Thursday, May 29, 2008

Show your pearly whites Seth!

Yesterday we took Seth to the dentist. It is actually the second time he's been. All of the kids went a month or so ago for a cleaning, and that was Seth's first experience w/ the dentist. He did fairly well, but was very unsure. Seth has never had enamel on one of his front teeth. I guess it's something that occurred in the womb when his teeth buds were forming. It wasn't really noticeable at first , but as he's gotten older it's become easier to see and a little bothersome (mostly to me!) When we'd go in to get pictures taken I'd get comments like, "Oh, don't choose that one, look he's got food on his tooth." It was also softening and starting to decay, so it was important it be taken care of anyway. So, yesterday was the big day and I'm happy to report that Seth did really well! He sat very still while they put a little white filling over the area and followed every request that was made of him such as; turn your head this way just a little, open wide like an alligator, etc. He was very trusting (much more so than his first visit) and held the dentist's wrist the whole time. It was quite cute to watch. When it was done, the dentist and the assistant commented that 3 year olds don't generally respond as well as Seth did, so I was happy with our little Sethy! They handed him a mirror to look at his new tooth, but he wasn't too interested and kindly pushed the mirror away. He was more interested in getting his little treat bag they had prepared for him. Here is a before and after picture and one that was just too cute not to share.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Memorial Day 2008

First off, I wanted to thank you all again for your prayers in our behalf and your nice comments to us in response to our last post. It really touched us and we feel so thankful for supportive and loving family and friends.

We had a nice Memorial Day weekend and hope you guys did too! We left Friday evening for an overnight camping trip w/ 3 other families from our ward. We went to a campsite in Garden Valley called Hot Springs. I really didn't want to go on this camp out at first, but am so glad that I did. Mark was very sweet and tried to make it as comfortable for me as possible. We had fun getting to know some friends from our ward a little better. All of the kids had a great time together also. Right across the street and near the river was a little hot spring that the kids loved getting in. That, and hiking the tall hill behind the campsite, provided most of the entertainment for the kids. We came home a dirty mess, and I hear that's the sign of a successful camping experience. Unfortunately, we only took a few pictures of the kids in the hot spring.

Ella got eaten alive on her forehead and scalp by mosquitoes (and possibly a spider) and has had some swelling in her face the past couple of days. On Sunday her eyes were almost swollen shut. She still has some swelling, but I think it's gone down a bit. Whenever she gets any kind of bite, she seems to get this way, it's just never been in her face before. I guess she's really allergic.

On Sunday evening Seth started throwing up and Mark and I didn't feel that good either. He spent the night throwing up and on Monday seemed a bit better, no throwing up, just low in energy and no appetite. Mark worked on the lawn on Monday and I spent the day trying to get caught up on laundry from camping and a throwing up toddler. Mark also managed to finish putting together this airplane teeter totter we got for the kids a while back at CostCo. They loved it and I'm hoping it'll provide some outdoor entertainment for the kids this summer. Mark is getting our backyard in tip top shape and he has set up our old trampoline for the kids too. Thanks dear!

Memorial day evening we went to the cemetery to Bob's grave to take some flowers. It is always so beautiful and peaceful there. They really do a nice job at keeping it nice year round, but this time of year is especially beautiful! We were glad to be able to go. This Wednesday would have been Bob's 37th birthday, so there's always two reasons we go at Memorial Day. It was a nice long weekend and we always enjoy having Mark around for an extra day too! Once again, we didn't take any pictures. I'll post the few we have from the weekend though.

Thursday, May 22, 2008


I feel so blessed to report that all checked out well in our ultrasound this morning. I couldn't help but get teary eyed during my appointment, I felt so grateful and so much comfort. The cyst the baby had was gone, like they thought and we hoped it would be. The ultrasound tech was a lady I never have had before and she was another answer to my prayers. She was so nice and thorough and explained as she went and was very reassuring, just the type of lady I needed doing the scan. I'm always so anxious, so she was great for me and put up w/ all of my worries and questions very well. They re-checked lots of different parts of the baby and things seemed to look as they should. He's still a boy, that was good to hear, and it was fun to watch his movements and to see his facial features again. Thanks for your prayers in our behalf, we appreciate it and I know I can feel the difference.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Mother's Day 2008

Happy Mother's Day to all of you mothers out there. I hope your day was special, mine sure was. Church was great, as usual, and I got to spend the day w/ Mark and the kids. What more could I ask for?! Maybe to see my mom(s) since it was Mother's Day, well I got to do that too! My mom and grandma came over for a roast dinner, which Mark did ALL of the work for. It was super yummy and it was good to spend a little time with them. We went over to Gunnersons' house in the evening for pie and visited w/ the brothers and sisters there and also celebrated Dorothy Gunnerson's b-day. It's alway nice to be in their home. We saw Mom Bishop on Saturday evening and gave her a little remembrance. It's very hard to fit in seeing 4 moms in one day! RaNae Parker was out of town so I didn't get to see her, or talk to her even, so that made me sad. I tried calling on the run and both Mark's and my cell phones were dead. I hope she had a good day though! I love all of the mothers in my life and am so thankful for each of them. They are each so wonderful and I learn a lot from their examples. I'm not sure how I got so lucky. I'm also very grateful for the chance I have to be a mother. It is what I have always wished for, and I'm blessed to have the wish come true. The fact that my kids are awesome makes it that much sweeter. I really do love each of our children tons, they keep teaching me while I try to teach them. Mark made the day very special for me. He's always so thoughtful, my favorite are his heartfelt cards. I love the things he writes to me. Anyway, here are a few quick pictures. We have a tradition to take pictures before church of the kids and I on Mother's Day. Last year we didn't, and I really missed it. So here are this year's pictures and one of me and my mother from two years ago.