Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Just a Few More To Go!

It is Dave appreciation days at our house. Dave has been in Iowa for the last week and a half with National Guard. IOWA? WhAt on EaRtH do they have in Iowa that they don't have in Utah??? The only answer I can come up with is corn fields, yet Dave pointed out to me today that they are currently NAKED corn fields! And so it remains a mystery... Anyway... It is always good for me to be reminded of just how lucky I am to be married to my sweetheart. He's such a good husband and Daddy. 2 weeks every here and there are good for me. They remind me of how "no-fun" Iraq was. They remind me that I CAN do it alone, but I just don't want to. They remind me of what a good team we are and help me not take my hubby for granted.

A week ago when we talked on the phone Dave was super excited. General Tarbet who is Utah's TAG had come to visit them there in Iowa and had given Dave his coin! Such an honor! Dave gave a presentation last night on social networking in the military that seemed to impress many. He enjoys the company of those in his unit. I'm so proud of him and the leader he has become!

I usuallly start asking Dave about 2 days in if he can come home now. We all like things better when he's here! But I learned a very long time ago that I can do anything for 2 weeks. I can even do anything for 18 MONTHS, if I have to. But I just don't want to and hope I never have to again!

Kid Quotes Of The Day For 3-30-10:
Kenzington found a card of Boston's earings and was begging Boston and I to put them in her ears. We tried to explain to her that she didn't have any holes in her ears and that even if we wanted to, we couldn't put them in. I told her that when she get's bigger we can get her ears pierced so that she can wear them. She waved her hand in front of her body, sort of Vanna White style and said in sort of a "duh" kind of way, "Mom! I totally big already!" Oh that girl!

Holden, as I was getting ready to put dinner in the oven last night, "Mom, are we REALLY having Bazanya again???" (Funniest part is that I was putting in a pizza, OBVIOUSLY not Lasagna OR Bazanya!)

Friday, March 26, 2010

Service Scavenger Hunt

Last night, for RS we had a service night. We assembled lunch kits for Tooele Relief Services and then we went on a service scavenger hunt. IT WAS SO MUCH FUN! We didn't have a huge turn-out, but a lot of that was because of other things going on. We did have 2 teams of 5 people for the scavenger hunt part and we grew by 3 people before the night was over. More importantly, we served AND we had fun! Here was the rules and jobs for the night:


Kid Quotes Of The Day for 3-25-09:
Emma- (little girl I watch, as reported by her momma) at the dentist- Dentist "Would you like laughing gas?" Emma- "Will it make me fart?"

Kenz, singing at the top of her lungs- "Tinker-Bells! Tinker-Bells! Tinker all the way!"

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

I'm Proud of Me! Thanks Kaye!

Today I did something I have needed to do for awhile, but didn't have the guts to do it. I deleted my facebook account!

I think facebook CAN be a good thing, and while many good things came from it for me, it became time consuming and keeping me from things I need to do. I have been thinking about deleting it for awhile, but haven't had the guts to do it.

My close friend Kaye and her husband both deleted their accounts recently. Upon hearing this, I said, "if you can do it, I can do it!"

I haven't done anything rotten on facebook. The real problem for me is that I am easily drawn into conversations. I am an extremely social person. I have found times when there are other things I need to be doing, yet I just gotta hurry and check facebook first.

So now it's done. And I gotta brag, just a little, cuz that was really hard for me to do! I feel SO EMPOWERED!

Now I gotta get off of here and get something done!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Hello? Can I talk to the garbage?

I just spent an HOUR looking for one of my cordless phones that was off the hook. Guess where I found it. In the garbage can! Oh, little Paxton, I love you! Funny part is- I spent the entire hour with a different phone to my ear, trying to locate the phone by what I could hear on the other end. Yet every noise in every room seemed distant and I felt like I was getting nowhere! The garbage lid was closed. When I finally clued into checking there, I could hear EVERY piece of garbage I moved!

Kid Quote of The Day: (actually this was said Friday): Sydnee, a little girl I tend, upon seeing Kenzington's little mushroom chair and Paxton's blanket next to each other, "Who wants a haircut?" Ethan (another child I watch), "Me!" Sydnee, while wrapping blanket around his shoulders, "Please keep your arms and legs inside the cape at all times!" Kids crack me up!

Friday, March 19, 2010

What to do with my Kenzadoo?

Okeydoke- so the littlest Miss America in our home started sucking her thumb somewhere over the ocean on our way to Hawaii, and never really stopped. UNTIL about 5 months ago when I made an amazing breakthrough discovery that changed life as we knew it... are you ready for this? I began putting a thin little strip of vinyl around her thumb, sort of like a ring. She quit sucking her thumb, literally, OVERNIGHT! If she managed to get the vinyl off, we'd just go pick a new color and we were back in business. We managed to wean her from even needing the reminder of vinyl. She went MONTHS without sucking her thumb! I wanted to notify the Tabernacle Choir and have them sing a Halle-freakin'-lujjiah chorus, just for my girl!

But...

A few weeks ago she got sick and she's started that rotten habit all over again. The worst part is that what worked before, isn't working now. She can rip that strip faster than I can eat a box of girlscout cookies (and that's fast!) The more I pay attention to it and ask her not to, the more she does it. It's making me insane (so THAT's what happened to me!)!!! Anywho...

Some things I have discovered...****NEWSFLASH!****


It's impossible to suck your thumb when your hands are busy.
It's pretty easy to suck your thumb when watching tv.
It's pretty hard to suck your thumb while holding a book.
It's pretty easy to suck your thumb while laying in bed.
If Kenz asks me for something and I am busy, thumb goes into mouth while waiting for me to be not busy.
If Kenz asks me for something and I respond quickly, no thumb...


So I think I am going to say no tv in our home for the next 3 weeks while we break this rotten habit.

The only REAL problem with all of that is that I enjoy Kenzington watching Dora, Team Umizumi, etc. almost as much as she does, and I have never ever ever been the momma that entertains all day long! But I am sure that if I can find just the right things to keep her hands busy and keep her entertaining herself, we'll make it through this. I think we will make ublich (slime!) tomorrow (recipe below)as #1 it has the ability to entertain my girl for hours and #2 it makes her hands taste gross!

Wish us luck! We're going to need it!

Ublich

1/4 cup White Glue
1 1/4 cup Water, divided
1 tbsp. Borax - found in the laundry detergent aisle of your grocery store
Food Coloring

Borax is available in the laundry section of your local grocery store. Add 1 tbsp. Borax to one cup of warm water. Stir until completely dissolved.

Make a 50% water 50% white glue solution by taking 1/4 cup of each and mix thoroughly.

In a ziploc bag, add equal parts of the borax solution to equal parts of the glue solution. (Half cup of each will make a cup of slime.)

Add a couple drops of food coloring. Seal bag and knead the mixture.

If slime is too sticky, add a little more borax. If slime is too slippery, add a little more white glue solution.

ENJOY!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Paxton had his cake, and ate it too!

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Kid Quote Of The Day for 3-16-10:
Paxton when he saw Dave & I across the room kissing, "Mmmm-Mah!" Which of course got us to kiss again! Too cute!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAXTON!!!

I truly cannot believe that my baby boy is a year old! Where has the time gone!??!? Paxton truly is my pride and joy and I am sure lucky to be his Momma! He has such a sweet, happy, fun personality and it has been so much fun getting to know him and watch him grow and discover life! There is so much more fun and discovering yet to be had! The collages above capture a glimpse of how he has changed over the last year, the first one up close and the second one the full frame of each photo to show you what he's been up to this last year. Oh he is so much fun!

I realized this morning, lying in bed, that I haven't ever really written down the story of his birth or delivery. While this is going to be very boring to everyone else, I'm going to write it down here for ME and for Paxton, because I have figured out another thing: I have Mommy-Mush-Brain! So here goes!

It was discovered via ultrasound while I was pregnant with Paxton that he had one kidney that was very dialated. I began being seen at Maternal Fetal Medicine at IMC to follow up with that and began seeing Dr. Natalie Leowen, also at IMC. I had an appointment on Friday, March 13th with both Dr. Leowen and then with Maternal Fetal Medicine. Things went great with the appointment. We talked about how I would be having a scheduled c-section on the 23rd (I HAVE to have c-sections because I have had hysteroplasty) after Dr. Leowen returned from her vacation. I remember telling her that I hoped very much that there would not be a tsunami that kept her from returning. I left the appointment a bit uneasy about her being away, but mostly calm. I went to the appointment down the hall at Maternal Fetal Medicine where it was discovered that Paxton's kidneys were doing fine, but that I had very very low amniotic fluid. I knew that meant my baby could be in trouble! I was sent home then, but told to drink TONS of water in an effort to increase the amniotic fluid and to return on Monday.

I spent all weekend guzzling water and worrying. I knew better than to google, but I was googling all weekend. I was soooooo worried that it was too early for Paxton to be born, (he was due April 11th, almost 4 weeks away!) but that it was worse for him to stay where he was. I was scared about his kidneys and scared about his lungs. My big worry was that I didn't know how long my fluid had been so low, and that lungs don't properly develop without enough amniotic fluid. Ultrasound determined that my fluid had further diminished to unmeasurable amounts and that I would be having a baby ASAP! I WOULD have been having a baby RIGHT THAT minute, except that I had eaten on my way in to the appointment because I hadn't felt Paxton move for awhile and I wanted to wake him up a bit. I went downstairs and registered and then headed home to get my husband, hospital bag, and to prepare my family just a little bit for the days that would follow. I don't even remember at what point I had a priesthood blessing, but I know that I had one and I know that it helped.

Dr. Loewen was enjoying her vacation immensely, I am sure, While her colleague Dr. Melissa Brown delivered Paxton Jerry Anderson at 10:48 pm. He was 5 lbs. 8 oz. and 19 inches long. Better yet, he was HEALTHY! Actually he did spend a bit of time being watched very closely. Dave held him right after birth and brought him over near me while they stitched me up etc. He cried a little and the sound of his cry scared me because it was a little junky. I guess Mommas become overly cautious once they've had one pulmonary baby! I loved and touched him for a minute and then I made Dave take him back to them to make sure he was okay. I didn't get to see him or hold him again until about 4 am because he had some wet lung issues, but that's okay because I was very busy puking my guts out over and over and over again! I get SOOOO sick from anesthesia! I was so relieved that my tiny little almost 4 week early baby was so healthy! I know that God was watching out for him.

Happy Birthday, Little Guy Paxton. We sure do love you!

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Monday, March 15, 2010

I was able to go to the temple with Mom Saturday morning. I haven't been able to go to the temple much, recently,with Paxton so young. He's taking a bottle well now and is a bit easier for whoever is watching him. Anyway, Saturday marked 5 years since my Daddy passed away and that was a good way to honor him. I also looked back on my old blog to read whatever I'd written about my Daddy's death in the past. Here's what I wrote: Four Years Ago (I wasn't blogging before that) It was sort of therapeutic to read. I can't bring myself to listen to the recording of his funeral. I just don't have time to bawl!

I am STILL convinced that he can read my blog. I don't think he has facebook though... too big of a time waster and I think he's busy. But I DO think that facebook has a few similarities to how it is in the afterlife. What I mean by that, is I think that we will communicate our thoughts and feelings in an entirely different way than we do now. You know how if you read facebook status updates, you have a little glimpse into other people's lives and know a bit more about what is going on with them? I think in the afterlife we will just know things about each other without REALLY talking. I guess I am having a hard time sharing the correlation, and that they really aren't all THAT similar. I think in our lives after death we will communicate Spirit to Spirit. Sorry, I'm a dork! ☺!

Anyway, Brian and LaShelle came to visit last night and it was really fun to have them here. My kids adore them and it's so fun to catch up on what's going on in their lives.

Kid Quotes from the weekend! (Thanks for the idea, Erin!)

Holden: "Mom, when Daddy gets too old to be married anymore I'm going to marry you!"

Kenzington, greeting my mom as she came in the door, "Grandma! Look at your eyes!" (followed by a long pause from my mom, wondering how to tell Kenz that she couldn't look at her own eyes!)

Friday, March 12, 2010

 

Today Kenzington and I polka-spotted her room. We sure had fun! I don't know for sure what we're going to do with the REST of the room, but this wall is looking pretty cute, now! We took down her bed tent and hopefully she'll still sleep well at night without it.
Child Quote Of The Day:
Kenz while we were putting up the dots, "Mom, the mirror is looking at my bum!"
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A Mom's Gotta Do What A Mom's Gotta Do!

 

Paxton had a rough night last night. Today he is wanting me to hold him non-stop. Combine that with the fact that he is almost a year old and walks as well as most 18 month old babies, and you get a momma that needs a break every now and then! The most interesting chores for me to accomplish lately are the dishwasher and laundry changes. I will pick him up and move him away from the dishwasher or whatever and by the time I am back to the dishwasher, Paxton is, too! This morning I forgot to shut the laundry room door before starting the load swap. WHAT WAS I THINKING! Here came trouble, right behind me! In an effort to perform a quick swap and NOT have dog water paddled in or worse yet, dog food eaten, I set him in an empty section of the triple sorter. This proved to be a WONDERFUL solution... THIS time anyway! Next time the hamper will be full, or Paxton won't think it's nearly as fun! I love my sweet boy!
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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Christmas 2009

It's about freaking time,I know, but here's our Christmas video.

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Harmony in Memories

I've been doing everything I can think of, recently, to have more harmony in our home. Whatever I can to invite the Spirit and to remove contention, I've been doing it. It isn't EASY to have peace and harmony in THIS house. I have one child in particular that seems to thrive on chaos! We all seem to have some habits that need to change, and change is never easy.

Some things that I am doing (or not doing!) that have helped:
1. Refuse to criticize. Critisism doesn't bring change, it only brings contention.
2. Pray with each child, seperately, morning and night. (This is where I say a prayer FOR that child, then listen while that child prays.)
3. Look for ways to spend time together, inviting the Spirit.

Last night between scriptures and prayer we spent time talking about some of our memories together. Boston shared her memories of picking up Kamden (he's adopted) and of the days that followed. Kamden talked fondly of a dog that we had at our last house. We talked about our first night in this home, all sleeping in the living room on one mattress because we were gutting the rest of the house. We talked about when Holden finally came home from NICU and about when we got our puppy, Saydee for Christmas.

(I have some work to do. I need to figure out where all our digital photos are and get them organized and accessible, possibly in a slideshow dvd format. It seems like we've backed them up, but not necessarily kept the back-ups together. My children all love watching old videos of themselves and seeing old pics. I'm overwhelmed at the task ahead of me, but I'm going to do it anyway!)

Anyway, our children all really enjoyed last night. And it did invite the Spirit to our home. I know we'll do it again sometime soon.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Interesting Day...

It's been an interesting day...

Paxton managed to lose his balance at just the right second while investigating the dog kennel. He managed to actually get himself stuck with the metal rod that latches the door shut gouged into the roof of his mouth. I had to lift him up to get it out. Oh, those mommy moments we wish we didn't have! I was in a tizzy until I got him settled down, arranged for someone to come sit with kids, and got him in to see our Pediatrician. He's okay, boy did it bleed. I thought we might be headed to Primary Children's for a little while.

We went, as a family, to see The Toothfairy. It was a super cute movie! My kids loved it! The theater wasn't even half full. Kenzington talked right out loud here or there during the movie and we kept shushing her. We sat at the back of the theater so I could easily go out with babies, etc. At one point she said something to me sorta loud and a guy in front of us turned around and said, "Wouldja get that kid outa here please?" Oh, I was not a happy momma! I DID take her out and I talked to her and then we went back in. I kept her as quiet as I could, but I didn't take her out every time she spoke. It was a kid's movie and she was being a kid! As the lights came up I smiled the biggest I could muster and went out of my way to make eye contact with the guy. "Have a nice night!" I said to him. There were a lot of things I would rather have said, but...

Here's hopes for a better day tomorrow!