Friday, January 25, 2008

What you may

Look deep into my eyes...the gift you are sending Jon for his birthday should include chocolate-flavored furr balls
Sam and her evil clones.
Becky made these for some loved ones for Christmas. If you didn't get one, it's not because you're not loved, it's probably because you don't love enough.
As Sam tries to squeeze the cyber-life out of you with her death-grip Lucy is trying to save you with her angelic lazer-eyes. Blessed be the young ones.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Bag Tag

I was recently "bag tagged" which means I get to give my friends and family an inventory of the items in my bag. I still carry the diaper bag that the hospital gave us because it is the best if not the prettiest. Before I list, I bag tag: Jen H., Amber, Melissa, Chrissy and Mikelle.
All right Jen, you asked for it:

toddler & infant clothing that has yet to be puked or pooped on
bag of tissues
4 used and dried up tissues
tampons in case of menstruation or bloody nose
baby formula
plastic bag for transport or disposal of biological waste
Lucy's growth chart from the doctor, which indicates that it's okay that 82% of her mass is cranium
slide whistle
gas drops
5 pens
3 baby bibs
cell phone
bottle of Domaine Ste. Michelle, 2004

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Sam vs. the Camera

(narrated by Sam herself)

heh heh heh. picture.

It's okay. Look!

Kitchen! That one's in my kitchen.

Pictures. Mommy & Mommy.

I wanna see the uderr mommy.

That one's making cake...brownies...cake.
I wanna see daddy-one. Can I play games now?

Cystic Fibrosis Cure

Our friends (Matt & Charla Schriever) have a little boy with CF and they are having a walk for the cure in May.

If you're interested in donating, go to this site:

Even if you can't donate right now, go to the site and watch the montage that Charla did about little Connor. It's very sweet and opened my eyes to the difficulties of CF.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Chomp-chomp-chomp? Yes yes yes.

Lucy has two teeth, though she still doesn't seem inclined to use them on anything but our fingers. She was fairly ill for a week or so, and the doctor prescribed an antibiotic. For all you parents out there, you should be aware that Omniceph can make your child's feces turn brick red, which can be very alarming. I didn't include a picture.

This is a picture form a few weeks ago when Sam was out hunting elk.

Monday, January 7, 2008


Jon is no longer going to be nursing in the exciting world of the Emergency Department. He'll be maintaining life and spending more time with fewer patients on the medical telemetry floor. The transition is somewhat bitter-sweet. We'll miss the stories that the ER afforded, but we'll also not miss many of those same stories. Here's a brief list of the things we've learned from working in the ER:

1. Drinking and driving is bad. It breaks your bones into little pieces and damages your organs until you die. Same goes for drinking and falling, drinking and fighting, and drinking and dating.

2. If your teeth hurt, don't go to the emergency room. ER doctors are not dentists. They can't fix your teeth. Also...brush.

3. Defibrillating shocks can cause aspirated stomach contents to spew five feet into the air. There's more than one reason they say "clear".

4. If you have a growth under your skin, do not try to cut it out with a pocketknife at home. Use a table saw.

5. And finally, cockroaches cannot crawl backwards. So, if they enter a space that's too small for them to turn around, like a human's ear canal, they get stuck and have to be removed in pieces.

Here's a cute baby doing kung fu.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

It's a long'un, folks.

Happy Yuletide and a very merry transition to writing 08 on your checks. The Tolman family Christmas was a bit spread out this year since we managed to swing over to Colorado for a grand Tolman family gathering.
We began the ritualistic giving of gifts in Missouri, where the girls were given obnoxiously matching pajamas. Sam actually went to bed when she was told that Santa Claus would be coming to drop off presents.
Sam had been persistently asking for a "Dora bike" ever since she started getting the idea that some mysterious being would be bringing her things. Since Dora doesn't care enough about her fans to make her merchandise affordable, we elected to take a hand-me-down tricycle from her older cousin Cooper and smother it with Dora decals and attach a $5 Dora backback to the front. Sam was excited when we brought it out, but when we asked her what she got she said "A bike...with stickers...and a backback." Oh,well. Get used to it, kid.

New book. Beautiful wife.
After festivities at home, we packed up the car and made a 10-hour overnight journey to Denver where we were able to spend two blessed weeks mooching off Wendell and Deanna Tolman and frolicking about Emily Tolman and the Rachel (Tolman) Terry and Allison (Tolman) Benefield familys.
Sam got a banana and Emily and I were very pleased.
"Then the angel appeared and granted three wishes to the wiseman's camel. 'First, I want a flying machine' said the mischeivious camel."
New book. Beautiful grandmother.

Hyrum Benefield, who is 6 months younger but several pounds heavier than Samantha, spent most of his vacation asking his mother where his Cars were or requesting cheese. The two did manage to bond a bit during "Wonder Pets."

"Holds the world record for the longest bowel movement-over two feet, without a break."

-Becky Tolman

This really is quite relaxing. You can come over and try it.

My father has long been our family's premier jello slurper. He only managed to down the top layer. There's a new king in town. Bow down.

Grumpa the troll.