Sunday, January 24, 2010

We don't say that!

This may not be the appropriate way to go about this. But I just want to put this out there to spare anyone from being embarrassed by me correcting you in front of others. So I know we can tend to have some pretty strict rules for our kids, but just so everyone knows, one thing I won't tolerate is the word "fat." I have heard of too many 6 year old girls thinking they're fat lately to the point where they won't even have ice-cream. Now whether this is a result from their mother's influence or society, I'm not sure. But just so everyone knows....we do not say fat, and any of Emma's friends who call themselves fat or her fat will be put on the "naughty" list. I will write Santa personally myself. I know I am guilty too, but I'm even sick of discussing the topic with my own friends. I'm rather shocked at how many women I know who go on and on about their weight while their young and impressionable daughters are sitting right there, soaking everything up like a sponge. I have to watch this myself, but it is something that I am very serious about. Okay. That's all. My piece has been said. Take offense if you must, but I'm just saying ;)

Keeping Busy

We went up to Logan last week and spent a couple days there with the Jensens. It was nice for the girls to get out and have a change of scenery. I love cooking dinner while I'm there and I love Lee's generous meals as well. We had a great time playing cards and just hanging out. Emma has quite the routine there and is so good to entertain herself and we always make ourselves right at home. It was nice to See the Searles and for Emma to play with her Casperson cousins as well.

Also this week we got dumped with a lot of snow, I'm so glad I have Ryan to do all the snow blowing, I definitely appreciate that. I tried something new and did a funky hairstyle. I have a pretty bold red underneath my hair, it's different for me but I'm sick of conforming. Sorry mom, I'm keeping it! Emma made a new little friend in our ward, Katie, who lives just down the street. It just warms my heart to hear them playing together. We had the Petes up for dinner since Sara is a weekend widow while Cody works a second job and we all (except for Emma who didn't finish her dinner) enjoyed a yummy new cake recipe.

I know I have "mommy goggles" on, but come on, that is one cute baby!!! I am just so crazy in-love with her!!!

I did not have a chance to take any photos of our weekend family fun date. We've been really good about going out on Saturday nights and doing something as a family. This week I dropped Ryan and Emma at the theater to see Planet 51 while Lydia and I did the grocery shopping. Then we all ran some more errands and went to the Solomon Center for games and dinner at Pizza Factory, I LOVE their bread sticks. We rented a movie that night and just enjoyed being together. I LOVE our little family and I have really enjoyed being secluded up in the mountains. It has made me SLOW down and not chase around so much. I have been on a much better routine since you have to pretty much plan things out since it takes thirty minutes just to get into town. We're loving it up here and I am so thankful to my parents for giving us this unique opportunity. I am sooooooooo thankful to be back in Liberty 2nd ward! I was thrilled to be called today to serve in the Young Women's over the Beehives. I'm a fan of girls, what can I say?

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Heart strings

I've been staying at the Jensens for a couple days and while helping Jessica with a project I stumbled across some photos of EMMA as a baby that I have never seen before. I LOVE it when that happens. It tugs at my heart strings and takes me back to when SHE was my little baby, and my whole world. My sisters described me as "Emma centered" and I think they were rather disgusted. I hope that they still see me that way. Although I get short with Emma and frustrated sometimes, she has remained my first born, and my FIRST dream come true, to have a daughter as my oldest. She has exceeded my expectations in every aspect and I'm so thankful to have her in my life!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Power of Prayer

I took these photos with my camera phone as Lydia was waiting for the Dr. to come in and see her. I've never seen her look so sad.

I just want to thank everyone for their prayers on behalf of Lydia last Wednesday night. I have NEVER been one to ask for help, even when I need it most. Wednesday afternoon Lydia went in for her routine vaccines. The Dr asked if I wanted the H1N1 and I said no, she was too little and it was too much at one time. He ended up talking me into it by pointing out how guilty I would feel if she did actually get H1N1 and how much more devastating that would be on her body. So reluctantly, I agreed. Four hours after Lydia had her immunization shots she became terribly sick and was throwing up every five minutes. For the last hour of it green bile was all that came out. It was absolutely devastating as a mother to see her little body shutting down and to know that I had a hand in her distress. This was a new chapter in our family since Ryan and I couldn't be together in a time of such worry. Ryan stayed home with Emma and I took Lydia to the ER from 10-2 am. Her little body was just so lifeless as I watched it start to shut down. She didn't even react when they started the test to draw her blood, insert a catheter and an IV as well. This was the first time in my life I have ever called on family and friends for help. I asked them to pray on behalf of Lydia, and I know in my heart of hearts that it absolutely made a difference. As a mother I was definitely picturing the worst case scenario and I felt I was to blame for the whole situation. I do believe that vaccines are a necessary evil but next time I will be getting her one shot at a time, I don't care how inconvenient it is to me or the doctor. I did call the doctor the next day and I politely expressed how my concerns were validated and I think he gave poor medical advice and should use our situation to spare other mothers from the same fate. I know I have some friends who are against vaccines and I would appreciate it if you would save your "I told you so" for another time. This post is just a big fat thank you to my friends and family who showed genuine concern for Lydia and to give credit to God for not letting her fulfill the few statistics where things go terribly wrong. Somewhere out there another mother's child will fill that statistic, and my heart goes out to her. For now I am thankful that God intervened and has helped Lydia recover (after 2 days) and return to the sweet, happy baby that I adore and love.

Friday, January 15, 2010

a photo a day keeps the blues away

This is Ryan helping me start to make some party favors for Emma's 4th birthday coming up. You might be thinking.... "Isn't her birthday not until March?" Although that is true, you never can be too prepared. Plus I'm planning quite the special little party, so it will be easier AND cheaper if I start preparing now. These are little Alice in Wonderland necklaces that Ryan is making.
We spend a LOT of time in the kitchen. I have loved having my mom's Bosch to make home made bread and cookies with. I never really 'baked" before, but now I love it. Perhaps it is b/c I have so much time on my hands.
Also, Emma LOVES to dance. I will have music playing while I cook and she will run upstairs and put on a "dancing costume (thanks Stacey) and be back before the first chorus even comes.
Lydia still bathes in her little blue tub that I put in the kitchen sink. It's nice not to have to bend over a full size tub yet. Plus she likes to just soak while I do this dishes or sweep the floor.

I got a new camera for Christmas! It's a Canon rebel it! Now....if only I knew how it worked. It came with a book for dummies on this specific model, and so I am finding time to play around with it when I can. My photo shop is down so I had to edit these with picasa (boo!)
and I notice a lot of "noise" in the images, so I will need to figure that out. Anyway, this is our most recent day to day report.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Like totally awesome!

Warning: Long post. Wasn't in the mood to do collages for this post.
ARG! Dumb blogger is making my words appear out of order. Sorry it may not make sense, but at least the photos mostly speak for themselves.

I spent the morning of New Year's Eve making this cake for our party that night :) We went to Logan where my aunt Lee hosted an 80's bash for the new year. There was a prize for best dressed (Bundy came in second) and we had an 80's trivia game and also a scavenger hunt throughout the city where we had to actually go into businesses dressed like this! It was just a great night.

Ryan shaved racing stripes in his hair line and also lightening bolts in his beard. He had to buzz his head and shave his beard and start fresh by Sunday. I didn't love it at first, but now I'm rather fond of this new look for him.

Lee made a super duper yummy turkey dinner before sending us out on our scavenger hunt.

New Year's Day- and then some

We ended up staying an extra two nights with the Jensens. That's not too uncommon for us. It was nice to just hang out, play cards, and of course have yummy food. We miss Kylee and Brody terribly and were happy to see as much of them as we did.

Lydia has had a cold for pretty much the month of December but was finally starting to feel better and was back to her old cheesy self.

Emma LOVED having a dog in the house, someone who was her eye level and maturity level. Thanks so much for a great Holiday Lee!
I challenged everyone to come up with a great quote for the year and here were some of my favorites. Take which ever applies to you :)
"2009, not so kind. 2010, coming around the bend." Matt Tipping
"2009, was all mine. 2010, let's do it all again." Mike Jensen
"2010, two more years 'til the end." Brody Hatch
"2010, hope I don't get fat again." Jamie Casperson
Happy New Year!!
My photo a day challenge is struggling, but at least I'm trying. That post to come soon.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Sweet little Lydia

ARG! I am so bugged with blogger for not lining my paragraphs and pictures up correctly. So please excuse this sloppy looking post.

My little baby is 6 months old!! I can't believe how fast that time flew by. She has been such a joy to have a little baby in our home again and has really made our family complete. Although she had a touch of colic in the beginning, which I'm not going to lie, that was rather difficult, she still has been the best part of my year.

"Li-ya," as Emma calls her, loves to just be held and watch what is going on. She loves seeing Emma and watching her, but Li-ya seems to be especially happy when Emma is in bed and she has mine and Ryan's attention.

She is a major thumb sucker and I think it is the cutest thing in the world. Her favorite is to have something in her hand while she is sucking her thumb, and if both her thumb and her object can fit in her mouth then that's even better. She also loves to suck her toes anytime she gets a chance. Usually they are covered with a sock or shoe, but she knows how to kick those off. I have come to get her up in the morning to find her without her footed pants on and just a sucking away at her toes.

Lydia has the MOST beautiful blue eyes. I no longer have to enhance them in photo shop. I've always said she reminds me of a little owl, with her big eyes just following me around the room. I hope to have her next room be owl themed, tastefully done of course :)

Lydia does NOT want to try new foods. Although she puts EVERYTHING in her mouth, she will resist oatmeal or crackers or cheese or anything that is actually edible. She has a smile that lights up the whole room and most of her smile is in her eyes which I adore. She absolutely loves my dad and lights up for him every time he does his signature whistle. Also, I must say, that I have really enjoyed nursing her. I didn't nurse Emma, and still don't regret it. But I am a little embarrassed to find that I now fall into the category of "sickies" who do nurse. I don't know what it is exactly about it, but I am really thankful to all my friends (Staci, Carrie, Cami, Natalie, Traci and Shannon) and family (Stacey, Jordan and Bean) who encouraged me to give it a try.
side note- the editing on these photos is kind of weird because the quilt I used was brown and green and I am just learning how to use photo shop. So please excuse the awkward edges :)