Monday, November 27, 2017

Doggy Heaven

A few pics from our dog sitters over the past few days. The dogs loved visiting their cabin and had a fabulous time - don't they look like they're in their element?!? :)

Happy cat

Our dog sitters took the dogs to their cabin for the last few days - which meant Minion had the house all to himself, and all to us. He was a purring machine, lounging all over me morning and night yesterday, happy as ever. :)

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

This past Tuesday we drove down to LA to celebrate Thanksgiving week with Jon's family.  We had a great (but very hot) day, hanging out with the cousins at Universal Studios on Tuesday. Super fun!! 👍🏼❤️❤️  

The rest of the visit included tons of video gaming by the kids (they pretty much stayed in Luke's room the entire visit!) and lots of good conversation amongst the adults.  We ate loads of food and enjoyed a wonderful movie, Coco, on Friday too!

We drove back yesterday - caught some gnarly traffic that delayed us by an hour (and caused for a pretty long day), but we made it back home safe and sound.  :) 

Today has been a nice ending to our week-long holiday, since it's been raining most of the day here at home which has given us even more of a reason to lounge around and be lazy all day before returning to work/school tomorrow! :)

The Boys' First Concert!

After our hectic day at the hospital last Monday and Tuesday, what did we do? Why a concert of course!

There is an organization similar to Make-A-Wish, called Do It For The Love. They grant kids with life threatening illnesses, their choice of any music concert. I reached out to them earlier in the year to see what we could do and they were happy to support us! Callum asked to see either The Black Keys or Fall Out Boy. The Black Keys, unfortunately, aren’t touring right now - but FOB is and were scheduled to be in the Bay Area in November. Yay!!

So, we waited and waited and finally got word a couple of weeks ago that they managed to get us tickets for the show on Tuesday Nov 14th.  Because the concert was in Oakland and late at night, we decided to get a hotel room for the night and just have a lazy day sleeping in and hanging out the following day (skipping school). I let both boys’ teachers know the week before what we had planned in case there was any school work we needed to make up (there wasn’t - yay!). Everything was set and the boys were excited.

Then, Jon got sick on Monday and admitted to the hospital. :(  We talked about what we should do - he thought I should still take the boys to the concert since they had been looking forward to it, but definitely didn’t want to go himself. The boys and I were pretty bummed - we were not only excited to see Fall Out Boy, but we had all been looking forward to it as a family outing/event. So, going without Jon seemed a little weird. And, because he had JUST been discharged that day, I wasn’t sure I wanted to spend the night in Oakland anymore - if he had another flare up in the middle of the night, I wouldn’t be home to help. :/

So, I took the boys to the concert, but we decided we’d come back home - late - after it was over. The boys were a little disappointed about not getting to stay in the hotel overnight (that’s always fun to them), but by the time the concert was winding down, they didn’t care and really just wanted to go home themselves, so it worked out. :)

We arrived a little after 7pm (when the concert began). The boys were nervous they were missing some of the action but I explained it would be fine since there is usually 1-2 other bands that will open before FOB actually comes on stage. So we took our time, grabbed some drinks and made a quick bathroom break and hung out in the lounge while the first band (Jaden Smith) played.

Between sets, we headed into the arena to find our seats. We had great seats!! Close enough to see everything but not right up next to the stage where people had to crane their necks to see anything. The boys don’t realize how lucky we were. :)

When the second act started (Blackbear) the boys both turned to me with faces of WTF?? It was (another) hip hop band and neither of them were at all impressed. Ha!! They both screamed out to me “Is this Fall Out Boy?!?” And I had to scream back, nope, they will be on AFTER these guys. *groan*

It was funny watching their reactions. Logan wasn’t moved and just sat watching the stage, the tv screens, and people around us. The girls behind and in front of us were all screaming wildly and excitedly (as you do), which surprised the kids. When the girls in front jumped to their feet to start dancing, Callum got quite annoyed and yelled “Sit down!!” several times. :) I had to explain to him that people will stand up and dance at these concerts and it was ok to do.

Once Blackbear was FINALLY done, we headed out with the masses to grab a bite to eat and wait for the main event. It was 9pm when Fall Out Boy finally appeared on stage (a magnificent opening act complete with an entrance from under the middle of the stage and pyrotechnics blasting everywhere). And the boys were both on their feet with huge smiles on their faces. :) They recognized the songs immediately and - Callum especially - could not keep still.

Logan finally did tire of it all and didn’t seem as impressed in the end. I’m not sure if it was all too overwhelming, he was too tired, or it was simply not his cup of tea. But he sat down about 20-30 minutes into the show and didn’t seem to enjoy it as much, unfortunately.

Callum, on the other hand, was the entertainment of the night!  Everyone around us was watching him just as much as the stage. :) He was going wild, dancing and jumping and enjoying every millisecond of the booming sounds from the stage. He was totally in his element and, I suspect, will want to attend more concerts in the future. :)

By about 10pm though, he crumpled in his seat too. It was late and he was worn out - and was dozing off to sleep!! (Still midway through an extremely loud rock concert let me tell you) so I knew it was time to call it a night. I leaned over asking both boys each, if they wanted to stay or go home - and each of them asked to go home. We packed up and headed out. FOB continued for another half hour I think - so we missed the end but I’m glad we caught a good hour of their set. :)

The boys were a bit hyped on the walk out to the car and the first half of our (long) drive home, but finally both did pass out. We got home around 11pm - Jon was already asleep himself (but I had been texting him all night, giving him updates at the concert). I carried both boys in and tucked them into bed, and then hit the hay soon after myself!

The next day, both slept in and we had a pretty lazy morning staying in as a family. Since Jon was home too, it ended up being a great day for us all, and the boys got a lot of time hanging with their dad, watching movies and playing video games all day long, lucky dogs. :)

A collection of pics from the concert, below:

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Baby Aidan

Had my own personal heater at our family dinner tonight. My little nephew is the cutest! 😍😍

Friday, November 17, 2017

Another ER Visit

I'm pretty sure I can drive to the ER with my eyes closed by now. ;-)

Early Monday morning (~3am), Jon woke to severe abdominal pains. He tried a few things, hoping they'd go away, but by about 6:30am, we were calling the urgent care. They said to get to the ER. :(

So, I saw Logan off at his bus stop, packed up Callum's things, and the three of us loaded up in the car and headed to the ER. I told Jon the silver lining was Callum was so used to the hospital and ER, he wasn't upset or nervous about his Dad at all, but instead just took it all in stride, talking about how he's been to this ER many times before and settled into the room chair with his legs crossed and iPad blaring. It actually took the edge off to know he was quite content (since, had it been Logan with us, I would've had two quite anxious and nervous patients to deal with!).

After we spoke to the attending, and she guessed we'd probably be there for 3-4 hours, I then arranged to have the mom of one of Callum's friends, who works around the corner from the hospital, to come get him and take him to school for me. Thank goodness for such a supportive and available network of friends we have!!

Jon had blood work and an ultra sound done, and a handful of specialists came to visit. The drs ruled out bad stuff like appendicitis, pancreatitis and an infection. What they suspected was a stomach ulcer - and began treating him for one. They also decided to admit him for the night to get his (horrible) pain under control.

12 hours after we arrived, he was finally settling into his room for the night, so I headed home myself (my Dad had picked up the kids from school and they were all hanging out at home, waiting for me to get home myself). I know Jon was exhausted from such a long day (and night), but I ended up feeling pretty pooped myself! While a lot of the hospital seems like a second home to me, there are still elements of it that really put me on edge and tire me out, no matter how many times we've been.

Luckily, Jon improved dramatically over night (yay!!). So, he was discharged on Tuesday, with strict instruction to religiously keep up with his med schedule (mostly antacids), and try to rest as much as possible. He stayed in bed most of the day Tuesday and lounged around, for the most part, on Wednesday too. He returned to work on Thursday but took it easy and came home early (so glad he did) and then had a more "regular", but still somewhat mellow, day at work today.

His stomach is still restless but he's not in the excruciating pain he was in before. We have a follow up appointment set next week to see his GI doctor, so we can put together a more long term plan. In the meantime, still just trying to take it as easy as possible, continue with the meds, and eat as mild and bland food as possible!! That said, with Thanksgiving in a few days, I have a feeling I'm going to have to be the witchy wife and constantly remind him not to eat all the yummy fatty creamy foods that he'll want to snack on. Wish us luck!!

What an artist!

At the cookie exchange party, I scored this gorgeous ceramic "color me" ornament! I brought it home and asked Logan to make it beautiful for me.... I think he not only met my demand, but surpassed it! :)