Wednesday, August 31, 2011

brotherly love

Linc: DC Legends
Land: Davis D's

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Monday, August 29, 2011

shout out to The Food Nanny!!

Have you heard of The Food Nanny?
She has a cookbook and a show on KBYU.
Well, she's my favorite and her cookbook has changed my life!
She has theme nights, and awesome (easy) recipes...
so I wanted to share.
For example, tonight was "comfort food"
which is awesome because it's family night and it just fits perfectly.
But I do like to change things up, so tonight we had:
"Bow-Tie Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes and Fresh Basil":

step 1. Cook pasta according to package directions...

step 2. Meanwhile, slice the tomatoes in half and place them in a large skillet. Add the basil, capers (I didn't), oil, garlic, and olives. Set aside while the pasta cooks.

step 3. Drain the pasta. Place the tomatoe mixture over medium-high heat and cook until heated through. Stir in the pasta. Sprinkle on the Parmesan cheese. Add a few shakes of crushed red pepper or pass with the pasta. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately. Serve with Italian or French bread or Garlic bread.


Fancy paper plates you ask? uh-hem...There was a pretty important announcement this evening.
"Dancing with the Stars" new cast! (so it had to be an easy clean-up!!)

Back to the are the amounts, just in case you want to try it:
1 pound uncooked boe-tie pasta
1-1/2 pounds cherry tomatoes
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup capers, drained
1/3 cup olive oil
1 large garlic clove, minced
15 pitted black olives, sliced
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
crushed red pepper
coarse salt and ground black pepper
(*Courtesy of "The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner"-Easy family meals for every day of the week)

In other news, Jaxon started a job as a ref for soccer through the city and is playing rec soccer, Land and Linc started fall ball and Jensylicious is starting sewing this week!!
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Congratulations Jake and Alicia~!
I can't believe my little nephew tied the not,
they are in wedded bliss ;)

my hot hubby...

The Scott family together again...

16 years later....

...and a candid of the very, extremely, happy couple!

What a great day/weekend!
I should have taken more pictures
of our fabulous "sisters" weekend.
We had so much fun.
My family is so much fun to be around,
especially when we all get together.
They are my best friends.
I love you Heath, Nat and Mom!
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

(holds up glass)

Here's to a great year! (*clink*)

Landon, 7th

Jaxon, 9th

Lincoln, 5th

(chuckle) Jensy, 4th

The kids were soo excited to go back to school,
and I was soo nervous for some reason!
Luckily they all had a great day
and said they were going to LOVE school...
(they all got really good teachers)
and Jaxon is loving being back in public school!

I am loving:
a clean, quiet house,
and (of course) having naps again!
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Thursday, July 28, 2011

heart to heart (update)

we took Jaxon to his annual cardiology appointment today.
Great news...
Last year his heart was a bit enlarged.
This year it's normal-size!!
His aorta is a bit dilated, but still in the "safe zone",
(and the reason he cannot participate in contact sports).
His Cardiologist said his case is the "best you can get".
and I'll take it.  what a relief. 
No promises that he won't need another surgery,
but "unlikely".  (whew).

  (Jaxon in Spain, April 2011)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

winning! duh

Linc played on an All-Star team and they took third at state!
Way to go 34!
Loved the Babe Ruth Sportsmanship Code...
(I think I'll make the boys memorize it!)

I took them to the batting cages before Landon's championship game...

They took First place! Way to go #22!

Landon and his buddy Conner!

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

when I grow up...

from the back seat of the car tonight,
Linc is telling his friend...

"ya, I want to be an MLB player,
work at 'In-N-Out'
or Cherry Hill."

LOL, 2/3 are in the bag!!!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Monday, July 4, 2011

whip my hair!

her big day came and she whipped her hair!
Her first dance recital and solo...
and she was awesome!
Way to go sis!

(I, however was death warmed over. 
It was only a few days after I came home from the hospital...
so I came fully equiped with my walker (not kidding),
but wild horses couldn't have kept this mama away!
and mom, thanks for all your help... 
I couldn't have done it without you!)

Photo courtesy of Kelly A. (once again, you're the best!)

Sunday, June 26, 2011

under the knife...twice.

so most of you know that I have been def in my left year for over a year.  I finally, (thanks? to Shawn) went in to have it checked out.  It just felt like it was plugged.  not so.  I found out I have "otosclerosis" which means the tiny stapes bone had hardened, unable to conduct my hearing.  This is genetic, though we don't know anyone else in my family who has it.  My doctor told me it was an "easy" outpatient surgery fix and my hearing would be restored to approximately 90%!

Everything went really well with the surgery and I was told I would be back to myself in 24-48 hours, but put on bed rest, because my equilibrium would be off and I could fall. (p.s. waking up from that surgery was one of the worst experiences I have ever had.)

That night, around midnight I turned over in bed.  I felt something "move" in my ear.  So I turned back to the other side to try and undo what I had done.  Immediately I couldn't feel my arms.  My body started to tingle all over and I got extremely hot. I could tell I was going into shock.  I woke Shawn and told him something was wrong. He jumped up, turned on the light and got my pills (Valium) and some water.  I then heard a REALLY LOUD noise in my bad ear.  I knew it was bad.  I told Shawn he might need to call 911.  I can't explain what shock feels like, but those of you who have been in shock know.  You just know.  It was soo scary!  I took the Valium and I immediately relaxed, so much so that I fell back asleep.  In the morning I told Shawn to tell my mom what happened.  (He didn't remember any of it!  You know Shawn and his funny sleeping history!  He was still asleep during all of this...he only told my mom "she had a rough night").  My mom called the doctor and as soon as he found out about the loud noise in my ear, he immediately wanted to see me.  I tried to get up and immediately started throwing up...and felt MISERABLE.  I kept telling my mom I couldn't go in...She called my dad in for reinforcement and to help me to the car.  As soon as he got there and said we needed to go in, I said "ok daddy"... (lol)

When we got to the clinic, the doctor met us in the parking lot...and started asking me questions.  I asked him to tell me what to say and what the right answers were because I did NOT want to go back to surgery!  (of course, he wouldn't) and they took me in for a CAT scan, which I started throwing up...again.  He cancelled the rest of his day and told me I was his #1 priority and personally accompanied me to the CAT scan and waited there for the results.  They were only able to get one set (out of two) results, which he thought looked good, but he wasn't comfortable and wanted to go back in.  (emergency surgery).  He said it would take 30 minutes just to "look" and if something was wrong, it could take 2 hours.  He brought his partner in with him to have two sets of eyes and make sure he didn't miss anything. 

so back to surgery I went.  This was around 3:30 p.m.  After I had been in surgery for 3-1/2 hours, Shawn and my mom were climbing the walls, wondering what was going on...noone had came out to tell them what was happening and they just wanted to know if I was still breathing!!  Finally they grabbed a nurse to go find out. 

What they found out was that the prosthesis had collapsed into my inner ear and all the fluid in my ear had leaked out and was replaced by air (the loud noise) I heard.  (basically the worst thing that could happen) He had to take veins out of my hand and wrist to use as a "cover" for the prosthesis so it wouldn't happen again and basically redo the procedure.  But because there is no fluid left, my recovery would be a lot worse and he didn't know if my body would replace the fluid, something essential to your hearing and also something they cannot duplicate.  (The amount of fluid is about 3 drops).  So now the chances of regaining my hearing is at 30%. 

Because of how I came out of the first surgery, he wanted to keep me pretty sedated and in the hospital for a couple days to keep an eye on me.  I only remember snipets of that night after the surgery.  I remember looking at the clock at 11 p.m. and wondering "why am I not awake yet"?. 

I knew I was given a blessing, but I don't remember it.  My brother had came over and he and Shawn gave me a blessing.  I remember friends coming and wanting to talk to them, but then I would be out again.  So I had to wait all night until morning for Shawn to tell me exactly what had happened.  And also learn that I may not hear again in my left ear.  The other scary thing for me is that the same thing could happen in my right/"good" ear. 

He put a "plug" in my ear that will dissolve with time to help heal my ear and then he can do some hearing tests and see where I'm at.  I am hopeful.  The recovery was very hard.  So I ended up being in the hospital for 3 more days and then on complete bedrest for a week.  Valium became my best friend, (who knew Valium was for dizziness?!) well it is and it works like a charm!! 

As of late, I have been weaned off the Valium and am finally back to life!  I am so glad to have this behind me.  I so appreciated all the love and support from my sweet family and friends!  Especially my dad who came to "walk" me up and down the street so I wouldn't get blood clots...luv you dad!

My doctor felt terrible.  Nothing like this had ever happened before.  I know it wasn't anything he did and just one of those "fluke" things that happen.  He is LDS and asked if I was given a blessing and tells me every time I seem that he prays for me every night that I will hear again.  He is very sweet and also told us we would not have to pay him a dime.  I told him I knew there were risks, but he said it was something he needed to do for himself.  He is a great doctor and took very good care of me.

You just don't realize how wonderful having your health is until you get sick or something like this happens.  I am grateful I can at least hear out of one ear and especially to be feeling better and doing things for myself. 

Wow longest post ever!  But that's what's been going on in my neck of the woods...

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Landy to Lando

We used to call you Landy.
Now we call you Lando.
You are 12.
I never thought 12 years could just fly by...

some things never die...
and you are always our Landon bug 
luv u.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

to Juniper

                                                                too cute...

                                                 the nine years flew by way. too. fast.

dear jens,
girrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrl. please!
love, mom.

(*photo credits to Kelly D and Kelly A of Gallery Photography)
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to my oldest

from this...
                                                                           to this...

                                                                      in just 14 years.

dear jaxon,
i am so proud of who you are becoming.
love, mom.
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Thursday, May 5, 2011


it's his catching arm. daaaaaang.
another buckle fracture.
that's three casts in the past, oh I don't know, six months?
and did I happen to mention that we now have THREE kids in BRACES!?
welp, I digress.
He is ok.
It happened Tuesday, and this trooper tried to play ball tonight,
(but sshhhh-we can't tell the doctor that!)
I guarantee, just like Landon,
he'll figure out how to pitch
and catch
with a cast.
that's just how 'those smith boys' roll.
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Sunday, May 1, 2011

I'm a Mormon!

Have you been to  You should.  It's cool.
I was asked to write and share this in Relief Society today and I wanted to share it with you:

About Me
I have many roles.  I love to read and write.  I am shy.  I love to laugh and people who make me laugh.  I am left-handed, type 90+ words per minute and I consider Target the mother ship.  But deep down...I am a daughter.  A daughter of God.

Why I am a Mormon
I was raised in the LDS church.  I was sealed to my family when I was 2.  I found the Light of Christ for myself when I was in High School.  I held onto that Light and told myself I would never, ever let go.  I have been blessed far beyond what I am deserving of.

How I live my Faith
I've made many mistakes.  I try every day to be kind to everyone I meet.  I try to teach my kids to love Jesus.  Because I do.

My name is Shelby
and I'm a Mormon.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

volleyball {via iphone}

if I could just get used to taking my camera places.
but you get the idea.
but what you can't see is how good he is!!
he didn't tell me he was the best server on his team!
and it's official, as of yesterday:
He's taller than me.
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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

via iphone

he chose In-N-Out :)
Red Sox hat and catcher's mitt
baseball cupcakes
baseball practice
(is there a theme here?)
Papa John's pizza/breadsticks/garlic sauce
lots of luv (and money!) from family (thankyou!)
I'm thinking it was a great day for him.
Double digits.
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Monday, March 21, 2011

my linc...

you are 10.
I can't even believe it's possible.
When you were born, and I saw you for the first time,
I thought to myself
"that is the cutest baby I have ever seen in my life."
and yet again, my heart grew.
Our extended family nicknamed you "smiley"
Everyone always commented on how smiley you were.
and you still are.
You're my most charming.  You're funny.
You are smart.  You love to read.  You are good at sports.
You always go the extra mile.  You are kind.
You'll do anything I ask you to do. 
(I'm going to show you this post when you're a teenager)
I mean look at this face...

i love you.
so very much.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

ginger B's!

Over the holidays I decided I'd like to start a tradition.  I would make homemade gingerbread houses for each of the cousins and invite them over to decorate them!  I sent out invitations to make it official.  I would slowly start adding bags of candy to my grocery list and build up a good stock of candies and trimmings and I found cute trays to make them portable.  It was so much fun making them!  Thank goodness my sweet mom helped me.  On our first try they turned out...good...BUT, I knew they would most likely cave in, they were too soft.  (so they were given to my kids without them knowing my little secret ;) and the second batch was quite a bit better and much sturdier, so they were given to the cousins.  Landon's was the first to fall, and he was a good sport! We loved having Shane there, he made everyone laugh and at least his made it home before it fell!  and those were the only two casualties.  Sweet Aunt Heather brought pizza and cake, because the next day was Stratton's birthday!! I really hope it sticks, we had so much fun!  Take a look...

jensy and cute ranny
grama, linc and brayden
birthday boy...
aunt heath

*Jaxon gets another free pass, he was doing baptisms for the dead.
I'm hoping next year we can get Jaxon, Cody, Jake, Travis and Ryan to join their "Aunt Shel-B's Ginger B's".  Hey, they can bring their girlfriends!!  Whatayasay guys??
ps.  If I end up being called "Aunt B" then I guess I'm the one who started it.