Sunday, October 26, 2014

Harry Potter and Halloween

 Scott and I were invited to a Harry Potter murder mystery dinner and Maren threw an awesome party, as usual.  It was amazing.  We haven't done a party like that in a long time.  Scott was Harry and I was his wife, Ginny.  I dyed my hair red for the occasion but as the lights were so dark, you couldn't really tell.  Alyssa threw a big fit that we got to go to a Harry Potter party when she was the true fan.  So a couple weeks later I let her throw her own.  She did a great job.  She and her friends made all the food and decorated.  I got to clean up, but that was pretty good comparatively.

 The most delicious butter beer ever.

Can I just say I love Cornbellys?  I love the autumn, the fall afternoons, the activities, the fires at night, and just being together playing with my kids.  This year was a blast!  I think I enjoyed it so much more because Scott was there and able to participate.  We played dodgeball, boys versus girls, and Scott and Christian creamed us every time.  Every time.  Even when Scott wasn't able to move from his one spot.  Either he's amazing or we are lame.  I think it's the former.

 Christian photo-bombed.

 Girls in the corn.

Tetherball.  The kids are pretty good.  They can beat me once in awhile.

 Chilling in the wagon ride.

 Scott's work puts on a huge Halloween trick or treat party.  You go around the whole company and get candy and treats at every department.  I had to dress up for work this year as a mime.  It was weird.  Scott dressed up as a motorcycle accident.  People didn't know whether to laugh or not.  They just kind of looked away when he said it.  Too funny!  Alyssa was a cat, Christian didn't dress up cause he's too cool, a gypsy with a crystal ball, a bride and a little indian.

Another surgery

 Since we were busy doing the Thompson reunion on my birthday, Scott took me out a couple weeks later.  It was the night before his femur surgery.  I think he was nervous and wanted distraction.  But either way, I'm glad we went out.  He took me to a very nice, expensive Italian restaurant and we went to the planetarium and watched a U2 laser show.  Brought back memories of high school and how young we were way back when.  

 Scott walking on Mars.

 His leg after surgery.  It was so swollen and sad.

Recovering.  This picture reminds me so much of him when we were in high school.  He used to sleep like this all the time.  And with that exact blanket.

As an update, we went to the doctor about a week after our celebration of getting off pain meds and found out he would need another surgery.  The bone in his femur wasn't growing back like it needed, and so he had to have a new rod put in.  He went into the hospital on September 12th, one day shy of his one year anniversary since the accident.  We had been trying to come up with something to do on the anniversary, but that wasn't quite what we had in mind.  The doctor said it would be quick and he should be on crutches for a couple weeks and then walking on his own. Well, it was very painful and almost 6 weeks later he is still on crutches.  When we got home from the hospital it took us 1/2 hour to get him out of the car and up the stairs into the house.  When he made it to bed he didn't move for a week.  He started going to work a week later but it was very hard for him to move his hip.  He was using the walker again for a couple weeks and then moved to crutches.  
This has been hard for both of us.  He was anticipating getting back to regular activity but instead has been in so much pain.  He can't put weight on his leg yet.  The doctor tried a newer method where they don't put screws in the top of the rod and leave a gap between the rod and the top of his bone so that it will move up and down and try to create more bone growth through stimulation.  The couple times he has stepped on it has been excruciating.  
While he has been more patient than I'm sure I could be, it was been hard on both of us.  He is tired, grouchy and hurting.  I hate to see him in pain, and carrying the weight of taking care of the kids and house and everything by myself is hard.  I don't know how I did it a year ago when he needed a lot more help.  I don't think the kids were as busy, though, and I started a new job working a lot more hours.  But I have been so exhausted and sometimes feel so alone.  I know he does, too.  But he is slowly getting better and I know that we will make it through.  I am grateful that he is still here to share everything with, even the hard times. 


 Sending Grandma and Grandpa down the river in the raft with all the grandkids.  Almost all, anyway.

When I first met Scott, their family went to Lagoon every year for his Dad's birthday.  I went with them the first year we were dating and it was so fun!  It's been a few years since we went, and since we were kind of in charge of the reunion this year, we decided to go again.  We had a great time until the rain came POURING down at 5:00.  We decided to call it quits at 6 and went home and had a sleepover and watched a movie with the cousins.  The next day we went to the cabin and hung out and then went fishing and crawdadding and Kelly made the most delicious shrimp boil.  Sunday we hung out and watched videos at the cabin and ate good food.


Scott made it off his pain meds for a few weeks and we knew we needed to celebrate.  That was a huge ordeal, and I was so proud of him.  The few days leading up to it there were several obituaries in the paper with young guys who had OD'd.  I was proud of him for being able to break himself from it.  He was also walking on his own again, and while it was slow, it was without any help!  So we went to a new restaurant called Tamarack and out to a play.  I love this man!

Christian gets the priesthood

I knew it was coming, but it was still hard to actually grasp.  Even now, 2 months later, I forget that he needs to go to Young Mens on Wednesday.  And it still surprises me to see him pass the sacrament.  Sunday, August 3rd Scott, Nick, Grandpa Reece and Grandpa Thompson came to his ordination.  It was really nice and I cried.  He is such a good boy and I am so glad he's part of our family.  Since this was a big birthday for him, he had a party at Nickel City and then we had family to our house for ice cream the day of his ordination.  
My two boys in their suits.  So handsome!

We took him and Alyssa to the temple to do baptisms for the dead.  What a great experience!

First day of school and random summer pics

I can't believe my little boy is in 7th grade.  I can't get him to wear pants, even in the dead of winter.  I finally told him if it's below freezing he had to wear them.  Crazy kid.  I have a picture of Alyssa somewhere, I will get it later.

Amber (5th grade) and Livi (2nd grade).  Neon is back this year.  Cute girls!

Soran had to wait another 2 weeks before she started, which about killed her.  Here she is, my baby, a kindergartener!

Lyssa and Christian got to go to youth conference in August.  They had a good time.

Alexis and Amanda came for the summer.  We had so much fun with a sister and a cousin!

FHE writing nice things about each other on their backs.

This year our family as we've known it has officially ended.  We no longer have dinner together every night.  We can't find a single evening where we are all home together.  It makes me incredibly sad, but I guess I knew it was going to happen.  Alyssa made it onto the JV ballroom team this year, and when I went to the parent meeting I knew it was going to take over our lives.  With competitions, performances, practices and fundraising, piano, volunteering at Timpanogas, serving in her Young Womens group and friends she is always gone.  But that was before Christian made it onto the competitive soccer team with Utah FC.  THAT was what really changed things.  He has practices a couple days a week and games at least once a week, and we are traveling all over the valleys to get him to his games.  He is also in orchestra and taking Chinese (which he loves).  Amber is in 4H, piano and dance.  Alivia is in capoeira, thankfully her school started an after school program for that so I don't have to drive her anymore.  Soran is in dance and started doing full day kindergarten at the school I work at.  She loves it, and it is nice to have her busy.  She crashes at the end of the day.  I wouldn't have them miss any of their activities, but I will surely miss the days when we all sat down every night and ate together.