Friday, December 28, 2007

The Incision

So here is a look at it with the bandage off. It looks awsome, last time it was full of stitches, this time it is super glued. Looks so much better. They had to shave a bit of her hair off, but it will grow back. So here it is.

Kenz back to her normal self!

Well it has been a long couple of days. MaKenzie did well right after the hospital, but once her Demerol wore off, she was one unhappy camper. I went into my room where she was sleeping the first night. I thought she was talking to me, but as I came in, this is what she was saying, "Oh help me Jesus, help my ear not to fall off, it feels like it will fall off and I am very afraid." I don't think it was necessarily hurting too bad at that moment, but I think she was literally visualizing her ear falling off. She had asked me if they sewed her shut and I told her that they didn't, but that they used glue. After hearing her pleading prayer, I thought about all the art projects that come home from school and how all the glued pieces are always falling off, I think she thought that since it was glued on, it was going to just fall off. It was so sad. I put her hearing aid on and had a little talk with her about it before putting her back to bed. It was so hard watching her hurt and she was coughing up blood for about 24 hours, it was rough, but the worst is over, I just took her pressure bandage off and it is looking really good. I just wanted to post one last picture of her in with her big ol' bandage on. She will appreciate it someday when she looks back at the pages of this blog. She looks like a completely different girl, her color is back, and she has been all over the place today.

Skyler and his California shaped cheese

Ok so Skyler comes running in this morning and says "Mom look I made the state of California with my cheese." It is funny because it really looked like California. What a funny boy. Oh by the way in school the kids were suppossed to be able to identify and correctly label 12 of the states on a US map. He studied a lot and he labled 38 of the states correctly. Now this is really sad and pathetic, but he can locate the different states better than I can, I was never good at geography. Way to go little man!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

MaKenzie's Surgery

So today was the day, we got to the hospital by 5:30 am. They admitted her and did pre-ops, and then we met with the anesthesiologist. Kenzie played in the surgery waiting room for about an hour before her surgery. She played with a toy Dr. kit, she was the Dr. and she gave my mom and I both bilateral cochlear implants. :) She told me to "take my medicine" and then said, "I'm sorry but I have to cut your head open." Then she sewed me up and said, "Soon you will be able to hear better." She is definitely aware of what they do in the surgery. She freaked out and was nervous and so they gave her a little dropper of medicine to calm her, but it did the opposite and she started bawling and cried up till the point they took her from us, it broke my heart. Then after about an hour and a half the surgery was over and we were able to be back in the recovery room when she woke up. She was dazed and confused, but they gave her a shot of Demerol in her shoulder at the end of the surgery to help her not be in too much pain when she woke up. So now we are home and exhausted. It really went well. On January 16Th they will activate her implant (turn it on). You can see from her picts that she has an enormous pressure bandage on her head, that will stay on for a few days, then we go back to the surgeon to make sure she is healing OK. Thank you all for your prayers and support, I will keep you posted on her condition.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Christmas Is Coming

Well we had to do the annual take your picture by the Christmas tree to compare to the one from last year. I have to say my kids are growing up on me. They have changed ssssoooooooo much since this time last year. It is going way too fast. Kids when you grow up and read this, know how much mom and dad loved you. You are the best little munchkins ever, does that mean you always listen to us and behave, heck no, but we love you just the same!

Little Ladies Man

Skyler is so funny when it comes to girls. Until this year he was friends with everyone, never cared if they were boys or girls, but now, anytime we go anywhere here in town, little girls from his school always come up and say hi and try to talk to him, girls he knows from school of course. It is so funny because he acts so odd when they do, he just walks away from them as they are talking. Or he'll say hurry mom we need to go, or they say hi and he acts like he didn't even see or hear them. I will say Skyler that girl was telling you hi, did you hear her, he always says yeah, but just hurries away. I don't know why he is all freaked out when they try to talk to him. It is hillarious, I am sure he is just being shy, but from what I hear lots of little girls have crushes on him. He thinks it is grose, hopefully that attitude stays with him for a long time to come!

MaKenzie's Huge Scare

OK so, MaKenzie had her little Desert Voices Christmas program, which I have to say went beautifully. My toddler class did awsome and Kenzie's class did fantastic too. However, I was very concerned how the night would go for us prior to performing. We had quite the scare about 10 minutes before showtime. My parents came to watch the show and we were early since I had to be there to round up my 8 little 2-year-olds who were performing. So to keep my kids quiet, my parents gave them both a round hard candy. Right when Kenz popped it in her mouth, I knew she was in trouble. She must have inhaled it or something cause she was choking immediately. I hit her back a couple times and she was still coughing and choking, then she stopped making any sound and her lips were turning blue, she was freaking out, I was freaking out, so I did the Heimlich on her several times and she finally stopped moving all crazy and panicking, so I thought she must have swallowed it the rest of the way cause it hadn't come out. She turned and I was asking if she was OK, then both eye balls turned RED and I realized she was still choking, so I Heimliched again several times and it popped out. I about collapsed once it was out. I mean I had taking first aid and CPR and all that, but man it was awful being in that situation. The whole thing lasted like a minute, but it felt like forever. I never want to do that again. We had to go in the bathroom to calm ourselves down and say a prayer. A crowd had gathered when it all happened, I didn't even know they were there, I had tunnel vision or something. All I can say is that HARD CANDY IS EVIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, December 15, 2007


Ok so we were driving to Sams Club today and Kenzie says "I want another Alison Mommy." I thought, she doesn't want me to be her mom??? Then she said I want to have two Alison Mommy's because I love you so much and it would be fun to have two of you. Then Kenzie said "Daddy, wouldn't it be fun to have two Alisons. Jeremy looked at me and did a little eyebrow raise and said, "It sure would." It was hillarious, he was just jokin, but the conversation was just pretty funny. I love my family, they make me laugh all the time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, December 13, 2007


Ok just a quick post, my last two have been little novels. I called the surgeon's office today and they squeezed her in, her surgery is on Dec. 26, 2007. Yep the day after Christmas, I am so happy, I screamed when the receptionist told me. I was like, "I love you guys!! Thankyou so much." I probably scared them, but I was just so relieved. I am dreading the whole surgery/recovery/waiting period for activation, but I am so glad that we don't have to wait for 6 weeks to get her in.!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for the prayers! I'll let you all know how it all goes.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Visit to the surgeon

Well we went to the surgeon today. He did a history check on Kenzie read everything from Phoenix Children's hospital and agreed that her device is failing and needs to be replaced. I finally told Kenzie today that she is going to have to get a new implant, she was excited because she thought I was talking about the external prcessor part. I told her they were going to have to do surgery. This was how our conversation went:
Me- "Kenz we are going to see the surgeon because you need
a new implant inside your head."
Kenz: "Does that mean they will cut my head open?"
Me: "It does sweetie, I am so sorry"
Kenzie: "What will I do?"
Me: "Well, we will go to the hospital and they will put you to sleep and then
they will do the surgery and you will wake up with the big white
bandage on your head."
Kenz: "Will it hurt?"
Me: "It won't hurt while they do the surgery, but when you wake up it will
hurt some."
Kenz: "Oh...will you kiss it?"
Me: "Heck yeah I will kiss it."
Kenz: Good
Me: You will also get another stuffed monkey from Advanced Bionics.
Kenz: "Oh Yay! Can we go to the hospital right now for my surgery?
Me: Not today, but real soon.

That was pretty much our conversation. I was soooooooo happy that she didn't freak out and that she is actually looking forward to it. I was so scared to tell her. I can definitely say that is a major prayer answered. I should know on Monday the date of the big day. We are praying it won't take six weeks, that is what he said the soonest opening was and it totally made me cry. That means she won't have it on and activated for at least 12 week since we have to wait for the insicions to heal before sticking the magnet to her head and putting her BTE on. The dr. said he would try to get her in sooner, so please help us pray for that! We love all of you guys, thanks for your words of encouragement!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Flashback on what is about to come again.

So here are a few pictures of my sweet little Kenzie after her cochlear implant surgery on March 17, 2005. The top was in the hospital a couple hours after her surgery. The second one is with Grandma sharon trying to calm her down after surgery, the third one is a week after surgery, you can't see much behind her ear, but you can see part of the incision above her ear. The final one is just a cute picture my friend Kristal took after a couple months post-surgery once her implant had been activated, for those of you who don't know much about the implant, they make an insicion a couple inches above your ear and go clear down to the bottom of your ear, then they fold back the ear and lay it on the side of your face. They have to shave off part of the skull bone so the receptor can lay flat, then they drill a small hole through the skull to feed the electrode array though so they can insert it into the cochlea, that is the small snail shell looking thing in your ear. Then they sew and glue them shut and then that is it, after 4-6 weeks once the incision site has healed, they go back to the audiologist and they activate the internal device. She has a magnetic microphone that sticks to the outside of her head, it magnatizes to the internal magnet. She picks up sound through that and it travels to the processor which sends the codes to the electodes in her head, then the electrodes tell the brain the codes and the brain is able to make sense of it all, it it is a pretty complicated process, yet all those things happen in less than a second. I am so grateful for technology the Lord has bless us with.

Now the reason I am telling her story, is she is about to go through this entire process again, she has had an internal failure with her device and needs to have it removed and a new one put in place. As scared as I am for her to go through this again, I know that the benefits outweigh the fear I have. So if you could all keep her in your prayers, I would greatly appreciate it. We are hoping to get her re-implanted over Christmas break so we don't have to miss school and work. I will keep you updated, but if I don't post for a while, it is probably because I am taking care of my little munchkin.

Thursday, November 29, 2007


Ok, so Jeremy's brother Tim is on his mission in New York right now. He is seriously the most awsome person. So one of his old missionary companions just got off his mission and he posted a few video clips from his mission of Tim singing. You have to check them out. Just go to Youtube and type in Tim Devey and there will be three clips, the first is of a poem my little sister in law wrote and he put it to music on his guitar, it is awsome. The second two are just quick little P-Day guitar/singing clips. I am so proud of my little bro, he is such an awsome missionary too. Seriously though, go check it out and tell me if I am just biased, or if he really is awsome ok?

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Goodbye to the Blonde!

Ok I finally did it, I said "ALL DONE!" I am tired of trying to keep my hair blonde. Until I had kids it was naturally blonde, I am sure a lot of it was cause I was always in the sun as a lifeguard. Once I had my babies, my hair color turned so dark. I went in today for a highlight, and decided I didn't want to waste my money anymore, so I had them match my hair to my roots. So I am officially a brunette. I was a little freaked out at first, but I am sure it will grow on me quick, if it doesn't I can always get it lightened again. With everything going on in our lives, I decided to simplify wherever I can. So this is me, if I was about 85 pounds lighter, I would be ecstatic!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Here is a picture of Jeremy and Skyler at Melissa's powder puff football game!


Kenzie was so proud of her little turkey headband she made in my classroom before school started yesterday. Hope you all had a super fun Thanksgiving and took a moment during the day to reflect on and give thanks for the many blessings we all enjoy!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Ok well I was tagged by one of my favorite girls in the world, Natalie, so here goes!

5 things I was doing 10 years ago:
1. Having fun at EAC, thrift shopping for 70's clothes with Nat, Tia, and Joy
2. Eating Pizza Hut pizza at my house with Natalie while she was hiding from Dave because of a cold sore!
3. At Mark, Jared, and Joel's house playing "S" games, good times, good times
4. Having a funeral for Tia's bug Lan, named after her crush at the time, she sent him to his watery grave.
5. Running with Nat after eating pounds of oranges at 2 o clock in the morning, what were we thinking.

5 things on my To-Do list today:
1. Call Phoenix Children's hospital to get Kenzie's implant appointment verified
2. Get our house add in the West Valley View
3. Work, and get caught up on stuff at school that didn't get done last week when my little girl was sick
4. Do speech and articulation with kenzie, play lots of UNO with Skyler

5 snacks I enjoy:
1. Pickles
2. Popcorn with white cheddar salt
3. Edemame
4. beef jerky
5. ice cream, I know, very bad

5 songs I know the lyrics to:
1. Sublimes entire CD, I haven't listened to it since college, but I listened to it ALL the time, so the lyrics are burned in my memory
2. embarrassingly Sir Mix A Lots "Big Butts"
3. Another embarrassing one, "Ice Ice Baby"
4. "Killing Me Softly"
5. children's primary songs

5 things I will never wear again:
1. Folded over socks
2. bangs since my hair is so thin and I would be bald if I had them.
3. Stretch pants
4. pants with a skirt attached
5. Red tennis shoes

5 of my favorite toys:
1. my computer
2. my camera
3. Super Mario Brothers with Skyler
4.Phase Ten with Jeremy
5. My beads for making Kenz and friends gorgeous little bracelets

5 of my happiest moments:

1. Marrying Jeremy
2. Birth of Skyler
3. Birth of MaKenzie
4. Kenzie hearing my voice for the first time after getting her cochlear implant.
5. Our honeymoon to DisneyLand

I tag: Nikki, Angela, and Tia

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Here are a couple pictures of the kiddos from Sunday. They are definitely my little buddies, especially since my sweetie is gone. Tomorrow is my first day of my fall break, YAY, it is only two days long plus the weekend, ,but hey, a break is a break. We are going to get to go see Daddy in Yuma and have a little more time with him! We are very excited about that! Ok this is so random, but gosh I am so excited that it is cooling off, we sat out on the porch swing all evening and it was soooo nice. Alrighty well I am going to go visit with my mom, she has been here helping me with Skyler since Monday, he had all week off, I only have Thursday and Friday off, so she was kind enough to come spend some time with him while I was at school with Kenzie. My mom is one of my greatest blessings, I am so lucky to have her. Other than Jeremy, she is definitley my closest friend. If you ever read this blog mom, THANKS FOR BEING THE BEST MOMMY EVER! Ok this post has gone all over the place, I will do a post about my mom here soon!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Time Out For Women

This Saturday was a awsome experience. I went to the Desert Books Fifth Annual "Time Out For Women." It was so fun, I went with Jeremy's sister Brigette and my mother-in-law Priscilla. I met two of my best friends Shelly and Diane Nuttall there too. I saw at least 20 people there that I knew from Yuma, Buckeye, and Safford AZ, it was a great day. Jenny Froggly was the musical perfomer, along with Michael McClean who also hosted the event. Dean Hughes was there, he is the author of the "Children of the Promise" books, and many others as well. There were several more speakers, but I am drawing a blank on their names, they were great though. I really needed the "pick me up" from this event. It helped me put a few things in perspective and to also take my mind off my sweet little dog for a few hours, it was a great time. Shelly and Diane if you ever read this, thanks for everything, I love you two sooooo much, you have ALWAYS been there for me, I can't wait till next year!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

I know this picture is kinda of morbid, but this is our special little girl. I have had this sweet dog since she was a tiny little pup. I got her when I was 16 years old. Last night she passed away. When we got home from the vet, Skyler wanted to put these flowers in with her. We also put a family picture in there and then Skyler wrote her a special letter telling her how much he loved her and will miss her. I have been a total mess since yesterday, I just love this dog so much and am completely devastated that she is gone. I haven't been this sad since my dad passed away I have to keep telling myself that she is in a better place and is happy and not in any pain. We love you Tippy Girl!

I figured I better get at least a couple pictures of my kiddos by the pool since I never have. Swim season is about over at the Devey House, our pool is getting cold. How sad is it that just because the nights cool a little, our pool is too cold, I mean it is still in the 90's during the day.

Friday, September 14, 2007

This is my favorite little boy in the whole world! He is such a big helper with his daddy being gone. He makes me so proud! He got his progress report yesterday and is exceeding in everything except for in writing and with that, he is right at grade level. His reading and comprehension is at a 5th grade reading level, and he just turned 7 this summer. It is such a blessing that he is doing so well especially because I am so busy with Kenzie and her learning to speak and listen. Anyways he is awsome. I know I am braggin, but I am just so proud of him! I was so worried with how he would do this year without dad around. The other day he told me, "Mom I don't want to be the man of the house because sometimes I get scared without dad here. It totally made me tear up. We miss our daddy, thank goodness he still gets to come visit us lots. This year will go by fast though and then we will all be together again. We love you daddy!

So Kenzie is really into dressing up like a dancer and singing her "LA LA LA's" as she spins around the house. She is such a princess. This pict is right after she jumped off the couch and her implant headpiece fell off, so I was trying to tell her to say cheese for the camera and since she can read lips so well she says, "Mom, stop talking, do not tell me to say cheese yet because my implant fell off and I can't hear you, ok!" Oh Kenzie I love you. You make my life so fun and interesting with all the silly things you say!

Monday, August 13, 2007

First Week of School

So both of my kids are back in school. I am lucky because they LOVE it! Kenzie was so excited to go that at 3:30 this morning she comes into my room in her school clothes saying, "wake up mama, I am eating a hotdog and ready for school." I was like what the heck, so I took her back to bed and she chatted on forever about how she hoped there were no spiders in heaven and that she didn't think Jesus liked spiders. At the time I was too tired to appreciate the fact that she loves school so much that would actually get herself somewhat ready for school and make her own breakfast. (and no, I don't ever feed her cold hotdogs for breakfast, but it was the only thing open and reachable in the fridge.) Ok so, Skyler started 2nd grade and Kenzie is still in the preschool program at her school for the deaf. So they are not posed the greatest, and I am obviously not a photographer, but you always have to have that first day of school pictures. So summer is over, our time together is cut in half. Discussions about the mall, swimming, and the latest video games are replaced, with new friends, lunch box items, school supplies, alphabets, homework, and earlier bedtimes. Farewell late nights, hello 5am.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Check out my Slide Show!

First Kiss Location

Ok my girl Kristal tagged me and I thought this would be kinda fun. My first kiss was the summer I was almost 16. I went back to Alaska to work for the summer, I met a boy named Klaas Deboer, he was my first kiss. The only kiss that really matters though is with Jermey. Our first kiss was when we were 16. It was in his parents van after a church dance. He was dropping me off in front of the Nuttall families house and leaned over and did it. It was simple and sweet, it was his first kiss. That was the kiss that started it all!
Ok now I am taggin Audra, Tamra, Tia, Natalie, and Angela, let's hear about your first smooch!

Friday, July 27, 2007

Ok so this is not a very good quality picture, but I need to remember this little phase in Kenzie's life. She used to go to bed everynight during the school year at 6:30 without fail. Now that life has slowed down a bit. We put her to bed and she goes into crazy mode in her room. Last night I didn't put her down until about 7:30. First time I went in her room, she was no longer just wearing her tank top and jammie pants, she was also wearing a pair of socks, and 4, yes four shirts over her tanktop. Oh and before 9pm our air is still set on 80 degrees, so kinda hot. After I took all the extra clothes off of her, I tucked her in again and left. I went back in a little later because I heard noise, she was in her dark closet on a pile of clothes she so neatly pulled of the hangers. When I opened the closet she jumped about a foot. Remember in the dark it is like she is deaf and blind. During the day no big deal, but at night she can't wear her implant device, so she cannot hear, it is so sad. So when I open the closet she runs to her bed and says "go out I am sleeping, Honk Shoo, Honk Shoo...." It was pretty funny. The next time in there she is laying in her tent, which gets so hot, I put her back in bed and told her it was too hot in there, she told me, "I am so cold mommy, I want to be sweaty." So after a couple more trips like this I went in and she was sound alsleep in the tent. I took her out and put her in her bed she opens her eyes and says, "I love you mama, you want to snuggle" before I could mouth my answer back to her, she was out cold again. It is times like those you just stop and let the world keep moving while you stare in amazement at the blessings in your life. I am so blessed to have such a cute, spunky little girl, yes she has a huge attitude, and is super bossy, but she is so loving. I am extra blessed that Heavenly Father led me to a school for her where she could learn how to speak and listen. She has so much to say all the time, if she couldn't voice her thoughts, I think she would probably burst. I LOVE YOU MAKENZIE!

Monday, July 23, 2007

7 Random things About Alison

1.) I went Skydiving in college, and I acted like I had the best time, but really I was so sick from all the spinning that I just wanted to go home and throw up.
2.) I love the smell of Rain, but hate humidity
3.) I like to go into my kids rooms and watch them while they sleep. They are so cute and if I say something to Skyler, he will usually start talking about really funny stuff in his sleep. The other night he must have dreamed he was Super Mario because he was adamant on getting past King Koopa.
4.) I love to hide at night time in my house and scare my husband. The other night he was taking a midnight dip in the pool and I went out the front door and around to the back gate and scared the pants right off him, oh but wait he didn't have anything on. He he he. I know that is so mean, but he does his fair share of jumping out and scaring me.
5.) I love to take my kids out for ice cream. There is nothing like the look on their face when we stop and they realize they are getting ice cream. We don't do it very often and that is prob. why I enjoy it so much.
6.) I am scared to death of spiders, except for Daddy Long Legs. One time as a teenager I stood on a clothes hamper for a long time waiting for someone to come kill a wolf spider that was on the floor by the door. Another time when my parents were out of town and it was just me and Nicky, there was a black widow and I went and put on long sleeves, long pants, socks over my pants, a ski mask, and gloves. I went out with a bottle of hairspray and a fly swatter, I was still really scared it was going to get me. I know pretty pathetic.
7.) In college we used to wear our jammie pants, green facial masks and walk to the post office. As traffic would approach we would pretend we were statues, we got lots of honks and laughs, it was pretty fun. Oh the things non-alcohol drinking college kids do for fun!

7 Random Things About Jeremy

1.) He is a fantastic cook, his chili and soups are incredible, and I am not the only one who feels this way, they really are Good!
2.) On Sundays after we get the kids to bed, he always gets a big comfy blanket and a bottle of lotion and rubs my feet. I don't even ask, he just knows how much I like foot rubs, thanks babe!
3.) He HATE ,HATE, HATES, band aids. He could practically sever a finger and wouldn't go near a band aid.
4.) He is the king of retarded songs. He will sing a really goofy song that makes no sense and it will be stuck in my head for days.
5.) He is completely in love with our kids, he can't stand to be away from them for more than a few hours. Even though they drive us both a little crazy at times.
6.) He once had a truck and he named it Paco. He loved that truck, but he loved us more and sold it when we needed the money for our move.
7.) When he was young, he was stabbed in the arm with a pair of scissors by his brother. He has a nice little scar from it.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Our Good Ol' Family

Ok my friend Kristal was so awsome, she got up before 6am and took pictures of our family, she is such a good photographer. She hasn't edited any of these yet, but I am putting a couple on here anyway. Kristal if you ever read this, thanks a million!

Monday, May 28, 2007

I LOVE Spongebob!

Makenzie is a big fan of Spongebob! She loves the TV show and she loves the water. Speaking of water, she said the funniest thing to her teacher the other day. Her teacher had a zucchini under the table and said, "Does anyone know what a zucchini is?" Makenzie started waving her hand and saying, "I know, I know, a zucchini is a little tiny bathing suit!" Her teacher about fell over laughing. Kenz had just been given a cute little bikini the week before and she confused the two. So funny!
Makenzie and aunt Nicky. This was right before our girls day out. We have done one girls day in the last 8 years, it was fun! Jeremy took the kids then my mom, sister, and I went out for Chinese food and shopping, it was a lot of fun! We will make it a point to do at least one of those a year from now on.

Wall Climber

This is Skyler AKA Spiderman, give him a wall and he can climb it. I was so shocked when I was walking to my room one day and his head was on touching the ceiling.

This is one of the few pictures of us as a family, too bad we were not all looking. Kenzie had her implant off because she had been playing on a plastic slide a few feet away, so we just couldn't get her to look at the camera, maybe next time.

Trying to get your child to look at the camera and smile can be a daunting task, however sometimes those moments of frustration turn into the cutest pictures. I tried my hardest to get her to look at me and smile, she just wanted to act silly though and now this is one of my favorite pictures.

This is the type of landscaping that surrounds our town. When I left Alaska and moved to Arizona, I thought the desert was the ugliest place I had ever been, but since then, I have grown to love the simple mountains and beautiful desert plants. Yes indeed the desert is now my home.

What a cute donkey

I was going to title this blog differently but decided it wouldn't be apppropriate. This was when Makenzie took uncle Billy's donkey disguise. I thought it was a cute picture.