Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Ethne Rides!

These are pictures of Brett that I took on Sunday after church because I think he’s so good-looking, and obviously they don’t really have anything to do with Ethne riding, but that’s okay.  (I bought Brett a nice blue sweater for work and he said, “The only problem is that I don’t have a tie to go with it.  I need a yellow one.”  And I totally found this perfectly yellow tie at the second-hand store that same week.  Awesome.)


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And here’s Ethne riding!  Yahoo!  Both Jethro and Hazel learned to ride without training wheels right around the time they turned six, but Ethne’s our earliest at 4!





Orrin is cute.

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Way to go Ethne!


The operation.

Yesterday was Orrin’s hernia repair surgery.  Nathalia, a friend from church, came over in the morning to watch the kids for us.  We put a little patch on Orrin’s hand that would help numb it a bit, then went to the hospital bright and early.  Of course, they didn’t get around to doing anything with us for a couple hours, which we should just expect.  But Orrin was being all cute and happy the whole time, and we started talking with a nurse for quite a while.  Actually, I should say Brett started talking with her, as she didn’t speak very much English, so it was an all-German conversation. 

She found out we had five kids, and were from Utah, and she asked how long we were here for and so on.  I told Brett to tell her that he had been here for a mission for the Mormon church years ago, so he did.  Then she asked what made our church different, so we talked about The Book of Mormon, living prophets, a lay ministry, and some other things.  We also got to dispel her idea that Mormons practice polygamy.  It was really neat. 

Then they came in and gave him some stuff to make him get tired, and then they wheeled him upstairs and we said goodbye.  He was still all happy, just laying on the bed, waving his arms.  :)IMGP7574

They had Brett’s cell phone number, so we had some breakfast, Brett gave me a little tour of the parts of the hospital he knows (he comes to the hospital for work quite a lot), went to the roof and looked out over the city,

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and walked around and talked.  We said it was too bad that it takes our son’s surgery to get us to have a date. 

When the surgery was done, we went up to the post-op recovery room and got to see him.  He was waking up, but he was kindof still sleepy still and had a hard time really waking up good, so after he cried for a while they gave him some medicine to sleep a bit more.  The doctor said the surgery had gone well, and his hernia had been large.  (I was quite relieved when she said that—because my big fear was of having them tell me that they had opened him up and not found any hernia.)

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After that, Brett went home to take care of the other kids, and I stayed with Orrin for the rest of the afternoon.  The next time he woke up he was more with it, and he nursed well and was pretty happy actually.  He slept a lot.  They sent us home about 7:00.

When Talmage had his surgery, they ended up keeping us at the hospital overnight to monitor him because of some breathing difficulty he’d had when they took out the breathing tube, and it was one of the harder nights of my life.  He was sad and didn’t sleep much, therefore I didn’t sleep much, and I felt bad for the other patients around us who probably didn’t sleep much.  So I was a little worried about the night, but Orrin was awesome and did really well.  He was up for just a bit once, but he had a stuffy nose.  Then he went back to sleep and only woke up to eat.  He’s been really happy and smiley and good (his usual self) since. 


I’m so very very very grateful that everything went well and that our little boy seems to be feeling pretty well.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Hats for Latorres.

Kami requested some hats.   I was happy to oblige.  I took some pictures of them before I sent them.  Fun for everyone!  :)

Fun fun hats for Isabel and Sebastian.  (Modeled by Ethne and Talmage.)

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I like these hats a lot.  And I love the following pictures, even though they are all very alike.

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Wouldn’t it be fun to make hats for an entire family like these, all different colors, and then take pictures?


Awesome hat for Ana.  I really like how it turned out.  The yarn is really soft and pretty too.IMGP5755

Modeled by Hazel.

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Oh, this one wasn’t for a Latorre, it was for a Young.  A Harriet Young, in fact.  Modeled by Orrin.  :)

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For Elena.


For Sebastian, although the sizing didn’t turn out right, darn it.  So he got a gnome hat too.  (Also modeled by Orrin, but it doesn’t actually fit as well as it looks like it does—we were pulling it tight.)IMGP6140 IMGP6142

You can see more pictures of these hats, on their intended recipients, on Kami’s blog.

Oh, and a dishcloth.  I don’t know why, but I had the urge to make a dishcloth.  It looked cute, but I don’t like it.  The holes get too big when wet.  I’ll have to try a different pattern; there are millions.


The end.

In love.

Tonight I fell ever so much more in love with my sweet Mr. Orrin.  Brett gave him a bath while I did the dishes, and put him in cute brown and blue striped pajamas that are far too big for him.  He laid on the floor happily without any complaints for a long time, as he is wont to do, until I went over and had to nuzzle him because he smelled so good and looked so handsome.  I sang him little bits of a song and he dazzled me with smile after smile.  He is the sweetest boy!  Then I took him over to the couch so I could fill up his tummy, but first I played with him a little bit, bouncing him up into the air- and he just loved it and kept laughing/gasping and smiling every time.  It was soo cute!!  I could literally feel my heart overflow with love.  Then I cuddled him while he nursed and occasionally when he looked up at me and I smiled at him, he would grin back.  What a sweet, sweet, sweet, little guy.  Then I got to enjoy the magic of a sweet smelling baby falling asleep in your arms.  I am so grateful for the gift that he is.  I am so grateful I get to be his mother, and that I can be with him and watch him grow.  It’s amazing- having little precious baby spirits in your home.  Basically, I love him.

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Orrin was trying to eat Ethne’s nose.  She thought it was very funny.


I thought Ethne’s little bun was adorable.



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More cute Ethne.



St. Patrick’s Day dinner.  We also had a green smoothie but unfortunately the blender didn’t work until Brett came home and fixed it, and then I had to go to volleyball, so I didn’t get a picture.  Too bad, it would have really added the final touch.


I love that I can look out my window at horses and cows.  The horses were feeling the spring air, and running around and rearing and cavorting.  Fun.

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On Saturday Brett went skiing with his work.  He had a good time.  We went on a walk.  It was fun.


Talmage threw rocks.




We saw a chicken farm.



The chickens are revolting!!


Chicken pies, you great lummox!




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