Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Airplanes and Peanut Allergies

Today was an interesting day!!!

This morning we took Grammy to the airport.  She is going to kentucky, where I will meet her shortly for a girls trip with my sister and aunt.  More details on the trip after this weekend!!!   At the airport the kids (all 5 of them) really wanted to go see the airplanes. I knew I was not talented enough to take 5 kids into a busy airport by myself. So, I settled on terminal 4 parking. We drove to the very top and parked. It was perfect. We spent 20 minutes watching the planes land and take off. We had a perfect view of the planes taking off.  It's funny what I find myself justifying as entertainment these days.  But, it was a different and fun way to spend the morning.

Lunch on the other hand was different but not fun.  I decided to give the kids pb&j sandwiches today.  It is the first time I have ever done so because Arlo does not like pb&j.  But we are in a major lunch funk right now and I was willing to try pb&j again to see if taste buds have changed.  Well, taste buds have not changed and I find out Cohen does not like them either.  My boys are very picky eaters.  While getting the other kids cleaned up and trying to find something else for my boys to eat, I notice Cohen rubbing his eyes... hard.  By the time I get Arlo fed and down from the table I notice Cohen's face is all red and splotchy.  At this point I realize Cohen is having an allergic reaction to something and I need to do something.  Cohen only ate grapes, raisins, pretzels, yogurt and 3 small bite attempts at the pb&j sandwich.  He has eaten all the other things on a regular basis so the only thing I can think of is the peanut butter.  I wanted to call someone to see what I should do.  At this point he is breathing fine, just itchy and red all over even on his chest.  I have not yet needed to get a pediatrician for the boys since we have moved so I could not call his doctor.  Since he is breathing fine I did not want to call 911 so I called the closest urgent care to see if I should bring him in or just give him Benadryl.  The urgent care nurses stressed the protocol, but they tell me with peanut allergies it usually gets worse before it gets better.  OK... that worried me, at the same time Cohen starts making a weird noise with his throat.  Now, I started to get downright panicked.  I load up all 5 kids as fast as we can manage, while locking the door without having my keys, so I have to rush to find our hidden spare run around the house, get back inside and get my keys and finally lock up and go.  I am calling Tim to meet me at urgent care and trying not to cry.  When I get there, I lock the other 4 kids in the car and rush in to get Cohen into the doctor.  Only a few minutes go by before Tim arrives and goes and sits with the other kids while they take Cohen into triage.  Conclusion:  He was fine, the allergy started to go away on it's own which was a good sign.  But when he came in his heart rate was elevated past normal and he was definitely having a reaction to something.  He was given Benadryl and a steroid as a precaution.  We are supposed to have a follow up with a pediatrician to have Cohen tested for food allergies.  And when that happens I will give an update.  Until then, I am just grateful that everything turned out okay today and I thank my Heavenly Father for trusting me with my two sweet boys!

Obviously, I did not have time to stop and take pictures of Cohen's allergic reaction, but I wanted to post a little something of my sweet boy, so here is a video of Cohen with one food he is not picky about... CHOCOLATE (just like his mama!).

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Summer Vacation Recap

Since I am always behind and today I really do not feel like recapping...  I am going to show pictures of our lake powell trip and Arlo's camping trip with his dad.

Enjoy :-)

Tow helping sweep up the top of the house boat

Arlo and I on the tube

Tow and I on the trampoline

More riding

Playing in the sand

The house boat

We drank lots of gatorade

The group of us

We ate the best food!

Cohen hated the tube

Waking up with daddy!

Daddy and Arlo caught a fish.

Super Model Tow

Our View

Grammy and the boys on the wave runners!

A bat that found a home on our boat.

Now for camping:

Here is the real reason why I am posting this trip...
Let me make myself very clear...
But Tim swears he is teaching him about safety and everything else a 3 year old needs to know about a gun.  SO... I will smile and close my eyes!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Bring Back the Memories!

We are going to take a walk down memory lane in honor of Tim and my 6th year wedding anniversary.  I would have taken out my wedding video and put it on you tube to share but since it is in storage, we will have to break out the big guns next year.  This year I will settle on pictures.


I tell you how we were able to celebrate.

One of the reasons why I am posting on September 3rd instead of the 2nd.

Yesterday, Tim and I went on a mini staycation.  It seems like every year we want to do something big, and every year something gets in the way.  This year was no exception.  But I was determined to do something besides dinner and a movie.  So, I called my dad, had him come and stay with our boys and I took Tim less than 5 miles away to a cute little resort called the Montelucia Resort and Spa.  It was wonderful!  We still did the dinner and a movie but with a twist.  My dad treated us to a nice Italian restaurant called Tutti Santi's, then we called it a night... sounds boring, yea but it was the first night that I got a 10.5 hour sleep in over 3 years!!!!  I slept in till 9:30, it would have been later but my husband who woke up earlier was getting impatient.  We lounged around until we had to check out, then had breakfast and a movie before getting back to our boys who we missed so much!

Ok, so our anniversary was a glorified movie and food, but I was excited that I got to spend lots of one-on-one time with my wonderful husband who I still LOVE and adore 6 years later!  So HAPPY ANNIVERSARY my love, I hope we have 952 more!


The day that started it all!

Looking back at all 1800 pictures from that day, it is fun to see how many of them Tim and I are laughing in!  It truly was a happy day!

My bridesmaids looked beautiful in black!

I had to show a picture of the back of my dress because it was fabulous!

Tim and his mom!  She was such a beautiful woman and I am so happy she was able to come to our wedding and that I was able to get to know her before she died.

My handsome groom!

Shoes, diamonds and flowers... could there be a better picture?  No, I did not think so either.

Had to get a close up of my ring, although now it looks even better after I convinced Tim to buy me an extra band to put on the other side of my diamond.

My siblings, I love how short I am compared to them!

My flower girls!  Way to cute!!!!

This time a close up!  It's funny because I LOVED my dress, but it will definitely be a dress that my kids will look back on a say, "MOM, what were you thinking?"

One of my favorites with the Mesa, Arizona temple in the background, where Tim and I were sealed for time and all eternity.

When I look back on my wedding day I will always remember the good part of the day (our sealing, being surrounded by friends and family, the feeling of being so happy you start crying etc) and I will always remember the bad things that happened that day (my bouquets all turning out horribly, the storm that swept in last minute to turn my outside reception... inside, the DJ's microphone interfering with our picture display, the back of my dress not staying shut, etc) and although I am so glad it is over and I can honestly say I will never do it again!  I am so grateful that I have those memories, the good and the bad and the pictures to go along with it!  Because our wedding day was wonderful and one of the best days of my life.