14 May 2016

Camden's Eye


This morning the boys were cleaning up the dishes after making casadillas. Isaac picked up the hot pan off the stove and was turning to put it in the sink, when Camden turned around at the same time and the edge of the hot pan caught Camden right in the eye. At first, while I was running his face under cold water, I assumed that the pan had burned his eye lid or the skin near his eye. But we couldn't find any marks on his skin. We opened his eye, and Michael and I both freaked out just a bit when we saw that his eye looked a little cloudy. (The hot pan had touched his eye, but had not touched the skin anywhere around his eye at all -- what are the chances of that?).

We took him to the ER at Children's Hospital, where they roomed us in record time (which told me that they also thought it was really serious), and the doctors checked him out right away. When the nurse opened his eye, and it was more clouded than it had been before, I thought that maybe he would lose sight in that eye. But when the doctors came in they held up fingers and asked how many he could see, and he answered correctly. He said it was blurry, but that was a really good sign (I was thinking, "Oh good, maybe only partial blindness in one eye."  And I did look it up -- apparently the DMV will still allow people to have a driver's license if they are blind in one eye as long as they can still see well with the other eye). They tried to have Camden do an eye exam, but after trying on two different charts they gave up -- he was so distraught that he said he couldn't even see the letter charts at all. They have him some eye drops that helped numb the eye, and loaded him up with some other pain killers too, which helped him calm down. 

The opthomalagist happened to be right across the way from the ER, and they caught him before he left for the day. He checked it out, and confirmed that Camden did have a corneal burn. But he said he'll be just fine. They gave him an eye patch that holds his kid closed, which they said would help to heal the cornea over the weekend. And we went home with some eye drops and more medicine because they said this is a really painful burn. The opthomologist told us to come see him early Monday morning, and he will "patch him up" (don't know what that will entail). But he said he may not need the patch anymore after Monday. And that once this heals back up there will be no permanent damage. What a relief!  

Camden slept fitfully for quite a while after getting home. He insisted that he couldn't open his good eye because it made it harder to keep his other eye closed under the patch, so when he was awake he still had both his eyes closed. Once he woke up, we took off the patch, gave him they eye drops & medicine, and put a new patch on. He was pretty weepy, but the medicine must work fast because he perked up pretty quickly afterward.  Then he wanted to get up and move around. So Nana took him along as she walked to the mailbox. He continued to keep his eyes closed the whole time that they walked, feeling his way around as if he was blind. He still wanted to go walking some more, so I took him on a little longer walk. He walked blindly for most of it, then suddenly decided to try out opening his other eye. He got used to it after a while, and since then he's been getting around just fine on his own. He even told me he thought he'd be well enough to go to church tomorrow. I asked him what he will tell people when they ask what happened, and he decided to tell them he's a pirate now. 


***** Update:

So, it's been 6 days since Camden's burn, and I can't believe how quickly he has healed.  On Monday morning we went back to the opthalmologist at Children's Hospital (the same one who told us on Saturday that Camden's cornea would likely be about 75% healed by Monday morning if he wore the patch over the weekend).  He put in some special eye drops with color in them, and he said that the drops will leave little colored marks to show the parts of the eye that are not yet healed all the way, and there were no marks on Camden's eye.  It was 100% healed by Monday morning.  The doctor said Camden has a good immune system.  (And we know it also helped that he had a priesthood blessing).  He didn't need to keep wearing the eye patch or keep taking all the extra medications, just needed to finish the round of the antibiotic eye drops he was on, which he will finish up with tonight.  A day or two after he got the patch off, Camden told me that it wasn't blurry at all anymore and he could see like normal.  So we are really thankful for our blessings!

11 May 2016

Kolby's Genealogy Project

Kolby took a genealogy elective class at school several months ago.  As part of the project he did, he talked to my husband and me, and each of our parents, and wrote little biographies of each of us.  And he made an online "book" with family photos.








"I [Kolby Michael Bradshaw] was born on October 31st, 2003, in Provo Utah, Utah Valley Hospital. I lived there for about 9 months. I then moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U. S. I lived in an apartment 4 years. During this time, three of my four younger brothers were born. Elijah, Camden, and Isaac. I then lived with my great-grandma Faun in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S. My youngest brother, Courtland, was born. After that, My family and I moved to Fairport, New York, U. S. for three years in our first house ever. Then we lived with my mom’s parents in San Diego, California, U.S.A. for about 9 months. We then got a house across the street from Del Sur Elementary where I went for two years and Moved to D39C for a year. I then Moved to a bigger house across the canyon and have lived there since. I am in 6th grade and twelve years old. I want to become a great coder when I grow up. I have made it into a MathCounts program.

Stephanie Lynn Chidester was born on Jan. 10 1982 in the Utah Valley Hospital. She has also lived in San Diego, coronado, nashville tennessee, provo utah, oklahoma, and texas. She went to Bernardo Heights Middle School. For high school she went to Rancho Bernardo High school. She went to college at Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho and at BYU. She also had a semester in Nauvoo. She met Michael Blair Bradshaw in BYU and was married to him on Dec. 27, 2002 in the Mormon San Diego Temple.

Michael Blair Bradshaw was born on Aug. 9, 1980 in the St. Luke's hospital in Salt Lake City. He has also lived in Taylorsville Utah, South Jordan Utah, and Boise Idaho. He served a mormon mission in the Dominican Republic at age 18. He went to middle school at South Jordan Middle School. He went to highschool at Bingham High School and Centennial High School. He then attended college at BYU where he met Stephanie Lynn Chidester. He got married to her on Dec. 27, 2002 in the Mormon San Diego Temple. Michael became an eagle scout at age 14.

Amy Lynn Spohr was born on Sep. 1 1957 in the St. Elisabeth Hospital in Granite City, Illinois. She never lived in Granite City because while her mom was pregnant they moved to St. Louis, Denver, Colorado but kept going to the doctor in Granite City. She also lived in Prairie Village, Kansas and Hawaii. She went Indian Hills Middle School. For High School she went to Shawnee Mission East High school. She went to BYU for college. She got married to Steven John Chidester on May 7, 1980 in the Salt Lake City Utah Mormon Temple.

Steven John Chidester was born on May 9, 1957 in the Utah Valley Hospital in Provo Utah. He has also lived in Heber, Utah and Hawaii. Steven went to Middle School at Wasatch Jr. High School. He went to Wasatch High School for High School, and went to BYU for College. He served a mormon mission in Brussels Belgium when he was eighteen. He was married to Amy Lynn Spohr on May 7, 1980 in the Salt Lake City Utah Mormon Temple.

Debra Kae McIntosh was born on Aug 17, 1958 in the LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City. She has also lived in Falls Church Virginia, South Jordan Utah, and Boise Idaho. She went to Middle School at Clayton Jr. High. Her High School was East High School. She attended College at Ricks College. She was married to Dick Michael Bradshaw on March 13, 1979 in the Salt Lake City Mormon Temple.

Dick Michael Bradshaw was born on Oct. 29 1955. In the LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City. He has also lived in Taylorsville Utah, South Jordan Utah, Louisiana, and in Boise Idaho. He went to Hillside Jr. High for Middle School, Hillside High School for High School, and BYU, University of Utah, where he got his Bachelor's Degree, University of Phoenix to get his master’s Degree. He also went to Institute of Internal Auditors and got his Internal Audit Certificate. At age eighteen he served a mormon mission in San Antonio Texas. Was married to Debra Kae McIntosh on March 13, 1979 in the Salt Lake City Mormon Temple."

08 May 2016

Mother's Day

My sweet boys are always so thoughtful on Mother's Day. Courtland made me several different cards, and a ceramic flower vase.  Camden & Kolby made yarn decorations, and Camden gave me a cool picture he made and a funny little poem he wrote. Elijah painted me a Mother's Day plate. And Isaac painted a flower pot and made a pen with flowers on it for me; and he gave me a foil "stained glass window" he made in school. And sweet Michael got me flowers and my favorite candy. And he and the boys made my favorite breakfast this morning: French toast. And this evening we get to do dinner with my mom, and most of my siblings are in town too, so I'm looking forward to that. 










01 May 2016

Piano Videos

I like the Blogger app, because it allows me to upload text and photos to our blog straight from my phone.  But the one thing the app doesn't do is upload videos.  So I thought I'd take a minute to hop on the computer and upload several videos of the boys playing the piano over the last couple years (in no particular order).  It's fun to see their progress over time.

Elijah:
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Courtland:
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Elijah, Camden, & Kolby:
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Isaac: 
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Elijah:
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Kolby:
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Camden:
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Isaac:
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Courtland:
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Kolby:
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Camden:
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Elijah:
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22 April 2016

What I love most about being out in nature . . .

When we moved here we joined "Family Adventures in Nature," a local group of families from all around San Diego who get together to go on hikes and camping trips.  We've had a lot of fun with this group over the years.  The group leader asked for members to send in brief video clips of kids answering the question, "What do you love most about being out in nature?"

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07 April 2016

6th grade camp

Kolby got to go on a really great trip to Catalina Island for 6th grade camp a few months ago. They got to do all sorts of things like dissecting squid, snorkeling, tide pooling, learning about marine biology, kayaking, etc.  I wish I could go on that trip!  (Actually, I volunteered, but unfortunately they said they didn't have room for any parent chaperones).  

I just got a few photos back from that trip, so thought I'd share them here. 






04 April 2016

California Science Center with Lijah

We're just finishing up a fun day at the science museum in LA. My mom was so kind to take the 3 younger boys and our dog last night for a sleepover and then drive them to and from school and scouts for me today, because Michael & Kolby are still driving back from their conference trip now, and I got to chaperone Elijah's field trip from 6am to 6pm. It's been a good, long day, and we will all be tired by the time we get home!







01 April 2016

School Dance

Michael and Kolby left early this morning for the big youth group general conference trip, and tonight Camden & Isaac had their 2/3 grade parent-student dance at school. I have to admit that I kind of just wanted to stay in tonight, and I wasn't very excited to go to the dance. But I didn't let on to the boys -- they were so excited, they both decided to dress up in their nice church clothes and I noticed Isaac even gelled his hair. :)


I was a little hesitant at first, not really feeling like dancing, but it was so fun to watch Camden & Isaac and all the other little boys and girls who had no fear and where just dancing like crazy. I joined in with the boys, and we ended up having a really fun night together. I taught them how to slow dance and how to lead. And tried to show them a few swing dancing moves. But I think their favorite part was when we held hands and spun around in circles together until we were really dizzy. 



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30 March 2016

Kolby's Book Report -- Les Miserables




Our family has been on a little Les Mis kick lately -- Michael & I both grew up listening to the music from the musical and we've always loved it -- it's such a moving story, and the music is just beautiful.  When I was about 12 I tried to read the book, but I didn't make it very far in before I gave up -- all I really remember is a lot of French words.  So now I've been listening to the unabridged audio book in my car since January, and I'm almost done (I'm on disk 47 out of 51 as of today).  It's pretty long, and there are a number of parts that delve into a lot of details about historical information that can go on and on a bit, but I love the storyline about the characters and the author's style of descriptive writing.  And I found out that a local high school was putting on the musical, so our whole family went to see it on Saturday and really enjoyed it.  The kids have been listening to parts of the audio book along with me, here and there, as they are in and out of the car -- so they haven't been present to listen to the entire book, but they have followed along.  Between the audio book and the musical they have picked up quite a bit of the story.

So about a month ago Kolby asked if he could read the book.  I wondered if it would be difficult for him to get through it, but I told him I would get him a copy of it from the library anyway.  I picked up an abridged copy for him -- the 800 page version -- to give him more of a chance that he might be able to make it through the book.  But I remembered when I tried to read it when I was about his age, and I figured he probably wouldn't get too far into it.  After reading just a bit of it, Kolby came home from school one day and announced that he was doing a book report on Les Mis.  I told him that was a cool idea (and I figured I'd let him try, but he might have to switch to a different book after a little while).  But he started reading, and just kept going.  It helped that a couple weeks ago he had a low grade fever (and very few other symptoms) for 7 days straight, so he had to stay home from school, but he wasn't so sick that he couldn't do anything -- so he spent days reading.  (Not only has he read the book, but he totally comprehends most of what he's readying too -- I admit it, I totally underestimated him).

He was trying to come up with a creative idea for a book report project, and considered a stop-motion animation video, but I told him there was no way he'd have enough time to read that whole book and then make a stop-motion video too before the report was due.  So he decided to do a time lapse video instead.  I helped him out by being his camera man, but he figured out the rest on his own.  He taught himself how to use the iMovie program to add the video clips, make voice-overs, add music, and adjust the timing and transitions to make it all fit together.  Kolby has worked long and hard on this video, and I think it turned out so well!  But what I love the most is how much fun we had going to the musical together, and how much he has loved reading this really good book.

22 March 2016

Pinewood Derby

The pinewood derby is coming up on Friday. Camden & Isaac are getting their cars ready for the big race. (And the brothers are all making their own cars for fun too).