Thursday, August 30, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Saturday morning we got up at 5:00 a.m. to help my brother in laws family pack up their house and load the trucks so they could move to Seattle. I'm so sad they are moving so far away. We finished up at lunch time and took to boys to get a bite to eat then headed back to Maricopa. That afternoon they had flooded some of the farm land so that we could play mud football. Let me just say that there is nothing funner to boys than this. We were there for 3 long hours and they enjoyed every minute. I didn't play because...well...I'm a wimp. Mark didn't play because of his cracked ribs, so we sat on the sidelines and baked in the sun the whole time. We did however get splashed several times when they'd run in for a touchdown. I was really surprised to see so many teenage girls join in. It was pretty entertaining to watch. We made them ride home in the back of the work van and hosed them off in the back yard. Clothes went right in the dumpster. Not even worth trying to wash. After such a long physical day we all slept great that night. That's my life as a mom of a bunch of boys and I wouldn't trade it for anything.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Last night Brek came over to change the oil on his car. Him and Kyle were taking the bucket of used oil to Auto zone to dispose of it properly. They had it in Mark's work van. On a turn the bucket tips over. They pull over immediately and open the door. The bucket falls out spewing the rest of the oil. They quickly come home in an attempt to clean up the huge mess that they made, all the while leaking oil down the road. Since the trail leads right to my house, the authorities will know exactly where to find the culprits. They spent hours trying to clean things up. All of the carpet cleaning equipment had to be wiped down and the truck had to be scoured out. They put kitty litter on the oil spill that was on the side of the highway to soak it up. I felt so bad for them. I'll let you know if the police show up.
I went to bed before they were finished. I woke up to this little message on my computer from Brek. It says " love you mom! from your big boy" I love how he deliberately wrote some letters backwards and his exclamation point is dotted with a smiley face. Plusalso, he changed my screensaver to darth vader holding elmo. He's so funny!
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
I'd like you all to meet Wendy. She's on my blog list as Wendster. She lives in California and her husband is here on business, so her and her son Tristan drove down to Maricopa to see me. I'm so glad that they did. We went to lunch and came back to my house to hang out and visit for a little while. Wendy brought the little bride and groom ducks to send to Chad and she made him a very cute little ducky card while she was here. After she left Cole said, "WOW! She made that...I could never make that." He was very impressed. I forgot to take a picture of it before I put it in the box. Tristan made friends with Cody and Cole and was sad that his new friends were not coming with him when he left. If any of you visit Wendy's blog, go check out her archives. She is a very talented painter and has shared lots of her work. It was so great to get to know her better. She is a sweetheart and I really like her a lot.
- Fact 1...I got bells palsy several years ago and the right side of my face was paralyzed for many months. I couldn't blink, I drooled, I slurred my speech, eating and drinking was difficult, a smile was not possible. I looked freakishly ugly. I've got almost all of my mobility back. I still can't raise my eyebrow, and my eyes and smile are a bit off, but it sure beats the mess that I was.
- Fact 2...My arms are covered in freckles and age spots, even though I avoid the sun at all costs. I imagine that soon there will be so many that they all touch and I will look really tan.
- Fact 3...I toss and turn all night. Not your regular rolling over from side to side. I'm talking side to side then head to toe as well. I hurt while I sleep plus I get hot, so I'm always looking for a cooler spot. I set the AC at 74 at night...still doesn't help.
- Fact 4...I suffer from depression. Betcha didn't know that. I do my best to hide it well. I do what I can to fight it and be upbeat most of the time. It really a hard thing to deal with, but I know my family deserves better than dealing with a depressed mom.
- Fact 5...I would LOVE to decorate a little girls room or nursery. I never get to play in the realm of girly colors and oh how fun that would be! If I EVER get a grand daughter WATCH OUT!!! (not holding my breath though.)
- Fact 6...I really have no desire to visit foreign countries. I'm more interested in seeing what our country has to offer. I'd like to visit some states that have stuff like trees, grass, water...Is that too much to ask?! No offence meant to you readers who live in other countries, It's just that I haven't even seen enough of this one yet.
- Fact 7...Three shows I watch every week on TV is Big Brother, Kyle XY and Army Wives. When I just have the TV on, it's usually on the food network, TLC or HGTV.
- Fact 8...I'm a girl who has lots of friends but feels like she has none. I like lots of people and I think lots of people like me, yet I have nobody that I go do anything with on a regular basis. It's a lonely feeling.
- Fact 9... I was bit by my grandparents german shepard named King when I was little. He was not use to having visitors and protected the cabin at all costs. He pierced my ear. Apparently he didn't get the memo that my parents did not give me permission to have pierced ears.
- Fact 10...I can't drive a stick shift...seriously! I tried. We bought a truck that was stick shift when we only had a couple of boys. My sister drove it to my parents neighborhood then let me try. I could not get through their security gates before they would close. I tried LOTS of times. My kids kept smacking their heads on the back window. It was bad. We almost peed from laughing so hard. The truck went back to the dealership the next day.
I'm tagging anyone who wants to play. No pointing fingers here. :o)
Monday, August 20, 2007
I did end up making stuffed pork chops, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans with bacon and toasted almonds. I had Mark go buy rolls from Golden Corral. I only have one oven here so I couldn't make rolls. The pork chops looks kind of gross, but they were really good. I had the butcher cut pockets in them. I browned and seasoned them, stuffed them with stuffing and mounded some on top. Then poured over a mixture of cream of mushroom and cream of celery. They were large, so a few of us cut them in half to share with out hubbies, so there was plenty to go around. I have a weakness for really good mashed potatoes. I think they should be their own food group. :o) Everything tasted great and we had fun visiting with our guests. I do wish I could have visited with everyone, but you really can't with a large group.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Baby Mark is not not quite sure what to think about John. He is just too young to understand at this point. He has no concept of "easy or soft". Brittany's mom spent the day at their apartment yesterday to help out. When I talk to Brittany she says she's tired, but okay. When I talk to Brek he says she's not doing well and she is feeling completely overwhelmed. How can she not be? and what am I to do? I told her to call me if she needs ANYTHING, but I don't know if she'll call. Do I wait for her or do I just help with what I can? I don't want to step on toes, but I also want her to recuperate while she's trying to establish new routines and getting use to having two babies under the age of one. They really did appreciate the clean apartment and laundry done, so I'm glad we were able to do that.
Speaking of babies, this is Mark's new (used) baby. We both really miss the big black bike, but this one is so pretty and he is slowly making is his own with personal touches. I was suppose to go on a couples ride with him and several others last Thursday night, but I went to the hospital instead. Secretly I'm was glad they sent us to the hospital, because it's been way too hot to ride so it gave me a real excuse to back out. I would love to do it in the fall when the temps come down a bit.
Cody and Cole started school yesterday. This was the first time EVER that I didn't get first day of school pictures. I feel like such a loser mom. I didn't hear Mark's alarm, I didn't hear anyone getting ready...I didn't hear anything. I woke up to an empty house and I felt terrible! I know I've been overly exhausted, but I don't like letting anyone down.
My house is in serious need of cleaning and I have tons of laundry to do. I have hopes of scrapbooking this week once I get caught up around here. I really miss being creative.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Brek putting slipper socks on her cold feet. Her feet ended up swelling up so much that those hurt her so we ended up putting on hospital socks.
Brittany ended up having a very long 21 hours of labor. She progressed very slowly and almost went c section at the end. Brek, Alison (her mother) and I were with her the whole time. Brittany's dad and grandpa came and gave her a Priesthood blessing. I know that's the reason she was able to deliver vaginally. By the time we got to the pushing part her epidural had worn off and John was face up so so she had horrible back labor. Brek and Alison helped her with pushing during contractions and I stood there taking pictures and bawling my head off. I felt so bad. It was such a hard labor and delivery for her. The memories of me going through that 5 times came flooding back as she was going through it. My insides were shaking so hard. I'm just so proud of her. She did an amazing job.
John Ray George was finally born at 1:13 Friday afternoon. He had a really rough start. They had to use the vacuum to help get him out. The cord was wrapped really tight around his neck and it had to be cut off quickly. He wasn't breathing or crying. His 2 minute apgar score was a 3. I was crying and praying a begging for him to breathe. A dozen doctors and nurses rushed in the room for him. Brittany kept saying "why isn't he crying?" I finally heard a tiny cry. There was never a sweeter sound than that. After 4 minutes his apgar score was up to an 8. Our prayers were answered. No words can express just how much it meant for me to be there for my grandsons birth and to witness his first breath. My heart is so full of gratitude.
As you can see, Brittany is very pale and obviously worn out, but so glad to hold her sweet baby.
He weighed 8 pounds 2.2 ounces and 22 inched long with his cone head. He's a little shorted today since his head is shrinking.
The two proud/tired grandma's after it was all over with a mere 45 minutes of sleep in 39 hours...and not all at once. It was like in 15 minute shots. I left the hospital and took the long drive home so I could get Cody and Cole to their schools for meet the teacher night. By that point I couldn't even speak in clear sentence form. I'm sure I didn't make the best first impression, but after all of that, I was so physically and emotionally drained that I really didn't care.
We went back to the hospital today and we finally got to hold that sweet hairy baby. I know I'm his grammy, but isn't he just so cute?! :o) Brittany has had a really hard time. She passed out last night (Friday) and she's had a fever. She's lost too much blood. They've given her 4 units of blood today and have her on antibiotics. They are keeping her until Monday and I'm very glad they are. She really needs to rest.
After visiting them I took the boys to Brek and Brittany's apartment. We wanted to get it totally cleaned up for her and have all the laundry done too. 7 long hours and $30 in quarters later we finally got it done. Mark still needs to steam the carpets, but that's it. We brought baby Mark home with us for a few days until they get to go home. He is sleeping peacefully upstairs and that's where I'm headed too. It's 12:41 a.m. and I'm a little out of practice with babies, but I do remember they get up way too early!