June 29, 2010

Disneyland and Strep

Alexa was pretty sick a few days before we had our planned trip to Disneyland.  I first thought she had a stomach virus since we have been swimming and could have possibly ingested some pool water.  Then I thought she had a UTI because she was acting like she had pain while urinating.  I picked up some cups at the pediatrician's office before our scheduled appointment so I could try and collect her pee but I missed it two times.  I cried but will spare you the sad details.

She was scheduled for the last appointment of the day.  Although we (doc and I) did not believe Alexa to have Strep they decided to check for it just in case.  To our surprise she tested positive.  So regardless of it being a stomach virus, UTI, whatever, she need antibiotics anyway because of the Strep.  This is the FIRST time Alexa requires antibiotics besides those taken during her hospital stays for surgery.  I think that is pretty impressive considering she almost 2!  I knew after the antibiotics kicked in she would be feeling better soon.  And she did.  Fever subsided her more usual chipper self ream-urged.

I was excited to be taking our three kids together to Disneyland for the first time.  We had taken our older two years past but after everything she went through, it was a dream a come true to be there with Alexa our WHOLE family.  Unfortunately she developed diarrhea and vomiting while on our trip.  Could have been again because she had a stomach virus on top of Strep or found later Strep also causes stomach upset or could have been a reaction to the antibiotics.  Either way I spent lots of time in the restroom and baby caring area changing her and cleaning our stroller after a blowout. 

I kept thinking about how this was Alexa's first time going to Disney.  Watched how excited my son was to be getting on all the fast rides and wondered how we and Alexa would deal with her possibly not being able to ride them in the future.  Yazzy said she was excited to be going to Disney for the first time as 'a big kid' since last time she went she was 3 years old so she says she does not remember much.  I think she did not enjoy the park as much as she is getting older for the kiddie rides but still scared of the big rides.  She did enjoy meeting the princesses though!

Thankfully we got through our trip fine and thoroughly enjoyed it.  Especially the cool California weather!   The only worry I really had was Alexa dehydrating since she was peeing only about 3 times a day and refusing to drink.  I almost took her to a children's clinic but then she decided to drink some more so I felt better.  

The day after Disney we decided to go the beach.  We tried finding Corona Del Mar and got lost and ended up in Newport Beach.  We decided to stay as it had lot's of sand and was not crowded.  We went with hubby's family so the kids had a blast playing in the ocean with their cousins.

The day we were coming home we went to Downtown Disney to do some shopping, browsing and lunching.  Caleb had been requesting to go to the Rain Forest Cafe for a while so we obliged.  Had myself the only big meal of the trip.  A nice steak with coconut shrimp and shrimp scampi, mashed potatoes and roasted veggies! 

When we returned home we spent some more time with hubby's family and Alexa bonding with their pup!

We now feel like this!

June 14, 2010

Welcome Summer! (I think)

It's not officially summer yet but when the thermometer reads over 100 degrees I think it's safe to say summer has arrived. 

We have been doing well and having fun, hence, the absence of posts lately. 

We are reaping the fruits of our labor from our vegetable garden, i.e. fresh tomatoes, chillies, jalapenos and squash.  I just took a pic of some tomatoes before they fulfilled their destiny in some fresh salsa!

The kids have been going to swimming lessons and enjoying the pool.

don't mind the towel we are cardinal fans (don't tell hubby)

We went to stay at a beach house in Ocean Side celebrating my brothers and sis in law's 10 year wedding anniversary.  Congrats!


 me and my honey

ocean side, ca sunset

strawberry farm picking

one for the road

I've also started doing Insanity workout's trying to burn those last 10 stubborn pounds.  Gotten addicted to having Shawn T yell out me! Dig deeper! And the workouts are totally insane - I am not a person that sweats much ever instead I mostly get red {see tomatoes above} so I feel so excited to actually have some sweat dripping down my head when I'm done with the workouts.   

Been trying to clean, declutter and organize although with 3 kids at home it's a slow process. 

Alexa has just been enjoying having her brother and sister home from school to keep her company and busy playing also called making a mess. 

Went to our convention in Tucson, AZ and went exploring/hiking/swimming in Sabino Canyon, which we all loved.  The best was hearing my daughter say, 'I can't believe I'm actually swimming in a river!" And watching all of them have fun under a waterfall!  Hard to believe there even is one in Arizona.

 trailing down almost four miles

 under a rare arizona waterfall

  an amusing sign 

The following picture is special to me because back when Alexa had her surgery in February we stayed at the local Ronald McDonald house that was right next to this mountain.  At the time it was snow capped and from the dining area you had a great view of it.  Because of our circumstances (being in hospital 24/7) we did not get to enjoy this side of Tucson nor the view.  We have been going to conventions every summer but always staying near the airport.  So this time we decided to stay at a hotel located north of down town close to the RMD house. We finally got to explore the area and enjoy the view. 
hotel view

We are now getting ready for a trip back to the beach and our first trip to Disneyland with Alexa!

And a trip to visit Austin, Texas before summer is over to visit our possible new home town ~ actually really curious about Georgetown, Texas too so if any one of you have lived there or been there would love to know what you think of the area.  

I really think we should just begin to live out of a suitcase because I'm getting quite tired of packing, unpacking and repacking.

So that's it for now folks. It's dinner time!
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