Tuesday, January 31, 2012


I am been so blessed with the ward we live in. they have taken my kids the last 2 days brought us dinner. Other people I have never met are calling and asking to bring us stuff. Such wonderful kindness. I am so thankful.

The other wonderful thing is my mom is here!!!!!

Monday, January 30, 2012

too many to title

Today Jeffrey and Jed spent the day at a friends house, then that friend brought us dinner and some chicken wraps to keep in the freezer for future use. So awesome!
it was 63 today!! I took Henry outside for about an hour while I sat and watched the older 2 play, and I chatted with a neighbor. Then another kind neighbor took the older 2 down to the park with her kids. I love where I live!
showers are such a wonderful thing. There is nothing better than taking a nice warm shower.
Napping. I got about 2 of these into day such a wonderful feeling!!!

Sunday, January 29, 2012


There was just something wonderful about reading scriptures tonight. Maybe because all 7 of us were there, or my kids are actually paying attention to things now, and learning to look in the verses we have read to get the answers to our questions. Then after prayers Will said Dad how did Abraham get the Urm and thumum. We were both like huh? he gives a scripture that says just what he said. I love this. such a great feeling of peace in our home after we read. Thankful for the prophets counsel to have family scripture study. On days when it goes terrible I need to remember to come back and read this post.

Saturday, January 28, 2012


AS one who actually likes staying in the hospital as long as possible, I was very very happy to come home today. I miss my bed, my chair and most importantly my family. Things have seemed like a smooth transition home, but it has been half a day. The kids were all so excited to have the baby home. Hopefully their helpfulness will last long enough for my mom to get here on tuesday.

Friday, January 27, 2012


There is something about babies that you just want to hold. While Chris was at school I spent a lot of time on my bed sleeping and holding the baby. I love how he is so tiny and just first perfect on my chest. When the nurses took him out of the room at 5am today Chris was wide awake so he got onto my bed and we snuggled as best as a c-section patient and her husband can while on a hospital bed. I love being close to him.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

a sweet text

I sent Chris a text today telling him about the middle boys while they were at the hospital. He responds with this "I hope they treat you like the queen you are." I am so thankful for having a wonderful husband! I am so lucky to have him.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

2nd grade concert

tonight was Will's 2nd grade concert and I am so glad I got to see it. There were some very very funny moments by Will himself. mostly because he had a sweatshirt wrapped around his waist, his shoulders, holding it in his hands, or anywhere but just leaving it alone. Then there was a somewhat hip song, and the kids were doing rap moves. What made me very funny was this was a very very white group of kids. Will let his inner Sherwood out. his rap moves and such were much like any dancing you have ever seen me do. such a great night all the day before the baby comes. so glad I got to see it.

Monday, January 23, 2012


So during FHE Chris was talking about prayer. Jed raised his hand and said we fold our arms bow our heads and close our eyes. He did it perfect. We then asked him if he could do it during prayers. He said no. And he lived up to his word. He is only reverent during prayers at church. Guess we will get to work on that one. But I loved that he knew what he was supposed to do. score 1 parents :)

Sunday, January 22, 2012


Last wed I was upset. I was upset because I was not going to be able to hold my new baby the next day. I was upset because all of my best laid plans were going up in smoke. I fully understood why it was not a good idea to have the baby but I was not happy. As the days have past and as I got many questions today at church (because I should have had the baby by now). I can honestly say that I am fully at peace with the decision to not deliver the baby last week. I am happy that the Dr's know that it is much more important to have a healthy baby than a baby with lung issues. I am mostly happy that I can say with out anger, frustration, or any other hard feelings that I am actually pleased with this decision. Now as the days go on and I have more contractions I hope that if I am actually supposed go into the hospital before my scheduled time that it will be very obvious.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

So this morning started out way too early. At 5am I heard the angry birds theme song. Jed was playing the game. Needless to say within minuets of sending him back to bed crying. All of the kids were awake and playing way too loud by 5:30. I would have to say the best part of the day was from about 6:30 as the kids were up stairs and Chris and I were in bed talking. It was the first time in a long time we have done this and I forget how much I really love talking to him.

Friday, January 20, 2012

games and puzzles

playing ticket to ride with Chris and Michelle. and watching Will do a puzzle all by himself. Also found out that the baby will come next Friday at the latest with a small chance of Wed.

Thursday, January 19, 2012


As I was waking up from a nap I heard Michelle tickling Jed and Jeffrey and they were laughing so hard. It was such a sweet sweet sound. Nothing is better than an Aunt who loves their nephews and playing with them. They (and mostly I ) will be very sad to see her go on Sunday :(

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


So today was supposed to be great. go get a quick amniocentesis, find out the lungs were good and then have the baby tomorrow. Apparently this child is not ready to come yet. a few reasons why I suspect that. 1. During the amnio when the dr put the needle ( I can only assume it was long I had my eyes closed) He instantly put his hand to it and moved it. Michelle said that he swung it around. 2. test results that take 30 min took about 2 hours for me. His lungs are just barly above where it is acceptable. So this means no c-section tomorrow. As difficult as this is for any pregnant woman to hear, I am ok but was instantly so stressed with what am I going to do. Michelle leaves Sunday morning, and Carmen leaves the 28th while my mom doesn't come until the 8th. My biggest worry was how in the world am I going to survive when My MIL leaves while I am still in the hospital (they said next Thurs was tentative) and take care of my kids. after totally loosing it on the phone with my mom (its the pregnancy. . . right) She was able to change her first ticket on American Airlines for free!!! this is a massive miracle. Anyone who has ever tried to change a ticket on American knows this. So thankful for that huge miracle. I am also so thankful for michelle and her willingness to be the mother to my kids while I have been having a not so great day, and her willingness to go above and beyond anything I every expected her to do.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


As I sat on my bed crying earlier this evening. Finally becoming overwhelmed with everything that is about to take place. I realized how lucky I have been to have help. Often times when you don't have really good friends like you are used to (the one's who you can cry to and they need not say anything other that I'm sorry or I love you. or even say nothing at all just give you a hug). It is difficult to see how people truly help you out. Moving 3 times in the last 1.5 years has done this to me. Not that I am no longer friends with the people I was initially friends with, it just becomes harder to keep up with them. I have realized that it is the friends that I still have that are truly important. The older I get the fewer in number it seems, but family members get added to this list not just because you "have" to have them there but because you have gotten to that point in your relationship. I guess what I have realized tonight it that I am so thankful for help. When it seems like most help comes from afar you realize that there is help coming from close. Wither it is from someone you know well or someone who you don't know at all help always seems to come. I know none of this really makes any sense as my brain is totally fried today (the pregnancy will totally do that to me). I am so thankful for help. I could not have made it through this past 1.5 weeks without Michelle's help. I could not have made it these past almost 11 years with out Chris! I could not have made it the last 31 plus years with out my family. I am so thankful for the people who help big and small. Maybe someday I can be a help to someone the way these people and many others have been to me!

Monday, January 16, 2012


Will just came down stairs. telling me "I can't survive without water." Michelle and I could hardly contain our laughter. After I stopped laughing I proceed to tell him he can actually go 3 days without water. At least he is learning something

Sunday, January 15, 2012


Tonight Will had baptism preview. There are 13 kids in our ward turning 8 this year. I cannot believe that he is old enough to be baptized. He is overly excited to get baptized. I am so happy that he is excited for this day that is over 9 months away.

Saturday, January 14, 2012


I know it is early but I never want to forget this. Jeffrey said the prayers this morning and said bless mommy and the baby to be healthy. Which is often something that gets repeated every prayer. then he added his own. Bless when Mommy has the baby that they will both be healthy. I don't know how he knew this was a concern of mine but he knew and he prayed for it. Thanks Jeffrey I love you!

Friday, January 13, 2012


Today I was exhausted. I had been having contractions about every 15 - 20 min. So Chris and Michelle were wonderful enough to let me sleep some this afternoon. While I am still overly trashed (I will be going to sleep shortly) it was so nice to get some extra rest in. Thankful for family who knows just what I need.

Thursday, January 12, 2012


Played Uno with Chris and the kids tonight had a blast. Then we are playing phase 10. Love this game! great evening. which capped off a not so great day.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Today has been overall a happy day. Nothing in particular has happened but it has gone smooth and over all everyone has been happy. What more could I ask for!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


I was so happy when Michelle agreed to come and watch the kids while I had the baby. little did I know I would get her a week and a half early. It is so nice to have an extra set of adult hands at home. She has been so wonderful cleaning, entertaining. It has also been so nice to have another adult to talk to during the day. Thanks Michelle you are wonderful!!!

Monday, January 9, 2012

being a family

Today was quite busy. But it was a great day. Michelle and Chris went to my class with me at the Y, we went to Costco and walmart. came home put up some shelves. It was fun to just be a family and do normal things. The best part was Chris's family home evening activity. Annmarie did a photo about the tree of life. Then Chris blindfolded the kids and asked them to find things. they loved it. At the end we gave them string to hold onto then they found their way to Chris and he gave them "fruit" er. . . chocolate when they reached him. Love Chris's preparation for FHE tonight.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Scripture discussion

Other than Chris and the boys making it back safe at oh dark thirty this morning. But tonight as he got his scriptures out, then I got mine and Michelle got hers. We each studied on our own (love that effect). Chris asked me to come out and talk with him about wisdom. Chris is very smart in the scriptures and I often feel inadequate when we discuss things. So it was a shock to me that first off he asked. But it was a great time discussing that Wisdom is something so closely related to Christ. This is why we seek wisdom. we want wisdom to rule over us because it is essentially Christ ruling over us. Thanks Chris for taking the time to ask the opinion of someone much less scripture smart than you. It made my day discussing the scriptures with you.

Saturday, January 7, 2012


Today I'm very impatiently awaiting Chris and the boys return home. They will be back at about 1am if all goes well. I am reminded again how much I Love Chris. I know I have said that way to much lately, but I really do. I never like it when he is gone. I think one of my favorite movie lines ever is from Return to me. in it The lead says he misses his wife (passed away) but he aches for grace (his girlfriend) I think this sums up how I feel about Chris I ache for him when we are apart. I never thought of myself as a clingy person. But I cling to him. I love to be near him. I love to spend time with him. I love to see him with our children. I am so lucky to have him in my life. I am so thankful for the wonderful man that he is. I love him with all my heart.

Friday, January 6, 2012


It was with Will and Annmarie. We went to red robin, ate and came home and played Uno and old maid for over an hour. Love playing games with my kids. Can't wait until we can play phase ten! Miss Chris desperatly. I miss the younger 2 when I see them. I do not miss the mess they make. I guess that might make me a bad mother but with all the pregnancy pains I've been having lately it was heaven sent of Chris to take them away for a week. I still hurt like crazy but I hurt less because I'm not chasing, clean, scolding etc them. Thanks Chris your the best thing that ever happened to me!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Sun!!

I know that today is only half over but I couldn't help noting how beautiful it is outside. It is 63 and sunny! I just came back in from reading a book (uninterrupted) for over an hour. I am hoping to take the kids to a park when they get home from school. Love beautiful sunny days!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

making new friends

After the kids got on the bus today I went and chatted with my neighbor Karen. It was so nice. we chatted for about 2 hours. I loved getting to know her better and seeing that there are others out there like I am.

While skpying with Chris tonight Jed and Jeffrey kept popping in. I love seeing them and realize that I really really miss all 3 of my boys that are gone. I guess I am a sucker for the boys. love them and am so thankful for them

I cleaned my front rooms last night and guess what. They were clean all day today. It is amazing what 4 pairs of missing messy hands can do.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

to do lists

I can say I actually completed everything on my list today and no it wasn't just 1 thing long. I got a bunch accomplished. The best part is that I feel like when I cleaned it will actually stay clean for longer than 5 min. Also I'm so thankful for Kindy and her willingness to watch my 2 boys while Chris went to Vegas today. I know the boys had a blast and loved playing with their cousins. So thankful for family.

Monday, January 2, 2012


Today Chris Jeffrey and Jed made it to AZ safely. Then we skyped FHE. love that I can still see my kids even though they are 1500 miles away. Love the positives about technology!

Sunday, January 1, 2012


 Will, Annmarie and myself took Freezer Jam to 3 families from our old branch. I was wonderful to talk with them and see how they have been. We do miss our friends and are so thankful for new ones and old ones.

Chris took the younger 2 to AZ right after church today. I must say  I am a little excited to get a rest before the baby comes