Friday, January 30, 2015

Punkin Pie

I love my little Bryson.  All week he has been begging for pumpkin pie.  Aaron and I went to Costco Tuesday to buy him one and we found out that it is a seasonal thing.  They only make it for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  -Who knew?  Aaron even checked at Smith's.  They didn't have one either.
Yesterday I decided to make him one.  I did everything from scratch (Except raise my pumpkin.)  It turned out pretty good I must say.  My crust was even flaky.  It made my little man very happy. :)

Keep Pushing Forward

My father in law was discharged from Timpanogos Hospital Thursday morning.  He is now at Peaks Care and Rehab in Orem.  Kent had a rough day Thursday, but he's doing much better now.  Aaron and I took LouJean to visit Kent this morning.  Deanna was there.  Kay (Kent’s brother) came while we were there too!  LouJean and Kent were very happy to see each other.
My mom was able to get a copy of my dad's MRI today.  Dr. Barrus read the report.  He told her my father has a cyst on his pituitary gland?  My mom said they can do surgery and remove it through his nose.  Apparently my dad had a similar surgery while he was on his mission.   I hope this will correct the problem.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Optic Neuritis

My dad was diagnosed with optic neuritis earlier this week.  I knew "itis" meant inflammation, but here is the official definition.  Optic Neuritis is an inflammation of the optic nerve, the bundle of nerve fibers that transmits visual information from your eye to your brain.  Pain and temporary vision loss are common symptoms of optic neuritis.   
His left eye has been bothering him for several weeks.  Tomorrow morning he's having an MRI done at American Fork Hospital.  I hope that everything will be okay.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Surgery Day

My father-in-law had his hip replaced yesterday.  The surgery went really well.  Aaron and several of his siblings were able to visit  him last night.  They sent us a picture of him and a video of everyone laughing as he was trying to eat.  :)  I'm so glad that he's okay!  Now, for him to heal!  
Kent should be at Timpanogos until Thursday, then I believe he will either be going to Kenna's house or a local facility.

Monday, January 26, 2015


Alyssa lost her first TEETH Sunday evening. (That's right.  Not one, but two!)  Her bottom two front teeth have been loose for a long time.  One permanent tooth had already come up behind a baby tooth.  We wiggled them several times during the day.  Then in the evening, Alyssa brought me a wet wash cloth.  I wiggled them a couple more time and Wala! 
 Isn't that the cutest smile ever?
 Alyssa asked for pink bubble gum and a dollar.  The Tooth Fairy was very generous.  I'm sure it's because there were two and these were her first.  She brought her two rolls of bubble tape and the dollar.  Alyssa was so happy!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Saturday Smaturday

 Abby had another basketball game today!  She did great.  She even made a basket!  
After the game, she gave doughnuts to her teammates. 
Aaron and Andrew made it safely home from their camping trip.  They had a great time.  They even got to do some snow shoeing (Did I spell that right?)
Brody has been asking all day for Aaron and I to take him to Heber.  It was a little late, but we made it.  We even got a frosty and some fries.  Good thing our kids keep us on track.

A Camping They Did Go

 Aaron took his scouts camping last night.  They stayed in AF Canyon.  It was crazy cold, but I guess that's what they like.  :)
 Andrew had a basketball game, so he wasn't able to join them til later in the evening.  Final score of his game was 62 to 48.  Yay!
We dropped Andrew off around 8:00. 
Alyssa and Brody went with me.  As we were driving through the canyon, Alyssa became very concerned for Aaron, Andrew, and the other scouts.  She kept asking about bears.  Even though I told her that bears hibernate in the winter, she worried that one would smell her chicken sandwich that she hadn't finished.  When we got to the camp site, Alyssa hid it.  I assumed she finished it, but on the way home, she told me how smart she'd been to hide the sandwich.  "Thank goodness the bears weren't able to smell it!" she exclaimed.  Love my little girl.  :)

Friday, January 23, 2015

Straighten Him Out

I checked Andrew out of school a little early on Thursday.  He had an appointment with an orthodontist.  Andrew is going to be getting braces in March...and oh is he excited!  ;)
 He's almost as excited as I am to pay for them.  (Can you hear the sarcasm?)
It's going to be a little pricy, but Aaron is doing some trading (Chiropractic and massage).  That will cut down the cost quite a bit.
 In other news, Andrew got a 4.0 this last semester!  Woohoo, he's a smarty.  :)  Good job buddy

Feeling Thankful

Feeling thankful for doctors.  
My mother in law went to the hospital Wednesday.  She hasn't been herself for a couple of weeks.  (She's more confused, having a lot of accidents, etc.) Whenever you ask her what's wrong, she'll tell you she just doesn't feel well.  Kenna and RuthAnn took her to the emergency room.  She had several tests done.  The final diagnosis':  She's dehydrated, She has a UTI, and diverticulitis.  :(  They gave her some fluids and started her on some antibiotics.  Hopefully that will help her get back to her self.
My father-in-law is scheduled to have a hip replacement next Monday (January 26th).  I'm a little nervous.  We had a meeting last night to try to figure out what we as a family can do for Kent and LouJean.  with It's going to be a little crazy for a while, but we'll be able to handle it.  Just gotta keep swimming I guess.  

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Activity Days Recognition Night

Last night was Abby's Activity Day Recognition Night.  All of the young girls 8-12 in our ward were asked to bring a bag with 3 items describing some of their strengths.  Abby decided to bring an apple as an example of her service, (Back in November, the girls made a pie for Sister Rowley).  She also brought a soccer trophy, (since she has really improved a lot this past year).  And a CTR ring (Since she is always trying to do what's right).  It was a special evening.  :)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


I took some of my kiddos to the movie on Monday.  We saw Penguins of Madagascar.  It was a pretty cute show.  Alyssa thought the octopus was a little scary, but other than that everyone liked it.   :)
 All of my kids were really good!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Our Weekend

It was a crazy weekend!  My lover was out of town.  He went to an "Alzheimer" conference in Phoenix, AZ. I dropped him off at the airport early Friday morning and picked him up yesterday afternoon.  It's so good to have him back home!  Aaron had a great time.  He learned a lot and he was able to spend some time with his sister LouAnn.
Waiting to pick up Frontier Flight 1052

 Here is a run down of our weekend:
-Abby had Jessie sleepover Friday night. 
-Andrew had his second basketball game Friday evening.  Final score was 48 25.  Go us!  Grandpa Walker, Mason, Kale, and Grandma and Grandpa Nelson came to show their support.
-Saturday morning I worked at Project Reality
-Abby had her second game.  She played against my cousin's daughter's team (Lori's daughter Briar).  Jessie, Grandpa Walker, Kate, Cole, and my parents all came!
-Took Abby, Jessie and Bree to the movie "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.  (I loved it.  2 of my favorite actors)
-Alyssa played over at Sasha's.
-Sunday was stake conference (We didn't make it).  Had a good visit with Aaron's sister Kenna.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Ward Basketball

I love basketball season! 
We had our first ward basketball game last night.  Aaron and the other men in our ward gave it their best, but we lost.  :(   
Here are some pics I took with my phone.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

He's Home!

Max Reese Blackhurst. Going home today! The kids are excited to finally meet their baby brother!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

2nd Tooth This Week!

Abby lost a tooth yesterday!  This morning she found a dollar under her pillow.  I took all of the girls to the Dollar Store after school.  There are always so many treasures to be found there ;). 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A New Nephew!

I got a new nephew yesterday!  Ash and Dave's baby was born at 8:04 am.  Here are his stats:
8 lbs 8 oz
18" long
No name yet  :)
Congratulations guys! 

FHE @ Kenna and Ed's

We had FHE at the McCracken’s  last night. We learned how to use nice words.  Kenna read one of her favorite books to the kids.  Then she had all the little ones draw a smiley face or sad face depending on what word the adults gave them.  It was fun.