Thursday, July 10, 2014

Hannah’s First Sleepover!! Err….Half Sleepover!

Last week Hannah was invited to spend a night with her cousin Makenna at their trailer!  This was a big step for both of us as it would be the very first night we’ve ever been apart from one another since Nov 2, 2009!!  I’ve known for a while that it was time for her to spend a night somewhere just in case something ever happened that I couldn’t be with her for a night but I just couldn’t bring myself to arrange it.  When she was invited by her cousin and was super excited, I knew the night had come!

In the afternoon when we got back to the cottage she quickly disappeared upstairs.  I went up to see what she was doing and had to giggle (and celebrate) that she was packing for a night of fun with her cousin!  Mommy was starting to get used to the idea of her going but Hannah, she was already all in!  From what she packed there were games and fun but no nightgown or toothbrush.  Heh!  I helped pack a second bag so that she had all that she needed.IMG_4023

After supper we headed up to Makenna’s trailer.  Do you think she was excited??IMG_4024

We were there only minutes when Hannah was unpacking and settling in for the night.  The girls enjoyed playing with their LeapPads during snack time.  (On a side note, the LeapPad is one of the best toys I ever bought for Hannah!  More than 3 years later she still plays in on a regular basis and each times she does not only is she having fun but she’s learning!  If you have a 3-7yo I’d highly recommend a LeapPad!)IMG_4033

The girls settled into their beds and each Mommy did her bedtime routine with her girl.  After we finished Hannah’s prayers and gave her a bunch of kisses, I told her I’d be back in in a few minutes to check on her and when I went back in 5 mins later, this is how I found my girl:  Sleeping peacefully.  Awe!IMG_4035

The girls were settled so now it was time for the fun to start for the adults.  I’d never played ‘Life’ before but quickly became hooked.  Board games are something I really enjoy and it was great to have my brother and SIL to play with!IMG_4037

About 12:30 we finished the game and after one final check on the girls and leaving my girl with a kiss, David drove me down to mom and dad’s cottage in the golf cart.IMG_4038

I was happy that Hannah was enjoying this special time with her cousin but I was missing my girl for sure! 

I fell asleep to be woken by my dad shortly after that to hear that Mom wasn’t feeling well and he was taking her to the hospital.  My mom has had a rough spring and has been tested for numerous things but they just cannot pinpoint the problem.  This night she had a pounding headache that she just couldn’t battle any longer.  Dad went to get the van while I walked mom up the hill and then they headed off to the hospital. 

I was able to sleep a little bit after praying for mom and dad but it was fitfully and I was woken at 3:05 when my phone rang.  I quickly answered it (Dave said in less than 1 ring!) to hear Dave say, ‘Hi’ and hear my sweet girl gasping for breath in the background which is common after a ‘big cry.’  I reassured her I was coming, threw a hoodie on top of my nightgown for the second time in less than an hour, and headed up the hill to my car and then drove up to the trailer.  When I arrived she was awake and happy – as were Kallen, Makenna, Dave and Trish!  oops! 

I updated Dave on what was happening with mom and we tried to figure out if he should head to the hospital.  A quick text to dad reassured us that she was being cared for and that we wouldn’t be able to get in to them anyway.  So….we prayed!

Hannah and I thanked them for her first (half) sleepover and made our way back to Grandma and Grandpa’s cottage.   We were both wide awake by this time and it took quite a while for us to fall asleep.  Hannah because she was thankful to be home and mommy because I was concerned about Mom and Dad.

Around 4:45 Dad texted to say that they hadn’t found anything wrong with mom, had given her meds for her headache and they were on their way home.  A short while later I headed up the hill one more time to wait for them to arrive and help mom down the hill while dad parked the van.  LOL – 5am and my third trip up the hill since midnight!  The was one night I was sorry the cottage is located at the bottom of this beautiful hill!  (The house at the top is located about half way up.)IMG_3998

I did get to see a beautiful sunrise though! Sunrise

So…once Mom and Dad were home safe and Hannah was sleeping peacefully, so did I.  It was an unusual night but most of all I am thankful that Mom was feeling better.  Please pray with me that they will figure this thing out so that we can go back to life as we know it!

We all slept in until shortly before 10 and then Hannah wanted to go to her group.  As we were walking there she reassured me how much she’d enjoyed her half-sleepover and wondered if she could have another ‘half-sleepover’ soon!  Ummm…let’s work on a full sleepover sweetie!  I don’t think this Mamma can take too many of these crazy nights!


  1. What a crazy night! I bet you were exhausted! I hope the docs get the medical end of things figured out asap! I can't bear to have my kids sleep over. I like them home! You're a good sport. Ari, Ruby and Golda are at camp right now, and I'll be glad when they're back!

  2. I am sorry to hear about your mom's health problems. I will certainly be thinking of your family. As for the sleepover, I think 1/2 on your first try is pretty decent. Ha!

  3. Nice you guys can have a 2 week vacation with your parents in a nice quiet area. Too bad you aren't going to Disney world in August though. I am going to miss those posts lol.

  4. I will be praying for your mom. Please give her a hug for me. I enjoy reading your blog. Hannah is growing up so fast. Take care. Joy

    1. Thanks so much Joy! I'll tell her your praying and I know it will mean a lot to her.

  5. Love your blog! Hope your mom is doing better. Just a thought......but has she been tested for Lyme disease? It is near epidemic proportions here in the states, not sure about Canada. Not sure what her symptoms are, but that was the first thing that popped in my head since it is so common where I live and anytime someone is ill, or has been for a while without any diagnosis after numerous tests, I immediately think of Lyme disease.

    Sorry to have missed the annual July 4th CA posts, but boy it looks like you had a wonderful trip!


    1. Thanks so much Stacy! At this time we're willing to look into anything. I must say that I would be surprised if Lyme disease is the problem since mom's problems started in February which is well into the middle of our cold, icy winter. I'm not sure where she would have contracted it. I'll mention it to her though. Thanks again Stacy!

  6. When I read your post, the first thing that popped into my mind is low iron--my sister has been suffering for a number of years now with severe headaches. This past winter, when she decided to stop smoking, a number of other symptoms presented themselves. In an emergency visit, they found out she has really small red blood cells and dangerously low iron levels. She has had a couple of blood transfusions and iron infusions and says she feels like a million bucks and much fewer headaches.

    Then there is a friend of mine who has just been diagnosed with Lyme disease. She knows she was bit by a tick 25-30 years ago, but the bacteria has sat dormant in her system. There must have been a catalyst that started a number of symptoms during the winter also. She has had so many tests, ruling out a number of things but coming up empty-handed until she saw a Dr. Oz episode about Lyme disease. A simple blood test and 2 days later, Lyme disease was confirmed. She's now on antibiotics and improving, but possibly a long road ahead.

    Your mom is in our prayers for a speedy recovery.

    Glad you were able to spend such a wonderful time with family at the cottage--it's our favourite time of year.

  7. OH, one more thing Catherine, there are a few relatively "new" tick born illnesses, so if she does get tested for Lyme, please have the dr. do a whole "tick panel" of tests. Those darn buggers carry more than just lyme. My neighbor had a debilitating illness and thankfully her dr. was familiar will all tick illnesses and sure enough it was babesiosis.

    Good luck, please encourage her to get tested!


  8. Hannah's spunk makes me smile! Good for her for trying! Sorry to hear about your mother. We dealt with a similar type of thing with my mom where she had a serverly adverse reaction to surgery done for her broken foot. It took another surgery and 18 months to finally resolve the problem. It was not fun! Praying they get to the bottom of it with your mom much faster so she can be on the road to recovery and start enjoying her life "normally" again! With all of our advancements in medicine and technology one would think but....:-l

    Thanks too for the added reinforcement of the LeapPad. I looked at them briefly and am going out "solo" to have a more thorough look on Friday. Question: Do I have to buy game cartridges or can I download apps?

    Thanks! Sendings hugs!

    1. Hi Paula, I have downloaded a couple of mini-DVD's onto Hannah's LeapPad (About 9letters, going to kindergarten, etc.) but for the games I have chosen to purchase the game cartridges. I believe you might be able to download those too but I haven't done so. These games have been a great idea for grandparents and family to purchase for birthdays, Christmas, etc.

      Hannah has the original LeapPad and I am really happy with it. There was a 3rd generation introduced late in 2013 called the LeapPad Ultra that has wifi capabilities but when I looked in to upgrading it wasn't getting the best reviews. I just looked again and so far it appears it may not have the same durability that the original 2 did and the downloading can be slow. Hoping they fix these things soon as upgrading to the Ultra might be something I will consider for Christmas.

      Happy shopping! Unless wifi is important to you, you might be able to find a first or 2nd generation for less and they're great!

    2. Thanks! It seems the 2 and the Ultra came out almost at the same time. I've read mixed reviews on the Ultra. The larger screen is nice. As for the WiFi, I'm not sure we'd need/use it now but I'd love for this to last the next few years. It's also great that the games etc are all interchangeable from one system to the next. We'll see on Friday! Of course, they sell the gel cover to increase the durability! Another gadget or piece to add to the mix! By Christmas they'll probably have the Ultra 2! Lol.


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