Sunday, January 24, 2010

Life and being thankful

This week has been a week of sickness. I started it off with one of the worst UTI's I've had. Tyler went late Monday night to the store for me to get some more pain relief even thought he didn't feel good. We didn't know it at the time but Tyler had strep throat. He was so sick he was in bed most of the week. Brig ended the week with strep throat. I have had a lot of time to ponder things this week as I laid around and awake. Whenever I'm sick it makes me so grateful for when I'm not. I am so thankful that I am healthy most of the time. It made me so grateful for my sweet kids. Spencer knew that I wasn't feeling good and I was getting up to clean and he insisted that I sit down and he cleaned for me. Spencer is such a great son. I feel so blessed to be his mother.

Austin has been quite a challenge this week. Whenever he doesn't get his way it turns into a tantrum. I love Austin so much and I wish I knew the right things to do to help him. I've been listening to a song a lot and it helps me as I deal with him. It is called Hang on and it is by Plumb. Here are the lyrics:

hang on when the water is rising
hang on when the waves are crashing
hang on just don't ever let go

i'm so stubborn, it's how i got here
so alone, feels like forever
wanna swim away
and breath the open air
I feel so afraid
then I hear you say

hang on when the water is rising
hang on when the waves are crashing
hang on just don't ever let go

I'm so hungry, how can I stay here
I'm starving for what I hold so dear
like a huricane
takes everything
from me, wake me from this dream

hang on when the water is rising
hang on when the waves are crashing
hang on just don't ever let go
hang on when you are barely breathing
hang on when your hearts still beating
hang on just don't ever let go

three days, thirty years
so hopeless doesn't matter
don't say it's too late
if you blink your eyes
the sun is rising
the sun is rising

hang on when the water is rising
hang on when the waves are crashing
hang on just don't ever let go
hang on when you are barely breathing
hang on when your hearts still beating
hang on just don't ever let go

This song reminds me to Hang on. I know in the next moment Austin will return to his sweet self. Today Austin was a great kid, he cleaned his room without me asking and he helped me. I just wish I knew how to deal with him on the difficult days, which are quite a few right now.

Hailey is her usual self. Most of the time she is a sweet fun little girl. Yesterday she went to a birthday party and I took her to pick out a present in the morning. She thought it was so fun. She picked out a pink fluffy valentines bear that said Be Mine. I knew she would pick something like that.

Ethan has also been quite a challenge lately. I think he's been hanging around Austin too much. Actually I think he just has the same problem as Austin. I don't know how to deal with his tantrums either.

Brig is a fun little guy. He keeps taking his diaper off. He doesn't like to be poopy or wet so the second he pees he takes his diaper off. He climbs out of his crib every morning when he gets up and if I don't close his door when I put him to bed. He also really likes to eat vitamin C's. I take vitamin C almost every day and when I get mine he says "min min" for vitamin.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Brig is 2!

On Friday the 8th of January Brig turned 2 years old. I can't believe that my baby is that big. I was worried that we wouldn't have a camera to take pics on his birthday but fortunately we were able to get another one. Here Brig is at the hospital...notice how chubby his little legs are. They are still chubby in a cute way :)Photobucket
Here he is blowing out the candles on his cake. I had to lite them twice because he kept blowing them out. His shirt is dirty because I let him lick the bowl that had cake batter in it.
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Here Brig is enjoying his cake and ice cream.
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I'm so thankful that Brig is a part of our family!

For one of our family night activities we made journals. They are to help our kids recognize Our Heavenly Father's hand in our lives. Also it is a gratitude journal so that they can think of things that they are thankful for. In Hailey's journal she came up with all sorts of things that she was thankful for and the very last thing that she wrote was "I'm thankful I'm still here." I too am thankful that she is still here. I love my little Hailey.
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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Seattle and Gratitude....a life lesson

On the 28th of December we left for Seattle. My BIL Trevor was getting married. We were all excited to go and planned to stay a few extra days to see some of the sights. On the 30th Trevor was married and Shawn (another BIL) took a really nice pic of the fam at the temple with our digital camera. I also captured a few really adorable shots of Brig. Our kids were so well behaved on the trip that wherever we went we were complimented on them. This definitely made me feel pretty good. On the 31st we went to the Space Needle and Pacific Science center. I am extremely afraid of heights and decided not to pay to be tortured so I stayed on the ground with Brig while Tyler and the rest of the kids went up to the top. I took a few pics of the Space needle before we went in and when we came out I was really glad I had because it had started raining and it would have been hard to get a pic in the rain. On the 1st (New Years Day) we decided to take our kids out to Ocean Shore to see the beach. The day was stormy, but I figured that it rains a lot in Washington. Our kids have never been to the ocean and I was really looking forward to showing them the ocean and looking for shells. It took us around 2 hours to drive out to the beach and by the time we made it out there it was lunch time so we went to eat at a really delicious sea food restaurant before we went to the beach. After we finished eating we excitedly headed to the beach. We didn't really have a place in mind we just knew we were driving towards the ocean. Finally we found a spot....Tyler, the kids and I headed for the Ocean. There was a giant log up on the beach that we sat on, it was about 300 yards from where the tide was currently. A couple came walking by and I asked if they would take our picture. They said sure and we all sat on the log and posed, however I didn't realize that my camera was full. I told them thank you for the attempt and the tide came up to the log we were sitting on. All of us climbed up on the log and lifted our feet and we didn't get wet. The couple kept walking down the beach. I talked to Hailey about where we would go to pick up some shells. Suddenly the tide came up to where the log was again, Tyler the kids and I hopped up onto the log to avoid getting wet. What we didn't realize was that there was another wave behind it and we were hit with a big wave of water. It threw us all off of the log and covered us in water and as I scrambled up off of my back I began frantically searching for my children. Spencer saw the wave coming and ran up the beach and was able to avoid it. However the rest of us were hit, I saw that Tyler was still holding Brig, Austin was just beginning to stand next to me, and I began to frantically scan the water around me for Hailey and Ethan. I screamed “where is Ethan?” I saw Tyler grab Hailey as the ocean tide began to retreat taking her with it. I saw Ethan face down in the water about ten feet from me, I ran over and grabbed him by the back of the coat and picked him up. After I picked him up I looked up in time to see the tide carrying my camera out to the ocean. Tyler and Spencer tried to chase after it but I told them not to worry about it. That camera was NOTHING to me compared to almost losing my children. We headed back to the car covered in sand and soaking wet from head to toe (except Spencer who only got his feet wet when he ran back to help us). I carried Ethan and as I walked back to the car I passed another car and saw a guy sitting in the passenger seat. When he saw me he shook his head, I imagine he was thinking I was crazy risking my kids lives out there on the beach, however I didn't realize this at the time, he should have said something to me. I made it back to the car and began stripping Ethan's clothes off to put him in his car seat. Hailey, and the rest of the kids followed me back to the car as well. Hailey was the most traumatized and I believe we could have easily lost her since the ocean was retreating with her. Hailey was so sad and I wanted to comfort her but I needed to take care of Ethan also. When I finished taking Ethan's clothes off and loading him into his car seat I went around to the other side of the car to take care of Hailey. As I came around the other side I saw Spencer with his arm around Hailey comforting her, I was really touched that he would be so kind to her. I let Hailey sit on my lap for the first part of the ride so that I could comfort her, she was so scared and sad. She even had sand coming out of her nose. As I sat in the car for our 2 hour ride back to the hotel, I cried tears of gratitude for my family. I was so thankful for my father in Heaven and that we were safe. I felt so thankful for every one of my children, I really know what a blessing that they are in my life.