Wednesday, April 30, 2008

One more

This is Ohtee. He is the one that reminds us of all the skate nights. This is his thing. He is in a gray shirt with red long sleeves. He was so hot, but he doen't listen to Mom when she suggests putting on a short sleeve shirt. He is almost 6 so he knows better.

More School Skate Night

This one is Ahlah. She is in a bright green shirt. You will see her coming. And going.

School Skate Night

I must appologize now for the sideways video clips. I took these with my camera and didn't think about the part that I would not be able to rotate them. Atleast I have not found the way. If anyone out there knows, clue me in. Next time I will remember to not rotate the camera.

This one is NeeNee. She is in a brown shirt. You will see her if you keep watching.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Back to School

Here I go! I am starting a program at University of Phoenix that will get me an AA in Education. I am looking forward to my goal of being able to substitute teach in the kids schools. I was reading about a friend that has just graduated from college and I am so excited for her and can feel the sense of accomplishment this has brought her!! I am at the beginning and I think her excitement is what will get me through!! Thanks!!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

The Joys of Primary

I have been the Primary President in our ward now for 1 year and 4 months. During this time I have had two first counselors, two music leaders, many primary and nursery teachers, and many cub scout leaders. And now with spring and summer here, I am in the process of changing it all up again. This time I am in need of a new 2nd counselor, and of 8 primary classes, I need to change 5 teacher because the people currently in those positions are moving. I must say, that for how often these callings change between people moving and just common reorganizing, I have had a nice stretch of no change.
Before, I have also not had too much trouble will submitting names to the Bishopric. This time, I am having a really hard time. Today was the confirmation of most of the moves, so I got an updated ward list and will start going down the list. I am sad to see these great people move on, but know that they are on to new adventures. Some of my hesitation is very selfish. I now have to train new people.
I have been spending much time on my knees asking for help and guidance for The Dad to get a new job, now I will be adding a little more time to find great people to help me teach the children of our ward.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

New Job

I can feel The Dad's new job getting closer and closer. He had two interviews this week and he says they went pretty good. I hope so!! Keep your fingers crossed!

Monday, April 21, 2008

The Dogs

I fear we may have to find new homes for our dogs. Ahlah is devastated. She is doing as much as she can to make sure this does not happen. We have been having many problems with or neighbor regarding our dogs. First his complaint was that they barked and disturbed him since he works from his home. He felt the dogs were barking at him when he was in his house and that they could hear him walking around so that is why they were barking. We are in a neighborhood full of dogs. So we were being careful about when the dogs were out and telling them not to bark or be outside with them. Now we are having problems with the same neighbor because he says our dogs attacked his cat. His cat is bigger than my dogs. I have tried to be courteous. I have listened to his concerns and I feel I have been doing my best to keep my dogs on the schedule he proposed. This neighbor has really made me feel uncomfortable in my own home. Which brings me to the decision that our dogs need a new home. As much as I would like to keep them, I would rather not have to deal with this neighbor.

Monday, April 14, 2008

What I have learned

We are all well. And the weather is nice outside. Now we are still looking for work. I really thought The Dad would find something quickly. Not the case. There is something I am supposed to be learning now I just need to figure out what it is.

I have some thoughts:
  • I have learned that I need to be more prepared for this job hunting situation. Since we have done this now just about every 2 years. I certainly was more prepared financially this time than any other time, but is just was not enough.
  • I have learned that I am not as spiritually prepared as I would hope. Sunday in between Conference, a program called "Mission or Money" showed on the BYU channel. It was right up there with all those movies you would watch when going to do baptisms for the dead while waiting for the everyone to get changed. The gist of the show was this boy getting ready to go on a mission is offered a job that makes him more money than he has ever made. His original reason for taking the job is to earn more money for his mission so his mother will not have to keep working her part time job. As he gets his money, he buys a truck, starts hanging out with unsavory friends, moves in with them, and has a breakdown of faith. His friend on the other hand is getting ready to leave for his mission and seems to have everything in order. The friend come to the boy and shares his fears of going on a mission and he found he was complacent with his prayers and study. We have all seen or heard a story similar to this I am sure. The thing I got out of it was when the friend is sharing his failings, he says that what helped him the most what not just saying his prayers but getting down on his knees when he said his prayers. We read "every knee shall bend". I have been trying harder to bend my knee in humble prayer.
  • Then I sent my mom an email about all the horrible things that have been happening here and the stress and pain it was causing me. I didn't even want to leave my house. I felt that if I would just stay inside, all would be well. Her counsel was that prayer does not always fix the problem, but it does give comfort. I knelt again and found comfort.

I do not want to be complacent. I want to feel the blessing of my Heavenly Father. I want to be worthy to have those blessing. I have been working with my children so they will have humble hearts and know that Heavenly Father is there for them always. I am still learning.

Monday, April 7, 2008

It's about time!

YEAH!!!!!!!! Everyone slept through the night!!!!! And everyone woke up with a smile on their faces!!!!! No one feels ill!!! All kids are going to school!!!!! The Dad is going to work tonight!!!! KeeKee is eating!!!! I feel great!!!!!

Now I need to clean everything!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Back at the Doctor

If a urinary tract infection is not enough sickness in our house, KeeKee is back to flu like symptoms so we had to go back to the Doctor. They are waiting for the results of her culture to tell us what is causing her such agony. Then just before it was time to pick up Ohtee from school, the school called about Ahlah. I was ready to tell them I don't want to know and to just fix it themselves. However, she went to the nurse because her eye was watering and itchy. Could be allergies. Could be she poked herself in the eye to get out of class. Could be anything, but because it could be pink eye, I had to pick her up from school and take her to the doctor to make sure. The doctor said it was not a bacteria but could be a virus so he gave her some eye drops. Man, I guess we are bound to catch everything this week. I must be supposed to learn something here, but I don't know what it is. And I need to learn it quickly because I don't need to go through this again a second time.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

A new week

My week can only get better. Last week, Ohtee, KeeKee and I were really sick. Ohtee had a fever starting last Sunday that continued until Thursday when he finally went back to school. KeeKee’s fever seemed to just keep getting worse. She started Sunday also but with throwing up. After many days of her not getting better but seeming to get worse, she would not let me take her temp. under her tongue and I don’t have a rectal thermometer, I went and bought an ear thermometer. This was Friday night. Her temp was over 103 and that was not the hottest she has been all week. I was even giving her Motrin and it didn’t seem to be helping. Little did we know that her fever was down with the Motrin, just not down enough. Friday about 10 pm, all of a sudden she seemed fine. So Saturday morning she still seemed fine. Then again, all of a sudden her fever spiked over 103 again, so I took her to Urgent Care. They looked in her ears and throat and found no reason for the fever. Then they took a chest x-ray to see if she had pneumonia but her lungs were clear. That was all that Urgent Care could do for her so they sent us to the Emergency Room downtown. There we actually got in rather quickly, but then waited a long time in the little curtained room. KeeKee actually did OK for all the DRs that looked at her. They said since they couldn’t see anything wrong with her, they would do a catheter to get a pee sample to check for an infection. Sure enough, she has a “ragger” of a Urinary tract infection. They gave her Augmenton and told us to give her Motrin and Tylenol every 2-3 hours alternating to keep the fever down so she would be more comfortable. She is a very angry sick person. At times for no apparent reason she will sit up and scream and yell at me. I don’t know what to do for her. I let her scream and then I try to give her a love. Sometimes that works. Mostly she screams until she falls asleep. I am hoping tomorrow will be better as the medicine starts to do its job. I am feeling better. All the running around on Saturday sure made me tired after being sick all week. She and I stayed home from church and slept most of the day. That was quite peaceful. I just wish she would have done the same today. We saw the regular DR today and she said that KeeKee being cranky is most likely a sign that she is getting better rather than the lethargic baby she was last week. I will be glad when we are all better and can get on with daily life without all the tears. I also think she will be happier when she starts eating again. She has not eaten much of anything except milk at night (the only time she will have it) and juice in her bottle.