Friday, December 16, 2011

Leaves and Kiddos!

I am so behind on updating the blog. I took these pics of the kids sometime in early November. I rode past this tree one evening, and it was basically the only one around with beautiful leaves still attached and littering the ground in such a pretty color. 
I finally got time to take the kiddos there about 1/2 a week later and luckily, it was still gorgeous. We had  fun getting some cute shots. My camera is a little old pocket Canon, so don't expect pro quality. The lady behind the lens is clueless about photography (currently) also! I have a photography class coming up next month, so hopefully they will be getting better from there on out. Enjoy! :)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Jai's turn...

Jai came down with a fever on Friday around noon. We headed out the doctor out of fear of strep, since Gracie has had it for the past couple of weeks. Test was negative. We were told it was just a virus and to watch him to make sure no other symptoms arose. I got a call from the doctor later that evening telling me that since he had not been immunized for flu, that was a concern although "statistically it was a virus". So, keep temp controlled, watch for stiff neck, headache, any changes. So, we were up all night terrified of changes of course. He did develop headache, and vomited. We made it though the night... (just a little sleep deprived). So, on Saturday, he slept for a while, and temp was under control with no meds. Yay! He was still complaining of headache but nurse advised that fever would cause headache. 
The evening rolls along, and he's complaining that his neck hurts a little. I'm thinking meningitis. My heart skips a beat or two. Don't overreact mommy, just watch him closely. He's acting totally fine. Keep in mind, this little boy is pretty much a trooper through sickness. He still can put a smile on his face even through the suffering. It's pretty amazing.

Daddy and I sit down to watch a movie, and he decides to watch Madagascar on the computer. I wrap him up in a blanket and he gets excited. He walks over to us about 20 minutes later with his head basically down to his chest complaining that he can't move neck and that it hurts. My heart skips quite a few beats (at least it seems) as I look at Paul, and we just give each other the 'to the hospital' look. I scooped him up and half dressed myself in non- pj clothes (which I had been living in for 2 days), and out the door we went.

We went to the Brenner's Children's Emergency and they took us back almost immediately. 
This was basically how he was holding his neck, even when walking. 

He wanted a toy to play with while we waited, so I had to improvise. This was better than a store bought toy..haha. He loved it...for hours.

See that smile?! I told you he was a trooper...

They ruled out meningitis after a little examination, but they thought maybe he had an abscess in his neck because of a little swelling. We had to do blood tests and CT scan. The blood test was the worst...although the CT scan was quite scary for him too. He screamed and screamed with the blood test. It was so awful because it look like his vein rolled (like mine) and they couldn't get it right away. It was torture for all of us. Poor baby!

They FINALLY got it. He was so upset.

...but smiled when he saw the camera. haha.

We went for the CT scan which they had set up like a pirate ship. The bed was moving back and forth like a 'ride'. He didn't find that fun. It was loud, and they strapped his head down (which terrified him). He was in it for about 2 minutes, but it seemed like forever. I hate that he had to go through all of this. I knew it was for the best, but to not be able to scoop them up and let them know that you're protecting's really hard. 
In the end, nothing showed up on CT scan, and blood tests showed elevated white blood cells. Diagnosis (after 3.5 hours) was infected lymph nodes in his neck. They gave some antibiotics followed by chocolate milk, which made him happy. He was very thirsty throughout the ordeal, but they wouldn't let him have anything to drink due to the testing. 

Next morning, he is feeling better already. So thankful for that. :)

I am so thankful for healthy babies. I know that sometimes we take that for granted, but it was a wake up call. I love my kiddos so much, and it breaks my heart when they are sick. 
Scoop those babies up, give them loving kisses and hugs. Thank God for how blessed we are to have them in our lives. I would be nothing without my kids. They are amazing. 

Being Elmo...

The RiverRun Festival had a showing at The Stevens Center of "Being Elmo"...and I have been wanting to see it for quite some time. I was so excited about it. Originally, I had gotten tickets for Paul and I to have a little date night to go and watch it. I decided to ask Gracie if she'd like to go and take a friend with her, and she was so excited.  She had a friend come home from school with her (1st time ever) and they had a great time. They were so crazy trying to get ready for it. They were trying on all of these crazy outfits in her room, and just being goofy girls. I'm not use to all of that behavior, because like I said...this was a first for us. I work 3rd shift on the weekends, so Gracie never really has the opportunity to have little girls over for sleepovers, etc. 
On the way to the was an interesting car ride. Man, I thought the kids bop CD's were bad. Imagine having two 9 year old girls trying to out sing each other in a car. It was insane. I couldn't WAIT to get there...haha. With every song that came on, "ooo, ooo, this one is my FAVORITE!!!" Then it would start all over again and even louder than the previous song. 

So, we arrived...(whew!)

They loved the red carpet...

We had to wait about 15 minutes for the film to start. You would've thought this was 2 hours by looking at them. They were so bored, and they had just realized that "oh, this is a movie?!" Apparently, I didn't describe it well, and they thought it was going to be more of a play with people on stage entertaining them. Sheesh! 

They knew that it was 80 minutes long, and so Gracie's friend kept asking me "what time is it?" to figure out how much time was left. haha. 
Gracie enjoyed it. I knew that she would. She finds things like this interesting. I was glad that she had a good time. I hate that her friend didn't and almost felt bad for asking her to come along. I didn't mean to get her hopes up, and then crash them due to a boring film. 

HOWEVER, I loved it. It was so awesome to see how these productions are ran, and to go though Kevin Clash's (Elmo's puppeteer) life. It was an amazing story. It was VERY emotional at times, and it was awesome to see how someone can grow up and know exactly what they want to do with their life. I wish this for everyone. Personally, I have struggled with finding a passion in something. It's always a constant search for what I can do, to financially provide for my family as well as find a love for what I am doing...what I am MEANT to do! And to see someone (in their childhood) know what that is, and work so hard to achieve that is amazing in itself. It was a tearjerker. If you have the opportunity to watch it, watch it!! I promise you won't be disappointed. I know to some (like my mom) seemed like a strange movie to watch. haha. It's totally worth your time. :)

Thank you RiverRun. I absolutely loved it! 

...oh, and we got some cute goodie bags when we left with some snacks inside. Score!

Monday, November 7, 2011

It's happening...

We're going for it! I am nervous and excited. Eeeek!

Stay tuned!

Hickory Dickory Dock!

On Saturday, we drove to Hickory to Zach's Birthday Party! They had it at a place called Hickory Dickory Dock. We had a lot of fun! On the way down, about 30 minutes into the ride, Gracie seems to be car sick. She is riding in the very back of the van, and we thought maybe she was just hungry. Well, that wasn't the case. Once we arrived, she played for about 20 min or so, and came back saying her tummy hurt still, and she wanted to lay down. Not the ideal time to get sick, and I felt terrible for her. We were in such a fun place, and here she was laying around feeling crappy. Boo! 

My dad played with Jai for a while, and my mom and I took care of her. She was able to eat some, and lay back down...then got up for a bit to play. She felt a little better, but was ready to leave after about 30 minutes of games, etc. Poor kiddo! 

Jai had a great time! He was running around doing all sorts of things! 
He loves the games where you drive/ride. He's still too short to reach pedals, etc...but he still loves it. 

Happy Birthday Zach!! We didn't get to see him open his presents, but I heard that he got some cool gifts! :) 

These bumber cars were a hit! They were soooooo slooooooow! It didn't seem to faze the kids though, they had a great time on them! 

haha. This was the 'smile' I asked for. Love it!

It was a great day! We were wore out when we left. That's a great place to visit if you are ever in/near Hickory. Thanks Angela and Bryan~ :O)