Sunday, November 6, 2016

Gordon's Ride

This past summer, I enticed Gordon and Ellis with a sno-cone if they rode to the sno-shack with me. They were excited to go, but they wanted a cold drink instead. I mainly just wanted to get out of the house and feel my muscles working. I agreed to the drink. The round trip from our house to the store (if you go the back way) is 8.6 miles and very hilly. The ride home is nearly all uphill.
 
They really struggled going uphill. We had to stop several times and those cute boys walked their bikes about halfway home.
 
Yesterday, I was itching to get out and ride. Gordon was itching to spend his money at the store. =)  He said to me, "I will ride my bike to the store with you."  Gordon is quite the couch potato and if he is going to ask for me to exercise with him, the answer is a resounding yes! I figured it would be something similar to the ride we went on this summer.
 
Gordon was a Rock Star! He rode the whole way. We stopped for a drink about halfway there and halfway home. He rode all the hills and had such a positive attitude. It was an awesome ride!
 
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Monday, March 2, 2015

So Glad I Went

Yesterday was a hard day for me to get going.  It had snowed overnight. I stayed up late the night before, so I was tired. Our church doesn't begin until 1:00.  There were plenty of reasons, in my mind, to skip church.  The thing is that Mia just turned 12 and she was really excited to go to Young Women's. We won't be in our ward next week because my nephew just came home from his mission and we will be in his ward listening to him speak.

I went down to wake Mia up and see how she was feeling about going to church.  I woke her and asked if she was excited about going and she had a few complaints, similar to mine.  =)  I said, "So you don't want to go?"  She sat up and said, "My head only hurts a little bit and I am sure my eye will feel better. I don't need to miss church." (I love this girl so much!) I clarified, because I still wasn't really feeling it, and asked, "so you want to go to church?"  She said yes so we both went our separate ways and started getting ready for church.

Our ward has the Young Women come in for opening exercises on Fast Sunday so Mia got to come in with me.  When the women and Young Women in the Relief Society Room stood together and recited the Young Women Theme, I was overcome with the love my Heavenly Father has for me.  I have been struggling a bit and it was just what I needed.  It was overwhelming for me to feel so strongly that my Heavenly Father knows who I am and that he loves me.

We then proceeded to have a beautiful lesson on a talk by Sister Tanner called Daughters of Heavenly Father. Oh, how I needed to be in that Relief Society room listening to those words.  I feel lifted up and strengthened. "Heavenly Father knows you and loves you. You are His special daughter. He has a plan for you."

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

"The Grossest Thing I Have Ever Done"

Last Tuesday (the 10th) Jared lost his retainer.  He received his retainer on January 26th. As they were getting it ready to give to him, one of the assistants gave Jared a paper to sign.  The paper basically said that the Ortho can't make Jared wear his retainer and that if he doesn't wear it, his teeth might shift.  It also said that if he loses the retainer then it was his responsibility to replace it. They gave him a little case for him to put it in when he was eating so he wouldn't throw it away in the garbage.

Fast forward to February 10.  The boys were messing around while they were eating and Jared had forgotten his case, so the retainer was just on a napkin on his tray.  Because they were messing around, Jared hurried and emptied his tray and they went to play.

At the end of the day Jared called the house and Seth answered.  (I was subbing at the Elementary School. Gordon had pink eye so Seth worked from home.) Jared told him that he had missed the bus and he had thrown his retainer away and was going to look for it.

Our Middle School is attached to our fitness center and Jared went to look in the fitness center dumpster first.  He said that he noticed there wasn't any food in the dumpster so he went back to the school and asked where they dump the food from lunch.  The Janitor told him where the bins were and gave him some rubber gloves.

I wish I could remember his exact words.  Jared said, Luckily the wood shop just threw their wood away instead of recycle it because he used it to sort through the garbage.  Picture Jared inside the dumpster. He said that he ripped open the first bag of partially eaten food and everything was soaked with chocolate milk.  The chocolate milk pooled around his feet and he methodically used the piece of wood to separate the garbage and look for the retainer.

He was on his second bag of garbage and was feeling hopeless and then he looked in the corner of the dumpster and he was something black and green.  It was his retainer!  He did a little happy dance (His words) and jumped out of the dumpster.  He went inside the school and washed it really well (after he took another glove because it was so slimy).

When he went into the office to call Seth and let him know that he had found it and was ready to be picked up, the secretaries had been talking about him.  One of them said, "I didn't think you would ever find it.  I expected you to come right in after you saw how disgusting it was."  The other secretary (who used to teach piano to my kids) said, "I just said, 'Not Jared.  He won't come back until he finds it.'"

When I got home from school and washed his shoes =) Jared was telling me about it.  I said, "I can't believe you even found it in the big dumpster with all of that gross food."  Jared said, "I wasn't going to stop looking until I found it.  It was the grossest thing I have ever done!"

Turns out that he figured that if he lost it by throwing it away, he would have to pay to replace it and he wasn't interested in paying for it.  I don't know what I would have done as far as making him pay for it.  I am glad that I didn't have to find out.

Some things stand out for me with this story: Jared didn't freak out or cry; he discovered that something was wrong and made a plan to solve the problem.  He didn't give up even when things got hard (or disgusting). He was resourceful. He got some direction from the Janitor and even used the piece of wood so he wouldn't have to touch too much of the garbage. He was victorious.  I doubt that he will throw the retainer away again any time soon.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Uter-less

I am writing this so I can have a record and also so that when Mia asks me why I had a hysterectomy when I was only 37 years old, I can remember.

For several years (6) I have been having problems with heavy, abnormal, bleeding.  When I went to the doctor 6 years ago, I was told that I should have an Endometrial ablation.  At the time, I wasn't sure I was done having children and I didn't want to commit to something so permanent.  I decided that I could just deal with the bleeding.

Fast forward to this year.  The bleeding got out of control (I was bleeding for more than half of the month) and I had had enough. Add to the bleeding pain and cramping and it was time to do something.  I went in to the doctor to see what my options were.  He did a quick exam and suggested that I have the ablation that was recommended to me several years ago.  After having an ultrasound that measured my uterus and checked for polyps, it was discovered that I had an enlarged uterus.  It was too big for the ablation.  My other options were to try to send my body into menopause (no thank you) on the off chance that it would shrink it, have an IUD placed to try to shrink the uterus, and maybe control the bleeding, (the doctor was pretty skeptical of this option because of how big my uterus was), or to have a hysterectomy.

I chose hysterectomy, which had a 100% success rate.  It would take care of the pain and the bleeding. I scheduled the hysterectomy in December and avoided telling anyone.  I think this was because I didn't want to admit that I was having one. 

There were a few surprises during the surgery. Because I have had 3 C-sections, there was a lot of scar tissue. (My doctor told me this much scar tissue only happens in 1 in 500 women.)  My doctor must have been pretty impressed with all of the scar tissue because he took pictures of it and showed them to me. My left ovary had been moved from the left side to the front and attached to my abdominal wall scar tissue. There was scar tissue all over my bladder, connecting my bladder and uterus.  As the doctor was cleaning up the scar tissue, he nicked my bladder in a few spots.  As a result, I got to be on a catheter for a week. I was so happy when they took that thing out!

I went in to my follow up appointment and Dr. Clark told me that they had done some biopsies of my uterus and they found Endometrial Hyperplasia which was the precancer, Endometriosis, and Adenomyosis. Turns out that it was a good thing my uterus was enlarged (the size of a 5 month pregnant uterus) or I probably would have gone with the ablation.  If I had, I would still be in pain and I suspect, ultimately would have had to have a hysterectomy at a later date. 

I had a total laparoscopic hysterectomy. I kept my ovaries so that I wouldn't go into menopause.  I am six weeks post operation and I am basically back to normal.  I am pretty happy with the outcome.  At this time I am happy that I had the operation. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Jared's Happiness

Jared got his braces off today. He is excited to eat a whole apple, eat the Halloween candy I wouldn't let him have, and have a sandwich without the bread getting stuck in his braces.
 
This is Jared 14 months ago, when he got his braces on.  He is such a baby!  I can't believe how grown up he is now.
 
 
This is Jared today. A real life teenager with a great smile.  He even gets to have a Minecraft retainer which will arrive in a week.

 
I am just going to take a minute and talk about this boy of mine.  He is such a great kid!  He tutors twice a week. He does ballroom dance.  This is his first year and the boy is a natural!  He even received an award for Outstanding Middle School Ballroom Student.  He goes to jazz band 3 mornings a week, where he plays the piano and vibes for them.  He plays the French Horn for the Middle School Band, and he plays the piano for Priesthood meeting. He is also the Den Chief for our Cub Scouts and he makes scouts more fun for the boys as he helps with skits and games.
 
He is a fun kid and always has his siblings either laughing or screaming!



(Jared chose the title of this post.)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Road Block


I was headed to Heber on December 05, 2013 and this is what I came across.  I sat behind them, waiting for them to notice me and move so I could get past.  The guy in the yellow (I believe he is the garbage man) looked at me a couple of times and even made eye contact.  I figured that he was just going to finish the sentence and then move on or something.  I waited an eternity (which was actually about 3 or 4 minutes) before I realized that they weren't going to go any where soon.  I got out of the car and went up to the men.  I asked them if the road was closed and the guy in the pickup was so nice.  He apologized, finished what he was saying and then drove away so that I could get past.

I wonder what they were talking about...

Adventure Time

Tyler and Missy have a monthly get together called Siesta Sunday.  My kids love going and spending time with their cousins. Seth and I like to go and spend time with the adults.  =)  We generally only go when there is no school the next day.
 
In May we decided to go on an adventure.  The only destination we had in mind was Siesta Sunday.  Our first stop was at the Jordanelle view area.  We stopped at places we had been past many times but never took the time to stop.  This is on the way to Heber and there was a little trail that we went on.  Here is Jared in front of Jordanelle.
 

Between Kamas and Heber, after the Jordanelle lookout, there is a traffic sign with a fish, a hook and an arrow to show us the direction.  We went there and there was a fun trail you could go on. 

On the trail there was this rock that was an island.  Seth helped all of the kids onto the rock.

 
 
 
 
After that we headed to Wheeler Farm.  We have been to the farm before but it is one of my favorite places to go in Salt Lake.
This is the hat Ellis wore.  He was in a performance at school where he did a little Spanish dance and all of the boys wore these hats.  He was so funny wearing it.  It didn't last long because it was a windy day and the hat blew off into the water.  Luckily it was waterproof and didn't get ruined.  I spent the rest of the time carrying the hat for him.  =)

 
This is an outhouse at Wheeler Farm.  I believe at one point it was actually used but the toilet is sealed off with plexi-glass or something.  I told Ellis to pretend that he needed to go to the bathroom.  He did such a great job pretending that I asked him if he needed to go to the bathroom after I took the picture.  =)

 
It wouldn't be Wheeler Farm without playing on the lightening tree. My kids love this tree.
 



  
 
After Wheeler Farm we went to Black Rock.  It is located near the Great Salt Lake on I-80 West.  Seth and I used to go out to this rock after we were married but we had never taken out kids out to explore it.  They loved climbing around on the rock and hiding in little caves.