Thursday, August 25, 2011

kidney stones + tooth extraction = tiring 48 hours

The past 48 hours have been beyond tiring!!   I have been deathly sick since Saturday and wasn't able to go into work on Monday and Tuesday.  I was finally reday to return to work on Wednesday, so I get up, take a shower ... and while I'm saying goodbye to Heath, he tells me how much pain he's in.  After some negotiating, I was able to convince him to let me take him to the ER.  I'm sure he's glad I did now (gotta love narcotics via IV)!  We able to finally pass the stone around 1am on Thursday morning.  He still has one waiting in the other kidney .... hopefully it won't be such a negotiation process next time.  :)

Logan went into his regular denist on Monday for a filling and was told he needed an extraction because the adult tooth was on its way in and the baby tooth was infected.  Apparently, Logan did not like how his dentist was working on him, so he threw a fit (I wasn't there ... I honestly can't imagine it was a bad as it was explained to me).  Heath and I decided to take him to Brian for a second opinion.  Brian was able to do the extraction right then and there.  Logan was sooo good and super funny with the NO!  Remember that youtube video of the little boy in the backseat of his car on the way home from the dentist?  Logan was pretty darn funny!  Brian is sooo awesome and we are so thankful for him in our family!  You can check out Goodman Dental Center here.

These are just from my phone ... but still ... it is journaling :) My poor family, they just can't ever escape their pictures being taken.

B13 Reunion - Pinedale

Last year's B13 (Brimhall) Reunion was especially memorable for a few reasons: (1) we had all three kiddos with us, (2) it was the 50th reunion and (3) well ... Heath's family is just amazing!!! 

This year, we only had Logan and Addi with us (and of course the mutt) and again, we made some pretty awesome memories.  Here are just a few .... (I didn't want anyone to feel like I was the Paparazzi, constantly taking pictures, especially with so many photographers in the family)

carnival at Gail J's

Sarge LOOOVED Police Car (Sam's cow). He's always had a thing for larger animals.  No fear!

Police Car liked Sarge, too!  From the minute Sarge went into his pen, he was cleaning him!

My beautiful flower child!

Skylar and Sarge - she's always loved him!!!  Before she could walk on her own, she used to hold onto his nub and walk behind him.

MUD RUN!!  So much fun!  Made me realize how much I'm looking forward to Tough Mudder in January!  Addi was such a great sport, too!

Before we made it to Pinedale, the kids saw a dumpster behind Safeway and wanted to do a photoshoot!  How cool are they??

Addi chose her spot!

Some of my favorite things around the ranch - an old train car, Grandpa Logan's tractor and a horse trailer

Bring ranchers

Moving Police Car to a different pen

Sam let Logan drive!!  Crazy!  Who's even more crazy is Aunt Deb and Heath, who rode in the back while Logan was driving!!!

Monday, August 22, 2011


Okay, so I have a lot of blogging to do ... but lots of pictures to post, too!!  THE biggest news is the addition of Benjamin Robert Kuhn!!!!!  Yay!  I am an aunt.  For the first time.  I am so in love with this little munchkin already and can't wait to meet him in November for his blessing and Curtiss and Ginger's Sealing. 

Congrats Curtiss and Ginger ... he's perfect!

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

long time ... no post

Oh my word!  I can't believe it's been so darn long since my last post.  A lot has happened since July 7.

We finally sent out "we moved" announcements and used a picture of us, in front of our new home, with American flags since our fave holiday is the Fourth.  We had just got done moving so we were all exhausted!!!  But, it's "us".  Ha!

In mid-July, I did a sisters photo shoot with a co worker ... a surprise for their mom! 

Myles came over for a weekend and the boys set up ALL of their Matchbox cars, on the waterfall, to "display" them for their website.  Such fun!  Heath had fun turning on the waterfall so all of the cars would fall into the pool.  I was worried the boys would be upset {especially Logan} but they thought it was hilarious and fun to dive for the cars at the bottom of the pool.

Me and Logan went on a "date" to the skate park.  Logan is getting so good and his jumps are getting more and more air each time.  I am so proud of him and love going to the skate park with him {when it's not 110 degrees outside, of course}  ha ha

I also worked on a project ... my first spray paint project.  I looove this bright yellow! 

So ... here's a crazy story ... I was looking on craigslist for some antique "stuff" for photoshoots and I came across an ad of someone selling an old treddle sewing machine.  I took a peek at the ad and the machine looked just like the one I have from my aunt.  It was just sitting on the side of my house with cobb webs and I just don't have the money to get it restored so I figured I'd offer this person my machine.  All he had to do was come pick it up and it was all his.  I wasn't sure what else to do with it and thought someone else could get some good use out of it, since it was just sitting on the side of my home.  Get this ... this man {Gary} came to pick up the machine and was shocked to see this old machine; the oldest machine he's ever seen and said it was in such good shape.  Guess how old this machine is....?  It was made in 1888 ... yeah ... ONE HUNDRED & TWENTY THREE YEARS OLD!!!!!  He was so excited to have the machine and opprotunity to restore it so I made him a deal - he restores it and lets me know when he's done, then give me the first chance to buy it back from him.  He's been sending pictures of the machine, as he's restoring it and giving me some history lessons about it, too!  He's a sweet old man.  Here are some before pictures that I sent to him, before I had even met him.  To me, this story is so touching.  Like it was meant to be.

Gosh!  I feel like so much more has happened ... but I guess I haven't been taking many pictures. 

We are still in the middle of our court battle with Logan & Addison's dad.  Our next court date is Sept. 21.  We got the report back from the Custody Evaluator and her recommendation was for Jake & Ryan to move back to MN, with their father.  {the evaluator was hired for Jake & Ryan's case, but me Logan and Addison were interviewed as well}  Jake and Ryan's dad had court today and it took so long, they will continue in October.  While reading the report, I got so angry with the lies.  It was sickening the things that were said about me and who I supposedly am.  I am looking forward to shooting each one of the allegations down in a few weeks.

This week we have the Brimhall Family Reunion in Show Low, then the kiddos start school on August 15.  The summer went by way too fast and the temps are still over 100, so it seems so odd for school to be starting back up.  Growing up in California, school always started after Labor Day.

I was reading an article on a fellow photog's blog and she referrenced an awesome foundation called Tiny Light {you can see their webiste here}.  The Tiny Light "hires" photographers to volunteer some time to take photos of a family who recently found out that their lives would be changed forever and possibly have a limited time with their loved one (child).  Such an amazing opprotunity so I decided that I will soon apply - yes, apply - for the opprotunity to participate in such an amazing experience.

I have also been inspired to run another 1/2 marathon.  This one will be in November and it is to benefit women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.  I have been religiously working out over the past year (or so) and feel like I am in the best shape I have been in, in years!  I set out for a short, 4 mile run, the other morning and before I knew it ... I had gone 5.10 miles and I still wasn't close to home.  By the time I got back into our drive way, it was a round trip of 6.10 miles.  I ended up walking the last mile.  I was pretty darn tired and didn't take water, so my hands were pretty swollen.  At 6am, it was already 88 degrees.  Sheesh!  I think I'm in pretty good shape to be ready by Nov. 6, for the 13.1 miles!!

Phew ... well ... that's an update for now.  I will do better at taking pictures and documenting what we're up to and post often!

Please keep our sweet lil family in your thoughts as we continue going through this difficult time in life.