Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Getting closer.

Before Doctors appointment.   
After appointment! He has to wear his neck brace in the car, at school and when his neck gets tired.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Picnic at the park...

A hidden gem,  less than 15 minutes away.

We walked around the small pond.

A pretty mushroom.

This looks like three birds nest on the ground.
The middle one had broken egg shells
and a few tiny feathers.
It fascinated me
so I took a picture.
It's a Beautiful Day!

Along our walk...

People are made of...

I am entering a contest over at the amazing
Checkout girl.
Melissa Crowe makes amazing 
felt and embroidered pictures 
and other spectacular stuff
that I can only dream about making.

This is a quote (obviously).
It really is supposed to be a poem.
But I thought it was so beautiful
it almost sounded like a poem.

I wanted to make something for Davis.
I was thinking about his bravery.
Not only through this accident 
but through challenges he faces every day.
So I thought this one was perfect.

Thursday, August 26, 2010


I love the way
Frodo tilts his head
side to side,
as he tries to 
understand every
word I say.

Rocks and worry.

Davis has been so obsessed with gold panning.
We have so many rocks from Alaska on our dining table.
Sparkling and beautiful.
He's been talking about how to celebrate his birthday
which is coming in a few weeks.
Talking and talking and talking 
for almost a whole year.
Now, it's fevered.
We have to wait till
the next x-ray 
to see how his neck
is healing 
before we can plan 
exactly what we will do.
So many plans.
He changes his mind 
nearly 100 times a day
or more.
He had a rough night last night.
He had such a difficult time falling asleep
and woke up at 3:30.
He finally went back to bed
and slept
until I got him up for school
at 6:35 am.
Most days he does
amazingly well.
Really amazing.
How do I not worry so much
about every single day
of his life.
How do I?

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Everyone is home!
In Utah, at least.
We had everyone at dinner on Sunday.
Happy, happy, joy, joy!

First day of school!

...to be starting school today
even if it's for only 2 1/2 hours.
...to be with people
even if it's at school!
...to be walking
even though he'd rather be running and riding bikes!
...to be alive!

Monday, August 23, 2010

It's here.

He's one happy kid.
He got his box of dirt today.
From Alaska.
Dreams of gold and silver.
Shiny rocks, sand and dirt.

Thursday, August 19, 2010


I saw this quote
at the eye doctors
while checking Davis in:

No one ever ruined their eyesight
by looking on the
bright side of things!

I loved it and wanted to put it up
on the chalkboard in the craft room
so I did 
and I drew
a skeewampous

I really want a new cover for that cute day bed
(I used what I had).
I also stole those black and white pillows
from other parts of the house
to take the picture.
I also want to put some
shelves up on the wall
and paint the other furniture white.
There's so many things I want to make and do
(and my sewing machine isn't cooperating: 
I tried to make a cute pillow last night and again today, 
there was a leak in one of our rooms today
and I haven't had much time, money or energy
to do all the things I want to do.
However, I did make two cute flowers today
and I did a little laundry and work on the dishes
and we walked up and down the street together
and I made dinner tonight.
That counts for something!).

Holy Cow!

Britni is interested in photography
and has taken pictures
while on their
adventure in Alaska.
And by the way,
she is coming back to Utah
in two more days!
She needs to take more
and more pictures
because she really
IS very good.
These are just a few of my favorites 
of some recent shots she's done.
I was showing Davis and Jeff
her pictures
and Davis exclaimed,
"Holy Cow! She's a good photographer!"
I agree!

Lucky duck.

The eye doctor appointment went well.
He said that when he was in the hopital
he had a bruise on his retina 
(hence the hematoma).
Now it is gone
and it will
just take awhile
for all the swelling
to go away and his 
vision will be less blurry.

I can tell his neck is getting
stronger too 
because when we drive in the car
he is able to tolerate
bumps better.
He's one lucky kid.
Every day he gets 
better and better
and so do I.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Speed bumps.

Soon after Davis came home from the hospital 
I bought an art kit
from Walmart
(a "Family Fun" set).
Davis never wanted to
work on it.
I know. It's very juvenile.
 I made all but one of the projects 
the other day
as we all
(well, the three of us)
watched a movie together.

This is about my speed lately.
It's all I could muster.

I want to paint walls and fix up some furniture.
I want to create amazing stuff
(who am I kidding---I can't do that stuff well 
even on my best days).
I want to read books
(I can barely look through magazines).
I have read things to him
from his gold panning book
(his vision has been blurry, 
luckily he is seeing the eye doctor tomorrow).
I want to get out
and have fun
(at least he and I can walk together
up and down our street
several times a day).
We went to another doctors appointment today.
I am very grateful for how well he is doing.
I was even more grateful today
as I watched other moms
 lovingly hold and play
with their severely
disabled children.

He's getting better and better
every day
and that's what
I'm working on
and fighting for.

The rest will just have to wait.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Wish list...

These are just some of the many books
on my wish list.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Going a little batty.

I was able to escape for awhile today.
Jeff "held the fort up" while I was away.
I went to DI and bought some sweaters.
To make more flowers.
Not very creative
in my escape.
But it'll do.
I even went to Sam's Club.
But that was work.
It's exhausting to pile
the cart full of stuff
and push it around the store
(with no help).
When I came home
I was greeted at the door by a small bat.
Yes, a bat.
With fangs.
Kind of cute
in it's creepiness.
Hanging upside down
from  the top of our screen door.
You don't see THAT every day!

And why yes,
I really am
going a little batty.
Even without help
from our friend, 
the bat!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Post card.

I got a post card from New Zealand
the other day
from the sweet
Thank you!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Jeff gave me a ring for my birthday!
It's beautiful.
It's thoughtful.
It's my birthstone.
It's perfect.

He asked me for my shoe size.
Did you know there is supposed to be a corellation
between ring size and shoe size.
Years ago Jeff bought me 
the cutest white sandals.
So, I thought maybe
he was getting me some
A girl can't have too many pairs of shoes.
Or rings.


My parents came over at 9:30 
last night
to celebrate my birthday.
They came bearing gifts:
beautiful flowers,
and nuts
(in the sweetest glass jars).
Thank you!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


My in-laws sent me flowers.
How sweet is that!
How beautiful are they!

Just another day...

Some women came and sang me
Happy Birthday
and brought me these yummy rolls.
My dear friend from down the street 
brought me these flowers
for my birthday.
How sweet is all that!
Davis is doing well enough to walk around 
the neighborhood.
How lucky are we!
This one is bored.
We bought a science set
with 200 + experiments.
We go for walks 
everyday now.
Today is 
a beautiful day
to have a birthday.
I just don't like birthdays 
But it's so very sweet
that people are 
trying to make it better 
for me.
Can't ask for more than that!