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Friday, November 30, 2007

Baby Pattern Baldness

It is official, Myra has finally developed the inevitable Baby pattern baldness. She not only has the oh so noticeable lack of hair on the back on her head, but is also losing it on the sides so she, in fact, looks like she has a Mohawk. It is always so much more distinct when the hair is dark. Grrr. Oh well, it doesn't change how cute she is, right?

My most exciting news of the week is that after her getting up every two hours (at least) at night, she slept for 7 hour straight last night, and I slept for 6 of those hours. Man oh Man, I feel half human again. I really needed the sleep after the crazy evening we had last night. Details to come in another post....

Reader beware that this might be a little too much information for some of you, especially those who have not had any children yet....
So, Myra's poop has changed from the normal breast fed baby yellowy orange stuff to a greeny weird color. Plus she only goes once every couple of days. I have nursed all my kids, and don't remember any doing this while being breast fed. Apparently it's ok and nothing is wrong with her. She still has plenty of wet ones, and she isn't even as gassy as she used to be. It may take some getting used to, but I am not complaining. Ashton more than makes up for Myra in the poopy diaper department.

So, I am off (ok not really moving but you understand!) to work on all the paperwork for primary 2008. It would be a whole lot easier if I had my 2008 Stake calendar. Hopefully it will be ready before February, which is when we got it last year....

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Thanksgiving

I know this is a little late in coming. You get it when you get it! ;)


We were lucky this year to be able to have my parents and my brother and his wife come out from CA for Thanksgiving. Darin's niece Jaylyn also spent the holiday with us. Thursday we got up bright and early (5am) so we could drive down to Beaver. We ended up getting there around 9am. We visited and tried to help with dinner, but the grandparents fussed over much of it themselves. My mom and my grandpa got into it over peeling the yams. It was quite funny!

We had our meal at Noon. Everything was delicious. We barely all fit around the table. Once we had it set for the 9 adults an 2 children, there wasn't anywhere to put all the food! The meal went smoothly, no major spills or catastrophes. On a funny side note, I had bought some Martinelli's on Wednesday to take down with us for thanksgiving (You've got to have Martinelli's!). When I set it on the counter when I got home I heard, "Mom! What is that!" Apparently Violet thought I had picked up something other than a non alcoholic beverage. I wonder where she has seen what it looks like anyway.......... I explained to her what it was and she is now addicted. So my grandpa hadn't ever tasted it before and actually enjoyed a couple cups full himself, after pretending to make a fuss about who we will all look like a bunch of drunks, yadda, yadda, yadda..

After we ate, Darin slept for 4 hours. Violet and Ashton either played in the backyard on the toy truck structure, or in the house where it was a little warmer. They even got to go to the farm and see the cows. Violet was very excited and had been wanting to go to a "real Farm" for weeks and weeks. She enjoyed that. We played a couple of games and visited. We left for home about 6pm. My parents and brother and his wife came back too.

We played more games like Ticket to Ride. Pretty fun! Then on Friday we slept in, I ran errands int he afternoon with my parents getting ready for Sunday. Darin had a LAN party with his brother and their friend, and my brother. The rest of us played more games. We even sucked my dad into playing Boggle with us. He was very bored! Saturday my brother and his wife went to Salt Lake and attended a temple session. They hadn't ever been to a live session. They enjoyed that and then took in more of the sites. Darin and I got the kids all dressed up and took their pictures! Here are a couple of them.



Darin did an excellent job with the background and stuff. Vi had a hard time holding Myra. She said the baby was too wiggly. Then I ordered Christmas cards, did some stuff for primary and played more games after dinner. That night my Aunt Donna, Uncle David and Grandpa Olsen came and visited. WE played Imaginiff, sang Christmas carols and had a good time.

After the first night of sleeping in the basement with my parent's Josh & Renee moved upstairs to sleep. They claimed they couldn't rest with the snoring and the c-pap that sounded like Darth Vader. Can't say that I blame them for leaving.

Sunday was a great day. We were actually ready and to church by 10:30 am. We weren't hurried or rushed as we got ready. Amazing! Darin made pancakes and eggs for breakfast. They were wonderful! We cleaned up and I am still amazed how smoothly it all went. We blessed Myra during sacrament meeting. Her friend Rose was also blessed, so our chapel was crowded! We were blessed to have a lot of family and friends there to support us. Darin gave a beautiful blessing. I will post pictures as soon as my dad sends them to me (that's a hint dad). The only unfortunate thing is that Darin's brother Ross missed it because of my inept directions. I am soooooo sorry Ross! Opps, I mean George!

Myra looked beautiful with the scratch she had given herself on her cheek the night previous. She wore the same blessing dress that I wore, and then Vi wore. She had white tights and white crocheted booties given to her sister Elaine by her great grandma Olsen, a white bow in her hair and was wrapped in a white afghan made by her Great- great grandma Knighton. It is a beautiful blanket that all of my kids have been blessed in, except Elaine of course! She was awake and pleasant during the entire blessing.

After sacrament meeting (I know, we are heathens!) we had everyone over to our home for lunch. No major problems or messes. We all ate and talked and had a good time. My parents left for home and were thrilled to get to travel the short way because the weather was cooperating. Then Darin & I relaxed and hung out with the kids. I had a couple of things to do to get ready for the Festival of Trees and that was that. A nice long weekend.
PS - We listened to the BYU Vs. Utah game! Go BYU!!!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Festival of Trees

I know that I am a little behind with blogging, please forgive me. I'll catch up one of these days. Preferably one where I have gotten a little sleep before hand! ;)

Today was the big set up day for the Festival of Trees. Whew! A lot of work and love goes into each and every one of the trees. I had to run around this morning and get things printed for Elaine's picture and story. We did Elaine's Care Bear tree called "Care Bears Holiday". It turned out very cute. Covered in holiday dressed bears with a bunch of care Bear paraphernalia under the tree. For anyone in the Utah area who is interested in attending here is the Link:
http://www.festivaloftreesutah.com/

It is at the South Towne Expo Center. Any information you need should be on their site. Or you can email me. The tree is on Isle L. It is site number 24, so the far back corner. the one next to it called "Capture the Magic" was also decorated by us. Well, mostly by Nancy's work. It is a fairy tree. Nancy, Brynn, Cadie, Jacki & I had fun. Oh, and Myra too! She was so good. There was even another baby there with her exact same outfit! I also got to meet Vicki and see her tree. It is C-17 and for her daughter Hannah.

I picked up our Christmas cards today. They are all so cute. If you want one, make sure I have your address! :) Myra is smiling more and more everyday. She definitely looks like her mom when she smiles. Happy Birthday to my cousin Jenny. I hope you had a great day!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

I am Thankful for....

My cousin issued a challenge, and I am actually doing it. Amazing, I know. So, here is a list of things I am thankful for this Thanksgiving (in no particular order.)

~~My 4 perfect children - A baby to hold and cuddle, Vi & Ashton to play with and enjoy, and one watching over me from heaven.

~~The weather that has been unusually warm thus far for the winter season.

~~Memories

~~Freedom, Family, a roof over my head......

~~Good friends, you know who you are ;0)

~~ My hard working Weetie Wuv

~~My testimony

I imagine I could go on and on, but it would be trite and redundant. So, it's nothing too grand, but there you have it.

I picked up sparkling apple and pomegranate juice. I thought it sounded very interesting. I am putting up my Thanksgiving polls early since I won't have Internet access for a couple of days.

Happy Thanksgiving All!!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Myra's A Pro

And what is my darling daughter a pro at you ask.....torture. I've been running on 5 hours of sleep, received in one hour intervals. She has done this to me several days in a row now. I am convinced it is some form of Terrible Medieval Torture. At least that's what it feels like to me. I could almost handle anything else...ok, not really.

The vote's are in. I must say I was surprised that the popular answer was Myra Bean. Much to my dad's dismay, we do call her that quite often. So that answer was WRONG! The Correct answer is M.J. No way do we call her that! That is from Spider man, people. Come on now! ;) Violet's name of choice is Princess poops - a -lot (or pukes - a -lot, or cries - a-lot, which ever is most applicable). She has even made up a song to the care bears theme song. Ask her to sing it for you some time. It is crazy funny. Ashton of course likes Baby Myra. In fact, I was going through some pictures today, and there was a picture of Ashton at about 2 months old. I showed him, and he was convinced that it was Myra. They do look a lot a like. Violet's baby pictures look like Myra when her eyes are closed. Elaine pretty much only had the same head shape.

Anyone who has a heart kid, there is a new link to the left for Scar Bears. You should check them out for Christmas. They are pretty cute!

Too bad I can't change my vote on the Thanksgiving poll. Our plans have changed a bit. We are now driving down on Thanksgiving, instead of the day before. It will be a longgggggg day! But fun. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Halloween in November

We had a fairly busy weekend. Our friend Gerran came over and played games on Friday. It was fun, even if I lost! :) Saturday we did a bunch of work around the house and then went into Provo. I go to help my friend Deann put highlights in her hair. She looked like Medusa for a while, but once we got the hang of things, it went well. It didn't turn out half bad either. I think that it looks great. Now the test id to see if her husband will notice when he sees her next week.

Deann amazes me. He husband works out of state and only gets to come home on the weekends. Depending on where he is, not even every weekend. I would go completely insane! I don't know how she holds it together, taking care of her 10, 8, 6 and 1 year old's all on her own. You are a Wonder Woman, Deann!

After the hair stuff we went to the Brady's for Joshua's Birthday. He wanted to have a Halloween Party, so the kids were in costume. They bobbed for apples, turned the dad's into mummy's and made creepy hands with popcorn. It was a fun party. Violet decided to go in her Butterfly costume and Ashton was Sully. Jaylyn is also here for a quick visit. She has to leave tonight to work, and will drive back on Tuesday so she can come with us for Thanksgiving. It will be fun having her with us. Vi & Ashton were so excited to see her this morning!

Congrats to Steven & Sara Sullivan who had their baby daughter Ruby this week! Happy Birthday to Sariah Croft who turned one!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Next Week!

I don't know about everyone else, but we are pretty excited for Thanksgiving. We are heading to Beaver for the big day. My parents and my brother and sister - in -law will also be joining us at my grandparents. I have been busy figuring out food menus and stuff. I really should be spending the time cleaning my house, but that isn't any fun. Plus we have our major Christmas items for the kids all purchased. Yay! Any ideas for Myra? She doesn't really need clothes, or toys....

I was looking through pictures today, trying to figure out who Myra looks the most like. I compared her to pictures of Elaine, Vi & Ashton when they were all about her age. She looks the most like Violet right now!

I've just been going to volleyball, and taking care of kids. All the regular stuff. Nothing new or exciting. We just want to send our love out to our little Heart Friend Noah's family. He passed away this week, as did little Bree - Elle from another group. We are so sorry that your babies will not be with you on earth. Your angels will be watching over you though.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Random

I just had two quick, rather humorous things to post. Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love Christmas music. I am one of those "freaks" who can listen to it all year round. Darin called me today to inform me that I have corrupted the radio waves. His favorite station (I think it played 80's & 90's rockish music) had once again switched over to Christmas for the duration of the year. YES! More for me! The only thing that bothers me about the all Christmas radio stations, besides the obvious commercials, is that they seem to play the same few songs over and over. they need more variety....Maybe I'll send them some of mine! ;)

The other day there was a banging noise, alllll DAY LOOOng. It was akin to someone hammering. I knew it had to be something else, unless they were neurotic and hammering in nail after nail into a board or something. Anyway....long story short, there are two Woodpeckers that decided to try and make their home at my house, and then moved next door. The darned things would sit and peck peck peck on our over hang for the back porch. then fly to the west side of my neighbors house and peck on the side of her house, near the roof. Once in a while the birds would hit metal, and it would scare them half to death. Violet thought it was great to watch.

remember that the Festival of trees is coming up quick! If anyone has Care Bear stuff they want to donate, send it ASAP. Thank you to everyone who has helped out. I'll be sure to post pictures of it in a couple weeks.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Disco


Star in Your Own JibJab! It's Free!

Jib Jab


Star in Your Own JibJab! It's Free!
Thought you would enjoy this!

It's over!


We had a busy weekend for Primary. Saturday morning was our program practice/Quarterly Activity. It was chaotic, but necessary. We survived and the kids wolfed down their pizza! Sunday went really well. We got a lot of nice compliments. I'm glad it's over! But the children bring such a sweet spirit into sacrament meeting. I missed some of it because I had to take Ashton out. He wanted to be up on the stand with dad. I got to sit in the audience since Darin was sitting with his class. Myra was pretty good, and slept most of the time. The only thing we have left this year is singing at the ward Christmas Party in a few weeks, and preparing for next year. Yikes!

Other than that it was a boring, uneventful weekend. Darin went golfing with his brother, and friend Shelby. There was some problem with the golf cart, (gong to fast down a hill, brakes not adequate) and Darin had to bail or wreck. Needless to say he was whining the rest of the weekend about how much his foot hurt. Poor baby. It sounded pretty funny though!

Happy Late Anniversary to the Torsaks!!

Friday, November 9, 2007

Kaidence in the news.

Here are a couple of links to newspaper articles about the Berlin Heart that Kaidence received:
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,695226039,00.html
http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_7413499

You can also watch a news spot on her at KSL.com
http://www.ksl.com/?nid=200&sid=2119242

Good Luck Kaidence!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Ollie Oliie Oxen Free

If only it were that easy to find someone! I went to volleyball today and some how Ashton escaped from the church. Usually it's just the gym, but today he made it outside. It took about 30 loooooooong minutes to find him. He had made it up the hill on the east side of the building, into a yard (no fence) and was playing on their play equipment. Man I am tired after having ran around the building (inside and out) about 4 times. don't tell my Dr. since my 6 weeks isn't up yet. My stomach muscles hurt now. I am just glad he was safe.

It was a very exhausting 30 minutes. Of course all these worst case scenarios kept flashing in my mind. He is such a wanderer. Elaine and Vi never were. And I hope Myra isn't. I try and keep a close eye on him, but I can only do so much. He has even escaped from nursery. The amazing thing in all of this, is he cannot open doors. He can't reach the door knobs, so either someone lets him out or leaves the door open. I think I may be back to keeping him in a stroller during volley ball, and listening to him scream the entire time. :( Poor boy! If anyone has ideas, let me know. I could bring my play pen, but he can probably climb out of it by now.....

In other news, Kaidence's Berlin Heart procedure went spectacular!!!! Dr.'s and her parents did a press conference a short time ago. I don't know when or if it will be on the news, but I'll definitely be looking! I have a lot going on for Primary the next few days and may not find time to post. Thanks for reading!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Wingers





Here are some pictures of our family when we were at Wingers with Donna. Please ignore the huge zit on my chin! :)

Quick Trip

Yesterday I had the opportunity to travel to Idaho to attend the funeral of Ian. Carolyn & I drove together. I really enjoyed the time we had to visit and chat in the car. We took Myra with us and she did phenomenally well. The funeral was very peaceful. Both parents bore their testimonies. It was so sweet. Of course it brought back a lot of memories.... One of the special musical numbers was "I am a child of God", which we sang at Elaine's funeral. If anyone is interested in listening to Elaine's funeral, you can go to www.elaineandrew.com It is all there.

At the graveside, we released balloons. It was a sweet, peaceful day. I hope the family has continued comfort in the rough days, months, and years to come.

It is a big day for another heat family as Kaidence is receiving her Berlin Heart today. Carolyn and I were able to visit with Kaidence's mother yesterday. If you are interested in how she is doing, please visit their blog. It is listed under heart friends.

Also at the hospital we posted fliers about Intermountain Healing Hearts, talked with Valerie and Dr. Day briefly. We also went up to oncology to visit with Cohen, Kelsi's brother. He should be heading home today!

There were a couple of accidents on the freeway, so we got home a little later than anticipated. I threw my stuff in the house and had to head right over to go visiting teaching. Whew, what a long day. 12 hours of non stop travel.....and I'm not even getting a vacation out of it. ;) It was a good day though. I am glad Carolyn and I were able to serve others and offer support to them. I hope it makes a difference.

I am very thankful to my husband, who was able to work from home and spend a fabulous day with his kids!

Happy Birthday to Sarah Heinrich & Joshua Brady today!!

Monday, November 5, 2007

Weekend Recap

We had a pretty busy weekend, or at least it felt that way. Friday Darin and I attempted to watch a movie together, but like always, it was late and I fell asleep for the end. Oh well, it wasn't that great anyway. Saturday was Kenny's birthday. Happy Birthday old Fart! Also on Saturday we tried to get a few things done around the house. Packed up and headed for Salt Lake. We attended a meeting at Primary Children's for our support group. We got the logo more finalized and put together care packages. It was good to get things moving.

After the hospital we met up with my Aunt Donna. She live in Wyoming, but attends the Ogden Temple for their ward temple trips. We drove over to my cousin's house and visited with her family for a while. Her new baby seemed so small compared to Myra. What a difference a month makes! Tina seemed to be doing really good! Josie was a little unsure of us and Ashton was scared of their dogs. Once we left there we headed to Wingers for dinner. Man, going to a restaurant with three kids was busy. Ashton was on one for some reason and kept trying to climb out of our booth and crazy stuff like that. The restaurant was really busy and extremely loud. I think that added to the confusion. We had a nice time visiting with Donna. When we got home the kids crashed. Darin and I changed clocks and tried to watch another movie. I woke up to him laughing his head off. I only caught the first 5 minutes of that movie. Oh well...

Sunday morning was nice. Darin got the kids ready! That doesn't happen very often. And he put dinner in the crock pot for after church. I felt a little spoiled. I loved it though. Darin has been so great and helpful. I am so thankful for a loving husband who cares about his family and wife. I love you Darin!!

Tomorrow I'm off to Pocatello for a funeral of one of the heart babies. I hope Myra does well on the drive!

Blood & Teeth

Sometimes you have to wonder...What is up with my kid! On Sunday, Violet says she has a treasure in her purse that she got in one of her candies the other day. I'm thinking...I don't know of any candy that have "toy prizes" inside. So I ask her to show it to me. She takes everything out of her little purse (papers, blocks, doll clothes, dead flowers) and something silver. She says this is her treasure. She puts it in my hand, and that's right, you guessed it, it is her crown. Not the new one, thank goodness, but the one we thought she had swallowed! What the heck! So I guess she was eating a chewy candy, a Now and Later I think, and basically it pulled off her crown. Only she didn't know it was her crown and thought it was some silver treasure that was inside the candy. What a find! So now we have an extra "tooth" in our house. Too bad they are rather costly! I guess we have a spare now....

On the way home from visiting teaching this morning, Ashton says he has boogers. I turn and look at him, and of course find not green slime, but blood all over his face. GRRRR. So we get home and try and clean him up, but he keeps making it worse by blowing his nose and spraying blood all over. I about gagged when he started licking the blood off his had and saying, Oh, Yum! Gross! It finally stopped, but I am reluctant to leave him alone for fear it will start up again. My favorite part of these two events, is the fact that Violet was showing her primary class her treasure.....Her teacher, whom I happen to visit teach, asked me today why Violet had a tooth in her bag at church. I had nothing to say except, I have no idea!

I got my piano tuned today. When the tuner left, he said it will be a lot more fun to play now. He sure was right!

Friday, November 2, 2007

Ode to a crown

Now, you may think that the crown to which I refer is a toy, costume or some other royalty related object. Unfortunately I am actually referring to a crown in my daughters mouth. She likes to call it her princess crown. As we were eating breakfast this morning, she says her tooth is loose. I was a little confused since she is a little young to be losing teeth yet. When I look in her mouth - her crown is gone. She must have swallowed it with her cereal. I'm guessing that it got loose somehow on some Halloween candy. So we made a mad dash to the dentist to get fitted for another one. The funny things is we missed running into our friends there, by mere minutes. They also had teeth issues this morning. On another note, I am feeling fine today after playing volleyball yesterday. Yippie! I was afraid I might be a little sore...

There has been a lot going on in our heart world at Intermountain Healing Hearts. We now have a branch called Intermountain Healing Hearts Angels - for those of us who have lost our children. I hope that we are able to make a difference and be there for each other.

We also lost baby Ian Pearson yesterday. He had a long and hard fight. He was on Ecmo for a long time and had many complications. Our hearts go out tho Jenn & Justin & Ian's sister Emily. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Also, Kaidence (heart kid) is scheduled to be the first child at PCMC, and in Utah to receive the Berlin Heart. It is a left ventricular assist device. She will be quite the pioneer. It will be a new procedure for some performing it, so we hope and pray all goes well. There are many fasting for her this weekend, if anyone feel so inclined. To check out more information, please go to: http://www.lpch.org/pdf/jasonZhao/berlinHeart.pdf or to http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=38576
This device is only to help her wait for the transplant she needs, but can significantly improve her quality of life and extend her life until a heart can be found. Darin and I are glad that PCMC has taken this step, because it was not an option for Elaine when she was in Kaidence's situation. They Dr.s kept saying, if only it was made for children. If only it was available to her....and here we are three and a half years later and Kaidence will be the first one in Utah. We are glad she has more options now. Good luck!

The answer to theSurvey is......I see Violet in your eyes. Good job guys!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Happy Halloween!

I hope that everyone had a safe and fun Halloween. My kids forgot for the most part that it was Halloween yesterday. I'm glad for the fact I didn't have them bugging me all day about it. Violet went with a friend to the Halloween parade at the elementary school. She had fun seeing all of the kids dressed up. When Darin go home, we quickly got ready. I had fake eyelashes, black skirt & shirt. Rainbow socks and boots. I was a witch, and had the hat with orange and red feathers on it. I curled Vi's hair and gave her an up do. She promptly made it all fall out when she ran around. anyway, she had a pink, poofy princess/Glenda the Good Witch costume, with a crown. She's saving the butterfly costume for next year. This girl likes to plan!

Ashton was a very cute, I mean terribly scary James P. Sullivan, AKA Sully from Monsters Inc. He looked warm and fuzzy. He got many compliments on his costume! Myra, sadly didn't have a costume, but she didn't seem to mind. Darin, well we don't quite know what he was. He had on a jacket/poncho type thing that he bought in Chile. It was tan and dark brown. He also wore a beanie and a grey beard and moustache. Then he topped it all off with a sombrero and hiking boots. your guess is as good as mine. He was disguised so well, that Sky asked why that strange man was following us.

We went to the wards soup supper. We missed the trunk or treat. Then we went to Spanish Fork to trick or treat with our friends the Bishops. Sky & Vi were pretty speedy with the trick or treating. We lucked out this year and didn't have any rain or snow! It wasn't even too cold. That's a first! Ashton and Maddie Moo were a lot slower, and took their time. But they still had a good time. They treated for about an hour or so. Needless to say, they have more candy than they can handle. I'm sure Dad will help them out with that! I did notice that everyone just buys the cheap stuff now. I got way better things when I was a kid!

Darin finished off the evening by telling the kids a scary Evelyner story. It was fun to see their reactions. Don't worry, it wasn't too scary, and to my knowledge, no nightmares resulted from it. Darin and I tried to watch Spellbound - an Alfred Hitchcock movie, but both fell asleep. We are such fuddy duddies! Ha Ha. Sorry there aren't any pictures. I need to get my film developed. Then I will post them.

We kept Gink - our black cat - in the house while we were out so no harm would befall him. This morning he brought us a dead bird. Gross! Vi almost let him in the house with it.....AGHH. Plus, Myra has been sleeping in four hour chunks at night! Wonderful. She is a month old and has been doing this for two days. Hopefully it keeps up, because I'm not feeling like too much of a zombie. On a side note, since Myra is 4 weeks old I went and played volleyball today. I tried to take it easy. I was pretty bad, but it was fun. We will see how sore I am tomorrow. I'm feeling good now though.