Monday, July 31, 2017

Salem Art Museum

I love going to museums.  I was so glad that we could go to the Salem Art Museum.

K slept in the stroller for awhile.

Ha! The one above made ma laugh and smile. What a fun dad!  The kiddos look enthralled.

I wonder who made the above "sorry" art piece.   I hope they were forgiven. :D
They change the exhibits every now and again so we'll probably be going again in the next year.

Boarding Down the Dunes

 At Scout Camp R was able to board down the sand dunes.

 W would call us every evening and we would have family prayer over the phone.  I tell you, when we're apart, having family prayer over the phone makes us feel closer to one another.  R had a wonderful time with the scouts.

Sunscreen Every Two Hours--For Reals

At the end of June the youth in our ward went on a camp out and boating trip.
 Since W was going the two younger kidlets, T and K went too.  They LOVE camping.

 Then the next day K got the worst sunburn of her life.  She wouldn't let anyone look at it.
 She has made sure to wear sunscreen every time she is outside and to wear a swim shirt instead of just a suit.

 S got a really good sunburn, but K was the winner winner chicken dinner sunburn wise.  They loved riding on the boats.  Thank you to the Tappanas and Gabells.
 It was so beautiful that day. I was going to come, but W took my van and I blew out his muffler on his car just before I was about to go.  I'm gifted that way.  It was super hot and I didn't want to break down in that heat.

Newport on the Fourth of July

This was the view from our hotel room on the evening of July 4th.   Look at the gorgeous Pacific Ocean.  We love Newport, Oregon.

 K loved the beds!
 The hotel had a walkway down the beach, we were all so excited
That walkway was kind of exciting and I kept really close to K since she was still recovering from pneumonia.
 It was so pretty, T loved making castles and cities.

How I love these kiddos.  I am so grateful for them!!!

  It was so fun!

R and W were at scout camp so it was me, J, K, S and T.

   The kids loved the hills of sand!

 J was under the blanket there--but it was so cold that I covered him.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Teeth, Pneumonia, and Cars

Life is such a wonderful, busy thing.  It seems like we're dodging, bending, pushing, pulling, etc. to get things going our way. I am so grateful for you!
On Tuesday I got two teeth out and one of them, an infected one, did not want to come out and fought with the world's best oral and maxillofacial surgeon (in my opinion).  But, after much chipping, drilling, and determination on my surgeon's part, the tooth was out and prepped as much as possible for an implant (which is desperately needed). For the record, if you're getting an extraction from an oral surgeon it is surgery.  I forgot that and was thinking it would be like getting a filling.  It was nothing like that.  I feel like I had a big surgery in my mouth.  I am on antibiotics and still swelling a bit.  It feels as though half of my mouth is empty of teeth and perhaps I have a new lisp.  It's a good thing we're so closely related to an amazing oral surgeon because the girls in our family particularly have absolutely terrible teeth.  We're on well water and there is no fluoride in the water--so I would like to blame it on that.  On Saturday, when I wrote and edited this my swelling was beginning to go down and I may have a bit of a bruise.  That tooth held on for dear life, I tell you!

I have had ice packs on my face a lot, which gives me the look of Santa. 
Then today we found out K has pneumonia.  Lovely.  I haven't heard any whistling when she breathes, but she has been super sleepy, wakes screaming in the middle of the night, and pretty clingy--where normally she is one of the most energetic four year olds you've ever met.  Hopefully, and gratefully for antibiotics, she should be better in a couple of days.    I love her so dearly and hope that she will better right away.
Meanwhile JJ is crawling and S, T, and R have been working very hard on the yard.  I'm so proud of their hard work!!
We've found a book that we've loved listening to The Hero's Guide to Saving the Kingdom.  It is hilarious and the reader of the book makes it all the more funny.   I wish I could write like this!!  It may be one of our new favorite books!
Two weekends ago, W and the kiddos went to a YM and YW boating activity.  They had a wonderful time and got to water ski.  K and S got super duper sunburned and I thought K's symptoms were mostly due to that.  But, they're on the mend.
I was going to go join them with JJ and was in W's cars when it stalled at a stop light.  Come to find out I blew out his muffler.  Then I put my hand in there to pull it out and it felt like fiberglass.  I had a whole bunch people ask me what happened and I said mock-proudly, "I blew out the muffler. It takes skill. Some people have it and some don't. Apparently, I do!"
People smiled a wee bit to themselves and walked on.  I was able to get home and even though I though the reverse was broken, turns out in this automatic you have to push down to get to reverse.  I won't ever forget that now.  Hopefully.  

Saturday, July 1, 2017


To my kiddos:

Henry David Thoreau said:  What is once well done is done forever.

Clearly, he was not referring to the dishes or the laundry.  It needs to be done and redone thoreau-ly. :D
Love, Mom

P.S.  If you can't find me, check for me under the ton of laundry in the laundry room.