Sunday, December 28, 2008

My Baby Is One Year Old Now...

My littlest girl is one! I don't believe it has been a year already!


1 Year Ago


Sunday, November 2, 2008

When Mom is tending the youngest, the oldest shall play...

This is just a small glimpse of what I entered into when I was finished putting Oryn down for her afternoon nap...I hope you all get a kick out of this. I cleaned it half up, Oryn woke up 5 minutes later, I got her back to sleep and Makynna destroyed it once again. Just a side not here, this doesn't show the bed and closet that are also full of kaos and such. I am just going to say, I am not having all that great of an afternoon.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Six Random Facts About Kimmie

#1. I am anal retentive about capitals, spelling, and grammar when typing thing on the computer. It annoys me to all heck when people type in all lower case and when they don't use the correct words, for example: their/there/they're, whole/hole, write/right. ALL computers have spell check as well. For serious people! Would you get a passing grade in elementary school doing this?!?! I think not! Proof reading is a must.

#2. I still have my first security blanket, Mr. Booboo. I cannot sleep without him. I cannot travel without him. I WILL NOT EVER GIVE HIM UP!!! I WILL be buried with him. There isn't much left of him. When my Grandma T. made him about 23 years ago, he was blue and had little puppy dogs holding blankets on him. Now the only part of him left is the underside and the little ties the used to hold the top, the cotton batting, and the bottom together. I fear that every time I wash him he will fall apart...but I just cannot bring myself to retire him.

#3. When putting my groceries away I must organize, face (have all the labels facing English side forward), lined up perfectly and rotate old in front and new in the back. Everything has its place, and if it isn't where it is supposed to be I will take everything out of the cupboards and reorganize so that everything is perfect again. This is thanks to a boss I had years ago.

#4. I love theater makeup. Halloween is my favorite time of year. I enjoy making people look grotesque. I would have to say that my favorite Halloween yet was when I made my youngest sister and I look like bear attack victims. We each had three claw marks across our faces from hairline to chin. At the time I worked at a camping/hunting supply store and it looked so realistic that my co-workers would tell anyone who asked that I had a run in with a bear while camping and the costumers believed them. But due to having two young children I have put this passion on hold in fear of scaring them.

#5. I LOVE LADYBUGS!!! I have just about everything imaginable with ladybugs on it. I started collecting them in my early teens. It is a sickness in ways but I can't bring myself to stop.

#6. I have a complete and utter fear of open closets. The doors have to be all the way closed or I cannot sleep. I have taken the doors off all the closets in my house to creat a no closet feeling. When I was 5 years old I had a nightmare that a Dracula came out of my closet and killed my whole family. Ever since then either they are to be be shut or must not exist.

I don't know many people with blogs so I tag the next person that reads this...Papa I know you have read this. =)

Sunday, September 14, 2008

The joys of allergies

OK, so I am never going to take another anti-inflammatory again!!! When I was younger I injured myself quite a lot. I was involved in competitive gymnastics. While preparing for a competition one year I recked my ankle pretty bad. I had torn all the tendons and ligaments in my right ankle, which equals a lot of pain. My doctor prescribed me an anti-inflammatory called Voltaren Rapid, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Well, after taking this drug for 2 or 3 days I had an allergic reaction to it. Apparently the drug does the opposite it is supposed to do when I take it. In a matter of hours my whole body was tightened into a ball of rock hard muscles that wouldn't move. It was the most excruciating pain I have ever endured (worse than child birth). It was so bad my jaw was locked. There was nothing the doctors could do for me. They told me I had to wait until the drug ran it's course, about 4-5 days. All I could do was cry.

Well, last week I was diagnosed with Gout; a form of chronic arthritis that isn't all that common in women, and most women who do get it are post menopausal. Hurray for rarity! My family doctor prescribed me an anti-inflammatory called Apo-Indomethacin, another drug in the NSAID family. I was told the chances of me having an allergic reaction to this drug was highly unlikely. Well, highly unlikely happened. After taking the drug for 2 days I felt my back starting to cease up. I stop taking them immediately but it was still too late. By Saturday morning my back, neck, and shoulders were ceased into a ball of knots, and I was in excruciating pain. I called my father to pick me up at 6 am and headed to the ER. I knew what they were going to tell me, "There is nothing you can do but wait it out." but I thought I would get checked out any ways.

The doctor I had told me that this reaction is not side effect of these drugs and that it was pure coincidence. I explained that it had happened before and that it was on my records. He pulled out his palm pilot, looked up the drug, and said "See, there are no known reactions like this to NISAIDs." Then he continued to tell me that is was most likely a viral infection, prescribed me some T3s for the pain and sent me on my way. I am SO impressed with this doctor that I just might ask to switch over my records to his practice!

So, to close this blog I am making it know to everyone that this pain is all in my head, that my memory of the reaction I had 20-odd years ago never happened, and that all people react the same to ALL drugs. Man, I love the medical professionals who think they know everything. I am greatful that I have a great family doctor!


Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Holly Crow!!! August is gone?!?!

Well now, I can't believe the summer went by so quickly! August was a busy month for us. Lots of new and exciting things going on. Lots of fun memories. Lots of crazy days ahead. I will try to fit as much as I can in but at the same time make this as painless as possible for those reading. =P

The beginning of the month brought Whoop Up Days here in Lethbridge. We were able to go see the parade to kick the festivities off. Makynna loved watching everyone walk by. I will have to say that she has the perfect "queen wave". She cheered on everyone. Oryn's favorite parts where the marching bands and the bag pipers.

A few days later we where able to go to the fair grounds...or as Makynna would call it, "the fairest". She put fair and Farris wheel together. On the Thursday we went with Auntie Dian. We gave Makynna the choice of which ride she wanted to go on first...she picked the fishy ride. I tried to talk her out of it because I saw how fast it went but she wouldn't listen. Man, you should have seen her face! PRICELESS! The minute that thing started to move she looked like she was going to have an aneurysm. She didn't cry. She didn't scream. She just hung on. When the ride stopped all she said was, "Mommy, I want out." After that she was a little more cautious on her choices. LOL She had a blast though. We ate cotton candy, and elephant ears then it was time to take Auntie Dian to work...with a promise to come back tomorrow. On Friday we hit the "fairest" with Grandma Ully, Grandpa Ully, and Auntie Dainta. We ate more food then it was off to the rides once more. Makynna never asked to go on the fishy ride again, though. We played games up the wahzoo, and Makynna took a load of prizes home...Oryn got a few as well. We even got a chance to watch a bit of the Rodeo (not my favorite). Oryn was enthralled with the cowboys riding the crazy horses.

Later on in the month Papa Hovan's work was having their employee, family function. They had it out at the Skyline Ranch, just northwest of Clarseholm. They had a BBQ, horseshoes, fishing, lassoing, face painting, and horseback riding. We had a blast! Makynna, who is afraid of everything, decided that she wanted to go horseback riding...when Makynna got on that horse, she was not EVER getting off! She fell in love with Peggy, the horse. She was quite upset when they needed her to switch to a smaller horse so they could take another adult on the trail ride. It took some convincing but she warmed up to Sage, the other horse. Oryn did really good out there. She rode in her stroller the whole time without any fuss. She loved watching everything and everyone.

This slide show contains all our Skyline photos.

Then on my birthday we went to the Calgary Zoo for the day. It was also Grandma Ully's birthday so we made it a Ully family trip. We left at 9:00 am and didn't get home until 10:30 pm. It was a long day but a great day! Oryn was so good. Once again, she sat in her stroller the whole time and watched everything. She only kicked up a fuss once and that was in the Jeep on the way home but it was short lived. Makynna caught on to what you are supposed to do at the from animal to animal. She had a blast!

This slide show contains all our Zoo photos.

Then, this weekend we had the opportunity to meet Dian's fiance, David. He is a very nice young man. I had to hold back the vomit when I watched them leave my house and get into Dian's car. David walked Dian to the driver's side, opened the door for her, waited there until she was in, then closed the door, then walked to the passenger's side and got in. Oh gag me. LOL Jokes! It was cute. Makynna took an immediate fancy to poor David. If she were 19 years older Dian would have some healthy competition on her hands. Eh, Di? Oryn too was twitter patted with David. The smile she gave him when we went for dinner at O-sho's was the biggest toothless grin she has ever given. So I guess we have to keep him now. We are super excited to welcome him into our family permanently on December 16! Sorry! I don't have any pictures of Dian and David to add to this blog update...hopefully next one.

Now a quick over view of the milestones we have over come this month. We discovered that Oryn is lactose intolerant, she got her first tooth, is now "army crawling", can say dada...and didi (Auntie Di was on the phone with her today), and is getting into anything and everything...mainly her big sister's toys, which she is not "allowed" to play with. Makynna has taken "ownership" of her baby sister. "That's my Boryn!" (which is what Makynna calls Oryn). Makynna has also become more interested in learning to write her alphabet, her imagination has become even more vivid, her shoe size has gone from a size 7 to a size 9 in just two short weeks, and she has learned that her skin is called her "epidermis". Life is good all around!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Come Take A Walk Down Memory Lane...

Come out, come out where ever you are! Enjoy a walk down memory lane with me!

1. As a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember!

2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It's actually pretty funny to see the responses.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Cousins, Camping, and Birthday Parties...

July came and went way too quick! Camping was short lived this year. We were only able to get the trailer out once this year but had fun anyways. We met Scott's parents out at Ridge Reservoir intending to stay for 3 nights but Makynna decided the first night at about 2 am that she didn't want to camp anymore. So, the next day we packed up the trailer - after a day of boat rides, fishing, walking with Grandma Ully, and playing - and went home. The day that we were supposed to come home we got a phone call from Scott's parents. They got hit with a wicked hail storm. The hail was the size of softballs and they had 3 actually go through the walls and roof of their fifth wheel!!! So thank Heaven for whispering in Makynna's ear because I don't think our tent trailer would have given us much protection.

Chrissy and her 3 kids came up for a visit before they left for their move to Oklahoma. It was good to see them all, and the kids had a blast playing.

We also celebrated Makynna's 3rd Birthday too. We had a family party at the Hovan house as well as one at the Ully house. My sister made these wonderful frog cupcakes. I wish I had her talent of creativity. From Makynna's cousins she got two games and a pair of dress up shoes...that she tries to run in all the time, Scary!!! From Grandma Ully and Auntie Daina she got a 'Tickle Trunk' full of costumes (which Oryn and I tried on), and from Grandpa Ully she got a scooter.

Daniel and Makynna also did some you can see Makynna has some 'sick' moves. =)

Auntie Pissy and Oryn.

Great Grandma Boo with Oryn. And Auntie Daina with Oryn.

On the morning of Makynna's birthday I asked her what she wanted for breakfast...she said pancakes, so I made them special for her. And seeing that we didn't have a friend birthday party for her this year I made rice crispy flowers and took them to nursery on Sunday.

All in all it was good month!