Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Christmas at our house

I hope your Holidays were as great as ours.

As far as diabetes is concerned, it did have to rear it's ugly head on Christmas. First, Riley started with a runny nose and a cough on Christmas Eve. And, you all know what that means for blood sugars. But, by Christmas morning, things were starting to even out.

Then, in the middle of opening presents at my parent's house, he said his sugar felt low and he lay down in the middle of the floor. I quick check of the sugar revealed an icy 44. A few fruit snacks and peanut butter crackers later and he was good to go. He spent the rest of the day with his sugars bouncing around a bit. Now, all is back to normal (or at least as normal as diabetes can be) Riley did not let diabetes and bouncing sugars ruin his day, and this year, I didn't either.

Now, on to the pictures... First, a picture of the Santa goodies:

This is Riley's stuff. He got a TV and an Xbox. (Shhhh, it's his brother's old one, but he hasn't figured that out yet.) He also got a Knight's castle and a Chutes and Ladder game.

Holden was upgraded to an Xbox 360. It looks like he got less stuff, but we spent almost double the money on him.

Here's Riley opening his stocking.

and, playing an intense-looking game of Lego Starwars (which he also got from Santa) *(If you'll notice just behind his foot is a piece of paper. It is the back to his inset that we changed first thing Christmas morning. He was playing xbox while I changed it.)

Here's Holden with his new MP3 player that my parents gave him.

Riley got a CD player. Here he is listening to Spongebob Squarepants "The Best Day Ever" CD.

And, here he is still enjoying the xbox this morning.

I got lots of great things. My parents gave Michael and I a new mattress. It's like sleeping on a cloud. We also got a new TV. Our old one was about to die. We would have to hit it on the side from time to time to get it to work.

Riley gave me some memory foam slippers, which are just as comfortable as my new mattress. And, Holden gave me a new Aerosmith CD.

I gave Michael a second-hand weight bench. He got a tie from Holden and candy from Riley. (They both picked out our presents for us without any help.)

I guess that's about it..... Oh yeah, you may be wondering what Michael gave me for Christmas.

You can go to this post to read all about him. His name is Adam Morrison. He has Type 1 and he plays basketball for the Charlotte Bobcats.

And...... I WILL BE SEEING HIM PLAY EARLY NEXT YEAR!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, that's right. My wonderful, handsome, loving, awesome husband bought me tickets to see Adam Morrison play. I'm so excited, I can't stand it. They are good seats too.

And, the icing on the cake....Michael's parents bought my an authentic Morrison jersey. I'm all set for the game now.

This post doesn't really do justice to how excited I am. I watched a Bobcats game on the TV the other night. And, well, to put it mildly, they suck. But, Riley and I were both glued to the screen the whole time. I don't want to sound silly or anything, but when I watch Adam Morrison play, I'm filled with hope for Riley and his future. I just get this warm, fuzzy feeling that everything is really going to turn out OK for my little man. And, I'M GOING TO BE A FEW FEET FROM HIM!!!!!

We will be leaving Thursday to take the youth from church to a conference 8 hours away. So, I probably will not post any more until the new year.

I wish all of you a safe, happy, and healthy 2007!!!!


Anonymous said...

Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas! I love the pictures - looks like the boys really enjoyed their gifts - and YOU too! Have fun at the game!!

Anonymous said...

Looks like a very great Christmas! Great presents all around!

Can't wait to hear about you going to watch Morrison play!

Anonymous said...

That is awesome Penny! Congrats. I am so glad that Riley did not let the low slow him down. Sounds like you guys had a great Christmas and a busy week ahead. Have fun and be careful.

Anonymous said...

It sounds like you all got really awesome gifts!

Aside from the low, the holiday sounded great for you all.

Anonymous said...

It's the best day ever! Man, I can't get enough of that song. Also love those Spongebob jammies.

Charlie also got Lego Star Wars. He plays it on the computer in the attic. I haven't seen the kid since.

Sounds like you had a great Christmas. Glad to hear it.

Anonymous said...

I’m so happy your Christmas went well! It sounds like you got to spend some great time with family, and maybe even got some good sleep on your new bed. I can’t wait to hear about your game experience!

Anonymous said...

I just saw Adam Morrison (and the Bobcats) last night in Dallas. I took the whole family to our first NBA game (cheap seats, but facing the benches). My oldest daughter was just diagnosed this past February. She just happened to have the binoculars (did I mention the cheap seats) when Morrison came off the floor in the second quarter. She got to watch him test and then inject.
I am sure 99.9% of the crowd had no clue, while my family and an aunt and uncle had no clue there was a game going on for a minute or so. My daughter is not a giant basketball fan, nor does she closely track celebrities, but I think it was very meaningful for her to watch and relate to a public figure take the extra effort to be successful.
And as she related what she had observed, she smiled at me (her obsessive father, who has had her try nearly every meter known to man) and said, “And Dad, I think he was using a OneTouch Ultra2.”
I hope you enjoy the game. He is fun to watch and they held their own against the Mavericks.

Anonymous said...

Looks Like you and A Great Christmas. Riley I Love the PJ's you had on

bethany said...

awww so happy that you had such a great christmas!

does your church go to the niagra convention? just wondering :-D

Anonymous said...

my son is a huge morrison fan, my daughter is type 1 (now 10, dx at 8). i scored tickets for the bulls bobcats game on december 23. we were honorary captains and were on the floor as the teams warmed up. suddenly, my son lost sight of adam and couldn't find him. "he's probably testing his blood sugar" i said, and we looked at the bench, and there he was, meter and all! we snapped a pic! you are right, the bobcats stink and i think morrison looks like a thug. but, he's a great type 1 role model. enjoy your game.

Penny Ratzlaff said...

I'm so jealous that you got to go on the court during warm ups. I think Adam Morrison's looks are an "aquired taste". I used to think he looked bad, but now I find him to be kind of cute (beneath all that hair and the stach).

I can't wait to tell you all about the game, but it's not until February.