Wednesday, February 26, 2014

tough cookies

It all started last week Wednesday- one week ago. Isaac told him he didn't feel good when I picked him up from school. That spiraled into lots of throwing up and more. He was sick on the couch for 2 days. He finally started perking up on Friday but wasn't himself quite yet.

sick Isaac

On Saturday morning I woke up early with the same symptoms and it was awful.

At about 4pm on Saturday Jeff got the same symptoms.

On Sunday we tried to have a normal day with our regular activities planned but we were both still not 100%. 

We thought we were through it. 

Tuesday early early morning Anna came in with throw up all over. Nooo! Not her. I did not want her to get it, she doesn't understand. While Isaac was at school she got sick over and over and couldn't keep anything down. I would give her juice or water and it would come up a little later. She didn't want to use the bucket. She would yell, no mommy! At one point she had her head in the bucket and she pulled her head up and threw up right in my face. (I have experienced a lot of not so fun stuff as a mom, but this might be on the top). She just wanted to throw up in towels. By early afternoon I was able to get her to take a tub- I had to get in and hold her, she just didn't have any energy. It broke my heart. After her tub I started putting things together in my head and she hadn't gone potty since the night before. I started doing a little research and talked to Suz and decided I better call the Dr. The nurse suggested just trying to keep encourage fluids and if she hadn't thrown up since mid morning she might be making a turn for the better. So after we hung up I just tried to get her to take small sips. At about 3 she threw it all up. The nurse called back at 330 and I told her about the recent throw up. The next step was to go to the Emergency Room because she is must be dehydrated and needs fluids. The minute I heard the words I couldn't stop the tears. I did not want to take her in, I knew it meant an IV and I didn't want it. My sweet little girl is so little we can't explain why this is happening. I kind of pleaded with the nurse that maybe we could wait until morning and she just kept telling me this was what the Dr recommended. Ok, I do understand. I called Jeff and he came home and we took Isaac to the neighbors. 

We got in and got things started right away and yes, she was dehydrated and yes we would have an IV for fluids and do some lab work. Anna was so brave. Anna held really still and once the needle went in, her little lip started quivering and I knew she was trying to fight back those tears, I just told her it's ok to cry, I know it hurts. She was so sad. I was so sad. She had big tears. Once they got all the blood drawn they got the fluids started and we turned on some cartoons and she was zoned. She went potty for the urine test and then we just hung out. The Dr came in later and told us she also had a Urinary Tract Infection. Weird, I was not expecting that. So they gave her an antibiotic through the IV and wanted to see how she reacted and maybe wanted to keep her overnight for observation. She zonked out and once the Rx was done they let us go. 

She is getting better and better. Today is a world of difference from yesterday but she isn't totally better yet. 

She is one tough cookie, 

sick anna

waiting for the Dr

resting and getting fluids

she is sleeping so I'm watching the bachelor

her little IV in her arm

hospital bracelet

Monday, February 24, 2014

happy birthday ozzie

We talk a lot about birthdays. Who's is coming up next, etc. We had been telling the kids that Ozzie's birthday was on Sunday a few days earlier. On Sunday morning I asked the kids who's birthday it was and immediately Anna answered, "Ozzie!" She then requested cake and presents and a birthday party- a family party. So that's what we did. 

We got him some doggie ice cream. We opened a present of dog bones. We ate chinese food in honor of him being a chinese dog. 

Fun night for the kids and of course, Ozzie!

Happy 12th birthday, old man.

guitar recital

Last October Isaac's guitar teacher asked us if we had family and any nursing homes in Sioux Falls. At the time Jeff's grandma Cal was living at Southridge. I expressed this when he asked. He booked a recital there for the kids. Shortly after, Cal passed away. The recital had a date change and it ended up being on Sunday.

It was definitely bittersweet being there. We so wish Cal could have been there. She would have been so proud to have her great grandson putting on a concert. 

He did really well. He participated mostly, I kind of noticed towards the end that he kind of pretended to play and watched the older kids perform, which is totally understandable with this being his first time.

Proud mama.

Charlie and Isaac playing 

bowing for his audience

Friday, February 21, 2014

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

snow skis and bowling balls

With the long weekend and having no plans for the weekend we did some kid friendly activities. The weather is finally bearable to be outside. It has been the coldest winter in years. Everyone is sick of hearing and talking about it. 

Jeff and Isaac went skiing while Anna and I waited in line for the tube hill. By the time we got to the front of the line Anna didn't want anything to do with the tubing so Isaac came with me for a run while Anna and Jeff waited for us. Anna and I went in to get some hot chocolate while Jeff and Isaac practiced skiing some more. Isaac did a really good job. He got distracted on the bunny hill because there were so many people. Once Jeff took him up the chair lift they got a little more space to work and Isaac did a really good job. 

On Monday the kids and I met Emma, Nora and their mom at the bowling alley. Isaac and Emma have been really good friends for the last couple of years. He says she is his girlfriend and thinks she is beautiful with her golden hair. We all had so much fun. The kids cheered each other on. We hope to do it again. Unfortunately Emma and her family are moving to the cities in April. We will make a point to get together with them at the lake. 

What a fun weekend!


Isaac and Emma

Jeff and Isaac

Anna. Isaac. Emma. Nora

tubing buddies!

off he goes!


Friday, February 14, 2014

Be Mine

Happy Valentine's day from 2 of the sweetest kids in the whole wide world. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Valentine Party

Isaac's teacher asked me to help organize the party for today. We played tic tac toe, decorated with perler beads and decorated snacks. The kids had a good time. I spent the whole morning with the beads helping the kids. They were very time consuming but the kids sure had fun working on them. 

I really enjoy being in the school. I look forward to helping in the rooms in the future, especially once Anna gets going in school. I hope they don't mind!

tic tac toe

perler beads

their work

story time

family fun weekend

I don't know if it was the free passes to Nick Universe at the Mall of America or just an itch to get away with the kids but we made it happen last weekend. It was really fun. We spent the day at the Nick Universe where we saw Dora and the Ninja Turtles and went on rides most of the day. 

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Dominican Republic 2014

9 of us went to the Dominican Republic last week and had a blast. We laughed so much and partied pretty hard. Just what we needed- a break from our everyday lives and the terribly cold winter. We spent a couple days by the pool, one day riding dune buggies to a beach and a cave and another day on a catamaran. We had such a fun easy going group. I cant wait to see where we end up next year!

pool day (with random robin)

The guys with the crazy couple from South Georgia

heading to the dune buggies

the rest of us on our route to the dune buggies

jeff and I cruising around on the buggies


awesome beach- macao beach


more pool days




group on the catamaran

sara the server

dominican republic 2014

presidente light