Sunday, August 23, 2009

The Start of a New School Year

School started last Wednesday. Ali started 3rd grade and Abby started kindergarten. I was bumbed that I couldn't take them that first day. Josh said that Abby did well and could care less if he was there. I miss them because they have been my helpers here especially after my fall. But Nate, Ty and I are bonding and Nate takes good care of me. There are several new posts after this so keep scrolling if you want!!

What a cheese!!

Always ready to pose!

Our big 3rd grader!

Yes, they wanted to dress alike!!!!!!

A Visit from a Macaw

A friend of ours surprised the kids with a visit from his pet macaw. The kids were so excited because this is their favorite bird.

Tyson Tries Rice Ceral

We finally are giving Tyson cereal. But believe me this kid has not been starved. This 5 month old is 23.5 lbs! And yes, he DOESN'T take a bottle!!!!!!!!!!!

And no, he doesn't really like it!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Things I've Learned

WARNING: LONG RANT AHEAD, MAY NOT BE WORTH YOUR TIME TO READ!!! Well it has been almost 6 weeks since I have been stuck in bed. The doc says that my leg is healing well from the x-rays. I still use crutches or a wheelchair to get around and I lay in bed most of the day. I can put some pressure on my foot, like let it rest on the floor. That is progress. Since I am in my bed most of the day I have had plenty of time to think so here is what I have learned.

1. I have been doing way too much for my kids. Since my injury they have been so helpful. Ali is changing diapers, Abby makes breakfast for us (frozen waffles), and Nate can clean up almost any spill on the floor. When I am well we are definitely making a permanent chore chart!

2. I love to read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have known that since high school but with kids and everything else I had forgotten how much I enjoyed it. I've even started to read long chapter books to the kids. We are currently reading "Where the Red Fern Grows" and Ali is loving it. She keeps saying "read one more chapter please."

3. TV really does stink 95% of the time. OK so we have like 999 channels and I am not exaggerating all that much. We even have the premium movie channels but there really isn't anything good to watch. Granted, I love my Spanish novelas, Operation Repo and the cake decorating/cooking shows but other than that there is nothing. This is extremely frustrating when you are stuck in a bed for 6 weeks until you turn it off and pick up a book!

4. I LOVE TO EXERCISE (enough said).

5. I am independent! I like to do things for myself and in my own little special way. Yes, I clean my bathroom, do my laundry and load my dishwasher in certain special ways. Yes, I know there is more than one way to do these things so I am learning to let go. I also don't like to ask for help. This has been hard because I haven't really had a choice. It is hard to watch others clean my house, take care of my kids, and cook for me. I don't understand why I love to serve others yet have such a hard time letting them serve me.

6. I love to drive. I hate having to be dependent on someone to take me somewhere. If I want to go to Target to look to see what is new then I go. If I want a drink from Sonic, a burrito from Taco Bell and fries from Mc Donalds than I go and do it. Boy I miss that!!

7. Lying in bed with nothing to do is not all that grand! It stinks hearing your child crying in another room and not being able to see what it wrong. It's hard when your highlight of the day is when your husband comes home and can finally help you into the shower. It sucks having to wake your exhausted husband up in the middle of the night one more time because your teething infant is crying and wants to be walked.

8. I love to cook! Making cookies just because... enough said!

9. I have the best ward in the world. My visiting teacher and RS President have been amazing. I couldn't list all of the things they have done for me. And just friends in the ward who call every Friday for a shopping list, bring books to read, projects I can do from bed, and a Sonic drink because they thought I might like one. They have cleaned my house, colored my hair, brought meals and flowers, and watched my kids. They have been like family and I am so thankful for them.

10. I have an awesome family! My mom and sisters have helped so much. My mom has traveled hours to come and help just for a day or two several times. My sister from Florida used her vacation time here to clean my house and help us out. And then there is my husband. I can't say enough about him. He has suffered the brunt of all of this misfortune. He has done so much and said so little (no complaining). He truly has stayed true to the "in sickness and in health" part of the whole marriage thing. He has been both mom and dad. He jumps right in after coming home from an 11 hour day and has been getting 4-5 hours of extremely interrupted sleep for the last 6 weeks. He has been my hero through this all. I love you Josh!