Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thanksgiving with our Family

Thanksgiving night movie tradition

Making name cards for the Thanksgiving feast

Lincoln and Grandpa setting up the train

Hayley really laughing and enjoying her Disney movie

Caught Cash down the street, so unusual....

Gibbon twins and Hall Twins with Grandpa

Clark Nelson and Cash

A wonderful, safe Thanksgiving with my whole Healthy family, it doesn't get any better than that.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Oh the Lights!

Dad we love the huge amount of time and love you put into the Christmas Lights

Feeling it!!!
Not so much!!!

Wow lights!!

My poor Dad really dislikes, well hates( but I don't ever like to use that word), putting up Christmas Lights, but loves the whole effect. He did a good job without any swear words, well maybe one or two but I was not there the whole time to keep tract. My kids like all kids long for Christmas Lights. We let Cash be around them for a brief moment until he started ripping the bulbs out. So much time, effort,money and energy are just a few of the things that makes holidays so grand. Talk about the huge pressure to make my kids holidays as wonderful and flow blown as my parents have done for us, wow!! My mom always says if something is not really hard, it is then not really great. You are so right mom...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Lincoln is Smiling Because.....

Cash has been with him every minute and always makes Lincoln happy

He finally had a chance to enjoy this beautiful, kind treat from the Sampson Family

I think his mama made him laugh. And his skull is shrinking down to normal, even though he has about 6 months internally to go. But the greenish circles forming around his eyes are his favorite.

Saturday, November 22, 2008


Poor Boy

Sunday the 22nd

Wed the 19th

Friday the 21st

Tuesday, no swelling yet....

They definitely call him a "miracle boy." It has taken us awhile to get used to his appearance and mood, but we will take it all and then some. We are praying for everything to stay completely stable and not an ounce of change.

So what is his diagnosis? A fractured mastoid (the bone directly behind the ear), a concussion (obviously), and a basilar skull fracture. Basilar skull fractures are a common cause of death in auto racing accidents, including the the death of famous Nascar driver, Dale Earnhardt.

According to Google:

"Basilar skull fractures, breaks in bones at the base of the skull, require more force to cause than cranial vault fractures. Thus they are rare, occurring as the only fracture in only 4% of severe head injury patients. Caused by a blow to the back of the head, basilar fractures have characteristic signs: blood in the sinuses; a clear fluid called cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaking from the nose or ears; raccoon eyes (bruising of the orbits of the eyes that result from blood collecting there as it leaks from the fracture site); and battle sign (caused when blood collects behind the ears and causes bruising). Patients with basilar skull fractures are especially likely to get meningitis. Bones may be broken around the foramen magnum, the hole in the base of the skull through which the spinal cord enters and becomes the brain stem, creating the risk that blood vessels and nerves exiting the hole may be damaged."

Lincoln's full recovery is still about 6 months away, but we know Lincoln and his feisty spirit will beat the odds. I will never be able to tell everyone personally how much love we have felt but it is amazing the support people offer. I know when Lincoln is able to grasp it all, he will be in awe. He is a fighter and he is taking this literally "head on," like a real champ.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


As many of you already know, one of our 7-year old twins, Lincoln, suffered a serious skull fracture yesterday after falling from a tree and striking a concrete sidewalk headfirst. He was air lifted from Banner Gateway to Phoenix Children's when doctors determined the extent of the fracture and the existence of intercranial bleeding and air pressure around Lincoln's brain.

Lincoln is doing remarkably well and should be downgraded from ICU tomorrow if he continues to remain stable. Lincoln faces a long, difficult rehabilitation in the months ahead, but the doctors are confident that he will make a full recovery without any significant long-term consequences or permanent impairments.

We appreciate everyone's love and support and know that many of you have been praying on our behalf. Your prayers have been critical to our feelings of peace. These feelings have only been repeated throughout the day through your expressions of love and concern.

We love all of you,

Patrick and Natalie

Monday, November 17, 2008

Zoo, awhile back...

I should embrace the Phoenix Zoo more like all those wonderful mothers out there that have their season passes, but I have to be honest, I do not enjoy the zoo to much. I do love great company with fine friends and their darling kiddos. I will continue to go and try to love the animals that never do anything, or if they are even ever out to see, and have a better attitude. I would really LOVE if we had a Disneyland, but that doesn't look like it will be in the future any time soon. Thanks gals for an outing with great conversation, and that's all I really need to enjoy myself ANYWHERE....

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Ridge Ward "Iron Man" Service Project


* Great turnout from the Youth
* No complaining, all smiles!
* Able to stuff 2500 bags in less than 3 hours, (last year's helpers took 7 hours...)
* Lots of jokes and laughter, and I always love that!
* Monty's Steakhouse fed us all a fine lunch after we were done working
* Our Young Men and Young Women leaders are always on top of their game
* A WONDERFUL Bishop/Friend that takes your kids to Q.T for treats beforehand. (Thanks Clark...)

Done Working, Let's Eat!!!!

How many service projects serve you food worth eating. Yummy, yummy!