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Silverwood

Last Thursday, Computer Boy’s class went to Silverwood Theme Park in Idaho!  It was supposed to be a “science day”, but aside from one small science type project, it was just a day of pure fun and leisure!

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Computer Boy (middle) and his 2 best buds rode together in our car.  These three have been great pals this entire school year, but sadly, it’s possible that both boys will not be back next year (one is moving to the midwest, and the other…well, we’re praying that their family will be able to relocate to this area, so he can come back!).

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It was a spectacular day, with incredible skies, and the weather was decently warm when the sun wasn’t behind the clouds!

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While this park is small (compared to what I grew up with in So. CA), the rides are great fun, and as my friend said, “If we could bottle the adrenaline, and sell it”, we’d be rich!!

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On a day like this one, Cotton Candy is a must have, at least for the younger generation!

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For our splash of “science”, the boys had to work together, using 10 straws, a roll of tape, and 1 egg, to create a “shield” of protection.  Once the kids had their eggs protected, those in charge, took all the eggs and began dropping them from 5 ft, 10 ft, 15 ft, etc. onto concrete, to see whose egg would last the longest.  Our egg broke at either 10 or 15 ft ( I don’t remember which), and the egg that outlasted all the others, was dropped from 20 ft!!  I don’t know if we figured out a good strategy, based on the other eggs that did better than ours, but I’m sure if we come next year, the boys will have a better idea of what to do, and will possibly have more time to actually implement their ideas!

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As we were leaving, the boys found these most excellent glasses!  Is there anything better than a 5th or 6th grade boy??  We (the boys and 2 moms) had a most excellent day!

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On a side note, I found a few moments to completely enjoy the landscaping at the park.  This was especially appealing to me, so I snapped a photo so I could try to duplicate it at home!

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Mother’s Day – 2013

It is a wonderful thing to have children!  It is not always easy, but at the end of the day, no matter what kind of day, I am glad I have them!  These are the 3 that call me “mom”.  They are all amazing!

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Bookworm Boy, Horse Girl, Computer Boy

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On the morning of Mother’s Day, Horse Girl got up and fixed an amazing breakfast!  I was able to lounge around while she did all the work.  What a great kid!

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Daughter of my heart:)

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It was a delicious Pancake Breakfast, with all the trimmings, and served on the “You Are Special” plate!  I felt loved and grateful for good kids that remembered the holiday.

FBI Banquet

Spring Banquet was this evening! Just want to share a few photos! I helped Horse Girl do her hair and had a great time in the girls’ dorm while everyone got dressed and ready for the evening. My baby girl melted my heart. She looked so beautiful and sweet and girly!

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She had to modify the dress a bit to make it pass “dress code”.  She made and sewed on the 2-inch straps as well as the rosettes.  The finished product didn’t look pieced together at all, but was very classy and it fit her perfectly!  She also took off about 6 inches around the hem because it was too long for her.  I was so proud of her for doing the work herself, and having a finished dress that looked professionally done!

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Checking all our finishing touches before she left the dorm to find her “date”.  The Freshman girls all got together for a group photo!  These girls will all be 4-year seniors together, so these special events are great bonding moments with some of these friendships having the potential to last a lifetime!

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Bookworm Boy took advantage of the free food and activity and went to the banquet without a date. He looked super sharp in his suit and shades.

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Horse Girl and her friend, T. They looked adorable together, if I might say so myself!

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They had a fun evening. The theme was FBI Banquet, so the cafeteria was decorated like city streets, lights dim, and it looked dark inside of there. I don’t know what the program was like, but was told the food was really good.  After the meal, the kids did different activities. Horse Girl and T went to play Lazer Tag.

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She made these T-shirts for them to wear. There is a cute story behind the shirts. When he accepted her invitation (it was girls ask guys), they kept it secret for a while and referred to one another as Agent 57 and Agent 83, the code names he had assigned them.

I love that my kids can go to a school that provides activities that create great memories.  Just 6 more banquets till graduation!  I know time is going to fly!

 

Broken Wrist (Graphic Photos)

There never  ceases to be excitement around this home.  Unfortunately, it seems to be of the negative nature a lot of the time.

A couple of weeks ago, up at 49 Degrees North Ski Resort, Darien broke his arm.  As a Ski Host up there, I am often busy doing my own thing and my kids ski all over the entire mountain without me.  After going regularly for 4 seasons now, I am not worried about them getting lost, and I’m generally not worried about them getting hurt.  All 3 children are proficient snowboarders and can keep up with all of their friends when they’re on the mountain.

On this particular day, I was helping two girls down the mountain the easy way, just before closing.  When I got them safely to the lodge, I was greeted at the bottom with a wave from the Aid Room.  There is nothing worse than seeing your own child waving to you from the First Aid Room.  It was Kendrick, who looked to be in one piece, telling me to come, and hurry!

I took off my skis and went inside to find Darien with a first aid ski patroller.  They had his wrist wrapped with ice on it.

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He looked more disgusted than he did in pain, and I was disgusted as well.  My mind began churning regarding the finances and how we were going to pay for a broken bone, the necessary ER visit, and all the followup afterwards.  We had just been through a dislocated shoulder in May with Kaelyn, and all those bills ran us right around $6K.  I considered my options and if I could wait to see a regular doctor in the morning, but the Ski Patrol recommended we have him seen right away because the bone had looked rather displaced.

We gathered our things and headed to the nearest ER.

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Once the bandage came off, it was clear that the bone was very, very broken.

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This is not a natural position for a wrist to be in.  Thankfully, Darien was not in a tremendous amount of pain.  They took an x-ray and ultimately determined that they didn’t have anyone who could properly set the bone, so they sent us down to Sp*kane to see another ER doctor there.

Can I just say, at that moment, I was very upset.  TWO ER visits in one day???  Seriously??  My hopes that this might not be as expensive as Kaelyn’s shoulder were shattered.  And why couldn’t they just refuse me in the first place, if they were going to send me to Sp*kane anyway.

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(Smiles because they just put a warm blanket around him)

The drive went smoothly and we arrived at our second ER.  Our doc was young and vibrant and full of energy.  He walked in announcing that he had set lots of arms like this, and immediately I liked him.  We talked about different options as I was hoping to avoid anesthesia, based solely on the fact that it is extremely expensive, and as cash patients, I was hoping to cut any corners that could be cut.

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Darien was a trooper and went through all the motions with what seemed like a smile on his face.  They were able to do some local anesthetic, use traction, and set his arm while he sat there in a mild daze.

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This photo shows some glazed eyes, I guess the drugs had kicked in a little more by this time!  It’s amazing what they can do these days with medical supplies and knowledge.  They got him splinted, x-rayed,  and soon we were ready to go home.

The good news is that, within the scope of broken bones, this was not a serious break.  The bad news is that I haven’t begun receiving all the bills yet.  I am hopeful we might get through this for less than $5K since he was not put under.  But with 2 ER visits in one day, it could be much worse than that.