Wednesday, July 27, 2011

What Happened Wednesday 6

This is the continuation of the story about how I got where I am. It started here.

It means I can not take any type or hormonal birth control EVER. It also means that since birth control pills are meant to mimic pregnancy hormones I am at an increased risk of developing blood clots while pregnant.  I spent the next year on Coumadin.  During that year I spent a couple of months on oxygen, usually just when I was walking around for a while.  I also spent the year going back and forth to the doctor and lab.  There were some weeks that I had to have my blood levels checked twice.  That's the tricky thing, Coumadin is a strong blood thinner and the doctors needed my levels to be within a certain range so that my blood wasn't too thick and at risk of clotting again and so that it wasn't too thin.  Within a few months I had a standing order at the lab and could tell by the way I was feeling when my levels were off.  When I began to feel really tired and lethargic or lightheaded I knew I needed to get them checked and they were usually off and my medication was adjusted.

In May 2006, approximately a year after being hospitalized with blood clots, I was given the green light to stop taking Coumadin.  It was pretty scary to go from taking a medication everyday to being told that I didn't need to take it anymore.  During this time the hubby and I had wanted to start a family but could not until I was healthy and off of the blood thinners.  Since we knew that birth control caused me to have clots and that birth control mimics pregnancy hormones we figured I would be a high risk pregnancy but we weren't sure what precautions would be needed.

In October 2006, approximately 5 months after coming off of Coumadin, I found out I was pregnant with little man.  Because of my medical history, I was sent to a maternal fetal medicine specialist to determine what course of action should be taken.  The specialist retested me for clotting disorders and immune disorders which all came back negative.  I had to do twice daily blood thinner injections and have extra ultrasounds to make sure no clots developed on the placenta and that little man was growing as he should.  Everything went well and I have a healthy little boy. Did I have an easy or normal pregnancy? Not at all.

I had to be careful and make sure that I did not miss an injection.  Some days were better than others.  Luckily, when I was released from the hospital the year before I was on Lovenox and they taught my husband and myself how to do the injections.  There were several occasions where I was so tired and emotional that I was unable to do the shots myself.  On those days I was so thankful that the hubby could step in and do it for me and that he was willing to.  Throughout my pregnancy with little man there were several sonograms.  I can't complain about getting to see my little guy more than most.  I did have a scare after my 20 week sonogram.  The doctor saw that my placenta was low.  Low enough to be of concern.  Their concern was that if I developed placenta previa and began to bleed it would be difficult to stop since I was on blood thinners and I couldn't stop the blood thinners for fear of developing a clot.  I was extremely lucky and my placenta moved on it's own and the additional risks vanished with it.  

Around 33 or 34 weeks I began to swell.  My hands and feet were the worst.  All I could wear were flip flops and drinking excessive amounts of water and putting my feet up were not working.  One leg was worse than the other and at my next appointment I was sent for an ultrasound to see if I had developed a blood clots in my leg. The results were good, I didn’t have any blood clots.    The swelling was getting worse because my blood pressure was rising.  I had noticed at my previous appointment that my blood pressure had crept up from it's normal range.

Maybe a week later I began to feel ill.  I thought I had a stomach bug.  I was swelling and it wouldn’t go down and my stomach was a mess.  I could barely keep food in it.  My co-workers at the time insisted that I leave and go to the doctor.  I contacted my OB’s office and the nurse said it was probably a bug but if I was worried they could fit me in that afternoon.  I requested the afternoon appointment.  (Aren’t you proud I didn’t write it off like I did when I had the clots?  I learned my lesson.)  When I went in the doctor took my blood pressure several times.  She then told me that my blood pressure was too high and wasn’t going down.  That along with my other symptoms had her concerned.  I was told to leave the office and go straight to labor and delivery.

Monday, July 25, 2011

A Mommy Kind of Saturday

This Saturday was definitely NOT a mommy kind of Saturday.  I actually got to have a girls night out which included an overnight stay in a hotel (kid free, and free hotel!) that included getting to see two of the biggest boy bands of the past 20 years.  Have you guessed where I was yet??

It was amazing.  We felt like teenagers again.  Considering that the bands are now in the 30's and 40's they put on a wonderful show.  There was lots of dancing and all of the favorite songs.  Both bands also went into the crowds.  Very, very brave of them since many of the women there have been crushing on them since they were teenagers.  I do wish we would have had better seats.  We were in the highest section and there were only about 10 rows behind us to the top but there was a large screen so we could see well enough.  We also lucked out and our hotel was offering a shuttle there and back for $10 total per person.  All three of us agreed it was the best option since we would be dropped off and picked up right at the coliseum.  Best $10 I've spent in a while!  We were dropped off with plenty of time to make a restroom trip, grab souvenirs and drinks and make it to our seats.  Afterward we made our way out and there was room for us on the firs shuttle back.  No walking across dark parking lots late at night in the crazy heat or being stuck in traffic for hours trying to get there or back. 

It was a wonderful and much needed night.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

What Happened Wednesday 5: Trying to Find the Cause

This is the continuation of the story about how I got where I am. It started here.

Because the helicopter ride was so fast, about 30 minutes, I reached the hospital long before anyone else could. I was exceptionally lucky and had a great nurse. She was so nice, I think she realized how scared I was there all alone. By the time I was settled I had been on oxygen and an IV for a couple of hours.  I hadn't been hungry for days but I guess the IV fluids and oxygen got my stats up and my body was screaming for food. The nurse, did I mention how nice she was, went to the cafeteria and got me a grilled cheese sandwich and a Coke. It tasted so good.  It was not the easiest thing to eat but I was hungry.  I remember taking really small bites and chewing and then resting a minute because I would be out of breath.  When my parents arrived I was sitting up in bed eating grilled cheese and drinking a Coke. My mom told me that when she saw me sitting up eating she was relieved. I think they were scared they would come in and I would be hooked to wires and unconscious. I've always told people that I'm tougher than I look.

I only had to spend one night in ICU. I was lucky that the oxygen, IV fluids and blood thinners the doctors were pumping into me did the job. There had been talk of having to do a surgical procedure to remove the clots if I didn't stabilize. Since that consisted of basically sticking a wire down my throat into my lungs and pulling the clots out I was glad that it could be avoided. The next morning I was moved to the cardiac floor.  The doctors decided it was the best place for me because they needed to monitor my heart to determine if the strain from my clots did any damage to my heart and the make sure that a stray clot did not manage to get to my heart. I was the youngest patient by at least 30 years. I saw many doctors, and medical students. Apparently I was an interesting case.

The doctors informed us that I probably had a blood clotting disorder or some type of immune disorder that made me at risk for developing clots.  After a lot of blood work it was determined that I do not have any blood clotting disorders. It was also determined that I do not have any immune disorders that could result in an increased chance for blood clots.  That left the doctors asking why did a 21 year old end up with 6?  Two words: birth control. It was determined by my doctors that I am one of those rare people that is at risk for blood clots from birth control.  If you listen to the warnings at the end of birth control commercials it's people like me that they are talking about. Oddly, I didn't meet the normal criteria to be at an increased risk of blood clots. I was under 30 and a non smoker. I am the anomaly. I had a doctor tell me it was maybe a 1 in 10,000 chance of something like that happening.  Generally, women my age that develop blood clots have some underlying factor as the cause. 

So what does all of this mean?

Monday, July 18, 2011

Menu 7/18/11- 7/24/11

We are still working on eating mainly from what we already in our pantry.  So far things have been going well.  There were a few days last week that I ate with my parents and a couple that I had a major craving for greasy fast food burgers.  So bad I know.  So you will probably see some repeats.

B- Waffles with watermelon
L- Crackers with cheese and turkey
D- Chicken with pasta and broccoli

B- Sausage and egg biscuits with apple
L- Leftovers
D- Cheesy crescent dogs with salad

B- Toast, grits and eggs
L- Turkey wraps with carrots and cucumbers
D- Date Night!!  (Finally getting to see the new Harry Potter movie)

L- Mac and cheese with veggies
D- Grilled chicken with rice and broccoli

B-Cheese Toast
L- Out
D- Out

B- Out
L- Sandwich's
D-Boys on own (I'll be at the NKOTBSB concert!!!)

B- Boys on own
L- Sandwich
D- Lemon shrimp and broccoli pasta

Sunday, July 17, 2011

A Mommy Kind of Saturday

Oops...forget to publish this last night!

This afternoon was fairly low key.  Little man and I ran some errands with my parents.  Which means that little man got a new toy car.....  Afterward we spent the evening with my parents and we watched little man spend over an hour playing with 3 buckets and a hose.  Yep, my kid is easily entertained.  Of course the water was on so he was using the buckets to fill each other and wet himself.  He LOVES doing this at grandma and papa's.  It is probably his favorite thing to do there.  Lastly, we picked blueberries.  A LOT of blueberries.  I've mentioned before that my parents neighbors have huge blueberry bushes.  We stuck to one side and filled two buckets in about 20 minutes.  So far this season I've gotten 2 buckets from them.  It hasn't even put a dent in the blueberries on their bushes.  The funny thing is,  they do nothing to them.  No fertilizer, no bug sprays they just cut them back every couple of years.  As kids we climbed inside of them and picked because they are so tall.  I'm guilty of  eating as I pick. 

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Aldi 7/6/11 and 7/14 plus Walmart

This is the beginning of the Pantry Challenge and like I mentioned on our menu I knew I would need to purchase a few things.  I still withdrew the normal budgeted amount of $40. 

Here's how we did on our trip to Aldi 7/6/11

Eggs $1.25
Seedless Watermelon $3.69 (the watermelons in the garden are splitting and dying..we tried)
Canned Green Beans x 2 $.49 each
Chili with Beans (canned) $1.09
Lemons (bag) $1.99 (needed for making watermelon rind preserves)
64 oz Apple Juice x 2 $1.49 each
32 oz Vanilla yogurt $1.79
Flour Tortillas $.99
Banana's $1.47
Fruit Snacks (sugar free) $1.99
Sugar (5lbs) $2.68
Applesauce (4 pk) $1.29
Butter $2.69
Pretzel Sticks $1.29
BBQ Sauce $.89

Total Spent= $27.70

Yes, there were items that were just because.  Did little man HAVE to have fruit snacks, no.  However, I do try to get him some form of treat each week.  We don't buy tons of extras and I try to make things when I can but fruit snacks are his go to treat so I opted for the healthier sugar free ones.  He said that they tasted different but he still asks for them and eats them.  I am working toward making actual fruit snacks a less common treat and have been switching him to healthier versions like these sugar free fruit snacks and fruit leathers.  As for our watermelons.  They are not producing.  They have stopped growing and started to split open.  I pulled on and cut it open and it's not ripe.  Little man LOVES watermelon and was so disappointed that we couldn't eat it he was in tears.  Hence the $4 watermelon purchase.  LOL  I mean, c'mon he's begging for fruit.  Isn't that every mom's dream?

Wal Mart 7/14/11

Soy Butter $3.47
Whole Wheat Flour $3.36

Total Spent= $ 6.97

I had to shop at Wal Mart for these two items because Aldi does not carry either.  Little man has to have soy butter and Wal Mart is one of the cheapest places to find it.  I need the wheat flour for our bread/rolls that I make.

Aldi 7/14/11

Juice Pouches $1.69 (their version of Caprison...they also have 25% less sugar like the ones I get little man when I can't find the flavored water version.  Another of his vices...)
Crayola Flavored Water $1.89 (for little man, another option instead of pouch drinks)
Fruit Leathers $1.99
Toaster Tarts $1.89
Gallon Milk $3.29
Pancake Syrup $1.49
64 oz Apple Juice $1.49
Pure Vanilla $1.99
Chocolate Chips $1.79
Bagels $1.49
Flour Tortillas $.99
Bananas (2lbs) $.92
3 lb bag Gala Apples $3.99 (ouch that seems like a lot)
1 lb Smoked Turkey lunch meat $3.29
American Cheese Slices $1.99
Cream Cheese $1.39
Chip Combo Bag $3.99
2 bags frozen Broccoli Florets $1.08 each

Total Spent= $38.77

As you can see, I got little man some drinks this week.  I last purchased his pouch drinks at Sam's Club but he drank them all after several warnings to slow down or they would be gone.  He's been out for a few days and asks over and over for them.  He eventually drink water, milk, apple juice or some Crystal Light type drink mix but I know they are something he really likes.  When i saw that Aldi had a version that was also the 25% less sugar I grabbed a pack.  They were cheaper than I can buy the Caprison brand even on sale at Wal Mart.  As for the Crayola Waters...I bought those last summer for little man and he loved them.  I love that they are flavored water.  Toaster pastry's...AKA pop tarts.  Not completely necessary but a favorite of my boys.  The hubby eats them on his way to work when he goes in early.  What can I say I try to keep my boys happy.  The other items we were actually out of.  I mean completely out of.  Preggo here has been CRAVING a grilled cheese or cheese toast and we had no sliced cheese.  Guess what I had for lunch....

So far in the month of July, and during our Pantry Challenge I've spent a total of $73.44.  Not bad for about half way through the month.  Hopefully, we won't be out of as many things next week and it can be either a skip week or just a grab some eggs and milk kind of week.  I've been doing pretty well using what we have already.  The hubby was beginning to go through broccoli withdraws because he asked me several times if we had any.  So that's where we are.  I've been planning all of our meals on what we already have here in the house and what I can make from it.  There will be a lot of rice side dishes because we have several boxes.  I'm trying to keep some variety mixed in and make sure we all have a few things we like around.  It's been fun so far working in what we have that has maybe been over looked the past few months.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

What Happened Wednesday 4

This is the continuation of the story about how I got where I am. It started here.

The main doctor that we saw that day informed us that based on my symptoms and oxygen levels I either had pneumonia or a pulmonary embolism. They drew blood to check for the embolism and sent me for a chest x-ray to check for pneumonia. The chest x-ray came back clear. At that point the doctor was still waiting on my lab results but sent me for a chest CT to check for an embolism. While I was having the CT my labs came back and the doctor informed my husband that the problem was definitely a pulmonary embolism but that I didn't have just one, my labs were so high that she knew I had multiple pulmonary emboli. The CT came back and I had 6 pulmonary emboli, or blood clots in my lungs. There were 3 in each lung and one in each section of the lung. At this point the doctor admitted that the hospital was not equip to treat me and that they would have to transfer me to another hospital.

After being told that they could not treat me we were given the choice of two hospitals that could. We made our choice and the hubby was informed that I would be airlifted and he would not be able to ride with me but had to drive the 2 hours there. ( Can we say torture) The doctor explained that with oxygen my stats are stable but they could not risk any traffic delays presented by transporting me in an ambulance.  The possibility of me not having oxygen  was not an option.  If I didn't have oxygen then my stats would quickly drop which was why they were sending me by helicopter. During this time the hubby had been trying to get in touch with my parents and sister to let them know what was going on. I was then air lifted from Boone, NC to Charlotte, NC. The flight was maybe 30 minutes. The nurse in the helicopter with me was trying to distract me and show me the pretty scenery. I was too weak and disoriented to care.

I remember feeling like I was in an episode of the TV show ER when we landed. There were doctors and nurses on the roof waiting for me.  I remember thinking man this must be a slow day for them if they are all up here just for me.  I guess the seriousness of the situation still had not sunken in.   As soon as we landed they came running over and started trying to switch met to the gurney. I remember the nurse that was in the helicopter with me yelling at one of their nurses because she unhooked my oxygen. The nurse from the hospital was honestly just trying to make it easier to move me to the gurney but the nurse that rode in the helicopter with me yelled at her to hook it back up. It was more like: "What are you doing?! You can't unhook her oxygen, her stats drop too fast!" I don't think it was until they told me that they were taking me to ICU that it really hit me how serious the situation was.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Menu 7/11-7/17/11

I'm still participating in the Pantry Challenge.  So far it's going well.  To start off, we still have tons of cucumbers.  I am giving them away when I can.  Our watermelons are looking sad.  Some have began to rot and others have split open.  We have about 5 tiny tomato's but I don't know if they will continue to grow.  Friday little man and my dad picked blueberries.  My parents neighbors have HUGE blueberry bushes and every year we pick and freeze some.  I'm hoping to get more and have enough to get me through until next year.  I try to save them and will add them to muffins and pancakes.  So good, and free!

Expect to see lots of blueberries and a few recycled meals from last week that we did not get to.  I'm trying to use up some of our rice and canned peaches because we have lots.  We are already down to only having frozen snow peas and corn.  I will have to pick up some fresh or frozen broccoli, the hubby has been asking for it.  I can't complain when they start asking for vegetables.  You will probably see more chicken coming up too.  We have lots of chicken and shrimp in the freezer.

B- Banana chocolate chip pancakes
L- Cheeseburgers with cucumber
D- Spicy citrus chicken sandwich's with salad

B- Egg-in-a-hole with peaches
L- Turkey wraps with pretzels
D- Shrimp with rice and snow peas

B- Blueberry banana bread with yogurt
L- Crackers with Swiss cheese and apples
D- Beef and veggie stir fry with rice

B-Cereal with blueberries
L- Sandwich's with apple slices
D- Cheesy crescent dogs with salad

B- Granola with yogurt and blueberries
L- Leftovers
D- Sausage and egg biscuits with smoothies

B- Cheese toast with pears
L- Crackers with cheese and turkey
D- Creamy chicken and veggie pasta

B- Baked soy butter oatmeal with peaches
L- Grilled cheese with cucumbers
D- Cheeseburgers with fries

Friday, July 8, 2011

I love a good deal!!

A few weeks ago I made a trip to Kohl's to buy maternity clothes.  It was a necessary purchase but I was not happy about the price.  Luckily, since it was during one of the times when you could earn Kohl's cash I did at least earn $20 Kohl's cash.  But as anyone who has ever earned Kohl's cash knows, it is only valid for a specific period of time. 

My dates had come into effect and I am also signed up for e-mails for Kohl's and have received several e-mails advertising clearance sales.  Then, over the past couple of days I began to receive e-mails with a 15% off coupon that was good on all items (regular, sale and clearance).

Boy did I find some great deals today!  Since I am due right before Christmas I have been keeping my eyes open for good gifts for little man.  I checked out the toy section and they had some sales going on.  Then I spotted this:

Little man loves Thomas and Lego's so I knew that this would be a hit and keep him busy for a while.  It would happen that all Thomas toys were also 25% off.  I rarely see Thomas toys on sale so I was super excited about this.  It was regularly $34.99. and rang up as $25.27.

I also checked out the clothes but was not happy with the sale prices.  I did go ahead and get this shirt because I love orange on little man and he will be able to wear it now and into the fall and winter if layered.  It was 50% off.  Normally $14 and rang up as $7.

I really wanted to find some additional maternity clothes but I'm sorry I just can't bring myself to pay $20 for a maternity shirt and that's the sale price!  I happened to be in the women's section with my mom and spotted an 80% off rack.  Once I began looking I realized that it was mainly fall/winter type clothing.  Then it hit me, just because I'm pregnant doesn't mean I can't buy from this section.  I just need to go up a size or two and focus on longer shirts.

I found this long sleeve shirt.  It will be perfect for fall with a tank top underneath and when it gets colder with a sweater over it.

Yep, I got an $18 shirt for $1.80.

I liked the color and length of this sweater.  Once I start getting bigger that means that it won't ride up and be too short which is a problem I've had with some of my other non maternity shirts.

Another great deal!

This is my favorite.  I have been a sucker for sweaters that tie around the waist for at least the past 10 years.  I love this sweater.  I normally go for black in this type of sweater but I am happy with this dark blue. 

And this is the best part.  Are you ready for it??

I got a $78 sweater for $7.80!!

I also picked up this book at checkout to add to the Christmas stash for little man.  It was $5 and goes toward their charity. 

So here is my favorite part.  Between the Kohl's cash and my 15% off coupon I spent $32.51.  My total saved was $159.61!!!!!!

Thursday, July 7, 2011


During the past two weeks I had about 20+ cucumbers on hand and had already been eating 2-3 a day, plus picking an additional 2-4 per day.  As you can guess, since I'm the only one eating them I was not even making a dent.  My parents have been getting cucumbers from their neighbor and I didn't know what to do with them.  So I made pickles. 

I have never canned or pickled anything in my life.  I searched and searched for an easy pickle recipe and finally found one that only used water, vinegar and salt to make the "juice" and then dill sprigs were placed in the jar before the "juice" was poured over to.

Can I just say that it's so exciting when you hear the jars make that wonderful pop sound.  I love it, it at least means that they are sealed properly.  Now it's time to wait.  According to several of the recipes I found the wait time seems to be about 2 months.  So come September we should have homemade pickles!!

I hope that they taste good, or are at least edible even if they aren't great.  I will be happy with edible since this was my first go at it.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

What Happened Wednesday 3

This is the continuation of the story about how I got where I am. It started here.

I don't remember everything about that day. I know that after talking to my parents the hubby set me up with a movie in bed. I think it was Shark Tale, I fell asleep within 5 minutes. During that time he took a quick shower and got ready. Then he helped me get dressed. Yes, I actually had to have help getting dressed but didn't want to go to the doctor. As he helped me up the stairs to the parking lot I started blacking out again so we paused. I think that happened twice before we got to the top of the stairs and into the parking lot.

On the ride to the hospital I put the window down. I remember that the wind and the sun all felt so good. On that day I could completely relate to a dog hanging their head out of a window. The hubby couldn't find a parking spot close enough to the emergency room and finally decided to drop me off at the front door after I reassured him about 10 times that I could make it through the doors and to a chair. I think I even jokingly said something along the lines of, well if I collapse at least we're at the right place. I did make it inside the doors and sat down in the very first chair I could find. That's where the hubby found me once he parked and got inside.

After helping me to the triage nurses area we explained what had been going on over the past few weeks and what happened that morning. The nurse puts a pulse-ox monitor on my finger and takes my temperature and begins trying to get my blood pressure. She couldn’t get a reading. At that point she asked me stand up to see if she could get it. The hubby and I shared a look, you know, the is she seriously asking me to stand up when I'm having trouble breathing and have been blacking out look. The hubby helped me stand and still, no blood pressure reading. About that time she looked at the monitor for the pulse ox, the color drained from her face and she had me sit down.

The nurse went over to the ER. It was all one section; she just walked through a doorway and was in the ER. At that nurses station we could see her doing something (thinking back I'm pretty sure she was paging doctors) and then she came back with a wheelchair. I was taken back to a bed in the ER and within about 10 minutes had an IV, oxygen mask and had seen every doctor working in the ER that day. Turns out when she looked at my pulse-ox reading it was in the low 70's. It's supposed to be in the upper 90's. For some reason my body was not getting enough oxygen which was causing me to start blacking out.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Menu 7/4/11-7/10/11

It occurred to me last week that our tiny pantry is full, as is our big freezer.  I had already been planning to do a couple of weeks of eating from our pantry/freezers.  I figure that it will be a good way to get us back on track with our grocery budget too.  We haven't been sticking to our budget (I know, bad) but on a positive note we haven't completely reverted to our old ways.  Then I was reading a couple of blogs that I frequent and saw that they are doing a Pantry Challenge.  Just what I needed! 

So my goal for July is to buy as little as possible and eat what we have.  I know that I will need to buy milk, juice and eggs and some fresh produce.  I'm hoping to continue to get fresh produce from a local produce stand and the farmer's market.  I'm sure there will be things that we run out of, which is fine because the point is to use of what we already have.  But I will try to be better about posting the shopping trips so that you can hold me accountable.  That being said, here's the menu for this week!

Breakfast-Cinnamon toast with smoothies
Lunch- Sandwich's with chips
Dinner- Burgers/hot dogs with cucumber slices

Breakfast- Oatmeal with fruit
Lunch- Grilled turkey and cheese sandwich's with cucumbers
Dinner- Rotisserie chicken with rice, zucchini and squash

Breakfast-Pop tarts (little man and I have dentist appts- breakfast on the run)
Lunch- Chicken burritos (using up leftover chicken and rice)
Dinner- Grilled pork loin, green beans, and sweet potato's

Breakfast- Granola with fruit and milk
Lunch- Crackers with Swiss cheese and apple chunks (sounds crazy but so delicious)
Dinner- Leftovers

Breakfast- Cereal with fruit
Lunch- Eggs with toast
Dinner- Cheesy crescent dogs with salad

Breakfast- Wheat bagels with cream cheese/Nutella
Lunch- Sandwich's with cucumber slices
Dinner- Out/on the road for a shower

Breakfast- Sausage and egg biscuits
Lunch- Salad
Dinner- Beef skewers with veggies and potato's

A Mommy Kind of Saturday

I had to wait until today to post this because I was not feeling my best last night.

Yesterday little man and I spent the afternoon with my parents and went to their neighbors 4th of July cookout.  Little man loves going over there because he has a slot machine in his building outside.  Last time little man was there he set him up with a bunch of coins and he just sat there pushing buttons.  Of course this time it wasn't plugged in and little man was highly disappointed.  Once things settled down a bit and the cooking was done Papa took him to ask if he could play with it.  Once the slot machine was set up it was surrounded by all all of the kids for at least an hour.  They were great about taking turns. 

Little man then spent the rest of the afternoon running around a tree.  Yes, literally running around a tree.  He had company though because there were a couple of the other kids that joined him. 

After the cookout he played the plane game with Papa, it's a Wii game...he's not very good but loves to crash the plane.  That was it for us.  Little man was worn out from playing and the heat and I went to the cookout with a massive headache that did not go away and the heat definitely did not help it at all.  After a quick reading of a Thomas the Train book he was out.