Friday, August 1, 2008

Various Catch-up, and Granted Requests

So once again we've been busy here in my little family. I do love that we have such a great social life now that we've moved back to where people love us, but man oh man! I was a bit worn out after last week, so we took this week off to recuperate. We've had visitors, (including my visiting teachers who came and cleaned my house; Floris and Michelle you guys rock!), but they have come to us, and we haven't done a darn thing we didn't want to do. Here's the sum-up:
In the past couple of weeks, we went to the zoo with John's friend Brad. It was a great time, we really like Brad. He's very witty and hilarious, as well as thoughtful and generous. I loved watching my husband have fun with his old friend! I'll put some pics up for that too here in a second. Brad took the pics, as we are having technical difficulty with ours.
My niece, Wren, had her fifth birthday! My sister threw her a big party at the local water park, and the girls had a blast! They even had a kiddy pool, so Erik and I hung out there and had our own little boy fun. Erik and I had to leave early though, because, (we found out later), Erik had caught a crazy summer virus that is really rare. It affects your ribcage cartilage, making it swell painfully, and you run insanely high fevers. We went to my mom's house to wait for Jonni (my sister kindly offered to watch her and drop her at mom's when everyone else went home so she didn't have to miss out), and by the time we got there, Erik's temperature was over 103! He continued to run super high fevers until we got him to the doctor later that week. (he already had an appointment) This is where we found out what he had because, my doctor, Michael Mulligan, is a genius. The virus lasts about a week (six days for us), and then poof! It's gone with no lasting effects. Weird huh? And not so good for mommy's nerves.
After that is when we decided to take some time off, and stay home for awhile. It's been super nice, and like I said, we've had company, so we haven't gotten too bored. We've also been swimming, and I'm getting better! Still at four laps, but two of those laps were simultaneous, meaning I didn't rest in between!! That is a super huge improvement. We also went to the library for the first time this week, and got us a library card! The library is about the smallest I've ever seen I think. But you can order stuff online, and the kids were super happy with their selection, so I think this will work out fine.
Speaking of books, someone requested I reveal what books I like in my last post, so I'll just go ahead and do so here. Sorry it took so long, Bre!
One of my favorite books is In Summer Light. I totally can't remember who the author is, and I can't find it since the move, I'm sorry! But it's an amazing book. The author's ability to paint word pictures is stellar.
I of course love the Harry Potter series. JK Rowling is a genius.
I love the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyers as well. She also wrote The Host, which is right up there with Twilight, New Moon and Eclipse. (Breaking Dawn is coming out tomorrow!! WooHooooo!!!)
Mecedes Lackey is also a favorite author of mine. She writes fantasy. Fred Saberhagen and his Dracula books are also good. He takes the classic story, and gives birth to a whole series written from Vlad's point-of-view. Very good reads. I also love James Herriot's books. They are awesome. He was a country vet in England in the 1930's, and he turns a phrase better than just about anybody. Those are some good ones to look up at your library. If they don't have 'em, order 'em, seriously, they're really good.
Those are just a few of my faves, but basically I will read anything just about. Anybody feel free to share your faves, because, as any avid reader will tell you, I'm always on the lookout for something good!
Alright, I'll wrap up with a few pics from our zoo outing. (thanks again Brad!) Until next time!
The Almighty Liz

This is Jonni next to the baby Orangutan. He was being super cute. There were ants, and he just couldn't figure them out!
Here's one of everybody but Brad, who was taking the picture. John's the crazy looking one, Brad's daughter Emily is next to him, with Erik next to her. Brad's son Peyton is in the black shirt, and then Jonni is in the foreground. That's my elbow there on the left; I'm sitting in a wheelchair. Wheelchairs are, by the way, mortifying. But it was worth the day at the Zoo.

Here are some of the local animals in their natural habitat. Aren't they cute?


timpani76 said...

Big Erik calls our children the cute little plague carriers. It's truly scary how many new illnesses my children have had that I have never heard of (and they sometimes pass them on to me!)

Jeanette and Jason said...

You do have some adorable kids. They are getting so big too. I went to Michelle Muligan once. I liked her. She wasn't our doctor growing up but we went to her when ours had no appointments available.

lizS said...

oh yes, i ADORE the mulligans. and poor erik is just like his mom; he catches everything. jonni is like john, they never get sick!

Renae said...

Looks like fun! You guys seriously need to hand out with me. I miss you all. I keep forgetting that you moved. Let's get together. I'm getting jealous over here.

Everyone Admires Mary said...

Ooh, that thing with Erik sounds scary! I'm so sorry you had to go through that, and even more sorry that he had to! That picture of Jonni by the orangutan is so beautiful! She looks ... I'm not even sure what about that picture it is, maybe she looks older? Too beautiful for words! And I can't believe Wren is 5! I remember when I didn't even know you guys very well and VA had her! My how quickly we age once the oldness beings to happen!

Dana Cheryl said...

Is that really Jonni? Has she like grown up this summer?! Wow! Ya'll know she's a cutie right? In a few years those dang boys are gonna start calling and dropping by. Poor Jonni... I just thinking what a J might do when that time comes. LOL!

Hello weird alien viruses accost the Sever clan! That's nuts. How does one pick up this cartiledge swelling virus?

I once was admited into the hospital with a 104/105 temp & only 80% oxygen saturation. It took weeks to diagnosis but apparently I had some virus thing that only babies & toddlers get. They'd never seen it in a grown up before. I think I got written up in a medical journal. I think you guys may be next. My prayers are with you all!!!!!!!

Now get some rest & read, read, read... :)

Everyone Admires Mary said...

Jeremy just told me he thinks you should change the name of your blog to "Liztopia".

lizS said...

that's hilarious, because i've been thinking about doing just that! i haven't made up my mind yet.