Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Some thoughts.....

Where does time go. Each day seems to come and go so quickly. Things in our family are busy as ever. There is only 19 days of school left. I can't believe this school year is almost over. It has proven to be a crazy year again. Both districts have encountered some serious financial problems. They laid off 44 teachers from the kids district and 18 from Dan's district. The economy right now seems to be in such bad shape. We feel very blessed that Dan still has a job and that we were able to buy our first home. We have really tried hard to live within our means and save for a rainy day. There has been some terrible acts of violence recently in town. We live about 5 miles outside of town. A couple of weeks ago, there was a shooting where some people went up to a garage where kids were playing video games (it was 9:00pm) and shot them point blank in the head. A 13 year old was dead on the scene and one of Dan's students (18 years old) died a few days later. There is still one in serious condition and two others that have recovered. When things like this happen I begin to wonder why we live here in King City. I have struggled with this the past few weeks thinking that I don't want to wake up in the morning and have to tell my kids that there has been another tragedy. The town only has 12,000 people. There should not be problems like that. Anyway, with these questions going through my mind I have wanted to just tell Dan that we need to move. I decided to take my concern to the Lord through fasting and prayer. Without going into detail about my experience, I can say that there is a reason that we are here. I have learned many great lessons...the most being that the need to trust in God's plan for our family is so important. My kids have good friends, good teachers and great opportunity. Dan has a great work to do here and as his wife I support him in his endeavors. I feel blessed to know that God answers prayers and that through trial we become more like Him. I am grateful for good friends, a loving husband, wonderful children but most of all for my testimony of Jesus Christ. I may not have a complete understanding but am grateful for the glimpse I have recently caught.

Hanna's Tonsil Surgery

The big day finally arrived. On May 11th Hanna had her tonsils taken out. Ever since she was little she would get either strep or tonsillitis when she got sick. This year alone she had it 3 times (two of which were only 3 weeks apart). We were sent to a ear nose throat doctor back in Feb. We were going to wait to have the surgery when school got out but when she got tonsillitis again we knew that she had to just have the surgery done. She was really brave for the procedure. Here she is outside the surgery center.
We got checked in and they called her back in to pre op. The nurses were all so nice and really put her fears at ease. They asked us some questions and then had her get into this gown and shoe coverings. We weren't sure if the hat was going to fit all her hair. They checked all her vitals and then we just waited until it was her turn. I could tell that she was nervous but she was trying really hard to be brave. They asked her if she wanted to have the IV put in when she was awake or asleep and she chose to do it before they put her under. They put this spray on her hand that freezes the skin so she wouldn't feel the prick. It never is easy to see your child in a situation such as this. I had great empathy for her having recently been through 2 surgeries myself. She was concerned that she would wake up during the surgery. Her fears were put at ease once she talked to the doctor.

By the time they took her back to the time the doctor came to talk to me it was only 30 minutes. I was amazed at how fast it was. The doctor said that we made the right choice to take them out as he said one tonsil still had "gunk" from the last infection. Dan was not able to come with us that day because things at work are CRAZY! My mother in law came with us instead.

We set the camera on the table to take this picture of us. I have had so many people tell me in the last few months how much Hanna looks like me.

When the nurse was checking Hanna in, she said that she would have the option of seeing her tonsils. I wasn't sure if I wanted to see them but after the surgery Hanna said that she did. I had put the camera in the car thinking I wasn't going to take any more pictures but I had to document this one. I ran to the car to get the camera and took this picture. I never realized how big tonsils really were. Hanna found it quite interesting.

After the surgery, Hanna kept asking to have her IV taken out. She kept telling me how she just wanted to go home. It is never fun to have an IV but I told Hanna the importance of keeping it in just in case they needed to give her some medicine. She then would avoid them poking her arm with a needle.

This picture was about 30 minutes after the surgery. When I first got into the room she seemed so confused. In fact, she kept trying to get out of the bed. I looked to the nurse wondering if that was a normal occurrence. I remember after my surgeries just wanting to lay there and sleep. The nurse did say that it was normal for the first 30 minutes to have uncontrolled movements. I tried to tell her to calm down. The nurse kept saying what a good patient Hanna was. She told me that just after the surgery (as they were moving her into post op) Hanna started to wake up and she said that she looked like a princess waking up from her beauty sleep. She even gave them a smile.

What an adventure today was. I feel very blessed to have such a strong child who has a lot of faith. She thought it was great to ride on a gurney and in a wheelchair. We joked saying the nurse needed to take lessons on how to push the wheelchair. She was pushing Hanna in the parking lot to the car and came to a speed bump. She told Hanna to hold on and proceeded to push her really fast. One problem...the place where you place your feet didn't want to go over the speed bump and so crash it went into the speed bump. Good thing Hanna didn't have back surgery! The last couple of days have been rough for her. Yesterday I wanted to take the pain from her. She was able to sleep through the night last night. Today seemed to be a little better. I keep telling her that everyday will get a little better. She really is such a good kid and a great patient. We love you Hanna!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Spring Break Part 3

Elizabeth in the pool.
Hanna looks so grown up here. She will be 10 in just a few weeks.

Dan will not appreciate me posting this picture but I thought it was so cute! Sam is trying so hard to hold on in the back.

Elizabeth flying in the air.

Spring Break Part 2

The kids wanted to go swimming at the pool the whole vacation. Dan took the girls to the pool on Saturday. They had a great time swimming and doing tricks. Hanna is doing a flip mid air in the picture above.

Emily says that it is so much easier to pick up Sam in the water.

Here is Elizabeth and Samantha with another new baby cousin (my brother's baby, Ellie). They had a great time holding all the new additions.

The girls faces and hand outlined at the museum.

Emily making a cloud at the museum.

Spring Break Part 1

We were able to go to Southern California for Spring break. We left last Tuesday night. Dan and I both grew up in Southern California so it is always fun to go back and visit. Each day was filled with fun and excitement. I will be posting different parts of our vacation because I can only upload 5 pictures at a time.

We went to the Discovery Science Museum for our niece's birthday party. Here is Hanna climbing a rock wall. There were so many kids there but all the kids had a great time. We saw an amazing bubble show.
Dan's sister lives in Ladera Ranch so we spent a night at their house. She has three daughters. Her oldest is Em and Liz's age and her second just turned 6 years old. It if fun for all of them to get together to play. Sam and Jesse were having a push up contest.

Dan enjoyed holding his sister's new baby. It was fun being reminded of when our girls were little. How fast everyone goes.

We have a DVD system in our car. It has made traveling long distance a little easier. We try and not turn it on for at least the first hour of the trip. When I was little, we always had to come up with things to do on long trips. I think it is good for kids to enjoy travel without TV. I must admit it is nice when you start to hear "Are we there yet?" for the 100th time.

We saw a beautiful rainbow on our way down south. The weather was crazy on our drive down. The wind was so bad on the 5 freeway in the Central valley that we thought our car just might blow over. There were dust storms everywhere. You would be driving and all of the sudden you couldn't see because of the dust storm. We were able to divert a serious accident (3 big rigs and 12 cars) just before they closed the freeway. It pays to follow big rigs when trying to divert serious traffic. They knew just the right way to go to bypass the stopped traffic. After all the dust storms and a little rain, this is what we saw.

Pulling Weeds and 50's Day

Hanna's 4th grade class hosted 50's day at school a couple of weeks ago. At least the poodle skirt I made a few years ago got used again. Notice the waffle in Sam's hand as we were rushing out the door to get to school. Emily chose not to dress up. She actually came home sick from school that day.

Since we've moved into our house, we have neglected the backyard. The previous owners had cut down trees but left the stumps. Dan has been so busy at work, he has not had time to get to the backyard. My friend inspired me to start pulling the weeds that started to grow (actually that had overtaken our backyard). Here is Elizabeth somewhere in the weeds. The kids all earned money to help me pull weeds. I was so sore for the few days after pulling all the weeds.

Emily is about ready to say that she has had enough.

Here is Hanna for 50's day.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Science Fair

Hanna, Emily and Elizabeth all just recently participated in the school science fair. They each worked on their project with 2 other kids from their class. We were able to go see their projects Tuesday night after the judging. All the girls won 1st place. We are proud of their great effort and glad they got to learn more about the scientific process. (Samantha's teacher chose not to do a project with her class.)