Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Open house

So fun to go to Open House at Peachland Elementary. Jack Jr. and Gracie were very proud to show us their work. Gracie even did a performance. "Each of us is a flower growing in life's garden..." The song has been in all of our heads for a week now! Both kids have wonderful teachers and we are so pleased with their efforts this year!

The Lizard

Miss Grace and Max caught Freddy the Lizard. It was an ugly thing with no tail. They both cried when we had to let it back out into the wild of our backyard. Creepy that my beautiful daughter loves the dirt and crawly things!

So much to share!!!

It has been a while since I have blogged (is that a word?) So here goes the last few weeks...
First Gracie turned 7!!!!
Birthday Breakfast!

Gracie brought a treat to school.

Blow out the candles!

Big day...tired, but happy girl!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Uncle Dan is #%

I wrote his age in code...you can figure it out!

We had birthday dinner, with strawberry shortcake.
Happy Birthday!
We love Uncle Dan!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

I am a match!

The Transplant coordinator called today. My blood work came back and I am a match for Emily. There are 3 tests done 1)blood type, 2)Cross match 3)tissue typing test. 1)I am type O and so is Emily. 2)Cross match means that our blood when put into a petri dish together did not fight against each other (thank heavens for that we do enough of that outside the test tube! HAHAHA) 3)Tissue typing checks the degree of tissue match between 6 codes. Since a person receives 3 codes (or antegens) from each parents. The parent/child relationship can only be 3 and I am a 3 code match to Emily. That means the less chance of rejection the more antegen match. So, after this biology lesson, the bottom line is that if a donor kidney is not found I am good to donate mine. I breathe a sigh of relief!! I go for more testing (psych testing)on the 30th of this month...keep a good thought! thx

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Conference Weekend

Jack took Emily to Salt Lake for Conference. He decided a long time ago that he would take each of our kids to Conference when they turned twelve. A father/daughter/son weekend. Since Emily could not go last year, he took for her 13th birthday. Jack and Emily and Jack's brother, Tim and our niece, McKenzie all went to the Sunday morning session. I am grateful that she is doing so well that she can enjoy this special weekend with her dad. I'll add pictures of them later.

Now to the home front...
I decided I would "try" to be a fun mom. I took the other kids to the movies to see Nim's Island and to the Soup Plantation for dinner. We had so much fun. So far so good! We came home to relax and here is where my idea went sour...a sleep out in the family room?!?!?!? What was I thinking? When we were still up at 12:30am "having fun" I was worried. Then by 2:00am, when everyone was asleep except me...I was mad! The dog started to bark and now I was nervous...not to worry I was now wired and up until 4:15am just to make sure everything was OK. Duh...how could I think that sleeping on the hard floor with 4 of my children sleeping on top of me was fun? At 9:00am when we woke up to watch Conference...my thoughts (besides oww! my back hurts) were how blessed I am to have these beautiful children surrounding me! What a blessing! So my advice when you want to be a "fun mom"...have the sleep out in your bed, not on the floor! I'm grateful for the opportunity to listen to our new Prophet and to be lifted up by the words of our leaders.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008


Receiving her certificate.
Her best friend Jamie

Friday night Emily was inducted into the National Junior Honor Society. To qualify you have to have had a 3.5 GPA for the first 3 grading periods of 7th grade, be recommended by your teachers and do 10 hours of community service. Emily has carried a 4.0 or higher this last year. She helped with our ward canning project and helped her dad do football registration. We are so proud of her. She works really hard and it shows! Congratulations! Plus she is a beauty to boot!