I go to my post-op dr. appt in a little while. I can't believe the difference the surgery made! I'm a new woman! :) Tonight is Russell's last concert for the year. I will take pics and post them for the world to see.
It works! The archive really works! You will have to read through all the May posts to get the going ons of the Zaugg clan. We've had some whoppers to share! So...from now on the timeline should go forward. I'm sorry - you will have to just go backward to move forward this time around. I don't know how to change that. It's just the way it is.
I really like this blog thing. This is actually the second attempt to write this today! The power kept flickering all afternoon and then finally went out for about 1 1/2 hours this evening. I think I will try and keep a journal this way and see what happens.My new favorite kitchen toy is the bosch mixer my sister sent. I used it to make a triple batch of pizza dough tonight. (Before the power went out.) It had mixed up the dough to the consistency I wanted in less than a minute! I was shocked. That is seriously one powerful mixer. I didn't get my bread done today like I was planning - so tomorrow I will be doing that.
What a morning! Nephi woke up at 5:30 barking. He has croup. Luckily there was still medicine from last year when he had it - still good - in the cupboard. We spent time outside this a.m. sitting in the dark. Almost immediately it helped with his breathing. He's been laying down most of the day watching movies. He really needs a nap. Wonder if he will fall asleep? So - since he was up so early - I got lots of laundry done early in the day, cleaned bathrooms and have french bread raising for dinner. Russell brought home 4 eggplant from work yesterday - so we are having Macaroni Ratatouille Soup. I hope the boys like it. They aren't too keen on Eggplant Parmesan. Russell and I love it though. Then tonight I have Round Table. Then I think I can finally have a good sleep if Nephi does well!
Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! For those wondering about Nephi - he was doing much better by Friday morning. He has a runny nose though - only because he's been playing outside in the freezing cold. What a day we've had today - well actually the past couple weeks. We thought something was wrong with wiring of our house cuz only 1/2 the house had power. When we realized both our panels weren't working - Russell called the utility people - who thankfully said our end of the line was fine. It was the power pole on the neighbor's lot. His power wasn't functional either! The power guy gave Nephi the wires he took down and they were nasty. The plastic had burned off there was lots of exposed wire. Nephi thought that was dang cool! We are lucky the problems stayed with the pole. So - that's been our day off today!
We've had a busy weekend. First off - tonight we received news that Gordon B. Hinckley - our beloved prophet passed away. I bet his wife will be glad to see him! I will miss seeing him at General Conferance though. :( Last night - Michael slammed Christopher's left hand in the bedroom door. We thought he broke three of his fingers so he had a trip to the E.R. All is well. Michael was sweating it though cuz I told him if Chris broke his fingers - it would be his (Michael's) fault as he was the boy who slammed the door - the result would be Michael would have to do Chris' chores PLUS his own until Chris could use his hand again. Michael's first reaction was "Well..he can still use his good hand!" hoping that would get him out of extra chores. Needless to say - when Michael got up this morning - he was relieved to see Christopher's fingers were okay.Friday our ward had the annual Chili and Cherry Pie cookoff. I made Black Bean Chili and no cherry pie. I did take pumpkin pie though because I wanted dessert!Friday was also Pack Meeting. Christopher has been working so hard and I am excited for him! He earned the Scientist Webelos Activity Pin, scientist beltloop, communicator beltloop, geography beltloop, languages beltloop, NW History segment and a couple other things I don't recall. He is almost done with Fitness and needs to do Citizen and he will have earned his Webelos badge! We will get it done in February as his Webelos leader is moving. :(
I cannot believe it's the last day of January! Where has the month gone? Today Michael is home sick with a little fever and sore throat. It's pretty red and he's pretty miserable. We will see what happens after the boys leave for school. Last time he did this - as soon as the big boys left - he was bouncing all around the house the whole day. Grrrrrrrr. If he does this today - he will be getting dressed and going to school. Christopher has a field trip today. His class is going to the bay to study rock formations and layers. He can pass this off in his geology section for Webelos too! Yippee!
Well...we are starting February off just right. Took Michael to the doctor this morning. He has strep. :( He is on augmentin so should start feeling better soon. Hopefully no one else will catch it.Now it's Nephi's turn. I had just taken a pan of rolls from the oven and Nephi climbed on the counter to get some cookies. Needless to say...his arm - right about the elbow area has a nice burn. He's nursing it with an ice pack and Toy Story 1.Who's turn is it next?
Michael is starting to feel a little better. At least his skeleton isn't dying now. Nephi isn't complaining about his burn - so he must be feeling better too.My only complaint is my hands. Both of them. I think my carpal tunnel is back. For the past several nights both hands up to my elbows have the painful sleepy/tingly feeling. Which is very odd. I have a machine to make bread for me. I am not quilting very much at all. Maybe it's the typing at the keyboard that aggrevates it. Hmmm. It's a mystery to me.Anyway - Russell will take the older boys to see President Hinckley's funeral today. I will stay home with sick boy Michael and burn boy Nephi. Hopefully Michael will feel well enough to go to church tomorrow. :)
It's raining, it's pouring, I feel like snoring. Zzzzzzzzzzz. Chris is home again sick. He has strep like Michael did last week. Plus most of the day and part of the night he had 104 temp. It didn't go down much with Motrin so Russell gave him a blessing so he could sleep comfortably.Chris and Nephi are sleeping. I have taxes done for the most part. Can't find where Russell put the property tax stuff. That's all that's missing.
It's the year of the Rat! Michael has been learning about the Chinese New Year at school. He has had a blast! Today he came home with the hat he made, this fan, chopsticks, a lucky money bag, a scroll and a paper with his name in Chinese. He thought that was very cool. I will be confiscating some things temporarily to jot down for cub scout ideas! Sorry - everything somehow ties into cub scouts - I might need the information in the future! I can't help it! :)
We stayed home sick today. Christopher's story... He had strep last week. About Thursday/Friday it developed into a very nasty virus cough. He was hacking like crazy. He still has a cough - not as bad - but sleep will do him good. Hopefully he can go to school tomorrow. He has missed the past week. He did get his homework caught up though. Hooray for him!
Michael's story...He had strep the end of the week before. He has been doing really well until last night. He woke me up in the middle of the night since he had a nasty headache. I gave him some motrin for that and a fever. He fell asleep on my bed. He has been laying around the house today saying various limbs are hurting. He still has a little fever and his headache is still bothering him. I think I need to have him checked out. He has been getting headaches more frequently lately. Just out of the blue. I hope he feels better soon.
Nephi's story...He is not a nap taker - but has been taking one every day for the past 1 1/2 weeks. I know he hasn't been feeling well. He went to the doctor Friday and had a strep test done. He passed. He has the same nasty virus cough his brothers do. He woke up last night with a stuffy nose and couldn't breathe. I put some vicks on him and he said that helped a lot. He has been Donovan's shadow today...much to Donovan's dismay. :) However - Nephi is sleeping - which is what his body needs also. Happy dreams boys!
I was re-doing jars out on my shelves today and was pleasantly surprised to see that I only have about 4 cases of full jars left! I have a lot of work to do this summer getting jars filled up again. Mom - if you see this - we will have to catch the peach farm sooner than August and get some more yummy peaches. :0)
I am so sore today! Our neighbor two houses down had some trees cut down. She told us we could come get whatever wood we wanted as she doesn't have a wood stove. Last night we hauled a bunch home. Today I hauled wood for about 1 1/2 hours. My arms and back are killing me! Russell will have to get the rest. The pieces that are left are too big for me.
I think I have spring fever! I have been having fun looking through Gurney's catalog cuz there is a very nice coupon attached. I ordered the following for our garden this year.... White Onions - 60-75 sets Italian Parsley - 600 seeds Oregano - 250 seeds Lettuce Blend - 1000 seeds Jumbo Virginia Peanuts - 1 oz - just for an experiment Green Arrow Peas - 225 seeds Zucchini - 25 seeds Everbearing strawberries - BOGO 50 plants Sweet 'n' Early Hybrid Cantaloupe - 25 seeds Gotta Have It Hybrid Sweet Corn - 200 seeds Burplass II Hybrid Pickling Cucumber - 35 seeds Sweet Basil - 150 seeds Red Pontiac Potatoes - 30 sets Tendersweet Carrots - 1500 seeds Green and Gold Blend Bush Beans - 150 seeds I can't wait to get the garden and deck all planned! Woohoo for spring! :)
Okay - I really hate it when you go to the doctor and you know something isn't right - but they can't tell you what the problem is.Over the past couple months I have been having pains in my right side just under my rib cage. It would be kind of a sharp stabby pain. Sometimes it would take my breath away. Sunday it was constant and Sunday night it didn't let up and then the heartburn started in. I am going on day 4 of heartburn. Everything I eat makes it worse. At the E.R. on Monday they initially thought gall stones. Well they did an ultrasound of my gall bladder, kidneys, liver, pancreas and appendix and didn't see anything. So they sent me home.
The side isn't hurting quite so bad but the heartburn I could live without. Went back to the dr. today. He is suspecting my gallbladder of not working properly. He gave me some medicine to help with the heartburn. I go in tomorrow to the hospital for Hydroscan of my gall bladder. I guess they will inject dye into my gall bladder - then I have to lay under this camera for about 1 1/2 hours while it takes pictures.
I will update more tomorrow. Maybe Russell can go with me? I hope. :)
Well I had the hydroscan this morning. The results should be back Friday or Monday. We will see what happens after that. In the meantime - we will pack the car and get ready for Wendy and Lauren's wedding tomorrow!
Families can be together forever! Congratulations to Wendy and Lauren! It was really a beautiful day at the temple. The sun came out just in time for nice pictures. The reception was nice. Wendy's colors were chocolate brown and a turquoiseish (is that a word?) color. Very nicely done!
The UPS man came today with a package and I noticed another package sent by FedEx. It said it was from Pampered Chef - but...I didn't order anything. I opened it anyway and found this letter on the top....Dear Candace, Congratulations! You recently participated in a PC Website survey, and your name was selected as our grand prize winner of the PC Forged Carving Set. Thank you for taking the time to participate in our research project! I was soooooooo excited! It's worth $125. Wow. I don't win stuff like this!
Today I have to eliminate all the good stuff from my diet. Things like tomatoes, strawberries, celery, nuts. That right there makes me crave peanut butter! Agh! At least I can still eat my homemade wheat bread with a little mayo, ham, cheese and lettuce sandwiches! :)Nephi stepped into the water line by the garage today and broke the pipe. The water man was nice enough to come out and turn off the water to our house and show where that was. Only to discover there was a turn off valve UNDER the water where the broken pipe was! I guess I will tack this onto Russell's "honeydo" list for spring break. heheeNow we are going off to the library as soon as Nephi finishes his lunch.
Happy Easter everyone! I actually slept good last night - only getting up a couple times. Then around 4:15 a.m. I was up every 15 minutes or so for the next couple hours. Then I got some good sleep after that. My throat is sore from having slept with my mouth open for the past couple days. I haven't been able to take any airborne for the nasty cold that started on Thursday. That was the day to discontinue all vitamins, etc. Today I am on a clear liquid diet. So...breakfast consists of some very tasty orange jello. I may top it off with some warmed up apple juice! I can eat until 1:30 p.m. on this lovely, wonderful, tasty diet then I can't have any more until tomorrow morning. From 4-6 p.m. today I have to drink 1 gallon of trylite. I hope I can get it down. I worry too much.
Last night was probably the hardest in my whole little life. I started to drink the trilyte at 4 p.m. yesterday. I couldn't do it. I kept gagging and couldn't keep it down. :( We finally got a hold of the dr. and around 7:30 p.m. I started back up again - this time drinking it with gatorade. It helped a lot. I was only able to drink about 3 cups of the trylite though. I started having clear diarrhea at 11:30 last night - so I quit drinking the stuff and went to bed. This morning the diarrhea is water - but yellow in color. I hope it won't affect the testing. I can't stomach any more of the drink. :(
Well the endoscopy and colonoscopy weren't as bad as I anticipated - because I don't remember them! :) Getting to that - was a whole different story - read yesterday's post. Dr. Vallejo took biopsies from both procedures and the clinic will call when the biopsy results come back. Apparently what I could get down of the trylite worked as the pictures I got look squeaky clean! I feel very drowsy today though. They gave me a combo of demorol and valium to sedate me. The nurse told me they had to give me more sedation during the procedure as well. I vaguely remember trying to make people stop putting stuff in my mouth. :)
The gastroenterology center called me back today to tell me all my biopsies are normal. That's comforting to know - except my side is still bothering me. :( I have an appointment in May with the OBGYN doctor. Maybe she can enlighten me. :) This is the update.
Today Michael turns 7. He had a party and only one of his friends could come. He still had fun anyway. They played with airplanes outside and had birthday cake inside. They also had fun playing with the track his friend gave him. It was a beautiful day for a party!
Okay. So I went to the family dr. again last night as my side/stomach area is still giving me problems. The dr's office called today and I go in Thursday for a CAT scan of my abdomen and then I will have an appointment on the 22nd with Dr. Pitts - general surgeon. Dr. Bradburn - family dr. - said they will just have to open me up and see what's going on. It could really be my gall bladder OR it could a lot of adhesions as I have had 5 abdominal surgeries in the past 9 years. That's his thinking anyway. I best finish making dinner and get a shower. All I know is the medicine that was prescribed to me makes me really sleepy, nauseated/dizzy. Not all at once. They come out of the blue. N/D don't last long but when I get sleepy - I am out for a while. :) The meds are supposed to help my abdomen pain. It doesn't do much in that regard.
Okay. Last night at 9 p.m. I had to drink the first bottle of barium sulfate. It was a lot more palatable than the trylite I had to take in March for the colonoscopy - that's for sure! I got a little over half way on my own then had to take sips of juice inbetween drinks. I drank all but about 1/2 inch. I couldn't finish the entire bottle. Russell gave me a blessing this a.m. that I would be able to drink the second bottle. I have drink 1/2 of it at 11 a.m. and the other half at 12:30 p.m. My appt is at 1 p.m. for a CAT scan.
The dr office called today with results from the CAT scan yesterday. There is an abnormality with concern from the radiologist. The dr wanted me to have a pelvic ultrasound so I told the nurse she needed to contact my OBGYN dr as I just had one last week. This may change things concerning our Thursday appt with the surgeon. Things maybe will start moving along and I can have some relief.
It is 12:40. I leave to see the dr. in about 20 minutes. Most of the day yesterday my side was hurting pretty bad. The pain is more intense and more frequent as time goes on. The on-call dr. last night happened to be our family dr. He said make an appt today with the OBGYN dr. I hope they do something soon. I feel very lethargic and tired and my side hurts.Okay - I have a laproscopy scheduled for tomorrow the 20th. I hope they find something.
Had a laporoscopy today. I have 3 small incisions that are quite painful. The source of all my pain has been found. I had lots of adhesions. The dr. got all of them except the ones binding my intestines to my uterus. That could be kind of scary you think? I was supposed to come home today but was super swollen in my abdomen and having trouble controlling my surgery pain. The drs kept me overnight so I came home on the morning of the 22nd.
Update 5-24-08 I am doing tons better. The pain decreases each day and the swelling has gone way down. I am not able to sleep on my tummy yet. That will be an exciting day! So will being able to sleep on my side. Can't do that yet either. :)
Thank you Russell for all you do in serving our country. By doing so you are showing our boys what it means to be a good citizen for our country. Thank you for serving in the Army so we can have the freedoms we enjoy in this great country we live in! Thank you!
My blog will be "under construction" so to speak so I can get the archive to actually archive and clean up my blog a little bit! Enjoy the chaos cuz I hope it won't be around long! :) Therefore all those old posts will pretend to be new just so I can have some organization!
Don't ever leave home without telling someone or writing it down!Our neighbor left this morning about 5:45 a.m. and told his wife where he was off to - but - she has Alzheimer's. Two hours after he left she came over just sick because he hadn't returned yet. So we called 911 and all kinds of sherriff people came over and search and rescue was here as well. Don - our neighbor was finally spotted about 2 miles down the road about 30 minutes ago. He had driven his little moped/motorcycle to Pacific City and back! That's roughly 90 miles round trip! Betty - his wife was much relieved as was everyone else. Whew! What a morning and it's not even 10:30 yet!
I just love this picture! The beach...it's the place to be!
I think this was in 2004. It was Nephi's first trip to the beach. The boys were all so little! My have they grown.
Meet the Parents...Russell and Candace
It all started for us when Russell left for Cape Town South Africa on a mission. Candace felt inspired to write him - so she did! We wrote for 3 1/2 years. Candace came home from her mission to the Texas Houston East Mission and we dated for 5 months. We married in July 1994 and have been happy ever after!
Our 14 year old boy scouter, 50 miler bike rider, cartoon drawer, computer gamer, book reader, clarinet player, babysitter, 8th grader boy!
Our 13 year old, boy scouter, harry potter computer gamer, lego creator, imaginator, book reader, 6th grader boy!
Our 9 1/2 year old drama king, perfectionist (I wonder if he gets that from mom? lol), drawer of many things, 3rd grader boy!
Our8 year old keeper of surprises, leg breaker, book listener, lego creator, music enjoyer, 1st grader boy!
I am thankful for so many things. Cloudy skies, rain - and even snow when I stay home. I am thankful for my health - that I can walk, bend, stretch, think, rest. I am thankful for my family. The little guys and the big guy too! And extended family too! I am thankful for my talents - which allow me to express myself in different ways. I am thankful for my callings - being with the kids in Primary sure lends a different perspective on things. Cub Scouts keeps me on my toes and helps the boys learn what they need to know. I am thankful for so many things. Thank you Heavenly Father for blessing me so much!
29 May 2008
A family picture taken at Russell's band concert.
2 May 2008
Nephi and his brand-new pair of glasses! He was so excited when the eye doctor called today to let us know they were in! :) He looks so handsome!
21 April 2008
Picture of the day! I could look at this one all day long! It's so....springy.
12 April 2008
Picture of the day!
28 March 2008
My favorite picture of the day. Notice the snow on the tips of the tulips. It just happened to fall that way. It's like a balancing act!
28 March 2008
Another favorite picture. Donovan's snowman friend.
A clean house
Being my own boss
Complete Book of Sherlock Holmes
early morning hours before family wakes up
Falling asleep to rain
good scrabble game
Jane Austin Books
My dear, kind, wonderful husband
My four boys
Wave watching when it's stormy
A really neat poem to remember President Hinckley
Someone wrote this after the news that President Hinckley had passed. It's beautiful, so I thought it was appropriate to share.
I imagine he's running to Marjorie now, Yes, running, not waving his cane. I see him embracing his father and mother While they keep repeating his name.
I see him now meeting his forebears, Brother Brigham and Joseph are there. Sweet reunion of prophets, united by service That only such noble men share.
I see him embraced by the Savior While Father says, "Good and well done. So faithful in stalwart endurance, I welcome My noble, most excellent son."
I then hear the ripples of laughter As he says the reception's just fine, But he hopes that he'll get an assignment or two Since there's no need to waste any time.
I can hear his clear voice in the stillness At the close of this sweet Sabbath day, Have faith and move forward — there's work to be done. President Hinckley would want it that way.
Anna M. Molgard January 27, 2008
An ode to Aprons.
The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath. Because she only had a few, it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they used less material, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven. It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears. From the chicken coop the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven. When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids. And when the weather was cold, Grandma wrapped it around her arms. Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove. Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron. From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls. In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees. When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds. When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner. It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.
*Disclaimer* I didn't write this. It was posted on another site I visit. My love of aprons compelled me to add it to my blog.
I love flowers. Especially when I can grow them myself!
Summer fun 2007
Brother helping brother helping brother.
Is this snowball BIG enough?
January Snow 2006
We had 10 inches of snow overnight - the boys are enjoying it!