Reincarnated As A Mother

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Lucky Ducks

For those of you who don't live in Idaho-- I feel sorry for ya.
It takes us just over an hour to get up to some of our favorite spots in the mountains-
we love to go up and relax around Lake Cascade.
Not too far from there is this fabulous little hot springs
and on this crisp morning, we had it all to ourselves.
 On a few occasions, we've hiked in to find a few
naked folks.
No problem-- we just tell the kids to look the other
way when they get out.
 It is such a lovely setting, Holland and Reese
asked for a photo shoot.
 Of course, Byron and I had to do our own version.
 Sunday after church, we took a family hike.
 Bryon and I each took one of Kean's hands and he even hiked
up quite a ways until it got too steep.  Good therapy, eh?
Holland found these formations that looked like giant toes sticking out.
We sure love where we live.
Actually, we've loved everywhere we've lived.
We are pretty lucky that way.

Monday, September 19, 2016

The Huge Highs and the Little Lows

It is funny, I used to be so good about making near daily
posts on this blog.  Now that Kean is finished with treatment
(and hopefully cancer forever) I'm lucky if I check in once a week.
So here goes:  our week in review-- and what a week it has been.
We had a church/neighborhood Rodeo-- the real thing.
From 3 legged races...
 to jump houses that Kean didn't ever want to leave...
 to massive egg toss competitions (come now, doesn't every
rodeo have an egg toss)?
 The highlight had to be the pig chase--
yep, picture 100 kids madly chasing after a good sized
hefty, squealing pig with fifty bucks taped to its hind leg.  And they
did it twice with two different pigs!
Byron and I even ran into an old friend from our single days in Arizona-
Maurice Matsumori. 
 Kean had a ball.... riding horses...
and deciding after all that Cotton Candy is a good thing.
 I cursed him by telling everyone how well he's been doing.
The next night, we spent most of the night in the E.R.
 Poor boy got a double whammy-
Croup and Stridor-- both respiratory issues.
He's fine now, thankfully.
 Greer and I spent much of Saturday at the Music Theater of Idaho's offices
building a bathtub as part of the set for The Little Mermaid.
Then we raced home, scraped the paint off of our hands and arms
and did our best to clean up.
Our family was invited to the big Make A Wish gala event.
 It was in the Stueckle Sky Building-overlooking
BSU's football stadium.
The views were stunning of our fair city (and
Greer looked just as stunning-- so grown up)!
 My mom kept Kean and brought him up later
for the program.  I was the keynote.
But we had a blast leading up to the dinner.
The attendees all buy "wish bucks"-- think monopoly money
they pass out to BSU athletes who pull off the craziest antics
to earn money.
 They have players from all the big sports teams at BSU and
they compete to see which team can earn the most.
This guy was from the wrestling team.  He showed off
a talent only a mother could be proud of-- he drank down a
water bottle through his nose.
 The football team sang and danced...
 Reese's favorite was the gymnastics team--
they did back flips, cartwheels and all kinds of
bendy things down the hallway.
 Holland was adopted by the Track and Field team
(she runs track for Eagle High)...
 And this tennis player serenaded the family in French.
 In fact, I think we had every team do something for our family
What a fun and crazy night.
All of a sudden, the BSU marching band came streaming out
of the elevators- playing their fight songs full blast.
They literally pushed everyone into the room for dinner to be served.
 Once inside, some of the coaches spoke, we had more
players do some pretty crazy things
and we had a lovely dinner.
 Well, the little bit I ate tasted fine.
I can't eat a ton and then get up and speak.
Suffice it to say, the speech went well, there were tears
in the audience and most importantly, people gave generously
to Make A Wish when all the talking was done.
 We treasured our trip to Disney World, Universal and Sea World.
Looking forward to it kept us going for those three plus dark
years of Chemo, surgical procedures, vomit and hair loss.
And now, we have those memories-- and what amazing memories they are--
to always fall back on.
Thank you Make A Wish for an incredible evening and
a trip of a life time.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

La Goon's

Why do I feel like I need a vacation to recover from a vacation?
Probably because I wrestled the kids without Byron.
He stayed home while I took the crew to Utah for the weekend.
First stop?  Lagoon Amusement Park.
 The girls took off and hit some of the "bigger kid" rides
while Kean and I hit a bunch of the small fry options.
Reese was a good sport and joined up with us to ride with
Kean on many of the rides I could barely get my long legs in to!
 And then, bless their sweet souls, were my nieces, Morgan and Lindsey.
They rode with Kean on several rides that would have had me barfing- like this one-
a ride that spins and lifts up.  
It was, hands down, Kean's favorite.  Get this, he rode
it EIGHT times with Morgan and Lindsey.
 My favorite was the ol' Rattlesnake Rapids-- a rafting trip
down a river and through a waterfall.  Because of Kean, we
got to ride every ride twice before getting off.
And on this one, boy, did we get soaked.
 Our tickets to Lagoon were free-- part of our parting gift
from our Make A Wish trip we took to Florida back in
 We didn't get the rock star treatment like we did on our
Make A Wish trip, but we did have a blast cramming in
as much as we could.  The lines weren't bad and Kean
surprised us with his stamina.  As long as we kept him
on rides, he was happy.
The girls were just crazy.
 We topped the night off with a stop for dinner
at In and Out.  
Kean wolfed down his own milkshake.
You can see someone's hands in the pic- all
ready to grab the shake.
That would be because he has a habit of
tossing things when he's done.
For example, a near full cup of root beer
in the car (make that, all over the car we had just cleaned 
from top to bottom)!
 Notice, the girls are all responsible drinkers.
 The other big highlight of our trip was visiting my
grandmother at her new assisted living center.
Of course, Kean waltzed right in, found her bed
and pretended to take a nap (snores and all).
 Her new place is lovely.
Seriously, I'm tempted to sell off my kids
and move in there with her.
It is that nice!
 We got a tour of her new digs...
 look at how cute the area is just outside her door.
 We even had lunch with her in the dining room.
We actually were there to help celebrate and honor her
on her 98th birthday.
We gathered in a room upstairs and many of her children,
grandchildren (there are 86 of us) and great grandchildren (she has over 300)
took turns performing for her and sharing their talents.
Greer was one of the first to go-- she sang a solo.
 I thought you'd like to see my darling Grandma
and her children.  I love every one of these people
more than I can ever express.
I count myself pretty blessed to come from such goodness.
Now if I can just figure out how my grandmother seems
to have much more energy at 98 than I do at .........