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Friday, May 15, 2015

RSV {is the devil}

Pin It The day that Levi turned three months old, we found out he had RSV.  At that point, his symptoms weren't bad enough to warrant a trip to the hospital.  But two days later, he became lethargic and pale as a ghost so I decided to phone my pediatrician at 4:30 pm to see if they could see him for an oxygen check.  I felt something was definitely off with him.  They said they could fit him in if I came right then.  My older girls were at activities, so I quickly grabbed Kempton and Kinlee and drove straight there.

They tested his oxygen levels right away.  I could tell that they were panicking but they didn't tell me his levels.  All the nurse said was that I needed to go straight to the hospital with him attached to the oxygen tank.  That was scary enough for me to get teary-eyed, not to mention I had found out earlier in the day that my dear Granny had passed away.  Looking back, I feel bad that I let out my emotions in front of my other kids.  I looked at their faces and saw they were scared too, and I made it worse by showing fear.  So I quickly pulled myself together and headed straight to the ER.

Once at the ER, we were surrounded by attentive doctors and nurses, who all showed signs of concern.  I felt helpless.  Levi wouldn't nurse at this point, I had to figure out a way to get my older girls from their activities, Kempton and Kinlee home, and I couldn't get in touch with Cale.  This is the point where my heaven-sent friends stepped in.  I had been texting them earlier (we share our scripture reading each day) and it came up that I was going to the doctor with Levi again.  My friend met me at the hospital and took Kempton and Kinlee with her.  Then my other friend picked up the girls from their activities and took Kempton to scouts, then stayed with all of our kids so that Cale could come to the hospital later on.  She is the one who ended up telling Cale that Levi had been admitted, because he came home to an empty house from work, then went to both churches in search of his family where he saw my friend who informed him.  That was crazy!  His phone had died.

This was a picture I took from home before I took him in to get his oxygen checked:

Here he is before he was admitted, in the ER.

We ended up staying four nights in the hospital, I had no idea it would take him so long to get better.  There is nothing as scary as seeing your child sick.  With RSV it is very common that baby's stop eating, which definitely happened with Levi.  He refused to eat which made him dehydrated, so they had to give him an IV.  Here he is fascinated by this thing in his arm.  

I can see that he lost a lot of weight in this picture.

Sweet sweet sick baby

The silver lining to this health crisis is that it made us stop to appreciate what we have--good friends who step in and serve when we needed help, normally healthy kids, each other (Cale and I), and that comfort can come through prayer and blessings.   

We were all so happy to leave this place!  Even though we were well taken care of.  

I took a picture of all the milk Levi should have been eating.  haha

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Averie's Teton Science Trip

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Hi! I'm Averie hijacking my mom's blog to tell you about my trip to Teton Science School, or TSS.
In 4th grade at my school, we go all the way up to Jackson WY and to TSS, an educational 4-day
camp. There we learned how to snowshoe , cross country ski, and to use teamwork to solve simple problems.
The bus ride was about 7 hours and 30 minutes, and no electronics were allowed. We were separated into dorms chosen by our teachers. The girls were on the first floor. 
Back row: Marisa Romero,  Marin Peterson, Grace Kordon, Riley Pierce. Middle Row: Paysen Witte, Madison Thompson, Me, Annica Lotzer Front: Ruby Dorrell, Baily Issac, Ashlyn  Inouye, and Camryn Sinicki.

In my group, we saw a lot of bighorn sheep. They are like normal sheep, but they have bigger horns.
The view of the Tetons was beautiful.
while there, we went snowshoeing and cross country skiing.
  snowshoeing was my least favorite part.  But I absolutely looooved cross country skiing!
this was my team for the whole trip.

 a few of our photos were at bit strange.

at the end of the trip, we had to clean the dorms.
a pic of my friend
bus home selfie!!!!!!

Overall I loved the trip; it was a once in a lifetime opportunity.  How many 4th graders get to go to Jackson and climb the Tetons?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

January and February in a FLASH

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I love it when babies sleep with their eyes open.  Some may find it creepy, I find it adorable.  

Beware of this photo's graphic nature.  In my effort to teach my children responsibility and hard work, they are required to unload the dishwasher before school.  I no longer wash the blender's blade in the dishwasher.  OUCH.

 These two are so fun to be with during the day. 

 Levi is sporting his Wyoming gear.  He only got a few uses out of it, he's grown way. too. fast.  

I sadly put away Levi's 0-3 month clothes.  Baby boys grow way too fast!

We've had a very mild winter this year and have been able to play outside more than usual.  I got a great workout jumping on the trampoline with Kinlee this day.  It seemed as though every bone in my body cracked with each bounce!  I get to look at her cute little face 24/7.   

And....she's done with pictures.  

Friday night movies are something we all look forward to.  Having all five of my children in one place brings me peace.  Safe and sound.  

Lots of smiles and giggles from this little guy.

He's a big flirt.

Kempton's Minecraft Valentine's box.  He and Averie are currently obsessed with Minecraft these day.  He was so happy to make this all by himself.   

And give out these Valentines (thank you Pinterest).

Brenna's obsession with monkeys continues. 

 Since Valentine's Day isn't just about romantic love, we had a family Valentine's Day this year.  We went to watch Kempton play with his basketball team during the Wyoming basketball game's half time show.  Me and my girls: 

We then came home for dinner, a heart-shaped pizza, soda, and caesar salad.  

 We topped off the night with a dessert of chocolate fondue.  The kids looooved this and we decided it needs to be a Valentine's Day tradition from now on.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Her Sweetness

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This little sweetie is my little side kick these days while her older brother and sisters are in school.  She makes me giggle all day long with her adorable comments and excitement for life.  She deserves props for being such a good big sister to Levi.  I am asked often how she has done with another baby joining the family and I can honestly say that she hasn't had any problems with her baby brother.  No jealousy or aggressive behavior.  She is only sweet, kind, and happy about him.  She is constantly talking to him and gives him lots of tender affections.  I love toddlers!  Their discovery of the world is hilarious and makes up for some of their resistance.  She says the funniest things and we all get a kick out of where her mind goes.  

Here's her and all her sweet and sassy glory: