Wednesday, May 13, 2009

One tired boy. . .

I was sitting at the computer checking my email and I looked over and found this:
Yes, Tanner fell fast asleep in a matter of moments.  He was honestly playing with toys one second and then I looked over again and he was asleep.  I guess he just couldn't wait for naptime.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Take me out to the Ball Game

Last Wednesday night Doug and Liz invited us to go to an Angel's game with them. They had extra tickets which Doug had received from work. One of the partners from Doug's firm was supposed to go, but backed out at the last minute, so we had the suite to ourselves. Doug ordered some popcorn, pizza and hot dogs for us to enjoy and we ate WAY to much.
Unfortunately the Angels didn't play so hot. By the end of the first inning they were down 7-0. My favorite conversation of the night was between Brett and Spencer. It went like this:
Brett: The Angels aren't doing so well tonight, huh Spencer.
Spencer: Yeah, they must not have taken very good naps.
Even though the Angel's got rocked, we had a fun night. Thanks to Doug and Liz for inviting us and to Mom and Dad for watching Tanner for us.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Tostada Pizza

The following is a new recipe that I found that our family loves. It feeds our family of six to the brim. I am always looking for new recipes and since I found a winner, I thought I would share. Enjoy!
Tostada Pizza

2 c. flour
1 ½ t. baking powder
¾ t. salt
¾ c. milk
3 T. vegetable oil

1 lb. ground beef
1 envelope taco seasoning
1 (16 oz) can refried beans
1 c. salsa
1 c. cheddar cheese

½ c. green onions
1 c. shredded lettuce
½ c. chopped tomatoes
Chopped cilantro

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Prepare beef with seasoning mix, according to package directions.
3. Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine first 5 ingredients and stir until mixture leaves the side of the bowl. Press into a ball and knead 10 times in bowl.
4. Transfer dough to a floured surface and roll out to desired size pizza pan. Place dough on pizza pan, turning edges up to form a crust.
5. Bake for 5 minutes.
6. Spread beans over the crust, top with ground beef and salsa.
7. Bake for 10 minutes more.
8. Sprinkle with cheese and return to oven for 2 minutes.
9. Top with remaining ingredients.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Medical Updates

Our family (extended as well as our own) had a fun (if you could call it that) April when it came to medical issues. It started with my dad going in for surgery to remove a tumor that the doctor found on his right kidney. To make a long story short, he went in for a routine physical in order to be able to go to Scout Camp this summer. As the doctor was feeling around on his stomach during the physical she felt that his liver felt larger than normal and sent him to get an ultrasound on it. During the ultrasound they found that his liver looked great, but he had a growth on his kidney that they felt should be removed, saying there was an 80% chance that it was cancer. After 5 hours of surgery and a 9 inch incision, the pathology report came back positive for renal cell carcinoma, meaning cancer. To stay the least, this was a slap in the face of how fragile life is. But of all the cancer it could have been, this was a great kind to have because along with the diagnosis came the cure, meaning since they had taken the cancer out to find out what it was they had cured him. No chemotherapy. No other cancer treatments. Just a great scar and story to tell. The chances of it returning are slim, but he will have routine x-rays from here on out. He did spend three days in the hospital and we were able to go visit him one of the days. The first thing he asked the kids when we walked in the room was if they wanted to see his scar. I think this scared the kids a little (except for Natalie who was more than excited to see it), but grandpa was able to break the ice a little by blowing up "hand" balloons for them.It has now been two and a half weeks since his surgery and each day he is getting stronger. Mom is taking good card of him and making sure that he doesn't push himself too hard.

The night after my dad got home from the hospital, I decided that I wanted to join in the fun and create a little excitement of my own. We went to bed that night around 10:30, and although Brett fell to sleep rather quickly, I was uncomfortable and couldn't fall to sleep. Within about a 1/2 hour I was in pretty good pain and began pacing the floor in our room trying to "walk it off". My chest and upper back were hurting and I had some pain in my upper right stomach (I had the same thing for a few weeks about a year ago and a couple episodes since and was told it was reflux, but I didn't believe it). After about an hour and a half of pretty intense pain I finally woke Brett up and asked for a blessing. Of course he obliged and then proceeded to get dressed. I took that as my sign that he was going to take me to the doctor whether I liked it or not. To make another long story short, by the time that I saw the doctor in the ER my pain had pretty much subsided (I knew that was going to happen. I hate going to the doctor!). Fortunately the doctor didn't have to see me in pain to know what was going on. He told me that he thought I had just had a gall bladder attack which is caused by gallstones, so he ordered an ultrasound to confirm. Sure enough, the ultrasound tech found what she called sludge balls in my gall bladder. The ER doctor gave me a referral for a specialist and told me I would most likely need to get my gall bladder removed. So that was Saturday night/Sunday morning. By Wednesday afternoon I had my appointment with the specialist and by Friday morning I was heading to the hospital for my out-patient surgery. Everything is done laparoscopically using four small incisions, three in my upper right stomach and the fourth in my belly button. I guess it is a pretty routine surgery, much like an appendectomy (removal of the appendix). While I was in surgery they found that I had an umbilical hernia, so they went ahead and took care of that while they were in there. The pathology report came back saying the I had four black gallstones and other sludge, whatever that means. Brett was a trooper through the weekend, taking care of me and the kids and my mom has been awesome in helping out since Brett went back to work. It has been a week and a half since the surgery and I am feeling almost 100%. Still some lingering pain, but nothing to stop me from doing day to day activities (although still not up for exercising yet, but that may be more psychological than physical.) Bailey and Tanner are enthralled with my incisions and come up to me and lift my shirt up multiple times a day to see my "owies".

The night before my surgery we got a call from Brett's mom informing us that our nephew Grayden was in the hospital getting ready for surgery of his own. He was playing at the park and fell off the monkey bars. He ended up breaking his arm in three places, two bones right above the wrist and his elbow. From our understanding the surgery went well and he now has two pins in his arm for the next 6 weeks. Poor boy!
And the final medical issue of April was pink eye. I know pink eye isn't a big deal, but after everything else, I felt like saying "honestly!?!". Luckily we were able to get the kids into the doctor and get an ointment to take care of it. Three times a day we have been laying all the kids down in a row and giving them their "dose". The girls really don't seem to mind it at all, but it is like pulling teeth with the boys. I think we should be done in the next day or two with that. Keep your fingers crossed for me. And now hopefully our family is done with medical issues for a long time. . .

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Another Beach Day

Jill (Brett's sister) and her kids came down during their spring break to get away from the cold, snowy Utah weather. Luckily the weather cooperated and they had beautiful weather the entire time they were here. They spent most of their time at the beach, taking in the sun, playing in the sand, and even trying a little bodyboarding. We were able to head down to the beach one day with them and the cousins had a blast playing together. We love when family comes so we can get out to the beach. We don't do it often enough, especially in the "off season".Tyler, Jill, Spencer, Adam and Brady