{ Scenes from Last Week } May 12-18 + a Sick Baby


{ May 12-18, 2014 }

Hello! Another crazy week. Just going to touch upon some highlights…here goes!

>>> Kelsi babysat Ryder & he LIKED it! They played outside with Katinka. (Photos above)

>>> Ryder also has been working on kneeling to pray. He is ‘praying’ in the photo of him laying kind of on his play mat haha. It is so cute. I told him, “let’s pray!” and he kneeled like that! (Photos above)

>>> We finally got window well covers on our window wells! We’ve been in our house for about 2.5 years now & finally got them. Now, I don’t have to worry as much about Ryder falling in or him throwing balls in there, etc. SO GLAD its done! I got a good deal, then had coupons, & then offered to pay in cash to get it cheaper & they took it ;) If you need window well covers & are in Northern Colorado, let me know! You should go with who we used! (Photos above)

>>> My visiting teachers came over & Ryder had fun playing with Kirra, Tyler, & Katie (my visiting teachers’ (Emily & Lori) kiddos)!

>>> I caught up on Revenge. I kind of was losing interest mid-season but it got good at the end again. Not really sure what happened there!

>>> Kevin was out of town for business in Indianapolis from May 12-13.

>>> Ryder & I joined my family, along with Omi & Opi, and the Puccetti’s/Cluff’s at Red Robin. Ryder loved playing with the balloons prior dinner. He was running around like a crazy kid but then he poked his eye, no clue how, but I sort of have it on video, and started crying. He had a red dot on his eye for awhile after…actually, it’s been a week and now I am thinking I should check to see if it is gone ha. But it was sad! My dad read Ryder some books while at dinner and it was very cute (photos above).

>>> We went to Hunter’s choir concert at the Lincoln Center in downtown Fort Collins. He did great! (Photo above) Afterwards, we grabbed Coldstone Creamery. SO GOOD. I got a babysitter, Brooklyn, my friend, Candis’ younger sister, because Kevin was landing in Denver & wouldn’t make it home to watch Ryder. He did great apparently! Also, it was like his 2nd babysitting experience ever haha. Patrick came down from Boulder for a couple of days so it was fun to see him too since he went to the concert.

>>> Kevin & I used our Gap cash at Centerra which was FUN of course. It basically made everything 50% off. Then, since I had 2 Gap cash certificates, they let me do separate transactions & use 20% off coupons as well so basically, we did get some good deals from Gap. We got Ryder a bunch of clothes since he is the one outgrowing everything and I got a jean jacket (weirdly, I only have heavy winter coats)! Kevin looked at jeans but they weren’t on sale so I ordered him some later online when they went on sale. (His bag with some of his clothes/shoes got stolen at the airport so we are trying to slowly get stuff to replace what was lost. So annoying, right? Seriously, who steals bags at the airport…) Ryder is wearing that orange baseball shirt and red button up shirt (while playing soccer) which are both some of his new Baby Gap clothes. Love Gap.

>>> ENT Follow-Up: I went back for an ENT follow up appointment. Brooke, my doctor, vacuumed out the ear drops and said to wait and see within a couple of days if my hearing improved as my ear dried out. Just vacuuming out the drops helped with the hearing. I could tell then that it had helped but it wasn’t completely normal. But an improvement! If my hearing didn’t feel normal (including ringing, other noises, etc.) by next week (this week), I would need a hearing test which would help determine the next plan of action especially if I had hearing loss. I actually just got a hearing test today ;) But it was good news. My hearing was within the normal range. My ear drum isn’t moving normal yet but she saw drops on my ear drum that had dried so I will try to get those out by using hydrogen peroxide/water to flush it out. Hopefully doing that a couple times a day will help and within a few days, maybe my ear drum will move better. It is normal though after how much trauma my ear went through for it to take weeks or even a couple months or so to heal completely. Slowly, but surely…it better all come back!

>>> Date Night: I needed to pick up some books from the library (The Giver & The Book Thief) but didn’t have time on Friday, so I asked Kevin if he wanted to go to the library for our date night haha. He said yes, but he secretly didn’t want to go. What a great husband haha. After he got home, we ate some homemade pizza bagels and went to the library. Ryder played on the kid things there. Then I convinced Kevin to come with me to Kohl’s to use a $10 off a $10 purchase coupon. I wanted to see if they had a Nike Baseball outfit they had a few weeks prior with my last coupon. Unfortunately they didn’t have his size but we did get him a baseball bat/ball (to train him for BYU Baseball hehe) & Melissa & Doug Chunky vehicle puzzle. It ended up being like $6 for both so like $3 for each item. Pretty good price for sure! I usually try to get things for $1 when I go but Kevin was with me so we got fun things for Ryder. He did need another puzzle though. He dominates them & now has 3 total. After Ryder went to bed, we watched some astronaut movie that I totally forget the name of…it was good until the end…I think they needed to continue the story longer.

>>> Sick Baby Saturday! I actually feel bad but Ryder had been getting sick on Friday when we took him on our date night, etc. When we got home, Kevin & him hit the baseball around and RYDER WAS IN HEAVEN but I went to put him to bed & he was really hot & had a 103 fever!!! I then could tell, he wasn’t feeling well as I was trying to get him ready for bed. Ah, I felt horrible. I gave him some Motrin & put him to bed. Over the weekend, he was pretty pathetic also. It was sad. I’ve never seen him so needy and irritable. The medicine helps though. I watched Ryder on Saturday while Kevin did some yard work, got his haircut, got a new suitcase at TJ Maxx (his was stolen), filled up our propane tank, & got some groceries at King Soopers. I did indoor cleaning. Then after Ryder woke up from his nap & Kevin was home, we got him some fresh air since the weather was nice. We walked to the nearby, Water’s Way Park, and pushed him in the swings. Then Kevin helped him try to play basketball. Ryder liked to hold onto the net. We also played some baseball in a field. Ryder was loving it. I think it was good to get him out for a bit and to have fun. Then we all attempted to watch Planes together but Ryder lost interest. We had some yummy steak quesadillas for dinner & after Ryder went to bed, we watched Anchorman 2…wow, it definitely wasn’t as good as the 1st. It was kind of brutally…bad.

>>> Sunday was Ward Conference. Kevin had a meeting before church so he went to that and to sacrament. Then he came home and put Ryder to bed & I went to church for 3rd hour & straight to a Relief Society Presidency Meeting which we met with the Stake Relief Society. Then I came home and Kevin went to another church meeting haha. It was like swap watching Ryder day while the other goes to church day!

What a week! Ryder –now- has been on the upswing of his cold so I am so glad about that!

Anyways, Happy Wednesday!



Mother’s Day 2014


[ Mother’s Day ~ May 11th, 2014 ]

My Mother’s Day was great! Kevin, Ryder, & I had yummy German pancakes for breakfast thanks to Kevin. I provided the recipe ;) Then we went to church. Hunter actually got the priesthood that day since he is now 12 and a Deacon! Woohoo! Then I took a little nap after church while Kevin started making some yummy Italian sauce for an Italian meal the guys were cooking a little later. The sauce takes a long time so he worked on that. Then a little later we went over to my parents. The guys finished up the Italian meal and it was time to eat! They called the moms in and we had to run through a little tunnel the guys made haha. It was SO cute! (Photos above) Even Ryder was a part of it! Kelsi played the violin for everyone while we sat down in the dining room haha. I tried to get a picture of her playing it but it didn’t work out. The dinner included: yummy pasta/meat sauce that had been cooking for hours, grissini (bread hard sticks that are a little crunchy – usually wrapped in prosciutto but only Kevin is really a big prosciutto fan so we skipped that), really soft bread and olive oil (w/stuff to dip it in), caprese salad, nectarines (not pictured), an assortment of olives, and Italian sodas! It was very good! Oh and for dessert we had cheesecake, well I had chocolate covered strawberries…I’m not a big cheesecake fan. I love chocolate covered strawberries. My mom and Omi opened some presents. Oh, I opened mine earlier in the day. Kevin got me some houndstooth patterned leggings, some button up top/bottom pjs (I had been wanting some forever haha – I’m so weird), and money. I feel like Zoey (Jess) in New Girl because she always has the cutest pjs! Kevin actually tried to get me some JCrew pjs that Zoey had but they were backordered and I wouldn’t get them in forever. So cute that he was looking! Oh, and the first photos above are of my mom when she was little. Omi and Opi and all of her siblings moved around A TON because Opi was an ER doctor in the army. I bet the photos are from when they lived in Europe…maybe Germany? She even lived in Iran! Anyways, I wanted to get some good photos on Mother’s Day but it didn’t really happen. It was pretty busy and Ryder wasn’t cooperating! But it was a great day celebrating some awesome people ;)


Hunter’s 12th Birthday, Hearing Problems, & Family in Town



{ May 5 – 11, 2014 }

Wow, this week was a whirlwind! Some of the highlights include:

+ Ryder’s swim lessons! They are almost done!

+ Ryder & I explored and walked to a “new” to us park when we were getting our Jeep’s tires rotate/aligned. It was actually a really ghetto park but it kept us entertained. Ryder brought a football along and we had a great time.

+ Kevin purchased a Lee’s Cyclery (bike shop) Livingsocial & got some good stuff for his bike. Sometimes he bikes to work so it was time for a tune up and some new gear.

+ Media Fun: I finished the last Hush Hush book (#4). It was good! Read them. We also watched: Shark Tank & New Girl.

+ My friend Tiffany Whitsitt & I went to lunch (Ry too!) at QDoba. It was fun to catch up over yummy Mexican food!

+ Ear Probs: Well, if you remember, I got a double ear infection HERE & I was concerned that my hearing wasn’t getting any better. I called in & they had me try a 5 day 20/mg 2x a day dosage of Prednisone (steroids) to see if it would help with the inflammation and help my hearing get better. Nope. Didn’t do anything but keep me up at night having a hard time trying to sleep! At LEAST, I didn’t have to pay for those drugs because I already had a big stash of steroids in my medicine closet…yep! I took Prednisone for my Ankylosing Spondylitis a year ago and basically Prednisone stays good for years…haha…it’s true. They had me come in for a follow up so I did. I met with a really nice lady but the appointment didn’t go well. Long story short, she said I had a cholesteatoma which is VERY SERIOUS. If you look it up, it is a growth (not a tumor or cancer) but it basically just grows & destroys everything it grows into. It destroys your balance nerve, inner ear bones, etc. & can go to your brain, etc… The only thing to do is surgery to remove it and then if you have surgery, they have to check up on you often to make sure it doesn’t grow back & if it does, you keep getting surgery. So she tells me I have this and says I need to see an ENT…and it is a complication from the infection. I go in in 2 days and she says I don’t have it. GOSH, I’ve never been happier!!! I definitely don’t need any surgeries AND more health problems. The thing is my hearing still wasn’t good at all and I was (& still am today) hearing ringing.  So. She looked in my ear in a microscope & could see how the primary care physician thought I had a cholesteatoma without having a microscope/the better equipment that ENT’s do. The infected stuff in my ear was in the ‘wrong place’ than it normally would be with an ear infection and she says it is because my ear drum ruptured & then healed. So that’s actually what happened.  She had me start on ear drops to clean my ear out from infected stuff & to see the ear drum for the next appointment to make sure it is healed. So that’s is what I did…more on that later.

Oh, and I started on The Maze Runner at this appointment. I actually only read 2 chapters & then had to return it shortly after so I gave up. Maybe I’ll read it later but the language was weird and I didn’t have time to try to get into it…thoughts? Have you read it or no?

+ On the way to a Relief Society activity, I took a picture of the temple lot (the panoramic shot above). Can’t wait for our temple to be built! The activity was good and we learned about wills, trusts, etc.…totally need to make a will still! Been on my ‘To-Do’ list since I was pregnant. We are going to make one soon.

Then we had a lot of family come in town for Hunter’s 12th birthday… Omi, Opi, & Kelsi…

+ Hunter’s 12th Birthday: We celebrated by going to my parents house and Hunter opened his presents. Then we ate at Mt. Fuji. Ryder was a fan of the tofu in the soup…maybe miso? Totally don’t even know, but it is good. BUT, Ryder wasn’t in the mood for the highchair for very long so we took turns playing with him outside haha. He just wanted to run and run. I ordered curry and it was crazy spicy! It was kind of a stressful dinner because of the intense spiciness. I am not a spicy person but the girl said that the curry wasn’t spicy and whelp, I cannot agree with her. Then we went back to my parents house and put Ryder to bed there. We had cake & worked on a big puzzle for awhile after. It was a fun time!

+ Saturday morning, I made some weird healthy oatmeal thing that you put egg whites in, etc. I found on Pinterest. It was interesting. Then we quickly got to being productive! Kevin cleaned out the window wells since covers were coming soon to be installed. We went to Home Depot & Lowe’s for some returns (random stuff from our kitchen remodel). Then we met up with Opi and my dad at King Soopers to get groceries for the Mother’s Day dinner (the guys were in charge of cooking it). Ryder rode the penny horse & looked like a little cowboy…adorable (photo above.) I listed our Chicco Cortina stroller on Craigslist. We relaxed by watching an episode of Shark Tank when Ryder was asleep. Then, I met up with my family, Omi, Opi, dad, mom, Hunter, Zach, and the Puccetti’s at Cinemark to watch Heaven is Here. Wow. I had no clue what that movie was going to be like but it was kind of intense. Not what was I was expecting haha. It is about a little boy’s near-death experience. My grandpa, Opi, who was with us at the movie, is an ER doctor & he knows about them more than I do. He knows a few people who have had near-death experiences, which is crazy. Then Kevin & Ryder met up with everyone at Noodles for dinner. We had a good time. Ryder ate a ton of meat which isn’t normal for him so we were pumped…then we headed over to my parents and hungout with everyone for a little while longer.

Next up: Mother’s Day!