Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Kindness of Strangers

It's Christmas eve and I'm sitting on my couch in tears. Not because I'm sad but because I'm overwhelmed with the kindness of someone who apparently wants to be anonymous. I was in the hallway doing laundry a few minutes ago when my door bell rang. I told Brennan to not open the door because the dogs would get out. But Brennan looked out the window and said Mom Santa came. I'm like what? He said there are presents outside. I'm thinking that he's joking around or something. But no he isn't joking. Because I go to the door and outside where two huge christmas bags and a wrapped present. The red bag says for her and has a card and the green bag says for him and the present doesn't have a name on it. I take the card out to see who this generous gift is from and on the inside it says To the Carpenter Family, many blessings. Merry Christmas. And there was a walmart gift card inside for $75. I burst into tears because I'm just in awe of such an amazing gesture. I don't know who it's from or why they gave it to us but I am grateful all the same. I just feel blessed and wish I knew who to thank. But I know God knows who and why and I'm certain that He will bless this generous Santa. And I know that I will definitely be paying it forward. It's incredible how something can change you and your perspective so quickly. Merry Christmas to all. Love and Hugs, Denise

Monday, December 22, 2008

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Nerve Study

Ok so I don't know if any of you have any idea what a nerve study is but let me tell it's painful. And if someone tells you it isn't let me just clue you in ~ they lied. See I saw my Rhuemetologist last week and we discussed the numbness in my forarms and hands getting worse from the fibro. Well I had to go to the nerve specialist this morning for this nerve study. Basically a nerve study is where they hook you up to electrodes and shock your nerves. Then when they are done with that pleasantness they begin to poke needles in your hands, arms, and neck. I was told this would feel like accupuncture. However accupuncture does not dig into your nerves. This test however sticks a needle in, finds the nerve, and then proceeds to jiggle it to see how the nerve reacts. They stuck me 7 times per arm and about 10 times in my neck. I'm sore to say the least. I asked him if I was going to be sore all day and he said yes you are going to feel like you are bruised all up and down your arms and neck. But to make sure I'm using my arms and moving them so they don't get stiff. Well duh! So Ian and Brennan are going to get new sleds (thanks to Grandma Sue) and then we are all heading out to the sledding hill. I'm not sure I'll be doing any sledding but I'll definitely be taking pictures. So check back maybe there will be some new ones up soon.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Sledding- 12/20/08

So I had to work yesterday morning but Ian was off and decided to take the boys sledding since we have gotten a lot of snow over the last week. I was a little nervous about Jaxon going as the only time he's been close to a sled is when he was in my tummy! But I sucked it up and went to work and Ian bundled the boys up in their snow gear and out they went. We have this hill on base here that is pretty big and it's a perfect spot for sledding. This year the snow plows have been filling dump trucks and then dumping them next to the hill and this huge snow blower blows it over and down the hill which keeps the hill nice and sleddable. :) So I wanted to share some pictures of the boys sledding especially since it's J's first time and a video of him doing it all by himself!

Brennan getting ready to go down
Jaxon watching in anticipation
Brennan made it to the bottom

Carrying the sled back up the hill

This was taken after the video clip. It's pretty funny! First clip is Brennan

Second clip is Jaxon

Christmas Time~ Layton City Lights

I can't believe it Christmas is here. The year is almost over. It has been a crazy year and I'm glad to see it go! Anyway, Layton city does a free lights hay ride and hot cocoa and this year we went. It was so much fun. We went with Chanra, Luke, and Lana. We got to look at the lights, drink hot cocoa, eat cookies, sing carols, and see Santa. Me and the boys on the hay ride through the park!
Chanra, Luke and Lana on the hayride

Me and the boys near the christmas tree

Brennan and Santa

Jaxon and Santa.... telling him all about what he wants for christmas