Thursday, February 26, 2009

Gotta love being a parent...

Just when I got done telling Brian what a crazy day I have had, we found this....







Yes, she found the lotion and the toilet paper...

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Shay's B-day, Maple syrup, and Cryosurgery

This last week has been a little crazy for our family. Most of us have been sick (except Brian, Shay, and I) so it's been fun battling fevers and antibiotics, but also trying to do field trips, volunteering at school, doctors appointments, science projects, birthdays, basketball, ballet, iceskating etc. Whew!! I'm glad it's over. Although today is a catch up day on Tera and Shay's science projects, so I will let you know if we survive or not.

Okay, a little recap on some of the things we did this last week.

*I went on a really fun field trip with Ashtyn and her preschool. We went to Brookside Nature Center to see the Maple tree farm they have. I have to tell you, it was one of my favorite field trips I have ever been on. We got to see the sap from the Maple trees come out and into the buckets and we got to taste the real maple syrup. It was so yummy. It's going to be hard to go back to the fake stuff... We learned all about photosynthesis and it even stopped raining for us when we went outside. It was great.

*I had cryosurgery on Thursday. This was in response to an abnormal annual exam that I had about two months ago. After the results came back, my doctor did a colposcopy and a biopsy. Apparently the biopsy said I have mild dysplasia, which could lead to cancer if left untreated, so I had to get it frozen off this week. Luckily, it wasn't that bad. It turned out to be two minutes of freezing, one minute of rest and then two more minutes of freezing and it was done. The first two minutes were a little painful, but the last two were fine. Just glad it's over. The rest of the day I spent in bed, but by the morning it felt as if nothing happened.

*Major science project makeup day. I vowed I would not do science projects this year, but of course Brian insisted, so here we are...

*Shay's 7th birthday. Yes, she's seven. She looks older, but she's just very tall. I remind her on a continual basis that it's good to be tall, I all too well remember being taller than everyone in elementary school and of course all the boys too. It can be tough, but she does very well with it.

Shay's cousin shares a birthday with Shay and his mom wrote a few things we may not know about him for his birthday, so I think I will do the same. Thanks for the idea Kelli!

1. Shay sucked her thumb vigilantly until she was six. Despite all the tactics we tried, nothing worked until she finally decided that she wanted to and oh, it was a happy day when it finally came!

2. Shay had kidney reflux when she was five months old. She had a UTI for about three weeks and had to go in the hospital for four days. She then was on antibiotics until she was eighteen months old.

3. Shay is the most daring daughter I have. She climbs trees, puts her face in the swimming pool (that's saying a lot!), pets dogs, picks up bugs, and ice skates until she falls down at least ten times.

4. When Shay was 18 months old, she was twirling around in the living room with her sister, fell on the entertainment center, cut her lip open and had to have stitches. I had to leave the room when they strapped her up in a burrito to get the stitches in.

5. When I was seven months pregnant with Shay, I went into a routine doctor's appointment and found out I was in labor and dialated to a four. The doctor sent me to the hospital (we had barely moved to Maryland and I had NO idea where it was so the assistant drove me over and then picked up Brian and Tera), and I was admitted to the hospital for four days. After that I was on bedrest for the rest of my pregnancy, but still made it to 38 weeks. The doctor saw me after and said, "I can't believe you didn't have that baby that night." We were pretty blessed.

Happy birthday Shay!




Thinking of a wish...

Thursday, February 12, 2009

A Little Bit of my Life...

I just have to blog about how much I have been loving this school year. I was trying to decide what has made it so great for me and here are the reasons:

1. First and foremost, for the first time since Teralyn was eight months old, I have a couple of hours to myself each day!! Yes, this is my favorite part of all. My two oldest girls are in school, my little Ashtyn is at preschool in the afternoon or a friend's house (on Tuesdays and Thursdays we trade off, but when they are here, I don't even see them!), and my little Raegan takes a nap at 12:30 until 3:00. Therefore, I have a couple of hours all to myself for reading, blogging, catching up on bills, whatever. And it is so great!

2. I'm not pregnant. GASP! I know, I know, how could I say such a thing? I have many friends out there who LOVE to be pregnant and say they would do it again, just for the pregnancy part. And, more power to you my friends! But no, I am not one of those people. No matter how hard I try, I really don't love to be pregnant. Sickness, vericose veins, hormone moodiness, getting bigger and bigger, and I could go on, but I won't... There are a few things about it that I like, (being able to feel my sweet baby move!), but for the most part, I'm not going to pretend. I do love being a mommy though!!!

3. Not nursing. Yes, it seems I am constantly pregnant or nursing and therefore not sleeping. I do enjoy nursing, that time with my sweet babies is such a great bonding time, but it feels so good to get a good nights sleep I tell you!

4. Getting up at 6:30 in the morning. This is one of the best things that I have done for myself. I am totally a night owl, just so you know. Ask my family, they will all testify to that. I don't think I have EVER gotten out of bed before my husband in all the 9 1/2 years we have been married. I just really don't do well. But, this year I have made a goal to get up and exercise before my kids are up and then take a shower. I have to say, it has been the best thing for me. It's amazing how different and happier I feel.
Just a side note to that.... In high school my dad made me memorize the scripture "Early to bed, early to rise" you know the one. Yes, he made me MEMORIZE it!

5. My kid's ages. My kids are all in such great stages. Tera and Shay are best friends and get along so well. Ashtyn has mostly outgrown her tantrum phase, although sometimes it still pops up. Raegan is loving learning everything around her. She does get into EVERYTHING and we frequently catch her standing on counters, etc. But, oh she is so fun and usually happy.

6. My scriptures. I have recently made time for "real" scripture study and notes and oh how it has made a difference in my attitude.

7. Oprah. Yes, I love to watch Oprah. Mostly because after I watch it, I want to do so much better.

8. My routines. This year I wrote down all my goals and routines. This has helped me so much to get my things done that I need to. No, it hasn't been perfect, that's for sure, but It's getting better every day and I actually LIKE to clean my house. AMAZING mom, isn't it?

9. And lastly, my eating habits. I am trying really hard to eat better. I am actually eating oatmeal in the morning (which I used to detest!) but it makes me feel so good. Is it mental, I'm not sure, but I love it. I am trying to cook better for my family, more fruits and veggies, less processed foods etc. It has been going pretty good. It helps a whole bunch to have my meals all planned (refer to routines). Usually I just make a list of what sounds good for the next week, shop for that, and then pick one of those meals each day. It works out well because I don't have to make what I'm not in the mood for.
I have to say though, with my healthy eating plan, I still love my chocolate and won't be giving that up any time soon...