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"I don't want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails. I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp. I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbors children. I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone's garden. I want to be there with children's sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder. I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived."
Marjorie Pay Hinckley

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Where has the time gone?

December and the first half of January have flown by! Here are some highlights that have happened since our last post:

1. Tyler's big toe. During one of the biggest snow storms that we've experienced in our 7 Midwest winters, Tyler decided he didn't need the top half of his big toe. Ryan quickly shoveled our long driveway so we could go to the ER while I held the toe on and loaded the kids in the car. It was quite the adventure.
2. California! For the first time in about 3 years Ryan's whole family was together. The week was filled with games, FOOD, treats, laughter, hugs, yogurtland, parks, ping pong, cousins, Pat & Oscars, Adam's homecoming, dress ups, In and Out, Christmas, the beach, Kamrie's 5th birthday, and much more!
3. Kamrie's 5th birthday! We can't believe our little girl is already 5 years old. We had a hot dog picnic in Gramie and Grandad's back yard (her request), and rainbow/flower cupcakes at the beach (again, her request). Happy birthday sweet pea!
The diva pose with her cousins.
Not the greatest picture of Kamrie, but we forgot to pack our still camera. :(
Birthday BBQ

In January we've been busy unpacking from our trip, putting away the Christmas decorations, and taking out the baby items. We can't believe we'll have another little one join our family in just 3 short weeks or less (they will induce me on the 9th if I haven't already had him by then). The end is in sight! Wish us luck!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Momzilla?


Should I be concerned?

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Move over White Sox

Here come the Whitie Tighties
video
PS. Please ignore the sound effects. Apparently I have a need to say something each time he hits the ball. :)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Family

My sister-in-law Christy came to visit us in the middle of October. We had such a great visit! Here are a few pictures of our adventures:

Some Highlights:
The dance off!
Play dough fun
The zoo (and talking bald eagles)
Knocking down bowling pins :)
Bread
Doughnuts!!
The pumpkin patch/apple orchard
Our late night talks
The fireside!!
Just being together

Thanks for your visit! We love you!

This last weekend my aunt and uncle also came into town. We had a great time catching up, eating, and laughing together. Thanks family! We miss you already.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

ROCHESTER, MINNESOTA FACTS

I ran across a website tonight about Rochester, Minnesota that was interesting....and very depressing. :) Here are some fun and crazy facts I learned today about where we live:

Average temperature for the YEAR: 44 degrees
Average HIGH temperature for the YEAR: 54 degrees
The highest temperature recorded: 102 degrees (108 with humidity)
The lowest temperature recorded: -44 degrees (-69 with wind chill)
Average snow fall per year: 50.2 inches
The number of clear days per yer: 87
The number of overcast days per year: 181
The number of rainy (not including snowy) days per year: 118
The number of days above 90 degrees per year: 8
The number of days below 32 degrees per year: 175
and.....
The number of days below 5 degrees per year: 48

YIKES!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Fall??

Looks like this week WAS Minnesota's fall. Two weeks ago it was in the 70s, and tonight we are expecting snow. Yikes! Next week doesn't look very promising either. We decided if we were to do anything "fall-ish" at all this year it would have to be now! We visited a cute little apple/pumpkin farm just 5 minutes from our house. The kids enjoyed looking at all of the pumpkins, and Ryan and I enjoyed taste testing all the different types of apples.Yesterday I made a fall wreath from the bushes in our back yard. We'll see how long it lasts with this cold front coming in. :)
PS. I am feeling a lot better, and I am tempted to name this baby "steroids" (due to how large he is, and all the steroids that have helped me feel so well). Not really gonna do it....but tempted. :)

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Final Score

And the results are in.
The final score for the Ryan and Lindsay Gassin family is:
Girls: 2
Boys: 3!
We are expecting another buster, and we are excited!
(we would have been thrilled with either)

More good news: I'm measuring 1 week ahead so my due date is bumped up a week! Hurray for 1 less week of throwing up! :)

Side note: If this little boy is anything like Tyler, please start praying for our house and all of our belongings. During a recent rest time Tyler ripped a hole in his mattress and threw the stuffing all over his room. Ahh. What a turkey!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Best buds



Tuesday, August 18, 2009

One down, six more to go

I have stopped going to the infusion therapy center on Saturdays. Yes! I have been starting to feel a little better (thanks to some strong medications that I heart very much), and I am hoping that in a week or so I can cut out another day. Baby steps.

Thanks for all of your help and prayers. I truly would not be doing as well as I am without them.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Severe Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Hi. It's me, Lindsay. First I want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has served our family these past few months. Although it feels like simply saying "thank you" does not adequately describe the gratitude Ryan, the kids and I feel, I cannot think of a more appropriate expression. (Is it due one of the many medications I'm on, or the lack of a better expression all together?) In any case, my sincere THANK YOU will have to do for now. You have all been our angels.

Since many of you have asked exactly why I am so sick during pregnancy, I thought I would take just a minute to explain it. I have a condition called Severe Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Sounds fancy, but it's basically saying I have "severe nausea and vomiting during pregnancy." As far as they know it is not genetic, it effects 1 in about every 2,000 women, and it usually gets worse with each pregnancy. I happened (unfortunately) to have it for all three of my pregnancies. The "official" definition directly off the hyperemesis website is:

"Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) is a severe form of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. It is generally described as unrelenting, excessive pregnancy-related nausea and/or vomiting that prevents adequate intake of food and fluids. It is typically associated with:
  • loss of greater than 10% of pre-pregnancy body weight
  • dehydration and production of ketones
  • nutritional deficiencies
  • metabolic imbalances
  • difficulty with daily activities
Treatment generally needed throughout HG pregnancies consists of i.v. hydration, TPN and/or other forms of non-oral feeding."
If you want to learn more about the condition, you can click here.

Since the end of my 5th week, I have been spending at least 3-4 hours every morning, seven days a week here:
The infusion therapy center here at the Mayo Clinic. There I receive a couple of liters of fluid, medications, and on some days nutrition through this:
My PICC line. It was inserted during my 6th week, and it will probably stay in most of my pregnancy. I've developed quite an itchy rash due to all of the alcohol and tape on it constantly (That is why it's a little red and gross looking. Sorry.) I jokingly asked my friend Molly if she could somehow make this a scratch and sniff picture via blog without the sniff part just to relieve some of the constant itching. No can do. Probably better for your sakes.

In addition to the infusions, I have 5 different nausea meds that I take about every 4-6 hours round the clock to help ease the nausea/vomiting. The doctors here have been WON-DER-FUL! Truly. At about week 7 they asked me if I would be willing to try a new drug therapy (steroids) for an HG study they wanted to do. They said to their knowledge it was hardly used, and had never been done this early in pregnancy before, but the choice was either this new drug or a feeding tube and hospital admission. After a lot of prayer and thought, Ryan and I felt good about proceeding with the steroid. It is helping a lot.
(If you want to know more about the study, click here. This is a similar study, minus the termination part.)
(This is a picture of me at the infusion therapy center hooked up to two IVs at once.)

Some have called us crazy, but we felt strongly that there was one more special spirit waiting to join our family. Although it has been a huge trial for us, we have felt such peace. Walking by faith we are witnesses of God's love, and tender mercies and our Savior's atonement. He truly has been by our side through it all.

It's True!

Lilypie

BTW, this isn't Lindsay or even Ryan typing, it's good-'ol-family-friend-Molly. :) I have taken over the Gassin Blog while Lindsay spends her mornings, afternoons and evenings very near the toilet.

I will elaborate on Lindsay's health in the next post. This post is all about announcing a wonderful new life to join the Gassin Family in February. Hooray, and Three Cheers!!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

THE DOUGLAS TRAIL

One of the things Minnesota is known for (other than unbelievably long and cold winters) is their bike trails. One of the more popular trails here in Rochester is the Douglas trail. It starts in Rochester and ends in a cute little town about 13 miles north called Pine Island. Round trip it's 26 miles, and the trial is one of the most beautiful places I've seen.






This is the Pine Island city park, and the trail literally ends right here. It's beautiful, and I can't wait to go again.

Monday, June 1, 2009

IT DON'T MATTA IF YO BLACK OR WHITE!

After spending over half of our marriage in the wonderful and diverse city of Milwaukee, Ryan and I are especially aware of the importance of raising our children to respect and appreciate all races and cultures. We've taught them that all human beings are created equal. In his special way, Tyler has taken it one step further....





Our pantry is no longer segregated.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

VIRTUAL STICKY NOTE TO SELF

Never leave an open box of unfrozen otter pops on the floor. The kids will get into them, open up a bunch, and spray them all over your clean carpets.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

MAKE AN OFFER


Some days this is all too true! :)

A BUDDING HOBBY?

I came home from the grocery store to find this:

My neighbor (a pharmacist) standing on a ladder (in my flower garden) helping my husband (a doctor) drill a hole in the siding (outside) for....... an internet cable?

Last time I checked that was NOT a course in either Medical school or pharmacy school.
(But look at those smiles! They're so proud of themselves.)

The internet still works. Who knew they had it in them?
A BIG thank you to the Better Homes and Gardens Big Book of Home How-To's. I will be returning you back to the library first thing tomorrow morning. :)

THE GARDEN EXTENSION

It's time for black dirt and compost!

In just two days we moved 3 TONS of dirt!
That's over 6,000 pounds!

End result: garden space for 5 tomato plants

Was it worth it? Check back in two months to see if they produce any tomatoes, and then I'll tell you. :)

Monday, May 18, 2009

Friday, May 15, 2009

ROCK GARDEN FOLLOW UP

Good news: After two weeks worth of rock removal we finally hit dirt....
Bad news: The dirt was clay. NOT great for the veggie garden I had envisioned. Sooooo.....
THIS is what we've been up to.

Nothin' like having all of the trash cans from your house filled with dirt and inside your honda civic trunk.
Sweet.

WHAT A MONKEY

TWIN CITIES

Ryan had an anesthesia conference up in Minneapolis/St. Paul the end of April, and the kids and I decided to tag along.

Before we put down the luggage, Kamrie was jumping/leaping from bed to bed, and Tyler was pushing all of the phone buttons. Awesome.

A dip in the pool before bedtime.
(While Ryan was in meetings the next morning I attempted to take both of my NON-swimmer kids (who THINK they can swim) back to the pool by myself. THAT was an adventure...)

Movie time


Before we headed home we took the kids to the Mall of America to ride on a few rides.

One of the trip's highlights was watching the planes land at the nearby airport from the top of the parking structure at the Mall of America. So fun! We wish we could have spent the rest of the day up there.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Flies and Bees

Our conversation this morning after playing in the back yard:

Kamrie: Mom? I think I'm going to pray that all of the bees and flies will die tonight.

Mom: Really? Did you know that bees are the ones that make honey? You wouldn't be able to have any more peanut butter and honey sandwiches if all of the bees die. And they help all of the flowers and trees grow.

After a long silence from Kamrie: What do the flies do?

After an even longer silence from mom: Nothing. I think I'll pray that all of the flies die tonight too.

Snakes, snails, and puppy dog tails.......

And WORMS!




That's what little boys are made of.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

What was I thinking?

Last summer Ryan and I planted a garden in our backyard, and we loved it. It was so nice to eat (and grill!) fresh produce every day, and the kids were more likely to eat veggies if they picked them themselves. Win win!

About a week ago I was teaching preschool and decided to take the girls outside for play time. While they were playing I noticed our long and skinny stretch of landscape by the driveway and thought, "Hey, this place gets full sun and looks like a perfect place for a second garden!" So, spontaneously acting upon my (at least what I thought at the time) brilliant plan, I put those awesome little 4 year olds to work removing rocks. How much time would it take to move a "few" rocks anyway, right....?
This picture was taken after a full weeks worth of time moving rocks and digging up roots to perfectly good bushes.

Never ending rocks, and it looks as if I haven't done a single thing! My two year old is in rock heaven. I, on the other hand, wouldn't mind if I never saw a rock again in my entire life.
Hopefully after a few more weeks of rock removal we will be able to plant the garden and enjoy a whole season filled with lots and lots of fresh produce. That's the plan anyway. For now, I am saying "see you later" spontaneity. I have some rocks to remove.