Archive for July, 2008

A most embarrassing moment

July 31, 2008

I’ve mentioned before that our yard is a mess this year. Our efforts on the inside of the house have left the outside very neglected. And, for some reason, one section of our front lawn has just pooped out on us this year. It looks pretty bad.

While Joseph was gone to Wyoming, the Elder’s Quorum presidency stopped by to drop some things off for him. They asked if they could do anything to help, and I jokingly said they could come pull all of our weeds. That was probably 2 weeks ago.

I spent a few hours Tuesday morning volunteering at the consigment sale. When I got home, I noticed that one of the flower beds (can you call it a flower bed when it holds no flowers?) had been weeded. I thought it was quite ambitious of Joseph to do that while he was watching all the kids and was quite impressed. When I got inside he said “Guess who came to weed our yard?”. I couldn’t have been more suprised and COMPLETELY embarrassed when he told me that it was a pregnant neighbor. Her husband is the Elder’s Quorum president, so he must have mentioned to her that our yard needed weeding, and being the sweet girl that she is, she brought her 2 year old over with her to be of service to us. Can I just say again how horrified I was to hear this?!? When I was on bedrest, I learned to take service when it was offered….but that was a situation when I couldn’t do most things. It’s a totally different story when I’m sitting inside my nice, air-conditioned home while the weeds grow outside because I hate yard work too much to tackle them. It’s a totally different story when the person offering the service is the one who could probably use a break herself.

Needless to say, I made cookies that night to take over to them, and we’ll definately be having them over for dinner a night next week! She wasn’t home when I dropped the cookies off, so I get to look forward to Sunday when I’ll see her and have a chance to express my embarrassment over the whole thing! I guess I just need to take a Claritin and get outside and do some work!


Doctor’s Appointments

July 31, 2008

Owen saw the ENT yesterday and he said there is no question that he needs tubes. He said that is most likely the cause of his hearing loss and speech delays. Something interesting that we learned is that his uvula isn’t completely formed, probably due to his prematurity. He doesn’t have a cleft, but there is a little dimple in his uvula that the doc said could be affecting the drainage of the eustachian tubes. I need to call today to schedule the surgery, but it will likely be within the next 2 weeks. One week after the surgery, he’ll have another hearing test to verify that it was fluid causing the loss and not an underlying issue. The doc said that it’s not likely that there is a bigger problem, but that given Owen’s prematurity and some of the meds he was on in the NICU, he is at a higher risk for hearing loss.

Ryan had his 4 year well-child checked scheduled for Monday. My little brain was convinced that his appointment was at 2:45…even when they called to confirm the Friday before, I heard 2:45. So, imagine my surprise when we arrived at 2:45 and they couldn’t find him on the appointment list. She finally discovered that he had been marked as a no-show because his appointment was actually at 10:45. I was SO embarrassed! I NEVER forget stuff like that, so I spent the rest of the day beating myself up over being such a ditz. Having the appointment at 10:45 would have been much better for our other plans that day, so I was super irritated to have screwed up. You’ve never seen a sadder face than Ryan’s when I had to tell him that he wouldn’t be seeing the doctor. The poor kid nearly cried!

Thankfully, they were able to get him in today. I had to drag all 3 kids with me because Joseph headed back to work today. They were all really good and Ryan was a champ. He got 4 shots today and hardly cried! He was just excited to get some bandaids 😆 He weighed in at 34 pounds and was 39 inches this time around. He’s just a slow grower! But, his growth in height this year brought his BMI down, and the doc said he is now at a good weight for his height.

We got back for the babies’ 18 month appointments next month. Lately I’ve felt like we lived at the doctor’s office, so it will be nice to have a break after August is over!

23 days…

July 25, 2008

That’s how long it’s been since we’ve seen Joseph. I haven’t metioned it in any of my posts (and believe me, there were days when I needed to vent it somewhere!) because I don’t really think it would be safe to broadcast to the world that my husband was gone for 3 weeks. The oil refinery project he’s been working on in Wyoming was under construction this month, so he was there as engineering support, working 10-12 hours a day, 7 days a week. I’m sure he’s exhausted and ready to eat home-cooked meals and sleep in his own bed. I’m exhausted too and I’m ready for a break! He’s taking most of next week off to enjoy some down time with the family. He’s on his way home right now and we’re so excited to see him!!

And, it’s a….

July 24, 2008

BOY!!! I hear that Dallan is the proudest big brother ever! Kamdyn Mack was born this afternoon, I’m guessing around 4:00, weighing in at 7 lbs. 13.5 oz. and 21 inches long. My mom emailed some pictures, but I’ll wait to let Matthew and Kristen share those first. He’s a cutie! Congrats Matthew, Kristen, and Dallan!!

Born on the 24th of July??

July 24, 2008

Kristen is in labor!!! I don’t know much other than that they went in early, early this morning. I don’t know about anybody else, but we’re all dying to know if this baby is a boy or a girl! I’ll post as soon as I know anything.

I think the best part about having this baby today is that Dallan was born on the 4th of July, so both kiddos will get to have big celebrations every year for their birthday!

Book Review: Specials

July 23, 2008

By Scott Westerfeld
372 Pages
Finished 7/23/08


Tally thought they were a rumor, but now she’s one of them. A Special. A super-amped fighting machine, engineered to keep the uglies down and the pretties stupid.

But maybe being perfectly programmed with strength and focus isn’t better than anything she’s ever known. Tally still has memories of something else.

But it’s easy for her to tune that out–until she’s offered a chance to stamp out the rebels of the New Smoke permanently. It all comes down to one last choice: listen to that tiny, faint heartbeat, or carry out the mission she’s programmed to complete. Either way, Tally’s world will never be the same.

Thank goodness this one turned out better than Pretties. I was not really in the mood to read Specials when it came in at the library, but when the holds come, you’ve got to read them. It didn’t take long before I was into the book and it was MUCH better than its predecessor. Not including much of the stupid-making pretty language made a big difference for me. I just don’t get along with dumb, made-up sci-fi words in a book. When I reached the end and discovered that this little trio of books has actually spawned a fourth novel, I read a page or two into the sneak-peak for Extras and I’m not sure if I’ll read that one or not. Part of me feels obligated–how can I read all but one? Should I or shouldn’t I? Right now, I’m leaning toward no, but I may change my mind. Anyone care to convince me one way or the other?

I guess, overall, I can give a thumb up (notice the singular) to the Uglies books. If you’re into sci-fi, you’ll probably love them. It’s not my favorite genre (OK, it’s not even on my list of genres), and I maganed through them just fine, so I imagine most average readers would as well.

2008 Page Count: 6223


Tackle It Tuesday

July 22, 2008

Tackle It Tuesday Meme

I consider myself to be a pretty clean and organized person, but I do have a few Monica Closets in my house. So, I’ve decided to hop on board with Tackle It Tuesday. I’m hoping it will motivate me to get to some of those dreaded projects that I just keep putting off. Like the kitchen pantry–which I tackled today.

The pantry is one of those places that I have a hard time keeping organized. The shelves in ours are really deep, with makes it hard to really fill them up. If I stock them too full, I can’t get to anything in the back…but I hate feeling like all the space at the front of the shelves is wasted. Joseph has some patterns to make some rotating can shelves (yes, I know you can buy them…but when did we ever do anything the easy way in our house?), so someday the shelves with my canned goods will be well organized. In the meantime, I’m making due with what I’ve got. Here’s what I stared with:

I began by emptying the whole pantry out and used the vacuum to get all the dust bunnies that were collecting in the deep, dark corners of each shelf.

Then, I started trying to figure out how to organize things and put them all back in. There are always those few items that really don’t fit into a category, and those are always the hardest for me to put back–ice cream toppings don’t really belong with the baking stuff, but they fit on the same shelf, so I just have to get over it and put them there. It really didn’t take too long to finish the project, and I was surprised that I didn’t have more expired stuff to toss out. Unfortunately, this isn’t one project where the before and after pictures are dramatically different, but at least everything in the pantry is better organized and hopefully I can do a better job of not just opening the door and throwing things back in wherever there is a space.


July 21, 2008


July 18, 2008

New Digs

July 17, 2008

I spent a good share of the day yesterday working on my new template.  I was tired of having to scroll aaaallll the way to the bottom of my blog to get to some of the sidebar stuff, so I decided a 3-column template might work better for me.  Of course, when it comes to making changes like this, I miss good ‘ol Blogger and its simple template switch-a-roo tool.  When I first made the change to my own domain, I started some online tutorials to learn how to code these things, and while I still don’t know enough to actually build my own template from scratch, I have figured out how to customize to get the boring stuff off of the original template and give it my own style.  The problem is, I’m also not good enough to know if I do everything 100% correctly, and while it might look good on my screen, it could very well be a mess on someone else’s.  So, my question of the day–does everything look to be  in place to you? 

**OK, I changed a couple of little things in the right sidebar….do you see it now?  I know that it has somewhat to do with the particular screen you’re viewing in….sometimes when I make changes, it looks fine on my larger monitor, but not on the laptop monitor.  I’m not sure what to do about that, as all of the graphics in the sidebar are well within the pixel allotment given (I usually only have problems when I forget to resize something and it’s bigger than the sidebar itself).

**Marsha, in all her brilliance (didn’t you get the memo that you’re supposed to lose brain cells during pregnancy??), suggested that I do a print screen so you could see how the page was supposed to look.  Basically, what I’m wondering is if all 3 columns are showing up now…it sounds like some of you can see them and some of you can’t.