Wednesday, September 3, 2014


Mom: George, do you like your new school?

George: Kinda.

Mom: Well, do you like it or not?

George: I think...

Mom: Okay, well what don't you like?

George: Skunks, 'cause they're stinky

Mom: Did they have skunks at your school?!

George: No, I just want to tell you what I don't like and I don't like skunks 'cause they're stinky.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


Two weeks ago we moved to Payson, Utah. We love it here! We have a really tight knit ward. They read our names in the first Sacrament meeting we attended and asked us what the baby's name was over the pulpit and we yelled it from the pews. It was awesome. The day we pulled up with a moving van, six men and their wives stopped by to help unload. That night, dinner was brought to us. The next day, and for the next several days, we received visitors with treats and good long chats. We have only been here for a short time but we have already had so much service rendered. One family watched all three of our boys so Glen and I could go see Les Miserables (you know, that 3-hour + musical production?). Such amazing people here. And the weather can't be beat! We have spent everyday outside doing something. Unfortunately, I started back at work today so I'm stuck inside and the boys won't really stay outside without me. I wish they would.

From our garden!

Henry Allen

My little Henry Allen was forced into this world on July 23rd. He was due to arrive on July 18th. I waited patiently until the 16th. I tried to not think about a due date this time around. "He'll be here by the end of July." That's what I told people who asked when he was due. But I couldn't get the 16th out of my mind. That day came and went as did the following several days. I had many episodes of false labor. One sent me to triage since it was caused by an infection. That was the worst pain ever considering I knew I would not be getting a baby out of those contractions. I was getting incredibly impatient. I tried everything. I ate a whole pineapple, I walked and walked with my mom until I couldn't move any more, I ate spicy foods, I hung out with Glen a lot, and I was getting contractions all the time. However, I was not progressing really at all when I saw my doctor on July 21st and she said we would do an "outpatient induction" the next day. I was told this meant I would be given gel to start the induction and then sent home. I had Glen come with me to the hospital because he had nothing better to do but I thought I would be there an hour tops. I told my boss I would be right back....
July 22nd, on my way to the hospital

I got to the hospital and they put me in a room and told me to get undressed. I had not brought anything but my husband and my phone. As everything was being explained to me, I soon realized I would be there for at least 12 hours. They had planned to do 3 rounds of the gel and each round took four hours. Oops. I wouldn't be going back to work that day. After the second round, my contractions were really close and at about a 7 on the pain scale. The nurse didn't want to give me another round because the contractions were already on top of each other. I did my best to cope with the pain. I walked and bounced and mostly just kept moving. Eventually the contractions slowed and the word "pitocin" was said and I relented and asked for the anesthesiologist to get ready. Pitocin and I were acquainted with each other and I knew I would need an epidural to cope with it. I was grateful for the nurses and the anesthesiologist who were on my side and told me I could do it without the pain meds but I am also grateful there is such a thing as an epidural these days.

Once I was given the epidural, my body relaxed and the contractions started to get closer. At about 5:15 am on July 23rd it was time to push. I had to wait because my doctor was not there but after two pushes, little Henry was here. He was 9 lbs 1 oz and had a head full of hair.

He looks just like Ollie. I often call him Ollie on accident... He is a sweet boy and an easy baby like the other two. He is still waking a few times a night but it's all part of the job description. I love my boys!