Thursday, August 27, 2009
Our Self Propelled Hoover Windtunnel was laid to rest last weekend. It was a good little vacuum with a lot of spirit. It was a hard worker who loved to dig deep and pull up that dirt! (though the red marks on all the base boards will not be missed!)
Sadly, it's on/off mechanism has been shot for months, and early friday morning it's suction gave up. In the non-licensed emergency rescue efforts, were Heather & Cody. They desperately spent hours trying to revive the sturdy little vacuum, but alas, the last of it's belts broke and that was all she wrote!
Hoover was laid to rest at a neighbors yard sale with a couple of it's brand new bags, in hopes of earning their teenage sons choir costs & someone who wanted to repair further to take pity on poor Hoover.
Fickle as Heather and Cody are, they needed a replacement as soon as possible to finish their project of re-organizing the Home School room, so Hoover was replaced within hours.
Eureka! is right! This baby is just what the Dr. Ordered!
All contained on-board tools, telescoping wands built in for ease of never having to bend down to use attachments again!
The Photo says it all!
Push button cord rewind that ALL the children in the home quarrel over who gets to do it next!
Extending handle to meet the various height requirements of the household.
Serious HEPA filters for the allergies that prevail...
And best of all... a removable self contained canister where the dirt collects, & is taken outside & dumped after each use! No more puffing dirt bags as we go!
We are sad to have lost such a hardworking member of the household... but feel deeply grateful for the times we have shared. We look forward to the new model fitting in nicely... and especially 30% off suggested retail price! *GRIN*
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Well... the kids have been in school for a week. In that week Bubba and I have re-organized the office/homeschool room, did some online searches, got him on the waiting list for k12 and signed him up for Time 4 Learning. He has played on that everyday - Science, Math, Language, Spelling, Social Studies etc! They have Units and he has been doing one unit in each subject everyday. He LOVES it! Then they have "playground" with literally a hundred of more games he can play. The trial run ends in a week... but I think it is a keeper! I get all these fancy reports on how he is doing too! LOVE IT!
Cody also has been working on his book he started writting last school year. He is a little bummed out that I won't let him type it up yet... it is his handwritting practice! *grin* Maybe if I can get him to journal more I would let him... we'll see.
We also built a "weather station" out of a soda pop bottle for the rain storm he heard was coming. It was really fun! I just enjoy him so much!
Monday, August 24, 2009
THANKYOU so very much for all the well wishes. My heart is so full! Really? I just feel really silly..."Hello...My name is Heather and Yes! I shot myself with my son's epipen!" LOL.
I can't help but feel dumb, but am trying to not. In my Priesthood Blessing I was told that this was not a freak accident and that it happened for a purpose... Honestly I don't wonder if maybe it had not have happened if Cam would have needed it and it would have malfunctioned then and then I would have been no help to him AND his medicine would be gone!? Not a fun thought process... but a miracle all in and of itself to think about.
At any rate, it is all over now, and I am feeling better by the hour. I am exhausted (yet not sleepy :P) and have some stiff muscles, my heart still aches some (I think it's from the scar tissue inside my heart being stretched with a rapid heart rate), the back of my head has a sore spot (concrete really *is* quite hard... did you know?) and my thumb, of course, is tender! I keep forgetting (as it is my right hand thumb that I need for more things than I realize! *giggle*) and using it... but it is progressively less tender this evening. It is still a bit numb on one side...but I think it is the side that it hit the bone on...so I wonder if there isn't some nerves that need to heal.
Can I just express the deep gratitude I feel for this life of mine? I can't even begin to explain how humbled I am that I get to stay here with my husband and kids. I am so lucky to have them! I had been playing into the pity party of life the last few weeks and suddenly none of the trivial FLUFF matters like it did!
I am married to a good man. He loves me deeply and fully. He is a human man, and makes mistakes, JUST LIKE ME. But he is also a tender, loving, spiritual being. He is a faithful son of God. And he is mine :)! I get to keep him for eternity if I quit trying to be hurt/picked on/taken for granted etc. Sheesh! What a tangled mess of lies the deceiver whispers into hearts!
I can't imagine my life without him... and my life is eternity. I saw a quote in an article I read in the Ensign this morning... it was in the middle of a paragraph... but is hit home in my soul.
Today is PART of eternity.
Why do I not live as if I was already there? Why do I not treat my sweetheart and kids and myself for that matter as if I was already there? I know "home is heaven on earth"... but I like Today is part of Eternity much better. THAT is what makes my home a heaven on earth. It's all in how I treat it... in my perspective and attitude!
I am writing this here in the hopes I will re-read it often to remember!
And thank you again, my dear friends and family, for EVERYTHING!! I am SO VERY BLESSED!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Right after it happened it turned a deathly greyish white color, I had NO movement in it... and it was completely numb. They had been keeping hot towels on it, but even after 4 hours in the hospital it was still not changing much in color and there was the chance I could loose the tip of my thumb if the blood did not come back soon. (*fabulous* ((insert rolling eyes)) ) They spread a medication on it used to dilate blood vessels to see if it would stimulate blood flow on the inside from the outside. An hour later it did gain a tiny bit of color so they let me come home since everything else was stabilized...as long as we swore we would come back if it didn't improve.
Friday, August 21, 2009
I am tired. Yet again... here I am... my heart acting up. *sigh* Will I ever be completely at peace with having to slow down now and again? Will it ever not completely bum me out to feel like I am treading water and just can't catch my breath? I still feel completely and utterly thankful that I am no longer going into full A-fib and have to go the hospital etc. I *truly* am SO SO SO thankful. I just wonder about the disappointment I feel each time I digress. Will I ever find joy in the journey during these times? Instead of feeling so let down and discouraged?
Why is it that your health is not something we rejoice in each day it is fabulous... and only notice that we *have* good health when it is gone?
These are the quandries I am exploring as I now go to lay down... yet again. *sigh*
I am blessed. I am blessed. I am blessed!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Hi! We, at the newly named Dorius Academy, (lol), are glad to be back at it! We have had a fabulously lazy summer, partly due to no funds to do anything, and partly due to how very busy I have been with Real Estate (which is starting to remedy the prior). We have not done anything to prepare for the new school year yet, though we are trying!
Cody and I spent today trying to get our home school room/JWD office organized and re-arranged. Sadly... our vacuum bit the dust and after over an hour of trying and failing, we are graciously allowing the blessed appliance to enjoy it's demise and withdrawing some savings to go get a new one. Nothing fancy today... but at this point anything is better than nothing! LOL
Tomorrow we are starting review in his workbooks from last year. This is the curriculum we have. *grin* We are on the waiting list/waiting for approval for k12, an online/at home program that will give Cody all his grades school work etc for us to do here at home. We are excited.
He has also signed up for some part time classes at the charter school in the mean time as well. He will be taking: Violin, Art, Science Lab, Computer Lab, Creative Writing (the Novel way) and Reader's Theatre. He will be gone all day on Tuesday for that! It is shaping up to be a wonderful school year!
Emma and Cam both decided to return to public school this year. I am happy for them, and know it is what they need. :) We will miss them... but I know they will do awesome!
As far as an update, Cody is doing marvelously! I can barely believe the change in him. His Father in Heaven sure knows what he needs. Though I had many treat me like I had 6 heads for pulling him out of public school to "improve his social skills", by following that prompting we have seen tremendous results. Cody is articulate, social, the comedian he used to be, interactive and is enjoying exploring who he is and what he wants. I am so thankful we were drawn to this decision. I have my Bubba back!
Hi! So... my friend Amy and I have this thing with sharing great recipes. I don't know! We just love good food that makes us happy! We like making things up and re-visiting old family favorites! So, since she is so far away we thought with a blog we could both author we could share our recipe's and it would be the best and most oragnized... plus we get to play with our other passion which is taking pictures! *grin*
...and since I know, if you are ANYTHING like me and can always use new recipes, I thought someone out there might enjoy it. It is still a work in progress...so put it on your fav's list and check back often! *grin*
Thanks Amy for starting this for us! I am really excited to have it all in one place! Now... I need your french bread recipe! LOL
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Emmalee and I were invited to a "Girls Night Out" at my Mom's with my Sisters and niece. We had a good time! I wish I had brought my camera! :( Oh well... I still captured some good moments on my phone!
We ate Pizza and M&M cookies, we played cards and then decided to venture out!
Isn't she one of the cutest babies you have ever seen!?!
We took Emma to find a couple of school shirts at midnight *grin*
Aunt Jenny found this "steal" for $1!! Before you know it, after many a giggle... yep. You guessed it... we talked the night crew into letting us try things on...
YIKES! I am thinkin' this one, orange OR green is a no! Bwahahaha!!
Hmmm... which one should I pick??
What do you think Emma??
Uh... not sure... but I am having dressing room flash backs! LOL
Drying my toes!
Painting Ma's Blue! Her first time blue! LOL
Emma's are black with kitty head cross bones :)
The gecko? Well he is doing great! We had him in a 29 gallon old fish tank that I got off of Freecycle.com. Jess had built a wood lid for it and we tried our best to keep it closed properly - though he did escape one evening - only to be located under the picture on the wall above his cage the next night! (to which Bubba responded "man! He's lazy!" LOL)
It is a fancy oasis! It has gauges to monitor his moisture and his temp, and he LOVES the palm trees to climb on!
Last weekend we were blessed to be offered the use of a bobcat from Jestin's dad's work. It wasn't going to be used that morning and we jumped! We have not been able to park our camp trailer, or any other vehicle for that matter, on our RV pad because of continual flooding. We brought it home late friday night and Jess ran it a few times pulling up the top layer of dirt so we could bring in gravel... it was after 10 pm so I asked him to wait and do it in the morning. I wish I had just kept quiet...
This is what we woke up to...
It was flooded from the front yard to the back... and it was DEEP.
The neighbors homes were flooded too all up the street...
"Grandma" next doors RV pad
And the grass behind her fence! She said it *never* dries out anymore!
Can you believe that?? This is joy of a Fieldstone Home. They don't care at all for "doing it right"... only in making their buck. We called Spanish Fork city to ask about drains... and they told us there is nothing we can do. So we are not sure where to go from here. We can't very well ask our back neighbors to NOT water their grass... but there are GALLONS and GALLONS running into our yards (4-5 homes total) and down the gutter drain as it rushes over our sidewalks! That is a lot of $$ for them to be wasting! It is a mess!!
And it WAS a mess! Jess tried his best to drain as much as he could. Then he ran the bobcat while I desperately tried to shovel the edges out so he wouldn't slip and slide into the fence when he got too close! Finally I sent out a plea on Facebook and had some great neighbors come to my rescue. The mud was just too heavy for me to do alone... and we were suppose to be able to be done by noon and be on the road to Ely. *sigh* We finally left by 5pm... but it would have been MUCH later if it had not been for our great friends and neighbors!
The boys all tooks turns riding with Daddy once he was done in the mud and just moving gravel.
Caleb was IN his element! Jestin too!
He did not want to get out!
He is his father's son that is for sure!
Bubba enjoyed it too!
Two big loads of dirt to the clean fill! Yeah!