Sunday, February 24, 2008

Austin Kieff Update

If you read our previous post, you know that Austin Kieff is sick again. After a trip to the doctor and a few tests later we know that he has another bacterial infection. We also learned that his body is not fighting the infection. His white blood cells were barely in the normal range. Apparently his body compensates for this with high fevers. We are on two weeks of a strong antibiotic. Because of the effect of the infection in his respiratory system we are also adding albuterol every 2-4 hours and orapred twice a day in addition to his pulmicort treatments. Three days into the antibiotics and we are seeing some improvement. His fever finally broke on Saturday and has not been higher than 102 since.

Right now he is climbing up into my lap so I am going to try and get this little guy to bed. The one thing we hate about the albuterol treatments is that they interfere with his sleeping!

Thanks for keeping him in your prayers!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

20 Day Streak...OVER

Austin Kieff's 20 day streak of being healthy is officially over. I came home to a 105.3 fever. A call to the on-call doctor. His response was that it sounds like flu and to have him at the office first thing in the morning. We are maxing the doses on Tylenol and Motrin every six hours. Please keep him in your prayers.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Recipe of the Week

I found this recipe while visiting the Parents website

Campbell's® Cheesy Chicken & Rice Casserole
From: Campbell's Kitchen
Prep: 5 minutesBake: 50 minutesStand: 10 minutes
Serves: 6


1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell's® Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup (Regular or 98% Fat Free)
1 1/3 cups water
3/4 cup uncooked regular long-grain white rice
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
halves1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Stir the soup, water, rice, onion powder, black pepper and vegetables in an 11 x 8-inch (2-quart) shallow baking dish. Top with the chicken. Season the chicken as desired. Cover. Bake at 375°F. for 50 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the rice is tender. Top with cheese. Let casserole stand for 10 minutes. Stir rice before serving.

Trim It Down: Use Campbell's® 98% Fat Free Cream of Chicken Soup instead of regular soup and use low fat cheese instead of regular cheese.

Mexican: In place of onion powder and pepper use 1 teaspoon chili powder. Substitute Mexican cheese blend for Cheddar.

Italian: In place of onion powder and pepper use 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, crushed. Substitute 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan for Cheddar.

60 Years of Security

Tonight was Open House at my office. We recently expanded our home office with a new wing which houses our IT, Accounting, and Support Services Departments. I am very excited about moving into the new addition. One of the most exciting things is that I am moving into an office! No more cubicle for me :). Although, I must say that I have a really nice cubicle with tons of space. In fact, I probably have more space in my cubicle than in my new office. I am going to miss my workspace and chair room. It will be nice to have a door though!

Tonight we opened our office to the public to tour the expansion and to celebrate our sixtieth year. A really neat tidbit of information is that the second person employed by the founder of our company continues to work for our company!


Tuesday night for the Jordan Family is Kindermusik Night. We take Austin Kieff to Troy where he enjoys spending time with Mrs. Gwen and his Kindermusik buddies. The current unit has songs about trains (which Austin Kieff loves) and he even received a harmonica! I am not sure whether he enjoys listening to the music, making music, playing with his friends or dancing more...

Check out the Kindermusik website for more information.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

20 Month Pictures

These are a couple of pictures taken February 9, 2008 at my parents' house. Sorry for the side ways shot!

First Post

We are attempting to create an easy and QUICK method of keeping family and friends updated on our family. I have been turned on to blogger by my Company's audit manager, a truly great guy. He said it is how his wife keeps her family up-to-date on their family as well as how he stays in the know when he is working out of town. So, thanks Scott!

Quick and easy sounded great to me considering it is "that time of year" for me. "That time of year" simply means I am busy working on our GAAP financials and preparing our proxy, 10-K and annual report. Of course I am not the only one working on them, but being the financial reporting season I am busy!

Who knows, David may even learn to create a post :-).

We are not abandoning our website. I may even learn how to add the blog to our website...although it will most likely be sometime after May when that happens.

Drop us a note and let us know you visited!

Love and blessings,