Sunday, September 28, 2014

September 20-26: The Stomach Ache is Solved and Kimball Has a Birthday

September 20.  Kimball felt MUCH better on Saturday morning.  Looking back now Bryce asked me if he still had morphine in his body, because eventually the pain returned.






I tried to get a good picture of Abby and her legs because she took a pen to them yesterday (on Daddy's watch), but this is cuter.


Saturday afternoon we went to the fabric store and bought the fleece for Stan's Halloween costume.  He then nagged me incessantly until I finished it.  We also made a trip to the store so Kimball could pick out a costume.  He chose to be a phantom with glowing eyes.



September 21.  Although Kimball's pain returned Saturday night he was feeling better in the morning again.  We had our neighbors watch our kids so we could attend the dedication of the Ogden Temple.  After church I was able to finish Stan's costume and so we all dressed up.






Since Abby has discovered this dog costume she has wanted to wear it everywhere.  And I let her.  In the evening Kimball's pain was back with a vengeance.  He asked for another blessing and I called the on call doctor to try and determine whether we should take him back to Primary's.  We decided to wait and take him in in the morning.

September 22.  I worked Monday morning and so Bryce took care of the kids and made an appointment for Kimball to see the doctor again.


Kimball was feeling pretty good in the morning when he saw the doctor but got worse again as the day wore on.  I let Stan paint at some point and he turned it into finger painting.


By dinner time we were back at Primary's.  They finally took and X-ray and found that he had stool stuck in his bowel.  After a week, we finally had answers and a game plan for getting better.


September 23.  Happy Birthday to Kimball.  I felt a little bad for Kimball that he had been so sick and I hadn't done much to make his birthday special.  I would have to make it up to him on his party.  He skipped school one more day and opened his presents.  He got a remote control tarantula and an ant farm.  


Stan and Abby continued their obsession with putting their blankets in their clothes.  I think Stan looks like a Saytar.



Kimball was feeling a bit better but was still required to eat bland foods.  Milkshakes were on the list so I decided a little ice cream couldn't hurt.  We went and got cones at Arctic Circle.


September 24.  Kimball finally returned to school.  He took a treat to celebrate his birthday, but because I was still worried about his stomach, the treat was applesauce pouches.  I was beginning to look forward to returning to a normal routine because I was becoming very busy with the firm.  

September 25. Kimball had his piano lesson on Thursday while Stan, Abby and I played in their backyard.   



September 26.  On Friday we got a surprise in the mail.  I had ordered Kimball's ants on his birthday and saw that they would take 3-6 weeks for delivery.  They came after only 3 days!  Kimball was so excited.  We immediately put them in their new home.



Friday night Kimball was so excited about his party on Saturday morning he couldn't sleep.  He stayed up and watched Godzilla with Daddy and fell asleep on the couch.  I am afraid he will think that staying up and watching scary movies will be the norm.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

September 13-19: More Bug Pets and Stomach Pain

September 13.  Saturday morning I woke up at 1:30am and couldn't get back to sleep.  I finally gave up about 4:45 and did a bit of work and cleaned the kitchen.  At 6:30 a couple of friends came over to can pear sauce.  It was fun to do it early while the kids slept.  Bryce was kind enough to let me take a nap Saturday afternoon.  We made caramel popcorn in the evening.



 

September 14.  On Sunday it was James' and Kirstin's turn to host dinner.  Unfortunately, Bryce wasn't feeling too well so he stayed home with a cough and I took a molten chocolate cake for dessert.  I set out to take lots of pictures and only took these.  In my defense, the kids had such a great time playing together they were nowhere to be seen.





September 15.  On Monday I got to work while Bryce ran errands, including getting some more crickets for pets.  Kimball had been asking for some.  We had the food, so I told him he could spend his own money for them.  (They cost about $0.15 each).  I am pretty sure Dad didn't make them pay.  He's nice like that.




 
Kimball's picture of his crickets in the jar.

September 16.  Tuesday was busy because we had kindergarten and preschool.  After picking up Kimball we got the car washed and bought bouncy balls from a machine in the lobby of the car wash.  Sigh.  These kids are so spoiled.  And Abby needs a hair stylist.


September 17.  Tuesday night Kimball had some Diarrhea.  By Wednesday morning he was having stomach pain.  I kept him home from school hoping it would only be a day or so until he was better.  He finally threw up that night.


Abby and Stan think it's so funny to put their "wah wahs" (aka blankies) in their jammies.




September 18.  Thursday was another day at home with Kimball and his stomach pain.  We did get him into the doctor in the morning and Stan made it to preschool a little late.  We cancelled piano and did our best to find ways to entertain ourselves.



By Thursday evening Kimball still wasn't better.  I called the doctor and was able to get a prescription medication for stomach pain.  Kimball was able to sleep through the night.

September 19.  Friday I had a CLE lunch for the PDA.  Bryce cancelled most of his day so he could be home with the kids because of Kimball's stomach.



When I made it home at 2pm, Kimball still wasn't better.  I called the doctor and he sent us to Primary's, were we proceeded to wait no less than an hour and a half before we saw a doctor.  That was fun with a screaming kid.  They put in an IV and gave him some morphine.  While this calmed him down, he also turned a bit loopy.  He had an ultrasound to rule out a bowel obstruction.  When the tech turned the screen on, he exclaimed "Cool!"  He talked the male nurse's ear off about bugs during the exam.  His blood work and urine tests were all normal so they sent us home assuming it was a virus.  Kimball told me it was an awesome day because he got an IV and an ultrasound, neither of which he had ever had before!  At least there was that.




Sunday, September 14, 2014

September 6-12: A broken pumpkin, salsa and Halloween bottles

September 6:  Saturday started out with a bit of a tragedy.  Bryce went out to mow the lawn and while moving the pumpkin pot there was a casualty.  He lost his footing and stepped on the pumpkin. We were all sad, but are recovering.  Boy, has that pumpkin provided lots of learning experiences!


Kimball was able to attend Miles' seventh birthday party.  It was such a blast.



After the party we headed up to Grandma and Grandpa's to can some peaches and salsa, and this year some peach salsa.  Between the two of us were able to can 13 quarts of peaches, 17 pints of spicy salsa and 12 pints of peach salsa with mint.  It was a productive day but I was so tired that Bryce brought up p.j.s and we all slept over.



September 7.  On Sunday we were able to admire the work Bryce did in the yard on Saturday while we were in Kaysville.  With a little weeding, mowing and trimming the grass and yard were looking pretty nice.


Abby thought she would help by sweeping dirt.


Stan brought Daddy a pillow so he could nap in the nice yard.



We also picked some pears at Susan Holt's.  She is Kimball's piano teacher and she was kind enough to let us have some pears from her tree.  

September 8.  On Monday I had some work to do so Bryce got to take the kids to their dentist appointment.  He took them to the library afterward.




My phone was on the fritz so for FHE we went to the Verizon store so I could get a new phone.  The kids were less than quiet and respectful and so Bryce took them to Jamba Juice with a gift card he got from the dentist for giving a shout out online.

September 9.  On Tuesday morning we had quite the rain and hail storm.  It started just after the school bell ring so at least the kids didn't get soaked waiting for school to start.  When I got home we had a bit of a flood.  Fortunately it drained quickly after the rain stopped.  We really want to get some new sod on top of our wall to prevent some of the runoff.


While I went to a meeting at the courthouse the kids were at the neighbors'.  I came back to Stan and Abby asleep.  I felt so bad for Abby.  She didn't get very normal naps with kindergarten, preschool and my work.  She seems to adjust pretty well.


For dinner we had crab legs.  Kimball had been telling me he wanted to try them.  I picked some up on a sale and we had them for dinner Tuesday.  I think he had more fun playing with them than eating them and I am not sure Stan even tried them.



September 10.  I received a great kindness this week.  On Tuesday I had been feeling stressed.  With school and work and housework, add to that some tomatoes that Cyndy and Ed had given to me for more canning I was feeling pretty overwhelmed.  I had wanted to use the tomatoes to can a sweet and sour sauce from a recipe I received from a friend.  I prayed to know how to find a better balance and felt the answer was to give the tomatoes away.  I was sad because I love projects like canning, but I knew I would never have time.  

I gave the tomatoes to some friends, one of which was the owner of the sweet and sour recipe.  After I handed them over, I received a phone call.  My friends wanted to can a batch of the sweet and sour sauce for me!  It was such a kind gesture because I know how much work it is.  They insisted and I accepted knowing the Lord found a way for me to have some of the benefits of canning when I didn't have the time.  Such a tender mercy.

September 11.  Thursday Stan had preschool and his teacher told me he is really good a writing his name.  Having an older brother has some benefits.  Stan learns by watching Kimball do things and trying them himself.  Both Stan and Kimball are such good students.  Kimball also had piano lessons this week and passed off his first song that required he play two hands together: Hot Crossed Buns.  

September 12.  On Friday Bryce took Stan on a Daddy/son date to the Museum of Natural Curiosity.  I just love the faces Stanny makes in pictures.  What a ham!



Friday night was a Fabulous Friday activity at the ward.  I invited my friend Maria and we made Halloween bottles for decoration.  It was a really fun night.  I realized that in nearly two and a half years of friendship it was the first time we did something without kids!  I am thinking we should do it again.


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