Eli hasn't been feeling well this last week, so he wasn't the happiest guy on Christmas Day.
There was one Ok picture of him, but I had my eyes closed! So, here is the best shot taken that day. We had a wonderful Christmas, and Santa spoiled us.
We had a yummy brunch with Lonnie's family on Christmas morning.
Eli's Nana bought him this bug toy, it plays songs and lights up. :)
He slept through the night last night, so hopefully he is on the mend, and will be our happy boy again...so that he can enjoy his new toys soon.
He got a TMX Elmo, this bug toy, a Bird Is the Word Elmo, DVD's, books that make music, clothes, blankets, gift cert to Toys R Us, a pillow, and slippers. He did very well!
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Today was the Children's Village Christmas party, and Eli got his picture taken with Santa.
His favorite song right now, is "This Little Piggy Went to Market" by the Oinker Sisters from Sesame Street. So, I took his little CD player, and that CD...and got a couple little funny "smile" faces out of him.
I don't think Santa knew what to do with him...looks like he had a pretty tight grip! haha
Monday, December 10, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Wilson - our foster dog got adopted today! Some nice people in Auburn came to get him this morning. I'll miss him, but I'm glad he's going to a home where he gets to be an inside dog and get lots of love and toys and treats! He was our best foster dog ever. What a cutie, too!
Happily created by Amy Berkheimer at 2:12 PM
Thursday, November 29, 2007
We were supposed to go to Seattle today for Eli's pre-op appointments, but when it started to snow yesterday afternoon, I called and cancelled. Good thing, because this is what we woke up to!
Lonnie took a different route to work this morning and saw that trucks and cars were all backed up on the freeway...so there must have been an accident, or the normal super bad weather on Manastash (the pass between Yakima & Ellensburg). The website showed Snoqualmie pass wasn't bad....just turns out the weather is on our side of the Cascades this time!
His appointments were rescheduled for January 11th. We'll see what the weather does then!
Happily created by Amy Berkheimer at 8:15 AM
Saturday, November 24, 2007
- Eli is healthy right now, and has been in such a great mood lately.
- A loving husband who is trying very hard to ride my mood swings with me.
- A roof over our heads...and the hunt for a new one! :)
- My dear family. I am so blessed!
- Incredible friends!
- My new Cricut machine (for Scrapbooking).
- DSL Internet! Why didn't we get rid of dial-up a loooong time ago?
- Cold weather - so I don't feel so guilty for keeping my fleece PJ's on all day.
- Enough money to write out Christmas cards every year.
- The good nights of sleep Eli has let me get this month!
God bless everyone as we enter this wonderful CHRISTmas season...
Happily created by Amy Berkheimer at 9:28 PM
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Happily created by Amy Berkheimer at 10:55 AM
Monday, November 19, 2007
November 18th and we have snow.
It's very wet so it should melt quick and easy...I hope.
Lon's excited..he looks forward to snowboarding...and driving up in the snow.
Whatever. I'm locked down for winter. Hibernation has begun. HAHA!
Maybe today will be a good day for shopping for my Thanksgiving groceries? Some people might stay home because "of the roads". Hmmm...
Happily created by Amy Berkheimer at 8:46 AM
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Hello Everyone! Can you believe Thanksgiving is a week away? Holy Cow! Where did the year go? That means it's less than six weeks until Christmas!
We are staying in Yakima this year, and having dinner with Lonnie's family. I am taking a garden salad for Lon, and two hot veggie dishes. I looked up some recipes in my "Cooking for the Seasons" cookbook and came up with Broccoli Meringue and Pink-Sauced Beets.
Yum! (My friend Tammy is probably gagging up her breakfast right now! haha)
I will post the recipes later, in case they sound good to anyone!?
My mother in law, Opal, makes THE BEST sweet yams you've ever tasted. They are from scratch, and have tons of butter, brown sugar, and marshmallows! Mmmmm...I can't wait!
Saturday, November 10, 2007
My niece Amelia is an Artist. I love her work! While she was here visiting recently, she decided to do some sketches...and Eli got to be the subject :)
Here is a photo of what she was looking at, and then her sketch. It took her about 10 minutes.
This sketch has a copyright on it.
Please do not copy or save.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
HAPPY HALLOWEEN, EVERYONE!
It ain't Halloween without carved pumpkins and
"It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" on TV!
I carved two pumpkins. This is the only one I'm willing to show you. The other is without a doubt, the worst pumpkin I've ever carved. I was trying to be creative, but I think my muse is on vacation...'cause it's awful! Really! Awful.
I know! I know! Someday Eli will ask me, "What the heck were you thinking, Mom? Those pajamas are so silly."
And I will say, "They were cute. I loved the black cats with the pumpkins. And they were 50% off!" That is my story, and I'm sticking to it. :) I'm just a nerd at heart.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Effective Tuesday, October 23rd, we are finally getting DSL internet.
Our new email address will be:
Happily created by Amy Berkheimer at 6:59 PM
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Happily created by Amy Berkheimer at 9:15 PM
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
The doggy was a gift from the admitting staff. The frog was a gift from the nurse who put the pH probe in. Nice gestures, huh?!
Eli did so great at the hospital! When they put the probe up his nose and into his esophogus, he coughed and sneezed a little...then when I fed him...he had a couple little sneezing fits...and then he was settled and was so happy while we were there. He was content with his movies and music. Relaxed in my arms when I fed him. Took his naps. Slept through the night!
Hello! What's up with that? He's been sooooooooo fussy at home for a long time now...and the car trip over was not fun for him, but then the hospital environment makes him a happy kid?
Hmm. We are really pondering this one. First on the list, is we are going to rearrange his little "world" he lives in. His mat, TV, toys, etc. Maybe that is a major bore to him?
The drive home was not fun either, but we made it.
We stopped in North Bend at bought a few pairs of pajamas for winter, and got back on the road again. Did I ever tell you I LOVE CARTER's at the outlet mall? Gosh they have the cutest stuff, and it's all so soft and comfy for Eli. I just love going there. They always have what I need for him. He gets too hot in those fleece sleepers, and so far each Fall they have footie/zippered PJ's that are just a thin cotton. Perfect for my boy! :)
We couldn't believe it. A ROOM OF OUR OWN! Hallelujah! The room we were to have was a shared room, but wasn't ready when we checked in (we were a little early) so they let us have the private room! It was fabulous. Our best night in the hospital ever.
The cafeteria at Children's is awesome. It is not your average hospital food. It's more like a buffet restaurant. So, the whole experience was good. I met a gal in the cafeteria who was pushing her little girl in a stroller like Eli's, so I stopped to talk to her. We discussed the faults of the stroller, and our kids issues, and exchanged emails. You just never know who you are going to meet there!
Finally, we were staying in the Giraffe wing of the hospital. Lonnie also ended up in room 103 at Ronald McDonald House, which is the room we stayed in when Eli was there after birth. It had pictures of Giraffes on the walls...so I took pictures of them this time. I also bought Eli a cute stuffed Giraffe at the gift shop. (Hey, it's a tradition I started. Everytime he spends the night in the hospital I buy him a little gift) I still have a puppet I was given at age three when I was in the hospital after my appendix burst and I had it removed. These kinds of things are special to me.
So, we find out results from the pH probe later this week. Will post info when we know something...
Friday, September 28, 2007
As most of you know, we live in the country. And like most country folk, we have a burn pile.
It sometimes ends up being our compost pile, too. So, after Halloween is over each year, and my pumpkins are all wrinkled and ruined, they get tossed into the burn pile...to decay.
Well, last year, my sister in law was in her new house for her first Halloween. She loves to decorate for the holidays, and ended up with several pumpkins on her porch. We just happened to be talking one day on the phone about what to do with them after they rot...and I told her to bring them out here and throw them on our burn pile. So she did.
Lo and behold, mid summer comes along, and we see a large pumpkin plant growing next to our burn pile! It yielded the 11 pumpkins shown above!!! How awesome is that? All those pumpkins we dumped on the there last fall...ended up seeding themselves :)
I suppose I better share my bounty with Diana....
Happily created by Amy Berkheimer at 8:59 PM
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
We were supposed to go to Seattle on Monday for Eli's pH probe study...but he ended up getting sick over the weekend, so we cancelled last minute. I think it's just a cold, but he's pretty miserable and not tolerating his feeds that well. Not to mention that sitting in a car seat is AWFUL right now for him! UGH!
Happily created by Amy Berkheimer at 8:49 PM
Monday, September 10, 2007
I can't believe we are headed into Fall. I LOVE FALL! However, it means the holiday season is just around the corner...again. Is it just me, or are the years going by way too fast?
Overall, my summer was good.
I grew some beautiful flowers this year. Dahlia's - my fave! Peonies, Petunias, Roses, Marigolds, Carnations (my favorite smell), geraniums, and some really neat flowers that I didn't catch the name of.
I got to visit my great-aunt that I hadn't seen in 9 years. Spent time with my Aunt Shiela and her family twice, and of course Eli's birthday party was a fun success.
I have joined the steering team for the Selah MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group at Selah Covenant Church...which is two blocks from my house! 2 minute drive for Eli....yahoo! I will greatly miss the one at my church...but felt God moving me to stay closer to home. I wanted to be involved in the planning committee, and when I called and asked if they needed help, they said, "all we have left is Publicity." Hello! That is what I wanted!! God is amazing, isn't he? I gave up what was comfortable, and stepped out in obedience, and he blessed me with that! So, I've been busy making flyers, postcards, newsletters, and questionnaires to create a photo directory for the Moms. Our first meeting is Friday...I can't wait to get to know all these gals better in the coming months.
In closing, I just want to let everyone know that Eli will be spending Monday night Sept. 17th in the hospital at Children's in Seattle. He is having the pH probe done...it's a 24 hour study. They will place a tube up his nose and down into his esophogus, with a device attached to record acid activity. This test is not always a sure proof test, unfortunately. Let's hope we get information that will help us make the decision of whether or not he needs the Nissen Fundoplication surgery or not.
God bless you my dear family and friends. Love, Amy
Happily created by Amy Berkheimer at 9:43 PM
Saturday, September 1, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Twila Anita Knight - age 4
Feb. 06, last pic before diagnosis of lung cancer
Yesterday, Aug. 27th was the one year anniversary of my Mom's death.
I did particularly well. I was more sad on Sunday morning, as she died on a Sunday. I know she is in a better place. Her life was hard and miserable most of the time. She made many bad choices that she regretted until the very end. She didn't see how God could forgive her "on her deathbed". She felt she wasn't deserving. I tried to explain to her that it's never too late to accept Christ as your personal savior. The benefit is: the sooner we do it, the more we get to enjoy the benefits of His love while we are on Earth!
Look around. See the beauty in his creation. Recognize the daily blessings that come your way. The green light when you're in a hurry. The bird flying by your window putting on a show. A new checkstand opening just as you walk by looking for one. Your loved one calling just to say, "Hi". Finding the best sweater ever on the clearance table. They are everywhere!
GOD is so good! He can help you make it through the most painful seasons of your life, if you just let Him. He's always there, waiting for you. If you don't know what to say, just say, "Help me". He will.
I am so thankful for the awesome family and wonderful friends He has brought into my life. The love and support is what has helped me get through this last two years.
I love you all dearly. Thank you for being a part of my journey.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
This is the cutest little train set! Eli had so much fun with it in therapy yesterday.
When you press the conductor the whistle blows and you hear a train sound as it goes around the track. There is a Monkey and an Elephant riding in the traincar, and each makes the appropriate sound when you push them.
Eli liked to grab the train and derail it. Typical boy, huh? He like to grab the conducter out of his seat, too. It was great!
See his hand on the little monkey?