Another Driver

>> Monday, October 15, 2018

 Eli took his diver's permit test online last night. Yep! That's a thing now! Technology...


We went down to the DMV to finish the process. Which we hoped would be much faster...but it wasn't. Especially since we had to go back home after already waiting in line because I grabbed a copy of his birth certificate and not the original. Sigh...





But...we survived and he is legal and legit! He's super excited to get out on the open road. Mom and Dad are still wrapping their heads around the fact he's old enough to start driving! 

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Ariana Grande

>> Sunday, October 14, 2018

Alayna is trying to hone in her skills on "real people". I think she's off to a great start!





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BIG Changes!

>> Saturday, October 13, 2018

Drum roll please! πŸ₯





Eli got a haircut! 


The photo really doesn't do it justice. It looks so good! 😍 It is a big change. We're still getting used to it. Lol!




 I like his hair long too. He can pull it off. His "before" was a little dramatic cuz they brushed it out. Everyone knows you can't do that to curly hair. It grows! Lol! πŸ˜‚πŸ€£ He was ready for a change. πŸ˜‰He looks so grown up! 

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Alayna Took a Turn for the Worse

>> Thursday, October 11, 2018

Sunday was General Conference. That was a blessing. Our family was able to stay home and be spiritually fed. Alayna had the chance to rest and be pampered all day. That evening Jared and I went to our Financial Self-Reliance class and by the time we got home around 8:30pm Alayna had taken a turn for the worse. 

She had been running a high fever of 102.7 and her cough was non-stop. All the Urgent Care facilities were closed. We weren't quite sure if we could give her ibuprofen and it would help her or if we should just take her to the ER? 

I have a hard time making that call because of my PTSD. I can't be unbiased in my thoughts so we just asked her how she felt and she made not two bones about it and said she needed to go. I'm SO glad we listened to her!!!





There were so many tender mercies along the way. The first being that we walked into the ER and we were the only ones there! They took Alayna back immediately and she got a bed. 

The doctor came in and assessed her, gave her Tylenol on top of the Ibuprofen I'd already given her at home to help the fever to come down. They got her into x-ray and the doctor said the image showed a "significant pneumonia". Oh...my poor sweet girl..... :( 

They said they wanted her to stay over night to keep an eye on her. Mercy Gilbert Hospital has a Phoenix Children's Hospital Wing and they take non-critical patients. We were grateful we didn't have to transfer hospitals. 


After a couple of hours the fever responded to the medicine. They got a bag of IV fluids in her and she was starting to perk up. Enough that she was finally hungry! 


She's never had an IV before and the nurse asked her which arm she wanted it in. She was a trooper and handled the IV placement like a champ! However, she said to put it in her right arm....she's right handed....that made everything more difficult because you can't really bend the arm. So Dad came to the rescue and went to the cafeteria and got her a chicken sandwich and then helped her eat it! LOL! 

When we got to her room her nurse on night shift was asking who our pediatrician was. We told her and she said, that's who she takes her kids too. Jared asked where she lived and she told us. We looked at each other and said, that's where we live! We are neighbors!!!

It's really interesting because our pediatrician isn't very close. She's in Tempe. So for us both to have the same doctor and live in the same neighborhood is pretty wild! LOL!


I'm going to post what I put up on FaceBook.

Update Monday: Alayna was admitted last night. She's still having difficulty breathing and coughing a lot. πŸ˜” IV antibiotics are being administered. Fever needs to come down and stay down. She'll most likely be staying another night. Thank you for everyone's prayers. Please keep them coming. Our family is feeling them! Thank you! ❤️❤️πŸ™πŸ™




Another "coincidence" is that Alayna just started playing for a new volleyball league. Her new volleyball coach is the Administrator at Mercy for Phoenix Children's Hospital. She saw Alayna's name on the list and she came right in and checked on us personally throughout her stay. She made sure she was very well taken care of and that she had all the Popsicles and snacks she wanted. :)  It was such a blessing!


Her nurses were great! They took such good care of her. This picture breaks my heart. Just look at her red little face. The fevers were really high and took a long time to bring them down. The antibiotics just weren't doing their job well enough. 



Update Tuesday: She had a really rough night. Fever spiked again and coughing fits were non-stop. Sleep is so needed for healing but is almost impossible. Any small nap she can get feels like a miracle! The doctor has doubled up her antibiotics hoping it will kick this terrible infection. It's been a long week and a half. πŸ˜” Please continue to pray for her. Thank you all for your love and support. We've been reading her all of your comments and messages. It definitely lifts her spirits. ❤️


On a side note: Isn't that blanket and lamb so cute???? The blanket was handmade (and looks like candy corn...fitting for October! :) )  and donated to the hospital. Both were hers to keep! So neat! <3 





Clever way to drink your water! LOL! 

Update Tuesday Afternoon: THANK YOU for everyone's prayers! Alayna is home!!!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ She's still recovering but is doing much better this afternoon. The doctor was satisfied with her oxygen levels and her fevers have stayed down for several hours. She is SO happy to be back home and to be done with that uncomfortable IV. πŸ’‰We are so grateful for your outpouring of love, prayers, texts and well wishes. They were/are just as much apart of her treatment/recovery as what she received from the hospital. ❤️❤️ Please continue to pray for a full recovery. We are blessed by your lives!

Leaving the hospital. I think the adrenaline from being able to finally go home kicked in. We hadn't seen a smile like that in over a week and a half! 




Update Wednesday: Yesterday's adrenaline wore off. She's been exhausted all day. She woke up at 5am with coughing fits and couldn't sleep. Thankfully she was able to get a nap later in the day. 


So many people have been calling, texting, sending gifts, food, treats and well wishes. It's been overwhelming and humbling! We are so grateful for all of the prayers, faith, and love being sent our way for our little girl. 


Update Thursday: Alayna is doing better. Her fevers have stopped but she's still having difficulty with the horrible cough. It prevents her from getting much sleep. But with pneumonia the cough can last for weeks they said. She wants to get up and play but at the same time she gets worn out really quickly and too much exertion brings on coughing fits. We are grateful she's home though and getting a little better each day. ❤️

As I write this it's now 1:19pm. She is still asleep! I'm not sure if she got up at all last night. She didn't come in and wake me up for anything. I'm hoping she's getting the rest her little body needs and will feel much better when she wakes up! 

Update: It's 1:35pm. She finally woke up and she's feeling SO MUCH BETTER! She said she only woke up once last night but was able to go back to sleep pretty quickly! She's has big smiles and her color looks much improved. I think she's finally turned the corner and will be back to he old self soon! Hallelujah!!! 

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Hurricane Rosa

>> Monday, October 8, 2018


On Tuesday morning I went to the dentist to get the crown on my tooth fixed. It had been raining for the past 2 days because of Hurricane Rosa and when I rains here in the desert you just have to document it. We don't get enough of it! 


 I got home from my appointment and Walker was home early from his class. I guess the CGCC cancelled a lot of classes because of storm damage. We were chatting about our morning and he went to the front room to use his computer and asks me, why it's wet? I said, I have no idea. He said, water was everywhere.

I went into the front room to see what he was talking about and I looked up at the ceiling and saw this.....












Rain had been dripping in through the ceiling all night. And Walker's computer just so happened to be directly underneath the leak! :( 



He picked up his computer and water just POURED out like Niagara Falls! It was crazy how much water it held! 



What is even more crazy...is that even though it was swimming in water for at least 12 hours, probably more, it still turned on! 


It wasn't beautiful. That screen isn't a fancy screensaver background with all the swooshes and splashes. That's water damage. It almost looks like the rain painted it! LOL! 

We called our insurance company and filed a claim. My uncle recommended a roofer he uses often and he was able to come out and assess the damage and get it all fixed up for us. Unfortunately, insurance doesn't cover old age/wear and tear. So we had to pay out of pocket for to repair the leak. The insurance will cover the resultant damage from the leak, the dry out process, drywall, paint, etc. They are also covering Walker's laptop and he will be able to get a replacement. 


Jason Payne came out and got our roof repaired quickly. He assessed the damage and looked over the entire roof to see if this was the only point of damage. He actually found over on the side on our garage that water was also leaking in. So he gave us the "Uncle Mike" special and he repaired both portions of the roof at a great price! We were SO thankful!!!!! <3 

Here are the pics he sent us of the work they did. 





The tiles were removed and the broken tiles were replaced. 


This was the point of entry. 


All of the tiles and under-lament was removed. 
New under-lament is put down.



The front room side of the roof is complete!


On to the garage....








The garage side of the roof is as good as new too! 

This was completed on Saturday. Sunday we had more rain so it was a good way to test out the repairs! :P Everything stayed dry! :) 

We are still waiting for the mitigation company to come out and dry things out in the attic, repair the drywall, and paint. They are supposed to be coming at the end of the week. I'll post pics of that when that begins.



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Volleyball Playoffs

>> Saturday, October 6, 2018

Alayna had her playoffs today. She's been pretty sick with pneumonia but she'd been on antibiotics for a couple of days and was slightly improved. She loves volleyball so much she didn't want to miss it!! We went ahead and allowed her to go, but it probably wasn't our best decision....


She's #9

They played against the Tornadoes. If they win then they get to go to the Championships!


You can tell she's not feeling 100%. Her arms are crossed cuz she's cold. She put on that smile for me as soon as she saw me pull out my camera. 






Notice the smile has faded. :( 









She was doing her best but she just didn't have the strength or energy to keep up with her normal pace. 









They ended up winning the first game. It was really close but they pulled it off! They made it to the Championships!!!





I'm not sure why I don't have any pictures of the 2nd game. I think maybe because it was too intense! LOL! They kept getting a point and Havoc would get a point, then Ice, then Havoc. Both games were like that until Havoc brought home the win. 

It was the first time in a couple of years that Ice hasn't won the Championships and the first time they haven't won the first 2 sets. There were lots of tears shed. It was a hard defeat. Alayna had no energy by the end and she felt miserable. She didn't even want the ice cream afterwards. That's how you know she was really sick. :( She loves ice cream! 


We took her home and she showered and got in her PJ's. Her cough increased and she was spent. Poor girl. We felt terrible for letting her go. It's hard to know what the best choice is sometimes.






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