Archive for September, 2013

Published by Sara on 19 Sep 2013

Luke’s ENT Visit

Luke had his visit with the ear, nose, and throat doctor today.  Our pediatrician recommended Dr. Jill Beck at St. Lukes downtown.  So we headed down there this morning.  First off, the office is just for children.  So the waiting room had gobs and gobs of cars and trucks to play with and Little Brother was in heaven with all those wheels…until it was time for him to go back to the exam room.  So I had to pry him away from all that fun, but he had a death grip on one of the big, bulky semi-truck toys so I let him take that one…until it was time to put him on the scale to be weighed.  A nurse then had to (again) pry the truck from his hands to get his weight.  Luke then decided that this place was evil and no one was allowed to look at him or touch him or his truck.  This made getting his vital signs very difficult.  Most of the areas on his medical chart for vitals said, “child refused”.  Ha.  Little stinker.

So then the doctor comes in and he is just giving her the stink eye.  She knew we were there to talk about his mouth-breathing and possible enlarged adenoids.  So she asked me if he snores and how he sleeps at night and I showed her this video.

If you can hear, he sleeps very loudly!  And never through his nose.  I don’t think this boy has ever taken a breath through his nose at night.  She asked me if he ever wakes up grumpy, and oh man.  Sometimes he wakes up in the morning and he is like the spawn of satan.  And she also asked me if he ever sleeps with his head cocked back and his chin up.  Why yes, he does!  Every night pretty much.  Like this:

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He also happens to be sleeping with a fire truck but that’s beside the point.  The point is that he sleeps like that because he’s trying to open his airway so he can breathe.  Anyway, Dr. Beck needed to get a look at his adenoids.  So I had to sit in a chair with an already ticked off Luke on my lap.  I had to hold him tight and then they dripped some numbing stuff plus a decongestant up his nose to make way for a little camera to be shoved up there.  I had to hold his arms still while another lady held his head, and yet another lady restrained his legs while the doctor put a long, skinny tube up his right nostril.  He did not like this one bit!  But he only had the camera in his nose for about 20 seconds and the doctor confirmed that he has a 100 percent blockage.  Meaning that his adenoids are so big that they are blocking his airway completely.  🙁

His surgery to have them removed is on October 21st.  We are debating on whether or not his tonsils will come out too, they are a little bigger than average but causing him no trouble, so we are undecided.  My poor little baby boy!  He has to go completely under and this is so sad and scary for me.  But the doctor says that they need to come out for a million different reasons; better sleep quality, easier breathing, a happier child, and even better formation of growing facial bones.  So…out with the adenoids!

Published by Sara on 19 Sep 2013

Happy Birthday Julia!

My little girl turned SIX!  Holy cow I’m getting old.  We decided to do something different this time and have her party at a fun place.  We chose “Bounce” in Meridian, which is a building full of a bunch of inflatable jumpy things and slides and such.  It was a fun change!

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After getting thoroughly hot and sweaty, we went into our party room for presents and cupcakes and soda.

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She is obsessed with pretty things, especially jewelry!  Her birthday list consisted of;  necklaces, earrings, pretty clothes, pretty shoes, dresses, a jewelry box, and money.  Such a girly girl.  She ended up getting everything on her list and was a very happy girly girl!




After cake, more playing!  Even the adults joined in on the fun.



When we were all done at Bounce, we asked Julia where she wanted to eat for dinner.  She chose the Olive Garden (her favorite).  So we went there with Mom and Jack, and Keith, Carmen, and Riley.  She was in heaven.


When we got home, she could hardly wait to organize all of her stuff.  She very carefully placed all of her new jewelry into her jewelry box and then chose one of her new outfits and coordinating accessories to wear to school the next day.  I finally got her to go to bed.  She looked very pretty for school the next day:


She was really happy to get to go to school on her actual birthday.  She took some cupcakes with her to hand out at snack time and they sang happy birthday to her (in Spanish).  After school we gave her one more gift (some more jewelry) and I made her favorite dinner (manicotti).  We love this little girl!  Thank you everyone for your love and support of our little Beano!

Published by Sara on 10 Sep 2013

Bethany’s Baptism

Bethany’s baptism was held on August 31st.  It was a hot, gorgeous day!  We left for the stake center at 3pm to get Beth dressed.  I originally didn’t want her to wear the jumpsuit because they are just not very cute.  But I wasn’t smart enough to engineer a dress that wouldn’t float to the top of the water (although I did try).  So jumpsuit it was.  Her best friend from school was also getting baptized, so that was really special.  Here they both are before changing.


Daddy and Beth.


Family photo before the program.


The program was delightful.  The first thing I noticed about all the children getting baptized (I think there were 8 all together) was that they were ALL girls.  A whole bunch of sweet little girls dressed in white all ready for the waters of baptism.  My bestie Jessica spoke, and her talk was touching and I loved that she was the one that was chosen to speak to the girls.  The musical number was performed by my friends April and Addie.  They played a gorgeous piano duet of “My Heavenly Father Loves Me”–it was amazing!  I was tearing up all over the place.  Then it was time to get in the water.  Bethany did wonderfully and only had to get dunked once.  🙂  I hardly heard a word of her confirmation though, due to Luke being noisy and me trying to keep him quiet.  So that was a bummer, but I got to listed to Megan’s confirmation and my eyes were misty the entire time.  I am so glad to be a part of this church!  And I am happy that Bethany has a testimony of her own and wanted to get her first saving ordinance.  I love her to pieces.

After the baptism, everyone came over to our house for dinner.  First we watched Bethany’s slideshow, and then we went outside and had spaghetti and treats.  I went with an all white dessert buffet.


I am happy when there is an occasion where I get to use all of my party dishes.


The donuts were everyone’s favorite, as you can see in the background.  🙂




Thank you to everyone who came.  It was a really special day, thank you for sharing that with us.  <3

And here is her slideshow.  It is 20 minutes long.  Her whole 8 years from birth to now.  Please take the time to watch it, it really helps to show the sweet girl she has grown up to be.  And we did a little photo shoot at the temple for the end pictures.  I spent a lot of time on it, so watch it! (In full screen, with the volume up):)

(If it looks stretched or skewed, it could be because you are using Internet Explorer.  Switch to Chrome since you shouldn’t be using Internet Explorer anyway. ha)

Published by Sara on 09 Sep 2013


We have a sweet, furry new member of our family!  She is one of the sweetest kitties I have ever met!


I love cats.  When Neil gave the go-ahead to get one (outside) cat, the girls and I were ecstatic! We searched around for the perfect little kitty and finally found her at a shelter in Nampa.  She is so soft, affectionate, playful, and kind.  She has never tried to scratch or bite even when Luke is pulling her tail and squeezing the crap out of her.



She did get to live inside for the first week.  Now she lives outside and seems to like it just fine.  She hangs out under the shed most of the time, but when she hears someone come out she comes running over to greet you.  She has been a great pet and I’m so glad that the kids have her.  They take care of all of her needs too, they clean the litter box and feed her every day without even being asked.  The only downside is that Luke and I are extremely allergic.  For the first few days, my nose was running like a faucet and Luke’s was completely plugged up.  He kept whining to me saying, “boogies!  boogies!”  The boogie problem seems to be getting better now, but if Luke touches her and then touches his eyes then they swell up and itch.  I’m hoping we build up an immunity soon so that we can handle her more and not be miserable afterwards.

We love her!

Published by Sara on 08 Sep 2013

First Day of School

I had TWO little girls going to school this year!  Here is Bethany all ready to start third grade!


She’s a pro at this now.  I did walk her into her classroom just to be sure she made it to the right place, even though we already visited her new classroom twice before the first day.  She has an amazing teacher this year, Miss Wiltrout.  She has been teaching for over 20 years and is so amazing!  I snapped this pic right before I left.


Then we went back home so I could finish getting Julia ready for her first day.  Her school starts 20 minutes later than Bethany’s.  Here she is, all ready to go to Kindergarten!


She was very ready and looking forward to this day.  When I pulled into her school, she says to me, “what if I am nervous?”  So I guess she was a little apprehensive.  But I explained to her that everyone is probably nervous and it’s no biggie.  So we went into her classroom and put her stuff into her cubby and then went outside to await instruction from her teacher, Mrs. Thoeny.  All the kids lined up against the wall.


Then her teacher began to tell them the morning routine in two languages.  First she would say in English, then she would say the exact same thing in Spanish.  So cool!  Julia became very interested in what was going on, so I just kissed her head and said bye and skipped away!  I love my girls, but I have to say that it is so nice having both of them be in school all day every day.  And I love digging through Julia’s backpack when she gets home.  It always has stuff like this:


And she always comes home saying random stuff like, “muy bien maestra!”  Haha.  So far they have really been enjoying school and I am enjoying the peace and quiet.  🙂

Published by Sara on 06 Sep 2013

Last Week of Summer

We tried to squeeze as many things into the last days of summer as we could.

We went to a drive-in movie, something that we usually try to do at least once in the summer.  We watched Monsters University with some of our friends and I don’t know what the second movie was because we left.  🙂  We had a dance recital the next day and needed to get some sleep.


The girls have been going to dance camp all summer.  This is two days a week of pure dancing fun.  It is the same one they did last year, which is a sweet teenage gal that teaches the girls all different types of dances.  It’s nothing fancy, but we love it!

Before leaving for the recital:



I had a hard time getting any really good videos because I was holding Luke.  Here is one of Julia’s little dances.  She’s on the far left.  She does a really good job and it cracks me up for some reason!

The next day was exciting for the girls, they came running into the house one evening shouting about finding a baby hummingbird.  Sure enough, we must have had a nest in our honeysuckle bush because this cute little guy was hanging out in our yard.


The kids loved him and named him “Winger”.  They wanted to keep him, but, um…no.  So we took some pictures with him and we put him back up in the tree so that he could finish learning how to fly.  The next morning I let Luke out back to play.  Shortly thereafter, the girls went out too.  Then I hear screaming so I run out there to see that Luke has the hummingbird in his hand and is not exactly being gentle with it.  Luckily Winger only lost a few feathers and one of his wings was just a little twisted, but no real damage done.  I put him back in the tree.  A few hours later we saw him high up in the tree, flying from branch to branch.  And then later that day we watched him fly away.  We really enjoyed our time with this cute, tiny little creature.


A few days later we went to Eagle Island for the first time with Trisha (who is getting married next week!) and Sarah.  We loved this place!  I don’t know why we have never gone before.  Sand and water keeps kids happy for many hours.  We spent the whole day there.



And last up was our ward campout.  We look forward to it every year!  The weather was perfect, but the skeeters were terrible!  Even worse than Lake Fork.  But we still had a blast hanging out with our friends and playing on the water slide.


We sent Luke down the slide for the first time this year.  This is how he felt about it.


He would rather play in this giant mud puddle anyway.

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