Saturday, November 11, 2017

UEA weekend craziness

 Let's tell the story of the crazy UEA weekend this year:
UEA weekend is where schools in all of Utah get the Thursday and Friday off so that teachers can have the opportunity to go to conferences and workshops.  Anyway, lots of people plan vacations around this weekend, but we were not this year.  I told the kids we were going to do lots of neat things  though so don't fret.  However, here's how it started out:
I took the kids to a pumpkin patch/stand place (you don't pick your pumpkins from the field type of thing, but there are lots to choose from), and Jonathan got a mosquito bite. 
It swelled up pretty big right away!

The next day, Friday, Jonathan woke up looking like Quasimodo! 
Wow, the swelling!
What is more, is that a)I woke up not feeling great at all, and I had a fever the night before.
b) Nathan was getting ready to go to St. George for a bike race on Saturday.
c)I had a private party that night that had booked Hawkwatch where I was going to show off an owl, and because I had made a semi-big deal about needing to know more information concerning the Hawkwatch events earlier so I can, I felt like I now couldn't cancel. 

So, we called and did a video conference with Nathan's biking buddy (who was also going to St. George), who is an NP, and he concluded it was periorbital cellulitis.  He called in a prescription for clindamycin, which ended up being pretty expensive even with insurance.  Anyway, I went down the canyon to pick it up, made it back exactly as Bailey was dropped off to babysit, Nathan left for St. George, and I left Bailey with the boys and with the instructions to take a picture every hour to see if it would get better. 

Jonathan at 2:24

Jonathan at 4:45
(this is right after I left)

Jonathan at 6:45


Well, it didn't look like it was getting worse, so we thought that the antibiotic was doing it's job.  
And yes, I was giving benadryl the entire time.  I totally started giving that on Thursday night. 

I held Kotori for the Owl-o-ween party for over two hours.  I thought I was strong and could handle this no problem, but wow, my arm was sore! I bet you want an owl at your Halloween party now don't you?  I know I do! (If I ever throw a Halloween party...)

Well, I got home about 10pm, checked on Jonathan who looked okay, and gave him another dose of medicine, and then went to bed myself.  I had a very fitful night though.  My fever spiked at 104*F and I ended up sleeping on the floor next to the heating vent, and I felt achy all over.  

Next morning I awoke, and Jonathan looked like this:
He didn't have an indentation in his forehead because the swelling had spread to his other eye and was covering his whole forehead.  The good thing was there was no pain.  I called my friend to have her daughter come watch my other kids because I needed to take Jonathan to the doc and be prepared to be sent to the hospital.  (sidenote, I still felt really achy, headache, and now my throat was on fire).  We headed in and they sent in blood for testing of a bacterial infection (which came back negative, whew!) and concluded it was a SEVERE allergic reaction to the mosquito bite!  I'd say so!  That doctor said she has seen about 12 kids this autumn with this same thing.  She wondered if it was a different kind of mosquito, or if the mosquitos were carrying some weird antigen or something.  Pretty crazy, but he {shouldn't} have this reaction again.  He got a steroid shot, and a prescription for oral steroids for the next few days. 
11: 30 on Saturday
She did say that it might take a few days for all of the swelling to decrease (SPOILER ALERT: It did take until Tuesday for him to look normal again).  One problem down.

I asked if she could look at me at all, but no such luck(their office only took care of patients 0-18yrs.)
So from that parking lot I called my doctor and got an afterhours appointment with the office.  It was in 2 hours, so I headed home, relieved the sitter, loaded the kids and then went back down the canyon. 

2:30pm Saturday and now at my doctor's office.  It IS getting better, he can now barely open his left eye!  And the swelling finally stopped spreading. 

For me I had a strept test...and it was positive.  Okay, crappy, but fixable.  Antibiotics please...
I did get a nice talking to about my adenoids (they aren't really big either, but this is my second time this year, as an adult, to get strept throat).  This doc talked to me about a tonsilectomy.  Yikes, I just wanted the antibiotics!  We'll have to visit that subject later, because my kids had just about had it in the office at this point.  
Second problem fixed.

Meanwhile Nathan was riding the Fall Tour of St. George. 
It's not a race, but it is of course it turns into a race...
Nathan and buddy Jason before the race.

He called about 3:30 that he had won!  GReaT!  I wasn't doing super great at home and could really use his help, so he was going to have dinner with the biker gang, then try to start for home that evening.  Again great!  I was trying to do something for the kids besides just have them watch Netflix at home, so we went to the little pumpkin patch activities by our house...
3:30, and Jonathan's face is looking better and better!
Also fun sidenote, but friend's the Tripp family (who's daughter had babysat that morning), arrived right after we did!  It was only them, us, and one other little family.  Kind of fun to have it to ourselves. Anyway, then it wasn't 10 minutes into this pumpkin patch outing that I got a text: 
"I'm sorry you don't feel good :("
"First of all, I'm okay, but I did get a little bit of road rash when I had a little minor crash.  Everything else feels good, but in am going ot be in some surface pain for about a week...sorry."
"No one else went down.  I made a stupid mistake messing around and went down."

...then I got sent these pictures?!!?

Wha?  I called and he was okay, but he and Lee were messing around on the way back to Drew's house, and...
Then the text: 
"Arm has a decent gouge in it."
"Bike might need a little carbon patch on top tube."
"Honestly, I'm just grateful that it's not worse that it is.  Helmet did it's job, I hit the back of the helmet pretty good on teh road, but I don't even have a headache or anything.  Would have been really bad if no helmet. "

That made me so {happy/mad/sad/scared/other emotions}.  He was going to be okay!  But, he wasn't going to leave for home until the morning now.

Well, nothing we can do about that situation right now, so might as well take advantage of our horse Chex and the other horse's from Second Chance Ranch at the pumpkin patch activities and ride around a bit! (see, I really was trying to do fun things with them)
All the horses were painted for Halloween, and one was painted like a skeleton and Jonathan thought that was neat!  Jack and James both just wanted to ride Chex (that makes my heart sing!  He's a great horse!)

Finally, to throw another log on the fire...
On Sunday Nathan and I were scheduled to do a special musical number in Sacrament.
Our friend's son was leaving on a mission, and we had the perfect song.
I was going to PLAY the piano, and Nathan was going to sing.
Now this was a big deal because I have NEVER, EVER accompanied someone before, and the last time I played in sacrament it went horribly.  I had been playing this song for about a year, and had thought it would make a great piece to do at for a mission farewell (we are partly in charge at church to get musical numbers together for sacrament/anything else that is musical). Nathan is a great singer, but he had also asked someone else to sing with him 2 weeks before(this person has never done a duet before) and we hadn't had a practice all together yet.  Yes, I was very nervous to say the least.
We were going to practice at 10:30 on Sunday morning...but now Nathan was in St. George.
It was good that he was singing because my throat was still hurting, and Nathan wondered if he had broken his pinky finger.  
"Don't worry, I'll leave by 6am," he said.

I borrowed the keys to the church on Saturday night and went and practiced on that piano for 30min late that night, which I think helped a ton to know the piano.  Not all piano's play the same, and it was great to calm my nerves.  

Sunday morning I wake up at 8am and check my Find My iPhone app so I can see  how far away Nathan is...AND HE HASN'T LEFT YET!  Oh man, I was so {sad/scared/mad/insert emotion here}.  He had awoken at 7:40, and told everyone that drove with him "we gotta leave in 10 minutes, my wife is going to kill me!"  They made it back at  12:30.  Church starts at 1pm.  Our friend came right over (and he had been practicing the song with a CD so he felt prepared!) and we ran through the song about 3 times.  Then I headed to church with the kids to get our seat closer to the front, and told Nathan to come when he was done shaving.  He wasn't going to shave, and I said, oh yes you are. See you there. 


The musical number went really well!!  
After we sat back down I felt like I was going to throw up.  Nathan said "you get used that feeling, or you just play in front of so many people that you don't care anymore."  I asked "how many was that for you?"  A special conference at the MTC...welp, that won't ever be happening for for now, I'll just feel like I'm going to throw up, ha!

We made it through the weekend!
Sunday night we got to go see the Kutterer's for Ann's birthday, and tell our story all over again:)

Happy Birthday lovely :)

The End

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Lagoon, lagoon, and more lagoon!!

We got season passes to Lagoon because we had wanted to take James and Jack on a special birthday date, but individually.  Needless to say...happy birthday boys, the pass was your your present ;)
I wanted to get our money's worth, so we went every week for the rest of the summer!  Sometimes twice a week! So.Much.Fun!

September 2017 in Pictures

A look at September through pictures...
First to start off we stopped for a little bit and saw the McConnons on our way to St. George/Vegas over Labor day weekend.  I wish we lived closer.  Maybe someday again.  Until then we'll make sure our littles are still friends.   Love this girl Lilah!  I got to help Kristie go through clothes and figure out some things for their family pictures that night.  Love them!

Then we drove by the Cedar City temple around dinner time.  It was almost finished when we went by, and it is gorgeous.  How lucky to live so close to so many different temples.  I love the gospel, and I love the work that is performed there.  It really does turn my heart to my predecessors.  And everytime I think of temples, I always think of Grandpa and Grandma, and everything they must be doing for their family on the other side of the veil. 

Jack and Mommy time one day

I took James to pack meeting with...
...Chex out to ride and do a cowboy theme for cub scouts.  He was so good (of course!).
James rode him all the way  there, and I rode him back (from his field off Old Highway to the bowery(aka pavilion) where pack meeting was held).  It was lovely weather, until the sun went down, then I was way under dressed!

Nathan took the other kids for a little hike while I went to scouts.
Jack hiking with his best friend Kellen

Jordan's way of hikin

Jonathan catching up to the big kids in his superman costume.  Once he decided he wanted to be a "superhero called superman" for Halloween, he wore his costume everyday for a week. 
They hiked up behind our house, and I just love being able to go right from here to explore the woods. 

So right after Labor Day Jonathan had his first day of Pre-School!!
This little guy has been so ready, for about a year!  He wants to be like his brothers and go,go,go!

He is going to Ms. Kera's preschool.  Both James and Jack have had her for preschool, and they have loved her.  So fun for him.  And it is just around the block from our home, very close!  Funny story: right before labor day I said to him "let's go see your preschool?"  He said, "okay, can I ride my strider bike?"  "Sure! But hold on, I have to talk to Daddy really quick on the phone then we'll go".  We had just gotten a lot of trees and were setting them out where to plant, and had hired someone to help dig the holes (20 holes, and they were big, so we hired a small excavator).  Anyway, I got off the phone, looked around, and Jonathan was gone!  I go to the garage, and his bike is GONE!  Wha?  I call Nathan starting to freak out a bit, while running up and down our street, still nothing.  I get off the phone, and start to pound on doors to get someone to help me look for him, still nothing and now I can't find anyone at home.  I get in the CAR to start making the radius from my house bigger, and I get a call from a lady in our neighborhood!  She saw him riding his bike TO THE SCHOOL, and followed him there because she said she just saw this little guy without a mom.  Jonathan GOT INTO THE SCHOOL WITH HIS STRIDER BIKE AND WAS IN THE MAIN OFFICE LOOKING AT THE FISH TANK!!!  My friend said she went in, looked at him and said "you are a Manwaring, where's your mom?"  "She's at home" he proudly answered.  He had gone to the school, thinking that preschool was going to be there, not to his PrE-SchOoL!  I quickly made my way to the school, and was so grateful to her!  What shananigan's this kid pulls, always on my toes.  Anyway....we got to visit his preschool...

I looked out the window and what did I see?...
...I love where we live because we can see wildlife right across the street, quite often!

We went to Emily and Beau's wedding reception.  I worked with Emalee for years at Ogden Athletic Club, and Jonathan even took his first steps to her!  Such a neat couple and we are so happy for them!

Nathan took James and Jack to the father-and-son's campout out for our ward.
It was very chilly so these two ended up sharing a sleeping bag :)

Beautiful morning
They brought the new tent, and it's as long as the Jeep!

Great time had at the Wilkinson's Campground.  And I gotta say, I'm glad I got to sleep all cozy at home.  The older boys had a great time with their dad!
 While they were at the campout,  I had Michael and Emily while Nicole had a conference to go to...
All in the tub getting clean before bedtime.

Her hair is so long and gorgeous.  I did have to blowdry it and braid it so that it wasn't all in her way while she slept.  What fun to do a little girl's hair.  We love having cousins come to play!

 Jack playing one day after church with the teeny little rubber guys collection, and he put them in the little spaces in the cabinet.
I have been collecting little rubber animals since I was really little, at least 26 years, and we've got quite a collection now!  I couldn't find any for years, and then the company safari limited started making them, and they are so life like!  It is a fun thing that I can do with the boys too.  Whenever we go somewhere and see them for sale we have to see if there are any that we don't have yet :)

Just a cute one of Jordan, taking Lady for a walk.  
She has been the best dog, so good for all our boys. 
 So easy to take care of. Very loyal.

I went to Kira's bridal shower, so excited to see her get married!! 

Good buddy Lee helping Nathan fix the sprinklers, that were broken from the small excavator who dug the holes, but was so worth it not to have to dig all those holes!  

Just some of the holes with trees to plant...seriously, so many!
James was my huge helper!  I planted all but one of the trees.  

I captured this sweet moment at Fotofly while the other two were getting their pictures taken.  
They all have a special bond with each other.  This is just a glimpse of the one between these two.  Biggest and littlest bros.

I got to do my first Parade of Raptors at a library in West Jordan!  
Here I am getting Goose the Peregrine Falcon ready to go.
While I was doing that, Nathan asked the boys if they wanted to go do a kids cyclocross race, and here was Jonathan's response... of course yes if it has anything to do with his bike!
So he took them!  James is here all ready to go!

Nathan didn't know they had a strider division, so Jack and Jonathan ended up getting to race as well (and the look on Jonathan's face tells it all!)

Yep, our kids do bike races in costumes! 
I was serious when I said that Jonathan has worn his costume a lot this month!
After the race I met back up them and we went to a little park, had a picnic, and got to hike around. 
Here we are throwing rocks into a river
Jack posing by racoon tracks we found by the river.  One of his favorite animals are raccoons, and he he does the best noise of one!

And this little one was just glad I let him down for part of the hike.  

Jonathan and I napping
He is SO cute, and will doing the funniest things.  I always want him to be 3 :)  But then I remember the great wisdom Grandma Haworth said, "It is lucky that they can grow up, we are there to teach them while they are little, but not all can or will grow up, so we are lucky". 
And I am lucky.  I do love this stage, but each stage is so fun too.  I like this picture because I can remember that he loves his binky to go to sleep, and his daddy puppy, and that he loves to snuggle up to mommy too :)

On the last Saturday of the month, I was in Colorado, and I couldn't go to CO without a trip to Denver, and I stopped and saw all my grandparents there.  The Colman's and I had a great time talking and catching up.  I love them so.  They have had such and impact on my life, incredible examples.  They are my honorary grandparents, and I love them so. 

From there I went to Grandma Kitty's place in Parker. 
 She looks great for 93!
A delayed birthday lunch for her.  But a treat to be with my mom and her.  Great women in my family, who love me so much and I them.  I am blessed.