CHRISTMAS EVE 2008
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
We have had snow days in Utah and Wyoming!
Never expected one here, so what do we do on a snow day...
The boys have loaded up and headed to Utah for skiing!!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Something cool that Xerox is doing If you go to this web site, www.LetsSayThanks.com you can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq . You can't pick out who gets it, but it will go to some member of the armed services. How AMAZING it would be if we could get everyone we know to send one!!! This is a great site. Please send a card. It is FREE and it only takes a second. Wouldn't it be wonderful if the soldiers received a bunch of these? Whether you are for or against the war, our guys and gals over there need to know we are behind them...
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
"Gratitude is a mark of a noble soul and a refined character. We like to be around those who are grateful. They tend to brighten all around them. They make others feel better about themselves. They tend to be more humble, more joyful, more likable."
Joseph B. Wirthlin, "Live in Thanksgiving Daily,"
1. Make Time to Relax
Find ways of relaxing. Learn how to meditate or use relaxation exercises. Listen to soothing music. Take a bath. Do whatever helps you relax.
2. Maintain a Normal Routine
As much as possible, try to stick to a normal daily routine. Limit additional responsibilities. Learn to say “No.”
3. Eat a Healthy Diet
Focus on whole grains, fruits & vegetables. Avoid excessive sugar, fatty foods and caffeine.
4. Include Exercise as Part of Your Day
Participating in some kind of moderate exercise activity for at least 30 minutes of most days helps relieve stress, boost energy levels, aid sleep and improve mood.
5. Keep a Positive Attitude
Holding positive thoughts, rather than succumbing to a negative one can help in maintaining a positive attitude. Think positive about yourself. Surrounding yourself with positive and inspiring people can help elevate your mood.
6. Participate in Activities you Enjoy
Make time for hobbies and other interests. Read a good book. Garden, knit, be part of a sports team. Keep a journal. Work on crafts. Volunteer your services.
7. Get Enough Sleep
Getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night will make it easier to cope with stress. A well rested person is more alert and quick thinking and less irritable, grouchy and tense.
8. Talk with a Trusted Person
Talking with someone about intense feelings when stressed can be helpful. Share feelings with a trusted friend, family member, healthcare professional, or clergy. Sharing the distress helps to lessen the feelings of distress.
9. Learn to Adapt Instead of Control
Accept that there will be situations, events and people that throughout life that you are unable to control. Learning to be flexible, to roll with the punches and ride the waves can help in reducing stress.
10. Remember to Laugh!!
Laughter is one of the best medicines; it releases chemicals into the brain that promote relaxation. People who are able to find humor in life and are happier tend to be more productive, live longer and have less physical problems. Maybe a good laugh a day will help keep the stressors away.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Here is a picture from last year of some of us at the Tai Pan store.
This Girl's Retreat is an annual event, I have been gone alot this year, but I can't miss this.
I am leaving the boys to fend for themselves once again, but we have stocked up on cereal and frozen pizza... they will be fine.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
The visiting Authority is Elder Kikuchi.
We went to the Saturday night meeting.
Mike reported that in the afternoon Leadership Meeting. Elder Kikuchi said we all need "our own Sacred Grove". That 6 days a week (sleep in Saturday) we should get up 15 minutes earlier, get ready for the day (shower etc). Find a secluded place, have a prayer, and read a chapter in the Book of Mormon.
It made me think about what I do when I first get up...
How much time do I spend reading blogs as to
how much time reading the Scriptures?
Just something to ponder on this Sunday morning.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Riley's most loyal fans!! We are glad Katie came back for some games.
Mike is also a loyal fan... he took the picture!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
- 7:00 am Lady brings in fresh water glasses and German newspaper (sometimes they remember that we don't know German and we don't get offered the paper)
- 8:00 am Nurse comes and steals Katie's blood and starts her morning IV of antibiotics
- 8:10 am Breakfast arrives and everyday its the same (not too much to panic about), offered tea and coffee
- 9:30 am Ladies come in and change all of the sheets (they think we need fresh down comforter covers daily)
- 12:00 pm Lunch arrives and Katie picks whatever looks the best (a little scary for me though)
- 1:00 pm Ladies come in and and clean the room
- 2:00 pm Guy comes and tries to sell us magazines for $12 each or more German newspapers
- 2:15 pm Lady comes by trying to give us pedicures (an every other day occurrence)
- 2:30 pm Our afternoon cake is delivered (50% chance that it is edible), offered tea and coffee again
- 3:00 pm Nurse comes in to start Katie's 2nd IV of the day
- 5:00 pm Dinner is delivered (again Katie gets first pick... sometimes she doesn't want either plate)
- 8:00 pm Nurse comes and starts Katie's 3rd and last IV of the day
- 10:00-ish pm We head to bed ready for the same thing tomorrow
For entertainment in between all of the scheduled activities we read every blog that has ever been started, check our e-mail, and read magazines over and over again. Here are pictures of our dinner trays and then the cake they delivered yesterday:
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Well we got the report from doctor. The Ekg was fine, he asked Katie if she was sporty? The chest xray was also good, he noticed she has a curvy spine. After the blood tests she needed to only take 1/4 pill more of Coumadin. He said we would talk tomorrow about when she gets to go home probably next Monday or Tuesday... Woo Hoo - an end in sight!!
We did not do so well on our German Meal ordering tonight, we had a hard time deciding which one was worse. We were not even sure what a few things were. We would smell it, look at it and then decide we were not brave enough to try it, luckily we had good rolls.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
We have had a quiet day at the Hospital. Katie has had a few naps and I have read. We thought we would add some pictures so you could see where we are hanging out 24/7. We do have a nice balcony and Katie got the go ahead to walk around a little bit. She even ventured outside to see the sun for a minute or two. They took 3 vials of blood this morning and the doctor said they will take more tomorrow along with an EKG. Her dosage of Coumadin the last two days has been the same, 1/2 pill, so hopefully they have figured out her dosage to keep her blood thin enough. The