Monday, April 30, 2012


We went to visit Tanya who was hanging out at Grandma and Grandpa's house, and found Tammy giving Andrew a 4-wheeler ride.  Lynnie really wanted a turn!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Most Expensive...

...dresses I will ever buy--and worth every penny!

We had a ward auction a while back and we bid on and won a custom-made dress by Stephanie, who makes the most amazing dresses for her daughter.  I asked her if I could buy a second dress, and she agreed (although she tried to not let me pay her).  I absolutely love how they turned out!

Saturday, April 28, 2012


Tonight in her bath, Ellie sorted her cards by color.  Smart girl!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Playing with Jasmine

We love cousins! Rod, Jayme, Jasmine and Byron are in town this week for company meetings, and we have spent a couple of days with them. The kids play pretty well together, which is fun. Jazzy is almost 4, Ellie is 2.5, Byron is 2, and Lynlee is 1.5. It works well.

My favorite experience was when Jayme and I were upstairs cleaning up snack, and then went to join the kids downstairs in the playroom. All of the kids were perfectly content playing, and all of them were in different locations. They were all playing independently, which is what children do at these ages. It was too cute!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


I love that there is a park close enough for us to walk to.  I am slow, so it takes half an hour, but the girls have fun in the stroller and fun at the park!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Comic Relief

Luckily Greg has a lot of brothers who are always willing to help.  Todd, Paul, and Rod came over at 8 this morning and helped Greg move the pianos down in the basement.  The digital piano is light, and Todd and Rod carried it by themselves.  The regular piano is a beast, and it was almost scary watching them lift it stair by stair.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Introducing Callie

The girls and I took a chance and popped over to meet baby Callie.  Elizabeth and Callie both look awesome, and she seems like a really sweet baby!  Callie was born last Thursday, the 19th, so Elizabeth missed tax season.  That's pretty good for a CPA.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

I've Kicked the Habit

One advantage of my illness is that it has helped me kick my Diet Coke with Lime habit.  I barely drank water and the Gatorade Greg tried to force feed me when I was sick; there was no room for unhealthy soda. 

After I started getting better, my friend Ilene brought me some treats, including a Diet Coke.  I drank about half of it, and it just made me feel funny all over. 

So, I think the habit is gone!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Friday, April 20, 2012

Lynlee is 17 Months Old

I finally got my act together and took Lynnie's 17 month pictures (only 12 days late...).  Ellie wanted to have pictures taken as well.  I love this shot of the girls together!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Ophthalmologist, Again

We were back to the ophthalmologist today, and Dr. Young confirmed that Lynlee will need surgery on her eyes.  We are scheduled for May 9.  Dr. Young will cut the muscles surrounding Lynnie's eyes and reattach them, and that should fix the crossing problem.
getting brave and exploring the office, waiting for the doctor

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

We Ventured Out

We ventured out to Story Time at the library today, and I was pretty proud of myself.  It has been 2 weeks since I have driven anywhere.  Ellie and Lynnie danced to the songs, and listened to 3 stories before Ellie decided we were done.

I forgot to take a picture there, but Ellie took some pictures on my phone during Lynnie's nap.

Monday, April 16, 2012


We spent almost 2 hours in the backyard today.  Lynnie kept on trying to eat dirt, but other than that we had fun playing with balls and digging in the dirt and climbing up and down the stairs.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Tuckered Out

Julie took the girls to church, and I had a nap.  It's amazing to me how I wake up tired.  After church, I got Lynlee down for a nap and then was resting on the couch while Ellie played next to me.  At one point I opened my eyes and looked down to see Ellie completely asleep on the floor.  I put a blanket on her and she slept for about 30 minutes before climbing up on the couch next to me, where we slept for another hour together.

When Greg got home from church, we spent a golden, halcyon hour.  Ellie dragged in all of her instruments, and with Lynnie on my lap and Ellie on Greg's lap, all snuggled in on the love seat, the girls played and we sang and we had an amazing time.  The best part was when Ellie--unsolicited--gave Lynnie a drumstick so they could hit the drum together.  I treasure moments like this!

Saturday, April 14, 2012


Ellie wanted to play with her puzzles today.  She very meticulously dumped out every puzzle and then crawled in the box.  Lynnie played with the animal pieces for quite a while, and then climbed in the box with Ellie.

Friday, April 13, 2012


Nina brought Lexi and Matthew over to play with the girls, and Ellie and Lynnie had an awesome afternoon with them.  Greg and Cody were installing the new 65" plasma TV in the basement, so they were grateful that the girls were entertained elsewhere. (And, I finally braved it and made it down in the basement for the first time since the carpet was installed.  It is really nice all shiny and pretty and DONE down there.)
After they left, my mom brought us Rumbi for dinner.  It was the first food that has tasted good to me since I got sick!  I was so appreciative of it.  Since I spent the afternoon talking to Nina, I had missed my nap, so I was exhausted after eating and went to bed at 6.  Sorry to skip out on your visit, Mom!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Reading Stories

We read 3 stories after baths and before bed, and it is a precious time.  Right now Ellie loves these 2 books that have songs in them, and she can and does sing them all, every night: Twinkle, Twinkle; Mary Had a Little Lamb; Little Bo-Peep; Three Little Kittens; Hey Diddle Diddle; B-I-N-G-O; Baa Baa Black Sheep; Jack & Jill; Little Miss Muffett, and Hey Diddle Diddle (again).

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

New Routines

Greg's parents have definitely kept us afloat.  I feel a little better every day, but I have no energy.  Trying to pick up Lynnie about does me in. Grandpa or Grandma is always here to make sure the girls are well taken care of.  The girls love when they come through the door!

I feel so badly that Ellie takes so much on her little shoulders.  She is constantly bringing me toys, and asking me if I feel better.  It is too much for her.  She likes to play on the bed next to me, which is nice for me.

My sweet little mama's girl will wave at me, but doesn't want to snuggle me.  I didn't want Lynnie to be cured of it, and now it looks like she has been.  I guess it's hard to be a mama's girl when all mama does is sleep.

Greg snapped this picture of Ellie, who was eating bowl #4 of oatmeal that day.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Coming Home

In the morning, after having visitors every 20-30 minutes, I didn't see anyone for almost 3 hours.  Now, why couldn't they have left me alone when I wanted to be sleeping?

I took a leisurely shower and picked at my breakfast before the nurse came in to tell me the doctor did her rounds at 11.  So then I just waited for the doctor, who did a cursory examination and told me I could go home.  I immediately texted Greg and got dressed.  The last hour waiting to be picked up was the worst, because I just wanted to be sleeping in my own bed.

Greg came, we got out of there, and I went home and slept the rest of the day.

I hope the hospital helped--my fever did break while I was there.  I'm glad I had all the tests done, just to know that it isn't anything more serious.

Monday, April 9, 2012


I was tired of feeling so sick and having no relief from the pain, so Greg took me to Riverton Hospital to have some tests done.  Plus, the night before my fever hit 105.2, so that is a little scary.  The people at the hospital were kind and efficient, and I had blood work and chest x-rays and urinalysis done in a fairly short time frame.  Then we waited about 45 minutes for the results to come back in (all normal) and to get an official diagnosis of:  NASTY VIRUS.

Just as they were unhooking me to go home, my oxygen sat levels dropped and went all crazy, and they told me, "congrats, you just earned an overnight stay."  I tried to say no, but I think Greg must have been saying yes behind me, and I found myself admitted to the hospital.  Then followed an afternoon and night of no sleep and more tests.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

More Sleeping

On Sunday, Grandpa was at our house at 5:45 a.m. so that Greg could go to Bishopric meetings.  The girls didn't wake up for a while, but that is definitely going above and beyond!  Greg came home right after church, which was good, because the girls had a rough morning.  I heard lots of crying and whining from my vantage point in bed.

Grandpa is so patient!  He never raised his voice, he would calmly assess the situation and get the girls happy.  But then they would cry again a few minutes later and the process would start all over.  I felt bad for him, but he said he enjoyed his morning.

Saturday, April 7, 2012


On Saturday Greg got to baptize his special friend Emma, so Grandpa came over to play with the girls.  They dragged toys down in to the basement and stayed there for hours.  When Greg came home, he took me to the Insta-Care to rule out strep.

I didn't have strep, but I was dehydrated.  They gave me lots of fluids and Phenergan, which I had a crazy reaction to.  Luckily Tanya was with us and was able to talk the Insta-Care people through fixing it.  Needless to say, we won't be going back to that location again.  The whole visit just went wrong, from having to put in the IV multiple times, to the doctor's lack of bedside manner, to the interminable wait.

Friday, April 6, 2012


I spent the day in bed again, sliding in and out of consciousness.  When I was awake, I would pray for the pain to stop or the earth to stop its rotational axis.

I am thinking the earth stopping is more likely than the pain stopping at this point.

I had a fever all day between 102-103, and my throat hurt to swallow.  I would try to take sips of water throughout the day, but it hurt.  I alternated between burning up and shivering violently.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

New Carpet

The carpet was installed in the basement today, and it marks the essential end of the project!  It only took 6 months, and it is all worth it.

I spent the day in bed, totally incoherent.  Every hammer felt like it was going through my skull, but I knew it would stop eventually.

Greg spent the day with the girls.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Playing at Hope's Park

We had a great time playing with Davis today.  He and Ellie did awesome, and they even let Lynnie play with them sometimes.  After the preschool kids left next door, we spent about half an hour playing at "Hope's Park" before taking Davis home.
After taking Davis home, we went to Dent Master to have a new vent popped in, and I started feeling really yucky.  Yucky enough that I knew I wouldn't want to make dinner, so I swung by and got the girls chicken nuggets on the way home.  I got everyone inside and curled up on the couch under 2 blankets and shivered for the next couple of hours.  Greg got home from golfing, took one look at me, and cancelled the rest of his evening.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Lunch at Cafe Rio

Any meal at Cafe Rio makes for a special day, and we were lucky enough to meet friends as well.  Ellie picked her pink shoes to wear, and then decided they hurt her feet.  So we had the urchin in the restaurant without any shoes.  Nice.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Dinner with the Lassons

Sweet Elizabeth invited us over for dinner after Conference.  Ellie and Lynnie were both really tired, having had late nights for the last 3 nights, and Ellie got up at 6:15 this morning.  She did take an hour nap, but it was not quite enough.  Davis was also a tired boy, having had about the same amount of sleep as Ellie had.  They were good company for each other!

Ellie ate some plain rice, and Lynnie ate everything:  cream cheese chicken, rice, fresh green beans, apple, and pineapple.  Davis got really into his rice, and spilled some on the tablecloth when he was done eating.  Perhaps my favorite part of the night was witnessing Russ' tenacity in picking up every grain of that sticky rice.

I can't wait to have another post welcoming Elizabeth's baby girl to the world.  Hopefully this week, right, Elizabeth?