Tuesday, September 25, 2007
So I guess either way, I will be on some kind of medication for most of the rest of my life. But if it works, I am totally fine with that (sorry, Dad...I didn't feel very good about the natural remedy this time...). I am so excited to be myself again!
- a spilled juice mess to clean up
- lots of sass
- spilled ice water wiped up with clean clothes I had folded the night before and placed in a basket that was, unfortunately, near the spill site
- grated cheese sprinkled all over my bed (don't ask--she was "feeding her elephants")
- two stinky diapers
- Three changes of clothes by 10am
-Saw a picture of Adam and Eve, then explained to me that Adam and Eve made "trabbles to the witch's house so June and Rocket could save them." I slowly realized that she had Adam & Eve confused with Hansel & Gretl from a recent "Little Einsteins" episode.
- a tantrum at bedtime
-a goodnight hug that erased all the bad stuff
I love my Lynners...
After dinner we opened gifts...this one is from Angie & family
And this one was from my M & FIL...new towels and a mini-cuisinart.
This one from Rich was SO FABULOUS...a t-shirt (so fun) and an ipod Shuffle (see it clipped to the shirt?), already loaded up with about 20 of my favorite CDs to listen to while I walk! Woo-hoo!
My hubby and kids also got me this jerky maker to use with the dehydrator I got last Mother's Day. There are a bunch of spices in the box, which can be added to ground meat, then extruded out of that gun I am holding up onto the dehydrator trays and voila! You've got jerky! Fabulous protein source for food storage and a great snack (I LOVE it made with ground turkey, and it's often about $1. pound)
My helpers: Addie, Danny, and Heidi
We finished with cake...my mom made a Chocolate Spice Zuchini bundt cake, and it was HEAVENLY! I am not a cake or pie fan, but this was SO GOOD!
Thanks for a great birthday, family!
PS: I also got lots of cute cards in the mail, and my mom sent me a box of cute scrapbooking stuff...THANKS!
Oh, the competitiveness!!
Rich and I were just laughing about our favorite Heidi funny: whenever we listen to "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," she lays down and pretends to sleep, and then when the "weee-a-weee-oh-momma-way," part comes on, she gets on all fours and roars at everyone dancing around her. Luckily, we caught this on video, so when I get around to uploading all the video from the past month, you'll see for yourself!
0919: Addie is a ham!
0920: We borrowed RICH'S old walker to see if it would encourage James to stand and walk. Tha walker is so cool--it collapses flat and they bought it for Rich in Germany back in 1971! (Too bad James doesn't really like the walker and he's WAY too big for it...)
Here is what James' days are like--his sisters are always in his way!
Rich snapped some fall colors while he was out running errands on Saturday...it's getting really beautiful around here!
Thursday, September 20, 2007
I saw Dr. Reid in the waiting area and she came by and asked if I was getting my scan and I said yes. She said, "Good! I'm anxious to get those results because you are going to feel so much better when we treat you! Your count was really high."
"Really high?" I asked.
"Yeah, it really surprised me you haven't had heart problems or other complications yet. So we'll get you well..." she said as she patted my shoulder and walked away. Hm.
Well, if all that is true, then I can't wait, either!
So I went back to my MIL's where we sewed 7 new curtains for the kindergarten reading area and played with James and Heidi. I felt fine (except for the profuse sweating, still!). Rich came there for lunch and I went back to the hospital for the scan. I layed down on this skinny cot thing with a rolled up towel under my neck to tilt my head back. Then I was slid into this big halo thing with a cone-shaped lens thing pointing at my throat and I had to hold still for 7 minutes, three times (different angles), and then for a few minutes for some other images. I was there for a total of an hour and 15 minutes. I have to go back at 8am for a scan that will take about 5 minutes. I hope it goes that fast!
So I feel fine, but everyone was acting all shocked about how much iodine my thyroid had absorbed already. I am excited to get it all straightened out, but I am praying for NO SURGERY! I HATE surgery and even going to the hospital, so I hope it can be medicated!
Anyway, I am just still a little drowsy from the other meds and I have some underlying anxiety about having a disease, but it's all good. I ran into a good friend last night at the grocery store and we talked for a while. She has a BS in Family Health so she was familiar with the illness and was so empathetic about ALL my problems (she's a really cool Mom-friend--you know, the kind you TOTALLY relate to, but never get to really hang with because you both have lots of kids and church callings? I love her, and I really feel like God sent her here for me 2 years ago!). Anyway, this afternoon right as I was leaving to pick up Addie, she came by with flowers, and bag of dinner, and the following sweet note with the flowers:
Reflects thine own great mercy, Lord
Thou sendest blessings from above
Through words and deeds of those who love
For worthy friends whose lives proclaim
Devotion to the Savior's name
Who bless our days with peace and love
We praise thy goodness, Lord above.
If you read this, BROWN LEG, thanks so much for your kindness! My family (and I ) really loved the dinner and the flowers make me happy each time I see them!
(PS: Jennifer, thank you for looking out for me, too! I appreciate your thoughtful messages on the phone today--as you've read, I was gone until about 3:30, then knee-deep in kids ever since, but I felt your love and thank you for being such a good and loyal friend!)
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
flower & Addie
Silly girl wants "a flower in her hair."
James Ole watching from the lawn
Sunday, September 16, 2007
At any rate, we have nailed down a problem, and I am so glad it's mostly medical and not psychiatric because I really thought I was headed for crazy town. I'll update you as I hear more, and I will blog more regularly when my body gets used to this Lexapro and I stop falling asleep at the drop of a hat (and sweating BUCKETS).
Happy Sabbath, y'all!
Thursday, September 13, 2007
"For the benefit and enjoyment of the people"
Addie in Mammoth with the elk
Addie, Peter, Zuzana, and Heidi tour the terraces and hold their noses to avoid the sulfur-y steam blowing toward them
More Mammoth Terraces
This was my favorite place in Yellowstone when I was a little girl. Sadly, a lot of the beautiful waterfall-like areas of the terrace are dried up now.
Me, Heidi, & Zuzana at the picnic table.
We packed up and it was on to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone!
James and I walk along the path to the lookout at the Canyon
Daddy and Heidi overlooking the canyon...yikes!
Addie and Heidi climbed on a bear statue...
check out Heidi's pose! She's a kook!
We stopped at the big gas station there on the corner by the Park entrance.
It has a big old soda fountain and the girls found these tiny forest animal figurines there.
Heidi (at the tiny soda shop table) shows off her buffalo and deer
Fun with Bambi and Bison
Later we saw this REAL bison by the Madison River
(most of those little trees in the background are the re-growth from the 1988 fire)
...and here we are taking a walk toward Old Faithful geyser
(Heidi, Addie, James, and Me)
James was excited to see the geyser! (Zuzana took this picture)
Here we are on the upper deck of the Old Faithful Inn. Addie is showing me the pictures she took (and if YOU want to see them , go to her blog).
One of the benches on the deck of the Inn
Addie took this picture of the geyser starting to go off again
Later we stopped to see the Grand Prismatic spring at midway & lower geyser basin, and then to the Fountain Paint Pots (which have really shrunk since I last stopped there in 1980--I know, I have been here 6 or 7 times since then and haven't stopped). this is a picture of Addie in front of a pool near the paint pots.
And what trip to the Park would be complete without a Bison traffic jam?
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