Monday, April 25, 2016

What's Been Happening in Spring

Dad got everyone to march in the St. Patrick's Day Parade representing the Adairs of Ireland. It was actually pretty fun!

I'm happy with any excuse to dress up or wear a wig! (I totally take after my mom! You know, the wig.)

Chris and friends went to the mall like this. Oh wow.

Marty and Kate -- Sr. Prom 2016. Cutest couple and friends ever!

Nick and Luke A. in the "Crack" in St. George over Spring Break!

Easter Breakfast in St. George -- Chris & Noah and Marty, Cole, Johnny, Sam, Carson & Carter. 

While on Spring Break, Dan and I took a couple of awesome long rides. This one through Snow Canyon.
Air Supply at Tuacahn!! Maybe one of the best nights of my life!! 

Miles' bird Geronimo came for a 10-day visit! We taught him the Rocky them song.

Chris and buddies got one more ski day in at Park City

Mom & Nick go to Disneyland!

Tower of Terror!

Dodgers! (That couple behind us was CuRA-ZY!)

Surprising Courtney at her Regional Game in Bellingham, WA. She was very surprised!! And they won!
Go Huskies!

Baseball Season -- Nick got to pitch!

And just a normal day in the life of a mom of teenagers.

Monday, December 21, 2015

And Then I Wasn't

After I was sick, I got better. And then we jumped right into Christmas. I can honestly say, I didn't mind being sick. I was disappointed to miss Dan's work party and kind of sad to miss the Ward Party and I also had to cancel the Friend's Party I was hosting. And our Annual Book Club dinner at Porcupine Grill. (That was a lot of parties in just one week! In fact, it was all the Christmas parties. It was kind of strange to not have any Christmas parties -- it definitely felt a little less festive than usual.

However, it was also definitely a lot less chaotic. It was kinda nice to lay in bed and watch TV. It would have been even better if I could read, but my brain was literally not capable of thinking. Or moving. On the flip side, I would wake up in the middle of the night and just lay there wide awake, so it gave me lots of time to think over my upcoming talk that I was giving in Church just before Christmas.

Here's what it was like to be so sick: I lay in bed and didn't want to move. Sometimes I'd take Advil to break the fever and sleep better, but then a couple hours later I'd wake up, fever broken, in a lake of sweat from head to toe, FREEZING. I'd have to change my pajamas and move to another part of the bed that wasn't sopping.  When Dan found out I had pneumonia, he moved down to the guest room. That was great because then I had my side, Dan's side, and the middle -- 3 places to move to -- when the bed was drenched.

I coughed so much and so forcefully, I'm not ashamed to say I had to wear Depends. In fact, it was such a relief to have them, I was ever so grateful.

I couldn't eat for days and then started in on soup. I lost weight and wish SOOO much it stayed off. But by the time I was feeling better, I was STARVING. And it was Christmastime, so...

I found out I had pneumonia on Monday. But with antibiotics, by Thursday night I ventured out and picked up Nick from basketball. On Friday I got dressed and ran a couple of errands. I moved slow and took my time. I started lightly exercising a couple of weeks later. But I swear it messed up my brain because I couldn't read a book for quite a few weeks. It seemed too hard!

I watched a ton of TV and really enjoyed it. I don't watch TV that often, but do have shows I like, so I got caught up on them, but soon I got bored of TV.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

I. Am. So. Sick.

Thursday the boys were lighting and blowing out Nick's Colonial Day candles he made. I'm seriously super susceptible to smoke (alliteration!). It makes my lungs hurt fast (and I don't even have asthma) and often makes me lose my voice (like that time at Buchart Gardens when all the Asians were smoking and I lost my voice. Or that time on Halloween when Lisa's brother-in-law came trick-or-treating with us and smoked his cigar the whole time. Lost my voice then too.) (I always tell those stories.)

Candles used to not affect me but then I was at Bennions and Tanya said they can't light candles because it affects Jeff's asthma. And seriously, ever since then, regular house candles affected me too. The power of suggestion is real.

So, out of the blue before bed I start to get a little cough. It was weird that it came on so fast. I slathered my special ointment...  I slathered my special, smelly ointment... I slathered my special, smelly ointment suggestively...sorry, no.

I slathered my special, smelly ointment on my neck and chest because that always makes me feel better. But when I woke up the next day, not only was my cough worse, my head felt thick and full and quite frankly, I felt miserable.

But I'd been to Spin class on Wednesday and I intended to go today to "break in my saddle" which is super hard the first week. And I was on a really good roll eating right and exercising. I thought sweating it out might even make me feel better. So powered on by wanting to be healthy, I went to Spin.  And it was hard. I was lacking energy (significantly!... I significantly slathered my special, smelly ointment...) and having a hard time keeping up. But I finished and I got the heck out of there.

(I just thought of something -- I did wipe down my bike. But did I wipe it down good enough? I hope I didn't spread my germs at the gym! But to my credit, I didn't think I had germs at the time.)

On the way home I realized I'd been poisoned by THE CANDLES! That was it! Out of breath, cough, Head cloudy and achy. Same feeling when there were forest fires in L.A.  Now that I knew what the problem was, I knew I just needed to sleep and it would go away.

Got an hour nap before picking up Chris at noon. Took him shopping for goggles and helmet (good deals!) and then got home to take another nap before picking up Nick's carpool.  By then I was freezing. The kids saw me putting on my 3/4 length parka and asked -- are you sick? Why yes, I think I am. I started to suspect that it wasn't the candles after all.  I put on the seat warmers and felt ok.

Had another nap before we took Marty and Thomas to our annual symphony night at dinner at Texas de Brazil. By then I was FREEZING. I couldn't eat a thing, but I didn't want to miss the evening we'd been looking forward too! It was actually fun, but I was relieved when I could climb into bed that night.

The next day I was out all day. They day after that too. All day Monday too. And then I went to Instacare Monday night and discovered it wasn't the flu after all (or the candles), but pneumonia.

And that's where I am today. Still sick.

Thursday, December 03, 2015

The First Week of Christmas

I am so proud of myself because I decorated the house for Christmas BEFORE we left to Hawaii. That way when we came home we could slip straight into Christmas season! 
Sometimes I make myself so happy!!

The rest of the week I could just do my fun regular life stuff -- laundry and strength training on Mondays, scripture class on Tuesday and lunch with Jenny and Carol after, Nick to the allergist for his cough, Aunt Marge to the airport, Kids practicing and Homework, The Good Wife with Dan at nights (we just got into that show -- and now we get to binge 7 seasons!), Spin Class on Wednesdays, walking with KT on Thursday, a renewed commitment to no sugar and no white flour (I can't let my good work last year get undone!).

View from mine and KT's walk -- Front house down

I had fun decorating the front porch, sitting with Dan stuffing and stamping the Christmas cards (thanks to Dan who licked them all!), listening to Christmas music each evening, putting finishing touches on decorations.

And then...

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Thanksgiving in the Land of the Sun and Warm and Beach and Palm Trees and Relaxation

When we realized we couldn't take our annual trip to Maui in January (EC's big 80th bday celebration in Arizona!), we were sad for a second. And then we decided to go over Thanksgiving instead. That meant Courtney couldn't come because she's in Bristol. So we were sad for another second. And then we weren't, because we were going to Hawaii! And Courtney will be fine. (You're fine, right, Courtney?)
Our hotel and beach.
Our plan was to not have a plan. If we decided we wanted an excursion, we'd take one. But we wouldn't plan ahead so that we didn't have to go anywhere if we didn't want to. Except for one thing. Booking dinner at Mama's Fish House. Everyone wanted to eat there. Of course.

We got the kids out of school a bit early on Monday and arrived in Maui at 9:00 their time, 1:00 a.m. our time. It's always a little late, but everyone powers through because we were waking up in Hawaii!

Chris came prepared for the flight with an extension cord so he could plug in if there were any adaptors in the waiting area. Oh, Chris. This cracked me up and made me think of the time on a road trip that Courtney brought a pencil sharpener. Great thinking. And then we busted up when suddenly she whips out the pencil sharpener and we hear a motor cutting through that pencil. She'd brought the big electric one!

Tuesday morning, Dan and I took our walk to Makena. We take the same route every time and we love it. Warm, blue skies, lush vegetation, beautiful homes. At the end of our route, we walked up to the bluff to look out over the ocean.

Below on the beach a group of people were standing around with beach bags and cover-ups on. It seemed a little peculiar that they were all gathered there.

And then the catamaran pulled into the bay. What?! A way to get to Molokini crater without having to drive 30 min. to the boats? Molokini crater with an hour cut off the boating time?! We found our Wednesday activity. And the boys were game.

But Tuesday, after Dan and I got back we all went down to the beach and swam in the ocean, swam in the pool, jumped in the plunge pool and headed to lunch. All within 1 hour. While I was on the phone with Courtney. The rest of the day we relaxed.

Wednesday we got up early to take our catamaran tour to Molokini crater. The snorkeling was fun, waves were a bit rocky. Chris and Marty practiced their free-diving. I saw a jelly fish. Also an eel and a long needle-type fish that I didn't find described in the "fishes of Molokini" book. We also snorkeled at turtle town and saw a couple big turtles.

Can you see the turtle?

Mama's Fish House Dinner

He must have his picture with the tiki man
Thursday we played down at the beach for a while and the boys made sand cities. We watched the Cowboys game for a while and then got our Thanksgiving meal... heated up.

Appetizers & Cowboys. But look at the view!

Lots of Skip-Bo and Rummikub to make Mom happy!

That evening Dan and I walked down the beach path and looked at all the hotels having their Thanksgiving buffets and Luaus and were VERY glad we were not stuck at one.

Thanksgiving night lights down the coast. View from Grand Wailea.
Friday morning, the jellyfish had come to town so the beach had the warning flags up -- so we hung out at the pool instead
Can't complain about relaxing here today.

In the afternoon the boys went golfing.  This is how I spend several hours of free time:
Bed, book, magazines, treats, phone call to Courtney.
That night we were bummed that Nick's Fishhouse was already booked, 
but we took our annual photo anyway. 

Saturday the jellyfish flag was still up and it was time to pack up and go home. But!!! the flag came down! So we went down to the beach for our last hour.  Then it was time to go home. 

So long sun! We will miss you!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

The Rest of the Week

Friends out hiking in the snow... Andrea joined us, but it's getting a bit snowy and slippery.

Thursday night we were all sitting around at home. It feels like that never happens. And then someone had the bright idea to go over to the Haven House and break windows and walls and graffiti it before the real demolition crew got started.

The boys were in heaven. It was hilarious to watch and a teeny bit nerve-wracking. Nick fired an arrow at a window but the arrow bounced off and nearly came back and hit us. Marty hucked a baseball bat at a big picture glass window and the BAT bounced off and broke in HALF!  Next, Marty chucked a brick at the window. The BRICK bounced off and left DUST on the window! It was crazy and proving to be practically indestructible!

Watching a video of their destruction.

But of course where there's a will, there's a way. Marty and his friend, Ethan, brought a sledgehammer and that made some breaks in the walls--but not without a lot of work.  We had to instruct Chris not to try to kick a window out because if his leg went through, he'd be in big trouble -- as in his leg might get severed. Fortunately Marty was there to back us up. Chris doesn't always believe what we say, but Chris trusts Marty.

We thought we'd gotten it out of the kids' systems, but really we just ignited the fire. For the next two days the older boys took their friends over and broke out windows, graffitied and basically fulfilled many dreams that generally kids don't (or shouldn't) get to do.
Big Spruce that was in front of the house on the far right is gone.
Enormous Spruce on the side yard (where the pool is going to go) gone. It was REALLY leaning.
Friday night Marty had a little performance of his own with the High School Dance Company. It was the "first date" dance and the beginning of the dance required a cute boy to walk his date to the door on stage and then give her a big kiss! We didn't want to miss that, of course. It's not every day you get to watch your teen kiss somebody! He did a super job.

Then after Dan and I met Jeremy and Cooper at Nitro Circus. It was pretty fun to watch the biking stunts. We were going to go as a family and then Marty had his "performance" on the same night and Nick got invited to a birthday party and Chris was happy to hang out with his friends (because he's 14). So we went without them. Cooper was loving it.

Saturday night Lexie got married! She looked gorgeous and it was a FUN reception! I'm so happy for her! Can't believe that little girl is all grown up! Well, I actually can. But it's fun to "remember when."

Sunday was our last Ward Conference of the year. Feels like "the season" is coming to an end with all the Primary Programs done and Ward Conferences finished. Now the planning begins for next year.

Oh yeah, did I mention that we saw Mockingjay on Wednesday? It was reeeealllly gooood. And fun to get a sneak preview courtesy of Adam Nugent! Thanks Foresight!