Monday, January 19, 2009

Downside to the Mountains

It is UGLY outside today. We are in the middle of an inversion. All of this part of Utah is trapped under a layer of pollution. Aided by our being flanked by the usually gorgeous mountains. Now the mountains are shrouded in yellow-gray ugliness. Not only is the air nasty looking, it is dangerous! We are under this advisory until Weds.
People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion
And all that is my reason for not putting up a current mountain picture from today. Instead I thought I would regal you with some other pictures from less toxic times.
I took my two oldest granddaughters, Pea, age 3 and June Bug, age 18 months for their first trip to Build A Bear!































I guess we wore them out!



These sunset pictures are from Dec 5th in what is quickly becoming MY sunset spot here. Lovely.






It isn't easy catching the boy in a good mood, but always worth it!




Speaking of the boy. His maternal aunt has our phone number, but hasn't called yet. I am not stressing about it anymore. It will be what it is. Little Man's oldest sister is the one who really wants to see him and I am very okay with that. Besides having today and tomorrow off from school, the boy is doing well. We tweaked his meds again, and there is definitely a drop in the foulness around here. On the foul-o-meter, with a scale of 1 to 10, ten being the worst, he has been in the 7 and 8's lately. Since the med tweaking last week, I would put him at 5's and 6's now. Not great, but definitely better. His blood work looks great, his infection in his back is healing nicely and well, good news all around I guess!

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Kristina P. said...

Your kids are gorgeous, Jo. And the inversion is so crappy. I had to pick Adam up from the airport yesterday, and you couldn't see any of the mountains. Blech.

Lisa said...

Sounds like GA in the summer. Blech!

Beautiful photos of gorgeous kids. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I needed that tonight!

Bonnie the Boss said...

The girls look so happy! That is a great shot of your son!
I dislike the inversion as well. I felt guilty driving my family all the way to draper the other day. Contributing to the mess in the air.

The Boob Nazi said...

So that's why my lungs hurt so much while I was working out!!!! I just thought I was pathetic.... Or at least I'll use it as a reason.

Jillene said...

I hate the inversion!! It always makes me BLAH!!

I love that you took the girls to Bulid-A-Bear!! You are an awesome grandma!!

Good to hear that Little Man is doing better!!

elizasmom said...

Aww. It's nice to see all the kiddos so happy. Like Pea's pink monkey, and how she snuggles up to it in her sleepy photo. And is the Little Man catching snowflakes on his tongue? He looks so delighted with the world in that moment. I know it is hard for him (and all of you) so I am glad that you are able to capture these moments of joy in him, too.

Lana said...

Oh my goodness, your grandbabies are SOOO ADORABLE!! But of course you already know that. ☺

Jami said...

I hate inversion. Ew.

I love your babies. So cute.

Glad Little Man is having good times. When the kids ain't happy, ain't nobody happy. I know that's supposed to be about mama, but it's true of kids too!

Lauren/Paxton said...

hi jo
it's lauren (soxgirl) from p2p
love the photos of the girls! they're very cute! and i love the picture of "little man" in the snow :)
i'm glad to hear his back is doing better.

angryyoungwoman said...

I was visiting my sis in Utah this weekend (just barely got home) and I totally thought of you and the mountain Mondays as we drove through the mountains. I agree that the inversion is horrible--and it makes the air stink!

The pics are so cute. I love the pic of Little Man.

Jillybean said...

Build a bear is such a fun place. My daughter will be so jealous when she sees that the Pea got the pink monkey.
When we can't see the mountains during the inversion, we tell the kids that someone has taken the mountains out to be cleaned.

Debbie said...

Great photos. It was wonderful to see such happiness.

Jessica G. said...

Stupid inversion is making my throat sore. Thanks for the pictures of the littles to help cheer me up!

3 Bay B Chicks said...

Your information on Utah is continually eye-opening for me, Jo. Who knew the pollution got to such levels? And here I thought that it was only California that was destroying the environment and poking holes in the ozone layer.

Thank goodness for pictures of a Build-A-Bear adventure on days like today. It gives us all something to smile about.

-Francesca

rychelle said...

i want to go to build a bear.

i need to borrow some kids, so i can go.

6p00e55218ae048834 said...

Oh, I love Build-A-Bear! The bears are so soft, aren't they? I took Little BEar and Pufferfish to a generic version of that store once, but we've never been to the real one yet. :(

3 Bay B Chicks said...

I know that I already commented on this post, Jo, but I return to your blog this morning to say that ANYONE who knows where Winters, California is, is a great gal in my book. (I grew up in Dixon.)

You definitely need another follower to this blog! And I am happy to respond to the call.

-Francesca

forever folding laundry said...

I had to come stop by your blog after seeing your comment about Dixon on Three Bay B Chicks. I, too, am from Dixon, and my husband grew up in Winters! (But he was in the country & went to school in Dixon.) Very funny!! It's a small world after all!

And I love that your sister won a dance contest at the fair - too funny!