Sunday, November 28, 2010

Elliana Laproscopic Appendectomy

What a day this has been...
It all started with Elli waking me up at 4:41am telling me her stomach hurt. I got up with her and waited for the throwing up to start. We thought she had the flu or maybe an upset stomach from taking her meds on an empty stomach. Well, we waited and waited for the vomitting to start and about 40 minutes later she had a couple gags but nothing. So for the next hour and a half she just kept squirming on the floor trying to find a comfortable position. Finally, I convinced her to lay in my bed and she dozed for about 30 minutes. She woke up perky but complained of a pain in her side and she couldn't stand up straight. We decided to call the nurse to double check with them and they made an appointment to see her at 11:30. So I picked up Jess early from school (it was a half day) and we all went to the dr.s office. That was a mess because Owen was crazy! Anyways...they swabbed her throat and took blood and called to see if they could get her in for a ct scan just to rule out her appendix. Her white blood count was high and that mixed with the pain and the throwing up caused them to want to make sure it wasn't her appendix. During the wait in the office, Elli was laying on her stomach with her hip cocked and was coloring so I thought for sure that we were just wasting everyone's time. But they sent us to the hospital at 1pm to drink the solution for the scan and then we were to go to a different hospital for the actual scan at 3:00 pm. Thankfully, Quentin met us there because by this time Owen was a real handful!!! As we were walkin in for the scan, I asked Elli if her side hurt still. She said not really but it kinda hurt all over her stomach. I was really thinking we were wasting time but the technician said that the pain can spread to the whole stomach area. They had to put in an IV for the dye to do the scan and that was lots of fun! She was not too thrilled about that whole process. But she did real good and settled down enough to be still for the scan. The technicians let her pick out a new Beanie Baby and even let her bring one out for Jess and Owen, too! We had to wait about 45 minutes for the results and when they came out they said she had Acute Appendicitis and they could get her in to surgery at 5pm. Talk about a shocker! Here we thought she was just having some gas pain or sore muscles!! So they check upstairs in Peds to make sure there was a bed and they took us all upstairs. Elli was kinda nervous but not really knowing what was going on, thank goodness! Jess and Owen got to check out the playroom and had fun while we waited. But Jess also kept saying that she felt like crying several times so us girls finally sat down and had ourselves a good cry and then prayed for Elli! The children's pastor came and stayed with us until they had to take Elli downstairs to surgery. They let all three kids ride on the big bed and that was a picture I am sad to have missed. Owen was so tired, he could have fallen asleep had it been two more minutes to get there! We got to the surgical ward and they explained everything to us and to Elli. Then we had to leave....that was really hard for her and for us! One of the nurses took us out to the waiting area and our babysitter, Michelle, was standing there waiting for us! That was so nice!! And then our friend Jennifer came along with Pastor Tom and our other friend Missy. Jen and Michelle took Jess and Owen to the cafeteria to eat dinner while we waited for Elli to get out of surgery. It was about a 30min. procedure and then we were able to go upstairs to see her. And that is where the pictures begin =) Missy was thoughtful and took pictures for me because I was just concentrating on taking care of Elli! Thanks, Missy! Elli was put out all day because she couldn't eat so she was thrilled to be able to have a purple popsicle as her first food. That and she asked for gatorade, too!

Her big purple smile after the popsicle....cracks me up because it looks like a bad botox opp!
Her three incisions...the one on the right was the biggest and most painful.

She had a reaction to the sleep medicine...

The next morning...she was in pain after getting ready to go home!

Her ride out of the hospital!

She had a rough day the first day but bounced right back after that! She was a trooper and we are so thankful that God was watching out for her and orchestrated all of the details of the day. She even remembered to bring Lambie to her dr. appt so she had her with her all day through all the scarry stuff! We are so thankful for all the prayers that were prayed on our behalf, too!

Early Christmas Decorating

Trimming the Tree
We had so much fun decorating the tree this year! We even had it done before Thanksgiving!! Here are some fun pictures from our evening ~

They had their favorites that they love to put out each year.

Owen had fun trying to hang some too!

Such emotion...

Daddy had the job of spreading out the ornaments that were being hung

I love this boy!

My two blonde angels

"if Owen steps on the ornament boxes one more time, I'm gonna go crazy!"

Owen and I love our Starbucks!

The finished tree....lots of fun to do each year!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Big Carving Event....

Pumpkins, pumpkins and more pumpkins!!!!!
We had fun this year, not that we don't every year, but this year seemed more relaxed and easy going for carving....I'm thinking that it is because we are almost out of the "watch out for that knife"..."no, don't eat the stringy stuff"...."don't shake the pumpkin seeds all over the floor" stage. Thank goodness! The girls had fun cleaning and drawing out their design and helping out so much that it was just easy! We were able to be more creative and enjoy the process more than just getting it done before bedtime =) So here are the results from our time tonight!

Waiting for the final pre-carving photo to be taken so they could begin....

Owen really did not want anything to do with the icky stuff so Elli was a big helper!

This girl just digs right in

The look is one of pure disgust!!

Getting the stringy stuff out was not too easy

Our finished products!!!

Hope you all have enjoyed the pictures and we would love to see your carved pumpkins, too! Love and miss you....wish we could live closer to come and trick or treat at your house this year!!

It was a beautiful Fall day...

We love Fall
What else do you do when school gets out early.....pack a lunch and head outside! We went to the zoo with our friends and had a great time enjoying the weather and the short school day. I tried to get some good "fall" pictures instead of the thousands of typical zoo pictures we normally take and here is what I got....kinda wish I could have gotten more. I think this weekend is going to be a picture scavenger hunt weekend where we can go in search of great photo spots!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

We had such a great day today! I am starting to enjoy the Fall weather and accept that summer is no longer here =). (I'm a little stubborn that way!) After dressing up and visiting a "PumpkinPatch" that our real estate agent invited us to, we got to enjoy an evening out in the country with a hayrack ride and weiner roast. It was fun to get a preview of what the kids will look like for our Fall Festival at church. And it is always good to know what I need to do in advance to get them ready for the big event! We really enjoyed our evening together...some friends from church invited us out along with other church friends so it was a great time of fellowship and fun. There were so many neat things to enjoy seeing on our hay ride and it was great to roast weiners and have smores, too. The kids had fun and so did all the adults. It was neat seeing part of Illinois that we had not been to before!

These are the pictures out in Sherrard, IL with friends from church!

Owen is really pale because he is on steroids, antibiotics, and inhalers.....lots of fun again!
Our driver attended 1st grade in this old building back in the day!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Elliana is Seven!!!
I can't believe that seven years have gone by already....looking back, it has been a great journey and I just can't wait to see what God has in store for our little girl. Here are some highlights from her big day...

We let her choose one friend to do something fun with so she asked a classmate/neighbor to join her at Build A Bear and lunch at Red Robin. The girls had so much fun together!! And it was so much fun hanging out with them, too!
Their new furry friends! I love how they lead the kids to put love into their stuffies and get them all stuffed and sewn up.

Elli chose "Red Robin Hood -the place where you get a balloon" for lunch so we headed straight there after our time at the mall. The girls thought they were so grown up being able to order for themselves and choose milkshakes, too!

The girls were excited to come back and open a couple gifts before they played together and watched the new TinkerBell movie. What a fun day, especially with no school!

Once Daddy got home from work, Elliana opened the rest of her presents so here are some comical shots from all that. We hurried and ate dinner and had cake so that we could go to Incredible Pizza for a fun night of games and mini-golf and Jess' favorite, the bumper boat/car things. (She finally grew enough to be able to ride them this time around!)

The cake this year was Princesses....she had talked about doing a Barbie cake but fell in love with the light up Princess cake. Apparently, you are never too old for a Princess party ;) She had a great day and we are all worn out from all the fun! Thank you to all of you who sent special gifts and fun messages for Elliana. Wish we could have had you all here to have a big bash and enjoy this girl turning seven! Love to you all!!!