Tuesday, December 9, 2008


Well, I've been sick. Again. I don't know why I seem to catch every bug within a 50 mile radius, but I do. Must be part of my horrible luck (for a documentation of said luck, check out Bonnie's blog www.overlys.blogspot.com, "And the winner is" entry).
I kept hoping the illness would work itself out but after 5 days of languishing in bed, I decided it was time for a trip to the doctor.
So, I had an appointment at the Student Clinic at UK hospital which, I might add, is a teaching hospital. The doctor I saw, a Dr. McLaughlin, was a jovial fellow, impressive considering the lot of infected, pajama-clad, co-eds waiting to be seen by him. Every one of his soon-to-be patients looked as bad a I felt. And that is saying something, considering I felt like I'd been run over by a truck or a train or possibly both.
Dr. McLaughlin did the usual exam, checking my throat, listening to my breathing, and then he got to my ears. "Oh My ...". He exclaimed with vigor, "that looks awful"! "You must be in terrible pain. I sure wish I had a group of med. students to show this ear to." What can I say, I aim to please.
I ended up with a prescription for an ear infection and a sinus infection. I happened to be looking over his shoulder as he typed up my report on which he described my ear as "bulging". While I am a fan of pictures attached to blog posts, this time, I'll refrain.

Friday, December 5, 2008


The world's best toy for babies. It is both a toy and a safe jumping mechanism. Spinning, rattling, colorful toys and as much jumping action as a little man can handle; it's a baby's best friend.

Though he's having a blast, you wouldn't always know it by looking at him. McKay takes his jumping very seriously. He grasps a toy in each hand, focuses, and begins jumping. He doesn't look right or left, just stares and jumps for all he's worth.

We do catch him laughing about it every now and then, but mostly his jumping is very serious business.

Monday, December 1, 2008


'Tis the season to be with family! We just had a wonderful Thanksgiving with Damon, Lety, Colton, and Camden in our home.

Thursday morning, Damon and BJ went to play football with the ward at the annual turkey bowl. After two games of being the designated "rusher," BJ decided to stop showing off his incredible football skills and join the ladies on the homefront to help with the kids and dinner. Damon, on the other hand, stayed for a total of about four hours and was subsequently sore for the remainder of his stay in the Bluegrass region.

One of the many highlights of this weekend was that the two closest cousins, McKay and Camden, born only two days apart, are now somewhat aware of what's going on around them and really met for the first time. We've posted a riveting video of their first interaction with each other.

Dinner was amazing! Lety and Rachel successfully cooked the turkey, BJ successfully mashed the potatoes and Damon successfully limped around the house with a swollen leg. Matt, Sarah, Max, and Sam Lassen joined us for what was a terrific Thanksgiving dinner, after which we watched Get Smart (very funny).

Katasha and Tim joined us on Friday night. Saturday morning, the men held down the fort on the homefront while the ladies went to see Twilight (Rachel's a big fan). When the women returned, we took a drive on some of the beautiful backroads around Lexington. Katasha and Tim were nice enough to take some amazing pictures of our family (sadly enough, our first nice family picture since McKay has been with us). All in all, we had a wonderful weekend filled with family, food, and fun.

The two cousins (and a great shot of BJ's double chin).

Yay for our new family photo! Isn't McKay such a cute little guy?