Our Favorite Things


Being able to see well is definitely NOT over rated. Apparently all this time poor Alanna has been struggling to see & we had absolutely NO idea. Parental fail? {{nods}}

Just before the holiday’s her teacher came to me & informed me that both her & another of the classroom teachers had noticed Alanna’s right eye seemed to be wandering. I’d never noticed it before but thanked her for telling me & then went about trying to arrange an eye exam for her.

The base said they couldn’t do pediatric exams & suggested an off base eye center to bring her to, but with all the baby mama drama we went through over Christmas & New Years, getting Alanna’s appointment scheduled got pushed to the back burner. Once things finally settled down again however, I gave the recommended eye center a call only to find they were scheduling a month out. I booked her into the earliest slot they had available, February 1st.

During the beginning of her appointment the technician was trying to have her identify pictures being projected onto an 8×10 mirror on the wall in front of her. Most of it, despite showing her various sizes, Alanna could not identify however. She just kept saying “I don’t know” & I informed the technician that she was a bit developmentally delayed & in an exceptional learning class at school. Still, the technician tried her best despite Alanna’s repeated “I don’t knows”.

A while later we were moved to another room where the actual eye doctor came in to check out the health of her eye & determine whether any sort of prescription was needed. She pulled the machine in front of Alanna’s face, made some adjustments & then asked Alanna to now look through the machine & identify the same series & various sizes of pictures being projected onto the mirror on the wall in front of her.

I almost fell out of my chair!

All in a sudden she was identifying everything with not a single problem. From a huge 8×10 size black & white silhouette of a cake & candle image to other tiny silhouette’s. It was unbelievable & I was completely blown away. The sudden difference a prescription made changed everything & made me question everything all at the same time. Is she really developmentally delayed or has she just not been able to see all this time?!?!

Apparently she’s seriously near sighted with a bit of astigmatism & we had no idea. She will need to wear glasses as I do full time from now on & to top it off the glasses may or may not correct the wandering right eye. The doctor said it’s not something a patch can fix either so she wants to see her back in about 4 weeks to re assess it & if the eye is still wandering she may require corrective surgery. I sure hope not!

What really gets me is that we had her eyes tested back in California shortly before we moved & the doctor at that time said she was a tiny bit far sighted but not anything that would require a prescription so we were sent on our way. Now just a brief 3 or so years later it’s the complete opposite & then some. So I have no idea whether the previous doctor just sucked or if it was just that difficult to really tell with an infant that couldn’t communicate what they could or couldn’t see. Hard to say….

Anyways, Alanna has been an excellent sport about getting her new glasses. She got to pick out a pretty pink pair of frames with flowers all up & down the arms & she was greatly disappointed when she found out she was going to have to wait over a week for them to make the glasses before she could wear them. She’s had them now for just about 2 weeks however & is so excited to put them back on in the morning’s & after her naps. She talks about how she get’s to be like mommy & poor Brooklynn is actually feeling a bit jelous that she doesn’t get to wear a pair. For now though I’ve been able to appease her by telling her that because she can already see so well she can wear sun glasses like daddy does while Alanna needs to wear glasses like mommy because we can’t see well without them.

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In light of yesterdays sad news, regarding the passing of former Apple CEO “Steve Jobs”, I felt this would be a fitting “Favorite Thing Thursday” post.

Roy & I absolutely LOVE our iPhones. We first obtained our 3GS’s back in August of 2010 & it wasn’t long before we wondered how we ever lived life without them!

Most people already know all about iPhones but for those who don’t they are pure awesome. Anywhere I go I have my email, Facebook, Google, an instant camera & video recorder (although both low in quality), immediate bank access (if I need to check/transfer a balance, even take a picture with the camera to cash checks!) along with a variety of other “Apps” that make life better, simpler, or more entertaining in some way, shape or form. Steve Jobs really came up with something amazing here & the iPhone along with his many other contributions to our world will not be soon, if ever, forgotten.

Our wireless contracts have been up for renewal for a while & our phones are available for upgrade. Tomorrow the new iPhone 4S goes available for pre order but I don’t know if we’ll have to wait till the 14th, when it’s officially released for sale, or whether we’ll even get an upgrade discount on it but we’re sure hoping.

The 4S looks incredible. It’s so much more advanced than the 3GS & I’m especially psyched about the ability to do 1080p HD video.

Some of the other amazing features the new 4S has to offer are (from the Apple site):

* The addition of “Siri” – the intelligent assistant that gets things done, all you have to do is ask!
* Dual-core A5 chip – the most powerful iPhone processor ever.
* The you-can’t-believe-it’s-on-a-phone camera. All new optics & 8 MEGAPIXELS folks!
* iOS 5 – the world’s most advanced mobile operating system. And the easiest to use.
* iCloud – stores your music, photos, apps, mail, contacts, calendars, documents, and more. And wirelessly pushes them to all your devices!
* Retina display – the highest-resolution phone screen ever. In fact, the pixel density is so high that the human eye is unable to distinguish individual pixels.
* FaceTime – lets you hear a voice and see the face that goes with it — iPhone to iPhone, iPad 2, iPod touch, or Mac over Wi-Fi.
* AirPlay – you can wirelessly stream what’s on your iPhone to your HDTV and speakers via Apple TV
* AirPrint – Print everything wirelessly.
* The first phone to intelligently switch between two antennas to transmit and receive, so call quality is better. It also doubles the maximum HSDPA data speeds to 14.4 Mbps.8 Which means faster connections, faster loading and reloading, and faster downloads.

Yep, that’s a list of some seriously exciting stuff right there & I can’t wait to have it in my hands on one so I can explore it all up close.

Here’s a video for a visual of everything it has to offer:

What about you? Are you an iPhone person too or do you prefer a different brand of “smart phone”?

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I’ve decided that I’m going to start doing a series of “Favorite Thing Thursday” posts similar to my “Favorite Food Fridays” ones.

The plan behind doing this is to share items we have around the house that we LOVE or perhaps even in some cases can’t imagine life without. I will also do my best to try & always include a link to Amazon (my favorite online marketplace) where, if you’re interested, you too can obtain said “thing”.

Today’s “Favorite Thing” are these super cool:

Orka Ice Pop Molds.

A friend of mine, Melissa from Little Raindrops, posted a cute image of one of her sons enjoying one of these nifty popsicles along with the link & I immediately wanted to try them. I just love the swirl pattern, the bright colors & the general funness of them.

As soon as they arrived I washed them & poured into each silicone mold some Silk Very Vanilla Soy milk that I had in the fridge & then popped them into the freezer.

The next day after the girls arrived home from school I peeled the silicone sleeve off the frozen pops (they come off impressively easy too I might add) & then handed each of the girls one to enjoy for a snack while I sampled one of my own.

I can’t say I’m a huge fan of Silk Very Vanilla Soy Milk that’s frozen because it seems like in the process of it freezing it dulled the “Vanillaness” of it but it was still a neat treat & the girls seemed to really enjoy theirs.

What I especially love about these Orka Pops is that they catch drips because we all know little kids have a tenancy of being slow & messy so rather then the treat dripping all down their arm & over themselves they drip into the lil cup of the handle.

The key product features as advertised are:

* Silicone ice pop molds with stand designed for easy transport
* Silicone tabs for easily removing treats from molds
* Cup-shaped base catches drips; freezer and dishwasher safe
* 6-3/10 inches by 4-9/10 inches by 4-4/5 inches
* 5-year warranty

These are definitely a new found favorite thing for me & if you follow one of the links above they will take you over to the Amazon page that sells them where  you can also read some of the other 60+ rave reviews on them.

I am not being compensated for blogging about this but I do receive a small commission if you decide to purchase something through one of my direct links attached here. Please rest assured though that I will only be blogging about things I personally love & trust, not random junk just so I can make a few cents.

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