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Jul 25, 2017

Glad to be Home

Good morning, my dear blog friends. I slept in my own bed last night and had a 24th of July celebration with my kids. It feels so good to be home!

Drama Queen has kept you up to date on the happenings with the surgery and then the extra stay at the hospital because of the blood clots or more technically, the pulmonary embolisms. I was pretty groggy through most of the transport and diagnosis, so I didn't really understand what was happening. I just knew I was struggling to take a deep breath.


They loaded me into an ambulance for the ride to St. Marks. It was bumpy and uncomfortable on my poor back, but I already had an IV (actually 2 of them) and the blood thinners were running to keep me from having a stroke.

A visit from Twizlet.

They put me in a room at St. Marks in the PCU which is one level below ICU and then they continued to monitor me by drawing blood every few hours and I stayed on oxygen to help me breathe. I was pretty miserable, but I never felt near death or anything like that.



We knew that the stay would be at least 3 days to get me stabilized; I went in at 4:00 on Friday morning and was finally released on Monday just before noon.

I'm so glad to be home. Life is precious and sweet.

Jul 24, 2017

Need a Coupon? Look at Groupon

I watch for good deals all the time. It's one of those things you sort of have to do if you have a big family. But sometimes I have a need and I don't have a coupon. Like when Mother's Day was coming up and I wanted to send my MIL one of these cute Shutterfly books Drama Queen is always putting together for me.

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That's when I get on Groupon. I know they will always have a coupon I can use, and they usually have several to make it even easier to order exactly what I want at a good price.
I'm so glad this opportunity to post on groupon came up because my MIL's birthday is in September and since I just got home from the hospital this morning, of course I haven't had time to order or buy anything.
shutterfly.com with Shutterfly Coupons & Coupon Codes

I think this wedding book for Princess and the Frog is what I want to get this time. My MIL loves them all and she is happy to add a new one to her collection. One quick click here, and I just saved 50%. That means I can buy another book for me, right? 


I wonder what Drama Queen is up to...

**I received compensation for an honest review of groupon.**

Guest Blog: Our Little Valentine! by Princess

The Frog and I are so excited to announce we have a little one on the way! We are due on February 4th, 2018 and are 12 weeks along. Here’s to hoping these next 6 months have a lot less throwing up. :)

And, for your enjoyment, a picture of what the internet thinks our baby might look like. I personally think our little guy will be bald but I guess we will see.

Jul 22, 2017

Guest Blog: Update by Drama Queen

Hey Blogworld,

Just wanted to let you all know about how Momma's surgery recovery is going.  As you know, she went in on Tuesday to have some work done on her spine.  The surgery itself went very well.  The surgeon said it looked really good.  Mom spent Tuesday night at the hospital under observation and struggled a bit to get her breathing back up to normal.  Wednesday she spent home with us, and while she felt pretty sore, seemed to have more energy than expected. 

Pre-Surgery
Thursday was a lot harder on her.  The pain meds they gave her just weren't working as well and she was really hurting and ended up going up to bed at seven.  Around te,n she was spiking a fever just over 101 degrees, so Dad and I made sure she called the nurse.  They told us to have her take some ibuprofen and follow up in the morning with the doc.  Early this morning, she was having some trouble breathing so Dad ran her up to the ER before the sun came up.

Mom hates getting her blood drawn.
The ER team told Mom and Dad that she had a pulmonary embolism:  a blood clot in her lungs.  Because the surgical site is so new, they started her slowly on an IV-delivered blood thinner.  They then transferred her up to a different hospital where they could do spot-imaging to check out where the clot was.  They found that Mom has several clots in both lungs, but thankfully none near her spine.  The doctors say that if a clot finds its way back to where they just did the surgery then she will have to go back under right away or she would likely risk paralysis for anything below that spot.  The other thing they are worried about is if a clot finds its way to her brain which could lead to a stroke.  So it's a careful balancing act of trying to break the clots down with the blood thinners, while also not traumatizing where her spine is trying to heal.  Dad says we should expect that they will keep her at the hospital at least another three days, if not more.

The ambulance that transferred her.
 We have always known that there were risks with this surgery, but our wonderfully brave Mom has been in pain for so long.  She really needs and deserves to be able to live a good life without the constant fatigue and aches.  Please keep our Mom in your prayers.


Popsicles help her throat feel better.  Intubations hurt!


Jul 20, 2017

Guest Blog: The Book Fort by BabyDoll


It stated out as this puppet show and it turned into this gigantic fort.  You see, I got these spoon puppets from the director of that show I was in up at Weber with Prima Donna.  We lost the spoons, so Scout and I made new puppets with plastic spoons.  There were three puppets: one for each of us plus Curly.  We put on a show this afternoon for Mom and everyone else who was home.  We had fun doing the show and then Mom remembered that an activity we could do for the summer reading program was to make a book fort.  Curly got us lots of blankets.  Scout moved the chairs and tables.  I organized things.  And Dog Walker brought down his cool book stuffed animals to decorate. 
Once the fort was made, we played in it and set up more things inside like flashlights, pillows, and a radio.  Then we all read some books.  I read two books, actually: "Let's Go For a Drive" and "Should I Share My Ice Cream?" by Mo Willems.  I thought they were really fun.  If you're bored this summer, maybe you should make a book fort too!



Jul 19, 2017

Guest Blog: Halloween Costumes, by the Dog Walker

I know this may sound strange to talk about at this time, but I just want to be a bit prepared to have suggestions before the upcoming holidays are coming no matter when or what. Do you remember those years when I tried to come up with lots of things of what I wanted to be for Halloween. Well, there had been lots of inspirations that have occurred throughout the years. It all started to happen ever since I served my mission. I never thought about coming up with clever ideas of costumes to wear in my life that remind me of some things.
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You probably remember the time when I was dressed like a Sleepwalker, because it reminded me of my blog name that could be changed a bit for a day. The way I made it was with a pillow tied behind my head with a small fleece blanket as a cape and I wear my pajamas. Some people thought I was a bed when I tried to tell them that I was just a sleepwalker. It was in 2014 when I was dressed like the sleepwalker.
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Around 2015, when the new Disney and Pixar movie Inside Out came out, some of us wanted to dress up like the characters from it. I was the only one dressed up like Bing Bong while Teach was dressed like Joy, Baby Doll was dressed like Sadness, and Drama Queen was technically dressed like Disgust. We enjoyed the movie, because we thought we could dress up like funny characters from the most lovable movies.

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Last year, of 2016, I started to enjoy the musical called Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, especially watching the Donny Osmond movie. During a service project at an elementary school, my sisters found an old multicolored balloon in a garbage can and decided that we should keep it for use. I convince my mother that we should turn it into the coat of many colors from the musical. She was a bit hesitant about that, but after seeing the movie, she quite agreed and loved it so much.

Now, for this Halloween of this year, I'm working on a different costume that I thought would be clever. I didn't come up with it myself in the first place, but I found out about it from a Studio C skit that they did. I bought these two clocks from Walmart and turned them into the Daylight Saving time zones. In the video they have two people being the Daylight Saving Twins. I thought that was really clever. I figured since Princess and Crafty were alike, I thought that would be good costumes for them, but everyone suggested to me that I should try being it myself. They way I made these clocks wasn't an easy way, but it does work, the clock hands even move around time.

Throughout this process, I'm still trying to figure out more ideas that can be added to this costume idea for Halloween. I just want to ask if any of you have any suggestions that I can use to make it the best costume that I have ever made in my life.I hope that you enjoyed this and hope that things can work out before October. :)


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Jul 18, 2017

Guest Blog: Get Well Soon! By Scout, Curly, and Baby Doll

Dear Mom,
First off, I have to stay I love you so much!  You are the best mom ever. I am really glad you got the surgery so your back can feel better, and I hope you can recover easily and quick.  I will really miss your warm hugs while your back is in pain.  I really, really, really love you. 
Love,
Scout
 
Trying to make a heart


Hugs are better

Dear Mom,
I hope you get better.  I love you.  We have monitor jobs.  Mine is the table.  Drama Queen assigned them again.  I love you so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so, very much. 
Love,
Curly
Heart attempt two!
Nailed it.

I love you, Mom.  I miss you.  I'm sad that you can't lean back or tie your shoe.  It's gonna be hard when you can't hug us back when we hug you.  And I'm sad that it's gonna be hard of learning how to do this and not have your stitches pop out or be hurt, but I know that you are happy that your back will feel good.  I love you with all my heart.  I know that you'll be happy when you come home.  I hope you have a good night. 
Love,
Your Baby Doll
Love you!!!

Majesty Diamonds Pendant Review

A few weeks ago I was approached by Majesty Diamonds to see if I wanted to write a blog review. I did my due diligence and pulled them up online only to find that they are a major online diamond retailer out of Montreal, Canada. They had hundreds of choices of high-end jewelry to offer. Of course it had to be too good to be true.

But it wasn't.

If I would have looked a bit further, I would have also realized that they have tons of jewelry in every price range... even mine. Since I am going under the knife this week and I know I will be laid up for a while, all of these August and September birthdays will likely have to be shopped for in front of my computer rather than in an actual store.

So I asked Drama Queen which one she liked since she has the first birthday. Can you believe that she and I both chose the same one? When it arrived from Canada, I knew just from the packaging job that it was a quality place. After several layers of cardboard and foam wrapping, I finally pulled out this beautiful black box.


I was more than a little pleased with what I found inside. 


The picture simply does not do it justice. The stone is not a real diamond, but it is a pale blue topaz. My first thought was, "I don't want to give this to any of my girls... I want to keep it!" Seriously, it is still sitting on my desk, awaiting my final decision.

But just so you can see how beautiful it looks around someone's neck, I'm going to remove it from the box for the first time right now. Hmmm.... I wonder who should try it on....

Sorry, Drama Queen, I may just have to keep it since it matches my hair.

You knew I wouldn't leave you out of the fun! Majesty Diamonds has offered a 20% discount for all of my friends who want to use the promo code BLOG20.


**I received a free topaz pendant for my open and honest review.**

Jul 17, 2017

A Quick Staycation

This coming week was supposed to be our vacation week, but because of my surgery, we had to cancel our tentative plans. So yesterday we were talking about a concert Crafty had tickets to see in the Eccles Theatre downtown. She still needed two concerts to finish up for her class, so I suggested to my sweetie that we could go down to the conference center and watch them film Music and The Spoken Word on Sunday morning.

At some point one of us mentioned a possible hotel stay and a mini vacation was born. We took off on Friday night and drove downtown. My sweetie had a couple of free rooms from his travel points at the Marriott so we figured it would be perfect.

We checked in just after 4:00 and the kids quickly changed and we made our way to the pool. We played and splashed for an hour and then went back upstairs to change. The first concert was the Days of 47 Pops and we were pretty excited to see it. If we hurried, we had time to walk to City Creek mall and get some dinner and then maybe even stop at a couple of stores.


The kids all wanted different kinds of food, so I'm not sure the food court was all that cheap, but it was fun. Then we stopped at the Disney Store and another toy store before we walked to the Eccles. We waited in line for a few minutes and then we found our seats. It was a wonderful patriotic concert!


Then we walked back to the hotel. We were all tired from the walking and the kids camping all week, so everyone went to bed. This morning when we got up, we all dressed in our church clothes, grabbed a granola bar, and headed out again.


We had to be in our seats by 9:15 at the conference. It was quick walking for my poor sweetie and his broken foot, but he handled in like a trooper. We arrived and were seated in plenty of time. We even got into the front section. I loved the music, but it was a bit stressful knowing it was being recorded so we had to be silent.


After we left the Conference Center, we caught the trax train back to the hotel where we had breakfast in the dining room. It was nice, but expensive even with the 4 free vouchers given to my sweetie upon check-in.


When we were finally finished, we loaded up the car and headed for home, just in time to take Sport to the church by 12:30. The whole thing was fast and fun and spontaneous, but sometimes that makes for the best times.









Jul 15, 2017

Making Preparations

Several weeks ago I finally visited with a surgeon about this back and leg pain I have been plagued with for the last couple of years. I had tried everything recommended; chiropractic, physical therapy (several times), medication, the pain clinic... nothing has seemed to work. My doctor was giving me a cortisone injection about every other month just to keep things under control. Honestly, it's been pretty miserable.

So we scheduled the surgery.

I'm not having my spine fused, simply a bulging disk repaired and a decompression of three others. I spent today getting a brand new MRI and then having my bloodwork done is preparation for Tuesday's surgery.

I know you don't come to my blog to hear me complain about my problems, and in between injections I have been able to do most of the things I have wanted with my kids. Unfortunately those times seem to be getting shorter and shorter. I tell you this because you are my dear friends and I don't know how I can go through the next few weeks without sharing a change in my lifestyle.


Of course I will still be blogging and cheering on my children and looking forward to a baby shower and then a new little one for Beauty and the Beast. Only a month away now! I'm just thinking I probably won't be up for more water slides anytime soon.

Our favorite joke last Saturday was that each time we thought about doing something rather crazy on the water slides, I turned to Bossy and suggested, "What can happen...I have to have back surgery?"

Jul 14, 2017

Cub Country 2017

Curly and I have spent the last 2 days up Millcreek Canyon at Cub Country. We had a lot of fun although admittedly more him than me. Our first day was at Construction Junction. Curly loved the Legos and shooting BB guns. I loved the large, shady trees and the fact that we did not have a hike except for the obvious traipsing back and forth across the camp for our various stations.



 

Our second to last station was the Racers. I had no idea what that meant, but Curly was pretty excited. It turned out to be flatbed carts with a seat attached. The boys pushed the lucky driver (after donning a helmet, of course) around a dirt track filled with tree roots and rocks.


After all of the boys were finished, they gave the leaders a turn to ride. One of our male leaders offered to help the boys push me so I climbed on. It was crazy, but sort of fun too. They didn't tip me over even once although it was pretty close a couple of times.



On the second day of camp, we were in the Dragon Masters. This camp was even better than the first one. Curly loved all of it; from the obstacle course to the sword fights to the dragon card collecting. This time my favorite (beyond watching Curly) was the Archery station.


After Curly hit a dead on bullseye, and all the other boys had the chance to shoot, they let the leaders try. I seriously had never even picked up a bow like that and I was a bit nervous. My first try was totally lame and I dropped the arrow. After that I hit the outer ring three times, but never in the center.


They tricked us into a hike by showing us each dragon and asking us to follow the trail to find the others. Curly was so sweet to wait for me and help me over the rough spots. They retired a flag, which was a solemn and fitting end to our 2 days in the canyon. Except for the dirt (and the hike)!

Jul 13, 2017

Cherry Hill Resort in Kaysville, Utah

Last Saturday, Bossy and I took the kids to Cherry Hill. It has taken me this long to recover; we had SO much fun!!







My sweetie and I had originally planned this trip together when US Family Guides approached us about a post if we would be willing to provide our open and honest review. Then he broke his foot and decided he would stay home. Bossy, Taco, and Burrito were happy to join us and the folks at Cherry Hill were so generous with their passes.


My favorite part about Cherry Hill was that everyone was so friendly. It was definitely a family atmosphere, with hundreds of children and young parents. Then after a while, most of those families gathered up and left. The dynamic changed a bit and we saw more teens, but they were just as nice and fun to be around as the little ones.


Let's start at the beginning. Bossy drove us up there in our big van. It was a Saturday around 1:00, so we were worried that we wouldn't be able to park and it would be terribly busy. Neither of these things turned out to be a problem. Parking was free and there were plenty of spaces. We loaded up our cooler with sandwiches and water bottles, slathered on the sunscreen, and walked the hundred or so yards to the entrance.


We found a place to stash our towels and cooler and stuff under a large shady tree. Our first stop was the lazy river and the kids loved it! Every 45 minutes they have a "shootout" and water comes from the sides and overhead. Tubes are also free and pretty easy to find.


They have a brand new slide for kids called the Little Dipper. All of our kids just had to try it, even Sport and Crafty. It was fun, but definitely not nearly as fun as the Double Dragons. The kids convinced Bossy and me that we could try this slide since they had pads to sit on. We decided to give it a go. After the first time down, we climbed right back into the line and rode several more times. It was my favorite part of the park.

After successfully tackling the Dragons, we decided the River Run wasn't much of a stretch, so we got in line. At first the line seemed incredibly long, but it moved fast and soon we were approaching the entrance. I was nervous since it was difficult for me to climb onto a round tube, but the girl in charge was patient and willing to holding the tube while I climbed on. The River allows you to hold onto each other in a chain of up to 3 tubes, but that made it nearly impossible for us to get through some of the narrow passes.


Like the Dragons, when we got to the bottom, we hopped back into line and eventually made 3 trips down. Sport and Crafty and I decided to try our hand at miniature golf. It was a super fun course and other than the spotty shade from the trees, we enjoyed it very much. It was certainly one of the best mini courses I have ever played.


We finally changed out of our wet things and decided to check out the maze and rock wall. Most of the kids got all the way up the wall. It was challenging but still possible. The maze was fun, with a possible escape under the panels which was nice since I tend to be claustrophobic. The kids were a bit disappointed with the trampoline basketball. The balls are really giant beanbags and you don't actually play with other people.

One of my favorite parts was the Battlestar Blasters. Sadly, 3 of the guns were not working that day, so that severely limited our fun, but the graphics and just the plain old fun of boys against the girls and pelting Curly with dozens of little balls was so worth it!


We left as the light was fading with my kids already asking when we could return. I loved the slower pace here and the family atmosphere. Next time I'm going to set up my tent in the campground and make it an over-nighter.

**We received free passes to attend the park in exchange for our open and honest review.**

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