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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

How do Children Cope when a loved one is hospitalized?

Last week my dad, known as "grandfather" to the little Els, returned home after 6 days in the hospital recovering from open-heart surgery. He did amazingly well and is still getting stronger every day.

One of the most surprising and interesting parts of this process was the reaction of the little Els. Bakri, our four year old, in particular, was deeply troubled and concerned the entire time my father was in the hospital. He constantly asked about him and acted out in school and at home. I was suspicious that his ill behavior was related to grandfather's heart surgery, but I couldn't be sure...until....we finally were able to visit Grandfather the day after he returned home. Yes, grandfather was weaker than usual. We had to be careful around him and not hug him too tight. But, that little visit made all the difference in the world to our Bakri. The next day he returned to school and had an amazing day and every day since has been wonderful.

I think it is pretty spectacular that our children are so close with their grandparents and love them so much. I don't know how we can do a better job of keeping the grandchildren in the loop when these things happen. I don't want them to know too much, but they are so clued in to what is going on. It's definitely a challenge. Thankfully, my dad wasn't in the hospital very long. Perhaps we can try skype next time we are desperate for a visit! :-)

As an added bonus, we had amazing support from some of our favorite family members from Louisiana- Uncle Dale and Aunt Reba. Here are some pictures of their visit at our house.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

X-Treme Adventure Day at the Health Museum

We spent last Sunday at the Houston Health Museum X-Treme Adventure Party. The little Els had a blast. Here are some pictures of our adventure!

Bakri flying and climbing!

Maddux and Trinity watching "balloon man"

Maddux playing and winning a game of "hot potato"

Masked Els!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Delinquent Blogger.....again

Just when I think I am on a roll. Possibly posting everyday or maybe even three to four times a week, I let a month go by with nothing. Oops. I do have a million great excuses. Here are a few:

1. I have 3 children age 4 and under
2. I am NEVER alone
3. My computer and I have an on again- off again relationship
4. Because of #3, I'm unable to download pictures currently and I love to put pictures up on the blog
5. I have a job other than mommy, wife, homemaker, etc.
6. There are not enough hours in the day
7. I am learning to sew
8. My day starts early and by the time it ends, I can barely make it to the pillow before passing out!

So, there you have it. Just 8 of the million I could list. This is an attempt to get back on track with the blog. I know I don't have many "followers"- there are six of you presently, however, I've always looked at this as a way for me to keep up with friends and also "remember when" from our lives. If I don't write it, blog it, text it, facebook it, twitter it, etc. I'll forget it! 

See you soon,

El Momma