Saturday, June 29, 2013

Roman and Owen

Roman and Owen = FUN!
Sidewalk Chalk, Slip in Slide, Bubbles, Water Balloons, Ice Cream
Can't have summer without a little outdoor fun!

Friday, June 28, 2013

It's All Good

Hi!  How are you guys?  I hope all is going well for you this week!  I have been missing in action as we have not had very good internet access.  Don't know why? Could be all the construction going on around here, but in any case it is fixed.  My teenage son is very happy to say the least.  He lives in the world of Mindcraft  right now.  Anyway, I wanted to give you and update on Roman.  A couple of weeks ago he had an MRI and yesterday we got the results.  It is all Good!  He is stable and there are no changes since his previous MRI two years ago.  Why the EKG showed dilation in his right ventricle is a mystery to us and it could be a error in measurement, or I would like to think a miracle of all the prayers that went out on his behave.  Yahoo!  Now why he was acting so lethargic is also a mystery; however, since school has been out and he can sleep later he has also been doing much better.  I guess our goal will be to try to get this little late owl to bed earlier next year.  Well, I hope you have a fantastic weekend.  I am excited that my dad will be coming town on Sunday.  Sadly, my great-aunt passed away on Wednesday.  She lived a long live filled with love.  We will be attending her funeral on Monday.  See you soon! 

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Harris Goes to Tech

This week Harris had the opportunity to attend a class at Georgia Tech on learning how the stock market works and financial planning.  He really enjoyed the experience with working with top notch professors and meeting students from other high schools.  Getting into their summer programs is pretty competitive and we are so thankful he had the opportunity to attend.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Her Party

Interview with Adelaide
Me:  Addy what is your favorite food?
Addy:  I like Macaroni and Cheese and Chocolate.  Other than that I still don't like food that much!
Me:  Addy what is your favorite thing to do?
Addy:  I love playing with my baby dolls and when I am not doing that I love to be outside playing in the park, driving my car, and playing in the sand.  I really like bubbles too!
Me:  What do you want to be someday?
Addy:  I don't know, I am only two!  I still have a few years to think about it!
Me:  Do you have any goals for the upcoming year?
Addy:  I would love to stop drinking from a bottle, but I love it so much.  I am not such a fan of a sippy cup, though I do like drinking from a real cup.  I also want to learn how to go potty in the toilet.
Me:  What was your highlight of the year?
Addy:  Well as you know it isn't traveling.  I hate being in my car seat, but I sure do love going to pre-school. I am also proud of the fact that I can put two words together like this way, nice job, thank you, and out please.  I can't believe I went from speaking a handful of words two months ago to saying a couple hundred words.  I have the boys beat on this one!
Me:  Adelaide thank you for taking the time to sit and talk with me.
Addy:  Your welcome!  Can I go play now?

Thursday, June 20, 2013


Happy Birthday Adelaide Louisa!
You have continued to live up to your dramatic arrival,
but every minute has been worth it!
We love you sweet girl!
Love, Papa, Mommy, Harris, Winston,  and Roman

Monday, June 17, 2013

The Trek


In the early spring of 1846, Mormon settlers left their home of Nauvoo, Illinois to travel the 1,300 miles across the United States to Salt Lake City looking for a place where they could worship in peace.  This exodus west continued for another 20 years.  The journey for many was far from easy and many lost their lives.  Just recently, I myself wondered how these individuals were able to accomplish such a task as I flew over the Rocky  Mountains.  Can you imagine walking across the plains and seeing the mountains knowing you would have to climb over them before reaching your final destination.  Some individuals may have never seen mountains up until this point.  In order to pay tribute to the sacrifice of these individuals the youth of our church participate in a re-enactment of this trek.  They dress in pioneer clothing, learn of this time period, and travel on a trail through the forest for several miles pulling handcarts like the original pioneers. The youth are divided into families and paired with a Ma and Pa.  They sleep outside under the stars as long as weather permits and participate in faith and testimony building exercises along their journey.  Harris attended this trek with 170 young adults who ages ranged from 14-18 with a 2 dozen or more adult leaders.  It was not mandatory that he participate, but I am so proud of him for giving three days of his summer to sacrifice and build a stronger testimony.

Harris at the beginning of the journey prior to changing into his pioneer clothing.

Did you know that early Christians had to hide in caves and live in fear because it was illegal to be Christian.  I am so grateful that I live in a country where I am able to worship the way I want.  Not everyone is so lucky. 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

crazy week

First before I have you worried, this is a picture of Roman getting ready for his MRI. He did fantastic!  I was amazed at how fast the sleep medicine worked. I am not kidding he was asleep like in two seconds. He didn't have a chance and 45 minutes later the nurses wheeled him back into the room and just about as quick as he went to sleep he woke up. They were super impressed because I guess it can take some children a while to wake up, but not Roman. He was ready to go home!  When we went to the cardiologist 6 weeks ago they noticed that Roman's right ventricle had dilated by a centimeter. Now a centimeter doesn't sound like much, but after 5 years of no change, they wanted to make sure nothing is going on.  Eventually, he will need a pulmonary valve replacement, but we are praying that will be much later down the road.  As I have explained before, but to those of you who are new around here he will need a replacement. We are hoping that he doesn't need one before he is 17-18 because then he can have an artificial valve. If he has to have one now, then they have to use a valve from a cow or a pig and they do not grow. This means he may or may not need another replacement down the road.  While these surgeries are pretty routine, the more you muck around with the heart the more likely he will have a chance to build up anti-bodies and need assistance from say a pacemaker.  We don't want this!  We do know something is going on because he has been more tired than usual though you wouldn't have known that tonight when it was all I could do to get him to go to sleep. We should know the results by the  end of next week.

Anyways, it has been a crazy week.  It seems like I am on the bus from the movie Speed.  I can't believe 3 weeks of summer vacation are over.  We arrived home last Thursday night, and on Friday I went to see the movie Now You See Me .  It was fantastic!  I love when you are hanging on to the edge of your seat till the very last minute.  Later that evening, Frank and I went to a birthday party/tenure party for a good friend of ours who got tenure as a professor.  It was the Party!  A little after midnight, Harris rolled in the door from camp.  He had a great time!  On Monday, I went to see The Great Gatsby with my friend Lucy.  The movie was total eye candy.  Stunning!  Roman had his MRI.  Harris left for a religious retreat called the Pioneer Trek.  He returns home on Friday afternoon.  Roman had two play dates this week!  Winston had two play dates this week.  Winston is going to Six Flags today.  I need to pack his suitcase!  I am also in charge of the Fourth of July pancake breakfast at our church, so I need to get busy organizing that.  Are you exhausted because I sure am!   

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Europe "Cornerview"

In 6 days, Winston leaves for Germany to spend a month with his Oma and Opa. This will be his first time traveling alone. He is so excited to go and visit with grandparents, see his friend Noah, and play soccer.
Since I am not going to Germany, I thought I would make some Schnitzel today. It is my boys favorite meal next to Spaghetti and Pizza.

I wish I was going here "Elbe", but it isn't in the cards this summer. We will be taking a cruise though the second week of July.

If you could go anywhere in Europe, where would you go?  I am dreaming of going to Spain someday.  Maybe, I can visit with Jane and she can show me where I can find the best tapas in town or take me to a bull fight.  I would love to see the chapel designed by Gaudy in Barcelona and then travel north to see the Giant Dog sculpture designed by Gehry. 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Baked Haddock

Three years ago, when I was visiting my cousin Jane she made baked Haddock.  Haddock is a white flakey fish very mild in flavor.  So so yummy!  I have dreamed about this recipe since that day, but would always forget to ask her for the recipe.  On this trip to Boston, we stayed with Jane and the first thing I did when I saw her was to beg her to please make the dish again.  It really is so simple.  It really is hard to give you amounts because that would depend on the number of pieces of fish you were going to cook, but the recipe goes something like this: lay filets in a baking dish, pour melted butter over filets, then top with bread crumbs, then put a scant amount of milk in the bottom of pan-just enough to make a thin layer on the bottom of pan, then bake for 20 minutes uncovered for at 350 degrees.  Don't know what to make for dinner then try this if you like fish.  A great way to introduce fish to your children too since the fish is so mild in flavor that they would hardly know it was fish if you didn't tell them.  Enjoy!!!!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Blizzard Beach

The sky was dark, but an ultimate optimist we were going to make the best of the day.  It really turned out to be a blessing that they messed up our reservation out at the beach because the weather this week was horrible.  At least it was warm.  We set out for blizzard beach as I had promised the children we would go, so with our towels in hand and sunscreen on our faces off we went.  Blizzard Beach is a waterpark owned by Disney.  We weren't even there 10 seconds and everyone was in the wave pool.  Then it was off to the lazy river.  Winston was all about the slides.  I even got in on the action.  At lunch time we were running for cover.  The skies opened up and unleashed it's wrath.  Thankfully, the rain stopped and we were able to resume our fun.  Little did we know a tropical storm was on it's way because a few hours later the rain returned.  It rained all through the night and when we woke up this morning it was still raining, so we decided to pack our bags and head home.  We almost didn't think we were going to make it with how hard it was raining.  The big trucks splash the water up over the windshield and make it almost impossible to see.  8 and 1/2 hours later we pulled in the garage and Roman declared, "home sweet home." 
 Sorry if some of the photos seem blurry
my lens kept fogging up.
Oh and incase you were wondering why hubby and Harris aren't in any of the photos,
hubby had to work all week and Harris is at Boy Scout camp.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

LEGOLAND "Somewhere Else Corner View"

Roman is totally into Legos right now!  He especially likes the super hero figures.  At Thanksgiving when we came to Florida, Roman really wanted to go to Legoland, but we just didn't have enough time.  We were with friends and so we had come to a mutual agreement to go to Sea World.  Then when Roman found out we would be going to Florida he asked if we could go.  The older boys have been in Germany with their Oma, but I too was curious to see Legoland.  It is not Disney, but there is plenty to do and to see.  The park was perfect for Roman because the lines where super short.  My only complaint about the park would have to be the quality of food.  Yuck!  The Lego Cities where amazing! 

 Roman with our babysitter Amanda