Friday, September 26, 2008

Kenlee's New Haircut- Birthday Countdown 5 Days to GO!

On Saturday Kenlee got a new haircut. She loves it and it looks super cute on her.
Here she is modeling it for the camera!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Kenlee's 10th Birthday Countdown- 7 days to go

Kenlee turns 10 YEARS OLD in one week!!! I can't even believe it.
She wants to have a party this year. Its a significant milestone so I guess that's what we'll do.
So, this weekend will be spent making invitations.
Here's my dilema......who do you invite? Of course she wants as many friends as possible; kids from school, cousins, neighbor friends. Where do you draw the line? Do you have 2 parties?
I was thinking about doing age appropriate games and activities, so little ones might make things too chaotic. What to do, what to do...

By the way.....
My dad is out of the hospital. He is home now and feeling so much better.
I think Avery might be home too. Nobody has told me and I know he was doing much better.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

More bad stuff

He was not transported to St. Louis today. His fever seems to have broken and he might be able to go home later tomorrow. Of course, with follow up visits with his specialist in St. Louis.
So, Good News! 

My dad had to be taken to the emergency room on Friday night. He has had kidney trouble for quite some time. Last week he went to St. Louis to see a specialist and received nothing but bad news, not sure of the details, but not good. They also informed him that he had a kidney infection. He waited too long to fill his prescription and it just got worse. My mother took him to the emergency room after he woke up from a nap with a fever and in serious pain. They hooked him up to an IV with antibiotics and gave him something for the fever. They said that they might have to transport him via ambulance to St. Louis from Hannibal (2 hrs away) if things didn't improve...
Saturday he seemed to be doing better. However, today his fever is back. They are doing some kind of dye test on him tonight at 11:00pm to see if they kind find anything, blockage or whatever. He will probably be transported in the morning to St. Louis. 
I am very worried and being so far away doesn't help. So, I sit here and cell phone never out of my sight. 

This is a picture of Kenlee and my daddy right before we had to take him and my mom to the airport, back in January. We were really sad to see them go, Kenlee wasn't going to let go until she had to. This picture reminds me of when I was the little girl sitting on his lap.
In other news...Avery, my new little nephew, is doing much better and they think that he might get out of the hospital on Tuesday. Thank Goodness!!  

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Avery Jackson

Our new little nephew, Avery, was born on Monday. He has been having difficulty breathing since his birth. They are not sure what is wrong with him and he has been put on oxygen and IV antibiotics. They have just moved him to the NICU at the hospital. Our family is really concerned and would appreciate yours prayers for this precious little boy.

Monday, September 15, 2008

The Finished Aquarium W/O Fish

Justin has almost finished one of our many projects. The massive 210 gallon aquarium that he bought in the spring is now up in our kitchen! With the talented help our our handy neighbors, Ryan Oborn, Gary Baker and Justin actually made the tank stand (I actually did a little too, just the polyurethane). They did a wonderful job and saved us loads of money. I will add some pictures when he gets it stocked with fish.

Kenlee is super excited as you can tell by this picture.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

FoOt FuN

On Tuesday night we had a little foot pampering party at my house. It was Sarah, Amy, Sharley and myself. This is a picture of all of our feet with paraffin wax on them (which turned out quite difficult to remove completely, but felt soooooooooooooo good.)
We even got Justin and Gary to do their hand in the paraffin wax with a bit of convincing. Notice that they only did one hand....also notice that they both had band-aids on their left hands. They work with their hands and had some cuts that are in the healing process.
I thought this picture was funny. That's what they get for hanging out with a bunch of women. Must not have been anything on the TV!

Friday, September 5, 2008


I've been tagged by Aubrey. Since I have a minute I decided to do it!

*Being a mother (although I stink on ice at it)!
*Having my parents be proud of me.
*Reading, my new found hobby!

3Fears: (Actually 4)
*Losing loved ones. Doesn't everyone have this fear?
*Having something bad happen to Kenlee during the day at school or at daycare and being at work, which it way too far from her!
*Being on a weight rollercoaster for the rest of my lfe.
*Being in a bank or store when its being robbed and having to strip down to my underwear. I know it's totally irrational, but I think about it every morning when I'm getting dressed.

*Get CBA credentials. Almost there! I'm taking my last class now.
*Paying off the last of our debt and having a substantial savings.
*Make more money than Justin! (kind of a joke, but not really)

I just realized they all have to do with money, what does that say about me?

3Current Obsessions:
*Reading, all the extra time I have, even when I should be doing other things.
*Soda, I have to have 2 fountain sodas everyday. I don't ever drink more than half of them, I just feel like I have to have one at all times.
*Body Scrub! Breathe Romance Body Scrub in Amber Myrrh. I bought it on clearance at Bath and Body works and its discontinued now!!!! I have been using it everyday and can't imagine living without it! (I did find some on eBay so I'm not totally panicking yet)

3Random/Surprising Facts:
*I listen to AM talk radio in my car every week day. I rarely turn my radio to FM.
*I have been at my current job for over 10 years. I started here when I was 19 years old!
*I have to make my bed every day, even on the weekend. My whole house could be a wreck and it wouldn't bother me as bad as not having my bed made.

Well Aubrey, there ya go! More than you or anyone ever wanted to know!

Now I tag..... Crystal, Randi, Sarah, Amy, Sharley and anyone else who wants to share!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Sleeping Beauty

I love it when she's sleeping. I thought that this picture was really cute with Sam next to her. I have to check on her every night before I go to bed. Doesn't she look like a little angel?

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Labor Day

We had a Labor Day BBQ in Bountiful with Justin's family on Saturday. Justin's mom has a nice large deck that all of us can fit on. We managed to have a good time together although not everyone could be there.
I offered to give Natalie a pedicure. The poor girl can barely touch her feet, she's pregnant and due in just a couple weeks. All the little girls wanted theirs nails painted too, of course. So that is how I spent my evening, painting nails. I'm not complaining though, I actually enjoy doing it.

Oh, that reminds me....If anyone has any tomatoes from their garden that they don't know what to do with, let me know. I meant to take some home from from Debbie's house, but forgot. I'm kicking myself because that's what I have been craving for weeks now...."Real Tomatoes"!

On Monday, our little family decided to check out the Utah Museum of Natural History. It was free and we have wanted to go for a while now. Not exactly what we expected (i.e., Night at the Museum). While in SLC we wanted to find something else to do together so we drove downtown. We went on a tour of the Beehive House and ate lunch at The Lion House Pantry. Kenlee had never been in or around Temple Square so it was a new adventure for her. We would have stuck around and did some more sight-seeing but she was not in the best mood. But hey, we did something as a family, it counts!

Boating Attempt

Sharley, Mandi, Amy, me and Sarah....Chillin' out in the boat.
This picture really cracks me up!
Anthony, Mandi, Sharley and Scott getting a ride to their car in the parking lot.

Playing games in our kitchen with the neighbors.

The weekend before last, the 30th of August, our neighbors gathered for a boating adventure. Amy Baker had been planning this for months. We were all really excited. Unfortunately, their boat broke again! They have had so much trouble with that thing this year, its very disappointing for them. Needless to say, we didn't get to do any serious boating. Although we did (the girls) jump in just to get wet after Amy had persuaded us. Then we ate in the boat (on the trailer) in the parking lot. After, we decided to come back to our place and play games. Justin got out his extra large poker table so that all of us could fit together. It turned out to be a lot of fun! I have not laughed so hard in quite some time. Its so nice that we can be such good friends with all our neighbors.