Monday, June 30, 2008

Lee's post

Hi everyone, Lee here, using my mommy's fingers because mine are too little to type. I wanted to tell you about my day!

Today I went to the doctor's office where I met a very cute girl. I wanted her to chase me, but I don't think she knew how. Then I got to go read a magazine while we waited, and then the doctor came and we got to hear my sister's heart. It went "wee-you-wee-you-wee-you" and was kind of fuzzy.

Then I got to go play with Shayden. We played with all of her toys.

After my nap I couldn't hold it any more, and so I peed a lot. It came out my diaper and all over my shirt and pants. But it was ok because mommy let me run around in just my clean diaper for a while after that. Maybe I'll try that again tomorrow when it gets hot.

I wanted to help around the house and told mom it was time to do the dishes. I also told her to get more cabop, because it's always gone. I set the table when mommy was making dinner and finally figured out how to open door knobs. I've been trying to do that for a while, and today I really got it! That meant that when mommy was busy cooking, I was finally able to go to my favorite place: the bathroom. I decided to get all handsome for dinner, just like mom gets pretty for church. I was almost done dying my hair black and painting my face red when mom came in. And mean old mom, you know what she did? threw me in the tub, clothes and all. She did decide later to let me eat my dinner before she undid all of my hard work.

I did get to have a nice shower and then I went outside and played with Oda for a while (my turtle). Then we had family home evening and now I'm going to bed. Bye!
(PS from Lisa: at least it was wash-off mascara and one of my lesser-favorite blushes. I was in the middle of praising Lee for being such a good boy today when I found him in all of my makeup. Thank goodness he is really having terrific twos, with only a very few and far between terrible moments.)

Sunday, June 29, 2008

The next step

Along with the piano from ND came a set of bunk beds. We set up just the bottom bunk for Lee on Saturday. He's excited about his new big-boy bed! He isn't flawless at sleeping in a bed yet, but he's learning. We are pushing him a little early, in the hopes that he won't feel jealous when the baby comes and we need the crib for her.

Happy Birthday, Granddad

My Granddad H. turned 75 this year, and for his birthday he was given 2 things to cover his head: a cool Aggie hat, and a new roof. His kids paid for the roof, and the grandkids were in charge of labor. I admit that some of my uncles were the hardest working ones on the roof, but on Saturday we went up to help. Cody put in some good time on the roof and brought his brother, Ryan with him (thanks again, Ryan! you totally rock!); Lee and I played safely on the ground. We tossed up drinks and tried to help as much as we could, but were very impressed with those who did defy gravity.
Uh-oh Grandpa, Lee stole your hat!
Everyone after we'd called it a day--very hot and tired.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Parker update, June 28

Our little nephew has had a roller coaster recovery since his heart transplant June 10. He's healing well and his body is accepting the heart, but he's also had high fevers and lots of fluid build up around his lungs. The fluid got so bad that his right lung was collapsed, so yesterday they reopened him up and suctioned out a lot of the fluid. They cultured it to see if there was an infection causing the fevers, but they haven't found anything. Because he waited so long in the hospital, most of his veins are damaged and it's very hard to place an IV. They want to avoid central lines because of clotting risk. He has been off the ventilator for a week now, but because of the collapsed lung has been having lots of breathing troubles. Hopefully getting rid of the excess fluid will help with that.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

I miss you, Cody

Tonight is Cody's last night in Denver. I can't wait to see him. I've been thinking about everyone I know who has had a forced separation from their spouse, whether for work or military or even just business trips. It's just not very fun. Since Cody can check the internet, he might be able to see this post before he comes home.

So to you, my honey, I love you very much. I've missed you while you were gone. The house is quiet, and just not as cheerful as when you're here. I miss your radiant spirit and your jubilant nature, and your enthusiasm for life. I miss your soft hands and watching you play with Lee. I'm glad this was only a week and not any longer. I'm anxious to drive down and pick you up at the airport.

And for all of you who have done or have to do time away from your sweethearts, my heart goes out to you. If you need help, call me. I know now how difficult it can be.

Sorry for the lameness of this post. You'll get over it. :)

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

No way...

...I thought to myself when I went back to mom and dad's house this afternoon, 3 more hours after I had left. The room is done! This is a picture of the great room. It is the same room as the kitchen (you can see the dining table on the right hand side of the picture), and as we all know, that is undoubtedly the hardest room to unpack. Wow, and way to go, mom and dad! I can't believe you got the kitchen done in 1 day. It took me a week to unpack here.

Play time

Oh man, I am sooooo excited about this one...
It's MY piano!!! The perks of having mom and dad move to your town are pretty big. I mean, like, filling up the living room big. I need to put together the piano bench still, but that isn't going to be hard. THANKS, MOM AND DAD!
Here's some moving pictures. Lee and I went up this morning to help unpack boxes. I'm not sure how much help we really were, but Lee is a good entertainer and I tried to work around my pregnant belly enough to earn my keep. This picture was taken shortly after we arrived.
3 hours after we first arrived--see, we're making progress!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Holy Exploding Garden, Batman!

Our garden is taking off! We have blooming zucchini, tomatoes, and peppers. The herbs are coming on very well, and the winter squash is starting to run. The cantaloupe, which was a volunteer so I hope it's cantaloupe, is also massive. Oh man, are we gonna be eatin' good in just a bit...


You know you're pregnant when...

First off, a cute picture of Lee and goofy Uncle Matthew, who made him a hat out of tissue paper.And now for your great enjoyment, some Lisa rambling!

What do a) brainstorming new ideas on how to blow up the Death Star using solar flares, b) strange people commenting on my blog, and c) the calcium levels in random Utah irrigation canals have to do with each other? Each were the subject of a dream I had last night. This pregnancy has induced some VERY odd dreams for me.

My 3 most strange cravings have been for canned pineapple, sauerkraut, and peanut butter playdough (a fun recipe we used to eat/play with as kids). I've also craved ice cream and donuts, but those aren't too weird.

My energy level is like a roller-coaster ride. I get very excited about things and would love to do about a hundred projects, including making bibs, hair bows, beaded socks, and baby blankets for my little girl, but once I get started, I get tired and just want a nap.

I am ALWAYS hungry and ALWAYS need to pee. (Speaking of which, I think I'll go get breakfast now.)

It's official--I am definitely pregnant and in the 3rd trimester, with all of its quirks and oddities.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Playing with Grandma and Grandpa

Lisa's mom and dad are here in Logan now, and we're having a lot of fun playing. Lee loves having Aunt Sara to tease him and Grandma to give him loves and Grandpa to mess with his mind. Lisa loves going shopping and for walks, and just having a reason to get out and about. Thanks, mom and dad, for brightening our day! I haven't taken any pictures of them, but here's some fun ones we took at the Bountiful Temple over this weekend.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Kinda crazy around here

We've had a busy weekend! On Wednesday Shayden brought over her birthday present--a cool frog pool. Lee liked it way more than she did. Wednesday evening Lisa's best friend Maria flew in. Her plane was delayed 2 hours, so she didn't even land until 12:30, getting us to bed at about 2. Lee woke up twice that night, inconsolable, and we got up at 7; I think I got maybe 3 hours of sleep. Needless to say, I was tired and grouchy the next day. We had a good time with Maria Thursday and Friday in Salt Lake, then Saturday here in Logan.
This morning we drove to Salt Lake AGAIN (by now topping 600 miles on our car in 3 days, just from shuttling people around the Salt Lake valley) to go to the airport. We said goodbye to Maria. Cody also flew out today to Denver, where he'll be until Friday. Lee and I will miss him a lot. He's out there for business; a training for Prudential. I'll probably post every day while he's gone to use up some empty time and because Cody has the internet at his hotel, so he can check it out.

Otherwise, it's warm and sunny here, Lee is currently taking a nice nap, and we're looking forward to things calming down a bit. Have a nice Sunday!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Updates on everything

Lee is almost 2. We're planning a fun birthday party at the park for him. He likes to eat hot dogs and grapes, and talks constantly. Also, when he hears a good tune, he'll stop to dance for a minute or two.

Lisa's mom and dad are here, safe and sound. They've closed on both houses, so they officially own their new home here. We love it and are glad they found such a perfect place.

The baby is growing well, right on target for 29 weeks along. It's crazy to think that this is the point where doctors say the baby could be born and survive. I shouldn't complain about the pregnancy, because I know it could be a lot worse. I think the hormones and loss of energy are starting to take their toll.

Cody loves his new job! He's probably called most of you already to do surveys. He is working hard and often comes to me, excited about something he's learned and eager to share.

Parker is doing well. Today they placed a PIC line and are weaning him off the ventilator. Getting him off the ventilator will be a huge step forward, so hopefully the weaning will go smoothly. He's awake and happy, though Sheila says that the medicine he's on now makes him dizzy and sleepy.

The garden is growing AWESOME, and I'm thrilled. Our tomatoes and peppers have little blossoms on them (well, not all the tomatoes, but a couple of the varieties) and the zucchini have about 1 inch long baby zucchinis on them--wahoo! We're going to have zucchini in a few weeks, the first I've ever been able to harvest from our garden here. I hope we get zucchini-ed out, because it's been years since I've had my fill of that wonderful green squash. Besides, I owe Kristin some big time. 2 years interest on the seeds she gave me...

And that's an update on our lives for now. We have a couple of busy weeks coming up, and I hope I can find ways to relieve some stress. Enjoy the picture of Lee. Yes, those are Lisa's shoes. And yes, that's drool all over his shirt.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Lee's Joke

We practiced and practiced, but of course it didn't work out quite perfectly when it came time. But still, it was close enough. This movie was taken on Saturday, but I couldn't post it on Father's day...that's why I'm posting it the day after. :D

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Daddy Day

We love you, dad! ALL of our dads.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Three Years

On June 14, 2005 at 10:00 am, Cody and I were married in the Jordan River Temple. We were both so excited and it was a beautiful day. Happy Anniversary to us, 3 years, going on eternity!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Parker Update, June 13

Parker is recovering well, but not perfectly (again, avoiding major complications is as good as we can hope). He's had a few problems with fluid retention, but that is coming down. Also, his Central Venus Pressure has been high, but that is also coming down. His liver enzymes are still on the high side. They took a biopsy of the heart yesterday to check for rejection and will know today how that is, though the doctors aren't too worried because his heart function is so good. Again, we knew this would be a bumpy road, but at least he's on his way.

Pictures to make you happy on Friday the 13th

Actually, Friday the 13th has always been a lucky day for me. My parents were engaged on Friday the 13th; and today they're moving here, to my town! In fact, they're closing on the house right NOW, even as I am typing these words.
Our first grilling adventure: Cody making grilled salmon (very yummy) and then Lisa's beauty shot of the grilled pineapple and vanilla bean ice cream (very VERY yummy)

Lee loves to play outside. One of his favorite things to do is sweep the driveway. He has more fun getting the brooms out, I think. Can you tell? :)

Thursday, June 12, 2008


This picture can only mean one thing: Frost. :P Last night we had a sinking suspicion that it would be chilly, so we watched the evening news. The first story was frost warning, so Cody and I went to the garden at 10:00 and covered everything up. I checked the overnight low on my cool thermometer, and it said 39, but there was just a hint of frost on the blankets and tarps we'd put over the plants, so I'm glad we covered them. Yuck! It's June! (Mind you, I'm only complaining about having to cover the plants, not the cooler weather. I am not allowed to complain about cool weather when I'm dreading the heat so much.)

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Happy Father's day and Anniversary to us

We splurged. :) We just bought a grill! I'm so excited to try it out. It's our combination Father's day and Anniversary gift, though I think I, Lisa, am more excited about it than Cody (though not by much.)

Update on Parker:
He's doing very well. His heart function is totally normal as well as his other organs. It is very important, however, that he doesn't get sick, as his immune system is weakened. But otherwise, you can expect a hiatus from my updates. At this point, no news is good news, as we don't want any complications.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Update, June 10, 9:00 pm

Ok, not much has changed with Parker since this morning, other than his parents are better rested now. :) Jordan, Parker's dad, said he looked pink instead of blue, a "Beautiful sight." He will remain sedated for 4 or 5 days, and they won't close his chest for a while either. All the doctors are very pleased with his performance and think everything will be just great. He is on the ventilator still and blood transfusions, but this is all to be expected considering the magnitude of the procedure. They're monitoring his blood pressure and temperature very carefully. This morning his temperature went up to 103, so they cooled him down--a little too quickly. The change caused some bleeding, but that was quickly stopped. He's been on blood thinners while waiting for the transplant, and that will cause him to bleed a little more than normal.

What amazing technology!

Update, June 10, 8:30 am

Parker's surgery went all through the night. As soon as they found out the heart was available, they put his arms and legs on ice to slow down the blood flow. At 10:00 pm, his parents and grandparents were able to give their last hugs and kisses and say goodbye. Shortly after he went into the OR, where he was placed on a ventilator and artificial heart, which pumped and oxygenated his blood for him. Then they opened his chest and removed his heart and left lung, the lung so they would have more room to move around. At 1:00 am the doctor arrived with the new heart. At 4:45 am it started beating. The surgery went according to plan, which is better than anyone can hope.

Parker is now still sedated. His parents, Sheila and Jordan, just got to see him. He won't wake up today. There will still need to be weeks in the hospital in recovery, but things are going very well.

We are all very grateful for the prayers and faith of all those involved, for the doctors and nurses who performed their tasks so beautifully, for modern medicine that can give an 21 month old child a second chance at life, and for Primary Children's Hospital being such a fantastic resource, so close to home.

Monday, June 9, 2008

He got a heart!

We found out about 5:30 this evening, as Cody was driving home from Salt Lake where he was working today, that our nephew Parker is getting a heart transplant. The donor is in California, and one doctor will do the ENTIRE surgery--he is flying to California to remove the heart from the donor, then will personally take it back to Utah and put it in Parker. We don't know a lot still, and there is still a lot that will happen. This is an exciting, intense, and scary procedure. I'll keep the blog fairly up-to-date as we learn more.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Goin' to the Zoo

Sheila was so kind to invite us to the special Primary Children's "Dream Night" at Hogle Zoo yesterday. We went with several of Cody's family members and had a blast. Lee loved seeing all the animals. They gave us a free dinner and a cool bag of souvenirs, and had several animals out being held by Zoo workers for the kids to see and touch. They also had an elephant show and free face painting. Pretty cool!

Cody with Sheila, holding Dillon (Crystal's son).

Lee liked the snake. See Grandma hiding behind him, scared to death?

This one's just a little bigger than Oda...

Looking at the Rhinos
PS- Cody passed his Series 63 exam, #2 of 3 qualifying exams. He's passed the first 2 now, one more! Congratulations, Cody.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

An overdue post

Ok, I haven't posted anything on this topic, so perhaps this post is way overdue. But, better late than never.

This is a picture (taken December 29, 2007) of Lee with our nephew, Parker. Parker was born about 2 months after Lee. He has a congenital heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. Basically, he is missing the entire left half of his heart, giving him a 2-chamber heart. He was given the first 2 of 3 corrective open-heart surgeries, but in January he suffered a stroke and has been in the hospital ever since. He is in heart failure and is on special medications that make his heart pump, without which he would die. He is currently on the heart transplant list, and has been for just over 100 days now.

This situation has caused a lot of new challenges for Cody's side of the family. His sister spends a lot of time with her son at the hospital, and his parents are very good to take care of Parker's older sister, Alexis. We have all done a lot of praying as we wait to find out what will happen. Parker's heart condition is currently stable, but there have been a few scares. The problem with waiting for so long is he is now running out of IV locations and his heart function could take a turn for the worse. Things that could possibly take him off of the list--infection, clots or another stroke, or illness.

I've tried to leave my personal feelings and opinions out and just give the facts, as I understand them. Obviously, this is a trial for the entire family, especially Parker's parents. We hope and pray that all will go well, and that the Lord's work will be done, in His time. Sometimes His time is the hardest to accept.

Happy Day, All is Well

We feel crazy-busy this month, but some very good things are happening.

Yesterday Cody had a doctor check-up for his ankle. It's healing very well, and he's out of the boot--hooray! Now he has an ankle brace that is far less obtrusive and that he can wear with a normal shoe. Cody is still limping a little bit, but only because he's gotten used to wearing the boot and it feels different. I did realize today that I missed out on my opportunity to call him "Bootsy!" (from Savannah Smiles)

Also yesterday we went down to Cody's sister, Alisa's high school graduation. It was a quick trip and we wished we could have spent more time with her, but it was important to us to support her.

And, my garden is growing! I am SO excited to see the plants looking healthy and getting bigger. Our landlord set up the irrigation water yesterday--it's been raining so much that we haven't needed it yet. We seriously have the best landlords in the world. They treat us like their grandkids.

So that's our good news minute. Have a grand day.

Monday, June 2, 2008

The best time of Life

When Lee was born, I remember several people telling me "Oh, he's so cute. They're so much fun when they're little." And similar things have been said all through Lee's life--this is the best time etc. I've tried as a mother to enjoy each time in Lee's life, and say "THIS is the best time of life." I'm not saying I'm an expert, but I've got pictures to prove why each moment has been the best.

These pictures take you back, starting today, about every 6 months of Lee's life, and all were wonderful, happy moments.