Monday, November 30, 2009

Final Countdown!

This semester will finally come to end for me on December 10th at around 1:00 pm. Until then I have 4 exams that stand in my way. I've worked so hard this semester and at times, didn't think my brain could possibly retain any more information. I've also learned a tremendous amount this semester and am really excited about the field I've chosen to go into. (Rad. Tech) So I guess I'll share my grades with you all so far (not bragging because they aren't ALL that great!). Let's hope I can crank out these last 4 exams and I might, might, might be able to continue my 4.0 accumulative GPA!
Anatomy & Physiology Lab:
Lab Final Exam 94%
Anatomy & Physiology Lecture:
HAPS exam-?
Exam 5-?
Lecture Final-?
Cross Sectional Anatomy:
70% (messed up the scantron sheet!)
Cross Sectional Final-?
Just looking at the number of exams I've taken this semester it's no wonder I sometimes put the cereal in the refrigerator and the milk in the cupboard! haha!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Because you can never have enough..

Wakey wakey cupcakey!! I was actually going in to take a picture of him sleeping. By the time the flash went off this is what I got!

Playing in the car at Playground World

Little LeBron James! Throw the Hamma Down!!
Dominic & Ryann playing together
At the Lake Erie Nature & Science center
"Oh cool! Leaves!"
"I'll take this one..."

"And this one...and this one..and.."

Saturday, November 28, 2009

July in Christmas??

Tonight our city is having a big Christmas lighting celebration. All of the store fronts downtown are decorated. They have music, choirs, and also carriage rides from the beach to the festivities. Oh and FIREWORKS! We had a great view from our deck-it's nice to have a little taste of summer in the winter! :)

I was so close!! :(

I decided this month to participate in the NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) and vow to blog every day for 30 days..I was doing so well and then forgot to post yesterday with all the madness of holiday shopping and decorating for Christmas. 28/30 isn't so bad. But it stinks to come so close to the end and then forget! Oops!

Thursday, November 26, 2009


Happy Thanksgiving to you all! We had a wonderful day! Dominic was exactly two weeks old last year so he really couldn't enjoy much of it-and slept through most of it! This year was different, Dominic watched the Macy's Parade with us and loved all of the floats, balloons, and marching bands! It was so cute to see him so into it and one day I really hope to actually go to the parade! (on my bucket list!) We went over to my mom's house for dinner and Dominic was able to sit at the table with us and eat lots of goodies! For dinner he had mashed potatoes, squash, stuffing, and corn-he only has 2 1/2 teeth so we are still keeping it pretty smushy when it comes to the texture of foods. For dessert he had some "baby" (a jello/berry/whipped cream concoction) and chocolate roll and of course pumpkin pie! He was quite the little piglet today!! But I guess I am thankful to not have a picky eater!!

I can't believe it, but I forgot to take ANY pictures! I even made sure before we left the house to grab my camera! I've been slacking lately on pictures but I'm going to make a more conscious effort now.

The poor little guy is battling a nasty cold today as well and combined with very little sleep today-bedtime is a bit rough tonight.

I hope you all had a very Happy Thanksgiving day! We all have so much to be thankful for! :)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

3 Words Thursday

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Wednesdays with Lou

Whiner Boy

Quite awhile ago I had discovered something with Dominic that surprised me. He started whining and quite often. I thought to myself how did he learn this? Brooke and I don't walk around our house whining so where would he have learned this oh so fun trait? Made me think if whining is something we're born with. His whining although at times annoying has been much more tolerable lately. This whole experience that Bella has gone through has really put being Dominic's Dad in perspective. No matter how many times he cries at night or how many fits he throws I'll gladly deal with it than have to go through what my niece, Rachel, has to deal with these days. I'm so proud of her for her outlook throughout this last week. I don't think I would be as strong if my little boy was laid up in the hospital going through the surgeries and treatments that Bella has been through. Whining has a whole new sound now and it's music to my ears...well maybe not great music but it's not awful.


When I was growing up before we ate our Thanksgiving meal we would go around the table and say what we're thankful for. With that in mind and being the eve before Thanksgiving I figure no other time would be more appropriate to list what I am thankful for this Thanksgiving. I'll have to edit my list a bit or this blog post would be ridiculously long as I am very blessed with a fortunate life.

I am thankful I have a job and can provide for my Family, for the roof over our heads, for my Parents, for the delicious Thanksgiving meal prepared by my Mother-in-Law, Wife, and Oma, for my Siblings, for my In-Laws, for the Buckeyes going to the Rose Bowl and beating Michigan, for my Friends, for Bella's latest prognosis and positive outlook, for my I-Phone, for my health & my Families health, and most importantly I am thankful for my beautiful Wife Brooke and Son Dominic. Without them in my life I would be lost.


I had said last week that if Brady Quinn didn't do well against an equally sub-par team like the Lions then he was most likely not the Browns QB of the future. Quinn was 21 of 33 for 304 yards and 4 TD passes with a QB rating of 133.1. To put Quinn's 4 TD's in perspective the Browns through their first 9 games scored only 5 Offensive TD's. In one game he nearly matched the total Offensive output for 9 games! His performance tells me if the Browns can put together a good team around him that Quinn can probably lead the Browns and be the QB we all need him to be. We're likely going to get a high first round draft pick and I hope we use it wisely. We still need to get rid of Mangini though. My hopes for the rest of this season are to be competitive but not necessarily win unless it means ruining another teams chances of making the playoffs.

Update on Bella

I'm reposting this note that Bella's grandma *Lou's sister* posted onto facebook regarding Bella.

Today....the Oncology report did not show Hepatoblastoma. It shows that she has a Germ Cell Tumor. A Germ Cell Tumor feeds off of blood. It is all throughout her body, and most likely in her bone marrow, so they are not going to even do that test. The are going to start treatment immediately, maybe tonight or tomorrow.

The team of doctors said this type of cancer is 100% responsive to Chemotherapy!!!! And the prognosis is excellent considering her age and her strength.

Bellas is still in PICU and will remain on the ventilator for another day or two because this large tumor on her Adrenal gland is pressing up on her lungs and making it difficult for her to the machine is helping her do that to avoid putting her under anymore stress. All her vital signs are great and where they should is just so hard to see her in a comatose state, even though we know this is being done on purpose....

Prayer WORKS!!! I truly believe in the strength of all the prayers out there have helped bring us to this point!! Praise God!!! But keep praying as this is going to be a long difficult road for Bella and her parents and and all of us who love her so much.....

And in your prayers...don't to forget to thank God and praise God for holding our Princess Bella close in His hands!!!

Love, Rita

Monday, November 23, 2009

Teach Me Tuesday

Sorry! I have nothing to teach today-I have my lab final at 9 study study!

We haven't heard any updates as of 7:45 Monday evening regarding Bella's surgery. I do know that she went in at 5:30. Thank you for all the prayers--keep them coming! :)

Update: They went in and could only get a bit of the tumor on her liver out, they couldn't stop the bleeding and had to close her up. Bella will be in intensive care (she's stable), and they will go in again in a few days. They do not believe it to be neuroblastoma, but another very rare form of liver cancer. I'll await the results of the biopsy. Please keep on praying.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Please Pray for Bella

Over the years I have prayed for many, many people through the blog-osphere-I've prayed for "friends" to conceive children, for babies in hospitals, for the losses of loved ones, or financial hardships. Now I'm asking for prayers from all of you!

Our two year old great niece, Bella, went in to the doctor last week because her tummy appeared bigger than normal and was hard. They sent her to a nearby hospital for what they thought was an unexplained enlarged spleen and liver. Once there she was sent by ambulance to Rainbow Babies Children's Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. While testing they discovered many (some quite large) tumors on her little liver, adrenal gland, spine, and lungs. The doctors believe it may also be in her bones-they are 90% certain that Bella has neuroblastoma, cancer found primarily in infants and children. She will be going in for surgery sometime on Monday and they will be taking out pieces to biopsy and be taking some bone marrow from her hip. At this time they will also be putting a port into her chest to administer medication. A relief to her mother, Rachel, who told me that Bella is really unhappy with the I.V. This poor little girl has also already had one blood transfusion and will receive another one before surgery due to anemia.

I spoke with Rachel this afternoon and she is very positive and has strong Faith, the doctors are also keeping her very informed and are treating them all with the up most care. Rainbow Babies is one of the best children's hospitals in the country and I know Bella is in wonderful, more than capable hands.

Please keep sweet Bella in your thoughts and prayers. Please send strength to her and her family. Thank you!

Here are a few links as well:
Rainbow Babies:

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Go Bucks!!

Today The Ohio State Buckeyes defeated the M*chig%n Wolverines, 21-10 defeating UM for the 6th year in a row!! Senator Tressel is now 8-1 against the "team up North." Bring on the Rose Bowl!! :)

Friday, November 20, 2009

Bloodwork update..

So after our horrible experience having Dominic's blood drawn on Monday morning, we got a voicemail on Tuesday evening telling us the results were in. They told us that they wouldn't call us unless there was a problem. So of course the lady called 2 seconds before the lab closed for the evening so we were of course worrying all night.
I knew as soon as I saw CBC (Complete Blood Count) on the lab order that there was a chance his White blood cell count would be off because Dominic was battling a small cold. Sure enough-that's what the results showed. Elevated White Blood cell count. I'm almost positive this was due to the virus....but here's the kicker, Dominic needs MORE blood work done once the cold has passed. ::sigh:: I'm pretty sure the lab people are not going to be pleased to see us again. We'll keep you updated once we bring him in!

Oh and GO BUCKS!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Show Us Your Life: Pets!

This week's Show Us Your Life focuses on your pets! Our two dogs, TJ & Sadie were our very first "babies". I got TJ, a Toy Fox Terrier/Chihuahua mix in college and he was always a Mama's boy-growling at any boy that came into the room..until he met Lou. When we first started dating I think Lou knew that he would have to befriend TJ-and began talking him on walks every day. This quickly changed TJ's temperament and he went from my best friend to Man's best friend. He's been a Daddy's boy ever since!
We wanted another dog in the winter of 2007 so we asked the vet for his advice on breed and size. He told us that we should get a female dog that would be smaller than him as a puppy but bigger than him as an adult. We didn't search long before walking into a local pet store and seeing the sweetest little girl puppy with the dreamiest eyes. The tag said that she was a Jack Russel Terrier/Chihuahua mix..perfect I thought! We quickly realized (and had vet confirmation) that Sadie is in fact, a BEAGLE/DACHSHUND mix! If you've ever had the "pleasure" of hearing her "beagle howl" you'd know too!
They may not be getting as much attention as they did before Dominic was born-but they are truly family members and we love them to pieces!!

TJ, all dressed up for St. Patrick's Day

Baby Sadie-seriously, how could you resist those eyes!?

They really are the best of friends. It's so funny to watch them play together and keep each other young!
Doggy lifeguards watching over Lake Erie!
They looked thrilled right? Sadie the elf and TJ the reindeer: Christmas 2007

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

3 Words Thursday

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Wednesdays with Lou

Holiday Season

Now that Dominic's birthday weekend is over we have Thanksgiving and Christmas to look forward to. Dominic is growing so fast and has transformed from a little baby to a walking, babbling little boy nearly over night. He prefers to walk than be held and would rather feed himself than have us spoon feed him. I am really looking forward to his reaction to Christmas this year. Next year Christmas should be even better but this year it will be cool to have him walk, open his presents, and watch him play with his new toys. I know Brooke has already thanked everyone for their generosity at Dominic's birthday party but I would also like to thank everyone who could come or sent a gift.


The Buckeyes are Rose Bowl bound and have captured at least a share of their 5th straight Big Ten title with their win over Iowa last Saturday. It's pretty exciting but to be honest the celebration has to wait until after the game against the Team Up North this Saturday. We're probably favored big time but it's a rivalry game and you can't under estimate the underdog in a game like this. M$#%&#&N makes me so sick I don't even like typing the name let alone say it unless it's followed by or beginning with an expletive. Since the Big Ten title is locked up the Buckeyes have one less thing to motivate them this weekend but that shouldn't matter because it's a rivalry game.

Nike asked OSU to wear throwback Nike Pro Combat uniforms to commemorate the 1954 National Championship team this Saturday. The uniforms are made to be the lightest and most ventilated ones ever made. The new uniforms are 37% lighter than the current ones and 46% lighter when wet. I'm a big fan of alternate uniforms as long as their worn seldom and not all the time like the throwback uniforms in the NFL. It may sound stupid but I think when teams where special uniforms it pumps them up and they play better. So I'm hoping that will give us a little extra help this Saturday. Go Bucks!


Here's my Browns update for the week. THEY SUCK and Mangini needs to go. Quinn didn't do anything impressive on Monday night to make me hopeful he is the QB for the job. Quinn rarely throws down field which is either because he doesn't have time, thinks the receivers are covered, or missed a read. He was clearly not in sync with his receivers which can be attributed to his lack of practice with the 1st team having to split reps with DA. Even though Quinn doesn't turn the ball over as often as DA the lack of first downs and 3 and out with Quinn is almost as bad. Quinn has better football pedigree than DA and needs a chance to prove himself. This weekends game against the Lions will tell a lot. Detroit stinks just as bad as we do so if he can't produce against a sub par team then Quinn may not be the QB of the future for the Browns.

Monday, November 16, 2009

One Year Check Up-and DRAMA!

Today we took Dominic in for his one year well child checkup. Everything looks great..he is in the 50-75% in height, weight and head circumference. Dr. Flask told us he's growing as if he read the textbook! Perfectly! Along with his other shots, we were able to get him the H1N1 vaccine-so I was very happy about that. The appointment was almost over when she glanced at the computer and told us that our zip code was flagged for lead. I asked her why and she said something about the paint in old houses-now we live in new construction and I seriously doubt Dominic is getting exposed to lead paint but it's mandated that a blood test be taken. She sent us to the lab-where we were welcomed with about 75 people waiting and a rude receptionist. I was a bit nervous because 1)Dominic has never had blood drawn from the arm before and 2) he JUST got 4 shots and was getting super sleepy.

We waited about 40 minutes and Dominic entertained all the other patients by showing off his walking skills and chatting it up. Once we were called a young, female phlebotomist put on the turnakit to search for a vein. Dominic began screaming & crying-LOUD. Lou was holding him and Dominic was fighting like crazy. Another phlebotomist, the head one I assumed, came in and he held down Dominic's other arm. So picture this-the poor kid is being held down by two strangers, while the female began sticking Dominic with the needle. I watched her go in once, monkey around with it-no blood, go into a different spot-no blood..this happened over and over til she decided to go to the OTHER arm...several pokes there later and the two phlebotomists had to take a break because they were sweating. Are you serious?! Dominic calmed down a bit once they were gone and fell asleep on Lou's chest...then they came back. The female poked Dominic a few more times as I watched the male tightly holding on to Dominic's wrist trying to keep him still. He did comment on how unbelievably strong Dom is! There were now about 8 needle holes in his arms. I had tears welling up in my eyes. FINALLY the male phlebotomist took over and with one more poke, I saw the blood flow...I was so happy, my little boy would be finally able to go home! As we walked out there was a look of relief from not only us but everyone in the waiting room as well. Dominic fell asleep as soon as we got in the car and slept for 2 1/2 hours! Poor baby! His wrists had red finger marks from the male's hands for about 2 hours as well.

On a lighter note, it's Ohio State/M*ch#gan week......GO BUCKS!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Dominic's 1st Birthday Party

Caution: Pictures GALORE!! Enjoy!

Look who is in the big boy car seat now!

We went to an indoor playground for Dominic's birthday-he loved running around and pointing at everything!

Dominic's Birthday cupcake-he looooved it!
The clubhouse, before the party started.
The Cupcake Bar. Here you could decorate your own cupcake (no cake cutting for me!) with chocolate or vanilla frosting-then top it with sprinkles, chocolate chips and gummy bears! This was surprisingly not too messy-and fun!
I was so excited to find a frame made for 13 photos-I displayed all of the monthly bear pictures on the gift table and will hang this in Dom's nursery

Goodie bags for all the kids! And there were a LOT of kids!

Another view of the room all set up.

For centerpieces we wrapped boxes in gift wrap and attached the balloons to the weight inside the box. We also made chocolate covered pretzels and sprinkled the table with Birthday Boy mintsGrandpa Daly & Dominic
We had planned to show a slideshow on the television, but ran into a couple bumps. We used my laptop to play the slideshow as guests filled up their plates!

I was so grateful to see so many loved ones! Maggie came up from Columbus! She's expecting her first in June! Here's Becky, Maggie & I.
Grandma & Dominic
The gift table with all the generous gifts!
Dominic's #1 cake. I decorated it--he stuck his finger in it very early into the party

Birthday banner

Dominic was so cute while everyone serenaded him with "Happy Birthday to you".
This is where I questioned my choice of blue frosting!
Next up-opening presents! Yay!
Cute overalls made by Dominic's Godmother & Aunt Anna-it has little footballs and helmets on it

The matching friend Anna made--We call him Buddy, How cute is this!! He's also sitting in the chair made for him from his Grandma & Grandpa Grasso-it matches our living room furniture!

The gift from Dominic's Godfather & Uncle, Brett...notice anything familiar about the baby on the box! LOL My brother is so funny!
Checking out his new toys with Daddy
We used our Superyard as a safe play area for the children.

Can you believe that the big kid you see in the above pictures..looked like this a year ago!!??