Friday, February 24, 2012

Introducing Dasher Braun Thueson...

Introducing our cute little Dash to you all! Can you tell we are utterly obsessed with this little guy? I asked Braun the other day if it were normal to look at him and instantly become baby hungry?! He said no..and that he was now worried we would have 10 kids! ;)

His stats: 6lbs 9oz 18.5 inches long. Born on February 13th at 2:01PM.

Birth story coming soon!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

We are having a....

Well when Braun came back for the week during that crazy time with my dad, I thought...."Heck, since he is here we might as well go find out what we are having!!" With Anisten, I found out right around 14 weeks and of course wanted to do the same thing this time! I am so impatient. Emery and Anisten were already telling everybody it was a boy. Braun told me not to even doubt it because then it WOULD be another girl! Come on.. would that be so bad?! haha! YES! So all 4 of us were gunning for to see a little pecker on the ultrasound. We met at Fetal Photo at South Towne Mall after I picked Emery up from school. I got my belly all lubed up and saw our cute little nugget. It was sitting right on its tushy the whole time though! They couldn't see anything. I decided to get up and go get a sugary drink and eat lunch and come back after. 

14 week belly shot!

Seriously... those cheese dogs are TO.DIE.FOR!!!

Well we went back after about a half an hour and the baby was in the perfect position to see the goods! Aww.. aren't ultrasound pictures so surreal?! It is so insane to me that they can see this little thing inside of you. I LOVE it! So this was about 14.5 weeks. Just like my other 2 babies, this little one had the hiccups the whole time. My girls were loving the fact they could see the baby in there. We all had huge smiles on our faces the whole time!

 Well HELLO there!

Are you ready for it???!!!! YAYAYAYY!!!! It is a HE! We are having a BOY!

Now a teeny part of me is still a little nervous that that thing is going to shrink back up and it'll be a girl. That can't happen right?! I mean... I have only ever seen girl ultrasounds. That is definite right? Well I go in 2 weeks to have my 20 week appointment and so I guess I will find out for sure then! I just get so nervous. But holy smokes... I can't even believe it. Braun was so cute. He had his arms up in the air screaming "Yes!! Yes!!!" I am pretty sure there were some fist pumps involved too. We are BEYOND thrilled for our little guy! Bring on the blue and green! :)

Of course we went and celebrated by getting chinese mani's and pedi's... totally Braun's idea. haha! 

...and then I told Braun how much I wanted Birthday Cake Remix from Coldstone.. he sure takes these blasted pregnancy cravings VERY seriously!!

Our New Nephew Bauer....

We have a cute new nephew! Braun's brother Cade and his wife Kelsie had their little baby boy on September 9th. He is teeny as can be and it makes me oh so excited for his little cousin to come in February! We went and saw him at their house yesterday and I asked Emery..."Emery, isn't he just sooo cute?? Does that make you so excited for your little brother to come?" To which she replied..."Mom, I want HIM to be my little brother!" Then she later told me that we could just trade babies with Cade and Kelsie. Haha! I don't think they would give him up that easy! ;) Congrats Thueson's! He sure is cute!

My dad...

 (Sorry, this is a lot of detailed information and INSANELY long... as much as I would like to forget this week, I am sure I will forget a lot of these details that I may want to remember one day so I am just going to say it all!)

August 13, 2011

On Saturday morning, I went to pick my girls up. The day before that was my birthday and my mother in law wanted to watch the girls so I could go out and have some fun without my kids. I woke up around 9AM and picked the girls up at about 10. They had a birthday party at 11 and so I took them to that. I did a haircut during the party and then went back to pick them up and was just going to stay there for the last half hour. At 12:25PM, I got a phone call from my brother. I was taking Anisten to the bathroom and I just heard it ringing out in the kitchen. When I got out, I picked up my phone and saw that my little brother Jordan had called me. I called him back at 12:28PM. He picked it up and all I heard him say was..."Tara, Dad just called me and he is having a heart attack. He is in Evanston, Wyoming and he is being life flighted to the University of Utah. I can't get a hold of anyone. You are the first person I have been able to get a hold of. " I was shocked. I was in a room with a bunch of people (only a few of those that I actually knew) and I immediately felt like I was going to collapse. Never in a million years are you expecting a phone call like that! I really felt like I was hyperventilating. Oh it was such an awful feeling. Then I am pretty sure I did start hyperventillating. I started crying and I couldn't stop. Emery is just staring up at me like..."What in the WORLD is going on with YOU?!" Luckily I have great neighbors and they offered to take my girls for me while I went up to get my mom. Oh and my mom... my little brother wasn't able to get a hold of her since my dad called him. I tried her phone and she picked up. I told her what Jordan had told me. She started BAWLING instantly which I think is what set me off. She just kept asking..."Why is this happening to us?!" She has definitely hit her maximum stress level between Jackie and all of her operations, getting laid off and the other stresses of life. I feel so bad for them. I told her I would be on my way to get her and we would go up to the hospital. The ride to the hospital seems like a blur. I remember praying like a mad woman the whole way to my mom's house. I got there and my mother in law had come to sit with my mom while she was alone. I walk in to see them both crying.. we still hadn't heard any news. It was the longest hour ever. I started calling the University of Utah E.R. because that is where Jordan said they were taking him. I remember being so frustrated because they couldn't tell me if he was on his way there or where he was headed. Why didn't you know where the life flight was? Who was in it? Was Jordan's info really correct?!

Finally about 20 minutes later I call the main U of U number and ask if my dad is there. They said he was... he was in the MICU (M=Medical). I should have called that number in the first place, he could have been there the whole time. I spoke with his doctor there and they said he had in fact had a major heart attack. He was being taken in to get a procedure done where they put a stent in the artery that is blocked so they can stop the damage that is being done to his heart. It should take about 30 minutes and then we will be able to see him. I was so confused. My dad just got done hiking the Grand Canyon. He went from the North Rim to the South Rim and then turned back around and hiked back to the North Rim. That is over 50 miles in over 100' temps. A man just about to have a heart attack shouldn't be able to do that! My dad runs a few miles every day! How is this happening?!

All the kids met at my mom's house and headed up to the U to see him. My mom's phone was ringing off the hook. It was good having her talking to people... I think it kept her from thinking the scary thoughts that you so obviously try so hard not to think about in situations like this. We got up there and he was still getting the stint procedure done. About 30 minutes later, a doctor came into the waiting room and told us what was going on. He showed us some pictures of his heart and the 3 arteries coming out. He said they call this kind of heart attack a "widow maker" At that point, I wanted to reach out and smack him. Who says that to his wife?! We didn't even know if he was okay at that point. He showed us that the main artery that supplies blood to 50% of his heart was completely closed off and that is the worst kind of heart attack you can have. It supplies blood to the outer layers of the entire heart. He says that after a heart attack has gone on for over 20 minutes, the heart muscle starts dying and they won't know the extent of my dads damage until the next morning. He then says we can go in and see him.

My mom and I head in to see him. I was surprised at how good he looked! He had to lay flat for the first 4 or 5 hours and he also couldn't move his right leg because that is where they went in to that artery and they didn't want things to get messed up. He was really out of it but he could still talk to us and answer our millions of questions. He told us that he had headed up to North Fork of the Bear (Uintahs) in Wyoming around 5:30 that morning. He was driving his motorcycle up there and felt fine. He said that he got up there with the scouts and about 15 minutes after he got up there helping, he started feeling sick. He went and laid down under a tree and things didn't get better. He said his chest hurt, it hurt to breathe, it seemed like something was poking him in the back and the chest.He had just taught a class the Wednesday before on Hiking Safety (which is seriously one of those blessings in disguise!) and so he immediately knew that he needed to take 300mg of Aspirin and he needed oxygen STAT. Another blessing in disguise was the guy who he got the oxygen from later told us that he never brings it with him but just felt like he should that day. Oh Heavenly Father sure knows what he is doing up there! :) They then got the scout doctors over to him (it was a big get together up there) and they told him that it was indeed a heart attack and he needed to get to a hospital right away. All my dad remembers after that is he was taken in the back of someones truck and they drove like a crazy man to meet the ambulance on the way to Evanston's ER. Once at Evanston, they verified once again that it was a heart attack and then he was life-flighted to the University of Utah. Everyone kept telling him how smart it was that he got that Aspirin into him as soon as he did. So many crazy things happened and my dad got insanely lucky that this ended up the way that it did.

Turns out this wasn't the end of it. He got released from the hospital on Tuesday and was put on 6 medications that he will need to be on for a very long time. Since he had a heart attack before he was 55, that means it is hereditary which is a scary thought for us kids. Well we thought he was out of the bad part of everything and in the clear. On Friday night, I was in bed asleep. It was around 11PM and I hear non-stop knocking at my front door. It was one of those things where you feel like you are dreaming it so I didn't get up. Well the knocking kept going and I got out of bed in my G's and went to see what was going on. I hear my neighbor Pete telling me to open the door. I went and got some clothes on and got the door. Braun had called him because I guess my family had all been calling me and I slept through it all. I pick up the phone and Braun tells me that my mom heard a big thud in their bedroom and she ran in and my dad was lying on the floor and very out of it. I was in shock. I really couldn't even believe it and I didn't even know how to react. I felt so bad that Pete was there telling me the news.. that had to have been so awkward for him. I called my inlaws and they came over with my kids. Braun's dad drove me up to the University of Utah. They had taken my dad in an ambulance back up there to the ER. When we got up there, my sister Heather, her 2 kids, Jordan, Jackie, my brother Aaron and his girlfriend were all there waiting. My mom was inside with him. My mom came outside and told us they did an MRI and a Cat Scan and he had just had a stroke. My mom said that they were out watching Harry Potter when my dad said he was tired and went in and got in bed. She doesn't know how long had passed but all the sudden she heard a big thud in their room and ran in. Somehow my dad had fallen out of his bed and hit his head on his nightstand.  Noone knows how he even fell out of his bed but it is a good thing that he did. If he would have had a stroke and stayed asleep, he would have major brain damage and there is a very good chance he would have died. Such scary thoughts. They caught it quickly after it happened and so we were hoping the brain damage would be very minimal. It is scary with a stroke because there is no way of knowing the extent of the damage until after it all unfolds. No anwers sure makes me stressed out! We all got home around 5AM and I slept at my moms house. That next morning I got a call from Braun and he told me he was coming home!!! It was a good thing because I seriously don't know how much more stress I could have handled. Being pregnant, a single mom of 2 for the last month and helping with my family... just a lot of stress for this little baby growing inside of me. The next day I stayed with my brother and sister and at about 4PM went and got Braun from the airport. Anisten came with me and holy smokes... I have never seen a girl more excited to see her daddy! It was so cute to see and just what I needed during this crazy time! We went up to the hospital and they actually gave my dad the option to go home! He was already on all of his blood thinner medicines so recovery would be the same at home as it was in the hospital. After 1 stroke, it is very likely that you will have another in the next 24-48 hours. They found out that the reason he had the stroke to begin with was when he had his heart attack, the bottom tip of his heart died. Well then blood just pooled around it because it wasn't pumping and then when the blood did start moving, it was thick and it sent a clot up into his brain. Seriously... who knew these things happened??! I hate that I know all of this information about strokes and heart attacks. My poor dad! I hate even more that he had to go through all of it.

Luckily it has been about 2 weeks since this happened and his recovery has been pretty awesome so far. He does struggle a little bit with his words but every time I see him it feels like things are improving for him! It has been a crazy ride but we have had so much help and support from our family and friends. It is times like these when you really stop and think about how grateful you are for the things that you have and the friendships you share with people. So THANK YOU for all of the support, calls, texts, meals that were brought to my family, prayers, etc!!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Being a mother...

(Sorry, something happened to this post from yesterday and now the comments from it are under my Bread post! Silly Blogger...)

These past few weeks I have had a lot of time to think (as I am lying down on the couch trying not to toss my last meal!) about being a mom. I am so grateful that I was chosen to be a mom and also stay home and raise my 2 little girls.  On a particularly rough day a few weeks ago, I remember thinking... "What in the heck was I THINKING having 2 babies so close in age/Why did I get pregnant after only being married for 6 months?" Luckily those thoughts are far and few between but still, I hate thinking that way. That night, I sat down and grabbed the Ensign and read a conference talk on being a mother and a wife in this time. It made me stop and think about how lucky I really am. I love that I don't have to take my kids to daycare. I love that I get to stay home and relive my childhood through theirs. It is so fun going out and playing with sidewalk chalk for hours at a time.  Why on earth would anyone complain about that? It makes me feel bad for Braun that he has to miss those sweet moment that I sometimes take for granted. I got these journals for all of us called One Line a Day. You make a quick 5 line recap of your day. In my girls books, I write the funny things they do or say. It has spaces for the next 5 years so you can see how far your kids (or you) have come or what you were doing on that day 1,2,3,4 years ago. It is really helping me to cherish the small and insignificant things we do day to day that one day I am sure I will miss. I wish that I had done it since they were born. If you feel you don't have the time to journal everything but want to remember the cute important things your kids say or do, I highly recommend those! :)

The other day, we had just gotten back from the pool and were about to walk into our apartment. I was stopped by my neighbor who was just sitting in his car. He is an insanely nice guy. He has this thick Milwaukee/black accent and is always telling me how cute my girls are.  I asked him what he was doing in his car and he said he was stalling so he didn't have to go inside to his wife and her kids. His wife had just had hip surgery and he said she was awfully ornery. I sat out there and talked with him for a bit. He asked me how many kids I wanted and said that I needed to have "dozens" because my girls were just too adorable to not have that many. He told me that he could tell I had a "gift for being a mom." I asked what he was talking about because I honestly didn't understand what he meant or how he would even know to say that because we always just briefly see one another while walking to our cars/houses. He said you can just tell.  Some people are always yelling at their kids, talking down to them, never actually "playing" with them, constantly harping at them, etc. And honestly, if you really stop to look around, a lot of parents are that way. It makes me sad. I am not saying I am perfect, heck.. I have gotten mad at my kids plenty of times but in the end, they know that I love them.  I am happy that someone else notices that too. I am lucky to have been raised in Utah. I think living in Utah and being raised LDS has taught me so much about families and creating a happy environment for your kids to grow up in. Moving out of state every summer helps me to realize that fact too!! I have heard more moms than I can count out here saying nasty things, swearing at their kids, and just being horrible examples for them and it makes me sad. Sad because kids don't need to be treated that way.
I don't know what brought on this post, maybe it is because I am feeling so incredibly grateful lately. I can't believe that I will be a mom to 3 kids. I seriously couldn't have picked a better life for me to have. I couldn't have picked a better partner in crime either! Braun is seriously the best husband I could have ever asked for. He is strong when I am not. He is patient when I am not. How in the heck did I get so lucky?! Anyway... kids are awake now. Bellies need to be fed! :)

But what is a post without pictures?! 

 Yes, Anisten is totally going potty in this picture. And this is my daily look I'm sporting not done, in pajamas all day and what the heck is makeup?! I think this was about a week or so ago which would put me at about 9 weeks in this picture. I told you, I get large FAST!! ;) You should see my side profile!

There is nothing sweeter than a dad with his baby girls!! Oh they love their daddy so much!

Emery has changed races this summer. She is sooo tan!  I sunblock her everytime we go to the pool too. I used to love playing with wet chalk on the sidewalk. Emery loves it too! Double the mess, double the fun!

...and my current view. I've popped! 

 Oh this was soooo funny. Emery was in her room last week and she started screaming for me to come in. I run in thinking something was wrong and she goes..."MOM!!! I squirted out some lotion and it looks just like the baby in your belly!" haha... I love the crazy things they think of. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

My Bread Recipe....

Last summer, my friend Brooke would always tell me how easy it was to make bread. At the time, I seriously couldn't even get Rhodes rolls to come out right. It was dang annoying. Soooo... she came over and I whipped out the $0.18 bosch. (remember that? I still can't even believe it!) She gave me her tried and true delicious bread recipe and helped me make it that first time. I have made this bread at least 100 times since and I haven't even messed it up once (which is a dadgum miracle, I tell ya!!)  I get asked for her recipe a lot and thought I would share! :)

Anyone have a good wheat bread recipe? My inlaws gave us a wheat grinder last Christmas and I have yet to whip it out.

Oh and if you are now remembering that I am allergic to gluten and wondering why I am posting about delicious bread when I shouldn't be touching the stuff, well... let's just say I just deal with the annoying consequences. It is awful I tell ya, but what is more awful is dealing with these blasted pregnancy cravings/feeling like I have to eat non-stop or I am going to die and wanting nothing but gluten filled goodness/cheeseburgers. Yeah, its a lose lose situation. 

(You can make this in a Bosch mixer or you can half it and make it in a Kitchen-Aide. I tried making the full recipe in a Kitchen-Aide and my mixer literally fell off my counter onto my tile. Luckily, my tile survived but the mixer has a big ole' paint peeling off dent in it!!) 

Okay now onto the recipe!
(this is the whole 4 bread loaf recipe)
  • 10 1/2 C white flour (it says to use bread flour but I have used all-purpose and can't tell a difference)
  • 1/2 C Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt
  • 3 rounded Tablespoons instant yeast
  • 3 Tablespoons Liquid Lecithin*
  • 4 C Hot Tap Water
Mix dry ingredients in mixer. Add lecithin and water. Mix for 1 minute and check consistency. If dough is too dry, add more water. If dough is too moist, add more flour. (The dough should be barely sticky to touch) Mix for 5 minutes on high. (Do not add water or flour to the dough after it has finished mixing.) Spray counter and pans with Pam. Shape loaves* and cover with a dish towel. Preheat oven to 350" and let raise for 25 minutes. Bake at 350" for 25 minutes. 

*Squeeze or pour approximately 3 Tablespoons of Lecithin directly into the bowl. Do not measure. It is a sticky sticky mess if you do! (Tara's tip- take your tablespoon and push it into the flour making 3 Tablespoon sized dents, then pour in the Lecithin) Oh and you can find Lecithin at any health food store. Whole Foods, Good Earth, etc. It comes in a big bottle for around $8.

*To shape the loaves, I have my big mound of dough on my Silpat baking mat. I cut it in half (using my hands) into 2 big even balls of dough. Then I cut those dough balls in 2 smaller balls. I flatten each one into a circle and fold the sides in like you are folding a burrito. Then roll it up and place each loaf seam side down! 

Any questions, ask away! It is seriously sooo easy and sooo delicious! Spread a little Cinnamon Sugar Spreadon it, and you will be in heaven! :)
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