Friday, May 29, 2009


Well yesterday Pooh had his Sedated ABR. It was interesting to say the least! They let us stay in the room with him while the did the test, which I liked, and luckily they warned us before they gave him the medication, that sedated him, that was freaky! His eyes stared twitching and rolling around and back and then he just went limp, really scary! Not something you want to see happen to your baby! But Thom was holding him and I was doing paperwork, and my friend was talking to me(she is an occupational therapist in the NICU, so she was working that day, and came down to 'take care of me'), so I just kinda tried to ignore it. But once they got started he just looked like he was sleeping. He was sick, OF COURSE! So they had to suction his throat a couple times, but other than that he did well. The test lasted all of 15 minutes. And they said he would wake up in about 5 or 10 minutes. So i am waiting, and WAITING. After 20 the nurse watching him, says, well try to wake him up now, so I start to try to wake him up. He will not wake up! I am like he okay, and they are all like yeah he is fine! But he will not wake up! FINALLY an hour and a half later, after Thom rubs a cold cloth on his face, he woke up. He was "drunk" for about an hour or so afterward, and awfully cranky the rest of the day, but otherwise no ill effects. It was determined that he had 'moderate' hearing loss in his right ear. But it is thought that with another set of tubes and speech therapy he will be good as new, and should lead a normal life, and will be like all the other kids by Kindergarten or 1st grade, developmentally. So I have calls in to his pediatrician, his ENT, and a speech therapist. So hopefully by next week, we will have a plan of action in effect to start bring him developmentally up to date. That is all for now!

Also, I want to say CONGRATULATIONS!!!! to all the new Nadeau babies! Wow there are a LOT of new little ones coming into this family, four at least, wow, I feel so left out! Maybe we should get working on it:-) JK

Thursday, May 21, 2009


This is something we should all read at least once a week!

Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio"

To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me.

It is the most-requested column I've ever written.

"My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's,we'd grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

42. The best is yet to come.

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."

Friends are the family that we choose for ourselves.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009



Monday, May 18, 2009

HOW MUCH HAVE YOU CHANGED IN 15 YEARS (Copied from Ashlee's blog)
15 YEARS AGO (1994)
1. How old were you? 14
2. Who were you dating? I was 14.
3. Where did you work? I babysat all the time, mostly for the Stahls.
4. Where did you live? Sandy, Utah
5. Where did you hang out? the Dolls' house? I don't really remember.
6. Did you wear contacts and/or glasses? No
7. Who were your best friends? I think Leslie Doll, Besa Brotherson
8. How many tattoos did you have? 09.
How many piercings did you have? My ears
10. What kind of car did you drive? I was 14
.11. Had you been to a real party? No
12. Had you had your heart broken? No
13. Were you Single/Taken/Married/Divorced? Single
14. Any kids? No

10 YEARS AGO (1999)
1. How old were you? 19
2. Who were you dating? Half the year I was dating Thom the other half I was married to him.
3. Where did you work? half the year at Frontier Pies in Sandy the other half as a mommy at home with my boy
4. Where did you live? West Jordan, Utah
5. Where did you hang out? mostly home or at Thom's work
7. Who were your best/close friends? 1999 kinda sucked as far as friends went. I lost most of them due to the "Jesse saga" but of course my bestest friend forever(we are still good friends after 19 years)Besa and Christina, even those friendships got shook up, so I was kinda on my own with Thom and my family.
8. What were you driving? a Geo Prism
9. How many tattoos did you have? 0
10. How many piercings did you have? Twice in my ears
11. Had your heart broken? yep, refer back to question 7
12. Were you Single/Taken/Married/Divorced? maried
13. Any kids? Kaiden

5 yrs ago (2004)
1. How old were you? 24
2. Who were you dating? Still married
3. Where did you work? still working at home
4. Where did you live? Santa Clara, Utah
5. Where did you hang out? mostly at home I guess
6. Did you wear contacts or glasses? No
7. Who were your best/close friends? Thom and my parents
8. What were you driving? Gosh, have been through so many vehicles I think it was a mini van of some sort
9. How many tattoos did you have? I think just the one at that time, the one my brother-in-law got for me
10. How many piercings did you have? still just my ears
11. Had your heart broken? No
12. Were you Single/Taken/Married/Divorced? still married
13. Any kids? Kaiden, Kayla, Rylie, and Nicholas

1. How old are you? 29
2. Who are you dating? nobody, my husband does not take me out:-)
3. Where do you work? Home
4. Where do you live? Hurricane, Utah
5. Where do you hang out? Home. Mom's house
6. Do you wear contacts or glasses? No
7. Who are your best/close friends? My family, Besa, Sarah,and I have quite a few close church friends now, the Wilkin's, the Kerstens', the Beses', The Herpins', The Humphreys', and others, and others, I could be here all day naming important people in my life now, so I will stop now:-) We are truely blessed!
8. What do you drive? We have a Ford Explorer and the Green Bean
9. How many tattoos do you have? 2
10. How many piercings do you have? still just my ears, too chicken for anything else
11. Had your heart broken?
No12. Are you single/taken/married/divorced? Married
13. Any kids? Kaiden, Kayla, Rylie, Nicholas, and William

Thursday, May 14, 2009


Well, I am feeling wonderful today! So happy and energized! NOT a normal occurrence! I am ususally depressed and lethargic and have a hard time just getting out of bed. I think it was because I started working out last night. Yes, Thom worked my butt off. I really enjoyed it. Nothing serious. We just did somethings around the house. But I worked up a sweat and woke up sore. And for you perverts, the bed was not involved! But I stayed up late doing the laundry and cleaning the house, and woke up early and kept on going. I am just feeling so GOOD! I figured I can't get my butt to the gym, because of the kids, but there are some things I can do around here, I mean we have spent enough on money no gym equipment over the last 10 years, with enough eye rolls from my husband, LOL, to give myself enough of a workout right here, so why not? So, I feel GREAT! I am going to keep it up, not necessarily for the weight, though that is a good benefit, but because of my mental state after, wow, it has been years, since I have felt this good! Anyhoo, side note, LOL, sorry! I guess I will tell you about my newest addition since she is laying at my feet wagging her tail and looking at me with her big browns. I got a new dog. SHUT UP, I do not want to hear it! Her name is Roxie. I adopted her from the pound, nobody is quite sure about her, cause she was wondering the streets and she got picked up but by best pound gestimations. She is about 10 months old, she is part Rott maybe, maybe some German Shepherd. And Charlie and Sherlyn, she is a dog, not a doormat, YAY!!! She is younger than I wanted, but I LOVE her! So far she has been a real good dog, BUT I have only had her for 3 days. Also I took Pooh to the ENT yesterday and he thinks that after three attacks of strep throat in a four month period that we should take his tonsils out, which is what I took him in for, I don't want him to have to go through that but at the same time, I am so sick of seeing my poor baby sick all the time. But Dr. Chase wants to wait and see if after having the sedated ABR shows a need for an additional set of tubes, if so we will do it all in one swoop, so he will only go into surgery once, instead of twice. Which his test was rescheduled for the 28th, instead of this morning. So we are doing good, just been too busy to blog:-) We are in the final stretch of school! Only 6 days remaining(after today)!

Friday, May 1, 2009


So life has been....well life:-) Have you heard that new song by Darryl Worrly(sp?) "Sounds Like Life to Me." Great song, story of my life lately:-) Anyway. So Kaiden and Kayla went to the orthodontist this week. We(the orthodontist and I) have decided to wait 6 months before doing anything with Makayla's teeth, as he feels hers are still in the developing stages and it might harm he fragile teeth at this point in time. But Kaiden will be beginning the first stage of orthodontic work on Monday(yes, there are 2 expensive stages:-) ). he is actually really looking forward to it! Pooh has been real sick lately, AGAIN!!! I was up with him with a temp of 103, for a few nights, turns out he had strep AGAIN!!! So he is back on antibiotics, AGAIN!!! He has an appointment with his ENT, to see about getting his tonsils out to see if that may correct his repeatedly sick problem. Also he went in for his follow up hearing test, after the week of antibiotics in the ear. NOPE, still deaf. DANG IT! So now he has to go in for a sedated ABR, on the 14th of May. This is where he goes into the hospital and they sedate him and put electrodes on his brain stem and try to find out if the hearing loss is a permanent situation or if it can be corrected. So obviously I am freaking out. And of course, Thom has been real busy with work and not around to help me make these decisions, or to keep me calm:-) So I leave the audiologists office, and I am kinda freaking out, so I called my friend who works at the hospital, to ask her about this procedure, cause it sounds awfully terrifying to me! She tells me, that it is common, and she knows all the nurses, the doctor who is performing the procedure, and NOT TO WORRY about it, he is going to be just fine, he is in good hands, they will take care of him. And because by this time, I am bawling! She says she will be at work that day, so she will come up and sit with me and she will get me through it too:-) So it sounds scary, but I guess, he will be okay. And if all else fails, God is going to be the one performing it anyways, so what do I have to worry about, huh? So that is the status of where we are at. hopefully they will discover that it just something that can easily be corrected, cause he passed his hearing tests when he was born, so he can't REALLY be deaf, right?!?!?! So Kaiden will have braces on Monday, yeah! And hopefully the following week, Pooh will get fixed, or at least be headed in the right direction:-)