Monday, March 28, 2011

Please Vote!

My Brother and Sister-in-law have entered their little boy in a baby photo contest.

This is my Nephew, Gage. There are a lot of adorable kids entered in this contest, but I promise it's not worth looking through the other contestant's photos! This little boy has the most handsome face of them all.

Would you please Vote for him?
To vote - click HERE.


The winner gets a swing set. And my brother's little girl and this little boy really need a swing set. In fact, they've wanted one for a long time. For the last few summers my niece, almost 5 years old, has begged her dad and grandpa (my dad) to build her a swing set... but it hasn't been able to happen yet. Help their dreams come true!!

In order to vote you do need to register your E-mail, because they only let you vote once. But you don't receive any spam or even a confirmation E-mail, promise! So here are the steps...

1. Click on this link...
2. Click "Vote Now"
3. Enter your E-mail address <- don't worry, they don't send you anything or use it at all.
3. Click on circle # 324 . . .and enter your name/ gender / birthdate / zip code. Also, be sure to answer the three questions "no" to make sure you don't receive any unwanted e-mails.

Thanks for helping out and voting!! I have the best family and friends ever, Thanks!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Primary

I don't have a real story to share, like my last post about teaching Primary. . . But I thought I'd just post anyway.

Seth let me sleep in this morning, he got up with Scarlett. Well, I got her a bottle at 7:30 and she slept until 9:00, that's when Seth got up. I got up for the day at 11:00. I know, that's ridiculous, right!?! I agree, it is. I got up, then Scarlett and Seth went down for a nap. Why is it that Sundays are always the super sleepy/tired day? When you have church at 1:00pm it's hard to not just want to sleep the morning away. Anyway!

I read through my lesson again, made chocolate chip cookies to take to the class, and found video clips I could use to enrich the lesson. The lesson was "Jesus Christ heals the sick". I watched "Finding Faith in Christ" and part of "The Testaments". It had been too long since I've watched these favorites. I love this quote from "Finding faith in Christ",

"Faith is knowing that good will come out of whatever happens to us." . . . "Perhaps faith isn't faith until it is tried"

I think I've mentioned before, Even after being a missionary and teaching the basic doctrine of the Gospel for 18 months, I don't have confidence that I'm a good primary teacher. But today was a confidence booster. It was a good lesson, the class paid attention, I felt like it went well. Maybe it's because I showed a video and they got a cookie? :) I'm learning different things that help keep their attention and so they understand.

We read a lot of the miracles Jesus performed during his ministry. I shared about Scarlett getting a blessing last Monday to help her with the Pneumonia and Bronchiolitis. The girls were very interested in the clips I showed about Jesus raising the dead, healing leprosy, etc. The spirit was there, and I believe they felt it as well.

It has been an uplifting Sabbath day! I am grateful for the Gospel in my life. I have faith in my Savior, in the Plan of Happiness, and know Heavenly Father hears and answers our prayers. I am very excited to hear the Prophet and his apostles speak next weekend. We are very blessed to live in this last dispensation with the fullness of the Gospel!


Monday, March 21, 2011

A wedding, Family, and seriously sick.

* WEDDING *

A few Fridays ago, the 11th we went to Vernal for Seth's cousin's wedding. Aubrey and Preston came along for the road trip. We were contemplating just going another 45 min or so to visit a Dinosaur museum in Colorado, but not enough time. Haha, that's how far East we were!

The wedding was beautiful, everything was decorated so pretty. It was a nice ceremony too, RaeAnna's husband's uncle was able to perform the marriage. A lot of people came to support the happy couple!

Scarlett and Preston had fun running around and playing with each other. And Scarlett enjoyed getting a hitch in her stroller by the cute flower girls and her other 2nd cousins. We drove home after the reception, It's a beautiful drive!


* Family *
My family came into town on the 12th! It was my little sister's spring break, and the annual family scrapbook weekend. I didn't scrapbook this year, but helped my mom with just a few small things. Dad, Mom, Alicia w/ her kids Ellia and Beck, and Kara came for the week! It was sooo nice to have them in town and spend every day with them while they were here.

We spent a lot of time at my grandparent's house, in Pleasant Grove. I went out every morning and stayed until late in the evening every day.Scarlett loved playing with her cousins. Olivia is 4 1/2, Ellia 3 1/2, Gage is 2, and Beck is almost 20 months. She got around just fine with them all. They were nice to her too. Scarlett mastered going down stairs on my grandparent's carpeted 25ish stairs that lead to the basement. I guess one day when I was out with my sisters she ventured down them on her own, tumbled down... luckily it was on her bum? No one really saw but she didn't cry! I am glad Seth taught her how to go down properly a few nights later.

I failed at taking quality photos, always a regret. The week was busy chasing around 5 little ones, and we did a lot of fun things together. Sunday family dinner at Ben and Melissa's, Grandkids professional photo shoot, Went to Tangled at the cheap theater, Bowling, lots of shopping, ice cream, more shopping in Park City, playing with kids, scrapbooking, and out to eat at Tepanyaki with no kids, just us adults.
I found her this super cute hat for cheap, and sunglasses too... Here she is modeling them for us. I love her shirt, we found it at Saver's just in time for St. Patrick's day (which is when these were taken).

I really don't like when my family leaves town and I don't know when I'll see them again, it's the worse. I always fight tears saying "see ya later". It's really hard being so far away from most of them, I would love to move back to the Midwest.

They headed out Friday for their long drive home, and we returned to real life.

* Seriously Sick *



Scarlett started coughing Wednesday night and by Thursday late afternoon she was running a fever. Poor girl. She has had a pretty consistent fever ever since then. Saturday her fever wasn't going away with Tylenol and she was just miserable. You know your toddler is sick when they're okay to just sit on your lap, not moving for hours at a time.


Off to the after hours clinic...

The use this tape to keep the monitor on her foot when they check her oxygen levels. They gave it to her to play with before leaving the room and his sweetheart was trying to put it back on her foot! Smart little one, isn't she?The doc told us she has RSV and gave us the option of going to the suction clinic at the hospital. We decided it shouldn't hurt, hopefully it would make her better.Talk about torture! A respiratory therapist just did a shallow suction because Scarlett's sinus' really haven't been too congested. It is so sad, as a mom, to watch your baby get suctioned. They lay her on a blanket, tuck her arms in so she can't move, and then the parent holds the legs as the therapist suctions out their sinuses. Poor Miss. We went home and went to bed w/ a temp of 102.8.

Sunday... she woke up more wheezy with her fever. We took her to the suction clinic, and they didn't get much out. She had a fever throughout the day, even with alternating Tylenol and Motrin.

This morning she woke up with a temp of 103. We went back to the doctor. I'm glad Scarlett's pediatrician was available, she gave us the attention we needed. Since Scarlett's fever has been going on 5 days now, there had to be something more going on.

Scarlett has been so miserable, it was so sad to have to put her through everything this morning! It was pure torture!! You know all the poking and swabbing and tools that come along with an exam. She screamed the entire time. Poor thing. Diagnosis? The RSV test came back positive. RSV is a virus that can progress to bronchiolitis and/or pneumonia. After listening to her lungs and breathing it was clear she has bronchiolitis. Scarlett's right lung seemed to have more congestion, so we did a breathing treatment, which helped some. But our doctor was still concerned about congestion in her right lung. So we went and had a chest Xray done in Provo.

At this point I was pretty concerned. I did not want my baby to have pneumonia! I've never had it, and I just think of hospitalization when I hear pneumonia. Also, my little Scarlett is little, it was scary! At this point it was 11:30, way past her morning nap time. She was so mad at me and had been through enough, but at the Xray place I had to hold her still on the table for them to xray her. It was so sad to use everything I had to hold her down and as still as possible as she wailed and screamed.

After the Xray we picked up her Nebulizer at the home care clinic place. . Yay! Breathing treatments every 4-6 hours again until she gets better. Since we were right there at the Provo hospital I took her in for another suctioning. I really wish Seth was there, this was the most traumatic part of the day.

The previous two suctions they really didn't get much out of her. But I wanted to go in again b/c at this point I am going to do anything to prevent her from getting worse and developing pneumonia. Scarlett started screaming right when we entered the treatment room, she definitely remembered the previous visits. The Therapist said she wouldn't suction Scarlett unless she felt it was absolutely necessary. After getting her oxygen levels, respiratory rate, listening to her breath, and she had some retraction, the therapist said Miss definitely needed to be suctioned.

I tear up just thinking about this experience again. Ugh! She got strapped in the blanket, I had to hold her body down and hold her head still. . . I had the ipod playing "Somewhere over the Rainbow" Kamakawiwo╩╗ole style. . . And the deep suctioning began. Scarlett's eyes rolled back into her head, she couldn't breathe, she was gasping and gagging and just not breathing. I got really mad at the lady and said she couldn't breathe, and then I just lost it... bawling. The therapist assured me she was okay... and Scarlett went back to just screaming. Then the lady stuck her tubes down the other nostril and the same thing happened... Scarlett's eyes were blood shot, face red, sweating, screaming, etc. It was absolutely terrible. But then all of the sudden Scarlett was calm and just breathing so easily. She was OK. And the therapist came around the table to comfort ME. :) SIGH It was terrible. Seth is taking her next time!!

That was the last thing on the list for her torturous morning. We got home, got the antibiotics started and she went to sleep. Poor Girl! I got a call from the Doctor's office about her Chest Xray and she does have Pneumonia. Luckily it's mild, she has a small patch of pneumonia that should be cleared up with the antibiotics. I was so terrified she would have pneumonia, but she will be okay.

Later I made Seth come home from work early so he could force her to drink. She's mildly dehydrated, and will not take a bottle/sippy cup/Popsicle/her favorite water bottle. The nurse explained she should get at least a teaspoon or two every 10 minutes. And we'd need to pry her mouth open if that's what it takes. TORTURE!!

Scarlett got another blessing tonight. I am so grateful for the power of the priesthood on the earth today. I saw an almost immediate difference in Scarlett. She's been very shaky, pale, can't walk on her own. She wouldn't leave our laps for days and just moans or cries constantly. Tonight she was rolling the basketball around, playing with Raja, lind of walking around, pulling out the DVD's! And She hasn't had a fever this evening, at all. I'm hopeful she's just going to get better from here.

We love our miss, and are grateful there are so many medical options to help her get better. She is so sweet, and so cute. We are a happy family!

I love this picture :) She got this bikini from a friend for her birthday, we had to try it on :) This summer she's going to be a babe at the pool.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Hartley Grandkids Photo shoot 2011

My parents are in town! with my sisters!! And my sister's kids, Scarlett's cousins!!!

Yesterday we had all the grandkids together, 5 of them, for a photo shoot. Scarlett didn't smile, at all. She just looks at everyone who is trying to make her laugh like they're crazy, and acting funny. Which they are. But she doesn't smile at it.

So... Here's a group shot
And Scarlett's poses, sheesh! What a poser... But not like an Olivia or Ellia kind of poser... sigh.They turned out pretty good! I actually didn't go, hoping Scarlett wouldn't just want me/cry/try to get Seth or I. Alicia, my older sister, didn't go either so her two kids would do better. They turned out pretty good!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Japan

I'm so sad for Japan right now. I served in Hiroshima, so my mission/friends/Japanese family were safe from this devastation, and the continual effects of the earthquake/tsunami. From my friend Sammy, who lives in Okayama
    • Sammy Sadamitsu Thank you, Mama WE're OK. It happened on the otherside of Japan; far away. However, I'm unhappy about it since SO MANY people are hurt. It's even BIGGER the one I experienced. THANK YOU for praying. They all need that!!! Thank you, again.
      2 hours ago ·
Haha, he called me Mama. I was concerned!




In 2002 I went with my brothers Brian and Garrett to Japan to visit my older sister, Alicia. Alicia taught English in Japan for a year. She taught in Iwate. It's in the Sendai area. Her Japanese friends and Japanese family were not so lucky.





Tuesday, March 8, 2011

I have to tell you a story.

Seth and I teach Primary. Our class is usually 4-6 girls who are 8/9 years old. Last Sunday Seth needed to stay home so I was on my own. I taught about the Sermon on the Mount... The Beatitudes, serve our enemies, the golden rule.

The lesson was going alright... I have a very difficult time keeping their attention on the lesson.They are much better behaved when Seth teaches. I also had Scarlett to entertain, usually whoever isn't teaching is on Scarlett duty. Scarlett's always difficult because she should having an afternoon nap at that moment. She was everywhere, into everything, and they all love her. So I'm pretty sure no one actually understood what I was trying to teach.

In fact, I know some girls didn't understand me. As we read about the Golden Rule in the bible, and I was explaining it to them... one girl interrupts me and says she has the most perfect example for the golden rule. This particular little lady knows Everything, I'll admit she is extremely intelligent, but she also knows she's intelligent and sometimes may feel she needs others to understand she has great knowledge.

So she goes right into her example. The room goes quiet. Scarlett is even listening. She summarizes a book on tape she read along with. It's about a Grizzly bear who kills an entire family of beavers except one little girl beaver.

The little girl beaver gets away and hides from the big grizzly bear. Girl beaver collects foliage, branches, etc to build a false ground trap, and captures the grizzly bear. And then, our sweet primary girl pauses, she says in a high pitched voice as the girl beaver, "Grizzly Bear shall die!"

It was so eerie. Evil was in the room. I'm not kidding. You needed to be there. (read the story here, it's kinda psycho.) We all just looked at her while she looked at us. She sensed the uncomfortable feeling and said "what! It's on the tape, that's exactly how she says it on the tape." Then she turns to me. "And the Beaver killed the grizzly bear. That's the perfect example. A perfect example of the golden rule."

Sigh. Nope... No one understands me. I told her that's opposite of the golden rule. Do unto others as you would want others to do to you. I told her "If you don't want to die, don't kill others. Even if they did kill your whole family.... Should we go back to the "Love your enemies" part of the lesson?"

She looked at me dumbfounded and it was time to go back to the Primary room for sharing time. Oh well.

We all know I'm no good at telling stories or explaining situations/stories, etc. very well. My grammar needs serious help - and I don't punctuate appropriately. I was excited to teach that lesson, I try to remember the golden rule every day of my life. It was really difficult for me on Sunday that I couldn't share this with 8 and 9 year olds. How did I survive my mission?

Living and learning...

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Birthday part 2

We had quite a celebration for our first child's first birthday on Saturday. It was fun to "study" fun ideas for her Dr. Seuss Thing 1 and Thing 2 theme. Here are some photos of the apartment before the party began. I found some cute Dr. Seuss quotes to put around the apartment to try to stick to the theme. Also, we got some 1 hour prints done of her photo shoot that was Thursday, and put them in our new frames around the living room mirror.
"Today you are you,
That is truer than true.

There is no one alive
who is youer than you"
- Dr. Seuss

What do you do for a 1 year old's birthday? We had some Dr. Seuss word finds, and a "How many jelly beans are in this jar?" Guessing game, winner got to take the candy home (Bethany won it!).

"If you never did, you should.
these things are fun, and fun is good!" -Dr. Seuss.
We served chips/salsa, apples/oranges, and smokies wrapped in bacon.
"For Birthday Luncheons, As A Rule,
We Serve Hot Dogs, Rolled On A Spool." - Dr. Seuss


The party was from 12:30 to 2:00... About 1:00 we opened pres
ents. Scarlett is spoiled. She didn't care about opening the presents much in the moment, and I'm afraid she didn't react a ton in the moment either. BUT! After the party, after things had calmed down and it was just us in the room... she loved playing with everything. It was really fun to see her just go from toy to toy, or sweater, or ball, or socks... and she would just carry things around with her. She got a fun farm book that she loves looking at, and it has fun tabs in order to turn the pages... she loves books.

Grandpa and Grandma Burke mailed us an extra special book for her. It's from Hallmark, I had seen commercials for them, and have thought they're pretty neat. Well, now I know they are super neat. It's a book that you can record your voice reading it. As you turn the pages, a light sensor kicks in and reads the words on each pag
e. Gma and Pa Burke sent us one of these spper cool books. It's called, "All the ways I love you". It's Grandpa Burke's voice, and he is so great at reading stories. Pretty much he is the best grandpa ever. He has a way with little ones I've never known before. This book is very special to us!!
"A Present! A-ha!
Now what kind shall I give...?
Why, the kind you'll remember
as long as you live!"

(Dr. Seuss' birthday bird)



After presents Scarlett gave a big thanks by clapping for a good while. It was pretty cute!
After presents we had cake. I made a 5 layer Dr. Seuss cake.
I should have taken more photos! I know there are more photos a friend took, but this is the only photo I have of it right now. (Please ignore our hideous fridge.) It's a layer of Funfetti on top and 4 layers of a super yummy chocolate cake on bottom. It took a bit of time... but worked out pretty well. I like how my sister put it, "It's wonky, like the Cat's hat is". The cake is obviously homemade by an amateur!Scarlett's Smash cake... I was attempting a thing 1 thing 2 cupcake. Aunt Heather helped me frost it. It's about 4-5 inches of blue frosting on top of a funfetti cupcake. She took her time putting bit by bit in her little mouth, and she kept eating it for almost an hour! She liked the rainbow sherbet too. After about 20 minutes of eating the cupcake she got SUPER crazy happy and goofy. She was shaking her head back and forth and up and down. Laughing and clapping. It was pretty hilarious.

"One little candle,
One little cake,
One little birthday
To Celebrate!"

(Dr. Seuss)

This morning I was changing her 2nd poo in the first few hours of waking up and it was actually GREEN-BLUE! I took a picture, but I'll spare you that image... What a party we had! I was afraid the frosting would stain her body... but it came right off in the tub.

I was exhausted once she was cleaned up and the party was over. I just wanted a nap!! But little miss was flying high and full of energy. Her sugar buzz lasted another 2 hours. Above I mentioned she played w/ all her new toys, etc... yep, for 2 hours. She loved it.

Happy Birthday Sweet Scarlett! I'm glad we could celebrate so much, it was my therapy for accepting you're not a baby anymore. I love my sweet girl!!

And thanks to all who came to help us celebrate! As the Doctor himself would say,

"Oh me, Oh my! How nice of you to stop by!"