Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Last Craft Fair

While my profile says I like to do crafts, I don't get to post much about my crafting.  The last craft fair of the season for me is this weekend at the Holiday Extravaganza in Elmwood.  I only do a couple craft fairs a year, as it gets to be a lot of work, but it is still fun.  The last couple of weeks I have been busy trying to replenish my inventory from the Ameritas craft fairs and get a couple of special orders done. 

When Ben was in the hospital, I was able to get a little crocheting done, but not much.  I also got a big order of gemstone beads in while Ben was there and I could not wait to get home and play with them. 

One of my new items this year is wire wrapped beaded rings.  I saw some similar ones at a bead shop when I was in Branson on vacation this summer.  As soon as I got home, I tried making some and figured out the pattern.  It turned out to be very addicting.  I finally got my 72 tray filled this week and have sizes from 3 to 11.  I call them Bling Rings.  At just $5 each you can get one to go with each outfit. 

So far I have gotten just a few of the bracelets made from the new gemstone beads.  I love the feel of cold stones.  Here is a small sample of what I have done.  Bracelets are just $5 to $10, and make excellent gifts.

If you are in Southeast Nebraska this weekend, check out the craft fair at the old roller skating rink in Elmwood (Now Josoff's Social Hall) from 8:00 to 3:30.  You will be sure to find some great gifts for everyone on your Christmas list or yourself.  There will be lots of fun things to do, all day long.  Click here for a complete list of activities planned for the Holiday Extravaganza.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Quick Update

We are home from the hospital.  Ben did great all day without oxygen.  His stats did go down a bit when he slept, and he did tire easily, but he was definitely starting to act like his old self again. 

Ben got to get down and play, and went on lots of long walks. He had fun sitting under his crib and stacking his signing time video boxes .  Those videos were a life saver during our stay at the hospital.  Many of the staff commented on how cute the Signing Times videos are and how well Ben was signing with them.  They also double as blocks when you are in a pinch. 

I loved Mom's Mac n cheese.  Did not want anything to do with my sandwich, but boy this stuff is yummy!

 Wow!  I knew these were great learning videos, but did not realized they make great blocks too.

Got my coat on.  Ready to bust loose!

Waving bye bye with my thumb in my mouth.

At home we have started to call him the tornado.  When he has been in a room, it generally looks like a tornado went through it when he leaves.  He is so curious about what might be up on the table or counter, if he can reach it, he pulls it on to the floor to get a better look.  He also just likes to throw things on the floor. He is good at the throwing motion, but now just wants to throw everything.   Newspaper, magazines, homework and other various school papers, piano books, it does not matter.   I have a feeling there will be a tornado watch issued at our house for tomorrow. 

Thursday, November 18, 2010

At the Hospital

We have had a sick boy at our house.  It started out like a cold, but slowly got worse.  We went to the Dr. last Thursday and got some new antibiotic, but his breathing got steadily more raspy then it kept getting faster.  I thought surely the anitbiotic would kick in soon, but it did not.  Then he started to refuse to eat and we knew something was really wrong.  Ben was admitted to the hospital late on Tuesday afternoon with respitory distress issues and mild dehydration.  

 We have not gotten a formal diagnosis.  The x-ray did not really show pneumonia, and he was wheezing like he may have asthma.  His white blood cells were slightly elevated to show that he did have some type of infection going on.  So he has been treated with oxygen, steroids and more antibiotic. 

His oxygen requirements are what is keeping us here.  He is drinking buckets of apple juice, and is eating much better.  It is hard to tell if he is not hungry or is just mad about the way I cut his food, he is 2 after all and has started to develop strong opinions about what he should be able to do by himself.  

Today he got to be unhooked from everything 3 different times and had fun exploring the Peds unit.  We were the only ones here most of the day, so that was nice.   After I went home to shower and change I brought him a ball and he had lots of fun throwing it and chasing it down.  He does run out of breath a lot faster than normal and runs to me to be picked up. 

He only fought the oxygen in his nose the first 20 minutes or so and has done a good job of leaving it alone.  He is starting to not like anyone in scrubs and today decided that maybe he should wave at them and tell them bye when they come in and maybe they won't mess with him.  It only worked on the person coming in to get the lunch trays, and house keeping.  He is still in pretty good spirits all things considered and we hope to get out of here in a day or so.  Just need to work on keeping his stats up with out needing oxygen.
Here are some pictures from today.
 Playing with my piggy bank.

Tag team meanness.

A much needed rest after they messed with me.

Some seriously sweet toes.

Snuggled up under my Project Linus blanket.