Thursday, July 31, 2008

Famous Preston Night Rodeo Parade

It's that time of year. If you would have told me 10 or even 15 years ago that in 2008 I would be married to a city boy, have a 6 year old boy and 17 month old twin boys, I don't think I would believe you. I guess the biggest shock to me is that I live in Preston Idaho. I always thought I would marry a city boy and live in the city. So here we are spending our 2nd year in Preston and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.
Mom met me and the kids at the Library to watch the parade. J was grabbing candy for about 1/2 the parade and then he sat down on Grandma's lap for a rest. He is almost bigger that Grandma. He is wearing size 7 and 8 closes now.
I want to update everyone on J. 4 months ago J was put back on the blood pressure medicine because the Nephroligist was concerned that the blood pressure was averaging over 111 which is the 90% for a kid his age. For 2 months J suffered from the chronic cough side effect. John and I finally decided that it was time to take him off the medication. It was a leap of faith but we felt it was the right thing to do. We have been taking blood pressure readings from home and they have averaged around 111. Yesterday we went to see Dr. Nelson at Primary Children's Hospital. At the weight and measurement station the nurse checked and his blood pressure was 126/78. I thought CRAP we are going to go home with instructions to put him back on the meds. Well Dr. Nelson let him relax while we talked. And then took 3 measurements manually (not the machine) his average was 100/60. We did get orders to get blood work done and a first morning urine sample. And we were encouraged to here that there is another option for medication if we have to use it again. It was 9 months ago today that we walked out of Primary Children's Hospital just 16 hours after J had his kidney removed. He has made an amazing recovery. Thanks to all of you for your love and support. I have been wishing 1st grade would come faster. J has been driving me crazy this summer. I need to remember that if it weren't for Dr. Strasser checking J's blood pressure just 13 months ago, J would have ended up with heart failure. OK enough of that.......Thanks for letting me go on and on.......

The garden is doing great. It turns out I am great at growing morning glory. My Great-Grandma Hansen would be so proud. She loved morning glory. But on the other had Great-Grandpa was always trying to kill it. My dad says that never a summer went by without him here at least one argument between them concerning this matter. The beets are all pickled and canned. I even tried some on my salad at lunch and they were great. I have 10 rows of peas that are have pods ripe and ready every day to be picked. It is a pain in the butt to pod all those peas. But I eat a few as I go and it makes it worth it. The zucchini is going crazy. I have already shared a bunch with the neighbors and froze some for bread this winter. I haven't had any red tomatoes yet but lots of green so there is hope. J's pumpkin is taking over the south end and he may have to have a pumpkin sale in the fall. Let see we have carrots, potatoes, squash, corn, peppers, and cucumbers coming too. It has been fun to have my own garden but man I didn't realize how much work it was going to be.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Johnny's Thumbs

Check out the thumbs that have joined the blogging world!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Memory Tag!

Here's a really fun tag that I saw on my friend Audrie's blog:

1. As a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I
had together. It doesn’t matter if you knew me a little or a lot,
if we’ve actually met in person or not, anything you remember
about me!

2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how
many people leave a memory about you. If you don’t want
to play on your blog, or if you don’t have a blog, I’ll leave my
memory of you in my comments.

Everyone reading this is tagged! So, play along!

Another Busy Weekend

The weekend started off with John bringing home J his new Wii. Just hours after in arrived home J was asking for more games.
Friday we drove to Island park and stayed at my Aunt Priscella's Cabin. On Saturday we drove through Yellowstone. The only thing that could make better would be if we had a van. YES! That's right, 3 kids in a small car for 10 hours was not easy. But we survived and actually came away from the trip with positive things to say.
We made sandwiches and ate lunch while waiting for old faithful.
John and J had a great time shooting the potato guns. James and Jakub just liked to play with the guns in the dirt.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Taylor went potty at Aunt Jen's house.

J got out his old potty so Taylor could try it. She sat right down and went pee. What a Big Girl.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

When it rains.......

Many of you probably believe this to be true in your lives too........I just want to vent about the cars. Why does it cost so much to get them fixed. We moved to Idaho with this great thought that now we don't have to have safety and emissions tests, so we will spend so much less on our cars. Well cars still have problems! We just put $500 into Johns car which is understandable because he does put a lot of miles on it. But why did we have to drop another $500 for my car to get a new alternator. I guess I should be happy that I didn't get trapped somewhere with 3 kids in the car.

Monday, July 7, 2008

4th of July Weekend

Friday we went to the "big" Dayton Parade. It was just right....not to long only about 30 minutes (longer than last year) and J loved all the candy. After the parade President Turnbow and his wife stopped to say hi. Sister Turnbow said that her favorite part was before the parade even started when I was walking down the side of the road holding the hands of my twin boys. A lady from the newspaper even came up and asked if she could take a picture of the boys. What can I say...I have cute boys.

J has been wanting a Wii ever since Uncle Brandon got one. And now that Karen and Brandon are moved into there new house and not living at Grandma and Grandpa Sparrows he doesn't get enough Wii time. So a few weeks ago John and I were trying to help him think of ways he could earn money to buy a Wii. John suggested a yard sale, so we ran with the idea and on Saturday J made $70. We thought the twins were a good deal at 2 for $1 but there were no takers, so we kept them.
Saturday night we watched the cars cruize down Logan's Main Street. Grandma and Grandpa Mills came up in Grandpa's new car and Jaren came too. It was a hot evening but we all had a good time.
When the cars started to look very familiar Melissa pulled out the engagement picture for us all to look at on the laptop.
Now I want you to look at the guy in the Jeep shirt standing in the middle. For those of you that don't know that is my brother Scott. He just returned in October from his tour in Iraq. Scott is my hero. I know we are not suppose to be a proud people, but I am so proud of him. And I am proud to be an American. We are so bless to live in a free country that God preserved for us.