Monday, January 28, 2008

Crawling Babies and Snow Storms

It's amazing what a week's worth of amoxicillin can do. Last week I had two miserable boys and now they are both back to their normal happy selves, thank goodness! That is one of the hardest things as a parent, watching your child be sick and miserable and not being able to help them. Josh is a knee-rocker now and has managed to scoot his knees forward and then he thrusts his upper body forward. I'm sure it won't be long until he figures the crawling thing out.

The last picture was taken at the beginning of a huge storm we had this morning/afternoon. I did a stupid thing and decided to hit the big sale at Kohl's this morning. As I was driving there the weather was fine, but I noticed some dark clouds heading toward us. I kept driving and within minutes I was right in the middle of a blizzard. If any of you know me at all, you know I have a fear of driving in snow. Immediately my stomach started to churn and my knuckles were white, palms sweaty. I felt sick, literally. The whole time though Ben kept talking and saying how cool all the snow was. I tried not to show him I was scared out of my mind! I drove about 25 mph home, following a semi. I saw two accidents on the way home, which frightened me even more. Then I got off the ramp and headed up Center St. toward our house, skipping the grocery store because I didn't want to be out in the storm for one more minute than I had to. I started heading up our hill. For all those who haven't been to our house yet, I will just say, this hill is STEEP. It makes for a nice view, but man, it's a climb. I called Jake about half-way up because the wheels were turning but we weren't going anywhere. I kept flooring it and we would move, slide, then get stuck again. There was a car behind me, riding my tail and I just wanted to cry. My smart husband instructed me to put the car into 1st gear (which I hadn't thought of) and it took me probably 10 minutes to get up to our house, when normally it takes less than 2. It was the best feeling, pulling into our driveway and knowing we were all fine and the car had made it. What were we thinking to buy a house on a mountain??!! Jake of course reassures me that storms like these don't happen very often, and I wouldn't be driving in them. I was talking to Jake's mom about an hour after we got home and she said she heard on the news that Bountiful was getting hit hard and some roads were being closed. That's what I get for deciding to save a few bucks at a sale. What I went through today was definitely not worth the $8 I saved on a shirt! Oh well. I guess to have great snow you have to take the whole package, blizzards and all. I will be watching the weather very closely next time I decide to go out right before a storm!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Ear Infections

So, after a couple days of Ben and Josh having fevers, acting lethargic, puking, etc. I decided it was time to see the doc. They both have bad ear infections. I consider our family lucky though because this is the first time any of my kids have had one (of course it would have to be both boys at the same time!) Emma was also checked and thank goodness she is healthy (knock on wood!) The boys are on antibiotics for a couple days and should be good as new very soon. I decided to educate myself about the infection and here is what I found out:

Ear infections (acute otitis media) occur in the space behind the eardrum, which is called the middle ear. Ear infections are more likely to occur after a cold or other upper respiratory infection has been present for a few days.

During a cold, throat infection, or allergy attack, the tube that connects the throat and the middle ear (eustachian tube) swells and prevents air from entering the middle ear. This can create suction, which pulls fluid into the middle ear space. The fluid becomes trapped in the middle ear, allowing viruses or bacteria to grow and cause infection.

Ear infections are most common in children younger than age 7. Young children have shorter, softer, and more horizontal eustachian tubes, which are more easily blocked than those of older children and s.

Symptoms of ear infection can include ear pain, fever, thick and yellow drainage from the ear, irritability, loss of appetite, vomiting, difficulty sleeping, and trouble hearing.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Beautiful Day For SLEDDING!

February 26 & 27 are days we are dreading in our household. Jake is taking yet another bar. He took and passed Oregon's bar in '06. Now he needs to pass the Utah bar for his current job. His firm is giving him a couple weeks off work to study for it, but he has also decided to dedicate each Saturday to studying as well. This means the kids and I are going to be coming up with some fun things to do by ourselves over these next 5 Saturdays, to get us out of the house while dad studies.

Today was our first "Study Saturday" and I thought it would be fun to take the kids sledding up at the Eaglewood Golf Course, less than a mile from our house. I have only been there once with my aunt Andrea and her kids and I didn't go down the hill. When we got there I only saw two other families sledding. The kids and I got to the top of what I thought was a pretty easy hill. I brought three sleds for us to try, so we could figure out which was the best. As I was getting the sleds into position for the kids and I to ride them, out of no where Emma jumps onto her little round saucer-shaped sled and heads down the hill. I started screaming "YEA EMMA!" As I watched her closely, I realized she was going super fast down this icy hill. She was FLYING and she ended up going over another smaller hill (also very fast) and she rolled off her sled and landed on her tummy, face in the snow. She got up, cried a little, and then she was ready to come back up the hill (although, this time she wanted me to come with her.) Ben went on his sled a lot and felt really cool because his sled looked like his cousin, Kaden's, sled. BUT, when he saw some snowboarders go past him, he changed his tune and said THAT was cool and now he wants a snowboard. I told him he needs to go with dad skiing a few times before we start him down that route. The kids loved the snow and it was hard to drag them away. We were there almost two hours, and with the wind blowing and me huffing and puffing up the hill each time, carrying one or two sleds, I was ready to go. The only way I could get them to leave was if I promised we would come back again soon. Maybe if it's good weather, we will come again next Saturday.

It's nice to know there are advantages to living on a mountain, getting dumped on by snow over and over again. We have GREAT sledding hills! Come on over and we will take you!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Jesus Take the Wheel... Please!

We woke up to snow on the ground (again) and by lunchtime the snow on the driveway had melted so I figured we should pull out the Barbie jeep, since it had been awhile since it had seen the outside of a garage. Let me tell you, as I watched Emma take off, pedal to the metal, laughing her head off as she sped into the garbage can and the mounds of snow on the side of the driveway, I had this panicky feeling that she was enjoying this "freestyle" way of driving too much. I can already picture it in my mind: It's the year 2022. Some 17 year old kid named Jackson comes to pick her up for a date and she tells him "Move over, I'm driving!" She jumps into the driver seat and has this mischievous grin on her face (the same one she mastered from birth.) She revs up the engine and screeches out of the driveway, the wind blowing through her hair. Premonition... I think so. Of course, Ben was my cautious one, telling Emma to slow down, back up, take your foot off the pedal, etc. All kidding aside (at least partly), the kids had a ball. We were out there for about 40 minutes, even with the 26 degree weather. I thank my parents for this grand gift they gave my daughter, that has me scared out of my wits. This little jeep, in it's own special way, is preparing us for an adventure-filled future, full of fender benders, speeding tickets, and who knows what else. (Love you, mom. Love you, dad.)


My dad sent me an e-mail a few days ago, asking me if I could possibly find a hard copy of an old edition of the LDS Church News (Dec. 9, 1984.) He said he met a Malaysian man in their branch who was on the cover of this edition and was interviewed in it (he's the one on the left.) The man had only received a photocopy of the original paper and my dad thought it would be neat if he could get him an original. I was hopeful that I would find one, but figured it would take probably weeks of hardcore searching. Amazingly enough, I found one just 3 days after I read my dad's e-mail. I posted on and a man in Orem replied to it Wednesday night, saying he had one. I was very excited and picked it up the next morning, and then mailed it off to Malaysia today. What a blessing! Also, it turns out this guy who had the newspaper is actually related to me (through my great, great, great, great grandparents.) Crazy!

After I picked up the newspaper, we had to stop by Aunt Whitney's house, since we were so close. The kids loved seeing her, even though Emma did call Whitney "Grandma" probably 10 times. Don't worry, Whit, she knows who you are. :) Anyway, overall we had a great day.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Family Fun in Salt Lake & Provo

We had a great time while my parents were here visiting. (They live in Malaysia right now, so they traveled quite a ways to get here!) We showed them our new house, which they hadn't seen yet. They politely oohed and aahed, just like any good parent would and we appreciated that. We built gingerbread houses with them for FHE, had my Grammy and Grandpa Call over for dinner, went shopping for floor lamps (still haven't bought one... oh well), went down to Provo to visit my Grandma McDonald, played games, watched Mission Impossible 3, and went shopping to various stores in Bountiful and Salt Lake. We had a fun time with them!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Christmas 2007

Another successful Christmas has come and gone. The kids had a great time opening presents and Jake and I had a great time watching them get so excited. That has to be the best thing on Christmas morning, watching your children get all giddy as they open each present. Emma loved her Cabbage Patch doll and pink tent. Ben loved his "jammin' guitar" and Scooby Doo 3-D spook house game. Josh loved the wrapping paper, and anything else he attempted to put into his mouth. Jake and I didn't buy anything for each other because we figured buying a leather sectional for the basement was all the presents we needed (and could afford) for each other! We can't wait to curl up in it and actually have enough room for more than 3 people to sit down stairs. We hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas, as well.