Christensen Family

Christensen Family

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Tanner's blueberry mustache

Toy Story 3

We took the kids to see Toy Story 3 in 3D. It was a very late birthday present for Garret. Garret liked his glasses so much that he has been wearing them around the house. I don't know how they don't drive him crazy. It was a great movie and a good ending the the Toy Story Saga.

Bowl and Pitcher

This it a cool state park in Spokane called the Bowl and Pitcher. There is a rock formation there that supposedly looks like a Bowl and Pitcher. I think it's stretching, but it is still very beautiful. We went here one Sunday after Stake Conference and walked around, threw rocks in the water, and Katie and Tanner climbed a bunch of big rocks.

Silly pictures of Garret (one of Tanner too)

We were on our way to do family pictures and we were trying to teach him how to smile.

He is forever coloring on himself.

He was walking all over with cups on his feet.

Katie's Kindergarten Graduation

Katie's teacher made these cute scrapbooks for each of the kindergarten students.
At Katie's graduation her class sang songs and we watched a slide show of her year as a kindergartener.

Who's kids are these?

The other day I was in my room and Garret and Tanner walked in looking like this. Katie and her friend Elise had dressed Garret up in the jewels and then Tanner decided to draw a mustache on him. Tanner liked the mustache on Garret so much, that he drew one on himself. Good thing it was washable marker.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Henoch-Schonlein purpura

The only thing that made her feel better was to take a bath or shower. She was taking 5 or 6 a day. She even fell asleep one night in the tub (don't be alarmed I was right there watching her).

Katie got this really random illness called Henoch-Schonlein purpura. (It's named after the two German men who discovered it.) It causes inflammation in the blood vessels in the skin, bowel and kidneys. This in inturn causes a rash, stomach pain, constipation, and swelling. In most of the cases the rash is first and then the others symptoms. But in Katie's case, she had the bowel problems first. She had the worst stomach pains and got really constipated. It all started the Monday which was Memorial Day. By Saturday, she had still not gone to the bathroom and was in so much pain. We went to the Pediatric ER and they gave her an enema and cleaned her out. We thought we were done, but the next Tuesday she broke out with this horrible rash. I was thinking that we would have to take another trip to the ER, but my friend's husband who is a Dr. took pity on us and looked at her and diagnosed her with the HSP. So for the entire month of June, she had an ugly rash, stomach pains and very swollen legs and ankles and was so whiny. It was a very long month to say the least. Katie has a very low pain tolerance and is not a good patient. We (I say we, because it was very hard on the rest of us to put up with her) survived and she is doing well now.