Posted (Tina) in All Posts on November-29-2008

The winter wonderland was snowy…it was snowing when we arrived late yesterday afternoon. Literally, it has not stopped.

Ella enjoyed watching the snow, especially after her warm bath and hot towel from the dryer. It was like a spa treatment with a great view!

As Josh worked all afternoon, he kept looking out the window and seeing the snow fall. He was hoping that it would stop. Josh was planning to drive down the mountain back to Denver to watch an Avalanche game tonight.

When the snow continued to fall, he decided to leave early, knowing that the icy roads would take longer than normal. However, when he started the drive and realized that the initial 15 minute portion of the drive was going to take 90 minutes, he quickly decided that the hockey game was not worth it and turned around. Luckily, he called and was informed that he can turn in his tickets for a future game. That is pretty cool.

So the Bun and I thought we were going to hang out solo late into the night and instead it was all three of us as a family. It is so nice to have a change of scenery from home and hang out in the mountains. It is so beautiful up here.

Last night was one of the best nights for Ella. It was the first time in several weeks that she slept 8 hours straight. She has done really well since she has been up in the mountains. Who would have thought? Also, she had a long nap today. This getaway has been really comfy for her. She feels good and is relaxing and catching up on her zzzzs. I could only hope that she will sleep that well tonight.

The retching is still there. It is tough because we know that some of it is a learned response. We are hoping that the OT can really help Ella with her feeding skills and possibly help us with the retching behavior.

We’re hoping and praying that the snow will subside. The plan is to leave late morning. But if it is still snowing and there are accidents of any kind, it will likely take several hours. Please pray that we will stay safe on our drive back home tomorrow.

Dawn Franck on November 29th, 2008 at 11:00 pm #

Hi Tina, thanks for the photos, what a great view you guys have up there. I also love the mountains: ) I’m glad Ella is doing well with the altitude. Have a safe drive home! Dawn

Lesli on November 30th, 2008 at 5:34 am #

I’m jealous! We want snow too! I’m glad you had a wonderful weekend. We are praying your new OT brings some new answers for Ella.
Love, The Richards

Joel Snyder on November 30th, 2008 at 9:52 am #

Ella, What great news that you are enjoying the snow and the mountains. I hope the rest of the trip goes well and that you slept well last night. I am praying for a safe and swift trip home. I will catch you later. Love,Grandpa!!!!!!!

John & Estela Williams on November 30th, 2008 at 9:58 am #

So glad to hear Ella slept all night, what a blessing… hope it continues. Have a safe trip back home. Love you guys!

Fran Jarrett on November 30th, 2008 at 10:35 am #

Wonderful photos of your time in the mountains. Sounds like you all enjoyed your adventure and that Ella got some needed rest. Hopefully you and Josh did so as well. Prayers for a safe journey home. Fran

Katy Nilsson on November 30th, 2008 at 10:44 am #

She is so cute and I am so happy you got to take a trip to the mountains. Ella’s smile always makes me smile as well. Love Katy

"SuperNanny" Kelly on November 30th, 2008 at 12:25 pm #

I’m praying for you guys today–maybe already on the road? I don’t know. But I hope you get home safe and sound. The conditions down here in The Springs are really rough too, so my drive up to the house might take 4 hours at least (says Colorado road conditions) so let’s all hope we arrive at the same destination in perfect health! I’m so glad you guys got away this weekend–that is HUGE. I can’t wait to hear all about it when I get home tonight 🙂

In the spirit of Thanksgiving (still) and the Christmas holiday around the corner, I just want to say how wonderful you 3 have been for me, even if only for the last 2 months. The joy I get from Ella is immeasurable. The wisdom and strength I get from you both is remarkable. I couldn’t be a more blessed person to be able to be a part of your lives as much as I am, and have it all working so wonderfully.

Prayers for you all on the drive. It is crazy out there 🙁
See you tonight! Love you guys.

Williamsburg on November 30th, 2008 at 1:53 pm #

Prayers of thanksgiving for your wonderful time away, and ones for safe travel as you head home – I don’t mind snow, but the ice and blowing are not fun. Looks like it’s stopped now, so hopefully you’ll be okay. Love you all so much. XOXOXO

Jennifer Harris on December 1st, 2008 at 9:24 am #

It is so beautiful for you to share your family experience with others. What a blessing to have such a special Thanksgiving in the mountains with your family. Ella looks so beautiful and sweet and her parents are angels. Peace and blessings to you and your family…GOD is able!

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