Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Balloon Festival!

I've always wanted to go to the Hot Air Balloon Festival.  I knew the girls would love it and it just worked out to go the same weekend as the Go Fish concert.  It was a beautiful sight to see around one hundred balloons in the sky at once.

  The girls loved the Beaver, Panda, and Eagle.  It was hot, but fun!  We also were there with a couple of our friends families, so the girls really had a good time with all of their little friends. 

We had to be a little creative with getting some shade.  We hung our blankets in the tree with bobby pins.  Hey, it worked!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Night Terrors

History:  As most of you know, Paige suffers from Night Terrors.  It has been a long, hard road for us.  She started having them, oh, about 18 months to 2 years ago.  She has had them EVERY night, TWICE a night since then, minus a few short time periods in which we thought maybe we would be done with them.

What are they:  They are like nightmares, only she has no recollection of them in the morning.  From everything we've read it happens when she transitions from Stage 3 into Stage 4 of the sleep cycle right before they go into REM Sleep.

What do they look like:  We usually hear her start to cry with the first one about 45 minutes to an hour after she goes to bed.  Most nights by the time we get to her she is standing at the top of the stairs.  Don't let this fool you... she is NOT awake.  She is wide eyed, crying hysterically, and usually looking off over your shoulder.  Sometimes she'll say something, but most of the time I can't understand what she is saying.

The second episode is usually 45 minutes to an hour after the first one and we are usually in bed by then, so we find her sitting up in bed, wide-eyed, and crying hysterically again.  Sometimes she is batting at things, sometimes not.  If she is understandable it is usually her saying "no" over and over and swinging her arms.

What do we do:  We scoop her up into our arms, assure her of our love and God's love, pray with her/over her, and stay with her until she is calm enough to go to sleep.  I don't know that she ever wakes up.  There have been times when she is so hysterical and inconsolable that I just turn on all the lights and that seems to help snap her out it.  Most of the time she calms down as soon as we pick her up and start talking to her.  Though, remember, I truly don't believe that she ever wakes up during any of this.

Does she ever not have them?  On rare occasions.  It seems that if we are away from home, she won't have one the first night or two we are gone.  

Is there any way to make them stop?  Nothing we have tried has worked.  We have tried waking her up after 30 minutes of sleep as this is supposed to disrupt the sleep cycle and possibly help.  We found that no matter what time we would try to wake her up, she would go right into one as soon as we attempted to wake her.  

We've also read that the more tired they are, the more likely they are to have a terror.  We do still have her "rest" on occasion and maybe we should be more diligent with this, but even when she napped everyday she still had them.

We pray like crazy.  We pray before bed with her that she will have a peaceful night's sleep filled with happy dreams.  We also pray for the Holy Spirit to fill her and God's angels to protect her mind, thoughts, and body.  We have prayed over her room and bed.  

How long will these go on:  I HAVE NO IDEA!  Everything I've read says kids usually out grow them by adolescence.  And right now that seems SOOOOOOO far away.

How am I holding up?  I'm going to be brutally honest here.  I am angry!  I am angry that my child gets up terrified every night.  I'm angry that God has not taken these away no matter how much I pray.  I'm even angry that my evenings, when I should get to relax because my girls are sleeping peacefully, get interrupted twice a night.  Selfish, I know, but I'm just being real.

How can you help?  Pray with us!  I know there is power in prayer and God is bigger than this and can heal her!  Pray for Mark and I that we can stay strong in this and for Paige.  Right now she has no idea that she has these, but even though she doesn't remember them, she still has something dark and fearful enter her mind every night.  Thanks for standing in the gap with us!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Go Fish!

We got to go to a Go Fish Concert at the end of July!  It was AWESOME!  The girls absolutely LOVED it!  And lets be honest, I did too!  They put on a spectacular show.  I've been going to Go Fish concerts since I was in college and they performed there.  Yes, before they did kids music.  Back when they were solely acapella. 

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Annie's VBS

Paige was blessed to get to attend a VBS put on by Annie S., a high schooler from church.  She had a GREAT time and learned so much about different countries around the world. 
Paige on the front of the skateboard, riding down the driveway.
All the girls at their program.

The family who hosted the VBS have some ziplines in their back yard.  It's not a great picture, but that's Paige in the red.  She had such a blast that week!  Thanks Annie for investing in Paige's young life!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Backyard Bible Club

Okay, so I'm going backwards a little.  In July our neighborhood hosted a Backyard Bible Club.  Our backyard it perfect as it backs right up to the park and our deck makes a perfect "stage".  It was HOT!  I mean with heat warnings hot.  Like indexes of 115 degrees HOT.  But we survived, and did cancel one of the evenings just because we didn't feel it was safe to have that young of kids outside.  It was a fun week despite the heat.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Paige's 1st Day of School

Today was bitter sweet.  It was Paige's 1st day of Kindergarten.  I can't believe my baby is going to school!  We chose not to do any formal preschool education for her.  We really want the girls to be able to be kids for as long as possible.  We feel like they get what they need for preschool just by observing what is around them and working with them when they show an interest.  So this is really the first step that we have taken in letting go.  She is going 3 days a week to a private Christian school in town.  We trust that she will grow in Christ as well as get what she needs academically.  She is SOOOOO excited to go to school.
She got to have a "K" for Kindergarten pancake for breakfast.  She was a little shy at breakfast about getting her picture taken.

Here she is all ready to go!

She is taking her Tinkerbell lunch box and Ariel backpack.

A hug from Mom.

And one from Dad.  Daddy actually came with us to drop her off.  He wanted to be part of her day and see her off.

Walking in.

A pose by her locker.

And all ready for us to leave her.  She did let Lainey color with her for a couple minutes.  I think she had a great day.  She hasn't said much about it, but I'm sure more will spill out when she's ready.  She wants to go back so that's a good sign!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

She wears many faces!

So one day I randomly asked Alaina to show me some different expressions.  These are what she gave me.  No second takes needed.  This girl has always been very expressive. 




Tuesday, August 2, 2011

My Hula Girls!

The girls in their dresses that we brought them back from Hawaii.  Aren't they adorable!