Saturday, April 29, 2006

Field Trips

On Tuesday I went to Prusch farm with Spencer and our ward family. Conner loved the animals (but didn't want to love them too closely) Here he is with his best buddy Trevor. And to the right are me and some of my "moms group" friends. they are my good buddies.
I went with Conner's class to Cold Stone on Thursday. It was a LONG walk, but we were rewarded with the chance to see how they make ice cream, and then make our very own concotions at the counter. Big fun.
And, finally, my mom's been on a field trip visiting us. It's been really fun! This is she and Spencer checkin' out an ant.
Oh yeah, and today was the primary talent show. Conner recited "Longmobile" by Shel Silverstein. He did an AWESOME job, very proud of my little guy. He got up and did it all by himself (WITH ACTIONS PEOPLE). He's still available for performances if you pay in jelly beans. Good week for sure!

In the Life of a Nurse

Drew had a MILLION bad music jokes... so I thought I'd share an email I got from my friend Yvonne... I think my favorite is the first one. :)


Did you hear about the nurse who died and went straight to hell?? It took her two weeks to realize she wasn't at work!

You may be a nurse if.....

You believe that every patient needs tlc... .. Thorazine, Lorazepam and Compazine.

You would like to meet the inventor of the call light some night in a dark alley.

You believe not all patients are annoying, some are unconscious.

Your sense of humor gets more warped each year.

You know the phone number of every late night delivery place by heart.

You can only tell time by the 24 hr clock.

Almost everything can seem humorous....eventually. (HAHHAHAAAA... this is SO DANG TRUE!!!!, and sad)

When asked what color that patients diarrhea was, you show them your shoes.

You know the smell of different diarrhea to identify it.

Every time you walk you make a jingling noise because of all the scissors and clamps in your pocket.

You can tell the pharmacist more about the medication they are dispensing than they know.

You refuse to watch ER because it is too much like the real thing and it triggers flashbacks.

You check the caller ID on your day off to see if anyone from the hospital is trying to call and ask you to work.

You've been telling stories in a restaurant and made someone at another table throw up.

You notice that you are using more 4 letter words than you did before you started nursing. (WAIVING HAND WILDLY, this is ME!)

Every time someone asks you for a pen you can find at least 4 of them on you.

You can intubate your friends at parties.

You don't get excited about blood unless it is your own.

You live by the motto "to be right is only half the battle, to convince the doctor is more difficult"

You've basted your thanksgiving turkey with a toomey syringe.

You've told a confused patient that your name was that of your co- worker and to holler if they need help.

Eating microwave popcorn out of a clean bedpan is perfectly normal.

Your bladder can expand to the size of a winnebago's water tank.

You may be a nurse if.....

When checking the level of a patients orientation you aren't sure of the answer.

You find yourself checking out other customers veins in grocery waiting lines.

You can sleep soundly at the hospital cafeteria table on your dinner break and are not be embarrassed when you wake up.

You avoid unhealthy looking shoppers in the mall for fear that they will drop near you and you'll have to do cpr on your day off.

You throw a party for a co-worker and use a urinal (clean of course) as a lemon-aid pitcher and use a bed sheet for a tablecloth

You hate to get dressed in "real clothes" because scrubs are what you live in, and why can't they make jeans that comfortable.

You often stay awake for 24+ hrs at a time when you work nights and realize you don't need alcohol or drugs to hallucinate just lack of sleep...

You pull over in some parking lot after working nights because you are too tired to drive home and wake up to someone knocking on your window thinking you have had a stroke because you are passed out in your car and drooling.

Your finger has gone places you never thought possible. (tee hee)

You have seen more penis' than any prostitute. (HAHA...)

You've sworn to have "No code" tattooed on your chest.

If you are not a nurse and have been sent this by a friend who is, its just to help you understand our mind set and questionable mental state.

"The fate of the wounded rest in the hands of those who apply the first bandage."

Friday, April 28, 2006


I've had a lot of dear friends wanting pictures the past few monhts. I am loving the photo shoots. It's been a lot of fun, and I love my friends kids. So fun to capture those moments.
However, I thinking of veering into the life of paid photography.
I love looking at people's photography websites. I found this one today... so calming and great. I sent her an email about making the transition from a friendly photo pal, to actually a photographer.
Does anyone have thoughts on this?
I can't decide pricing, I can't decide if this is something I really want to do. My life is fairly full as it is. And, did I mention my internet filter doesn't like the words "photo shoot" (seriously, had to turn the filter off to write this).

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Photography

I've had a lot of dear friends wanting pictures the past few monhts. I am loving the photo shoots. It's been a lot of fun, and I love my friends kids. So fun to capture those moments.
However, I thinking of veering into the life of paid photography.
I love looking at people's photography websites. I found this one today... so calming and great. I sent her an email about making the transition from a friendly photo pal, to actually a photographer.
Does anyone have thoughts on this?
I can't decide pricing, I can't decide if this is something I really want to do. My life is fairly full as it is. And, did I mention my internet filter doesn't like the words "photo shoot" (seriously, had to turn the filter off to write this).
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Thursday, April 27, 2006

I've been tagged

And, it wasn't fag tag... fyi My SIL Laural tagged me.
I AM: one big headache.
I WANT: long, long naps.
I WISH: There would be continual love at our house
I HATE: smokers... amen (ok, I hate the act, not the people...)
I MISS: My kids being babies... not newborns (mind you) but -- that 4-6 month stage that just ROCKS)
I FEAR: fire, snakes (wrote snacks first, I should probably fear snacks more)
I HEAR: Conner turning his pants into shorts
I WONDER: How Noah got all those animals in the ark. :)
I REGRET: Not serving my friends more. I think I'm too selfish.
I AM NOT: awake
I DANCE: umm.... I'm gonna take a pass on this one.
I SING: like a rockstar. Did I mention I was the music sterling scholar at Timpview High School my senior year? Ok, the ALTERNATE... but it's still an accomplishment.
I CRY: for losses... mostly babies.
I AM NOT ALWAYS: this whiney
I MAKE WITH MY HANDS: scrapbook pages (of course) and dinner, sometimes other meals too. :)
I WRITE: let me just take this opportunity to plug the upcoming SB Etc baby special edition... I write in there (but, frankly -- not that much)
I CONFUSE: the medications needed for ACLS
I NEED: a larger freezer (ok, I don't -- just feeling like that right now)
I SHOULD: put my stuff in the freezer (Taking a break from unloading groceries)
I START: putting away groceries -- and then I get distracted.
I FINISH: most everything -- obsessed about that. Can't leave a scrapbook page undone
I TAG: Laura Neves... she needs to write a new blog

Mumzy

My mom's here. Spencer is in love with her.
It makes me happy.
Today he did a puzzle for about an hour (same puzzle -- it has 5 pieces) with her.
Feel the joy.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Photos

I did a little shoot for my friend Brittany today.
Check it out.
Her little guy Ethan is A-dorable... makes me want to do photos of ONLY babies. :)

It's a miracle

It's a miracle that I ever made it through nursing school.
When we went to the temple on Saturday I had SUCH a hard time concentrating. Crazy thoughts coming into my brain from all directions: Should we go into debt to get a minivan, should we have another child, should I work more, should we not go to UT on vacation... endlessly thinking about other stuff. I'd look up (because the temple ceremony is presented via video) and wonder WHAT I had been thinking about. I felt guilty.
Seriously, I have NO idea how I made it through nursing school. I think God must've blessed me to hear ANYTHING that happened in class. And I think I also know why I was such a bad tester.
My job requires severe concentration in spurts. For a moment, there will be an emergency but in a few moments it has usually past and you move onto other things. Perhaps it's making my lack of concentration worse.
And let's not even TALK about my kids.
Anyway, anyone else feel this way?

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Lucky Folk

Today Drew and I went up to the temple for ward temple day. For my non-LDS friends, the temple is a definate no-kid zone, and while our kids can be outside it's just nice for Drew and I to be able to go in together.
While we were driving to the temple, I just felt so appreciative that we have a few amazing sitters. I remember the first time we went to the temple, I was worried about my kids. The temple is all the way in Oakland and if something goes wrong, we're not nearby for assitance.
I am just grateful for our great sitters.
You rock.

Our Visit to the Big Basin Redwoods



Taking a cue from my friend Brittany we decided to go down towards Santa Cruz to the Big Basin redwoods. For those of you thinking we do all this fun stuff all the time, we had spring break this week. We had a LOT of fun in the state park. They had a great museum for kids, with snakes in jars, and a magnifying glass to look at bugs on pins. We went on their little nature trail. They had a little guide and Conner could read the guide at all the points of interest. One woman on the trail even commented on what a good reader Conner was (however, he wasn't quite as polite and wouldn't say thank you). We are glad we went after a few days of "dry-ness" because I'm sure it was a mud-fest on Monday. Spencer was a good little hiker, with only wanting to be on Dad's shoulders the last little bit. We can't wait for the summer when we're in Utah and Idaho and can go explore more.
Yesterday, we went Bowling moved some friends and then Hilary went to work for 4 hours and earned the big bucks (to pay for the dental and vision bills we racked-up on this little spring "break" of ours). Today it's off to the temple and hopefully that'll put the big finish on what has been a really great break!

Friday, April 21, 2006


Looks mildly crooked... could very well be that way in real life..., but I don't think so. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Holy Cow!

My friend Suzanne posted this on my scrapbook message board. Thought some of you might find it amazing. Drew and I were just staring at it, couldn't belive it was real!
Hilary

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

New Pictures


K, just found this jem as I was going through our pictures... Posted by Picasa Oh yeah, and I posted some of our new pictures (Easter, more SF pics) on my flckr account.

So, yesterday we packed our bags (ok, one bag, a camera bag) and headed to SF. We went to Chinatown (I ate at the same restaurant I SWEAR I ate at 11 years ago when our high school group came to SF), rode all over in the cable cars and then did a little shopping in Chinatown. Drew has a lovely dragon out of the whole thing. Posted by Picasa

The Ericksons In San Fran Posted by Picasa

Sunday, April 16, 2006

My Easter Thoughts

First off, I played the flute in church today. And, I had my new outfit on today. Check me out. I figure if I don't keep on developing my talents I'll lose them... although I do feel as though I'm performing a lot lately. BUT, my friends, that is a blog for another day.
This past week Conner and I read a book called "The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes" by Dubose Heyward and illustrated by Marjorie Flack. I thought it was a great Easter book (and I have a hard time finding great Easter books, although I have vowed to do better next year). It is about all the bunnies out there in bunny-land waiting for the great grandfather bunny to chose the next easter bunny (and fyi, there are apparently 5 of them) and this country bunny from the time she was little, said that SHE was going to be the next Easter bunny (and everyone laughed). Then, the country bunny had a bunch of baby bunnies and the people laughed even harder. But she worked so hard at being a mother she had all those bunny babies (Who were now little bunny children) running the house, and then there was a call for a new bunny. The Great Grandfather bunny didn't pick any of the bunnies who thought themselves to be the fastest or the most cunning, but instead chose the mother bunny. And she does a great job, blah-blah. Anyway, read the story with your kids, it was great.
I was most touched by the part about how moms still can be cuning, quick, but most of all they're caring. I think it taught a lesson to Conner and it was a great Easter story to boot.
I am so thankful that Easter is always on a sunday. I am glad that I have the chance to reflect on the Savior's love for me and how I can better make use of the things he has already done for me. So, now I'm going to go cook a ham.

Friday, April 14, 2006

bunny hunt


It was the Bunny Hunt today for room B. They were the bunnies, and since we don't want to use the word EASTER... they were bunnies that were hunting for eggs. Really cute though. Can never get enough of Ms. Ross. Posted by Picasa

My 7th Grade Career Class

Well, as the BHG baby book is set to hit newstatnds sometime soon (it must be, because I've already been paid for my 2 items in it) I just sent another article inquiry into BHG (this is Scrapbooks Etc. -- its parent company is Better Homes and Gardens). I thought back to my 7th grade career class (FYI, Wayne Osmond came and spoke about his career). We made these pillows (because they were combining careers with sewing and woodshop -- don't ask) and I put on mine that I wanted to be a TV show writer. I always loved writing, although my teachers didn't love my writing. Anyway, it's kind of fun for me to write articles, and I am hoping to do more of it in the future.
And that's all I have to say.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Non-confrontational

This is probably surprising to a few of you, but I am so against confrontation. When my teachers used to get mad at me I almost always cried. I don't take criticism well and it's something I am working on. I am fine to yell at other people, but I fear what they're going to do to me.
So, last night a NICU nurse was treating me like her slave, and I just wasn't up for it. I called the charge nurse, and I didn't feel right about not talking to her as well. I did pull her aside, and I thanked her for her help and the things she did, but I also tried to make my point in that the things she was saying, and the way she was treating me were inappropriate.
In the end, I did say I was sorry for some of the mistakes that I had made, she didn't -- but I did feel a bit of resolution and I was proud of myself for going to her and handling the situation.
Is anyone that reads my blog good at that sort of thing?
Last night I rehashed it for a while before going to bed. I have a hard time letting it go...
It's just something I want to improve on, and working on a unit full of women, I think it's something we could all improve on.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Monday, April 10, 2006


The first of a few disneyland pages... Posted by Picasa

Thanks for a great time Haws family! Posted by Picasa

Plastering on my Happy Face

Today, I walk out to mop the kitchen floor (this being 6:40 am) and Conner's all chipper asking me 5 million questions. I don't drink coffee but I do need a few moments to blink my eyes (which were really dry today, they kept kid of bending backwards when I was blinking) before I can deal with full-on life. I also get-up early to sweep and mop so I don't have to deal with children while I'm doing it. Then, Conner gets his clothes on (after me begging) and I see a hole the size of his head in his pants. I'm just uber frustrated, adn i've only been-up less than 20 minutes.
So, I continue with the morning, most of it going along the same vein, Conner bursting into tears a few times... me wanting to do the same.
Then, I hear my dang mom's voice in the background saying that you don't want them leaving home frustrated and mad, because that will carry into their school work.
So, on the way to school we sing, and talk and raise our hands if we're gonna have a GREAT day at school today (both kids are REALLY into the whole "Raise your hand if you're ________!!!"
Anyway, we drop him off on a high note, and I realize that my attitude has everything to do with my family. So, here's my happy face and I'm gonna try and keep it on...

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Making Friends 101

Today at church we had a great lesson on activating the lesser active members of our church, and also those that are investigating the church. I just thought Michelle did such a great job, helping us realize all the resources the church has.
However, some of the comments in the class made me wonder.
I remember my mom telling me this story once when I was going into Junior high. She had a friend who had walked down the hall of somewhere (let's pretend it was at school) and she was SO mad that her friend hadn't said hi to her... and my mom reminded me that it is ME that needs to say high, and that making the effort yourself is what it's all about.
The person that is going to actvate you is YOU. If you think you don't have enough friends, gather your courage and invite a family that you met a church over for dinner. It's just plain silly to sit around and wait for people to invite YOU places.
In fact, Drew and I were just invited to a family's house that has just moved-in near us. She has a little boy the same age as Conner, and a little the same as Spencer. I am impressed by the courage it takes to invite an unknown family over to your house. And that's the way life happens people -- you've gotta take it into your own hands.
And now, that blog made no sense... could be fast sunday...

Saturday, April 08, 2006

My ArtEEst







Today was Conner's big showing. It was really fun. They had a TON of art, from all the schools in the district, but only a few from each school and hardly any other kindergarteners were chosen. They had some jazz bands playing, and places where the kids could do art. It was mucho fun and conner felt pretty honored to be amongst all the other artists. A big shout-out to Mrs. Ross for submitting his drawing. Frankly, I've never pushed Conner into being an "artist" but he had such a great time doing this, I am sure he feels like one now!

Karli

No, this isn't about my neice (but that would really be fun).
I had a Karli post some questions, but she didn't leave a contact address. She was wondering how I put text on my photo, and it's really easy. You can do it in most photo editing programs. You just find the text button, and then type. If you want more info, Karli -- comment with a way to email you back! :)

Friday, April 07, 2006


New Layout... borrowed some ideas from the garden. Thank you Stacy Statler, the PP squares are GENIOUS. Posted by Picasa

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

I saw that this book was on the Amazon bestseller list, and put it on my "hold" at the library. I am really glad that I did.
This book is moderately reminicent of those movies with Bruce Willis (blanking on movie names) where there's twist and turns and you realize stuff... moderately sci-fi but I mostly sci-fi and I loved this.
Anyway, the premise is that her husband is a time traveler, and she meets him when she's 6 years old (he is time traveling from when they are married -- so he is like 40 and she is 6) which, while I am typing it -- doesn't sound that great.
But, anyway -- it was a great read. Really reminds you that all you have in life are the relationships. Good read, reserve it at your library -- but it's almost 600 pages -- I haven't read a book that long since Harry P.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Pants on Fire

What is it about lying?
Last night we had two patients that in a professional nursing way, we would call "extremely poor historians" -- meaning they told us lies.
Why would you tell a lie to someone who is going to help you.
And how sad would it be to live a life full of lies, not remember who you told what to?
I find, as a mom, it's really hard to punish lying. I mean... do I truly KNOW if Conner brushed his teeth, or ran his toothbrush under the water to pretend he brushed. I truly want to punish bad behavior... but I also want him to know I trust and love him.
Do you guys have any way of dealing with lying in your kids?
I think my main thing is to realize the consequences of lying. For instance, that he'll have his teeth rot and have to spend a lot of time at the dentist if he doesn't brush. Also, taking him to church and letting him know the feeling of guilt when he does something wrong.
Anyway, that's my thoughts for today.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

My friends and kids rock

Ok, just some shout outs for people I love.
My friend Shannon has a new photography site. She took my FABULOUS avatar photo and she's taken a lot of great pictures of Spencer. She's also going to do a p0t0sh00t (thanks you filter) soon with me and my two boys. Just wanting to treasure this time. Anyway, her site's www.shannonmontez.com and she rocks if anyone's looking for baby photos, family photos, kid photos. Frankly, I think she rocks the older kid/family arena... it's so hard to get a photographer to be willing to work with that age group and all the personalities a family affords.
Conner is a freaking ARTIST. Mrs. Ross submitted something he'd drawn (I guess it's a portrait of George Washington -- a HISTORICAL artist nevertheless) and it's going to be in the Triton Museum of Art this weekend, and I guess through the 16th (I'm hoping it's longer so that Grandma can come see it when she comes). I'm so proud of him. Last year his preschool teahers thought he was so great... except for his cutting/writing skills and now Mrs. Ross says he has amazing fine motor skills for a July 5 year old birthday.
Ok, I think that's all I can type. I sliced my finger on a carton of yogur yesterday and have a GIANT bandaid on my finger now... it's causing a few errors and a lot of back-spacing... {sigh}

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Supernanny

I am a bit of a Supernanny addict. I really like it when Drew watches it with me. I have friends that feel sorry for the families on there. While I don't think that our family is NEAR as bad as these families are portrayed, I bet if you caught me on the right day, and edited it right, I'm sure I'd look exactly like these women.
I enjoy someone telling us how to dicipline, and I really think there should more of these kinds of shows on (I've seen that a few of the Discovery Networks are putting shows like this on). There are so many times when you just think "WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO ABOUT THIS!" and because you're so close to the situation you're just lost. But, while watching superanny I've gotten some great ideas.
Anyway, my twocents on the nanny herself.

Monday, April 03, 2006

RAK


I won a RAK from my friend Mary Ruth a couple weeks ago and today I get THIS in the mail (I am really hoping I get this picture to post -- if not, picutre "The Big Picture" by Stacy Julian). I mean, seriously... on a day when I can HARDLY get out of BED... and I get that.
Mary Ruth, you rock the planet, thanks so much!
PS... this almost makes-up for you getting to go to CKU-A... we can be friends now. :)

Why oh WHY did I get-up today

When my alarm went off today at 6:30 it was a painful moment. I daylight savings. I remember the spring one used to be nice because for a few days my kids would sleep in. But, school has changed all that. So, anyway -- I myself out of bed and headed to sweep and mop the kitchen.
Got showered, lunches made, breakfast in me and COnner... and then it was off to get Spencer. As soon as I opened th door I could smell puke. Thankfully, Spencer had covered all of the puke with his blanket. No fever, no unahppiness. So I throw him in the tub and give him a quick scrub and then threw him in clothes and off we were going. Then, he puked again in the car. On a brighter note this is my first time with dealing with puking in the car. Thankfully, he had his rain coat on -- so it just slid off him and onto his seat.
Thank you inventor of febreeze, you are a genious.
Can I just pull the covers back over my head and pretend like the day never even started?

Sunday, April 02, 2006


again... another simple one... and I'm kinda getting into the whole handwriting thing. Posted by Picasa

Ladies Night at the Ericksons

From the age of 9 when my father and brother went off to priesthood session (it's a Mormon thing) my mom and I would have "girls night" at home. And while I had the unfortunate opportunity to be my mom's guinea pig of sharing "girl stuff" with (and I'm talking about stuff that involves maxi pads) I made it through and I really enjoyed our nights up until I moved.
Of course, once here I still had my SIL, so we'd hang out with our 2 kiddos. And then SHE moved.
So, the last few conferences I've been hangin' at home feelin' sorry for myself. And frankly, I'm not much of a party thrower but I decided it was time to be DONE with the sorry-ness and start-up with the feelin' the joy! So, I invited some friends over. Most have littles or are pregnant. It was just so fun to sit around with the crowd. I don't know if I truly appreciated my women friends until I had kids of my own. Women to ask questions of, women to share annoyances of and women to laugh with. I mean, don't get me wrong, I had rockin' great friends in college... just seems like I've jumped to a new plane.
BTW, we did appetizers or desserts are our pot-luck theme. Seriously, I want to do it every month from now on. Yummiola!

I know... look at my simple little layouts! Posted by Picasa

HELLO my old Pebbles stickers. Iknew they'd come back into style some day... and they DID Posted by Picasa

Look at me using my grassroots papers (free from MM when I did their travel book -- just seemed perfect for an accent on this one). And I promise it's all straight in real life. Posted by Picasa

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