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A Tribe Called Whitlock

Life is gritty, messy, chaotic and imperfect. I want to remember every moment of it!

Roller-coaster Birthday

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It has become a tradition that MO and I ride roller-coasters on his birthday. We ended up not being able to get to Busch Gardens until late when the haunted houses had opened and hired actors were out for the night for their yearly Hallowscream. We went through one haunted house and I screamed and hid behind MO the whole time. I asked myself as I was going through why I did this to myself! I just can’t take it! We did discover that there was a benefit to going during a themed event, most people were so focused on the spooky activities that the actual rides had minimal lines! So after the fourth time on the Sheikra with little wait times (and my gurgling belly) we felt we had accomplished what we had gone for. I am hoping I can keep up with my adventure seeking, roller-coaster loving hubby.

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A month of Makena

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She is growing so fast! I decided to do a month of pictures to remember each stage. Here’s October!

Multicultural Art

KJ is taking an art class this semester that focuses on the art work from different cultures. This week they made Adobe houses that are located in Mexico. I am noticing that he has began to appreciate colors more, like a beautiful sky or a rock before he throws it. Being in art class is giving him a more detailed eye.

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The Classroom of Nature

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Crystal Springs Preserve offers THE best nature classes. This weeks theme was bugs. First they do an interactive informational session and afterwards exploration activities. I was hoping to catch site of a rattler, coral snake or alligator while we were there but no such luck. We did learn the proper way to catch multiple bugs with a net and how to hold grasshoppers. The kids set in a circle at the end of class and passed around their containers filled with all the different types of bugs they had found. Then they let them all go at the same time.  Did you know there are more people who eat bugs as their main source of protein in the world than those who eat meat from animals?

A Negative Event with a Positive End

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This super big cool aid grin is due to the fact that we thought we were returning to the hospital for yet another procedure but after the MD assessment we found out it was not needed!!!  During Tres surgery to correct his scoliosis the dura layer was nicked. The surgeon did tell us about it in post op but felt that since he repaired the area we shouldn’t have any problems. Tres started having headaches day two post surgery. They did a CT and the MD took off his dressing to see if he seen any spinal fluid leaking. Both types of  assessments had normal results. It was not until our follow up appointment when the reaplied dressing was taken off that we noticed fluid under the incision. Sigh. After the MD aspirated some of the fluid it was clear it was spinal and not blood. SO we scheduled the procedure to repair the dura for a few days later. Thankfully it sealed on its own praise God! Tres is still having headaches and we are praying those will be gone by next week. Looking foward to when my brave young man starts feeling like his normal pre surgery self.

Many Faces of Makena

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I can’t believe G☆baby is 6 months old! Her little facial expressions crack me up. We never have to wonder about how Makena feels.

The New Salad

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Favorite spinach and fruit shake. So good and you would never guess I used 4 cups of spinach in it! I have been making these for a few years now a couple times a week as a way to squeeze in more fruit and vegetables. I noticed as the kids are getting older they are eating extra servings of dinner (only one goes back for extra veggies). I decided to make these before dinner to fill them up on good stuff first. Trend alert….shakes are the new salad.

Day 4

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Days seem so long in the hospital. Its impossible to get a good nights sleep
with the constant interruptions. I completely understand the medical staff have to do their jobs. I used to be the one waking people up for assessments. Understanding the need doesn’t help when we’re walking around like zombies through the day. Still I am blessed that my hubby is able to alternate nights with me.  We have our own change of shift/giving report routine. Tres pain is better in his back but now he is having pounding headaches. Praying for balance to be restored in his poor overtaxed body. Family dropping by to visit has seemed to help take his mind off of  feeling cooped up and lifted his spirits a bit. Cousin Tab and Journey stopped by with his favorite gummy bears. Tori, Khyre and baby Makena also came to hang out.  Makena has a knack for bringing joy in the door with her and Tres was all smiles as she set in his bed and played with him. It’s still not home but having visitors makes the days bearable.

A New Back…day 1

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We have been preparing since May for the impending surgery to correct Tres scoliosis. Even though he has been through multiple orthopedic surgeries I have been dreading this one.  He has been counting down the days.  His back has been causing him so much pain he could barely tolerate more than a few hours in his wheel chair.  Per my usual I was up very late the night before surgery. Keeping myself busy focused on daily life kept my mind away from worry filled what if kinda thoughts. I finished a few cases for work, made sure everyone had clean clothes for the week and loaded the dishwasher in the hopes that someone would remember to unload it the next morning.  We had to be at the hospital by 6:00 am. His surgery was 5 hours long. How I detest waiting rooms. Long hours waiting on a few second calls here and there from the surgical team to let us know how he is doing.  Watching other families pace back and forth and hearing one mom’s sobs as she heard news from the trauma team about her son. Stretched were my nerves. Finally the call to let us know he was moving to the recovery room.  The doctor came in to review the before and after x rays of his back.  The results were amazing. The first x-ray showed an almost hook shaped spine while the second was perfectly straight. To me it was a beautiful reassurance that we made the right choice by going with the surgery.  Tres daily life will be better for it.  Later looking down on his face grimacing with pain I had to remind myself of those thoughts and tell myself day 2 would be better.

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