Just got back from Topeka last night. Great-grandpa Neil Arasmith has been in the hospital for the last 2 weeks for circulation problems and more seriously, pneumonia issues, and was going downhill fast on Friday. So we made the decision to go see him. On Saturday, he had made a miraculous turn around from what we''d been told on Friday! He was on a venilator but by Saturday was breathing on his own. They drew some blood to determine if they could take the venilator off. Although gas levels in his blood were good (they were in the 80''s and according to the nurse and also the doctor later, that''s pretty good), the doctor was not comfortable taking him off the venilator on Saturday...didn''t want to do it too early. A doctor came in after lunch and confirmed the gas levels and stated he was very optimistic at that point and that they''d draw more blood Sunday morning. Mommy (Chris) sat with Grandpa most of the afternoon and early evening so others could take a break. We had a good visit and Grandpa was able to get some needed rest. Well, Sunday morning, they drew more blood and he had good blood gasses again so he was taken off the venilator! It was beautiful to see his face without that big tube in the way. He was in good spirits and was trying his best to communicate with everyone (his voice was not working, but we were told it would take a little bit for that to improve.). He was smiling when we left yesterday afternoon at 4 pm. So here''s to all the wonderful prayers everyone has been sending up!! Grandpa is only 76 years old and we don''t believe he''s ready to say good-bye just yet! Woo!Hoo! Praise be to God!
Grandpa Neil''s spirits were lifted more when Daddy (Eric) smuggled Matthew and Allison in to say hello really quick....kids under 12 were not allowed in the critical care unit. He really lit up when they came in.
We had a good visit and we are hoping the next time we go to Topeka it will be to welcome Grandpa home....Mommy told him he was too onry to get outta the family just yet! Ha! Anyway, thanks for all of the prayers....we will keep everyone updated as we know more.
HAPPY MOTHER''S DAY! It''s a beautiful day here today (although a tad too windy). We have had a quiet day today with a little visiting and a little cleaning up around the yard. The kids and Daddy took Mommy out to lunch today at her favorite restaurant....we all got soooo stuffed! Kara is feeling a bit under the weather so we have tried not to do too much today.
We certainly hope that all is well with everyone and that you have all had a terrific Mother''s Day!
Well we just got back from Topeka late last night. We had gone to Topeka for the State Knights of Columbus convention. Guess who won the honor of being named State Family of the Year??!! Yup, it was us and were we surprised when we found out a few weeks ago! Anyway, we were presented with a plaque/clock Saturday night (April 29) and we had to give a speech. Eric was too sick to talk much so he and Chris took turns reading the speech that we had written together. The kids were real troopers: a lot of what we did required lots of sitting for extremely long periods of time....they were amazing! It was a terribly long weekend, we are all exhausted, but we had a fun time anyway. In addition to the convention, we were able to visit all of our family in town and we enjoyed that, too.
One hiccup: we promised pictures and then with all of the excitement, the camera never made it out of it''s case the entire weekend! Others did get photos, however, so we are hoping that we can get copies sent to us.
Thank you to everyone who believed that we deserved this award. It was brought to my attention that I needed to be more gracious instead of self-degrading....Eric and I discussed it, thinking that he and I probably do that because we are so afraid of getting the "big head" syndrome. So thank you to all, in whatever roles you played in helping us to receive this award (prayers, letter writing, submitting the application, etc.) We are extremely honored and excited for receiving it! God Bless!
Mommy and all three kids went to Kremlin, Oklahoma for Cousin Ema Arasmith''s first birthday party yesterday. It was pretty scary for Mommy as this was the first time she went by herself so far with all three! Whew! A nap was in order when we got home....Anyway, it was so good to see Aunt Amy, Uncle Garrett, and Ema. Allison and Matthew made some new friends (I think Allison''s was of the equine variety...she''s now named every white horse she sees, Spirit!). Grandpa Dave was there, too, so of course the kids had to climb all over him (tired, Grandpa? Ha!). Ema was just too cute opening her gifts: every gift got an excited, "Ooooooo!" out of her. She wasn''t much for eating her cake, but she sure enjoyed demolishing it!
When we got home, Aunt Amy (Myers), Kaden and Ethan had come up for a visit, so we went over there (Grandma and Grandpa''s house) for awhile. Matthew and Allie got to run a lot with Ethan so that was nice after being in the car for 4 hours. Kaden was giggly and loved playing with Aunt Chris''s necklace. Also got to see Aunt Pam and Uncle Kent - they''d come down to say hello to Amy, too. Uncle Jason, Aunt Katie, and Hunter were there, too. Afterwards, Daddy, Allie, and Matthew went to a Superbowl party. Mommy was exhausted so she stayed home with Miss Kara, falling in to bed shortly after Kara did!
Today was a rough day on everyone. Friends of Mommy and Daddy lost their little boy, born too early, and his funeral was today. Mommy sang in the funeral and Daddy was a Eucharistic Minister. We were not prepared for the raw emotions that came roaring back.....Justin''s birth, death, and funeral became all too vivid again. Thankfully, God held Mommy''s hand throughout the Mass and helped Mommy to sing without no mess ups or crying (until the very end....then we all broke down). We truly pray in our hearts for healing for little John''s parents and family. We know from experience that the hurt will never go away, but that one day, they will laugh again and they will find joy again. We love you guys.
My goodness! Will the sickness ever go away?! Kara is healing, although her cough is still pretty scary for such a young baby. She sees the doctor again tomorrow afternoon. Earlier this week, Matthew came down sick with a high fever (105!)....Daddy had a 103 fever, too so they both stayed home on Tuesday. Allison started running a fever yesterday afternoon. So far, Mommy is the only one who has escaped this. It is feared that Mommy''s turn is just around the corner!
Stay healthy everyone! This weird Kansas weather is wrecking havoc on colds and flu bouts, so be careful! Love to you all...
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MATTHEW! Enjoy the monster trucks today, Buddy! Don''t know who is going to have a better time: you, your friends, your daddy or your uncle! Cannot believe that you are 7 years old already. Looking back at your baby pictures brings tears to your mommy''s eyes realizing how fast your have grown. Your mommy and daddy are so proud of everything you are accomplishing right now! Love you, little man!
Finally! Time to give an update! Kara went to the ER on Jan. 7 coughing and wheezing. After 4 hrs in the ER, they diagnosed her with RSV. But, she was showing no signs of distress, so they sent her home. By Mon. morning, her oxygen levels were getting dangerously low, so she was admitted to the hospital. Tues. evening, the 10th, she was sent home. She has been doing better, but she is coughing a lot and is having trouble sleeping. A nurse co-worker of mine told me it could have to do with the amount of albuterol that she is taking in during the day. Next week, we should see an improvment with her sleeping issues as we will be decreasing her dosage. Dr. said this morning that she is no longer contagious so we are able to allow other children close to her again. Still won''t stop Mommy from cleaning the house from top to bottom tomorrow! Ha! We''ve already started washing bedding! A big thank you, once again to Grandma and Grandpa Bachman, Grandma Bev, mommy''s co-worker, Gina, and to our friend, Nikki.....you guys saved our sanity and we are so glad that you were able to help us out!
Matthew is back to school in the midst of all of this and bless his heart, is hanging in there with his scatter-brained parents. He has begun studying spelling and is amazing! Mommy sat with her mouth hanging open the other day as Matthew and Daddy reviewed spelling words, and Matthew was missing very, very few.
Allison is learning the hard lesson of boundries. She is discovering how far over she can cross the line and is beginning to understand right from wrong. Mommy has been very proud of her and her manners lately: she is remembering her please''s and thank you''s. She is now singing her ABC''s with gusto and has even suprised us with her counting skills. Our little girl is becoming a little lady and it''s just too cute!
Just found out last night that little Ema and her mommy and daddy will be coming to Oklahoma in February...a nice central location....for all of us to come down for her big one year birthday party! Can''t wait to see them! Ema''s daddy says she''s walking now and that she is drawn to other kids (little Miss Social!). It just seems like last week that she was born.....how time flies.
Well, Christmas visiting is over and boy are we bushed! The weekend of the 17th, we took our big trip to Topeka and Lawrance to visit Mommy''s side of the family for Christmas. Despite the major snow storm, we got to see everyone (except Uncle Will) and we had an excellent time. Kara did well on her first big trip (Mommy was pretty nervous about it)....only a few meltdowns but it turned out she was just too hot and quite a bit tired. Matthew and Allison had a great time and kept everyone busy with their stories, rough-housing, and laughter.
When we got home, it was discovered that a wreck had occurred on our corner (no one was hurt). A truck had hit a minivan and shoved the van into our beautiful limestone wall that Eric had so painstakingly made when we first moved in here. It is pretty banged up (only a part of it can be salvaged). Eric was pretty ticked off about it, but in reality, the wall kept the van from heading to our house......Eric said that would have been better: we would have gotten the new front porch we wanted then! Ha!
Christmas weekend was spent at home (for the most part). The Myers family came up from Texas and we tried to spend as much time together as we could. Christmas Eve morning was spent travelling the 45 minutes north to Grandma Haselhorst''s and later, to Aunt Pam and Uncle Kent''s. Matthew had to sing in the children''s choir at Christmas Mass in the evening...Mommy had to play in the bell choir. It was really beautiful. Christmas day was spent at home as is our tradition now, with the kids. They really enjoyed opening their gifts and seeing what Santa had left them. We a great time visiting with who we could.
Kaden (our nephew) has a birthday coming on the 29th, so we celebrated a bit for him on Christmas Eve. He got to open his birthday gifts before anyone could touch their Christmas presents and he looked just too cute....''course he was more interested in crawling as fast as he could to the stairs.....laughing all the way!
Mommy went back to work on the 19th....grrrr. But, in a way, it feels good to be back. Lots of changes occurring at the office; for the better, I might add. Things are going to be crazy there for awhile, but Mommy doesn''t mind, believe me.
OH! And BIG milestone for Kara! She is holding her head up VERY well now (shocking everyone around her considering she will only be 8 weeks old tomorrow)! We are so proud of her....we are also blessed with coos and big grins now. I can''t believe how fast they grow! It''s been established that she is a night owl, just like Daddy, and it''s nearly impossible to get her to bed at a decent time, no matter how early we start trying. Thanks, Daddy! Ha!
We are looking to have a quiet New Year''s Eve and hope that all of you have a good one, too!