25 January 2015

The Blahs of January

It felt like January would never end this week. The ice continues to melt but it is still present in patches here and there. We make random escapes outside then rush back in when the wind pushes us back inside. Everett and I took several walks after lunch this week. He was excited when we walked around the block three times in a row. Evelyn loves when I skip with her in my arms. I love watching her cute cheeks smooched up in her cute yellow bonnet. Everett is quite the chatter box when he gets me alone. I had to memorize the names and colors of the Power Ranger MegaForce and Samurai this week. He kept going "angry squirrel" on me when I mixed up a name or color. Don't worry I am getting better at whipping out my inner ninja ranger.

The funniest thing happened this week. When I first tried to potty train Phillip he fell into the toilet. I walked in on him happy as a lark being a potty monster. Yesterday, Everett fell into the toilet. His bum was stuck, his shirt got a little wet. He was not a happy lark. He is not a natural potty monster. I found him purple in the face from crying (for 38 seconds). This little event showed me once again how different our two boys are. On one hand there is wild, lovable, happy, Phillip. On the other is emotional, cuddly, lovable, and mood swing Everett. I wonder what a match between Angry Squirrel and Tasmanian Devil would look like! Heh, I get a daily front seat. Happily, most of the matches end in lovely days filled with imagination and a squabble or two.

Monday evening Amelia taught our lesson. With a little bit of guidance from Justin and mostly her own initiative she prepared her lesson. She taught us that we are Children of God. Justin and I loved her notes she prepared on two small squares of paper. We absolutely love watching our children grow in Christ and the gospel.

Tuesday and Thursday preschool was at our home. It took a lot of time to keep the house somewhat de-cluttered so we could have school in the living room. Amber taught so I assisted her. I get to teach this coming week on the letter Q. I really don't know how some mothers keep their homes orderly and neat all the time. It seems really boring to clean all the time. I enjoy spending time each day playing with the kids. Lately, my goal is to play 1-2 board games with each child, read several books, and play a fun game of their choice. Yesterday Phillip and I played Uno. Little stinker won three times, I lost three times.

Evelyn learned how to growl like a bear this week. She sounds like a pretty kitty meowing. It is hilarious. Evelyn absolutely loves to read books. I heard some strange sounds coming from the kitchen. She was loudly reading an animal book, sounds and all. She continues to hone her dancing skills. My favorite is the naked knee bopping. The boys turned on the iPod one morning. A U2 song came on just as I removed Evelyn's diaper. I now am in possession of the cutest video of Evelyn dancing naked. The boys are dancing "BAD" which includes donkey kicks, ninja moves, and a certain amount of jiving. The boys danced around in undies. I was highly entertained for several minutes. They danced "bad" for a good long while. I ruined their fun by getting clothes on them before library time.

Wednesday and Thursday Phillip complained of a sore throat. I gave him pain relief and sore throat spray. By Friday it was evident he had Strep Throat. Amelia was also complaining so I kept her home from school in case she came down with Strep as well. I accidentally hung up on the scheduler when she called. By the time I got a another call back the only appointments open were at 11:00 or 11:40. Shoot. If you can't get an appointment before 9:30 you must plan on waiting over an hour. I packed snacks, games, books, and paper prepared for a long wait in the lobby. I earned a gold medal chasing Evelyn all over keeping her out of offices, from tearing up magazines, and spitting half chewed snacks on the carpet. Phillip napped under a chair. Amelia did an amazing job reading books to Everett. Justin stopped by the clinic one his way home for lunch to get Everett and Evelyn. That made the rest of the wait much easier. We finally saw the Doctor at 12:25. I know that does not sound painful, but with 4 active kids it was not so fun. Phillip's Strep test came back positive in a matter of minutes. We walked out 5 minutes later with a prescription. We all earned a Sonic slushie (for Phillip's sore throat and a treat for the rest of us).

Friday evening and Saturday morning I hosted a slew of Valentine Mini Sessions. I was delighted to meet 5 new families this time around, 3 families were returning customers. Poor little Leah was not so happy with my plan to take her photos. Her sister Nora was excited so I captured a couple cute ones of her. Leah came back the next day not crying but not happy to see me. Some kids are like that! Sheena, maybe we need to have some play dates! I enjoyed creating three Valentine sets for folks to choose from. Evelyn scraped glitter off one of my props, spreading red glitter on her hands, the floor, and carpet. Vacuums lose against glitter. I was dismayed since the prop in question was borrowed from a friend. Grrrr. I removed the remaining glitter and painted the heart pink for the next day. Later my friend said the sign sold and the heart needed to be red and glittery. Evelyn! You are over the top helpful.

Justin and I are very excited to take a retreat the end of February from the 23rd to the 28th in Monterey, CA. It was quite nerve wracking to book tickets, find a hotel, and decide on dates because of so many people involved in the decision. Looks like my Mom will be able to come out and watch the kids for most of the time. We might need to find some folks to watch the kids if mom can't come. I am excited to see my Grandparents, stay in a hotel without kids, eat some good food without worrying about wasting food or a kid throwing food, and resting. Sleeping. Yes, I am very excited about no agenda. The last time we went on a solo trip was when I was 8.5 months pregnant with Everett.

**I overheard Amelia randomly say "My underwear are so clean they don't even have a dust bunny in them!"

**My friend Nora Betony asked me to sew up an Apache Camp Dress for her 2 year old granddaughter. I am a little intimidated to whip up a dress from only a photo. Especially a dress with sleeves, zipper, etc. I hope to get it done before Catalina's birthday.

18 January 2015

Little Piggies Went to Town

Last Saturday, when I checked on our mail, I found a library book checked out to me in the mail slot. I love living in a small town. The librarian heard about all our troubles and dropped off the book I had on hold on her way home. What? Awesome! Course it helps the librarian in question is Sister Jones.

Sidney's layer of ice and snow is finally starting to melt, we have the Call Pond collecting at the end of our driveway. The kids enjoy smashing the soft snow with their boots. I was so glad to let the animals out of the house each day this week. Evelyn gives a cute squeal of delight when I open up the screen door. She carries around her bear coat until I put it on her, she likes to wear her coat for some odd reason. Phillip made Cager a lightening-knight costume with an empty Pringles can. It makes Cager shoot lightening out of his bum.

Monday Phillip woke up at 5 am saying his tummy felt hot. He often says this when he does not know what he needs. A while later Evelyn woke up so I was snuggling her when I heard riotous commotions. Phillip was barfing his way down the hall and into the kitchen. He was miserable all day long. He was sick enough to take a nap! I warned the Missionaries about Phillip's malady but they decided it was safe enough. Phillip was all better around 5 pm. We had made from scratch Ramen Soup. The Elders taught Mia a discussion in preparation for her baptism. We are getting very excited as her special day draws closer.

Tuesday I took an impromptu trip to Scottsbluff to check out the close out sale at JoAnns and to get some paneling from Menards. I was impressed with the amount of nice fabric still available. The store is closing this week, a new Hobby Lobby is opening in a little while. The entire store's inventory was 75% off. I rarely buy more than 1 yard of fabric because of the cost. I found 7 entire bolts of 6+ yards, this means I might actually make some dresses! Yay! Some of the bolts were available to cut yardage from. The line to cut was insanely long, not because of the number of patrons but because of the amount each person had AND only two employees were on hand. I lost my place in line twice because the boys had to use the potty...across the street. We were in the store about 90 minutes. My boys were being very good, a little loud but not tearing things apart. They each had a zipper gun and were playing Star Wars. I got many dirty looks! I am continually saddened at the low tolerance for kids these days. I guess it was worth it since I saved $600. The boys wanted to play at the McD play place for lunch. We made 5 trips to use the bathroom. First the boys peed, than Everett pooped in his pants, I threw away his undies.  He pooped another three times in his pants, then his shirt, then his socks. He was naked by the time we left. I wrapped Phillip's coat around his loins to give the little guy some privacy. Course I had to make an emergency stop at Kmart. I left the kids in the truck since one was buck naked. I was gone about 4 minutes. A lady gave me a smart berating about leaving my kids in the truck. I thanked her for her concern and sent her on her way. We quickly got the few items from Menards and raced home. I was about 90 minutes later than anticipated. Michelle picked up Mia from school and let her play with them.

The boys enjoyed another session of gymnastics. I moved them to the Wednesday class from 7:15-8:15 pm. I pick them up after mutual. The girls made goals for mutual and then we played Life while munching on puppy chow.

Thursday morning Amelia had another Dr appointment. We got to our appt on time at 8:30, then waited an hour in an exam room. I fell asleep with Mia on my lap! Yawn! When our turn came the Dr removed the splint and cast her arm in less than 5 minutes. We were blinking our eyes as we left the building. It was so fast! She does not need to wear her sling, although she wears it because her arm dangles at a strange angle. Mia now sports a fun pink cast for the next 4 weeks.

I found a Cozy Coupe on the For Sale page. The kids love it, especially the older three. Evelyn enjoys pushing it more than riding in it. Evelyn looks adorable sporting cute little pony tails lately. Friday I put in two ponies. She was the cutest little thing. After school I sent the kids outside to play with the car and enjoy the warmer temperatures. Evelyn went out dragging her baby doll and carrier. So much purpose and direction. She started making a silly sound this week, like ahhck-ahhck-ahhck.

I spent a couple days staining the new wood panels I got at Menards. I stained them a deep brown, almost black. Planning to use them in my studio for some new flavor. Saturday afternoon I also decided to paint a basement wall with chalkboard paint. It is the wall that front the storage room. The boys ripped off the texture in several places over 6 months ago. I wanted to do something with it but nothing felt quite right. We are all very excited to make it into a fun art center. Each kid got a chance to help roll on paint.

Phillip and Mia spent most of the week playing Lego's. I put all their Lego's on the kitchen table Monday evening. Since then they played a strange game of Legoland Friends and Batman/Robin/Spiderman. I succumbed to the draw of Lego's Saturday evening. I spent a couple hours putting together  Amelia's 5 Lego sets. MOstly, I was curious how many pieces were missing. Playing with Lego's is very cathartic and calming. We were surprised only 4 lego pieces were gone. Pretty good if you ask me! I would not let the kids play with the Lego's until the next morning. I guess something needed to stay completed for more than a couple minutes.

I am in the middle of a monstrous task to organize my archived photos. It is fun going back through the years! Justin and I got Phillip's stomach flu on Thursday. We mostly just felt yucky and nauseous with digestional tract complaints.

This morning was awful. Evelyn woke up at 11 and was restless until 3 am. We spent 4 hours on the basement couch cuddling. Justin spoke in Scottsbluff at 9 am. I rushed around trying to get everyone ready. Usually that is no problem. This week Phillip ripped off his clothes after I got him dressed and stuffed the clothes into his pants, which he put back on. Everett threw a massive tantrum. His panties were in a twist because I pushed the table bench in crooked. We got to the church a little late, just in time for the sacrament. Everett was still crying and wailing in the vestibule. I checked on him to find he had peed his pants during his man diva tantrum. I rushed home to clean him up. He was so sad about not going to nursery he threw another tantrum. Sometimes these little ones can try our patience!

I started getting up earlier this week to read the Book of Mormon instead of saving it for later in the day. It is so nice to sit at the table and read while the kids are still resting. A couple times Amelia joined me while I read. She was challenged to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it. She is intent on the task.

13 January 2015

Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam

Everett finally graduated from nursery to primary! He was on the long-term nursery program from age 3 months to 3.9 years old. I was a little nervous he would revolt and insist on staying in nursery to play with toys and have snacks. I am so grateful for amazing primary leaders! I saw the new little Sunbeams lined up along the wall with bubbles in their mouths and folded arms. He was pretty excited to join his siblings. For the first time since Amelia we do not have a child in nursery. Evelyn will start Nursery the 01 of March. Yippee. Everett was very excited to show off his moves for me, I think he might be a male version of Amelia with the strange poses he pulls for me. 

Monday I was all ready for school to start after our strange and accident prone vacation. Amelia stayed home to rest her arm per Dr orders. I tried calling the school throughout the day but Peg did not answer. I sent Phillip to school. Phew. I was ready for a nap when Justin came back home with Phillip. Apparently, I missed the memo that school started the 6th and not the 5th. I remember telling the Dr there was no school on Monday but she insisted it was in session. Guess that cleared the memo from my brain. We finished the day with FHE about the life of Christ. I tried to organize a treasure hunt, it ended up being way too long. I had 19 clues, at each station Justin read from the scriptures about the event. Amelia was too tired so she rested on the couch the last 10 clues. 

I ended up at the Dentist office to fix the same tooth 3 times. It felt like 4 since the week before we all had our teeth cleaned. My back right molar crumbled a few weeks back the dentist filled in the missing chipped area. The next week the new piece chipped off while I was flossing. This time he took out the entire filling, that was on our anniversary. I insisted he not use anything to numb my mouth. It was not painful just felt strange. That same evening as I flossed the new filling came loose. I pushed it back in and did not floss that area until the dentist was available to fix it a third time. I think this time he succeeded in fixing the tooth. He grooved the inside of the remaining tooth so the epoxy would have something to adhere to. At the end he flossed the tooth several times with no problems. Hooray. I am tired of weekly dental visits. 

I took Phillip to school on Tuesday. I changed the radio station to NPR, he immediately exclaimed: "oh no, not this channel, it plays the freaky waaaa-hooo-aaaa music." I asked if he meant classical music and he agreed it was crazy. Guess I need to play crazy freaky classical music more often. 

I accidentally left my favorite black fleece jacket at the Methodist church a month ago at Justin's work party. I don't get very attached to clothing...except for this jacket. I wear it almost everyday. Sometimes it seems like the jacket is my wardrobe staple. I love the asymmetrical zip, the fit, everything. I asked Justin several times if his co-worker ever located it. Out of desperation I called the church directly and asked the secretary to look. She found it in the lost and found. I was beyond elated. Simple little miracles like a lost jacket returned makes me feel very happy. 

Amelia went to half day of school on Tuesday. She came down with a little runny nose Monday evening so I let her sleep in instead of waking her up for the early portion of school. She woke up at 9:30, unheard of for her. We quickly got dressed, our plan of attack is to wear short sleeves with one leg warmer on her right arm for warmth. She requested a doughnut for breakfast so each kid got a sprinkle doughnut. Mrs Belieu told me after school that Amelia is Wonder Woman. Amelia said she gets her brave heart from me. Blush. Wednesday she went to a full day of school with no complaints! Thursday morning we met with Dr Sisk at the clinic. He checked out the x-rays and suggested he reset the break, a large chip was poking out. He sent us to hook Amelia up with some "Michael Jackson Juice" in the hospital. We were glad surgery was not on the agenda. Still Amelia was admitted into the operating room and prepped for the same procedure she received in the ER. She was pretty hyper until the IV went in. Justin and I had to wait in the lobby during the procedure. After the reset her radius looked smooth with no jags. We started over with the medication regime and icing her arm. Dr Sisk put her back in a splint with the sling due to swelling around the break. She goes back in next Thursday to check on swelling, if possible she will get a cast. I hear a cast is much easier to deal with than the splint. It seems she is healing faster and has almost no pain after the second setting of her bone. She was starving after the procedure, she picked breakfast at Sonic. Our waitress gave her a free ice cream cone, which is what she ate for breakfast. The boys and Evelyn were so happy to spend the morning with RJ and Michael. Sarah sent me a cute photo of Evelyn giving her some snuggles. Thursday she spent the rest of the day at home. She felt so good Friday morning she woke up all by herself ready for a full day! 

Thursday evening I signed up the boys for a gymnastics class. Phillip was not keen on taking a girl's class. We showed up to find 7 wiggly boys at class as well, his good friend Noah Dean was also in the class. The poor teacher was outnumbered, 17 to 1. I watched for a while then finally jumped in and sat with the wiggling pile of kids while waiting for their turns. Phillip was quite disappointed the teacher did not show him how to walk on his hands. 

Our home sees many rousing games of interplanetary imagination with the Super Nova Battle Rover. The kids played a cute game, adding in a mickey mouse tractor who managed the farm. All the kids were so engrossed in their game they did not notice me taking a couple photos. I had to hire Jody Olsen to crochet a couple hats for me. I tried to crochet some hats this week. The yarn felt so strange on my half-numb thumb that getting the correct tension was out of the question. The yarn would also catch on healing skin and pull it. Shudder. Jody crocheted me three hats in one evening. I had to use the bonnet she made me for Evelyn. It was cold but not terrible. Still Evelyn was not happy about taking photos outside near the snow. Even in the buggy she was crying, until I put a stuffed bear on my head and danced a jig. That earned one small smile! 

Amelia earned a row of outstanding marks on her report card. I chastised her for not obeying me. I tease her to be terrible at school from time to time. She never listens! 

Saturday we planned on making a trip to Scottsbluff to go to Menards. Justin and I woke up with intestinal distress and sore tummies. Justin slept until 10 then napped from 1:30 to 5. I got to take care of kids and shop at Walmart for food. The myth that mommies are not allowed to be sick is mostly true. We get to saddle up and rustle on regardless of how we feel. The kids and I played with rice for a couple hours. Phillip made a cool rice trebuchet, it was cool until he launched handfuls of rice on the carpet. It vacuums up easily so no big deal. Even Evelyn had a fun time pawing around in the rice. 

Evelyn grew in length recently. I now find her feet touching the chair when I cuddle her. Boo. She is quite the little climber. If she can climb something she will. I often find her little eyes peeking over the counter tops when she finds a stool nearby. Her newest trick is imitating animals. My ultimate favorites are her horse and pig noises, she makes a strange sucking noise for the pig. If she ever spots Justin or I on the carpet she will lug over a book, back up, and plop in our lap for a story. Her favorite books are Touch and Feel Animals, Peek-a-boo flip and find, and Little Feet Like. She can say stinky, ma-ma, mmm-ilk, no, beep, Mia, etc. Evelyn still only has 2 little teeth on the bottom. Sometimes I can see the outline of top teeth on their way down, looks like she MIGHT have top teeth before she turns 18 months. Evelyn loves to help out around the house. She can be found unrolling toilet paper, trying to fish in the toilet, emptying baskets/drawers/shelves, and helping spread kitchen tools around the house. The other day I found my bra hanging outside, Evelyn noticed me puzzling over the oddity when she pushed open the door, slung the bra back over head, and went back inside. Well, then!! 

04 January 2015

Anniversary, Polar Vortex, and a Broken Arm

Have you ever experienced a polar vortex? We did...in Nebraska. I think there must be a worm hole that connects Nebraska to the arctic circle during the winter. We could be classified as part tundra. That classification came true this week when the low reached -21, unfortunately the record low was -22 back in 1968 so we did not break any records. Did you hear that folks? NEGATIVE 21. It was as cold as it sounds. The cold descended on us after all the snow. Monday the low reached -1, I had to put some air in the van tires on Monday. I had gloves on but the skin between my down coat and my gloves got frost burns. After only 5 minutes. Phillip opened the mail slot in our door on Tuesday and got a blast of frigid air on his face. He had a red strip on his face for 30 minutes after the air blast. Tuesday the low was -21, the high, the HIGH folks was -10. Brrrr. Tuesday we woke up and discovered Jack Frost visited inside our house again. He frosted the mail slot, the windows, and the entire door frame. Phillip was quite excited about Jack's visit. Wednesday we broke the record at -21 again over night. The high was a balmy 19 degrees.

Justin and I are preparing little Amelia for baptism in a couple months. We are going through "Preach My Gospel" for FHE until May. She is so ready but we want to make sure she is well-educated. This week we talked about Belief in God. Phillip had the activity. He wanted to hold a ninja class. So he hosted a ninja class. We all followed his lead then took turns leading the others in our individual versions of ninja moves. It was pretty hilarious.

Justin and I celebrated 10 years of marriage on Tuesday. Justin is in the middle of busy season at work. I reminded him of the event the evening before! He sort of lapsed that our anniversary was the next day. I found a babysitter and we went out for a steak dinner at Dudes. I found a new dresser on the Sidney For Sale page on FB, we picked it up after dinner. Tessa and Quinn came over to watch the kids. They did a great job actually playing with the kids. Phillip begged for the guy "who got a wallet from Santa" to have a play date with him. Phillip was over the top excited when the guy (Quinn) came to help his sister babysit. I think the boys had a blast! Quinn also helped Justin bring in the dresser from the truck. The new dresser also came with a large mirror, I replaced the small mirror at the end of the hallway for the larger one. The hall looks much larger now! Cheers to my partner in crime for making 10 years of marriage. It's been a fun haul so far!

New Year's Eve we headed over to the Rognon's for dinner and games. The McClellan's were also in attendance for dinner. The Hornbarger's and Salvation's showed up later for games. We played a game called Werewolves. It was pretty complex. I often feel at a loss playing games, especially in groups. We never really played board or card games growing up. Guess I never gained an appreciation and tolerance for games. The only game I really learned to like was Rummikub thanks to Miekka. Now I am trying to teach my kids to enjoy games more than I did. I never really think about games as a first option! Michelle had a 9 pm "kid" New Year celebration. We made it home by 10 pm. I enjoyed fun company this year.

New Year's day we lazed around until the kids went crazy. Justin took the older kids sledding while I started taking down Christmas decorations. I had a lovely ham baking on low all day, Lion House rolls, Brussels sprouts, and funeral potatoes completed our fancy dinner. I made orange rolls with the leftover dough. Man, those were scrumptious.

The kids and I ran some errands Friday morning. I donated some stuff as I slowly pare down the house during my annual deep cleaning. I cleaned out my craft room, making sure to go through all my paper, fabric, and yarn. I threw out a good garbage bag or two of stuff. The kids had a good time playing in the play house while I whittled away at my task. Amelia sewed together a spare stocking I cut out as a trial all by herself. Putting away the Christmas stuff also meant my living room mantle got a good dusting and rearranging. I finally hung my new painting, it looks great up on the wall. I scored an old window frame a few months back. I taped the kid's birthday photos to the back side and hung that down the hall as well.

The nurse called me to come get my stitches removed late Friday afternoon. The clinic was super busy with all the snow accidents and ailments the cold brings. My skin was starting to stick to the stitches since I had to wait two extra days with the New Year holiday. I will just say that the thumb is rather sensitive and stitch removal can sting a bit. The worst was when the nurse scrubbed my thumb until it bled fresh blood. It felt all squishy inside! Ewwww.

Saturday Miss Ella got to come play for a few hours. The girls had a nice tea party with hot chocolate and pretzels. Soon after Ella left the snow descended again. I would classify this snow as a light blizzard. Justin, with a little help from me, cleaned up the garage a bit. He removed all the boxes accumulated over Christmas and got random stuff back in its proper place. Evelyn was not very happy so I had her in the baby backpack. That contraption makes it really hard to bend over. I am pretty sure her little ears are bothering her as some new teeth try to move in. We also got all of the Christmas boxes stowed up in the attic. I spent the afternoon updating my photo blog while Justin napped and the kids played. I sent the kids upstairs after Justin woke up. I had rice cooking for dinner when Justin yelled down to me in the most panicked voice I've ever heard.

Amelia was standing on the back of the couch (which is NOT OK), Justin asked her to get down so she hopped on the coffee table then slipped on her long pant leg onto the floor. She landed badly on her left arm. I raced upstairs to find Justin half in his winter boots trying to get Everett into his boots so we could get Mia to the ER. I took over, got her boots, and a coat to drape over her shoulders. Her poor wrist was dangling quite uninhibited. A very strange and unnerving sight. Justin was beside himself to stay home with the kids. The Jones girls came over to watch the kids so Justin could join us. Brother Jones came over as well to help Justin give her a Priesthood blessing. Within 5 minutes of arrival we were situated in a room. The intake nurse asked Amelia to rate her pain on a scale of 1-10. Amelia replied, just a 6. I could tell it was much higher than a 6 but she is a brave little thing. After Tylenol and ibuprofen her pain went down to a 4. She did not cry the entire time. She commented at one time how strange it felt not to cry. The nurse cut away her sleeve to take a look. We all gasped when we saw her arm. It was a pretty bad break. The same Dr who attended me, attended her as well. She did a double take when she saw it was me back in the ER with Amelia. I am hoping for a frequent flier discount. NOT. Dr Fran looked at the arm, Amelia could only wiggle her pinkie and ring finger. That told us her radial bone was broken. An x-ray tech soon wheeled in a portable machine to x-ray her arm. He was very gentle and did not move her arm much. After the x-ray Dr Fran had a better view of her arm. At first glance it also looked like she damaged her elbow and wrist as well. The anesthesiologist soon arrived, he had a medication that would put her under for about 10 minutes per dose. The nurse put in the IV with no reaction from Amelia. I had her look at me while the nurse did her work. At this time Justin showed up with Brother Jones. They decided to wait out in the waiting room. I got to assist in the room while the Dr reset her bone. I cannot remember the anesthesiologist's name, all the nurse said was the big guy. He really did remind us of a teddy bear! He soon injected the general anesthesia medication into her IV. She immediately contracted most of her muscles and started thrashing uncontrollably. I was not expecting that since she was also throwing around her injured arm. I weighed her chest area, another nurse stabilized her head, and the anesthesiologist grabbed her legs. The X-ray tech had a live x-ray scan going while Dr Fran set the bone. During the process of pulling, pushing, and manipulating the broken bone back into place Amelia was moaning and crying. The first time she really cried. She got three more doses of general anesthesia while the bone was set. Dr Fran looked me in the eye at one point and asked if I was OK, I replied, "Course! I am a MOM!" That made us all laugh. Dr Fran wrapped up her arm with old-fashioned plaster cast. She soaked water onto a thick mat of fibers and plaster. She enclosed Amelia's arm from elbow to wrist, sort of like a rubber band to hold it all together. Then she wrapped around the arm with two ace bandages. The nurses got a sling brace fitted and adjusted while Amelia was still unconscious. Justin and Shane came to join us at that time. When the nurses filtered out we took a quiet moment so the guys could give her a blessing. Justin about broke my heart as his voice cracked with emotion. My eyes were tearing up because I finally let the action catch up with my heart. He blessed her to gain wisdom from her broken arm experience. I quickly dried up my tears before she came to. She started coming to about 10 minutes after all the action was over. The nurse told us to engage her as much as possible. When she first made eye contact I told her she looked like a silly elephant. I was rewarded with the cutest smile ever. So innocent and spontaneous. Once she was fully awake the Radiologist wheeled her back to the big x-ray machine to get better images of her arm after it was set. The x-rays were soon emailed to Dr Sisk, an ortho-pediatrician. We will see him on Thursday to recast her arm and get more details about the next couple months. The new x-rays showed she did dislocate her elbow and possibly a small sprain in her wrist. The Radiologist praised Amelia for sitting still and not crying. He told her that most adults cry and wiggle around. She felt very proud and brave over that compliment! Brother Lefferts worked that evening in the ER. He assisted us the last hour or so. It was so nice to have a familiar face around. He let Amelia choose a gift out of the toy box. She settled on a coloring book and crayons. Amelia is very excited that she can miss school on Monday and only go to school half days for the rest of the week. After an hour passed since the bone reset we were released! Yay. Amelia earned fries and a banana taffy slushie for dinner.

Now we are in the middle of figuring out how to deal with the elephant in the room. Several elephants like how to dress her, where should she sleep (she cannot get into her top bunk), how to bathe her, how to go potty, the best way to sit, stand, eat, and a pain medication schedule. This is a strange new world for us. Amelia's broken arm is our first experience in our family, neither of us has broken a bone. My plan is to go get a couple thrifted shirts and cut off the left sleeve so she can at least have one arm covered and warm. We are reminding the boys every couple minutes to stay away from Amelia's arm. We are giving them tasks to help out instead of brewing up mischief.

Due to the snow and road conditions the Bishop decided to only hold sacrament meeting. The boys went to church. While we were at home Amelia and I had a very tender moment. We watched the Mormon Message, "The Refiner's Fire." It is about a lady who loses her sons and husband to cancer in a very short period of time. While she tells her story a blacksmith is shaping iron. We finally see a beautiful rose. The conversation we had after about trials and being patient during hard times was quite tender. I told her about Dad's blessing and how the Lord counseled her gain wisdom from her experience.  I love that little girl. It was hard watching her saddle up at a tender age, but already I see the polish rubbing off little sharp corners. The entire experience was very emotional for me. Nothing can prepare a mother or father for the emotion and anxiety over an injured child.

Phillip: my belly is hot. I go outside to make it cold. He goes outside and basks in zero degree temps. Comes back in and stretches his belly, now my belly is warm. Mom, because hot + cold = warm. I see SOME logic.