Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Best Christmas Gift!



Magformers! That's what they are called. They are magnetic and can build anything one's heart desires. This is one of the gifts that I got for my boys. They absolutly love them and have not stopped playing with them since Christmas day. If your boys or girls love legos then I would suggest buying these.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Ear 4 Braxton!

This is the son of my husband's high school friend. His family is trying to raise money to cover a surgery to correct a birth defect involving his ears. Please click on the link here!

Chia Pets? Really?



So of course my boys want a Chia pet because of all the commercials they have seen advertising these things. I thought about it and said why not. I went ahead and bought them the Sponge Bob Chia Pet for Christmas. I only bought one though because they are expensive for what they are and I know that the boys will get bored with it fast.

Gotta love commercials!

Friday, December 17, 2010

My Next Jewelry Purchase!



I Want This!

I'm in love with a little man who sits in a wheelchair and what better way to show that than to have it around my neck. Don't you agree?

Here is where you can find their link. They sale other cool things such as sweatshirts, shirts, tank tops, decals. and so on! Check them out!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Merry Christmas!!!


This year instead of the normal one photo christmas card we decided to do something a little different. Our Christmas card consists of 574 photos and they were arranged to create this video. This is called stop motion photography. This is my husband's first attempt at doing this type of photography and I think it came out very well. Watch and enjoy and don't forget to turn on your sound!


Merry Christmas from the Treguboff's!


video

Friday, December 3, 2010

HAPPY 4TH BIRTHDAY ZANE!!!

Yesterday was a very special day in our household. My youngest son Zane turned 4 years old. This is such a milestone for a child that was given a 2 year life span. We are so grateful to be able to spend another birthday with him and we hope for many more.

Below is a picture of his wheelchair which we decorated for school. We just had to let everyone know of his special day.



Doesn't he look so excited!



HAPPY BIRTHDAY BUDDY!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Most Delicious Turkey Ever!

For the past 6 years we have made a turkey recipe that we had gotten off the Food Network Thanksgiving Special. The recipe is courtesy of Alton Brown and I must tell you that it is AMAZING. Since making this turkey 6 years ago we have been elected by the family to make the turkey every year.

It's just so tender and juicy and you can't go wrong with this recipe.



The recipe is here.

Besides cooking a fabulous turkey for the past 6 years we have also been having our Thanksgiving at a local Regional park. It's been great because our Thanksgiving has turned into a pot luck and nobody has to go home to a messy house. Plus there is a huge playground and hiking that keeps the kids busy. It's awesome!

I know this is late by a few days but I hope everyone had a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Brady!

Today my husband took pictures of the most adorable little boy ever. His name is Brady and he is one of Zane's friends. Everytime I see his smile from today's shoot it makes me smile. I hope you agree!

Urban Adventures!







This past week we took the boys down to downtown Phoenix to do a photoshoot with their new mohawk hats. The mohawk hats were made by Purdy Things. Here are a few pictures from our shoot. The boys were so cooperative but it might be because we bribed them with some McDonald shakes. :)

More of these pictures can be seen at our photography site. Link is in the right column on my blog. Happy Looking!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

He's Getting So Big!



The title in itself makes me sad. My baby will be 4 in less than 13 days. I can't believe how fast time has flown by. I wish that he would stay little forever because to be honest his care is going to become more difficult as he gets bigger.

This morning I changed his diaper as normal and didn't see anything wrong. Then this afternoon I changed it and found sand inside. It wasn't a whole lot but you could definetly tell that it was there. In the back of my mind I knew what this was but had to go on the internet to make sure. Sure enough it said that sand is a sign of kidney stones. This is the one thing that we have been trying to avoid but it seems as though it's happening. I immediately gave him more water and plan on giving him more for the next few days. I will be putting a call into the doctor if it continues because I don't want them to develop into actually stones.

Poor guy!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Miss Abby!



This is Miss Abby! She is a 12 month old with a lot of spunk and the cutest smile ever. If you are interested, her cute dress came from Tiny Made.

This little girls momma also makes custom headpeices. Her Etsy shop is Melissa's Custom Creations Check out her site for some very cute bows and flowers!

My Husband's New Toy!



The picture above is a photograph of my husband's new love. He has been working hard the past month to earn enough money to pay cash for this baby. To me it's crazy to see how much camera equipment can cost. I was blown away when he said he wanted a new camera since he has a Nikon D90 already. I guess he's really getting serious about his photography and you know what I think he should.

If you haven't already, please check out our photography site. The button is in the right frame of my blog. Let me know what you think! :)

P.S. We are also on facebook too under Treg Photography!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Purdy Things!

If you love handmade items such as crocheted hats, scarfs, and gloves you must check out this site! Here are a few items that I have ordered from her. You can find her link under my favorite sites in the toolbar.




Our Dog Hank!



Some of you are not on my facebook account so I wanted to share this photo on my blog. This is our 3 year old Boston Terrier Hank. He can be a total spaz but also a total sweetheart. We love him!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Cute Custom Head peices!

Please check out my friend's blog. She makes custom flower headbands. Very cute stuff!

P.S. Her link is in my favorite sites!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Cutest Frankenstein!



Even though I wanted to make his costume this year he ended up being one of the cutest Frankenstein's I have ever seen. I guess I am being biased because I'm his mom but he got a lot of compliments to prove it. Happy Halloween to everyone! I hope everyone had a great evening!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

1 down, a few to go!



As many of you know, Zane has been put on the keto diet for seizure control. Since we have been on this diet we have decided to eliminate one of his many medications. The medication we chose is Topomax because it can be harsh on the kidneys while on the keto diet and it requires an extra medication to be taken along with it so that crystals don't build up in the kidneys.

Zane has been off the medication four at least four days now. I know it's going to take a little time to get completely out of his system but he seems to be doing well with the change. He is having at least 1 seizure almost everyday but they seem rather controlled. Controlled you may ask??? How can you call them controlled?? Let's just say he's not flopping around like he used to. We hope that this change will continue to be a positive move on our part and that this medication will not have to be put back in the daily schedule.

Now the question is: "What do we do with all these pills?" If we are so hopeful do we throw them out then or keep them just in case?

Button Buddies!



After some serious leakage from Zane's g-tube port I decided that something needed to be done. His little belly was turning red around the port and you could tell that the skin wanted to breakdown. We have tried wrapping gauze around it but it only stays good for a few hours.

After some intense searching and speaking to other parents, I learned about a lady that makes g-tube cloth wraps with velcro. Her site is called Button Buddies. The button buddies come in all kinds of different styles from leopard print to the dinosaur ones that Zane is wearing. She was quick with Zane's order and they immediately shipped out the day of his order. We received them in the mail today and we are hopeful that this will be the answer to his leaking problem. :)

P.S. Look at that gut! Love his chubs!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Wow! It's been awhile!

The title says it all! It's been awhile since I last posted. I guess we have been very busy with the boys since they started school. All three of them our off to school this year and it has been such a wonderful break for this mama!

My husband and I started a new adventure in photography. You can check out our site at www.tregphotography.com. It has been fun to say the least and I must say he isn't bad. My husband is the one that takes the pictures but I work together with him for the ideas and editing. Right now we are getting prepared to do Christmas cards which should be fun. I'll be posting a few pics from those sessions as they come about.

Well that's it for now! We hope everyone is doing well!

XOXOXO

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Our New and Under Construction Website!

Check it out!

www.tregphotography.com

It's under construction so bare with us! We still need to add more pictures, write dialoge, and add pricing. Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

June is Stop CMV Awareness Month



As you can read from the title, June is Stop CMV Awareness Month. On Sunday we took photos of our friends Michelle and Caiti to promote the awareness of CMV. What is CMV you may ask? Please go to this website to obtain information about this devistating virus.

www.stopcmv.com


Oh and while your there please vote for one of Caiti's photos. :)

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Photoshoot With the Beckner Kids!

The Beckner clan is not only family but good friends of ours. They decided that they wanted to get their kids pictures taken with us for Mother's day. My husband is new to the photography world but since he has been taking pictures he has gotten a lot of awesome feedback for his ability. Here are a few from the session that we had with the Beckner kids. Love them!











Homemade Popsicle Recipe You Must Try!



Recipe:
1/3 Carrot juice(Trader Joe's Organic Carrot Juice)
1/3 Black Cherry juice(Sprout's RW Knudsen)
1/3 Pomegranate juice(Trader Joe's Organic Pomegranate Juice)
(All 100% pure juice)

This popsicle is so good. You would think it would taste weird because of the carrot juice but I gaurantee that the kids will love them!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

A Start to A New Adventure!

Wow! It's been awhile since I last posted. In the last two months we have been very busy especially with Zane. As most of you know we have been fighting seizures on a daily basis and lately they have just gotten out of control. We tried raising his medication levels but it seemed to do nothing. The seizures had gotten so bad it seems as though we were using a rescue med everyday. This is something that we couldn't live with and we were tired of watching him suffer on a day to day basis. Something had to be done.

That something is the Keto diet. If you have never heard of this here is a quick overview on what it is.

The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet primarily used to treat difficult-to-control (refractory) epilepsy in children. The diet mimics aspects of starvation by forcing the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates. Normally, the carbohydrates contained in food are converted into glucose, which is then transported around the body and is particularly important in fuelling brain function. However, if there is very little carbohydrate in the diet, the liver converts fat into fatty acids and ketone bodies. The ketone bodies pass into the brain and replace glucose as an energy source. An elevated level of ketone bodies in the blood, a state known as ketosis, leads to a reduction in the frequency of epileptic seizures.

Since Zane is tube fed this was the route we wanted to try. So far he has been on the diet for almost two weeks. Within these two weeks we have seen three bad seizures. This is unheard of in our household. It seems to be working! It takes about 1 month to 3 to see the full effect. If it's working then we will start to wean his meds off. This is a big deal to us and we hope this will be the answer for him.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Paleo Diet!

At my gym they are holding a contest to see who can make the most improvement in 8 weeks. During this 8 week period you are eating Paleo style. If you don't know what Paleo is please google it. Basically there is no dairy, no grains, no artificial anything. If you can't pick it up and eat it then it's not Paleo.

I am almost done with my first week. I must say that it is very difficult. Everything is fruit, veggies, and protein. This diet totally changes the way you look at food. If you are interested in the diet here is a good link for recipes.

www.everydaypaleo.com

Saturday, March 27, 2010

First Day of Preschool!




Today was Caden's first day of preschool. He was so excited and asked me about every ten second's if it was time to go. Here is a picture of him on his first day.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Our First Set of Stitches!


On Sunday we thought it would be a good idea to take the boys on a bike ride while we hiked in our local mountain park. We were having a great day until the boys decided that it would be fun to race down a hill full of rocks. Well I guess from the title you can guess what happened. First Logan crashed on the bottom of the hill and then Caden crashed because he didn't want to run into his brother. Caden busted his face on a rock right about his right eyebrow and had to be rushed to Urgent Care. For being only 4 he was a very tough cookie. He didn't cry on the way to Urgent Care and he didn't cry while getting his 5 stitches. Here is a picture of his new war wound.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Run for Ryan's House!



My family and I decided that we would participate in the 5k run/walk to benefit Ryan's House here in the valley. Ryan's house is a respite house designed for families who have children with life threatening illnesses and for those in need of hospice care. Since this is such an important aspect in our lives and deals with our family personally we couldn't say no. The race is this Saturday and my mom, Zane's nurse, and I will be walking. My husband will be running his first 5k! Go Bryan. If you have time and you live in the valley please come out and support a good cause or come and participate in the walk/run!

Here is the website to Ryan's House. Please check it out! This link also has the race information if anyone is interested.

www.ryanhouse.org

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

New Glasses!

My son Logan who is 7 got his first pair of glasses this week. He loves his glasses and I must say he looks pretty darn cute. His teacher was the one that was concerned about his vision since he kept squinting at the board or making comments on how he couldn't see far. So I took him into the eye doctor and sure enough he's near sighted. Here's a pic of him in his new glasses.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

1 Mile Fun Run!


Last Saturday our boys ran 1 mile for the 1 Mile Fun Run that was hosted by Goodyear in Action. They had a great turnout and a lot of kids were pumped and ready to run. After the run they recieved a metal for all their hard work and a goody bag full of nutrional snacks and a pedometer. They also wore their Crossfit Fury shirts to represent our gym! Way to go boys!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Christmas All Year Round in Zane's Room!

We found one thing that will keep Zane occupied for hours. Can you guess what it is in this
picture?

You guessed it! Christmas Lights! He loves them. We found this out this past Christmas. If he was being crabby we would stick him in front of the Christmas tree and he would immediately turn into a joyful smiley boy. We decided that since he likes the lights so much that we would hang them in his room! It's been awesome watching him coo and smile over the lights. He sleeps with them on every night.

Salmon Tacos and some Paleo Recipes!

Since we have joined Crossfit Fury we have really taken a different approach to our diet. We have cut out almost all sugar and are eating lots and lots of vegetables and fruits. Protein is another item that we have been consuming. We have only been using grass fed beef in very lean quantities.

Yesterday for lunch we decided to make Salmon tacos. Since I had my first fish taco down in Mexico, I have fallen in love with them. They are so good! Here is the recipe for the salmon tacos.

http://www.recipezaar.com/Amazing-Salmon-Tacos-133959


My husband and I have also tried a few recipes from the Paleo diet. We are not doing this diet at all but thought that we would try a few new things. The recipes were actually delicious. Here is the link where we get our recipes from. We have tried the Chicken and Veggie Roll Ups and the Beef/Sausage soup.

http://www.everydaypaleo.com/


Take a look and try! You may really like them.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Crossfit Fury



My husband and I decided to check out a gym that was recommended by a friend of mine. The name of the gym is called Crossfit Fury. I must say that this gym works your butt out. Not only do they tell you what to do the whole time your there, they also stand there and push you to continue with their suicide workouts. These so called suicide workouts will definitely be worth it though once summer comes around. I'm hoping to be one hot momma! Here is the link to the website if you would like to check them out.


Friday, January 22, 2010

Peek A Boo!

I see all of you coming by and looking from morning till night. Who are you? I would really like to know. Some of you I do know but others I have no idea. Please leave me a comment and let me know who you are and how you came across my blog. Don't be shy! Give it try! :)

Back In School!


I have just started my second to last class for nursing school entrance. The class I am taking is Human Anatomy II. This class by no means is going to be easy. The teacher has already given us a ton of work and he doesn't seem very lenient on his schedule. I have a feeling this is going to be a tough semester unlike the cakewalk that we had last semester. I guess that's what I get for thinking that it would be. I have one more class which is Microbiology and I have to take an entrance exam before I can be put on the nursing school list. I already got my fingerprint card out the way so these are the last three things that I need to do. Wish me luck on this new adventure in my life. I know it will be worth it not only for me but for my youngest son Zane too.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

He Loves It!


I don't think we could have found a better gift for him. He absolutely loves his hammock. This is how we found him yesterday after the nurse put him in it for some R & R. He looks so comfortable and he was snoring really loud. It can't get any better than that.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Being Lazy!


Whenever we travel without the kids we always bring them something home. While we were in Mexico we found a chair hammock for Zane. I absolutely had to have it. He loves laying in the hammocks down at the Blind Foundation so I thought he would love one here at home to. Bryan set up the hammock in his room so that way he can use it whenever he wants. The hammock can hold an adult so we are not concerned if the boys want to try it out. Here is a picture of Zane enjoying his new relaxation.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Our First Break!

My son Logan who is 6 decided that it was a good idea not to follow directions at school. Look what happened!



He felt it was more fun to jump off the swings. I swear "Boys"! What am I going to do. :)

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Hoot! Hoot!

Look at this cute little guy. He is a burrowing owl and he lives next to our storage unit. It's so amazing how he let's you get so close to him to take a picture.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Robinul: The Wonder Drug!


Robinul is said to reduce secretions from the bodily organs and you know what it does just that. On Monday Zane saw his new pulmonologist at PCH and I do have to say I liked him very much. He has such a better bed side manner than his last doctor. During the appointment I voiced my concerns about Zane's non-stop secretions. I know that sounds gross but it's the truth. This boy can leak from every orifice on his face. I felt so bad for him because he had so much that he didn't know what to do with it all. Can you imagine having a runny/congested nose 24 hours a day since you were born. I needed to find help for him and I think I did.
We decided to put Zane on Robinul on Monday and since then he has been runny nose free. This is a big deal for him and us. I am still crossing my fingers though because maybe he's having a good week but I'm hoping it has a lot to do with the new med.
Today we saw his new ENT doctor. I like him also which is a good thing. He decided that he is going to clean Zane's ears out under anesthesia and during this do his hearing test. If he gets in there and the fluid seems excessive then he may put tubes in his ears. During this procedure he is also going remove Zane's Adenoids. The doctor did look at his tonsils but felt that they were in pretty good shape an that they wouldn't need to be removed. Surgery will be scheduled within the next couple of weeks. We are hoping this will do wonders for his congestion problem.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Happy New Year from Mexico!


For the past few years we have done nothing for New Year's. Every year we keep saying that we are going to go out and never do. Well this year was different. We decided with a group of our friends that we were going to ring in the new year Mexico style. Some friends of Bryan and I own a house down in Puerto Penasco and they rent it out to whom ever is interested. The house is new and is located off the beaten path but near the beach. If anyone is interested check out their rental website at http://www.casicielorp.com/.


We had such a fantastic time in Mexico filled with fireworks (which we shot off ourselves), drinking, eating, shopping, and of course lounging on the beach. I couldn't have asked for a better mini vacation or a group of people to enjoy Mexico with. Here are some of our pictures from our trip.



Sea Shell with a bunch of shells within it. This was taken at Cholla Bay during the time the tide was on it's way out. The tide goes out for miles. It's really a weird but amazing site.



A seagull flying over the low tide at Cholla Bay.


This is me rummaging around in the low tide. There was lots of interesting things to look at.



Diana and Jay at the Blue Marlin down by the Fish Marketplace. Good food!


Jeremy and Tricia at the Blue Marlin.


Bryan and I at the Blue Marlin


All of us at the Blue Marlin.

All of us on the Beach.


Diana and Jay.

Diana, Tricia, and I.


Tricia and Jeremy outside our casa.