Saturday, July 26, 2014

Justin (Part 2)

If you have not read part one, you can go back and read it here.
(Remember Justin just fell 75 feet. Let me say that again, he fell 75 feet!)

As I hit the ground I remember being limp and tried to "tuck and roll".  I hit feet first and went forward onto my face.  I don't remember hearing or feeling anything break.  I didn't lose consciousness either.  The wind was knocked right out of me.  As I laid there face first in the snow it was all I could do to get my breath back.  Once I was breathing again I tried to roll myself over and couldn't do it.  I heard someone ski over to me and they asked if I was ok.  I told them I thought I blew out my knee and needed them to help roll me over so I could get my face out of the snow.  They were about to help me when I heard my brother in law yell out "don't touch him".
   When my brother in law got to me he gave me a quick assessment and kept talking to me until the ski patrol got there.  They put a back board on me and rolled me over and that is when I knew I was hurt a lot worse than I had thought.  They began to cut my clothing off to get a better look at my injuries.  First my boots an on up to my sister's jacket liner, I told you that would be important.  I wanted to just take it off, but when your hurt and being worked on by EMS nothing gets taken off, it gets cut off.  I was trying to pay attention to what they were saying about my injuries.  I was flat on my back and my head strapped down so I couldn't move it.  When they were looking at my left ankle I asked, "How bad is it?"  My brother in law answered with, "Ummm n o t too b a d".  Now I knew I was in bad shape.
 Then they loaded me onto a sled of sorts and quickly slid me down the mountain.  Here I met an ambulance which drove me about 100 yards to a helicopter.  All this time I was in some pain but nothing that should have been appropriate.  Adrenalin is a wonderful thing.  Not long after we were in the air I remember the flight medic asking me about pain and giving me morphine.
   When I arrived at the nearest hospital the prodding and probing began.  I can't remember how many x-rays or how many times I was poked in places we won't discuss.  Finally a doctor came over to me and said, " We can't fix you here, we have to send you to a learning hospital".
   I replied, "I don't want to go where they have to learn how to fix me, send me where they already know what to do".
   "You are going to need that sense of humor" he said. " Do you prefer UNM or Arizona?"
   I said, "UNM" and the splinting commenced.
   Mean while my brother in law, sister, and Corey had made it to the hospital.  The doctor let them know what was happening and the phones calls started going out.
   When they had finished splinting and padding me they began to load me onto another helicopter to take me to UNM Hospital.  As they were rolling me to the helicopter I told one of the medics, "I need to write my sister a fat check".
   He heard this and turned to my sister and said, "He said something about his sister a fat chick".
   Not Cool!
   They attempted to load me in the helicopter and kept ramming my splinted feet and ankles into to bubble of the helicopter.  They did this several times.  Much to the displeasure of my onlooking family and friend not to mention the pain.  I simply would not fit.  So they made arrangements to have me flown out on a fixed wing aircraft. So one more ambulance ride and off I went to UNM Hospital.
   After landing in New Mexico yet another ambulance ride to UNM Hospital where it seemed 

like the assessments, x-rays, and prodding started all over again.

   Finally after 12 hours on a backboard, ouch, I was put in a bed and told the extent of my injuries.  Let's start at the bottom.  Left ankle broken requiring hardware to fix it, left tibia and fibula also requiring hardware to fix it, right heel crushed, 6 pelvic fractures causing internal bleeding, 2 spinal fractures at L5 and T6, a laceration below my chin caused by my watch, and small laceration in between my eyes.
   I spent 9 days in the trauma ward of UNM Hospital while undergoing multiple surgeries and nearly needing a blood transfusion. It was here that I was told I might not walk again and my recovery would be largely left up to me.  Then 2 days in the orthopedic ward.
   I can not even begin to describe how well I was treated at UNMH.  The nurses and doctors were great.  I was always treated with care and compassion.  In fact to this day whenever I have business at UNMH I make it a point to thank the people who work there, even if they had nothing to do with my ordeal.
   I was then moved to a rehabilitation center where I learned how to live life in a wheelchair, and that physical therapists are well intended torturers.  I spent 2 weeks here.  I had done some difficult things in my life, but this was the toughest most challenging task I had ever been asked to complete.  It was not only physically difficult but mentally and emotionally difficult as well.
   The next year of my life would become the most challenging yet.

Zucchini Afredo

I found the original recipe here. I made a few changes to it to make it taste even better, in our opinion.
The kids love it too! I make this about once a week when the zucchini is in full swing.

1 package fettichini noodles
 3 tablespoons coconut oil
 3 cloves garlic, minced

1 small onion
 4 cups shredded zucchini 
 1/2 cup milk 
 4 ounces cream cheese, cubed 
 Sprinkle  of basil 
 salt and pepper to taste
Cayenne pepper 5 shakes plus or minus of the small bottle (I'm so precise ;) ) 
 Grated Parmesan cheese 
Bring a large pot of  water to a boil. Add noodles and cook until done. 
Heat the coconut oil in a pan over medium heat. Sauté onion and garlic. Add the zucchini, and cook until most of the liquid is gone. Add milk and cream cheese. Mix until the cream cheese is melted.  Add the basil, cayenne, salt and pepper, and parmesan cheese. Serve over the cooked pasta.

I've  used gluten free noodles and it is still good.
Also I think the sauce is so good I like to double it.
 I didn't try it last year, but I think it would be good over spaghetti squash rather than regular noodles.  Another thing I want to try this year is adding red bell peppers. 
If the sauce feels too dry I just add a little more milk.

Summer Update!

We have been keeping busy this summer taking care of the garden, flowers and lots of outside playtime. Justin has been working out of town off an on this month, so it was a tiring busy month. 

Food from the garden! Zucchini Alfredo (the zucchini is from the garden) beans, carrots, and salad all from the garden. It's was our first meal full of food from the garden! 

Flowers from our yard.

Josiah is getting so big! He has his very first loose tooth! He has been helping pull weeds in the garden and playing a lot with Jameson. He loves pulling Jameson around in a wagon, pushing him on the swing and helping him go down the slide. It's so sweet. He also loves drawing and playing with
his Legos. He has created some pretty impressive things. We have also been doing school work at least twice a week this summer.

He loves pushing Jameson around the yard.

Such a sweet big brother.

A picture Josiah drew of the job site Justin is working on. We went to visit them one day, and when we got home he sat down and started drawing what he remembered from the job site.  He sure misses his dad when he's gone.

Jada is going crazy over all the bugs! She has a huge collection. She spends a good part of the day finding them. She is our early bird, so if I let her, she would be outside searching for bugs at 5:30 am. 
She has been trying to catch lizards all summer long, but they have alluded her thus far. Also the two we had living in our yard, the cat caught and killed. I have no doubt she will be able to find another one and eventually catch it. 

I love this picture of Jada.

They love being together! They have grasshoppers in their hands.

Juliet, easygoing Juliet. She has a very relaxed personality. She still loves to cuddle and watch everything that is happening. She is Jada's little sidekick. They are always together, and don't often fight. I really think it has to do with their personalities. (However, Jameson is her nemesis.) She helps Jada catch all sorts of bugs, I think her favorite is the moth. She likes to hold on to the moth and touch people with it and say, " Tickle, tickle" at which point the little legs of the moth flail about tickling the person. It's hysterical. Not for the moth though. 

At the hotel.

It was early one morning when Jada asked me if I could come take a picture of them. If you notice they have the baby doll buckled in too.

Jameson has so much energy! I can not take my eyes off him for a second. Keeping him out of mischief is literally a full time job. He is just so curious about everything, and oh boy can he climb. I use to put things I didn't want him to get on top of the refrigerator, but he has found out how to reach the top of the refrigerator. He is our most active child. I am so glad it's summer time so he can have lots of outside time. Already he is such a big helper. If he sees I might need something he goes and gets it for me. For example, if I grab the broom to start sweeping he is all over the dust pan. It's actually really neat to see the kind of initiative he takes at this young of age. 
Happy, mischievous boy.

In other big news, we thought were were done getting pregnant. We were mistaken. We knew we were going to have more kids via adoption which we are still planning on doing, but we didn't know we were going to have anymore the traditional way. We are very excited for this new little one. I will be 11 weeks on Tuesday. Josiah likes listening to the baby's heartbeat on the doppler. It was one of the first things he ask me about when he found out we were having another baby.  Jada is gitty with excitement. I almost hope the baby is a girl just for her. She is always touching my belly, talking to the baby, and asking about the baby. She really wants the baby to be a little girl. Juliet also thinks the baby is going to be a girl, but I think only because Jada thinks that. This one will be the tie breaker. Both girls think the baby is a girl and the boys think the baby is a boy. We shall see. 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Josiah VS The Dinosaurs

We kicked off the summer with Josiah's 6th birthday. It's hard to believe he is already 6 years old. He wanted us to do another construction site theme again this year, which wasn't too hard to put together since we had most the supplies from last year. He ended up choosing tacos for his birthday dinner, and a strawberry flavored cake. He had a great day!
A few weekends ago Josiah went to stay with his Auntie, Uncle, and cousins. They took him to see an exhibit called, Discover the Dinosaurs. This was his first time that far away from home, and he had a wonderful time. I think he got thoroughly spoiled. ;)   


Monday, June 9, 2014

Christian Light Education Update

This school year went well. I learned a few things about how Josiah learns, and I know Josiah learned a lot! We are still working on first grade. I didn't want to push him too hard this year, so we ended up doing half lessons for LTR. We are going to keep schooling through the summer. We will take Fridays off for sure. If it seems like he needs a break then we will still be able to take one. I think, at this point, schooling through the summer is the best way for us to go. I still really like Christian Light for the core subjects, Reading, LA, and Math.  Josiah loves completing each Light Unit and being able to start fresh with a new one. This year for History and Science I have been reading a lot of books in those areas to the kids. We ended up not doing anything formal. I will start Apologia science in the fall. Josiah loves, loves, loves listening to me read. so I'm thinking for history doing a Charlotte Mason approach for him.  One thing I have learned about Josiah is that he has to have absolute silence in order to concentrate. So he now does his school work in my room at my desk, while Jada and Juliet play in their room.

Jada will occasionally work on Christian Light's KII curriculum. I let her work on it whenever she asks. She is still young so I'm not worried about her completing it in a certain time frame. We still do circle time, usually not everyday though. I am still loving being able to spend this time with the kids. 

Read my original review of Christian Light Education here.

Family Fun

This last weekend we took a trip to Durango. The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad was doing a Dinosaur Train theme this year.  So we loaded up the kids and took a little trip. First stop was the Four Corners Monument. We had each child stand in a state. Josiah stood in Utah, Jada stood In Colorado, Juliet stood in Arizona and Jameson stood in New Mexico!
Next we headed to Durango. Durango is very beautiful. Lots and lots of green! It's always a treat for the kids when we stay in a hotel. They love it. I think Jada enjoys it the most. 
We still had some time to kill before bed time so we took them to cute little park to play.

After the park, we got ice cream cones and headed back the the hotel. All three of the older kids ended up sleeping in one bed. 
The next morning everyone was up by 5:30. They were super excited. We did a lot of waiting, grabbed some breakfast, packed up and then headed to the train station.
Once there we got checked in and waited until it was time to board.
Buddy the dinosaur was there waving at everybody right after we boarded the train.

There weren't a lot of people in our train car, which was nice. We also discovered that we could flip the seats around so we were facing each other. As soon as the train started moving they played music from Dinosaur Train. They served us fruit snacks and juice about half way through the short trip. The train did not go very far, maybe to the edge of town. It does go along the river, which was pretty.

 After the train ride, they had some areas set up for the kids to play and explore. At one of the areas, the kids got to dig for dinosaur bones, which was Josiah's favorite area. Jada's favorite area was digging for sea shells. (She has been asking if we can go to the beach for the past year, and she asks at least once a week.) The three older ones got their faces painted, and Josiah got to hold a real alligator. They also had a train museum that Josiah really enjoyed. After we looked through the museum we headed back home. It was a whirlwind trip, but we all had a great time!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Garden Time!

This week we prepared our garden for planting. We added some more nutrients to the soil, and Justin tilled it. This will be our fourth year having our own garden, and every year the garden does better and better. The garden is all planned out and ready to be planted. Jada saw a picture of an eggplant and decided that's what she wanted to plant. Josiah is all about the corn! If we planted the whole garden full of corn, he would be one happy boy. He loves corn. Jada was so excited to find a few sunflower seeds on the ground, and even more excited when she got to plant them. We also planted some boxwoods, hydrangeas, iris, rose bushes and a few sunflower seeds. We are getting excited for summer time!
This picture has nothing to do with the post I just wrote, however I think it is too cute not to share. Whenever Jameson sees Josiah sitting in the recliner, he hurries over to him just to sit with him.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

We're Still Here!

It's been a while since my last post! I really like to try to keep this updated not only for our own little memory journal, but also for family members that don't live close to us. However, I have done a terrible job at that lately. It's my goal to try to keep up with this blog better.
Anyway on to more exciting things. The weather started turning nice, and it was wonderful to get outside. The kids can spend all day playing outside. They just love it, but then it snowed and now it's cold again. :( During the little snow storm we had, we got to witness lightning and thunder. This was a first for the kids and me!

Earlier this month Josiah got to "help" Dad pour concrete! He loves going to work with his dad! Josiah is quite the hard worker. It is in his personality. He thrives on work.  I just started a new chore system with the kids and Josiah loves it. When he starts doing his chores, he means business. I hope to write a post on the chore system soon. The system we use is called Managers of their Chores.

Jada's old cat ended up dying so we got her another one. She seems to love this kitty as much as the last. However, she is scared that something might happen to it. So she doesn't even like to let the kitty go outside, for fear it may get ran over or something equally devastating.
Lately Jada keeps asking for a baby sister. She asked for one for her birthday. She can't understand why we can't just go buy her one. 

Juliet is such a sweet little girl. If you ever need a snuggle, she is your girl. Thus far she has been what we like to call, "Our low maintenance child." She is easygoing and has a sweet personality. She loves playing with her big sister, and holding Jameson's hand to lead him around.

Jameson is all over the place! He's not really talking yet, but he is into everything. He is also very quiet when he is getting into mischief. If I don't hear him I better see what he is doing.  He loves throwing anything and everything into the toilet. He quick about it too. He also thinks it's hilarious to make his siblings scream. He really thinks they are playing with him, so the more he makes them scream the funnier it is to him. 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Museum and a Makeover!

Jada and Juliet are in need of bigger beds. We ordered them bunk beds online and decided that this would be a good time to replace the flooring in their room and paint the walls. So we planned a trip to town. While there we met up with my mom and brother. The kids are really into dinosours so we also planned a trip to the museum. 
We left Friday afternoon and stayed the night in a hotel. Always a fun time for the kids. Jada absolutey loves hotels. The next morning we met up with my mom and brother at the museum. The kids were so excited to see the dinosaur bones. Josiah and Jada were naming dinosaurs left and right. Early on I question whether Josiah was accurate on one of the dinosaurs he named, and when I went to check I realized he was right again. That was he last time I verbally question whether he was right. It was incredible. They learned all the names of the dinosaurs from Dinosaur Train.
The observatory was open so we all got a chance to look at the sun through the museum's powerful telescope! That was really neat, probably more so for the adults than the kids.
The museum also had a temporary exhibit called "Grossology: The Impolight Sciece of the Human Body."
The Grossology exhibit had a "rock" wall that the kids could scale across, which was Josiah and Jada's favorite part. Juliet's favorite part was the area where you could recreate tooting noises. They had a great time at the museum.
After the museum, went to eat at Tim's Place! If you are in need of a hug Tim's Place is the place to go! Then we went to the store to get supplies for the girls' room. They wanted pink walls, but they already have a lot of pink in their room. So we went with a light purple. It was a packed weekend, but fun!
Too excited to hold still for the picture!

Making animal footprints with Grandma!

Oh Jada, silly bean.

Looked what hatched!

It's hard to get them to line up perfectly. This is good enough!

The talking faucet freaked them out a bit.

Operation with Grandpa Uncle Paul!

The places that you grab on to are things like a wart, a pimple, a scab etc.

Looking at the sun!

You pump the handle to get the big guy to drink which makes him burp.

 The tooting exhibit. A fun time had by all!

All tired out!

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