Friday, December 31, 2010

Christmas 2010

Here's a quick recap of the last couple weeks, in no particular order.

On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me:

  • more than 12 fantastic presents




I was definitely spoiled this year. My mom gave me an iPod touch, which I was not expecting. I LOVE it! My dad also gave me an emergency jump starter, which I have been wanting. I leave my headlights on way too often and kill the battery. Now I won't have to call my brother-in-law Ron to come jump my car anymore at work. :)

  • 11 different treats to eat...we definitely had a lot of good food this week!

  • 10 nieces and nephews....but we missed Brock, Kris, Taylee, Porter, Amy, and Luke! (The pic of Taylor and Ian was supposed to go up here too, but it's in the wrong order.)



  • 9 hours of card games (we played lots of games throughout the week). Ilearned how to play Monopoly Deal, and Bananagrams, both of which I loved. You know me, I'm down for a good game.

  • After 8 hours of work on the Tuesday after Christmas I met my friend Amy at Cafe Rio in Twin (one of my favorite places!) It was nice to see her again. We always have nice chats. Once again though, I failed to get a picture.

  • 7 days with family...We got together at my Aunt Bev's house Christmas Eve and played games and such. Christmas Day Tysi and Chad and their families came. Monday night we got together again at my Aunt Lora's house. My Uncle Kendall and his family were coming through on their way to Utah. Chad left Monday and Tysi left Tuesday. Tuesday night Kelby came with Taylor and Ian. He had to work in Twin Wednesday and Thursday and brought the boys since they are out of school. Amy and the new baby didn't come because the baby is still pretty little. Wednesday I stayed home with Taylor and Ian. They left Friday morning and Friday night we went out to Bev's again for New Year's Eve. My cousin Lindsay has been visiting from Chicago, so it was good to see her and her family again. We had a great time with family this week!


Katelyn, Jamie, Me, and Sydney on New Year's Eve


Lindsay and I on New Year's Eve


My mom and her two sisters Lora and Beverly.


Taylor and Ian after opening their new shirts and lego helicoptors from Grandma.

Halli and I after church Sunday. The stinker cried if we took her pacifier away. :)




Chad's family after church.


Tysi's famly after church.


  • 6 presents to buy (I had fun buying presents this year since I actually had money. When I was in school I was usually flat broke by December.)

  • 5 days of strep throat....I started getting a sore throat on Wednesday the week before Christmas. I went to work Thursday thinking I was ok but ended up leaving at noon. By the time I got home I had a fever, chills, and body aches, along with a very sore throat. I went to the Evening Medical Clinic since Dr. Wells was full. I was there for 3 1/2 hours! I got there at 5:00 and they open at 5:30. There were four people in front of me but it still took forevor. They gave my a shot in the leg, and when I got home I cried like a baby. In the middle of the night I threw up a little and Friday I slept most of the day and threw up a little again Friday night. Saturday I finally started to feel better, and by Monday I was back to work. It was not fun!

  • 4 dozen gingerbread cookies...We went to St. Anthony when my sister-in-law Amy was having her baby. She had already made dough but had not had time to make the cookies so my mom and I made them with Taylor and Ian. It made a ton!..but they were very tasty!


  • 3 days with my new baby nephew Luke...we went down Thursday night (the 9th) and he was born the 10th. He is so sweet and so cute. This picture was taken the next day. Taylor and Ian adore him. Ian kept saying, "Jill I think baby Luke wants to cuddle with me now."


  • 2 Christmas trees....as I mentioned in a previous post, we went in the mountains and cut down a tree. We still used our artificial tree and put the real one in our basement. It was fun having two trees!




  • and 1 awesome phone call with my missionary brother Kyler! My mom and I talked to him for about an hour and 45 minutes Christmas morning. He was quite the chatter box. I probably talked to him for about a half hour. He sounds really good and is doing really well. This picture was taken at his last transfer day. There's a lady who takes pics at transfer day and posts them on facebook, so I look through them every once in awhile and find pictures of Kyler. He is on the bottom left of this pic.

Well, that was my Christmas! I love this time of year and am so thankful the opportunity to remember the birth of our Savior. It's my New Year's Resolution to remember Him more throughout the year, and not just at Christmas.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Before My Heart Stops

I just read this amazing book. I saw it at Deseret Book on Saturday, bought it, and finished it Sunday afternoon. Paul Cardall is a pianist who records LDS songs and hymns that he's arranged, along with his own music. I really like his music that I've heard. In his memoir he tells his story of being born with a congenital heart defect, and his journey while waiting for a heart transplant. He shares many quotes by church leaders, and his story is so inspiring (at least to me). I found it a little repetitive at times, but the story was still interesting and helpful to me in my life. Even when we go through trials, or should I say especially when we go through trials, Heavenly Father blesses us and definitely does not forget about us.

His book is filled with blog posts that he wrote while waiting for his heart, which you can find here: http://mytricuspidatresia.blogspot.com/. He has now moved his blog here: http://beforemyheartstops.blogspot.com/, and his website here: http://paulcardall.com/

Friday, December 3, 2010

Life...

...is so frustrating sometimes. But it teaches us patience. Which I need to learn. About a month ago I started not feeling so great. Which was frustrating. I had just been thinking how nice it was to feel GOOD. I had actually felt better than I had felt in a LONG time...Then it started again. I had an appointment with Dr. Smith for a checkup so I just dealt with it for a couple weeks until my appointment. I was having a lot of stomach pain and feeling sick. So I went and saw Dr. Smith and he suspected I had some sort of infection.

He thought that since I had C. diff a few months ago, that I could have it again and that could be what was making me feel so crummy. If it wasn't that he thought it was probably just my normal bout of pouchitis. Either way I needed an antibiotic, but he needed to know what it was before he could give me one. So I got tested and it came back positive for C. diff. Well no wonder I didn't feel good. (C diff. is a bacteria that gets in the gut when there's not a lot of good bacteria there-this can happen when you take a lot of antibiotics, like me.) I had a few days before Thanksgiving especially where I was exausted, wasn't sleeping well, and just plain didn't feel well. My mom kept asking me if I was ok. It took about a week before I got the results because of the holiday and everything, which was frustrating. I was calling Dr. Smith's office every day and they never had an answer for me. So finally I got an antibiotic which I have been on for 5 days and I already feel much better. I'm still tired all the time which is frustrating, but at least I feel better.

In the couple weeks that I wasn't feeling well, I realized that I lost about 6 pounds. Which was frustrating. For me that's a lot to lose when you can't really afford to lose any weight. Dr. Smith and his nurse seemed a bit frusrated by this as well. Last time I was in there they were so proud of me for being up to 96 pounds...It takes me months to gain 5 pounds. Which is frustrating. I have been trying to gain some weight since then but I just havn't had a good appetite. Nothing ever sounds good. Which is frustrating.

I was also having a lot of joint pain. Before just my knees were hurting, but then my hands starting to become sore as well. Which was frustrating. Dr. Smith actually suspected rheumatoid arthritis. About a year and a half ago when the knee pain started he tested my ANA which was high, so he said that indicated arthritis. (ANA is a blood test that can identify an autoimmune disease). Now because it's getting worse and because of the high ANA test, he wants me to see a Rheumatologist. I couldn't get an appointment until the middle of January. Which was frustrating.

I had also been feeling very short of breath at times, for no reason at all. I would be sleeping and roll over in bed and suddenly my heart woud start racing and I would feel like I had just run a marathon. Or I would just sit up and feel like I couldn't catch my breath. Which didn't make sense...and was frustrating. I opened my big mouth and told this to Dr. Smith as well. He listened to my lungs and then told me I needed to get a chest X-ray and an EKG. He seemed a little concerned about my history of a blood clot in my lungs. Kind of scary, but they actually came back normal and I stopped having any problems. So that was one thing that was NOT frustrating. :)

I don't mean this to sound whiny because it really isn't nearly as bad as it sounds. It's more annoying, really. But when things like this happen it gives me a chance to really stop and be thankful for what I have. I have an excellent Dr. who is very thorough, cares about me, and knows what he's doing. I have a good job with health insurance., which can make a $300 antibiotic cost only $80. I have a wonderful mother who takes care of me. I also have an amazing little brother serving a mission who in his last letter to me wrote, "Tell yourself each morning that you are awesome and it will come true. Pray for the well-being of those around you and work to serve God-this will make you happy. Learn something new from the scriptures each day, this will help you progress. Magnify your calling-that will fulfill your purpose." I am continually trying to be patient and not get frustrated so easily, and remembering the good things in my life are what get me through.

One of my favorite quotes is from a talk by Julie B. Beck in 2009, "Women who know love the Lord and bear testimony of Him. They are strong and immoveable and do not give up during difficult and discouraging times." So even though sometimes I get discouraged (or frustrated), I keep telling myself that life is good and things are going to be ok, or as Kyler says...that I'm awesome! :)

Thanksgiving 2010

We had a really good Thanksgiving. It started off with me bringing Jenna, Kade, and Kalan home with me from Twin Wednesday night. Jenna and I went to Harry Potter because neither of us had gotten to see it yet, and the boys stayed home with Grandma. Jenna and I both really enjoyed Harry Potter! Tysi and Chad both came Thursday morning. Thursday morning Jenna and the boys had fun playing out in the snow and building a snowman. Thursday afternoon we ate a yummy dinner and just relaxed. My aunt Bev and her kids Sam, Zach, and Sydney came over. Sydney, Kelsi, Jenna, and I watched Back to the Future. Poor deprived Kelsi and Jenna had never seen it. Friday I had to work :( and everyone else stayed home and did some more relaxing, with a little bit of Black Friday shopping mixed in there I think. That night some of us girls watched a chick flick, and we all snacked on pie, popcorn, and muddy buddies. mmm... Saturday we went up in the mountains and cut down some Christmas trees. We got one for Chad, one for Tysi, and one for my mom and I. I had never done it before and I always here the stories from my siblings of how they used to cut down a tree every year before I was born and how fun it was. I have to say I was a little dissapointed because I ended up sitting a lot in the snow and sitting a lot in the car with some little kids, but it was still fun to all be together. I think all the little boys had a blast sledding. Halli and Landon weren't that impressed either I don't think. I don't think they loved being so bundled up and out in the cold. Anyway, it still turned out to be a good day. We went home and all watched yet another movie. There was a lot of football watching going on throughout the weekend as well. Tysi and Ron left Saturday night and Chad and Fran left Sunday morning. I went to my branch correlation meeting and then went to church with my mom, which was a nice change. Sunday night a bunch of family came over for dinner. My aunt Shirley, and cousins Alisen, Lizzie, and Brandon were stuck here on their way back to Utah because of the roads, and my Uncle Kevin and Aunt Beverly were here visiting from Arizona. All of us cousins played a rousing game of pit and then of course played some Super Mario Brothers Wii. My nephews will be glad to here we passed the whole 7th world. :) It was really fun seeing everyone. Halli and Landon are both at such fun ages and as an added bonus, they both adore me. :)
Here are just some fun pics from the weekend:









We had a very nice Thanksgiving and I am so thankful for my wonderful family. We missed Kelby and Amy who couldn't travel because Amy is so close to having her baby, Brock and Kris who thankfully will be home from Boston for Thanksgiving next year, and of course good ol' Kyler, who says he had a great Thanksgiving in the great state of Texas.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Jon Schmidt Concert

On November 6th my friend Amy and I went to the Jon Schmidt concert that was in Blackfoot. I drove to Pocatello and we went out to eat, and then went to the concert. I had always wanted to see him in concert. He is pretty amazing. I have three of his books but can only play like 3 of his songs. Someday I'll sit down and learn some more. He is pretty much my hero. He was a great entertainer and very funny. Here's a video I took of him playing his Love Story meets Vida la Vida song. I think there's a better video of this song on YouTube. We were in the very last row so I zoomed in as much as I could. Sorry it's kind of shaky, there were some little girls in front of me who kept getting in the way. Anyway, I hadn't seen Amy since the beginning of the summer, so it was really good to hang out with just the two of us. Sadly I failed to get a picture of us though. But it was a fun night. I was not dissapointed!


video

Friday, November 5, 2010

A little bit of fall

Here's just a few recent pictures:

My cousin Danielle, her husband Brandt, and my cousin Sam (who's not in the picture) came to watch Zach play in the Homecoming game. It was fun to see them. Afterwards we went out to eat at Pizza Hut.

My friends from High School Tayli, Carrie, Liz, and I...Tayli, Liz and I threw Carrie a baby shower last week. It was really fun to see all of them again. Liz is having a baby the end of this month too (her second).

I made Carrie this rag quilt.


My 7-year old nephew Kalan and I carved this pumpkin, and yes we used a pattern. He carved
around the whole circle by himself.

Cute little Halli in her Halloween costume. I have pictures of Tysi's other kids too, but I was having trouble getting them to load and face the right direction. If you want to see them you can look on my Facebook page.
Hope you enjoyed!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A day in the life of a clinical dietitian...

Ok, maybe this isn't that interesting, but I have had SEVERAL people ask me the question, "So what exactly do you DO?" I usually don't have a very good answer for them, so I decided to post it on here.

At St. Luke's we see ALL the patients (medical floor, surgical floor, pediatrics, inpatient rehabilitation, ICU, Cancer Center, labor and delivery, NICU, and even Canyon View patients.) Each dietitian is assigned certain floors and units they cover, but I'm kind of the fill in person. I help whoever is really busy, and cover for whoever takes a day off, so I get a little dose of everything.

There is a process that we go through when we see patients. First, we have Diet Techs who screen all the new patients that come into the hospital. They see every patient and ask them a slew of questions that helps determine if they are at nutrition risk. (Do you have any food allergies, how's your appetite, have you lost/gained weight lately, have you had nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, do you have problems chewing or swallowing, etc, etc.) Then depending on their answers, they get a certain score. Other things are also taken into consideration like their age, diagnosis, and albumin level. If they score 6-10, they are of "moderate" nutrition risk, anything over 10 is "high" nutrition risk, anything below 6 is "low" risk. We (the dietitians) see all the moderate and high risk patients.

So when I get a patient there are several things I do. First I go through their records on the computer and write down any pertinent, helpful information. I read their history and physical that is dictated by the doctor, where I can find out what brought them into the hospital, their past medical history, if they're married, if they came from a nursing home, what the plan for their treatment is, etc. Then I look at their labs and write down abnormal nutrition related ones (Sodium, Potassium, BUN, Creatinine, Glucose, etc, etc.) I look at their medications and do the same. Some medications have food interactions so they are good to know (for example Coumadin and Vitamin K, Cipro affecting calcium absorption, etc.) Others (like antibiotics) can cause diarrhea, so they are good to write down so that if your patient who's on tube feeding comes down with diarrhea (sorry I'm using that word so much :) and the nurse comes to you and says that you need to change the formula or slow down the rate, you can say, well they're also on 5 antibiotics, that's probably causing the problem. (Not that I like to argue with nurses). I can also look at weights, in's and out's (to see their fluid balance) what diet they're on, and how much of their meals their eating. I also look at the Diet Tech's screen and see what they screened out for so that I can address those things with the patient (for example if it says they have problems chewing, I can ask them if they want a mechanical soft diet.) I also look at previous dietitian's notes if they have already been seen this hospital stay.

Once I have all my information I go down to talk to the patient. I always flip through their chart and look at the doctor's orders first. Sometimes I can find updated information in there about meds or diet, or even find a consult for us that we havn't received yet. I then talk to them about their appetite. If it's not good I might try to come up with something that sounds good to them. I will offer them snacks, supplements (like Carnation Instant Breakfast or Ensure), or sometimes even offer them the cafeteria menu (depending on their diet) to peak their interest. If I'm really worried about a patient I can start a calorie count, which is where every single thing they eat is recorded for 3 days and then we know exactly how many calories and how much protein they are eating. From there I can determine if maybe I need to add more calories to their diet, like adding extra protein to every meal, extra butter and gravy, whole milk, etc, or I can see that they are actually doing ok. We also educate patients on different diets. I always ask my diabetic patients what they do to control their diabetes (count carbs, watch portion sizes, etc.) and how often they check their blood sugars, etc. If they have any questions I answer them. Sometimes we get consults from the doctor to educate a patient (could be on anything-diabetes, weight loss, etc,) or to add more calories to a diet, write a tube feeding order, etc. Sometimes I will talk to the nurse to get any information. Especially if the patient is obviously confused and cannot answer my questions appropriately.

Once I've talked to the patient, I write my note. I document what we talked about, their labs, medications, and anything else I find pertinent. I estimate their calorie and protein needs. I identify a nutrition related problem (there's a standardized list to pick from that the whole dietetics community is supposed to be using, for example: Inadequate oral intake) and write a specific goal to overcome this problem (for example: Patient will consume 75% of most meals and snacks x length of stay.) Then I list any interventions I did ( for example if I sent them snacks or a supplement, gave any education or handouts, and the things I'm going to monitor like labs, weights, and appetite. Then I make any recommendations to the doctor (if any). A recommendation I might make would be to start a multivitamin, or liberalize the diet (say from a low sodium to just a no added salt diet to increase the patient's intake), or this is where I would write my tube feeding recommendations. We also see patient's with a low or high BMI and offer information on gaining or losing weight, and must get the doctor's signature agreeing with us that they have a low or high BMI (for billing purposes I think.) Once my note's done I stick it in the chart, and write any orders in the chart that I want to do (downgrade the texture of the diet, send supplements, or start a calorie count.) If I write any orders I fax it to the nurse's station so it gets put in the computer.

At the end of my note I put a follow up date. Moderate risk patients must be followed up with in 5-7 days and high risk patients must be followed up with in 3-5 days. If we see a low risk patient for any reason (i.e. high BMI) it can be 7 days. It can be sooner too, if you think it needs to be sooner. Most of the patients go home before they have to be followed up on, but if not, we go see them again...and again, and so on until they go home. Sometimes you might have to change your nutrition problem(s), or change your interventions (for example, if they get really tired of being sent Ensure three times a day, you might want to change it to something else.) Every now and again you might get a patient that doesn't really have a nutrition problem. (For example, they told the Diet Tech that they don't have a good appetite, but by the time you see them, they are eating really well, their labs are good, etc, then you can say that no nutrition problems are identified at this time.)

So basically that's what I do. I think people think I write menus all day or something, but a clinical dietitian doesn't really deal with that very much. Our job can actually be very complicated. Tube feeding and TPN patients are serious business, and there are some pretty malnurished patients that come into the hospital. Studies show that the better nourished a person is, the better and faster they will heal. We have all kinds of formulas and references to help us when we get stuck on something, and when all else fails, we "use our clinical judgement."

I am also going to be doing some outpatient counseling. These patients are usually referred to us by their doctor and need counseling on weight loss, or even things like ulcerative colitis or celiac disease. These patients just come to the hospital and meet with us. It also looks like I'm going to start doing some home health. I will go into patient's homes and visit them. Both of these things will give me more hours, so I'm excited!

So that's what I do in a nutshell, let me know if you have anymore questions. :)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

25 Things About Me...

In honor of me reaching 25 posts here are 25 things about me:

1. I can sleep any time of day, it's my favorite thing to do.

2. I am not really an animal person...I miss my dog Tim, but that's about it. Of course, I was bit by a dog on the face when I was little, so that might have something to do with it.

3. I could eat cereal or pizza 3 time a day...what a good example of a dietitian I am, right?

4. I have played the piano since I was 7 and the flute since I was 11...

5. I am addicted to TV and obsessed with Gilmore Girls and Psych.

6. I have had my blood drawn close to 100 times.

7. My mom is my best friend.

8. I cannot stand tomatoes...I don't think I will ever reach a point where I can eat a raw tomato.

9. I am not really into sweets...I have to be in the mood for chocolate or ice cream, and I don't really like cake. If you give me a candy bar it might take me days to eat it, and my Easter candy always goes bad.

10. I am obsessed with pink...but most people already know that. My brothers just need to get used to the fact that they WILL be wearing pink ties or flowers at my wedding. One day my brother went to the library at ISU and saw a pink phone, pink backpack, pink purse, pink calculator and pink coat, and knew I must be there!

11. I have a talent for quoting movies and shows. I can see it once and repeat exactly what was said...and it bugs me when people quote something wrong. :)

12. I love to do puzzles, especially Disney puzzles (see number 13) and I have a collection of Disney Movie Poster puzzles but am always looking for more. 300-500 pieces are my favorite because you can do them in one day.

12. I love anything Disney-I went to Disney on Ice and am pretty sure I enjoyed it way more than the little kids...and Disneyland is my favorite place ever!

13. I have had the same car for 7 years, ever since I got my license. and even though it sometimes gives me trouble, I will be very sad when it is time to get a new one.

14. I have been to the Price Is Right.

15. I'm pro at Donkey Kong on Super Nintendo...ok, I'm sure there are lots of people way better than me, but I enjoy playing it.

16. I broke my left arm at the elbow in 4th grade a week before school got out when I jumped out of a swing...it was YEARS before I was brave enough to jump out of a swing again.

17. I am a sucker for a good card or board game...especially the Farming Game. :)

18. I love to read, especially at night. But not sappy love story stuff-it has to be intense.

19. I love to look up random things on the internet. I find myself reading for hours about some medical term or condition online all the time.

20. I love to be alone...I definitely like my alone time and need it everyday. That's probably why I don't mind long drives by myself.

21. I like to do laundry and clean the bathroom, don't know why.

22. I have pretty much the best pillow ever and NEVER go without it...I love my pillow!

23. I LOVE big roller coasters...it's my dream to someday go on a road trip and ride all the great roller coasters across America! So far I've been to Lagoon (which does not qualify as big roller coasters, contrary to what you may think,) Disneyland, California Adventure, Six Flags, Knott's Berry Farm, Cedar Point (AMAZING!) and have also ridden some pretty cool rides in Las Vegas.

24. I am afraid of being outside alone at night...and people who appear out of nowhere give me the heeby jeebies.

25. I own every season of Saved By The Bell...and watch them often. I know, embarrassing, right?

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Labor Day Weekend

So I know this is a little late, but I still wanted to blog a little about Labor Day. It was actually a pretty relaxed and uneventful weekend. My brother Kelby and his wife Amy went to a wedding in Seattle over the weekend, so they dropped their kids off at our house Wednesday night. I watched Taylor and Ian Thursday and Friday. We went to the park, played the Wii, and watched some movies. Saturday my mom and I took them bowling and then out to Milner Dam that evening for awhile. My sister Tysi was there camping with her family so we surprised them and just hung out for awhile. Sunday after church we went out to my Uncle Blaine and Aunt Lora's and played games. I learned how to play "Missionary Pool" with my cousins and Uncle Blaine. It's an exciting and fast moving game, let me know if you want to know how to play :). Kelby and Amy got to Burley late Sunday night. Monday we went out Blaine and Lora's again and roasted hot-dogs and played some croquet. Let's just say I didn't come in first. :) All in all it was a fun few days. Here's just a few pics:

Kelsi and Halli on Kelsi's motorcycle.

Halli really likes the water (her pacifier is stuffed in her shirt so it didn't fall in the water.)

Kalan and Taylor fished for awhile.

And here's just a cute picture of Ian that Amy took because he needed to take a picture of himself to pre-school the next day.



Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Working Girl

That's right, I got a job! I had an interview on Monday at St. Luke's in Twin Falls and they called today and offered me the position! It's part time but they want to make it full time very soon! I feel very blessed! I was supposed to have another interview in Boise tomorrow (Thursday) for a job that would actually be in Utah, but I told the lady today that I accepted another job. It probably would have paid more, but that's ok. A week ago I was feeling sorry for myself, and then all of a sudden two promising job prospects showed up at my door...funny how fast things can change! YAY!
Thanks,
Jill Olson RD, LD

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Family Reunion 2010

What lasts? Ice cream melts, the leaves of Autumn fall.
Sunsets fade, seasons change, and children don't stay small.
Balloons pop, snowfalls stop, do summers last? Never!
Weekends fly, today will die. But families are forevor!
We had a great time at our family reunion. I took way too many pictures, and had a hard time narrowing them down, so there's a lot. Most of the pics are of the kids, because, let's face it, their just so darn cute.
For our reunion with my siblings we went to Island Park for 4 days and stayed in a cabin. While there we went to the reservoir, floated the river, played at the park, fed the fish, and visited Johnny Sack's cabin. We spent a lot of time at the cabin too where the kids could ride their bikes, play on the huge dirt pile next to our cabin, watch movies, play the Wii, etc. (You can click on the pictures to make them bigger.)





We got back home on a Thursday. Chad and Brock also came back to our house. Kelby came Friday, and Tysi came Sunday for dinner and for my mom's birthday. We went bowling one day, and pretty much just hung out. Everyone left on Sunday except Brock and Kris. They stayed till Wednesday. It was fun getting to spend so much time with them since we only see them twice a year. And of course, my mom and I had to play a couple good games of The Farming Game with Brock and Kris. :)

Here's the grandkids at Island park...don't you just want to squeeze them all???

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Look at my Loot!

This is what I got in the mail last week: Psych Season 4 DVDs, Psych drawstring bag, Psych pineapple luggage tag, Psych pen, Psych notebook, and an incredibly large but still cool Psych t-shirt.
I won them in a photo contest on facebook. I submitted this photo of a (real) pineapple dressed as a ninja turtle during the season premiere. Originally there were supposed to be 20 winners, and they had so many entries that they ended up choosing 70 winners(see I'm not the only one obsessed with Psych). This was fine by me because I'm sure it helped me win. Many thanks to those of you who "liked" my photo.


And now, I leave you with the words of Shawn Spencer and Burton Guster:
Gus: Shawn, this misplaced malevolence you have with the spelling bee is getting monotonous. Stop hating on the bee! I'm sorry, ma'am, I do apologize for his inappropriate virulence.
Shawn: Why are you using all these big words all of a sudden?
Gus: I'm not doing that. That's preposterous.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Camping

Just a few fun pics of a couple different times we have spent in the mountains recently...



I rode with Kelsi on the back of her motorbike and this is what happened.

We went on a little hike.

And we made it to the top!

Our campsite

These two are best buds. They have so much fun together.

Ian LOVED the four wheeler!

Apparently I wore this outfit when I was little.

Halli was having lots of fun!
Next week we (my siblings, mom, and I) are going to Island Park for a few days while Brock is here. I am really excited to all be together. Stay tuned for pics. :)