My name is Lisa, and I'm a Mormon!

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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Merry Christmas

We had a great Christmas, here are some shots, we are looking forward to a happy new year. I will post more.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Happiness: I'm dreaming of a white Christmas!!!! NOT

Happiness: I'm dreaming of a white Christmas!!!! NOT

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas!!!! NOT

Too Much Snow!!!

It wasn't fun last year!!! When you say to the kids, let me know if you go outside so if I don't see you in a few minutes to come looking for you with a shovel and dig you out. True story and Miranda didn't think that was too funny. Too much snow to go sledding and too much fun to have fun.

But we were all together and that made it so much fun. If it stays warm like it has been it will be wonderful. I wouldn't recommend having Christmas early, it was just too weird. I hope everyone has a great Christmas and we will also and have a bunch of fun.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth!!!

Then I could wish you a Merry Christmas!!!
Christmas for us is on Saturday, and for Jonathan he can hardly wait!!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Continue Life as a Healthy Happy 6 Year Old

I went to Jonathan's School and we made Gingerbread houses. It was great fun. The kids were so fun to be with.
Jonathan went to his 6 week eye appt, the doctor said he did great and he can continue life as a Healthy Happy 6 year old. He followed the treatment plan and is doing great. The stitches are mostly dissolved and the ones by his eye that are bugging me are just going to fall off. Jonathan asked Dr. Ranson if he could then wrestle and he said you sure can. I am so happy our boy can see. He has done his best ever in school the past few weeks since the eye shield has come off. He is doing really great.
He was getting a little crazy he had to wait 1 hour and 15 minutes for his appointment. The doctor was over booked and there was much to say about all of this in the waiting room so he was a little hyper when he finally got to go back into a room.
We are so thankful for the blessings of heaven, the doctor kept on saying that he did his eye perfectly. He warned us before the eye surgery that if it wasn't done right then we would need to go back and correct it right away, they took lots of measurements and at the hospital he told us he took out extra tissue so it wouldn't sag as he got older. Paul gave him a blessing before the surgery that the Doctor would do it perfectly. At his 2 week check up he said to me that a normal eye lid hangs at 1 mm and Jonathan's was hanging at 3 mm and then he took some measurements and said, I did it perfectly. It has been a blessing indeed.

Thank you all for your love, calls, prayers and concerns.

Friday, November 13, 2009

First Snow UGH!!!

Today we heard the word that it was going to snow, so I bundled Jonathan all up to go to school. He still has the eye patch over his eye. The stitches aren't dissolved quite yet.

He wrote his name in the snow. It was a doozy only about 1 1/2 inches on the national weather radar and 9/10 of an inch at the airport. I don't like snow anyway. Courtney and I rode the bus home today. It was great.

Have a great winter season everyone, after getting home from the bus, we did a lot of organizing. Great fun.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


Somewhere between Jonathan's surgery and Halloween was my Happy Birthday.(October 24) We went to Coeur D' Alene Idaho where Miranda had a volleyball game day. It was great. Then we went home and did some organizing and the evening we went to some friends house to work on projects.

I have noticed as I get older the "specialness" of a birthday kind of diminishes and you just do what you need to do. You celebrate the anniversary of your birth in different ways as you wanted to as a child.

I like to make the kids and Paul's birthdays like their own special holiday as I feel that it is. Eat your favorite meals, do your favorite things, have breakfast in bed, and my favorite is no chores. You actually get a break from doing the house hold daily chores.

Halloween came and went, the kids all looked so cute. Jonathan has his eye shield on still for the next 10 days. The doctor saw him on Monday and things looks great his eyes are doing good. 10 more days on the shield. Everyone said he should be a pirate however he wanted to be batman with an eye patch.

Courtney was cinderella, Miranda was a nurse and wore my scrubs, Jeremy appeared as himself. This year, I didn't dress up. Next year I am planning on being a witch. You know it I got some fun things for all of us for next year with the clearances.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Day 1& 2 Progression

Cameron and Jonathan, Cameron got smacked in the right cheek at school and he has a big shiner appearing on his cheek.

It is like cabin fever having to rest all the time. But we tell him that is how his eyes heal by resting and not doing much. He has complained about his eye hurting and that it really irritates him. We just put on lubricant and let it air out a bit then we put the eye patch back on to protect the sensitive tissues. It is quite the process. He is doing good and being a good trooper.
Last night
This morning

It made his day when his teacher called after school to see how he was doing.Thanks to all for the calls it helps him keep his morale up.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Jonathan's Eye Surgery

The Spokane Eye Clinic built a new Clinic and the top floor is the Surgery Center. We were able to have the surgery there rather than at the hospital. We Checked in today at 7:00 and it took forever for them to call us back. Finally they did and they took Jonathan's vital's.

It was fun I was able to go back into the OR room, I asked if I could watch the surgery but they said, NO. How rude, I would have loved to see what they did and how they did it. U-Tube was great but not as cool as being there would have been. I got to gown up and just be there for 5 minutes while they were putting him under. Then like clock work they ushered me out of the room.

He did really well, Dr Ranson said he took a lot of skin out so as he grows his eye lid will not fall down. He is doing great, and he needs a lot of rest and over the next few days his eyes will become more and more swollen. We are so excited that is now over and the healing has begun. Thanks for all of your love and prayers.
Have a good day.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Ptosis Surgery

This is what Jonathan is going to go through on Tuesday Morning. We are excited to have him truly see better and not to have such tired eyes.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

300 pounds of Apples

We had a great time picking these apples this weekend. And then we made some yummy applesauce, pie filling and some cider. We also had a great time listening to Conference, getting in 4 cord of wood and helping at Grandma's house while she was on a trip to Idaho. Funny enough she was on her way back through Kooskia spending some time with my mom and dad there.

This is Jonathan's favorite part squishing the apples to make the sauce. He does a great job and we all have a job to do to help out. He is so cute in his camo outfit and his camo glasses, he gets stopped everywhere we go with people asking if they are really prescription glasses to which we reply they are. (if interested in a great and cheap place to get glasses email me and I will let you know the secret my dad and Russel told us-they cost us 8 dollars--no kidding, we love it so much we have to tell everyone about it)

The jars tonight are still processing as I write and we have more than doubled what the picture shows. It is great, Courtney will have some to bring to college and we will have some to eat and to use in recipes to make them without the added fat.
AHHH...the tastes and smells of fall. Thanks kids for all the help in picking the apples the spontaneous apple fights and Miranda telling us that every apple she picked was So "Perfect" what joys.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Jonathan's Eye Surgery Day

Yesterday afternoon we got the call from the Spokane Eye Clinic and they said his surgery had to be postponed 4 Cancer Patients needed emergency eye surgery. So we did what we usually do on Thursdays, School, Tutoring and then we ended the day with some friends at their house and Jonathan loves to play with their dog Tank.

Surgery is now October 20. Life is good, Paul and I went and got a new dishwasher and a trash compactor this morning. We are going to listen to Conference this weekend, the boys are going to get firewood, while the girls and I can Applesauce. Then we are going to be doing a little bit of installing.

During the Priesthood session we are going to go to the Mall and get some of the clearance items from the back to school rush. We are going to have a wonderful time. I guess we need to be what Gerald Lund would say, wo be unto the flexible for they will never be bent out of shape.

So October 20th it is 4 days before my birthday and my boy will be able to see even more what a wonderful gift for a mom to have her child be able to see really well. I am so excited. I have been looking forward to this, and I would have to say I was the one really bummed. It was going to be oh so perfect, but life isn't supposed to be that way, at least not my life.

Life is good and I am glad that we are all healthy and strong. Courtney has been feeling a little under the weather today and has been resting. She will be better for the weekend.


Love and Laughter
Mama Lisa

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Craigslist-Hey Chloe this is for you

When I told you to sell everything, here goes. In our attempts to de-clutter and move things around this is what we have to offer today . Have a good day and they will all be gone before the end of the week. I assure you. It happens just as I say it does. It is wonderful.

Have a great day and I hope you are feeling better.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

If you were lucky enough to grow up in the Lewiston Idaho Stake of Zion

YOU WERE REALLY LUCKY..on a recent trip to Lewiston for Alex's ordination I ran into my good Friend Paula in Lewiston, before they did some creative boundary changes she wasn't even in my sisters ward and now her parents are. She is Junior High Teacher now in Boise, Idaho. What a great gal and what fun we had going to girls camp as adult stake leaders together. She is a wonderful gal and it was good to re connect with her.

She is great and just as happy as she used to be. Overall we had a wonderful summer.

Doing some race car fun at stateline speedway in Post Falls Idaho

The girls doing some photo shoots at the Japenese Gardens in Manito Park

The Girls giving Jonathan some makeovers and a bath one night while we were out. What great fun they have when they are together and with the camera. I always know what they are up to as I have the proof on the camera.