Tuesday, May 29, 2012
We had the biggest scare of our life a few days ago. A local friend had just given us a big bag of hard candy which I had high up on a shelf in the kitchen. Lauren, being the smart creative child that she is, decided to stack two stools on top of each other to get to it. When I found her, I told her that we could not have candy right now because it was too close to dinner time. She got very upset with me and ran to her room (with a piece still in her hand). I followed her to her room and pried the piece out of her little fingers. She was NOT happy. She climbed up on her bed and ran right into Katherine (Lauren's head hit Katherine's leg) Both girls began to cry, Katherine loudly and Lauren the silent type that turns loud quickly. Lauren came over and was hugging me and I was checking on Katherine to make sure she was ok. Suddenly, I realized that I still had not heard a cry come from Lauren yet. I pulled her away from me and looked at her and her lips were blue, her face was turning blue, and her eyes were panicked. She lost consciousness. I was doing the Heimlich maneuver, but nothing was helping. Jonathan ran to our neighbors who called an ambulance. After nearly 3 minutes of no breathing, God saved her life. I never saw any candy or anything, but she suddenly began to move her arm. I picked her up (I had her lying on the ground doing compressions to hopefully dislodge whatever it was...I'm assuming candy) She began to breathe, finally cry and sweat....and Momma cried also. Needless to say, she was in my arms for a LONG time and I checked on her several times throughout the night!
Like I said...SO THANKFUL! :)
Monday, May 21, 2012
Katherine has been home from school all week. Her teacher called Monday night and said class was being cancelled until next week due to a high number of kids in her class and a few other classes having hand foot and mouth disease. She had fun making lots of messes with her little sister and getting into all of Benjamin's things while he was at school. I took her to school today only to find out that they have decided to keep it closed for another week. So, we get to have both little girls home for the week.
During that trip, Lauren became very fascinated with Ayi's pretty earrings. So, the next day, Ayi shows up with some little clip-ons for Lauren. She was very proud and wanted to call everyone on Skype to show them her earrings.
DISCLAIMER!!! The next picture is not for the squeamish (you know who you are) :)
So, the story first. Saturday evening, we had a good rain. After the rain, the plague hit our house. No, not a real one, but I sure felt like it. I was giving Lauren a shower when I hear the loudest screaming ever. It was the hysterical, loud, panicky, non-stop screaming followed by Jonathan saying "Kelly, I need your help!" I was in the the bathroom with Lauren and had no idea what was going on. The next thing I know, Benjamin is in the shower with us (standing on top of the toilet) still hysterical talking about all the bugs trying to get him. I get Lauren rinsed quickly and go to see what is going on. What do I find? Our house has been invaded by THOUSANDS upon THOUSANDS of these flying creatures that were about the size of a fly, pesky like gnats, but a body like a small worm...very weird. They were literally everywhere! They swarmed underneath the front door, sliding glass door to the balcony and the now apparent cracks in some of the windows. I immediately felt like I was in the middle of one of the plagues in Egypt. After 2 hours of stomping on, smashing on walls, swatting in the air, and using tons of RAID (which we are VERY thankful for), we felt like we had stopped the invasion. I spent the next 30 minutes sweeping up the little guys. We finally get everyone in bed asleep (us included) and wake up the next morning to find that the RAID bug spray had worked wonders and little dead ones covered our floor once again (and hence the picture below in case you think I am exaggerating..haha) All I have to say is that I have a new found appreciation of what it might have been like for the families in Egypt so long ago...I had always read about the different plagues and just thought yeah that would be annoying...but add the hysteria of small children in the mix for several days and yikes!
I did not want to end with such a horrible picture, so I decided to throw in a couple of "old" pictures. My, how the kids have grown!
The Sheddan clan in the Smokey Mountains!
Monday, May 14, 2012
Monday, May 7, 2012
Wal-Mart! Yep, you never know what treasures you might find at Wal-Mart :)