Saturday, October 27, 2007

Early Trick or Treating

Tonight Payton and I went to Downtown Leesburg's trick or treating night. Since Paula was not done with Payton's Halloween costume I had to come up with a costume idea only a few hours before we went. I decided to go to Wal-Mart to see if they had any costumes and it was totally picked over… leaving me only one girl costume in a size that would fit her. The costume was a black and purple little witch outfit. At first I was a little disappointed, but decided to get the costume out of desperation and realized what a perfect costume it was because it matched my witch hat I wore, only cost $10, fit Payton perfect and most important I could blame any of Payton's fussiness on the costume (which I never had to do because she was a perfect angel). We got to see Falon who dressed up as Snow White. It began to rain shortly after we got there, but was still a blast. I love Halloween and having Payton makes it so much more fun.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Stake Youth Dance

This is me and some of the Eustis Young Women at the Stake Dance. These girls are awesome!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Today Jonathon, Payton and I went to a pumpkin patch with Geoffrey, Rhea and Jayden and had a great time! Payton was kind of sleepy but enjoyed walking around in the hay and getting into the pumpkins. I just love the fall and spending time with my family!

Daddy's Little Pumpkin

My happy little girl.

Payton is now 13 months and running like a track star!

Payton picking out her first pumpkin...

... the pumpkin Payton picked out.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Our night in the ER

Payton has been sick the last couple of days with a cough and a low grade fever. I have not thought much of it because she has been playing and eating very well (as you can see from my last few posts). This morning at about 1am Payton was sleeping in my arms and woke herself up with a bad cough. When you she woke up she was crying and gasping for air. We thought she might be having an asthma attach since Jonathon had it so bad as a child.

We took her to Waterman’s ER and when we got there she acted fine and even clapped and smiled for the nurses, so it was kind of hard to express my extreme panic and worry. The nurses looked at Payton and found that her temperature was at 101.8 so they gave her some suppositories to reduce her fever. Then we sat in the waiting room for about an hour just waiting until Payton fell back asleep and woke up shortly after with another breathing attack, which made it very easy for the nurses and doctors to see why Jonathon and I were in such a panic. They got us straight to a room and got her on a breathing treatment.

After 5 hours of x-rays, a shot of steroids, more suppositories, waiting and a very sleepy and scared baby the doctor diagnosed her with croup, which is a blockage in the airway to the lungs. The doctor also said there might be a little bronchitis in her lungs. It must be something that is going around because a girl I know said that her sister’s baby boy went to the ER yesterday as well and was diagnosed with croup. Payton seems to be doing fine right now… but she does fool me when she is sick. The ER sure is not a fun place!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Bath Time!

Here is Payton messy and happy after a big dinner.

Sisterly Love

Cali and Payton are starting to interact a little more now. Cali has been very jealous of Payton but is starting to like her a little better since Payton drops food to her from the dinner table. It is so nice to have Cali as my personal maid in the house to clean the floors after Payton’s meals because it can get very messy!

Deceptively Delicious

Those who know me well know that I love sweets and have a PH. D. in Oprah and because of these two facts I am so excited! Oprah recently had Jessica Seinfeld (Jerry Seinfeld) on her show and Jessica came up with healthy recipes to trick her three children into eating their veggies. Jessica’s trick is vegetable purees which she adds to the foods she is preparing. Some examples of her recipes include pizza, donuts, Mac n cheese, pizza, brownies, chocolate cake and cookies. The secret ingredients is where it gets interesting… in her Mac n cheese she adds cauliflower puree and in the brownies she adds carrots and spinach. I know…YUCK… right? But after watching the audience’s positive response and about 20 first and second graders bagging for more I thought I’d give it a chance because Jonathon and I sure could use the vegetables and it would be great for when Payton starts fighting me on eating her greens. Because I had to do a cooking class with the Young Women I thought I’d test two of the recipes out tonight.

Test One Mac n Cheese with Cauliflower Puree
This was a huge success and I don’t think I would ever prepare Mac n cheese again without the puree. I could not tell a difference by looking at the food and could hardly tell a difference in taste except for it tasted better than normal in my opinion. A child would definitely know no different. Payton of course loved it but I have actually not found one food that she will not eat (knock on wood ;).

Test Two: Brownies with Spinach and Carrot Purees
This recipe was a little tricky because the Beehives and I prepared the batter and it was all from scratch (first time for me with brownies) and looked so disgusting with adding chocolate, carrots and spinach together. Also, the recipe calls for a long cooling time (so you would not be able to taste the purees) and we had to eat them warm because of time. The result of this test was 50/50. Some of the girls liked them but others did not. I personally thought they were good and when Jonathon got home he said they tasted like normal brownies to him. I think they would be better if they were made from a Betty Crocker’s box mix instead of making the batter from scratch.
I don’t think a child would know any difference in the brownies and especially if you did not tell them what was in it. The mind can be a powerful persuader. If anyone wants to get the recipe book it is called “Deceptively Delicious” by Jessica Seinfeld.

I had a great time with the girls and cooking this interesting treat. I am looking forward to many more fun nights with the Beehives… they are so awesome and are such a blessing to work with.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Jonathon's Pin Ceremony...almost there!

Yesterday was Jonathon’s Pin Ceremony which is an initiation for the Palmer students to be able to start working on outpatients. It was so exciting! Jonathon got his new clinic jacket and looked so cute in it. I was the only one with a child at the ceremony and Payton was not happy about it because she had fell asleep right as I pulled into the parking lot and was woken right up. When Jonathon was called on stage I had my camera ready and she started screaming so I did not get many good action shots. I was so proud of Jonathon and finally am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Next year at this time he will be Dr. Jonathon Wise…well that is if he gets his 300 adjustments in so if anyone is having problems with their back please let me know;)

Jonathon and his class mates.

My sleepy baby!