Tuesday, July 27, 2010

FHE at the lake

We took the kiddos to the lake for FHE last night...We had so much fun! 
(sorry for the amount of pictures but I loved them all)
My mom and dad came along to play with us, aren't they so cute.
We got a bucket of chicken and ate in on the boat
Round one...BH, Keeks and Mr. BD...lasted about 5 minutes.  They had fun but Mr. BD wanted to get off cause his head was hurting.  He might still be a little young to enjoy going fast
They didn't ride this way, just wanted a pic...I love Little E squished in the middle waving at the camera
Round two...Me and the little girls...lasted about 1 minute.  Miss H was not fond of the tube
Round three...Just me and Little E...that lasted about 3 minutes...I was worried that I'd squish her and she didn't like that the "tube is sooo bumpy"
Round four...BH, Keeks and I...lasted about 10 minutes...two different turns.  We all loved it...and then daddy flipped us good...and moms suit bottoms almost got lost in the lake
Keeks before the flip...
Keeks after the flip...
BH after the flip...He LOVED it!
Round five...Daddy's turn...lasted about 15 minutes...four different turns...he was a show-off.  Grandpa drove the boat...and daddy jumped the waves and flipped for mama
Round six...Grandpa's turn...lasted about 10 minutes...two different turns...Daddy drove the boat...paybacks...
Round seven...Nannie and BH...they laughed and laughed...got some air and Nannie flipped off the back
I know this is blurry, but I had to show Little Es favorite part of the trip...jumping of the back of the boat to Grandpa...she LOVED it
It was so much fun we can't wait to do it again
Round eight...BH...all by himself...lasted about 20 minutes...one turn...daddy worked really hard to get him off that tube...it wasn't happening.  The kid LOVED every minute...he was sore this morning.  I didn't get any pictures cause it was to dark.  Next we'll get him on a wakeboard.

Thanks mom and dad for coming with us...we LOVED having you there.  We LOVE you!

Monday, July 26, 2010

It sure is hot out there...

...so we're off to the lake!!!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Little V

He finally made his entrance into this world...and he's so stinkin' cute!  I was able to be there...what a blessing. It is such a miracle, these sweet little people that are sent to us.  Such a responsibility, such a sacrifice, such a blessing.  They change our lives...

It's been so fun to see the change in Niki and Clayton, all for the better. 

I love you guys!  Thanks for sharing your day with me!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

cherish every moment...

(Sorry for the long post, but I felt it needed to be documented)
We are sent these sweet spirits from Heaven to care for and love.  They count on us, trust us completely... we serve them, guide them, direct them, care for them, we do all we can for them.  But there are times it's out of our hands...

Yesterday I felt completely helpless...

My little miss H suffered a Febrile Seizure and there was nothing I could do it was out of my hands...all I could do was pray.  Ask for help from my Heavenly Father who trusted me to take care of her.

When she woke up from her nap around 1:30pm she felt a little warm, I thought it was just her teeth.  One year = one year molars.  I fed her lunch and she ate but was a little cranky and didn't want to be put down after.  So we sat on the couch and read stories.  Little E had a friend over and they were playing in the play room so we went down to check on them.  Miss H saw all the toys and got down to play.  She was happily playing and I needed to run upstairs to grab something so I asked Kiki to watch her for a minute.  I went up and got a call from my sister and didn't get back downstairs for about 5 minutes.  As I was coming back down the stairs Kiki's friend met me on the stairs and said "Kiki wants you to come see how cute Miss H is being.  She's rocking her and Miss H is laying her head on her shoulder."

I walked in thinking how cute and then I noticed Miss H's right hand twitching.  I grabbed her and held her in my arms and she was not responding at all.  Her arm continued to twitch, her head was turned to the right and her eyes were glassed over...she was limp and very quiet other than a tiny little moan.  I ran to the couch and laid her down and called D (3:54pm), by this time I was frantic and was asking him what I should do..."WHAT SHOULD I DO".  I also yelled to the kids to go get their aunt next door and to get Little E's friend's mom from down the street.

D told me to take her to the ER, but I couldn't drive with the baby...I couldn't put her in the carseat while she was having what I thought was a seizure, A SEIZURE...is this really what is happening?  I grab her and start up the stairs where I meet my SIL Tenay, she follows me as I run to my room grab my shoes, purse and keys.  I hop in the car with Miss H in my arms and ask her to drive.  BH is in tears at my window wondering what he needs to do.  I asked him to help with the other kids.  We start down the driveway and D calls again, he says stay put call 911 (4:02pm), just as Tenay says we need to stay here and call 911. 

We stop at the end of the driveway and I call...seizure is still going on.  Miss H is foaming at the mouth and drooling a lot.  I am bawling on the phone they have to tell me to calm down and give them my address.  We pull into the circle drive and Miss H starts to come to, it's been about 8 or 9 minutes, I think, according to cell phone calls.  I hand the phone to Tenay she finishes the conversation.  About 3 minutes later the paramedics are there.  They do a blood sugar test, take her temp and give her oxygen.  Temp 103.8.  I later found out that one of the paramedics saw that BH was having a hard time and pulled him aside to help him understand what was happening.  I'm grateful for that man.

They tell me they need to take her to the ER by ambulance so they can monitor her.  They take her carseat from the car and attach it to the gurney and put her in it.  I ride in the front seat, wishing I could see her face, know that she's okay.  D has arrived home by now and follows behind in my car.

When we arrive at the ER there are tons of questions, over and over and over.  They determine that it's a Febril Seizure, fairly common in toddlers when they have a fever that spikes really fast.  1 in every 25 kids will have one or more. WHAT...why have I never heard of this?  They take her temp 103.6, they do a blood test, urine test, chest x-ray and give her Tylenol.  We wait...she's super whiny, she missed her second nap so she's tired also.  She takes a small nap in my shoulder until they come back in to take another rectal temp.  Temp is down to 100.8 she's starting to smile and act like our little miss H.  We are glad to have her back.

The tests all came back normal...but still we worry, it could happen again with any fever in the future.  Now we are in prevention mode.  No sudden rise in fever = no seizure, we hope.  She could continue to have them until she grows out of them, probably around age 5.

I was so afraid I would lose my Miss H, not see her sweet face smile at me, hear her voice say Hi, it was the scariest day of my life. 

I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful supportive family who will jump in where needed at a moments notice.  All of my siblings and sister-in-law came to the hospital and waited with concern for our little one.  Our neighbor came to help with in seconds.  Two of my sister-in-laws stepped in to love and care for my kiddos when I couldn't.  Our parents were there in an instant with comforting hugs and words of encouragement.

I've learned a great lesson that I hope to never forget, cherish every moment, you never know when it could be the last.

I am so blessed to have these sweet children in my life and so grateful that I have a Heavenly Father to help me care for them.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Things that make me smile...

Faces in the glass
My kiddos
Silly boys
Siblings getting along
Piano music
Sisters & sweatshirts and shorts
Freshly planted flowers
The plasticware cupboard

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Fourth of July

We went up to the cabin again this year and watched the Heber fireworks with all of D's family minus the baby sister.  We love it up there, I didn't want to come home.  It's so relaxing and nice & cool.  The Bowen's came with us this year.  We had so much fun having their family at the cabin with us.  Our family loves going to the fireworks show early and claiming our spot.  We play games and enjoy being outside.  This year there were two guys with Boa Constrictors and they were letting all the kiddos hold them.  I was shocked when mine asked if they could go hold them, Keeks asked first!!!  I couldn't bear to watch so I sent D to take pictures for me.

Happy Independence Day!!!