Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Isaac's Baptism

We recently went to California to celebrate cousin Isaac's 8th birthday and baptism.  We had a fun week and Connor tried to play with Isaac as much as he could before we had to leave.   

You have to admit that's a lot of kids.  It's the best we could do. 

First Day of School

Yes, I am aware that the year is half over but better late than never, right?
Here are our kiddos on the first day of school.  Megan is the proud middle schooler.  Connor is now the big man in Elementary...3rd grade and entering the school system is our little Mallory that seemed way too young to be going into kindergarten.  It's so strange and kind of wonderful to have all my kids in school.   


Such a cute picture!  He looks like he adores her and would never, ever tease her.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Hats and Sunblock

About a year ago, I noticed a "mole" by my eye on the bridge of my nose.  I didn't think too much of it but Daniel kept insisting that I go to the dermatologist to get it checked out.  I finally made an appointment and the Dr said, "It looks like Basal Cell Carcinoma, your husband is very wise."  Okay, I added the last part.  She sent in the biopsy, made me an appointment to get it removed and sent me on my way.  A month later I had an appointment with a dermatologist that specializes in MOH's surgery, which removes skin cancers like mine.  He made it sound like a simple, easy procedure and I wasn't worried.

A few days later I went on to the internet to check it out.  Big mistake!  I started reading horror stories about cancer roots growing into tear ducts and the optic nerve, loss of vision, or even loss of an eye!  Aaahhh!!!  Of course Daniel starts making pirate jokes.  Wouldn't I make a great Mad-Eye Moody for Halloween?  Maybe I could get a glass eye that's pink...or violet?

I went into surgery with a tiny bit of trepidation...okay, maybe more than a tiny bit.  The nurse puts my fears to rest and lets me know that "most likely" I will leave with both eyes.  Yippee.  The nurse remarks that my blood pressure is a little high.  Hmmm, I can't imagine why.  The doctor then proceeds to cut out a piece of my face (a small piece, but still) while I'm practicing my deep breathing.  He pats my hand and sends it to the lab. 

Labs come back- they got it all the first time.  Hallelujah!  I don't want them taking any more of my face, they took enough.  The nurse hands me a mirror to take a look-yuck.  But it's okay, I've got both my eyes!  Woo-hoo!!  No more pirate jokes for me.

A few hours later, I was at the plastic surgeon being sewn up because the dermatologist just cauterized the wound and sent me on my way.  My eye looks much better than I thought it would.  There isn't much swelling at all and the plastic surgeon said the scar should heal very nicely.  Megan said that instead of being a pirate for Halloween, I can be Frankenstein since I've got the stitches.  Oh goody.

I'm just glad it's over and that everything went well.  I'm a worrier, from a long line of worriers, so I probably made this whole experience worse than it needed to be.  I have a feeling it won't be my last time either.  People who get a Basal Cell Carcinoma tend to get more.  I'll still be at the pool and at the beach but from now on I'll have my SPF 70 on and a wide brimmed hat!  If you have an uneasy feeling about something go to the Dr and get checked out!!  The longer you wait, the worse it gets.

 On the way home from the dermatologist...take that skin cancer.

    All that worrying over a few tiny stitches.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

Bridal Veil Falls

                                                        Snuck a pic of the camera man

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Oakley, Utah

This summer we went to Utah for a wedding and family reunion. Oakley is such a beautiful town and I've fallen in love with it. Gorgeous!! And I got to see a moose!!!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Hot Dog Popsicles?

Mallory: Mom, can I have a hot dog?
Me: Sorry, the only hot dogs we have are in the freezer.
Mallory: Oooh, a hot dog popsicle?
Me: Um, I don't think you want that.
Mallory: Please, mom, please?
Me: Okay...

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Mr. and Mrs. Rowley

There was a beautiful lady
as cute as cute could be.
Life was good for her
and her 4 little chickadees.

Sometimes she would get lonely
with no Prince Charming by her side.
She longed for a partner in whom
she could always confide.

Then came a blind date with Darin
her cheeks hurt from laughing with him.
He could finish her sentences
And she knew that this wasn't a whim.

He fit into her family just right.
A puzzle piece snuggled just so.
We cheered when they walked down the aisle
and basked in their astonishing glow.


Saturday, July 16, 2011

Tiger's Quest Book Signing

Since I'm an avid reader, my friend Danielle told me about a book called "Tiger's Curse" that she loved. I devoured it and we both waited impatiently for the second book to come out. The author, Colleen Houck, had a book signing close to our house so we decided to go. It was small and personal which I loved. We were able to ask questions and she told us fun little tidbits about the series. Danielle even won an ARC for the next book which won't be published until December. It was SO good. We brought our oldest girls along with us. Megan is halfway through the book and really enjoying it. If I can't go to India I can't think of a better way to get there than through an amazing story.

Megan made a shirt that said, "Radishes Rock" and the author had a pic taken to put on her blog. Radishes you say? Gotta read the book.

Megan getting her book signed.

Danielle (with the ARC...oooohhhhh), Gabi (won an audio book), and Megan

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Pismo Beach

A couple weeks ago we went to Pismo Beach to go camping. We happily left our 115 degree weather for the 65 degree temperatures in Pismo. It was overcast, windy, and pretty cold. Apparently, we've become wimps. My kids will normally go into the water no matter what the temperature but it was too cold even for them. It was nice camping right by the water though.

This vacation was quite an adventure. Aaron has lots of fun sand toys (it pays to be related to the right people ;) and we all helped hauling them up. Everyone got stuck in the sand multiple times. I was pleasantly surprised to see that people were constantly stopping to help tow other people out of the sand.

The kids loved playing in the sand with their cousins and friends. They didn't seem to care that there was sand in their food, their bedding, their get the picture. But we did have great company and great food!