Friday, September 24, 2010

Skyler's Surgery

Skyler is all prepped and ready for surgery. Let's get the show on the road. And boy! What a show it ended up being!

On a dark Thursday morning, at 5:00am, I took Skyler to the surgical center to have some work done on his ankle. They ended up taking out a couple of "things" (don't know how to spell them or explain them, so we'll just leave it at that) and he's hopeful he'll be back into full swing soon. Although he is enjoying having a temporary parking pass to park on campus and close to his classes!
I was able to be with Skyler right before he went to surgery, and then again right after surgery. They took me into the recovery room and had me sit by Skyler. The doctor came in and explained everything in "medicalese", a language I'm not too familiar with, and then asked Skyler how he was doing. Skyler laid there with eyes closed and no response, and the doctor said, "I'll take that as fine, and then left." So, the nurse came over and checked on things and in a few minutes Skyler began to wake up from his anesthesia state. His first mumbled words were, "do I have a foot?" and "do I have a prosthesis?" I guess he was secretly worried he might end up without his foot! But it was there, just very numb.
He then proceeded to wake up more and began to sing the theme song to "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and I was getting quite a kick out of it. After a few more minutes I was in stitches with the things he was coming up with. I suddenly remembered that I had a digital camera in the bottom of my bag that had the capability to take video. I quickly extracted it from the depths of my bag and started filming Skyler. He was absolutely hilarious and was soon entertaining the whole recovery room, nurses and all, with his "show".
After Skyler had "come down" from his post-anesthesia recovery, we watched the videos together (I got one long one, and a couple of shorter ones from the camera. When the memory card filled up, I managed to get about 3 more on my cell phone). We laughed so hard over them, it was great. I can honestly say that I will truly remember and treasure this memory/time with Skyler. It's one of the best!
I sent one short clip to Josh and Nick and if you've read their emails you will have read how they laughed in their internet cafes and thought it was hilarious. Some of you have asked about it, so, with Skyler's permission, I am posting that short clip here on the family blog, so you can all get a taste of the entertainment! You can all thank Skyler later for giving you a good laugh! So, on with the show: (go down to the very bottom of the blog site and push the pause button on the music so the music will quit playing and you will be able to hear the video)

Skyler's Finger

A Grandma's gotta brag!

This is my first try at this, let's see how it goes. Of course our biggest news of September is that I have now joined the "Grandma" club, Marissa has become an aunt, and Skyler, Josh and Nick have become uncles. (Travis reports on his and Katelyn's and Lawson's news!) I was able to fly out after receiving "the phone call" from Travis that Katelyn was in labor. I thought I'd miss the baby's birth, but I managed to arrive in plenty of time, which unfortunately meant that Katelyn's labor went much longer than anticipated! It was fun to be there to see Lawson just minutes after his birth, and then to spend a couple of days helping them out. I was also able to help Skyler when he had surgery on his ankle. So it was pretty good timing and it was fun to do both, "mother" and start being a grandma! I went home for about 5 days and then returned with Marissa so she could meet her new nephew. Marissa was thrilled to spend so much time with Lawson and even secretly hoped we would miss our plane when we left so she'd get to stay another day! I just want to ditto what I have heard many times, "it's great fun being a grandparent"!

Lawson Carleton Anderson- 3 days old

Giving Grandma and Aunt Marissa a good look before they leave--12 days old

Grandma was lucky to have the camera "at the ready" to catch this smile---and they say this is gas--we don't believe it!

Look who knows his grandma, even at 1 hour old!

Skyler, taking on the role of Uncle Skyler with ease!

"We can miss our plane....I want to keep holding Lawson!"


Marissa has a natural touch for being an aunt!

Grandma can't seem to get enough!

Daddy and son bonding moment......"Go BYU!"

We have had great fun with this new little bundle of boy joy. We look forward to seeing all of them in two weeks when Josh comes home. Grandma can have her next "grandbaby fix"!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Send me some info please!!

Ok, after a few hints, (ok Seth right out and told me) that I should add links to everyone's family blogs I decided to figure out how and did it. But I don't have very many blog addresses. Please send me your family blog address and I'll add it. Also, if your invite to add to the blog has expired or if you never got one please email me and let me know and I'll send that out to you as soon as I can. I could also use some suggestions for new music. I only put a few on that remind me of our family but I'm willing to put new songs on if you tell me what you'd like to hear. is my email address. Thanks, and keep adding to the site, I love to see what is going on in everyone's life.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Lawson Carleton Anderson

Hey just wanted to post some pictures of the newest little Anderson. Check out our family blog for more pictures/stories -

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Vote On Your Favorite

These are our top 4 choices for our family portrait. So let me know which one you think we should pick. #1, 2, 3, or 4. (They didn't scan well but the actual pictures turned out great!)

Monday, September 6, 2010

Sainsburys Visit Thanksgiving Gardens

Marissa and Anne celebrate Mom & Dad's 29th anniversary with them near August 6th.

Rachel, the prettiest flower in the bunch!

Seth and Julie are still on their honeymoon!

Matt & Jaime with their beautiful family!

Avonlea is a darling natural poser!