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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Meal plan for Nov. 30 - Dec. 5

Pretty simple after a busy last week. Phil is gone on a business trip from Tuesday to Thursday, so things could change depending on my mood.......

Overnight Caramel Rolls and bananas
Turkey Sandwiches
Steak, Sweet potatoes, Salad and Rolls

Cereal and Milk
Ham and cheese quesadillas and apple sauce
Pizza, green beans and orange slices

Eggs, hash browns, and fruit
Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, cheese sticks and yogurt
Pesto Chicken, noodles and salad

Oatmeal and Fruit
Meatloaf, scalloped potatoes and peas

Cereal and yogurt
Chicken strips and green beans
Pork Roast, garlic mashed potatoes, mixed veggies

Pancakes, bacon and eggs
Beef Ribs, Baked Potatoes and Buttered Corn

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A Dental Adventure

The big day arrived; Timothy's trip to Casper Surgical Center for a dental procedure to put 6 fillings in his back teeth. As I posted here, we were disappointed to find out that Tim had so many cavities, but thankful that all could be taken care of at one time under general anaesthesia.

It started off fairly routine but quickly turned into a very long day, some moments of tears and worry, and ended with an overnight stay in the hospital.

But back to the beginning:

Timothy was so compliant as the nurse checked him in and put on his name tag.

"Happy Juice" for the purpose of relaxing him prior to going back to the surgery room.

So far, so good.........

As the medicine kicked in, Timothy got more and more hilarious. Listen to Phil quiz him on the Chicago Bears players:

And then, the camera battery died BUT the story had only begun. Timothy was taken back into surgery. Phil and I went into the waiting room for the 60 minute procedure. About 20 minutes later, the assisting nurse came and told us that one of his teeth had abscessed and Dr. Prugh recommended extracting it. We agreed and waiting for the remaining time.

Before seeing Timothy in recovery, Dr. Prugh told us that things were a bit more complicated than originally thought, and they had given Tim some narcotic pain medicine while under anaesthesia because of the pain getting the tooth out. As we sat with Timothy in recovery, he just wasn't waking up like he should and when the nurse checked his oxygen level, it had dropped to the 50's!! NOT GOOD. The oxygen came out and he was given a medicine to reverse the effects of the narcotic. It seemed to work almost immediately, and he even woke up enough to eat a Popsicle.
Unfortunately, after about an hour, the oxygen levels started dropping again and he became very lethargic, feel asleep, and he was very hard to wake up. By this time we had been waiting for about 4 hours post surgery and our pediatrician was called to consult in the matter. After administering the narcotic reversal agent again and oxygen levels still too low on room air, it was decided that Timothy needed to be admitted to the hospital for observation.
They wheeled him through the underground tunnel and checked him into the pediatric wing at the hospital. He was hooked up to all kinds of monitors and snuggled in a bed, which was a welcome relief from the chair he and I had been sitting in for about 5 1/2 hours!!
(camera battery re-charged - so back to the story in pictures :D)
Feeling a little better with another Popsicle.
Phil brought him his Chicago Bears pillow and we put in a video for him. He thought it was cool that he could eat a Popsicle and watch a movie in a electric bed!!

However looking at this picture reveals a pretty hurting little guy.
And all the tubes and monitors were driving him crazy.
But......when Uncle Jim showed up and climbed in bed with him, his spirits seemed to pick up quickly!
Jim took it upon himself to modify the room instruction chart.

Hooray - Oxygen levels staying at 92 without extra oxygen!
Timothy finally feel asleep around 11:30 p.m. and slept until 5ish. He woke up several times to use the bathroom and have his pulse-ox monitor adjusted, but his levels stayed in the 90's all night. Praise God!

The next morning's breakfast: Pancake, vanilla pudding and red jello. After being checked out by Dr. Ellbogen and determining that it just took his system extra long to metabolize the effects of the anaesthesia and the narcotics, he was discharged and free to come home.

He was excited to see a great bouquet of balloons sent from Ohio from Grammy and Grandpa.

Although this ordeal was a bit more than we originally planned on, there are SO many things to be thankful to God for. Some of my thoughts (in no particular order):

  • Very friendly, understanding and helpful doctors and nurses at both medical facilities.
  • An unexpected but refreshing time for me to sit and hold my son for a very extended period of time.
  • AWESOME friends that dropped everything to take care of and transport the other girls.
  • Other TERRIFIC friends that visited Tim in the hospital, prayed with him and brought him gifts.
  • Other AMAZING friends that helped out with my Thanksgiving dinner knowing that I had lost a lot of prep time at home while hanging out at the hospital.
  • Other EXTRAORDINARY friends that texted me like crazy to check in on us and most importantly to PRAY to our AWESOME GOD on behalf of this precious little guy.
  • My healthy 5 children and wonderful husband that God has blessed me with!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Count your blessings, name them one by one. Count your blessings, see what God has done!!!

Cranberry Thanksgiving and Tasty Bread

I joined Lindsay's second grade class as they prepared Cranberry Bread. We measured, mixed, poured and baked and ended up with great tasting, germ-free bread. (We hope anyway....)

As they waited for the bread to bake, they enjoyed reading the story aloud to one another.

Climbing Trees and Chopping Heads!?

Up, up and away. Melissa and Sarah climbed as far as they could (as far as i would let them...) up the tree in the backyard.

Awesome kids wearing Awesome God matching T-shirts!

In a split second....from Awesome God to Spider Man?

Timothy squealed with delight as the baby's head detached from the body. Savannah squealed in an entirely different way.......

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Laramie Swim Meet

Getting up at 4:30 a.m., driving 2 1/2 hours to Laramie, and waiting for a swim meet to start is the last thing 2 tired toddlers wanted to do.

Thankfully, the Laramie Recreation Center had a play room to help pass the time in between events. I think Grandpa enjoyed the alternative option as well.

A very clever AND very funny puppet show!

Savannah just liked being able to run around in her socks.

...and play in the kitchen.

Lindsay drying off after her first race.

And Allie seems happy with her race as well.

On your mark, get set, GO!

Waiting, waiting and more waiting........

Finally - time for the backstroke race.

Great Job Lindsay!!

Here is the opening cheer from the Casper Swim Club.

Watch Lindsay's Freestyle race.

Meal plan for Nov. 22-28

This was a REALLY easy menu plan to prepare. We have LOTS of family coming in from Wednesday to Saturday and are looking forward to lots of yummy food and fellowship and football!

Cereal and fruit
Sandwiches, chips and fruit
Soup, snacks and football

Scrambled eggs, toast and juice
Soup and sandwiches and apple sauce
Creamy Basil Chicken Fettuccine, salad and bread (still trying to get this one made….)

Bagels and fruit (for everyone but poor Timothy –
He has oral procedure at Surgical Center, poor little guy)
Macaroni & cheese and hotdogs, orange slices
Thanksgiving Soup Dinner at church

Cereal and milk
Peanut butter and jelly, cheese sticks and apple slices
Spaghetti, Beans and Garlic Bread

Thursday – Happy Thanksgiving
Eggs and Toast
Turkey, potatoes and gravy, yams, stuffing, green beans, cranberries, jello salad, corn casserole, rolls and lots of pies!

Waffles and fixin’s – Thanks Sheridan Hubert Family!
Turkey sandwiches and leftovers
Ham, scalloped potatoes, peas and rolls

Pancakes, bacon and eggs

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Splashing and Swimming Birthday Party

Okay -- not really a birthday party, but don't tell Savannah that. She thinks this was all because of her special day but in reality, the fun pool was next door to the swim meet pool and we brought the little ones over out of necessity!

After finishing their events, Lindsay and Taylor joined in on the fun.

More birthday photos that I forgot on the last post:

Timothy liked hanging out with Gregory for awhile on Sunday.

Grandma and Grandpa visit Casper

Some more pictures from Sandy's camera:

A spirited game of Rummy.

Snuggling with Grandma

Holy cow -- that's a lot of lovin' on the couch!!

Gifts from across the country

Grammy and Grandpa and Shauna and her family live too far away to pop over to Casper for Savannah's birthday. BUT, they sent some fun presents and birthday wishes that Savannah was delighted in!

Grammy bought Savannah a new white table and chair set to put in her big-girl-room. Shauna and family sent some new food items and a great set of pots and pans.


I'd say she is DELIGHTED!

I spent about 2 hours reorganizing and moving furniture around so that everything would fit. Before the room was played in too much by the toddlers, I snapped a few pictures. Isn't it beautiful! More than two years after picking out this color scheme, I still love it! It is bright and sunny also.

I made this wall hanging before she was born -- such a good reminder of the awesome responsibility God has entrusted to Phil and I as parents.