being part of their palliative care team that is trying to get started here at Phoenix Children's Hospital. The palliative care team will provide care for patients and families with life limiting conditions. Items that we are trying to include with palliative care is a parent advisory board(which I hope to be president of), fundraisers, ethics on care, promotion, and many other things. We hope to get the program up and running soon but we all know that it is going to take time and effort not only from our team but also all the hospital staff.


The conference that was held in Clearwater, FL was by far one of the most important aspects of healthcare. I feel that I learned a lot and hope to bring these aspects back to my community so that I can make a difference in the way our care is given here in Arizona. My goal is to create a panel of parents that can give their imput so that doctors, nurses, and other hospital staff know how to be respectful towards the patients and their families. I know this is a large goal to fulfill but with time I know our team can make it a reality. As I go along on this journey I wll update and let everyone know how everything is going. Right now we are thinking of a name for our team and also a mission statement. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.



Here are a few pictures from my trip:




This is Florida's way of trying to do population control. :)


The lobster peering at us through the window at one of the nice restaurants we ate at on the beach. This restaurant was called the 400 Beach Club. Very good seafood!


One of the cooks made a lighted pumpkin out of a radish. Very cool!


These crab cakes were to die for! So yummy!

We ate at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Everything about the restaurant was produced after the movie " Forrest Gump"

Some dolphins we saw while we were eating at Bubba Gump.

The Florida Beach


We saw a bunch of these Crane's walking along the beach.


The beach was just covered with sea shells.


Crazy looking sea animal.

We turned it over and saw that it was a horseshoe crab.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Zane! Where are you?


This is how I find Zane some mornings. He's yelling and carrying on underneath his blanket. To bad I don't have video of it. He has so much fun being in the dark. :)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Scottsdale Art Festival

For all of you that don't know my husband Bryan paints. He paints beautiful pictures that were accepted into a Scottsdale gallery for display. His next task is to submit his art to the Scottsdale Art Festival. This weekend he worked on his display which he had to have completed for deadline by tuesday October 13 for the festival that will be held in March. We are crossing our fingers that he gets accepted. There are thousands of artists that apply and spots are very limited. This will be a way for him to get his art out to at least 40,000 people. Cross your fingers everyone! Here are a few pictures of the art that he submitted.



"A Broken Path"



"A Breath Underwater"


"A Flow of Metal"



"A Mind in Motion"
"Adio Prassino"
"Blue and Gold"