Monday, July 28, 2008

i'm a noodle

I just got to redeem my Christmas gift from Mom - spa day at Hydrations Spa. Wow. Massage, facial, pedicure, make-up... I could get used to that kind of pampering!

a day at Grammy's

Some great "down time:"
Some great "not-so-down time:"

feeling better

Athan's fever is gone. He's sleeping and eating much better. Big sigh of relief for him and for us.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

ups and downs

Well, the first few days of the vacation were great! Lots of smiles and hugs and familiar faces and places. Athan and Morgan have had so much fun!!

As far as I know, Morgan is still great. She got to go spend the night with Aunt Loy, Avery, and Macy last night, so I'll update more on her when I see her again. She is currently with the fam at Border Town Days to hear cousin Charla sing.

Athan, poor guy, has had a rotten couple of days. He had a fever, which we now know is due to an ear infection. The NP at the Urgent Care place said his ear looked a little pink, but not awful. He is also teething (including a blood blister on his gums over his molar that popped yesterday). Ryan just got home with the amoxicillin and Tylenol, so hopefully we're on the road to relief.

Tonight we'll go to Ryan's 10 YEAR class reunion. Yikes.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

cliffhanger resolved

As promised, here is the visual version of Athan's latest PT feat - STANDING (against a wall with hands ready to help, of course, but definitely standing):

We hope he will start bending his knees more and supporting his weight without locking his knees back, and then learn to squat down along the wall. He is working so hard and we are really proud of him!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


We saw a urologist in Lubbock today. He took out a couple of stitches and said that Athan is healing well.

We also got to see Aunt Brittany and Uncle Jordan, which was WAY fun. Morgan informed me that she is going back there tomorrow.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

made it

We're in Clovis. And we're tired. We had lots and lots of fun being with family and visiting friends in Amarillo, Ceta Canyon, and Borger the past few days.

Now we're going to sleep alot. :)

More soon...

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

good times

The Strebeck Fam is here, and we are having so much fun! Morgan is just LOVING it. Athan continues to recover well. I have really fun pictures to post later of a new PT feat, but I'll leave that cliffhanger for now. We're packing to get ready to leave in the morning for a 3+ week trip to see family in Texas and New Mexico. We'll be a family reunion all weekend, then back to Clovis (and able to post again) early next week.

Thank you a thousand times, again, for prayer for our boy through all of his challenges. His smile is evidence of your faithfulness to Him and us.

Monday, July 14, 2008


We're home. We were discharged so quickly, we didn't even have time to post another blog. Athan is asleep on Ryan's chest at the moment. I just got back from Sims with his prescriptions, and we're just resting and awaiting the arrival of Nana, Papa, Na-Na, and Auntie B! :-)

In Recovery

Athan has been in recovery now for about 20-30 minutes. The anesthesia is slowly wearing off and he's running a low grade fever. He is nursing now, so calm at the moment. They expect us to head home some time early this afternoon.

9:30 Surgery Time

Athan went in on schedule this morning. We counted on him being fussy since he has been fasting since dinner, but he was in a great mood all morning. He spent most of his pre-op time charming the nurses and anesthesia team. The surgery is supposed to take around an hour, so we'll let you know when he's in recovery.

Friday, July 11, 2008


Would you all pray for our friend Ben Venable? He is a high school senior who injured himself yesterday. He has surgery to put rods in his back this afternoon, and the next few days recovery will be pretty rough on him. Thanks for your prayers.

Monday, July 7, 2008

therapy again today

PT went well. He was in a good mood, and he worked pretty hard. Laurie reminded me that on one of her first visits, she thought Athan might walk by the time he was 3. That is what makes it so shocking that he is working really hard on standing now. We're just so proud of how hard he is working.

Morgan went to the library with Daddy tonight, which seems to have helped her mood. She's been pretty cranky the past couple of days - still recovering from the strep, I suppose.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

i repent

I know. I've been awful about keeping this updated the past couple of weeks. I hope our faithful readers can forgive me, and I'll do my best to catch up:

The move: It has been rare and wonderful for Ryan and I to have some time to get several things done. The tasks that get put off when you move in, then never get done until its time to move out - we've actually gotten to do some of those. Ryan has painted, replaced outlets, helped me hang fixtures, and built some shelves for the kitchen. I've had time to clean and organize, rearrange furniture a time or two, and decorate a bit. It's fun to play house. :) You can check out the pictures when you have time.

Morgan: Like I said, she's been kinda sickly. The antibiotic is working, I think, and her fever has been gone for a couple of days. She doesn't feel this yucky anymore, but she is still not eating or sleeping well, which makes for a cranky kiddo. "Fragile" is the word Ryan used today. She's still a little fragile...

Athan: He's great. We are SO thankful he doesn't show any signs of being sick. Whew. We've really been trying some fun things in therapy. We tried to do PT in the pool last week, but it was cold water on a cloudy day - just made him mad. We'll try that again when it's warmer. The most fun lately are his new wrist weights! Laurie, the World's Best PT, took some wrist rattles, took out the rattle, and replaced it with some fishing weights. So cool! It has been a great way to work in the muscle tone in his arms.

Alright, there's a start. I'll be a better blogger this week, promise. Night!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008


Morgan has strep throat. Poor kiddo. I'll post more when she's well...