Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Sammy's Birthday

For Samantha's 21 birthday a bunch of her friends came to Salt Lake and we went out to dinner and dancing at a club. It was a lot of fun, here are some pictures...
All of us at the Club
Everyone dancing with Sammy
Sammy and my handsome husband
Boys will be boys
Robert, James, and Richard
Sammy with one of her good friends Kenny

Once again Sammy dancing with friends

Happy Birthday Sammy!!!!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

some food for thought

I am sitting here and in my opinion the worse pain I have to go through and I deal with it once a month, get it? I was thinking about typing a blog about how much I hate being a female around this time and I was thinking... well God created our bodies he didn't mess up... but why the agonizing pain? I was thinking about complaining about how much I hate this pain and I thought of Christ. He knows how much pain I am in, He went through it. And then I realized that if he has gone through all of the painful cycles I have and still had the strength to go on that I need to shut up and deal with it. Here I am complaining about the same thing I do every month and how I wish it would stop and I have a lot more to go through (i.e. pregnancy) It just sucks. Can I at least complain about that? There is nothing that can be done except put me in a medicated coma during the entire cycle, but even that doesn't solve the problem. I guess it comes down to this as I clench my teeth. . . I LOVE BEING A GIRL AND I AM VERY THANKFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY!!

I made a comment about turning into the hulk on Richard for no reason other than I am in pain, and he in a sad voice said, "What? why me, no please." (Look at Trappetts blog to get that one.)

Monday, December 22, 2008

Richard got a calling.....

At church yesterday the Bishop pulled Richard into his office to talk to him for a minute, then came and got me. The Bishop said his name came up when talking about the Sunday School presidency (WHAT!!!). So Richard was asked to be the 2nd counselor for Sunday School (HUH??). Mine and Richards first reaction was, "Now he has to stay for all of church." People that know Richard know that religion has been something very hard for him and he usually goes for Sacrament meeting then leaves. I was dumb founded, Richard in Sunday School presidency (WOW). I didn't know if I should laugh or cry because now he is going to have to jump right into church and stay the entire time but he is also going to stand up in front of every one and welcome them to Sunday School. Once again the Irony of Richards situation. I have high hopes for him, so everyone please pray on his behalf and we will see what happens!!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Ward Christmas Party

Last weekend we had our ward Christmas party, and I was in charge of it. I am on the ward activity committee, yes I know a filler position but someone has to do right? The ward activity leader had surgery so I told her I would take over for her, plus the whole activity was my idea. We had a ward talent show, it was fun to see how diverse our ward is. Then the Nativity movie that the church was played, a few spiritual songs to help set the mood and then Santa. I thought it was a good time. We got pictures but I haven't downloaded them yet.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth...

Today Richard and I had our biannual visit to the dentist for teeth cleaning and Richard hates the dentist more like loathes the dentist. I actually love going to the dentist and getting the clean feeling. I have good news and bad news. Good news I had a cavity at my last appointment but we did not have the money to fix it but now it has remineralized. The bad new I am still grinding my teeth at night wearing them down(something I have done my whole life,) and I need to get a new mouth guard.

OH but Richard... Richard... Richard... Richard... At his last EMT class he was assisting with properly handling a seizure patient and the patient was a great actor demonstrating muscle ridgity and punched Richard in a open mouth. Well the punch landed right in Richards front tooth breaking the plate and the one next to it. Well it got infected and now Richard needs two root canals. The Ironic part is our insurance does not cover anaesthesia! It is going to cost us an arm and an leg so all Richard is getting for Christmas is his two front teeth!!!

Bateman Christmas party

So tonight we had the Bateman side of the family Christmas party. I love Richard's grandma Bateman, so just goes goes and goes. She has so many family get togethers during the year and has a big finish for the holidays. She is 88 and we believe she is going to live top over a hundred! Every Christmas she makes lots and lots of chocolates and carmels and then has a big family dinner and lets people have at the chocolates. Now the Bateman side is huge, Richards dad Scott is second of eight children, and each of them have over five kids, so family gathering is huge. But coming from not having a large extended family I love it. I can't remember any of their names for the life of me but I love going to the parties and seeing everyone again. I wish I took pictures because Richard looked so cute and I did my hair really cute. I love my new hair cut it is so easy to do... I don't do it messy look is in. Any way one family party down a few more to go!!!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Have to check it out...

Everyone you HAVE TO check out my best friends blog James and Brooke Trappett. She made little elv movies of my family, me and Richard with herself and her husband, and one with her entire family. It is so funny and everyone needs to check it out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You will laugh so hard you might cry, I did!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

My Version of Little Miracles

Late at night at my job it gets pretty boring and I have nothing to do but surf blogs, and I came across one "Little Miracles" on my cousin Tyler and Desiree's blog. I also just read an email about making it in hard times from President Packer, reading both of these really touched me and made me realize that I talk about all of the negative stuff going on in our lives right now and none of the positive. It was a humbling experience. Here are some of the things I would consider my little miracles.

First, I want to say thank you to my cousin for sharing those experiences with us and for making me realize all the "Little Miracles" in my life. It was what I needed to hear right now.

Second, with Richard it is easy to point out all the things that are "wrong" with him and I mean that in a medical way. But besides all of his struggles he is a very smart man. He has to retake all of his EMT and EMT-I classes and he is getting the highest grade in the class. To some they could say its because he has taken it before, but I would have to say because he has a "common sense" for that sort of thing. We were talking in the car just today about this. If he could he would follow every one of his patients until they left the hospital because he cares about them. He has an amazing heart and as much as health care workers get numb to their job and start to hate the patients (don't let it fool you every health care worker does some point in their career,) he will always be there to help and that is something I find absolutely amazing about him. And another thing with all of his medical problems it is a miracle in and of itself that he is still here with us. There have been moments when I thought he wasn't going to make it, but he did and I thank my Heavenly Father that he has kept Richard with me. He is doing better with the pain even though it is really hard on him physically, but I am very proud of him.

Third miracle is my parents. They have been one of the leading support in our lives. They have helped us with more things than we could ever repay to them. I love them very much and am so thankful for them. Richard came from a broken home and it has been a transition for him to get use to the involvement of my family, but he has grown and secretly I think he is starting to enjoy it. ;-)

I love my husband and my family so very much words can not be used to describe it. I am so thankful to my Heavenly Father for what we have, even though it may not be much right now.

I love you all....


Tuesday, December 9, 2008


In the last three years living in the condo our truck has been broken into four times. This time the jerk broke a window to get in, ripped off our dashboard, and stole the face plate to our CD player. It is so frustrating to have this keep going on. The other times they took little things in the back of the truck but now its war! It is costing more than our entire utilities for two months to fix the window and my mother in law is going to buy us an alarm system for our 20 year old truck. I am so fed up with where we live and all the break ins. I love my condo, my neighbors, and my ward but I just want to scream....


Sunday, December 7, 2008

A call for one and all...

Hey everybody, I want to finally print my wedding pictures but I want to make sure I have all the pictures I can get. I know Andrea, mom, Brooke and cousin Sarah all have pictures and I am asking all thoses named and those who have pictures to please make a CD and send it to me. Please, please, please.... here are some pictures just for fun.

Some of my favorites!!!!!!!!!

I love these pictures of Richard it really shows his personallity.

There is that face I make, I never knew how much I do it and how weird I look! Oh well it is me.
My address is
4130 Oak Meadows Drive
Unit #10
Taylorsville, UT 84123

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Just not our year!!

I am beginning to think that this year just hasn't been our year (huh duh!) and now that it is almost over, I am hoping that the next year will be a lot better. I just got the news that the new day job I applied for in the lab I didn't get, just one more thing to add to the list of disappointments this year. I have been thinking about what this year has been like, and here it is in a nut shell...

Jan--Started Nursing school, bought a new car
Feb--New car in accident
March--Richard in hospital 2 weeks
April--Something happened I know it, because I have started this
blog like five times and each time I have to end it, I had something!
May--Passed nursing classes and started up again.
June--Big condo fire, 1 year anniversary.
July--Family River rafting with Megs sick, Megs birthday.
August--Didn't pass nursing (sucks), start school in a different program.
Sept--Both of us really sick for two weeks.
Oct--Richard started working, Condo firer and Megs sent to ER.
Nov--Richard fired from work, Megs has job interview.
Dec--Megs did not get the new job, pass classes, Richards b-day,
Richards medical case closed.

Pretty much something bad/disappointing/traumatic has happened every month. I am hoping that this next year will be a the exact opposite from this year!

we finally did it.

It took us long enough but we finally did it, we are both on facebook and myspace now. Look us up!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Richards getting old

Today is Richards birthday and sadly enough I had to work so we celebrated his birthday on the 2nd. It was a really bad day and we were thinking about not going out, but we really needed it. We went out to dinner at a low key sushi bar, it was so cool, cheap and really good. (I have a feeling it is going to become one of our regular spots.)

I told him originally that his present was getting the cat spayed but I got him a new phone and a coat as a surprise. I had a whole plan surprised worked out for his present but it was so noisy at the restaurant it didn't work. I bought him a new light weight weather proof coat and I put his new phone in the pocket. When he took the coat out I called the phone but he couldn't hear it so I had to tell him to look in the pocket. He was so funny because he didn't feel the phone and he said to me with a puzzled look, "they look like nice pockets." I started laughing and pulled out the phone. He was not quite sure what to think of it at first, but he is really liking it now. He really likes his phone now, at first he wasn't quite sure about it but now he likes it. It is the Boulder from Verizon, it is water proof, dent proof, it has a flashlight and a compass. Really cool for an out door person like my honey.

We went up to Logan for after Thanksgiving after feast with friends and family. In my family we have a tradition of making a "birthday banner" for the person and my family surprised Richard with his. He is so cute and I love him!!!
Happy Birthday honey I love you lots and lots!!!