Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Update and Other Things

I just thought I would update on Dalley's Holter results. Dr. Ethridge called us the other day and said that the Holter looked pretty good. She is not concerned about his heart during the day but is still worried about at night and naptime. Because of this she wants us to get an automated external defibrillator (AED). In case you don't know those are the paddle things in the movies that doctors use to shock a persons heart into beating again. The one we will get is a little different though, no paddles just little wires on sticky things that you stick to his chest and side to shock him. It also takes a reading of the heartbeat to let you know if you need to use it or not. I am a little nervous explaining this to the babysitter. It might freak her out to have to use a machine to start his heart in case it ever stops. I know it is freaking me out. I am also asking for a monitor to put on him when he is asleep because my biggest worry is that his heart will stop and I will not know it or I will be unsure if it is time to get the AED. Preferably something that beeps when his heart stops, the one we had on him when we first brought him home would beep everytime his heart would beat and that made it hard for him or us to get any sleep.

Anyhow on to other things. For those that have been asking my address is:
P.O. Box 81
Circleville, UT 84723
I have other things to post, but I have spent the whole day trying to get this one finished so i will end this one and post again later.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Trhanksgiving, New Baby, and New House

I apologize in advance, this is enough information for about 4 posts crammed into one eternally long one.
The last few weeks have been a whirlwind. We started it out by heading to Layton back on the 13th. I had to go up for meetings so Dustin went with me to watch Dalley. We were able to go see my brother Rowdy who just moved up to Roy. It was fun to see his new house and to visit his family. Dalley loved playing with his cousins. They were so cute with him, Tifnee and Britnee spent the whole night trying to find toys that he would like. Dalley also liked playing with Uncle Rowdy's beard. I am pretty mad though cause I didn't take my camera like I planned. Oh Well.

The next week we started moving Wednesday night. We took a load Wednesday and Thursday. On Friday we had to take Dalley for his 9 month check-up and also to meet with his cardiologist. The pediatrician told us that he is still too skinny. He only weighs 14 lbs, but he is 29" long so he is growing, just up not out. Next we went to Dr. Etheridge (the most awesome pediatric cardiologist ever, but also the only one I know) she examined Dalley and tried to explain his heart problem to us. He has Long QT Syndrome. There are a few types. The type he has is brought on by sleep. Our Dr. was unsure as to how to treat him because she has never treated a baby for it before, because usually it doesn't exhibit symptoms until the child is older. We only know he has it because of genetic testing we had done on him.The Dr was worried, because his EKG's have been normal, but he always has them during the day when he is awake. She needed a way to tell how his heart looked when he was asleep, so she sent us home with a Holter Monitor on him and boy was that interesting. He wasn't allowed to crawl for fear he would tear off the wires. We couldn't really let him move around much at all. To make matters worse we had to be out of our house that weekend so we had to move and keep an antsy baby happy. Luckily Dustin's sisters took turns watching him and his sister Haley even took him to the emergency room on Saturday to have the monitor taken off. We were all moved in on Saturday night, with the help of quite a few friends and family members.
The next week November 24 my audit started. It has been miserable. We are working till 8;00 at night and they are having us work weekends. I was lucky to get Thanksgiving off. My job is usually so good cause I get nights and weekends off and have a very flexible leave schedule.
We spent Thanksgiving with Dustin's family. Then on Saturday night we went down to see the cutest new baby ever!!! Ira Roger Hatch was born Thanksgiving morning. He is Shawn and Stina'a first baby and he is a handsome little devil. I am disappointed because I actually remembered to take a camera I just didn't get any pictures.We have decided that Dalley and Ira are going to be great friends.We are already planning to send them both to the ranch together during the summers. Grandpa can't wait till he gets all that help. We spent Saturday and Sunday in St. George. My parents took Dalley home with them so that I could work long hours. It was really hard and we didn't know what to do with ourselves. I cried all the way back to Circleville.
This Thursday my mom brought Dalley home and spent a few days helping me at work. She is the best mom ever.
Anyhow this post is getting marathon sized so here are a few pictures.
This is the best picture I have of the Holter,Dalley wasn't cooperating

Another picture of the monitor

Dalley's new obsession is with laundry, this is where I found him one day

Isn't that the cutest little crawler ever

This is my new house. New to me, not new to existence. I think it is the most wonderful house ever. It has been taken care of and it is so much bigger than the midget mansion we have been living in for the past two years. It was Dustin's grandma's house and it is on a dairy. i wake up to the sweet smell of corn silage and manure and I love every minute of it. I love that my house is surrounded by alfalfa fields and cows and that I have no close neighbors. I love that my house has a history. I am also excited that I will have room for my zoo of livestock. I will finally have room for my chickens, pigs, and turkeys that Dustin and I are planning on eventually adding to our livestock zoo of dogs and horses.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Amazing Sunset

So ever since I moved to Utah I have maintained that Nevada has way better sunsets. Tonight I saw one that rivals any I have seen though. It was so amazing I had to run out and take a picture of it. I used my work camera, which is amazing, so the pictures turned out really really great. Anyhow I have so much to catch up on but I am being audited at work so I don't have time for much these days. I even had to ship Dalley to Nevada for a week so I could work unlimited hours every day. I will update soon. Enjoy my pictures.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


So I am behind on posting about my weekend a couple weeks ago. It was one of those weekends that happened spontaneously, but turned out wonderful. On Friday I called Shawn and asked him to meet me in Cedar cause I had baby stuff for them. They were coming over for a play anyway so it worked good. I told my mom they were coming and she told Luke and Kayce who decided to come and then my dad decided they should come. So we all met in Cedar Saturday morning. We started the day by going to the Western Heritage Festival. Celeste had a booth there as part of her temporary job so we stopped by to support her. Next we took the kids to Discovery Park so they could play while the adults talked. It was an awesome day and it was fun to have almost the whole family there. Ryan couldn't come because he was a hunting guide that weekend.
The next day on Sunday Dustin let me sleep in and when I got up he had breakfast cooked and had invited his sister's family over for breakfast. Then we went to Stake Conference. After conference we went for a drive up Beaver Mountain. It was gorgeous up there and we found a cool rock to take pictures on. After the mountain we went to Jill's house and she and I made homemade chicken noodle soup for supper. Then we all carved our pumpkins. It was a blast. I was surprised that even Dustin got into it

Oh, also to answer Brooke's question Dalley's birthday is February 28th. Isn't he just two weeks younger than your baby?

Dalley and Aunt Celeste at the Western Heritage Festival

Cody, Shawn, Kate, Dustin, and Lukie at the Park
My favorite cowboys
Dalley Loved the swings
Dustin cooking our breakfast
Jill and her cute kids
All of the kids and Sarah
Dustin, Dalley, and Sarah
My Pumpkin, you have to see it close up to know what it is

All of the pumpkins mine, Dustin's, Dalley's, Jill's, and Mike's

Friday, October 24, 2008

Somewhat Busy Summer Re-cap

This summer was a lot busier than we usually would have had. I usually have a hard time getting Dustin to go anywhere. He has a hard time not being at the ranch or the dairy every minute. I guess my persuasion skills are becoming more honed because we actually went a few places we had never been before.

On May 20th we blessed Dalley. My whole family came to Circleville for it. My cousin Tasha brought my grandma and grandpa to it. My parents were impressed with the good people in my ward. My mom even said she wouldn't mind living here. I am sure that has nothing to do with being closer to Dalley. Dalley was blessed wrapped in a shawl that my Great-Grandma Hatch made for me to be blessed in. He also wore a cute little pair of cowboy boot booties that my visiting teaching partner made for him.

My Grandma and Grandpa Hatch with Dalley on his Blessing Day

My mom and Dad with Dalley on his blessing day

The next weekend we headed out to Nevada for my little brother Ryan's high school graduation and Eagle court of honor. I didn't get any pictures at the graduation, but I do have a few from the court of honor. Ryan is such a good kid. He is a great example to his big sister.

The older boys in "The Eagles Nest"

Getting sworn in or whatever you call it

In June we went to Moab for the Hatch family reunion. We didn't have very many people show up but we had a great time with the ones who did come. Shawn and Stina drove to Circleville then we went to Moab together. We love spending time with them. At the reunion we spent a lot of time playing cards cause that is what Hatchs do. Some people went golfing and some went to arches National Park. One of the days we went to La Sal where my dad had lived for awhile when he was a kid and my grandpa worked in the mines. On the way back to Moab we stopped at Hole in the Rock.

Everyone who came to the reunion

Playing Candy Bar Bingo

My Cute Grandpa

Goofing around at Hole in the Rock

In July it was back to Alamo/Hiko for the 4th of July. We went down to my grandma's house to watch the parade like we do every year. My grandparents even had a float it was really cute. Then we spent the rest of the day in the house playing cards. Shawn and Stina came for the weekend and we had a BBQ. It was a lot of fun.

Watching the parade in front of Grandma's house

Ryan Packing the flag in the parade

My Grandma, Aunt Darlene, and Aunt Darlene's grand kids on their float

My dad taking Dalley to have a nap
Shawn and Stina BBQ-ing

Dalley loves his Uncle Shawn

In August my mom came and went to Salt Lake with me to watch Dalley while I had to work up there for a week. I am so thankful she did that so I didn't have to leave Dalley. That weekend Shawn and Stina, and my dad came and met up with us and we went to Bryce Canyon National Park. It is beautiful there. After touring the park we went to Escalante and spent the night. The next day Luke and Kayce blessed their newest addition. Her name is Lynda Elaine, but we call her L.E.

Shawn and Stina at Bryce Canyon
My mom and dad at Bryce Canyon

Kayce with new little LE after the blessing

Dalley playing with cousins
Kate holding Dalley
In September I had to work in Salt Lake again so my mom came with me again to watch Dalley. Since we were in downtown Salt Lake we had a little more fun this time. Celeste was with us which made it even better. We went for a carriage ride to memory park. We also had a good time going to the German Deli and the German bakery. We went to the Clark Planetarium and watched a 3-D movie about the International Space station.

Celeste on the carriage ride. ( This quality photo was taken with my phone)

The view of the temple from our carriage
At the end of September we went to Nevada again. Dustin spent two days helping my dad round up cows and my mom and I threw Stina a baby shower. We had a good turn out. I can't believe they will be having a baby soon. Dalley can't wait for his best bud Ira to get here.

Cute little pregnant girl
The first weekend of October, aka my birthday and aka conference weekend, Dalley and I caught a ride out to Nevada to visit. Shawn and Stina came too cause Shawn's birthday is the day after mine. We had fun watching heros and conference of course. On Saturday night we all had dinner at windmill then went home and canned peaches and made applesauce. We had a good time.

My dad decorated this cake for me

Dalley loves his grandma's big tub.

The fruits of our labor

Stina cutting peaches

My dad babysitting Dalley while we were canning

Dalley and his grandpa

Well that is a re-cap of what we did this summer. Basically it is all the occassions I would have blogged about had I been a blogger back then. i don't know why it took me so long to join in the fun.
I have been working on this post for a little while now. I would do a little her and a little there. It was not until I was finished that I realized how ginormous it is. Hopefully you like a good non-fiction novel.

Goodbye Bumbo, Hello High Chair

I am of the opinion that the Bumbo seat is one of the best things ever invented. We have been using Dalley's since he was three months old and it is really handy for when babies don't want to be prostrate all the time, but they can't sit up by themselves. It is also a handy way to feed a baby who is way too small for a high chair. We used the bumbo religiously till my little monkey butt decided he was going to climb out of the Bumbo and dive off of the table. Luckily I looked over and caught him by his ankle right before he hit the floor. My niece Daisy was there and she is still traumatized by it. Now whenever I put him in the Bumbo she says, "If he falls out make sure you catch him by his ankle." She is four. Anyhow due to the traumatizing nature of his fall out of the Bumbo we decided it was time for the high chair. So Wednesday night Dustin just happened to get home a little early so I had him watch Dalley while I assembled the high chair. It is HUGE. Dalley looks like a tiny little guy in it. I forgot to bring my pictures of him being swallowed up by it's vastness, but I will post them later. Even though it is so big, he loves it. It is a new found freedom for me. I am amazed that my life is such that I get excited about high chairs, but I am loving every minute of it.

Monday, October 20, 2008

He Crawls!!!

So for a couple of months now Dalley has been doing his backward crawl, crawdad thing. That was until yesterday. We were in primary and Dustin was teaching the lesson. I put Dalley on the floor and he crawled over to one of the kids in the class like he had been doing it his whole life. Now there is no stopping this kid. He is on the go.

This weekend the weather was beautiful so I enlisted Dustin's nephew to come help me clean my yard. We pulled weeds and hauled them to the back lot to be burned. We then raked leaves and put them in those decorative pumplin leaf bags. It was a lot of fun and we got a lot done. Dalley was a little angel boy and sat in his stroller and watched while we worked.

Dustin got off a little early so we drove into Panguitch so I could buy some fleece for some blankets I wanted to make for my nieces. We were able to get some cute girly fleece for the girls and I bought some John Deere fleece to make Dalley a blanket. While we were there I fell in love with a cute little wrought iron pumpkin stand. Now we just have to get our pumpkins carved.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Deer Hunter's Ball

When Dustin and I were dating I loved the deer hunter's ball. We would go with a bunch of friends and dance and have a good time. After we got married I still enjoyed it. Last night was the ball and I had been looking forward to it all week. Dalley and I got ready so that when Dustin got home from hauling his cows we would be ready to go. We all got dressed up went over to the ball, paid to get in, and bought raffle tickets. We said our hellos to everyone. We sat on the bleachers for five minutes and a short 40 minutes after we arrived we left. The band was too loud for Dalley bugs. We are now officially in the boring stage of life.
The above picture is of my handsome boys all ready to go dancing. We didn't even get to dance once before we had to leave.
On the bright side Dustin bought us a camp trailer last night and it is a lot nicer than the one we just sold. He has been riding a colt for a guy here in town and bought the camp trailer with his horse training money. Our old trailer was on the little side. this one is big enough that we can bring Dalley's pack-n-play and set it up so he will have his own bed. I was never one who needed a camp trailer to go camping, or even a tent, but in my older years I am finding it is much more convenient to have everything stored in a trailer and all we have to do is hook on and go.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Beginning

I have decided that I will join the blogging world. I enjoy reading friends blogs and finding out about people that I haven't seen for years. I am starting with a picture of Dalley. I am afraid you will see a lot of him. He is the cutest thing that I have to take pictures of so I do so frequently. Maybe even a little bit excessively. I just want to record every moment I can cause he is growing up so fast. He is 27 weeks old or almost 8 months. I prefer to tell his age in weeks though because that seems younger, 8 months seems really big. He is only 4 months away from a year and that blows my mind. Currently he is crawling backward. The guys I work with call him Crawdad. He can sit up by himself and he is about as spoiled as they come. He is also about the funnest baby I know (I am not partial at all). He is always happy and smiling. He smiles at everyone who talks to him. We are always getting stopped by people in stores, restaurants, and church who want to talk to him or even try to hold him. I have had so many random people stop me to talk to him. Celeste, my mom, and I were eating at this Italian restaurant in Salt Lake and the owner came and took him and walked around the place talking to him and kissing him.
Any how I could go on all day. So here is my start I hope I remember to be diligent about updating this thing.