"The real winners in life are people who look at every situation with an expectation that they can make it work or make it better." - Barbara Pletcher

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Ryleigh's JDRF Video 2011

It's not too late to join Team Sallinger for this year's Walk to Cure Diabetes!

Before you click PLAY on this video of Ryleigh telling you why she wants a cure for diabetes, scroll down to the bottom of this page and pause the music.  OR, click HERE to leave this page and go to youtube to view it!

Also, maybe after I'm retired from being a full-time mom/teacher/daycarelady I will become a professional video/audio editor.  Until then, please turn your speakers up, excuse the noise from the insects in our backyard, and ignore the sound of me turning the pages of Ry's cue cards behind the camera :)

Isn't she sweet?  I love that smile!!! 

I will never forget the year we totaled up our garage sale money to donate and she said, "is that enough?"...enough, for what?..."enough for a cure?" (*cue big fat tears*).  If only we could donate a dollar for every time she's said in frustration, "I just wish I was like a normal kid!"

Diabetes is definitely a huge pain in the neck, and we know it'll take a toll on Ryleigh's body, just like it's affected Mitch.  It's something that needs to be managed every single day, and it's no picnic.  But.  We are hopeful that one day soon, a cure will be found.  Someday insulin, test strips, trips to the Endocrinologist will all be a distant memory.  Until then, we refuse to let diabetes define our kid, or our family.

Once a year we will make it a big deal.  Will you help us make it a really BIG deal this year?!

Click HERE to donate, or to sign up to walk.  It's not too late to get a team t-shirt either, I hate to admit it.  I haven't ordered yet, so email me if you want one (include your size!).  This is also "last call" for sponsorship opportunities!  If you (or your boss) want IN, let me know and get me a logo! 

Thank you!


Wait your turn.
Hang on a second.
Wait for me!
Can you please hold?
Please, be patient!
We apologize for the delay...
And, one of my favorites, stolen from my (dramatic) Aunt who used to (wait, still does) say it all the time..."Maranatha!" (Lord, come quickly!)  

While it certainly doesn't compare to waiting for eternity, I felt like we spent the majority of our weekend waiting. 

Here we are, waiting for the white van to be seen by a mechanic.

Then, we found a spot to play and wait for another repair shop to look at DJ Steele's blown sub woofer.  (Let's all say sub woofer a few times just because it's funny.  The word is funny, not that fact that it's blown.)  

And...here we are again, waiting at the mall for the blue van to get done being repaired.  Yes, it was a very expensive weekend at the Sallingers.  No big deal.  Cha-$$-Ching!

While we waited for the blue van, Ryleigh was waiting for something else.  I promised not to spill the beans, so you'll have to go see for yourself on her blog.  :)

The kids got invites last week and then waited forever all week to finally go to G'ma Sue's birthday party.  It was a very long wait.  Whew!

Then, of course...we waited.

And, waited.

And, waited.

And, waited until it was our turn to golf. 

It's not always easy to wait patiently.  

Dailee's just waitin' for the sun to go down.  

Rowen's waiting for God to make him a lefty.

(I don't know golf.  I  kind of know baseball.  Do left-handed golfers face the opposite way as those righty's?) 

It was worth the wait, that party.  Mini golf, cupcakes, and treat bags!  What grandma does that?  An awesome one, duh!  We love you, Gma Sue-Happy Birthday!

I might be a little dramatic, myself.  You'd never know it, right?  Maranatha!  Lord, come quickly! :)  I'm confident that Heaven will be totally worth the wait.

Choosing to love,

Friday, August 26, 2011

Phone Photo Friday

I haven't made a decent Target run since Christmas.  CHRISTMAS!  That was 9 months ago.  That's just completely and utterly ridiculous.  The girls found some birthday money we had tucked away (basically, kind of lost on accident), and Ryleigh had a gift card saved up, too.  It was so fun!

About an hour in, Reise said her head was "pounding" which meant nothing to me.  I figured she just wanted a drink of my diet coke or something.  She's always complaining about something and I know her better than anyone and even I can't tell real from not.  An hour after that we got home to discover she had a temp of 103.7.  Whoopsie daisy, not winning any Mother of the Year awards here.  Sorry, Babe.  Straight to bed with Motrin and plans to call the dr in the morning. 

By Saturday at Noon we had three on antibiotics.  Good grief, Sallingers.  Pull yourselves together!

Thankfully, Ryleigh was not sick Saturday for her BFF's birthday party at the movie theater.  I don't know what we would have done had she been forced to miss it!

That snaggletooth in front is finally out.  It wasn't a easy pull, I'll give her that.  The Tooth Fairy brought bubble tape and a movie, so I think she feels like it was a fair trade.  Thankfully the fairy works on the honor system, because Ryleigh dropped that tooth somewhere in her dresser and we can not locate it.  I just know it's going to be me that stumbles upon it when I do The Great Seasonal Clothing Switcheroo for Fall.  Gag me!

We spend $200 at the grocery store every week.  Yes, that's five dozen eggs.  Don't worry, we reuse those plastic sacks.  And, that's all I really wanted to say about that.  

I am over a month late in sending our homeschool paperwork to the state.  It should be there by now, and I told them we weren't starting school until September, so I'd say I'm actually kind of early.  We're waiting on a few things: some math books, our Spanish curriculum, and the desire to spend more time inside than out.  I think September will be just fine.

Speaking of homeschool, since I didn't have to haul my girl to 2nd grade at the crack of dawn the next morning, I took her to work with me one night this week.  We had such a great time together.  Her ability to quietly (and I mean, silently) entertain herself for five straight hours continues to amaze me.  She read books, did some typing lessons on the internet, made some lists, practiced some handwriting, had some snacks, ran to the copy room for me...  It was so fun.  Back at home, Mitch and Rugger got to spend some time together after the smallest two kids went to bed.  Win-Win-Win.

I love meeting my sister and her boys at the park (or, anywhere) during the week.  If not for these play dates I wouldn't get to spend nearly enough time with my nephews.  

The only way I can get Rowen to sit still with me anymore is to trick him.  It's sad.  :(  "Hey Rowen, come sit with me!"  No!  "I'll read you a train book?"  Uhhh, no.  "I'll rub your back!"  Noooooo!  "Let's take some pictures with my phone!!!"  We'll see how long that one works...

Let's just all agree that one margarita is all this mama can handle on an early evening date night.  More than one leads to me saying over and over, "I am having a hard time."  I don't know if I should be proud or mortified that my tolerance is that low.  Wow! 

I feel like this week has lasted a month, and not even necessarily in a bad way, it's just been a loooong time since that Target run last Friday night!  Whooooweeee.  The minute I say I'm ready for a relaxing weekend three of us will get sick, the a/c will go out, and 14 events I forgot about will pop up out of nowhere.  We're just looking forward to a fun day, and the last Jacob's Well block party of the summer tonight!  So, Happy Friday is all I'm sayin'!  :)  Have a good one!


Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Because, there's not really much going on around here...but so much going on at the same time. Etc.: additional odds and ends; extras.

Believe it or not, this may be how I roll for a while again, because somehow whole weeks seem to fly by without me realizing what's happening!  

I didn't get to take many pictures of swim lessons (a month ago, just found the pictures!), and I'm kinda sad about it.  I kept putting off bringing my camera because I had the baby, and my hands full in general.  I finally brought it the last day, and wouldn't you know it?  Chlorine issues.  No lesson!  So bummed. 

They had a great time, and feel a lot more confident in the water, and we'll go again next year. 

The baby has been a perfect angel 99.99% of the time.  She cries so infrequently, it's kind of event and everyone feels concerned when it happens.  She loves to watch the kids and sits contently for the entire time she's awake.  Reise is still completely enamored...I figured the novelty would have worn off by now but it hasn't.  She's a great helper!  Rugger is the closet baby lover.  He honestly probably holds, feeds, and plays with the baby just as much as Reise.  He just does it with a little less production :)  He's the best!

Ryleigh's pretty dramatic regarding her hopes and dreams for life.  As in, "you just made my dreams come true!" gets thrown around pretty flippantly.  It's still fun though, like the Sunday she spent 3 hours cutting and squeezing lemons to make real lemonade.

Hey, if that's all it takes for her to feel like her dreams have come true, even for that one day, it's fine by me :)  She didn't want to put too much splenda in, and it was so. dang. tart.  Again, who really cared?  No one.  Three hours of fun and chit chat in the kitchen while I did other baking = totally worth it.

I spent less than $40 and one late night while DJ Steele was working to spruce up my bathroom.  I love it!  Wish I'd done it months years ago.  My towel rack had been ripped out of the wall for over a year...so I replaced it with three hooks, which have been working perfectly.  I fully intended to steam the wrinkles out of that curtain, but it hasn't happened yet.  :)  That's just how I roll.  We operate at about 80% as a standard on home improvement projects.  We'll tape, trim and paint an entire room...then leave the outlet covers off for 9 months.

Maeson started preschool two mornings a week at a church down the street.  Daddy went to see him off on his first day, and this is what he brought back for pictures:

Heavens to Betsy, are you serious?  I sent him back with the camera on "full auto" at pick-up time, and he got some goodies.

Hello, Mitch Jr.!

I asked him if he made any new friends, and he said yes..."Rowen, Rugger and Reisey".  Really?  There were kids in your class named Rowen, Rugger and Reise!?  "No, Reise-eeeeee".  That's crazy!  He nodded yes with a straight poker face.  Ha! 

This is why I have grey hair at the age of 30.  RUGGER!

I'm telling you, the baby is still super popular over here.  I told her mom it's no wonder she sleeps well at my house, it's exhausting having this much attention all the time!

Our air conditioner went out again and couldn't be repaired (finally!) so our service company replaced it.  Yay!  The four days we spent sweating our you-know-whats off and not sleeping worth a you-know-what feel like a distant memory, at this point.  It felt downright chilly last night when I climbed into bed, sweet glory!  We did a lot of ice cream, sprinklers, and riding around in the van to cool off. 

Thanks, Katie, for the ice cream! 

How is it almost September? 

My chickens are waking up, which is my cue to get going :)  More later, gators!