Sunday, May 31, 2009
Laylah did such a great job- I can't wait for the end of year recital in a couple weeks. The only thing she's not so great at is smiling. She just won't do it! Don't ask me why.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Anyway, on Tuesday, Jonah had another eye appointment. If you remember, his last one went really well, and he hasn't had to wear his patch for the last 4 weeks. When we went back on Tuesday, we were pretty certain we were going to have to continue using the patch. Well, the doctor came in and checked him out and did whatever he does and then turned to me with a big smile. He told me that he was so impressed with Jonah's improvement and also surprised at how far he has come. He said his bad eye was the same as his good eye now, and because it hadn't reverted in the past 4 weeks, that it most likely wouldn't (there is about a 20% chance it will, in which case, we will start patching again). I was shocked. When we first saw the eye doctor, they told me we would have to patch for at LEAST a year. It has been 6 months, and now his eyesight in both eyes is 20/40. The doctor said it was pretty amazing. I was so happy. Immediately, the things that came to my mind were people telling me they would pray for Jonah, and also my mom telling me she would and had put his name on the temple rolls several times. It is a small little miracle to me, and I'm glad I have these little things in my life to help my testimony grow. I'm so grateful for faith and prayer. And I am so grateful for people who pray on my families' behalf. Thank you.
Later that day, Laylah had her post-op appointment with the ENT to make sure she was healing okay and that her everything was looking good in her throat, etc. When the doctor examined her, he kind of had a surprised look on his face, and then he asked her to say a few different words. She repeated the words and then he turned to me and told me that she has healed so extremely well, and that he has rarely seen someone this soon after surgury be able to speak so clearly (for about a week after surgury Laylah was talking really funny, like she had something in her mouth all the time. It got pretty annoying, and Andy and I were worried it wouldn't go away... but slowly it did!) He said a lot of people need speech therapy after a tonsillectomy, but that she was doing great. He said she looked awesome and that she should have no other problems whatsoever. I am so grateful for this because after she got her tonsils out, I heard a bunch of horror stories from people who knew someone that had all these major problems after their tonsillectomy. I'm glad I was naive and didn't know all of this before the surgury, or I probably wouldn't have gone through with it.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
We got there Friday afternoon (after Andy had recieved a speeding ticket on the way down. More bad luck. I think that is like his 13th since I have known him. Grrr, it drives me crazy) and they had planned a bonfire to roast our dinner. We had so much fun chatting and catching up with everyone (all of Andy's aunts, uncles, and cousins live out of state, so it had been a few years since we'd seen all of them) My kids were in heaven with the tons of kids running around. We did have a little scare for about 5 minutes (which felt like hours) when Daphne went missing. We had rented this big warehouse at the fairgrounds to have all of our parties at, and there was a playground nearby. All of the little girls from ages 2-14 had gone over to play freeze tag. Laylah came running in after awhile and said that Daphne was missing. One minute she was there and the next she was gone. I jumped right up and told Andy and we ran outside in the rain to search for her. There were a lot of people nearby at other buildings on the fairgrounds, and I just kept picturing someone driving by and snatching her up in their car and driving far away. I had horrible images going through my head. I was terrified. Andy called his dad after a minute, who announced it and everyone jumped up to start looking. All of the sudden Daphne walked out of the restroom. No one had even seen her go in there. It was the biggest relief I have ever felt. Here are a few pics of the first night.
At the bonfireHaving a blast running around the warehouse
Playing basketball in the warehouse
Our family pow-wow
The next morning we had this huge delicious breakfast and we had the town pool rented to go swimming that afternoon for a couple hours. Then the pool called to say the water heater was broken and the water temp was 40 degrees(more bad luck). So the kids had to find some other entertaining activities. They found this old tractor...
And Andy's grandma was nice enough to bring some movies and a TV to set up in the warehouse...And that day was Laylah's birthday, so we ended up going back to our hotel and having a little party for her. Later that night was the big anniversery party. Andy's aunt decorated the church so beautifully and dinner was amazing. It was such a fun party with dancing and everyone was on the floor. Daphne and her Aunt Terra were really ripping it up. One of Andy's cousins that is just a little older than Laylah was teaching her to dance. They were so cute. I think they both had a little crush on the other :)Everyone was giving Andy a hard time about not dressing up(he wore jeans instead of slacks), and he went in the hall and found this tiny tie and jacket and wore it around the rest of the night.
I didn't see Jo for awhile (which is usually the case) and went searching for him. I found him in the nursury playing with toys. I guess he's not into dancing :)
I had to take this picture. We made Jonah sleep in the bathtub because he started coughing Saturday night and it was driving everyone crazy. Andy made him a bed in the tub and we all finally got a few good hours of sleep. We had a great trip.
Laylah was such a lucky girl this year. Her birthday lasted for a week! She took cupcakes to school last Tuesday and her class celebrated that day, her birthday party was Thursday, her actual birthday was Saturday, and her family party was Monday. She said to me "I am SO lucky mom, my birthday was way longer than just one day!"