Monday, December 29, 2008

Coming Soon: A Good Night's Sleep

On Wednesday, January 7, I am getting the Pillar Procedure. Many people have asked what this is, so I thought I'd post this blog about it.

The Pillar Procedure is a simple, effective treatment for sleep apnea and snoring. It is less invasive and less painful than other surgical procedures and is completed in a single, short office visit.

Most patients soon report a drastic reduction in snoring. In clinical studies, nearly 80% of patients' sleep apnea was reduced. Patients also experienced less daytime sleepiness.

The Pillar Procedure addresses one of the anatomical components of sleep apnea and snoring: the Soft Palate.During the Pillar Procedure, 4-5 tiny woven inserts [see illustration above] are placed in the soft palate to help reduce the vibration that causes snoring and the ability of the soft palate to obstruct the airway. Once in place, the inserts add structural support to the soft palate and, over time, the body's natural tissue response to the inserts increases the structural integrity of the soft palate.

Pillar inserts are made of material used in implantable medical devices for more than 50 years. They are designed to be invisible, and should not be felt or interfere with swallowing or speech. Many patients resume normal diet and activities the same day.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Christmas Pictures

While on vacation in November, we tried to a find good place to take pictures for our Christmas card. We never really had one that we liked for the card, so we asked our friend Amber to take our picture. (For anyone who needs a great photographer, her website is

Also, we've been reprimanded by many, many people for not including Jack Bower in our picture this year. If you're one of the ones upset by his absence, please know that he will definitely be a part of our family picture next year! :)

All She Wanted For Christmas ...

Since all of the Burnetts & Knowles would be together for Christmas this year, my mother-in-law, Loretta, wanted to have a family picture taken. She said this was really all she wanted for Christmas. She didn't tell any of this until we got into town, and believe it or not, all of the girls had burgundy tops and all of the guys had black shirts. So we got dressed in our color-coordintated clothes and got our pictures taken at PictureMe at Wal-Mart.

This will always be a special memory of all of us together.

Our Family

Bottom Row: Rachel Knowles, Grandma (Juanita Burnett), Elden Burnett
Middle Row: Annette Knowles, Loretta Burnett, Stacy Burnett, Becky Burnett
Back Row: Scott Knowles, Travis Burnett, Chad Burnett

Mom and Dad Burnett

The Knowles

The Siblings

The Tulsa Burnetts (with baby Brett)
Love this one!

Three Generations

Miss. Rachel with straight hair.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Party Time

Last night Travis and I celebrated our friend Ryan's birthday. He is a DJ on The Wolf and graduated from USC School of Cinema/Television. So for his 30th birthday his wife wanted to have a Hollywood themed surprise party. It was a lot of fun. Travis went as Austin Powers (with a red goatee), and I went as Amy Winehouse (post rehab and with a little more meat on her bones).

Amy Winehouse post rehab ;-)

Austin Powers ... notice the hair on his chest. Ya baby!!!!

Austin and Amy
(Since there's a Christmas tree in the background, maybe we should
use this as the picture on our Christmas cards.)

The birthday boy with the Amy Winehouse wig.

Check out my facebook page for more pictures from the party. :)

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Fall Colors

I love autumn. In Texas, we get to see the leaves change colors for about two weeks ... if we're lucky. This year, they began changing while we were on vacation. The day we got back, I went outside and took pictures of the trees around our apartment complex. I knew if I waited, I would miss getting any pictures of the colorful leaves. I was right ... most of these trees are now bare. I'm glad I made the effort to capture they're beauty.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Crazy Stuff

Lately, I've had some pretty crazy things happen.

A few weeks ago I received a thank you card in the mail. It was addressed to Mrs. Stacy Pack and it had my address, but it didn't have the apartment number. I opened the card and there was a nice note to "me" from some people I do not know in Indiana. They were thanking "me" for helping with a contingency plan. Inside the thank you card was a $25 American Express Giftcard. I tried to call the people that sent the card. I also tried to call every Stacy Pack in the area (I could only find one). No one answered or returned my call. I kept the giftcard.

Monday was my first day back to work after our vacation. On my desk was a package from a bookstore. It was addressed to Stacy Burnett and had the church office address on the front. In it was a book that I've wanted. There wasn't a note or a card with it. I have no idea who sent it to me. The very strange part is that not many people knew I wanted this book. In fact, only my family and George Thomas knew that it was on my Christmas list (as far as I know). I asked everyone I could think of if they sent it to me and as of right now no one has fessed up to ordering it for me. So, now I'm looking forward to reading Deck the Halls by Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark.

They say things happen in threes. I am really looking forward to #3.