Sunday, August 31, 2008

Oliver and Callum

Check this out Jacqui!! Hope you are feeling better soon.
Oliver and Callum were having a great time on this bike. Simon said to Jared, look at your freeloading son. And why not sit back and relax while someone else does all the work. Way to go Callum.

Helping Hands Day

We had a very busy day on Saturday out and about in L'ton. Consequently I was still ironing and doing washing at 11pm last night because we spent the whole day away from the house. The girls went to Katie's 7th birthday party while I went to the gym and then we met up with Simon and went off to the Stake Helping Hands Day. If you check out Lisa's blog she explains so much better than me what we were doing yesterday. We went in the afternoon and had so much fun. Cutting and laminating and sorting things like that is right up my alley. Plus there were a heap of things for the kids to do so they went off and had their own fun.

Here are a few pics of the busy workers..................

These are some of the equipment that the kids had a ball on and some of the big kids too...............

Thursday, August 21, 2008


Simon has been away this week doing a week's worth of Search and Rescue training in the snow. Once again I ask why someone would choose to do that..... and be excited about it. I hate the cold and go to great lengths to avoid it. Five minutes before we leave the house I warm the car up and have the heaters on flatout so I can go from a warm house to a warm car without noticing the change in temp much.

Last night they left Cradle Mountain to go to Ben Lomond and they were given an hour to stop home and dry out and have a shower. Yep Simon did smell a bit. He phoned ahead to ask me to whip down to the bakery and get him a pie and pastie. I suppose living off camp food can get a bit monotonous. This week they are trying their hand at building snow caves ( they weren't allowed to take tents) and understanding hypothermia so they can identify it in people they find and know what to do to help. They were going to 'get a bit of hypothermia' so they could know what its like, all in a controlled setting, but it reminded me of Simon's academy days when they all decided to have capsicum spray sprayed in their faces so they knew what it felt like for when they did it to um the baddies.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Cursed Croup

On Saturday Oliver developed a mild barky cough and runny nose. You know the usual cold-like symptoms you see in little kids at this time of year. That night we went to Eden and Steph's for tea as Sarra had been pestering them for ages for a sleepover with Chloe. Like they weren't busy enough with building a new house and having a baby. Stephannie said Sarra was good though, and had a bath in the morning with Chloe before church. Anyway while we were there, Oliver's breathing got quite noisy but he was still happy and full of energy. Chrish came over during tea and it was lovely to see him and catch up a bit. I had a hold of Lachlan and Oliver came running out of Chloe's room, his eyes turned big as saucers and he said, "Mum you had the baby". I could not stop laughing. It would be nice if it was that easy. I had to explain to him that Lachlan was Chloe's little brother and not his.

On Sunday Oliver's breathing got worse but we still took him to church as he did not seem bothered by it. I thought his breathing was more noisy, rather than sounding restricted. During Sunday School I took him round to Mel's for a rest as Tyren was home sick and Mel said "look how is chest is caving in as he tries to breath - maybe it is asthma"! I was really hoping not! After church I borrowed Katherine's vaporiser and set it up next to him on the couch thinking that would help the mucous move a bit off his chest. I still had no clue how bad he was getting. At this stage Oliver still seemed quite happy.

Quite quickly he started going downhill and could not even talk but would tap me on the arm and point to things or just try to whisper. All of a sudden he could not walk anymore and crawled over to me trying to tell me his chest hurt. He started getting really restless and irritable. His little heart was racing and he was getting clammy. Katherine was over having a look at him too and once he started doing this, I called out to Simon who was packing for his week away doing Search and Rescue and we decided I should take him into the hospital.

On the way in, Oliver got really lethargic and started drooling and was not responding to me. I must admit I started speeding a bit and kept telling myself to keep it together. Some instinct told me that I needed to be quick and not waste anymore time. By now Oliver sounded like he was gasping for air, like there was not enough oxygen in the air. His chest was caving in so much with each breath that his ribs were showing with each gasp and a big hole was appearing in his neck as he tried to suck in air. I was horrified that things could get bad so quick and I felt like a terrible mother.

Anyway at the emergency dept, it was of course chockas full of people but they whisked us straight in as a category 2 case of severe respiratory distress. As soon as they put him on the nebulisier with adrenaline, Oliver improved dramatically. Oliver found all the vapours quite disconcerting and kept trying to pull the mask off his face but in the end he gave up because he was too tired to fight. He was then given prednisolone and put on children's ward to be monitored. The doctor said I really should have called an ambulance and if I had of left him untreated, it would have become life-threatening through the night. But she did say that with kids they will go and go and then just drop and it happens so fast that it is sometimes hard to judge how bad they are. I think she was trying to make me feel better.

Anyway after all that, Oliver has croup. Although it is common, it can get serious quickly which is what happened to Oliver. What amazed me was how quick he perked up once his windpipe was not restricted by mucous anymore. He wanted to play in the playroom and have something to eat. The playroom was awesome. I remember Lisa putting it on her blog on its opening day when she was in having Kobe but I didn't realise how much work had been put into it.

We were supposed to be having a family dinner at the Wheelers and practice our skit for the Stake Talent Night so instead Mum, Collette, Jess, Lisa and Emily came in with tea for me. It was really nice as I could forget some of the stress of the last few hours and have a good laugh. Thanks for cheering me up guys! Knowing my family and how food is a priority, I had not forgotten dessert and threw it in the car half made on the way to the hospital. In true Gibson style, after their visit, the girls went to my car and got out the lemon meringue cheesecake (one of Kay's recipes that Mum Triffitt said to try) and took it home to eat. Collette texted me and said it was yummy. Hello - where is my piece!!

look at these two posing sick for the camera - what a crack-up!

Simon came in with Sarra and Hallie and when they left Simon later told me that Sarra asked him if Oliver was going to die (so dramatic) and Hallie got all teary when she was praying for him before bed. Nice to know they care for each other inbetween fights.

When everyone left I gave Oliver a bath in this awesome batch that moves up and down and has spa jets and toys. The only thing was the nurse put it on for me but I didn't know how to turn it off because there were so many buttons. I did not want to buzz her as I felt really silly so Oliver and I tried all the buttons until we got the tap to turn off. I was starting to panic as the bath was gettting fuller and fuller. Oliver was giggling away.

Sleeping over was a joy. The pull-out cot would have been manageable without a big heavy tum and as we were right next door to the nurses desk and they had a window to see in and doing Oliver's obs all night, I did not sleep much -but I was expecting that anyway. I hate people seeing me in my pjs so at 6.30 I was up and in the shower before anyone could see me.

Simon came in as he decided not to start search and rescue until tomorrow and around 11.30am, Lisa came in with Kobe and Harri so that broke up the boredom quite nicely.(thanks Lisa) Harri and Oliver went off to play and then Harri did not want to go home, he was having so much fun.

They let us out about 3pm with some more prednisolone and to watch Oliver carefully overnight and bring him in if he started looking like his windpipe was restricted again. Well now I definitely know what croup is and don't worry it is a virus and not contagious. Just don't let it get as bad as I did. The hospital food is not worth it :)

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Aussie Aussie Aussie - Oi Oi Oi

This is a photo of the kids watching the Olympics opening ceremony. I went outside to clean the car and found them all laying in boxes on my return inside. Sarra was just as excited when Egypt came out as they had each picked a country in their class and studied it for the upcoming Games. When Kevin Rudd came on the screen when the Aussies came out, Sarra said, "look there's the government". At least she knows who is.

Now that our latest project has gone.......................

here is Simon's next one.........................

He found this Toyota Yaris at the auctions and is doing it up. It has only done 40,000 kms so it might be worth keeping for a buzz box for me to run around in next year. We only have the one car at the moment, the old Commodore wagon clunker which has done 275,000 kms and at 1.5litres, the Yaris would be much cheaper to run. Plus with Hallie at school full-time next year I only need to fit Oliver and the baby in a car.

This is my latest project.................... sorting through all of Oliver's baby clothes and putting them in the cupboard all ready to go!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

A bit behind

Well after our internet went down for 2days and I was on the phone to Telstra for 57mins trying to get it fixed, we are back on air again. I realise that I am way behind with my blogging this week so am just going to post some random pics of what has been going down at Westbury.

Today Hallie is sick so it gives me a good opportunity to catch up on my blog and browse all the ones I have not been able to see for the past few days. Sorry I missed the gym this morning Lisa. I hope it wasn't too much torture doing the spin class!

Sarra's favourite food is raspberries and I remember being so envious of Toni when last summer she posted pics on all the luscious raspberreis they had at their new place. Poppy is very good at growing raspberries and kindly gave Sarra some raspberry canes to plant. Whenever Sarra goes to Oma and Pop's, she asks for raspberries and Oma luckily, often has some in the freezer. Sarra says thanks Poppy.

On Sunday, great Pop Triffitt (Harry) gave Simon some advice on how to grow them and yesterday the girls got out with Simon and started planting. It was a wonderful learning opportunity for Sarra and she is very excited to see the end product.

Oliver has been up to his usual antics. Now you know how some of you have been telling me that Oliver needs to hurry up and get a brother, particularly with his sisters loving to play dress-ups with him all the time.............. well this is him putting on eyeliner. Maybe he thought it was lipstick.
This photo speaks for itself.
These are some of the photos taken at Kit's house when Justine and Declan were here and they held an open home. I love the one of Tilly, Sarra and Kobe. They are such little mothers.

Kit hasn't lost her touch with the babies. She put Kobe to sleep no worries. I will keep that in mind for mine then Kit.

Last weekend Hallie went to her first school birthday party. It was for her little friend Jordan and Hallie was in heaven as the party's theme was Spiderman.

Hallie and the birthday boy, Jordan

Hallie with her best friend Alice. I was trying to get some nice light effect with the camera but as you can see it didn't really work. Can I blame the camera?