A Little History:
Our story begins in Pocatello, Idaho, circa 1972, when the lovely Debby Christensen agreed to a first, though fateful date with admirer, David Croshaw. Long story-short, he bade her follow him, and they went arm-in-arm to the Logan, Utah temple for establishment of an eternal family unit, Generation 1, on May 23 1973.

From their first blissful summer in Salt Lake City, educational pursuits took them to Provo/Orem, Utah, birthplace of Leslie and Rebecca, and to San Francisco/Oakland California, birthplace of Colin and Matt. Then, for establishment of livelihood, expansion of the tribe with Abby and Dana, and for raising/unifying of Generation 2, it was back to the roots in Pocatello for a rewarding sojourn.

In time, driven by a raging, but commonly shared sense of adventure and independence, one-by-one, Generation 2 escaped the homeland to distant regions of the country and the world, each ultimately developing their own tribal expansions by pairing with worthy mates and initiating Generation 3.

Now sensing fulfillment of their purpose in Pocatello, Generation 1 has also left those roots and transplanted to Cascade Idaho, from which base, they anticipate more abundant contact with The Posterity, Generations 2 and 3, in the future. That contact however, awaits fulfillment of a call to LDS missionary service in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, wherein they hope to help the state of the world by sharing the love of Jesus Christ.

So now, including Generation 0 (Grandma and Grandpa Christensen) home base includes Yuma, Arizona, Pocatello, Idaho, Cascade, Idaho, Vancouver, BC, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Spokane, Washington, Boise, Idaho, Los Angeles, California, back to Boise, Idaho, and on and on (Generation 3+) to infinity.

Our Mission Statement:
This is the blog of our eternal family unit. Initiated years ago, it served well as a journal, but even more so, as an archive of our personal interaction. It was a gathering place, a confabulation instrument, a unifying force for four generations of widely dispersed and progressively prolific posterity, and their valued associates. Though it served these purposes well for many years, it eventually took a back seat to new-kids-on-the-block, Facebook, and Instagram, and was sadly forgotten.

We now move to resurrect this blog with an added functional purpose of archiving the missionary experiences of Generation 1, of their movements and activities as they participate with The Gathering of Israel in the land northward. In so doing, we hope that via their own comments and posts, this blog will again serve to gather and unify the posterity and their friends.

As in the past, that the young and vibrant may know the old and tired, that enduring bonds may be fostered and maintained, that experience and encouragement may be openly shared, that posterity may embrace truth, and that hearts may be knit together, we must resist detachment despite our geographic divergence. We shall do so here.

Sunday, December 28, 2008


In case any of you didn't know, I'm going to apply to be on The Amazing Race with Princess!  And I'm drawing blanks with a couple questions on the application.  I figured I could use everyone's input. :o)

#1 - What famous person reminds you of yourself?

#2 - What three adjectives best describe you?


Friday, December 26, 2008

Wow, you're HOW old?!

Welcome to your thirties, Matt. Having been here for a little while now, I can tell you, your thirties are great! I have found them only to enhance the best part of me- I am not as concerned about fine and costly apparel, prooving to the world I am really smart, and you have one up on me- you are not single at 30. My, that was fun. This is really a sad attempt for me to be humorous, what I really need you to know is that you are greatly loved by me, by Valerie (though she will only admit it at midnight Christmas Eve/Christmas Morning after reading scriptures together and sharing), and by your sweet baby boy who can not get enough of seeing you. Me either. We love you!

You are valient and loyal, kind and gentle, hard-working and greatly intelligent, humble and steadfast, so kind and loving to me and just really, the best kind of person. I always have known that, and that is a pretty great thing to be sure of.

I look forward to growing closer to God alongside of you and to always being in love. It is pretty remarkable that we have made it this far and still are. I hope we treat you well on your day, I promise you a haircut and hope sincerely that such things are not a luxury for your 31st. Surely, you will have a better job and I think that will make all of us much happier.

I know your mom likes to post these, but I think she may not have access to older photos in Spokane, so I will do my best... I am using last year's posting as a start. the one of you terrified by the flaming, puffy birthday cake is pret.ty. hilarious, AND I love you and your mom in mondo glasses and you and your dad in nighties (by the way, your mom looks incredible in the nightgown picture, what a hottie!)

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas, Daddy-o

as requested.

Christmas Story

I substitute taught in Primary on Sunday for Dana. The lesson was the Christmas story. It gave some great scripture references, which I pieced together in a somewhat chronological order. So if anyone has time tonight amongst so many busy holiday traditions, take a moment to refresh what is is all about, I know it helped me:
2 Nephi 25:19
For according to the words of the prophets, the Messiah cometh in six hundred years from the time that my father left Jerusalem; and according to the words of the prophets, and also the word of the angel of God, his name shall be Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

Mosiah 3:5
For behold, the time cometh, and is not far distant, that with power, the Lord Omnipotent who reigneth, who was, and is from all eternity to all eternity, shall come down from heaven among the children of men, and shall dwell in a tabernacle of clay, and shall go forth amongst men, working mighty miracles, such as healing the sick, raising the dead, causing the lame to walk, the blind to receive their sight, and the deaf to hear, and curing all manner of diseases.

Helaman 14:2-5
2- And behold, he said unto them: Behold, I give unto you a sign; for five years more cometh, and behold, then cometh the Son of God to redeem all those who shall believe on his name.
3- And behold, this will I give unto you for a sign at the time of his coming; for behold, there shall be great lights in heaven, insomuch that in the night before he cometh there shall be no darkness, insomuch that it shall appear unto man as if it was day.
4- Therefore, there shall be one day and a night and a day, as if it were one day and there were no night; and this shall be unto you for a sign; for ye shall know of the rising of the sun and also of its setting; therefore they shall know of a surety that there shall be two days and a night; nevertheless the night shall not be darkened; and it shall be the night before he is born.
5- And behold, there shall a new star arise, such as one as ye never have beheld; and this also shall be a sign unto you.

Isaiah 7:14
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Alma 7:10
And behold, he shall be born of Mary, at Jerusalem which is the land of our forefathers, she being a virgin, a precious and chosen vessel, who shall be overshadowed and conceived by the power of the Holy Ghost, and bring forth a son, yea, even the Son of God.

Luke 2:8, 10-12
8 – And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night.
10 – And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people
11 – For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 – And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

Matthew 2:1-2
1 - Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
2 – Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

Matthew 2: 9-10
9 - When they had heard the king, they departed; and , lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
10 – When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Mom, I have a loose tooth!

I thought in my mind, "Sure ya do" but she does! Mia has been wanting a loose tooth for months now. Her friends that are older are loosing their teeth and she wanted to be like them. I figured it would happen when she was about 6, not just 5. She is loving it and tells me about it as often as she can, which is often. I suppose it will be out by the end of the week the way she keeps messing with it. Why? Why do they have to grow up so darn fast? I feel my age catching up with me.

Sunday, December 21, 2008


Is anyone else getting emails every time someone posts a comment? Does anyone know why I'm getting them or how to turn that feature off?

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Happy Birthday Alex!!! We are excited to see you on Monday. We are so happy that you and Leslie found each other. We are also excited to come to Monterrey next month. You are a wonderful person and we hope you have a happy, happy birthday, without your wife, as you are spending the whole day working.
David and Debby

Sunday, December 14, 2008


Just to liven up this blog a little:

1. Two vultures board an airplane, each carrying two
dead raccoons. The stewardess looks at them and says,
"I'm sorry, gentlemen, only one carrion allowed per

2. Two boll weevils grew up in Mississippi. One went
to Hollywood and became a famous actor. The other
stayed behind in the cotton fields and never amounted
to much. The second one, naturally, became known as
the lesser of two weevils.

4. A three legged dog walks into a saloon in the Old
West. He slides up to the bar and announces: "I'm
looking for the man who shot my paw."

5. Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused
Novocain during a root canal? He wanted to transcend
dental medication.

6. A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel
and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent
tournament victories. After about an hour, the manager
came out of the office and asked them to disperse.
"But why?" they asked, as they moved off.
"Because," he said, "I can't stand chess nuts
boasting in an open foyer."

7. A woman has twins, and gives them up for adoption.
One of them goes to a family in Egypt and is named
"Amal." The other goes to a family in Spain; they name
him "Juan." Years later, Juan sends a picture of
himself to his birth mother. Upon receiving the
picture, she tells her husband that she wishes she
also had a picture of Amal. Her husband responds,
"They're twins! If you've seen Juan, you've seen

8. These friars were behind on their belfry payments,
so they opened up a small florist shop to raise funds.
Since everyone liked to buy flowers from the men of
God, a rival florist across town thought the
competition was unfair. He asked the good fathers to
close down, but they would not. He went back and
begged the friars to close. They ignored him. So, the
rival florist hired Hugh MacTaggart, the roughest and
most vicious thug in town to "persuade" them to close.
Hugh beat up the friars and trashed their store,
saying he'd be back if they didn't close up shop.
Terrified, they did so, thereby proving that: Hugh,
and only Hugh can prevent florist friars.

9. We all know who Gandhi was, right? He was a
spiritual man who fasted regularly. Some may not
realize that fasting, when practiced regularly and for
extended periods, leads not only to weight loss, but
can also cause bad breath. No matter, his interests
were higher. This great leader hardly ever wore shoes.
One might say he was ... a super-calloused fragile
mystic plagued with halitosis.

10. And finally, there was the person who posted ten
different puns on his blog, in the hopes that at least
one of the puns would make the readers laugh. Unfortunately,
no pun in ten did.

Friday, December 12, 2008

To My Children

I have been thinking of all of you, and wanted to write about it. A few days ago I was thinking about living on Rainier, and one night I walked into Colin's room, and he was laying there, wide awake. He had probably been in bed for an hour, because I can remember being shocked that he was awake. Back then everyone went to bed at 8 o'clock, whether they were tired or not. I loved you then and I love you even more now for your obedience. I asked you to go to bed, and you went. I love you so much for that, Colin. You weren't a perfect child, but you were a wonderful son to me. Thank you for your obedience to the things I asked you do to. OK, you weren't always obedient, but that is what I came away from your childhood with--a feeling of your love and obedience to me. Thank you.

Matt--I have this vivid memory of being at Franklin Jr. High with you, walking down the hall for some reason. Probably some kind of appointment. Anyway, it must have been between classes, because it was just the two of us in the hall. Some other students walked by, and at some point started using really bad language. I could tell that at that point, you were really embarrassed that I had to hear that. You were kind of protective of me. I am older, I had heard stuff before, but those feelings you displayed toward me, we so pure. I think, in fact, that you said, "Sorry Mom", because you didn't want me to hear that. That was such a good, kind, honorable thing to do. I love you for that. You were young, and were assaulted with that kind of stuff every day, but you were sorry that I had to hear that. Thank you, Matt, for your pure heart.

I remember being at Grandma Croshaw's I think when Becky was maybe in high school. I can picture Becky, without any prompting from me, helping Grandma down the stairs. She did it because she loved Grandma, and she wanted her to be safe. That is how Becky is and always was. Looking out for those needing a hand. It was an incredibly kind thing for her to do. Becky has always been very kind. I also remember one time when Becky was sitting on the floor with one or two or three kids. She was trying to help someone put on shoes or something. At one point she did something, and whoever she was helping turned around and hit her. The response I expected was for her to hit that person back, but Becky just looked at her sibling and said, "Don't do that". She said it so calmly, but firmly, it shocked me. It was the right thing to do. She is like that today with her own children. I was never as good as she is at setting limits (ok, well you all know I set lots of limits) in a calm, loving manner. I know she is not a perfect mom, but she is kind of the role model mom in our family. Thank you Becky, for showing me a better way. You really are an incredible Mom--I know you aren't perfect all the time, who is?

Dana is really the bonus baby I got from Heavenly Father. I thought, quite strongly, that I only wanted five children. Heavenly Father knew better, and I will be eternally grateful. I have told people that you were my blessing for having six children. An example. When Dana was in high school, she liked me to come to basketball games. There were not a ton of people who came to those games, but I did go occasionally, and sat on the opposite side from the students. At one game Dana came over and sat by me. She didn't need to, and I didn't expect it. She sat by me, she even held me hand, and she was not embarrassed. I love all of the rest of you very much, but you have to admit you never would have done this. Dana always, always loved me. (OK, probably not ALWAYS) Anyway, I always felt like she loved having me around. She even let me go on American Heritage with her. It is a pretty good pay day for a parent.

Abby is the light on the hill. She goes to business school with a bunch of other people from about 15 different countries, and she is the only member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She is probably the only openly religious person in her class. She is who she is, and she doesn't need alcohol to let the 'real' her come out. They are amazed that she can be cheerful in the morning without coffee. She goes to social events and has Shirley Temples. This is not always an easy thing to do, but she makes it look easy. I think of you this way, Abby: "You are like a star shining brightly. Smiling for the whole world to see. You can do and say, happy things each day, for you know Heavenly Father love you." Thank you for being the light for your world to see. You are a great example to me.

Leslie is the quintessential oldest child. She is the example you can all look to. When Leslie was in the MTC her teacher told her to pray for something she really wanted, and Heavenly Father would bless her with it. If it were me, I probably would have prayed to get married as soon as I got home. Luckily for all of us, she is not me. She prayed and asked for an unshakeable testimony. She got it. I can remember sitting in the MTC (where I knew about five years before that she would ultimately be)beside her. As we sat there, she took my hand. It had probably been 15 years since we had held hands like that. It was kind of a sacred moment for me. We were once again, just a mother and her little girl. You weren't like Dana and would never have come and sat by me during a game (but that's OK, I wasn't like Dana either), but for those few moments it was you holding my hand, maybe hoping for a little extra courage to do what you needed to do. It was probably you also giving me a little courage. You went on your mission and you changed all of our lives with that experience. Thank you Leslie, thank you for your testimony and your strength and your love of the Lord.

OK, I have gone on enough. Just let me finish by telling you six wonderful people that you have enriched my life in ways I never imagined possible. Thank you for making motherhood the joy of my life (also the hardest experience EVER). It continues to be a joy. Thank you for wonderful grandchildren, born and unborn. We truly are a forever family.



Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Christmas Talk

Hi everyone! I was just asked to speak in church the Sunday before Christmas. Topic is, surprise, surprise, the true meaning of Christmas!! I wanted to ask everyone for their input and ask you to share experiences you may have had that taught you about the true meaning of Christmas. Any input would be greatly appreciated!! You can email me or put it in the comments-thanks!!

Tips from a 10-year-old

Alright, everybody watch this link:

Now tell me how many of you smacked your forehead and said, "wow, information that would have been useful to me about 15 years ago!!"

(Be honest.  You all did it.)

Monday, December 8, 2008

Bowl Mania Time

I challange everyone to play bowl mania with me. You try to pick the winners of all the college football bowl games. It is one of my faviorite things to do the past 4 years. Join the group and try to get some bragging rights. The deadline is 12/19.
Here is the link:


Group Name Delgadillo


Sunday, December 7, 2008


If you haven't heard this before, it is quite amazing. This is a Neal A Maxwell talk given 30 years ago, but it very well could have been given 3 years ago. Especially pay attention at about 3:45.

Happy Birthday, Valerie!!

I am not sure kids' birthdays are posted here, but she definitely likes the attention and is now a young woman ;-) AND she checks the blog daily. Also, you should check hers. She made Alex a super hero...
Valerie, you have been my saving grace time and again. It is because of you that I have tried to make good decisions that will make our lives better. I am so glad that you are my daughter and that we have been able to experience so much together because it has made us very, very close. Most girls do not get to have that kind of relationship with their mom and although I know I am getting on your nerves most of the time these days, we also get along pretty well too.

I am so glad you have kept me straight, you are such a help with Asher and the kitties and that you love looking cute all the time. It makes me actually want to change out of my pajamas some days.

You are amazing and kind and good. When I got a blessing one time, I was told how important you are to the world and that there is something really important that you will do that will affect the world. That is pretty amazing, Valerie. Please do your best to live the Gospel. I know that you know it is true. If you do that, your life and your childrens' lives as well as our little family will be blessed amazingly. I promise.

I love you!!
Mommy (PS- I love that you still call me mommy)

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Extreme Sports!

Dad really wanted this on here, and luckily enough, someone put it on youtube. Not quite as good quality as the one he sent out, and there's a random laughing monkey at the end, but you can still appreciate the insanity. :o)

A little humor

Here a little something to make you laugh



Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Do the Robot

You may have read about this on my blog.  Here's the real thing. :-)

It's Finally Fall in Texas

I meant to take a picture before I left for Thanksgiving, a lot more leaves have fallen off since then, but that is when I first noticed the changed color of the leaves. It's DECEMBER!! I don't know if I'll ever get used to it. But today Jason put up Christmas lights in a t-shirt. I'm not sure what the high today was, but one thing's for sure...we're not in Idaho anymore.

I am so sad that Elder Withlin has died, but, what a reunion he is having with his family, especially his wife. Thought I would post this bio from lds. org.

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin was ordained an Apostle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 9, 1986. He was sustained and set apart as an Assistant to the Council of the Twelve Apostles on April 4, 1975 and served in that capacity until he was called to the First Quorum of the Seventy in April 1976. He was set apart in the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy August 28, 1986, where he was serving when called to be an Apostle.

Elder Wirthlin was born in Salt Lake City on June 11, 1917 to Joseph L. and Madeline Bitner Wirthlin. His Father served as the Presiding Bishop of the Church.

Elder Wirthlin graduated from the University of Utah in Business Administration. He received from Brigham Young University a Doctorate of Christian Service Honoris Causa, April 26, 2001. He is an Eagle Scout. He was active in athletics in high school and played football (running back) at the University of Utah.

Before his call as a General Authority, he was a prominent business leader in Salt Lake City. He was also president of a trade association in Utah.

Elder Wirthlin served a mission to Germany, Austria, and Switzerland in the late 1930s. Among other positions in the stake and ward auxiliaries, he has served as a counselor in the Bonneville Ward bishopric and as bishop. He was a member of the Bonneville Stake high council and a member of the stake presidency. He served as a counselor in the General Sunday School Presidency until April 1975, when he was called as an Assistant to the Twelve.

He married Elisa Young Rogers May 26, 1941 in the Salt Lake Temple. They are the parents of eight children. Sister Wirthlin passed away on August 16, 2006.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Happy Birthday Dad!!

On November 30, 1949 the world was changed forever. David K. Croshaw, son of George Vernal and Arvilla Croshaw, the man voted "Most Fun to be With" in high school, marathon runner, podiatrist, woodworker, hole-digger, friend, bishop, dedicated home teacher, temple worker and most importantly father (and now grandfather) was born.

They say that as children grow, those who have highly involved fathers often do better in some areas of development than children who have less involved fathers. They tend to become better at solving problems and handling frustrations, more socially skilled, more understanding of others' feelings, and better at dealing with a variety of people. They also say that active fathering contributes to a child's sense of humor and eagerness to explore and learn. I think it's obvious from your many well-adjusted children, that you have fulfilled your role as an "active" father well. ;-)

None of us would be here without you, and we definitely wouldn't be the people we are without having had you in our lives! You are an amazing example of hard work and dedication to the important things in life. Your sense of humor and kindness to all has made you a favorite among the young men in the East Stake, among your growing number of sons & daughters-in-law and among your grandchildren. Your generosity has blessed all of our lives in more ways than one. Your unshakeable testimony of the gospel and true principles continues to inspire us, and is making each of us better for it. We love you very much, daddy (David), and hope you have a wonderful birthday!

Thursday, November 27, 2008


Dear Ones,
It is thanksgiving morning and grandpa and I were sitting here counting our blessings and all of you came to our mind. We truly have "blessings unmeasured." It rained heavily last evening and through the night and I always feel so bad when that happens. I think of our brothers and sisters in Mexico that live on the canal bank and have no windows and plastic for a roof. I know that they must have slept cold and damp. Then I think about how blessed we are and I thank my heavenly Father that I am warm when it is cold, I am cool when it is hot, I have food when I am hungry, I have clothing suitable for the seasons, and am aware that we truly have those things sufficient for our needs. And all of these blessings are quite overwhelming. We are grateful for our health, that grandpa is feeling OK, that he has pain pills to take when he needs them and when he contemplates the future, he talks about it with such serenity in his voice that I know all will be well. All is well in Yuma.
We love all of you more than you can every know and you are always in our prayers. Have a wonderful thanksgiving and enjoy each other.
All my love, always,

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Mi Esposo Talentoso

I know I often brag about how good looking my husband is, but he's also become quite the talented designer/carpenter. I've tried to embed photos of his handiwork here, but if it doesn't work, you may have to go to this link.

I suggest magnifying the photos to get a better look at the furniture. It's really nice! I hope we're able to start importing to the States soon, so that you all can put in your orders. It's been so fun this last month seeing so many of you, and I can't wait for December to be able to see the rest.

Love you!

Tension Me

When Valerie was 3, she was with me at UVa and I was working with my collegue Maxillande (from Benin, totally awesome African girl whom I miss desperately, she is now at CalTech) and we were working in The Frog Room. Valerie was on the moveable stairs as Max and I worked and she kept saying "TENSION ME!" when she wanted our attention. I remember that so well. I wish I had it on video, it was so cute. Max and I and now Valerie will say "Tension Me!" when we are trying to be heard.

Anyway, Valerie is wanting you all to see her invention on her blog. It was quite the fun to come up with an invention, then to create it, but it came together well. Take a look at Rapunzel's Secret ;-)

Good to be from the West

I came across a pretty interesting article today. It's about Utah's low unempolyment rate and some reasons why it is so low. Idaho isn't too far behind, probably for some of the same reasons.


More Punkin Chunkin

I don't know how many of you saw on my blog when I talked about my Punkin Chunkin adventure,  but I just discovered a clip of us on The Science Channel's website!

We're about 1:00 into the clip with a big, bearded dude dressed like a Renaissance woman, saying, "Watch Punkin Chunkin on the Science Channel!"  You have to look close...but I'm to the left of bearded Renaissance woman dude, peeking out from behind him.  

Everyone should seriously watch it when they do the special on Thanksgiving.  I think it's on at 9pm, EST.  It's really a fascinating event.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Colby Got a Way-Past-Due-Haircut

Check out this mullet! He always looks so old after we cut his hair. He's such a cute boy!

Thursday, November 20, 2008


Dad will probably kill me for putting this photo in, but.... It is from a trip we took to Lake Powell many years ago with our Highland friends. Just wanted to let everyone know that Dad has been called to the University Second Stake high council. He has been assigned to the 6th ward, coincidentally the ward Scotty Christensen and his wife Stephanie belong to. Everyone keeps telling us how much we will love it. I am sure we will. Dan Hegsted is the guy who called to make our interview appointment. He was our kind of back yard neighbor when we lived up by Highland. Dad knows a number of people serving up there. Mike McHugh's wife, who was at the same meeting last night, or at least for part of it said, "yes, mike and tony go way back." hahaha Tony gets set apart on Sunday. We will start attending the ward that same day. As a result, I will be released in the next week or two. Sad, sad for me. I have loved this calling. We have so many incredible, spiritual women in our stake, and I have been privileged to meet a few of them. I will really miss our ward and the stake. But, I know it is the right thing. I have had some inspiration about the new Stake Relief Society Pres., so I know things are happening as they should. I will love it, I am sure. Anyway, the distinguished man in the photo will be working with ISU students now. One other bit of news, Eldon and Marcia have been called the the Eugene Oregon mission, and will report Jan 12. Mike and Dana will be moving into their home. Their home is for sale. I am not rereading this for errors, so if there are errors, correct them in your head. love you all. xoxoxo mom

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A Really Cool Camo Cast

I took Jack to the orthopedic doctor yesterday morning. I have to make several trips to the car just to leave. I had to carry Jack and the diaper bag to the car, head back into the house, get Cole and the xrays. Remember, our garage is not attached to our house, its only about 29 degrees out, there is snow around and we have to use the side door that leads to the sidewalk because the grass is worn and muddy. Oh, and of course I have left 10 minutes later than I wanted to because I had to change Cole again because he really spit up all over his clothes. It was a struggle to say the least. We got to the office on a prayer. I hadn't been there before and had only glanced at the google map. I knew the area vaugely. I had to park away from the front door quite a ways and wondered how I would get in with an infant carseat and a sleeping child, xrays and my diaper bag. I am sure it was an interesting sight. We got in quickly, saw the student and then the doctor. He confirmed what we already knew and tried very hard to get on Jackson's good side. He was a bit too enthusiastic for Jack. The hard part came when he had to get a full leg cast on. I had to hold Jack's body, the student held his right leg and the doctor and the casting guy put the cast on as fast as they could. Jack fought the whole way through and just into is Cole started crying. I then had to hold Jack's leg and upper body while the student held Cole. After the cast was complete we tried to get Jack to ride in a wheel chair and he would have nothing to do with that. The student then had to carry Cole out for me while I carried Jack, pantless and it was only about 30 degrees out. The cold didn't bother him at all.

Overall he has been a great sport about it all, walking around, just slower, much to my liking. He sits in the stroller and we have to carry him to and from the car. I was completely exhausted by the time we got home. I did get a nap but by 7pm I was wasted again. It didn't help that Colin had to be on call last night.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

He's gone and done it!

At just 2 1/2 years old my extreme child has his first fracture. Today, about 4:30pm, Jack decided to stand on the arm rest of our desk chair and jump off. The chair fell over and when I ran into the room he was laying on the floor with the chair on his leg. I could tell he was very hurt by his cry and by the way he held on to me. Normally he cries and then is off and running again. I calmed him down and tried to get him to walk on it but he wouldn't. I called Colin and he was about 1/2 hour away from home. I knew in my gut that it was probably pretty bad, Jack just never complains about being hurt. I made an appointment with my pediatrician but when Colin got home we decided to just go strait to the ER. I guess they took an xray of his foot and found nothing so they xrayed his leg. Colin said it is a buckle or torus fracture on his fibula almost to his knee. I just said to my sister yesterday, "I can't believe he hasn't broken his neck." Well thankfully it is only an incomplete fracture. Colin is not yet home from the ER so I will post pictures of Jack later. I guesss they put a hard splint on it tonight and I have to call the orthopedic tomorrow to get it cast Meanwhile, here is a picture of the chair. The armrest is about 30 inches from the ground.

Who's that girl?

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Christmas Names 2008

Christmas Countdown Pictures, Images and Photos

I realized yesterday that we are a little less than a month and a half from Christmas. AH!! I can't believe how fast this year has gone! Anyway, awhile ago mom asked me to do the adult names and I'm just getting around to it. I was also in charge of the kids names, so I'll just post them on here too if anyone forgets/forgot. Here we go:



I only had to do a tiny bit of switcheroo of the names I drew from names people had last year. Have fun shopping!

WAYYYYY too fun