Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everybody!!  I rang in the New Year with a cold that knocked my on my _ss.  Grrrr!  I have been sleeping the last few days & forcing my mom to watch lots of TV.  She has been very kind to me….and I am thankful!  I am feeling SO MUCH better today, so I am getting some things accomplished!  First on my list, updating my blog with pics from Christmas!

On Christmas Eve, we went over to Jenna & Ross’ house with Ross’ family & had a great evening with dinner and present opening.  Our friends the Rasmussen’s came over & our Godmother Mary, so we had quite a little party going on at one point.

Hanging Out

Guys in the kitchen

Ross heading up the table

We had a great time!  The next day, it was our turn to host dinner for the family.  After opening our family presents in the morning, Jenna stayed to help me get ready for everybody & we were ready to party!  Click the link below if you would like to see our little 1 minute video

Eagle Christmas 2011

Yay for presents!

Nathan & his wife Souvanny

Shawna & Julian coloring

Uncle John Helping Gramps Zip His Jacket. Aaaaah

After Christmas was over, we spent the week putting the house back together & relaxing a bit.  We have also been hanging out with gramps a bunch.  One fun thing that we did was take him to Houlihan’s for dinner.  We are such crazy fun people!  haha.

We hope that everybody had a fantastic New Year’s Eve!  We hope for happiness and GREAT health in 2012!


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Christmas Blessings!

We hope that everybody had a wonderful Christmas!  We had a fantastic & BUSY holiday here.  On Christmas Eve we headed over to Jenna’s house & celebrated with family & friends.  On Christmas day we had all of our family over to the Eagle house!  I have been a little behind updating the happenings around here.  My mom has been off of her antibiotics for about 5 days now….and she seems to be doing great!  We appreciate the continued prayers to keep her bacteria free!  We are all on pins & needles around here hoping her cellulitis does not come back.  We are trying to take excellent care of her skin to prevent any cracks from dryness due to the winter season.

Ok, so about 2 weeks ago we headed over to my uncle John’s house to celebrate my cousin Aaron’s 18th birthday.  We usually can never make it because of snow being on the ground & their house being extremely hard to get in to.  This year the elements were perfect, no snow & 50 degrees!  We decided to go for it!  My mom was dangling off her ramp at one point…but we managed to get her in somehow.  I still look back & can’t believe it.  That was a toughie!  Here are a few pics from that night!

The Eagle/Kast crew. Birthday boy in the middle!

The guys watching some football

The following Monday my “bestie” Kate Schmidtlein Florer was in town with her entire family (Sister & brothers) for the baptism of their new addition Everett.  My mom & I were excited that we were able to attend such a special event.  We all went to D’Brian’s after for brunch.  What a fun day!!!

Mama Jules & Kate!

Mama Jules & Everett! We get a little crazy with our picture ideas!

Baby Everett napping through brunch

That will be my quick check-in for today!  I will update soon with pictures from Christmas!  I am in the process of trying to organized all of that fun stuff.  We hope that everybody had a wonderful Christmas & look forward to a Happy New Year!!!

xoxo, Kelly

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Getting in the Holiday Spirit!

Since being in the hospital, we are trying to make up for a lost week (in December) by getting all of our presents purchased, plans organized & fun Christmas activities done!  Here are a couple of highlights from our month (pre-hospital & post-hospital).

Every now and then we meet at my grandpa’s place on a Friday and have a little pizza party.  These pics are from right before the hospital.  My mom and I had gotten him a little tree so he could get into the holiday spirit!

Jenna posing with the tree

Gramps enjoying his pizza. He is so cute!

The following week (when mama Jules was in the hospital) my aunt and uncle accompanied my grandpa to his holiday party where he lives.  I just think this picture is super cute!  I am glad to see him so happy & embracing living in MN

Next up, Macy’s 8th floor.  Most Minnesotan’s know about the 8th floor display downtown.  When Macy’s used to be Dayton’s and Marshall Fields the displays were beautiful and a holiday tradition for most families.  Since Macy’s has taken over, the display has been repeated for the last few years….but we still go for the “tradition”.  We always go with my mom’s friend Amy & this year Catey & Cheryl joined us as well.  We finished with lunch in the sky room.  It was the perfect day!

Group pic

Cheryl & Catey

Amy having fun!

And last but not least, here are some more pictures from Jenna’s cookie party.  We had a blast as usual!  Great party baby bird!

The Cookie Crew


Dental Hygiene ladies

SPT ladies

EP ladies

Crazy Ladies!

Loving Mama Jules

Fun Pic

As you can see…we had a great time!  Thank you Amy for taking such great pictures!

Yesterday I was able to get together with my besties for a cookie exchange.  We forgot to take a picture.  Oops!  That rarely happens!   Today we are off to my cousin Aaron’s birthday party in St. Paul.  Let the partying continue!

Happy Holidays Everybody!  There may not be any snow here….but that is ok with us!  MN is so “wheelchair friendly” right now.  Love it!!


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Ho Ho Home!!!

Well, Mama Jules is home from the hospital!  We arrived home yesterday & Jules is feeling great again.  We will be on a 10 day course of continued antibiotics & then she is on her own to continue fighting bacteria.  We will be trying to take extra good care of her skin & keeping any small abrasions/skin cracks well looked after.  If you have a compromised immune system, those pesky bacteria can creep in & make the cellulitis reoccurring.  It is very common for people who have had cellulitis to get it back.  We appreciate continued prayers for my mom & her health.  We may LOVE the nurses at Methodist in the ICU, but we don’t need to see them again for a very long time!

When we first decided heading to the ER was going to be a must, our heart sank a little more because we knew that my mom would probably miss Jenna’s Annual Christmas cookie party on Saturday.  This is Jenna’s 5th year hosting it, and my mom goes every year.  It is an important part of our Christmas traditions!  So, when we found out late in the week Mama Jules would probably be discharged on Saturday……we got a little excited!  So, yesterday I had the nurses hunting down the doctor in the morning to give us the approval to leave.  It is hard on Saturday…because you don’t have the normal doctor staff.  As the hours were ticking away…we cut it close.  After all the morning stress….we arrived to Jenna’s in the nick of time & enjoyed a fun-filled afternoon with her friends!  It was the perfect way to end a “not so fun” week.  Click on the link below if you are interested in seeing a 1 minute video from the party!

Christmas Cookie Party 2011

Mama Jules, Jenna & Myself!

I will post more pictures later as they come rolling in!

Thank you everybody for checking in with us….and your constant love and support!  You have all made our week in the hospital a little more bearable.  We also appreciate your prayers!

xoxo, Kelly

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Home Tomorrow ?!?!

Well everybody, it looks like we could be home tomorrow!  My mom’s rash is completely gone & her vitals seem to be good.  She is currently experiencing a little bit of high blood pressure…..so we hope that goes down & we will be ready tomorrow.  The doctor said if all goes well…that will be the plan!  Yay!  Jenna just came over to give me the afternoon off.  Thanks Jenna!  Now I am back for what will hopefully be our last night in the hospital.  We can’t get out of here soon enough.  The boredom is driving mama Jules crazy!  Oh, and thank you Pastor Roger for coming to visit us!  You were the highlight of the day!

Please continue to pray for good health for Mama Jules!  We really appreciate it!

xoxo, Kelly


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Quick Update

Day 3 in the hospital and things are looking up.  My mom’s rash is fading, which means that the antibiotics are working.  She seems to have more spunk today & is showing signs of boredom.  This usually means she is back to her normal self.  My mom hates just lying around and watching TV.  Hanging out in a hospital room can drive you a bit crazy.  We don’t know of a discharge date yet.  My family doesn’t really even ask because we want to make sure this thing is taken care of before we go.  Our main focus upon arriving back home will be keeping my mom’s immune system up to fight bacteria off.  Cellulitis can be a reoccurring thing…..and we can’t be in the hospital every month.  That would be no fun!  I am assuming we will be here another couple of days.  Between my dad, sister & I…..one of us is always with my mom.  I am mostly here because my dad and sister both had to work today.  My dad will come give me a couple of hours tonight & Jenna will give me a couple tomorrow.

That is about it.  Thank you for the continued prayers & positive energy!



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Ho Ho Hospital

Hi everybody. As most of you know…we are in the ICU again. When my mom and I woke up yesterday, I rolled her & noticed that persistent crazy rash on her bottom & upper thighs had appeared again. My heart immediately sank. Her skin was extremely warm to the touch & the chills were beginning. There was no way around it…off to the ER we went!
Both my dad and sister were at work so Catey Alvarez (our friend & home health aid) came with my mom & I to begin the check in/waiting process. After a couple of hours wait, Catey & myself helped hoyer lift my mom into her hospital bed & the tests began. By then my dad had arrived so he was here with me into the evening. They did blood work, urine, chest x ray & CT scan. The ER was extremely busy…so we waited, waited & waited. My sister showed up at 8 & we sent my dad home since he was going to work today. Poor guy is exhausted as usual. We didn’t get admitted into the hospital until 10:00pm & I was home by 11:00. Jenna stayed the night with mama Jules since it landed on my night off. I was so grateful to get a good nights rest. Thank you Jenna!!! Now I am back & it is mom & I together again. The diagnosis is Cellulitis with mild pneumonia. We are not sure of the exact plan. We will be here for at least a few days. Such a bummer!
We appreciate all of the continued prayers! These set backs don’t help. We continue to keep our spirits up.
I will try to keep the updates coming!
Xoxo, Kelly

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Movies, Thanksgiving and Fun!

Happy Holidays everybody!!  The season is in full swing & I find myself behind on my blogs.  We have been doing well around here.  We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family & we have both of our trees up & decorated for Christmas.  Here are some highlights from the last 2 weeks

The day that Twilight Breaking Dawn came out in theaters we had to go see it!  My dad even took a half day off from work so we could go as a family.  Most people know that my mom is not a huge Twilight fan, but she takes one for the team & goes with us every time.  So, we got some nice family time in with my dad & sister at the movies!

Mom and I outside of theater. Doesn't she look thrilled? haha

Ahhh. She is so cute

And of course we had our first snowfall of the season.  It has already melted away (which I LOVE) but I am sure it will be back soon.  So far the season has been very “wheelchair friendly” to us.  I hope that it holds out

View from our Family Room window

And now we are on to Thanksgiving.  This year we changed it up a little bit and went to my Aunt Sam & Uncle Jeff’s house.  My Grandpa Kast (who I write about all of the time) is here in MN this year.  It has been more than a decade since we have had him in MN for the holidays.  It made the day very special!  My mom’s brother John stopped over for dessert with my cousins a little later…but the pictures on my camera did not work.  Here are some highlights!

Thanksgiving 2011

Aunt Sam & Grandpa Kast

Ross, Jenna, Roger, Kelly, Jeff, Sam, Grandpa & Mama Jules

Jenna learned how to make gravy

Such a fun day & so much to be thankful for!  Thank you Sam & Jeff for having us!

And last but not least, Jenna has been gearing up for her Swarm season that begins in January.  She loves dancing with her friends/teammates every Monday at practice.  Here are a couple of Jenna pics from this season’s photo shoot

Sassy Jenna

Fun Jenna

2012 SPT!

If you are interested in purchasing game tickets or checking out the Swarm or Swarm Performance Team go to www.mnswarm.com

That is my random post for the day!  Hope you could keep up!  I look forward to updating more soon.  I will try to be better!

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Shopping and Babies!

Well, about a week has passed since my last post.  My mom has been feeling great since her last hospital visit.  We have been getting out of the house quite a bit & her energy seems great.  Keep those prayers coming for her to stay hospital free!

Last Saturday we had a fun outing.  Our family friend Cate Lantz Mezyk (fashion blog auther at http://www.wildruffle.com) had a pop-up-shop for local vendors to share their goodies with the public.  We had a great time!  Jenna & our friend Catey were able to join us as well.  Between the 4 of us, we left with lots of fun finds!  Thank you Cate for putting together such a fun event!

Myself, mama Jules, Cate Mezyk, Jane Lantz & Jenna at the Wild Ruffle Pop Up Shop

This past Friday Jenna & Ross took my dad out to dinner.  My dad doesn’t get to go out to eat that often (at fun new places), so he was excited for an adult night out with the semi-newlyweds. The man works way too hard! I think he even enjoyed a cocktail.  Now that is a fun night!

The threesome heading out

While they were out to dinner, my friends Kate & Elliott Florer brought their baby Everett over to meet my mom!  They were in MN up from IA for a few days & it was so great to see them!  My mom loved meeting Everett & he seemed to love Mama Jules as well.  We placed him in her lap where he seemed happy & comfortable.  After 20 minutes…he even put himself to sleep.  It was so adorable & special!  We just loved it!

Everett sleeping in Mama Jules' lap

Mama Jules, Everett, Kate & Myself. I always get crazy eyes for some reason

Everett in the cute onesie I got him. His dad is a cop! So cute!

And that is a quick update of the Eagle excitement this past week.  We have still been visiting Grandpa Kast about 3 times a week at his “assisted living” home.  He still says he is out of here when the snow hits the ground.  We are hoping he will adjust his plans and stick out the winter here in MN.  Keep your fingers crossed!

Thank you for checking in!  Kelly

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Homecomings & Housewarmings!

As of yesterday, we are home from the hospital!  Woot Woot!  My mom is doing great and overall it was a pretty stress-free stay.  As stress free as being in the hospital can be.  Of course we still had to get used to the light flipping on at all hours of the night.  Why they always do blood work at 3:00 am versus any other time of day is beyond me.  That is always a favorite of ours!  Just kidding.  The nurses were EXCELLENT as usual.  Since my mom is on a vent, we are always admitted into the ICU.  Those nurses work their tails off.  And I always take it as an opportunity to learn more little tricks of the trade.  So, we are home & back into our routine.  It really makes us thankful for our setup here at home.  We have a pretty slick routine!

Ok, on to the next.  I have had some pictures I wanted to post from a couple of weeks ago!  Jenna & Ross had a housewarming party to show off their new digs with family & friends.  Mama Jules was there along with a whole crew of other people.  It was a really fun night & I know they were so pleased with how many people were able to make it!  What a special night!

Jenna & Grandpa Kast! He even wore his "Life Alert" button!

Sangria! Yummy!

Jenna & some friends

Merry Dental came!

Karin & Mel looking very comfortable with baby Landon

Hanging with Mickensi's new baby!

Gramps, Dad, Uncle John & Mama Jules

Chatty Chat

DH Ladies

Crazy Ladies. Haha


EP Ladies

And that is about all for now!  Hopefully life will stay un-eventful in the health department.  Thank you again for all the kind thoughts and wishes to my mom.  She loves you all!

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