June 2009


by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on June 29, 2009

First of all, I want to thank you all who have left me such thoughtful comments, tweets and messages. Also, I’d like to send out a special HUG for all who have stepped in to help Ray with the kids. You have no idea how much it means to me to know that there are so many people who care so deeply for our family. You’ve all been so wonderful!

Now, for the updates ::

Ray took Ethan to see his doctor on Friday and, while he seems to be just fine, he was referred to a neurologist. Just this afternoon I made him an appointment for an EEG, so we’re praying that, after Monday, we can completely rule out a seizure. From what I’m told the shaking and eye-rolling is pretty common when one passes out. I think I’ll rest easier if I’m told that was, in fact, all that happened.

And, me? Well, the doctor in the ER told me that I needed an MRI to determine the cause of my headaches and neck pain, but first I must see my primary care physician… I have an appointment for tomorrow afternoon. I stopped taking the Vicodin and muscle relaxers, because they knocked me out and I can’t afford to sleep all day and night. I’ve been taking Excedrin Migraine, when my headache seems unbearable, and it seems to help a little bit, without the grogginess. After my appointment, tomorrow afternoon, I also plan to see the chiropractor again. Hopefully Dr. Thomas can help shed some light on my neck pain or perhaps even give me some relief.

But, for today, the kiddos are safe and having fun with our trusted friends, the Bouwes, and I’m supposed to be resting. I’ll lay down for a while and feel okay, so I’ll get up and try to do too much, and the pain screams at me.

It’s taken me way too long just to type out two posts and I’m beginning to hear screaming….


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by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on June 29, 2009

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OD on the ER

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on June 28, 2009

Since I am barely able to function, let alone compose a coherent blog post, I’ve asked my hubby to update ya’ll on the reason why I have been MIA…

It’s been quite a trying week, to say the least.

It all started on Tuesday when I got a call at the office around 10 am. Ethan’s had a seizure and the paramedics are insisting he go to the ER. But that wasn’t the last of my visits to the inside of the ER this past week, unfortunately.

Friday morning at the office, at about the same time as on Tuesday, Christine called saying she’d been taking a shower, nearly passed out and had to lay on the bathroom floor until she could manage to get to the phone. Her neck and head were in massive pain, she was extremely dizzy and her arms were numb. Not good, not good at all.

I rushed home and found her laying on the bed, barely able to move. Diane, our next door neighbor, was kind enough to watch the kids until Christine’s sister, Sara, could get here so I could take Christine to the Med 7, a type of emergency room. I dropped her off because I needed to take Ethan to his scheduled appointment to follow up on his incident on Tuesday. We returned and watched as Christine was tested for the next four hours for all sorts of things from the flu to mono. Everything was negative, thankfully. But that didn’t help explain why she was hurting so bad.

After Chris was prescribed pain killers and muscle relaxers, I took her home and she slept for the next 24 hours straight, until Saturday afternoon. By then, her pain was worse (when the pain killers wore off) and I knew we needed to get her head examined to be sure it wasn’t something more serious.

We dropped the kids off at our good friends’ house and I took Chris to the real ER. Hours later, the CT scan came back negative, which was a huge praise, but it still didn’t tell us why she was hurting so bad. The doctor thinks that it is a migraine mixed with severe muscle tension. But who knows. They used the IV to inject hospital grade pain killers and the result left her feeling better than she had in days.


Still, Chris hasn’t been able to move her neck or head much. She’s very stiff and in a lot of pain. Monday we’ll hopefully see the neurologist and get an MRI. We’re beginning to think it may be a pinched nerve, but getting any real diagnosis has been difficult.

In the meantime, we are very thankful to friends and family for stepping in to help in this difficult time, especially by being there to watch our children. I can’t imagine my wife functioning with six kids, not being able to stand for very long or move around much. May God grant us wisdom on how to proceed.


I didn’t think it would happen to me…

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on June 24, 2009

Ask any one of my family members or friends and they will tell you that I am not typically the type of mom who coddles her children. When one of my boys falls, I tell them to get up and keep running. My kiddos (no more babies here) play in the tub while I grab their p.j.s and throw yet another load of laundry in the dryer. My half dozen even explore the playground while I watch close by, not once hovering over them. No band aids unless you’re bleeding and that bump? eh, he’ll be fine.

I’ve never been a helicopter mom.

Until yesterday.

helicopter mom
While Ethan has been fine, yesterday’s episode has had me on edge. I have kept Ethan in close proximity for the last 36 hours, much to his chagrin. I haven’t even allowed him to play outside, without me, and I made him take far too many breaks at the pool, insisting he sit by me.

I’ll admit that I’ve always thought those helicopter moms were a bit paranoid. Today, keeping all of my brood more close by than normal, making sure they stayed well hydrated (even though this has never seemed to be a problem, since they all drink water like it’s going out of style), jumping at every little whimper or whine, and this evening even giving in to every-single-little-request, I felt like “that mom.”

Even though I know that each of my children’s lives are in the hands of our Father and that I have no need to be paranoid or worried, tonight I was reminded…

“Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” ~Matthew 10:29-31


Scott Common Sense {$100 Visa Card Giveaway!}

June 24, 2009

During the month of June, Scott Common Sense is all about making the most of the time you spend with family and friends. The Scott Common Sense Community is your go-to destination for tips and advice, and can help you plan fun and affordable get-togethers. This month, we’ve teamed up with Scott Common Sense to […]

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“kinda stressful”

June 23, 2009

Today started like so many other days, although a few of my kiddos decided to sleep in a bit. Not entirely abnormal, I wasn’t surprised when Ethan said, shortly after 10am that he hadn’t eaten breakfast. He came in from saying hello to his neighborhood friends, hopped up on the counter and drank from the […]

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Give Cute Popz and Win Big! {Blog Popz Summer Solstice Edition}

June 22, 2009

It’s time again for Blog Popz and From Dates to Diapers is your source for the Cute! popz to give to all of your blogger friends whose blogs you find cute! {What are Blog Popz?} A blog award. A blogger recognition program. A virtual version of the lollipops you gave in school to friends and […]

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Transformers: Vacuums in Disguise (Dyson DC25 Giveaway!)

June 20, 2009

Last year we had the privilege of reviewing one of the best vacuums ever – The Dyson DC25. I discussed how easy it is to maneuver, and how it cut down on allergies in the air. Zach and Ray even created a fun video displaying how well this Dyson Ball vac moves. This short clip […]

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Urgent Recall Notice: Nestlé Toll House Cookie Dough

June 19, 2009

I like cookies, but I simply love cookie dough! I know I’m not supposed to eat the raw dough, but I just can’t help sneaking a spoonful, or two, here and there. Some of my kiddos have developed a love for this gooey goodness, too, but an email that I received from my friends at […]

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12 Tips to Raising a Reader

June 18, 2009

HOWDY!  I’m Lori, aka A Cowboy’s Wife, and I’m filling in for Christine today while she’s away at a conference. When I’m not chasing steers out of the yard or cooking for the ranch, you can find me sitting at my desk with a tall glass of sweet tea, blogging til’ cows come home. As my […]

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Look, Mom!

June 17, 2009

Last week we noticed that Josh was pretty much riding his bike without much help from his training wheels. The twins eagerly took the extra wheels off and, on his first try, Josh was up and racing down the street! Until the bully pushed him off… Visit more Wordless Wednesday participants at 5 Minutes for […]

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June 16, 2009

Our kiddos have made lots of friends in the past few days, now that school is out. My kids and these new friends of theirs would probably have been in the same classes throughout the school year. We would be no strangers to the mean kids in our neighborhood, because these neighborhood bullies would have […]

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Graphite Gray Clarisonic Kit Giveaway

June 15, 2009

This Sunday is Father’s Day, so in honor of all the dads out there I have something fab to give away! The Graphite Gray Clarisonic Skin Care Kit!! Check out the Skin Care Kit I mentioned in my second Gifts for Dad post, then come back here and tell me why you (or the man […]

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Good Stuff

June 12, 2009

Fridays are days that the kiddos and I spend out. Out of the house. Outside. Out of town. Out. While we are out today, I thought you may want to take a look at the following fun stuff: Father’s Day Gift Guides :: Mom Central An Ordinary Life Check out these Blogs :: “A fun […]

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Free Family Film Festival

June 11, 2009

I am constantly on the look out for fun, safe and inexpensive things to do with our kiddos, especially in the summer. I am very excited about the Free Family Film Festival that begins next week… It’s a fun-filled nine weeks of movies for kids and parents, and best of all it’s FREE! FREE is […]

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Garbage Day

June 10, 2009

Every week the Young Clan has a full trash can…and some weeks, it’s a little more than that. This week is a perfect example….We packed it in! Using cardboard to extend the sides, we were able to get the equivalent of FOUR full trash bags stacked above the top of the can. Thankfully, the city […]

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Win Blue Bunny Ice Cream!

June 9, 2009

That’s right! You can be one of THREE lucky families to win ice cream for a year from Blue Bunny…. There are tons of ways to enter, so be sure you head over for your chance to win. Newest way to enter :: Join the iScream Team for an inside scoop on new products, access […]

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MomsLikeMe-Where Sacramento Moms Meet

June 7, 2009

My good friend, Rebecca Unfried, recently invited me to a moms’ night out with the Roseville/Rocklin group at MomsLikeMe.com. Shortly after the invitation, I received an email from Elizabeth, the site manager, asking me to check out the site. I hadn’t heard of this particular online social community, but was immediately intrigued by the fact […]

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Great Friends + S’mores = Good Times

June 6, 2009
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Diane Birch – Bible Belt

June 4, 2009

Diane Birch has been compared to Norah Jones, Amy Winehouse, and even Ella Fitzgerald, but her thoughtful, bluesy, airy pieces are perfect for the warm afternoons in our near future. She has written all of her own lyrics and music on this album and there is not one song that I didn’t like. With fresh, […]

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Summertime Learning

June 4, 2009

As a homeschooling family we enjoy so much freedom. The freedom to take a day off here and there. The freedom to “do” school on a Saturday, a Sunday, or even an observed holiday. The freedom to work on math problems at the beach, have a science lesson on the way through the Nevada desert, […]

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June 3, 2009

Look at what I found in my mailbox today… I am drooling over this brochure they sent me, and can still hardly believe that I am going to receive each of the new appliances in the Premier and Affinity collections! As I mentioned before, I am most looking forward to the beautiful washer and dryer […]

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