Nov 26 2008

My holiday contribution

wet the bed chart
Guess who is learning not to wet in his bed at night and doing a pretty darn good job of it. Go JJ! I mean Gentry. Eight whole days. How does this work you may ask.

35 days + no wet beds = new kitty

We are pretty excited and trying to pay no attention to the fact that I am allergic and have never owned a cat. Hopefully I can handle it. Hopefully. Because we all want one. And G is working hard on his control. He is doing stellar though and big boys don’t pee in the bed.

And moving right along. Lets talk about Holiday food. These topics go splendidly together.

I am making Sweet Potato Casserole, which sounds dull, but is really so delicious you would ask to live with your face in a dish of it for a week. Seriously. There is more sugar here than nutrition.

Sweet Potato Casserole
4 cups mashed cooked sweet potatoes
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup melted butter
1/4 cup honey
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups sweetened condensed milk
4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 cups chopped pecans (optional at my house)
20 large marshmallows

1- Cook your sweet potatoes in the microwave for 10 minutes. Wait for them to cool before continuing or you will burn your fingers off. Remember the game hot potato? It is not a joke. When cool, scoop out the insides into a large bowl.

2- Preheat the oven to 375. Butter a 13 x 9 inch baking dish and set aside.

3- In a large bowl, with a wooden spoon, beat the potatoes, sugar, butter, honey and salt until thoroughly combined. Add the sweetened condensed milk and cinnamon and mix well. Stir in the optional pecans.

4- Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes.

5- Remove the casserole from the oven and evenly place the marshmallows on the top. Return to the oven and bake for 10 minutes longer, or until the marshmallows are golden brown and slightly melted. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Nov 15 2008

4 Years

The time has passed to quickly. I remember thinking 6 months would never come, since than time has flown by. I cannot believe that you are four. We celebrated by throwing your first official birthday party. Since Dad and I love the design elements of the event we didn’t pay much attention to the big details like games and such. But the graphic elements we rocked.
Holy Batcakes, Batman!
batman cupcakes
T-shirts! We made a shirt for each kid. JJ did most of the work. I ordered the shirts from one of our vendors and I love them. They turned out really cute, JJ did all the screen printing. We are having visions of screen printing other things though. Like mens underwear. And lots and lots of onsies.

birthday gang

Nov 12 2008


Gentry is ok. He does have epididymitis, but you just treat that with ibprofen and time.

Thank you all for you concern. We are going to take a nap now since we all got home last night at 3 in the morning.

Nov 12 2008


So this morning, which is 6 hours later than last post, which I consider last night, I don’t know if I am an alarmist or especially unfeeling to the plight of being three-nearly-four. I seem to be a just-live-with-it kind of girl. I just don’t really know.

Anyway, should be get into this and talk about male junk?


Two nights ago Gentry was complaining that he hurt down where his leg attaches to his body, which is also like where his male parts are. I try to pretend those are not there and pay them as little attention as possible. I mean. I wash them at night and I make sure they are aiming for the toilet during the day, but for the rest of the time I pretend Gentry looks like a Kenn Doll down there. So he complained about the pain for the rest of the day and was incredibly sensitive to bending or me holding him and would put his knees between us if I was holding him.

Last night JJ, who also has junk, was inspecting the soarness and noticed that Gentry was swollen. I really think I would not have noticed as I am of the you-need-privacy-I-am-not-looking-bunch. He has one swollen testicle and is swollen up inside a little bit as well. JJ is familiar with that sort of thing (very familiar if you know what I mean), I on the other hand know about function but not about well much else, including what it should look like normally. I guess I better get familiar.

Anyway, so we took Gentry to his doctor who sent us up to Primary Childrens. They did an ultrasound and thought it was a hernia, but when the surgeon came to examine him he thought it was epididymitis which you can learn about here and here.

This morning we are facing either a round of anti-biotics (I think) or a small surgery to fix a frisky bowel. Either way, things are not life threatening. But it is so hard for me to watch them put him under and try to fix things manually. Even just listening to them talk about this makes me want to throw up, as the entire time I am just trying to breath and not make a bigger mess.

Off we go to the hospital for a long day of male unit manipulation. I hope your day is as fun as ours.

Nov 12 2008

Thinking positively

So it turns out Gentry is sick, which probably explains the bad behavior yesterday.

We spent the evening at his doctor’s office and than up at Primary Children’s Hospital. We are not quite sure what is going on, so we will be back in the morning.

I will keep you posted and it is not life threatening. But we need prayers and good thoughts.

Nov 9 2008


Gentry made friends this summer with my cousin Katrina’s daughter Kate. Kate recently got an email address so we have been writing to her. There correspondence is really cute.

Dear Kate-

I went to preschool today and I dressed up as Batman. My mom made my costume for me and I love it.

I am excited to go trick or treating on Friday and get lots of yummy treats. My mom and I have been singing the song that your Grandma Dale made up about witches and pumpkins.

My favorite dinosaur is a t-rex. What is yours?

Here is a picture of me and my mom making a funny face.

I love you,
funny faces

Nov 3 2008

little pricks

allergy testing
allergy testing
reading scriptures
Some guys are super duper cute.

Oct 30 2008

Weekend Excursion

We went to Logan this weekend. I thought it would be freezing, because it usually is frigid and makes me want to crawl into a blanket cocoon and sleep for a year. It was warm, thank you global warming. I like these warm Octobers that don’t make you worry about hypothermia while out begging for candy from the neighbors.

We went over to Utah State Campus and walked around with Gentry. He loved it, it is rather child friendly I realize now that I have a kid and am not totally engulfed in attracting a mate.

He rolled up his pants and walked bare foot in the warm October weather. Warm! Warm? Have you been to Logan, it is like -30 on a nice day. Seriously.

Oct 8 2008

playing soccer
He looks good playing though.

I am glad that JJ was the coach.

Sep 15 2008

This is Henry, she is a girl mouse, not a bear. Sometimes she is naughty and has to sit in the corner. I always need to fall asleep with her.

Love, Gentry