Archive for December, 2013

Published by Sara on 16 Dec 2013

Halloween 2013

This year for Halloween, Bethany knew she wanted to be a bride.  Julia couldn’t decide what she wanted to be, until we found her a pretty pink ballerina-type dress at a thrift store.  So then she chose to be a ballerina, but then eventually changed into a “pink princess”.  Luke was a monster that hated his costume and refused to wear his hood. 🙂

The celebration started the weekend before Halloween at our annual trunk-or-treat.

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I got ONE picture of the monster before he ripped his hood off.



Bethany’s BFF Megan was also a bride, people kept asking them where their grooms were.


Although Luke hated his costume, he LOVED trick-or-treating.  He quickly caught on that if he said “trick-or-treat”, people would put candy into his bucket.  He was thrilled!

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After the kids filled their buckets there, we headed to Clint and Syd’s for their Halloween party which I don’t have any pictures of.  But it was great fun as usual, and my kids weren’t being brats this year!  Score!

On Halloween day, it was crazy hair day at Bethany’s school.


She also had a Halloween party that I could not attend, because Luke was burning up with fever.  So I stopped by the school to drop off my treat/drink.  It was what I called a “zombie fizz”,  which was round ice cubes with one black sprinkle inside.  The sprinkle dye would bleed into the ice and turn green, so it really did look like a zombie eyeball.  Add some “zombie slobber” (sprite) and “zombie blood” (grenadine), and you have a pretty creepy looking drink!


After dinner that night, we headed out into our neighborhood with a big bunch of friends to trick-or-treat.  Luke was not feeling well and didn’t want to wear his costume.  But I didn’t want him to miss out so I took him to a few houses in his PJ’s.


Then I took Luke home and Neil took the girls and our friends around the neighborhood.  They came back with a boat load of candy!  Both the girls decided to to the switch witch this year.  So basically, Neil and I ended up with ten pounds of candy to eat and the girls ended up with a cute new pair of boots and some lip gloss.  🙂

Julia’s school party wasn’t until the next school day, so I went down with Luke to help out and bring a treat.  I love going into her classroom.  It is so neat to see all those little kids talking in Spanish.  They did a ton of crafts and had pizza and treats.


Hope everyone had a Happy Halloween!!!  We did!

Published by Sara on 10 Dec 2013

Family Photos 2013

Over the summer, we won a photo session from Laken Fulton Photography! We had our session just a few days after Luke’s surgery.  She did a wonderful job.  Here are some of my favorites.

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We also got a set in black and white and they are gorgeous.  Thank you Laken!

Published by Sara on 09 Dec 2013

Luke’s Surgery

Luke’s surgery was scheduled for Monday, October 21st.  Luke and I woke up early and headed to St. Lukes downtown.  He was in a cheery mood the whole time we were waiting even though he didn’t get to eat or drink anything.  That’s probably because there were lots of toys to play with.

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When we were called back into a room, he had to take a tractor with him, of course.  He was still in a pretty good mood, but he refused to wear a little hospital gown.

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After what seemed like forever and many many consultations with different people, it was finally time to go back to the operating room.  He had to take the tractor too.  The nurses let him push it all the way to the OR.  Then I had to pick him up and put him on the table.  🙁  They put the gas mask on his face and he only cried a little, then his eyes rolled back into his head and he was asleep.  I left the room a little sad, but I knew he’d be fine so I wasn’t too shaken.  I waited in the waiting area for about 20 minutes and Dr. Beck came out, she was already done.  She said that everything went perfectly and his adenoids were, “just nasty”.  So I am really glad they came out!

Then I got to go back and be with him in recovery after a while.  He had just woken up and I have never seen him so mad.  He was fighting with the nurses and constantly tugging at the IV in his foot.  They gave him extra pain meds and sedatives twice, and used a whole roll of that sticky stretchy stuff to wrap around his IV so he wouldn’t pull it out.  He continued on with this behavior for about 40 minutes, even though I was there holding and consoling him.  It was painful.  He finally said that he wanted a popsicle but then he just held it and let the whole thing melt all over us.  But finally he calmed down enough to have the IV removed and he could be discharged.


He was tired for the rest of the afternoon.  By evening he was acting like this…


So the surgery didn’t really affect him much.  I gave him some advil a few times, but he seemed to not even notice that he just had surgery.  He did have the most horrible breath for about 4 days though.  And now (almost 2 months later), I am SO glad that we got those things out.  He sleeps so quietly now and through his nose!  He is overall a happier little boy.

Love you my little Lucas!!

Published by Sara on 09 Dec 2013

Portland & Baby Kayson

Baby Kayson was due to be born on the 3rd of October.  So I scheduled my visit from the 1st to the 7th (Tuesday-Monday) and just hoped that he would be born within that time frame.  Becky was having absolutely no signs of labor coming, so I was really taking a risk.  But it was a good time for me to go, so Luke and I hopped an airplane and flew to Portland.

Luke was fascinated by the airport!  He loved looking at the “BIG aahplanes”.


The airplane ride was even funner.  He looked a little scared when the plane started to take off, but then I said “wheeee!” and then he realized that all was well and thought it was really cool.  After getting into the air he settled down to play some ipad and eat pretzels.


Becky and Keaton were waiting for us at the Portland airport, and since it is pretty much next door to the airport….IKEA!


Some of the days we stayed at Becky’s and just relaxed, and other days we went shopping.  After I had been there for 3 days, we were starting to worry that baby Kayson would be coming late.  Still no signs of labor.  On the 4th day (Saturday), Becky starting complaining about a crampy stomach….contractions were starting!  She had contractions all day, and they got really bad at night.  She decided it was time to go to the hospital at around 3am.  I went with Becky and Klayton and stayed through the check-in process.


She was not really dilated enough to stay, but she was in too much pain to go home.  So we stayed for an hour to see if she would progress.  After an hour, she had dilated 1/2 cm, which wasn’t much, but they decided to admit her anyway.  They said it would be a while before the baby was born, so I went back to Becky’s house to go back to bed.  Klayton called at around noon and said that she was at 9 centimeters.  So we hussled down to the hospital (which was 5 minutes away).

She still wasn’t quite ready to deliver when we got there, so we hung out and waited for that little baby to arrive.  Shortly thereafter, she was checked and she was fully dilated and ready to go!  I took this picture just a few minutes before he was born.


Her labor was too easy, there wasn’t even any swearing or yelling.  Just smiling and laughing.  Nothing like when she was in labor with Keaton!


A perfect little baby was born.  Kayson James Novak, 7 pounds 7 ounces and healthy!


Big brother coming to meet the baby for the first time:



A happy family!


Two very curious little boys:

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And he is just the cutest little guy ever.


He was born just in time.  My plane was leaving the next morning.  So glad that I got to see and hold him before going home.

So my little travel buddy and I headed home.  🙂


Congratulations Becky, Klayton, and Keaton!