Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Memorial Weekend

This past weekend we booked it on up to Villanueva State Park and hiked around the Pecos River.  It was a perfect day to tube down the river, but we came unprepared so we will definitely be returning with swimsuits and intertubes in tow.
Then on Monday we went to the ABQ Biopark Zoo.  The boys LOVED watching the sea lions through the glass as they showed off.  We also enjoyed feeding the giraffes-- which took all of 2 seconds before they snatched the tree branches out of our little one's hands.  The park attendant told me to get ready with my camera and before I  knew it the giraffe had already bent over licked the limbs out of Miles' fingers.  I only knew this by the giggles that then emerged from Miles.  I wish I could have captured that moment-- M thought he was pretty cool stuff.
On a sadder note, Tim and I have been following this family's blog online for a few weeks now and they recently lost their four year old son to an awful and quick acting form of cancer.  This morning while working out at the gym I read their son's obituary and just broke down crying.  So so so sad!  Only sad doesn't even convey the feelings I'm sure they are going through.  Although I've never met this family, they and their son, Atticus, have made an impression on us. Their strength in the gospel and faith during these trying times are an inspiration and motivation to live my life more fully with my family, with my religion, with my friends/neighbors...etc.  I encourage you to head on over and read their story-- truly an inspirational one!  What an amazing little boy.  Makes me want to kiss on and snuggle my little ones a little longer.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Frolicing in the Front Yard

After returning from our camp trip Tim decided our tent needed a good cleaning.  He set it up in our front yard and sprayed it down.  The kids and I went out to supervise and quickly all clothing disappeared as the gardening hose and water appeared.  Miles is almost too big to be running around naked.  Almost.
Yes, that's a diaper on Miles.  Nope!  Not potty trained as of yet.  It's a work in progress.  *sigh*  Not too worried about it as of yet-- he's only 3 years and 4 months.  It's not like he's going to be wearing a diaper to kindergarten, right?!
Nothing like a slobbery kiss from our Tuggy Bear.  Look at G's hair!  It's getting so long, but I can't bring myself to cut it yet.
These boys LOVE their rocks and there's never a shortage of them in our yard.  I love living in a cul-de-sac  where my kids can roam on their bikes and I don't have to panic about every car coming up the street and whether or not they see my kids scootering or running around naked. 

Annular Solar Eclipse

As many of you know New Mexico was dubbed as the place to be to witness the solar eclipse.  It passed right over us and the views were absolutely amazing.  As we were driving home from Moab we stopped in Cuba, NM to take in the eclipse.
What a pickle Graham is!  I just LOVE his facial expressions in the the two pictures below.
So glad we were prepared with eclipse glasses so we could see it.  Apparently glasses were sold out all over Albuquerque in the week leading up to the eclipse.  Truly an amazing site!   

Mingling in Moab

This past weekend we met up with family and friends in Moab.  The boys did awesome camping, as usual.  They are quickly becoming camping pros!
While there we went climbing and for the first time we were able to get both boys to put the harness on and climb the rock.  I believe it had something to do with watching their cousin and buddy who climbed before them.
The second day there we hiked up to Corona arch with the intentions to watch daddy, uncle Tad, and our buddy Sean do the rope swing.  Once we arrived at the arch I quickly realized that I wasn't going to be able to occupy my kids' time for a few hours while they rigged up the rope and each took their turns. Not to mention the line of people before them that also wanted to do the same thing.  So we watched a few individuals swing and rappel, ate lunch, and then headed back down the treacherous trail (in a few spots they had cables you had to hold onto to get up the slick rock).
The arch was beautiful and well worth the hike.  Unfortunately it exhausted my father-in-law right out!  He had to take a needed snooze at the top.  Looks comfy, huh? ;)
On our last day we visited Sand Dune arch.  We buried our toes and plastic dinosaurs in the soft sand
cutest little chunk!  He's half the age of Graham, but weighs just as much!
Just love this lady!  We wish we lived closer to the Thompsons.  boo hoo! :(
This kid was in heaven.  Family, friends, sand and dinosaurs! Life doesn't get any better than that?
After we had our fill of the sand and sun we said our good byes, packed up our car, and made our drive home.  Such a relaxing weekend with family and friends.  Miles is still talking about his cousins and friends a few days later-- I think he misses them terribly. :(

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

My Mother's Day Gift

This year for Mother's Day Tim surprised me by taking the boys up into the mountains a day earlier, photographing them wearing matching outfits, printing the pictures, and framing his favorite in a matching frame to pictures we already have hanging in our stairway.  These are some of my fave!
A little side squeeze and kiss
Graham-- you're such a ham!
Just love these boys!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Dental Catastrophy, Eczema, Fevers, Stomach Flu, and Pneumonia...

It all started about 3 weeks ago when Graham knocked his upper right lateral tooth out of place on the edge of a cup. How lucky we are to have so many dentists living in our ward?  Within a few minutes we not only had one, but two dentists at our door.  Fortunately, one of the dentists in our ward had a dental school colleague visiting him from out of town so he tagged along.  After examining the tooth they determined that with force they could push it back into place.  Talk about torture watching your kid struggle as they pushed his tooth back into it's spot.  The next day we made an appointment with the pediatric dentist and had x-rays done on his tooth.  Luckily no root damage occurred, but we do need to keep our eye on it to see if any nerve damage was done (this can't be detected on x-rays, but is only apparent over a period of time-- sometimes up to 6 months before you know for sure).  He may have killed the nerve or damaged it to the point where his tooth will die and eventually fall out, but we won't know for some time.  We're just happy no damage was done to the permanent tooth! 

 Then a couple of days later Graham caught some sort of respiratory virus that forced us back into a pretty regimented routine with his nebulizer.  It seems as though any time Graham catches the simplest of colds it turns into an all out wheezing sickness that is only remedied by his breathing treatments.  Usually his asthma is exacerbated by any illness so we have to keep our eye especially on that.
 Then I started to feel a bit ill myself.  Sore throat, achy body and wheezing myself, but I just kept ignoring it, thinking it would eventually go away.  After about 1.5 weeks of wheezing through the night I finally decided that I needed to see a doctor.  At this point, Tim was out of town on a business trip-- he was presenting at a conference in Baltimore, Maryland.  I couldn't breath all that well and unfortunately my inhaler was completely empty so into Walgreens I went to pick up a new one.  Once there I found out they don't sell over the counter inhalers anymore.  After a few phone calls I finally was able to get a hold of my dad to prescribe me a new one and $50 later I went home with inhaler in hand.  That was an extremely rough night.  I kept telling myself I would make an appointment in the morning, because Tim was gone in Maryland and I would have to find a sitter for the kids-- and I wasn't about to call anyone at 3am to do so.  So for the remainder of the night I sat in bed wheezing, not sleeping and finally fell asleep from 4:30am-6:00am, when Miles woke up (which is extremely early for him-- he usually sleeps in until 8:30am).  So up for the day I started to think of anyone that I can burden with my kids so I can make a trip down to Urgent Care.  Finally around 9am I get a  hold of my dear friend, who is battling her own illness with pregnancy hyperemsis.  But, being the sweety she is she graciously took them for 3 hours.  While at the doctors office I could barely breath-- I felt as though I was breathing through a straw.  What felt like a 3 hour wait to see the doctor, was only 30 minutes.  Once in the back room the doctor could tell I was in no good shape.  He immediately put me on a breathing treatment due to the amount of wheezy he heard in my lungs.  Seriously, I have never felt so awful in my life!  Then, he took me back for a chest x-ray where they discovered I had pneumonia in my right lung.  If pneumonia had presented itself in the other lung the doctor said he would have admitted me to the hospital, but he felt I would do fairly well on steroids and Albuteral at home. Back to Walgreens to drop off/pick up MORE prescriptions, then to pick up the kiddos at my friends house.

Once we got home, Miles immediately started complaining of his "stomach feeling cold".  He was bent over at the waist and before I could ask him if he wanted a drink or a snuggle he spewed a load of vomit onto the kitchen floor.  Great!  Now my kid is sick with the stomach flu and a 101 temperature! Any parent knows how awful it is to see your kid in pain-- much more worse than being in pain yourself.  After some cleaning up, snuggling, and coaxing I was able to get both kids upstairs for nap time.  With Miles finally in bed, wincing and complaining of his stomach pain, I was changing Graham's diaper to discover this lovely rash behind his knees had gotten worse.  He's always had dryer patches, but NEVER this red. It appears the cortisone cream I had applied earlier in the day to combat some of the pinkness BURNED the entire top layer of his skin off where the rash was present.  It was bleeding, it was blistery. I felt awful!  I made it worse with the cream!  Graham didn't want me touching it, but I managed to slather a good amount of Aquaphor on it so he could at least sleep with some hydration behind his poor little knees.

I call the pediatrician and luckily they're able to see us at 6pm that day so back into the doctor's office we go, to find out Graham has a bad case of eczema and by this time it's spread to his stomach, armpits, elbow creases, ankles and butt cheeks, and face.  I thought he could have possibly had chicken pox.  It was actually a relief to discover that some prescription cream could help clear this up, but it would most likely be something he deals with for years to come. *sigh*  There could be worse, I suppose.  Again, to Walgreens for the forth time in two days.  The pharmacist actually recognized me and commented on our sick little family.
So there you have it!  Our horrible, awful, rotten, no good three days without daddy!  Luckily, Tim was able to board a flight on stand-by that night.  I feel awful he missed his last day at the conference, but I'm glad he didn't miss his presentation and he was super excited about how it went.  So at least some good came of those few days!
Undoubtedly this is how we all get sick, I'm sure.  Graham loves to give kisses through the slimy boogery plastic bubbles at the park!  YUCK!   I hope this post didn't come off as too complainy.  I really am grateful that this type of stuff doesn't happen often.  We're generally pretty healthy peeps, but when it hits us it hits hard.