Monday, September 4, 2017

Today I'm Thankful.

It's been a rough time blogwise for me-- Callahan almost drowned on a family trip to Utah and I just haven't been able to blog about it- I've started to- several times- but just couldn't do it.  I've decided to- and for that I'm thankful- thankful for my boy- and that I am finally doing this so that I can  get back to documenting our lives- because it's a great time and I love it.  Two years ago almost exactly-we were visiting Saint George- we had had a day.  Like one of those nightmare traveling stories you always hear about and hope never happens to you- after hours and hours of traveling alone with the kids-with everything going wrong that possibly could- we got to grammy's house. As always, it was a party of fun family chaos. The girls were already in their suits and swimming before I had hugged everyone hello. Callan got changed and headed to the kitchen as I went to grab a swim diaper for Cavanaugh  and put my bags in the casita. I came right back and asked where Callahan was- no one knew- I did a quick scan of the rooms around me- glanced outside at the family filled deck and after a quick headcount didn't see him- I turned to search the house- but after doing a full 360-  felt like I needed to check the pool area again.  I walked out on the deck searching for Callan- nothing. I started checking the pool that was filled with cousins and aunts and uncles-- everything went into slow motion when I saw him- he was under water- but kind of floating with his hands limply above him- I was obviously screaming for someone to save him while running to get to him as fast as I could- as I was jumping into the water I heard an adult say "no! That's Abie" (this explains why no one saved him- they thought it was Abie swimming- she loves being a mermaid) when I pulled him out he was limp.  As I got to the side Brandi helped me get him up on the deck and he was conscious-eyes open- with labored breathing- and unresponsive-- almost like he was in shock.  I carried  him into the casita asking him to look at me and answer me and set him on the counter- he could sit up and made eye contact- but still wasn't talking. Brandi came in with her stephescope and listened to his lungs while I got jason on the phone. Callahan's breathing became calmer and he said "I'm ok mommy- but I drowned." in a quiet little voice while I was talking to Jason.  After a sleepless night of me watching him and crying my eyes out in thankful prayers- he woke up fine the next morning and wasn't at all scared to jump back in the pool- though he later told me about calling for me and watching the bubbles float up to the surface and feeling worried that he couldn't breathe.  I'm so thankful for a close call and not a tradegy.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Kaleidoscope!


We went to kaleidoscope-- Grammy and Ellie were partners
Papa Rich and Callan were partners 

Ems and I were art partners
As were Cavan and I 😜
Artwork




Best friends 
And just like that the trip was over- it was so fun- and so hot--but-- so so fast! We can't wait for next time- and thank you so so much for this amazing break

Sunday, August 2, 2015

More Branson fun


We stopped at the most amazing Bass Pro shop- Callahan slept through a lot of it. 
It is so cool! 
There was a chocolate fountain and cavan could not have been more delighted
Just so many yummy places!! 

More Branson fun!


I love seeing Jason with our kids-- whenever we get away it feels so good to just be us without outside worries. 
Our view from the balcony of the condo-- it was gorgeous! 
walking Main Street
It was hot blisteringly hot-
These manly men are the best! 

We are awesome at trolley selfies-
Awesome
Callan and Elles were delighted that we were on a trolley like Daniel tiger.

We love these two so much
This is a store in Branson- it was breathtaking-- literally. 

I haven't laughed that hard in a long time.


These two-- when one is looking-- the other isn't- ha!

The girls made a play house out of stuff at the table-- it was so cute. The salt is the mommy cooking and the pepper is the dad at the bed. 



The amazing pet show was fun-- but far from amazing...😳