Monday, October 27, 2008

Happy Birthday Brooklyn

Today Brooklyn turned 8 years old. It took over 1 1/2 years to get pregnant with her, but she came over a week early. I remember going into labor on the morning of the 26th. It is 30 or more hours from the first sign of labor pains to the birth of my kids. I usually go into the hospital when the pain is about a 5 or 6. Because I am usually in the hospital 8 to 10 hours before my babies are born, this time I decided to wait. Nathan and I got to the hospital about 8:15 a.m. I asked for an epideral. The nurses were dragging their feet because they knew this was going to be an all day event. Just as I had put on my hospital gown and needed to use the rest room, I felt like a truck had just ran over my stomach. I yelled, "I need that epideral!" The nurse checked and said, "It is too late." I screamed, "What do you mean it is too late!" followed by a few obsenities. Brooklyn was born just as Live with Regis and Kelly came on the tv. I would not recommend natural child birth. It is way over rated.

Brooklyn makes us laugh everyday! She says and does the funniest things. We just have to shake our heads. We blame it on letter her watch so much television. The other day she said to her teacher, "I struggle with short term memory loss." Her teacher was so concerned and said, "Do you really?" I guess Brooklyn sensed her concern and said, "Not really, I just forget things." She got this term "short term memory loss" from a medical tv show we were watching. She prays every day not to have nightmares, but she is fascinated by horror movies. It's a mystery.

Brooklyn and I were at Target a couple of years ago. Brooklyn was just being herself and saying funny and off the wall things. A lady who seemed to be looking at the same things we were, every once in a while would burst into laughter. She was alone, so I just thought she was crazy. She confessed to me later at the store that she was enjoying listening to Brooklyn so much that she was following us just to see what else Brooklyn would say.

Brooklyn keeps our family laughing! I tell her all the time. "I want you to stay little, so you can always make me laugh and be my little girl." That might be one reason why she doesn't want to turn 8. She says she is not going to turn 8. She is going to be 7 forever. So today she doesn't want a "Happy Birthday" song, or cake or ice cream, or presents. Our family is just celebrating her being our little girl and sister by taking her to a movie, and out to dinner. We love you Brooklyn!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Things Change

I love fall! The falling leaves signify a sort of shedding of old habits in preparation for the cleansing that winter brings. Fall is about change. You can fill it thick in the cool air. So to embrace change, I have also changed the template on the blog.

I don't like some changes, like BYU losing their football game today (sigh), and me celebrating my 40th birthday this year (bigger sigh). Some changes are fun. Preston went on his first date to the Lehi High School Homecoming Dance. He also got his Learners Permit last week so he can drive. UGH!

Some changes are significant. 23 years ago this past week I met Nathan. That day back in 1985, when I was 16, I never would have imagined that the guy I danced with at The Bay would not only be such a blessing in my life, but that he would be my husband and eternal companion about 5 years later. I have known Nathan for more than half of my life, and it is definately the best half. He is funny, charming, honest, generous, thoughtful, and he still thinks I am smoken hot (he never really had great vision). Thanks, honey for always being by my side. I couldn't have asked for a better 23 years. (Below is the 1985 Christmas Dance at West High School, two months after I met Nathan.)

Friday, October 10, 2008

Oops I Did It Again!

Yes!  Nathan has done it again.  This time it was his other hand.  I guess he had to balance out the pain and do some damamge to the other one. This week Nathan and Glen were carrying a mirror.  They began to lift it up and it broke and crashed down on his hand.  His hand was cut and he tore a couple of tendons in it.   So it is back to surgery.  Nathan has been doing this kind of work for over 20 years.  He got a couple of stitches about 17 years ago from a cut on his finger, so this is not normal.  I think he needs to get a new job.  Something that doesn't require the use of sharp objects.  If you have any ideas, let me know and I will pass them on to him.

Let me just add that in spite of these challenges, and during these economic difficulties that our country is facing, I am grateful that Nathan has enough work to keep busy. I am so grateful for all of our blessings. Life is good.     
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