29 August 2008
27 August 2008
The febrile seizure was caused by the temperature. The temperature was likely caused by the ear infection. And the ear infection was likely caused by her teething issues. All seem to be related. In the next few days she will likely be on fever reducer medicine as her body fights off the ear infection and after that she should be just fine.
Praise God that mom knew what to do with her, that the ambulance company took good care of her, that she received excellent care at the ER and that she seems to be fine. And on top of that, I specifically thank God that I had left my office and met the ambulance at the hospital and that Ryan was on his way home from Kansas City rather than being on his way there.
25 August 2008
Friday night, kids are fed and I'm in the kitchen fixing enchiladas for Saturday lunch. At the same time I was cooking some mac&cheese for me to eat for supper. While all of this was going on, I'd been in constant discussion with Scott that if he pooped in his undies, he would be in trouble. All of a sudden when I should be mixing cheese, milk and noodles and while I have hamburger starting to cook, Scott decides that he has to poop. I'd sat him on the toilet several times with no result. So, I rushed to the bathroom and sat him on the toilet again. Being in the middle of cooking, I told him I'd be back in a minute and went back to the stove. Bethany headed his direction which would likely keep him entertained and at least sitting on the toilet. Over a period of about two minutes, I heard occassional giggles from both kids and was glad that they were entertaining each other. When I went around the corner to check on them, I was surprised at what their laughter was about. Fortunately he hadn't pee'd all over (did that the other night while sitting on the toilet, although I think he was trying to aim down; and had already pee'd in his undies and my floor just a few hours before). There was toilet paper all over the floor and Scott was grinning from ear to ear. Bethany was sitting in front of the cabinet that I tell her all the time to stay out of and was playing with mouse, hair spray and deoderant. Those little turds!
22 August 2008
me: Ryan, I really want to raise a puppy for a guide dog. Here's a link:
ryan: no comment
That night I asked him if he read the email. He hadn't.
The next morning:
me: Ryan, my salary has increased to X amount. Do you think the difference is enough to pay for an adoption? [this email was sent full of sarcasm as my salary had increased by about $1,000 at the most and it costs about $40,000 to adopt]
ryan several hours later: if we adopt a puppy does that mean we need to adopt a child?
Okay, you might not find the humor in it but I did. I want to do both things and his reply perfectly fit both emails and how things seemingly work for us: puppy = a baby at our house.
21 August 2008
Arriving in CA: September 16th
Leaving CA: September 30th
Now the plans begin... Hume Lake, Friends, the coast, family.... woo hoo!!!!
20 August 2008
What I find totally cool about this story is two things:
- that Ms. Griffin was bold enough to stand up for what she believed to be important. Her husband was a prominent doctor in the community and they risked his prominency for what they believed was important.
- That the state of Iowa has a long standing history of treating people equally.
19 August 2008
- Seeing family: It's been 8 months since I've seen my dad. Last time I saw my brother he was getting married. By now, I have an adorable nephew I've never met. I also really want to see my grandma who has had two heart surgeries recently and my heart aches that I haven't seen her in almost three years. I also want to see some other official and unofficial family members that I miss.
- coffee with Nicole and Paul. They were my church/missionary buddies
- snuggling on the couch with Kristine. She is my forever friend and we have lots of fun memories together.
- Hume Lake and Buck Rock Lookout, maybe even a memorial bike ride. Hume is where I went to summer camp. And the ride from Buck Rock to the lake is rough (yes Tony, I would likely puke as usual) but in memory of a precious friend of mine who taught me a lot in his life and in his death.
- the class reunion of course. 10 years has passed, which doesn't seem like a lot when you're a mom to 2 kids.
- hanging out with Becky. A junior high and high school buddy that took a different path in life and we didn't talk for 6 years probably. Two of those years I prayed often for her and it was so good to get back in contact with her after she cleaned her life up.
- Riding wave runners on the lower river and/or heading up to the lake.
- Will there still be fresh fruit?
- Checking out the Fresno State campus, buying a new tshirt and visiting with Dr. Nef who I've kept in touch with over the years.
- Katie, Cori, where are you? Will you be in the area so we can get together while I'm home?
I'm sure there's more but my lunch is about over so I better head back to my office!
18 August 2008
Airline tickets $475 x 3 persons (thank you God that Bethany is under 2) = $1425
Rental Car for 10 days (picking it up at 7pm, drop off at 9am counts as 2 full days) = $300
Mailing out clothes ahead of time (because you can't check squat for luggage anymore) = $50
We're looking at spending over $2000 easy and that won't even cover everything. We'll have food, fuel, and hopefully some fun packed in there to pay for. For trips like this, its too bad that we don't agree with debt. It would be so much more fun to plan if we could do everything the way we want and not worry about the price.
I'm glad that we won't have to pay for hotels or that would just add to the agony. Between family and friends, we should be good on space.
I can't wait to go home and see family and friends and check out a few places that I miss.
Here are a few pictures from recent weeks.
- I survived VBS, or better yet, they survived me.
- By time the week was over both of my children had colds and weren't taking naps.
- I managed to get my back out of place on Saturday somehow and could hardly move.
With that said, I had a great week and a wonderful weekend. My little ones were such a joy to play with. To see their faces light up, watch them dance to the music and play in the canoe was refreshing. The last night Scott joined the bigger kid class since that class was missing a few kids. He loved it and was perfect for Tracy. At the Friday night program Scott was in a mini-skit with Tracy's class and watching him act as a "Levite" in the good Samaritan story made me forget that the role of the Levite wasn't an encouraging one. My kid was so cute, I forgot about the story all together!
Our weekend was good too. Ryan was off for the weekend and though he was gone till early afternoon, I was glad to have some time with him. I spent the day trying to balance cleaning with kid time and enjoyed accomplishing both. Saturday night we spent time as a family which was exactly what I needed. Nothing super extravagant but good quality fun time. We took a picnic to a nearby park and after eating our leftovers from lunch, we played on the toys with the kids. It was fun and it was free (except for the $2 burger we ordered for Scott since we knew he wouldn't eat crab wraps). Sunday afternoon we spent helping some friends move into their new apartment, a week after getting married. That was fun to feel helpful.
Tonight, I'm looking forward to a night of snuggling and watching a movie with the kids and planning our family trip to CA... there are lots of details to work out.
14 August 2008
- I already know the staff here. I made plain to the boss here that I didn't appreciate feeling like I was expected to answer the phone when the secretary was out. HELLO, I'm NOT the secretary and I don't even work here.
- Planning is so much easier when working in the flat lands.
- Being able to work [almost] interrupted allows me to get a lot more done.
- This office is much smaller and I'm working about 3' from the next guy compared to having my own corner to hide in at my regular office.
- The boss here is receptive to change and makes a point to ask me if I need anything. I appreciate a little feedback from him.
- People here cuss like sailors... maybe worse. Lots of swearing and using God's name in vain, which I don't appreciate.
- Woo hoo, I might be saving a few dollars on gas this week.
- I quickly learned that God has not gifted me to teach 12 preschool kids!!!
- I had one little boy pee his pants twice last night... and he's potty trained.
- The creators of this material must not have realized that 3 and 4 year olds can't read.
- It is way cool to hear Scott rattle off the different verses for each day.
07 August 2008
My poor friend was asleep at 4am when she heard glass crashing to the floor and her son screaming. She thought someone was in the house. No, it was a farm cat that managed to get inside. In the process it attacked Matthew and bit him multiple times drawing quite a bit of blood. Debbie wrapped up his wounds and sent him off to work. My guess is that some time today Matthew showed up at the clinic with the head of a dead cat!
How's that for a fun story from the the countryside?
06 August 2008
05 August 2008
- When a client introduces you to his wife and says "this is who I call up at the office all the time for assistance", don't expect her to be thrilled. Maybe she expected me to be 60 or extremely homely looking. As it was, I was dressed for the field and not to go out!
- Just because the track hoe made a path through the field, doesn't mean you should follow it. There may be partial logs that you get hung up on.
- When you get hung up on the above mentioned log, it might push the engine up which affects the fan and makes a horrible noise.
- Thank God client was home and heading out to the site.
- Skid loaders come in handy for "towing" type of needs.
- Contractors can be liars and (what's the word I'm looking for here) . No, he's not the cheapest contractor around. No, he can not buy us lunch, even if he is just trying to be nice.
- 5 hours in the sun = red face
- Bug spray helps with the sweat bees. Those darn things were about to make me crazy!
04 August 2008
*Yesterday my legs/hips hurt so bad I could hardly walk. I was dreading a day in the field today. Thank you Lord for bringing rain that brought me back to the office. It's not too often that I prefer to sit on my rear!
* A big thanks to Ryan for entertaining our kiddos all morning while I walked and piddled around in town!