Friday, February 27, 2009

A Name Game!


Three great friends are having babies this summer. One was hoping for a boy, but is having a girl. The second in line is having a boy but was hoping to have a girl. The third is finding out next month!

The second friend, Angela, (having a boy but was expecting the girl) has absolutely NO idea what to name their child. For the record, they have three beautiful (and I mean BEAUTIFUL) children, Sierra (5), Robbie (3), and Bridger (2).

So, what's in a name, you ask? Well, for me:

First, it has to flow just right. I practice yelling the full names just to see how it sounds.

You have to make sure that the initials don't spell anything bad. There are a lot of bad 3 letter words out there!

Then, you have to go to the Social Security website and see how popular the name was the year before. Statistics say that if you name your child a name in the top ten, there will be at least three other children in every class with their name.

Finally, there are websites that let you know what other parent's might think about that name. Is it well liked? What do others think about when they hear the name? What will the kids tease them about their name?

SO, it has become a personal mission to find a BOY name for Angela. Will you help me? Remember the other names (all 2 syllables) Sierra, Robbie, Bridger. The last name is Warth. Please send me as many suggestions as possible. She can't wait to hear all of our great ideas. I know it's not a contest, but I am wanting to win this one!

Friday, February 20, 2009

ZOO party fun

Kate had her first birthday party this afternoon. The invitation said:

"It's time to bring out the call of the wild, and bring out the party animal in every child. It's sure to be a zoo as Bridger turns two!"

Then it said that the children should dress up. Here is our attempt for her dressing up:

She fell asleep on the way to the party and I quietly and carefully slipped on the costume, knowing that she really doesn't 'like' to dress up. The head dress is too much for sure! Boy, are we in for a real treat this Halloween!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

a date for Kate

This is a quick update on our baby! Miss Kate will be having surgery again on Tuesday, March 3rd at Primary Children's. We will be replacing her set of tubes with another. While they are in there, they will see if there is any infection that we can culture (for the third time), rinse the middle ear with saline and then antibotic ear drops, and then put in the new set. Originally we had thought that we would just do this procedure in Pocatello, but after talking to Dr. Muntz, we were impressed to go to Utah. Yes, it is a long drive for something simple, but maybe this will help.

Kate has had a lifetime of illness in the short 2 years of her life. Her birthday is Saturday. We will be celebrating on Sunday with family. She loves her brother and sister, loves Dora, and is actually starting to talk and smile more. We love her so much. I often wonder if I have done enough. We really are hoping and praying that one day we can report good health.

Here is the first attempt at taking pictures in the cold. She didn't really cooperate with our photographer, so (if mom gets her way) we will be getting some sort of other pictures done as well.

Here she is crying her eyes out!
Thinking "Is this really worth it Mom???"

"I will smile for a sucker, candy, or chocolate!"

Here is the smile we see regularly!!!

Quickly outside with rosy cheeks and nose!

Hope you enjoy seeing our 'baby'!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


So, most of you should know that I really, really like TV. It's almost a hobby I would say. In particular, I love watching reality. Why, you ask? I'm not sure the exact reason, but I suppose it is the thrill and spontaneousness (if that's a word) of watching real people do real things.

For those of you who do not watch The Biggest Loser, you have to try one episode. This is one of my favorite shows and this season is no exception. The players this season are so kind, genuine, and friendly with their own teammates and the other side. It's hard not to like them . . . never before has The Biggest Loser had this high quality of contestants on the show. This week, among the many highlights, Ron has a bad knee and everyone on both teams trying to help him up and down the mountain; the gym is closed to all but 2 teams (pink and brown); and then there are the players in the mud. It started out as mud wrestling but ended up with them playing in the mud. Honestly, I was laughing so hard I had tears streaming down my face.
To me, this show is about inspiring all of us to do something difficult by looking inside ourselves for the strength and courage to make it happen.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

'Dear Gregory'

Faith brought home a writing assignment that they did after groundhogs day. It sure made me smile! Hope that you also enjoy it. Here is her letter (spelling not changed.) I also asked permission to post this on my blog.

Dear Gregory,

I am writing to request some changes for groundhog day. We could wake a bear insted of a groud hog. We could wait til June the wether is much nicer then! Consiter a later time of day. How bout 3:30 AM. My famiy would relly iprecheate that! We might have time to eat brekfast, sower and get redy befor the reporters arive.

your Frend

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

an update - Miss Kate

Our little monkey is doing well, but not great. Yesterday was a trip back to Primary Children's. Dr. Muntz said that sometimes we have to take a step back. She had yet another ear infection despite being on antibotics for the past 2 months. He is culturing the infection from her ear once more to find out if it could be a different result from the first time. No more antibotics ~ we can choose to continue the Nasonex and Singular if we would like to. Right now, it seems like little drawback to continuing this to see if it will help. If she continues to get infections, Dr. Muntz recommendations are to remove the set of tubes and replace them since sometimes bacteria can be in the tube and not killed by antibotics.

Kate has just been through the ringer. Last week she came down with croup and lost more weight. Just a week and a half before her 2nd birthday, she weighs 21 Lbs. 8 oz. It's crazy to know that she is getting so big, but still staying small. Look for pictures coming soon!!!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


Here is one more funny story about our little man Dawson. He has the BEST personality of any little kid I have ever met. I'm not just saying that because he's mine.

About 2 months ago, I caught him on top of the bathroom countertop with his nose about 2 inches away from the mirror. He was staring, quite intently, and rubbing his hand on his nose. I said, "Dawson, whatcha doing?" It took him another second, but then he smiled and asked in a very sweet voice, "Mom . . . do you know what 'frankles' are?" "Frankles?" "Yeah, Mom, I just noticed that I've got frankles!" (Huge smile now.) I proceed to tell him that he has been kissed by angels and that Mom has 'frankles' too. I'll never forget the smile on his face. I just smiled and gave him the biggest kiss ever to my kid, who happens to be excited that he now has 'frankles' just like Mom!!!

And, yes, I will try to post a picture of the 'frankles' soon!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


For those of you who know our Dawson, he is such a hoot! Since he was little, he has had a sensitivity to lactose ~ infact, he doesn't like ice cream because I think that once upon a time, it made him sick. We ask, and try, beg, and plead for him to "just take a bite". I don't even know how he figured it out, but about a month ago, he informed the preschool teacher that he was "lactose intolerant" (they were learning about the letter 'I' and eating ice cream.) Of course, on the sheet, I hadn't wrote anything about him being lactose intolerant because he isn't!!!

For FHE last Monday, we had ice cream sandwiches and here's what happened:

That's right, he actually took a bite! We are so proud of him for trying something new, even though he's "lactose intolerant"!