Monday, March 29, 2010

Curtis, MD

Alta View Hospital hosts a Community Fair once a year and this year we decided to attend. Dresden had baseball practice so we decided to head out early so we could spend a little time at the fair. We were able to tour a fire engine, police car, SWAT van, mobile command center, and the air med helicopter. The boys were able to try on a bulletproof vest in the SWAT van and tried picking up one of the riot shields...which was very heavy. This was their favorite of all the emergency vehicles.

Inside the hospital they had lots of different stations to stop at. Due to our time constraints we went straight to the operating room. One station was an orthopedic surgeon showing you what type of tools they use when you break a bone and need a plate and screw put in. They let Dresden use the drill and screw in one of the screws into a femur. They were also able to stick their hands inside a dummy and try to find different organs. We then went on and performed cataract surgery on a grape and put staples on the incision site of a piece of flesh. I think I was more interested in everything that the boys were able to try than they were. When we were at the cataract station there weren't many people so I asked if I could give it a try. I was able to look through the microscope, trace a circle three times with some tweezers on the grape and then peel the skin off the grape. Somewhere along the way I missed out on my calling in life. I have always wanted to be a doctor but I didn't have the discipline needed to accomplish that goal. But for a couple minutes I had fun with the nurse handing me tools and pretending like I was a surgeon. Maybe one day one of my boys will have the same interest in medicine and will want to become a doctor.
Logan finding the appendix.

Dresden digging around a cavity full of spaghetti
looking for different organs.

Is that a hot dog or a gummy worm?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Willow Canyon Community Update

Willow Canyon Community Council

monthly meeting will be held Wednesday, March 24th at 7pm. All meetings are held at the Sandy Library.

Visit us online


Tuesday, March 23 - 7:00 pm

We are in Legislative District 45 - North of 9800 South

Democrats - Hillcrest High

Republicans - Brighton High

Sunday, March 21, 2010


These are my favorite moments of the day...
...watching Logan play with his superhero action figures.
...watching Dresden reading his new book.
...having both boys heads resting on my lap while they slept during Sacrament Meeting.
...Larry putting his arm around me during Sunday School and kissing my cheek.
...having my Grandparents over for dinner and seeing the improvement my Grandpa has made.
...having a long phone conversation with Kenda.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Good Intentions

Last night I was reminded how important it is to keep a record of what is going on in everyday life. Good things, bad things, frustrating things, ordinary things, big things, silly in general. Although I am not going to use this forum as a way to express really personal feelings, I would like to use it as a way to document the things that make me happy and things that I really don't mind sharing with strangers. I have had conversations with people about blogs and so many of us feel that everyone else must have perfect lives because their blogs suggest it. I get it. But really, who wants to hear about the bad stuff going on in peoples lives. I am pretty certain no one wants to hear about the disagreements that Larry and I have. Just know, we have them and sometimes they get resolved quickly and other times it takes awhile for the air to clear. BUT, just because I don't post those moments doesn't mean they don't happen. I will try to keep a journal by my bed where I can write my most private emotions and feelings. Things that you won't see on the blog but things that are going on in life.

So, thanks to the Relief Society program Thursday night, I will try my best to keep a better record of my life through blogging and journals.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Babysitter

I'll be the first to admit that I am not a big fan of the boys babysitter but sometimes I have no other choice. For instance, once a month the Community Council I am on has a meeting that I attend. Larry has often times been working so I load the boys in the car along with their babysitter and head to the meeting. They sit in the back of the room and play with their babysitter while I and the other board members discuss the community. Tonight was another good example of how the babysitter can be helpful. I am on the Enrichment Committee(or whatever it is called now) for Relief Society and was helping get the birthday party set up and cleaned up. I was there from 5:30pm to 8:30pm and the boys, of course, were with me. Again, they were very entertained by the babysitter. Three hours for anyone can be a long time just sitting around with nothing to do but the boys were terrific and handled it well, thanks again to our great babysitter. Although I am not a big fan of the babysitter, I sure am thankful that those silly games can occupy their time while I am able to get things done.