Monday, December 29, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
For the past couple nights I have been in desperate need to "get out". I love my kids, but sometimes I just need a break. Odd as it may seem, I'm not sure I have close enough friends that I can call and at the drop of a hat, just go out with for a girls night. I called my mom and she suggested that we go to a movie. So I checked movie listings and went out to a movie with my Mom and Dad. We went and saw this one I've never heard of called "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas". I guess it is a fiction dated back in the time of the Holocaust, based on a book. I really hate to say that I enjoyed the movie because it was quite depressing, BUT, can you honestly think of anything uplifting during that period of time? It was a well done story that portraits the Holocaust in the eyes of a child. It reminded me why God tells us to become as a little child. Only we as Adults could have ever created such horrible circumstances. I was left at the end with mixed emotions. Here is a clip of the trailer.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
We had some wintry weather this weekend. The forecast said it would come in Friday evening and snow all weekend long. This weekend was also Alex's brother Chase's Mission Farewell (if that made any sence). He's been called to Fort Worth Texas. They live about 3 hours away, and during bad weather, the roads can be pretty nasty. Since the entire crew of siblings decided to stay over, we hoped to be able to drive up Sunday morning to be there for the farewell. We woke up to snow and decided not to make the drive. I feel awful for missing it. So Chase, we are sorry. Congrats on the mission! We wish you the BEST experience and promise to be there when you get home!
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Most women who become infected by Parvovirus B19 whilst pregnant still deliver healthy babies. It usually does not cause premature birth or defects of any kind. If you become infected with fifth disease during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy, however, there is around a 10% chance of miscarriage or stillbirth occurring. Infections after the 20 week mark have a much lower chance (about 1%) of this occurring.
In some cases, developing fifth disease during pregnancy can lead to anemia or inflammation of the heart in the fetus. If this is severe it can lead to hydrops which can cause death, although even in these cases it is still possible for the fetus to be born healthy. Rarely, babies can be born that are unable to make necessary red blood cells. These babies will need blood transfusions to keep them alive.
Unfortunately, there are no preventative measures for fifth disease, and if you become infected there is no instant cure. Hydrops can be detected by ultrasound so if you become infected during pregnancy regular scans are advised. If your baby shows signs of hydrops in the later stages of pregnancy, an early delivery may be considered in order to treat it. Also, successful fetal blood transfusions have been done for babies suffering from severe anemia and hydrops in the second and third trimesters.
If you are not immune to fifth disease, your chances of catching the disease from an infected family member are around 50%, and if you work with children on a daily basis your chance of getting infected is around 20-30%. It is important to note that the human Parvovirus is unrelated to the one that infects pets so if your dog has a Parvovirus infection, for example, this does not mean you are at risk of infection. If you are unsure whether you have previously had fifth disease and want to check your immunity to it, it is possible to have a blood test which looks for the antibodies to Parvovirus B19.
If you think you may be infected by the Parvovirus B19 or you are at a high risk of developing fifth disease during pregnancy, you should talk to your family doctor. If you are not immune and work with children, he will be able to advise you on the best ways to minimize the chance of infection.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Ok so we did it. We broke down and bought a "new" car. With our family increasing in size, there was no way we would survive long in our little car, and beastly truck. The car is too small, and the truck....well it likes gas. I've been looking at Boise Craigslist for quite some time now. I've seen quite a few "deals" on vans. This last week while I was looking I noticed a new posting for a 2005 Dodge Caravan for $4950! I looked over the pictures and the thing was a beauty (when it comes to vans). It looked nice so I took the girls to look at it. I pretty much told the guy I wanted it but I had to talk to the bank that day about a loan. Alex trusted my judgment, and we proceeded. We will pay about $97/month until we can come up with enough just to pay it off completely. So a day later we were approved and closed on our first "new" vehicle since....
EVER! Now we have a nice reliable car, that gets great mileage and will fit our growing family!
Saturday, December 6, 2008
I thought that I would give an update of what has been going on in the last 4 months. I have been running like a chicken with its head cut off. I am looking forward to my break. My kids are really great. I have come to the conclusion that I really don't mind if we have a boy as much as I cared for one in the beginning. My girls are awesomely entertaining and do a great job of challenging us. One of them even seems to really like me. I guess Mycah asks mom every morning where I am. Lately when I have come home after they have gone to bed, Mycah is still asking mom where I am. It is awesome. I also like the way Dejah treats me. She is more like me in personality, in control and very independent. Well, I thought I would share something with you all. I have been working really hard on an assignment this last week. I was asked to attend 12 to 15 hours worth of a community organization that builds upon adult education principles. Due to my own procrastination, I left this assignment until the last two weeks of the course. This means that I was not able to be creative about what I could observe. Basically, I decided to attend Alcohol Anonymous due to its regular daily meetings and varieties of locations and times. To be honest, I never would have thought that I would have enjoyed and learned so much. Yes, the meetings got really old, but some of these people are very courageous and have had to battle alcoholism their entire lives. I guess I just really enjoyed hearing their stories and realizing the many blessings that the gospel brings into our lives. I finish today at noon. This will be my last meeting. Anyway, it has been a long week. We're going to be very busy. We hope to see you all on Sunday next week. Later.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Ok, Thanks a bunch to my two fabulous Sister-in-Laws...I am TOTALLY Addicted to Grey's Anatomy, and had the HUGEST Sobfest last night while finishing Season Two of the Series. I literally cried like a baby! Usually I limit myself to about one episode a night, but Alex has been really busy and gone lately, so I have been squeezing in as many episodes as I can. Here is a very dramatic scene that was so intense at the time...check it out.
So of course..."good looking sick guy" as I call him, otherwise known as Denny, died and I couldn't help to contain myself. I was SOOO Sad I'm still having a hard time getting over it. I really wanted to post a You Tube video of "the best of season 2", but couldn't really find one that was "right", so I guess you'll all have to watch Grey's Anatomy. Yes, its a bit scandalous but...I love it anyway!