Friday, November 28, 2008

Man, I Stink

Ok, I know what everyone is thinking "Why doesn't she take a shower?". I don't stink in a physical way, I just realized that I haven't blogged in over a week, and I think that is stinky. In my defense, I don't have much exciting to talk about. I don't even have any cute new pictures of Will. I have two full weeks left of classes before my semester is over, so mostly I have been trying to write the papers I need to write, and study for my tests so I can pass and become an RN.

As a matter of fact I just finished the STUPIDEST paper I have written in my whole school life (including grades k-12 and my first 5.5 years of undergraduate school). The sad thing is the paper can't be more than 20 pages and I am afraid that it will be more than 20 pages before it is all over. It is a group paper and there are four of us working on it. Only two of us have finished our parts, and it is 14 pages. Oops. It is a Community Survey. We had to choose a community (Prairie Village, KS was our chosen community) and then answer all these STUPID questions. Here is a small sample of the stuff I just wrote about: discuss the role of environmental sanitation department, list three leading industries, what is the unemployment rate of this community, describe the types of housing in this community, discuss currrent redevelopment plans in this community. What does any of that have to do with nursing school? I did the stupid project and don't feel it helped me in school at all. I just wasted 3-4 hours of my day that I could have used to study for my critical care test. I think i'll go study for my critical care test now. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


This morning I was cold. I get dressed in the closet because Matt is
sleeping and I'm trying to not wake him up and be rude. I put on a
sweatshirt that isn't terribly cute while trying to decide what to
wear. I ended up wearing the less than cute sweatshirt because I was
too warm to change. It made me laugh. That is all.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Will's 2 Year Check Up

So Will turned 2 almost a month ago. He had his 2 year checkup on Tuesday. Oh My Goodness. It was a DISASTER. Will was so cute at first, but he wouldn't stand on the scale long enough to get his height. He weighs 32lbs. Super awesome boy! When we went to the room and he had to get measured he kicked and screamed. You would have thought someone was killing him. I was so embarrassed. Then he had to get undressed to see the doctor. His new favorite word is "NO!" He yells it and usually hits you when saying it. Needless to say I got hit lots on Tuesday. He did well when the doctor looked into his ears (surprisingly) but once she tried to take off his diaper to check his femoral arteries and see how his penis looked, he FREAKED out. He thrashed and screamed and he almost kicked the doctor in the face.

When the girls came in to give him his shots they said "He's so cute and so loud." They could hear him screaming and thrashing out at the desk. Then we had to go get a lead level drawn. Some other people in the lab waiting room just cooed over how cute he was. The lab draw ladies, however, had heard about his ability to kick and scream. It's like he was infamous. He just cried and cried and cried during and after they took his blood. The good thing was he fell asleep in the car on the way home and had a two hour nap.

The craziest thing was that the nurse was concerned about his weight. He had only gained 6lbs in the last 6 months. She said he was only in the 85th percentile and was concerned that he wasn't eating three meals a day at regular intervals. Either she had never had children or her kids were older and she blocked out memories of her children at 2. Toddlers eat whenever they are hungry or whenever they want. Will almost never eats three meals a day, and he is very much not on a regular eating schedule. Also, kids don't gain 12lbs a year, so there is nothing wrong with Will only gaining 6lbs in 6 months. I know a girl at school who's 4 year old daughter weighs less than Will.

The terrible twos have hit. He can be so ornery. It's a good thing he's so stinking cute!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Root Canal and other Daily Things

Today I started my day off with a 9am root canal. I went to see the dentist this summer sometime (or maybe it was even earlier in the year - I know it was 2008 for sure though) and he told me I needed some fillings replaced, etc. He submitted the work needed to my insurance company and I got an estimated statement of $300 for my part of the bill if I got all the work done. Matt and I consulted and decided I would wait until after school was over to get my teeth fixed because of the money commitment. That backfired. I began having some pain a couple of weeks ago and figured out I had an infection in one of my teeth. I got an antibiotic from the dentist, went to see him, and was referred to the endodontist for my root canal. I am TERRIFIED of the dentist and any procedures that might take place in the dental chair. I was not excited about the root canal, but i'm not crazy enough to think that my tooth will get better.

The dentist put some topical numbing stuff on my tooth and gums before he inserted the needle into my cheek for the local anesthetic and I thought that was mighty kind of him. That did not stop me from freaking out though. When he turned the drill on, I started to cry. It was very odd. They put this plastic covering over my mouth that I assume was open at the back so he could get to my one tooth without the others interferring. Maybe it was to keep the tooth dust from going down my throat. All I know is that "balloon" covering my mouth combined with the sound of the drill freaked me out. I didn't cry long and I didn't hyperventillate, so that was good. However, I did leak a few tears before I got myself under control. I even got to see the root that they pulled out. It was COOL and tiny. Way more tiny than I could have ever imagined. The whole thing only took about 10 mintues once he started drilling. It wasn't too bad, although I hope I can avoid another root canal in the future.

I do get to have a return appointment on December 5th to put in a permanent spacer where they took out the root. They put in something to sterilize the area for now since I did have an infection in there earlier. Then they will put permanant place holders in and my main dentist will cover the holes with something more permanant too. The whole process is three visits. I could have taken care of this all in one visit if I had just gone back to the dentist earlier in the year. I have learned my lesson. Oh, and the root canal costs about $1000. However, the antibiotic and Motrin 800mg that I got from the pharmacy today cost $0.78 together. That was so cool. The pharmacy lady told me how much and I said "For Real?" It was pretty funny.

I ended my day today by being inducted into the International Honors Society for Nursing called Sigma Theta Tau. It was a neat ceremony and it didn't last too long. Oh, and the snacks afterwards were great. They had fresh fruit skewers that were awesome. I didn't realize you could get watermelon and pineapple that tasted so good in November.

The middle of my day today was spent studying, napping, and watching The Lion King with Will. He loves that movie and goes around saying "Duba" which means Simba all the time. If he dosen't have his Lion King book he gets really upset. He actually watched The Lion King twice today. I'm such a bad mom. I put Will in front of the TV and turn on a movie he likes. This morning Glen Beck, an LDS conservative talk radio guy, was talking about how we need to turn off the TV and spend time with our kids. Obviously I didn't take his advice today. In my defense, I had lots of homework, some of which I got done while Will was watching The Lion King the second time. The first time I laid down for a rest while Will watched the movie. The second time he sat next to me on our bed while I did homework and he colored and watched it. There was some child/parent interaction. I even danced with him during the Hakuna Matata song. That boy loves to dance.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


I am a bit disappointed in our nation as a whole, but I cannot say that I am very surprised. I wish President Elect Obama all the best and pray that he will lead our country in the way it should go.

What I am pretty upset about is the political reporting of last night. It was barely 10pm here in Independence and the polls in California had just closed and were not even reporting yet when the Associated Press (liberal hacks) announced that Obama had won the election. I'm fine with him winning the election, but don't declare him the winner at 10:02pm when we all know that if McCain had been ahead at 10pm the liberal media would have NOT declared a winner until all the votes were in from every state. I GET SO MAD when the media reporting is OBVIOUSLY and blatently left wing. They were smiling and almost celebrating at 10pm. I realize that they were correct and that Obama won but I think the media should wait a bit longer before declaring a winner. They gave Ohio to Obama when only 12% of their voting places were even reporting. It just makes me mad.

WARNING* the following thoughts mix religion and conservative politics.
On a different note, Matt and I were talking about how I was sure that Heavenly Father wouldn't allow our great nation to fall apart and be destroyed. However, I had a thought about the pride cycle that happens so often in the Book of Mormon. Maybe even though there are righteous people in America pride is a bit out of control and we need to be knocked down a notch. 9-11 only brought our nation back to Heavenly Father for a year or two. Maybe we need some hard times and not as good leadership to remind us who is in charge and to get us back on the track that as a nation we need to be on. The thought I had in the shower this morning was that maybe this is just a sign of the second coming getting closer. All I know is that I will feel much better when I graduate and have a job so we can get a years supply of food going. I don't want to be caught unprepared for the disasters ahead.

Maybe there won't be any disasters and President Elect Obama will be the best president we have had in a long time. I can hope, but I don't have much hope. I do know that I will support my political leaders, ones I voted for and ones I did not vote for. As Article of Faith 12 says "We belive in being subject to kings. presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law." I will pray hard, keep my nose clean, and wait to see what happens.

Monday, November 3, 2008


Our Halloween was not nearly as exciting as my friend Suzzanne, who is living in Nottingham, England right now. William and I went to Boo at the Zoo on Saturday the 25th. He dressed up as Darth Vader and carried his Darth Vader head as his candy catcher. It was WAY cute. It was kind of crazy though, because there were bees everywhere at the entrance of the Zoo. This little kid got stung on the face by a bee. It was crazy. This is Will blocking the way of the kid who got stung.
William was really tired and so I gave him his binky to calm him down. We waited for Donald and Michelle at the front entrance. This is Will sitting with his Chewbacca and his binky waiting for Donald and Michelle.
When they got there, we went into the zoo and hung around in line for movie passes waiting for Matt. They also had chocolate milk and milk nog, so we got some. If you have never had milk nog, it's half egg nog and half milk. I like it better because it isn't as heavy.This is Will with his chocolate milk mustache.

When Matt got there we went to the parade. All the kids lined up and marched to some music. It was soooooo cute. Matt and Will got distracted by the sea lions who's enclosure they were supposed to be marching around, so I didn't get any pictures from that, but it was still cute.

We just wandered around going to the tables that had candy. Will tried to say "Trick or Treat" but it came out "teet". It was cute. The zoo had a haunted pirate ship in the old gorilla enclosure. They really went all out. It was very cool.This is the entrance with a skeleton. This is the shark on the haunted pirate ship who has a skeleton in it's mouth.

We stopped to pat the Buddha's belly and pose with him.Will patting Buddha's belly like Daddy showed him.
Will posing with Donald and Buddah. You can't tell, but Will is folding his arms just like Donald.
On our way out of the zoo we stopped by a table that had a warthog painted behind the table. Will ran over to it and called it "Pum" because it looked like Pummba from The Lion King. It was so cute.

At the exit they had tractors that kids were pedling. Will was too little to be able to pedal the tractor himself so Matt and I took turns pushing him around. It was pretty hard because you had to bend over so far plus you had to steer while pushing. Will enjoyed it though, so that is all that matters.After the pushing and trick or treating it was time for a snack. Even Darth Vader has to have a snack. Darth Will had juice and a candy bar. It was the only time I could keep Will's "hat" on because it was too big and had no way to stay on his head.
This is Darth Will wiping his face after his snack. Just because he is a super villan doesn't mean he can't be clean, right?
On Wednesday night we went to my in-law's ward's Trunk or Treat. My father in law went way crazy and decorated his truck to the hilt. It was so awsome. He was the only one that got crazy. There were only two other cars that bothered to do any decorations at all. Maybe Dale will have inspired others to decorate next year. I guess we will see.
This is the driver of the truck.

On Halloween night Will and I picked up my friend Dave and drove out to his sister, Trisha's house. Trisha has three kids, the youngest of which thinks Will is his best friend. We went Trick or Treating with them. I left my camera at home that night by accident, so I don't have any pictures of the event. Dave's mom Patty took her camera though, so I bet I could get some from her.

After the first few houses Will got the hang of it and didn't need me to hold his hand. He would run up to the houses with the other kids and elbow his way to the front of the line. A couple of times I thought he was going to go into the houses, he got so close. He and Brady (the three year old) ran around through the neighborhood. After a while Will wanted to eat candy and wasn't as interested in getting more candy. He was so overwhelmed, but it was great. I hope we can go next year too.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Will's Second Birthday

This year, on October 18, we had Will's birthday part at Deanna Rose Farmstead (just like last year because it's free and fun). We ended up with a big group. My friend Dave brought his sister and her three kids so there would be kids closer to Will's age than just us boring adults. My mom was in town so that was great too, because she missed Will's first birthday. My mom, my sister-in-law Meghann, and I got to the Farm about 11:30 am and the part started at 1pm. The reason we got there so early was that we wanted to get a place to sit. Last year there were tons of people having parties and this year there were less picnic tables to have a party on so I wanted to make sure we got a good spot. We really didn't sit very long after decorating before people started arriving. This one family was looking for a place to sit and their youngest kid thought our cake was cool and tried to grab it. I yelled at him and scared him. I didn't mean to, but we put lots of work into that cake and I didn't want it ruined by some kid I didn't even know.

Will got lots of cool presents, including a guitar, a piano, Abbie Cadabbie and Elmo dolls, and Star Wars toys. His favorite toys right now are the Star Wars ones. He calls Chewbacca "Gaca" and R2D2 is "2". It's really cute.This is the Leap Pad my mom got him. Abbie and Elmo. He loves them soooooooo much.
The Star Wars Toys. You can't really see them but there was Darth Vader, Boba Fett, A Storm Trooper, Yoda, R2D2, C3PO, and Chewbacca. He has only managed to lose the Storm Trooper so far.