Wednesday, January 30, 2008


This past week has not been a typical one, its been one of reflecting and taking a step back to look at life how it is now and what the future holds. With the passing of President Hinckley so suddenly I kept thinking of the joyous reunion he must have had with his wife and other family, fans, and friends. I just picture everyone applauding, kind of a standing novation going on in the spirit world. He truly lived an incredible life, I've been brought to tears a couple of times while reading or hearing stories of him reaching out to people all over the world. It's amazing how many lives he has touched and what a difference he has made in the church and in the world. He is such an inspiration and example.

Another incident that has made me realize just how fragile life can be and how fast things can change took place starting on Saturday night Emmy did not sleep well and her unusual behavior continued on through Monday when I finally took her in to the doctor. All she wanted to do was lay on me, whenever I moved her or laid her down on her back or sat her up to play she would scream and cry. She didn't smile or care for any interaction, she just was not herself. When I took her into the doctor he checked her ears, throat, lungs, and the other typcial things and really all she had was a temp of 100. so, he thought it was just the beginning of a bad cold and sent me to get some motrin to help with the fever. Well, she continued to be very lathargic and feverish, so my dad and neighbor gave her a blessing and the next morning I noticed her little pimple looking dot on her bum that had been there for a couple of days had suddenly grown much bigger and more red, so I made another appointment with the same doctor but couldn't get in until the afternoon. Well, to shorten the story we didn't wait until that appointment because this sore was growing rapidly in just a couple of hours it was noticably harder, hotter, darker, and she was more and more tired, miserable, and her temperature reached 103. So, we ended up at Primary Childrens Hospital in the ER where they determined she had a staff infection called MRSA which I was unaware just how contagous and common this infection is becoming. They had to make an incision to get the puss out and hook her up to all kinds of monitors and give her IV antibiotics and IV fluids cause she would throw up any time I tried feeding her. It was really an awful day, but I just kep thinking how grateful I am for medicine and modern technology. It was rough holding her down while they did some of these things and seeing the pain in her eyes. Somehow we both survived that tramatic experience and we made it through a hard night and day. We were released from the hospital this afternoon and she is doing much much better but still has to take some gross medicine 3 times a day for 10 days and I have to change her dressing a couple times a day. I can't say it enough how grateful I am she is ok and that the doctors were able to determine what needed to be done to get her better. Whew ! I was very scared! Moments like this make me realize I can't take any day for grantide cause you just never know when something can happen.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Sometimes Arizona doesn't sound too bad

Happy Birthday Dad! He turned 62 yesterday and even though he's getting up there, he still loves to play with the grankids. they all absoultely adore him!! and so do we!

Previous sledding trips this winter

We are trying to make the most of this freezing weather, so we went sledding to celebrate Martin Luther King Day! I'm always pleasantly surprised how well Maile does with the cold when we go sledding, of course much longer than an hour and she's done. It was worth the scarey,slippery, sloshy drive down there.

We had some fun runs down the hill, but coming up was a little tricky. My biceps still feel like they've been stabbed after hauling these 2 and a sled up the hill a couple of times.
I promise I'm sitting on a tube in this picture, it's not all my huge body

I love snow pictures with a white background and colorful clothes. Its more fun to look at then actually be in. So, yes as you can tell I am not a huge fan of the cold, so Arizona right now doesn't sound all that bad, come summer I might think other wise.

Monday, January 21, 2008


Neither Maile or I could believe our eyes on Saturday when Christian showed up to supposively pick us up for a little model shoot for Deseret Book magazine and also to bring a big surprise for Maile from their house that they've been getting ready to sell and out jumped Aaron. YEAHHHH!!! When Christian came he said oh but maybe you should come out and see this big thing so I don't have to haul it in in case you don't want it, then I can just take it to DI, well we went outside and there was an enormous box there on the porch and as I went to open it out jumped Aaron, he scared the crap out of Maile and I. It was such a fun surprise, I realize it has only been 2 1/2 weeks but it was soooo goood to see him again. Maile just can't stop talking about Daddy jumping out of the box and scaring us. He could only stay until early this morning, but we all loved it! Maile wanted Daddy to do everything, she wanted nothing to do with me. He had to read, sing, play, hold, and my favorite change her all day. She loved snuggling with him and saying Maile's Daddy then proceed to point out daddy's nose, daddys arm, daddy's head and mouth, etc. it was so fun to see how excited she was to have him home. Emmy even couldn't take her eyes off him when she woke up then she would squeal and flap her hands (it was so cute to watch the girls excitment). Of course I loved every minute he was here too. I honestly felt like we were dating all over again, I was so giddy whenever he would walk in or we would be talking. So, yes the saying is true "absence makes the heart grow fonder". We love you Aaron and had such a great weekend! Thanks for the fun surprise! (I have some fun pictures from the surprise but those will have to wait cause I left my camera at my sisters)

Thursday, January 10, 2008

I just had to give a shout out to Erin and John - CONGRATS! I realilze the wedding was a week ago, so I'm a bit late.

Obviously Erin was very excited since she's flexing every muscle in her neck! jokes It prboably is because it was so freeeezing!!! that day and Erin was out there taking pictures for 1 1/2 hours like these, but it'll all be worth it cause she looked gorgeous!! I decided this is my new favorite wedding dress. With each new wedding I go to I get jealous that when I got married these styles weren't out yet, I feel like mine is already out dated and that was only 3 years ago.It was so fun to have a little reunion with so many high school friends I haven't seen in years.

I also wanted to say thanks to everyone for your sympathy I know I've been a complainer lately. This really is just one of the hardest things I've had to deal with. I feel like I've improved a bit and am snapping out of my depressed mode. I've come up with a little weekly schedule of activities we can do to stay busy, because I've realized that is the key to just stay busy and keep my mind on projects and activites instead of dwelling on being apart from Aaron (not to say that I don't constantly have him on my mind) I just try to keep other things flowing into my brain at the same time. We've used the web camera a couple of times which has been so great for me and the girls to see him. He seems to be doing pretty good. He was in Tuscon for a couple of days then arrived in New Mexico on Monday and has just started into the swing of things. He doesn't love the food, but he says the physical conditioning hasn't been too bad yet and what they learn in class has been interesting to him, so hopefully the food will improve then everything will be all good.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Sum up the month

Happy New Year!

So, I am well aware everyone is sick of looking at the who due, woo do post. I'm sorry, it has just been the craziest month ever I honestly never had time to post anything or check anyone elses blogs. I really kind of missed it, so I'm glad to be back in the blogging world. This past month has been crazy for many reasons. I was such a procrastinator with all my Christmas projects, I did somehow finish them all even if it was the day of Christmas. Even though I wanted to enjoy the Christmas season and all the festivities I couldn't help but always have the big move and changes that would soon come in the back of my mind, but I just couldn't bring myself to start on anything until Christmas was over, so we officially started packing up and making moving plans on the 26th and we had to be out by the 1st, but our goal was the 29th so we could have a couple of fun days before Aaron left. I forgot just how bad I hate moving. Our house turned into such an unorganized disaster for the rest of the week. We tried to leave things out for the girls to play with but it was hard cause Maile was always pulling things out of boxes I already packed and finding so many little hidden treasures around the house that she hadn't seen before and neither had I for the past year. Emmy was spotting any little thing on the ground and putting it in her mouth, so I always had to keep an eye on her. We just kept commenting on how much we have accumulated in the past year and a half with what started out with 6 duffel bags from Hawaii we managed to fill a huge storage room with tons of boxes, furniture, toys, clothes, and that is after throwing a dumpster worth of things away and taking a trip to D.I. It was nice to get rid of so much junk, but it sure was annoying and a whole lot more work than I had planned. But, yes we finally got everything packed up and cleaned late Saturday night, so these last couple days we have had a good time, although it was hard not to constantly be thinking about Aaron leaving for 5 months. I honestly don't think my body has a tear left to cry. I couldn't help but just tear up whenever him and Kamaile were playing (okay so I lied here come more tears) or when he was being so cute with Emmy. But, yes January 2nd has arrived, the day I've been dreading for the past month. I know Aaron has it worse since he is leaving everything and everyone, but this is really killing me. Kamaile was asleep by the time we got to the airport so they didn't say good bye, which is probably a good thing cause I don't think I would have even been able to drive home after witnessing that, but she has asked "where is Daddy a couple of times" and wanted to play her hiding game, so she'll say "hurry hide Daddy's coming" when she heard anyone upstairs and I loose it every time then she says don't be sad mommy. Ooooohhhhh, I just hope this is the worst of it cause as you can tell, I'm kind of a wreck right now and writing about it has only made it worse, so I'll stop whining to you all. We did get some web camera's for Christmas, so hopefully that will help to see him every day. Sorry this is such a sob post, but that is what's going on in our lives

Here are some pictures from Christmas. It was our first Christmas sleeping at our own house and the first Christmas Kamaile started to really catch on to the Santa thing - it was a lot of fun!

Growing up each of us took a picture with all our presents, I always liked that, so we've kept that tradition going. I think Emmy liked it too.

Even though Emmy was very content with just wrapping paper, I think she'll love these things, or at least I will.

As excited as Aaron looks, he really did love the surprise Santa brought for him - a Nano. Santa can never seem to surprise him, but I think he was actually surprised by that present, I guess he has figured out that you can't go wrong with electronics.Santa really spoiled me this Christmas with a sewing machine, bedding, a magic bullet, and some other great things. It was a very Merry Christmas
Kamaile is really turning into a little girly girl. Her favorite presents were her purses, make up and princess phone. oh and of course treats.
We had to set the timer on the mailbox for this one, so it isn't the greatest picture, but it was the greatest house. It was really hard to pack up and leave, it has been so perfect for us.