14 June 2016

Cement!

I've never been so excited about a little cement before. Yesterday they poured the cement for the walkway in our backyard and for the steps to the little patio where there will be a firepit. I think it turned out looking really nice!  It's so fun to see something that we designed actually being built. I'm really excited for this yard to eventually be finished so we can use it. 





"Summer Adventures"

Elijah had a requirement to go find at least one geocache before he goes to Boy Scout camp next week because he signed up to do the geocaching merit badge at camp. So we got a geocaching app. And today Elijah invited his friend from next door and we all headed off to do some searching. We found 2 of the 3 caches that we looked for today. And the boys liked these cool rock stacks that we found near the trail. 

I came up with a new idea to plan "Adventures" this summer -- I found several ideas and I had the boys help research different destinations. To qualify as one of our Adventures, it had to be a place we haven't gone to before, mostly outdoor locations, something that looks cool and possibly a little challenging, and mostly places without an admission fee. 

We just finalized our schedule for the summer, and we've got several fun new places on our list to visit, including a hike to a little swimming hole surrounded by big rocks in Black Canyon near Ramona, doing a little exploring in Balboa Park followed by a picnic dinner while we watch a free Organ/Marine Band concert at the outdoor organ pavilion, exploring Sunset Cliffs beach for little caves at low tide, going to the museum inside the Presidio (never been inside before, but Nana got family passes to that museum) and then finding some Mexican food in Old Town, doing a really fun hike through a very thin canyon on San Diego's "Ho Chi Minh Trail" and then finding a local beach to play at {will probably need to drive to a different nearby beach, since Black's Beach is the closest one to that trail and it's a nude beach}, checking out the San Diego History Museum & the Model Railroad Museum at Balboa Park for the first time, going to find the "hidden sea cave" at Point Loma that is only accessible at low tide, hiking some of the scenic trails at Torrey Pines State Natural Preserve  and then hiking down to the beach to play, and checking out the rivers and small waterfalls in Mission Trails Regional Park. 

We also came up with a whole list of other really cool looking hiking destinations, but lots of them are way out in the desert and it just wouldn't be smart for me to drag all the boys out into the middle of the desert for long hikes in the middle of the summer. So we'll have to plan to do some of these in the Winter & Spring: Ladder Canyon Hike at Painted Canyon Road, Goat Canyon Trestle, Cedar Creek Falls, Anza Borrego Wind Caves, Anza Borrego Palm Canyon Oasis, Agua Caliente Hot Springs, Algodones Sand Dunes, & Bouldering in Joshua Tree National Park. And, of course, one of our favorites: The Mud Caves in Anza Borrego desert. 

14 May 2016

Camden's Eye


This morning the boys were cleaning up the dishes after making casadillas. Isaac picked up the hot pan off the stove and was turning to put it in the sink, when Camden turned around at the same time and the edge of the hot pan caught Camden right in the eye. At first, while I was running his face under cold water, I assumed that the pan had burned his eye lid or the skin near his eye. But we couldn't find any marks on his skin. We opened his eye, and Michael and I both freaked out just a bit when we saw that his eye looked a little cloudy. (The hot pan had touched his eye, but had not touched the skin anywhere around his eye at all -- what are the chances of that?).

We took him to the ER at Children's Hospital, where they roomed us in record time (which told me that they also thought it was really serious), and the doctors checked him out right away. When the nurse opened his eye, and it was more clouded than it had been before, I thought that maybe he would lose sight in that eye. But when the doctors came in they held up fingers and asked how many he could see, and he answered correctly. He said it was blurry, but that was a really good sign (I was thinking, "Oh good, maybe only partial blindness in one eye."  And I did look it up -- apparently the DMV will still allow people to have a driver's license if they are blind in one eye as long as they can still see well with the other eye). They tried to have Camden do an eye exam, but after trying on two different charts they gave up -- he was so distraught that he said he couldn't even see the letter charts at all. They have him some eye drops that helped numb the eye, and loaded him up with some other pain killers too, which helped him calm down. 

The opthomalagist happened to be right across the way from the ER, and they caught him before he left for the day. He checked it out, and confirmed that Camden did have a corneal burn. But he said he'll be just fine. They gave him an eye patch that holds his kid closed, which they said would help to heal the cornea over the weekend. And we went home with some eye drops and more medicine because they said this is a really painful burn. The opthomologist told us to come see him early Monday morning, and he will "patch him up" (don't know what that will entail). But he said he may not need the patch anymore after Monday. And that once this heals back up there will be no permanent damage. What a relief!  

Camden slept fitfully for quite a while after getting home. He insisted that he couldn't open his good eye because it made it harder to keep his other eye closed under the patch, so when he was awake he still had both his eyes closed. Once he woke up, we took off the patch, gave him they eye drops & medicine, and put a new patch on. He was pretty weepy, but the medicine must work fast because he perked up pretty quickly afterward.  Then he wanted to get up and move around. So Nana took him along as she walked to the mailbox. He continued to keep his eyes closed the whole time that they walked, feeling his way around as if he was blind. He still wanted to go walking some more, so I took him on a little longer walk. He walked blindly for most of it, then suddenly decided to try out opening his other eye. He got used to it after a while, and since then he's been getting around just fine on his own. He even told me he thought he'd be well enough to go to church tomorrow. I asked him what he will tell people when they ask what happened, and he decided to tell them he's a pirate now. 


***** Update:

So, it's been 6 days since Camden's burn, and I can't believe how quickly he has healed.  On Monday morning we went back to the opthalmologist at Children's Hospital (the same one who told us on Saturday that Camden's cornea would likely be about 75% healed by Monday morning if he wore the patch over the weekend).  He put in some special eye drops with color in them, and he said that the drops will leave little colored marks to show the parts of the eye that are not yet healed all the way, and there were no marks on Camden's eye.  It was 100% healed by Monday morning.  The doctor said Camden has a good immune system.  (And we know it also helped that he had a priesthood blessing).  He didn't need to keep wearing the eye patch or keep taking all the extra medications, just needed to finish the round of the antibiotic eye drops he was on, which he will finish up with tonight.  A day or two after he got the patch off, Camden told me that it wasn't blurry at all anymore and he could see like normal.  So we are really thankful for our blessings!

11 May 2016

Kolby's Genealogy Project

Kolby took a genealogy elective class at school several months ago.  As part of the project he did, he talked to my husband and me, and each of our parents, and wrote little biographies of each of us.  And he made an online "book" with family photos.








"I [Kolby Michael Bradshaw] was born on October 31st, 2003, in Provo Utah, Utah Valley Hospital. I lived there for about 9 months. I then moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U. S. I lived in an apartment 4 years. During this time, three of my four younger brothers were born. Elijah, Camden, and Isaac. I then lived with my great-grandma Faun in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S. My youngest brother, Courtland, was born. After that, My family and I moved to Fairport, New York, U. S. for three years in our first house ever. Then we lived with my mom’s parents in San Diego, California, U.S.A. for about 9 months. We then got a house across the street from Del Sur Elementary where I went for two years and Moved to D39C for a year. I then Moved to a bigger house across the canyon and have lived there since. I am in 6th grade and twelve years old. I want to become a great coder when I grow up. I have made it into a MathCounts program.

Stephanie Lynn Chidester was born on Jan. 10 1982 in the Utah Valley Hospital. She has also lived in San Diego, coronado, nashville tennessee, provo utah, oklahoma, and texas. She went to Bernardo Heights Middle School. For high school she went to Rancho Bernardo High school. She went to college at Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho and at BYU. She also had a semester in Nauvoo. She met Michael Blair Bradshaw in BYU and was married to him on Dec. 27, 2002 in the Mormon San Diego Temple.

Michael Blair Bradshaw was born on Aug. 9, 1980 in the St. Luke's hospital in Salt Lake City. He has also lived in Taylorsville Utah, South Jordan Utah, and Boise Idaho. He served a mormon mission in the Dominican Republic at age 18. He went to middle school at South Jordan Middle School. He went to highschool at Bingham High School and Centennial High School. He then attended college at BYU where he met Stephanie Lynn Chidester. He got married to her on Dec. 27, 2002 in the Mormon San Diego Temple. Michael became an eagle scout at age 14.

Amy Lynn Spohr was born on Sep. 1 1957 in the St. Elisabeth Hospital in Granite City, Illinois. She never lived in Granite City because while her mom was pregnant they moved to St. Louis, Denver, Colorado but kept going to the doctor in Granite City. She also lived in Prairie Village, Kansas and Hawaii. She went Indian Hills Middle School. For High School she went to Shawnee Mission East High school. She went to BYU for college. She got married to Steven John Chidester on May 7, 1980 in the Salt Lake City Utah Mormon Temple.

Steven John Chidester was born on May 9, 1957 in the Utah Valley Hospital in Provo Utah. He has also lived in Heber, Utah and Hawaii. Steven went to Middle School at Wasatch Jr. High School. He went to Wasatch High School for High School, and went to BYU for College. He served a mormon mission in Brussels Belgium when he was eighteen. He was married to Amy Lynn Spohr on May 7, 1980 in the Salt Lake City Utah Mormon Temple.

Debra Kae McIntosh was born on Aug 17, 1958 in the LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City. She has also lived in Falls Church Virginia, South Jordan Utah, and Boise Idaho. She went to Middle School at Clayton Jr. High. Her High School was East High School. She attended College at Ricks College. She was married to Dick Michael Bradshaw on March 13, 1979 in the Salt Lake City Mormon Temple.

Dick Michael Bradshaw was born on Oct. 29 1955. In the LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City. He has also lived in Taylorsville Utah, South Jordan Utah, Louisiana, and in Boise Idaho. He went to Hillside Jr. High for Middle School, Hillside High School for High School, and BYU, University of Utah, where he got his Bachelor's Degree, University of Phoenix to get his master’s Degree. He also went to Institute of Internal Auditors and got his Internal Audit Certificate. At age eighteen he served a mormon mission in San Antonio Texas. Was married to Debra Kae McIntosh on March 13, 1979 in the Salt Lake City Mormon Temple."

08 May 2016

Mother's Day

My sweet boys are always so thoughtful on Mother's Day. Courtland made me several different cards, and a ceramic flower vase.  Camden & Kolby made yarn decorations, and Camden gave me a cool picture he made and a funny little poem he wrote. Elijah painted me a Mother's Day plate. And Isaac painted a flower pot and made a pen with flowers on it for me; and he gave me a foil "stained glass window" he made in school. And sweet Michael got me flowers and my favorite candy. And he and the boys made my favorite breakfast this morning: French toast. And this evening we get to do dinner with my mom, and most of my siblings are in town too, so I'm looking forward to that. 










01 May 2016

Piano Videos

I like the Blogger app, because it allows me to upload text and photos to our blog straight from my phone.  But the one thing the app doesn't do is upload videos.  So I thought I'd take a minute to hop on the computer and upload several videos of the boys playing the piano over the last couple years (in no particular order).  It's fun to see their progress over time.

Elijah:
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Courtland:
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Elijah, Camden, & Kolby:
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Isaac: 
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Elijah:
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Kolby:
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Camden:
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Isaac:
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Camden:
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Courtland:
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Kolby:
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Camden:
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Elijah:
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22 April 2016

What I love most about being out in nature . . .

When we moved here we joined "Family Adventures in Nature," a local group of families from all around San Diego who get together to go on hikes and camping trips.  We've had a lot of fun with this group over the years.  The group leader asked for members to send in brief video clips of kids answering the question, "What do you love most about being out in nature?"

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07 April 2016

6th grade camp

Kolby got to go on a really great trip to Catalina Island for 6th grade camp a few months ago. They got to do all sorts of things like dissecting squid, snorkeling, tide pooling, learning about marine biology, kayaking, etc.  I wish I could go on that trip!  (Actually, I volunteered, but unfortunately they said they didn't have room for any parent chaperones).  

I just got a few photos back from that trip, so thought I'd share them here. 






04 April 2016

California Science Center with Lijah

We're just finishing up a fun day at the science museum in LA. My mom was so kind to take the 3 younger boys and our dog last night for a sleepover and then drive them to and from school and scouts for me today, because Michael & Kolby are still driving back from their conference trip now, and I got to chaperone Elijah's field trip from 6am to 6pm. It's been a good, long day, and we will all be tired by the time we get home!







01 April 2016

School Dance

Michael and Kolby left early this morning for the big youth group general conference trip, and tonight Camden & Isaac had their 2/3 grade parent-student dance at school. I have to admit that I kind of just wanted to stay in tonight, and I wasn't very excited to go to the dance. But I didn't let on to the boys -- they were so excited, they both decided to dress up in their nice church clothes and I noticed Isaac even gelled his hair. :)


I was a little hesitant at first, not really feeling like dancing, but it was so fun to watch Camden & Isaac and all the other little boys and girls who had no fear and where just dancing like crazy. I joined in with the boys, and we ended up having a really fun night together. I taught them how to slow dance and how to lead. And tried to show them a few swing dancing moves. But I think their favorite part was when we held hands and spun around in circles together until we were really dizzy. 



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