13 July 2020

Trampoline Park, Lake Day 2
















My cute little garden is coming along slowly but surely. The temperatures are much cooler this year so most of my plants have yet to grow like crazy. Don't you love the cute pink and purple flowers on the pea plants? I thought maybe I accidentally planted sweet pea flowers, but no the pea pods are forming. We are all anxious for the tomatoes to ripen. All the kids love to help me water the garden, snip off tomato suckers stems, and pick fresh chard to munch on. 

We made more fun epoxy stuff for our Monday crafts. The week prior I found cute buttons at Walmart to use in the larger molds. Mia and Josie made the cutest little necklace charms! I found an ABC mold and now want to cast 3-4 batches of letters for the girls to use for spelling manipulatives. Phillip sported his lovely glitter ring and bracelet for a couple days! So fancy. 

Justin got us all ready for a decent family bike ride. We biked a good 6 miles together! Evelyn was the star of the show keeping up with all our larger wheels and biking a decent pace. We stopped halfway at a fun little park for Evelyn to rest her legs. Her chain popped off a few times, those second-hand bikes can be a challenge. I think Justin adjusted the chain/wheel after our ride. Towards the end of our route we stopped again for snow cones! Such a fun way to exercise and earn all those calories back. Evelyn was all ready to ride again the next day. Amelia tried to ride her bike around the the block but her sit bones were too sore the next day. Ha ha ha. I know that feeling. 

Wednesday was a Dr appointment day. I went to the chiropractor for hip adjustments again, darn hips get all wonky after a while. When I came home there was a dead bird on the driveway. A couple hours later it was gone. Thursday afternoon I spotted a white paper towel resting near our tree. Sweet, thoughtful Evelyn buried the dead bird under a paper towel surrounded with rocks to keep it covered up. She was thoroughly disgusted that the ants were eating the eyeballs. 

Mia had a Perthes check up on Wednesday. We met with Dr Showalter at the St Luke's Orthopedic clinic in Meridian. He took a couple updated x-rays. Mia got to wear fancy blue shorts for the occasion. We met with the Dr who looked quite confused, he said I see no trace of Perthes! Indeed her hip x-rays showed both femur heads looking quite similar. The only real discrepancy could be found in her hips tiled 2 inches higher on the left and the distance between the iliac crest and acetabulum is short, could cause her muscles to ache more than usual. Mia is going to try a month of a higher dose anti-inflammatory then not take ibuprofen for a couple months! The Dr literally said, "What we are looking at here is a miracle! To go from a group BC diagnosis to normal is not possible." There are groups of severity: (Mild) A, AB, B, BC, C (worst). I think she still experiences pain due to the power of the brain to create pain, her x-rays indicate her leg is about 95% the same as her right leg. We will do a round of PT to help her stretch the muscles on the left and strengthen those muscles. Pretty exciting stuff. 

Thursday we went to Defy! trampoline park with the Ostlers. Luckily, it was nearly deserted! We pretty much had full run of the facility. Sarah was performing flips and such! Go girl! I was hobbling about with my hips all wonky. I did lose my socks several times in the foam pits. That was quite exciting. I played dodge ball with the kids, Everett was frustrated that I would not follow the rules. I had a fun time nailing him every chance I got. Next day we were all sore in places we forgot were part of our bodies. 

Mia spent Friday afternoon with a family in our new ward. I hear they enjoyed painting nails and making macrons in three flavors! The rest of us cleaned up the loft area and worked on messy bedrooms. Justin took me out on a date. I was more excited about not cooking dinner! We tried a Hawaiian BBQ place for dinner. It was ok, still on a hunt for a favorite date night joint. We found a ceiling fan and light fixture for our bedroom, the light we have is weak...WEAK I tell you. Next we stopped at Fred Meyer for lake day snacks and a supply of washable masks. 

Saturday we drove back to the same spot past Arrowrock dam for a day of kayaking and fun. The water was about 15 feet lower this time and 15 times more chocked with people shoving water toys into the lake. So many boats, skidoos, rafts, paddle boards, kayaks...all with competing music blasting for dominance. The kids wanted to take the dog. I was annoyed at the creature for barking at everything and everyone. We discovered Dog Vader can swim but hates the water. I splendidly tipped over backwards with my bum stuck in a round floatie...got a nose full of lake water and stuffy ears for the effort. I'm sure that was an America's Funniest Video moment. Evelyn put her life vest on upside down like a huge diaper. Soon all the kids sported diapers and played a very silly game called Diaper Children. Mia and Phillip adopted rocks named Bock-bock and Rocky as part of the game. I forgot bread to make sandwiches! We made do with just meat and cheese rolls. I enjoyed taking my camera this time. 

My Great-Uncle John Robert was buried on Saturday. His casket was a beauty! I hear all his kids burned their brands into the coffin before it was laid to rest. I pray for comfort on the Hicken family. This week uncle Mel is near death's door. David and Shanae made it to Utah beforehand to say goodbye and help out with his last hours on Earth. I've not heard any updates today. 

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