Wednesday, January 30, 2008

It is good to hear from Chad and Erica! We don't get that nearly enough. If you guys need painting supplies, you can borrow ours... you don't need to buy them.
Change of plans with Cambrie. The Dr came in to see Cambrie this morning. From about 8 pm last night till 10 AM Cambrie was running a low grade fever and Cambries heart has been doing palpitations...over 100 beats per minute. The Dr ordered an EKG, which is always a sure way to make it go back to normal, and it did, before they got the EKG done. The DR and Cambrie thinks that the fever/palpitations are a result of her being dehydrated. The Dr hates to send Cambrie home miserable and so they are going to keep her and thinks they will put in a PEG line, surgically into the intestine. Doesn't sound like that decision is written in stone yet, but for the few days that they did have the feeding tube in, Cambrie wasn't nauseated, so that is the last possibility of help. It isn't without it's risks. Cambrie could dislodge it while vomiting, which would be a unwanted complication, for sure. So we will see what happens with that. Chad, we appreciate you and Erica's prayers, and I am sure the rest of you are praying for her too. So thanks to everyone, on that note.
In the meanwhile, Cambrie has asked that I come down to help, this Sunday, so of course I will go. I expect to be down there probably until I have to drive back to fly to NYC. Wish my flight was on Southwest so I could change my flight to out of Ontario, but they don't fly to where I needed to go. So, beings that it is a non-changeable or refundable ticket, I will have to use it, as is, or lose it.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

So... I post. It's been a while - I've been busy. Erica's asleep on the couch right now, dropped dead from exhaustion. I thought things would slow down once we were married. They have, but only a little. Our schedule is still hectic, with every day being packed with things we need to do. And many things get perpetually bumped to "tomorrow". We get burned out sometimes and just crash. Recently Erica's started watching season 1 of "Lost". She likes it.

We're still uncertain what we're going to do with our other house. We have decided to repaint it before we do much else. We want to get that done asap, since it's been costing $1700 month (mortgage + utilities). That will go down next month - I refinanced! With my FHA loan, I was able to refinance for free, from 6.625% to 5.5%. That's slightly more than $150 / month I don't have to pay. That will be good if we choose to rent it.

We pray every day for Cambrie & her baby, and once in a while some of the rest of y'all get a mention as well.
The Latest Cambrie's update: I talked to Cambrie this afternoon. It sounds like tomorrow they will send her home. They have tried every anti-nausea drug known to man, and nothing works now. Even on TPN, as she has been for a few days now, she lost 2 pounds in 1 day-from dehydration. So they will increase the amount of fluids they are giving her. But there is no reason to keep her in the hospital: they can't do anything for her except give her TPN and fluids, which she can do at home.
She says that her mother in law will keep Kiera for the rest of the week, and then she will come home. She will see if she can keep up with Kiera with her weakened abilities...and probably have a ward member take her for 2 hours a day or so so she can rest. That will probably be good...Kiera will not be a happy camper being caged with a mommie that isn't up to her usual activities. So there ya have it.
Just got this from Saundra: "Btw, Christine just went to the doc today with chest pains. They did tests and found she had enlarged heart. That is what Sally died from. It’s a genetic thing so be aware. Lynette has an 11 yr old granddaughter that was just put in Primary Childrens with genetic heart problems. Anyway Christine will be having all kinds of tests for the rest of the week. Make sure all of your kids are aware they may have something with the heart" No, I'm not aware of any genetic heart problems in our family other than my Grandfather died of a heart attack. Patty's heart problems were because of damage done by Rhumatic fever when she was young, and Saundra's problems are related to the same thing, or so I was told

Monday, January 28, 2008

More snow was a real blizzard. Can't tell how much snow fell as there's two feet in areas and none in others. Oh..the REAL REASON I'M POSTING is to tell you how much I like this site: I want one of THESE and one of THESE and a whole bunch of THESE.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

I'm sure most of you have heard by now but our beloved prophet has passed away tonight
If any of you out there in Groneman Family Blog land are thinking that my lack of reports on Cambrie means that things have been peachy...think again. Cambrie has been in the hospital all week this past week. They started a feeding tube, inserted through the nose, past the stomach and into her intestines. That came with some significant pain/irritation/distress. To go down into the intestine, a thicker stiffer tube is used, and it is inserted with a wire that they extract when in place. So she had difficultly trying to adjust to that (the medical staff there told her she was the first pregnant lady they had ever seen that let it stay in even 24 hours. But Cambrie was determined to make it work (and her determination far exceeds others determination), so it was still there like 3 days after they inserted it. The feedings were fine...bypassing her stomach bypassed the nausea too. However, night before last, the tube got clogged, so they had to pull it out. So yesterday, they tried to put another one in. This time they inserted it into the other nostril. Again, another painful procedure, but it went wrong. Because it wasn't doing what it was supposed to do they did an x ray to determine what was happening, and discovered that it had gone around and around in the stomach, and was in some sort of knot like thing (Steve, feel free to correct me if I am getting this wrong). It couldn't go into the intestine, but didn't want to come back up the esophogus either. The GI Dr who was doing the procedure decided they should just leave it there and feed her. Cambrie did her best to explain that the reason she was getting the feeding tube was to avoid her stomach completely as she would get violently ill. But the Dr decided to "try it out". So he started the feed. Cambrie says that within 30 seconds, she was throwing up violently and it just kept going on after it started for a long time. Cambrie told the Dr, the tube HAD to go, and that if he didn't do it, SHE WOULD! So, basically, they ripped it back up and out. But it had done it's she continued to vomit, she was also vomiting blood. Steve talked to his Gastro-Intestinal specialist brother to see what he would try again or what. He told them that to abandon the feeding tube, as the kind that they have to use for Cambrie's conditon had frequent malfuntions. He told them to just go to the TPN. So this morning they put in a pick line (a permanent port through which the feeding intraveinous TPN is administered so that they don't have to try to find a new vein to start a new IV every 3 days or so.) and the TPN begins today. She has started once again to be weened of the IV Zofran (for nausea), as they will not allow her to administer it to herself at home (even though if she were still an Home Health Care nurse, she would be doing it for others). It is the only drug that is curbing the nausea, but thus far, the zofran that you swallow won't stay down, so that isn't an option.
Poor little punkin has had a rough last couple of days...and weeks. I remind you that TPN comes with it dangers as well. If contaminated anywhere between its being put together till the entry of her body, it could kill her within 24 hours. She hasn't even reached month #2 of her pregnancy yet, so that gives many more months of high risk for the mother and child. Cambrie also had to submit to xrays in the last 5 days (which is known to cause brain cancer in the fetus-later I would assume), so that is distressing enough for Cambrie. Anyway, she could use your prayers in her behalf, and Fast Sunday is this coming week. I hope some of you might join me in my prayer and fast for Cambrie.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

TAX TAX TAX - As usual I have Turbotax installed on my computer and anyone is welcome to use it.......just save the free filing for me.

Friday, January 25, 2008

I'm pretty bad when it comes to having to think quickly. I'm sure you can do better. My scores listed below the links:
Your score: 66,594
Your final level: 6
Your Traveler IQ: 106
Your final score: 58,978
Your final level: 6
Your Traveler IQ: 91

Thursday, January 24, 2008

GUESS WHAT? I am flying to NYC for about 5 days the end of February! I am excited! Ann is going out for the whole month of Feb, to be there when Malesa's baby is born. Malesa called me last night to get some instructions on doing a baby quilt, and said, "You should come out the last week my mom is here so you could go do NYC with my mom. The baby should be 2 weeks old by then, and I would like there to be a slow transistion between having my mom there 24/7 to not there at all. So if you came you could go do stuff with her in the day, see NYC for very cheap (it is the non tourist season there, so things are cheaper and my housing would be free). As you know, Kim does NOT like to travel, so he's happy that I have found someone to go with, and he gets to stay home. So Feb 25-Mar 1 I will be in NYC! We are going to go to Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, a play (either Wicked or Les Miserable), go to the memorial at the Twin Towers site, check out Central park, go to the Temple for a coupla sessions! I am excited! If any of you have any MUST SEE destinations there, you will have to let me know. Amazingly, the airfare, round trip to do all of this is only $278.00!
Probably you people don't know she will be having a girl. And I also found out that Jenny and Brian will be moving from San Francisco to Nashville Tennessee soon. And also Alissa and Tom are moving to the Woodbridge area, and Carrie and George are thinking they would like move to Rexburg, Idaho area. They set up the mortgage on their current home with a balloon payment that happens 10 years after they got in...and they are thinking that if they could sell their current home and their property in Elkridge, that they could buy a home in Rexburg and have it be paid for, which would be good. So George has already had a job interview up there..
Then of course, Angela will be going to Rexburg next fall, so if Carrie moves too, that would mean all 7 of Ann's girls will live out of state! She isn't really thrilled with this whole thing. But I am telling her that the Lord is opening the way for her to do Genealogy this next fall with me!
Dinner and games at the old folk's home this weekend. I'll be whipping up some delicious spaghetti with garlic bread & salad and I'm sure we can rustle up a good desert. This coming Sunday afternoon at 5 PM. Followed by at least one round of "99" and after that who knows. Come one come all.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Well, we got 10" of new snow out of that last storm, yesterday, and guess what? It is snowing again today. We are loving it!
Well, I thought I would give you all a brief update on Cambrie. As I predicted when they released her from the hospital on Sunday, that she would be back in today. She is. So much for zofran (?). It doesn't work this time either. So Cambrie says that they are going to insert a nasal feeding tube first and see if she can tolerate that. If she can't they will either surgically put one into the intestine or start her on TPN. She is so weak that she needs assistance to walk from her house to the car in the garage, and Breanna goes to get a wheelchair to get her from the car to the hospital. It is a good thing that Breanna knows that this is a very rare condition or she might decide never to give me Grandchildren! Anyway, keep your prayers going for Punkin, please everyone. Steve's mom is going to take Kiera next week, all week and just bring her home at bed time. That will be very helpful I am sure, while Cambries Drs find the right solution for her, and she regains the strength to manage not just Kiera, but also herself. It will be helpful for Breanna too, who is falling behind in school, and with a full time job also, is pretty busy.

I am still smiling at Jacob walking!!! That is so GREAT!
GREAT NEWS!!! Jacob just took about 7 steps all by himself from his physical therapist to me!!! His new therapist is a real stickler and does not let tears and screaming get to her-- she patiently sticks to her guns and waits for Jacob to do what she knows he can. So there was a lot of crying, screaming, and coaxing before it happened, BUT HE DID IT! Twice! I have to admit that I cried the first time he made it to me, and I think the therapist thought I was crying because she was so hard on Jacob, but I wasn't-- I've just waited for so long for this moment! I'm so happy!! Jacob can walk!!!

Monday, January 21, 2008

We got snow up to my knees! About 10" of new snow over the old. Kim just came in because he snapped the cable to his snowplow after pushing snow around for 3 1/2 hours! UPDATE: This is Kim. We have about 12" now and I stayed out all morning doing driveways. It's still snowing. (I fixed the busted cable) Click on this picture
LET IT SNOW! This has been a great winter. Snow, snow, snow. It's like the winters I remember as a kid. We've had snow on the ground since before Thanksgiving. I haven't seen my lawn in weeks and weeks. I LOVE SNOW!!! It is now about 5:30 am and I'm just anxiously awaiting 6am so I can hop on my ATV and go play in the new snow that fell last night (and is continuing to fall) without bothering the neighbors too badly. I have the day off today. I play, the neighbors love me, and we get treats and other good stuff delivered. It just doesn't get any better than this. On top of that Brett and Katie stopped by for a little bit last night just to share some Chocolate cake with us. Poor Katie looked like she could fall asleep right in the chair. Life is good.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

TRUE FRIENDSHIP (none of this cutesey sissy stuff...I get tired of that junk in my email inbox, just the plain truth about how a true friend really acts.)
1. When you are sad--I will help you get drunk and plot revenge against the sorry idiot who made you sad.
2. When you are blue-- I will try to dislodge whatever is choking you.
3. When you smile -- I will know you are plotting something that I need to be involved in.
4. When you are scared -- I will laugh and laugh and razz you about it every chance I get.
5. When you are worried -- I will tell you horrible stories about how much worse it could be until you quit whining.
6. When you are confused-- I will use little words.
7. When you are sick--Stay the heck away from me until you are well again. I don't want whatever you have.
8. When you fall-- I will point and laugh at your clumsy sorry self.
9. This is my oath.... I pledge it to the end "Why?" you may ask;"because you are my friend".
"Friendship is like wetting your pants, everyone can see it, but only you can feel it's true warmth." Remember: A friend will help you move. A really good friend will help you move a body. Let me know if I ever need to bring a shovel...

I cut Chad's hair for the first time yesterday. He was brave enough to trust me. In high school I used to cut my guy friends' hair (but I've never really been taught how to do it--I make it up as I go). We bought a hair cutting set with one of our Target gift cards. I think it turned out pretty well! Luckily his hair is super easy to cut! :)

Love you all!!!

Friday, January 18, 2008

The good news is that Cambrie won't have this problem...well, maybe she will!
So Cambrie called again this morning with another update. She spent the night in the hospital, of course. She told me that her blood sugar was at 50 (normal is 80-120), and that was after the 2 bags of glucose solution they had given her the day before at Kaiser. Her Potassium was also low and she was experiencing chest pain yesterday and last night, as the heart needs potassium to function. They spent the night draining one after another bags of different stuff she needed, and she finally got to sleep at 4:30 am. Then they came in and woke her up at 5 am. Short sleep/long night, but she is in great spirits, because they are giving her the help she needs. Her Dr is listening to what Cambrie is telling her happened before, and the stuff that Cambrie had bad experiences with, they are going to avoid, but they will try the drugs that were tried before and didn't work "because every pregnancy is different" and they might possibly work this time. But the Dr did say that because of the things that Cambrie had adverse reactions to (Phenergan and Steroids) are not an option to try, that it may be a short trip to TPN.

One interesting thing: with Cambries first pregnancy once they found that nothing worked for her, they had wanted to put in a feeding tube as a first option, but Cambrie had wanted to go with TPN, so they did. This time, Cambrie had decided to go with a feeding tube instead, but the Dr would rather do TPN. The Dr says that a nasal feeding tube isn't an option: If they decide to do a feeding tube, they will put one surgically into the intestine. Feeding tubes cost MUCH less, but whatever! As long as Cambrie and her baby gets fed, I am happy.

They are going to have RS/Breanna/Steve watching over Kiera. Steve gets out of school at noon today, and BJ is going to go over and help watch her this afternoon (I presume because Steve needs to study). So now you know.

Cambries hospital # is 909 558 4000 Rm 3112. She is in the post partum unit. Since she only got 1/2 hour sleep last night, I think we better not overwhelm her with calls today.
I am very grateful to the Lord for connecting Cambrie with a Dr, who, in spite of not having her previous history to read , is taking Cambries problems seriously (her Keytones were so high again at yesterdays appointment, that they had her go give them another urine sample to make sure that the result was correct) and are giving her the immediate help she needs so that she doesn't have to go through the nightmare she endured last time again. WHAT A GREAT BLESSING TO our sweet Cambrie!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

UPDATE ON CAMBRIE: So, after the Kaiser Dr sent Cambrie home to starve yesterday (after thinking all he needed to do was give her saline solution to re-hydrate her), Cambrie got an appt today for a Dr with Loma Linda University's Health insurance. This Dr sounds good. She plans on putting Cambrie in the hospital, and not turning her loose until either they have found a drug that helps her to keep her food down, or they will start TPN before they send her home.

The RS pres is arranging babysitting for Kiera, however, I think that would be hard on her to be passed around a bunch of homes where she isn't used to being, away from if they want me to, I will go down to keep her in her own home, with occasional trips to the hospital to see mom. But it sounds like if I do that, it won't be for very long. Once Cambrie gets her strength back, she won't need me, and she can send me packing back to Utah.

Cambrie and I are both relieved at finding a Dr who is determined to help her get the nutrition she needs to function, so that is a great blessing!
This is in response to Kim's comment. This is too long to put in the comment section, and I would like everyone who may not read all of the comments to read it.
One thing I have learn about trials: They really do work for our good. I have never been as happy (in my entire life) as I am now. Why? because the trials that I have experienced over the last 40 years have each helped to bring me a little closer to the Lord. My view on life and trials is dramatically different now than it was even 5 years ago. Trials have become easier for me to deal with, indeed, much of what would have been a huge trial for me 5 years ago, is now water off a ducks back. I am GRATEFUL for the trials that I have passed through, for they really have "been for my good" as the scriptures say. So when I pray to ask for the Lord to guide the Dr to help Cambrie, I always add "but if there is more that will bless her life by passing through this trial yet again, and it is to be for her good, then thy will be done."
We can pray ourselves out of what would ultimately be a blessing to us. That I know. I just want the Lord to run things as he sees fit, for only He knows what experiences we need to pass through to get us to where we need to go, that will be FOR OUR GOOD. I am happy when the Lord blesses me with what I desire, but I am also happy when he doesn't because I trust him COMPLETELY. He is the master Gardener here, and he knows what he is doing. Once people know this truth and believe it with all of their hearts, life becomes easier and happier. It helps us to accept our hardships with more joy because we know that they are helping us to grow. We ask, "Strengthen me, Oh Lord, with the strength I need to endure this trial, and help me to learn whatever it is that Thou art trying to teach me so that I can become a better person". When we can submit to God's will with a cheerful heart and not murmer, then God can bless us as he did Alma's righteous people who were in bondage to the Lamanites: "And it came to pass that the burdens which were place upon Alma and his brethern were made light, yeah, the Lord did strengthen them that they did bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord." Mosiah 24:15. It also talks about how that they didn't feel the burdens that were placed upon their backs....
The Lord can strengthen us so that our burdens are not felt...or that they become easy to bear, especially as we trust him completely and put our faith in him always.
Will I continue to pray for Cambrie? Absolutely; that if it is the Lords will, that she get the help she needs sooner IF IT IS THE LORDS WILL IN HIS PURPOSES FOR HER. If it is not his will, I will be there to help her through it. And there will be no feelings of "the Lord isn't there and doesn't really care about what we want" or any other feelings of doubt that Satan would try to use against me because I didn't get what I had wished for. My faith will not burn any less brightly, because I knew when I asked that this might not be the Lord's will, and I accepted that possibility before I prayed in the first place. But I know, that whatever happens it will be for her good, and likely mine too, so I am at peace with whatever happens. I hope that is how the rest of you see this too.
FLY AWAY HOME Good movie I didn't think it would be good from the description but I really enjoyed it. A true story. It kept me smiling all the way through. Not related but:

We were dressed and ready to go out for the New Years Eve Party. We turned on a night light, turned the answering machine on, covered our pet parakeet and put the cat in the backyard. We phoned the local cab company and requested a taxi. The taxi arrived and we opened the front door to leave the house. The cat we put out in the yard, scooted back into the house. We didn't want the cat shut in the house because she always tries to eat the bird. My wife went out to the taxi, while I went inside to get the cat. The cat ran upstairs, with me in hot pursuit. Waiting in the cab, my wife didn't want the driver to know that the house will be empty for the night. So, she explained to the taxi driver that I would be out soon, "He just went upstairs to say goodbye to my mother." A few minutes later, I got into the cab. "Sorry I took so long," I said, as we drove away. "That stupid bugger was hiding under the bed. Had to poke her with a coat hanger to get her to come out! She tried to take off, so I grabbed her by the neck. Then, I had to wrap her in a blanket to keep her from scratching me. But it worked! I hauled her fat butt downstairs and threw her out into the back yard!"
Brrrrrr! It was 3 degrees at our house when I left this morning. This is off my desktop weather gadget. at 8:45 am.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

I just talked to Cambrie. Her Keytones (which is what your body produces as it cannablizes itself to live on, and at high levels keytones do damage to some of your organs-the medical people know tons more about this than I do-but they are damaging) are high enough to be seen by a Dr today and so Cambrie is in hopes that she can get some medical intervention to nourish her today. She would like to have a feeding tube put in today. If they put it far enough into the intestines, she won't be able to throw it up, and she won't be so weak: She'll at least be able to function while she is nauseated 24/7. So I know she would appreciate your prayers in her behalf, that they will cooperate with her plan of a feeding tube. The TPN they did last time isn't the best option this time because wearing an IV with Kiera pulling on it isn't a good option, and they are not covered 100% with insurance, so their co-pay for TPN would kill them ($1000.00 per day). My concern is that because this is the first time to see a Dr for this pregnancy, and he doesn't know her history, he is going to want to try everything else first: which is stuff we already know doesn't work for her. It would be great if she could see her Dr from the last pregnancy who, after all of EVERYTHING else possible that didn't work, put her on TPN. That Dr wouldn't be thinking to try all of the standard things first before they resorted to a feeding tube. But this Dr isn't that Dr, and probably won't be her Dr through the pregnancy: this is just the Dr who sees people with immediate needs and covers the same day appts. So, while the need is real, I am somewhat doubtful that he will want to cooperate with what needs to happen. So I am going to pray for the Lord to help him to see that Cambrie needs to have some real help now, and not just re-hydrate her and send her back home to continue to starve and cannabalize her own body to survive until her first appt with her OB Dr in a month. So, once again I invite all of you to say a prayer for the Lord to inspire the Dr who see's her to get her the help that she needs, now.

Breanna is there, helping with Kiera and Cambrie. Thank you BJ! You are an angel in Cambrie's time of need!

Monday, January 14, 2008

1. At Lunch Time, Sit In Your Parked Car With Sunglasses on and point a Hair Dryer At Passing Cars. See If They Slow Down.
2. Page Yourself Over The Intercom. Don't Disguise Your Voice.
3. Every Time Someone Asks You To Do Something, Ask If They Want Fries with that.
4. Put Your Garbage Can On Your Desk And Label It 'In.'
5. In The Memo Field Of All Your Checks, Write ' For-Smuggling Diamonds'
6. Finish All Your sentences with 'In Accordance With The Prophecy.'
8 . Don't use any punctuation
9. As Often As Possible, Skip Rather Than Walk.
10. Order a Diet Water whenever you go out to eat, with a serious face.
11. Specify That Your Drive-through Order Is 'To Go.'
12. Sing Along At The Opera.
13. Go To A Poetry Recital And Ask Why The Poems Don't Rhyme?
14. Put Mosquito Netting Around Your Work Area And Play tropical Sounds All Day.
15. Five Days In Advance, Tell Your Friends You Can't Attend Their Party Because You're Not In The Mood.
16. Have Your Co-workers Address You By Your Wrestling Name, Rock Bottom.
17. When The Money Comes Out The ATM, Scream 'I Won!, I Won!'
18. When Leaving The Zoo, Start Running Towards The Parking lot, Yelling 'Run For Your Lives, They're Loose!!'
19. Tell Your Children Over Dinner. 'Due To The Economy, We Are Going To Have To Let One Of You Go.'
20. Every time you make a numbered list, skip a number somewhere.
Yer mother has gone to do her visiting teaching. She doesn't go visit individual sisters any more. In our ward they have visiting teaching "groups" where a gaggle of women get together to shoot the bull. Yea. Visiting teaching. I think they should do the same for the men and home teaching. Everyone can get together at the football or basketball game and do the fellowshipping that's supposed to happen. Maybe have a group meet at Home Depot and look at tools then report in. I'd sponsor a home teaching ATV ride and my home teachers could fellowship me all day. Why leave all the fun to the sisters? No longer any reason to wait until the last day of the month!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

The original "younger Groneman Family" has been and will be out of commission for a while. Chad got the Flu on Tuesday (yes I got my flu shot), and is just now getting over it. Just in time for Erica to catch it (we think, but we hope not). This one had me miss three days of work. It gave me a 102 degree fever, made it so I couldn't get warm, even with all the blankets in our house, and made my entire body ache like a shoulder aches when it's been slugged. I was exhausted the entire time. Erica made me stay in bed most of the time.

We went to the insta-care place when we saw my 102 fever. That place was fast. We finished signing the papers giving them permission to examine me, and they gave us a form to fill out to describe what was wrong. Erica started filling it out, and had only two questions filled out when they called me back. The nurse questioned me, and told me the doctor would be in, in a few minutes. She left, and within one minute the doctor came in. Wow. Why are regular doctor's offices just the reverse?

BTW, apparently this is going around. The doctor prescribed Tamiflu (which the pharmacist told us wouldn't do any good - you need to take it right as soon as you know you have the flu in order to be effective), and 4 ibuprofen 3 times daily.

I hope you don't get it. Nor what Cambrie has, unless your name is Christa and you are pregnant.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

This is Benjamin

Friday, January 11, 2008

I'm very happy to announce that I've got morning sickness (well, I guess all-day sickness). I don't know if anyone has ever been happier than me to have morning sickness. My hopes are high that that is all it will continue to be. It is wonderful to think that it might even go away in a month and a half! I'm nauseated pretty much all day long, and am only able to eat a little of very bland foods, but I'm SSOOOOOO happy about it. I don't know if the Lord decided to make this one easier since we didn't really have a choice in whether or not we were pregnant right now, or if it is all the prayers that have been going up in my behalf, but whatever it is I'm grateful.
I went to the doctor today since I've lost 9 lbs in 2 weeks, but they said it's not a problem as long as I'm able to stay hydrated (and I am). I got an ultrasound picture out of the deal too. Imagine a really tiny blob in the middle of a black and white ultrasound picture....yep that's exactly what our baby looks like :)
Jacob is a big believer in making himself comfortable, and to him comfort is feeling the breeze on his little nethers. He continues to take the liberty of making himself comfortable anytime his parents are not looking. He also does so at night if not in a zip-up sleeper. Two nights ago all his sleepers were dirty...

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Brett's Update

Yep. Still engaged. School has started back up, and it's still looking busy enough.

Lets see . . . I finally got my bike fixed today. I put my new derailleur on that Dad gave me for Christmas. It works nicely Dad. Thanks. Then I had to try to patch two holes, and fought that for way too long. When I realized that one was essentially unpatchable, I made a trip to Macey's and bought a $3 bike tube . . . If I would have known that they were only $3, I wouldn't have spent so much time on it to begin with. As someone stole my bike pump and my electric car pump doesn't do anything firmer than a latex balloon (didn't know that when I bought it. Good thing it's got a gage for 200 PSI and won't go past zero), I just walked it to a gas station to fill up the tire. So it's in working condition now, so I can ride it again -- when the 7 inches of new snow from last night melts.

Katie and I decided that since we've got a while until our wedding, we'd try to hit up a bunch of these bridal fairs here in Utah and Salt Lake Valleys, and try to win free stuff. Last Saturday was the first of a long string of them coming up. There was a bunch of contests and drawings there, and some other drawings you enter to win there and they draw later. We were going for a free 5-day vacation to anywhere we wanted. Unfortunately, we didn't win that, but Katie did win a free microdermabrasion (meh), and she just found out today that she won a free string of pearls (necklace or something) and 50% off a dude's ring. So I guess the pearls are probably valuable. Either way, it was $5 for both of us to get in, and we got food. Including ├ęclairs. I'll tell you if we win anything exciting this weekend.
Danthony is officially gone. He is temporarily staying with another foster family in running springs (where aunt nadine lives) and should be going to an his aunt's soon. Good thing he is gone-- I feel like just taking care of Kiera is hard enough right now. But, we are currently managing ok although I wouldn't define it as fun.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

yes, we are pregnant! Surprise!!!! Are we nervous? Yes. I'm just now experiencing my first day of nausea (although only slight so far). The moment we found out we were pregnant I started eating everything in sight as they say that if you have a history of hyperemesis that it is wise to start off your pregnancy a little overweight. What a strange thing to do after trying so hard to loose the weight from my last pregnancy!!! I also quit running which seemed a little crazy since I ran my half marathon just a week or so before we got pregnant and I was doing so well! It's a darn good thing that Danthony will be leaving us in the next 2 days or so since I'm having a hard time keeping up with 2 babies! We are due september 4th. Hopefully this one will not be as difficult as the last one as they can treat the problem sooner and they already know which drugs don't work. I'm going to ask my doctor for a feeding tube this time instead of an IV. Anyway, I would appriciate any prayers you can send heavenward....I think I'm going to need it.

PS-- there are some hyperemesis links on our nelson family blog if anyone is interested.
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Monday, January 07, 2008

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Sunday, January 06, 2008

When I was quilt shopping the other day, I had a first: There was a lady shopping with her 2 little kids in a stroller, and they were happy little clams: She had a portable DVD player playing a favorite show. Christa, maybe a way you could getJacob to enjoy hiking again? Well, I thought it was brilliant even if it does look like the kids are the ultimate couch potatoes! (This is a picture of our new $69 bedroom set)

Saturday, January 05, 2008

I have 2 reviews for the day:

1. Pirates 3.
Thumbs down. 3 out of 10. Too long, too complicated, too dramatic and cheesy, and battle scenes WAY to long.

2. Shade Clothing
Thumbs up. 9 out of 10. It is a clothing line started by LDS people. It was recommended to me so I bought 1 undershirt. I thought it was a bit pricey ($17) but I've honestly worn it every single day since I got it in the mail (4 days in a row now). I can wear it under any shirt in my wardrobe and never have to tug or do anything to remain modest as I move throughout the day. Definately worth the $. Check it out at
I just got a Christmas card today from Emily Mullholland. I was shock to read that "she and DAVE" are doing fine. I knew a couple of years ago that Alan was going downhill with his Parkinsons Disease, but I didn't realize until today that he died back in April of 2004! It was a form letter and Emily was assuming "we all knew" about Alan's death and that she remarried this guy, Dave Bradstreet, this year. So, that came as a blow to us. Alan was a great guy, and he played a part in Kim's getting his testimony, albeit small. But they were great neighbors, and Alan was one of the 2 men in the ward (Newell Jensen being the other), that gave me a powerful blessing 4 days after Breanna was born, that helped me to survive the dying of my thyroid gland until they finally had proof they needed to treat it, 4 months later. It makes me sad that he is gone. Emily sent news about the boys. If anyone wants to read it, let me know and I will send it to ya, via Email.

Hey, Christa! Did you get your new bedroom set with your Bday and Christmas $? I don't know if they have a Macy's Dept Store down there, but if they do, and you haven't purchased your bedroom comforter set, go check them out. I got a $400.00 quilt set yesterday for $69.00!! I love it! Yeah for our team! It had 24 peices to it, 2 sets of drapes, pillowshams, dustruffles, the whole works! I am very happy with it! Not all of the deals were that good, but they had another very nice set for (originally costing $400.00 for $99 too).
ARROWHEADS: Erica, here is a link to the current law that specifically says that picking up arrowheads is NOT against the law. Your dad was interested in this. (see the last paragraph)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ERICA!!! I think it's pretty safe to wish you the best year of your life for your 27th year! Chad, you'd better have something wonderful planned to celebrate this big day! We are excited to hear about it!

Friday, January 04, 2008

So Buffalo, are you doing okay? What happened with your finger?

Thursday, January 03, 2008

1. A vulture boards an airplane, carrying two dead raccoons. The stewardess looks at him and says, 'I'm sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger.'
2. Two fish swim into a concrete wall. One turns to the other and says 'Dam!'
3. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can't have your kayak and heat it too.
4. Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says, 'I've lost my Electron.' The other says 'Are you sure?' The first replies, 'Yes, I'm positive.'
5. Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a root canal? His goal: 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 Spain, they name him 'Juan'; the other went to a family in Egypt and is named 'Ahmal.' 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 Ahmal. Her husband responds, 'They're twins! If you've seen Juan, you've seen Ahmal.'
8. A group of 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 only Hugh can prevent florist friars.
9. Mahatma Gandhi, as you know, walked barefoot most of the time, which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet. He also ate very little, which made him rather frail and, with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath. This made him a super calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.
10. And finally, there was the guy who sent ten different puns to the Groneman Family Blog, with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

A new experience at the Groneman home. Last night Brigham & Christa called up to see if we wanted to play Settlers of Catan with them. Sure. It took yer mom and I a while to catch on to the interface (old dogs, new know), but once we did the game proceeded and we had a rousing 4 player game. Marilyn won, but just barely. We were able to chat online during the game right in the was fun (but we stayed up later than we should have).
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113  Kim Groneman                  1   1   1   1   3   2   1   1   1   3   16.1940%
241 Steven Nelson 1 1 1 2 3 5 1 1 1 2 6.2899%
594 Christa Dastrup 1 1 1 2 1 10 1 1 2 3
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Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Just wanted to show you some of our "winter colors" we are enjoying. yes, the trees are just changing colors (well, some of them). Others are just plain old green like usual. This picture was taken a few days ago when it was "cold" (55 degrees). I usually take the babies around the blog for a walk twice a day or so.
Knowing Gronemans like I do, I'm curious how many of our clan actually stayed awake to greet the new year. I'm guessing only 20% did. The Dastrup tribe certainly didn't since our kids don't understand the concept of sleeping in. Did anyone actually party?