Sunday, June 28, 2009

Manti Trip

This weekend we headed to Manti with some of Brian's family! I had never been to the Manti Temple pagent and was very excited! We have some friends that own a cabin in Mt. Pleasant and were able to stay there, just a short drive from Manti. We got a really late start on Friday night and I seriously think Brian and I were in bed and asleep with 1/2 hour of arriving.

On Saturday we had a deluxe and delicious breakfast of waffles, strawberries, scrambled eggs, ham and sausage cooked by Amelia and Mom. YUMMY! Waffles and strawberries are my favorite!! That day we slept in, took our time being lazy, took a drive to Maverik for treats, drove around to see the sights of Mt. Pleasant, ate lunch, watched a movie and played cards. Then it was finally time to head off to Manti for the pagent. You have to be there hours before to get seats but lucky for us, I'm still on crutches and we got deluxe seating for the handicapped. Seriously, they were the best seats in the house! Dead center, only six rows back and a perfect view of everything. Tim, Gavin, Wyatt, Riley, Tatum and Cayson drove up to join us for the show. And Brian bought me a delicious scone from one of the booths cause he knows I love them. There were a gazillion misquitos but I only ended up with one bite. Happy Day!! The pagent was long, I'll be honest. Maybe it's because I'm just not good at sitting for a long time quite yet. Here are the highlights.
The pillows were flying! We had a really fun two level pillow fight from the balcony of the loft!

Me and Bri

Gavin and Tim

Wyatt and his boys, Riley, Tatum and Cayson

Abby and Whitney with some of the actors

Dad, Amelia, Kenzie (trying to hide)

Amelia, Kenzie, Whitney (with her new fan) and Joel

It's a miracle...the play finally started! Here are the Nephites before they got wicked.

And here is when Jesus came to visit America. If you look closely, you can barely see him in the bright light. How would that be, to play Jesus?? They were lots of other parts, like Samuel the Lamanite on the wall, Alma and wicked King Noah, Joseph Smith in Carthage, the Pioneers crossing the plains, etc. but I figured I already had enough pictures.

I went straight to bed when we got back but several people stayed up all night watching all eight hours of Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlee. The best shows EVER! The next morning we had another amazing breakfast, complete with strawberries and angel food cake, then we cleaned up and headed home.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Brian's Surprise Graduation Party

Okay, so Brian graduated a couple of months ago but it was right after his pacemaker surgery and it just didn't work out to have a party then. So I decided to put together a surprise graduation party for him. It was suppose to be 85 degrees but instead it rained all day. Luckily, my friend Tammie offered her house for the party and it was a great success!

I told Brian I had planned an evening for just the two of us and he had to be home and ready by 6:00pm. Well, he spent hours guessing what was going to happen. Then, once we were in the car, I blind folded him and we drove around for awhile. I even went into neighborhoods he didn't know and he could still figure out where we were. However, he was still surprised! Here are a few pictures of the event. I planned on making sure I got pictures of everyone but I got too busy visiting.
Brian all blind folded...
A bunch of friends enjoying the festivities and food
Super cute Porter and Audrey (this picture is for you Stacey!!)
Mat with his twin boys, Leo and Jack
Some of the kids watching a movie and eating in the next room
The graduate with cousin Eric (check out Brian's pin I made him wear - he must really love me!)
Brian loves chocolate and coconut but not together in a German chocolate cake. So I made a chocolate cake and a coconut cake. They were a hit! YUMMY! (I put the recipes on my recipe blog)
Bella and Lady begging for food during clean up.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Brian's Job

I'm such a jerk. I haven't said anything about Brian's job since he started it.

Well, he ABSOLUTELY LOVES it!! He has been driving up to Tremonton, Utah everyday to the job site. I've loved having him home every night. Things at that site will finish up in a week or so and then he will probably head out of town to another job site. But it all depends on what is going on and what jobs his company gets.

He loves spending his days welding, loves the better pay and really enjoys his coworkers. I've loved seeing how much happier he is since starting this job.

Blessings are the BEST!

It's a MIRACLE! (crutches - week SEVEN)

Happy Day!! I am starting to wean off the crutches!! :) I can now walk with one crutch and at home, when I'm not hurting, I can walk with NO crutches!! I don't even mind one crutch. Seriously, then I have one hand free. I can open doors, carry stuff - I feel so FREE!!

But now I'm left relearning how to do things! It's so funny. Like, how do you sit down when you don't have to back up to the couch with your crutches? Seriously, people. I don't remember. And how do you get in and out of a car? I actually have to think about it now. At least it makes me laugh! I still have to use both feet on stairs because my leg is not strong enough and I still firmly believe "slow and steady wins the race" because I'm slow.

This past week one of my students said, "Mrs. Morris, I don't remember what you look like without crutches." And then the rest of the students agreed. It made me laugh. Yep, it's been a long time for all of us.

I switch between two crutches, one crutch and no crutches depending on my pain. But I LOVE it! I will continue to wean off the crutches until I can walk without a limp. Yeah for recovery!!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Crutches, crutches, crutches - a VERY honest account (week 6)

Crutches suck. However, they have given me a completely different perspective on life. First of all, I am not looking forward to being unhealthy later in life. Crutches have made me realize just how important it is to take care of myself so I am not sick when I am older.

Also, people who park in handicap parking stalls and do not have plates to park there are currently my least favorite people. I have always been the kind of person who parks far away from the doors and enjoys the walk. Since being on crutches, I park in the handicap stalls. Soooo many times every single stall is taken and only two people actually have the right to be there. I feel bad for anyone who has to put up with that for the rest of their lives. There is a reason I took my crutch-self all the way to the DMV to get my handicap plates and stood in line forever even though it had just opened. If people don't have a reason, other than laziness, to park there - GRRRRRRR!!! Even when I can park far away and enjoy the walk again, it's still totally going to bug me.

Also, I have noticed that hardly anyone has manners. I have been totally knocked over, more than once, by people who charge into elevators without waiting to see if anyone is in there. And, at school I'll be holding open a door with one of my crutches so I can go inside and ADULTS, not the children, will walk out the door with no regard for me or my crutches!! Seriously, I don't even know what to make of it.

I am still using both crutches. I go to the doctor on Wednesday and will, hopefully, go down to one crutch. I'm sure you're so excited to tune in and find out what happened. (I don't care if no one reads this. It's more for me than anything.)

Me and my crutches are on touchy ground. I am so sick of them and they are fighting back. I will lean them up against the cupboard and bend down to get something and they will fall over on me! Or I will get them all nice and balanced and they will just keep falling and falling and falling. The other day when that happened, I just threw them to the floor. Then I yelled at them but I don't think it did much good. Their behavior has just continued.

My physical therapist says I have great strength and movement in my hip! Yeah for recovery. I mean, after all, it has been six weeks. Then he reviewed with me the prescription he has for physical therapy and it says I may be on double crutches for eight weeks. Oh my!! Why does it keep changing? I'm going to be saying a lot of prayers between now and Wednesday that I can start weaning off them. I mean, I want to recover and do everything right but can I just have amnesia from now until I am finished with crutches?

Do you feel sorry for me yet? I don't mean to be that way. Maybe I should have written this post when I was in a better mood. I mean, there are so many people who have it far worse than me and I really don't have anything to complain about. But this is my record and my history and it is what it is.

I'm still driving, I'm still teaching (I'm REALLY nervous about going back to both jobs next week), life is pretty good. I just really miss feeling like myself. I'm tired of people staring at me and watching me and feeling pity for me. I just want my life back. I want to feel normal again.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

We've been up to a lot...

Life has been full of lots of fun lately. I just put up SEVEN new posts. Whooo, I'm all caught up. So don't forget to check them all out!

Another fugitive on my street!

THIS happened ACROSS the street from my house!!! The house across the street was the house this guy fled from. The details, and some pictures of my street, are in the video when you click on the link. - Fugitive arrested in Taylorsville; toddler helped police

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Now here is my version - Brian and I rented a movie, blew up the air mattress and fell asleep in the living room. Around midnight I woke up to lots of doors shutting outside. I hobbled up to the window and saw at least 7 cop cars on my street. And guess what house this was all coming from? Remember our house got broken into not too long after we moved in? Yeah, the SAME house. Different people live there now but seriously - do they only rent to people with criminal backgrounds?? Or is one of the questions on the contract "Are you willing to harbor fugitives?" So this guy, with a serious history of crime, warrants for kidnapping, etc. was staying at the house, across the street from me. These people even have little children. I just don't get it! Anyways, this isn't the house he was arrested from. It's the house he fled.

We watched the cops search the garage, backyard, bushes and trees of the house across the street. Of course, the people wouldn't let them inside. Then the cops started searching every backyard on the street. The K9 unit arrived and the dog took off, it followed the guys trail right to where he was. The cops would come and go, come and go but there was always five cops cars, with cops standing in the frontyard and the backyard of the house across the street. The helicopter was cool to watch but very noisy. Turns out, the guy ran down the street and around the corner. Thank goodness for a truth telling child and search warrants.

I think we need to move. Stupid economy.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Quinn's Blessing

On Sunday we went to Quinn's blessing. Tim did a great job (he was so nervous), Quinn looked beautiful and it's a good thing the Fowler's still like us after how much time they had to spend with us this weekend. We also got to meet some of Crystal's family we haven't met before.
There were also a set of twins blessed in their ward that day. The ward is tiny and still Brian found someone that he knew, the Uncle of the twin babies being blessed. I swear that kid goes nowhere without seeing someone he knows.

We left early-ish because Brandon, Emily, Kaython and Kelton were coming up from Idaho to spend the night. Kaython was performing at Lagoon on Monday. We were sad that, with Brian's new job and my crutches, we couldn't go. Hope you did great Kaython! And of course, I forgot to take pictures but it was a fun night with visiting, pizza and homemade Reese's peanut butter cup ice cream!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Riley's Baptism

On Saturday was Riley's baptism. I was in such a hurry, hampered by crutches and my ability to only move in slow motion, to make it in time that I locked my keys in my car. Brian had to work and so the Fowler's adopted me for the day, even after Brian got there. THANKS GUYS!!

Wyatt is holding his youngest, Cayson, with Riley and Tatum standing in front. Then comes Grandma, Grandpa holding Gavin, Crystal with Quinn and Tim. (Lacey - I'm trying to figure out why I never get pictures of you and your family. Sorry!)

We had lunch and watched the kids play on the slip and slide. It was cold and they were such troopers. They would be shaking from the cold while waiting for their turn to go. But they wouldn't give up.It really was a wonderful day to be outside. I even got a sunburn! (Not that that is difficult)
Wyatt has the backyard of all backyards. It's huge! The guys had fun playing soccer, basketball...
It was fun to be a Fowler for the day!

Congratulations Riley!!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Crutches - week five

I promise this will be shorter than past entries. Crutches - crutches. On one hand, they have become second nature. I'll wake up in the middle of the night and head for the bathroom without even thinking about the crutches and other times I want to throw them into a really hot fire and watch them melt.

I hate not having hands, I hate that they fall over all the time, I hate how limited I am and I really hate how everything (like walking to the car) takes FIVE TIMES LONGER than it ever did before. I just want my life back. Okay, enough complaining.

I am gaining new skills, for example I finally figured out how to cut my toe nails. It was a glorious moment!! I have a lot more mobility in my hip which means I can move more easily. For example, I look almost normal when I get into a car. I no longer have to move my legs together once I'm sitting. Although I still have to back up to the seat to get in and once I'm in, I have to pull my crutches inside. But at least my legs can move kind of individually, right? That makes me a little more normal, doesn't it??

Honestly I'm just REALLY, REALLY ready to be done. But alas, I still have 1 to 1 1/2 weeks of two crutches and then I wean to one crutch to no crutches in two weeks after that. It feels so very far away.

On a fun note, one of my students also ended up on crutches. Lucky her, it was only for a couple of days. I thought it was cute that we "matched" so I got permission from her parents to take this picture!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Leadership Award

About a month ago I got a invitation in the mail to an award's dinner. It was from my previous job at Early Head Start. So I called to see what it was all about. After all, July marks one year since I left. Well, one of my coworkers, more than a year ago, entered me in to win an award for my leadership skills. How nice, don't you agree? Happy me! And I won! Thanks Tammie for going with me!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Gavin's Birthday Party

On Wednesday we went to Gavin's 3rd birthday party. The kids were adorable with the pinata! Gavin's grandparents actually brought it back from Mexico and that thing was indestructable. After all the kids got lots of hits, Tim finally had to break it. Here's the birthday boy taking his turn. Gavin got a Spiderman bike for his birthday (which I didn't get a picture of) but he LOVED his helmet. He wanted it on with all the packaging.

Blowing out the candles!Happy 3rd Birthday Gavin!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Celebrating in Style...

To celebrate Brian's new job we went out to dinner at Tepanyaki. YUMMY! We went to this resturant for my New Year's Resolution last year and we LOVED it! It's where they sit you at a rectangle table with people you don't know and cook your food right in front of you. Afterwards, like an old married couple, we went to run some errands and decided to buy an ice cream maker! What an experience that was!

First, I forgot to read the very first instruction. Which was to put the inside part of the ice cream maker in the freezer for 9 or more hours. Whoops! Well, we figured that out when the milk wasn't changing.

Then, after the inside was properly frozen, Brian forgot that you have to turn the spinner on first and then add the milk. So when he dumped in the milk stuff first, it instantly started to freeze and the spinner wouldn't spin. So we had to dump it out, scrap the ice cream off, and start again.

But third time is the charm and we got Snicker ice cream!! (Brian's shirt isn't really pink, but I think it's funny it looks that way!)

Now to find some yummy recipes. I figure if I find the best vanilla and the best chocolate recipe, I'm pretty much set because then you can add anything you dream of. Come over and we'll make some!

My husband is.....

Yep, that's right. Brian got a welding job!!!!! He was offered it yesterday and guess when he starts.....

TOMORROW at 5:00AM!!

Yikes, life changes fast. So fast in fact, he had to just up and quit SkyWest which means we didn't have a chance to take that one last trip, or two or three. Oh the places we REALLY wanted to go with our free flight benefits!! :(

Brian is now working for a company called Wyse Solutions. They install warehouse equipment, dock locks and do lots of welding. And, as a bonus, he even gets to wear a hard hat! We are super excited and a little in shock. It's amazing how fast life can change!