Thursday, November 20, 2008

Our Disney Trip to the ER

Emily holds the distinction of being our first child to make an emergency room trip, and our only child (so far ) to make an emergency room trip.

Her first trip was when she was 9 months old. We were in Utah for a wedding and had to take her to the emergency room in Provo where she was diagnosed with a collapsed lung.

This time she decided to end our Disneyland trip with a bang - literally. The last day we were there, we were waiting for the tram so we could go out and eat dinner, and Emily decided to sit on the metal railing. I told her to get down, and all I got was attitude and a "Why?" I told her she was going to fall and she was not behind the yellow line. So she scooted down the fence a bit so she was behind the line. I got distracted chasing Benjamin, and a few seconds later I hear my mom say, "Lisa, I think Emily really hurt herself." I turned around and there she was with her hand to her face and blood running through her fingers and down her arm. Apparently she did a face dive off the railing. My first thought was that I didn't have a tissue, blanket or anything to hold against her wound to stop the bleeding. (okay, if I am honest, that might have been my second thought. My first thought probably was something along the line of "you've got to be kidding, I just told that kid to get down 30 seconds ago, and now she's hurt?! Why couldn't she just mind?) My mom suggested that we take her down to the Disney Store in Downtown Disney and that maybe they would have something we could use, so we took the kids down there. In retrospect, it was kind of weird that no one around us said anything or tried to help us or even acknowledged anything happened. We were standing with a group of people leaving the park, and I can't imagine that nobody saw anything. Strange. Anyway, we took Emily to the Disney Store and asked the first employee we saw for help. She got on her radio and called for a nurse, got us tissue to hold on the wound and had Emily sit down and talked to her - I assume to keep her conscious. Other employees locked the door behind us and made an employee "wall" between us and any customers that were walking by. They asked Emily's size and brought her clothes so that she could change out of her blood stained outfit at some point. When the nurse got there, she cleaned her up and we discovered that she had cut open her eye brow. It had clotted, and the nurse didn't want to disturb the clot and try and clean it out because she didn't know how deep or dirty it was, so they sent us to the ER at the children's hospital. She said that with it right there at the eye, she could guarantee infection if we didn't get it cleaned up and treated right, and that it might affect the eye. She also thought we might need a plastic surgeon. Well, there went our last night at Disneyland. Benjamin, who we had just discovered was tall enough for the Matterhorn and had promised him a ride when we went back in, was sorely disappointed. But they were all very concerned for their sister's "broken" head and were very glad it wasn't them. I tried to take a picture of Emily's gaping wound on the way to the car, but she started getting upset, so I put my camera away.

You'll just have to picture this lovely princess (this is what she was wearing) with blood on her outfit, matted in her hair and all over the left side of her face. It was funny, though, because at the hospital all Emily was worried about was that they were going to mess up her hair (she had it done at the Princess Fair). She didn't want to lay down on the bed or anything until they assured her that they were going to do everything in their power not to mess her hair.

We were treated very well at the hospital. I didn't have any insurance information with me, and Alan didn't have the information at home (actually, I think he was asleep when I talked to him, because the next day when I called him he asked "Now which kid got hurt again?" If he had called me and told me he was on the way to the ER with any of the kids, I would have instantly been awake. Is this a man vs woman thing?), but they said not to worry about it. They actually let me leave the hospital with nothing more than my name and address. They didn't even ask for a credit card. She was treated fairly quickly. I guess being covered in blood must push you to the top of the triage (it had started bleeding again on the way to the hospital). Long story shorter, they fed her, entertained her, numbed her, cleaned the wound and stitched her up. Her wound was a centimeter deep and an inch long. She was embarrassed that she hadn't minded me and that she had gotten hurt like I told her, so she made me tell everyone how it happened.

This is how she looked the next day. We kept her stitches covered with a band-aid, and you can't really tell, but she had a black eye.
We made it home to Oregon without incident, and here are Emily's stitches and eye a few days later. I took the picture while Grandma touched up her hair. Together they made that princess hair last over a week.

Emily was very blessed. She had to miss PE, recess and gymnastics for a week and a half, but other wise she hasn't suffered much. She got her stitches out and the wound is healing nicely. She has a scar, but it is in her eyebrow, and you don't notice it unless you know it is there.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Benjamin really likes broccoli, so when we bought some at the grocery store, he couldn't wait to eat it. He wanted me to make it when we got home, but I told him it was for dinner and went to do some things around the house. Imagine my surprise when I came back in the kitchen and saw him holding the broccoli examining it.

I knew what was coming next, so I grabbed the camera.
He wasn't that impressed with the taste, so he decided to wait for dinner after all! LOL

Sunday, November 9, 2008

It made me smile...

I had to go to three wards yesterday, and my children attended two of them with me. Grandpa was nice enough to take the kids home with him after our ward so they didn't have to go sit through another sacrament meeting. He took them home, fed them lunch, changed their clothes and babysat them until I got home later. I really really appreciated it a lot. However, I did get a good laugh at my son when I saw him. Emily and Grandpa dressed him in a joint effort.
Notice the turtleneck with the shorts.
The shirt was on backwards...

and he had no socks.
Nothing major, and he was perfectly happy, but it put a smile on my face. It is good to know that they need me!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Lost Tooth

One notable event that happened in October was that Elisabeth lost her first tooth. She literally lost it too. She bit into a cheerio, put her hand in her mouth to retrieve the lost tooth, held it up and then dropped it on the floor. We never have found it. Leilani looked diligently when she swept the floor that night, and we looked after she dropped the tooth, but it was nowhere to be found. But, my little girl has been so excited about losing her first tooth, that she never has mentioned that the tooth fairy didn't ever come (some people in my family think the fairy should have come anyway, but she didn't. Why would she leave money if there was no tooth?!)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008



A few days before Halloween we carved our pumpkins.
Leilani did her own pumpkin for the first time. Actually, she did Elisabeth's too. I just outlined the pattern on it for her.
Emily cleaned out her pumpkin...
but Aunt Kim did the actual carving. She quit, though, and says she will never do it again unless I buy appropriate carving tools!
They sure turned out cute. In case you can't tell, we had Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and Ariel.
I actually did not help carve pumpkins at all. I babysat the little kids in the other room and played with my camera.

Halloween Day:

Benjamin and I went to school to watch the costume parade.

Then we checked out the party in the 3rd grade.

The fifth graders were having mummy wrapping contests.

Trick Or Treat -

After school we went trick-or-treating at Toys-R-Us. They got glow necklaces and other treats. Geoffery the giraffe was there to meet people.
Grandpa took the kids trick-or treating with their cousins.
We had Sleeping Beauty...


and Mr. Incredible!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Family Pumpkin Patch Gathering

Every year my family members who live in town get together and go to the pumpkin patch at Thistledown farm. (Kim and Kelly wouldn't stand up, but they are sitting on the wagon behind everyone else)
We ride the wagon out to the pumpkin patch and everyone gets to pick out pumpkins.

My dad helped me carry my kids' pumpkins since Alan wasn't here this year. Actually, he had to carry mine too, since I could barely lift it! :)
Luckily there were carts to carry the pumpkins once we got back from the field.
The kids enjoyed the free hay maze. Apparently Grandpa thought the sign didn't apply to photo ops.
They also had a fun corn maze that we played in.

The kids (and a few adults) enjoyed hiding and jumping out to scare people as they walked by.
We look forward to our annual night out every year. We always have a really good time.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

An Afternoon At Lone Pine

Kim and I decided to take our families to Lone Pine farm for Halloween pictures and play time. It was windy, but sunny and nice. The kids had a great time.

My little pumpkins.

My three little witches.
The apples of our eyes

Travis wanted to be up and looking around with everybody else.
They had a lot of fun on the playground...

at least my kids did. Kim was a bit paranoid about everything Hailey tried to climb or do, as she is convinced the child is doomed to accidents :) (Luv ya, sis!)
Emily made a friend on the playground.
It wasn't much of a pumpkin patch, but the picture props were great!

Leilani wanted to stop for a little snack.
Benjamin was VERY excited to play on the tractor. He couldn't wait for his sisters to leave so he could play on it all by himself!

They also had a good time feeding the goats. Aunt Kim was nice enough to buy food for the kids to feed the goats, and they had a lot of fun.

It was a good day.