Saturday, December 29, 2007

Christmas 2007

Christmas this year was really wonderful. It was really nice (for me at least) this year because I was all done with my Christmas shopping probably by the first week of December, so it was nice and relaxing, and probably the first time I wasn't running around on Christmas Eve trying to finish up. Christmas morning Allie woke up first, as usual, and came down to see a train set, or "choo-choo" that we had set up the night before. She loved it. I now understand why parents love to spoil their kids so much, just seeing them get so excited is just so fun. So she got to go through her stocking and find all kinds of fun things, and then we opened presents. Her main gift this year from Grandma and Grandpa Stansfield was a kitchen set, which she LOVES. She hasn't stopped playing with it since I set it up. After we opened all of our presents, we relaxed for a little while, and then began preparing for the Christmas party we had in the evening where Danny's family came over. Almost all of his siblings were there, three of his brothers and one of his sisters and families were all there. We started off with a few games of Capture the Flag in the snow in the backyard, then we had dinner. All the kids had a blast playing the Wii all night long, and the adults (am I an adult now? Crazy!) played games and had a good time. Danny surprised me big time with a new video camera which is like the size of a tic-tac box its so tiny and does everything imaginable. I died I was so happy. The one we got right before Allie was born just was never really all that great, so this is a major improvement, and I'm thrilled. Anyway today is Allie's birthday. Danny is off picking up my parents from the airport, and I'm baking an Elmo cake for the party tonight. More on that later. I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas.

Allie can now smile upon command, which is really funny because its always a little awkward, but cute that she can do it.
Capture the flag in the backyard. As you can see we've gotten a lot of snow so far this year. :( We are still trying to figure out why we live in Utah since we hate the cold. Too many cute cousins for Allie to play with I suppose...

Allie just hung out on the middle line and guarded... something. Not sure whose team she was on but she liked being included.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Santa and Allie 2006

So this is Allie's picture last year taken with Santa... not sure if we're going to try to attempt it again this year but I saw a similar picture on my cousin Emily's page that made me laugh and remember this awesome picture... My mom's favorite thing about this picture is that she is the one that Allie is reaching out for. I was actually not present at the time or else I'm not sure I would have subjected her to such torture. I just hope they paid that guy well.

Friday, December 14, 2007

The Evolution of Dance

If you're anything like me you won't be able to turn this off. Something inside will just force you to watch the entire thing.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Elf Yourself!

This is way fun, check it out!

Turn up your speakers if you can...

30 days of Christmas!

Well in our family we start celebrating Christmas the day after Thanksgiving. Nothing but Christmas music is played all day long, we get the tree and decorations up, and thus starts the month long Christmas party. This year was great because Allie was the chief Christmas tree decorator, and she did a really good job. Every single ornament was about two feet off the ground, mostly in clumbs as you can see. Ever since we've put it up she reorganizes the ornaments several times a day. We're especially excited for Christmas this year because Allie will be a lot more involved than last year, and we'll be having some family in town throughout the holidays.

More Tests :(

Well a quick update on how Allie is doing, she seems fine, and isn't really having any effects from her seizure last week, but after following up with her doctor he insisted that she go in to see a Neurologist. We had three appointments this week, and will probably have another one next week before they will be able to determine if it was anything brain wave related. Lets hope not, and just hope that it was more because she'd been sick and dehydrated, and low blood sugar, etc. Anyway thanks again for everyone who has been checking up on her and everything.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Very Scary Weekend

Well we had quite a scare this weekend. Little Allie had been sort of sick at the end of last week, not eating a whole lot and just was sick to her stomach. We weren't overly worried since it had only been a day or so, and figured we'd see how she was on Monday before taking her in to the doctor. Saturday though we were home and it had been snowing for about 24 hours straight so we weren't planning on going anywhere when Allie suddenly had a seizure. I have never in my life been so scared. Danny and her had been watching T.V. and I was upstairs and I heard her scream out and then Danny started yelling and I came and grabbed her and she was stiff as a board, eyes rolled in oposite directions in the back of her head, and she was having a seizure. We called 911 and due to the snow it took the paramedics awhile to arrive. They kept us on the phone and gave us directions on what to do. She began to come out of after about 2 minutes (2 minutes of me flipping out of course) and finally her eyes began to start focusing a little and she was sort of looking at me and then she immediatly fell asleep. The paramedics arrived and took us to Alta View Hospital, where they checked her out and felt like she needed further treatment and evaluation but they weren't overly concerned that she was going to have another one immediatly so they transported us to Primary Children's Hospital, where they kept us there for two nights and just kept a close eye on Allie, did hundreds of tests, etc, and then we were realeased yesterday. It was sooooo scary I think I nearly had a heart attack. I could think about nothing but the worst possible scenerios, but luckily everything seems to be ok now. Turns out it could have been a few different things that caused it, possibly a virus she has that was giving her the stomach flu, which CAN cause seizures, or, because she'd been sick and not eating her blood sugar was very low, and she was deydrated, etc. Basically she may never have another one again or she might, and if she does we'll go in for further tests. Anyway it was a horrible weekend but luckily we're home now and she's as happy and as cute as ever, so we're thankful for that, and for everyone who helped us out and for all the phone calls and visits, etc. Sorry I haven't called everyone back yet. But it was so nice knowing people were thinking about us. I took a few pictures here, this one in the ambulance is the second trip when they moved us, so we were not quite as worried at this point, or I obviously wouldn't have even thought about taking a picture. But she just looked so cute I was glad I had my camera phone on me. The other one is her in the hospital, hooked up to 4 different machines and being a trooper. Luckily they had plenty of Elmo videos to get us by.