Friday, September 26, 2008

Wacky Week

What a wacky week so far.  I took Camryn to the doctor on Tuesday.  Monday she had a terrible cough and Monday night, she could hardly breathe.  Her breathing was so shallow and so fast with coughing fits thrown in, it was pretty bad.  And her nose was not a pleasant sight.  I took her to the doctor and her oxygen level was at 91!  Poor girl.  So, we came home with an antibiotic she needs to take twice a day (love to change diapers when they're on an antibiotic)  and she has to have breathing treatments 3 times a day.  It's pretty tricky to get a 16 month old to sit still for 10 minutes and breathe in crazy "smoke".  But we make it work.
She is sort of getting use to it.  What she really likes to do is grab the hose and bend it all around.  I also was so lucky to have a friend help me out with watching Rylie while I did all the running to get things done.  I had to teach class in the middle of all this.  Thank you Robin, thank you.

Wacky thing #2.  We have a cat faced spider living on our front railing.  The thing is HUGE!  I'm not kidding.  It's about the size of a quarter.  During the day it hides out under the railing and at night it comes out and catches moths that fly through because of the porch light.  It's hard to get a picture of it, but here's my best efforts...

Pretty freaky, but also pretty cool and very large, trust me.  We have one living at the back our house too, just outside Garth and I's bedroom window.   All I can say is, if you come to visit, don't put your hand on the railing - not that it's very stable anyway. :)

Wacky thing #3.  Poor Rylie shut her fingers in her bedroom door.  It was pretty bad.
She was shutting doors so Camryn couldn't go in and make messes, and got her fingers caught.  Garth ran them under water for a good 3 minutes.  Then we gave her some Tylenol, put Hello Kitty band-aids on (she broke skin on two of her fingers) and I slept with her until she fell asleep.  It was pretty sad, her poor little fingers were throbbing and she would gasp with pain every once in a while.  But thankfully it didn't take long for her to fall asleep.  Lately she has been wanting to shut the van door, and that scares me because I'm afraid she'll shut her fingers in the door.  Can you just see that, that huge metal door slamming on her little fingers?  Well I can.  I remember when I shut my fingers in Aunt Shanna's blue 4-runner door and I couldn't get the door back open.  Not a pleasant feeling.  Anyway, I guess it just goes to show that anything can happen.

Not so wacky thing #4.  I went to parent teacher conference with Taylor, and much to my not surprise, she is doing VERY well in school.  Her teacher had nothing but great things to say about Taylor.  (pround, beaming mom)  She said she really enjoys having Taylor in her class and is very impressed with her, even wishes she had more students like Taylor.  She also gave her a Panther Paw, very big deal at Pinnacle.  Anyway, I was very proud of her, so we went out to dinner last night.  I let Taylor pick the place and she chose the Cowboy Kitchen.  Not the most family friendly restaurant, but the best place to get a GOOD stake.  It was very yummy!

So there you go, wacky stuff going on the the Frandsen home.  I know you're all jealous, but some people just have all the luck - right? :)

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Still Going

Well, my house hold has barely made it through some crazy busy weeks. The first week back at the studio just happened to fall on the last week of Garth's hunt. Oh, yeah, lots of fun. He took the entire week off from work and spent it up on the mountain. But, we made it through, and I do mean just barely. Luckily everyone is still alive, and for those who know, just barely :). At any rate, things have been busy around here, but I guess what's new. I think we just need to get set in a routine and we will be just fine. I took pictures of my studio to send to Liz, but here's some just for fun...

love my red wall!
I spent two days cleaning the place. Cleaning all that floor and all those mirrors is not my favorite job.

I should be getting my sharing time put together right now, but for some reason, it's not coming together. I'm having a hard time with it. The other problem is this, have you heard about that scout that died at the sand dunes? Well, he's not from Mapleton, or where ever they're reporting, he's from here. Actually lives in my ward. Garth went to school with his parents and one of their girls is good friends with Taylor. This is going to hit our little community hard I think. He was a GREAT kid with so much potential. He was going to be the best wrestler you've ever seen.

Anyway, there's a quick update on our family happenings.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

20 Years, Are You Kidding Me?!

Alright, here's mine, finally.  Mary did this in July (and only had 3 things under each year) and all my family has done it now too.  So read on if you're interested. if you're not, don't worry, I won't be offended.  Oh, and I tag those who really want to go for it.

20 Years Ago …

1.  I was in 6th grade. It was my last year at Westvale Elementary. I think my teacher was Ms. H. Williams. She was and awesome teacher. I can remember going to lunch with her and 3 other friends at Olive Garden. This was my first experience with a strawberry daiquiri (virgin of course) and now I love to get “special” drinks when I go out to eat.
2.  My big concern for the year was “How can I get my parents to let me go to South Jordan Middle?” Almost all of my friends would be going to South Jordan and I would be going to Joel P. Jensen.
3.  My future husband had graduated from high school!! Eeww gross!
4.  I went to Joel P. Jensen and met Amy Nix on the first day of school.  We became instant friends.   I know I owe it all to my dad and the Lord. I LOVE father’s blessings.

10 Years Ago …

1.  I married the man of my dreams in the Bountiful Temple because the Salt Lake Temple was closed for cleaning and I didn’t want to get married in the Jordan River Temple because I thought it wasn’t pretty enough.  Shallow, I know.  I think the Jordan River temple is actually quite pretty.  But still, it was an awesome day.  We had beautiful weather on that January day.
2.  I was going to school at Weber State and loving it – except for my quantitative analysis class.   I had a crazy thought that I would be a business minor.   I thought I was pretty good at math until I got to college.  The small world I knew of dance expanded so much in the short time I was there.   I still wish I could have finished my dance degree there, but don’t regret the way my life is today.  I’m pretty happy with how things have turned out.
3.  Garth and I moved to Price because Garth’s dad’s business was expanding and it was an offer we couldn’t pass up.  I started teaching dance at CEU almost as soon as we moved down here.
4.  We lived with Garth’s parents until we found a place to rent.  You know, the scary house, by the railroad, reeked of smoke, never go in the basement.  Yeah, that’s the one.

5 Years Ago …

1.  The studio had its first recital and we were ready to go for year #2.   I remember hoping that maybe, just maybe, we could bring home a little money for our time this year.
2.  I started coaching the drill team at the high school where I would make lasting friendships with some of my dancers.
3.  Taylor started taking dance at the studio and at each performance, I wished (still do) that I could just be mom instead of Miss Tori, and only watch her, take pictures and video of just her.   But it’s O.K. because I LOVE being Miss Tori.   My dream of having my own dance studio has come true.  And besides, I take great comfort in knowing that my girls dance at the best studio in town! 
4.  I was just beginning to accept the idea that I could be happy with just Taylor in my life when I found out we were pregnant with Rylie.  We were hoping for a boy, but I’m sure glad we got our little Rylie.  How could you not love that girl?  I dare you to find a better hugger than Rylie B Dawn!

3 Years Ago …

1.  I went to my 10-year high school reunion where I realized – again – that I had friends in high school, but not good close friends.   I hope my girls don’t make the same mistake I did.  I guess we learn from the events in our lives and I hope my girls will listen when I share the importance of this lesson learned.  Why didn’t anyone stop me from my madness?  Or did you try and I just wouldn’t listen?
2.  Taylor started kindergarten at Pinnacle Canyon Academy.  She had an awesome teacher and it was fun to volunteer in her class and see how well she was doing in school.
3.  Garth was taking pictures at the motocross races.   I was a widow just about every other weekend.  But it was O.K. because Garth was doing something he loved.
4.  Rylie turned one year old!

1 Year Ago …

1.  We had baby girl #3, our little Monster, Camryn.   She came so fast into this world; there was no time for anything, not even the doctor.   (I don’t recommend having a child that way to anyone. If you have by choice, you’re crazy!)  I screamed so loud, I was embarrassed.   I was so out of it, I didn’t even remember where Garth was.
2.  Garth cut back on his picture taking and focused more on his racing.  He went full speed ahead in the desert race series and would have came out number one if it wasn’t for a break down in the last race of the series!   Oh well, that’s racing.   We did make some great friends that year.  And even though I complained about vacationing at the racetrack, I really did like the time we were able to spend together as a family.
3.  Grandma Frandsen passed away the day after her birthday.
4.  We were blessed with the minivan.   It’s O.K., I embrace the minivan culture.

So far This year …

1.     I got my hair cut short. When Camryn sucks her thumb, she twirls her hair. When she was tiny, she would pull on my hair and it would hurt, so then I would get mad at her. That didn’t make sense to me, so I cut my hair so it wouldn’t be a problem. Plus after having it long forever, it was time for something new.
2.  I was called as the 1st counselor in the Wellington First Ward Primary Presidency by the 2nd counselor in the bishopric, in my home, one night after dinner.   It was pretty nice, I didn’t have to get all dressed up and go down to the church.  Then Garth called the bishop and told him I accepted the calling.
3.  Camryn started walking on her birthday.
4.  Anjelena moved to Ogden, which has left me alone with studio.

Yesterday …

1.  I spent most of the day at the studio.
2.  Took Taylor to piano lessons.
3.  Did some laundry because those crazy Nelco people working on our water line we’re shutting it off today.
4.  Tried something new with Taylor and Rylie’s hair, and it actually looked pretty cute.

Today …

1.  Went back to the studio for most of the day.
2.  Took Taylor to a birthday party.
3.  Went to the store and spent way to much money on clothes for the girls.
4.  Remembered where I was on this date and what my thoughts were 7 years ago today.

Tomorrow I Will …

1.  PRAY Garth gets something with large antlers on its head.
2.  Make sure my girls look fabulous for school pictures.
3.  Put in my shoe order for the studio. $$$$
4.  Go to a baptism.

In The Year to Come …

1.  I will make sure something in the basement gets finished!!
2.  Get a new sister!! Yeah Hayley!!
3.  Pray we get that little boy my kids have already named Travis.
4.  Borrowed this from Emity – Watch things grow; my testimony, my children, my love for my family and friends, the enrollment at my studio, and yes, the trees in my yard.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Can't Help Myself...

Garrett and Hayley
sittin' in a tree...

Congratulations you two!!!!

I'm so excited for ya!

I spend too much time ...

... on the computer these days.  I started checking out facebook this week and it is so full of different stuff, it confuses me, but I look at it every day!  It's pathetic!  (I haven't looked this morning, I'm trying to cut back :).)  This morning I told a friend I would help her find a talk idea for her little girl for primary.  I love Sugar Doodle!  But I spent a lot of time looking around her site and found a few fun things, so I added them to my blog.  I put two new buttons on from a site called lee lou blogs, and added a couple more things to my "Check These Out" list.  The lee lou blogs also has free blog back grounds.  They look pretty darn cute.  I expect my brothers to pick one out! :) ha ha Look around, tell me what you think (moms, checkout the blog with girl's hair styles.  Hers links to a bunch of others), did I go over board?  

So there you have it, I confess, I spend way too much time on the computer.  Someone stop me!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

First Day of Preschool

Today was Rylie's first day of preschool.  She was so excited!  She woke up this morning without any problems, which is usually never the case when you have to wake her up.  It was sweet to hear her say that her teacher is going to love her shoes, her shirt, her new pants, you name it, the teacher was going to love it!  Doesn't she look like such a big girl?  I can't believe she is old enough.  After I dropped her off in her class room, I felt kind of sad.  It seems like Rylie has been at my side forever.  She goes where ever I go, always.  Taylor is such a social butterfly, that I guess it really didn't bother me when I took her to preschool.  Rylie is a social girl too, but she's my Rylie B and always at my side.  My kids are growing up. :(  I'll try to be brave.  Just a little FYI, Rylie picked her outfit out all by herself.  Didn't she do a great job?!  We went to JC Penny's mainly because the purses were on sale.  But I had some self control and didn't come home with one.  Please be proud of me. :)  So, now I need to make sure my schedule has time to get two girls ready for school in the morning.  Not much different from Sunday mornings I guess.

So I tried out the facebook thing.  It's pretty interesting.  I'm still trying to figure it out.  It seems to have so many little options and what ever on it, that it confuses me a bit.  But I did come across a girl I knew in high school.  Pretty fun.  I was reading her blog and she had a very funny website on it.  I Strongly suggest you check it out.   Some of them are hilarious.   Lineuponlinecards I think I'll have to use some of them, they're great.

Here are my two big girls, ready for school!  What cute kids I've got!  ;)

Monday, September 1, 2008


Today I should be at the cabin with my girls, but Taylor and Camryn are sick.  We came home Saturday night to go to church and Sunday morning Taylor woke up with a sore throat, cough, and a stuffy nose.  The same stuff Camryn and Garth have.  So, because I don't really want to get my cute nieces sick - I hope I didn't get Jana's girls sick already - we are home.  And really that's o.k.  My allergies are TERRIBLE up there right now!!   Today I'm trying to figure out what to do with my girls so they don't feel too sad about not being with their cousins.  Garth is hanging out in his tree, so that leaves just me and the girls.  Maybe I'll go buy the new Little Mermaid movie and we'll have a movie day in the family room. 

But I was reading Hayley's blog the other day and saw a post that I really liked.

What's Your Best Part??
The best part of my day is when my girls laugh.  I love it when they play well together and when I can get them rolling with laughter.  You have to be careful with Taylor though, she just might have an accident. :)  It's a good thing she's only 8, or she would probably be very mad at me for telling everyone that.  Here's what would be the best part of my day - A date with my sweetheart.  I'll just leave it at that.  So, everyone please share your best part.  I'd love to know!

By the way, I am working on the 20 year tag.  I don't have the best memory, so it's taking a little time.  Hopefully by the end of the week I'll have it figured out.  So Garrett, maybe I win with how long it will take me.  :)