Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Power Grid

This post is to make my fellow game playing family and friends just a bit jealous. Steph and I just played a game of power grid in the middle of the day on Tuesday. And it wasn't even planned. It just happened. We take turns watching each others kids on Tuesday/Thursday. When I watch, I clean the house, when Steph watches I volunteer at the school. Today was my turn to watch. Jaxon and Emily keep themselves well entertained and Sage and Holly nap. Steph put Sage down to nap and then pulled up a chair at the counter. I wasn't planning on her just hanging out but since she was making herself so cozy, I told her we should play power grid. Her other option was to go spend money she didn't have, and mine was to fold clothes. Power grid was certainly our best use of time.

It's times like these when being a stay-at-home mom is the best. It's worth the hours of doing preschool, huge piles of dishes and laundry, very demanding children, and on and on. Not that there aren't other things that I love about staying home, but today, a game of power grid and a few more than a few girl scout cookies was just what I needed. Thanks Steph for helping me be "one of those kind of people." And Mike-I hear you are the Utah champ. Just know you've got some competition with the Oregonians.

Ok, time to get back to those huge piles of laundry. They didn't go away while I was sitting around playing games.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Dad Update

My Dad has had some fairly serious health concerns the past few months. He will be having a hip operation and open heart surgery hopefully in the next 4-6 months. I will use my blog to update on his condition for family and friends who are concerned. Thanks in advance for your prayers and love!

Dad-correct me if I'm wrong on any of this info. We found out today that Dad's hip surgery is scheduled for April 8th but that if anyone cancels they will have him come in sooner, with only a few days to prepare. At this point, the sooner the surgeries can begin, the better.

The heart surgeon thought it would be best to have the hip surgery first. Because it is so difficult for my dad to get around with his bad hip, he uses his arms to get out of chairs and bed. This would no longer be an option once he had the heart surgery and he would need someone to help him get around for weeks.

The problem with doing the hip first is that the risk for a heart attack during the surgery and for 24 hours after is at 5%. At this point, it is a risk that he has to take. Because he has never had any heart problems (they only found the blockage because of high blood pressure) the doctor is confident that things can go well.

Once he recovers from the hip surgery, which will hopefully only take 6 weeks, he can then have open heart surgery. Many of his arteries have 80% blockage in small parts of the artery.

We are planning on moving him closer to Stephanie, Heather and myself (he is now about 30 minutes away) so that we can help him more after the surgeries.

It's going to be some hard months for him but we are all very optimistic that once he recovers from both of these surgeries, he will be able to do more than he has for years. What a blessing for modern technology!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Why Not?

When my Dad called and offered to provide a steak dinner for a Monday night I told myself "Why Not?" So what if it's a weekday. So what if grilling in freezing temperatures isn't the norm. Who in their right mind would pass up a steak dinner, games and family?
Grandpa entertained the kids while Rick grilled up the steaks.
Look at this Monday night feast!! We NEVER eat like this on a Monday night.

Even Holly enjoyed every little morsel. She's into smearing food on her face right now. Weird.
We had FHE with everyone. Something we have only done a few times since everyone moved close. Heather gave an awesome lesson and the kids gave some sweet and hilarious comments.
And to top it all off, Steph made Creme Brulee for dessert. Why Not? It was divine. I didn't want our perfect Monday night to end too soon so I talked Dad into staying to play Power Grid. We missed you Bud! I lost both times we played but loved an excuse to stay up late, playing games on a Monday night. Thanks Fam for giving us an excuse to have a party at the first of the week, instead of at the end. It was a great way to start the week.

And here's a few random pictures just for fun.
And a video so everyone can know not to get in Holly's face. She is not one to mess with. I suppose that's what happens when you're trying to compete with three other kids!