Friday, July 24, 2009

Unexpected Surgery

Well, today is the 1st day I have felt good since last Saturday (6 days ago). As many of you know, Fr the last number of years, I have had stomach issues. I had a lot of testing done years ago and never had another issue, that I thought it was over.

Early Sunday morning, I felt it coming on and decided that instead of "waiting it out", we would go to the ER. Well we were there for hours and had some testing done, when the Dr. came in and said that they didn't find anything and that I was probably going to go home, unless we wanted to do a CAT scan - We decided that the reason we went to the ER was for the testing - we did it, and thank goodness.

They found air bubbles where they were not suppose to be, so they figured that it was a peptic ulcer or a perferated bowel. So off to surgery I went and was so nervous. After 3 hours, Billy finally got the results. "No ucler, no perferation. Yes air bubbles trapped in a mass that they biopsed that was negative that they removed. While the Dr. was on the hunt to find the "hole", he was able to look at a lot of organs. He did find 2 infected lymph nodes that he removed and sent off to pathology. We would not get results for 3-5. So even though it was great that they did not find anything - there was still a chance of cancer. What a horrible word.

Thankfully after 3 days they got the results back and it was negative. Thank yu Heavenly Father for blessing me, so that I can continue to be a mom to my 3 wonderful boys. I appreciate all the prayers that we offered in my behalf. I am grateful for the reults.

Now I just have a huge vertical 7" scar on my stomach. The recovery has been good. The only thing that will be really, really hard - is not lifting for 3 weeks. Ryan is still so little, but I guess we will figure it out.

Thanks again for your prayers and the wonderful blessing from Heavenly Father


We did so much in a few days that it was fun, but we were VERY tired!! I bought the City Pass and wanted to take full advantage of all great deals.

We left on Tues the 14th in the morning and got to Seattle by early afternoon. We hit the Aquarium 1st. It was great to touch and feel at the Tide Pools. It was probably everyone favorite. We also really like the tall fish tank as you walk in. It was probably atleast 20 feet tall - with amazing life swimming throughout.

Next we went on our harbor cruise. It was really exciting being on such a large boat. It was very informational - I did not get much out of it, since I was chasing 3 boys. What a beautiful coastline Seattle has.

After dinner and swimming at the hotel, we decided to go to the Space Needle. It was spectacular to see the city. The boys enjoyed looking through the spotting scopes. They had fun finding different things up in the Space Needle and then seeing them on the ground - like a Pepsi sign.

Wednesday we headed for the Zoo. We had a good time seeing all the animals. I think that it was too hot for them, becuase they were not really playing, most of them were just "sitting around".

By 2pm we were going to the Amusemeum of Flight. Both Tyler and Nathan crashed on the ride within minutes. When we got there, we were able to walk through Air Force One and the Concord. It was great to see how massive these planes are and a miracle that they can stay in the air!! They had a huge room full of all sorts of planes - fighters and old-school. Everyone really enjoyed this stop - well worth it!

On Thursday (our last day) we spent it at the Science Center. It was fun, but more over the top of the boys. The cool thing we did there was the IMAX. It showed Underwater Garden 3D. We loved that. It was the 1st time that the boys had seen an IMAX and also 3D.

We rode the monorail over to the mall for lunch. It was pretty hilarius that Nathan had a "battle" for the front seat with a man easily in his late 60's. The guy figured out that Nathan was wanting the font seat and sneaking his way forward. Well, when the opened the gates, the race was on! I couldn't beleive it - it was so funny to see them both weaving between the seats. Well he made it and the guy slide in 2nd!

The car ride home was really long! The boys did great considering how tired they were!

All in all, it was great and we had fun memories of Seattle.

Swimming and Camping

We have spent a lot of time at the county pools swimming. It is such a great time, splashing in the water.

I love our trailer!! I love it. It makes camping so nice and enjoyable. We have spent a lot of time out at the property. Camping with family and friends - what a better way to spend the summer.

Over the 4th my aunt Elysen and her husband Jon, my cousins' daughter Savannah and my grandpa Hinckley - all from Utah. It was so nice having them visit and I was amazed at Ryan behavior with Savannha. He LOVED her! Almost would go to her over me!!! It was really nice having an older girl with me all weekend, because Tyler and Nathan acted better and she really helped out with Ryan.

It is so fun riding on the boat. Ryan is constantly lifting his leg (like he is climbing on) and saying "ba boat"

Tyler is quite the tuber and has had a great summer "riding the waves" It is so fun to see him having fun!

Nathan just loves to ride on the boat or maybe go for a SLOW ride on the tube. He loves to drive and hold the flag.

What a great summer and sad to think that it is almost over.


Summer started with our annual trip to Silverwood. What a fantastic place and so much fun. I can't believe how much my boys "LOVE" the rides. Tyler loves the rides that make you completely sick and Nathan loves the rollercoasters. I did one ride with each of them and knew that I was done!

Nathan - I was completely amazed that he rides the "big" rollercoasters with his hands held high in the air and yelling. Sitting next to him, I couldn't believe how my baby has changed!

Tyler - I only did one ride and was about to puke! He kept going and going. He loves the rides that shot you from one side to the other and up and down!

Ryan - he loved all the little kiddie rides, but especially the "Little Toot Toot" train rollercoaster.

Billy - Well he becomes a 5 year old all over again. He love ALL the rides and loves that everyone loves riding with him.

It is amazing how fast the day goes. We never even made it to Boulder Beach - a huge waterpark.

I had to document that I still go on rollercoasters!!

You have to love the big train ride. It is about an hour and a guaranteed nap for Ryan, 3 years in a row - Gotta love it!

The boys love bumper cars

More bumper cars

My favorite ride is the log ride

A drive in the Country - these cars make the boys feel so big! They get to drive the car. Watch out!

Memories of Silverwood

Monday, May 18, 2009

Dying Easter Eggs

We had a lot of fun dying eggs. We even blew out some eggs. It was hilarious to see Tyler and Nathan, it looked like they were blowing out snot. Ryan even did a good job - no spilled dye and no tears from anyone :) Tyler plugging Nathan's nose - so that he could get enough air to blow it out. Tyler blowing out his Easter eggs


Ryan loves horses - nothing more to say than he goes crazy with the thoughts of horses, seeing horses and will do anything if you tell him that you will take him to see the horses. If you are looking at a book of horses he lifts his leg and wants o ride the horses in the book. His favorite pass time is to take carrots and apples to the horses.

As you can see in the picture - he has his apple all ready to throw into the horses. The lead mare is always the 1st one there when he sees Ryan coming. They all know that he brings treats.

Who knows - maybe one day he'll be a famous "horse whisperer!"

Monday, April 27, 2009


Nathan has not really been a "fisherman", but this past weekend with opening season, Grandpa and Mike Fisk took Tyler and Nathan to Fish Trap and camped overnight on Fisk's boat. Nathan from the get go was ready for it and could not wait until Friday. Saturday morning as the fishing was slow, Tyler (who can out fish anyone and usually doesn't care if he gets a bite or not, started to get frustrated that the fishing were not biting), Nathan looks at him and says, "You know Tyler you have to wait a long time to get a fish!"

I am grateful for my dad and Mike Fisk for taking both of them. They will always remember sleeping on the boat and fishing. They had a great time.


So just the other day, Tyler and I were talking about different things and he tells me so metter of fact that he is, "a medium-sized adult - not a kid!" I just started laughing and couldn't beleive what he had said!

A week or so ago we were talking about riding the bus and that everyday after school he would not just automatically think that he and Nathan were going to play with the neighbor boy everyday after school - since they would get off the bus together, so Tyler said without a pause, "Well mom, why don't you get me a cell phone and I'll call you from the bus and find out if that day we could play or not." I was stunned that he thought that it was completely NORMAL for a 7 year to have a cell phone!

And finally, last week for cubscouts they went to a museum. I was not able to go, so when I picked him up I was talking to him about what was cool that he saw and learned. It went on for a while and then sorted ended. Then all the sudden he says, "Yeah - there was this thing called a typewriter - it was pretty cool, I even got to type my name on it." As I'm laughing I realize that I too and getting old and things that I used as a child are in a museum!

Oh, it is always good to have a good laugh.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Spring Break

We had a great spring break. We stayed close to home, but did a few fun things everyday. It puts a damper in your spirits when it SNOWS during spring break, but oh well we still managed to find lots to do. Billy was back in school, so we really couldn't go too far! We hit the library, Jump and Bouce, Baskin Robbins and Cabelas. It is so funny how the boys still love going to CABELAS!

We went to Triple Play with our friends from Montana the Richardsons. It was so fun to see and play with them.

Tyler and Gabe enjoying the wave pool.

I was suprised how well Nathan did - considering he had just had his surgery barely a week before. He mainly wanted to hang out in the hot tube, but hey thats where I wanted to be also. Grandpa Hinckley made him some plugs for his ears so we didn't have to worry about the water.

Ryan had so much fun splashing, running all over the place and putting his mouth over all the bubbly fountains. I knew that I would not be able to go by myself, ( Billy was in Utah for his Grandpa's funeral), so my mom came and helped which was a lifesaver. Thanks so much mom for all your help that night. I truly appreicate it.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Nathan's big surgery

After months of constant and nasty ear infections we went to the ENT and found out that it was not his ears - but his tonsils and adnoids that were causing "ALL" the problems. The Dr. even said that most likely in 6 months his speech will even improve. Nathan was fantastic through it all. He was not even that nervous going into surgery. In fact, he took the nurses hand and walked back all by himself.

The surgery went well and was over before I new it. Walking into the room to see him after surgery was difficult for me. Instantly the tears flowed when I saw my "baby" laying there all druged up and knowing that he was in pain and hurting. He was so paitent, and for him that does not come naturally. That night we all were thinking "wow" he is doing so well - up wrestling with Tyler and Ryan. The next day - was much different, but as long as we stayed on top of the medicine, he did very well.

I had stocked up on all the icecream and popsicles in advance and quickly found that he did not want any of it. He wanted mashed potatos and gravy, hot chocolate, soup and anything else that was warm.

Ryan took full advantage of the "maid" service that Nathan was receiving. He thought all he had to do was sit on the couch and eat whatever he wanted. Ryan was Nathan's little buddy watching TV and eating all the treats. Ryan ate all the icecream and popsicles that Nathan should have!

It was a good recovery and took a good week before he really felt comfortable eating different foods. I am grateful that he got the "full-meal deal", having his adnoids and tonsils out, and tubes put back into his ears. Hopefully we will see improvements in the next few months.

I am proud of you Nathan fori being such a good sports about your surgery and being patient with mom and dad while we tried to help you recover. I love you buddy.

Tyler's 7th Birthday

I can't beleive that my baby has turned 7 years old. He is such a great kid and so fun to be around. For his birthday we went bowling at Players and Spectators for an afternoon of fun, cake and icecream. His cake was a snowboarder on the mountains. He invited Roka, Matthew and Payden.