Friday, March 27, 2009

She Is Feeling Better

Anna is back to her happy self.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Now What????

What do you do when your baby is sick and can't go outside? You work on all those projects that are haunting the house. This is one of my sewing projects. I really like how it is turning out. The problem is that I have hit a small roadblock. What should I do now, other than sew it together? I LOVE the blocks. How should I finish it so it still looks good. Any suggestions? How many borders should I do? How should I do them? HELP!!!!!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Our Super Trooper

Anna has been sick this week, REALLY sick. Long story short last Sunday we knew she had a cold. By Wednesday she was getting close to the miserable. Wednesday night was pretty rough. I was very grateful for our nice rocking chair because I spent some quality time in it with Anna throughout the night. By Thursday afternoon I had called the doctor and we had an appointment for that day. We found out that Anna had an infection in one ear and RSV symptoms. We went home with a prescription for amoxicillin, ear drops to sooth the pain, saline solution to help suck her nose and were told to watch her breathing. Thursday night was much better. Friday morning though I noticed how quick and shallow her breathing was. I called the doctor and within a half an hour we were back at the doctor's office. The bad news started rolling at that point. She now had ear infections in both ears and needed breathing treatments with a nebulizer. She pretty much cried through all of that. We then were sent over to the hospital to get her "sucked out." Nothing breaks a mother or father's heart more than seeing your child pinned to a table and having a tube shoved up their nostrils and their poor little girl just screaming and crying. We then went home with our own nebulizer. By Saturday we found out that Anna does have RSV. We timed things tonight, it takes about an hour to do everything that we need to do. Twice a day we...
1. Feed her rice cereal.
2. Do a breathing treatment with the nebulizer.
3. Give her a dose of amoxicillin
4. Put ear drops in each ear.
5. Nurse her
(and a diaper change somewhere in there too)
She has been a super trooper. I guess when you become a mother you automatically become a nurse whether you like it or not. My heart goes out to single moms who have to do all this on there own, I don't know how I could have lived through this last week without Devin.

On a brighter note, we have introduced Anna to Cinderella this weekend. The breathing treatments aren't as bad when she has something to distract her. It is fun having her sit up and watch it as we get things ready and clean things up. She is pretty cute, even when she is sick.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

It's Great to Be 30!

Today I am loving the fact that I am 30. Why? It is because I am now in the 30-34 year old age group for races. This morning I ran my first race since I turned 30. It was also the first time I have run outside for a long long time. Let me tell you I had a hard time getting out of the car and taking my coat off when I saw that the temperature was a whopping 27 degrees. It was great to participate in the Rex Lee Run. I have run this race every March for .... ever. I have quite the collection of their famous striped shirts. Each year the t-shirt pattern is the same (with the exception of one very very strange year which many people complained about) four stripes of a single color. I was thrilled that this year they picked orange for the color. Devin was very jealous that he was not running the race. The orange shirt was not the best part though. I had set a reasonable time goal for the race. I kept telling myself not to forget that I did have a baby 4 months ago C-Section and it has been a year since I have run a race. When I felt how cold it was I thought it might be a bit hard to make my goal. But with i pod blaring and the desire to get out of the cold I ran. I couldn't wipe the smile off my face, it was SOOOO good to run, really run hard again. I felt like I pushed it without pushing too hard. As I ran onto the track for the last stretch of the race it just felt so good to kick it and sprint that last bit. I was delighted to hear my time as I crossed the finish line. 4 whole minutes faster than my goal! Way to go me! (This made the fact that my lungs were burning not hurt so bad.) We just looked up the official race results and I am happy to announce that I got 8th place in my age group and 462 overall out of 1470 runners. Not bad, not bad at all. I look forward to trying to improve my time. Someday I'll get back to my 21 minute time, but for now I feel pretty good just being back at something I love.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Everyone Has A Favorite

The last few days, thanks to American Idol, Devin and I have been discussing Michael Jackson. Now before anything is said I must clearly make the following statement. There are things that should be heard and not seen. Michael Jackson is one of those things that we can listen to, but DO NOT watch. With the exception of some of his classic music videos...Thriller and Beat It being my two favorites.
Anyway, I asked Devin what his favorite Michael Jackson song was. He looked at me like I was crazy. Come on, everyone has a favorite Michael Jackson song! I found out to my horror that he did not listen to Michael Jackson growing up...which adds to my hypothesis that Idaho is its own planet. How can you grow up in the 80's and not listen to Michael Jackson. His reply was, "How can anyone grown up and not know how to 'throw hay'?" Can you believe that he had never seen Thriller until two nights ago??? Needless to say I've had Michael Jackson songs stuck in my head for the last few days. So what is your favorite Michael Jackson song?? Remember we listen to him, we do not watch him. Though I had to include this funny Pepsi commercial. You've got to love the 80's!

Works In Progress

Spring just makes me so happy! As much as everyone hates Daylight Savings, I for one love the fact that it is light for longer. It is so nice that Devin comes home from work and it is still light outside. It is weird to put Anna to bed when it is still light outside, but she doesn't seem to mind it at all.
With all of this sun and warmer weather I feel like I have had a burst of energy. I feel like I am getting more done. I run more, sew more, read more, clean more,...more and more. I like to think it is the sun and warm weather that is helping me doing it.
I thought I would show a few of my works in progress. I am happily hacking away at all of my sewing projects.
This is what I have done so far on my Crazy Nine Patch quilt that my ward has been doing. Yes, it is very pink. But I have so many quilts I thought it would be fun to have a special Valentine's quilt. I still have a few blocks to finish for it. But I like how it is turning out so far. It is a fun quilt to make. Probably one of the easiest quilts I've ever worked on.
These are a few blocks from a quilt that I am making from scraps of fabric. It is called the Depression Block. That is because you use lots of small scraps of fabric. It is a really cool block. Just fun to look at. I am excited because every block is different.
I have lots of other projects that are in the works but these are the ones I have been working on this week. Hopefully the sun will keep me full of energy to keep getting things done.

The First of Many

Today was too nice to not go for a walk. After Anna woke up from her nap we went outside to enjoy the wonderful warm weather. Isn't it crazy that the mid 40s can be considered warm? It was great to go outside in just a light jacket. I didn't even bother putting Anna in her bunny coat. Just a jacket for her and a fuzzy blanket. Hopefully this will be the first of many many walks we will take.
This was also Anna's chance to show off her new shoes. They are stinkin' cute. I figured since she loves to stand up that if we were going to be going outside more she probably needed some shoes. Now my quest is to find some cheep church shoes because it just looks silly when she doesn't have shoes on at church.

Friday, March 6, 2009


Am I the only one who just can't wait until July 17th?
I get chills every time I watch any of the trailers.
I know the movie isn't as good as the book,
but they aren't half bad.
Can anyone imagine life without Harry?

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Rice (Chalk) Cereal

Yesterday we started Anna on rice cereal. Devin says it tastes like chalk. This brings two important questions to mind. 1. How would you know what chalk tastes like? 2. Why would you be crazy enough to taste the rice cereal? Can't you tell by looking at it and smelling it that it is going to taste nasty?
Chalk taste or not, Anna seems to like it. She makes really cute faces sometimes. Here are some of our favorites so far.

Any tips on starting solid foods?

The OrangeSoda Baby

I love the fact that Devin loves his job. He loves the people he works with. He loves what he does. Long before OrangeSoda existed I loved the color orange. We still love the color orange, hence the orange car seat, orange diaper bag, and orange stroller. It is not hard to agree on a color in our house. For most things we pick orange.
I had this little shirt made for Anna so she could support her daddy's company. I think she would make a great mascot. What do you think?

Hot Off The Press

I am happy to beat the church in announcing that the NEW New Testament Story book is out. We got it in the mail today. YEAH!!!! It is so great. Way better than the old one. The pictures are so nice. We have even noticed that they have reworded a lot of the stories. They have even added some stories and taken some out. We have read the Book of Mormon and just finished reading the Old Testament last week. This book came just in time. I don't know if it is available at the Distribution Center yet, but you can order it on line and they even ship it to you for free. (New Testament Story Book) If you go to this site it still looks like the old version, but trust me, you'll get the new one. I love how the church continues to update their materials. I am grateful for the hours and hours people spend to give us great things to teach our children the gospel.