Payton June Valentine
Payton June Valentine
Payton June Valentine
   

The most exciting part of November was Thanksgiving. Bob and Barb (Grandma and Pop Pop) came over for Thanksgiving. Bob and Ryan were part of the great bake off. Each male family member was required to bring a dessert to Thanksgiving dinner at Aunt Corey's house. They were judged on creativity, taste and difficulty along with a few other items. Ryan and Bob made a chocolate coffee pudding type dessert... they came in last place but had a great time creating it!

The downer part of Thanksgiving was Colt's trip to the ER. We were just about ready to leave Corey's house at Thanksgiving when Colt had a little accident. Ryan was throwing the kids onto a huge bean bag chair in Corey's basement. He had done it dozens of times and was just doing it one more time with Colt when he accidentally tossed him a little too hard. Colt bounced and smacked his head on the sharp corner of the wall. At first, Ryan just thought Colt would have a big goose-egg (he is no stranger to smacking his head on hard objects), but then David saw the blood... I have never seen a head wound before, and apparently they all bleed like crazy. We immediately knew that this cut needed some medical attention. It was deep and was bleeding heavily. So Corey, Ryan, Korin, Colton and I got into the car and headed to Evergreen Medical (the nearest hospital in Bothell). Poor PJ was traumatized that we were all leaving her, but she was in good hands with Nonni, Grandma and Mia all there.

We got to the hospital in about 10 minutes. Colt had completely calmed down while we were in the car. He was so very brave. The hospital got us into a room quickly and the nurse agreed that he would need something to close the gash in Colt's head. I assumed they would stitch it up... but they actually used staples. They tried to numb his head prior to putting in the staples with a topical anesthetic, however, it didn't work all that well. So poor Colt got to feel each one of the 7 staples they put in his head that night. When it was all over, they gave Colt a cute Tiger stuffed animal and sent us on our way. We got back to Corey's house around 10:30pm, then collected the rest of the family and drove back to Ferndale that night.

That first night home was rough. Colt hardly slept at all (understandably). He kept telling me that his head hurt. But after that first day, Colt was really back to his old self. We had to keep reminding him to be careful with his head as he attempted somersaults and break-dancing. The scar is very visible on his short hair, but just adds to his cute little personality. He loves to tell people about the time he "split his head open" and had to go to the "doctor store". We are just glad he is ok!

After Thanksgiving, we were all ready to move on to the Christmas Holiday! So we put up the decorations a little early this year. PJ was old enough to actually help me this year. She was super at hanging ornaments and really wanted me to tell her the story behind each and every one we put up on the tree.

  
 
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