Knudson Family Drama.

Friday, June 26, 2009

"holy crack mom"

While I was sick last weekend (sun - tues) Colby had Cadynce go pick out a shirt which led to the drawer falling out and the shirts becoming a big mess. So Tuesday night after I was feeling a bit better, I had done laundry and decided to tackle the messy drawer. I took all the shirts out to refold them. Cadynce comes in, sits down on her toy box and says, "Holy Crack MOM!"

"Excuse me, what did you say?"

"holy crack."

"Cadynce, that's not something appropriate for you to be saying. Who taught you that anyhow?"


"Cadynce, Camden doesn't talk."

"Summer Dog."

"Cadynce, just don't say it anymore OK?"


And that's it, just like that it was over. That was one of the hardest ones not to laugh at. Definitely one for the memory books though, that's for sure!

She's 4

Well, that's it, she's 4. And I was informed, she's "a dult" (pronounced a -- dult)now. Yesterday was Caca's birthday...and we were feeling pretty bad because we had no party planned due to all the crazy happenings, but everything turned out good. We sent cupcakes to daycare and the kids got to frost and sprinkle them to their likings. We had a nice dinner at home. John and Lauren came over to wish happy birthday. She got to open their present and ours. And then they joined us for ice cream at Baskin Robbins with nana and papa. Pictures to come I promise!
We found out that the bowling alley's new owners really opened up a great place in town so, I called today and we are going to have a party on Tuesday night. I'm pretty excited to see Cadynce try and bowl. Should be entertaining at the least.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

A little bit of sunshine

Enter Shawn:

Shawn is Colby's brother's wife's sister's baby. Ha, say that 3 times fast. Shawn is about 19 months old, and last year in June (I think) he was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer. It literally grew within a week inside his tiny little body. He had his 9 month check up and just a few days later as his momma was changing him, she felt a lump in his lower abdomen. Her peds doc immediately sent them to Children's Hospital where he was diagnosed. That lump she felt was actually a tumor the size of a softball, or small grapefruit growing inside his little abdomen. It was surrounding a couple arteries and tendons so surgery was not an option right away. He did four or five months of chemotherapy and then underwent surgery. Shawn is such a tough little guy (not to mention his momma is super tough.) They have been living at Ronald McDonald House because they lived too far away from Children's. Back in December little Shawn had his surgery and did great. Here's where the sunshine comes in; just this weekend Shawn had his last chemotherapy treatment!! Of course, they will have to stay in Seattle for a few weeks longer to finish up the last of their tests and figure out when he'll have to come back in for testing to make sure he's still good to go.
I hope you can find some sunshine in this story what with all the nasty stuff that's been going on! Things are looking up people, I can feel it!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Is it ever going to end?

Our life has been in super crazy mode lately. After Camden was in the hospital, Colby's grandma went in. I went to Lopez for a day and a half, his grandma came home. The family has been taking turns taking care of her. Ali fell down the stairs and broke her right leg and left foot...I could go on.

Kira thinks that all the bad stuff is going to happen in a few short months and then things will turn around and we are going to have a stellar couple of years. Man, I hope she's right. We are exhausted, mentally, physically....

Also, my daughter still has an attitude and a half.

Friday, June 12, 2009


Here are some new pictures of the kids to hold you over til I get back and can get back in the swing of writing more often:

Children's Specialist...

So, we took off and went to Children's Hospital yesterday. It's an amazing place, everyone was so great to us and we were in and out in no time. The endocrinologist doesn't think that there are any major issues with Camden as most kids with any "major" medical issue that can have an effect like low blood sugar, do not develop properly. She said he looks super healthy and acts exactly how any 14 month old boy should. I was so relieved at that. We did have to have some blood work done and she was trying to get some tests tacked on to the blood work from the hospital, but that didn't work out. So, if/when he goes low again, we have an order from her (a big ole long list) of all the lab work that needs to be done. For now, we check his blood sugar every morning and if we feel like he's acting funny we can check it whenever just for reassurance. We got a fancy glucometer now. Ha, we had to get the prescription filled for those stinking little strips. 100 bucks! Can you believe that? And we have good insurance! Ouch! I feel for anyone who has to buy those on a regular basis. That's the update on Cam and I'll keep you all posted if anything else goes on. I'm headed to Lopez tomorrow morning alone for the night because they still don't think Cam should be that far from a "respectable" medical facility. Family reunion by myself...should be interesting.

Monday, June 8, 2009

crazy life

It's never easy that's for sure. Camden spent the weekend in the ccu at Cascade Valley Hospital, which translates into we all spent the weekend there. We still don't know whats wrong with him, he had some very low blood sugar. He's stable and acting totally normal now. We find out in the morning when we have an appointment at Children's Hospital in Seattle. More to come....