Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas Day

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 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!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Lon's Birthday


Saturday, December 15, 2007

Santa Pictures

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

Sixty Five

(Christmas 2001 - the "hide the double chin" pose)

Today, my Momma would have turned 65.
Happy Birthday! I love you.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Loving his Bronco!

Eli loves hanging out in his Bronco. He can watch his DVD player [upright], take rides around the house, join me in the kitchen, and he's even used his feet to push off a little! Yeah. That was the point...and he's doing it!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Bye Bye Wilson

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!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Snow, Snow, and More Snow

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 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!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

A Thanksgiving Table

My sister-in-law Diana set a beautiful table for Thanksgiving. The food was awesome, as always, and we had a very nice time visiting. :)


  1. Eli is healthy right now, and has been in such a great mood lately.
  2. A loving husband who is trying very hard to ride my mood swings with me.
  3. A roof over our heads...and the hunt for a new one! :)
  4. My dear family. I am so blessed!
  5. Incredible friends!
  6. My new Cricut machine (for Scrapbooking).
  7. DSL Internet! Why didn't we get rid of dial-up a loooong time ago?
  8. Cold weather - so I don't feel so guilty for keeping my fleece PJ's on all day.
  9. Enough money to write out Christmas cards every year.
  10. The good nights of sleep Eli has let me get this month!

God bless everyone as we enter this wonderful CHRISTmas season...

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here's wishing you all a wonderful and VERY HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

May the fond memories you make with your loved ones live on in your hearts forever. We only get one lifetime...make the best of it! :)

I hope you took lots of pictures!

The Freaky Cat People


Pictured: Scruffy, Otie, Monkey, Lily, Maizy, Tigger, & Shasta.

Monday, November 19, 2007

It Snowed!

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...

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Getting Ready for Thanksgiving

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

Amelia Sketches Eli: [first pose]

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.

Amelia Sketches Eli: [second pose]

Here is the second sketch Amelia did of Eli.

This sketch has a copyright on it. Please do not copy or save.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Trick Or Treat!

In his pockets are: a duck, a pig, & a cow. At his feet are: a horse & a sheep.

I took Farmer Eli (aka "Old MacDonald Had a Farm, Eli-Eli-Oh")
trick or treating at his Nana's house, and then we went to our church for their Fall Carnival.
He started crying at Nana's and then screamed the whole time we were at the church!
I think he was overstimulated with all the kids, and people, and noise and different lights.
As soon as we got outside, he was fine! He fell right to sleep when we got home and I fed him dinner. I sure hope he gets a good night's make up for the energy he exerted tonight!
The hat and bandana didn't last long! The bandana got soaked from his drool, and the hat was just plain annoying! He was soooo cute, though!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Happy Halloween!


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

Toothy Grin

I'm sorry I've been too busy to post lately.
Will update you later regarding Eli's surgery.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

New Email Address

Effective Tuesday, October 23rd, we are finally getting DSL internet.
Our new email address will be:

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Another night in ICU

Friday night at 8:25 pm, Eli woke up in respiratory distress. We were prepared with some new tools this time, and things went a lot smoother than the August event! First, I wouldn't let them put a mask on him for oxygen. I made them just give me the tube and I held it in front of his face. Second, I made them give him an "Epi" shot while in the ambulance, and that saved him from getting so bad off before we could get to the hospital. They also give him an albuterol nebulizer treatment. When we were about 5 minutes from the hospital, I he coughed up a "mucus plug" and then he was doing much better. By the time we got to the hospital, it wasn't such a traumatic experience. There was only about 3-5 people in the room, instead of 20!

He started sounding bad again, and hacked up some more gunk. They gave him more breathing treatments, a mucus thinning nebulizer drug, and used an ugly vibrating mallot looking thing on his back to try and loosen up the junk in his lungs.

We finally got up to a room in ICU at around 11:30 pm. Eli gets so wired from all the Epi treatments, that his mind is tired, and he tries so hard...but his heart was just keeping his body from relaxing. So, we had to stand over him with hands on him, trying to keep in asleep. Finally, at 3:30 am he went #2, and after that diaper change...he went to sleep! But only until 5:30 am! Ugh.

He did great in the hospital that day, and was moved to a room in the Pediatric Unit at about 11:00 am. We hung out in there "under observation" through the afternoon. Dr. Bartlett wanted keep us another night, just to see if Eli was getting sick (with a cold, because he was really snot nosed), but I asked to go home. We have home suction, so I can keep his nose clear. Plus, we have a nebulizer, so I can give him breathing treatments. I knew we would all sleep better at home, and that would mean healing quicker!

I get a sore throat everytime we spend the night in the hospital! Germs are everywere! Especially in the ventilation systems, I tell ya! So, I am going to try some Airborne next time! It will go in my hospital bag that I keep packed and in the van.

Eli is doing much better. They thought he might be getting the cold "that is going around". (when isn't something going around?) But his snotty nose was better today, and he was in a fairly good mood considering.

I know many of you are wondering what ever happened with the pH probe results. Well, he has "excessive reflux". But it has taken all this time for Dr. Harthcock (Eli's pediatrician) and the surgeon at Children's Hospital (Dr. Gow) to talk and discuss options. We will meet with Dr. H this week, to decide what to do. Most likely will be getting the Nissen Fundoplication surgery, just not sure when. Will update the blog when I know.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Happy Birthday, Shiela!

Happy Birthday to my sister Shiela!
I love you!

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Theives Among Us

The cat food hasn't been lasting through the night lately...and we had our suspicions as to who might be the culprit! Well, Friday night Lonnie walks out the back door to find THE THEIF!
Skunks are soooo cute. It's too bad they are sooooo stinky!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

pH probe, a private room! and giraffes.

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 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

Pumpkin Harvest

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 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....

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Scrapbooking Layouts

My mom used to say this to Eli, so I decided to use it as my title. :)

A random pose, caught on film!

I couldn't get a good picture of this LO. Oh, well. You get the point.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Seattle Trip Cancelled this week

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!

The test has been rescheduled for Oct. 1st. Tammy's birthday! We'll think of you while eating in the hospital cafeteria! :) Let's hope he's all better by then!

So, it's been a crazy week here...hoping he gets better and me starting to feel worse.
I am supposed to go scrapbooking this weekend...and will be very sad if I can't go.

Here's a silly picture I took in August. Lon thinks he looks like a chef. haha

Monday, September 10, 2007

September already. Wow!

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! 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'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

Happy Birthday, Gina!

Today is my sister Gina's birthday. Just wanted to send a shout out to her! I LOVE YOU gobs and gobs! Gina and her grandson, Elisiah. My great nephew.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Old MacDonald Had a Farm, Eli, Eli, Oh!

Last week Eli's favorite song was Old MacDonald Had a Farm on the Baby Einstein Playtime Music Box CD. So, I took pictures of him while he was listening to it. It tickles him so much!

In the process of trying to get a good shot of him smiling and laughing...I got a couple funny faces, too! Here's one of them:

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

One Year Gone

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

Eli and Sam

We put Eli's new seat in his wagon, and he loves going outside for rides. Here he is saying "Hi" to one of his furry brothers: Sam.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

VeggieTales Birthday Cake

Happy 2nd Birthday, Eli!

How cute is this cake?
VeggieTales featuring: Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber.
We had it delivered today. White cake with raspberry filling. Yumm-O!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Eli got a Train Set!

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?

Here is Karla - his PT - working on his trunk control so he can "sit and play".