Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The 3 lb. Sasquatch that took down my mom...

 That is quite the title for a post but this is quite the story! I have had a lot of people asking what exactly happened and rather then re-telling the story or messaging it a million times I decided to post it for all who are curious to see. 

After piecing together what my mom, Rojer and the neighbor have all said this is the story to the best of my knowledge.

At 2:00 AM Saturday morning my mom decided to take Maggie and Otis (her dogs) for a walk. She was shutting her front door slowly so she wouldn't wake Rojer. An unleashed and unsupervised chihuahua came running up the stairs (probably to sniff my moms dogs) and ran through her legs knocking her off balance. Then ran back through her legs from behind and tripped her. She fell down a full flight a stairs to the cement (she lives on the 2nd floor). She says she did a somersault and then rolled the rest of the way down. Then she tried to sit up and the top of her leg shifted one direction and the bottom shifted a different way. She looked down and realized the bone had broken the skin. Luckily (if there is any luck in this story) there was a neighbor (not the chihuahua owner but a different one) out walking her dogs and she saw the whole thing! She yelled for my mom not to move as she rushed to her and saw that my mom was trying to sit up. The neighbor went and got Rojer who came down and they covered the wound with rags to stop the bleeding and stop my mom from seeing it. At some point she passed out from loss of blood and they were worried she ruptured her spleen. She was taken by ambulance and they determined she didn't rupture any organs and then focused on the leg.

The bone broke the skin causing about a 3 inch cut. They cleaned the bones off and cut the gap further so they could clean inside the leg well. Then they pulled out the shattered pieces of bone that were unfixable. Then reconnected ligments and used fiberwire to put it all together. They closed up her leg with 22 staples. She also had a swollen arm, bumps on her head and basically her whole body is a bruise. She can't start trying to bend her leg at all for a couple weeks (everything needs time to reattach and heal) and then she has 8-12 months physical therapy and rehabilitation. She is being transferred to a rehabilitation center today where they are working on getting her mobile enough to go home. Then she will do therapy at home 3 times a week.

So that is how the little 3 lb chihuahua took down my mom. It sounds absolutely ridiculous so my mom is joking that we should change the story to be that Sasquatch came and pushed her down the stairs haha. We're hoping for a speedy recovery and appreciate all the well wishes!

elbow on day 3 when swelling went down..this was the size of a grapefruit

her wrapped but swollen broken leg

VERY swollen leg, ankle and foot

The not broken leg covered in bruises

first time out of bed. She can't put any weight on her broken leg and has to hop

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Day 4 they finally unwrapped her leg for the first time to clean it and look at it. She doesn't have much of a knee cap but it is still pretty swollen.

22 Staples

Monday, August 29, 2011

2nd Grade

So excited and being silly :)

A friend of mine posted this on facebook and I thought it was funny and wanted to share:

Twas the night before school started when all through the town the parents were cheering; it was a riotous sound. By eight the kids were washed and tucked into bed when memories of homework filled them with dread. New pencils, new folders, new notebooks too, new teachers, new friends, the anxiety grew. The parents just giggled when they heard of this fright and shouted upstairs-GO TO BED-IT'S A SCHOOL NIGHT!

I wasn't cheering by any means that school was starting but sending them to 2nd grade is much easier then sending them to Kindergarten or 1st grade!

Kindergarten is definitely tough but it's only a couple hours and I was able to keep myself together for that. The first day of 1st grade on the other hand I cried my eyes out! I was so worried about them being gone for so long! They were around their peers more hours in a day (awake hours) than they were with me and I was so scared! Not only that but they were eating lunch with out me! I could go on and on about the millions of thoughts and worries I had but really it was only that first day that I felt that way. As soon as they came home happy as could be it was smooth sailing the rest of the year. We LOVED 1st grade!

So here we are now with summer break officially over and we are starting 2nd grade! I am going to miss having them with me all day and I was definitely still a little nervous for them but this year I was excited for them as well!
This is the first year they will be in the same class as each other so it will be interesting to see how that goes. They came home happy as could be and told me all about their day and it sounds like its going to be another great year I just hope it doesn't fly by as fast as 1st grade did...has anybody figured out how to slow time down yet??? :)

finding the line for their class


Kaids backpack


Karsons backpack

Monday, August 22, 2011

Last Cabin Trib Before School Starts...

We are so fortunate to be able to go to Paul's cabin a few times a year. The boys just love it there and we always have so much fun. Shawn and RaeLene planned one last trip for the family before school starts. 
The boys got to go down early with Grandma and Grandpa and Justin and I went down that afternoon when he got off work. The boys were so excited they woke up at SIX AM! They got dressed, grabbed their backpacks and went out front where they sat and waited until 8:30 when Grandma and Grandpa showed up haha!

This was the sight I was greeted with when we pulled up :)

The men folk made a fire

While waiting for the fire to burn down Justin caught a lizard

cooking our hot dogs..notice everyone crouched down trying to escape the heat

Logan and Justin ended up laying down

All my boys cooking

After dinner we hung around the cabin and played some pool and ping pong then called it a night.

Saturday after our yummy breakfast Grandma pulled out a fun project for all the kids. They each decorated a puppet and then put on a puppet show for us :)

decorating the puppets

Logan, Kaiden and Karson showing off the finished puppets

putting on a show

Look at all those cute little puppet masters!

Kar, Logan, Kaid, Brooklynn and Maren

Animal the horse..notice the horses teeth :)

After the puppet show the boys were just dying to get back out on the 4 wheelers so we spent the rest of the morning out riding. Poor Shawn has come down with a case of Bells Palsy but he didn't let that stop him from having fun with the kiddo's!

Justin goofin around

Karson on the big wheeler

Taking Brooklynn for a ride

Shawn and a few of the grandkids

Kaiden found a frog..this one did NOT come home with us :)

It got pretty hot at about noon so we ate some lunch and went swimming. Swimming was the highlight of the trip for me and the kids all had so much fun!

Kaiden and Karson jumping off the dock

Logan jumping in

Justin cannon balls in

buried in the sand and testing gravity

goofin on the beach

After I was buried we buried Brooklynn and Maren

Then Brooklynn and Maren helped bury Logan


Justin splashing the kiddo's

family photo

Brooklynn loved being spun by her mama

Logan and his daddy

 After swimming and a quick trip to get some delicious squeeky cheese we headed back to the cabin for more riding and fun!

Kaidens picture for auntie

"Logi Bear" becomes "Logi Deer"

riding in the Rhino with Justin driving crazy!

Favorite quote from the trip: "Brooklynn, it's me Logan, your best friend" haha

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Ash Cake!

My Yummy Ash Cake with Butter and Sugar on it!

A couple days ago Ash Cake popped into my head and I mentioned to Justin we should make some soon. He looked at me like I was crazy! After talking to some friends I was surprised how many people (especially here in Utah where everyone goes to Girls Camps or Scout Camps) hadn't heard of it. I decided to find a way to incorporate it into our FHE lesson Monday night so we could all enjoy this Yummy treat!

Ready for our lesson and our treat

The hot ash

Cooking our Ash Cakes

For those of you don't know what ash cake is here is the easiest way to make them:
1. Get some Rhodes Rolls dough (or your favorite dough recipe..Rhodes is just easiest to take camping) and thaw out however many you plan on cooking. 
2. Squish the dough and stretch it (like if you were making a scone) 
3. Toss the dough into White Hot Ash. 
4. Flip it once so both sides get golden brown 
5. Remove from pit, brush the ash off and top with butter, honey, sugar, cinnamon or whatever your favorite scone topping is.
And Voila! A yummy ash cake! It's a fun little treat for when your out camping...or in this case hanging out in your back yard :) I think we will make sure do it every year at least once..maybe as an end of summer type thing.

The boys Loved them! (so did Justin and I)

I am constantly telling my boys to get out of the mud or dirt or whatever the other million things are they find to make a mess with but sometimes you just gotta let a boy have some fun and get dirty! As I was cleaning up and saw that soft dirty slushy ash I just couldn't resist throwing some! The first time I had ash cake it ended in a huge ash fight and I thought the boys deserved the same :) They were in heaven! To not only be getting dirty but to hear mom encouraging them to get each other was great! Then to be able to get mom and dad filthy without getting in trouble was just hilarious to them!

Logan was my first victim

Logan chasing his brothers all around the house to get them!

Karson loving the ash fight

Silly boys

My boys and I after the ash fight

Dirty boys! :)