Wednesday, January 30, 2008

True Wuv



Valentines' Day is getting close....And my Sweet Friend thought it would be fun to talk about our "true wuv's"!!! You remember Princess Bride....True Wuv!!!
So, Here you are I hope you enjoy!! I would really Love to see some of you do this too namely: Kim S., Tiffany O., Tiffany H., Naomi, Eden, Carrie and Lauren.


What is his name? Karl-Heinz Rimmasch

How long have you been together? We have been married for 9 years 10 in October!

How long did you date? We knew each other for three months and became best friends and then we were engaged! We didn’t really date pre-engagement but then we waited 3 whole months to get married so that counts right.

How old is he? 33

Who eats more? Usually him but it just depends on what it is.

Who said I love you first? He did.

Who is taller? He is.

Who can sing better? I can. He has a great voice though and he can read music.

Who is smarter? He is!!

Who does the laundry? I do! Unless he needs something right now then he is on his own.

Who pays the bills? I do. But he is better at it. He just has no time.

Who sleeps in the right side? We switch depending on the day

Who mows the lawn? Both of us do.

Who cooks dinner? Mostly him.

Who drives? Both of us do.

Who is more stubborn? We are equal in our stubbornness!

Who kissed who first? He did… The night we got engaged he asked if we could seal it with a kiss. How could I say no?

Who asked who out first? He did! We stayed up until the wee hours playing video games and walking in downtown Provo.

Who proposed? I Did. Why mess around when you know it’s going to happen anyhow?

Who has more friends? I do.

Who is more sensitive? Neither of us is very sensitive but if I had to choose I would say me because I cry every now and then and I have never seen him even come close.

Who has more siblings? Equal.

Who wears the pants? We both do but mine are bigger:)


We had both moved to Provo to "get away" and we found each other. We met at Applebee's in Orem, UT He was a cook at the time and they hired me as an expo. He was a Wyomingite and had served a Mission is Paris France. He was witty, intelligent great looking to boot:) We became fast Friends and then the next thing ya know we were engaged! He moved up to Management and then he fired me (you can't be in a relationship w/ management)!! We Got married in October of 1998 I was 19 and he was 24. Fast forward 9 years later, we have three beautiful kids number 4 is on the way and he is still witty, intelligent and great looking!. The old saying "Fools Rush In" describes us to a T! We are Fools for each other and we wouldn't have it any other way!
The pictures above are of the Night after we got engaged. We look rough because we had been up in Brighton canyon (where I proposed) with a bunch of friends since the day before so no showers for us :( And one of our wedding pics it was so windy guess where we were?:)

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Ode to Wyoming

Winter in the Tri-Cities is usually a non-event. Cold with a little sunshine and windy with the occasional snowfall. Every once in a while we get a good little dumping of snow but it is gone in a day or two. This year however we got a little love in the Wyoming way. It started with some good ol' freezing rain on Saturday night coating the roads and everything else in about an inch or so of pure nasty! Sunday morning we had the pleasure of waking up to some quality love from the Heavens in the form of Snow; thick and falling fast on our still un-melted sheet of ice. Throughout the day we got about 7-9 inches. Now I know those of you who live in or have lived in the Wyoming way are going oh how pretty. But, here in Washington it is as pretty as Darth Vader is to a Jedi. Given the fact that this area very rarely gets this kind of weather our system is just completely unprepared to deal with it effectively. So what happens? Church is canceled in all of the Tri-cities and surrounding areas!
Never in my Parents memory has this happened. Even when Mt. St. Helens blew they still held sacrament meeting.
Now here it is Tuesday and all the Tri-cities schools have been closed for two days and the roads are still unfit to drive. Normally I wouldn't be complaining (okay that's a stretch) but as we have all been sick for over a week now we are really getting coopy. It is one thing to have all five of us home day in and out when every one is sick, quiet and lying down. It is a whole other issue when three out of five are feeling so much better and want to run and jump and play but having just been super sick can’t go do it outside.It has made for some very grouchy moments if I do say so myself.
Yesterday we had to go to the store for Water (pregnant women and kids under one can't drink our water!)and Pull-ups (as stated in previous post). We thought surly the roads would be clear enough and safe enough by now… Oh NO it was a white knuckle drive all the way in and it took us 20 min to get there and 30 to get home when normally it takes 10 min. tops. Karl as I am sure you can imagine having grown up in Wyoming is a great driver in all sorts of nasty weather. Here though we have a bunch of Stupidos driving around going 60 and flying all over the place. It adds a whole other element of scary to the plate. On the way to town there were several cars in the ditch but on the way back there were tons more! If we didn't have to hit the roads anytime soon that would be too soon for me! Unfortunately Rieken has been getting worse with a consistent fever of 102-104 and he is out of cough meds! He gets really bad at night and although he is very very sick we haven’t felt that the risk of keeping him home and giving him Tylenol and such plus the cold shower thing has outweighed the risk of driving the roads at night. Now it is daytime and he is still sick and the roads are hopefully better so, we are off to the Doctors yet again. We are on a winter advisory here so we have to plan this visit just right so we can make it home safely. GRRRR It feels like Wyoming all over again:)

Friday, January 25, 2008

I can't take much more...

Rieken woke up this morning barking. Literally he sounded AWFUL! I gave him his cough meds right away. He didn't miss a dose... I woke all the kids up in the wee hours of the morning and made them take meds. Aren't I just a gem of a mom:) And he didn't cough all night in fact not at all really until he woke up. It just keeps getting worse and worse. So I popped him in the shower to loosen things up and noticed his eyeballs are RED. We just got over pink eye so I don't think it's that besides it looks different. These eyeballs are not pink they are RED! (He kind of looks Like a DEVIL baby. w/ the exception of his smile.) So I am sitting here waiting to talk to the nurse and see if I should bring him in...Okay so according to the nurse who conferred w/ the DR. he probably doesn't have pink eye (THANK YOU) but, it sounds like he may have burst some blood vessels coughing so hard. (POOR GUY) The Dr. said his cough sounds worse because he is working all the junk out and to just keep giving him his medicine and if it gets worse take him to the ER over the weekend... STINK! I wish he could just give me an antibiotic now just in case. I don't want to sit in the ER on the weekend probably in the middle of the night. YUCK! But whatever as we established yesterday I am no Doctor. So for now we hang tight and hope no one else has any new symptoms pop up.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Off to the Doctor we go...





DR. waiting room, Elevator button pushing after visit, Sucker from visit (best part of visit), and at home with all the lovely new meds don't they look thrilled!

Today we had to go to the doctor. I just couldn't put it off any longer. Kelten still had this fever that he couldn't shake and a cough that was starting to sound a little scary. It wasn’t nearly so bad until last night. It just morphed into this monster awful cough. Rieken was literally a faucet of snot and gross things at both ends and he had a fun little cough that made him poo his pants every time it happened (So much for the under pants this week we were pull-ups people all the way). Kippi was just still in this little funk and had also started coughing. Our DR. is great and managed to fit us ALL in today at the same time YEA. So he just set all three kids on the table and went down the line. I have to say this may be the way to go. I think he went even quicker then normal because he was trying to keep all three kids quiet while he listened to breathing and still so they wouldn’t' fall off the table. Not an easy thing for just anyone to do. He was great. Kelten had started to cough blood about a 1/2 hour before the visit and the Dr. said he had lesions on his throat from coughing so hard or it could be coming from his lungs only time will tell :( Poor kid! He never once complained about a sore throat. So Kelten was officially diagnosed w/ Bronchitis verging on pneumonia! Yea I get mom of the Year for that one. Kippi also has bronchitis but not as bad as Kelten's. Thank heavens because I thought she was mostly faking her coughs because they were so random. That whole diagnosis just totally caught me off guard. I also get 2nd place mom of the year for that! Rieken was verging on Bronchitis but not there yet. Okay so two out of three... Not bad. I felt a little better when the Dr. told me, ” if you would have brought them in two days ago I would have sent you home and told you to wait it out and if you would have brought them in yesterday I most likely would have given Kelten cough meds and said the other two were viral. But, If I would have waited until tomorrow Kelten would most likely have been sent to the ER AND the other two put on antibiotics. It's all about timing”. Whatever. Kelten and Kippi are both on antibiotics and cough meds and Rieken is just on cough meds. The up side is the cough meds have codeine so a little piece of heaven will be visiting my house every 5 hours or so in the form of “quiet time”:) I feel so bad for making my kids wait to go in but I just didn’t want to hassle with the whole nope its viral thing. The sad thing is Kelten doesn’t get to go to his Pine Wood Derby. Someone else will race his car and they have promised to take pictures but still…. He is really bummed. Also to top off his week of "miss outs" they were working on a science section at school he has really been looking forward to and he missed the whole week! Kippi too missed out on things. She loves Pre-school and was mad at me for at least an hour both times I told her she couldn’t go. She is already working herself up for tomorrow. She said, “If only you would have listened to the Holy Ghost you would have known we were really sick”. Okay I will admit I have been a little pre-occupied so maybe my H.G. tuner was not so in tune. But really that was LOW and it came from my 5 year old OUCH. So that is it for now. I am off to beg forgiveness from the three little people living in our house and sucking out my life force (J/K) I think it might be time for some cough meds though…;) So Until next time see ya and enjoy the pics.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Nasty little bugger

Today has been a rough day. We kept all the kids home from school again. Kelten still has a fever and his cough is worse. Kippi is feeling better but she is so tired and that is just not her. Rieken is also feeling better but his cough is just hanging on for dear life and his nose is dripping non stop! I swear! I woke up feeling stuffy so, I'm thinking it just might be my turn yea! But hey I guess if one of us is sick we might as well all be sick. Karl is also still sick but college homework is something you really can't afford to fall behind in especially labs. Not to mention his jobs. We gotta eat. I have decided in order to preserve my sanity I will just think of this as close time spent together as a family. So close it seems like we all need to be in the ONE bathroom at the same time. On the bright side everyone is super clean because of the 10 million showers being taken to get warm during the I'm freezing part of this nasty little bugger. On the down side our water bill is going to suck as is our electric because either the dryer is going to warm up clothes, towels and blankets or we are washing sweaty sheets and clothes from the I'm so hot end of this bugger. Oh the joys of small houses and sick people rolled into one:) I did wash down the kid’s room w/ Lysol yesterday. Call me paranoid but when my family gets sick they puke everywhere. I am hoping to avoid that particular treasure this time by being ultra germ free and Vitamin full. We shall see how it comes down or out in our case (EW Niki!). Well that is it for today I officially have a monster headache (but so far that and a stuffy nose is it.Maybe I'm overreacting?.) and Kelten's Pine wood derby weigh in is tonight and the thing is still not done! Although we are sick and have kept the kids home we do recognize the important things in life and the Pine wood Derby is one of those things. So Karl is taking the car in for it's weigh in and we are praying Kelten can kick some bug butt by tomorrow. I will keep you all updated. Hopefully I will have some fun picks of the Derby to post otherwise I will have some crappy picks of sick kids at the doctors! Until next time...

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Home sick

This morning Kelten asked if he could stay home because he didn't feel well. After taking his temp and deciding he wasn’t faking we agreed. Not that we don't trust him it's just that Kippi, Rieken, and Karl were already down sick so I was really hoping to be able to send him off on his merry way. No such luck for this lady. Of course I have to confess I had made plans w/ my Mom to take the little kids today so I could really get down to business on this cleaning thing. She was wonderful enough to take them even though they are not in top form. Not wanting to push my luck I decided to keep Kelten home as he was not part of the original agreement. So, I get to my Mom's and she was like, "I would have really enjoyed having Kelten too". I felt bad for both of us (selfish I know). Overall though I have hardly noticed him. He has spent the majority of the day so far reading in bed or playing the piano. What kid does that on his day off? He has just been going through all of his books playing a bunch of songs. So I got a little video for all of you to enjoy. The songs an oldie but he still likes it:) Oh and Congrats Kelten for moving up to the Orange books in piano this week! We are really proud of you. Make sure you pause the music player or you won't hear it very well.
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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Sleep over.. Family Council.. Sickies


















I love the picture of Caleb wearing one shoe and Rieken wearing the other! As you can see we had TONS of FUN! For some reason there are no pics of Ashley or Aaron and the only shot of Ry and Sheri are @ Applebee's:( Don't worry guys we will catch ya next time.

This weekend has been insane in a really great way. We have packed so much into such a short time it is not even FUNNY, and the weekend isn't even over. So this is what has been going on for last 3 days. Friday Karl me and the kids all went over to my brother Kim's for a sleepover. At first we were a little skeptical but holy cow! We really had a great time. The kids went back and forth between playing with the GameCube and the toys. We had a fun dinner of homemade burgers and fries. The adults talked and played games and just had loads of fun. The kids stayed up way to late and got up way to early but over all it was a blast! Saturday morning we all felt a little off and we just chalked it up to too much fun but, I think it was the beginning of colds for all of us. So that morning we got up and had a fun pancake breakfast and then Kim and Karl went to help my Dad spray insulation in his attic. Karl lived through it even with his asthma:) I took the kids home and we got cleaned up and ready to go back to Kim’s for our monthly Family Council. This month Kim and Eden were in charge and they decided to have it on the importance of marriage and specifically dating. So they got babysitters for all 8 grandkids and we all went out to lunch and a movie. It was so much fun the only things missing were Jaime, Mike and Jack who live in Oklahoma so unfortunately couldn’t make it. All together there were 10 of us. Mom, Dad, Ryan, Sheri, Kim, Eden, Karl, Niki, Tiffany and Bernard. We are one rowdy family I feel sorry for any waitress who gets stuck with us! We went to Applebee’s and we talked and laughed and just overall had a wonderful time together. I have to say this may have been the finest Family Council yet! After lunch half of us went to the theater to save seats and the other half went back to Kim's to check on kids and to pick up baby Aleah. We saw the National Treasure Book of Secrets which I loved! The best part may have been the Goofy preview in the beginning though. After the movie we went back to Kim's and relieved the sitters then had a little lesson to go with the day. Since Tiffany and Bernard were there we decided to make a night of it and get pizza, play games and just hang out. The next thing you know it's midnight and were are all still going strong so we all just decide to crash at Kim's place! By then most of the kids were down with the exception of Aleah who had been sick all weekend and Rieken who had also been sick most of the weekend. The funny thing was once the decision had been made to stay another night we all kind of hit the wall and couldn't stomach another hour long game. So, we watched a movie together and the girls talked and then we all went to bed around 2AM with the exception of Aleah and Rieken. They both decided between 2 & 3 worked better for them. Sunday morning Karl got up early and headed home to make it to his Elders Quorum meeting on time and I stayed to clean up and drag the weekend out as long as I could. The snow was coming down pretty had and it just made everything look so cozy and beautiful. We had a great breakfast and then packed it up (we had practically moved in!) and headed home. That’s when the complaining started. Kippi's throat and ears were hurting and her nose was running a mile a min. Kelten was exhausted and Rieken was still a grump from being up all night sick. We got home and Karl was in bed! His meeting had been canceled which was good because he was worried he would get someone sick with this cough he had had since waking up. Now being the thoughtful people we are we decided to stick it out at home instead of going to church and infecting everyone with our germs. Today we have all pretty much lazed around alternately taking meds and sleeping. The weekend was great but we are going to need a month to recover! Tomorrow is our appointment with the specialist so wish us luck.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

To Sleep or To Clean...Thats the ?

So, it is 1:25am and I can't sleep so I thought I would blog. Hmm what to talk about?... I guess the things that are keeping me up so here goes. My house is a major disaster! Like call in the national guard disaster. I am not even over exaggerating. Being bed rested for 14 weeks really takes its toll on a home. I will admit I Hate house work and my house is very rarely spotless but it is usually clean and cozy. My "To Do "list is so long. I have been laying here doing it in my head and now I have so many "Must Do's" running around I was feeling like why sleep when I could be using this time to clean! And yet here I sit Blogging. Not a good sign for the kitchen floor. Karl has really been doing his best but sheesh you can only ask so much for so long before things fall through the cracks. When I was first put on bed rest we were told not to expect to bring a baby home in 8 months. That was enough for us to decide we would only tell our very immediate family and the people my being bed rested would directly affect and we swore them all to secrecy. With this decision we lost the chance to get the usual help that may have normally been offered by friends and family. No big deal we were sure we could handle it all between the two of us and our family members. So what if our kid’s clothes were wrinkled and their socks didn't match. I pretty much stopped doing Kippi's hair in anything but a pony or a braid. And all the boys went w/o haircuts for ages! When I finally told my visiting teaching companion (who was also sworn to secrecy) because really how many months can you dog out before they call the RF pres. on you? She gave me this whole shpeal about how we were denying others blessing by not allowing them to serve us. Okay I am sorry to all of you who didn't get blessed because of my pride. But by then it looked like a hurricane had come through and nothing was getting me to open my doors to anyone! That was right before Christmas and it has only gotten worse. So now that I am off of bed rest I find myself overwhelmed. I mean really overwhelmed! It is going to take at least a week, a full week people just to do the laundry! Yes we have that much laundry it's sad I know. The kitchen floor hasn't been mopped in 14 weeks. For those of you who feel like judging my house of nastiness please keep this in mind. My kids are 8, 5, & 2 and they can only do so much. Granted they have been amazing! But mopping was just too risky. There are too many possibilities that I couldn't clean up after like a big bucket of water dumped on the floor and soaking into the living room and so on. Karl has been going to school full time and working 4 jobs then he comes home and cooks and does anything I couldn't do with the kids and then come the chores. At this point you have to decide what comes first mopping or cleaning the toilet and taking out the trash? Then it’s homework and back to work. The man has been worked to the death and he isn't even getting anything in return if ya know what I mean (Doctors orders) and yes I did just share that so sorry. So I guess my point is I am the only one who gets to judge me and mine right now (call me selfish). I will say I am truly grateful for the very first time that my house is so teeny tiny because that means less house to clean for me woo hoo! I just need to stay positive and think how great it is that I won’t have to do my Really Big spring clean because it will already be done (hopefully...better be!). Oh if only I were in the Nesting phase I could really work that toward my advantage but no such luck (go figure). Ah well life must go on and that includes life’s dirty parts too. By the way this is not a hint. I want no, and I mean No offers to help me clean. I will turn you down flat so just don’t put yourself out there for that kind of rejection. Seriously. No offense but this is my mess and I will clean it. It is a pride thing and I am working on it. Maybe next time a hurricane blasts through my house for weeks on end I will invite everyone over and we can have a big cleaning party but until then you are all off the hook. Well now that it is almost 2AM I think I'd better call it a night. Until next time -N

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

What can I say?






Monday we were getting ready to walk out the door to go pick Kippi up from pre-school and this is what I saw when I found Rieken. I know the kid just loves make-up and there is nothing I can do about it but laugh and enjoy the ride. Kippi has taught him well though. He knows lipstick goes on the lips, cheeks face & well anywhere on the neck and head really will do (as you can see). He Loves Pink (notice his eye shadow is also pink) and he is very careful to put everything back right where he got it so he doesn’t have to suffer the wrath of Kippi. Like she didn't notice the second she got into the car. He also really loves the body glitter. Kippi only had one opened in her whole case and he managed to dump it as he was standing up. Kippi was really great about the whole thing and only "grounded" him for a week from her make-up. Rieken cried and said he was sorry (that never happens) so she relented and changed it to a day. What a nice sister she can be. Today when we got home from pre-school she asked Rieken if he wanted to play Mommy and he was game right away. She loves to be the Mom and he loves to be her baby. Of course her baby wears make-up. So they are happily playing together ruining who knows what and frankly it's worth it. These are the moments that friendships are built on and will help them stand the test of familial love and drama. Really what can you say that’s bad about that? I couldn’t ask for more even if it means my son loves make-up.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Baby Update



Double click pictures and they should get bigger for ya.
Well today we had an appointment with our Doctor. We got good news and sort of bad news. The good news is as far as they can tell the Clot is gone! I know super awesome right? I am 150% off bed rest thank Heavens. 14 weeks down would have killed a lesser person! I was sure we wouldn’t make it another week without clean laundry! We also found out for sure that we are having a ...BOY (as seen in picture above). We have known since 14 weeks but, it was so early we didn't trust it 100%. Not to mention the fact that our Doctor did the ultrasound and not the Tech who is amazing!(No offense Dr.O)
The bad news is not really as bad as it is worrisome. The baby has a Choroid Plexus Cyst on one side of his brain. We weren't super sure we would explain it right so here it is straight from Wikipedia:
Choroid plexus cysts (CPCs) are cysts that occur within choroid plexus of the brain. The brain contains pockets or spaces called ventricles with a spongy layer of cells and blood vessels called the choroid plexus. This is in the middle of the fetal brain. The choroid plexus has the important function of producing a fluid called cerebrospinal fluid. The fluid produced by the cells of the choroid plexus fills the ventricles and then flows around the brain and the spinal cord to provide a cushion of fluid around these structures.
CPCs can form within this structure and come from fluid trapped within this spongy layer of cells, much like a soap bubble or a blister. CPCs are often called "soft signs" or fetal ultrasound "markers" because some studies have found a weak association between CPCs and fetal chromosome abnormalities.

The Doctor and Ultra sound Tech both said the fact that there are no other markers is a good sign. They also said these cysts often dissipate on their own and nothing comes of it or they can get bigger and then we would go from there. Our Doctor is sending us to a specialist because of the risk for Down syndrome. We knew that the clot may have some adverse affects and it was anyone’s guess what they might be. We did know this was one possibility so we were not completely caught off guard. We are worried not because our baby might have Downs but because there are so many other medical issues he might have that would or could be seriously life threatening. Frankly we would feel blessed to have a perfect spirit sent to us. So as far as News goes we see the specialist on Monday and we will know more then. I just have to say no matter what happens everyone has been surprised we made it this far and we just feel so blessed to be pregnant with a sweet baby Boy. Can you believe it another boy! We are talking names and you are going to cringe when you hear some of them I am sure of it! Everyone does at first:) Rieken is very fond of either Alien baby (because of the face shot above) or Pee hanger (because he is 2). So, we will keep you all waiting until we know more and have narrowed the name list down to real possibilities. Until then be safe and know we love ya.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Latest and Greatest






Last night was my nephew Caleb's 2nd birthday party. He loves trains so Eden made him a cute train cake. It really turned out nice. The kids all ran around playing with balloons and just had a great time. Caleb got naked (down to the diaper) in honor of the occasion. Hey it was his birthday so what better outfit could he have had? And we just all sat around and gabbed for a couple of hours it was great fun. My brother Kim and his wife Eden have invited us (all of us) over for a sleepover on Friday so we are looking forward to staying up late and watching movies and playing games. The kids are in heaven because they get to have a sleepover. I will be sure to post all about it next week. Until then my thought for today is: Why do we feel so compelled to go on and on about our kids and re-tell the same old stories to people who have already heard them? I am totally guilty of this. I remember growing up having to suffer at every family occasion as all the gory details of some past or present must tell was re-told yet again about me. I am sure they talked about other kids but I didn’t really care about that. I also remember thinking I will never do this to my kids. And here I sit a mother of three and I am so guilty of that very same thing. I should be ashamed! Well sadly I am not. I love talking about my kids and hearing about others in return. However, today because of this funny little story I have a little sympathy for those of my family members who have to hear about every little thing over and over . My mom and a couple of her siblings were out to lunch the other day and they were reminiscing. Now my mom has five kids and my uncle Steve has 2 and my Uncle Rob has none but has always had a wiener dog or two. So they are all making their way around the table going on and on about each kid/grandchild and the latest and greatest dramasodes. Uncle Rob sits there and listens and adds his two cents in here and there and then all of the sudden it's his turn and he says serious as can be, "well I just want you all to know You (his latest wiener dog) finally stopped licking his @!*". To which everyone just busted up laughing. Kudos to you Uncle Rob for getting in what I'm sure must be a milestone moment at your house! On their behalf we would like you to know we love hearing all about You and his latest and greatest. He is a member of the family after all.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Trash talk :)

.....I felt I needed to make an across the board apology to all of you who have had to "suffer" through reading our Blog. Apparently I suck at spelling, grammar and word usage oh and I am the queen of run on sentences I mean come on I can't even imagine who would ever think these things!!!...... Now now don't get defensive on my behalf (you did right?). I will be the first to admit it ain't perfect and I ain't neither. I have never claimed to be brillaint or even moslty smart but I've felt I was passable in the traditional high school drop out sort of way. That is until recently when it was brought to my attention. Well rest assured I am no longer fooling myself. I was an imposter and am now fully aware I am a white trash talker in disguise. As far as I am concerned if spell check didn't catch it than that’s good enough for me otherwise what’s the point? Well apperantly that is not the case for some of you (no names will be used in this blog for security purposes). So considering the fact that between the time I started writing this and the time I will post it no major knowledge growth will have taken place in my life..(Well ...Yeah none)... I'm sure that it is safe to say I will most likley continue blogging in my own "special" way. So for the good of all blogging kind I feel I need to put this sanity warning out there just in case you have been mislead into thinking you where reading somthing of great scholarly worth (maybey to a kindergartener) .. I will make no promises that any current or future blogs will be gramatically book worthy or that they will even make sense. I will however ensure I will make mistakes and my word usage may be completely off the mark and they will probably be spelled wrong to boot. My sentences will most likely run on and on and on and on but really people be grateful I stink at typing or you would be reading a page a day! So until next time have fun spel checking:)

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Are we pushing to hard?

Kelten has been in Piano for 4 1/2 years. He is 8 now and he still loves it. We changed teachers at the beginning of the school year because his old teacher had a hard time with the fact that Kelten would play the song correctly to get signed off and then he would play it again and add a bunch of stuff he thought sounded cool. She was all over his case about how he had no right to go off and change music just because he felt like it. I can assure you at 7 years old he wasn't thinking, "hmmm I think I can do this better then them." It was more about how great these cords sound together and experimenting with the new techniques she was teaching him. Kelten has a great ear and this too caused her some moments of frustration that she had no problem sharing with him. We understand reading notes are the top priority but in his case it comes as second nature and therefore takes more work on both their parts. In the long run we just decided a change was in the air and so we moved on to another wonderful teacher. He is like 80 and he totally lets Kelten's creative side come through and he still manages to instill the "proper" methods and techniques. As a result this year Kelten has improved by leaps and bounds (imagine that) and has been asked to take part in the Washington State adjudication. We talked to him about it and it was something that really interested him so he agreed. Normally he was practicing 1/2 hour per day but over Christmas practice really took a hit as far as it rarely happened. So Karl and I talked with Kelten and we discussed the fact that the adjudication is coming up in one month and he is a bit rusty so how about practicing a little longer? We suggested one hour per day and he agreed. So far he has been fine and he hasn't complained at all. Now normally he sits and plunks around for an hour or more anyhow so this is really only different in that the time spent is being directed only towards his lessons. Granted this does take up a bit more of his "free time". Lessons, homework and chores in our house are the priority and they get done before play time. Before when he would sit down and mess around for an hour it was usually in the evenings before bed so it didn't affect that at all. Now this is the problem. We have shared this with some people and they really feel strongly that we are pushing him to hard and that he will get over saturated to the point that he is just done and wants no part in it and will resent us in the end. I guess my feeling on it is so far is this. It is voluntary on his part. We gave him options and this is the one he chose. He isn't complaining and HE is noticing improvement so it makes him want to work harder. Is it our job as parents to give them opportunities and allow them the tools and the freedom to grow in the experience even if it does cut into "play" time? Or is it our jobs as parents to rein them in and say you need to play more and work less. We recognize that an hour per day is a lot to ask of an eight year old. We also understand this is temporary and ultimately, in our opinion not damaging as much as character building. I don't know, maybe we are pushing him and we need to back off. I know sometimes it's hard to make the right call when you feel so strongly and are immediately involved so now I find myself questioning our decision on this just a bit. Am I so close to the situation that I am pushing him into this and just don't realize it or am I simply guiding my child and allowing him to make the final call? What do you think?

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

2008 New Year Resolutions

Okay so I have been thinking about my resolutions for this year. I am the kind of person who doesn't really see the point in making a promise to myself that I know I won't keep. This year however I feel very strongly about some changes that need to be made.I am hoping that my posting this will help me stick to them. Now I have thought long and hard about these, I wanted them to be realistic/manageable but rewarding too. I will admit I am person that goes the "instant gratification" route any time over the "in the long run" route.This has made it hard in years past to stick to anything worth doing. So wish me luck ..

***2008 New Years Resolutions***

1. Be a better friend to old and new friends & family members
2. Spend less...Save more
3. Go to the Temple more often
4. Be a more involved parent
5. Work out 3 times per week (once I am off bed rest)
6. Have a more positive outlook...Don't be so quick to judge the situation

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Nightmares/ Snow

I am frustrated and needing to vent. I really hate losing sleep over something as stupid as my dreams...
Some people say they never dream or they do and just can't remember them once they wake up. I do not have that problem/gift (depending on how you want to look at it).I am the type of person that can lay in bed, decide what I want to dream about and I pretty much watch a color movie in my head all night. Sometimes random stuff will interrupt and even take over but usually it's nothing I can't handle. So imagine my disappointment when the last couple of weeks I have been having nightmares out of the blue or black I guess. I can guarantee you I don't choose these dreams. Now some are worse then others by way of nightmare scariness. Like last night I had one that I got Pink Eye again and the doctor admitted the whole family in the hospital for observation. Because any normal person who had just recently gotten over it would take every precaution to protect themselves and their family from this horrid thing. And yet here we are with it again so something is definitely not right with us.. Okay so this as you can see is a very tame one and may even be iffy in the categorizing of it as a nightmare. And yet for some reason this disturbed me so much I actually woke up heart pounding and have been alert since opening my eyes! For those of you know me well this Never NEVER happens. I am not now nor will I ever be a morning person. I admit I may be over thinking this whole thing but Hey I am the kind of person who wants answers.(my short explanation) So I have decided that the pink eye situation for some reason bothered me more then I thought, Whatever. Okay now that I have answered my own questions there get this... A week or two ago I had a Very bad and vivid one. I woke up in a cold sweat ( again something that never happens) and I couldn't go back to sleep for three hours! I laid there feeling guilty for having dreamt something so horrific I was actually close to tears! I couldn't believe I had just laid there in my sleep "watching" these horrible things take place and at the very least in my dream hadn't taken some action to help stop it all. Like I said I have always thought I could "control" most of what I'm dreaming even if I get sidetracked I can usually veer things back on course. Not that night it was like I was stuck there. It wasn't even like I was helpless in my dream I just didn't do anything! As a result I just felt like crap when I woke up. It really must have been traumatic because the rest of the night was black as far as dreaming goes (again very rare). Good for my sleep bad for my peace of mind. I was telling this to my sister and she said it's just pregnancy dreaming. Okay but, in my three previous pregnancies this Never happened! My dreams have always been super nice pleasant even while I am pregnant. What is up? I mean really what is so different this time? And frankly It's not like I am not losing enough sleep due to the bathroom thing every hour on the dot not to mention pinched nerves(from sitting on my butt all day!) that are not an easy thing to sleep with. I feel like this pregnancy is pushing it's luck as far as my patience goes. It would so be in time out right now if it were possible. I am very grateful for this baby and I recognize how blessed we are and lucky at this point to still be pregnant but come on! Sleep that's all a sane person needs and really I don't think I fit in that category recently. Not that I am complaining nope this is just venting. You should hear me when I complain, much whinier (Yes it's possible). Okay so now that I am done "Venting".... It's snowing out and the kids want to go make snowballs. SO I am going to drag my tired self out side and think fond thoughts about Dr. Pepper and count the days until we will meet again. Maybe if I think about it I will take pictures for a later blog..Until next time have a great day and get some sleep for me would ya.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Star Wars the Saga continues

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This is Rieken and Daddy Battling Jedi to Jedi

New years happenings

So we thought we would have to spend New Years Eve alone because of our Pink Eye situation.Well, my sister Tiffany and her Husband Bernard came into town for our family party on the 1st and because they Love us they decided to brave our house of sickness to celebrate with us.We played games and talked and ate a bunch of yummy food and it was great! The kids really wanted to stay up for the "countdown" so we let them. The real shocker... They made it although is was close a couple of times. At midnight we went outside to watch all the fireworks and make toasts. It was super cold so we only stayed outside for about 10-15 min. The kids went in and asked to go to bed they were so tired! They were all asleep within 10 min. Of course the adults stayed up and talked until 2am and then Tiff and Berny left to stay at my brother Kim's (They didn't want to get up early).New Years day was great too! We all got to sleep in late and then that afternoon we went to my Brothers for our Family party and gift exchange. We ate tons of way good food and played games and the kids just had a great time. Overall it was wonderful. Check out the slide show to see some of the pics. We hope you all had a Fun time too and are all safe and sound.
Heres to a great 2008,
-Rimmasch Family

Happy New Year 2008

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Handstands





The kids were messing around today and they were doing handstands.It was just to cold out today so they made due with the whole indoor play thing pretty well. In my book it was a success based purely on the fact that no one got seriously hurt. I thought it was funny so I decided to share the laughter. The funniest part was Rieken was doing the best job! Granted his were headstands but please the kid's only 2! Kippi kept going wonky but she would save them every time. Kelten, well I was just lucky to get this shot of him up seeing how he went down so fast. They had so much fun though. I am waiting for a few more pics from new years eve so that post is still to come. Until next time