Monday, August 20, 2012

Iowa State Fair Extravangza

This year the girls and I went to the fair with my family (Dad + Diane, my sister Jenn + Chris + J.J + Ana, my sister Amanda + Ben + Parker) that's right 12 people total at one of the busiest days of the fair. We arrived around 11am and managed to stay all together for an hour, max. Then we split off and I stayed with Jenn and her family until around 5pm or so then the girls and I went and did our own thing till 9pm!!! It was a long fun day at the fair!

The girls and I discovered a "new" part of the fair this year. The helping hands farm! The girls had a blast doing all the chores a farmer would do, along with selling produce at the market and earning money.

I love the Iowa state fair! I think I could go at least three times a year and be happy, but this year it was just once so we had to make all 10hrs count. And boy did we!

Massive photo warning!

Amanda and Parker

Cute cousins Kiara and Ana

Tough boy J.J next to the flowers

Love her smile

My Dad Rod next to the "back to the food car"

The kids got a kick out of  being able to get in the real race car

Can you tell he's excited!

Such a cutie in the car

I have a picture of Kiara on this same elephant when she was 2

He was so cool in his army gear

My kids love the fountains

This one makes me laugh! She's trying to put her head in the water

Getting ready to ride the dragon roller-coaster

look at the anticipation on her face!

She joyfully screamed the entire time

Here's all the little hands on the farm photos...

carefully selecting her "seeds" to plant

Kayla was eager to join the fun

Picking their veggies

she loved that basket full of veggies

getting busy driving the tractor

she thought it was great that she got to milk the cow and only water came out

After selling their produce they both got a "dollar" to buy an item from the store, they choose bomb pops!

Such funny expressions from this girl

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Epigastric Hernia

This all started at a Dr. appointment which Kayla had for a upper respiratory infection (completely non related). We saw a different pediatrician than we normally due, because she was booked. During the visit the Dr. noticed a small bump in the middle of Kayla's abdomen. He poked around at it and said something to point of I'm not really concerned with it, it disappears when you push on it. I was non the wiser and thought nothing of it.

However when Kayla went in for her routine 1 year check up I remembered it and brought it up to our pediatrician. That is when I first heard the word "hernia". Which I knew nothing about. She said she thought it was a hernia and that she would like to refer us to a pediatrics surgeon so it could be fully diagnosed. 

After the appointment I do what I usually do when I'm clueless about something, I went to the internet. I scoured the web, reading up on all things "hernia". It prepared me somewhat for the surgical appointment. 

These were taken the day before her surgery, if you look close you can see the bump a few inches above her belly button.

On June 27th we met with Dr. Buchi (as they call him) and he matter of factually told me "yep she has a epigastric hernia." He continued to explain that it is a opening in the abdominal wall that is letting things through. His guess was that her's was only allowing fat through. He explained that there are three types of hernia's. Umbilical which is very common, groin which is also fairly common and then the least common of them all is epigastric. He then told me it was their policy that all epigastric hernia's would require surgery now rather than later. With this type of hernia what happens is the fat (or intestines or organs) get strangulated when the hole in the wall begins to grow tighter. Which causes great pain and if anything but fat is poking through could cause major health concerns.

whoa! wait a minute did he say surgery? My baby is... well... a baby! 

I kept myself calm and listened as he described what they would do in surgery. He told me the anesthesiologist would put her under general anesthesia by gas and that she would have an I.V and incubate her. Then they would make a small incision over the lump and go in and shave off the fat then stitch the muscle wall together then use the glue and butterfly tape to bind up the skin. And that it would be an outpatient surgery. We would come in, in the morning and leave by the afternoon. 

My heart stopped at "incubate her". I felt numb. They were going to make my baby girl stop breathing shove a tub down her throat and make a machine breath for her??!!?!?! This brought vivid flash backs of my grandmothers death, which was fuel to my fire of fear. 

I held my self together until the nurse came back in after the Dr. had left, then... well then I lost it. I hate crying in front of people especially strangers. The nurse was compassionate and after I sucked up the last of my sniffles I finished listening to what we did from here.

We were to call in and set up the surgery, if it wasn't going to be done within the next 30 days we would need to see Kayla's pediatrician a week before for a pre-opp physical. 

I talked things over with Josh and we did a lot of praying. Josh felt confident that the doctors knew what they were saying and doing. We scheduled the surgery for July 31st. 

As I prayed I asked the Lord to show me if doing the surgery was not His will. I asked for His peace to be upon me. I asked that her health not be put in jeopardy and that this not be a new trial I was to endure. I'm not going to lie all of this was hard for me. But I did my best to keep my hope in Him alone. 
What do you think of my styling dress?

So many toys to choose from!

We arrived at the hospital at 6:45am and they took her back to surgery around 8:05am. We were told it would take about an hour for the surgery and as soon as she was out Dr. Buchi would come speak with us. Then we would have to wait for her to wake up from the anesthesia before we could go back to recovery to see her.

On the morning of the surgery the Lord answered prayers right away. I was concerned about how Kayla would do with not being able to eat until after her surgery. She is a hungry hungry hippo in the morning and I worried she would not understand what was going on and why she could not eat.

Such beautiful blue eyes!

Nope not at all! She did ask a couple times to eat but the staff at the hospital was great at showing us around the super fun pediatric area and we kept her busy playing and riding in the little car, while getting prepped and waiting. We played with the tiny gas masks they have for babies to get Kayla used to it in hopes she would not be scared when they put it on her. 

The hardest part by far was when I had to hand her over to the nurse, (which she willing went to) another prayer answered. But although she did fine with that part I did not. After she was out of my arms and down the hall is when the flood gates opened and I cried on my husbands shoulder. 

I have a horrible feeling that she did some major crying as well because she broke all the little capillary veins around her eyes, cheeks and down her neck. It rips my heart a part to think of how scared she must have been when she realized she was no longer near mommy and complete strangers were laying her down putting a mask on her face. UUGGHH! Even writing this makes me tear up. 

By 8:45am our buzzer was going off telling us they were ready to take us back to see her. Josh said he's never seen me move so fast. We were put in her recovery room where we waited until she was fully awake and brought to my waiting arms. Oh that felt so good.

She looked fine! Like nothing had happened except being woken up too early from a nap . They did warn us that they can be a bit cranky when they wake up due to not knowing what's going on and why they feel so weird from the anesthesia. Boy they were right on. That was one cranky little girl, until they let her eat! Then she was a happy camper. Juice, apple sauce and crackers saved the day!

We got home after picking up her vicodin prescription by noon I believe. 

And she hasn't acted like anything happened! Seriously you would think she went to the zoo for the day rather than the hospital! 

Praise the Lord!!!! He always takes care of us and we are so thankful.

Kayla is healing well as far as I can tell. She has a post surgery appointment on the 13th. Which at that point I hope to put all of this hernia stuff behind us. 

Friday, August 3, 2012

(Drum roll please)...The SANDWICH

Here it is friends the one and only sandwich recipe!!!!! Its been a long time coming but I finally remembered to take a few pictures of it when I made it, so you could slobber on your computer screen.


1 large loaf of fresh bread ( I usually buy the french bread from walmart or hyvee)
1/3 lb thin sliced deli ham
1/3 lb thin sliced deli roast beef
1 pkg or 10 slices of Swiss cheese
1 large can of mushrooms


1 stick of butter
1 tbsp poppy seeds
1 tsp of dried onion flakes
1/4 tsp of seasoning salt
1 tsp of lemon juice

1. Preheat oven to 350. And start off by getting out a baking sheet or pan. Lay down tin foil longer than the bread ( you will add another piece of tin foil to the top when your finished putting it together, and will crinkle up the sides of the top and bottom piece to keep in the heat)

2. Lay bread on tin foil. Cut bread down the middle but not all the way through (like subway does it now)

3. Start with a layer of cheese then add a layer of each meat

4. Drain mushrooms and add them on top of the meat then a final layer of cheese

5. Make cuts on top of the bread about 2-3 inches apart and about a inch or two deep. ( your just opening up the bread to be able to pour the mixture inside of it.

6. Make the sauce by melting the butter in microwave then add lemon juice and all the seasonings

7. Mix, then using large spoon ( I use our ice cream scoop) to pour the mixture into the cuts in the bread. I also add some to the inside of the sandwich on the bottom piece of bread.

8. Place the top piece of foil on being sure to crinkle the sides of the tin foil together and pull it upwards so the juices don't run out of the foil.

9. Bake for 30-40 mins, let it sit for about 5 min or so. So that the juices can settle, then use a sharp (bread knife) to cut all the way through the cuts you already made. Enjoy!!!

look at all that gooey goodness!!!

Oh my I'm so hungry now!!! So glad I get to make this for a friend in a few days! That means we'll be having it for dinner as well.

When I first heard of what was in this sandwich I thought it sounded awful! I've never really been a hot sandwich kinda girl. But after tasting it I was a changed women! It is de-lish, crunchy on the outside, hot and chewy on the inside!