Sunday, December 26, 2010

Coco Key Water Resort

We had a fun day at the Coco Keys Water Resort. Definately a good place for kids to play in the water.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas Pageant

On Sunday, Logan and I had the privilege to watch the Christmas Pageant at church. Click here to watch the video. ENJOY!!!!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Christmas Photo Shoot

Christmas cards are in the mail!!! Here are a few of our pictures from this year!

To see the rest of them you'll just have to wait til your Christmas card arrives!!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Nothing like Free Winter Fun

Today was the Winter Family Festival. Wells Fargo hosts a festival around town and makes it free to go in to 3 museums (Children's Museum, Durham Museum, Joslin Art Museum), Omaha police horse barn, Downtown Wells Fargo, and the Library. They had carolers, art projects for the kids, scavenger hunts, and plus you still get to look at everything in the museum. It was fun just to go to the different locations.

New Glasses

Logan got new glasses.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Just for Nana

This picture is just for Nana!

Afternoon of bowling

Another activity for us (you'd think by now we'd be tired). Sunday afternoon we tried our luck at bowling!

Saturday fun

On Saturday after picking up Chris from the airport we took Dad & Mom on a walk to the pedestrian bridge over the Missouri River.

Day at the Zoo

What a better way to spend Black Friday than a day at the zoo! We had gone to the zoo earlier this summer, but this trip to the zoo we saw everything else we didn't get to see last time. Most of the exhibits were indoors so we mostly kept warm.

Sunday, November 28, 2010


Logan loved having Grandpa and Grandma here for his 10th birthday. We did so many things it was like having a birthday party the whole weekend.
We started with the movie Tangled the day before Thanksgiving. On Thanksgiving we enjoyed food and of course the birthday cake.

This year was the first year that Chris was gone for a holiday. He had been in Montana for the past 2 weeks and wouldn't return home until the Saturday after, SO this was my first year making a turkey. After all was said and done and a few coaching moments with Chris via the phone, I would have to say that it turned out pretty good!

After lunch we took a quick very cold walk around Lake Zorinksy

And ofcourse Logan had to try out all of the new toys that he had gotten!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Birthday/Thanksgiving

Happy Birthday to my 10 year old LOGAN!!!!


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Good News

Today Logan went in for his Kidney Procedure. He was in pretty good spirits getting ready for it. After 20 minutes the nurse informed me that they were done. Dr came out and said they found nothing. There was no blockage and the ureter tube was wide open. YAY!!!! They didn't need to put a stint in, and they didn't need to do anything. They think that b/c the kidney is functioning less, it caused the test to show that it wasn't draining. So we need to follow up in 1 year with a renal ultrasound, to make sure the kidney is still somewhat functioning.
Picture before surgery

Picture after surgery knowing that they didn't put in a stint.

Of course Logan was starving after everything was said and done, so he ordered himself room service. For the 1st lunch he actually called the person 3 times to add more to his order. The first time he ordered a turkey sandwich, but then he forgot to order chips so he called back. He then remembered that he forgot to order desert so he called back and ordered ice cream.

After eating that he was still hungry, so he called back and ordered chicken strips and fries and gravy. I felt so bad for the poor hospital guy running all this food to us.

Logans on antibiotics for the next 3 days and pain medicine from when they went in him as needed. Think this will be a quick recovery for him.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Dance, Dance, Dance

Logan performed at his first concert ever! Thought I'd share a few tunes from it. Enjoy all the videos!

This is Logans good friend from school Nevin. More Songs!

Logan had a great time at the concert, and it was really fun to watch!

Friday, November 12, 2010


Its 8pm and snowing so what is there to do? GO PLAY

Friday, November 5, 2010

Logan Update

Well the results of the kidney test came back not so good. It seems that the *good* kidney is doing 79% of the work and the other kidney is doing only 21% of the work. Because its higher than 15% they want to try and save that kidney. During the test it seemed as if they kidney wasn't draining like it should have and the test results proved that.
On November 23, they are going to put Logan to sleep and use a camera to see if there really is a blockage, if there isn't then great and we can go home.
If there is a blockage then while they are in there, they will use a balloon like thing and inflate the ureter tube and put in a stent. The stent will have to stay in there for at least 4-6 weeks.
We are hoping this procedure works, because if it doesn't they will have to redo the surgery that he had last year. If that doesn't work then they will just take out the kidney.
It should be just a same day procedure and he will be able to go home at the end of the day.
If you are curious here is some information about whats going on.
Info Below about his kidney: from Childrens Hospital Boston

Ureteropelvic Junction (UPJ) Obstruction

Ureteropelvic Junction (UPJ) Obstruction

What is ureteropelvic junction (UPJ) obstruction?

UPJ obstruction occurs when there is an abnormal narrowing of the ureter at the level where the kidney pelvis and the ureter meet (See Urinary Tract, Normal Anatomy). This abnormal narrowing impedes the flow of urine down the ureter and into the bladder, causing the urine to build up, resulting in a condition known as hydronephrosis, an expansion and dilation of the renal pelvis.

The degree of obstruction at the ureteropelvic junction varies widely, ranging from very mild to very severe. In general, mild cases of UPJ obstruction do not injure or impair the kidney from performing its normal function. Mild UPJ obstruction may, however, predispose a child to increased risk of urinary tract infection. In severe cases of UPJ obstruction, there can be significant impairment or renal damage.

What causes UPJ obstruction?

There are two types of causes of UPJ obstruction, intrinsic causes and extrinsic causes. The intrinsic cause, which is the most common type occurs during fetal development, resulting in a narrowing of the ureter as it's forming, leading to the blockage of urine flow. Extrinsic causes can include an abnormal tethering of the ureter by abnormal blood vessels or compression of the ureter by a tumor.

What are the symptoms of UPJ obstruction?

Most cases of UPJ obstruction are now diagnosed prenatally, due to the common practice of prenatal ultrasound. If the condition is not detected before birth, a child may have the following symptoms: hematuria (blood in the urine), urinary tract infection, abdominal masses or abdominal discomfort.

How is ureteropelvic junction obstruction diagnosed?

In many cases, the condition is diagnosed by prenatal ultrasound. The fetal kidney and collecting system are often detectable on prenatal ultrasound as early as 15 weeks of gestation. The first sign of a problem on the ultrasound is usually hydronephrosis, which is an indication that there may be a blockage of urine flow. You may undergo further ultrasounds during pregnancy, and your baby will be evaluated after birth.
You would also be referred to a pediatric surgeon if your child displays any of the symptoms described above. If the specialist suspects UPJ obstruction, your child will undergo the following tests:

Renal-bladder ultrasound: This is generally the first test performed. The ultrasonographer will be looking to see if the renal pelvis is dilated and if there is any damage to kidney function. The doctor will be able to determine whether the condition is mild, moderate, or severe.
Voiding cystourethrogram:This test is used to determine whether there is vesicoureteral reflux or obstruction below the bladder.
Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP) or Renal Scan: Either of these tests may be performed based on the surgeon's preference. Both tests help to evaluate the severity of obstruction of urine flow from the kidney to the bladder.

Based on the findings of the tests described above, a determination will be made as to whether the condition represents a severe or mild degree of UPJ obstruction, whether it can be safely watched to see if it resolves spontaneously or whether it would be treated best with surgical correction.

How is ureteropelvic junction obstruction treated?

UPJ obstruction can occur in varying degrees of severity. In its very mildest nature, it is most often left alone, with routine observation, since it can correct itself over time. In severe cases of UPJ obstruction, there may be concern about impairment of kidney function or permanent kidney damage and therefore these cases are treated surgically.
The operation usually involves removing the narrow part of the ureter and re-connecting it to the kidneys drainage system, a procedure known as pyeloplasty. This is sometimes done laparoscopically. See Pyeloplasty (laparoscopic).

Friday, October 29, 2010

Fun for Chris @ work

Chris got to dress up at work this year.....

Hoping and Praying

Its been 1 year since Logan has had his surgery on the blockage in his kidney. We went today to have a MEG 3 to test the function of his kidney. From what I know the right kidney is way smaller than the left kidney. During the test the Left *good* kidney emptied quickly while the other *bad* kidney didn't drain like it should have. We are now waiting to get the results from the Urologist. If he decides that it functions the same that it did last during the test we should be okay. If he decides other wise then I'm not sure what step we will take. We will keep ya posted.

He was a good sport considering they made him have an IV and a catheter in for the test.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Shadow Ninja

Logan was all ready to go this morning for the costume parade.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Fork Eyeballs

Tomorrow *Thursday* Logan has a Halloween party at school, so I signed up to make cookies. Well Logan was on the Internet the other day and spotted these treats.

Few donut holes, white chocolate chips, regular chocolate chips and a fork and have a fork eyeball.

In the morning is the Halloween costume parade, so more pictures to follow!