These two were babies when we first moved into our home. Trevor has lived across the street with a bunch of handsome brothers. He returned from the Pilippines last summer and is attending UVU like Jessie.
I was asked to be Muriel for our school's Literacy Scholar activity last Friday. The students who attended didn't know it was me, except for one fifth grader who recognized my voice.
I lost my gnarly rope and Home Depot was out of it at two different stores. So I just purchased wimpy rope.
Muriel and I go back six years. On Halloween, when Julie was in 4th grade, I was Muriel for her school halloween party. I liked dressing up as a witch and having blond hair was a nice change. Julie and her sisters really enjoyed reading the Fablehaven books so I got hooked.
I hope the books turn into a movie series someday.
Brandon Mull is quite the gifted writer. At least the Carlson home thinks so.
Jess and other ward members dressed up last Wednesday evening and drove to the Provo Mall.. The Young Men and Young Women went over as well to see if they could find the Waldo's of our ward. Jessie came home with a big candy bar for winning the best disguise. She could not be found even though the youth passed her many times hanging out around the food court.
First Year for organ and piano music.
Julz got a high fever after the recital and had to miss school for the rest of the week. Kidney's can be very sensitive after surgery. She is doing much better and is looking forward to getting on with life. I on the other hand got called to be the Ward Young Women's Secretary today at church. Yes they want me back at girl's camp the first week of June. I'm very tempted to take sleeping pills this time!
I got a call from Julz around 9:00 am at Provo High Tuesday morning saying she was having pain around her abdomen area. Luckily it wasn't very busy at my school concerning aide work, so I didn't have to get a sub. When I arrived at Provo High I could tell by looking at Julie that she had been crying. I hurried and checked her out and drove straight to Utah Valley Medical Center.
Our family has a history for appendicitis and I didn't want to take any chances. The first thing the nurse did was ask Julz for a urine sample. When she came out of the ladies room Julie told me she had blood in her urine, I knew we had come to the right place.
It took forever to get ready for an ultra sound test since Julie needed two bags of liquids to get her organs in the right position. After the ultra sound, (which took an hour), Julz threw up. Next thing we know she is wheeled back to ER getting prepped for a cat scan. Her appendix looked fine but her kidney had fluid around it and there was a little rupture on the outside. I stayed in Julie's ER room while the nurse wheeled her to the cat scan. That test only took about twenty minutes.
Finally lunch time had passed and the ER Doctor Cox informed us that Julie had an 8mm kidney stone on top of her bladder!! What, my sixteen year-old, a kidney stone! I was very surprised since I'm the only one who has ever gotten a kidney stone. Plus I was forty-two years old!! My stone was from nursing too much and not drinking enough. Where in the heck did Julie's come from?
The next thing we know Doctor Cox was calling Doctor Platt the Urologist for surgery. Luckily there was an opening for the next day. GW volunteered to take Julie so I didn't have to miss any more work. By the time we got home on Valentines day it was almost early evening and she was actually feeling better. Julz went to bed and slept the entire night without any pain. Go figure.
Wednesday arrived and the surgery was a success. Julie was able to come home the very same day. Lot's of friends came over with flowers, cookies, soft blankets, and one teddy bear.
I had to take a picture of this giant card from Julie's bio-tech class.
Yes that is a kidney stone made out of foil.
Needless to say it has been an emotional week due to pain pills, lots of support coming from family and friends. From now on I think Julie will be drinking much more water and fluids.
Jen had three interviews last week with different middle school principals. Her favorite interview was with the Payson principal. He called her back the same day they had the interview and offered her an intern job at Payson Jr. High School for 2017 to May 2018. She starts in August teaching Science. We are excited for her!!
I remember taking Jenny to a Science Conference held for young women at UVU years ago when she was a Senior at Provo High. Thanks to a great chemistry female teacher at Provo High that really influenced Jen at a young age, she is now actually going to teach Biology and Chemistry.
This photo was taken a while ago when she met with her first Mission President and wife who were getting ready to serve just as missionaries in a different mission for the church.
Jenny has had such great examples to follow over the years. Now it's her turn to maybe help and influence the youth of today.
Jen worked for four years as a janitor at Dixon Middle School before her mission and while she attended Provo High. This photo was taken with a co-worker friend getting ready to go to a banquet in Salt Lake City, and to honor them as janitors for the cleanest school in Utah.
She saved all her janitor money and bought her first Honda vehicle with cash. Jen has always been a hard worker and will be a great teacher. We have been so blessed to have her in our family. She is a great example to me and her siblings.
Another great influence in Jenny's life I think has been her older brother Jacob. She loves her sisters but Jen and her brother are fourteen months apart and have always been close. Even though they don't see each other as often as they did living under the same roof. They still seem to have a close bond when we all get together to celebrate a special occasion, or just visit after a Sunday meal.