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Thursday, January 31, 2008

The Suspense!

Man, I didn't realize that I was driving Janice nuts by not revealing the answer to the polla bout Violet's Birthday. Maybe I'll wait a few more days to give the answer. I'm mean like that!

So and random funny thing. There is a girl in pur Primary whose name is Cady (Katie). Guess what her middle name is...Rae, just like our Cadie Rae. I thought that was a pretty funny co -inky dink. My friend Becky also just decided to name their new baby girl Brynne. That makes how many Brynne or Brynn's now? Let's Count. One, two, three, four I think. Dang that's a lot of Brynne/Brynn's. It's a good thing it is a cute name!

Ashton has lost his blanky/baby. You know the pink shawl of Violets that he has been dragging around? Well it has dissappeared. I have my theory as to where it is (aka - Darin hid it or trashed it) because boys don't need pink things. Well, he had been very sad about his misfortune. I had a blanket out that I was using for Myra. It is a cute white with rainbow trim afghan that Brooke made when Violet was born. He wanted to start using that, but It is white and I didn't want it ruined. I went up and got the blanket th at Grandma Crook made for him when he was a baby. The base color on that is green and it is also crocheted. He has been happy to use that for his new baby. I guess he really love balnkets that are chrocheted. Elaine loved the ones that were tied and Violet hasn't really been that particular.

Well, I need to get a few things ready for Vi's B-day, plus do some primary stuff and watch a power point presentation for IHH. Well Janice are you dieing yet? The correct answer was all of the above. She wanted the fighter clothes and a real sword so she can be a fighter, but she also wants another doll like Darla, so Darla can have a sister. Darla is a doll that she got for her B-Day last year and has loved to death. So, the doll was not to decapitate like Uncle Dale thought. It was a good possiblility though. We need warm thoughts our way, because it is so cold. More snow is coming. NOOOOOOOOOO!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Pirate Eye

My dang eye, the left one, has been twitching all day. It began during volleyball and was very distracting. Anyone know of a good remedy? I can't think of anything. I'm not really stressed about anything other than the crazy amounts of snow and my daughter turning 5! Ashton even went # 2 int he potty today. I guess he's telling me he ready?

So back to my eye issue, one of my fellow volley ballers suggested a pirate patch. Some how I don't think that's the answer. It isn't constant twitching, but several times an hour. Enough to be more than irritating.

For anyone concerned, we were not involved in the pile up here in our town. No Worries! I have more fun stuff to post, but I need to finish dinner. TTFN!

Monday, January 28, 2008

He did it again!

Yep, he pee peed int he toilet once again. Maybe I should take advantage and begin potty training now? Do I dare with a three month old?

I just finished Peace like a River. It ended differently than I had expected, but was a very good book. I can see why it was on the best seller list for so long. Go and check it out and read it!

Exciting News!

Last night, for the first time ever, Ashton Peed in the toilet. It is a very exciting things for a mom. Especially one with two in diapers. I don't know if I am quite ready to begin seriously working on getting him toilet trained, but this is definitely the first step.

Darin went to work this morning. I hope he does okay. He wasn't feeling 100% yet, but feeling much better. I have a million and one things to do for Vi's birthday this week. I hope I can get them done, plus all the regulars - dishes, laundry etc.

I watched Mansfield Park last night. I actually enjoyed this version more than another that I had seen a few years ago. The other was more dark and had Fanny treated very poorly by her relations. I highly recommend this movie!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Death

I am saddened by the news that President Gordon B. Hinkley passed away about an hour ago. You can go to KSL.com for more info. He was a great man, whom I was privileged to meet at Martin's Cove when it first opened. Thanks for "arranging" that Aunt Donna!

Carabbas

Well, we tried a new restaurant yesterday that we loved. Carrabbas. It was so good. I had a special - chicken stuffed with spinach and ricotta cheese in a yummy sauce. Darin had Sirloin steak. The couple that we went with has been there many times and knew good stuff to recommend. Unfortunately on the way to the restaurant Darin started feeling ill. He ate some dinner and brought the rest home. We then decided to go bowling. There is an alley in Payson so we headed back there. Little did we know that it was pretty Ghetto and smelled profusely of cigarette smoke. Not a place for an infant - so we went to dessert at Daltons.

I had a fruit and nut crisp that was mighty good. Darin had Mousse cake (I know, weird) and Karlee had bread pudding and Dustin had Coconut Cream pie. Then we went home and I put Myra to bed and we went over to their house and played, for the first time, guitar hero. It was a little tricky - Darin was a natural, like he is at all video games. It was fun. I even dreamed about the game last night. It was fun. Once we got home Darin spent a lot of the night on the toilet. He got a lot of sleep last night and this morning I let him sleep. I took Vi and Ashton to church and Darin came to teach his primary class. He is resting again, but says he feels better than last night. We will see if he makes it to work tomorrow. I hope that he doesn't share with the rest of us!

I finally finished all of my medical stuff for volunteering! I had my last TB test read. Yippie! I hope I got everything I needed. I'll call PCMC and set up my appointment this week sometime. I think we are doing our taxes tomorrow night. That should be loads of fun, sike. (I threw that in for the 80's in you). Lost and Samllville will be new this week. It's been a long time since there has been anything new on TV. This is long over due! I'm off to read my book, Peace like a River by Leif Enger. It is good, I have hardly put it down. I can't wait to see the out come of it all...Have a peaceful Sabbath.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Where have all the postings gone?

I am sorry! I have gotten in a little bit of trouble this week from my dad for not posting since Tuesday. Not too much going on. I have been getting things figured out for Violets Birthday next week. I ordered her birthday gift and delivered invitations (4) to her little friends for her party, and sent out emails to family for the dinner on her Birthday. For those of you who have not responded, please let me know if you are coming so I can have enough food! Thanks!

Darin Started his new job this week. He hasn't been getting home too much earlier yet, he's staying after to play ping pong to get to know his new coworkers and such. The biggest blessing has been how much happier he is. I love that he comes home cheery and wants to play with the kids rather than hide in the basement on the computer. He is even mopping my floor right now! Thanks Weetie Wuv! I don't know why he didn't leave sooner! I don't think we realized how miserable he was. We are still in the process of finding new insurance and all that fun stuff, but it will be totally worth it. We also need to redo our budget (yeah!) and can now do our taxes since our W-2's are finally in.

In the IHH world, I had major drama trying to get my 2nd TB test done. I won't bore you with the details, but it got done and I am getting the test read today. Then I just have my stuff at PCMC to do. It sure is a lot of work, but I know that it will be so beneficial to families with heart kids. I am so excited about all of the things going on with the group. Everyone is working so hard!

Also, something that is so totally amazing, that you may have already read about, is the little girl whose blood type changed to her donor's (liver) blood type. I will send you to Noah's blog to read the article. She doesn't have to take anti rejection meds. Stem cells are amazing, and it looks like science is moving along and things will be improving for these heart kids - and all transplant patients. Anyway, it was extremely good news, I hope you are interested and want to read about it, because it is going to be the beginning of life changing Medicine!

My cousin Jenny had her baby boy this week. He is a cutie. His name is Henry (my next choice for a boy name, funny how we have the same taste! ). Mom and baby are home and doing well. We are so excited for them. They sure will have their hands full with two (almost) 5 year olds and a newborn. Yippie for babies!
Tonight Darin and I are going on a double date with our neighbors that currently live across the street. We are excited to go out. We are trying a new (for us) restaurant that everyone has been raving about. Then we will probably catch a movie. Violet has been gone all day at a friends house, it's eerily quiet. She is having so much fun though. Sunday there is a new Hallmark Hall of Fame movie on CBS and the Jane Austin Masterpiece theater! Two great shows. I can't wait. I hope that is enough of an update for you all.
I hope that Handen starts feeling better (pneumonia) and the Rudds, and all the Heart kids (Noah, Brinley etc. ) that are fighting RSV. Forget your troubles come on get Healthy!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Look At Us!

My parents had a big Bridal Fair this past weekend for their business. If you don't know, they now own a Suspended in Time franchise in Santa Rosa. It is a flower preservation business, and they are beautiful! They had put this one together and used a picture of Darin and me. Aren't we cute. The photo is a little glarey, but you can see how nice it looks. Anyway, I wanted to show it off. You all are who I get to show off to. :) Now I am off to read my book since Myra is finally sleeping. Two days of her screaming all day has completely drained me. If you could see me now, you would hardly recognize my lifeless form. I love my kids, I'm glad a got a bit of a break today (okay a meeting for primary isn't really a break, but it was different).

In the News!

We have had a lot of activity in the news lately for Intermountain Healing Hearts. There have been numerous articles and press conferences on Kaidence and her Berlin heart and her transplant. For more information you can go to the Salt Lake Tribune site. She has been doing very well with her transplant and is glad to be home!

There have also been some articles about Intermountain Healing Hearts. Here is one:
Parents form group to offer support, hope
By Brooke Adams The Salt Lake Tribune

Mike Patton Jr. remembers the agony he went through after learning his soon-to-be born daughter had a heart defect. Brinley Patton's heart was smaller than an almond when an ultrasound detected a problem just 22 weeks into Rebecca Patton's pregnancy. "It's kind of like being tied to the railroad tracks and the train is coming. I had never heard of a baby's heart defect," said Patton, of Riverton. "The feeling and emotion of the whole thing was one of loneliness and no support whatsoever." Today, Patton and Carolyn Quigley, of Santaquin, are working to ensure other parents of children with congenital heart defects get help through Intermountain Healing Hearts, a support group they have formed. So far, 53 families have connected with the support group, which has a Web site, www.intermountainhealinghearts.org, and a free telephone line, 800-397-1174. It also operates a Yahoo chat group, which gets 300 to 400 e-mail contacts a month. Primary Children's Medical Center performs about 20 heart surgeries a month, Patton said. "We'd like to see more research dollars put into finding out what is causing heart defects. Some are genetic, but most are not," Patton said. Kaidence Stephenson is one of the success stories that gives hope to parents. So is Brinley Patton, who was born in 2004. She had four heart surgeries in the first 30 months of her life; like many children with heart defects, she also had eye and hip problems that required surgery. Despite those challenges, she is a healthy, growing preschooler today, her father said. "I want to show [other parents] how well she's doing, that there is hope for them," Patton said. "Most of [our effort] is trying to get parents with [similar] diagnoses talking to each other."
brooke@sltrib.com
It is so great to have our information out there. I hope that is can bring more families together!
There should be a couple more articles about the group next month for CHD Awareness Week. I can't wait!
I haven't heard from Darin yet on how his first day of work was. I hope it was great! Myra isn't sleeping. I get to listen to her cry all day and all night. Any suggestions?
In sad news, Heath Ledger was found dead today in New York. I really enjoyed his films.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

My Valley Fair Lady

Yes, that's right, you guessed it, that was the title of the play we saw this weekend at Desert Star. It was one of the better one's I've seen. I loosely followed the story of "My Fair Lady", but with a West Valley Vs. East siders twist. There were a lot of great one liners. I've included one of the jokes from the Cowboy Ollio in my quote section. Enjoy!

Here are some pictures of the members of IHH. The first is of the Board of Directors.



The second is a picture of some of us filling care bags. If you can't tell, I'm the one working one haded while holding the baby!

We are still trying to get everything done to become official volunteers at PCMC. I hope I've gotten everything I need done! We shall see in a couple of weeks. I've also been thinking about Violets upcoming 5th Birthday. It is crazy to think she is that old already. Time flies. This will be a busy week with Darin starting a new job and all. I'll keep you posted on that. He does have a new cell phone and #. If you'd like it, please just email me.

Also, my parents had a very long and productive day at their Bridal Fair. Most every one they talked to was very interested in their product. I hope it brings in business for them. They have been working their little tails off!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The Polls are in

Well, It looks like there are definite favorites for the Republican and Democrat nominees for President in 2008. Mitt Romney had 77% of the votes ( I think a lot of LDS people read my blog!) and Barak Obama had 66%. I guess only time will tell. Our Primary's here in Utah are on February 5th according to the Internet. I hope you will all be making an effort to vote. I know I am going to try and get out there.

Also, I got shots, drug tested and all kinds of fun stuff today for volunteering with PCMC. Yay for shots! Actually it wasn't bad at all. I get to go back on Friday and have my TB test read. We are wishing a quick recovery to Alex and others in the hospital or suffering from RSV right now. Also my neighbors mom has developed blood clots in her lungs, so hopefully she can get rid of those and be on her way ho me from the hospital! Thinking of you all!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Bad Neighbor


I found out today that I am the worst neighbor ever! Apparently on Sunday morning there were ambulances and police officers across the street from me (as in what I see looking out my windows) and I was unaware! I even went visiting teaching at 11am, but they were gone by then.


The story: I'll try and keep it short. After a rough Christmas (ectopic pregnancy, surgery etc) my neighbor decided to treat his wife to a weekend away. So they left grandma in charge of their 2 1/2 year old and 1 year old. Grandmas somehow fell down a flight of stair while holding the baby. I n an effort to keep him safe, she snapped her leg (the bottom portion) in two. Luckily the 2 1/2 year old was able to get the phone for grandma to call 911, and the little girl was able to undo the dead bolt on the door so a window wouldn't have to be broken for the paramedics to enter.


All of this, and I didn't have the faintest idea. The baby is fine. Grandma is int he hospital and will be laid up for 6 weeks. Ughhhhh. i will have to be sure to be more observant!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Mikayla


Here are some hilarious pictures of Mikayla getting into paint. All I have to say is I am glad I didn't have to clean it up! Looks like fun though!

New Food Storage Tidbit

For those of you who have, or are working on food storage, I thought I'd share some information that I recently learned.

Findings of recent scientific studies conducted by a team of researchers at Brigham Young University show that properly packaged, low-moisture foods stored at room temperature or cooler (75°F/24°C or lower) remain nutritious and edible much longer than previously thought. The studies, which are the first of their kind, increase the estimated shelf life for many products to 30 years or more (see chart for new estimates of shelf life). Previous estimates of longevity were based on "best-if-used-by" recommendations and experience. Though not studied, sugar, salt, baking soda (essential for soaking beans), and vitamin C in tablet form also store well long-term. Some basic foods do need more frequent rotation, such as vegetable oil every 1 to 2 years.
While there is a decline in nutritional quality and taste over time, depending on the original quality of food and how it was processed, packaged, and stored, the studies show that even after being stored long-term, the food will help sustain life in an emergency.

Food New "Life sustaining Shelf-Life (in Years)

Wheat 30+

White Rice 30+

Pinto Beans 30

Apple Slices 30

Macaroni 30

Rolled Oats 30

Potato Flakes 30

Powdered Milk 30

So the moral of this info is - don't throw it out!! It might not taste the best, but it will help keep you alive in an emergency. I thought this was good to know! If you would like more information you can go here. It seems like there is a crack down on getting it now! I also heard a rumor that the price of wheat is expected to go up. Experts are predicting a shortage - so the price of wheat, bread and anything made from wheat is likely to raise. I know that I have a lot to do still with regards to food storage. But I try and do what I can.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Volunteering

We had our big Intermountain Healing Hearts meeting yesterday. I think that things are really moving a long. WE were able to meet a few new families, and stuff about 25 care bags. Our 501 (c)3 status is moving a long nicely, and is so much work! We are having a carnival at the hospital for CHD awareness week. that should be fun. There will be a FUN RUN/WALK this summer to raise awareness and money. Also a camp for families. I am bummed we will be out of town during the camp. Next year!

We also began our process for becoming volunteers at the hospital. There is a bunch of stuff (paper work, immunizations, TB test and orientations) that I need to try and get done ASAP. I hope I can remember it all! And who to call when. I guess if I can't remember, I can just call you, Mike - you remember everything from the meeting don't you?

So, this week I read the book Jake by Jack Weyland. It was pretty good - a quick read. We still have a lot of snow. It is annoying! And super dooper cold. In related, sad news, they took out the fountain in the main lobby at PCMC. They are doing construction on the whole lobby. I hear they are putting something new in, in it's place. Elaine loved strolling by in her wagon and throwing in money that she bribed off of nurses and Dr.'s. I always thought of her when I walked by, and now it is gone. The hospital has changed so much. I suppose that has to happen, but is sad. Kaidence is home! Yippie. After 98 straight days! Good luck with your new heart!

Friday, January 11, 2008

Once in a lifetime

For the first time in months, my son is taking a nap! And in his own bed. A miracle! Violet is (im)patiently waiting for Signing Time! to be on. She loves that show. Just a little update, we have had a ton of new snow this week. Darin got a new job. Violet had her filling replaced - yet again, and Myra slept for two hours in her crib last night. She usually prefers the swing, so this was a big step. I was still up several times with her, but this was an improvement.

Violet was just playing with play doh and made: snow man, moses basket, dinosaur head with hair, birdie trophy, volcano, monster foot, monster hand, castle, people, pizza, a hide out, pancake, burrito, and who knows what else. She is very creative. Violet and I have been having a lot of fun lately doing Search and Find pages. They are like Where's Waldo. They are so fun. Kaidence is home from the hospital! Alex is extubated! We are getting new members of IHH everyday. I'm so glad to see that it is growing. I can't wait for our meeting tomorrow.

Condolences to Darin's brother Dean. His baby (aka his new car he got himself for his birthday) suffered an accident. A large piece of ice fell from a tall city building and landed on the hood. Now it has to get fixed, but I think it will pull through in the end! ;)

Monday, January 7, 2008

It's all your fault!

Yes, that is what I heard today from my friend Deann. I had dropped by her house earlier today and Judy (20 months) was coloring at the table with magic markers. I said, " Your mom sure is brave, letting you have those!" Several hours later I get a phone call and Deann tells me that I jinxed her and that it is all my fault. I'm thinking, what in the world did I do?! Apparently Judy had gotten down from the table while Deann was getting dinner on, and had taken a pen with her. She has a cute little princess chair which she proceeded to color on. Yes it is the nice fabric chairs that rock. Deann sees that, takes the pen away, Judy gets in trouble and starts to cry.

As Deann is cleaning the chair - which she was able to get the marker out of by the way, Judy is standing there, crying and looking all pathetic. Then Judy pulls up a pant leg and, you guessed it, COVERED in marker. Judy gets the whole, that is naughty yadda yadda speech again. She cries more and pulls up the other pant leg. Even MORE marker there. As she is still crying and looking all sad at her mom with her big hazel eyes, she yanks up her shirt and yep, her tummy has changed colors as well. I laughed and I am certain Deann didn't appreciate that. Judy will be a different shade for a while. Oops, sorry to cause that Deann! ;)

On another note, I was so peeved last night. I watch Amazing Race on CBS. It is a fun, clean exciting show. Anyway the last 10-15 minutes was not shown last night because my station was having "Technical Difficulties," UGGGGGHHHH! I didn't know until today who had come in last, if they were eliminated, so forth. And I didn't get to see the end of the Detour. Not cool, especially seeing as how there are only a few teams left in the race! Come on people, if you are going to have technical problems, plan better and have them at the beginning of the episode. At the least they could have replayed what was missed,before the news or something. Bummer!

Violet had her filling fixed (and paid for I might add) again. She is so goofy when she is drugged up! Too bad she wouldn't just sleep it off. I think it gave her the munchies!@@

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Pictures!!


Here are the pictures from Christmas Eve!

These are from Christmas Morning.








This is our table for Christmas Dinner. The center piece is a rosemarry tree/bush that I won at the work party.

Happy 1st Anniversary!!

My brother and his wife are celebrating their first wedding anniversary today! Congrats guys! We love you!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

New Years Party

I am going to quickly try and post. I am still waiting for pictures from Darin. Maybe one of these days you will all get to see them.

Well, we were at the Torsak's for New Years, joined by the Marvels and the Coulsons. Thank heavens Santa brought a portable swing for Myra. It was a life saver! She slept in it from about 9pm until 2am when we woke her up to leave. We ate yummy yummy food, played games, talked, oh and there was this Wii that we played. Man, those things are a ton of fun!! I was surprised. Of course Darin is a natural, but I still had a lot of fun working up a sweat. The kids played and played. Violet was so excited to have Brynn to play with. I always have mixed emotions about that though. I'm glad they get a long so well, but it makes me sad because Elaine was only 1 month older than Brynn. Vi and Elaine would be having so much fun playing together right now!

The car CD player only worked that one day. Some freak accident I guess. Boo Hoo. I get to take Vi to the dentist on Monday - again - to get the same filling replaced. Yes, again. It has only been 2 weeks or so. We get to do the whole drug her up thing again. Yippie. (That was sarcasm if you were curious).

Darin's dad has this funny habit. When he watches old westerns, John Wayne for example, he likes to get out all his guns. He likes to hold one on his lap during the show, and line up the rest beside him or in front of him during the show. I actually don't know if he still is int he habit of doing this, but he did at one time, I've even witnessed it. So, the point to this story is that Ashton is like his grandpa. Darin was working from home and Ashton came banging on the door, asking for something. After much trial and error, Darin finally figured out that he wanted his Mr. Potato head. (He is kept in the closet to avoid lost pieces - or being stepped on). Ashton was watching Toy Story and had all of his Buzz Lightyears out on the table in front of him, and his woody, and he HAD to have the potato head too. Funny Funny.

Good Luck to ALEX who is recovering from his open heart surgery, and to all those with up coming procedures!