October 7, 2016

On the Mend

Oliver had fevers on and off the week following our emergency room visit, but zero other symptoms. We hung out at home, watched movies, made banana bread, and played games.

During the fevers he would lay on the couch under a pile of blankets for a few minutes until medicine kicked in and he got warmed up, then he was out and about acting his happy normal self.
We were so glad the little guy was feeling better in time for the weekend because we had fun things planned. We drove to Temecula to see Jenni and her family.
 Their community pool on a beautiful evening...
Ollie and Daisy get along so well. They never fought or got mad at each other. We spent an afternoon at the beach and they just played and played together - it was great!
We were so excited Jenni & Daisy could join us at Disneyland for a day!

 Peter Pan & Winnie the Pooh were still favorites. Jungle ride was fun & Ollie didn't cry during Pirates of the Caribbean {like last time}.
 Oliver made his hands like this...
when he met goofy and said "Roooaaarrrr!" Goofy did a scared motion, then stuck out his shaking hand to shake Ollie's. It was pretty cute.
Daisy like the corn dogs!

We spent the first party of the day at Disneyland then walked over to California Adventure for the last half. We stopped in to see Ollie's bff's at the Disney Junior Live on Stage show. He absolutely loved it & Daisy danced the whole time.
Ollie polished off his own ice cream cone...
 just in time to help Daisy with hers!
 Isn't she the cutest?!?

Ollie's new favorite ride was Tow-Mater & he like the Cars Racers too.
Even though Racers was a little scary {fast} for him it was more fun so he was okay with it and asked to ride it again to which I said, "No Way!!!" We waited 1.5 hours to ride it once - Boo! We also liked the Monsters, Inc ride and the World of Color light show.
 Ollie's legs were falling asleep I believe in time for this pic...
but we had fun & are always grateful to be at Disneyland!
The next morning these two crashed in front of the t.v. until it was time for the drive home.
 For which he slept most of the way home!
It was a much needed break from the everyday stresses and house drama. Since we've been home I have felt much better and have been way more productive. My reset button must have been pressed while in Cali and life is good again!

September 13, 2016

Primary Program & the E.R.

Oliver's first Primary Program was a success! Jordan played the piano, I sat with my class to help them know when it was their turn to speak/make sure they behave. Ollie sat with his class and chatted with the adorable little girl, Annabelle, next to him the entire time. He said his part loud and clear and earned a chuckle from the crowd. His part was, "I lived in Heaven before I was born." He nailed it. After church, I made sure to get a picture of the handsome dude.

 We got home from church and he started complaining he couldn't take any big breaths and his right side hurt. I laid with him on the couch for a couple hours to keep an eye on him and kept checking to see if he had a temperature, which he did not. I got up for a minute and he came to find me saying it was worse. Jordan was holding him while I called around to get some clues as to what I should do with the poor little guy and Jordan said he felt really warm. I took his temperature and it was in the 102 region. So I got him some Tylenol. A few minutes later I took it again and it was 103 something. I called a PA friend to ask her if we needed to take him somewhere and while I explained the situation to her - I checked his temperature and the thermostat read 104. Ollie was lethargic and scared while we rushed around to get in the car. Dad and Jordan gave him a Priesthood blessing before we jetted off for the hospital. As soon as we got there he started acting pretty normal {of course}. His side still hurt, but the Tylenol had done its job and the temperature was going down. They checked us in, the doctor saw him, ordered x-rays of his chest and tummy and told him to pee in a cup - which he thought was the coolest thing in the world. We did a lot of waiting and the novelty of it soon wore off for the little guy who was tired and just wanted to go home. After questions arose from the x-rays the doctor asked for an ultra sound. Everything came back clear and he was diagnosed with constipation {something he has never ever had a problem with, not even close} and possibly some weird, vague virus that caused the temperature. The rest is a mystery. He had another fever when we got home late Sunday night, but didn't have another one until tonight {Tuesday} so we will see what the next 24 hours bring, but hopefully the weird, vague virus just needs to work its way out of my little guys system. Here he is looking right as rain at the hospital...
Taking your child to the E.R. is an awful experience, but we were well taken care of and I am grateful for all the family who sent love, support & prayers. 
Here's to hoping for a good healing nights rest & to no more hospital visits for us in the near {or distant} future!

September 9, 2016

Back at Home

It took two weekends to get things cleaned up at home and back to normal. 

It was a lot of hard work and after both weekends we were pretty much done in with exhaustion. Momma worked her buns off and re-textured the entire kitchen ceiling to match the rest of the living area ceiling. Seconds after she stepped off the ladder she got a call from my brother that my sis-in-law was headed to the ER. She had excruciating abdominal pain and ended up having emergency surgery to remove 18 inches of her small intestine which had randomly kinked and died. Crazy sauce! Did I mention they just got a newborn two weeks before they are planning on adopting and that they already have five kiddos. I felt bad to have worn my mom out with fixing my ceiling and then she jumped right into taking care of a newborn for 2-3 days and nights. Everyone is on the mend and we have all taken turns helping out with taking care of Baby A - which has been enjoyable.
Cleaning up this mess was not enjoyable, however. 
After sanding it, dust was everywhere for two days. I cringe at the thought of it all.
 I also cringe at the thought of first priming the ceiling and then painting it. So much work.
 Mom did a fabulous job. What giant leak?!
We are happy to be back in our house and still hoping for less drama and more normal days ahead.
The day before we officially moved back in I came over to the house to clean things that had gotten dusty and grimy. Sharon helped me scrub on the blinds and dust everything. She saved this little lizard from drowning in the bathtub and Ollie liked setting him free in the front yard.
We've enjoyed monsoon season and the rain it has brought to this hot desert. My parents backyard looks green and alive after a hot, hot summer.
 Ollie is a fan of the rain and cooler weather.
 Every Tuesday {AKA Taco Tuesday} I bribe everyone I know (Beth & my parents) to go to Cafe Rio for tacos! Ollie was telling Bapa secrets. Ollie likes Taco Tuesday too, which is part of why I love it so much. 
The morning after moving back in, I woke up and Ollie had made me this dragon Lego. It's pretty clever and I still have it in my room on my dresser. I couldn't have come up with something that awesome as a child.
 The morning after that I woke up and Ollie had created a perfect play land for bouncy balls. I guess he missed all his toys for the month we were gone.
 So much love for that Gru...
 He put the same vice like grip on Jane babe. We got to babysit Miss Jane and we are always sad when her parents come to pick her up. We definitely want to keep that one for ourselves.
 My beautiful Mom celebrated a birthday with some of her favorite peeps - miss you Elyce!
 Ollie doesn't forget a single toy he has ever owned. If I get rid of something,  you better believe he will call me out on it at some point. He kept talking about a penguin with a Santa hat and after finally realizing it was one of the bajillion beanie babies - I dug them all out which made Squarepants super excited.
 I got super excited to get Utah peaches this year. After eating some and making peach jelly, I used the rest to make a delicious peach cobbler. I sent this pic to my mom and told her it was headed for the oven and if she brought vanilla ice cream in one hour she could have some. 
It sure was good. 
Two weeks after getting back our washing machine broke. We called home warranty and they couldn't come for a week. My mom passed the word and her best friend from childhood has a son who graciously gave us their old Maytags. They are way nicer than what we had, but we had trouble with the washing machine. I knew it was worth fixing because Maytags are the best. Jordan's dad and brother spent the better part of a Saturday taking the whole thing apart. It still makes a loud sound for thirty seconds during the spin cycle, but it has greatly improved and one day we might get that fixed if other things quit breaking. 
On another rainy day, the day after Labor Day {which we spent cleaning off the back porch} I parked it in a comfy chair and we played outside on the clean porch and soaked up the rainy day. One day when it is officially not hot as Hades we will have a full backyard of beautiful green grass.

 I finally took my Christmas present sewing machine out of its box and hemmed some curtains - which is pretty exciting! Thanks for the new machine Jordy!
 Weirdo here helped...
 slash ate Starbursts while I put it all together.
 Yesterday, while Oliver was at Preschool, I found this picture which perfectly completed this corner of Ollie's room and even matched the colors in this Oklahoma plate Sharon gave us.
My next project I am itching to check off the list is to paint the kitchen cabinets white. Hopefully the next post might include some progress on that front. Adios!