Monday, March 30, 2009

Josh owns the month of April

My little Josh.

I remember going to the doctor to schedule an induction with my 2nd baby (you know how I love the schedule all things). He said he could induce me on Sunday because he was on-call that day and would be at the hospital anyway. He also said the date was April 1st, and wondered if the date would bother me. I guess he just didn't want my baby to go through life hearing..

"It's your birthday....April Fools!"

Anyway, when he asked if the date bothered me..I asked him what the next day was (meaning his schedule)..and he said "April 2nd". And I thought...duh!

And really why would April 1st bother me? If it was a day to schedule delivering a baby..then I LOVED the day. Who wouldn't? And I love the day even more now. Josh was born on April 1st, 2001 at 12:35pm. I was induced at 10:00am, and he was born 2 1/2 hours later.

April is Josh's month. And this year he has been very busy.

He started playing little league football and his first game was this last Saturday. They have an excellent team, their first game ended 30-0. Josh & his dad are both enjoying the experience (although, I'm not sure who is enjoying it more) :). They take little league football very seriously out here. When I pulled up to the parking lot, I saw people tailgating and BBQing at little league. hmmmm

And then Saturday night we invited some friends and families over for a bday BBQ. I borrowed my friend Mark's projector and hooked up the Wii to it in our garage. Josh was in heaven. It was big screen MarioKart. It just doesn't get any better.

This month Josh is getting baptized. He is so excited because turning 8 means he gets to go to scouts. He has been looking so forward to starting scouts. He's an awesome kid. I'm so lucky to have Josh as my little boy.

(very proud daddy!)

(one of Josh's biggest fans cheering him on)

(Josh playing "big screen Wii") we did adjust it so his head was off the screen :)

( with the candles. I forgot to buy a #8 I did a math puzzle for Josh. I told him his candles were 9-1= 8 years old) desperate times.... :)

Friday, March 20, 2009

What were YOU doing 16 years ago today???

{Flash Back Alert....}

16 years ago today (March 20th 1993) I was in my apartment getting ready to go on a date with Larry. He invited me to go to Mulboon's on the 13th Floor in downtown Salt Lake City. I was ironing my clothes and getting ready. I had a feeling it was going to be a special night. Back then Larry and I used to go out a lot to nice restaurants, so it wasn't that. I just had a feeling it was going to be more:)

After dinner, we went to our favorite spot. It's the view from behind the Capitol Building. Anyone from Salt Lake knows where I'm talking about. We used to drive up there all the time and just look out. It was so cool to see the entire valley; from downtown Salt Lake all the way to Sandy. And you could follow State Street all the way because it was lit up so bright.

Only this night, there was more than just a view to see...there was also an.........

Engagement Ring!!

Anyway..that's what I was doing 16 years ago today!

(ironing my clothes for our date)

(right before Larry picked me up...gotta love the poofy 1990's hair)

(leaving my apartment for the first time as an engaged girl!)

(Showing off my ring on my apartment balcony)


Josh just started playing little league football. Yesterday was their first practice with pads. They did some tackling drills. I think Josh is going to really enjoy football. And he looks so cute in his uniform...(don't tell him I said that though. You know how football guys need to be "Tough"!) :)

Spring Break...with LOTS of pics!

So, we had last week off for spring break. Larry is really busy in March getting ready for inventory at his store, so we made a tradition that I drive the kids down to Salt Lake for the week. We had tons of fun. We went to Classic Skating & Bounce House. Hope was alsways on the move, and loved to climb on things. And then she ran around & danced on the skating rink. It helped that there were only a few other people there.

(Grammie & Hope)

(Jared & Josh)

(Lauren & Jake helping Hope)

(Hope always on the move)

We also went to Hogle Zoo. The first thing Hope did was walk up to a fence and look right at a goose. The goose was looking right at her. And then Hope said "Wack-Wack" (quack, quack). Which is the only animal sound she knows. It was cooler weather, but it turned out to be a perfect day.

(Hope looking at the geese)

(Lauren, Jake, Josh & Jared)

On the last day we went to see Disney on Ice at the Energy Solutions Center. The kids love to go to the suite because they get to eat pizza & snacks while they watch the show. This was Hope's first time going, so I didn't know if she would sit still through the whole show. As you can see in the pic's, she LOVED the show. She sat right up front with Grammie most of the time. And then she came up and had pizza and treats. She had so much fun! Thanks so much Grammie for taking us!

(Jared & Josh)

(Grammie & Grandpa)

(Lauren, Hailee & Hope)

(Josh & Jake)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

pleasantly prescribed

So, yesterday I had my 6 month CAT scan. I'm always a little nervous, because I'm just not sure how long my "free ride" will last (meaning no treatment). Well, today was my oncology appointment to talk about the results from the scan. My doctor came in and asked how I was feeling. I told her I feel really good, with occasional pains and fatigue. She said my scan looked great! She also said that my labs looked good as well. My LDH levels (that would show the cancer progressing) were in a very normal range, and that my lymph nodes have gone down a lot since my last scan in September. She said she wanted to prescribe..Acai Berry & prayer, because that seems to be working really well for me! It was so good to hear that if I have to have any cancer at all, the cancer I have is at least behaving well and not causing me any problems. As my doctor said...I am not in remission, but me and my cancer are co-existing just fine. She also said I look like I'm 18 years old. She's now my best friend! :)