Thursday, October 29, 2009

Are We Ever Moving?

Are we ever moving? That is question I keep asking myself every day for the past month. You see our moving hinges on orders from someone sitting at a desk at Randolph AFB, TX. Do they care that our visas expire in about 60 days? Apparently not. Do they care that we have a child in school that needs to have records copied so that we can transfer to a new school? Of course not. Do they care that I have to carefully plan for a major move that requires 14 hours on an airplane? Absolutely not!!! We are all going insane trying to make plans for the holidays and we don't even know where we will be. Dave has been letting and bugging people about needing orders to make these arrangements for at least 6 months. UGH!!! So frustrated!!!

I finally went back to the doctor for a follow up for the RA that I was diagnosed with a year ago. The new doctor ordered new tests and a series of x-rays because he was not happy with the results of the last. Last week we got all the results from 4 sets of x-rays, both hands and both knees, and about 9 vials of blood. I do not have RA, I actually have Chronic Fibromyalgia Syndrome or FMS. I have done a little bit of reading on the subject and realize that many of the health issues I have had over the past 20 years can be attributed to FMS. I have thanked my Heavenly Father several times a day since last Thursday for the thoroughness of the doctor. I can now take the things I learn about this ailment and get my life back. I do NOT want to be a slave to the pain I experience constantly. Fibromyalgia can be explained as constant pain at varying degrees in varying places at varying times throughtout the day. Fibromyalgia affects everything in the body, from the top of the head to the bottoms of the feet, from the inside of your vital organs to the outside of the skin. Fibromyalgia zaps your energy within minutes of waking, that's IF you are able to sleep.

Earlier this month we enjoyed a wonderful trip to Bern, Switzerland, to visit the LDS temple before returning to the states. We were looking at our pictures and realized that we didn't get any pictures of the temple!!! We got pictures of our drive up and back! We enjoyed a quiet, unhurried six days of family and new friends. Here are a few pictures of our journey up and back. Hope you enjoy.
These pictures were taken on the border of Italy and Switzerland, in Como.
Our beautiful daughters in the Swiss Alps!!
The leaves on the trees in the Swiss Alps are starting to change colors the first full week of October. I love the many waterfalls that we could see around every turn it seemed.

Sunday, October 18, 2009


We took a drive one evening in mid September and ended up at this really awesome, cool little park in Polcenigo. There is a restraunt, an outdoor cafe, walking path, and the BLUEST pond I have ever seen in my entire life with fish that had to be at least two feet long and ducks and geese every where. It was beautiful!!! Enjoy these pictures.

September Day-Trips

I know this is kinda outta the blue or late....whatever you want to call it, but I found my camera and uploaded all 121 pictures that have been taken over the past six weeks or so. I realize I haven't really posted anything on our blog lately so now that I have pictures I'll post and try to get all of you caught up on our family. I hope ya'll enjoy.

Here is Kaitlyn on the beach at Caorle. It's one of the resort beaches on the Adriatic.
We have been to Bibione a couple of times, but always during the off-season. This time we decided that since this was going to probably be one of our last chances to go during the tourist season we would go to one of the beaches we hadn't been to. Wow, what a difference!!!
The sun was out, the tourists were sunbathing, little children running around naked (that's how they roll in Italia), the water was nice. The tourists ride around on these crazy motorized two-seater bicycles. Pretty Cool!!

I was surprised how organized the beaches were, I know that sounds weird huh? Any way, each hotel has a designated area and specific chairs or color of chairs that they use. Very strange for us who don't do beaches.

We saw jellyfish again.

There was actually a church on the beach. I don't understand why because out of respect you need to be DRESSED in order to go in. But hey whatever works.
And here are all three of our beautiful girls!!