Checking in...

Hello to everyone!  Things around here are going pretty well.  Even though I was worried about the roads the other week, we made it home safe and sound from Missoula.  I was pleasantly surprised that there wasn't even any snow on the roads, they were just wet.  We have to go back at the end of the month, so I am hoping for good weather then. I had actually called and asked if the appointment was necessary (because we have seen Dr. Sticka twice since the end of September) BUT, they think it is necessary, so we will go.  I really don't like driving all the way to Missoula, having a two hour appointment and then making the 3 hour drive home, so we will most likely spend the night either the night before or the night after her appointment.  I know, we're spoiled.   But, it's just so much nicer for us that way.

Bobby's "little brother" Thomas had his birthday on the 9th, so we had a nice celebration for him the Sunday before.  Bobby, Tammy and I are all on a weight loss program, so we got creative with the side dishes.  There was mashed cauliflower, sautéed zucchini and squash as well as baked acorn squash and a fruit tray. It was kind of a practice run for Thanksgiving... We also had the less healthy varieties of food as well.  But, it was fun to be able to not feel like we were sacrificing anything, even though we were eating healthy food. It was a really fun time, we always enjoy when the "kids" come over.  I am looking forward to seeing everyone again on Thanksgiving.

Carla has missed some school due to the flu and strep throat going around in her classrooms.  We keep her home as a precaution.  I'm sure you can imagine how much that breaks her heart ;). Last week though, she did pick up a bit of a cold. So, she spent a couple of days in her bed.  We picked up an adjustable bed base off of Craigslist for her the other month, so it is nice that she can sit up in bed and read, play her games, or watch youtube. I also like that she can sleep with her head up a little bit, I feel like it's better for her, with all the phlegm she's constantly struggling with.  I wish so badly that it would just go away, because it feels like she never gets a darned break!  But, at least she hasn't caught the flu or strep. So, we are lucky there.  And, we all did get our flu shots 3 or so weeks ago, so that's good.  

Last Friday, Carla had a dentist appointment in Helena. They told her how well she was brushing and how great her teeth look. She really felt like she had gotten away with something, because when she brushes, she doesn't spend the two minutes she should on her teeth. But, she does use a Sonicare toothbrush, so that's a testament to having a really good toothbrush! After her appointment we went over to my Dad & Sue's house and we all went out to lunch together, and then to visit Grandma Morgan. It was so nice to see my family, and Grandma was just as sweet as ever.  It's amazing to me how she can have Alzheimer's, but still remembers that she is such a sweetheart. She has always been the best Grandma I could have ever asked for or wanted in my life.  What a blessing. My Dad had a gig Friday night, so Carla and I went to most of that too. I love listening to my Dad play, and the songs they do take me back to childhood, listening to Dad and Uncle Dan sing and play the guitars while my Mom and Aunties harmonized. What great memories. Dancing with Carla, Sue and Andy is always a fun time as well.

Carla only has a 3 day week this week, so I am REALLY hoping that she can go all week.  But, I have been warned that 1 child in the 5th grade was out with the flu.  So, that may start making its rounds again, and we may have to keep her home again.  But, we will wait and see.  Her homeroom teacher is fabulous about keeping me advised of the illnesses going around.  So, she will let me know if she thinks Carla is at risk.  I sure do love her teacher.

Here are a couple of pictures from our adventures.  :)

Happy Birthday Thomas!  

Carla, looking cute before we left for Helena on Friday. 

Carla with her Uncle Andy. 

My Dad.  He and his band have been playing together for like 38 years or something! So fun to listen to them play. 
I hope this finds you happy and well!

Love, Jen

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