Tuesday, November 15, 2016


October was not the healthiest month for us around here.  We started off with E barfing between Sunday General Conference sessions.  N puked about a week later.  Then pink eye had its fun running its course starting with E, then H, then N, then me; Andrew was spared.  E got chicken pox over fall break and then I got strep throat.  Good times.   Well, not really, but now we are appreciating being healthy all the more.

I'm not a know-it-all

a conversation we had this morning in the car:

H: Who's that guy?

Me: What guy?

E: That biker guy?

H: Oh! It's not Aaron.

E: Mom doesn't know everyone in the whole entire world.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

google searches

things I have googled in the past 24 hours, in order as well as I can recall:
  • Chicken pox images
  • Chicken pox contagious
  • Can you get chicken pox even if you have been vaccinated? (Answer is YES, a lowly 2%, but someone has to make up that two percent.)
  • Chicken pox images (again)
  • Mulloscum
  • Chicken pox remedies
  • Can you use hydrocortisone on chicken pox? (Answer is NO.)
  • Calamine lotion
  • How long is chicken pox contagious? (A while...)
  • Babies and chicken pox risk
  • DIY Peter Pan hat
  • How to make an oatmeal bath
One of these is not like the others; I need to finish E's Peter Pan costume and looked up some ideas to distract myself from the previous worrisome day and the not very restful night. 

Recording to remember. This month has also included barfs for boys and eye infections for both of them. Ugh. Hoping for more abundant health!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

story of my life, I suppose

I was looking through some old emails to find some Halloween decoration ideas and came across this line I wrote to Sierra and Heather:

[T]hings are good.  I still don't know how to do everything I feel like I need and want to.  I guess that's what I just have to keep figuring out. 

I wrote this almost three years ago.  I was fairly sleep-deprived with my love-to-nurse almost six month-old.  I feel the exact same way in this very moment--like I'm still trying to figure things out.  Will I ever?  Some days are so full of peace but they seem to occur rarely.  Most days I have a few flashes full of peace and joy.  Other days I feel like I am struggling to simply stay afloat.

Anyhow, reading that impacted me.  I'm making progress; it's just slow and and steady most of the time.

Still need to do catch-up posts on our trip to Hyde Park and my first non-surgical stitches.  Coming sometime (not going to say soon because I'm set to snail's pace right now).

Sunday, September 11, 2016


Andrew was driving with the kids and listening to NPR.  There is a little ad that runs about Carbonite and H reacted with a very excited, "Dad! Carbonite!" when she heard it.  She was connecting it to Han Solo in Star Wars.

After walking E to school, we were on our way back home, with H on her bike.  She kept going off the sidewalk into the grass.
I said, "I like how you ride into the grass to slow down."
She replied, "I just have to power down."

Friday, August 26, 2016

some visuals

 adventuring up to Timp Cave

 this sweet family of mine

 blueberry pancake face

 always building

 first day of K

(I swear they are practically angels
when I check on them before I go to bed)
(but how can they even sleep like this???
kids are amazing like that, I guess)