"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."

-Henry David Thoreau

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Varicose Vein Surgery

About two and a half weeks ago I had varicose vein surgery. I found a great doctor while coaching last year. He was the dad of one of my players. I talked to him about the pain and went to his office while pregnant and he got me the compression socks. He said to come in after baby, so I did and my problem was still there. I decided to do the surgery. It was in office and I was awake the whole time, but I couldn't bring myself to look at what he was doing. I walked out with a fully bandaged leg and instructions to not run for two weeks. Here we are two weeks later...my bruising is still there but is finally fading. It feels as though my vein is stretched taut (he told me it would) but I'm thinking it was a success and I hope to not have to deal with this again!

Monday, November 28, 2016


Thanksgiving was in New Harmony this year. It was much anticipated because Brad was coming out with his family and Scott was coming too. We got to Mom and Dad's and Terran and Jason wasted no time becoming best buds.
We did the traditional Thanksgiving feast, had a run day with Amanda and mom, did a scenic drive, did weights and basketball with Scott and my parents (I beat Zach at one on one) and Kenna used her walker to be all over the gym.
There was lots of time to chat and hang out and that's one of the things I love doing with my family.

As we headed home, I truly was thankful for such a great holiday!

Monday, November 7, 2016

5 months

The love we all have for Kenna is immeasurable! Though she is "chill," she loves to play. She always has big smiles for Daddy, laughs like crazy at Terran's antics, and knows how to snuggle Mom just right.

She loves food, and even though I didn't plan to try real food until 6 months, she had different plans. While eating sweet potatoes, she grabbed my hand to put them in her mouth. So, I let her try them. Since, she has tried waffles, bread, peas, cooked carrots, black and pinto beans, tomatoes, cheerios, and sucked on apples. So far, she has liked everything and grabs at it quickly and shoves it in her mouth! I sure hope her palate stays this versatile!

Kenna loves being tossed in the air and tickled. Her excitedly shy smiles make everyone who receives one happy. She can sit up quite well and is anxious to walk. She doesn't much like lying on her stomach so even though she moves her feet out of frustration, crawling doesn't seem to interest her much. 

My baby girl will not eat if distracted at all. She mostly likes to eat during the night and doesn't eat for comfort or even hunger during the day. I have to time it right so there aren't other noises and she can stay focused enough to get through the letdown. I make sure she gets enough though and her chunk would confirm.

We just love our "Baby Sis!"

Fire station open house

I was so excited to bring Terran to the first station open house. He tends to get shy and clingy when other adults talk to him and right when we walked up one of the firefighters was talking to him and he shrunk into me. That set the tone for most of the event. He didn't want to try the events they had set up, but eventually we were able to help him with a hose roll up, using a fire extinguisher, and hitting some wood with an ax. His favorite part by far (besides the donut table) was the trailer they had to escape from when it filled with smoke. He jumped out the back window and insisted on going again.

Picture updates

Not updating my blog means lost memories so here is a bunch of stuff from the last few months:

SoJo 5k and time with Grammy and Poppy

First race post baby and even though it was a bit hard, it was fun! Mom and Dad ran the SoJo 5k with me. We all placed in our age groups and the weather was good. Terran and Zach were cheering me on with Kenna in he carrier, then Terran sprinted in with me and I put the medal over his neck. He loved it and I think it's time to start signing him up for his own races!

Later that day we went to Dry Creek park and enjoyed watching Terran ride his bike and play, looked at the fall leaves, and had quality time together!

Terran's hospital trip

Terran had four cavities at one of our dentist checkups! I was so frustrated because I am really good about brushing his teeth, but it turns out when I quit flossing because he teeth were so gapped, the molars grew together without me realizing so the spot where they touch put a cavity on each tooth! We tried oral sedation, which is a story in and of itself, where Terran threw a huge fit, I wasn't prepped correctly from our dentist office, and he ended up spitting the sedation all over me and in his own face, getting a huge amount in his eyes! Since that didn't work, we went through the nightmare of determining how to proceed, with effectiveness and insurance. I was extremely disappointed in our dentist office with their organization and communication about the whole thing, but his tooth was starting to bother him and I didn't want to start over so we stuck with them. We had to go to Primary Children's hospital where they used anesthesia. I tried to keep him to be open to it, but once we pulled in the parking lot, he was not interested. There was a lot of waiting involved, and checks that he would endure only if screaming and protesting loudly. I don't think I realized they would take him away completely, so that was hard for me. They used a nasal medicine that helped him be calm, I helped him put on his hospital PJs and they took him away to the operating room. I had a bit of anxiety and unrest, but prayed for the best! They let me come back as he was waking up, and that was terrible. He still had an IV and wanted it out, his nose was bleeding, and he would not stop crying. He got a slushie and a new stuffed dog, and finally a male nurse tgst he would tolerate. He tends to like male figures in settings where adults have to talk to him. I think they are a little more easy going or something but he seems to open up faster to them. Anyway, he ended up needing need treatment and a silver cap, on top of cavities filled and sealants put on. 

Since then, I have found a different pediatric dentist that I think will be overall better and we brush every night, even if he screams and cries because that was such an ordeal, for me and him, and I never want to repeat it.


Holidays really are so magical with little kids. For Halloween, we had a little party with Terran's neighbor friends where they made ghosts and Frankensteins and frosted cupcakes. 

We went with the Sullivans to the trunk or treat at Hill AFB and the carnival after. Terrans favorite part was watching the realistic gorilla man walk around. It was quite busy but some trunks were really decorated awesome and Terran seemed to really enjoy it. Kenna was as chill as ever and just hung out. We stayed 15 minutes too long though, and both kids had meltdowns on the hour and a half drive home. I stopped to grab some food and try to help them, but while waiting for food, Terran had an accidental in his pants and then once at the car, Kenna did! I changed her and put them in PJs and got on the road, then endured crying from both of them for 35 minutes. Kinda crazy.

We also rode the pumpkin train! It was a slow train in Heber, and though it was decorated quite as I expected, Terran loved hanging out the window and Kenna seemed to like the festive atmosphere. Terran especially enjoyed the haunted train car when we got back to the station. He went through to it six or seven times!

We had a ward soup party with door to door trick or treating at the stake center. It was very fun with different stations of games as well. Terran and three other 3/4 year olds did a lot of it together. 

Halloween night came and we did soup and bread bowls with the Freeman's. After that, we did our neighborhood trick or treating. We got out a little late and the neighborhood was pretty quiet, compared to last year. Terran was tired pretty quick, so we just hit a few houses and headed home.