Monday, March 31, 2008
Okay so apparently my ranting at anyone that i could get a phone # for was in my favor, after everyone saying it was someone elses fault and that no one could do anything and with me saying someone HAS to do something (with calling every hour on the hour for at least 4 hours to the same three people the primary doctor's office, the specialist's office, and the insurance company) it's done! we're authorized AGAIN, and my little girl can get her tubes put it! pretty sure katie screaming in the background had a little to do with it too! :)
the boys cannot get enough of her, they love and adore her and pay soooo much attention to her that i'm a little scared as to what she's going to assume the world outside these four walls is suppose to be like. i fear for her future boyfriends and husband, not just for the scrutiny the boys are going give him (especially my husband), but the expectaions she's going to have of them, i mean her brothers and daddy think the world revolves around her so will anyone ever measure up?
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
**"mom! katie looks like a flower!"-kyle (i made her a new bow, i think it's his way of saying it might be a little too big)
**"logan broke up with me."-ryan (he and his best little bud i guess had a little scuffle, nate and i had to explain to ryan you usually don't break up with someone unless they are a girl if you are boy, and then i quickly added that he was not to have any girlfriends for a loooooong time)
**"don't worry, i saw this on america's funniest home videos and it worked!"-nate (yeah i stopped that one real quick)
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
i went to the bedroom because after they were freaking out about the dinosaur poster and it's positioning, i went back to the kitchen to clean up dinner, and told them to clean up their room, they did, but it was super quiet so i went to go check on them, and sure enough this is what i saw... are you kidding me? then this morning as i was doing my quick looks of blogs i turn around and... are you kidding me?! ryan is unloading my dishwasher, unasked unmotivated for a prize...nothing! i actually say it out loud "are you kidding me?" and ryan looks up and says "no, i'm doing your dishes for you." so i run and get my camera...and he asks "are you going to put that in the computer and blog?" "um i think i will..."
who are these children? and where did you come from? and better question asked can you sew? i would really like to say that my parenting is just that good, but i know better, because even though my children do do wonderful things here and there and i could take full responsibility for it, i also would have to take full responsibility for the hitting and yelling and not listening that they do too, so i 'll just say they do what they do because....of blogging? or is the token system just that good? hmmm. now if taking pictures to blog about or the token system would help katie's crankiness due to ear infections, we would be golden! but i think we wont hold our breaths and just get the tubes put in her ears! (april 1st is the big day!)
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
we got to see brand new baby lambs at our friends grandma's house where we did the FIRST easter egg hunt. we then got to spend time with friends while picnicking and laughing, and an all around good time. which led to the "egg rolling". never heard of this but everyone knows about it except me ofcourse and our family, and as we walk to the sand dunes every ones all a chatter, and you can feel the excitement...should of clued in right there it couldnt of been just about egg rolling, sure enough they roll eggs down the dirty sand and then to my surprise, they start chucking the hundreds of eggs at each other. and we were not spared. but thankfully i had katie and kyle to hide behind until someone saw my tactic and decided to smear egg yolks all in my hair. all in all AWESOME TIME! as we all walked back to the picnic i explain "next year you all better watch out, cause my husband will be home and he'll be able to hold the baby!" told jake that and he said, "what baby? she'll be 2 and 1/2." SWEET! that means we can both chuck eggs! but the best part was i think seeing my kids enjoy easter and when we talked about the meaning of easter, nate is really starting to show me what kind of person he's going to be, that kid has unwavering faith, and surprises me every day. everything from statements like "i love the easter bunny because he and santa clause take presents and food to the poor" and also how he blows me away with his dealing with the bullies at school "mom they are still all my friends, because that's what Jesus did, he was friends with everyone." it breaks my heart what these boys say to my kid, but it makes me so humbled how my child reacts. i need to keep learning from him and i need to have that trust in the Lord.
hope you had a wonderful easter, ours was great!
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
got up to the checkout line, and i thought "SCORE!" the lanes all had only 2 people WOW. must be my lucky day, oh no no, no not so much, read on...i picked a lane because the lady in lane 3 had like 5 more items than the lady in lane 4 (kicking myself STILL!). i look at my watch, 5:30, good, half an hour till i need to be at the hospital for katie. so i sit there, and i sit there, and then i start to cue in the the lady that had 5 more items was done getting her stuff put in bags and was paying with her debit card. ooookay, i look at my lane, lady in front of me still reading the tabloids, lady at check out talking to ladies in the front, guess it was a mother and daughter, and they were reliving the experience of what a horrible person the younger of the two's mother in law was. i guess she never gives any presents to her son, and the only thing she's ever given to him was when he was born, a onesie...A ONESIE!!! looking over to the other lane...another guy (who would of been me had i chosen wisely) was getting his stuff scanned...okay ladies saying goodbye to "jerry" my checkout lady. at this point i start putting my stuff on the counter, at a veeeery slooooooow speed, all due to the fact that the woman was scanning things at such a slow rate, all i could do was hear the"beep" of the next checkout lady and how fast and efficient she was. at this point i look and i really want to be over in the next lane (look at my watch, oh my, 5:45!) i hate to be late, and i have NEVER been late to a doctors appointment, i'm the one who always makes it at least 10 minutes early. now i'm starting to HATE jerry. okay hates kind of harsh. but it gets to that point, read on...jerry looks at every single item in the nice lady reading the tabloids load. i'm starting to sweat, all my stuff finally gets on the counter, and i am PAINFULLY aware that the checkout #4 lady has yet again efficiently gotten everyone through, and she had a little bit of a lull, and was looking at a book. me twitching, i start contemplating to put everything back into my cart and going to efficient lady, but my "jerry" was done ringing up and it was now my turn! (YEAH!) 5:49, oh dear goodness. jerry starts checking out my stuff literally...she looks at it as she sloooowly scans it. i restrain with all my power not to jump over there myself and start checking things out 3x's as fast, i just sit there and twitch, and start looking around...i must look like i'm on something...someone approaches "hey jerry!" OH NO! WALK WAY SHE DOESNT NEED DISTRACTIONS!!! she PUTS down my item and and looks and smiles "hi bob!" don't know if that's his name dont care, starting to loath jerry for giving me so much anxiety. resumes checking me out, finally its all done my amount is given and i'm all done, all she has to do is give me my receipt, another lady approaches "hey jerry how are ya?" OH HE__ NO! in the MIDDLE of reaching for my receipt, she stops, and i would of left but her hand was on my last bag in the middle of giving it to me. i start to laugh out loud, yes i'm going crazy and it's because of jerry and my inability to be late anywhere. and i start to think "thanks jerry i get to blog about you!" after her and willomeena (not real name) finish their debate whether suzy was being sincere when she invited jerry over to her girls night, they say goodbyes i get my receipt and i'm pretty sure i need a shot of something to ease me! look at my watch and it's 5:56. why didn't i say something to her? i couldn't i don't know why, i'm not shy, but she was a nice lady, just a little too laid back to be my checker that day. so as much i feel like i'm in a horrible relationship with walmart and would love to break up with it, but i can't, for there are no other fish in the sea at this point. oh and i got to my appointment 2 minutes late, and my world didn't end.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
this is the rug in violet's room, which sara (her mom) is going to TRY to teach me how to do. hey felicia you want to come and learn too?
and i couldn't resist taking a picture of her ever so cute antique stove. actually the whole house has the old doors and the old windows on it and it's soooo cute! it used to be her husband's grandfather's house
Monday, March 17, 2008
and to make my day even more perfect, as i was done with my fast times at provo, i was on my way home, with my cute finds (at not bad prices! the wonders of lots of stores under one roof and competing for my love and money) i stopped at my favorite junk food and got me my favorite meal. (here you can be grossed out but i don't care!) a big mac and diet coke. as i drive away so excited to take my first bite, i get on the freeway, and start enjoying my meal. then i go to take a swig of my wonderful diet coke, but bleh...that's gross, what....i take another sip..."EWWWW, GROSS!!!" not diet coke, REGULAR coke! YUCK! i look in my rear view mirror, miles and miles away is mcdonnalds, no way can i turn around, i have to pick up the boys, i have to make it back to the highway to loa before it gets too late because it will be closed if i get there too late. ugh. sadness. as the trip continues i completely realize how deprived we are from having so many nice malls, and just everything a real town can offer. as i get closer to home i get to drive in this wonderful scene:
no one believes me when i tell them we get pretty close to a white out everyday on our way out of town, hence why during the winter months i try not to go to walmart unless i absolutely have to. this isnt even the worse it's ever been, but it gives you an idea. the clouds are high and the sky may be blue, but the winds are fierce, and the snow doesnt melt as quickly as it does in lower elevations, so hence the road gets shut down in and out of town as the night goes on, because too many accidents could happen. so up until this trip up to provo, with the warm weather of 47 degrees (that's warm to me right now!) and the grass starting to turn a little bit of green, and the lovely malls and stores, and the conveniences of life up there, i've been pretty okay being out in the middle of nowhere, but now i'm feeling very deprived. and well i guess that means i need to head up to provo more often, so lady friends of provo and surrounding areas, just realize as the weather gets a little better, i will be a coming up to the area!
Sunday, March 16, 2008
anyways, on the phone with my mom it went a little like this:
me: yeah it's okay now that she scowls at everyone i mean she's young enough that people make comments that she's cute and what a look!, but what happens when she's a really mean girl at like 6 or 7 or something!
mom: well you were exactly the same way till you were 4 or 5, then you just became shy and wouldnt leave my legs, but you turned out okay.
me:wait what? i used to give dirty looks too?
mom: oh yeah, all the time to kids to adults anyone you didn't know
me: oh my gosh. i had no idea. jake was right! it IS my fault that she's like that (he's a jokester before you get offended by him for me!)
you have to understand, most of you know me on a face to face basis and know that i like to be around as many people as often as i can, i'm the "where's the next party" kind of girl. so to hear that i was anything but, gives me hope that katie will be okay and not a total mean girl and recluse!
i guess another thing we have in common is the love of fabric, this is courtesy of katie while i was working on something, i guess she opened my closet and went to town! but you can bet a million bucks that whenever there is fabric laying around she's got a few pieces in her hands
Friday, March 14, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
i don't know if i like these two rooms yet, i'm still trying to figure out what i like and don't like!
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
i was going through my pictures and found these! these are my all time favorite pictures! i took them last summer, and well with spring comming soon it just reminds me that we will be going outside soon and it makes me sooo happy! i'm going to do my before and afters later today! i just have to find the time to do it!
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
1 March 09, 2008 at 04:39 PM MDT
Dear Family and Friends, We wanted to begin this web page to let you all know how Alyssa is doing and to keep in touch with you better. Alyssa was diagnosed with cancer called neuroblastoma. She has a solid mass tumor in the back part of her abdominal cavity that goes from her pelvis up to the middle of her chest. This cancer grows from the adrenal gland on top of her right kidney and follows the sympathetic nerves up her spinal column. We have gone through the staging process, which tells the tumor's make-up and what its cells are behaving like. It also tells how far advanced it is and where all it has spread in Alyssa's little body. The results have told us that she is in Stage IV and is High-Risk. It also is into her bone marrow as well as a little bit of bone disease. This being the case, we have to fight it pretty aggressively. But three days are behind us. We hope to finish two more days of the chemo and depending on how she's doing at that point, we'll get to bring her home and take care of her while her blood builds back up. Neuroblastoma, being from the adrenal gland, has caused Alyssa to have extremely high blood pressure, as well as no appetite. Her blood pressures have been as high as 150's over 119 and one time it was 163 over 119. Not good pressure at all, but we have monitored it well and she has had to have as much as three blood pressure medications. However we cheered today, because they just took her pressure and it was 118 over 69! We were so excited. She also had to have a blood transfusion yesterday, March 8. That may have contributed to the lowered blood pressure. We are so amazed and humbled and grateful to all of you for your prayers, phone calls, gifts, cards encouraging words and financial generosity. We thank you for putting Alyssa's name on the prayer rolls in as many as five different temples. We also are grateful for that which has been done to help our other kids through this hard time in their lives. We have certainly felt the strength of so much faith and prayer exercised in our behalf. We are so blessed to have you all encircling us during this stunning (for lack of words to describe it!) thing that has come into our lives. We express gratitude and testimony for the gospel of Jesus Christ and the complete anchor it is for us through this. We know Heavenly Father loves Alyssa and is aware of what we are going through. We know that our Savior knows what we are feeling. We trust Alyssa to be in Their hands and exert all of our faith and constant prayers for Their hand in her treatment and healing. Please accept our heartfelt thanks for all you do, for the goodness in your own lives and your care and concern for us. Hopefully this will help keep in touch and that it will be helpful to you to know how Alyssa's doing. We love you all, Love, the Chappells
Sunday, March 9, 2008
as for the house it's not my dream house but it will do, it provides a roof over our heads and a place for us to call home. i keep envisioning all the things i want to do to it, but i have to remember all in due time, and this isn't our "forever" house. so i can just wait and do with what i got...
Saturday, March 8, 2008
okay well most of you already know all about labels, but i'm just so cool that i'm just figureing it out, so instead of all my quotes being on the side, i'm going to make a "label" with them and just add them as time keeps going...the latest one is the one that ryan did this morning!
"A party pooper is someone who goes to a party and needs to go poop."-Ryan
-"You may now call me 'master of puzzles'"-Ryan
-"You messed with the bull, NOW you get the horns!"- Nate (have no idea where that came from)
-"A man's got to do what a man's got to do."-Ryan when kyle asked him why he did something.
-"I don't need the spirit in the house, because I have the spirit IN me now."-Nate
-"That's the way Jose!"-Kyle (he was trying to say "no way Jose"
-"Remember no blood, no call."-Jake when leaving the babysitter with "instructions"
-"Mom, first off it wasn't me, and second, it was an accident"-Ryan
-"Dad, that looks really good, can I have some?" -Ryan....Jake's response (and I'm not joking) "No, you don't want any of this, it tastes like poo." (that got lots of laughs around the table, all ofcourse except me, and I wonder where my kids get it from?!)
-"Katie just told me she needs you to stop what you are doing and help her" -Jake (realize the girl has a vocabulary of 3 words that only her fam understands and one of them is "da" which means dad and dog)
-"What doesn't kill you, just makes you stronger, or that more insane, and I hear doctors have great drugs for that."-Vanessa (when asked how she is going to survive this next year
-"Mom, you're a female, cause girls are females, and boys are fems (pronounced FEAM)"- Ryan
-"OOOH, you mean if I don't do that I WON'T get in trouble."-Nate (Which then Jake's response was: "Wait, HOLY CRAP! VANESSA!!! I think Nate's getting it!!!")
-"Dear Heavenly Father, please help Nate get a clue and not get in trouble in school anymore..."-Ryan
-"No, you are not allowed to say 'stupid'...unless you are talking about the goats."-Jake to the boys
-"You can have him! His name is Billy and we don't like him"-Felicia (another move in like ourselves, found out first hand that goats can be...fun) and now we have two goats
-"You gonna slaughter that goat?"-Nate's classmate Lucas asked Jake this when we bought Daisy from his dad
-"I did not know that people actually say "Git-er done" but they DO!"-Vanessa
-"While you were gone, your goat got IN AND ON my CAR!!! I now hate your goats."-Julie (next door nieghbor long time friend and a now a hater of goats, welcome to the club!)
-"I've realized, under no circumstance, does swearing at the goat help the situation."-Vanessa
-"Oh, I have Santa's direct line, dont make me use it!"-Jake
-"Mom why is it so easy for me to be good?"-Ryan
-"I wasn't thinking anything."-Nate (usually the answer to "What were you thinking?!"
-"THAT was not on purpose!"-Nate
-"Whoa! You fall me down!"-Kyle (you made me fall)
-"Don't worry I can fix that!"-Nate
Friday, March 7, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Monday, March 3, 2008
Sunday, March 2, 2008
so now it's after church and these are some pictures of the day... kyle with bread over his ears so he doesn't have to hear katie crying, (cause i put her down so i could make dinner)
here she's playing mommy and putting her baby down for a nap