Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The holidays are upon us

Does it seem to anyone else that the closer we get to Christmas and what should be a time of "peace on earth, goodwill toward man" people see to get more rude and more mean? Maybe it is just me.

Anyway, Thanksgiving is over and we are moving on to Christmas. I don't focus very much on Thanksgiving simply because I try to be thanful for my blessing everyday not just on one day of the year. Wow! That came out sounding much more holier than thou then I meant it to! I guess I just feel the same way about Thanksgiving as I do about Valentine's Day. It is much more effective to be thankful and express love year round than one day. Besides, Thanksgiving is mearly the warm-up for CHRISTMAS. Which is my favorite (if you can't tell).

Although it is worth mentioning that we have more reasons than most to be thankful this year as Primary Children's Hospital released baby Chris to come home with Becki on Thanksgiving Day.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

I have reached the astounding conclusion....

Drug companies are not as interested in making people well as making money and insurance companies only want to spend as little as possible. Now to back up that claim!

About a week ago I started having some severe stabbing pains in my stomache. They were so bad that I couldn't stand up straight at times. So I took a day off work and went into the doctor. 3 hours, 4 blood draws, and a urine analyisis later (I am not pregnant) all the doctor could tell me was that he didn't know what was wrong and he gave me a prescription for Prevacid while we waited for the liver and pancreas tests to come back. I went to the pharmacy to fill the prescription and was told that my insurance didn't cover it and it would cost $240 for a 30 day supply. I made them call the doctor to okay filling it with a generic which...wait for it... didn't cost me a dime! Not even a co-pay!!

Late saturday night, I got a call saying the lab results are back and I have a bacterial infection in my upper abdomine that they were calling in a prescription for. I went and picked it up last night and found out that it is 8 PILLS A DAY!!! 4 in the morning and 4 at night for 14 days. I HATE TAKING PILLS!! I don't even like taking a multi-vitamin. Something about the whole swallowing them thing just bugs me. Anyway, I go in to get the prescription and with the insurance and everything it still cost me $84!!! That is $1.33 a pill!! I guess that if it makes the pain stop I will just suck it up but still...

The one consolation is that since it is bacterial not viral, it is not contagious which means I can still see baby Christopher. They are much more strict about what keeps you from seeing him since they moved him up to Primary Children's Medical Center.

My mother-in-law told me yesterday that after 10 days of Christopher losing weight, he has finally started to gain some back and be able to keep down most of what he eats. The nurses keep saying that one day he is just going to wake up and "get it" and after that he will be able to come home quickly. Ruth I am sure is hoping this happens sooner rather than later not only because he is her grandson but also because Becki doesn't drive so Ruth has had to transport her to Primary Children's on a regular basis since they moved him and before that it was everyday to Jordan Valley Hospital.

Such are the sacrifices that come with having kids!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Well I am an Aunt again

Last thursday my nephew was born at 5:50 p.m. at Jordan Valley Hospital. While not intending to be part of it all, I ended up in the room when the baby was born. Miracle? Yes! Gross? Yes!! Christopher Troy Yates joined us after Becki had been in labor for about 5 hours or so. He is considered premature since he was born at 36 weeks instead of 37 so they are watching him very carefully. He has been having some breathing problems but apparently that is normal for premies. His doctor has him on medicine for his acid reflux problems but he is now eating better and gaining back some of the weight he has lost. We are all relieved. Becki has been through a lot this year and I am not sure she would come out okay if something happened to this baby.

Thursday, October 30, 2008


So tomorrow is All Hallows' Eve. What I consider to be the most misunderstood holiday EVER!! Okay so if you don't know, I don't particularly like Halloween. If you are interested in what the holiday started out to be check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween. Anyway, I suppose when I have kids, I will give in to the pressure and dress them up and take them trick-or-treating but it doesn't mean I have to like it!! If only the kids didn't look so darn cute in their costumes! My sister-in-law started asking my niece several weeks ago whether she wanted to be a superhero or a witch. For 2 or 3 weeks she was walking around saying she was going to be "super Priya" (picture that being said in a 3 year old's voice) however, when her mom was getting ready to go get the material to make the costume, she decided that she wanted to be a princess. Mom told her she could be either a witch or a superhero and those were her two choices so...she is going to be a witch. She is not entirely happy about it since she won't get to be the same witch she was last year but she will get over it.

I however will be continuing my tradition of disconnecting my doorbell and hiding in the family room so I don't have to give out candy. This year it will just be me at home so it will make it extra hard to wrangle the dogs should I feel inspired to actually give out candy (don't worry, i won't). I have already told Aaron and Marjanne if they are bringing Priya over call first so I know they are coming. Maybe next year I will have to work out a secret knock so I know it is someone I want to answer the door for. Would that be to Gadianton Robberish?

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Okay, there will be no fainting from suprise!

Hey look! It is 2 in the same year! The last month has been very crazy around our house. Actually it has mostly been me driving myself nuts trying to get ready for the primary program. For those of you who don't know, I was called in February to be the primary chorister. I never realized how much work it would be when I accepted the calling. Of course, I suppose if I had known that I might have said no. I think the hardest part of the calling for me is the fact I don't have kids yet so trying to keep the 50 or so kids in our primary entertained requires me to think in a way that I am not used to! But the primary program is over and it went much better than I had hoped (I know, I know show a little faith). I had some major concerns because there were a couple of songs that we sang through the sunday before the program and the kids all sang like they had never heard the song before! But they came through! I have to say, the best choice I made was asking the bishopric to sing the second part of "A Child's Prayer". The spirit was so strong there were not very many dry eyes!

So the drama of my life continues. As some of you know (and some of you don't) Nathan and I have been trying to have kids for just over 2 years now with no luck thus far. Just a few weeks ago, we found out that Marjanne and Aaron (my brother-in-law and sister-in-law) are pregnant with their second. I am very happy and excited for them but I did start bawling just because it isn't happening for us yet. It will in time. Yet even knowing that, it is hard to see it happening for everyone else. Nathan's sister Rebecca is about to pop with her baby. The doctor told her last week that she is starting to dialate and the baby could come anytime. I am very excited for her but at the same time scared for her as well. She is in for a rough road since she will be a single mom. (For those of you who didn't know, her husband passed away in April.) The good news is she is back living with her parents so she is closer to us.

I guess that is about all I have to write about for now. It is back to trying to figure out what I am going to do for primary for the rest of the year! Any ideas?

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Well it's that time of year again!

Nope, not tax time, birthday time, or anniversaries. It's not time for any major holidays. It's time for....wait for it....wait for it....The annual updating of the blog! (This is where the trumpets sound and great applause rings out through the land!)

The last year has brought some great changes and some not so great changes. The first great change is that the wallpaper that I have hated since the day we moved in is officially gone. There is no trace of it to be found! After several days of scrapping, scrubbing, and losing skin off the knuckles, our walls were finally bare and ready to be painted. After living in our home for four years, we finally have two rooms that done (hey 99% counts as done in my book!). Our problem lies in the fact that neither Nathan nor I like to paint that much. I am fairly certain that if my dad hadn't shown up one day while I was sick in bed with the flu, we might still not be done painting. In fact, we may have not even started yet!

As of last weekend, Nathan and I have been married for 4 years. It seems longer than that on some days. I guess we each fall into familiar patterns when you have been around someone so long. For instance, I am not a morning person. I was thinking about it the other day and realized that I have become the person I didn't particularly want to be. I hardly ever wear make-up, I don't do my hair all that often. It is mostly just wash and pull back. I am just thankful that Nathan is willing to put up with it.

We were able to go to Logan to a little B&B for our anniversary. It is called Providence Inn. They have several "themed" rooms but mostly the themes are defined by decorations rather than actually scenes. For instance, this time we stay in the rose garden. So named because it has rose wall paper border and the bed spread is covered in a rose design. Anyway, back to why I started out talking about that... It was very nice to be able to spend 3 whole days with my husband! And my cell phone only rang once! Sometimes it feels like Nathan and I go days without really talking.

While in Logan, we saw an episode of "It's Me Or The Dog" that starred a mini dachshund. It gave us hope that the twin Nazi's who have been running our house for the last 4 years can actually be trained! We have recommitted ourselves to working on training them so that we can at last have people over without having to worry about making sure that they leave with all limbs attached!

On a final random note, Nathan received a funny email from a friend he used to work with that stated "your blog is out of date and so is your wife." A short while later, he received another email from this same friend who wanted to know if we had a copy of the audiobook for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Nathan being who he is promptly replied that we did but he was unsure whether I would be able to give it to him since I was outdated and could possibly be incompatible. The reply quickly came back that he should upgrade from version 2.0 to 2.1 since 2.0 is out of date and Nathan replied that he would prefer to wait until version 3.0 was released to see if they worked out some of the bugs!

I love my husband!