Quick Update

Thursday, April 16, 2009

"Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must" Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

~Kate is doing better her renal scan and ultrasounds are next Friday!

~Harry about passed out when they took 

12 vials 

of blood out of his tiny (42 lb.) body yesterday. Seriously.  His eyes rolled back in his head. He turned white as a ghost and it took a while to get him back. It was too much for him. He handled the x-ray and other tests like a champ though.  It will be a while before we have results....they are running some very specific tests that have several components.  I sure appreciate all the kind thoughts and prayers though.

~My sweet husband took a vacation day yesterday (and took care of Kate all day) to give me time to catch up on everything.  I am SO grateful.  It meant the world to me.  More on this later!

~I am slowly figuring out my new camera.  Thank you for the help.  Here are some recent shots...

My oldest
Will~ he was accepted to all the schools we applied to for next year (even with the essay on weapons:)!

A lil guy at the park

hadely in sbox
My friend's daughter

A few people asked me some questions recently...

Brooke asked where I get Kate's clothes?

I get them everywhere (boutiques, Nordstrom, Janie and Jack, Gap, Old Navy, Matilda Jane, Target, Etsy etc) The outfit she had on in the post you were referring to is from Etsy.  The vendor is Icandie (formerly Pish Posh Girls).

A few people asked what I was doing with my old camera...I am keeping it.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE my D-80. And it will be my back-up camera.  It is much lighter and easier to put in my purse for little things.

Someone asked if I still recommend the D-40X.  Ummm..probably not.  One thing I did not know then that I know now is that you cannot use some really great lenses on that camera.  So if you have an interest in photography and want a DSLR, the D-90 is a good place to start. If you want a DSLR that you will keep in auto and point and shoot the D-40 is still a great camera!  I am certainly not an expert but I do a lot of homework on the equipment.

Someone else asked why I chose Nikon over Cannon. 
When I first became interested in photography all the photographers I admired were shooting with Nikon.  I did consider switching to Cannon recently BUT every camera shop expert I spoke to said that right now the D-700 is the best camera on the market in its class. Also I had a bit of money sunk into my Nikon lenses. I personally see some GREAT photographers using Cannons and Olympus too. They are all good.

As a thanks for all the sweet thought and prayers...I leave you with a nice Spring salad recipe...

The salad is baby spinach, sliced strawberries, crumbled feta and either toasted pine nuts, candied pecans or cashews (any nut of your choice). (loads of vitamin C, A, K and zinc in this salad)


For the vinaigrette...
2/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup Raspberry vinegar
1 tablespoon of honey (or agave nectar)
dash of salt and pepper


Add grilled chicken or shrimp and you have a meal.  


  1. Love the photos..
    glad things are going well..
    great recipe..
    Have a great week..

  2. The pictures look great to me! Glad to hear Kate is feeling better. I am with Harry, I would pass out with all those vials!

    I hope everyone is back to 100% ASAP!

    Love the salad, nothing says spring like a spinach salad!!

  3. Great pictures. So happy Kate is doing better, and poor Harry, that is way too much blood to take out of one body at one time!!! Hoping they find what they need to find with what they have taken. You have an awesome husband and I haven't even met him in person, how kind to take off and help you out!!! Have a great weekend!!!

  4. i love love love love this salad!! i can honestly say its one of my favourites! i have had it multiple times before and it never gets old! also fantastic to hear kate is feeling much better!

  5. Those are super cute photos...you've got a good eye for sure!

  6. GREAT photos....glad Kate is doing well. Poor Harry, I feel bad for him...I bet that was scary to watch. I'll keep them in my prayers.
    Yay for Will, way to go big guy!!

  7. You are so precious to always share (& satiate the curiosity of us nosey folks!)

    Poor Harry!! I can't believe they took that much blood! & congrats to Will for apparently writing a "killer" essay. (ok bad joke - I missed you talking about the essay on weapons though!)

    The salad looks yummy, I can't wait to try it! I am organizing my recipes right now & trying to find some healthier choices. (good luck, huh?)

    Thanks for your sweet comment - we are excited to move, sad to leave a great place (especially our church!) But God will provide!

  8. So glad to hear everything is going better. I love the recipe I am a salad and especially spinach freak!

  9. So glad to hear everything is going better. I love the recipe I am a salad and especially spinach freak!

  10. Oh there is Kate's beautful smile!! Praise God, she is feeling better, what a blessing she is! And poor Harry, good golly Kim, it's a wonder he had that many vials in his little system! The picture of Will is gorgeous-handsome boy!

    Glad to hear the twinkle in your post and know I pray for you steadfastly.


  11. Such a beautiful family you have!

    And, YUM!...I can't wait to make that salad! I'm heading out to get the ingredients tomorrow. Thanks for sharing it!! :)

    Blessings! <><

  12. My prayers are with you Kim - hope Harry's test all turm out well (poor boy going through all that testing!).
    I love this salad (have the same recipe). It's always a good one to serve - a big hit with the ladies especially!


  13. Kate is so cute and you can tell she's feeling better in that photo. Poor Harry, that's a lot of vials for a little guy. Praying for good results :)

  14. Harry- bless your heart! Will- way to go! Kate- good luck with your tests next week! Hubby- you rock!

  15. LOVE the adorable Kate pic! so sorry for Harry and you, but good you are getting everything checked out. Thank you so much for the recipe, looks awesome!

  16. So glad that Kate is feeling better and coming along! Congratulations to Will on his acceptance to ALL the schools~what an accomplishment! Poor Harry, I would of passed out with 12 vials being taken from me~!12 vials!!! I still can't believe that many!!!

    Have a good weekend,

    ps. the recipe looks yummy!

  17. i am glad that things are going well, you have a lot going on right now. poor little harry, i just can't imagine taking that much blood!! thinking of you!

  18. Spectacular pictures! I hope and pray that Harry has a clean bill of health. Kudos to Will on his school acceptances!

  19. Love the photos! And I think you are right about the cameras. I'm a Canon gal myself, but sometimes I wish I had learned on a Nikon.

  20. So glad your baby girl is feeling better and praying for good news of Harry's tests. Congrats to Will on his school accomplishments. You have alot going on, praying for you to get some rest.


  21. Great photos! Hope all are feeling better soon. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. Have a good weekend.


  22. The pics are awesome, I love how natural and light they are. Glad Kate is feeling better and way to go Will on the school acceptances. Poor Harry, tell him I'd have been passing out too, my goodness, that's a lot of blood.

    The salad looks delish, thanks for the recipe! I love anything that has feta cheese on it. :)

    Y'all have a great weekend!

  23. This is one of our very favorite summer salads, I keep the ingredients in the fridge all the time. I LOVE that top photo of Kate with her hair in pig-tails. Too cute!! Sounds like Harry is about the size of my youngest so I can't imagine 12 vials being taken from her. Hope he's feeling better!

  24. I am a new blogger and first time commenter. I just wanted you to know we will be keeping Harry in our prayers & I make a salad very similar to yours and agree that it is divine. God Bless.

  25. Yum Yum-thanks for the recipe-always looking for some new ones!
    By the way-my daughter has that plaid dress as well-so cute! So traditional.

  26. Happy Friday! Hope all the test results come back great!

  27. I love this salad! YUM! I've never tried that dressing though.

    Poor Harry, we need to chat sometime about a new natural doctor we are seeing here. I know ya'll have seen this type of doctor before, but we're doing some interesting things.

    Love the pictures of the baby at the park and your friends little girl!

    Have a great weekend!

    Jen :)

  28. I hope all the tests for your children come back with good results!
    I might try that salad this Sunday! It's my Mom's birthday and we are hosting a party for her.

  29. Wow, you are good with a camera! I'm so glad Kate's finally on the mend. I hope you get nothing but good news with Harry's test results, and congratulations to Will! Way to go!

    Gin =)

  30. Such beautiful photos!

    I dont know if i made the right decision. I have a canon 450d and its good, but i find myself boosting the colour in photoshop for pretty much all my photos, and pretty much all good colour photos i see are from nikon cameras. Hmm.

  31. Kim,
    I'm so glad Kate is feeling better. The picture of her is adorable.

    I can't believe they took that much blood from Harry. Even more, I can't believe he's only 42 lbs! Even Dylan is 46.

    Your pics with your new camera look great. I'm glad you're enjoying it. I still feel like I'm getting used to mine at times!

    Have a great weekend.

  32. I have always loved your photos since I first started following your blog when you met Kate. The photos just keep getting better and better!

    How do you get your photos so large on both your 3 Peanuts blog and the Choosing Happiness blog?

  33. Wow, you have alot going on! I'm guessing Kate has been getting Rocefin (sp?) shots. Those are so unbelievably painful. I am so sorry she's having to go through that. (and you too!) I hope all the test come back good.

    Your photos look amazing! I really want a cute little girl to take pictures of :)

  34. I fix that exact salad and dressing all the time...yum! So sorry about your boy and the tests...booo. Hope all turns out well.

    Listen, I have some QUESTIONS relating to "how to's" on blogging....These would probably be no-brainers for you, so would you mind emailing me and telling me if you could help...

    Sweet pics of all your family! Love the Easter one that you thought was "off"....I though it was beautiful!


  35. Way to go Will!!!!! That is awesome!!!!
    Oh I feel so bad about Harry. My heart just breaks for Harry and for Mama. I know how hard it is to watch our babies go through any kind of illness...; ( I will keep you all in my prayers.
    Sweet Kate I am happy you are on the mend sweetheart {{{hug}}}
    Miss Addison has that same dress that Kate is wearing...so cute!

  36. So glad that is behind poor Harry!!!

    I can't wait to try your spring salad. It looks so yummy!!!


  37. So glad that is behind poor Harry!!!

    I can't wait to try your spring salad. It looks so yummy!!!


  38. I love all the photos! I hope everyone gets to feeling better soon! :-)

    Your salad looks SO yummy! I make a similar one from a favorite Door County (WI) Inn, The White Gull Inn. It has mixed greens/spinach, pecans, shaved parm and dried cherries with a olive oil, balsamic, soy sauce, dijon dressing.

  39. Glad to hear Kate is doing well. Hope Harry's test results are helpful. What an AWESOME picture of Will! And congrats to him on being accepted to all the schools you applied him to. That is great! Choices are so nice....
    Yum, that salad looks delish. Too bad we are nut free....wouldn't be nearly as good with out the nuts.

  40. Keeping your family in my prayers!


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