Friday, December 30, 2011

Rick Reilly

I don't really like Rick Reilly's stuff...ever, but this article gives a shout out to a good cause.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Merry Photos

So there’s this Christmas game on the iPhone that’s pretty fun, but the coolest part about the game is how you can make these holiday photos with photos you have on your phone. So yeah, that explains these photos.
Spoiler alert - these may be our Christmas card photos this year.

I think if I could grow a 'stache and beard like this, I might consider not shaving.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

If you weren't a Jimmy Fallon fan before. . .

. . .maybe this will help. You may have seen this before, but it just got us laughing.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Best October ever!

So, you would think that because I am a stay-at-home mom (with a shift or two of work on the side) that I would have all the time in the world to post our everydays (I wish that were the case). But, now that I have PNEUMONIA! that's right people, PNEUMONIA! I have nothing to do but nap with the babe, lay low and type. So prepare for a blog marathon this coming week.

I kind of pride myself on the fact that I rarely get sick. People call Alec and I germ-a-phobes (if that's how you spell it, or if it's really a word like "funner.") but really, we are just trying to spare ourselves from feeling lousy. If you know how to wash your hands, I promise you, you will be saving yourself from a couple days or week of feeling terrible.

Alright October, where did you go? and so quickly? Normally, I HATE OCTOBER! (no offense October birthdays, I still love ya). Most everyone loves when the leaves fall and when they change colors. Yeah, yeah, it's pretty for like a DAY and then the word "DEAD" always pops into my mind. The snow follows way too soon (which i love for skiing don't get me wrong), but then it all turns to gray yuckiness. Then I get asthma attacks because of the nasty Salt Lake air, and believe me when I say that this is me thinking POSITIVE.
So back to October. It actually was one of the best Octobers I have had. Lots of fun pumpkin carving with the fam, a trip to Gardner Village, our Halloween tradition of Yankee pranks on the Parks (who are Red Sock fans). . . And who could forget the best part of all?! MILES FIRST HALLOWEEN! We had to put little Mi in his first Halloween costume, therefore, we purchased a little cow costume. Mostly because it was cheap (they are like 39 bucks! we got it for 9, go us). 

So we dressed him up and pridefully (or shamelessly you might call it) took him trick-or-treating at foothill village. He won his parents some fine candy! Whoop! Whoop! The best part of October though was spending nearly the whole month in AUSTRALIA with the mission president PADRE and MADRE Simmons. Thats a whole nother post! (Alec likes to make fun of the fact that I always say, "Nother," especially when I say, "the nother". . . it just flows for me. Whatever, I don't need to explain myself haha.) XoxO, Megs P.S. I looooooooveeeee these people!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

This would freak me out

I saw this on the world wide internet web for computers this morning. This dude has guts!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Orange Cones

I try to stay positive most of the time, but I don't care for all of the road construction that never ends here in the great state of Utah (see item number 6 on "The List" in the left column below).

So, even though this photo is probably photo-shopped, it still speaks the truth.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Lunch on Capitol Hill

Since I created "The List" to vent
some of our pet peeves in a healthy way, maybe I should also create
a new "Simple Pleasures" list to let the www know
the little things that happen daily to make us happy... but, that's a lot of work.
We'll just post them randomly, maybe.

A simple pleasure we enjoyed the other day
was when Megan and Miles came and picked me up
from work for some lunch up on the lawn in front of the State Capitol.
The food was good, and the company and atmosphere were better.
Other than the bum that stared at us for awhile,
it was a perfect lunch break.

Megan thought this looked like a campaign photo

Speaking of simple pleasures, the Tigers just had to go with a pitching change
because the Yankees have put up six runs in the eighth inning to go up 10-1
Going back to New York!

Also, a special shout out to our cousin the amazing
Claire Hunter!
Happy Birthday!
We love you Claire!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

BYU v. Utah - Miles' First BYU Game

Last weekend we took Miles to his first BYU football game,
and it just happened to be the BYU v. Utah rivalry game.
It really didn't feel like a rivalry game, but that's another topic for another day.

It was so fun to see how Miles reacted to the crowd and all of the noise.
The night was a good night to remember, too bad the game was LAME.
BYU lost the game, I forget the score...54 to something. It's not important.

Here's a little taste of little Miles' first night in Provo

Miles after we told him we were going to the game

The field-sized American Flag for the National Anthem. Pretty cool.

It got a little chilly... there is a baby in there

Miles with Megan right before kickoff.
He didn't like how the guy over my shoulder was looking at him, I guess.

Miles after one of the many Ute touchdowns

Thanks to Aunt Kate for this great photo with the crew

Go Cougs

Friday, September 16, 2011

Happy Anniversary To Us!

Woo hoo! 6 years of crazy, silly, happiness. . . and each year just gets better.  But honestly, how can you not love this face? haha! Hug.Hug.Kiss.Kiss.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The life on the mountainside

 There are many perks to living in a home on the mountain. A beautiful view, a great sledding hill in the winter time, and a front row seat to ALL of the firework shows shown across the valley. Alec and I love sitting on our balcony at night to watch the green aura the lighting makes after striking a transformer in the valley. One of our families favorite past times is turning out all of the lights in our home on a cold winter night and watch all of the cars sliding sideways down our snowy steep hill. However, it's not so fun when the tables turn and YOUR car is the car sliding down the hill playing bumper pool with all of the other cars! While I have loved my "home sweet home," lets face it, sometimes it aint so "sweet."
While its cool to see a moose walking down the middle of your street like its a fashion runway, it's not so cool knowing that it can charge you at any moment. While I love the 5-8 deer we have prancing around in our backyard all of the time, its not so fun to look up from your television show to see that the deer is staring into the window at you and into your soul. Scary! Oh and I also Love seeing and
stepping in all of the "evidence" the deer leave behind. I love waking
up in the middle of the night to the racoons fighting just outside my window. I love hearing that my cousin (who lives right down the street from us) has a mountain lion in their yard, or the fact that she stepped on a snake and a rat. I soooo love opening the front or back door at night to let my dog out just knowing that there is something creepy lurking out there. Once it was a snake, and just the other day it was a bat. Yikes! And not kidding, last week it was a tarantula! Yuck! What is going on here people?! I love that I am a girl and I don't have to do the brave stuff like checking scary noises, or collecting spiders around the house with a vacuum or toilet paper.  And I sooo love that I wasn't the one outside with a broomstick drop kicking the tarantula across our yard and off into the drop off. Thanks Alec! The highlight however was seeing your hee-bee-geebie dance. Haha

Monday, September 5, 2011

Join Alec

I found this website the other day, and it kinda freaked me out.
We don't endorse any political anything at all ever on this blog thanks.

Now that you've all become familiar with the American Legislative Exchange Council and know where to send your "donations" - here are some pictures of Miles from the past couple of months since we've received several complaints that nobody knows what he looks like anymore.

First day of church

After his first day of church
Just kidding! Just a random yawn

Miles love his sling time with Megan

His paranoid look

A nurse in the hospital gave us the idea of taking
his picture once a week with an object, and to use the same
object every time.
Someday we'll post the whole group of them from a few months or so.

Listening intently to his mother

The happy family on Miles' blessing day

Don't forget to Join ALEC!
Whatever that is?

Saturday, August 13, 2011

The List

So since complaining and pessimism don't get us anywhere beyond a bad mood, I have decided on a healthier way to vent about our pet peeves. We will follow in the footsteps of Homer Simpson, one of my heroes and mentors, by making "The List" over there on the right side of our blog. "The List" provides us a way to get our frustrations out and let the internet know that we don't approve of certain things. Please feel free to let us know what would make your "List" and we will consider adding them to ours.

"All right Econo-save, you just made the list!" - Homer Jay

Thursday, July 28, 2011

One Month

Miles is one month and still alive, which is pretty amazing if your parents are Megan and Alec... well really just if you have Alec as a parent. Now that we are in a month, I can say something I have thought about since Megan and I were getting ready for Miles to come. We have noticed that as we grow up, we go along thinking our parents, or parents in general, have things figured out as far as parenting goes. We assume they have all the answers. Even as reckless teenagers we find some sort of comfort in believing that our parents know what the best thing to do will be in any given situation, and I am here to tell you that we were dead wrong! Parents don't have a clue! They take whatever minimal amount of knowledge television has given them, add a little personal experience, and try putting it to use on their children. Then, if it works out, they live to fight another day. If it doesn't work out, their kids rebel until they need some money. I know these things because I am a parent. He may only be one month old today, but he is still going to be placing some unholy amount of trust in me, and I have no idea what I'm going to do, I'll just guess, use a little TV know-how, and hope for the best. Miles is showing his confidence in me in the photo above - thanks Jordan and Camilla for the sweet onesie!
Of course I joke about all of these things. While it's true that parents do have to figure many things out as they go along, maybe at a child's expense here and there, they are the source of strength we need to feel comfortable in life. All of you underage readers we have, don't go yelling at your parents saying that I told you they're clueless monsters that give you pointless and unproven rules to abide by. Your parents know many things and have learned many things from you, as you have from them, and love is the best teacher and all that garbage.
Anyway, happy one month to Miles. To celebrate, we will relive a great moment from earlier this month caught on camera in Yankee Stadium by Megan's older brother Christopher and his wife Lisa.
Derek Jeter - 3,000 Hits

Monday, July 11, 2011

Miles is Home!

We spent a lot of time in the NICU last week watching little Miles get better everyday. We were getting so excited for him to finally come and grace us with his presence in our home when we hit a few snags on Wednesday. A few more requirements needed to be met in order for him to come home. In all honesty it seemed like a bunch of nonsense in our minds, but when it comes to kicking off a life on the right healthy track you don't question the professionals too much. Megan and I were determined to help the little chunk get the best care he needed from us and decided to "room in" in the hospital on Thursday night in order to give him his needed feedings and make sure he was good to make it through a night without the nurses. "Roomng In" consists of staying in a hotel-like room down the hall from the NICU with the baby at our bedside, still within the hospital. It's a cool experience and was very comforting to us, knowing that if we had any issues with Miles there were nurses about twenty steps away. The Rooming In went super well and we felt very confident having Miles come home with us. When we woke up on Friday, we got ready for the day, totally thinking it was a for sure done deal that Miles would be coming home with us, until our nurse (whom we had never seen before - all of our other nurses were awesome and had spent a couple of days/nights with Miles each) told us that she didn't think he was quite ready to come home yet. This news didn't sit well with us, to say he least. Thank goodness it isn't up to the nurses to decide who is ready to be discharged from the hospital and who is not, because Miles' amazing doc (from Madison - shout out to Badger Nation) took one look at Miles and his chart and said, "Looks like you guys are going to have a road trip!". Miles was coming home! We were so happy! In your face Nurse That Knows Nothing! Just kidding, she was helpful in many ways but her bad attitude in no way reflects the IMC NICU staff as a whole. We had amazing experiences there and loved our nurses and doctors for all of the love they showed baby Miles during his extended stay vacation there. But we were ecstatic to find out that Miles' sweet spirit was finally going to be in our home!

So we are here at home and happy. We have been so blessed with this little guy. We love learning how to be parents, and frankly I'm amazed anyone could consider me a parent! My first fish died after one weekend - rest in peace Carl the fish. But we love Miles, much more than I loved Carl, and he is such a stud of a baby. Megan is doing an amazing job of keeping the little moocher fed and well rested even though he is a heavy eater. He is also a deep sleeper and we usually have to wake him up so that he will feed. He is honestly the most beautiful thing in our world right now, and he's a pretty good addition to our family.
And since he is so beautiful, we ask that you be the judge of who's beauty, mine or Megan's, he possesses more of. In other words, does Miles have more Megan, or more Alec in his blood? Or is he just a good mix?
We have included some of our baby pictures (thanks to grandmas Janice and Diane for retainig these photos) for you to compare with Miles' mug.



Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Latest

I'm sitting here at Miles' bedside writing post and thanking our Heavenly Father for this gift of a son. We just past his one week of life mark, and it's amazing how much he has progressed and how happy he has made us. Since the last post, Megan was released from the hospital and Miles has been warmed from his 72 hour chill session and has responded really well. He has had several tubes taken out and several different monitors have been removed from his room. He also has a new bed as of today! It's one of those transparent Tupperware tubs on wheels, so while it looks like a downgrade it's actually a nice big step closer to bustin' out of this joint. He just sneezed seven times in a row so I'm pretty sure he's developed and allergy for this place which I guess is another step in the right direction. The docs have been very pleased with his progression and while the initial estimate of him coming home was today, he just has a few little areas where they'd like more growth before he leaves. It's difficult not having him ready to come home, but we know he's going to be just fine and will make it home soon, and that he will be strong and ready to come home when he finally does. It has been difficult to have him here in the NICU while we go home each night without him, but we are so grateful to have such amazing people watching over him and caring for him, and we won't complain about getting some much needed sleep while they take care of him. It has just been amazing to feel the love we have developed for him in such a short amount of time, and he hasn't even given me a compliment yet! We like coming to visit him and feed him. My favorite thing to do in life now is what they call kangaroo care where Miles lays bare chested on my bare chest after Megan has fed him and we just relax. My old favorite thing to do in life was golf, so this is an awesome new favorite thing...if only I could combine the two...probably not, oh well. While it has been tough to see Miles in the NICU, and hard sometimes to come home thinking he's out there at IMC without us, it has helped Megan recover from the surgery and helped me recover from whatever I've done to help the little guy get here. It's also been a blessing in disguise having Miles in the hospital as our love for him has grown stronger and we have longed for him when we are not holding him or kissing his forehead.
Like almost all of our blog posts, this post has been written at different times during the day. I started it when we were a little bit discouraged about Miles' situation. We weren't sure when he'd be home or how his MRI would go today, but we found out a few hours ago that he passed his MRI perfectly and now he just needs a little but of consistency in some other areas before he comes home to us, so we are super excited and can't wait for his spirit to enter our home. He actually needed to feed while a doctor examined his ability to do so, and just like his old man he performed when the pressure was on and blew their minds with how well he did - Mr. Clutch!

So hopefully little Miles will be home soon. We will keep this blog as updated as possible.
Peace and love
The Miles Shaka

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Baby Miles

Hello to everyone we love,
So after a heated battle in the OR, Miles Alec Rampton finally showed his little face to the world. Miles was born June 28, 2011 at 12:57 PM, weighing in at 7 pounds 15 ounces and 20 inches long.
Miles was originally due June 20th but was showing no signs whatsoever that he wanted to be born on the 20th, or the 21st, or even up until they dug him out yesterday. As I said in a recent blog post Megan and I like to relax and show up to casual events on our time and when we feel like it, and so does little Miles obviously.
Megan and I checked into the Women's Center at IMC on State Street and 53rd South Monday night around 7:30 to begin the induction process. Megan was made very comfortable and we had a great nurse named Heidi that talked us through everything and how the whole inducing process would go. The nurse started Megan on a drug to ripen the cervix and hopefully help it expand a little (she hadn't progressed beyond 1 cm in the past two weeks). She was also started on pitocin to try and get the little guy out of their or at least moving in the right direction. Megan dealt with the contractions like a trooper all through Monday night into Tuesday morning while I slept pretty well! She requested the epidural sometime early Tuesday morning which helped with the pain of the contractions, but Miles was just progressing too slowly (she was barely at 2 cm by noon). We are so grateful for our Tuesday nurse Ashley who knew her stuff so well and realized that with each dose of different meds and with each contraction, Miles wasn't digging whatever was being given and his heart rate would drop, but usually come back up. I walked by the nurse station once from behind and saw Ashley and other nurses just staring at their computer screens watching and monitoring their patients and the patient's babies. Just as Megan was starting to enjoy that epidural and finally get some sleep, Ashley came in around 7:30 or 8:00 AM and saw that Miles' heart rate had dropped below his base line and stayed pretty low during a five minute contraction. She asked for assistance form another nurse quickly and calmly, and they started rocking Megan's socks off, back and forth from side to side on her bed trying to get Miles' heart rate to pick up, but it just wasn't working. Megan was totally numb from the waste down through this since she had the epidural and had been pushing her self-dose button pretty regularly, but some how she was able to throw her body from side to side which was just amazing. Before I could blink I was unhooking Megan's hospital bed and she was gone out the door while I was trying to throw in my contacts, get into the OR clothes, and get in the OR with her. Before I even got to the OR one of the nurses told me that Miles' heart rate had immediately stabilized once Megan had been hooked up and shot with some "turbo" drug. So after a few more contractions, Megan was able to come back to her delivery room to resume labor.
We only lasted about another hour or so before Miles continued to struggle through another contraction, and the nurses and our AMAZING Dr. Ponder decided that we just needed to get Miles out with a C-Section. I guess it was technically an "emergency" C- Section, but it wasn't nearly as hectic as our first OR visit. We had time to call grandparents and I didn't have to stumble my way to the OR trying to put on my sterile suit, so it was a much better experience than our first visit. Megan was laid on the table and prepped for surgery. I stood back holding her left hand and once the anesthetic kicked in, Dr. Ponder and her assistant went to work, and it was seriously a work out! I felt so bad for Megan throughout the surgery, but I am so proud of her and her strength. Her pelvis is a little off, so getting Miles out was quite a bit more difficult than everyone had anticipated. Every time the docs tried to push him out from one end and pull from the incision, Miles' head would slip down beneath the incision instead of scooping up and out of it... if that makes sense? He was being really stubborn and refusing to come out. The docs tried two different vacuums to suck his little noggin out, but both failed, and everyone in the room had vocalized the fact that the vacuums being used were a new model and didn't work as well as the old ones they used to use. Nurse Ashley found an old model, and after all the pushing, pulling, cutting, jumping, stomping, and head scratching, Miles finally flew out! They're so rubbery when they come out...crazy! It was so cool to watch the whole thing! (Sorry Megs) Immediately after Miles was born, he was rushed to a nurses table in the corner of the OR to be looked at considering the fact that it was a C-Section (and a SUPER brutal C-Section). I was able to snatch a few photos as best I could, but as he came out he wasn't really wanting to breath on his own, (so he's lazy like his old man) so he was immediately given oxygen and a whole bunch of other gadgets to help his transition, which made it tough to get a picture as you can tell by the attached photo with the nurse's hand over his face. After a few quick photos I went back to give props to Megan and help her calm down because she was shaking like a leaf (she is so amazing) and watch Dr. Ponder sew her up, until I looked up to where Miles had been but saw an empty corner! Miles and all twelve of those nurses were gone down to the NICU to get him started on about a dozen procedures, and it was a little shocking at first.
After Megan was all sewn up, we all went back to our delivery room to rest up a little bit, and after about an hour we were moved to our new room on the third floor of the Women's Center.
The next few hours were pretty surreal as we sat wondering first, oh man we have a baby, but more importantly we were wondering how that baby was doing. We were really tired (Megan especially as you can imagine), and the feelings we had were all over the place. We were excited, nervous, but overall just exhausted. I felt terrible for Megan! She had carried Miles and dealt with him through all of his late night dance parties and mid-afternoon furniture moves during pregnancy, she'd been beaten nearly to death by doctors for about 45 minutes, and the little culprit was taken out and swept away before she could even see him! It didn't seem right! But we knew that it was all for the good of the little guy and in his best interests and all that, so we waited patiently.
After a few hours of waiting, I was finally able to wheel Megan down to see him in all his glory, and he is beautiful! We were told by Dr. Ponder about some of the preliminary precautions they were taking in the NICU, and how things were looking promising for him. The NICU nurses explained the different things they were doing for him as well, the main process being the chilling process. Miles' birth was so rough that he went through some fairly serious trauma on his way into this world, and since he wasn't really wanting to breath on his own right away, they placed him on a chilling bed, keeping him at 31 degrees celsius (give or take a few degrees) in order to kick his systems into their proper function. Several concerns came up considering his crazy birth, but we were just happy that he made it here with ten fingers, ten toes, and strikingly good looks. We have now visited him several times down in the NICU, and after an MRI, an ultra sound of his head (which came out with perfect results) and a bunch of other tests, he is getting better every minute of every day. He'll still be cooled for another day and a half, then warmed over a period of five hours until hopefully he gains total alertness and a desire to eat and get back to growing as he should... without tubes in every opening and on a bed at room temperature. I will say that he's no boy of mine unless he spends some time with tubes in and out of all of his openings! The best part of all came shortly after his birth when they tried to intubate Miles and he grabbed that tube and yanked it out and immediately began to breath room air. I wish I could have done that when they always did that to me, those things are the worst! But he showed us his little attitude and again how he's going to do some things on his terms.
We met with Dr. Ponder today a couple of times, and each report comes back positive, reassuring, and really just a blessing. He's getting better and looking better every time we head down to the NICU.
We are so very blessed. We appreciate all of the love and prayers on our family's behalf. It has been a bit of a shock that Miles has struggled a bit here considering how well Megan's pregnancy went, but for one reason or another he's got little trials that he can learn from and we can learn from, and learning from life's difficulties is always a beautiful thing, and this little guy is a gift from our Father in Heaven.
We are all here and happy in the hospital for now. Megan may be out in a few days, probably sooner since she's a rock star and we like to make it a habit of getting out of these places as fast as we can. Miles will have a bit longer of a stay since he's got to be warmed up after his 72 hours of chillin' are over and after he's learned a few things here and there, but he'll make it just fine, we are sure of that. We will try to keep you all posted as best we can if anything changes, but for now, we're good. Again, we thank you all for your love, your prayers, the temple prayer roll submissions, your thoughts, and every good vibe sent our way from all over the world. We feel them all and they continue to work for our benefit.

Peace and love,
Alec "I just showed up and watched" Rampton
Megan "I was just beaten up by professional physicians but still won the fight" Rampton
Miles "The world's youngest prize-fighter" Rampton

We will post more pictures later.