Friday, March 28, 2008


When I got back from Rexburg I figured it was time to start potty training. We got Damon some undies and the first two days he peed his pants everytime. Then Wednesday night when Tyler got home from school he was getting Damon ready for bed and kind of new he had to go number two. So he stuck him on the toilet just to see what would happen. He could tell Damon was embarrassed so kind of hid from his view. He heard Damon pushing and next thing you know he had gone to the bathroom. We were so happy and proud of him, could it really be that easy? Of course not! He's yet to make it to the bathroom since then. That's okay though, we're just getting started. I can't expect too much from him just yet.

Too much fun!

Damon had so much fun with all his uncles. Uncle J.C. taught Damon some new cool dance moves. Aunt Kinney was so much help and so wonderful with the kids. Damon would only let Kinney put him to bed, play with him or hug or hold him. Aunt Kinney put Damon to bed every night for me and would help out when she could with Andee. My parents and brothers helped me out a lot while I was there. Thanks GUYS!!! We had tons of fun.


At my parents house Damon, Andee and I shared a room. At first we put Damon on the couch in that room, but he kept falling off. I decided just to put him in bed with me. The only problem with that was I wasn't getting any sleep, so I started sleeping on the couch. Since we kicked my brother J.C. out of his own room, I told him if he didn't mind sharing a bed with Damon he could sleep in there, too. So there were four of us sleeping in one room! Talk about sleep deprivation (for me).

Sledding with Grandpa Scooter

Grandpa Scooter took Damon sledding and helped Damon build a snowman. It was pretty fun to watch. I can't believe Grandpa stayed out there as long as he did with Damon. Pretty impressive!

Our trip to Rexburg

Our trip to Idaho was very, very cold! Damon would get dressed up and head outside all by himself. Nobody else wanted to be out there with him...can you blame us?

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

White Powder in Rexburg

I know you're all thinking snow. The powder I'm talking about is thick, messy and doesn't melt! I'm talking about Baby Powder. What happens when a two year old gets a hold of a bottle of baby powder totally unsupervised? Let me tell you. Today (a typical Wednesday morning), Damon wakes up around 8:00. Andee was still sleeping, so I got up with him to feed him, change his diaper, get him dressed. We finished all this around 8:45 and Andee was still sleeping, so I turned on some cartoons and laid down on the couch. I knew I probably wouldn't fall asleep because usually anytime I close my eyes Damon comes running over to me and pries my eyes open and says, "Wake up Mommy"! Today was different, I actually fell back to sleep. I woke up about 20 mintues later only to find myself in complete shock! I opened my eyes and saw white! I was so mad I can't even tell you exactly what I said. I looked at Damon and yelled, "What did you do? I can't believe it, you are so naughty. Sit on that couch right now and don't you dare get off". After this he immediately started bawling and tried to run away from me. He knew he was in big trouble. I caught him and looked at him and actually tried not to laugh. He was completely covered in baby powder himself. His hair was white and clothes were white. I got him undressed at sat him on the couch and told him not to move, and for the first time he actually listened. He usually slowly inches closer and closer to the edge of the couch or chair until he slides off whenever he's in timeout. Not this time, he knew I was mad! I kept saying, I can't believe you did this. The carpet was covered with a light dust of powder, every shelf had powder on it, the walls, my parents leather couches were covered in powder, the plants, my mom's dress coat, my purse, an old antique table had huge piles of powder on it. The blinds, every single train, train track, truck, car, leggo, stuffed animal, and book had powder all over it. The fire place, my parents have a kitchenette downstairs, and the tile floor in the kitchenette was completely covered. Probably the things I was most worried about were the laptop keyboard, my brother's x-boxes and controllers, the dvd player, and my parents big screen t.v. It was like it had snowed in here. And maybe that's what Damon was pretending. I have no clue what could've been going through his head!!! I tried to picture exactly what he looked like spreading this powder everywhere, but the image was too cute and I was too mad, so I tried not to think about it. I didn't know where to start cleaning. I pulled out the vaccuum, my mom picked up all the toys (which filled up two big baskets)and took them upstairs and washed them in the sink. I pulled out a rag and started wiping down the room. The funny thing is, Damon managed to not get a drop of powder on me or the couch I was laying down on. Imagine that! Around 11:00, we finally got the room cleaned and luckily Andee slept the whole time. After my mom and I had gotten everything cleaned up I was thinking that I should've taken pictures. Hopefully I explained it well enough that you can picture the mess it was. When all was said and done I went over to Damon and gave him a big hug and told him I was sorry for getting mad at him. He looked at me and said, "Damon cried, Damon was in time out, Damon made a mess"! "I'm sorry mommy". I know he wasn't trying to be naughty, he probably had the time of his life making that mess. To all you mothers out there...Keep the baby powder out of reach!!!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Totally Crazy!

Saturday March 8th I left for home in Rexburg, Idaho. The catch to that is I left with a toddler and a baby all by myself. And not just any toddler, Damon. As Becky Salvidar put it kindly, Damon is a high spirited child. The crazy part...I did it without a stroller. I actually had to trust Damon to stay close to me and not run off, and I had Andee in a baby carrier...while carrying my purse, backpack and trying to hold Damon's hand. After getting through security, which went pretty smoothly, we had about an hour before our flight. We were just waiting at our terminal and suddenly Damon wanted a drink. I kept telling him I didn't bring one. Which was totally unintentional. I didn't want to pack up all my bags and head to a store, so I'm pretty sure I was looking desperate (trying to calm Damon down)because a lady asked me if she could help. I gave her a $5 and asked her if she wouldn't mind getting him some juice. Thank goodness for her! Damon and Andee were really good on the airplane. I had a DVD player for Damon and Andee slept the whole time. I was thinking I was pretty good by that point. We flew into Salt Lake and if it weren't for kind people, I wouldn't have made it through in one piece. After getting to the luggage claim and trying to keep Damon close and grab my huge suitcases off the machine I knew it wasn't going to work. I had Andee on me in the baby carrier and everytime I bent over to grab my bag she would tip upside down and scream. A nice man came over and grabbed all my bags for me. I thanked him and realized I wasn't going to be able to move anywhere without my brother (who was picking me up and not to the airport yet). I saw a lot of people who had carts and I really wanted one, but couldn't get to one without leaving all my luggage...which I knew I couldn't do. The same man who pulled my bags off came back with a cart and put all my bags on it for me. I tried to give him money for the cost of the cart and he told me when I'm older to just remember to help out someone who needs it. That's when i knew I was in Utah. As I was trying to push this cart out to the curbside to meet my brother, Judd, the bags kept falling off and Damon kept running off. I would chase him, put the bags back on and get about 5 feet when the bags would fall off again, Damon would run off again and I was getting nowhere. I did this for about 5 minutes, which seemed like an eternity, when a man from our flight came over and pushed my cart for me to find my brother's car. He started talking to me about President Monson and I knew he was LDS, also. After getting into my brother's car I looked back at that experience and realized the Lord had really blessed me with kind people who listened to their promptings to help a desperate mother. I am only hoping and praying that my flight back will go that smoothly!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Andee pants!

Andee Pants.
That's my little nickname for the little slobber monster. When I get home from school I drop the books and all I want to do is forget all the Doctor jargon and talk to a couple of people who don't think they are the smartest in the world.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Wobble and Fall @ 3 months old.

This only lasted 3 seconds. It was the first time she stood on her own. Dont worry I caught her.

My Oasis in the Desert of Life.

Sometimes my classmates ask me "how do you do it? How do you juggle medical school, managing, church and family?" My response is this "how do you do it without?" I don't know what I would do if I came home to an empty house every day. I sit in class and by the end of the day I am literally counting the seconds to race home and play with my kids. What would life be like if you didn't have a smokin hot wife to come home to? Sure, I kinda made the decision to come to school based on money, but since Ive been here Ive learned that it is in the family where happiness lies. If I live the rest of my life a poor man - As long as I have my family I will have lived richer than the richest King.

Scary Smile

Sometimes a picture isn't worth a thousand words.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Next time Damon steps out of line he's getting a shiner in the other eye!

Damon ran out onto the court during a church basketball game and the referee totally trampled him. Damon and Andee are going to be pretty good friends.