Wednesday, February 8, 2017


A couple of weeks ago, a portion of the SRU's traveled down to Salt Lake City for a day of sophistication and pure entertainment.  

We attended the theater for a production, and then to the Vivint Arena for some Utah Jazz basketball.           ( #UTAvsIND )
I think it's important to note that this trip tipped off at 9 a.m. and ended the following morning around 1.  I'm not sure there was very much time that passed that we weren't laughing.  I was on poster duty on the drive down to Utah.  Our main goal was to get onto the JumboTron, so much thought and deliberation went into the posters.  I think they were pretty much #onpoint .

Fortunately for us, we had a few minutes between when the play ended and the doors for the game opened.  We took a quick shopping trip to the Gateway Mall.  One of the few stores tough enough to be open "due to weather" was Fanzz.  We dropped in.  

As luck would have it, we found #GordonHayward emoji shirts on sale.  It was very necessary that those gems be in our possession.  They were a HIT with Vivint Arena personnel.

The #UtahJazz did not disappoint--the game was exciting and we made it to the #JumboTron.  (Thank you clearance t-shirts, posters, and sweet dance moves!)

I love my SRU besties (Steph Mc-G, you were dearly missed).  25 years together and still going strong!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

New Member of the Double Digits...

Mulligan finally joined the ranks of Double Digits!  We celebrated his birthday with sugar cookies in his class at school, and then Perkins for dinner--complete with chocolate silk pie.

This guy is sarcastic (I don't know where he gets it!), funny, and athletic.  He loves ESPN, the NBA, NCAA Football, and like his mother, can't wait for March Madness!  He likes to know the stats of his favorite players and teams.  (Which currently include, Ohio State, Stanford, BYU, OU, OKC Thunder, GS Warriors *sigh*, and the Cavs *double sigh*.  He follows Russ Westbrook, Brice Johnson, Blake Griffin, Steph Curry, Kevin D, Gordon Hayward, Jimmer Fredette, Ezekiel Elliot, Taysom Hill, Jamal Williams, & Christian McCaffery just to name a few).

Not only does this child of mine love to watch sports on TV, but he also loves to play sports!  He always has a football or basketball in his hand.  He plays on a city league team, and he is determined to perfect the buzzer beater.  The boys on his team are some of his favorite people.

Interesting fact about Mulli, he has only lost 3 baby teeth.  Yeah.  3.

His only interest isn't just sports, he likes to read too.  Plus, he is a master at the WiiU.

He brings lots of joy and laughter to this house, and we're all grateful to call him ours.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Post Christmas

Since Christmas has ended, Ace and I celebrated 14 years of being married.  That's a really long time.  The good news is, it's been pretty easy.  Ace is a champ for putting up with me and my somewhat crazy ways.  I think having gone through what we did when we added twins to the clan, really helped us put things into perspective as far as our family goes.  Plus, Ace really shined and was a real hero during some of my darker days.  He continues to be my hero every day.

I'd also like to mention that he is so funny.  Not many people get to know his inner funny--but the guy knows how to get me laughing.  I just love him.

For the record, I was up and dressed first.  He copied me.  Ha!!

Other events include our trip to Utah.  Ace's family was there for a baptism.  It was so fun to get to be the W side of the family.  We went to the mall.  We played lots of games.  Mulligan and I were able to go to the Jazz game, and Ace and his dad and brothers went to Top Golf.

It was so great for our children to see their cousins!  They love to play with them and I am grateful for the kind of examples my kids have to look up to in our family!  Cousins are such blessings!

We love the Jazz/Gordon Hayward

Guys.  It's Thrul Bailey.  Thurl!!  I remember watching him play back in the day.


Cousins at the mall

Mall Rats

Friendly Game of Cops and Robbers

Dressing up amp'd their imagination...

Monday, December 26, 2016

I Cry the Day that I take the Tree Down

Just kidding.  I don't cry.

I actually can't wait to get the Christmas tree down.

It's not because I hate Christmas.  I'm not Scrooge.  I love Christmas!  I just don't see the need in having the tree up after the presents are opened.  It no longer has a purpose.  So, my tree comes down Christmas day.  Sometimes, I leave it up until the afternoon, but mostly it's down by 11 a.m.   I love rediscovering the space the tree has been hogging.

People!  It's been up since before Thanksgiving!!  It's fine to take it down. Plus, the spirit of Christmas is not found in the tree!

This year was somewhat of a bonus because church was cancelled due to weather, so my whole house (besides the lights outside) was 100% Christmas decoration free by noon. So refreshing!  

Now, I've got to prepare decorations for basketball season!!  It's the most wonderful time of the year!!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

I F Dental

For the first 3 years of Bogey's life, he was fed mostly though a tube directly into his stomach.  He was not a big fan of eating or drinking though his mouth.  He actually didn't like anything near his mouth.  It seemed that after every surgery on his cleft lip or palate, or flap or whatever, he'd revert back to his "Nothing gets in or out of this mouth" stage.  Brushing his teeth made things much worse.

Needless to say, going to the dentist isn't on Bogey's list of "Fun Things to Do".   He hates it.  As luck would have it, he inherited my stellar genetics of weak teeth.  Up until I was about 21, every time I went to the dentist, I had at least one cavity.  Sometimes I'd walk out of the office with 6 or 7.  I'm pretty sure the dentist I went to rejoiced every time I had an appointment.  He knew he'd be getting a raise that day.

Last time Bogey had cavities, he had them filled while he was getting a cardiac MRI at Stanford.  This time, we didn't have any reason to have anasthesia at Stanford, so we were given two options.

1) Go to Primary Children's and have the cavities filled (which would also require the headache of being evaluated by a dentist down there...) or,
2) Have the cavities filled here at EIRMC (which, last time Bogey was at EIRMC, the ER doctor was using Google to research Bogey's heart condidition and unifocalization surgery).

I am going to be honest here.  While we love Primary Children's hospital for so many reasons, we don't love it for the experience we had when we were there after Bogey's big surgery back in 2012.  I have not set foot on the premises since we left.  Just the mere thought of walking into that lobby pretty much sends me into panic mode.  Yeah, I'm still kind of a mess in my head.

We opted to stay here and take our chances.  (We actually really prayed about it, and honestly felt confident about being here.)  Naturally, I went to my neighbor (the counselor), and cried my eyes out to her in a panic.  She listened to me, assured me Bogey would be fine, and told me not to let my fears overcome my faith.

The morning of the procedure, I felt the familiar wad growing in my stomach.  It only got worse when I learned that they were not going to pre-medicate him before wheeling him back to surgery.  I was so worried about him freaking out.

He did freak out when we seperated, and my heart broke into a million pieces.  I went out to the car, bawled my head off (you know, like I do at the beginning of every surgery he's ever had) and then drove home to check on our other children.  I grabbed a doughnut for Ace on my way back to the hospital and I drank my 3rd Diet Coke.

I paced until the procedure was over.  I felt exactly the same way at both his open heart surgeries, and all of his cleft surgeries.  Time drags on, and I can't sit still.

When we got to Bogey he was waking up, and he threw up.  He's never been able to throw up before. (He has a nissen fundoplication-- the upper curve of the stomach is wrapped around the esophagus and sewn into place--after it was done, the surgeon told us that he'd probably never be able to vomit.)  Fun times.  I mainly add this tidbit for record keeping sake.

We were home by 11 a.m. and it was so nice to be able to be home with all of our kids rather than in a hotel room far away.

I did miss my trip to the Nike store though.

Hopefully we won't have to deal with cavities for a while.

Saturday, December 17, 2016


Other December happenings included the end of the fall basketball session.  I am so sad it's over.

(This may shock some of you, but, sometimes I'm an airhead.  I thought I had scheduled the school gym through March.  That would ensure that we had plenty of time and space for 3 teams to practice.  As it turns out, I only scheduled it through December.  I have no idea why.  Last year I didn't mess up.  I'm going to blame it on the fact that at the same time I was scheduling the gym, I was also scheduling Bogey's Stanford Clinic appointments.)

I loved coaching the Little's, the Middle's and the Big League.  There was lots of talk about "Being the meat",  "No disgusting sandwiches", "Staying away from the hot lava, the danger zone, and no man's land".  We also had conversations of the floor eating feet if they weren't moving.  We also used technical terms like, rebound, offense and defense.  Unfortunately, I did not go undefeated in the Diet Coke races--but we all have room for improvement!

I'm already looking forward to next year.

The Middle's

Big Leagues

The Little's (Not pictured: MB)