Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Story behind the man on the operating table

Ok Jeni, here's your story, although there is no diagnosis to guess and others who want to know about the man on the table :)

Sooo, to start the tale. My sister went to Papa New Guinea as part of an medical rotation with the doctor missionaries that lived in a remote village in the mountains. Total hard core! She and 3 other residents had a guide and hiked in, which was a hike of a couple of days.

There they helped the missionaries with the medical clinic and performed treatments and surgeries as needed. The man on the table was raping his brother's wife when his brother walked in on him in the act and went at him with an axe. Danielle in the picture is sewing the skin back on the man's scalp. The man was hit on the head and his arm by the axe (this is what the other doctor is working on). He made it through the surgery and won't ever be able to use his arm like before but is able to farm his sweet potatoes :)

and she loved the experience and wants to go back....:D

Saturday, June 20, 2009


My husband is off with his Cimmerian airsoft group camping the weekend away. Andy plans his camping trips out years in advance! So I had plenty of time to prepare for the weekend alone with the kiddos. Andy trying to give me motivation for me to be completely exhausted this weekend offered to let me go to Peru with my parents and my sister as they go and see Machu Picchu (if I knew how to do those clever little links I would use that now).

This was very tempting but the 2 draw backs, I would be taking Caden with me and as he did great in Australia, I think trying to cart a baby around in a 3rd world country would be no vacation at all and I would like to save this type of vacation for us as a family or with just Andy and me :)

So last night of course, Caden cried for the better half of the night. As soon as I get up, I check on him and he is fine sleeping away now cause now it's Morgan's turn to be up. I go back to bed and then wake up at 8. I go into Caden's room and it smells like a poop. No problem. Yah, but this blow out has gone through his diaper/ onesies/ and he is crawling around in it as it is smearing on everything. It's all over his legs and arms and everywhere in his crib. I put him in the bathtube and start the clean up. I should get a special applause for this. My husbands calls right at that moment as I am putting Caden in the bath with his poopy outfit on and poop is everywhere in the bathroom now. I answer calmly and tell him what happens and ask him to call back as I'm up to my elbows in poop.

So right now, I'm eating an ice cream sandwhich at the computer with cartoons on and there is brown stuff all over my shirt which I'm pretty sure is poop and I just don't care....

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Fun Pictures

almost got the camera person!
Swing batter batter batter

The family chilling on a cool evening watching the rain

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Finally Meeting the Neighbor

The people immediately around our house (on both sides and across from us) are all on the older side/ retired. The people though across the street and up 2 houses are a young couple who had twins around the same time Caden was born. They've lived there about 2-3 years and we had never met them.

You know when enough time has lapsed when you should have met a person and it seems awkward to wave or even pretend that they just moved in when it's actually been 3 years. They come and go and it's funny cause you start trying to make observations as to what type of people they are just in noticing their daily routine or when and what cars are parked outside.

Well this morning on my morning walk, I ask that God would give me an opportunity to meet the neighbors in some fashion or form. Later that afternoon, Andy was changing the oil in my car (thank you my love!) and he came in and informed me that the husband was out on the front yard with their babies. I was shocked, I have seen them in their front yard maybe 5 or 6 times in the past 3 years. I shrugged and then was reminded that this was an opportunity to meet them. So I took Caden ( I love how kids break the ice!) and Andy and Morgan followed and we have met our neighbors.

Glad I got to meet them finally:) The small gems in one's day...

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Reason's Why I Love Reno

So for the majority of my life I have wanted to live away from Reno. Having lived here most of my life, I've always wanted to move away. Well, the way life has worked out, I'm pretty sure, I will be here for the majority if not the rest of my life. I feel I have turned a corner. I have accepted this and have stopped shaking my fist at God. I'm actually finding out that I really love living in a place where I have roots and history and where I can tell my kids "yah, mom was born there....mom grew up here."

So reasons why I love Reno:

I ran into the lady who use to babysit me as a child at a nearby park. She got to meet my kids and we talked about how our lives have changed. Having roots :)

I have finally been able to master navigating Sparks, the last place I didn't know very well, so I officially should not be able to get lost in this city any more....

I enjoy running into people I know at odd hours of the night at odd places of the night and having the feeling like this really is a small town but with more then one stop light :)...good to see you Trista.

I love discovering new little shops or clubs ;) and knowing I'm going to come back

I love that our weather has some diversity but will always go back to sunny.

I love the people God has put into our family's life

I'm glad that I'm here to stay in Reno.. for the long haul

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Congradulations Roger Federer

For all those tennis fans! He did it!!!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Weather and Oregan Health Science University

I love this weather! The sun in the morning and the rain in the afternoon is a great change from the sun all day long day after day. Now understand I have lived in Nevada my whole life. I don't think I have ever seen our humidity at 67% (thanks Mike Alger for noting that).

Before I applied to be an RN at Washoe, now Renown, I applied to go to OHSU (Orgeon health science university). I went up for an interview and everything. I was applying to their ICU department and they took the best of the best ;). I had my apartment picked out and my roommate picked out as well. My roommate to be was a fellow Nevadean who was and did go to OHSU for her DDM (a dentist). What held me back?? A young man named Andy I had met a few months prior and who I really really liked and he liked me more :). Andy was so calm and patient as I finally came to the decision not to be employed by OHSU. On a side note, I was told by my could be future employer that I had to pay to park my car in the hospital garage while I was working.. What in the world?? No wonder people ride their bikes everywhere up there.

I didn't get accepted to be in their ICU deparment but another floor offered me a job. I declined, I decided Nevada isn't that bad especially because since there was a certain young man who lived there. Even if I had been offered the position that I wanted, I don't know if I would have accepted. I'm awefully glad I made the decision that I did.

So all that to say, I am fond of this weather and it makes me think of what it would have been like to live up in Oregon, but for this week I can have the weather/ great greenness too! plus I have my man!