Saturday, April 23, 2011
Anyway. Enjoy this:
In fact! I just looked back at my 2010 calendar, and the DAY for "Life in a Day" was July 24, 2010, the Orem Fire Department's annual breakfast. We even took video!
We love attending their breakfast. The department brings all their engines and ambulances and even fly in some medical helicopters. We have pictures of the event HERE. And here's the video we took that day:
Speaking of video. I have some GREAT cell phone footage to post on Bridgette, but I don't know how to edit Quicktime video. My stuff edits the video but loses the sound. Anyone know of free/cheap software that could help?
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
Is it too soon to call the final score?
But I think for ONCE IN HER LIFE, Bridgette may have recovered from a tummy bug in ONE DAY... as opposed to a week or a month or three months... and without the need for an IV! After one night of vomiting and 12 hours of diarrhea, like usual she got really dehydrated yesterday. But this morning she ate and drank and played and has cont'd to do so throughout the day.
Yippee!!! I can't tell you how thrilled that makes me!
Here she is (a few minutes ago) demonstrating how she can hold four dice at the same time.
Earlier this evening she was drawing on a box in the living room (a perfect use for the packing boxes from our move... break them down and you've got large surfaces for coloring) and she drew two eyes and a smile. Perfectly.
Then she looked up and shocked both me and Jeff by saying, "A face! A HAPPY face!"
And I couldn't agree more. We all have very happy faces tonight!
Just for kicks and giggles (literally) here are some pictures that Uncle Paul took of us wrestling/tickling at Jeff's parents' house on Sunday.
I'm really glad he pulled his cell phone out to capture these. I think they're fun.
Bridgette was telling everyone (enthusiastically) how she was about to board, "A SHIP!"
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Baby was *just* recovering after that whole 2 month ordeal. We got one good week, but tonight she's been up all night sick again. Wish this kid could catch a break... I mean a break of significant length.
Just noticed tonight that my "Welcome Pup" (a little dog statue on my front step) is still holding a sign that reads: Merry Christmas! I'd change it... but people might as well know I'm a little behind before they step through the door.
Ever gotten a haircut, and when the stylist turns you toward the mirror and asks, "What do you think?" your first actual thought is... "Well, it'll grow back..." Today I was the stylist and gave my Sheltie a fur-cut. By skipping the puppy-parlor I saved $100!!! And don't worry... it'll grow back.
Nothing unusual about today. Just been happy. :)
*March 29 at 4:09pm
I don't know what your daughter does with HER fairy figurines, but at OUR house they fight over soda crackers, with a "Mine! No, mine!" and then end up brawling. Ever seen a two inch fairy throw a punch? Fearsome stuff...
Ah well... thanks for the ride BYU! Jimmermania forever!
BYU vs FLA overtime: 68-68! You're KILLIN' me! Come on Jimmer... sink me some mega-threes.
I'd like to do a personalized plaque for one of my walls. Anyone know where I can get vinyl lettering at a reasonable (or free) cost?
Just typed and erased 4 different whiny status updates. Have landed on this: "I need a hug..."
Welcome back, Jon! Happy to have my brother home after his year in South Korea.
Saw the biggest rainbow in the evening sky yesterday and had to pull over to watch it a while. No song, no photo, no artist, no author can do a real rainbow justice. And no matter what your religious convictions, it sure did seem like a message of hope to me...
*March 14 at 12:21am
Real time footage. 6 minutes 21 seconds of change.
I want to show everyone the news media we are being presented with here in Japan. I think it's quite different from what you see on CNN and other Western news outlets. Due to the popularity of this video, I have started a new page to collect my personal ...experiences as well as release Japanese news reports about the Tsunami.
"Not If But When" -- No more denial! There's a link at the top of this page for a 50 minute radio presentation on earthquakes in Utah. It's an *excellent* listen. For anyone living in Utah, I encourage you to listen. (You can listen while doing something else!) Consider recent events in Japan, and *please* do what you can to prepare! There's also some written info on this page.
Here's some good news! Bridgette dropped to 0% (percentile) in weight in the hospital. But in *one week* since she's been home, she's gained enough to be in the 50%!!! Want her secret? All you have to do is be 36 inches tall and eat 5 lbs of peanut butter in 7 days. :) No joke. 3 big jars. And still eating...
Today at home on the couch, Bridgette cuddled in my arms while my puppy fell asleep in my lap. These are the moments of emotional detox.
I *lub* this! Here is my daughter in her hospital bed, and one of the cutest videos ever... partly because she's had such difficulties learning to speak. It does our hearts good to hear her try. :)
For anyone interested in food storage or food storage products (for emergency preparedness or any other reason) -- here is a site I really like: http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/
Learn how to build up your food storage now ... BEFORE you actually need it! Our BabySteps will help you get started today.
Beyond belief! We are going home tonight. We'll still be watching for complications at home, and we'll have follow-up appointments, but since she's off the IV and not having other procedures done here, we can do what we need to do at home. Home. Home. Home. That word sounds SO good.
Here's the latest on Bridgette:
Hoose-Johnson Blog: On the Benefits of Being Blind
Contains random ramblings, daily happenings, surgeries, pictures and other information about the Hoose-Johnson family. Enjoy!
Today at the hospital Bridgette played with plastic dinosaurs. She made a little family. The smallest, cutest dinosaur she called "Baby!" She picked the funniest-looking dinosaur from the bucket and said, "Daddy!" And just who did she assign as Mommy? The Tyranasaurus Rex, of course!
I just got on here for the first time since this morning and am feeling overwhelmed and teary by all the support. Thanks for all your comments, emails, page posts, thoughts, and prayers. When people want to know what they can do to help? Well, you're doing it.
So Bridgette seems worse this morning. Belly is bigger, temp is back, yet diapers are fuller... it's just pouring out. How is that *possible?* A bit surreal. The surgeons and GI's are consulting en masse. My daughter is one-of-a-kind in all the best ways, but sometimes I wish her insides were a little less unique.
No real changes. We're just waiting "it" out now, whatever "it" is. B's sitting in her hospital bed playing with some MegaBloks that someone donated. She loves them and is building, "a house!" It looks like a volcano that's spouting flowers. :)
Babe is out of surgery and mad as hell. She screams at everyone who comes near her. I think that's a good sign. Vitals are strong anyway.
Some other emergency surgeries pushed her time back, but we're headed down to surgery ourselves now. And the poor thing was finally napping. Well, guess she's in for a long nap this afternoon...
Well, I guess my husband agreed to a procedure for Bridgette that requires full-anesthesia... I just found out and am still 45 mins away from the hospital. Procedure happens in 1 hour. Am leaving now, but please spare a thought for her today. Still not doing well.
Just woke up refreshed from a long, quiet, blissful night's rest at the hospital... heheh... chuckle, chuckle... snark... haha... BWAHAHAA... HAAAAAAAAAAAA!
Admitted to the hospital (Primary Children's). Not the best of days, but at least we have a view! It's of the parking garage... but trust me, we've had worse. :)
B is severely dehydrated this morning. X-ray yesterday showed considerable swelling in parts of her intestine and no one knows the cause yet. Doctors are fighting each other and me. So we're off to the hospital today. All wishes for her health and *my* sanity accepted.
When I was selected as one of the two human players to be pitted against IBM's "Watson" supercomputer in a special man-vs.-machine Jeopardy! exhibition match, I felt honored, even heroic. I envisioned myself as the Great Carbon-Based Hope against a new gen...
Looking forward, The Living Planet holds a vision for the future that includes a larger aquarium for the people of Utah. However, we are committed to growing in a fiscally responsible manner which means a large aquarium is still a few years away. The final... site and funding mechanisms still need to be determined; a process we are in now. To make our vision of a large aquarium a reality, funding will need to be supplied by a supportive community: the public, private foundations, individuals, and interested organizations and companies. Our current aquarium is self-sustaining, and we are dedicated to ensuring that a larger version of The Living Planet Aquarium will also support itself through gate receipts, gift shop sales, café sales, and facility rentals.
My friend is doing her first blog craft give-away. She's really talented, so if you're stateside and want to check it out, go here:
*February 17 at 1:42pm
Good news! Bridgette officially no longer needs visits from a physical therapist! One year ago we had 4 therapists plus 3 weekly therapy classes. Now we're down to 2 therapists and 1 class -- a music class that she loves. Way to go, B!
HD mums: For those whose children are on full-time meds... any tips when your little one refuses to take them? Bri is on Flagyl twice daily and has always taken it zero problems. But this week she thrashes/screams and spits it out. Could use suggestions.
"Ring around the rosies, a pocket full of posies, ashes, ashes, we all fall down!" Only Bridgette just says, "Ashes, ashes, ashes, ashes, ashes..." over an over, and it doesn't come out sounding like "ashes..." :) :) :)
Taken in our backyard last November. A little late in posting, so instead of Merry Christmas... Happy Valentine's Day!
I gave Bridgette her first racquetball lesson today at the gym. A 2-year-old attempting racquetball = the cutest/funniest morning I've had in a while.
If you're in the storm surge area, evacuate immediately. Elsewhere along coast, shelter-in-place, safely. Take food, drinking water, and potty bucket to strongest part of house. Wear shoes in case of broken glass. Stay calm...
ABC radio network coverage and directions:
1) Charge your mobile phones now
2) Keep phone calls short & only use in emergency
3) When power goes out, stay calm
4) Stay safe, North QLD! We're pulling for you!
The ABC's coverage of Tropical Cyclone Yasi
Poor Chewy! His dew claw ripped off *again!* What does this make? 5 times now? $120 later, he has a pretty yellow bandage, some puppy antibiotics, and a healthy bit of sympathy from us as he limps around.
Writing a fake "disaster scenario" for my students to solve for their midterm. Suggestions?
In honor of Jimmer...
B was faced with the dilemma of choosing a stuffed animal for bed last night, and of course she picked a crocodile instead of the puppy or teddy bear.
Bridgette: "Uhhh... Yo!" Me: "A yogurt?" Bridgette: "Yeah!!!" Me: "Is it yummy?" Bridgette: "No! Uhhh... peach!"
I can't decide which part is best... the harmony, the solo, the clapping, or the burp.
Here is a repost that we're bringing back by request. We don't know who the people are, or where they're from, but it is cute and funny.
Celebrated Civil Rights Day by riding the city bus. Everyone sat wherever they wanted.
Finger painting with chocolate pudding = Win! Also explains my first use of the phrase, "Please don't lick the wall."
Besides sea-kayaking, this was my favorite part of our trip!
Perhaps the only thing harder than hoisting a full-size pickup truck onto your back is wrestling new batteries into your kid's toys. Man. All it took to kill my illusion of strength was three AA-batteries and a singing seahorse.
"We should all be obliged to appear before a board every five years, and justify our existence... on pain of liquidation." ~George Bernard Shaw
It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson