Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The pictures!

Yeah! I finally got them to upload!
Here is Fin with his favorite pumpkin.
He later tried to eat it.

Evan hiding in the corn with a big grin.

The best of many tries to get a good brother shot.
Check out those trees in the background.

Cute little Jackson in his antique blessing gown!

Ashleigh, Evan and Sam
Three peas in a pod!

Monday, October 29, 2007


So life goes on even though it is crazy!

I haven't felt like I have had a lot of time to blog lately. Things have been happening but simply no time to blog. I am working 4-5 nights a week, which I don't mind. I am really enjoying my job. I love that I don't have to be there until 7 or 8 pm. It makes me feel like I am not missing anything. We have eaten dinner, read the scriptures, and when I leave the boys are either in the bathtub or getting pj's on to go to bed. All I miss is the actual tucking in and Ryan has enjoyed having that time with the boys.Ryan also is in an online Master's degree program so he has to work on that for a couple of hours every night and does that mainly when I am at work. Plus, my job pays well and I work with some really great people. It has been a real blessing for us.

So I have many events to sum up.

Last weekend (20-21) we went to the pumpkin patch. I love going to the pumpkin patch and picking out our pumpkins to pick ourselves. I love the corn maze and the apple dumplings. It is just so much fun. Strangely enough, we live around tons of farms but I had trouble finding a place where you could actually go in the patch. Apparently most people would rather just pick from a pile of pumpkins out front. Where's the fun in that? So I found a place that advertised a patch and yummy apple dumplings made fresh daily. Off we went. They had at the main office piles of pumpkins but gave us directions to the patch. Ok, there was like 2 teeny tiny pumpkins left in an otherwise empty pumpkin patch. I was so annoyed. They had picked all of them for the store. Then they ran out of apple dumplings! Travesty! So we got a couple of cute pictures out of the deal and planted some gorgeous mums in our front garden area. Otherwise a bust.

On Sunday we went to MD for our nephew's baby blessing. He was born at the end of July and has gotten so cute and fun! He is such a cute baby and was so smiley and happy all day long. I was impressed. It is always so much fun to see family and just hang out. We got some cute pictures that day as well.

Some of our friends from MD came home with us and stayed for a few days. That was fun for all of us. I had a few days off of work and we played around. The kids had a lot of fun as well. I never knew that by simply adding two kids to the mix your house could get messy 100 times faster but apparently this is some sort of mathematical absolute. Made me think twice about having a lot more kiddos....hehehe

I taught a Christmas card workshop last week at our enrichment meeting for church. I taught what is called 10 from 1. Basically it means you make 10 cards from one sheet of cardstock, and 1 sheet each of two patterned papers. They turned out really cute and I think everyone was happy with them.

On Thursday I did the biggest Costco trip of all time, plus I had to renew my membership so I was amazed at the total. I had to buy all those expensive items like meat, diapers, wipes, laundry detergent, soy milk and toilet paper plus the basics like milk, eggs, bananas, butter, cereal, etc....It was massive but I think we'll be set for about 2 months except for the little things.

This past Saturday I went shopping with my good friend Michelle. She and I have been working hard to lose weight together and have both lost about 20 lbs. She has lost more and she needed some clothes that fit her and a dress to wear to church. We had fun and I was able to fit in pants 2 sizes smaller than I was wearing in August! Woo Hoo! It felt so good. She has done amazingly well and looked so great in her new dress yesterday! Way to go Michelle!

At church yesterday we had the primary program. It was Evan's first and he had been working so hard on his lines all week long. He had them down! When the primary president whispered the first words in his ear he whispered them into the microphone. He was simply doing what she was. It was very cute. The primary had colered the covers for all of the programs. Such a cute idea. Plus they put a piece of paper in the program for you to write a note to the primary kids telling them what they did well and what you enjoyed. I think they read them during primary when they gave them a snack. I thought both of those were great ideas. Good job, primary!

Well, I am looking forward to Halloween this year. Our ward trunk or treat was cancelled on Sat due to rain so Evan can hardly wait to wear his costume. I awoke to frost on the ground this morning so it will be a cold one. I am happy to finally have the brisk cold weather. I am ready for it.

Whew, this was a long one. I had no idea I had so much to write! I guess that's what happens when you take a week off!

Ok, so blogger is having an issue and will not post my pictures! I am going to post this and try later for the pictures. Ugh.

Monday, October 15, 2007

The Poconos!

We finally had our fun weekend in the Poconos! It was great! We stayed at a place called Outdoor World in a really nice trailer that sleeps like 10 people. It was no four star hotel but it was nice. We had plenty of room and were able to make most of our own meals.

There was a really great indoor water park which was free with our rental, free mini golf, a huge playground, arcade, and indoor play area.

We also drove up scenic Camelback Mountain. The only Camelback Mountain I knew of is in Arizona but apparently we have in PA as well!

Anyway, we loved it. We had nice brisk fall weather and just had a very relaxing weekend.

What do you think?

Is it alright to get your little boy a Care Bear? He just loves them and thinks they are so great. I personally don't really see anything wrong with it but I worry about him being made fun of when he goes to preschool.

What are your thoughts?

Friday, October 12, 2007

Cuddle bugs

Cuddle bug is a pet name that I call my boys. Evan loves it and always asks me, "Momma, am I your cuddle bug?"

"Of course you are my cuddly boy!"

Well, today they were true cuddle bugs. I was on the computer a few minutes ago and Evan asked if he could turn on Noggin. I said yes and then looked over to see this adorable scene.

After Evan left Fin just kept lounging in the chair. In fact he is still there right now. Apparently Little Bear has really kept his interest. I just thought he looked so adult like lounging in the chair.

I also had to post these adorable pictures of Fin from a few days ago. He is, as you can see from all most recent photos, a bit addicted to his pacifier. He loves to hold them and switch them around and is happiest when he has at least three at his disposal. Well this particular day he came up to us grunting and smiling through the pacifiers. He was so proud that he was able to suck on TWO at a time! It's the little accomplishments, right?

Check out how poofy this kids hair is! Yes, he needs a haircut but he has some serious body in that hair. There are women who pay big bucks for hair like this.

Monday, October 08, 2007

I can hardly wait to see this!

Check this out! I love historical fiction! I love epic movies and I love Cate Blanchett!

Ahhhh bacon!

Ok, if you are in the mood for a good hearty belly laugh then head on over to Mandy's blog and check out this hysterical video.......

All is well

Friday morning's surgery went very well. We woke Griffin up at the last minute and he was so mad! We got to the hospital and had to wait about 25 minutes. They took up back and talked to us for a few minutes before taking Griffin back to the surgery area. We went to the waiting room and within 15 minutes the doctor was out to tell us that it had gone well. They were able to drain the fluid and puss that was in his ears and place the tubes with no problems. About 5 minutes later the recovery nurse came to get us and when we got back there he was awake and crying.

He was extremely groggy and unhappy. I help him and wrapped him in a warm blanket. We gave him a sippy cup with apple juice and he drank it very quickly. The nurse tried to take his oxygen levels and he was not going to let her near him.

In about 20 minutes we were able to take him home. He was very unhappy all the way home and so we gave him some Tylenol. We put him right to bed but he soon woke up crying and vomiting. Poor baby. Once he got it all out of his system we put him in warm and snuggly PJ's and wrapped him in his blankie with his puppies and he slept until 1:30. He was only awake for an hour and went back to sleep until 6:30. It made for a nice quiet day for Ryan and I.

When he woke up that evening he was so happy. We went to dinner at a little Mexican place we like and he was so excited to be up and about. You could tell he felt so great.

Sat he had a little bit of pain and he is very sensitive to loud noises but he is doing great! I am so happy! He also hasn't had a fever since the surgery! Woo Hoo!

Unfortunately Evan does have a fever today but I think he just has a little case of the flu. If it's not one thing, it's another!

We had a nice weekend watching Conference and just hanging around. This weekend we are going to the Poconos. It will be gorgeous with all the fall foliage. There is also an indoor water park that should be pretty fun.

My big goal this week is to get some mums for the front yard and maybe a pumpkin or two. We need to start looking more fall friendly. I love fall! I love the colors, the smells, the flavors, the weather. I just love it!

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Random thoughts

Just a couple of thoughts I wanted to jot down.

I read this quote today on readthescriptures.com. When you finish your daily reading it takes you to a page that tells you how far you are in your reading and they recently added a daily quote. They have had some really great ones too. Here is the one from today which I really enjoyed.

"Those who 'live without God in the world' anxiously glean their few and fleeting satisfactions, but they are unable to find real happiness...."Ignorant of the plan of salvation, many simply do not know what the journey of life is all about. Therefore, modern selfishness and skepticism brush aside the significance of the Savior..."
--Elder Neal A. Maxwell; Ensign, March 1998

Tomorrow is Griffin's surgery. We have to be there at 7 in the morning, which I think will be easier than trying to get him not to eat or drink all day long. I'll try and post as soon as I can find some time to let everyone know how he is doing. I'm a teensy bit nervous but mainly happy to have him start feeling better.

I had several items I wanted to post about but now my thoughts are flying away from me. I'll have to remember and come back later to post.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Home away from Home

You Belong in London

A little old fashioned, and a little modern.
A little traditional, and a little bit punk rock.
A unique soul like you needs a city that offers everything.
No wonder you and London will get along so well.
What City Do You Belong In?

I loved this little test that I found on Leslie's blog. I think it is absolutely right too! I went to London with BYU theatre study and I seriously felt like it was my second home the minute I got out of the airport. I love the English countryside. I love the theater. I mean I REALLY loved the theatre! I love the flea markets and the record stores. I love buying fish and chips on the corner on your way home from a lovely night at the theatre. I simply adore London.

Now I miss it.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

You give me Fever

The fever saga continues.

I haven't written much about Griffin's fevers since our last specialist appointment but in monitoring them and speaking to other doctors we realized that it just wasn't correct that he has a higher fever naturally. There were many things leading up to this but the biggest was that I just knew there was something going on. I have really relied on the spirit to help me in making decisions on what doctors to take him to and when to push for more testing. I have had such a strong answer that there is something wrong but it is a simple answer.

Yesterday we took him to a gastroenterologist (the same on that Evan sees). Well, we didn't find out the answer for the fevers but we did find out that he also has reflux disease. He was put on the same meds that Evan is on and we were told to keep him away from milk. Apparently milk is aggravating his particular reflux. He can have dairy products, for now at least, but only soy milk to drink. They drew some blood to make sure he doesn't have a lactose intolerance or a milk allergy. We'll find out those results in a day or so. They also scheduled an upper GI series which is the same test Evan had run earlier this year. I feel like a pro.

Today we had an appointment with a different ENT. I took him to one in July who was rude, condescending and wouldn't listen to a history or even really look at Griffin. He kept telling me to keep him quiet so I could listen to him. I was so mad when I left his office, I was shaking.

After that experience I said I wanted the best they could find, I didn't care how long I had to wait for an appointment. Well, I had to wait until today. It was so worth it. The doctor was caring and friendly. He listened to every concern I have and asked probing questions. He really checked Griffin out and ran a quick test.

He found that Griffin has a lot of fluid in his ears that is deep and thick. He said it has probably been there awhile and is most likely the cause of the fevers! Halelujah! I knew it was the ears. Griffin is constantly holding his ears. Loud noises seem to hurt his ears.

The outcome is that he will be getting tubes put in on Friday. I never thought I would so look forward to a surgical procedure for my kiddo. I just really hope and pray that this will make the difference for him. I so badly want it to be the answer we were looking for and I really feel like it is.

Keep him in your thoughts and prayers, please! Thanks.

I'm not fat for my height. I'm short for my weight.