Saturday, November 27, 2010


A few days ago was my oldest son's 5th birthday.... I remember being so miserable, pretty much the entire pregnancy with him. I was to be induced and the date finally settled on the 25th, the day after Thanksgiving that year. My parents were out for the holiday and for his birth. We had a nice low-key holiday and then I was at the hospital bright and early. Everything went wrong. The pitocin was not as effective as it should be, I wasn't progressing much at all for a long time, the anesthesiologist was on the road to getting kicked by a pregnant lady, the epidural was mostly ineffective, and then the boy had his hand on top of his head. I remember the nurses feeling his fingers move on his head a few times when they checked me earlier in the day. Not wanting to injure his arm or shoulder, they told me to NOT push. So NOT fun. I didn't push and tried several different positions to see if he would move his hand. Two hours later, I was in surgery getting this troublesome child out of me.

His poor hand was purple and swollen but, other than that, he was perfect. He was the longest baby the nurse had ever measured. I was so tired and hurting a lot, they had me on morphine for the first while and I really don't remember much from his first 48 hours or so. I was so happy to have him home and he was such a sweet baby. I was trying (unsuccessfully) to heal and he ended up being sick for the first month. I finally healed some but he did not get better until after surgery at a month old.

J has grown into a healthy happy little boy. He is very kind and generous. He is so boy! He loves anything Spiderman, or Transformers, or Batman, or "rockstar". He is a little apprehensive about new things and he hates vegetables. Although, now he will say that he likes them and then sits at the table for an hour before he chokes them down. Batman, as he likes to be called most days, is also a constant source of laughs. He always has something hilarious to say.

This year J had to share his birthday with Thanksgiving. We had John's side of the family over for the day. We started with a yummy breakfast and then cake, of course. He had his own little cake for his special day and then we opened gifts. What a spoiled little boy!! He was thrilled with all of the super hero toys he got, his swords, the movies and the Batcave. He also got some clothes and a new "rockstar" blanket. We had so much food all day and a delicious Thanksgiving feast. Some of the company had to leave a little early due to Uncle Blake's asthma attack. But we had a great and crazy day with everyone over. I am so grateful to have such supportive and loving families on both sides. I am grateful to have the Gospel of Jesus Christ in my life and the knowledge of a living Father in Heaven. We are so blessed! I am grateful to have the four beautiful healthy children we have. I am so thankful for my sweet Jake. He is truly a special part of this family and he has so much to offer to us and to the world. Happy Birthday my boy!!
 Goofy kid!! He actually saw the picture of his "birthday rockstar shirt" one the computer the other day (my mistake for having it up while he was in the room) and he said, "Mom that is the shirt I want for my birthday! It has stars and a 5 and guitars! I want one just like that!" He was so excited!!

He was so excited about his own personal cake.

Super heroes!! What a boy...

AAHHH...the Batcave. He has been asking for one for months!

Sunday, November 21, 2010


Last night John and I had the opportunity to attend the adult session of Stake Conference. It's an opportunity for all of the adults to hear wonderful messages and be enlightened. We were so privileged to have Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speak to us. It was wonderful. We left the kids with a babysitter for the first time. I was actually really nervous. It's not that we have never left the kids, it's just always been with a family member. Always. We left Jake for a couple of hours with a babysitter once when he was about a year but that is seriously the only time. I was a little scared but the kids were super excited. Our babysitters were awesome, the conference session was extraordinary, and apparently the kids behaved beautifully. I am so glad John was off early enough and we were able to go.

Today we made it to church an hour and a half early to still not get a pew. The kids waited pretty patiently. We walked around and went to the bathroom. I met Elder Scott in the hallway...what a sweet, wonderful man he is. Then it was time to start. There were wonderful messages shared and the kids did very well for the two hour session. A had some issues at the very end but we all had an opportunity to hear the Apostle and enjoy some spiritual enlightenment.

It has been a truly wonderful weekend. The only thing that would make it better would be if John didn't work through most of it. Oh, and if he weren't sick! Now I just have to get ready for the coming week....Thanksgiving at our house and a little boy turns 5!!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

I love Fall

Yeah, I love the Fall. I love the cooler weather. I love living in a place that you can see the changing of the seasons when you walk outside. I really should have taken some pictures a couple weeks was so pretty.

This is looking up in my front yard.

This is the view down one side of the street.

I also love to have a fire going so I can cuddle up with the kids, and John if he's here, in the evening. I love the fashions of fall, and I really love getting ready for the holidays. I turned on Christmas music today! I never listen to Christmas music until after Thanksgiving, but I couldn't help it. I am so excited for the Christmas season this year. I know that a lot of my excitement comes from being in our home and getting to spend time with just my hubs and the kids. This year, though, I have the wonderful privilege of hosting Christmas for much of my side of the extended family. I. Am. So. Excited. I have nearly all of the shopping done and I have started (and even finished) a couple of the projects I have on the to-do list...
This is J's birthday shirt.
A little box to hold one of A's Christmas presents.
Cute baby playing with pumpkins (yes, I made that too!).

This is the one and only draw-back to fall. With 9 mature trees on our property, we rake A LOT of leaves!!! But they are beautiful...

Saturday, November 6, 2010


Halloween this year was a long weekend of fun activities. On Friday A had her school times. The whole school has a little costume parade that marches around the school. The Topeka High School marching band actually leads the way. Then the classroom parties start. A friend of ours and I are the head room parents so I helped (emphasis on the help this time) plan it and it turned out really well. They made cute little spiders, decorated cookies, played a game and had sooo much sugar. So many parents showed up and were so willing to was great. I, of course, forgot my camera so the only pictures I have of her are on my phone and I should just email them to myself but that hasn't happened.

Anyway, Saturday night was the ward trunk or treat. I am on the Activities Committee so I got everything we needed and headed to the church two hours early (John was at work). The kids ran around, I helped set up, E kept trying to make a break for it out the open doors...once again, I wasn't much help. Anyway, the chili feed/contest was delicious and then the trunk or treat started. My kids went around once and decided they would rather pass out candy at the van with Daddy...strange kids. A was a Chinese Girl, J after much debate was Batman, I a puppy, E a bee and Daddy and I were hippies. I, once again, forgot my camera and actually sent John home to get it, only to realize after it started that I had not put the memory stick back in it. Thanks for the pictures Bidwells!!

Then on Sunday we headed down to Manhattan. My sister in law, jordan, threw a Halloween party for all of her nieces and nephews and some friends. There were all sorts of creepy and delicious foods, games, crafts and candy. The kids had a great time...Thanks Jordan! And I actually remembered my camera.....

All in all a very fun holiday. A was super excited that there were still trick or treaters coming around when we got home from Manhattan on Sunday. She begged and begged to pass out her OWN candy that night, that is seriously her favorite part. She is such a funny girl. J didn't want to wear his mask, and really enjoyed Goonies. We don't let them watch PG-13 movies but G-ma Kathi didn't have any 'Halloween' ones that weren't and I didn't think that it would hold their interest anyway...true for the other three kids. J liked it. The two year old was a stinker, as usual. Man, it's a good thing that kid is cute. E was just there. John was at work, except for Saturday night and I am so happy he was able to join us for one of the activities and that he humored me and the kids and dressed up!!

Halloween is done, now on to Thanksgiving, which also happens to be J's birthday this year. I asked him the other day if we could just put some candles on a pie. He said, "Mom, I have to have a cake since it's my birthday. Pie is not for birthdays. We'll just have both." So it's settled then...cake and pie for Thanksgiving this year.