Tuesday, March 23, 2010


Working on form at gymnastics

Flat Tire

After a couple of consecutive mornings with a flat tire on the car we went to the tire shop to purchase new wheels. A pair of glasses kept Katelyn entertained for a long time.

House Projects

First a Prego Shot for those of you wondering...5 1/2 weeks to go!

All of our projects we do together

My brother decided our tv was pretty old and bought me a new one for my birthday. The quote says "Establish a House: a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God."
Pre-Entertainment Center

After Entertainment Center

We decided we needed a tad more privacy and some help for utilities. I found canvas paint dropcloths at Home Depot for pretty cheap and hemmed them (finally).
Before Curtains

After Curtains

We tried to make the bathroom a little less 50's and added beadboard, blue paint, and some finishing touches to cover exposed piping. I will have you know I cut each piece of trim and beadboard by hand with an exacto knife. I just found out about the wallpaper beadboard and boy do I wish I had used that stuff.

After Bathroom 1

The gold was great with Lorette's furniture but I was looking for something a tad more relaxing (oh and they have smells now that you can add to your paint so the walls smell like Sea Breeze).
Before and After Master Bedroom

We moved the girls' downstairs to make way for the nursery.
Girls Room 1

Girls Room 2

Girls Room 3


Our latest adventure:
Before Laundry

Hopefully in the next few days I can show you the after shots.

Aerospace Museum

A trip to the Hill Air Force Base Aerospace Museum with Daddy!

We had a great time and the best part is, IT's FREE!

Valentine's Packages

Thanks Heath for the Valentines! If only we were as good as you guys! The Tinkerbell cards and cookies made our day!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Katelyn's Kidney Scare

So from my previous post you may understand I was a bit consumed in preparing for the open house. Poor Katelyn has been doing great with the potty but recently strongly resisted going potty unless I went with her (she could do the potty dance for a couple hours if necessary). I knew this is sort of common and tried not to force her to go. I would simply ask her every 5 minutes if she needed to go and offer to help until she made the decision to use the bathroom. On Thursday she told me it hurt while she was going and I thought maybe she was a little constipated. It wasn't until she woke me up in the middle of the night asking if I would help her that I realized she was saying urinating was painful. There is nothing worse in the world than listening to your child shriek in pain and feeling powerless to stop it. Katelyn and I spent most of the night soaking her in the tub and then cuddling on the couch looking at her baby book and telling her every tiny detail about her birth and first days. So Friday morning (the day before the Open House) we scheduled an appointment with her pediatrician and spent a good amount of time trying to collect a sterile home sample. Here goes, place child in tub and wash body to sanitize her. Next sanitize potty with antibacterial soap and dry. Coherce child to use the potty as gently as possible (I will have nightmares for quite some time of her face of relief for the first 3 seconds of urinating and then awful pain and screaming as her nerves kicked in). Dump urine into pre-sanitized canning jar and label. Next drive to pediatrician's office ASAP so that they can test for bacterial growth. Not a fun adventure. Her pediatrician is awesome though and let us be seen during her lunch break so we wouldn't have to come back that evening. She put Katelyn on a sulfa drug due to her allergy to amoxacillin just in case it was a urinary tract infection but sent us and the sample to the hospital lab to test calcium levels indicating a kidney stone. This may seem a tad OCD but my neice McKell had kidney stone at age 2, my brother at age 5, me during pregnancies, and Nate's mom as well. We are still waiting on the lab results but nearly immediately she has been feeling better with the sulfa drugs and cortaid on the tender skin. We have implemented "Super Juice" in Katelyn's diet, Light Cranberry Juice, and focusing on keeping her highly hydrated. She's been a trooper to say the least. Today we celebrated a bit of family time with a trip to the Layton Surf-N-Swim for some swimming fun.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Open House

So if you are wondering where we have been these past few weeks, I will explain. Our church building has been under construction for the past 14 months and we've been meeting at the next closest building (it's 3 blocks down the road from our other one...). Our bishop asked me as ward activities chair to take charge of an open house for the community. So what does that involve exactly? I guess it depends on whose in charge. For ours we placed an article in the local paper, had a banner made to announce the date, and made flyers for the 500 dwellings in our ward boundaries. The scouts started the open house off with a flag ceremony and the bishop gave the prayer. I had spots highlighted for a tour with church members volunteering to take groups through. I sort of wish we had a count on everyone that came during the 4 hour open house but in the opening group it was about 100 people that walked through.
The tour included the chapel, bishop's office, young women room, library, primary, relief society, and ended in the cultural hall for refreshments. In the chapel we had hymns and songs from the children's songbook played on the piano, as well as the sacrament table set. Our focus here was Sunday worship services.
In the bishop's office we had a framed photo of the new Ogden Temple and a photo of the bishopric. The Ogden temple will be closed sometime at the end of the year for 18-24 months while the remodeling occurs. Our focus was the bishop's role in encouraging members to live worthy to attend the temple.
The young women's room had a tent with sleeping bag and firewood display as though you were entering girl's camp. The YW president put together a slideshow of photos from the previous year's camping trip. The focus in this room was the young women programs for 2010 such as the new personal progress program, emphasis on virtue, new youth website youth.lds.org, and YW activities like mutual and girl's camp.
In the library we had focus on geneology work and the new website new.familysearch.org and access to member numbers and confirmation dates for members to get signed up. Thanks again Mom for coming to take over this presentation.
In the primary room we had all the same easter activities we did in california last year. We had a scavenger hunt with photos of key elements of the Easter Story. We continued on the theme of Easter with a coloring page, find the match, Easter Sudoku, Easter Crossword Puzzle, and a Puzzle of the Resurrected Jesus appearing to Mary. In this room we also had the cd of the primary's fall musical program that the kids spend all year learning.
In the relief society room was a photo collage of enrichment activities the ladies had been doing the past few years (quilting, cooking, book groups, dining divas, and silly fun). The focus in this room is the service and love the ladies have for each other and the community.
In the cultural hall we had a video slideshow of the building during different phases of completion and the move in day bringing everything out of the pod. We had cookies and lemon water and left this room for conversation. The missionaries had a little table with pamphlets if anyone was interested in learning more about the gospel. We had handouts with the new building meeting times and announcing the dedication for Sunday evening.
Deciding what to highlight, coordinating guides, greeters, refreshments, and information for everyone was overwhelming at times but whenever I prayed for help and guidance things came together. The spirit of love and neighborly friendship was so strong it was hard not to smile constantly and forget about the blisters on my feet and pregnancy contractions.
The artistic rendering of the remodeled Ogden Temple: