Prayers For Gwennie

We have been incredibly blessed that, even with having Cystic Fibrosis, Gwen hasn’t been hospitalized one time in her entire life.  Sadly, that is coming to an end. After this Tuesday, Sept. 29th, we will no longer be able to say that 😦
Gwen is being hospitalized after battling a never ending fight against a cough she has had for about 3 months now. They’re going to do a biopsy of her esophagus to figure out if she has an issue with acid reflux, and are going down into her lungs to find out if there is something growing in there that hasn’t been showing up on her sputum cultures.
Please pray for us, she is really just scared right now of the unknown because she’s never stayed in a hospital before, and having another kid at home is going to make this very hard for me!

December Has Been A Crazy, Crazy Month….

Though not for the reasons that you’re probably thinking!
Honestly, I hardly stress about the holiday’s, unless I’m doing crazy DIY projects for gifts 😉


While in the past we have gone all out on Christmas gifts for the girls, this year we decided we wanted to change things. Christmas isn’t about the presents in this house, and I want to teach that to my children.
They’re getting two gifts from us, some items in their stockings, and a couple things from “Santa”.
Anyway, I’ve been so busy because beginning this month I started watching my nephew five days a week, then the second week I started watching a friends baby (6 weeks old when I started!! <3)
alternating between two and three days a week,
Cory’s birthday was on the 16th and I’ve been browsing the web for homeschooling info like crazy  because I want to homeschool the
girls this next school year!


My parents are moving out, we added Elf on the Shelf into all this crazy last week, Gwen has been on Cayston for her psuedomonas for 27 days now, so Mon-Thur I’ve been going to her school so she can take it (only one day left and we get a break! woohoo!).
She also had a well-check appointment on Monday just so we could get a referral to see her specialty care doctor on Tuesday!

(A little not about that: Her PFT’s went up from her last appointment! I was so happy to see that! I can’t wait to get the results back from her sputum culture.)
So yeah, I’m looking forward to the school break starting Monday and just being able to spend some time with my girls and rearranging the house since I’ll have two extra rooms!


Quick Little Update

Cory is currently at school with the girls for ‘Breakfast with Dad’ ❤
Anyway, I haven’t been online much because I had to make a 12 hour drive to go pick up my nephew and had him for a week, we took the girls to Sea World (I’ll probably make a post about that this weekend), and things have just been a little hectic over here!
I finally have both of my wedding registries finished (my bridal shower is this Sunday! Yikes!), my house is looking really great and the girls go to their dad’s house this weekend for the first time in a few months. While I miss them dearly when they are gone, I am quite excited for a stress free/kid free weekend 🙂
My goals for this weekend are to work on getting pictures transferred to my external hard drive, clean my bedroom (it needs it DESPERATELY), make lots of graham cracker houses and find a little bit of time to just relax 🙂
Enjoy a few random photos from this last week-ish 🙂 <– My computer tried to autocorrect that to weakfish o_O

Brunnemann’s Halloween 2013 & DIY Costumes

Cambria right away knew what she wanted to be for Halloween… Really, anyone could have guessed that she wanted to be a unicorn, she’s OBSESSED!
I searched and searched on Pinterest for DIY ideas, and finally decided on THIS mixed with THIS.
Mind you, the horn and ears were absolutely not as easy as she made them seem!

I knew that I wanted Gwen to be Eloise, because she IS Eloise! Haha
She agreed to it quite quickly 🙂

Here’s how their costumes turned out!

After I got them dressed and took pictures, I had to leave to make a 12 hour drive to get my nephew who is staying with us for a little while, so Cory painted pumpkins with the girls…
(Cory painted half of his for me 🙂 )
Aaaaand of course, before they left for Fall Fest at a church down the street, Gwen and Cambria managed to break Cambria’s horn and ears! :\
Pouty face because she’s upset about it 😦
Luckily, she cheered up a little
Thanks for looking!

First Day of School, 1st & 3rd Grade!

My girls started school on Monday… this week has been rough!
Because of Gwen’s treatments we have to do every morning and evening, we have to get up at 5am.
They have actually been doing very well with their new schedule… I haven’t haha
They love their teachers (so far) and are so happy to be back in school!
Here are some photos from their first day 🙂
We made first day of school gifts for their teachers.
I’ll post tomorrow about where I got the tutorial from, and how I did mine.
(Please ignore the table cloth, they were doing art projects on it the day before 😉 )
With their cute signs I printed from HERE 🙂
Family picture before we head out
In their new classrooms 🙂
Their new backpacks are from the Pottery Barn Mackenzie collection.
We had the owl ones last year and they held up so well!
The blue one is currently out of stock, but here’s the pink one.
And I bought their bows to match from these Etsy sellers 🙂
Bows For Baby 8 – She was super awesome and overnighted two bows to me when I realized (the Friday before school started) that the ones I had ordered wouldn’t get here in time.
Pixie Pretties – Very quick shipping, and her bows are adorable!