Sunday, October 28, 2007

Did someone say eye problems?

First, before I talk about all our eye problems, I just want to say how much I love my friends and their families who have been going through such a hard time right now. We have had an incident with a stranger in our church recently and it has affected so many wonderful people. My heart goes out to them and I am constantly praying for their sweet families. We sure love you and are slowing trying to pick up and move on. It's quite heart breaking to us all.

Well, I thought I would tell about our crazy week. After our incident with Ashtyn last week with her black eye, we have had two more eye problems. The second one happened on Friday evening. I was quite excited because Bri was finally coming home early (after months of working late) and I was going to get a whole bunch of shopping and errands done.

So, first I headed to the library. I got movie (for the babysitting group that we had that night) and got in my car ready to go to my next destination. My glasses were dirty so I took them off to clean them and they just snapped in my hand and the lens flew out in the car somewhere! Well, I am pretty hooked on my glasses. I don't have another option. I can't wear contacts, and I have no other replacements! Ahh! What was I going to do? I freaked out for a second, but then remembered what a handy husband I have (he can usually fix my problems at least temporarily, but also calms me down a little). Luckily, I was close to home so I carefully drove home in the pouring rain and searched for my lens. Bri had a solution, super glue! I was up for it. So, we super glued my glasses together and they work just great. I of course ordered a new pair from that night and prayed that mine would make it for a few more days. So now I am with glasses that are dirty (I'm afraid to clean them for fear of another breakage), and may be a little embarrassing, (at least it's not tape right?) but work just great.

The other incident we had this week was that my little three year old poked Teralyn in the eye three times. I know, I know, why didn't she stop her? I have asked her the same question. The answer was that they were playing around and it didn't hurt the first two times. Well, the third time it did, and it hurt bad! My sweet Teralyn is really not a complainer, but she complained all day that her eye was hurting her. I finally started to realize that it was bad when I asked her if she would like me to take her to the doctor or if she would rather go to the trunk or treat that we were having with our ward last night. She said, "well, I guess we better just go to the doctor". Ok, so this is when I realized it was serious. Bri headed on down to Nighttime Pediatric and Shaylee, Ashtyn, Raegan, and I headed on down to the trunk or treat. Bri and Teralyn would meet us there in an hour or two.

So, the trunk or treat was fun. We invited a family in our neighborhood to go with us and I think they had a good time too. I didn't get any pictures (I was a little overwhelmed), but the kids had a great time. I was just sad that my Teralyn couldn't be there. Finally at the end of the trunk or treating Teralyn and Bri made it. She had a gauze patch on her eye and has a corneal abrasion (a scratch down her eyeball). The doctor said it was one of the worst ones he had seen and was surprised she wasn't in more pain than she was. He put the gauze patch and some antibiotics on her eye and asked us to come in tomorrow for a follow up.

The follow up when good today. She has her gauze off and she still has a red eye, but it is healing quickly and she is feeling much better.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Black eyed Ashtyn...

We are having a few problems with church. Well not exactly with church, but with after church. This is the problem. It takes me a while to get my things together after primary. We have to wait for all the boxes and folders to come in, we straighten and put away all the chairs, we clean up from our sharing times etc. Well, while we are doing this, Bri rounds up our kids and drops them off in the primary room with me. Then he leaves and cleans the chapel and empties all the garbages, oh and usually finds someone to talk to. While he is doing this, and I am getting my things together, there is a party going on in the primary room with all the kids who are waiting for their parents. Kids are everywhere. Kids are on the podium, on the piano, on each other and especially in the cupboard with the secret treat that isn't really a secret anymore (does this remind you of a Curious George book or what?) Well, it doesn't help that they all pretty much missed their afternoon naps too.

So, after yesterday, I now have proof of how bad it is. Ashtyn has a black eye. Yes, she was running around and got in a huge collision with about two other kids and got a head bunt right in the eye. Okay, so we have had multiple family home evening lessons on reverence and I don't know how many times I have asked my kids not to run in the church. Hmmm.... you think they would know by now huh? When we asked Shay what primary was on today she even said reverence. That was pretty ironic. Granted, Ashtyn did say she was sorry for running after it was all said and done. I wonder if she actually learned her lesson. We shall see next week huh?

I now need another method of rounding up my kids, since this one isn't working. Keep in mind that my family and I are usually the last ones out of the building (or at least close to it). If you have any suggestions, please let me know. In the mean time, enjoy the pictures... (:

Sunday night

Monday morning

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Hooray for food storage!!!

I went to a beautiful baptism yesterday for Alyssa Walburger and Darina Pierre-Louise. Alyssa has been such a great example to Darina and invited her to church for quite a long time. Now they both have testimonies and were able to get baptized on the same day. It was a wonderful baptism and I'm so proud of those little girls. It just goes to show that anyone can do missionary work.

Okay so, I have been feeling a great push to get my years supply of food storage. Partly because when my mom came out she saw how piddly it was and started worrying about us. Then, my in laws came out in August and I guess they felt the same thing so they decided to send us some money to get a jump start on it. I guess I can't delay this any longer huh? In the past I have had about a two month supply, but definitely not a years supply, so here goes....

I have to admit that it scares me a little. I know that sounds weird, but for so long I have heard of getting years supply and in my mind I see buckets and buckets of wheat that I never use because I don't have a wheat grinder and I hardly ever make bread.... Hmmm.. The water also scares me. I have to clean every container I use with bleach and then make sure it's in a safe container that won't leak and also find the space for all the water. Well, I decided that I just have to do it and if it goes into our unfinished bedroom (that we have the plans to finish in the next year) then so be it.

So, after the baptism I quickly fed Raegan and headed down to the church store house to do some dry pack. I got there a little late, but they were just starting so it turned out fine. I ended up with 34 #10 cans of food! Yay! I can't believe I'm so excited about food storage.

I guess the thing that I need to remember is that you need to get food storage that you actually use. Then you can rotate through it and you won't waste those buckets and buckets of wheat that you have. So, if anyone wants to go again, we can make reservations every 3rd Saturday with our stake. Just let me know and I would love to go again!

Well, we finished our dry packing about 4:00 and I rushed home because I needed to rescue my two younger kids from Brian who was taking the two older ones to a birthday party. He gave me a call and said he would feed Raegan (which she hadn't eaten since 11:00!) so I wasn't too worried about her. Well, I rushed to the Columbia Sports Park where they were miniature golfing and finally got there about 4:30. Turns out that Bri forgot to bring the bottle for Raegan and so she hadn't eaten four five and half hours! She was smiling though and looking quite happy. How does he do it? Anyway, we had a fun evening and even Ashty got to golf (which she loved!) and then I finally got home and crashed at 7:00 after being gone since 9:30 that morning. Whew, what a day!

The other day Raegan turned five months. I had little Selena Obering over that day who was loving to hold her. So, here are some pictures of Raegan and Selena on her five month birthday....

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Legend of Holly Claus

I just finished reading a book that Sarah Brown reccomended to me about hmmm... six months ago? She gave it to me right before Raegan was born and well, I just barely finished it. Mind you, I had a little bit going on in my life. Now that things are back to normal (at least sometimes) I find time to read again and I am loving it!

Well, the book is called The Legend of Holly Claus. I have to say it was a little hard for me to get into because I just couldn't think about Christmas when it was ninety degrees outside. Well, turns out it wasn't really about Christmas and it was quite fun to read. The whole basis of the book was on faith and letting go of fear. At the same time it was entertaining and a book that I could read again (which I rarely do).

Anyway, thank you Sarah for the book and for letting me keep it for so long! Oh, and Cami I still have your books and will return them.... next year or so. (:

Friday, October 12, 2007

65% of people spend more time with their personal computers than their spouse...

So the other day I read or skimmed, rather, an article that said sixty something percent of people spend more time with their personal computers than their spouse. It made me laugh and I thought, "hmmm... we'll never be like that. I like my spouse too much".

Well, I think it has happened. Since we got our new computer, we now have two computers up and running at our house, so that means we can both be on at the same time. Okay so, I am not really into the lastest and greatest of everything, but Bri has been wanting this computer for so long and I thought he deserved it (since everything we buy is usually for me). Of course, I didn't want a new computer, I mean who would want to spend my days blogging or checking email, or even shopping. (:

Well, to be honest, it's been great, but I am not sure if it's improving my relationship with my spouse or not. Of course the obvious answer would be that it's not. Why would it be? I mean if I spend less time with him than it's got to be doing the opposite right? Well, actually it very well could be improving it. When our kids are in bed at night we each go to the computer, do our blog or our programming (he's doing it for fun at home since he doensn't get to do it at work), and we are enjoying our time with eachother (in the same room, does that count?). Instead of being resentful that the other person is on the computer when we need or want it, we can both be on at the same time. The other thing we used to do is not get on it at all in the evening because that would mean one person is stuck doing laundry or bills and the other is doing email, blogging, or programming (the fun stuff). Well, now we have the best of both worlds and we are doing it together.

Don't get me wrong, we still enjoy eachother's company, but not until we have had our time with the computer. (:

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Shay's Kindergarten Adventures

Shay came home with a huge rip in her shorts. She said it happened on the playground today, poor girl. It was huge, right on her bottom. Then, when we got home, I was searching her backpack for papers and found a note from the school nurse. Apparently, she had gotten kicked in the head today, but no serious bruises (as stated by the nurse). So then, at dinner time we were talking and she said, "I was sad that a few people in my class didn't like my hair today." I asked her what she was talking about and she said that a few kids in her class told her they didn't like her braids. Well, after prodding it a little, I found out that her teacher said she liked her hair and asked the rest of the class if they liked it and most raised their hand, but some didn't. What a tough day!

Well, despite everything that went wrong, I was surprised by her attitude. It made me laugh to see a huge hole in her shorts and we even walked today home from school, but she wasn't too embarrassed, she was mostly sad that her favorite shorts were ruined. I was actually relieved that they had a hole, I was getting a little sick of them. She didn't even complain about her kick in the head, but asked me if I got the note. She also didn't seem too bothered that the kids didn't like her hair, but she was more happy that her teacher liked it. Hmmm..... who knew?

I'm just realizing that every day is an adventure with Shay. Can't wait to see what tomorrow will bring (:

Sunday, October 7, 2007

General Conference Weekend

This weekend was General conference. I love having Dish Network because we get to stay home as a family and watch it on television. It was wonderful, as it always is. We sustained Elder Eyring as our 2nd counselor in the first presidency and Elder Cook as the new apostle.

I also have to say that it was great to have a little rest from all the Sunday activities. We all slept in (or at least I did) and we made our traditional chips and seven layer dip. Very relaxing and enjoyable weekend and now I have a million things that I need to work on too. (:

Tonight I heard a funny conversation between my girls, I thought I would share. They were all in bed and I went up to put something away and heard them talking, so I had to stop and listen...

Shay, "Tera, will you please go get dad?"

Tera, "No Shay"

Shay, "Why Tera? I need him!"

Tera, "No, it's too scary."

Shay, "Our closet isn't scary Tera, and our house isn't creepy."

Tera, "It's not our house that's scary Shay, it's getting dad that is scary."

Shay, "Please Tera, will you go get him?"

Tera, "If you're not scared, then why don't you go get him?"

Shay, "Will you go with me Tera?"

Tera, "No Shay."

Shay, "But, I really, really need him Tera, please?"

At this point, I was laughing too hard to keep quiet anymore. I came downstairs and told Bri and he made his way up there to a daughter who acted like she would die if she didn't talk to her dad, but when he got there, couldn't think of what to say... figures. (:
Gotta love kids huh?

Just some pictures of Raegan after bath

And rolling on the floor...

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Work work and more work... oh, and a computer.

When Brian first got his job at the APL he loved it! We couldn't have been happier with it. He was doing computer programming and working on interesting things (Tomahawk missile). It had great benefits and he never had to work longer than forty hours a week. He was very content.

>Well, about three years later, they asked him to be project manager. At first he refused because he wanted to be doing technical work. They promised him that he would still have time for that, but just a few more responsibilities. Well, turns out he had a LOT more responsibilities and no time for programming. He really didn't enjoy it and to top it all off, there was no pay raise, but just a huge hike in responsibilities. As a result, he switched groups at the lab hoping to start over and work on some things that he enjoys.

Things were going great again for about half a year. He was really enjoying work again and he was also learning some great stuff. After a while, his supervisor came to him and asked him to take over as a project manager. Of course he said no, this was why he switched groups in the first place. He wanted to do technical work. He supervisor said no one else in the group could handle this and he really needed Brian to step up. He promised him it would only be temporary and that he would spend most of his time programming. After some convincing Brian agreed thinking it would only be a temporary change. Of course, it wasn't. It has now been about a year and we are back to Brian really not enjoying his job! He sits in meetings all day and is basically the liaison between the sponsor and the APL. It also means many many more hours at work and time away from his family (which he HATES!).

If you really know Brian, you will know how hard it is for him to be away from us. He is definitely a family man (loves to be at home with us) and does not enjoy putting extra hours in if he doesn't have to. He keeps reassuring me that he is not becoming a workaholic, but that it will be over soon, and if they don't take him out soon, he will switch jobs. I just keep hoping he's right because he has been working about ten hours a day lately and sometimes on Saturdays too! Okay, I probably have no room to talk. I know there are husbands out there that do this on a constant basis and moms that have to take care of the kids and the house without their husbands around. Ahh!!! I feel for you!

Brian hasn't been quiet about his feelings at work. His supervisors know how he feels, but he gets the feeling that they are hoping he will stay. So the other day he got a bonus. Of course we were happy about it, but I'm just hoping this isn't their way of trying to get Brian to feel obligated.

Now we are to the point of my story. Bri has been talking about a new computer for so long. We always put it off, but we finally decided to do it with his bonus and we are getting an iMac. It will be so nice not to have to fight over the computer with my kids (yes, they are on it more than I am). Bri ordered it about five days ago and I wished that we had gone to the store and bought it because he is constantly checking the order status! It is all he can talk about. Okay so last week all I could talk about were mice, but that's different story. I am just hoping it gets here soon.

Okay, right when I finished that, I got a knock on my door... yes, the Fed Ex man! (: