July 21, 2009

The Super Exciting Weekend

Okay, so I'm exaggerating. In fact, I won't be surprised if you get bored and don't finish reading. And I'll forgive you if you do, as long as you don't tell me you got bored.

But I'm just warning you now, I included a really... um, well, gross photo of a burn.

Wednesday of last week, Luke was out on a borrowed four wheeler getting some yard work done and the boys were out riding with him. He got off for a minute and told the boys to hop down for a moment as well. I happen to look out the window just in time to see Jacob scream, and Luke sprinting over to him. Jacob had been wearing shorts and had put his knee on the hot engine. His skin was burned white.

A little over a year ago I had decided it was time to invest in a good First Aid kit and that day was the first time I had used it.

Poor little guy. He has been so tough! His leg doesn't seem to bother him much until I change the dressing on it. I change it every morning and every night, and he HATES it! Not that I blame him. I've been keeping it covered in burn cream and Tea Tree oil.

And can I just say that those so-called "non adhesive" pads should not have that name. They are usually stuck to his knee and I have to get it wet in order to pull it off.

Here it is a couple days ago.

I'm warning you, its nasty!

I have to keep most of his leg wrapped up so the wrapping over his burn won't come off or shift or move while he's out running around and playing.

He's been a tough little guy. If you have any tips on treating burns, I'd love to know!

But we are finally making progress on our yard. Remember this picture from a couple weeks ago? Well, imagine it with taller weeds and three giant mounds of dirt sitting around.

I had been raking rocks in the yard last week in preparation for scooping them out and leveling the dirt. I had only about half the yard raked and weeds pulled when Saturday rolled around. We set out in the hot sun to see if we could get that back yard done.

Luke's brother and his wife just happen to stop by and, much to our surprise and delight, Bobbie said he would stay a while and help. They got things done twice as fast working together than if it had been me out there trying to help Luke and tend the kids at the same time.

Now, it looks like this!

Sprinkler system, here we come!! Not that its going to be particularly fun to install or anything. Yes, we are going to do it ourselves. Another one of Luke's brothers is going to come down and lend a hand.
(sigh) I love all these guys and their super handy knowledge about... well, between the seven brothers, just about anything and everything. And they are all so awesome to be so willing to help each other out.

Other than that, not much has been going on around here.

Well, nothing out of the norm anyway.

Oh dear. I have 616 unread emails in my inbox.
Just thought I'd let you know that.

12 super cool people speak:

GordoSafado said...

Remember when Hyrum stepped on that hot plate of steel at home and he had a huge blister on the bottom of his foot? Kind of reminded me of that! Gross picture btw. We don't ever see anything that gross here at the Dentist office. Ok..I lied...I almost wore some kid's breakfast this morning! Was a close call...

Serene is my name, not my life! said...

Oh yes, I remember that! And hey, I warned you it was gross!

LOL, sounds like life at the dentist office is always an exciting one. So who has it worse, you as the assistant? Or the dentist?

Heidi said...

How do you get that many emails in your inbox?

The yard looks fantastic!

So, after all the blood I saw at work today, that burn looked just fine. Maybe it's because I've had a bad one myself. As long as I don't see bone I'm good.

And that whole adhesive/non-adhesive stuff? Yeah, I don't believe any of it. Especially not when new skin is growing. It's why I typically prefer not to use them.

By the way, you're such an amazing mom. And that was a super exciting weekend.

Valerie said...

You poor little one! I hope that heals quickly. And your yard is looking good. We've gone through that before (with helpful neighbors) and it's a lot of work!

Serene is my name, not my life! said...

Heidi: Ack, a bunch of newsletters, surveysand who knows what else. i usually just have time enough to read the ones from poeple I know.
I wish I could get away with not putting anything on his leg but, well, he is 2 years old, and I need to keep it clean. I can't wait till I can stop.

Valerie: Thanks! It has been a lot of work!! I think from now on, we'll opt for the house with a yard. =)

Sara Lyn said...

Wow, the yard looks great! Good job, guys!

Marcie said...

Ooooh poor little Jacob!! He must be tough, that looks painful. I was just thinking that today also how wonderful it is that all the brothers are so knowledgeable and willing to help each other out. What an amazing family.

Janice said...

You poor thing! That looks traumatic! Was it more than a second degree burn? If so, you should probably take him to the doctor. You're only supposed to put burn cream on a first degree burn. But the picture might have made it look worse than it is! That looks bad! :(

Mama Smith said...

The solution I have for that burn...I use to have in my possession...I might invest in this product...Will share more with you...another time...

As for your YARD...I FEEL your EXCITMENT...TRULY...PROGRESS is always a GRAND FEELING...Right now, as we get another room CLEARED and EMPTY...I FEEL PROGRESS!!!! (smile)

FAMILY...the HELPINIG part...is what FAMILIES do...You married into a FARMING FAMILY...and farm boys and girls...were taught HOW TO WORK...Now, that is truly a BLESSED FAMILY....LOVE YOUR YARD, by-the-way...VERY EXCITING....

Marcie said...

p.s. I'm sure you've thought of it for Jacob, but priesthood blessings always help!

Seth said...

Sorry, hope Jacob's doing better! The main thing is to keep it clean and covered as you're doing (probably with some antibiotic ointment). Watch for infection (if it gets infected he may need antibiotics).

Nice job on the yard!

Joel & Rebekah Greenway said...

poor jacob....poor baby!!! oh my gosh....I cringed looking at that picture! Joel of course thought it was cool and wonders what ever possesses a kid to eat dirt...something he will ponder on for the next 10 seconds... send jacob our love...poor boy....

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