We are so excited to be adding another perfect and healthy little girl to our family. The girls could not be more excited and throw ideas out for names daily. Right now, if the girls get what they want, her name will be Natalie, Katelyn, or Ashley. I hope they are not heartbroken when we go a different direction with the name.
We have seen/heard the heartbeat of a VERY UNPLANNED baby #3. We feel very blessed to be given the chance to be parents to another perfect little spirit. The girls are so so excited and love to "PET" my stomach and give ideas for baby names.
"We don't have to be fast... we simply have to be steady and move in the right direction. We have to do the best we can, one step after another. The only thing you need to worry about is striving to be the best you can be. and how do you do that? You keep your eye on the goals that matter most in life, and you move towards them step by step. That is easy enough. We don't have to be perfect today. We don't have to be better than someone else. All we have to do is be the very best we can." -Joseph B. Wirthin
I came acrossed this and loved it. It is such a good reminder. Tyler and I have faced a lot of trials in our life. Luckly we have always gotten through them. Not always with the best attitude, but they have gotten us to the place we are in our lives now. Moving to St. George has been the hardest move but the BEST move for our family. Tyler going back to school has been difficult on us, but we know in a few years when he is finished all of the sacrifices we have made will all be worth it. Everynight I lay in bed and try and fall asleep. BUT, that is when I start thinking. Thinking about the bills that are due, about how mean I was to the girls during the day, and all of the things I wish I could do better for my family and I. After reading that quote, I quickly reminded myself how extremely blessed I am. I have the best husband, who works hard for us, the two most beautiful daughters who share an abundance of hugs and kisses with me daily, and I have a roof over my head. Among so many other things. I am so lucky. I will refer back to this quote often to remind myself to look at the positive.
I am so lucky to be married to the man I am married to. When I married him, I ofcourse knew what a great man he was, but I notice it more now that we have kids. He is the best daddy to our little girls. He is so patient with them. He gives up a lot to be with them. We love him so much. I am also very lucky to have a great step-dad, who has always been a DAD to me and a wonderful father-in-law. They both do so much for out little family. My step-mom and 2 sisters spent the weekend with us. It was so much fun. Sunday night we had a bbq, which my husband has pretty much mastered and talked a lot about my dad. He passed away almost 8 years ago. Not a day goes by that I don't think about him. I miss him so much. Stories were shared and tears were shed at that dinner table. We will always remember what a great father he was. I can not wait for the day that I am with him again.
We FINALLY got rid of the "bink Bonk",(aka.pacifier) last fall. I had to keep a few, just for memory sake. When you said ADI, you instanly thought Bink Bonk. The other afternoon, my sweet Adi Anne was being awfully quiet, so I headed upstairs to find her fast asleep on my bed. That stinker found a BINK BONK. She did not hesitate to put it in her mouth and fall asleep on my bed. I quickly removed it from her mouth after taking a picture ofcourse. When she woke up I asked her about it. With a big smile on her face she said, "I found my bink bonk mommy, I missed it."
My girls make me proud EVERYDAY. I just love them so much. Today my 5 year old reminded of something very important, Our little family is a TEAM no matter what. We stick together. Today, Adison was teasing Avery by pinching and flicking her. Anybody surprised? Anyways, in a very serious voice, Avery said, "Adison, you have to be nice to me, I love you. We are sisters and have to be a team." I melted and I may have teared up a little. That was the sweetest kindest thing I have ever heard her say, and she says some pretty sweet things. I love them so much.
Last week the girls and I spent the week up in Spanish Fork. I am surprised that Adison still agrees to go. She is very accident prone while there. On Monday, Kristen and I were in the house and the kids were outside playing. All was fine until we heard a very scary scream. Adison came running in screaming and could not even talk while showing me here hand. It looked scraped really bad and Avery finally came in to tell me that she had turned the treadmill on while Adison hand was under it. Avery felt very bad. It burned the top of her hand and the inside of her pinky finger. It was so sad. It was bad enough, that I had to take her into the doctors. They had to give her some medication called Versed. It made her act "drunk". They gave her that so that she would not remember the trauma she had to go through. They had to scrub all of the burned skin off of her hand. She did great.
Then Sunday night she was coming down the steps and fell face first. Her top teeth went through her upper lip and her nose was bruised. We thought we were going to have to take her in again to get a few stitches. Luckily it closed up pretty quickly. She had the biggest fat lip. 3 days later and it is still swollen. As we were assessing the "damage" I had to leave the room. I was crying so hard. I just felt terrible for her. She is doing well now. Just so everyone knows, don't be surprised to see Adison wrapped in bubble wrap next time we head to Spanish Fork.
I know this is asking a lot for a stay at home mom of 2 little active girls, but here is my list.
- To use the bathroom without someone knocking on the door within 2 seconds of the door closing, or whipping open the door for that matter.
- Take a shower with the door closed.
- Take a shower that last longer than 5 min.
- Have the whole house cleaned at the sametime. Not just ONE room.
- The girls to make their beds WITHOUT being asked.
- I would love to NOT hear the words "I AM HUNGRY", "SHE HIT ME", "SHE LOOKED AT ME" or "SHE IS IN MY ROOM." (The list could go on and on.)
- I would really enjoy it if 20 neighbor kids were not in my house all at the same time.
- For them to listen the first time they are asked.
- For them just to put on the clothes I have layed out for them.
My days are usually great with my girls. So far today would be the exception. It could be because I am on night 2 of ZERO sleep. I am exhausted. I really do have 2 great little girls. I love being their mom and feel so so lucky to beable to be home with them everyday. My reason for this post you ask? Today I was woken up by Adison yelling "MOMMY, MOMMY, MOMMY, wipe my bum NOW!!!!" I should feel lucky that she is potty trained and woke herself up to use the bathroom, RIGHT!!! I hope everyone has a great day, and please tell me I am not the only one who has ever had a day like this!!!
I am so lucky to be a mom to these two wonderful, beautiful, funny, perfect little girls. Several times a day I will whisper to them,"I LOVE YOU THE MOST." I hope they always remember that. I love them each so much for who they are.
We made our first of many trips to the splash pad this week. We went with Janille, Madi, and Maleea. We had a fun picnic and played in the water on a hot day. It was lots of fun. We LOVE spending time with our cousins.
Tyler has always wanted to be a part of a sports radio show. He has been studying away in school and recently started a internship for a local ESPN radio show. HE LOVES IT, and we LOVE listening to him. The girls were so proud of their daddy, they even came in the house to listen to him. I was in the kitchen making dinner and walked in to find the girls on their tummy listening to their daddy. They had the biggest smiles on their faces. They even got to hear their uncle Mike, which was pretty cool to them too. Great job honey, we love you so much.
I CAN"T STAND THE ICECREAM TRUCK/MAN, and I am sure you will all hear me say that for the rest of the summer. He comes around WAY TOO OFTEN!!! As soon as my girls hear it coming they run for the door. If we hear it first, the windows are quickly closed and the TV is turned up in hopes that they don't hear it. We have even gone as far as calling my brother and sister in-law who live across the street to warn them that the truck is in the area and vice vera. My girls have to earn icecream money throughout the week, which equals to be about 1 visit to the icecream truck a week. They still whine and scream for icecream each and everytime they hear it, but I am a MEAN MOM and say ABSOLUTELY NOT!!! Well, the below picture is for grandma Olson. Here are 3 of her grandaughters, Avery, Adison and Maleea feeling VERY deprived, sitting on the curb watching all of the other kids getting their DAILY fix of icecream. (the reason I say this is for grandma Olson, is because she called to yell at me for my last post. So updating I will do.)
I am in a blogging SLUMP and have no desire to find my way out of it. Sorry to any faithful followers out there. I am great, Tyler is great and my girls are absolutely wonderful. Keeping me busy everyday and still saying the funniest things. Hope everyone else out there is doing great aswell.
We had so much fun at Disney on Ice. We went with Tylers whole family. The weather was terrible, but we had so much fun. The girls LOVED it. I had to keep Adisons ears covered the whole time though. The CARS were very loud and made her nervous. We love spending time with family.
We recently stayed in a hotel, which Avery considered to be the BEST hotel. I am sure it is the BEST because she got to swim with her cousins. They had so much fun. The pictures are proof of that. (thanks for the pictures Janille.)
My cute sister in law just returned home from serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She served for 18 mos. in the Sacramento, California mission. We missed her so much and are so glad she is finally home. We want her to know how proud we are of her and what an example she is to all of us. Especially my girls. They look up to her so much. We love you Amy.
Lately, wherever we go, both girls have to take a baby with them. FINE, I tell them, but it is your responsibility. Yesterday we went to Target and Avery walked out of the house with a baby in her baby backpack, a baby in the STROLLER, 2 diaper bags and her purse. ABSOLUTELY NOT, I quickly yelled from the car, "it all goes back in the house." A fit was thrown, ofcourse, a very dramatic fit, might I add. After realizing the neighbors did not want to hear my 5 year old yell from the top of her lungs, I gave in and said, "It all stays in the car, only 1 baby is allowed in the store." A pouty OK, was said, and we were off to the store, AFTER all the babies were buckeled up in the very back. Avery even tried to make Adi give up her carseat for one of the babies. We pulled into Target and the whinny begging instantly began, which slowly turned into another screaming fit, as I said NO, to all of her baby items. Too bad for her I am not the nicest mom and quickly threatened to take her right home to sit in her room, which in turn she would not get a new bathing suit. Adison did not help by quietly saying,"Not me huh mommy, I am being good." and in her sassy little voice Adison turned to Avery and said, "I'm being gooooooood, I get a neeeewwwww baaaathing suit." I finally gave in a little and we ended up in the store with Adison carring a baby in a blanket, and Avery with a baby in the baby backpack, a baby wrapped in a blanket, 2 diaper bags, and her purse. Again I said, It is all your responsibility, if it gets lost, IT GETS LOST!!!! It all ended up in the front of the cart except for the baby in the backpack. I had 2 babies wrapped in blankets. I got a lot of wierd looks, and everyone thought Ave looked so cute with her little backpack. On the way into the store, I said, "Avery HURRY UP", as she lagged behind. Her response, "Mommy, I am stepping on every crack, so I break your back, since you didn't let me bring the stroller in." Such a sweet little girl, I am hoping she doesn't quite understand what that means.
I always keep my house clean, but yesterday I SCRUBBED my kitchen, including the floor. I scrubbed that floor by hand. My kitchen was so clean that I just kept walking in there to look at it. I didn't even want the girls to eat lunch in there. Am I the only one who has those days? Anyways, I walked in the kitchen to find Adison drinking water and eating crackers and oranges on my clean clean floor. Avery had convinced her that she was her kitty. I kepy hearing "Here kitty kitty, come get your food." I had no idea it was real food. Atleas the floor was clean for her to eat off of. Now it is not spick and span like I LOVE IT!!! Ohwell, It couldn't last forever.
One of my pet peeves is long dirty fingernails on my kids. I trim their finger and toenails on a regular basis. The past few monthes, Adison has refused to let me anywhere near her toes. Her nails were getting quite long and it was DRIVING ME CRAZY!!!! I finally started clipping her toenails while she was sleeping, a few at a time, until she started stirring. Well, she has decided taking matters into her own hands or should I say feet!!! Take a look at the below picture. I find her like this several times a day. You may say GROSS, I say PROBLEM SOLVED. Another battle ended.
I KNOW that my kids know the rules about putting things up their noses, and it has never really been a problem. Monday night I had to run an errand and decided to take Adison with me, with the hope that she would fall asleep in the car for the night. No such luck, since my trip was cut short due to the fact that Adison shoved a piece of toilet paper up her nose. I could hear her talking funny and sniffing a lot. She finally told me what she had done. Trying not to laugh, I said "Are you kidding me Adison, why would you do that?" Her response "Daddy does." (Long story) I went right home, looked up her nose, and could see it. It looked really small. I was not worried about it, but it was bothering her, so I spent 45 min. trying to get her to blow this little piece of tissue out of her nose. I even had her take a big sniff of pepper in hopes she would sneeze. NO LUCK, she just said "MMM that smells good mom." FINALLY after 45 min. she blew her nose and out flew this little wad of tissue, much bigger than what I thought. It was a relief to have it out of her nose. I hope she learned her lesson, but who knows. Atleast now she knows how to blow her nose real hard if she pulls this stunt again.
On February 10, we went to the Jazz vs. Lakers game. It was so much fun, with GREAT seats. I had such a fun time spending the evening with Tyler. I am not going to lie, I was so excited to see Kobe Bryant, and was very disappointed when he didn't play. I did get to see Lamar Odom though. I don't think Tyler would have taken me to the game if he had known I was more excited about the Lakers than the Jazz. It was a great night. We were able to ride to the game with Mike, Janille, Kevin, and Kristen. It was so much fun, and I hope we are able to do it again.
Our family was started on October 24,2003,6 months after meeting through a mutual friend, surprisingly at a UVSC dance. We had our first daugher in October of 2004 and our second daughter in January of 2007. We love spending time as a family and are very blessed to have family close by in Utah and we are lucky enough to make a few trips to Michigan a year to visit with my family.