Monday, February 16, 2015

Happy President's Day!!!!

Two Things I am Grateful For:

1) The founding fathers of the great Nation!  They sacrificed EVERYTHING so that we could live in a free land.  We owe them a debt of gratitude for all we enjoy because of their sacrifices.

2)  This great country!  The United States of America!  What a blessing it is to live in a land that is free!  AND for those that spend countless hours in service to each and every one of us.....our military.  We are so very grateful for all of their hard work and efforts for and in behalf of each and every American. We owe them so much!

From the Camera:

Some fun facts about President's Day,....

President's Day has been celebrated since 1800.  215 years later the holiday still remains President's Day in our country's history.  Did you know...

President's Day began the year after the death of former President George Washington.

George's Washington's birthday on February 22nd became a day of remembrance to celebrate our Nation's first president.

Each year more and more people celebrated George Washington's birthday and in 1885 it became a holiday.

George Washington became the first American citizen with a federal holiday.

By 1885 the holiday expanded and the entire country was celebrating George Washington's birthday.

In 1968 Congress passed a bill called the uniform Monday Holiday Bill.  The bill was passed to create a 3 day weekend for workers and moved some holidays to Mondays.

The bill combined George Washington's birthday, which was February 22nd with Abraham Lincoln's birthday, which was February 12th.

In 1971 President's Day was moved to the third Monday in the month of February.

These are just a few facts about the holiday.  So who was President George Washington?  Here a just a few facts....

George Washington was the first President and regarded as the father of the United States.

George Washington was a dominant military and political figure from 1775 to 1799.

He presided over the Constitutional Convention in 1787.

He encouraged American neutrality in foreign policy.

George Washington opposed the formation of political parties in the United States.

George Washington set the presidents for all future Presidents of the United States of America.

Did you know there are all kinds of apps for your smart phone to help educate our children about all the American Presidents, the history of this great country, as well as interesting facts about the white house.  How cool is that?  Love that!  
From the Heart:

In keeping with our theme, acts of kindness, here is another great idea...
Stop and take a minute to think about all the work our police and fire departments and military forces do in your community. Every day, hundreds of men and women risk their lives to make sure that we are safe. How impressive is that? Why not tell these people how thankful you are for their services?


Not only do police officers, firefighters, and military forces go out of their way keep communities and their members safe from crime and accidents, they also provide our communities with other services, such as safety education. By thanking the teams and individuals who work hard to keep us safe, you’ll be encouraging them to continue the work they do.

Step It Up

Send a card your local police, fire department and military forces, thanking them for the work they do. Go the extra mile by getting your entire community to sign it! Or, if you have recently been aided by a police officer, firefighter or military forces, send them a personalized card, thanking them specifically for what they did for you.

Keep It Simple

There are often misunderstandings about police officers and unfortunately, many people question how they benefit the community. When you hear someone say something negative about the police department, stand up for those who serve you and remind that person that they risk their lives for him or her every day.

From the Kitchen:

Red, White, and Blue Striped Creamy Coconut Stars
Red, White, and Blue Striped Creamy Coconut Stars (makes 12) 

1 (15 oz.) can Cream of Coconut 
10.5 ounces white chocolate, finely chopped (or chips) 
10 ounces unsweetened coconut (do NOT use sweetened)
 red and blue food coloring 

Special Equipment Needed: 
double boiler (bowl set on top of a pot) 
Wilton Star Silicone Mold

When you open the can of cream of coconut, there will be a very thick mass at the top of the can with liquid hiding underneath.  Pour the contents of the can into a bowl. Stir it until well blended.

Fill a 2 or 3 quart pan with one inch of water.  Set the pan over low heat.  Place the bowl of cream of coconut over the pan, making sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water. Stir in the white chocolate. Heat, stirring often, until melted. Remove from heat and lift bowl off the pan. Wipe the steam off the bottom of the bowl.
Add coconut and stir until well blended.  This mixture will get very thick, so use a sturdy spoon or spatula.

Divide mixture into three bowls. I wanted my white layer to be thicker than the colored layers, so I didn't divide the mixture into equal thirds, but you can if you'd like. Add ten drops of red coloring to one bowl and stir until well blended.  Add more coloring, if needed. Make another bowl blue, using 10 or so drops of coloring.

Refrigerate all three bowls for 15-20 minutes. If you attempt to put the candy into the silicone mold without chilling it first, it will be a sticky mess.
Equally divide the red coconut mixture among 12 star cavities. Press the mixture into an even layer.  Make sure you press down at the star tips, so that once un-molded your stars have nice even layers. Chill in the freezer for 10 minutes.  Top with white mixture.  Chill in the freezer for 10 minutes.  Top with blue mixture.  Make sure you clean around the edges of the mold, then freeze for an hour. Un-mold and place on serving platter. Allow to come up to room temperature before eating. 
These candies can be made well in advance of your celebration. Keep stored in an airtight container for up to two weeks. 

From the Spirit:

[The Constitution] is the keystone of our nation. It is the guarantee of our liberty. That original document, with the Bill of Rights, constitutes the charter of our freedom. Through all of the years that have followed we have had some ambitious men who have sought to subvert the great principles of the Constitution, but somehow we have endured one crisis after another. We have been involved in terrible wars during this, the bloodiest of all centuries in the history of man. All of this is part of the miracle that is America, the struggle, the travail, the bitterness, the jealousies, the cynicism, and the criticism. But beyond and above it all is the wonder of a nation that for more than two centuries has remained free and independent and strong, the envy of the world, the hope of the world, the protection of free men everywhere, the manifestation of the power of the Almighty.
By: President Gordon B. Hinckley
(Source: "Keep Faith with America", commencement address given at Weber State University, Ogden, Utah on 6 May 1999)
From the Schmidt's:

Kevin woke me up this morning around 6 a.m. with full on chest pain.  He walked out of the bathroom doubled over telling me he tried to wait as long as he could before waking me up.  Apparently he was in pain most of the night.  I could barely get him dressed and standing up because the pain was so bad.  You can imagine what I was thinking.  Heart attack.  

I woke Curtis up to help me get Kevin in the car because he would not let me call 911.  Believe me, I tried and tried to get him to let me call.  He refused.  I guess he didn't want to wake the neighbor's or something.  

When we got to the ER they took him right back and took all of his vital signs and an EKG.  The EKG came fine, not showing anything. BUT, they moved him right into a room.  When we got in the room the E.R. doctor came right in and was questioning us about if we got in to see the cardiologist yet.  We didn't even  make an appointment yet.  When Kevin was discharged they didn't make it sound like he had to get in right away.  They said he should follow up with a cardiologist and have another stress test done.  So, we thought get his back pain situation under control and then call the cardiologist this week.  Besides, every time we call to get into our cardiologist it takes a few days and then at least 2-3 weeks before a stress test could be scheduled.  So, we figured tomorrow we would call now that Kevin's pain was under control. Well, apparently the ER doctor didn't think that was good enough.  So, OK, we should have called sooner.  I get that.  

After being scolded by the ER doctor, the nurse and registration came in.  The nurse was rude.  The registration rep was rude.  It was certainly NOT like any other experience we have ever had from any hospital staff before.  We were completely shocked!!!  It was as if we put them out to do their job today.  I couldn't believe it!  I looked at Kevin and thought we should have gone to anywhere but a Banner Hospital. WOW!

  Even when we have taken Kevin to them for pain management for his back issue they were not this rude.  You know, make you feel like a criminal for having intense pain.  Like you are a drug addict looking for a fix.  Maybe you don't know.   What the heck???  This was chest pain for heaven's sakes!  Believe me, I know rude. I have been rude to people so I know what it looks like.  I'm getting better about that though.  Some people did deserve it though.  I'm rambling.  Sorry. 

Then when they took an X-Ray they found that Kevin has pneumonia.  Talk about a total change in attitude.  As soon as they realized there was a reason for Kevin's chest pain they completely changed how they were treating us.  Unbelievable!!!!  

Believe me, I took down names and when their little survey comes in the mail I plan to complete that and share all the details.  Kevin and I looked at each other and were in total shock by their rude behavior.  We did exactly what the inpatient attending physician told us to do by going back to the ER, if the chest pain came back.  It came back all right in full force. 
Kevin had a little discomfort throughout the week, but nothing like this morning.  The pain this time was worse than when he was admitted to the hospital last week.  He honestly thought he was having a heart attack.  The pain was so bad they even gave him morphine for the pain.  It was bad.  We should have called an ambulance.  

Can you tell I am still a little miffed by the way we were treated?  So frustrating.  The good news is it wasn't Kevin's heart.  He was sent home with antibiotics and we will see how that goes.  Kevin still moans when the pain comes and his breathing is very shallow.  It was hitting in the high 70's in the pulse oximeter.  That isn't good.  Thankfully a CNA came in and asked if they could give Kevin some oxygen because the nurse wasn't going to do it.  WOW!  I need to talk about something else.  

Danielle took Lexi up to Sedona today.  Danielle and her friend Brittney had planned to take a road trip up there today to check out a few places.  Lexi went with just to get away for a bit.  I'm glad Danielle asked her to go.  She had a rough day Saturday and needed something like this.  

Kyle and Curtis are playing video games in between helping me around the house.  I have a splitting headache now.  I usually NEVER get headaches.  Thankfully Kevin and I got the eyes checked on Saturday.  New glasses have been ordered.  I guess our eyes have gotten worse for both of us.  Just one of the so called perks of getting older, I guess.  The first time this doctor checked my eyes and dilated them I nearly passed out in their office.  I had to lay down on their floor it bothered me so much.  Well, this time when he shined the light in my eyes to check my optic nerve and things I about did it again.  Thankfully he let me walk away and come back after about a half an hour.  He raised up his table and helped me get more comfortable so I could endure the test. The second time was no problem at all.  Talk about crazy!  

I have to say, this has been a crazy week for our family. It seems that as soon as we all had our temple recommends and could go to the temple the adversary has been doing his best to try and keep us from getting Curtis to the temple.  Now that we have made it the temple he must be really working hard to NOT have Curtis get out on his mission.  I know this happens and we knew we would see some of this, yet I am still shocked and amazed at some of the ways he tries to side track us.  Not that I think the adversary had a thing to do with Kevin's health.  It is what it is.  I think he just likes to help exacerbate the situation.  He knows how to push all the right buttons, so to speak.  We just have to stay focused.

It looks like Curtis will be giving his farewell talk on March 15th.  We will have a full house that day because a sister missionary in our ward will be coming home that day too.  So, we think Curtis will probably speak first and then the return missionary last.  I like it when they do this.  You get the before and after picture.  It's pretty cool!  Besides, the sister missionary is a sweetheart and we are anxious to hear her share some of her experiences.  It will be good.  

Well, time to get busy and get something done around here, and make sure Kevin has what he needs.  He is quiet right now and that worries me.  That man!  I love him, even though he stresses me out sometimes.  ~smile~smile~
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