Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Missing Chris Already!

He's off to Mozambique with HEFY! 
We will get updates from trip leaders via Instagram (you can follow at hefymozambique)
and at some point we get a photo of a handwritten letter.

I'm excited for Chris (and Luke and McKay and Jake)
to go on this adventure. But I'm sure going to miss his happy smile, his hugs, his conversation,
his helpfulness, his friends and all the fun he brings when he's home!

As we said our goodbyes, missing our boys for 2.5 weeks, there were 3 families saying goodbye 
to their missionaries for 2 years! So sad!
But there were dozens coming home at the same time! 
I am grateful they get these awesome opportunities -- even if it means saying goodbye.

Monday, July 16, 2018

The Road Less Travelled

Yesterday I wasn't feeling so great, but today has been a bit better. I've done tons and tons of research and I'm going to try to beat c.diff using natural remedies. The two antibiotics used to treat c.diff have a 25% recurrence rate. That's too much. So I'm trying this first. 

Banana for breakfast, brown rice for lunch, banana and brown rice for a snack and soup for dinner. 
Complemented with probiotics, Coptis (chinese herb), 
saccharaomyces boulardii (a yeast probiotic), 
and structural silver. 

I also consulted with Dave, at Dave's Health and Wellness who in addition to recommending Coptis, told me because I was born on Saturday at 3:30, I was spiritual and an organizer. I worried, liked to be in control, battled depression, and have trust issues. I turn inward when hurting and like to be alone.
I would have also liked to hear the flip side of the coin, but I guess the good stuff doesn't sell supplements.

Today on my walk, a car came out of the gated community so I snuck in while the gates were open.
(There's a secret bridge and exit on the other side.)

And bonus: the llamas were out. Also the peacock was calling, but I couldn't see him to take a photo.

Can you find 2 llamas? 

Sunday, July 15, 2018

House Anniversary and Albion Basin

The wildflowers are in full bloom in Albion Basin. 
I didn't want to miss it so we packed a picnic for Sunday dinner and drove up the canyon. 
Flowers in a multitude of colors! It's so beautiful!
It was pretty crowded and not many places to eat our picnic 
(and truth be told, I wasn't sure how long I could be away from the bathroom #cdiff)
so we enjoyed driving by and then ate our picnic in our backyard.

Aunt Marge remembered that it was our one year anniversary of our first Sunday dinner at the new house. We need to make celebrating with a Sunday drive to Alta a tradition!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Good News and Bad News

The good news is the party was a huge success. About 50 kids were here (outside in the pool) and everyone had a great time. Apparently at midnight Luke got on the microphone, turned off the music and announced, "You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here." Everyone laughed and headed out. Chris was excited it went so well and everyone was well behaved because now he can have another party when school starts.

The bad news is I have c-diff. Thanks to the antibiotics. So I was allergic to the mouth rinse antibiotic that has made my mouth sore and raw for the last two weeks and now the other antibiotic has activated a horrible bacteria. I'm not quite sure what I'm in for. Today hasn't been so bad.

Friday, July 13, 2018


Christopher is having a party tonight to celebrate receiving the Tailgate Bus.
The kid who bought it last year chose to pass it down to Chris and his friends, officially putting them in charge of school spirit and tailgating for the football and basketball games.

Chris talked about bubble-wrapping the light fixtures in the poolhouse and moving the pool furniture.
Also keeping all the doors to the house locked so no one comes inside.
"Who are you planning on having come to this party?!"
Turns out the word has spread via social media -- with the caveat that its just their school.
But they wanted to take precautions.

So far things don't look too crazy.
I'll report tomorrow.

Thursday, July 12, 2018


Chris came into the laundry room today while I was repotting some plants (does that just give the most domestic impression?) and started ironing his shorts. I said, "That's cool that you care about your shorts looking pressed." He said, "I'm glad you taught me how to iron so that I can iron my things when I want to."

And everything seems right with the world.

(Photo of Chris and Noah, Will, Logan and Jojo after hiking to Lake Mary's today.)

Wednesday, July 11, 2018


My mouth has continued to be pretty sore. The tooth can get a bit achy, but even worse are my gums are sore, I have cankers on the insides of my lips -- not too developed, almost like I'm constantly trying to stave off a cold sore. You know that feeling when they're just beginning? Your tongue can feel the sores beginning to start.  My glands are swollen under my jaw. My throat burned for a couple of days where I swallowed some of the mouth rinse and now my ear is beginning to hurt.  Ugh.

Last week I developed a rash on my legs. I was at the pharmacist with Chris to get his Typhoid shot for Mozambique and I asked them about it. They said it was probably an allergic reaction to the antibiotic and I should stop taking it. I had taken my last dose that morning so that worked out. I asked if it could be the mouth rinse, Chlorhexidine Gluconate. And they said, "No."

But since my mouth has continued to be sore along with everything else and and yesterday my cheek and neck began to be itchy, I looked it up online and sure enough, side effects of the mouth rinse are rash, mouth sores, swollen glands etc. I called the pharmacy to let them know that there were side effects to Chlorhexidine, I was disappointed that someone told me that there weren't, and to have them update the notes in the computer of possible allergy.

Let's hope I get over this hurdle soon. It's no fun.