Monday, December 15, 2008

What, a Stroke at 30???

Alright, so it wasn't a stroke thank goodness. Here's my story. I woke up Tuesday December 9th all pepped up to get Karalee ready for school and then get to my exercise class at 9:30. I felt great knowing that I was going to be burning some major calories with this awesome workout. During my workout I kept drinking water and taking little breaks as I saw that I needed, no problem right? Well, I got home nursed Kanon and put him down for a nap. Then I had a shower and after that, that is when I started feeling quite cruddy. Tired, actually exhausted I had an instant headache and decided I needed more to eat besides what I had for breakfast, went in the kitchen and just started to feel very confused, dazed and couldn't get anything to eat besides pretzels. I then went back in the family room where Leon noticed that I had pretzels and then wanted some himself. I started to feel like I couldn't function. I then tried to explain to Leon to get a little chair and take it into the kitchen and get some pretzels off the counter, except I was thinking that and I couldn't speak it. I then started to feel very frustrated and scared. I started to cry and Leon came in and asked why I was crying. What I believe came out was "there's something wrong." My first instinct was to call my friend Karen P. I saw her number on my speed dial and called it and this is what I found out I actually said to her "Karen......grumble, grumble......something's wrong" She said "Kirsten, Kirsten are you okay, I'll be right over." And that she did. She came in and I tried to talk to her, but only somethings came out. She then tried to call the doctors office (no answer), call her sister at the hospital (no answer) and then her husband the cop and he told her to take me to the hospital. She called our neighbor Myrt and told her that Kirsten is experiencing some stroke like symptoms and I needed to be taken to the hospital and asked if she could take Leon and her little girl. We went to the hospital and Robert showed up shortly after I did. They layed me down and then I started to feel numb on my right side. They tried to ask me questions and only some words would come out. I was so scared and confused, I thought I was having a stroke and thought I would not fully recover from it. I thought what would I do, my family do? The numbness the moved to my left side, head to toe. Well, since Delta's Catscan machine was broken they had to rush me up to Utah Valley Regional Hospital in an ambulance. Robert, followed not to far behind. With feeling confused and in pain in the ambulance and between throwing up all I could think of was about my family and how hard this would be for them if I didn't recover. Especially, for Kanon whom I was still nursing and knew that he would struggle taking a bottle. So when I got to the hospital they had 2 neurologists there waiting for me and a nurse over the Stroke Unit. They asked me all these questions and at that time I couldn't give the proper month that Kanon was born, my birthdate and they asked me to say 55 and I couldn't. I was so frustrated again, but I could also tell that I was getting a little better. They decided that I needed to have a catscan, MRI and an echocardiogram to be diagnosed with a stroke. The other possibility would be that it was a Complicated Migraine. My symptoms were so extreme at that time, so they were leaning more towards a Stroke. The numbness went away late that night. After staying overnight and getting the results back from the Catscan and the MRI the neurologists concluded that it was a Complicated Migraine. Both my neurologist told me that they wouldn't have recognized me if it wasn't for my name on my chart because when I came into the hospital the pain and distress that my body was in made me look like an entirely different person. My heart has no holes and my brain was okay. I was so thankful and felt so blessed that I was going to be alright. No medications and the doctors told me that I would probably feel fatigued for about a week. Right now I still have a dull headache that comes and goes throughout the day and I also can tell that it had some affects to my thought process because I could not come up with the word female grandchild-- granddaughter for about 3 days. I know that I will be making a full recovery and that I need to watch for the signs and take care of my headached asap. I now know after experiencing migraines as a child that they could get worse that just have halucinations and being sensitive to light.
I would like to thank Karen for quick active knowledge in my situation and I was blessed to have called her that day. Also to my mother in law for being there for our children especially for Kanon who struggled to take the bottle. For my wonderful husband that was there by my side with his love and support. For all the members in my ward and my parents ward for their prayers and help. Also to all the friends and family that prayed for my recovery. I love you all and thanks for everything. Thanks to my mom and dad for coming and taking care of my family and home while I rested.
My children survived and 24 hours after my Catscan I was able to nurse Kanon. He was so happy. This has made me realize how much I love my children and also that I don't want to take anything for granted. I want to live my life to the fullest. Thank you Heavenly Father for the life you have given me.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Getting Back into the Swing of Things

My goodness, how long has it been since I last posted a blog??? Ever since we got home from Las Vegas a week ago we have been trying to get back into our routine. I am sure all of you know how that goes, especially having children and getting them readjusted to their lives. Kanon did so great though. He slept really well in Vegas and when he came home he got back into his schedule. I believe all of my children have been able to adjust to change really well. Karalee did need the extra long Thanksgiving break though from school. I wouldn't say that school stresses her out, but maybe that she needed some time to catch up on some sleep and to be able to have some days that weren't quite structured. She loves school though and has been so happy in the mornings and tired in the afternoons. Leon still loves his little bro and also loves our new Wii game Mario Cart. I try hard not to let him think he can play that all day, but if I do let him play longer than he should he tends to be really cranky. I don't blame him though because if I play to long I get cranky too.
When I get a good chance I will add some pictures and commentary on our Thanksgiving vacation. And also some pictures of our new LED Light Christmas tree (my first fake tree the only thing I purchased in Vegas on black Friday) and decorations.
Those of you who read my blog could you please leave your address so I can get Christmas cards out when I get them ready. Thanks.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Dry Heaving


So Sunday after church Robert and I were preparing our Sunday dinner bbq when he decided he wanted to catch 1 of the 5 kittens we have on our enclosed porch. Now the cat that he wanted to catch is quite scared and mean. The mother cat, which is our neighbors, is so mean that she hisses at us all of the time and even at our big german shepherd- we don't like her very much. Anyhow while I was in the kitchen I can see Robert out there trying to catch this little thing and I was just cracking up. Well, he ends up putting on a pair of gloves and catches the kitten. Oh how this kitten was sooooooo mad at him. Just imagine a kitten with it's claws out, ears down and looking extremely p o'ed. This kitten ended up clawing Robert's hand through the gloves and when he was letting it go it pooped all over Robert. Now for those who know my husband he is a biology teacher, but cannot handle poop of any sorts. So he was out there dry heaving about ready to throw up. And what was I doing?? Cracking up and realizing that I have such a stronger stomach than he does. It was too funny and all in all between his dry heaving he was laughing too.

Now this picture is not the mean kitty. I couldn't get a picture of her/him, but was able to get a picture of the really nice one.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Who says 30 is old??


So with my 30th birthday coming tomorrow I have already started to reflect on my life and it's accomplishments. I remember being in high school and thinking that some of my teachers were old because they were thirty. Well, I'll be thirty and I still feel like I just graduated not too long ago. Besides the few minor aches and pains of being a mother and getting older I still feel well how do I explain, like me. Does that make any sense I ask? I think so. Even though I am a mother of three and I am on the go constantly, I feel if I didn't have my children and my great husband I would be lost. Kind of like my life would be pointless. One things for sure Robert and I would be bored. Robert and I have been married for 10 years and that has gone by so quickly it makes me wonder if the next 10 will go by even faster, since it seems like the older you get time flies by faster. Let's think Karalee will be 15 1/2 (almost time for driving and dating ahhhhh!!), Leon will be 13 1/2 (boys and puberty I don't know) and Kanon will be almost 10 1/2 (following not too far from Leon). Wow, teenagers I don't know about that.

Alright, so I will think about what Pres. Monson said and live in the moment. I want to strive and enjoy and be like my children, where they just love being kids and don't have a care in the world. Do things with them that they will really remember like reading with them, outings that don't have to cost an arm and a leg, drop doing housework when they want to play a game or want to cuddle. Just simple things like that will help me feel like I have made a difference and have helped accomplish a lot in their beautiful lives.

I am a mother, homemaker, teacher, nurturer, secretary, accountant, seamstress, launderer, well you get the point this list could go on and on when you are a mother and wife.

Well, I will be embracing my 30's because my 20's were full of changes,learning experiences and wonderful things and I believe my 30's will be bringing me more.
My heart is so full and I truly feel blessed to have the life that I have. I love you all that have helped me throughout my 30 years and that have filled my heart with such love and gratitude.

Happy 30th Birthday, Kirsten!!!!

Thanks, Mom and Dad for the beautiful flowers!!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Tagged: I am the luckiest woman alive

Thanks Melissa T. for tagging me because it has really made me focus and think of all the great wonderful things my husband has done for me, therefore making me the luckiest woman alive.

I am the luckiest woman alive:
Reason #1: My husband is very hard working he is the type that needs to be doing something productive and if it is not it is a waste of time. He is very determined at striving to be the best and he encourages me to do the same.

Reason #2: When I was in the hospital after having all of our children c-section he attends to the baby in the nursery, taking pictures and being there for them when I am getting put back together. That has always been a comfort to me because unlike a normal delivery I cannot bond and hold them right away.

Reason #3: Even though he may not express his feelings much it's always the moments I catch his expression on his face when he is looking at me or the kids that truly shows me how much he loves and cares for us. His faces brightens and he does get a twinkle in his eyes. I love that and I love him forever.

I believe that if you are truly strive to have a happy marriage and are truly happy you are the luckiest woman alive because not everyone gets the opportunity to love.


I tag Karen P. , Sera and Melissa S.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Election




I don't know about everyone else, but I am so happy that November 4th has come and gone. I am happy to say that I am looking forward to some definate changes in our country. I also believe President Obama has and will set a new tone and inspiration to our country as well. He is a great speaker and as I told Robert last night I believe he is a very determined man to want to start making things better for all the US citizens. For all of you that are worried about him being President, don't be I believe he knows he has a lot to live up to as the first African American President and from the large amount of people he knew voted for him and supported him as well. Please look forward to seeing our country change in a positive way. It is a very historical moment and one that we will be able to talk to our children and grandchildren about.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

My Cute Kids and Halloween

Karalee's Kindergarten Halloween Party



I was so excited that I got to help with Karalee's Halloween party. They got to have a treasure hunt, dance and play a ghost game. It was a success and the kids all seemed to enjoy themselves. They also had root beer on dry ice and apple slices with caramel. Thanks Karen (or should I say Minnie) for letting me help out I had a lot of fun. (Picture with Karalee's friends Olivia and Miranda.)


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Awesome Thanksgiving Recipes

Here are two awesome recipes. The Pumpkin Chiffon Pie recipe is from Robert's side of the family and it is his ultimate favorite. It is a lighter, fluffier version of the normal pumpkin pie. The other one is from my neighbor Myrt Gardner and it is so easy and fool proof. Try these you will love them.

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie -- Makes 3 pies
2 envelopes Knox Gelatin
1 C. Milk
1/2 C. Cold Water
2 1/2 C. Canned Pumpkin
1 t. ginger
1 t. nutmeg
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. salt
1 C. White Sugar
1 C. Brown Sugar
6 eggs

Slightly beat egg yolks, add pumpkin, br. sugar, milk and spices and cook in double boiler until consistency of custard. Add dissolved gelatin and let it stand until thick. Beat egg white until stiff, fold in sugar and pour into pie shells.

Feather-Light Overnight Rolls---- Makes 3-4 Dozen
1 C Water
1 C Butter
1/2 C Sugar
2 t salt
1 C Cold Water
2 (.25 ounce) package Yeast (SAF Yeast)
1/2 C Warm Water
4 Eggs, Beaten
7 1/2 C. Flour
Butter for spreading on dough

In a 6 quart pan bring 1 cup water to a boil. Add the butter, sugar and salt. Remove from heat. Add the 1 C cold water. Dissolve yeast in the 1/2 C warm water (not hot). When first mixture is luke-warm, add yeast mixture and beaten eggs. Stir briefly. Add flour and stir together. Cover pan with lid and refrigerate overnight. When ready to roll out, divide dough in thirds. Lightly flour surface of bread board. Roll each third out in a large circle about 1/2 inch thick. Spread dough lightly with butter. Cut dough into wedge and roll into a crescent shape. Place on 3 greased baking sheets ( about 12 rolls per sheet). Let rise about 4 hours. Bake a 400 degrees F for about 12 minutes.

Friday, October 24, 2008

I was reflecting


So I was thinking that sometimes I don't show or express how much I am thankful for my life here on the earth. I believe I take for granted a lot of my blessings that I have here like: my family, my home, my health, my talents etc. I find myself always getting caught up in a moment of anger or complete frustration. I catch myself focusing on the negative things that my kids are doing instead of focusing on the good. Now, don't get me wrong I love my family so much and I know I am better off now than I was a few years ago. I am a person that suffers from post partum depression after having children., but it's very different this time around after having Kanon. I have no symptoms and I feel great. Now the difference is I believe is I feel I talk to myself more. If there is a time I feel stressed out with my house being cluttered or things just aren't going the way I want I start feeling some major anxiety. So what I do is walk around taking deep breaths and tell myself 'ok, it's not that big of a deal, let it go, it's not worth getting all stressed out about'. Also I believe I take more time out to know myself more. I guess I do have to be thankful for that as well because Heavenly Father knows that I suffer from this and that is why he sent me Kanon. He is such a great natured baby and smiles all the time and every time I look at him I am reminded how much my Heavenly Father loves me. He wants me to be able to enjoy my beautiful children. I love Karalee for her sweet, loving, caring, strong willed heart and she reminds me everyday that she loves me and says I am the best mom ever (she makes me want to live up to that). I love Leon for teaching me patience, unconditional love and forgiveness. He reminds me that no matter how many times we butt heads we can still love each other. (I don't know know if this was such a good idea now that I am crying and can't type very well) Last, but not least I love my husband, Robert, and I am thankful that he has shown me hard work, to have fun, when to be serious and when not to be, has given me knowledge and challenges me everyday to be a better person. He also has shown me patience and unconditional love (those just come with the territory of being married though)

So this is my proposal, I want all of you who read this to really reflect on your life and realize that there are so many blessings that you receive and don't realize that you are blessed. If you feel the need please share, it is like a testimony and it can help others. Also for those who do suffer from post partum depression- talk about it, don't keep it in because it will just make it worse and always remember that even though you have those type of feelings you are not a bad person.
I love you and thank you all for sharing your life with me and my family!!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

My little boy is not so little


Today Kanon is 4 months old and I took him in for his check up. We found out that he is 17 lbs 13 oz and is in the 93rd percentile and his length is 16 3/4 inches and is in the 86th percentile. When he was born he was only 6 lbs 12 oz, which means that in 4 months he has gained 11 lbs and 1 oz. He is such a cute baby and who'd a thought that one of my children would be in the 86th percentile for his height.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Halloween Cookie Fun


My kids and I had been looking forward to our long weekend together and they couldn't wait to make Halloween cookies. They had a ton of fun and really got into decorated their cookies. By the time they were done their tummies hurt from eating cookie dough. No sooner than an hour past and they were back in the kitchen asking for one of the cookies the decorated.

Around 500 Million Years Ago These Existed??




Robert and Karalee had some extra days off because of Harvest Break, which is really 'Deer Hunt Weekend' around here in Delta. So we decided to go out west to a mountain called Swazey to get some pinenuts, but when we got there we found out that we were about a month late and the only pinenuts we found were the ones that were eaten by bugs- Yum. Robert said that there was something else we could do since we went all the way out there and that was to look for Trilobite fossils. Well, since we do have a 4 month old I stayed behind and played with Kanon in our truck and Robert, Karalee and Leon hiked up the mountain. They were gone for about 2 hours and came back with some really neat fossils. Karalee and Leon thought they were so awesome. Robert was way excited too because these were his first fossils that he had ever found and for being a Biology Teacher that is pretty cool. We had a ton of fun and we were all excited to be able to enjoy some quality time together, especially since the kids had fun on the rollercoaster road on the way home. They put their arms in the air and said 'weeeeee' like they were riding a real rollercoaster. How much fun are they?? Sometimes I wish I could be a kid again.
We invite all those who are interested in fossils to join us next time. It was fun, educational and physical.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Bows, Bows and More Bows



I had a little fun this last weekend with Karalee. Her and I made some bows for her hair. I guess I would have to thank my good friend Karen for inspiring me. I never had made bows in my life and Karalee and I thought they turned out way cute. By the end of the weekend I realized that we had made 17 bows. Here's a picture of Karalee showing off her proudly made bows. I only had wished that my Mom, Grandma and sister Krishelle could have been here to join in the fun.




Wednesday, October 8, 2008

School Scarecrow Contest


Karalee's school holds a Harvest Hoorah! every October where you can participate in a scarecrow contest and come and listen to some readers. This is our first year participating and we decided to do our family as The DeWyze Family Scarecrow Babies. All we did was stuff newborn baby clothes and orange paper bags and tie them to flower fencing. We also put foam butterflies, bees, dragonflies and fruit on pipe cleaners and decorated it as if they were in a garden. It turned out way cute and we had fun making it. Karalee was so excited to enter the contest and we were all very happy when we found out that we got 2nd Place. Her prize was a bag full of books. It was so much fun that we might make it a tradition to do one every year.

My Mom and I's Nightmare

Alright, our family lives in a house that was built in 1918, it is in great shape for how old it is, but it does need some upgrading. For some reason there is the generation of people that think it was awesome to carpet everything in a house even the bathrooms and patios. Well, before we had Kanon we got our bathroom downstairs floor redone, ok no problem. Our patio/ sunroom was a different story. They put down indoor, green, from the 60's carpet and under that was 70's different shades of green out door carpet. My mom came to visit and said she would be happy to help because it was really bugging me. I mean if we didn't have kids or a dog that sheds all the time and lived in a state that didn't have rain or snow then I might be alright with it, NOT!!!! We pulled up that carpet and it was soooooo extremely heavy that we used every muscles in our bodies even the ones that we didn't think we had to get it out of there. Some of it that we pulled out stunk so bad we had to leave for a minute because we couldn't breathe. When we finally did get it out and into the back of the truck to take to the dump we were so exhausted. After we took a brief break we thought we would tackle the outdoor carpet, but after realizing that EVERY INCH was GLUED DOWN we decided to leave it. Now, I was okay with this because at least it would be easier to clean than the other carpet. Oh, but when Robert got home from work he absolutely did not like the out door carpet. So what we did was try and pull the carpet up away from the padding, but that was extremely difficult. After encouragement from my mom Robert went and got his parents four wheeler, tied a rope to the and to the four wheeler and pulled it out. And what was left is what you see in the pictures, padding. Now how in the world are we getting that up. Well, weeks before doing this project I researched online and people said that adhesive remover will bring up the padding and glue. I poured on a gallon and a half, let it sit for about two hours and a few hundred brain cells later nothing happened, still stuck to the floor. I called Ace and told them and they were nice to give me my money back. We found out from my dad that the best way to get it up would be a floor sander and maybe I could rent one. Well, since I do live in a small town no one had one, so we used Robert's hand sander that years ago gave him a scare on his chest because you can loose control of it. Of course my mom was being protective of me and did not want me using the grinder, so she did it. She is wonderful in so many ways. Thanks Mom, we finally woke up from our nightmare.

The Wonderful World of Bike Riding

Our kids and their bikes. Karalee and Leon love their bikes in two totally different ways. Karalee just learned a few weeks ago how to ride her bike without training wheels. She learned so fast that I was so shocked and impressed that she learned in one evening. She did figure out that she can't go as fast and crazy as she used to when she had training wheels, but she is so happy and proud of herself that she doesn't think about that anymore.

Now for Leon, he's kind of the main reason why Karalee learned how to ride without training wheels. Well, this little boy loves demolition derby's more than his dad. He loves his trike and loves to pretend that it is a derby car. He has also mastered the skill of going in reverse and is quite an expert at that. He will ram into everything even Karalee when she is on her bike. Well, one day when Karalee was at school he rammed into her bike so hard it stripped out one of her training wheels. He did feel really bad and when Karalee found out she was a little upset, but then I told her "well, I guess that means it is time to learn how to ride without training wheels" and she was ok with that. The one thing is that I ended up not taking off the other training wheel until the night she learned how to ride without any of them. So before that night she rode her bike with just one training wheel and became a pro at it. I feel that just that the one training wheel she had helped her to learn how to balance her bike. They are so awesome!!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Karalee's TuTu

Karalee was invited to a fancy tea party and I wanted her to get all dolled up, so I decided to make her this TuTu. She didn't know I was going to and when she saw it she was so surprised and absolutely loved it. It turned out extremely cute and it only took me 45 minutes to make with no sewing involved. I plan on making another one for her cat Halloween costume. Isn't she beautiful.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Welcome 'De' Wyze Family


Well, this is my very first time blogging, so I will just start off letting everyone about us. First the head of our household is Robert he is a Biology teacher at the high school that he graduated from. He loves his job very much. He also loves demolition derby's- it is his obsession. Then there's me, Kirsten, who is a stay at home mom and has really enjoyed every minute of it. I should say though that the monotony of cleaning the house gets to me after a while. Then there is our first child, our Princess Karalee. She is 5 years old and is in kindergarten. She loves going to school and has really bonded with her teacher. She loves puzzles, dancing, riding her bike (she is trying no training wheels right now) and reading books. She is a smart little one and wants to really learn how to read so she can do it on her own. Next is our very head strong middle child, Leon. He is 3 years old and gets to stay at home and do preschool stuff with mom. He is following in his dads footsteps and loves demolition derby's and probably is more obsessed with them right now then Robert is. He loves his Hotwheel cars and plays derby with them all the time. He also loves riding his trike and would you guess he plays derby on that as well. He also loves his little brother a little too much that he hugs him all the time, but I am happy he loves him though. Then there is our baby boy, Kanon. He is almost 3 months and weighs almost 15 pounds. He has been a great baby and is very happy almost all of the time. He is definitely a mellow child, but I guess you would have to be when you have two older siblings. The one thing that he really loves is bath time and also smiling at everyone. All of us live in the town that Robert was raised in Delta Utah. We all love it here very much and hope to never have to leave.