Sunday, November 20, 2011

Toby's in Town

Toby is our "elf on the shelf" that comes to visit every December and hops a ride back with Santa to the north pole on Christmas. This year Toby came early and with a gift from Santa. We didn't bring our TV with us because it wouldn't work here. Santa felt so bad for us and we have been so good this year; thus far. 

We love our new 42"LED. I don't really like how everything looks so sharp because I want it to feel like a movie and not like I'm in a room with the actors. I'm not complaining, just saying.  

The kids love having Toby here. Every night he goes to the north pole and tells Santa if the kids are good or bad and flies back by morning in a different hiding spot. The kids love to find him and talk to him mostly about how bad their brother and sister are being. We thought it was a good idea for Toby to come early because the kids were getting a little out of control and we use him ask a threat. Plus it was a way to explain the TV. Sometimes Toby forgets to go to the North pole but Audric always says he just liked the same spot.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Poor Julianna

Poor Julianna woke up with severe abdomen pains Monday morning.  She never had pains like these. The only time she would not be in pain is when she would cry herself to sleep.  I needed to get Audric ready for school and thank goodness I have a wonderful friend that took Audric to school because she was in so much pain I couldn't even push her in the stroller like I planned.
I took her to the ER.  Of course, Julie being Julie tells me she's fine when we get there.  I don't really believe her but not waiting to sit and wait to be seen if nothing is wrong I have her walk it out until she is in the same pain again.  Julianna is one stubburn child.  I can tell she is in pain but she tells the Doc she is fine.  It wasn't until he touches her stomach that you could really see the pain in her face.  They wanted a urine sample because of her history of UTIs.  She hadn't gone pee yet that morning but she just cannot go.  I think we tried fifteen different times for her to go in the cup.  They had an x-ray taken of her tummy.  Next was an IV and blood work.  I must say Julie is very brave; She did great through all this.  Still she could not pee.  The x-rays showed that she was completely full of shit.  Two large balls of pooh blocked everything all the way up through her large intestine.  We were afraid that all this pooh was blocking her urethra and causing her not to be able to pee.  Next came the enema.  It takes her another couple of trips to the bathroom and she gets two large boulder out of her bum; sadly to say not without a mess on the floor and my arm.  Still no pee. 

 Julie doesn't want a catheter but she can't get it out and she has at this point had two large amounts of fluid pumped into her.  I'm strong and can handle seeing my kids in pain if it means their health or safety.  This was painful for both Julie and me.  The nurses tried two times to get a catheter in Julie. And each time it took about five to ten minutes. Finally they got the smallest tube and got it in with much screaming from my daughter.  Only drops came out.  It was enough and they took it to the lab. Minutes later Julie tells me she needs to go to the toilet. I'm exhausted, and tired of going into the hospital bathroom that is outside the ER across a hallway next to the pharmacy.  I ask her to just go in her diaper.  She filled that thing up, I thought it was going to leak everywhere; She felt much better after that.  Plus, Tim had gotten off work early and come to see her and pick up Audric. Julie is such a daddy's girl.  She knows nothing bad happens to her when he's around.  I was glad to see him too because it was 2pm and I was dying to eat something.  Julie fell asleep with the comfort of Tim being around.  By now they had added a heart rate monitor and blood pressure cuff.  She had developed a fever while sleeping.  It was my job to give her meds orally.  That girl can try and talk her way out of meds like no other. It was nice being in the hospital and saying if she doesn't take it then she will get a shot. It still took an hour for her to drink it. 

The big concern was that she had appendicitis. She was still in pain and wouldn't let people touch her tummy.  She did have a UTI but that could be there because of an inflamed appendix.  They waited and waited to decide whether or not to give her antibiotic.  It was in the end given to her with some sent home with us. We have now had a week of cleaning out Julie's bowels. I think we are just about done. We fed her corn tonight and will wait and see if it comes out tomorrow. She is the most stubburn when she needs to take her meds. We try not to get mad but she  is so difficult.  I want to apologize to my mom and dad because I am told she gets her stubburnness from me. I'm sorry whenever you had to deal with me like this.

What a week!

Hurricane Julianna



Don't mess with Julianna because she will tear you up!


I knew that Audric would have girls after him when he got older. But it seems like where ever we move there is alway a cute little blond girl that loves Audric. First Kate (whom he says he is going to marry), then Lauren in New Mexico and now Elity. She gave Audric a drawn map to her house, a rubber (an eraser) and a penny. Audric wanted to give her something back so he made this picture for her. Kids are so cute.


We went to three halloween parties and one night of trick or treating. Fun Halloween in England.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Family at Brugge, Belgium

Here we are on the ferry with the whiter cliffs of Dover in the background.
These pictures are from our bedroom window of the B&B we stayed at

Walking around town

There were many window displays of Chocolate but this is the one that Audric wanted to look at the longest

We did the horse carriage ride. It was mine and the kids first time. I had fun scooping out places to shop.

Why so many pictures of us eating? For some reason we never had lunch while in Brugge. It always got left out. So when it was dinner time we were always starving. We didn't want to wait for real food so our first night we went to a donner kabob. I'm not sure if it was because we were so hungry but it was so good we just about finished it all.

I was told later that you go to Brugge for the Chocolate, beer and food. We did go out to a nice resturant the next night but I guess we went to the wrong place but we liked the donner kabob the best