We belong to a homeschooling co-op. We get together twice a month. We try to do a field trip activity for one of our get togethers. This month I was in charge of getting the field trip, so I arranged for us to go to the fire department. It was a very cool field trip! Charlie was our volunteer fireman that showed us around and educated us. We got to try on a fireman jacket, which was heavy. We also used walkie talkies to go on a scavenger hunt for hidden stickers. He showed us some of the different tools they use and let us go inside a fire truck. For the big finale he turned on the fire hose and let all the kids get a chance at turning it on and spraying at a roadside A-frame warning barrier to knock it down, then they got to turn the knob to make the spray into what the firemen called a shield. We had so much fun!
Monday, March 24, 2014
Steve recently celebrated his 37th birthday at the beginning of this month. His parents came into town for a few days and helped us celebrate with him. We had a birthday dinner on Sunday. Later, my mom and Geoff joined us all for warm apple pie and ice cream for dessert. Pie is one of Steve's favorite desserts and pie à la mode is especially tantalizing. He was one happy camper.
What a way to celebrate such a great guy. We sure love you Steve!
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Monday, March 17, 2014
We went on a little vacation to American Fork. While there are family took a trip to the local U-swirl. U-swirl is great! They have several flavors of frozen yogurt, soft-served, that you can top with a treasure trove of delectable goodies.
Steve made his treat clean and simple, only topping his yogurt with those "water balloon thingies," as Amara calls them.
Both Amara and Lily got Reese's Peanut Butter cup frozen yogurt. Amara mixed her's with chocolate and put tons of different candies and cookies on top and finished it off with a squirt of whipped cream and a cherry on top. You can just see the joy in her eyes at her masterpiece of a treat.
Lily topped her's with chunks of Reese's peanut butter cups, and an Oreo, and whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles. Lily ate her dessert in true Lily fashion, that is to say, savoring every bite and taking her time. She took three times as long to finish her treat then everybody else. I remember even as a baby, Lily would take what seemed like forever to eat. When I would sit down to nurse her I knew I would be there 45 minutes to an hour and a half. Its really is just how Lily takes in the good things of life.
And while Lily finished eating, everyone just relaxed and watched the TV. I love this next shot of Amara with her dad. One of the perks of having cold frozen desserts is the snuggles that come afterwards.
And lastly, but not leastly, there was my dessert. Although I can't have much in the way of sugar, artificial sweeteners, natural sweeteners, fat, and the like, I still was able to make my own little dessert of sliced strawberries and diced mango with a sprinkle of granola and a squirt of whipped cream. Oh yeah, and a few sprinkles just for looks. It was nice to have something sweet along with everyone else.
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Saturday, March 1, 2014
I doubt many husbands started Valentines Day the way mine did. Close to 2 in the morning my dysautonomia and heart arrhythmia decided to rudely disturb my slumber. Basically I woke up gasping for air and anytime I would try to fall asleep I would end up not being able to breathe again. That sent my heart arrhythmia and POTS (that's postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome for those of you that don't know) into crazy mode. The last time this happened was about a year ago and I ended up in the ER wondering if I was having a heart attack only to be sent home wearing a heart monitor and have it return back with the reading of a normal healthy person. Come to find out from my cardiologist, what I went through was not life threatening and he told me if it were to happen again to just get up and walk around for 10 minutes and it will go away. If it doesn't, then call his office. So, remembering his advice on this very early morning, I got out of bed and tried to walk around the house only to start feeling quite nauseous, dizzy, weak, and faint, so I woke up my husband using what little breath I had and I asked him if he could help walk me around. Without hesitation, without complaint, without looking at the time, he got out of bed, more like stumbled out of bed, put his arm around me and began to walk me around the house. My heart raced on like it was going to win a marathon, I was so tired, and felt like I might throw up, but with the support of my husband walking by my side, step by repetitive step, just having his strength near calmed my nerves and my heart went back to normal. I sat down and Steve sat down too. He then gave me a gift that not all husbands can give to their wives. He gave me a priesthood blessing. Therein lies an account of true love.
We were both very tired and went back to bed eventually. I knew when the sun rose I would be able to take it easy and sleep in if I needed to, or take a nap later, but my dear husband had to get up early and go to work. And still not a word of sleep deprivation complaint. Bless him!
We both went about our days and when he returned home, we got to go to our ward's Valentine's Day couples dinner that I had been looking forward to for weeks. God blessed me to feel well enough to attend with my husband. We had a wonderful night with friends from our ward. I truly have the most wonderful eternal Valentine!
The photos in this post are from the Valentine's Day dinner at our church.