Sunday, May 29, 2005

Mattey's Birthday Pictures

It took me a while, but here are the pictures from Mattey's birthday.

Father and Son Campout

On Friday night, my Dad and I attended a Father and Son Campout at Potato Creek State Park.  I hadn't been camping in twenty years.  This was a great chance for my Dad and I to get away and enjoy some time together, in the woods.  We setup the tent and enjoyed some chili dogs for supper.  Then the raccoons attacked.  Not us, but my Dad's brand new tent.  They put a nice size hole in the back of the tent, which we repaired with duct tape (of course).  We spent the rest of the night (until a little after one in the morning), talking around the campfire.  Saturday morning came a bit too early, but we helped cook breakfast for everyone (there were 37 people attending).  We had a great time!  Check out the photos.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Happy 4th Birthday Mattey

Today we celebrated Mattey's 4th birthday.  It's hard to believe that it's already been 4 years since she joined our family.  What a joy and a blessing she is.  She makes us laugh with her witty phrases.

She wanted to go and see the elephants on her birthday, so we took a trip to Brookfield Zoo in Chicago.  It was a beautiful day to be outside.  We had lunch there (dropping a small fortune for some not so great food), watched a Chinese parade (which included all of two things), watched the dolphin show (which seems to get shorter and shorter), and walked around looking at different animals (people included), and of course shopped (probably the girls favorite part) during the four hours that we spent at the zoo.  I said we had fun, didn't I?  The girls enjoyed it.

We then drove home and went out to eat at Applebee's where Mattey got some balloons and a free ice cream sundae.  When we finally arrived back home Mattey opened up the rest of her presents before we put the birthday girl to bed.  I'm too tired to post any pictures, but be sure to check back as I will post some.

Friday, May 20, 2005

See This Film, You Must

Yesterday I had the opportunity to see the newest episode of Star Wars, not once but twice.  I went at noon to see it with my department from work.  We have someone who was nice enough to pay for all of us to go and watch it.  I was impressed with the film and I really loved how Lucas tied it all together with Episode IV.

Later in the day I called my Dad to see if he would be interested in skipping out of a meeting he had planned to go and watch it with me.  Of course he was, and so along with my Sister, we went to the 5:30 showing.  It was just as good the second time.

Now all we have to look forward to (in terms of Star Wars) is the release of Episode III on DVD, so that we can have one big Star Wars marathon.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Happy 85th Birthday Grandpa

I want to wish my Grandpa a Happy 85th Birthday today.  How lucky I am to have such a great person as my Grandpa and to be able to have him around for so long.  He's still very active, always up in the woods cutting and hauling wood, and as of this week still employed occasionally as a grader operator.  I have learned many things from him and one of my favorites is the game of pool.  He taught me billiards when I was a small boy and I still love to rack 'em up with him.  We played a few games on Sunday and the Apprentice beat the Master.  The girls and I took some pictures during the match.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

The Tooth Fairy Comes Early

Mattey had a dentist appointment yesterday to have her last bad tooth fixed.  It looked badly decayed and sometimes she would say that it hurt while brushing.  Getting her to the dentist was no easy task but with a lot of talking and, of course, the promise of a reward, she was finally ready to let the dentist fix it.

When we first got there, she was very talkative with the dentist.  She started getting a little apprehensive when the chair began to move and lay her back.  Then the dentist put on the mask, which supplies the laughing gas to try and calm her.  This was one thing she had really hoped to avoid, but it did calm her down.  After closer examination, the dentist said that the tooth was broken and that he wouldn't be able to save it.  I stood there, leaning over and holding her hands while the dentist pulled out her tooth.  This was not a pleasant sight but luckily for her the dentist had her good and numb so she didn't feel much.  After it was all finished the dentist had her bite on some gauze to help with the pain.  This has become her comfort.  She still is walking around with a piece of gauze half sticking out of her mouth, obviously not the same piece.

After coming home to get some sympathy from Mom, we went to Toys R Us to pick out a reward.  She picked out a couple of new sets of Magnetix.  She picked out some purple ones and ones that light up.

The broken pieces of tooth were left under her pillow and the Tooth Fairy must have felt sorry for her, because she left her two dollars.  At least now she won't be bothered by that tooth anymore.  Mom and Dad were quite proud of how well she handled this event.

Sunday, May 8, 2005

Happy Mother's Day

I would like to publicly proclaim how thankful I am to have such a wonderful group of Mothers in my life.  They are always willing to help in any way possible.  I'm thankful for their influence in my life and my children's.

My wife is such a wonderful mother.  She continually puts her own desires aside to make sure that our children are well cared for.  This fact is driven home by having recently observed her completing another pregnancy.  The time she gave up and the pain she endured, to bring another beautiful spirit into our home, was more than I can imagine giving.  I am blessed to have her as my companion in raising our three fabulous children.

Mattey
I love her very much and I love Mom and Daddy.

Megan
I love her.

"Our mothers and fathers gave us life and brought us into this world. They gave us the opportunity to obtain mortal bodies and experience the joys and sorrows of this bounteous earth. In many cases, they set their own dreams and desires aside for the sake of their children. How fitting it
is that we honor them and show by word and deed our love for them and our gratitude."

--Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin

Saturday, May 7, 2005

The Little One

Megan played her very first softball game this morning.  Her team is called Lilly's Sweet Peas.  They were totally blown out by a much better hitting team.  Actually the game didn't even go the entire six innings because the other team was ahead by ten runs.  Megan played center field for the whole game.  She had one defensive play and had two at bats.  Her first at bat ended with a strike out, but her next at bat she made contact and was thrown out at first base.  I think she actually would have been safe if she would have ran straight to first base, but since she ran out into the field after the ball she got thrown out.  She seemed to enjoy herself and was a bit of a crowd favorite.  They nicknamed her "The Little One", since she is the smallest of all the girls on her team.  That's what happens when you are a six year-old playing with girls up to age twelve.

There was another first that happened at Megan's game.  I was the home plate umpire for the game.  It wasn't that bad of a job and I suspect it won't be the last time I do it this season.

Check out the pictures.

Friday, May 6, 2005

Happy Birthday Mom!

I just wanted to take a minute to wish my Mom a very Happy Birthday.  I hope your special day brings you lots of happiness.

A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun. Enjoy the trip!
--Unknown

Wednesday, May 4, 2005

It's Only a Virus

It all started last Thursday when Megan got sent home by the school nurse because she had a slight fever and lacey (as she described it) skin.  She told us that Megan might have fifth's disease and she would need a doctor's note to come back to school.  Well her guess on the disease was way off and the doctor told us it was just a virus.  Megan came home from the doctor's appointment and went straight to her room and fell asleep, so we all know she was definitely sick.

She stayed home from school on Friday and started developing a cough to go along with the fever she had.  By Saturday she was running a fever of about 103, coughing, sneezing, and complaining about different body parts hurting.  Sunday night she woke up around 1:00am with a bloody nose, which was a first for her.  She handled it quite well.  This was the first of four nose bleeds throughout the day.  We think this was because she was slightly dehydrated and the Sudafed we had given her caused her to dry out too much.

Tuesday we took her back to the doctor, just because her symptoms were getting worse and not any better.  The doctor just reaffirmed it was a virus and that we were trying the same treatment that he would recommend.  So last night Megan wanted to lie down around 5:30pm.  She didn't really fully wake up until 8:30 this morning.  She and I were up quite a bit, with another bloody nose, but she always went right back to sleep.

This has been one evil virus.  Hopefully she will be able to kick this thing soon.  It has been really hard on the whole family.