Update on Brody

Well, the beginning of the month has started as an exciting and stressful time in the Kirkley household. On the 1st, we took Brody to his neurology appt and she told us that his latest EEG was normal and because it has been 2 years since his last seizure, we can start weaning him off his medicine. If there are no seizures by the end of December then he will have outgrown his epilepsy. I am stressed because I do not want to watch him have another seizure ever. I would not wish that on anyone. I am also excited and who wouldn’t be; to say that someone they love has outgrown epilepsy is something people wish and pray for once they are on this side of things. Epilepsy is hard on everyone that is close to it. As a mom, knowing there is nothing you can do while your child is having a seizure is one of the worst feelings ever. As the patient, all the appts, needle pricks, EEG’s, and medicine can be scary especially if the patient is young. As for my child, he would not understand what had happened once he woke up after the seizure and I am sure that was scary for him. I remember the day Brody was diagnosed that I asked why us; why him? I silently cried until Brody went to sleep and then I cried myself to sleep laying beside him in the hospital room. I remember waking up multiple times that night just to check on him. I remember the many times after when he started running a fever, which is how his epilepsy started, and making him sleep in the bed with me and kicking my husband out on the couch or into Brody’s bed. I remember the week we came home from the hospital and making Brody sleep in the bed with us just so I could feel if he was going to have a seizure. I remember being the mom at the park and never letting him out of my sight. I know that we have until December to know anything, I can see that we are slowly seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. I truly believe that with God anything is possible. I also know that there needs to be a greater awareness for epilepsy as so many Americans suffer from it. We are almost on the second phase of the weaning, we were at 4 pills a day and are now at 3, soon to be 2. Here is a picture of us leaving the hospital hopefully for the last time for this reason.



My little MasterChef

Ever since the show MasterChef Junior aired, my son has decided that he wants to be a MasterChef. To help with this goal of his I decided to create his own “MasterChef” recipe book that includes recipes found online that are easy and simple. My child loves to help cook, so I wanted to give him something that he could pull out and be able to read and easily make all by himself (yes I supervise him). Here are a few of the recipes I have included in case you wanted to get your kids more involved in the kitchen. There is nothing wrong with teaching our boys how to cook because one day they will be married and their wives will thank us.

Mini Biscuit Pizza 


  • 1 can Grands Homestyle Biscuits
  • 1 1/2 cups of pizza sauce (homemade or store-bought)
  • 2 cups shredded Italian Blend cheese
  • toppings of choice (pepperoni, sausage, veggies, chicken, whatever your child may like)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a cookie sheet or pizza pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Flatten each biscuit out on pan until they are 6 inches in diameter. Spread a layer of pizza sauce onto each biscuit. (the biscuits really absorb the sauce, so it’s ok if you go a little heavy.)
  3. Sprinkle 1 Tablespoon shredded Italian Blend cheese onto each biscuit. Top with your toppings of choice. Sprinkle an additional 3 tablespoons Italian Blend cheese onto each pizza.
  4. Bake at 400 degrees for 7-10 minutes, until biscuits are golden brown on edges and cheese is bubbly. Serve immediately.

Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie

3/4 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 cup whole milk, plus more if needed
1/2 cup full-fat vanilla yogurt
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar

Add the oats, raisins and pumpkin pie spice to the carafe of a blender and pour in the milk, adding more to cover the oats if needed. Stir completely and set aside until the oats are soft, 15 minutes.

Blend on high-speed until pureed and smooth, about 1 minute. Add the yogurt, brown sugar and 1 1/2 cups ice, and blend on high-speed until smooth, about 30 seconds. Pour into 2 pint glasses.

Here are some pictures of my “MasterChef” in action

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What do you and your kids like to cook together?

1st Grade

Brody man started 1st grade last week. His grandmother and I took him to pick out his book bag and a new lunchbox to help him start to get excited about starting back to school. This is what he decided on:


Two days before school started we got to go meet his teacher and I had to fill out some paperwork. We also were able to droop off his school supplies so that we did not have to worry about it the day school started.

The night before school we let Brody decide what he wanted to eat for dinner and we let him pick out his clothes. We played Legos and watched tons of cartoons. Pretty much we decided to make the night all about Brody and what he wanted to do.

And then it became morning. I thought I was ready for it and that it was going to be easier this time. I mean we had got through kindergarten just fine. Yes, I did cry that first day and the second, but it got easier. I was not prepared to turn into a big baby all over again.

Well, we got up made him breakfast and prepared his lunch. He got dressed and was ready for mama to take some pictures.


Even Tiger wanted to get in on the picture action. Then it was time for us to leave to head to the school. Traffic was horrible this year. It took almost 30 minutes just to get to the school where it normally takes 10. This was fine because it gave me more time with him before he officially became a first grader. We finally got to school and had to find somewhere to park (ended up having to park in the grass behind the school). There were so many people dropping their children off.

I did not have to walk him in this year, but there was no way either of us were going to be ok with that. He was not ready either.



Clearly in the second picture you can see he was not ready to let me go. And I am so thankfully that I got this picture. I was not ready either. I was not prepared to have him go to first grade. I wanted him to be a baby still. At least I knew he was in good hands. His teacher is amazing.



He had a great first day and had so much to tell me when I picked him up.

Needless to say it does not get any easier on the first day of school. He will always be my baby in my eyes and I will cry every first day of school for the rest of his life.


****And yes I cried while writing this****

Back to School Teacher Gifts

Well, it is that time of year again. Time to start getting our kids ready to head back to school with new clothes, school supplies and a new teacher. Why not get our teachers ready for it too? They work so hard to make learning fun and exciting for our children. Today I will be sharing fun, inexpensive gifts that you and your children can make to help brighten their teachers first day back to school.

1. Personalized Ruler Wreath found here by Crafts Unleashed.


2. Ball Jar Teacher Gift found here by Lil Luna


3. Sharpie Teacher Gift found here by The Happy Scraps


4. Have a “Bright” School Year found here by TomKat Studio


5. Cheers to the Best School Year Yet found here by Anders Ruff


Or if you do not feel like making something or you do not have the time to a Diffuser with some oils can always be a good idea.

6. USB Orb Diffuser along with some oils can be ordered here


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Hope these gave you a few ideas to help make that special teacher feel great for the beginning of school.

September 11th, 2013 A Setback for Brody

Well, on Wednesday the 11th Brody had a set back in his therapy. We were headed onto post where Daniel works and had just made it through the gate when Brody started having a seizure. It was unlike any we’ve seen before. I didn’t even realize it was a seizure at first. He had been asleep and all of a sudden he started blowing bubbles out of his mouth and then he started shaking but not violently shaking. I climbed into the back with him to help hold him stable while Daniel rushed us to the clinic. On this certain post though they only deal with soldiers so when we came running in we got the royal treatment with all the staff coming to our aide along with the MPs and fire fighters. This seizure lasted about 4 minutes(the longest one to date). The ambulance was called and we were taken to the ER where they kept us for a few hours to monitor him and do blood work(all which came back normal). We were released after about 3 hours. I know the doctor said that even on the medicine he could have seizures but I guess I was hoping praying that he wouldn’t have to go through them anymore. It’s so hard watching your child have one and not being able to do anything about it. Friday we had to follow up with his regular doctor on post who upped his medication dosage and wants us to follow up with some lab work on Friday before his morning dose. Continue to keep our little guy in your prayers.

Brody’s 1st Day of Kindergarten August 2014

The drop-off was the hardest part of motherhood yet. I sensed his anxiousness and saw him try to hide it by being outgoing(something he isn’t around strangers). I hugged and reassured and prayed he wouldn’t see my tears. He told me to just go already that he would be fine. And he told me to have a great day and that he loved me. And cue the tears because a 5 year old was reassuring his mother that everything was going to be fine. This was the first time he was actually away from me since his diagnosis of epilepsy. And me being the worry wart I didn’t want to leave him.

Brody has two wonderful teachers who know just what to say and exactly how to comfort. Granted I waited until I was away from Brody to cry and then made the dreaded walk back to the car and listening to “It’s going to be ok mama, we are going to take great care of them”; which only made the tears come more.

I thought about Brody all day wondering exactly what he was doing(even though I made the schedule for the day). I wondered how he was doing with the quiet/nap time. Brody hasn’t laid down for an actual nap since he was one. I thought about did he enjoy his snack and lunch that I packed or did he remember to take his lunchbox to lunch with him.

I watched the clock most of the day as the time slowly past. I even left early to go sit in the car pickup line a good 30 minutes before time for them to be released.

Finally it was time to get my baby big boy back. He came to the car and was all smiles. He loved it.