Wednesday, June 27, 2012


Written Jun 26, 2012 4:45pm
Ally was fantastic in her dance recital.  She was very nervous before the show started, but performed fantastically once she reached the stage.
Last week, and this week Ally and her buddy Max have been taking swim lessons at the local pool.  The picture above is Ally being a shark, in the game "Sharks and Minnows".  Last year I was required (by Ally, not the lifeguards) to be in the pool, holding her hand for EVERY swim lesson.  This year I have not needed to be in the pool at all!  Ally is enjoying her time in the pool, and is very good at listening to the lifeguards.  She is still reluctant to put her face in the water, but I have seen huge gains from last summer!  She will finish up swim lessons this week, and then do another 2 weeks at the end of the summer.
The week after the 4th of July we are headed to Story Land!  The week after that Ally has Dance Camp with one of her friends.  She has a busy, busy summer!
In the midst of all her fun times we need to do another round of scans...I say scans, because she has had scanS for 4 years, but she really only has to do one now, but the phrase "round of scan" doesn't sound right....anyway.  Ally will have her MIBG injection on July 24 and the scan on the 25th.  I will be sure to post news as soon as I know.  Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers on the 25th.  (Us too...scanxiety is the worst).
P.S. No more lost teeth!  The tooth fairy needed a break!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

OOPs! Am getting this every time I try to boot up.

Primary Master Hard Disk S.M.A.R.T. Status Bad S.M.A.R.T. Error Detected. The I.D.E. Hard Disk is operating outside of normal specifications -- Please back up all your data and replace your Hard Disk Drive as soon as possible.

If I disappear, this will be why. Do NOT send Sheriff Chuck, eh.

Ten year old Dell. Did this guy go the distance, or what?

Checking the internets, this appears to be an honest assessment of my hardware situation. Still thinking about what I need to do. Meanwhile, livin' on borrowed time. So what else is new, lol!?

Friday, June 22, 2012

For my kids. . . .

My parents, close to the period they met  (1934)  -- Daddy w/ his college ROTC Polo Team; Mama with the switchboard operators at the Deseret News,  where she worked.

He's full center: tall, blond, thinning hair (started thinning in high school).

She's just right of center, wearing the fetching crocheted cap. . . .

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

5 June 2012, 7:30pm
This evening Ally lost her 5th tooth!  The tooth fairy has been working overtime.  She lost her first 3 (on the bottom) over a month ago.  She lost #s 4 & 5 on Sunday and today.  Her top two front teeth.....we have to stop asking her to say "thistle" "teeth" "Christmas" and other fun words like that....maybe we will stop in a few days, it's too much fun right now!
On Thursday Ally will have her monthly port easy needle stick into her port to flush it with saline and heparin.  Ally is REALLY good with having her port accessed.  We have met (and heard) a lot of kiddos that are not okay with having their port accessed, which is totally kid wants to get stuck in their chest with a really big needle.  Ally is completely okay with the process; she doesn't use numbing cream, and just lays very still while the whole thing is going on.  I think she understands that it is easier for everyone if she just stays calm.  (Plus she has been doing it for 4 years, so she doesn't remember a time when she was not getting stuck with needles.)
Next weekend (June 16) is Ally's first dance recital!  I will be sure to post some pictures!
June 18th is my last day at work, and Ally's first day of swim lessons....summer is almost here!

(Top picture is of Ally on Sunday with one missing tooth.  The picture in the post is tonight, with 2 missing teeth, and dinner on her face.)

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Monday, June 04, 2012

FULL STRAWBERRY MOON ~~ Monday * 4th June 2012 * 07:11:36 am (EDT)

Also known as Full Honey Moon, and Full Rose Moon. . . .