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Sweet Baby Aiden

Sweet Baby Aiden

Just over one week ago Aiden had surgery to remove his tonsils and adenoids.  He also had new tubes put in his ears.  He is still in a lot of pain and we feel so bad for him and just want him to get better so we can have our happy Aiden back.  There are moments when he is feeling better and we know this because he will spontaneously gallop across the room, which is hilarious because his legs are so short!

I was literally in the middle of writing this post on Wednesday, Feb. 9, while we had just began watching the latest episode of “Glee”, when we heard Aiden crying and coughing over the baby monitor.  I ran upstairs and found him at the foot of his bed surrounded by his own blood.  I grabbed a towell and ran him to the car, and buckled him in while Mark grabbed coat and boots to rush him to the ER.  Aiden continued to vomit blood clots, it was very scary.

Once Mark and Aiden rolled out of the garage I called our babysitter, Brandi, to see if she could come over to watch our sleeping boys while I went to the hospital to meet Mark and Aiden.  Brandi rushed right over at 10pm and I changed out of my bloody clothes and drove to the ER.

Aiden was taken into surgery after vomiting continually.  The surgeon stitched up both sides where his tonsils had been removed, and after clearing out the blood clots discovered that underneath, he was mostly healed, he just had a few places that had been bleeding, possibly for days.  This explains his lethargy (as seen in his picture, taken a few hours before the vomiting began) and the fact that, 9 days post-op, he was having an even harder time swallowing, eating, drinking.

My parents flew out to help us the next day, which was VERY MUCH APPRECIATED.  They made it possible for us to continue to take care of our other three boys and the house (which had started to look and feel grimier than the usual!).  Aiden is doing so much better, he gallops more, can eat and drink almost normally and is even back to pestering his older brothers a bit.  He doesn’t sleep very well yet but we (especially me!) are hoping that will come around soon, too!

Thank you for all your prayers and thoughts for us in the past few days.  We are so happy to finally see signs that our baby is back!


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Wild Turkey Hunt Part 2: The Feast

Wild Turkey Hunt Part 2: The Feast

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Featured here is the delightful meal that this poor bird provided for us courtesy of Mark and the gun he used to shoot it dead this morning.

Mark and Brian plucked and cleaned the bird, salted it and then cooked an amazing meal with a recipe Brian has used before when cooking wild turkey.

So, if any of you kill a wild turkey on your next hunting trip you can use Brian’s recipe, it was really good, even Brian’s pregnant wife Renea and Tyler loved it (he ate the first 7 pieces out of the pan!).  And the whole process from the turkey’s death to our dinner table only took 9 hours!  It was hmm hmm GOOD!

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Wild Turkey Hunt

Wild Turkey Hunt

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On the sixth day of Christmas, my new truck brought to me – two wild turkeys, courtesy of Brian and RB

(pretend it’s to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”)

My buddy Brian and our friend RB took me out turkey hunting for my first time ever today.  It was a freezing cold, snowy morning but we braved the wintery weather to bring home some food to my starving wife and children.  They gave me some good instruction, made me shoot at some bushes in a field away from the turkeys, and then we drove through a canyon filled with wild cows down to the hunting lands.  We only caught glimpses of a few distant packs of birds at first, but I spotted a group hiding behind an empty hog barn.  RB expertly maneuvered my truck through a few gates and I was able to take down my first turkey after I crawled through some bushes and across a frozen river.  My marksman skills proved worthy, though the bird was small compared to the next bird that Brian got after running across frozen fields, constructing a quick blind out of materials he found while running, then calling expertly to attract a nice, hefty turkey.  The last bird I got, a Tom with a 7″ beard (way longer than I’ve ever grown), was flushed out by Brian, and after running about two miles to track it down, I got it with another Davy Crockett-style shot.  It was a great morning…

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Good-bye Uncle Brian, hello Daddy

Good-bye Uncle Brian, hello Daddy

To our very good, long-time friend, Brian, we dedicate this Jimmy Buffet song to you:
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Uncle Brian, a hero to our kids and all his friends’ kids, is about to become a Daddy.  Brian is one of the most faithful, dependable, hard-working, honest, entertaining, and considerate friends that we know.  We are sad to say good-bye to Uncle Brian, but we are very excited for him and his beautiful wife Renea to become parents.

And Brian, when you’re so tired that you can’t tell right from left, or baby bottle from beer bottle, and you realize your wife hasn’t showered in a week, don’t worry, you’ll still have your good looks!

Congrats, friend!

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Mark Luby Howard, CRNA

Mark Luby Howard, CRNA

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We just found out 15 minutes ago that Mark passed the boards!  He is now Mark Luby Howard, CRNA!  Congratulations Mark!

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