Monday, June 29, 2015

Birthday Week

I had one of the best birthday's that I've had in a long time!  Jeremy stayed home from work to watch Joe and Clara while I took Jack in for his 3 hour long heart appointment.  The good news is that his heart works just fine, so for sure his low oxygen levels are due to underdeveloped lungs.  So it's just a waiting game now and he will eventually be off oxygen without any lasting problems!
My in-laws called me the day before my birthday and offered to watch my kids while I attended the temple.  Since Jeremy took the day off, we got to go together!  We hadn't been in a little over 3 months due to our little Jack being born and things.  It was so good to go back! I always find myself feeling extremely relaxed as I leave the temple with a renewed strength to face all my challenges.

When we got home from that, my Mom took the entire family out to dinner.  We ate some very yummy Cafe Rio and the kids were even very well behaved!  I couldn't have asked for a better day.

I told Jeremy that all I wanted for my birthday was clothes.  So he let the kids pick out a shirt for me, and then the rest I got to spend by myself Saturday morning.  The kids picked out the sparkly 4th of July shirt, and I was able to get great deals on everything else.  It was so good to spend some time by myself too.  I even got to get some new under clothes thanks to a gift card from my in-laws!
Clara loves to take pictures, and she gets some great shots in.  Here is little Jack posing next to some pandas:
And although she was trying to take a picture of her castle she made from blocks, I love how the shadows and light make this a great pictures of Joe too.
Clara also adores her baby Jack.  She in constantly asking everyone around her if Jack, "Is the cutest boy you've ever seen?"  She will play with him any chance she gets.  I will sure miss her when she goes back to school.

Monday, June 22, 2015


I love having Clara home for the summer.  I've watched her and Joe play together and feed off of each other's imaginations.

We've had boat rides in the ocean:
A fort big enough for 5 kids to play in:
And a dolphin come to play with us for an evening:
And a funny moment that I want to record, although it wasn't funny at the time: I was desperately trying to get Joe in his PJ's.  He was running away from me and laughing, saying things like "Try to catch me!"  Unfortunately in my exhausted state, I yelled at him.  He came right over and said, "Mom, I want you to be happy."  To which I replied, "I'll be happy as soon as your PJ's are on!"  He looked at me with his huge grin and sparkly eyes and said, "I was just being funny!"

Joe has also found his very own nick name for Jack: Jacka Whacka.  It makes me laugh every time I hear him lovingly say, "It's ok Jacka Wacka, Joe's here."

And this little guy hasn't been able to express his imagination yet, but he's found his hands and LOVES to suck on his fist.
We had his pulmonary specialist appointment this week.  The conclusion is that he's just one of small percentage of babies whose lungs just take several months to fully develop.  So we got a prescription for a steroid that we use twice a day to help speed up his lung development.

Father's Day

A few of the MANY reason's why I love Jeremy:

1. He plays with our kids.  He's not afraid to get on the floor and join in their little world.  Whether that be a Little People Town, Cars, Trains, Littlest Petshop, or just coloring and drawing.
2. He treats me so well.  He continues to tell me I'm the most beautiful woman in the world.  I remember the first time he told me that.  We were dating and talking about getting married, but weren't engaged yet.  I laughed when he said it.  He looked so hurt, so we had a small discussion.  I remember thinking that I understood how he could think I was beautiful, but to say that I was the most beautiful person in the world was a hard thing for me to believe that he really thought that.  But I'm so grateful he continued to insist that he KNEW it was true.  I've come to truly understand that he really does think that and how so very grateful I am for an amazing person who can look past all my faults and only see the things that truly make me beautiful!

3. Our two extended families are very different from each other.  Jeremy has embraced my family wholeheartedly and loves them for who they are and how we do things.

4. He has a wonderful sense of humor that can get us through any tough time.

5. He gives the best hugs.

6. He is so easy to please.  It doesn't matter what present we pick out, I know he'll love it.
7.  He truly is my help meet in all that we do!  Thanks for saying yes when I asked you out, and thanks for continuing to ask me out!

Monday, June 15, 2015


I have so much to be thankful for this week.  I was able to get the kid's battery powered atv to work, and I loved seeing them play so well together!
I'm grateful for keeping in touch with old neighbors so that my daughter can still play with her best friend.  I'm also thankful for a daughter who loves to create entire worlds to play a game with.  Here is Clara's pirate game she put together so her best friend could play with her, and they were kind enough to let Joe play too!
I'm thankful for a little boy who makes me smile.  I was showing him pictures of Jesus during Sacrament meeting yesterday and I was telling him the stories behind each picture.  We came to one where Jesus was in the middle of a crowd, Joe pointed to Jesus and said, "That's MY Jesus!" I'm so glad he recognized how very personal Jesus really is to each of us.

I'm thankful for getting to listen in as Joe plays.  One day he lined up all his cars so they could watch him play a Disney Cars App.
I'm grateful that my little Jack has a wonderful smile.   He turned 3 months old yesterday.
And I'm especially grateful this week for a working Air Conditioner and an amazing electrician from our ward who refused to take any money for helping us getting it working again.  It's been a long week trying to get our AC figured out.  We've had the power company come, our HVAC company come (twice) and just when I was feeling hopeless, someone reccommended a brother from our ward.  Since we didn't know him, I was hesitant to call, but he came as soon as he could and saved me!  He found the problem to be wires that were burnt to a crisp.  We were so lucky that our house didn't catch on fire! This is what our house looked like behind the metal box from the AC unit. 
He had to cut out all the burnt wires, and rewire them so that he would have more slack to plug them back into our AC.