Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Let it be known

Potty training is my least favorite part of parenting.  Vaughn had a morning of going in the potty every 30 minutes or so with only one accident.  Thank heavens for plastic pants.  I'm praying I will not have to potty train Elaine in the Millennium.  Resurrected beings wont need diapers, right?  ;)

We had a busy holiday.  Thanksgiving was a lot of fun.  We celebrated with my mother's side of the family at my parent's home.  My grandfather and 5 of my mom's siblings and their families were there.  We had about 30 people.  It was great.  Food was good and we put together a tricky puzzle in record time.  When I transfer some pictures, I'll add them to the post.

We recently got back from a fun filled trip to Disneyland.  It rained.  But we had fun.  I'm still trying to recover and catch up on laundry and cleaning.  The day we left for our trip I sent my kids to school and it was -2 F.  I have never sent my kids to school when it has been that cold.  Global warming my foot.....  A car near us in the long term parking had Ohio plates and no Drivers side window or passenger window.  The car was completely full of snow.  Sad.

It's such a busy time of year, we still do not have our Christmas decorations up.  Shocking, I know!  It will get done eventually, but there are gingerbread houses to make, concerts to attend and letters to write.  Ta Ta.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Thank you for remembering!

One of Elaine's nurses from her last few weeks with us is named Lisa.  Darin and I connected with her and have been blessed to remain in contact with her over the years.  She is an amazing, giving, selfless woman.  She and her husband have touched our hearts in many ways.  Yesterday, Lisa announced this: 

I am very excited and a bit nervous to be starting a new challenge in my nursing career. I will be working with International Children's Heart Foundation, a humanitarian aide organization that creates designer hearts for children all over the world that would die because of their congenital heart defects, and no access to having them repaired. This is a great group of medical professionals that have given life and hope to thousands of children and families around the world. I will be working as an educator/coordinator for a new project helping kids from Haiti. Please pray for me and our team. I will be heading to the DR on the 7th of November to meet and finalize our upcoming mission. Excited beyond words! Suzanne and Elaine, this is for you!

I am still at a loss for words.  The gratitude is overwhelming and makes me cry, I am so touched.  Thank you for remembering my little girl.  It is wonderful to know how she has and does inspire lives.  Who knew a two year old could help so many lives.  I know all those helped through this fabulous resource will have a new lease on life after their operation.  Thank you to all!  This sure brightened my day and I wanted to share.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Eat At Joe's Chili's

If you like the restaurant Chili's, then I have dinner all figured out for you on October 1st.  If you bring in this flier when you eat (any time of the day) Intermountain Healing Hearts will receive 15% of your dinner bill  as part of their Give Back program.  Best part is, it is so easy!!  ANY UTAH Chili's, ANY part of the day, just bring in the flier and eat!  You can print one and bring it.  Go to lunch with your co workers, take your family and friends to dinner.  Have fun!!

Thank you in advance to chili's and all of you wonderful supporters out there who will dine with us on OCTOBER1st!!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Books....on tape

Our family recently drove to California to visit some family and friends.  Without counting stops it is a 12 hour drive.  With 4 little people in the car (who can never seem to coordinate bladders) we end up making way too many stops.  To help make the drive more bearable, we like to listen to books on tape.  I know many of you are probably laughing at this....why aren't you all watching movies and playing games on electronic devises?  Besides the fact it is a pain to keep everything charged, too many of us easily get car sick.  Watching things makes that worse.  Listening however, seems to be just dandy.

this trip we decided to get a few sets from the library to take.  We listened to the Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley, Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, The Willoughby's by Lois Lowry and started Wonder by RJ Palacio.  Violet also listened to The book without words by Avi.  That seems like a lot of books, but it hardly seemed like it.  We also started Dorothy and the Wizard, but the language was a little rough so we switched it up for the littler kids.  So, if you are in need of things to do as a family on long trips, check out your local library's collection.

Take a look, it's in a book, a Reading Rainbow.  Ha!  I couldn't help my self!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Are they obsolete?

I haven't posted anything on my blog for over a year.  Have blogs become obsolete?