Thursday, February 28, 2008
I'm on the Enrichment committee (the women's activities group for our church) and we are planning a big event on March 11th, celebrating the birthday of the organization of the Relief Society. Our committee came up with a great idea to have a very nice dinner, slideshow, and a guest speaker (our Stake President's wife.) I was put in-charge of our slideshow and I feel it turned out pretty good, considering I've never done this before (thank you, Jake, for guiding me in the right direction!) The video has two parts to it: pictures taken showing women in our ward doing things with their hands, and the second is showing Christ using His hands. After the slideshow the guest speaker is going to talk about how we can use our hands for good, uplifting each other and doing as Christ did. I'm sure the whole night will be beautiful. Our committee is working really hard to make sure it will be perfect. Anyway, after a couple days of taking many pictures, one late night cutting and slicing pictures, and one morning of ignoring my kids to add the final touches, I now present "My Sister's Hands." (FYI It's about 10 1/2 minutes long.)
PS One funny thing I have to mention: Most of the women had no clue we just wanted pictures of their hands (we wanted it to be a surprise so didn't tell them the theme) and so many of them made themselves up with make-up, pretty hair-dos, the works. Little did they know I was just going to crop their heads right out of the picture. Hopefully once they see the video they will be okay with that. :)
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
I remember when I was younger being told I had ONE wisdom tooth. My mom didn't have any and I thought it was pretty neat that I got her luck (at least most of it, having 1 instead of 4.) My dentist, Dr. Meadows, told me I might not have to get it out because it was "high up there and might never calcify." I never thought twice about it... until now. Last month I went to my dental check-up and the hygienist (who I LOVE!) took x-rays of my teeth since it had been awhile since the last ones were taken. She compared the new x-rays with the old and said my single wisdom tooth had moved down quite a bit and advised me to get it out. The dentist and my mother-in-law (Jan is the office manager) also said I should get it out to prevent future problems. I decided to wait and schedule an appointment with an oral surgeon later this year. Well, the last two days I have been having some throbbing and discomfort in my upper left gum area where my wisdom tooth is. (So much for waiting a couple months!) I decided now is the time to get it out, so March 7th at 10:30am, I will have one less tooth. The oral surgeon will have a panarex done just to make sure there really is only one and then I'll get some drugs (maybe knocked out) and the fun will begin. To be honest, I'm a tiny bit nervous about it. I know, I know, thousands of teens have this procedure done every year and it's not a big deal. I guess I shouldn't have been googling information about it or watching home videos of actual extractions on YouTube (some of them are pretty sick!) If you have stories (positive ones!) to share, feel free. For those who haven't done much research on these pesky teeth, here is some info I found:
Wisdom teeth derive their name from the fact that they form in the late teen years, making them "older and wiser". In today's world, the softer diet and shorter jaw of modern humans have rendered wisdom teeth unnecessary. In fact, the onset of wisdom teeth can be a painful and potentially dangerous development. In most cases, a relatively simple and straightforward surgery can extract the wisdom teeth before they cause permanent damage to the teeth and mouth.
Wisdom teeth are located at the back of the mouth, the "third" molar at both ends of the top and bottom row of teeth. As the wisdom teeth begin to grow, they can become impacted, or trapped in the jawbone and/or gums. As they continue to grow beneath the gum line in an angled or horizontal direction, displacement of the original line of teeth and wearing into the back molars can occur. Wisdom teeth that are unable to "erupt" above the gum line can lead to inflammation and infection. In the case of a partial eruption, a pocket often forms under the gumline, which can lead to the formation of a cyst or tumor. If left untreated, wisdom teeth cause permanent damage, including cavities, nerve damage, gum infection, bone infection, and a weakening of the jaw. Unfortunately, wisdom teeth often grow unnoticed until they cause problems in the mouth or outlying areas, such as the face. These problems can cause headaches, pain in the ears, neck, upper or lower jaw.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
I thought it would be fun though to write a Blog Valentine for my sweetheart. He's my best friend and my love for him grows deeper and stronger each day. He loves me for me. Yes, the lbs. have come on (and off and on), a loss of some hair has occurred to some degree, the kids keep coming, the chaos keeps growing, and yet, we are happier than we have ever been. Laughter and love fill our home and that's all I could ask for. We are so blessed.
I love you, Jake. Thanks for choosing me. I really am the lucky one, to have you by my side for eternity.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
Thursday, February 7, 2008
We have a very talented brother-in-law, Jake Garlick, who offered to build us bookshelves in our basement as a house-warming present. Jake (my husband) and I love them and think they make the basement feel a lot bigger. Jake Garlick is very talented and we appreciated all of his long hours of hard work. They are exactly what we wanted. Thanks again, Jake!
PS Check out the before and after pics. They definitely add a lot to the room. We are getting our sectional this weekend so I'll post pics of that too. Exciting!!
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
PS GO VOTE! If you are one of the 24 states with elections happening today, make sure to get out. Every vote counts!