Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Our Day At The Harbor

All the cousins met together to have a fun day on the harbor today. We went to a really kid friendly marine museum where the girls had a lot of fun discovering what lived in the Santa Barbara ocean. The museum is located on the pier so everything they were looking at was actually found right underneath them. It's hard to see, but the sack hanging from the string is a shark egg sack. There is actually a baby shark swimming around in there. They also had a tank of the adult leopard sharks that my girls were much to scared to touch. They did touch some starfish however and had fun looking at the tanks of fish.


After the museum we went on the cutest little boat called Little Toot. It just putted around the harbor but the girls thought it was so cool just to be riding on a boat in the ocean. The captain even let them steer the boat for a bit and toot the horn. Reanne was all smiles. I was really happy just to be out on such a lovely sunny day surrounded by ocean instead of snow. And I have to say it made me miss living in such a beautiful place.



Saturday, December 27, 2008

Vacation Fun





We went to the Santa Barbara mission yesterday for some family photos. My brother-in-law has a pretty good eye and a lot better camera then I do. Hopefully some will turn out. I did have to take one myself of the view. Doesn't everyone wish they were here for Christmas? Later that evening we went on a trolley ride around town to see the city's Christmas lights. Reanne really enjoyed it but Sierra and Grant were asleep for most of the ride. Poor Sierra is not used to all the excitement she is experiencing here.


Today we spent the day in LA. My sister Lori and her husband Billy and sweet baby William became an eternal family. It was a very sweet thing to witness. They are all so wonderful and I was so happy to be apart of their special day.

After the ceremony we all went to the Getty museum. It was my first time there and I was very impressed. The crowds and lines made us all feel like we were at Disneyland, but the Getty was far less efficient dealing with them. We didn't get to see even half of what is displayed there so maybe I will make it back one day.


Christmas







I have come to accept the fact that I might not ever get a picture of my kids that is completely in focus. They move way too fast for my camera...especially as they open presents.


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve

We are so happy to be spending this Christmas with my family since Jess is away. It really makes things better for me and the kids, although I feel bad about Jess not having as fun of a Christmas this year.

This was the last day that the kids saw our elf. Rintue (Reanne named him) has been living at our house since December 1st, watching the kids every day and then reporting to Santa at night. If they were good he leaves little treats in their shoes which they faithfully leave by their door at nights. This was a tradition in Jess's family and I thought it was so cute. We have done shoe treats every year but this is the first year we have actually had an elf. It has been the highlight of their day to come down stairs and find where he is hiding. Rintue will be leaving with Santa when he comes tonight but I suppose the girls won't miss him too much when they find their stockings filled and the presents Santa left for them.

Reanne and Sierra had fun making a gingerbread tree with mom and grandma in the morning. For all you moms out there, this is the way to go if you are wanting to do any gingerbread decorating. It is much easier then the houses with a lot less candy. A definite win win situation for everyone involved.
In the evening we were able to join my family as they Christmas carolled. This has become quite a tradition with my parents and whoever is in town that year for the holidays. They had a usual line up of songs that we all knew in parts (of course.) Reanne and Sierra didn't know all the songs however so Reanne told us in the car that she wanted us to sing one that she knew. Here are the words...
Dashing through the snow on a broken pair of skis.
O'er the fields we go, crashing into trees.
The ground is turning red, I think I might be dead.
I'm going to the hospital with stitches in my head.
We sang that song at the remaining houses.

I hope the girls enjoy tomorrow and that Christmas is all they wanted it to be. I am happy because Grant has already given me the best Christmas present I could have asked for: he has slept through the night for two nights in a row! Wherever you are, I hope all my friends and family have a wonderful Christmas too.






Sunday, December 21, 2008

Snow


Reanne told me that snow is glitter for the mountains. I thought that was a very positive thought after we drove through two hours of blizzard in the very early hours of the morning on Saturday, driving to my parents house in California. Even after we drove through the storm, we still saw this "glitter" on the ground for almost the entire trip. When we were still seeing snow in Barstow (where it hadn't snowed since 1985) I was kind of in shock. If I wasn't driving through it all I would have been thrilled that it was there. I actually have come to really enjoy seeing it around during the winter months. I am now back on the coast however, where I can safely say it will not snow this Christmas. Though the world won't be as glittery, I am happy that I will be a bit warmer.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Diagnosis

Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis

That is the official diagnosis right now and I am being referred to another specialist at Primary Children's Hospital. I had to look it up...just like my surgeon. I guess it is extremely rare. Here is some information I found about it. There is a lot of information on the web but this was the least scary to me.

What Is Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis? In Langerhans cell histiocytosis, certain white blood cells, called Langerhans cells, grow out of control. In a healthy person, these cells help defend against infection. But in histiocytosis, the cells multiply so quickly that they build up and can damage the body instead of protect it. Except for their rapid growth, the cells are normal. This disease is not cancer. But it is similar. Doctors who treat cancer and blood diseases also treat histiocytosis.

Some people with the disease have excess cells and damage in only one site or organ in their bodies. Others have excess cells in many places throughout their bodies. The bones are the most common sites of damage - mainly the bones in the skull but also in other places, such as the spine, arms and legs. This disease can affect many body systems. About 80% to 90% of children recover from this disease with treatment. Sometimes it goes away slowly on its own. It can be serious, even fatal in severe cases. It can also come back later in life.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Stitches

For everyone who hasn't heard, Grant's surgery went very well. I slept through my alarm so he didn't get his last bit of milk, but he really didn't start fussing until they gave him his pre-op. meds. and then they were taking him back. The surgery only lasted an hour and the surgeon seemed hopeful of the tumor not being cancerous (although we are still waiting on the results.) Grant's recovery was super fast and he seemed totally back to normal the next day! Babies are amazing. I just had to take a picture of the stitches so one day he will see for himself how brave he was.