Thursday, November 19, 2009

I found this project on another blog and thought they were a super cute and fun idea! Brent sisters and I got together and made them for teacher gifts. They hold sticky notes. I am also going to find a pen that I can coordinate to go with them. The stand is a photo frame and under a dollar a piece to buy. Use some fun paper and slip inside the photo frame and embellish. Super easy!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Okay if any of you know our family we ALWAYS get strep. Whenever I hear that someone has strep around town I all of a sudden go into constant panic. Sometimes I wonder if their throats hurt because of the power of suggestion. So recently I have tried to not get so worked about it and just move on.

Weston had basketball try outs and only had one week to show the coach all of his basketball skill. So when he started complaining about his throat hurting I thought I had better just get him checked out since he is the one that always has it. He didn't have a fever or normal chills so I thought I may be over reacting. Nope he tested positive for it. I had him take his medication and thought okay lets move on.

Then the last week Ashtyn and Trett have complained of their throats hurting. But when I would ask them later in the day they would say they were just fine. I sent them to school and Ashtyn played two championship games on Saturday. No real signs of step that we are use to. So once again I decided to take Ashtyn in and have her tested and at the last minute I checked Trett out of school and thought lets test him too. Sure enough positive. Well Trett has no signs that he is sick he is running jumping wrestling ect... He woke up early this morning dressed and begged me to get him to school early so he could play football. I was short one dose of him having it for 24 hours and since he had no fever I thought he is fine to go to school. Before I know it the school calls me and the nurse explains that they have to have 24 hours of medication before they can return. I explain to her that in a few hours he will have had his medication for 24 hours. She proceeds to tell me that he needs to be picked up. Yes I know that I should have waited and sent him tomorrow but I have already received the letter from the school saying he has missed way too many days. (Due to all the eye stuff) Embarrassed I go and check him out. I then remember that I have recieved letters stating that they do not have a birth certificate for him. I explain that they told me this last year and I brought one in. I remember because I had to reorder one. It scares me a bit that they have misplaced his birth certificate. So I try hard not to sound like the woman scorned and let them know my concerns. Back to the nurse. She just rubs me the wrong way. First with Weston she tested his hearing way back in first grade. She called to tell me he didn't pass. No big surprise to me. Then she says he has hearing loss that most men have that have been to war. And then asks me if he is around loud music and gunshots a lot. HUH? Yep we are usually found on our back porch shooting our guns with the music blaring. Then when Ashtyn gets up there she calls and tells me that Ashtyn has to have her chicken pox immunization. I explain to her we were no giving it to her and I wanted to wait and see if she would get the chicken pox. She then tells me that if I don't immunize her that if anyone at school comes down with the chicken pox in the entire school Ashtyn would have to be out for so many weeks. Due the fact that Ashtyn was struggling I thought a few weeks out of school would do her in. I crumbled and gave in. Two weeks later my boys all came down with the chicken pox. If only I would have waited. Now thinking of it why didn't the nurse insist that Wes get it too? Also when I went in to talk to her about Tretts eye loss she brought up Weston's hearing problem. I feel like the most terrible mother around this woman. Yes Weston can't hear high pitch sounds. I took him to a specialist and he said, Oh they must be doing testing at school. She is concerned about that but what about her part when my son is blind in one eye and she doesn't even catch on during her eye exams? So here is my question. Am I mad and embarrassed I got caught sending Trett to school short of one dose? He has been going to school the last week in the same condition. Am I trying to justify my actions? Does the nurse have it out for me? If I would have left Trett home Brent would have given me a hard time for letting him stay. I know I shouldn't have sent him. Right ow he is outside doing chores to earn money, playing basketball and having the best time of his life. I realize I too don't want my kids next to the sick ones. But I dunno I guess I was just embarrassed.

Friday, November 13, 2009

With everything going up (including the cute kiddo's) I was determined to keep down our gas/electric bill. The electric company will average out your last years bill and then every month instead of it going up or down you pay the same every month. Then if you go over, your bill will be higher for the next 12 months. I knew since we added on to the house our bill getting larger was inevitable. I really wanted to try to keep it where we were currently at and not go up another fifty dollars. So this past year I tried really hard to keep the bill down. I even remember some hot late afternoon getting ready to make dinner and dreading the thought of turning on the oven because I didn't want to add to the heat (yes we BBQ A LOT). Then I would be grateful for not being a pioneer woman in a long sleeved shirt, long full skirt, lots of undies under neath and how they had to start a fire just to cook. Believe me I think that if I lived in the desert and lived back then I would definitely be "Washing my laundry" everyday down at the creek, shoes off feet in the water and skirt scantily hiked to my knees. I thought I should just stop whining. Well the time has come for the truth. Not only did I keep it where we are currently at but we dropped another fifty dollars!!! I can't take all the credit we did get more insulation on the house. Yeah I am so happy!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Trett as a girl
(Ella in four years)


Ashtyn and Wes

Of course all the Halloween stuff was on clearance. I got these wigs for $1.50 each and knew the kids would have a ball with them. TOO FUNNY!

Carving Pumpkins

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Trick or Treat

Ashtyn was NERD
Trett was a SUN DEVIL FAN
Wyatt a NINJA
Wes showed up in his hunting clothes and was a HUNTER
We went Trunk or Treating at our ward party and had a GREAT TIME!
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Trett's Birthday

I am so grateful for my digital camera. Brent took my camera hunting. He was sure Wes would get his first deer. So I went and bought a disposable camera. That's why these pictures are sorta well different. I love being able to check the picture then delete or take another.

For Trett's birthday we went to McDonalds. We never go to McDonalds so my kids think it the best when we do go. Then we had a treasure hunt for Trett at every stop he found five dollars. Mr. Money bags himself loved it. Then that night we went to Aunt and Uncle Ashby's land and had a bon fire and cook out. Lots of fun!

Boys birthday party

The boys had a party for friends and family. We played more football, Roasted hot dogs and marshmallows and enjoyed playing with friends.