Monday, January 28, 2008
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 (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
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
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.