The Ellison Family

A peek into the crazy world of the Ellison family!!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

4th of July

We spent the 4th of July at the cottage. As usual it was a great time. The weather could have been warmer but we had a great time anyway. Friday we went to garage sales. Sat. were all the festivities with the Boat parade, Poker run, and Fireworks. Then Sunday we tubed and swam. The kids had a blast and Cameron survived. He loves to sleep on the boat and Pat got him a life jacket as you can see.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Father's Day at Tiger Stadium

On Father's Day Pat, the boys, and Pat's cousin Joe headed over to Detroit for a Tiger's game. This was the first game for the boys and they had a blast. They sat 6 rows up by the bull pen and were able to see all the pitchers (which are their favorites). These pictures of Verlander are not zoomed in this is how close the boys were to him and they LOVED IT!!!

Cameron's Baptism

Cameron Kyle Ellison was Baptized on June 20, 2009 at Our Lady of Consolation Church. His godparents are Uncle Michael and Megan's cousin Jaymee. We are so blessed to be able to welcome Cameron into the Catholic Church and have so many friends and family there to celebrate it with us. One of the most special gifts was that Deacon Jim Hessler baptized Cameron. Deacon Jim is a longtime family friend and pretty much Megan's second dad growing up.

Cameron screamed the entire baptism but survived and made it through the party. It will be a baptism to remember.

May God Bless you always Cameron Kyle Ellison.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Cameron Kyle

Cameron Kyle Ellison came into this world on Mother's Day 5-10-09 at 5:22 am. He weighed
7 lbs. 2 oz. and was 19 in. long. On Saturday 5-9 I thought maybe my water was leaking, but Pat was up north at his Grandma's house for a Mother's Day party so I figured I would wait until he got home to call the doctor if the problem continued. Pat finally came home about 6:00 and I had already spoke to the doctor who said I needed to head to the hospital to get it checked.

As usual with all my kids deliveries there is some kind of problem that happens. With Cameron's birth Pat was very, very sick with the cold/flu. So I had him stay home and sleep until I knew exactly what was going on. My mom and sister took me to the hospital and the test of course showed that my water was leaking. I was then immediately started on Pitosin since I was not having contractions. That was at about 10:30. My dad brought Pat to the hospital about 12:00 and nothing had really started. By 3:00 labor had started. I thought, well this is fine I can tolerate this. I guess I was in for a surprise with baby #4 because within 2 hours I could not stand the pain for another second. The nurse gave me Staydol (since I have never had an epidural with any of the other kids I figured I could tough this one out.) The Staydol helped me through, I never would have imagined 30 mins. later Cameron would be here.

The entire pregnancy I joked that he was going to just "fall out" and he literally did. I have one contractions that I told the nurse I felt like I was going to need to push and then the next contractions he was on his way out. The doctor did not even have her gloves all the way on and the nurse was delivering him on the bed. It was crazy.

Cameron is the most wonderful gift to our family and even though Pat and I thought we were content with the three kids we already have. We could not imagine our life without him. He already fits in perfectly and we are so blessed with this little guy.

Go Karts & Mini Golf

On Pat's birthday Pat and our brother in law Michael took the kids to AJ's since the weather was gorgeous and I needed to get Pat out of the house to get the party ready. The kids had a blast playing Mini Golf, riding Go Karts and playing arcade games.

My sister and I met them and were able to watch a few Go Kart races. The best part was watching Patrick crash at the end of the race, his brake was locked up and he smashed into a tire. It was too funny.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Money Pit

The one thing I wish for is that we could have one visit to the cottage that does not involve a massive construction project.

Saturday morning Pat went into the bathroom and when he flushed the toilet all the water came up through the shower. Oh great, is all we could say. Pat spent most of the morning trying to fix the problem by plunging. Then he went down to the crawl space to find a much bigger problem than we could imagine.

This winter we had a pipe freeze and flooded our entire crawl space. This ruined our water softener, water heater, and furnace. We thought this problem was fixed, but apparently it is not. There were several leaking pipes that also were frozen and cracked and the pipes from the bathroom are so plugged from many years of hard water and rust. We had a plumber come out last night and he started working on the project, but as every project around this cottage there is never a "small" project. He will be back this morning to hopefully finish. It is pretty difficult with 4 kids, 3 adults and a dog to not have water. What a mess.

Goodbye for now Grandpa

Tuesday night while I was at work I received a phone call from my mother-in-law that told me Pat's Grandpa Ellison passed away. Grandpa Ellison was 80 years old and has been battling Parkinson's disease and strokes for many years. We miss him dearly but are so blessed to know he is now without pain and suffering.

What can I say about him, he was one of the funniest men I have ever known. Even in his last few weeks at the nursing home he had many jokes and stories to tell the kids. Maybe they weren't always the most appropriate for kids but they were funny.

As I sat at the funeral yesterday I realized I knew Harry Ellison as my grandpa just as long in my life as I knew my own grandpa. Grandpa Ellison loved to spend time with his family and grand kids and great grand kids. We loved to have him come visit at the cottage and take him out on the boat to go fishing. He loved nature and parties and he enjoy doing everything with a cold beer in his hand. Grandma Ellison could always count on Pat to sneak grandpa a few beers even when he wasn't supposed to be drinking but grandpa loved it, so Pat couldn't say no.

It is hard to watch your husband lose a man that he admired so greatly, but I know that Grandpa is with each of us now and we will see him again someday.