Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Emergency Situations

Kaitlyn just added me and this isn't even a really fun post, but something I was thinking about today.

This morning while I was in half awake/half sleepland I noticed the bed shaking a little. I sat straight up and panicked because I thought maybe my husband was having a seizure or something. He wasn't, just scratching his belly apparently, but it scared me and prompted me to look up what to do if something like that (a seizure, not the belly scratching) happens. So I share this with you:

What to do if someone is having a seizure:
  • Loosen clothing around the person's neck.
  • Do not try to hold the person down or restrain him or her, this can result in injury.
  • Do not insert any objects in the person's mouth; this can also cause injury.
  • Reassure bystanders who may be panicking and ask them to give the person room.
  • Remove sharp objects (glasses, furniture, and other objects) from around the person to prevent injury.
  • After the seizure, it is helpful to lay the person on his or her side to maintain an open airway and prevent the person from inhaling any secretions.
  • After many seizures, there may be confusion for a period of time and the person should not be left alone.
  • In many cases, especially if the person is known to have epilepsy, it is not necessary to call an ambulance. If the seizure lasts longer than five minutes, or if another seizure begins soon after the first, or if the person cannot be awakened after the movements have stopped, an ambulance should be called. If you are concerned that something else may be wrong, or the person has another medical condition such as heart disease or diabetes, you should contact a doctor immediately.
The whole article on What to do about Seizures can be found HERE

It also got me thinking about other emergencies that I "sort of" know how to react to. One thing that scares me is choking. Especially when I have children. I looked it up and found an in depth article, complete with visuals, that can be found on WebMD. Click Here to read.

I would encourage everyone to freshen up on their first-aid training. the firstaid.webmd site is really helpful. It talks about Burns, Poisoning, and Dealing with Emergencies. You never know what could happen tomorrow, so it is always best to be prepared. I think I'm going to go home today and get a small 72 hour kit together that I can put right under my bed in case I need to grab it really fast someday.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Good question

I have been pondering this very question a lot lately, as my life with two little boys gets busier and more demanding. It reminds me of Stephen Covey’s question about who would attend our funeral if we died and what would the eulogist say. Kind of a morbid question, but great for really making us think about how we want to be remembered. Lately, I have been struggling with balance. My husband works insane hours, so I feel often like it’s all up to me. Do I fold the 4 loads of laundry or play Mouse Trap with my son? It seems simple here as I type it, but it’s complicated and I am beyond tired. At the end of each day, I come back to the very question that Kaitlyn posted about – how will I be remembered? How will my kids remember me (and their childhood)? Was I the warm mom who gave them lots of love and attention, or was I frazzled – never getting to things and always responding to their requests with “in a minute” (while that minute never comes)? My resolve – balance better and be better, starting today – stop and really see these two darling boys in the moment every day.

I am so inspired by all of the women on this blog. Often I am reading the posts at midnight when my house is quiet, but it gives me a lot of think about. I don’t post often, but I think about it and I write posts in my mind.

Kaitlyn, you are amazing. I loved what you wrote about me. It actually made me cry. If I had read it without my name, I wouldn’t have known you were writing about me – so obviously, I need to work on some things. But somehow, knowing that you see me that way pushes me to be better, more like your kind words described me. I needed to read those words this week.

kaitlyn is… spreading love and light where ever she goes, literally. and, she is the most memorable babysitter - as evidenced by the fact that Lucas still talks about her - almost two years later. she loves kids and they know it. she is always smiling, and when she talks to you, it is like you are the only person in the world at that moment.

Mackenzie (

Friday, February 19, 2010

how will you be remembered

I just read this post at all things heart and home.



It got me thinking, of course, about how I want others to remember me. This led to what I will remember about a few of the special people in my life who share this blog. (I wish I could write about everyone right now and I will in the future because I’ve been blessed with great friends and family) I think it has the makings for a really good blog fest. Comment with your thoughts and or write your own post about how you want to be remembered.

Here’s how I'd like to be remembered:
- she loved the church & the Lord
- she considered others’ feelings, & loved to make people happy
- she was passionate
- she put her children first
- she knew how to have fun & she knew how to get things done
- she supported her husband & family be trying to be a better woman

love is… like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it
-A Walk to Remember

When you are not around I still feel you and I totally admire what I think makes you, you!

krista is… capturing perfect moments
- she never gives up, she sees her potential to accomplish something has actually does it. I don't think I've ever done that in my life
- always smiles even when she may be sad inside. that's not easy to do at all. when I’m sad all I want to do is show it, and talk about it, focus on it and guess what that totally doesn’t fix it.

shalyce is… making warm bread sticks
- she maintains perspective. she knows the value of hard work and sacrifice for long term rewards. I can be a very here and now kind of girl I wish I could keep me eyes on the whole picture more, like shay.
- she makes you feel comfortable around her. I’m not sure what it is but I just feel like I can totally be myself, whatever I may do and it’s not weird and I think im not the only person who would say that about shay.

diana is… discovering life’s soundtrack
-she’s loyal friend, she'd never leave you behind. I remember one time in college when I was really down and di offered to stay home that night. I always think about that time when I’m trying to be a good friend.
- she is a music lover, she always seeking after and sharing good music is just a reflection of how truly individual I think she is.

mom is… helping others breathe easier
- she listens to others. I never heard someone listen as long and as hard as my mom does when her family and friends come to her with cares, concerns, sorrows or joys.
- she has a healers touch. I’ve been so grateful all my life to have a mother who is a nurse by profession and by nature.

mackenzie is… at the children’s library on a rainy day
- she has the attitude, she loves new york. you’d think that would be easy to do because NYC is so awesome right, but its not. This city can rock your world and it’s hard to maintain a positive attitude about it.
-she is a loving mom. you can tell how much she loves her boys, but she doesn’t put it all up in your face. I guess a better way to say it is that she knows when to go with the flow and when to be a little more mama bear. I don’t know if that makes sense to anyone else but it just reminds me of the kind of mom I want to be. Can I just say cool, she’s cool. She’s a cool person and she’s just a cool mom. (I’m pretty sure that makes me sound like a teenager but it’s the truth, she is!)

keri is… chasing a pony in a wide open field
- she is opinionated,she takes the time to educated herself on things that matter to her. I really like this because I get heated up about things I know nothing about and its not impressive. Keri on the other hand actually knows stuff.
- she is an excellent cook/baker. she really has a natural talent and she makes it look so easy the little butthead. Haha I only say that because I try so hard and its just not in me. I know she worked hard at it too though and she has defiantly cultivated a skill. She really took what God gave her and made it grow.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

anyone for tea?

Photos from Country Living

This morning I was making my usual blog rounds and spotted a fun post at the Inspired Room. First it just made me miss London, having peppermint tea at The Orangery, but then I got inspired. Spring is not too far away and I'm having a tea party, too bad we all live so far apart or we could have one together. In the meantime I think I'll hit a couple flea markets and add to my collection of tea accessories.

Anyone have any good tea inspired recipes or crafts??


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

another amazing find

I love this picture. It looks straight out of a dream I've had and it's one of many divine posts on a amazing blog I just discovered. I just found it and I can't take my eyes off it. Go check it out... it's a feast for your eyes and tummy

Monday, February 15, 2010


sometimes all we need in life is some koo-laid dyed hair and a pushup bra.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

"love is reaching a point where you dont know what's ahead of you, but you do know you don't want it to be without him."

So i absolutely LOVE V a l e n t i n e s d a y .

I don't mind the overload of chocolate, I don't mind plucking flowers from the pits of their soil comforts and sticking them onto a shelf for a lengthy execution. I don't mind being alone. I don't mind serving happy --cutie-- oooooober sweet romantic .b.l.i.s.s.f.u.l. couples at work. I don't mind the overpriced candy that's been a necessity since 3rd grade. I don't even mind the sidewalkchalk tasting candy hearts engraved with artificial flavors and miraculously never tastes different, even when they're 1,000 years old and so stale the dust in the bottom of the cardboard container is being considered and examines at the Natural History Museum. I don't mind the overpriced greeting cards or required elementary school hand outs you give, even to the smelly kid who you KNOW secretly pees in the class science project plant pot. I don't mind the plastic hearts and the balloons. I don't mind the array of rose petals.

and I don't mind saying/hearing/reading/writing

" i l o v e y o u "

we live in a lonely world where love isn't expressed often enough. celebrating and dedicating a day to the joy and bliss of love has been one of the greatest movements of our society throughout time.
Enjoy it.
Embrace it.

maybe even .L.O.V.E. it.

For some people today is all they have. And today is the perfect chance to say

" i l o v e y o u "

(( ...and mean it. ))

Take the time to enjoy the roses. The chocolates. Even the sidewalkchalk hearts and the overpriced greeting cards.
Valentines only happens one day a year.

but love can last all year long.


Friday, February 12, 2010

Clive... Clive Bixby

If you don't watch modern family on ABC already, start now. Go to and start with Wednesday's Valentine episode... it's priceless.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Big Plans?

So, Derek and I will be rather boring this Valentine's Day, since we're saving every penny and sixpence for Europe. We're planning on a lovely dinner at home (well, he doesn't know that! hehe, won't he be surprised!) and our Stake Dance on Saturday. Yes, our lovely BYU young married stake is having a Valentine's Semi-formal dance, complete with DJ and chocolate fountain. :) Sometimes, I just have to laugh at the stereotypical events we participate in as Mormons at BYU. The fabulous (and hilarious) thing is, we're both really looking forward to it! Dancing with my hubby, chocolate, and an excuse to dress up--my favorite.

What are you fabulous plans for Valentine's Day this year?

p.s. Found this adorable vintage valentine at this website.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Lovely Love Music

I jumped on the beautiful Valentine's bandwagon---you can check out some of my favorite Valentiney-songs here on my blog.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

i am baker.

after reading kaitlyns post and my mother in law's blog with the link to this delicious website, my only problem is...... what valentines day treat do i bake first?

p.s. im totally obsessing with that heart cake.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Tune City

If you need a sweet playlist you can check out yours truly's or Di's blog for ideas. Then you should certainly share your favorites in a post of your own! Can't wait to enjoy all the love tunes while getting in the Valentine mood.