Thursday, December 29, 2011

Number one...ME! boy can wrestle!!

Fairly certain, Scott may have a heart attack some time in the next few years:)
Though he is not as vocal as a lot of the parents!
Noelle and I just scream "Go Teme!"  All six of us were there for this tournament:)

Yes that is a girl!  He wasn't sure about that.

"I love you baby Jesus!"

There is a local Catholic Church that had a Nativity Scene.  They chose to add Jesus on Christmas. 
 Today was the first day that we had a chance to go see Him:)  Sabrina was so excited!  
We had a nice but different Christmas.  We celebrated as an immediate family at home on Thursday evening.  We intended to leave Friday for Des Moines to see my family.  Instead we spent the day in the E.R. with Noelle's migraine.  After some morphine, we headed home so she could sleep.  Fourteen hours later she woke up, still with a headache.  We elected to head to Des Moines anyway.  Probably not our best decision making.  We were able to participate in some activities but on Christmas Day we were back in the E.R., this time in Des Moines:(  So rather than head to Lincoln to visit my grandma, when Noelle was a little more comfortable we headed back to Waterloo.  Upon waking Monday she was a little better and has had some respite from her headache this week.  We will see her neurologist again next week. 
 Praying for some answers!

Decked out with some new Christmas clothing.  
Hat, tee and necklace (Go Pack! and Cyclones!) on Teme!
Sparkly boots, leotard and tutu on Sabrina.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Quick prayer request!

Noelle's migraines are back.  This is week three of lots of drugs.  Today we went to the E.R. for some morphine.  That is what finally kicked it back in September.  We are home and she is sleeping but if she wakes up in pain we will probably head back to the hospital:(  We were to go to Des Moines today to spend Christmas with my family and on to Lincoln to see my 97 year old grandma on Monday.  All plans are on hold at this point, which is obviously not a big deal compared to Noelle's pain.  We covet your prayers!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Busy little superstar

On to the ballet!  She is stinking cute in a tutu!  This was actually practice, as you are not allowed to photograph or video the actual performance.  Wish someone had helped her retie her shoe before she went on stage:)

It has begun

Wrestling that is. And I think Teme is going to be very good at it. He is 91 pounds without his prosthetic. He has wrestled two meets. The first he got second at his weight. He had a bye, a win and then he got pinned. Yesterday he won all three of his matches! Pretty awesome!

Sabrina's Christmas Concert


This is honestly the only picture that I took that turned out. We had Scott's family with us for a little over four days and mostly I cooked and did dishes:) We had a great time and I think fun was had by all. There was a trip to the farm, a wii bowling tournament (1st place to Jake, 2nd place to Kim), lots of food, and a crazy gift exchange.

Hunting mama!

So....I was tired of being ditched at home while the guys hunted. So....a couple of days before Thanksgiving I went on a guided hunting trip with Jake and my dad to the Mississippi River. Jake's favorite hunting is waterfowl, so he was in heaven. I shot at a few birds but don't think I actually hit anything.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Say What??


YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!! No offense to the Duggars...but they get a TV show and the Twietmeyers get a NO????

Monday, November 14, 2011


someone captures my feelings! Before we added Teme to our family, everyone with a larger family told us..."after three it doesn't really matter". Implied to me was doesn't add stress, doesn't get more difficult, etc. When reading a Reader's Digest my mom passed on to me I found my feelings captured.

"If you want to know what it's like to have a fourth kid, just imagine you're drowning and someone hands you a fourth kid."

Please don't be offended, it was on the LAUGH!:) page!

Friday, November 4, 2011


Big differences from last Halloween.
Last year Teme went in a wheelchair as he
wasn't really used to crutches yet.
This year, he and a friend went trick or treating
on their own! No walking aids at all.

Apparently the Halloween dance was lame,
but they sure look good. Especially in Dad's hat and
Mom's boots. Haki's hat is Teme's from Ethiopia.
Teme wasn't too sure about the whole sharing thing.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Stinking migraines!

Noelle has had a great start to the year. But for the last month has been plagued by migraines. She even had to spend the night in the hospital. The good thing about that was that they were able to perform some tests to rule out tumors, etc. When she cooperated through a MRI, CAT scan and a spinal tap, I knew she was in serious pain. We would appreciate your prayers as she is still battling the headaches on a daily basis.

She struggles to make it through school, takes pain meds, sleeps and starts over:( She hasn't found a pain medicine that will kill the headache without knocking her out so she can't take them until after school. She is working on increasing the dosage on a preventative medicine that should help...someday!

If anyone has any great advice, we would love it!!

Sports Sunday

Noelle played Recreational outdoor soccer this fall, for the first time in four years.
She has played some indoor, but no outdoor.
Sunday were their last games. Two. In two different small towns.
First game, no subs.

Noelle usually plays midfield, but also played defender on Sunday.

After throwing in a ball.

Second half, of the second game, she played goalie. I cannot remember the last
time she might have done that! It was so much fun!

Then on to football. American style.
Teme has played on a 5th/6th grade team this fall.
Sunday was their last game.
They were able to play in the UNI-dome, which is our local
college football arena.

October, breast cancer awareness:)

Teme does not play with his prosthetic on at this point.
His balance is not good enough.
He does a great job, and in the fourth quarter made an amazing
quarterback sack!

Teme is a defensive end.

He also got to be the placeholder.

Spectating soccer and borrowing some cool cowboy boots!

Spectating football at the end of a long day.
Teme's game was at 6:45.