Wednesday, February 23, 2011
When I called the original pediatrics office they saw no reference to the belly bulge in her file. Really??? They sent us to have the first x-ray. UGH! She needed to discuss it with the doctor and call me back with a recommendation for a surgeon. Still waiting for the call back.
Our plan now is to meet with a surgeon who will hopefully have a better idea of what we are dealing with here. Hopefully we can get some answers soon!
Friday, February 18, 2011
Lots of people had the same idea. The park was swarming with happy children, big and small, enjoying a quick peak at spring. Morgan found a friend from school and ran off to play with her, leaving Zane to play with Mom. Zane was soon bored with the swings and wanted a "real" friend to play with.
Zane spotted a boy about his size on the other side of the playground. He announced he was going to play with his friend. Zane hurried over and began following the boy around on the climbing toy. While sliding down the pole he lost the boy briefly but then spotted him over on the slide. He quickly ran to play with him there. Then the boy ran for his mom. Zane followed and then stared as the boy hid behind his mom. Scott and I watch in hysterics as Zane attempted to "play" with his new friend, even though his new friend didn't know he had been befriended.
As we were leaving the park, Zane expressed his frustration that his friend kept hiding from him. I suggested that maybe next time he should tell his friend his name and ask if he would like to play. Zane thought that was a good idea and asked if we could come to the park tomorrow so he could try again.
I can only imagine the fear the other boy must have felt when he realized he had a stalker.
Monday, February 14, 2011
flowers and chocolates.
Scott surprised us at lunch time today.
(He was looking for daisies.)
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
My children are SO different and have different issues. When Zane gets angry he wants to destroy things so we talked about how to calm down and make better choices. Morgan has trouble with being nervous and letting her fear consume her. So we talked about how to stay calm and worked on some problem-solving skills.
He had pictures of strawberries, bananas, pre-school friends, toys, and Mom.
Morgan loved making her book too and included pictures of favorite clothes, ice cream, swimming, and playing with Ashton.
It's still new and exciting but so far seems to have made a difference in our home. Making the books helped them to focus on the good in their lives. I love when they come and tell me something else they wish they had included in their books. We may have to make more pages soon.
Look for happiness and you will find it.
(I spent more time thinking about how to do this than it actually took to do it.)
Saturday, February 5, 2011
It was meant to be that life would be a challenge. To suffer some anxiety, some depression, some disappointment, even some failure is normal.
Teach our members that if they have a good, miserable day once in a while, or several in a row, to stand steady and face them. Things will straighten out.
There is great purpose in our struggle in life."
~President Boyd K. Packer, April 1978~
After a difficult week, I needed a little extra encouragement. I came across this quote and love it! I'm posting it on my blog so I can come back and read it often. It's a good reminder that life was not meant to be easy. It is often through our struggles that we learn the most. Nothing easy is ever worth it.
Life is a journey. Sometimes the hairpin curves require us to hold on with all our might and wait for the road to straighten. And the road will straighten. We will be able to catch our breath and enjoy the views. Each difficulty we overcome on this journey makes us that much stronger to face the next, if we let it.
Advice to self: Hold on and enjoy the journey. With all the ups and downs and winding roads there is beauty to be seen. And it will be worth it!
Thursday, February 3, 2011
The good news: the KPU showed no signs of inflammation or blockage. (Even her appendix looked good which was a HUGE relief after recent events in our family that now make me wonder if every tummy ache is appendicitis. But that's another story.)
The bad news: her hernia is still there and her tummy hurts ALL THE TIME. We have an appointment in Denver on Monday to further investigate this issue and will most likely be doing surgery in the near future.
Wednesday Morgan was feeling like maybe she could try school. It really helped that we had a 2 hour late start due to the arctic, sub-zero temperatures. At 9:30 I went out to start my car and nothing. It was deader than dead. Morgan was okay, after 4 days of no school what's one more. Zane on the other hand went into MELT DOWN mode. He would not be consoled and the thought of walking the 3 or so miles to the Call's house entered my mind. Then I remembered how my nose had instantly froze shut when I went to start my car and I quickly came to my senses.
Fortunately, a wonderful friend showed up in the nick of time and took both children safely to school. They had a special visitor at preschool and Zane would have never forgiven me if he had missed it.
(I had to share this picture for Grandma and Grandpa since we raised rabbits when I was a kid. We always wanted one for a pet that we could let wander around the house. I think the little pellets they leave behind made us change our minds.)
It ended up being an okay day. Zane was happy. Morgan survived. Scott worked late. And I enjoyed a LONG story time with the kids before bed.
Now, we are just hoping the car can be fixed before Monday. And hoping we can find some answers AND solutions to the tummy issue.
It's the little trials in life that make us appreciate all the blessings!