alowence

today i need suport from anyone who commented my last post. i need to convince my mom and dad to give me an alowence. so I need coments on my mom and dad giving me an alowence. next time I see this post I want to see coments on my alowence.

introducing myself

my name is Garion. I am very fond of computer games and websites.  My favorite game is minecraft if you don’t know what minecraft is then go to minecraft.net and buy and download the game.  it costs about $30.00 and is awesome.  If you can think of it you can build it as long as you have the materials.  I am also fond of paintball and running and camping and carving.  I have recently started to carve a sword but it is a work in progress.  I carve anything war related that is in my skill I cant carve any guns or any thing but I can carve swords and knives and some crappy tomahawks.  But I can carve.  and again my name is Garion

Summer Photo catch-up!

The last three weeks have given me exactly what I wanted.  The nice scheduled school life.  🙂  So in a way it has settled down, but then it is still as busy as ever.  I guess what the difference is,is that we are on a schedule now so it is much easier to manage everything.  Both Garion and Kayla have started soccer and are doing great. They have had two games now and both their teams have won both games.  It has taken Kayla  a while to adjust to her new schedule. Between kindergarten and soccer she has been a little shy and unsure lately.  This is really not a part of her personality that I have seen before.  She struggles to go into her kindergarten class because she doesn’t have any close friends there.  And she has a good time at soccer practice after she spends half the practice attached to my arm telling me that she wants me.  I am not sure how to help her have more confidence, but I am learning to be more patient with her and I am just trying to really encourage her and let her know that I am always going to be here and then reassure her that she is going to make new friends as she learns and participates.  I am not sure she believes me.  Other then her timidity, she is dong really well.  She loves to do her homework and is as helpful as ever around the house.  You know, when I threaten death and torture, she is more then willing to do her chores. 🙂

Garion is doing really well at school and in soccer and in scouts.  As part of the soccer package, the kids got a free ticket to a Salt Lake Real soccer game.  Last night they had a special promotion that all the AYSO kids got to go onto the field with the team and sing the National Anthem before the game.  Kayla decided she didn’t want to go, so Garion and I had a special date to the game.  It was totally fabulous!  It was a lot of confusion when we first got there.  It took us a lot of wandering, standing and asking to get to the right line for the kids to line up.  We found the majority of the kids on his team before we found his coach, who was suppose to take them onto the field.  Parents weren’t allowed.  Once we were all together, we joined the chaos of kids and coaches waiting to enter the field.  I was surprised that it was as unorganized as it was.  There was no lines or meeting places or anything.  It was up to the individuals to arrange their own meeting places with their kids.  I was scared to death that I was going to lose Garion in the crowd after the National Anthem.  We designated a meeting place and I told him that if we got separated anyway, to ask a worker help him find his seat.  He then put his ticket in his sock and I reluctantly left him to the chaos.  It turned out to be really neat.  All the kids entered the field with their coaches, several hundred of them, then Real came out and then the Anthem was sung.  Garion and I found each other right away and had a great time watching the game after that.  We got some greasy food to eat and soda to drink and had a great time talking about soccer and just about any other random thing we could think about.  Garion spent the entire car  ride home talking to my mom on the phone and I was really surprised because I didn’t know he had that kind of communication in him.  🙂  After we got home, we had some ice cream with Jason and then called it a night.  I am totally going to add one on one dates with kids into our calender.  It was soo much fun!

Brynn is the same.  When Kayla started Kindergarten, Brynn would cry the whole way home because she couldn’t stay and go to school with her.  She has stopped those tantrums, thankfully, and now just follows the big kids around trying to be included.  She is a cutie pie!!

Jason has been busy working and camping.  Over Labor Day weekend, he went backpacking with 5 of his guy friends for 3 days.  I tried asking him what they did up there and I kinda wished I hadn’t.  When you start hearing about fart jokes, sphincter scales and other gross guy things, you learn that the curiosity isn’t necessarily worth it.  🙂  I am just glad they had a good time and came home safe.  This is the second year they went, and I am pretty sure it is going to be an annual even from now on.

I have had fun over the last two weeks re-dong my living room.  We got rid of our old couches and got a new one.  We have inherited a bit of new furniture from Jason’s mom and it has turned my living room into the semi-formal retreat I have always wanted it to be.  With a little bit of help from IKEA to fill in the blanks, and the rearranging of our existing accessories, I have a new room.  I LOVE IT!!!

Well, I am going to post a bunch of pictures at the end here.  A bunch from the summer, Finally pictures of Kayla’s birthday cake, soccer games and some photos of the living room.  Enjoy!

Back to school time!

The last 2 weeks have been crazy!!  We have been to 8 doctors appointments (doctor, dentist, eye doctor and urologist), cleaned out our bedroom and put in a new bed set, had a great birthday party for Kayla, started soccer practice, met Garion’s teacher, had Kayla’s kindergarten assessment, School started for Garion, I ran a half marathon,I jammed 51 pints of plum jam from our tiny tree in the back yard (and we aren’t done yet!!), Jason paintballed in Idaho, and Garion had pack meeting for scouts, etc.  I am out of breath just remembering our schedule!!  It seems like the two weeks before school each year get really busy, but this year has been the busiest yet by far.  I am just hoping and praying that this isn’t a trend of increased busyness each year.  If it is, then next year will kill me for sure and I won’t even have Brynn in school yet. 🙂  I am really beginning to understand and appreciate the importance of calendaring.  Without it I would have been lost.  Because of this new appreciation, I have added a new phone to my Christmas list. 🙂  A smart phone so that I can have my calendar and address book with me at all times.  And, probably most importantly, a calendar that I can add to when I am out and about.  I do almost all of my phone calls while I am in the car and almost all of my appointments are made when I am NOT at home.  Anyway, I am very excited for life to settle down into the school routine and get back to normal.

Well, normal for this year anyway.  It will be quite different because Kayla is starting kindergarten!!  As I mentioned above, she turned 5 this last week and we had an awesome birthday party for her.  It was a princess Barbie themed party complete with a barbie cake that I made with a real barbie doll.  (I will post pictures later this afternoon.)  We started with a craft of making necklaces and bracelets and headbands.  This was really fun, but a little too advanced for 5 year olds.  All 9 of them needed help at the same time.  In spite of it all though, they came out with several very cute pieces of jewelry.  We then moved to the pinata which was a unicorn.   This didn’t turn out exactly how I had it planned either because it broke open on the second person to hit it.  Nice hit Allison!!  Luckily, the plethora of candy that then became available dispelled any complaints from the girls that didn’t get a chance to take a swing at it.  🙂  Next came Kayla’s favorite part.  The presents.  She got every thing from jewelry, to makeup , to a gumball machine, to stickers with her name on them and a personalized notepad.  She was very excited!  She is still trying to carry everything around with her that she can all the time.  I can understand, sometimes it is hard decide what to play with!  So why not play with it all at the same time. 🙂  Last, we did the cake.  This was hard for me.  I had a little bit of drama making the cake, so it was hard to cut into it.  But that is the point and to my delight, it tasted very good!  It was my first time making and decorating with homemade butter cream frosting.  It was excellent, if I do say so myself. One last note on Kayla.  She started soccer practice this week.  She has 2 more practices next week and then her first game on Saturday the 29th.  She is on a team with only 3 other kids, all girls.  She is the only one without previous experience, but I Think she is going to really enjoy it.  We are going to spend some time this week as a family playing so that she can get a little more practice before her next practice.

Garion started third grade on Thursday.  This is the first year that we have had to supply supplies for him for class.  Not much, just a binder a dry erase marker, and pencil box.  He was very excited to go to the store and pick out his stuff for class.  As I am sure you all know, there is a TON of stuff for the kids to choose from.  It gets hard to explain over and over again why he doesn’t need the $20 camo binder with fifty pockets, a ruler, pencil case and built in flashlight for third grade and only the $.97 one. 🙂  But in the end, we found some great stuff and off he went.  He is riding his bike this year again, only this year he is riding with his friend Tyler who has started 1st grade.  I am much relieved that he has a riding buddy for the year.  His teacher is Mrs. Jackson, who happens to be the wife of his football coach from last year.  It is a small world!  🙂  His first day of school went well.  He likes his teacher, his best school friend, Joshua Callahan, is in his class and he eats lunch before he plays this year instead of the other way around  (like it was last year, which I didn’t know.)  Garion is also starting soccer, but his practices start this week.  His first game is also on the 29th.  Luckily enough for me, both games are at the same time at the same place on boardering fields.  So I can stand in the middle and cheer both of them on.  Hopefully!  Garion has been working hard in scouts.  In the last 2 weeks he has passed off a wolf requirement and earned his compass and map beltloops.  Good job Garion!

Brynn has been doing a good job being happy as we drag her all over the place with us.  She is turning into the epitome of a 2 year old.  She tells everyone that she can that she is 2, she loves to giver her opinion and pretend that Kayla’s new things belong to her, and she loves to talk to me.  Beware to those who don’t answer her on her first calling of your name.  The second and third time calling turns into screaming and it is almost as cute as it is annoying.  Almost.  Brynn has had a growth spurt over the summer and is now wearing 2T and sometimes 3T.  She has also grown in her vocabulary.  She is talking in complete sentences most of the time and her articulation is becoming very good.  I was a little worried that she would be bored once Kayla starts school, but the more I Think about it, the more I am SURE she will be happy to have some solo mom time!

Jason has been crazy at work.  I guess this time of year just has stress written all over it whether it is at school or work.  To make matters worse, he has been battling a sinus infection.  He finally went to the doctor and got on an antibiotic so he is feeling much better.  He left almost as early as I did Saturday morning to drive up to Idaho for the day to paintball.  I was glad he was able to go since he hasn’t had a chance almost all summer.  He had a great time, despite the heat and came home with some nice welts on his back to show off. 🙂  Jason has been busy this summer getting some major yard work done.  We are expanding our BBQ pit so that it doesn’t block the gate to our neighbors house, and we are trying as always to grow a garden.  There is a definite learning curve here.  Jason is more knowledgeable than myself and because of this, he does the majority of the work out there.  He has also been busy helping me get the house organized.  As I mentioned above we got a new bedroom set that we inherited from his mom and so to get it in the room, we had to organize and clean out the old set.  We are also in the process of organizing the basement to move in a new desk and the garage as we clean out all the baby stuff.  For some reason (probably because we have been gone traveling for most of the last 2 months), most of this organization has had to happen in the last two weeks.  I have no idea what I would do without him.  Thanks for putting up with me and my craziness honey!

As for myself, I have been going crazy trying to keep up with everything.  I have discovered about myself that I do not do well under pressure.  When I get tired, I fall to pieces.  Hence the importance of calendering.  If I am organized in time, I am happy while I work.  Yesterday, I ran the Hobble creek half marathon with my best friend Michelle and it was totally fun!  There really isn’t a greater feeling than crossing the finish line 20 minutes faster then you thought you would and knowing that you gave it your all and the months and months of training have paid off beautifully!  It is quite an emotional experience.  My sister in law Heather ran it as well and did a great job coming in at 2hours 6 minutes.  Michelle and I came in at 2 hours and 32 minutes.  🙂  Now that the race is over and school is underway, I am on a quest to finish the processing of all our plums, and then move on to our apples.  I am pretty sure the rhubarb needs to be harvested as well as some peppers, garlic, and onions.  Another personal revelation that I have had this summer is that I really don’t like to garden.  It is hot and their are spiders and I usually am really behind on my house work, which goes even more to pot when I have to work in the yard.  Then all the produce becomes ripe right around the time school is starting and it is one more big and time consuming project to harvest it all and then preserve it.  So, I don’t like to garden.  But I would be lying if I didn’t say that I love to look at all the pretty jars of preserved food on our shelves and see the rewards of our labors.  It is satisfying!

Influenza? For Real??

Let me start this post by saying that when I think of the flu, I think of a runny nose and headache, maybe a fever and stomach ache possibly diarrhea and anything else that can go wrong with our bodies from a virus.  How many times do people get the “flu” and it is actually influenza?  Hardly ever.  At least in my experience, never.  I have only know one person ever who had the “flu” and it actually turned out to be influenza.  Everyone else was sick, but it was a virus of some sort or other that we all call the “flu” because we don’t know what else to call it.  Now I know two people who had the flu and it turned out to be the real thing.  Who knew?

On Monday morning, Garion woke up and got ready for school.  I have taken to sleeping in until about 7:20 lately, so he is usually dressed and eating breakfast by the time I make it to the kitchen.  As was the case Monday morning.  But he didn’t look right.  His clothes matched and his hair was brushed, but something was off.  He was really pale and kind of slouched over his bowl of cinnamon toast crunch.  Which was almost untouched.  Totally weird!  I asked if he was okay and he sad his head hurt.  Unfortunately, I have a hard time believing Garion these days when he says he doesn’t feel good.  It has become one of his favorite excuses to get out of school work, chores or anything else he doesn’t want to do.  Kinda like the boy who cried wolf!  So, Monday morning I told him to finish his breakfast and that food in his stomach would probably help him feel better and he better hurry up about it so he isn’t late for school.  What made me stop and take notice was his immediate agreement to my statement in a dead like voice.  The agreement would have made me do a double take anyway, he never agrees with me lately.  But the dead voice was really something.  He is either turning into a really gifted actor, or he is really is sick.  I went with the sick theory.  I got out the thermometer and took his temperature.  Sure enough, he had a fever.  So his head ache and dizziness were legit.  He stayed home from school and slept.  Around 3 pm he woke up and his face was so red it looked like he had been out riding his bike in 100 degree weather.  His fever had spiked to 105.2!!  Needless to say, I took him to the doctor the next day.

If I had more then a few minutes of speculation in the doctors office, I could have really panicked!  She was very concerned about his high fever and was ready to take blood tests for appendicitis, x-rays for pneumonia and she was feeling his neck up and down for spinal meningitis.  Then, after all this, she says “before I order any tests, we will test for the flu.”  Does the flu and spinal meningitis even fit in the same category of illness?  I consider one a “Take 2 aspirin and call me in the morning” illness and the other a “Quarantine, I might die!” illness.  I was very confused.  Luckily, they swabbed him for influenza and it was positive.  A test that usually takes 5-7 minutes to test positive was positive in less then 2.  I was relieved, to say the least.  But then reality hit.  The doctor says 5 days of of and on fever and he should stay home from school.  5 DAYS!!!  This was only Tuesday!  What am I suppose to do with 3 kids home all week?  And since we don’t want to spread influenza around the other kids can’t play with their friends either.  So there are 4 of us in the house without outside influence until Saturday.  If we get lucky and no one else gets sick, we can emerge victorious on Saturday, hopefully because we will all still be in one piece, and hug the beautiful outdoors!

Dentist Drama!

About one month ago, every person in our family had an opportunity to go to the dentist and have our bi-annual cleaning.  I have always hated the dentist.  Ever since I left home and got married, I have had one bad dentist after another.  I have had painful and bad fillings and really poor bed side manner.  But finally, after about 8 years of searching, we found a dentist with expertise, good bed side manner, and a gentle hand.  He is even good with the kids.  But after yesterday, if you didn’t know this about him and were sitting in the waiting room, you may question what you were doing there!!

Lucky for us, Jason and I escaped the dentist with no cavities.  However, Garion and Kayla were not so lucky.  We try to get them to brush well!  We have tried to teach them and guide them in good dental hygiene.  But it is like talking to a blank wall sometimes.  🙂  Not all the time, but apparently more often then we thought, they are skimping on their brushing.  We kept telling them their teeth would fall out if they didn’t brush well enough.  Maybe we should have told them the truth though.  It is almost more scary.  It could have gone something like this.

“Garion and Kayla, if you don’t brush well, then you will get cavities in your teeth.  If that happens, then we have to take you to the dentist who is going to take x-rays by putting really uncomfortable square thingys in your mouth in a whole bunch of weird positions that keep you from closing your mouth without getting poked painfully in the jaw.  Then after they look at the x-rays and find all your cavities they are going to have to fill them.  Only they won’t fill them right away.  They will make you an appointment to come back in a week or two and then leave you to your imagination, dreams and horrible anticipation for all that time until it is time to go back.  On the anticipated day, you drive to the dentist (hopefully on a full stomach because you won’t be able to eat or feel or taste anything for several hours afterward), and they lay you back in the chair and put a nice orange mask on your face.  This is the gas that is suppose to help you relax.  I works wonders until they pick up the long and incredibly torturous looking syringe that they plan on shoving into your mouth.  When you heart is beating so fast you think you are going to have a heart attack, they stick it in your mouth and tell you not to move while they jam it into your gums and wiggle it around.  All the while, pulling on your lip like they want to take it off your face.  Once they are done with the shot, they leave you alone for awhile so you can get your heart back under control and wait for half of your face to go numb.  Then they come back with big smiles and tell you to open wide again so they can drill.  That’s right kids!  They pick up a drill like the one daddy uses to put holes in the walls and they put holes in your teeth to get rid of the cavities.  Once the cavity is gone, they fill the hole with some weird stuff that looks like tooth, only it isn’t and tell you to have a nice day.  And by the way, please be sure you don’t eat anything or you might just bite your tongue off since you can’t feel it.”

I think that is the story I will go with when it comes time for Brynn to go to the dentist.  Maybe she will listen to me.  Kayla refused to let me help her brush until after her dentist experience.  Now she practically begs me to help her brush every night!  And Garion brushes for a full 2 minutes or longer now if he can spare the time.  Kayla had 2 cavities and they had to be filled on different days because they were on opposite sides of her mouth.  She had both filled before Garion went in for his appointment.  I was really proud of her!  She didn’t want me next to her so I waited out in the waiting room with Brynn and watched a movie.  She didn’t cry or whine or whimper or scream or anything.  She did fabulously.  Both times.  Although, with her increase in brushing, I am sure she doesn’t want to repeat the experience. 🙂

Garion was a completely different experience.  The funny thing here is that he has had one other cavity filled in the past.  He was in and out of there the same as Kayla.  No tears or fears and I don’t even think he knew they drilled on his teeth.  They just “tickled” the cavity away. 🙂  This time, he either figured out what was happening ahead of time, or has out grown the silly terminology the dentist uses to put kids at ease.  Again, Brynn and I were in the waiting room watching a movie while Garion was taken back to the room.  About 5 or 10 minutes later, I started to hear the screaming.  Not just one scream, but several.  After about 40 seconds of non stop screaming I decided to go see what was happening.  I didn’t want Garion to be in pain, but I was more worried about the dentist.  We have always taught Garion that it it okay to defend yourself if someone else wants to hurt you.  I wasn’t sure if he would apply this lesson to the dentist with the torture syringe.  I got to the room just as the dentist was finishing and in time to hear him tell Garion that if he grabs his hands (the dentists hands) then he can’t hold the shot steady and it huts more.  Turns out the assistant had to restrain him for most of the injection.  I retreated back to the waiting room so the dentist wouldn’t feel like I was going to hang over his shoulder.  He gave me a look like I was the one at fault here!  Pshahh!!  I am not the one shoving needles in peoples mouths!  Anyway.  The rest of the appointment went pretty well.  I only heard him one other time as the dentist started to drill.  Not as loud and definitely not as long.  Then it was over.  He had a numb mouth probably until bedtime with a birthday party to go to in the  meantime.

And we are dentist free for 6 more months.  In one year, we take Brynn for the first time.  I wonder if she will be the quiet type or the screaming type?  I am sure I will be surprised.  I certainly was with the other two! 🙂

8 years old and Baptized

Almost two weeks ago Garion turned 8 years old, and 2 days later he was baptized.  It is amazing to me that time goes by so fast!!  It makes me feel a little old to have a child old enough to be baptized!  I have not blogged about this even yet because I wanted a little while to ponder the event in my mind and really be able to express my feelings about it.

Garion was born at 5:50 in the evening on March 5th and the minute he entered this world, I knew he was special.  He has a very calm spirit that reflects peace and a certain maturity that is beyond his years.  He has always been mellow and open to our counsel and obedient to our rules.  At the same time, he offers our family all the fun of a boy!  He loves transformers, bionicles, swords, guns, his pocket knife, reading (especially Captain Underpants), strawberries, playing the Wii and computer games, camping, Pokemon, playing with his best friend Tyler every chance he gets, and traveling.  He is spiritual, sensitive, caring, obedient, learning to be a hard worker, an excellent student, funny with a good sense of humor and has a happy disposition.  He is a joy to have in our family and I thank Heavenly Father for him in every prayer.

Of course he is only 8 and is still learning about the world around him.  He is a little like an open book.  You can always tell, quite clearly, how he is feeling by the look on his face.  He is becoming independent and responsible.  It has been incredibly gratifying over the last few years to watch as Garion’s testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ has grown and strengthened.  He knows that Jesus Christ lives, and knows him by name.  He recognizes the blessings he has been given in this life and is learning how to be grateful for them.  He chose to be baptized and has already made some changes in his life in the way he treats other people and the way he prays.  He does it more from his heart.

For those of you who may have questions, I just want to clarify  that in our church, we wait until a child is 8 years old to baptize them.  We believe that by 8, they are old enough to know right from wrong and the consequences of their actions.  Because of this, they can be fairly held accountable for the choices they make.  There are 13 Articles of Faith that summarize the beliefs of our Church.  The 4th Article of Faith states “We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the gospel are: First, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; Second, Repentance; Third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; Fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

Garions baptism was a very significant and meaningful experience in my life because he is the first of my family to gain a testimony of  the gospel and join the church.  My mom and I joined the church 16 years ago, together, and it has brought purpose, meaning, joy, peace and direction to my life.  My relationship with Heavenly Father and the guidance of the Holy Ghost has helped me weather every storm I have encountered in my life.  Heavenly Father has given me Jason.  He has helped me to see past this life to the beauty and serenity that I can have in the eternities with my family by my side.  I ache for the rest of my family to find this peace.  To find the certainty in their hearts that they are children of a Heavenly Father who loves them.  Garion is the first and I pray he is not the last.  I am so grateful that my Mom was able to come to his baptism and share in this exciting time in Garions life with us.

I am proud of you Garion!!!