Saturday, January 31, 2009

Friends and Therapy

While Kyson is an only child, he doesn't lack friends in our house. Kyson and Franni Faye are inseparable. They're always doing things together: chasing each other around the house, watching Sesame Street, or just playing King of Bunker Hill on the furtiture. They do say that dogs are man's best friend, well I think they're Kyson's best friend.

Not only does he have Franni to torture him like a sibling would, Komodo definitely fills the role of the older, wiser sibling that is too good to play with the youngens. She just watches Kyson and Franni like they're a bunch of idiots.

Kyson recently started therapy with Early Intervention for communication and feeding. We've only had one session to set up goals, but I'm feeling very hopeful about it. We're hoping that with getting help now, he'll be able to be on track by the time he is school-age. We'll keep you updated on his progress.

Friday, January 23, 2009

What a Weirdo

I know it's pretty typical for small children to empty cupboards and play with pans, bowls, and whatever else they can get their hands on. But each time Kyson does it, I find it so funny. There are two cupboards that he likes to play in the most - the pans, and large mixing bowls. Fortunately, he now will put everything back if I ask him to, and he'll even shut the cupboard after he picks up. What a good little boy.

Along with emptying cupboards, he liked to put things on his head. He puts buckets on his head and runs around. Even if you ask him to give you high five, he puts his face in your hand. He's so strange, but of course, he's lovable.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Crash Hansen

On January 9th, I had the fortune of getting rear-ended on my way to work. It was an icy morning and the woman behind me slid right into me. It's amazing how sensitive your body is from just a simple bump. There was hardly any damage on my car, but when I took it in for an estimate, there was $1000 in damage. I was really surprised. I popped out a rib and my collar bone, and sprained a rib. I have been going to the chiropractor twice a week since. At the time, I didn't think it was a big deal; as time passes, I realize you should never assume that it's nothing.

I think the Lord had a hand in this little set-back however. Kris was deathly sick that morning and spent 30 minutes throwing up in the shower when he was trying to leave for work. Needless to say, he didn't go to work. If Kris had gone to work that morning, Kyson would have been in the car with me. I'm so thankful he wasn't with me.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Happy Birthday King Dad

What is there to say about a man like William Tinsch? For those who have met my father, you understand the weight of that question. My dad is a unique soul who has blessed my life in ways he could never understand. My father and I seem to have a special bond that only a father and daughter could have. Because I am a carbon copy of him, he understands me better than most people in this world.

The relationship I have with my father is completely different than my mother. My mom has always been the guiding force in my life and the one who always watched out for me even when she had to be mean. My dad was always a friend, and someone who I got along with. But his opinion of me was so important to me that wouldn't tell him much about my life to avoid disappointing him. Growing up, I didn't spend a lot of time with him, but he'd always make time to go on daddy-daughter dates.

My dad has supported me in everything I've ever done. One thing that meant so much to me was when I decided to go on a mission I wasn't sure how my family would react, mostly my father. He isn't a member of my faith and I didn't know how he'd take it. He supported me every step of the way and even spoke at my farewell. I can't imagine how hard it would be to speak at a church that you don't belong to, but my dad made that sacrifice for me.

We've done many activities together including 2 years ago we trained for the Ulcer Century ride. It's a 100 mile bike ride around Utah Lake. We trained by riding around Bear Lake and doing long rides on the weekend. It was wonderful to be able to spend so much time with my dad especially doing something that he loves.

While he has a soft side to him, the majority of the time he is quite insane. He collects jars, he has a pet armadillo that he smuggled in from Mexico, he has an abacus on his study wall that he calls his calculator, he plays the banjo, and loves to laugh. He and I understand one another's humor and can practically read each other's mind. One time he was acting out the stone granite, and of course, I guessed it. I got quartz and the statue of David as well. He's so good at acting them out.

With the passing of my brother, I've seen a change in him. He wasn't always there to play and spend time with us growing up, but now that he's a grandfather he's amazing. He loves to spend time with his grandchildren and always talks about going fishing. He was so excited to take Kyson out on his yacht. My father has grown such a tender heart and people are drawn to him naturally. His many experiences in life have created the amazing man that William Tinsch is. Thank you dad for all you do, and I'm so blessed to have you in my life.
Thank you for the laughter,
For the good times that we share,
Thanks for always listening,
For trying to be fair.

Thank you for your comfort,
When things are going bad,
Thank you for the shoulder,
To cry on when I'm sad.

This poem is a reminder
that all my life through,
I'll be thanking Heaven
For a Special Dad like you.
By an unknown author

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year

We had the privilege of ringing in the New Year with our friends the Holts, and Nacho Libre. What a better way to spend your time than by learning the values of Nacho to inspire New Year's resolutions. My first goal is to be more pious like Nacho.

I hope everyone has a wonderful 2009. Set your New Year's resolutions and write them down. I'll be checking in soon with mine. If I make mine public, then I'm more likely to keep them. Good Luck with your goals.