Monday

Happy Martin Luther King Day! The kids are off school. I’ve never understood why they’d get that day off. They should be in school learning about MLK. It does work out for me this year because I scheduled family photos for today while Brittany is here

A sneak peak of us on the way to get pictures taken. I think we got some good ones. I’m excited to see the ones of Trevor and Moe.

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Happy New Year

Good-bye 2017

It was a year filled with ups and downs. Mostly ups. It was a year we really saw Gods hands in our lives.  It looks like 2018 will be our family’s best year ever.

The biggest downer was Sandy’s cancer fight.  Her funeral was yesterday. It was nice. Sad but nice.

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I’m glad the pain is done for her. We lose too many people to cancer. Sam Taylor passed away within days of Sandy.

Brittany will be here this morning. She was supposed to get in last night but her plane was grounded in Denver overnight. Right now, she’s sitting on the plane (it’s 8 am) waiting for them to load the bags (I guess 13 hours wasn’t enough time?)  I should’ve driven to Denver last night and picked her up. We’d be almost home by now. How irritating Is that?! Moe’s dad is in town too. Dinner is going to be big and loud and fun with a full house of family. I love our Sunday dinners anyway.

I’ve had an annoying cough and congestion since October. Vertigo set in a couple days ago so, I finally went to the doctor. I’m too busy for dizziness. The congestion and cough seem to be an indoor allergy. That makes complete sense since we moved in October when my symptoms started.  She put me on a steroid and a nasal spray and a medicine for dizziness. The doctor said I should be feeling better in a week. It’s been a long time since I felt normal!

Christmas

The Playhouse where we saw A Christmas Carol. Everyone had a great time. Even Chance who looks like he’s not having fun.

we went to a Christmas performance at Isaiah’s school and we went to Spaghetti Works for lunch. It was the first time I’ve seen him sing. He did great.

With the exception of filling the house with smoke while I cooked dinner, Christmas was so nice. Trevor and Moe came over to open presents in the morning. Then we went to Village Inn for breakfast, came home and made prime rib for dinner. We finished the evening eating pie and playing an irreverent but funny card game. It was a really nice family day

Brittany spent Christmas in the mountain with her dog Tilly. She’s coming to Omaha in a couple weeks. Then will have Christmas with her too.

The kids are home for the next couple weeks and already they’re bugging me about going out and doing stuff. It’s 11°. I just want to stay inside and finish off the pie but I’m not; I’m getting the girls hair cut and taking the boys to a movie,

Fake fire but no snow anyway

I made do without a fireplace. No warmth but We do get crackling wood sounds out of it. It’s 50 degrees outside so we’re not needing a fireplace anyway.

I finished Christmas shopping and I’m glad I did because it looks like I’ll be spending the rest of the week at the hospital with J. I was really hoping to avoid being there for one month….

Isaiah had a birthday Monday. So he’s 12 too. Now all four of the kids can go to the temple. We are going to go next week. I’m so excited!

I got a grocery store Santa picture from Brittany. That’s her new boyfriend Jerek.

Not much else going on aside from hanging at the hospital and waiting for Christmas.

Christmas countdown

We’ve been busy with lots of Christmas activities this month. I’m kind of sad to see it ending soon. It’s been the best month ever.

We’ve been to the Mormon Trail Center to see the annual gingerbread display. We still have to make it to Kanesville to see the display there.

Baked cookies for friends and neighbors

Had a 12 year old birthday yesterday and one coming tomorrow.

Did a karate test which included some sparring and board breaking.

We have a brown belt in the house now!

Tuesday and Wednesday

We finally got Savannah a big girl bed. She’s had a twin bed since the crib and she’s literally outgrowing it so it’s time. I got one of those mattress-in-a-box mattresses that you can buy online and a platform instead of box spring and rails. I tell ya, if you can’t get it at Amazon, you don’t need it. It gets delivered in a big box that you cut apart and it literally unrolls and poofs up. In 24 hours, it’s a regular queen size mattress.

My young man was a nightmare yesterday at the hospital. When he starts feeling good, he doesn’t want to be there. And then he bites and scratches and pulls hair, pulls his oxygen off and flings it across the room. He just behaves like a spoiled two year old in the hospital. I gotta give him a break though; it must be hard being non-verbal and not being able to tell people how you feel or what you want. His nurses are stellar but I can’t have him abusing them. So I stay there during the day to buffer them from his naughtiness.

Today was a bit better. They’ve moved him from acute care to a regular room. So hopefully one more day and he’ll be able to go home.

I took some “me” time this morning and got my nails done. It’s the time of year where you can find great deals for shellac nails on Groupon. I got one and called to make an appointment and the manicurist ended up being Julie’s mom. Julie is Moe’s best friend. She talked the whole hour about her crazy life. (And any mom of Julie has to have a crazy life. You would have to know her to understand)

Anyway, I like her a lot. Usually I go to the Korean girls and you never know what they’re saying about you to each other because they’re really good about talking amongst themselves in Korean. Plus, they file the crap out of your nails. Anita (Julie’s mom) barely filed them at all and they look great.

See? I don’t have long enough nails to be filing them much.

Last weekend we went to Sioux Falls to see Sandy. She was in the hospital up there. One of my clients nurses just came from working at Sandy’s hospital and said it’s a top-notch facility (aside from that ridiculous parking garage) I got the impression that she was saying it’s better than the one I’m spending so much time in. ( not exactly what I wanted to hear but happy for Sandy!)