Friday, April 30, 2010

A Giveaway!

I just found out about this great giveaway today. It is for an engraved copy of the proclamation on the family.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

only take a quick look

Okay, as someone who is a bit of a perfectionist, this is a little embarrassing. So I am hoping you will just take a quick glance, see through the countless imperfections, remember I am still not 100%, and think it's the thought that counts.

Can you do that?


If not, look no farther.

But here goes....I was really bummed that I could not go to the girls last performance so while they were gone I made this cake for them.

 It's not very pretty, I know, but they LOVED it and were very excited about it. And you know what else, I really don't think they noticed anything wrong with it.

(If you can't tell it's supposed to be one of those hollywood type clapper things. You know the "okay everyone take 47" thingy.)

I can't believe I am about to put this out there for everyone to see, but here I go..... take a deep breath.....and.....publish post.

Firecracker Soccer

Alahna decided to give soccer a try this spring. David is coaching and she seems to be having fun. She is playing u-8 so there are no refs and no score keeping. Perfect for Lahna who is quite tenderhearted and not very aggressive,  though we have been surprised at how fast she is.

Robert can't wait until he gets a turn!

How am I?

 People keep asking "how are you doing?" and I find that it is a hard question to answer. I usually just say "fine", because after all, I am doing fine.  Whatever is wrong with me is no longer debilitating, but it also has not gone away. I can take care of everyone's basic needs and have even been driving short distances. On the other hand I don't have the energy to do all that I used to do and it doesn't take too much before I am forced to lay on the couch for a while and wait for the spasms to subside, my head to quit spinning, and my breathing to return to normal. Hopefully I will continue to get stronger and be able to do more. I am craving my treadmill and I am beginning to feel a little trapped in this house. The girls have been very good about their increased responsibilities: helping with meals, cleaning, and the boys. Not to say they never complain, because believe me they do, but they do the jobs anyway. Hopefully with time the complaining will lessen. 

So, I guess I will still say I am doing "fine", and keep praying to get back to great...or will this become my new idea of great???? Hmmmm, I hope not, but as my mom would say, "it could always be worse!"

And speaking of my mom, here are some pictures of when she was here.

She has been bringing sticker books to do with the kids since the girls were little and they love it! I keep waiting for the girls to outgrow it, bit it hasn't happened yet. This time she also brought those foam sticker things with big pieces of foam. They were Noah's ark stickers so we used them for our FHE activity after we talked about the story of Noah.

I miss her.....alot.

Monday, April 26, 2010


Here is Lahna all smiles before her last performance in Lagooned.

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Friday, April 23, 2010

My Mom went back home today

and I am sad and to ease my sadness I want to tell you a little bit about my mother. (This may be long, so feel free to skip down to the picture at the end)

She loves,  loves, loves the Utah Jazz and Rush and Glenn Beck. She is trying to get me converted, but I would much rather read!

She is a master cleaner, de-junker, and organizer.

She is a great cook and always willing to try any new recipe.

She is a chocoholic and is proud of it!

She loves camping and fishing with my dad and working in her yard.

Whenever she comes to visit she brings sticker books and fun little activities for her grandbabies.

More important than any of that though is she is my hero. She is always positive.  She never focuses on the bad things and no matter what life throws at ya she's gonna keep on going and look for that silver lining. She is always full of words of encouragement and hope.

She is kind to everyone....unless someone is messin' with one of her babies, then that mother bear can come out and attack!

She is a an incredibly hard worker. She never stops moving and always takes pride in her work.

She is also very patient and loving and knows how to show it! She never once lost her patience with my kids. She just kept a smile on her face and gave them lots of loves.....and chocolate.  A couple of times she was forced to put the boys in time out and I know it was much harder on her than it was on them.

She's tough, and I mean dang tough. Ten years ago she almost lost her foot due to a horrible sledding accident, it hurts her every day of her life and yet she never complains about it nor does she let it stop her from being active.

Another thing about my mom, she loves her children unconditionally. She has proven this through and through. Only those that know our family closely will truly recognize this. No matter what, I know that my mom will love me and be here for me.

She is a great example of who I want to be as a mother. As I spent much of the time on the couch while she was here I really was able to observe her and see what an amazing person she is. I have a much greater appreciation of her than ever before.

And one last thing, she is beautiful. Inside and out. I don't know that she thinks she's beautiful, but she truly is. the color of her eyes amaze me and when she talks to you and you look into her eyes you can see through to her soul.

I love you mom. Thank you for being you and for taking care of us.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

a visit with the neuro

We had a follow up with the neurologist yesterday. He was surprised that there were no signs of MS on the MRI. Sometimes it doesn't show up though, so he is still considering it a possible diagnosis. He has ordered an MRA, which will show the blood flow through my brain...I think. This is to follow up on my left carotid artery that doesn't work, never has, never will, but maybe it is beginning to cause problems???  Anyway, depending on what comes of the MRA he may send us to a specialist down the hill.

The good news is, or maybe I should say fanstastical news, I have been feeling SO much better. I went to all 3 hours of church on Sunday, have fixed breakfast and gotten boys ready for the day, and even did some light cleaning! My mom leaves at the end of the week and I am feeling pretty confidant that I will be able to hold down the fort just fine.

We will definitely miss her when she goes, especially this little guy!

Monday, April 19, 2010

i heart faces-collage

This weeks theme over at iheartfaces is collages. Here is one of my oldest baby that is too quickly turning into a lady.

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Saturday, April 17, 2010


Last night was opening night of the play the girls were in. They did so good and we are so proud of them. They perform again tonight and next weekend. If anyone in the area wants to attend let me know and I will give you more details.

It was fun to have Grandma attend and I was feeling good enough to go as well! I actually have been feeling pretty darn good the last few days...maybe this is finally going to pass.  (I am currently knocking on wood.)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Mama's back!

I wish I could say I was all better and ready to face a week by myself, but it's just not so. David was much relieved when my mom called and said she was coming back down for a week or two. I tried to tell her that we would be okay, we have a great ward family who is more than willing to help, but she just feels better about things if she's here.... and so does David... and me too. Okay so, it's just good for everyone...except maybe my dad, who got left behind eating leftovers and PB&J's! Love you, Dad! Anyhow, she arrived this morning and we were very happy to see her!

I made it to sacrament meeting today, but my mom took me home right after the sacrament was passed. It seems I have just enough good days to get my hopes up and then I start going backwards. It's like the saying goes, "two steps forward and one step back". I do think my good days are getting better and my bad days aren't as bad though. So I will just be grateful for that and not complain!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Baby B's One

I took some pictures for a friend before I got sick and have been trying to get them done for the last month. I finally was able to finish them this morning. Hooray for a couple of good days!

And I have to say, this little guy is so much fun and such a cutie! I have been taking his pictures since he was itty bitty and sleeping all day and now he just wants to run and play! It was a bit of a challenge to get him to hold still, but I think we managed to get a few really cute pictures.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Goodbye Speech!!!

When David took Robert to speech today they told him that next week will be his last week! He was evaluated again and no longer qualifies to receive speech services!!! Hooray for Robert!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

some pics...finally!

I took some impromptu portraits of the kids one Sunday morning before church. This was about 2 months ago, but hey...better late than never!

Results....but no answers

We saw my primary care doctor today and my MRI came back basically normal. Unfortunately I feel far from normal. I'm not sure where that leaves us, but I am pretty sure that this is not heartburn, which was my docs new theory...idiot.  Thanks for listening doc and maybe it's time to find a new doctor. I am truly beginning to think I must be crazy. We will have a follow up with the neurologist and maybe he will have more insight.

Good news is that after a few bad days today has been very good. I even emptied the dishwasher and made mac & cheese!!! YEAH!!!

Thank you everyone for your prayers and encouraging words the last month. We are so blessed to have so many wonderful people in our lives!