Friday, September 30, 2011

A Year of Tender Mercies

Last year on the 30th of September Tyler was flipped off of a pivot and broke his back and pelvis. Over the past year I have been able been able to reflect on the the tender mercies of the lord and of miracles that happen in our lives. I look back and feel so amazed at the blessings in our life. I am so thankful for Tyler and the wonderful father and husband he is. I am so thankful that he is still here and able to help me to teach and care for our children.
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When baby Max was a week old Spencer had appendicitis. I felt inspired that Tyler needed to take him to the emergency room. I told Tyler “I think that Spencer needs his appendix out, you should take him to the emergency room.” They arrived to the emergency room around 5 and by 7 they had Spencer back in the operating room. They actually made it home by 11:30 that night. I am so thankful for the inspiration that I receive from the Lord it helps me to be able to take care of my family!

The whole time that Tyler was in the hospital was difficult. I didn't know how long he would be in the hospital and I didn't know if he would have complete feeling in his lower limbs, but I did feel a peace in my whole being that everything would be alright.


I remember the day after Tyler had his surgery they made him get up and walk for the very first time. He only made it about 5 steps, with the aid of the walker and the nurse. I kept trying to push him to go further. I went to my parents house later in the day and cried and took a nap (I am sure I was super tired). That day was probably the most overwhelming to me. After that Tyler's recovery seemed so much quicker and the milestones were a lot bigger than 5 steps. It was still a long recovery. I am so thankful for the strength I received at that time.
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In his general conference address Elder David A. Bednar spoke about the tender mercies of the Lord and he stated ” Through personal study, observation, pondering, and prayer, I believe I have come to better understand that the Lord’s tender mercies are the very personal and individualized blessings, strength, protection, assurances, guidance, loving-kindnesses, consolation, support, and spiritual gifts which we receive from and because of and through the Lord Jesus Christ. Truly, the Lord suits “his mercies according to the conditions of the children of men” (D&C 46:15). I feel the same way as Elder Bednar only he says it better!

Life is so good for us. We are so blessed and I am so thankful for all that I have.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

A time of Firsts

At the end of August the kids started school. It was kind of a bittersweet moment for me. Spencer started 7th grade. The 7th grade is in a junior and senior high school. It is kind of scary to send my boy to a school with high school kids.
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He also went to his first school dance. I didn't want him to go very bad, and I tried to convince him that girls were stupid, but he didn't believe me. I also tried to make a curfew super early so he'd only go to part of the dance but his dad told me that I need to lighten up....lol. I wouldn't really make him come home early but I might be up for volunteering to help with the next junior high dance :D He danced 10 times with different girls. I actually like that he didn't stick with just one girl. I don't want him to have a girlfriend until he comes home from his mission.

Here is Austin with his teacher Mrs. Hawkes. She is a really nice teacher and I hope Austin remembers to behave in her class.
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Here is Hailey with her teacher. She doesn't look happy because she bawled all morning. She has had a lot of anxiety about going to school. I have been working with her and her teacher Mrs. Mitton to get things settled down.
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Ethan started kindergarten. He loves going to school. The other day he came home from school and asked if he could bring a pickle for his teacher because it is her favorite food. I let him take a jar of home made pickles for her. The next day another boy brought her a tupperware of pickles...lol Kindergarten kids are so cute. Ethan's teacher, Miss Porter, seems really nice. I hope she stays for a while.
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Since school has started Hailey has been quite interested in bugs. One day she caught 16 tiny grasshoppers. I told her that she couldn't keep them. It was the weekend and she asked if she could keep them until Tuesday to show her class at school. I told her she could but they might die before then. She made sure the grasshoppers had plenty of lettuce leaves to eat and prayed every night that they would survive until she could show them to her class. Then she promised Heavenly Father that she would let them go. They all survived and she let them go when she got home from school.
Another night we watched a movie called 17 Miracles there are a few parts that are quite emotional and Hailey and I both cried. After the movie was over we talked about miracles and how thankful we were that Tyler was still alive and not paralyzed. Then Hailey gave our family prayer and I think it was one of the sweetest sincere prayers that I have heard from one of our kids. She thanked Heavenly Father that we have food and shelter and that our dad is still on the earth.

The other day I was in the kitchen swatting flies and Brigham said to me "Jesus likes
flies." I said "He does?" Ethan was in the kitchen and he said "Yeah he does, because he created them." It had made a profound impact on the way that I view some things.

This past weekend we went to Utah for a bridal shower for my sister Becca. On our way down we stopped at the gateway mall to get Spencer's ipod fixed. After I let the kids play in the Splash pad area for a bit. It was a lot of fun for them. I enjoyed watching them. I think that Brigham had the most fun.
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I was able to hold my sister Christine's baby Sam for the first time. He is so adorable and tiny. I can't believe that Max was that small once.
This morning before we left my sweet sister Leslie came over to my mom's house and helped her make us a delicious breakfast. It is so fun when someone else makes breakfast. I am so thankful for all of my family.
On Friday when we got to my parents house my Dad built a fire in the fire pit they have out in their orchard and we made smores. It was so fun and my dad was so patient with my kids. It was a fun visit and I can't wait to go again for Becca's wedding reception!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

The end of August...Goodbye summer

School starts on Monday and it feels like it was just let out. During the second full week of August it is fair week. This year Spencer and Austin did sugarbeets again. We had quite a time picking out the best beets to enter in for the display. All of the kids had to get in on the action.
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After we took the beets home that they had selected they both accidentally broke the tap root off of their beets and we had to make a quick run to the beet field by our house to pick a few more. Spencer received a blue ribbon on his beets and his beet book and Austin received a red ribbon on his beets and a blue on his record book. Poor Austin broke the tap root on one of his beets when he was carrying them to turn them in. They have been working hard in the field and I am proud of them. They are learning to work together as a team.
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While the kids were in the field picking their sugar beets we noticed a lot of smoke not very far away from where we were. When we finished I took the kids to see what was on fire. One of our neighbors grain fields was. I asked on of them what happened and they said they didn't know maybe a cigarette. It looked to me like they lost about 1/3 of their field.
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This week Grandma Dalton came to visit. We had a fun time hanging out with her. She was a lot of help to me and Max loved all of the extra attention he got.
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A week ago we had our family pictures done. I don't have them back yet but I found it amusing that all of the kids fought over who got to hold Max for the picture. Every single one of them had to have their picture taken with Max. I am sure he will grow up knowing how loved he is. I just took this picture of the kids and they fought over who got to lay by Max...lol. Poor baby.
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I am so thankful for my children and for Tyler. Tyler's mom just emailed me the pictures that she took of him while he was in the hospital. They are difficult for me to look at, but I also know that it was a miracle that he is alive and not paralyzed. I am so thankful for him and the good husband that he is.

This last picture I climbed up on our antenna tower to take. It was very frustrating because Ethan and Brigham kept lifting their feet up. Finally I gave up. When I was looking over the picture I saw that Spencer had his shirt lifted up. I asked him "Why did you leave your shirt like that?" He said "I wanted my six pack abs to show up in the picture." LOL He is so funny, and such a nice kid.
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This is my second time editing this post because I keep thinking of more things to add. Today we went to Downata Hot Springs. It was a lot of fun. Since Tyler's accident things have changed for him. He has no desire to go on any of the water slides. He doesn't even want to go snowboarding ever again. I tease him that he has turned into an old man. He was so much help to me today, I am so thankful for him. He held Max in the pool and played with him, Max giggled and laughed and had a good time. Max is so special to all of us. I am so thankful that we decided to have him.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

A watch battery and a lego!

A watch battery and a Lego are what I found in Max's poopy diaper the other day! I knew that Brigham had fed him the lego because he had choked on it and Hailey tried to get it out of his mouth, unsucessfuly. I have caught Brigham trying to feed Max things a few times. I'm glad that sweet Max is okay though. He has been such a sweet easy going little guy. He is also not that big, which is weird to me since I usually have big ones..lol
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It has taken me awhile to prepare mentally to write about the next thing. Spencer's friend Dean broke his arm at our house a few weeks ago. They went for a ride in the mule (an ATV not an animal). Spencer got out of the mule to show Dean some of the sugar beets and he was teasing him that he was going to leave him. Well he was sitting in the passenger seat and he stepped on the gas and grabbed the steering wheel. He crashed the mule into a pole and somehow the way his arm was caught in the steering wheel broke it. It was so bad it was obvious that it was broken by the way that the bones were poking. I sort of panicked. When I first saw his arm I said "Oh that looks terrible." I must have forgotten all that they taught in first aid, because I now recall them saying that you never tell them how bad it looks. When they made it back to the house he was laying on the floor in the garage and I picked him up loaded him into the car. I said to him we have two choices I can take you home and your mom can take you to the ER or I can take you and we can call your mom. He said "I just want to get to the hospital." We called his mom and dad on the way there. Fortunately his dad is a police officer and works close to the hospital. I was worried that they wouldn't be able to give him anything for the pain without his parents being there. His dad finally made it and I went home and took care of his other siblings so that his mom could be there without worry. I swear we have the worst luck at our house. Dean is a really nice kid and fortunately his parents still let him come over to our house. We did come up with a new rule though. The kids can't give friends rides on the mule or 4 wheelers.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

July in a nutshell

A couple of Sundays ago, I was so proud of myself I had the kids all ready to go to church and it wasn't even noon yet and church starts at one. As I began to prepare a dinner in the crock pot I noticed that it was rather quiet in the house. I looked around and asked "where is Brigham?" I was informed that he and Ethan went outside. I went to find them so that hopefully their church clothes didn't get dirty. Ethan came in the house and Brigham followed behind. Brigham looked up at me with one of his sweet smiles and said "I run through the sprinklers!" he was completely soaked. I frantically peeled off his soaking wet church clothes and threw them into the dryer on high. They were dry just in time put them on as we left :)
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We had our Marchant family reunion at the beginning of July. It was fun and interesting. We went to a place called Crystal Hot Springs. It was kind of a run down place and our camp site was right next to a pond. When we first arrived the outhouse didn't even have toilet paper. The worst part though was that there was a train track right next to the camp ground and trains went by almost every hour during the night. It even woke up Max when they went by. Les, Becca, Brandon and I all went up and put pennies and other various coins on the train tracks. I tried sandwiching some pennies together and double stacked a couple of nickles. I loved finding the coins after the trains passed. The kids really enjoyed catching tadpoles in the pond. My niece Cassie brought a container so that all of the tadpoles my kids caught could live with cassie :D Brigham still had his cast on and my sweet sister Leslie bought a cast cover so that he would be able to swim. He loved getting in the water and Leslie was such a help to me. I am so grateful for her.
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Tyler was unable to come with us and I missed having him there. He has been helping build a new shop. The other day as I pulled into the driveway I looked over in time to see him standing on the backhoe scoop up in the air working on the shop doors. I thought about taking a picture and posting to my facebook what you shouldn't do after breaking your back 9 months ago, but I really should post what a miracle that Tyler can do this. I really know that miracles happen in our lives every day and if you really pay attention that you will see the hand of God in your life.
Here is a picture of Tyler standing on the backhoe scoop.
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Here is a close up picture of how handsome he is!
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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Birthday's, Broken Arms & Windows and Parasites

On June 23 my Spencer turned 12! He is turning into such a nice young man. I love him so much. He is my best helper around the house. On his birthday he had a party and invited a few friends over. He wanted a sleepover but the next day was a scout backpacking hike and they had to be the the church at 6AM so I told him no to a sleepover. When he was gone I really missed him. On Sunday Spencer received the Priesthood. Next Sunday he will be passing the Sacrament. He is so grown up now.
We let him light his own candles. He put all 12 together to make a big flame.
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On Spencer's birthday Ethan went outside and drank some water leaking from a cement pipe by our house. He came into the house and told me how good the water tasted. I asked him what water he was drinking and he told me. I told him not to drink the water because it was canal water and he could get a parasite. I should add here that he is paranoid about getting a parasite from watching Monsters Inside me from the Animal planet. That night as we had family prayer and Ethan prayed that he wouldn't get a parasite....lol. So far he hasn't but with the luck I've had lately I wouldn't be surprised if he did.

On the 28th it was my birthday. When you are the mom birthdays aren't that exciting, but my life is good. I have such sweet children and a great husband. For my Birthday Hailey gave me a necklace and earrings, Spencer gave me a couple of Hershey candy bars, Ethan gave me a koala bear and Austin played Count Your Many Blessings on the piano. During the day I made myself a cake and cupcakes for a girl in my ward who has the same birthday as I do. Tyler planned to take me to dinner that evening for my birthday. Spencer was going to babysit while we were at dinner. While I was getting myself ready to go Austin helped himself to a large piece of cake. I felt a bit annoyed because I had wanted to have the family together to sing to me :D and celebrate before we cut into the cake. Tyler and I had a nice dinner together and on our way home Spencer called to let me know that a water fight had taken place in the house. While I felt slightly annoyed I wasn't really mad because I remembered when I had a water fight in my parents house when I was a kid. I prepared myself for a water clean up when I got home. As I pulled into the driveway Ethan came over to the car and told me that he had gotten locked out of the house and had thrown a cement rock at my bedroom window to try and get in and had broken my window. At this point I felt so discouraged. I came into the house and Spencer had already gotten most of the water mess cleaned up. After I got the kids into bed for the night I sat on our bed to feed Max and have a good cry. As I sat there feeling sorry for myself and wondering where I went wrong I heard the ladder to the bunk bed tip over and Brigham start to cry. He came into my room and I could see that he hurt his arm. Tyler and I could tell immediately that it was broken. I put my clothes back on and took Max and Brigham to the Emergency Room. Earlier in the evening Brigham had gotten into a marker and colored all over himself and a bar stool. I was pretty mad about it and took the marker and broke it in half and threw it away. While we were at the ER each person that came into the room would ask him what happened to his arm and he would tell them. A little later while the doctor and nurse were in our room Brigham said "Mom broke my.....(insert long pause)............marker." It seemed like he was going to say arm...lol. We didn't get home until almost 2AM from the ER and they just splinted his arm and said call the orthopedic surgeon in the morning. It was 3 by the time I got to bed and then between Brigham and Max waking up I felt like I hadn't gotten any sleep. Brigham was really cute when he would wake up though. He kept saying "Like you Mom." He also asked for me to hold him. I ended up sleeping with Brigham on one side of me and Max on the other. Yesterday (the 29th) Brigham had his surgery about noon and we didn't get home until 7PM.

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Here is a picture of my little pal after surgery. I love my little Brigham!

Life is good for me. I am so thankful for Tyler and my sweet children. They are all such a blessing to me.

Friday, June 17, 2011

4 wheeler accident

The month since school has been out has flown by! My house has been a lot cleaner since my slaves...lol have been home to clean it. I have been going through a lot more laundry though. The kids go outside and play in water and then think it is time to come in and get fresh clothes on. I made a new rule that unless I approve they can't change their clothes.

A couple of days ago Spencer and Austin came home from riding their 4 wheeler's. I saw them pull into the yard and wondered why Austin was using his 4 wheeler to push Spencer's. As they came into the house Austin came into the kitchen and warned me that Spencer had an accident on his 4 wheeler. When Spencer came into the kitchen I could see that he had a bloody nose and scraped up his face. He also hurt his neck and shoulder. I decided that I should probably take him to the Emergency room to be checked out. After about 4 hours of waiting they said one spot on his neck looked questionable but it probably wasn't a fracture and he has some pulled ligaments in his neck. I know his neck has been pretty sore but I am so grateful that he wasn't hurt worse. Spencer said that he was going down a hill that was too steep. He went over the handle bars and the 4 wheeler rolled on top of him and then bounced back up. Austin saw it all happen and told me he thought that Spencer was dead. We are all thankful that he is okay. Hailey is such a sweet nurturing sister. She took great care of Spencer. She would bring him ice water in his room and check to make sure he was okay. Hailey sure is a sweet girl.
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Baby Max is getting to be such a fun baby. I'm sure he is the most spoiled baby that we have had. I love holding him and I don't plan on having any more so I am enjoying every moment. All of the kids love holding him too.
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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Baptism, Blessings and more from our crazy life!

On April 9th Hailey was baptized. Just before the baptism Ethan decided to cut his own hair so I had to shave his head about 20 minutes before it was time to leave. He hated that I shaved his head and thought it looked ugly. For a month now he has worn a stocking hat to church because he didn't like his hair and didn't want anyone to see it! Finally last week I made him take his hat off.
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For the Baptism Ethan kept his coat over his hair...lol
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Baby Max has been so sweet. His blessing day went great. It was kind of amusing to me to be having Hailey confirmed and Max blessed at church on the same day.

We still always have some kind of chaos at our house...A week ago Friday Ethan fell off of the mule roof and cut his hand. I was so happy that I made it to the doctors office instead of having to go to the emergency room. On Mothers Day Sunday I noticed that Ethan's hand was quite swollen and looked like it was either broken or infected. Not wanting to take him to the emergency room I decided to wait it out. On Sunday night around 10PM Ethan woke up and cried about his hand. He also had developed a fever so I knew I couldn't wait any longer to take him in. The emergency room took forever and I didn't get home until about 2AM. To me the worst part was that I knew I wouldn't get a nap the next day.
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Ethan was really tough. He had to have a shot in his hip and it was painful. He didn't even cry. He is such a funny kid. They were going to give him a stuffed frog at the ER. The front desk lady came and set it next to him and said "do you want that?" He took a casual glance at it and said "No." He is so blunt and honest. A little later he told the doctor that he did want a toy though. The gave him the choice of a Koala Bear or a monkey. He Picked the Koala bear because it was softer. One day I was helping a girl in the area clean her house. Ethan came with me and looked around and loudly stated "Boy this house sure is messy!" I tried to quiet him down and remind him that the reason that we were there was to help with the mess.

Mother's Day at church Hailey went and picked Brigham up from nursery and he ran off. Spencer and I searched all over the church trying to find him. He wasn't in the church anywhere so we went out to the parking lot to search. I couldn't see him anywhere. Finally I decided I ought to check our car. He was in the car and had peed his pants. I took that as my cue that it was time to leave. I was disappointed that I had to miss sacrament meeting. I hoped that I could get a nap at least for Mother's day but no luck there either.

I am so thankful to be a mother. Life is so good to me. There are a few older ladies in Relief Society that love to hold Max. I don't mind sharing my sweet baby with them. Today the lady that held him is one that was never able to have children of her own. I could see by the look on her face that she enjoyed every minute of it.
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There have been some events in our community that have given people cause to mourn and as I have helped serve them and prayed for them I have reflected on this Song.

Because I have been given much
Because I have been given much, I too must give.
Because of thy great bounty, Lord each day I live.
I shall divide my gifts from thee with every brother that I see,
who has the need of help from me.
Because I have been sheltered, fed by thy good care…
I cannot see another’s lack and I not share-
my glowing fire, my loaf of bread-my roof’s safe shelter over head,
that he too may be comforted.
Because I have been blessed by thy great love dear Lord,
I’ll share thy love again according to thy word.
I shall give love to those in need. I’ll show that love by word and deed,
thus shall my thanks be thanks indeed.

On Friday my parents and Ben came to visit. I love when they come. My mom helped me catch up on my laundry. She even mated socks. Mating socks is my least favorite thing to do. It was so fun to be able to visit with my mom and dad. I love them so much. Ben is so fun too. He is kind of like an older brother to Spencer and Austin when he visits. Of course all of my kids think he is cool. Just before they left he was telling my dad that they were going to have to stop somewhere for him to use the bathroom on the way home. I asked him why don't you just pull over and pee on the side of the rode...lol. He looked at me like I was nuts. I teased him and said "You would think you were raised with a bunch of girls!" For those of you who don't know he was raised with a bunch of girls. Now that I am an adult I feel guilty that I might have picked on him or teased him for the way that boys are. Boys are so fun, and I love all of my boys!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Tazmanian Devil aka Brig and Sweet baby Max

Yesterday was a rough day for Brigham. He is a sweet boy and a lot of fun, but he has reached a challenging and stubborn phase that is really difficult for me. So yesterday all within an hour Brig squeezed Dawn dish soap all over the carpet. My sweet Spencer was so nice to help me clean up the kitchen where soap had spilled. While I was shampooing the carpet he went into the storage room and knocked a jar of pickled beets off the storage room shelf. While I was carpet shampooing the pickled beets up he peed on the floor. Then he decided to help himself to the bottle of benadryl. Fortunately Spencer busted him and stopped him before he drank too much. I did have to call poison control though. They told me it would either make him sleepy or wired. I told them I'd pray for sleepy. It did end up making him sleep...lucky me. Today hasn't been as bad but he did get into the shampoo and he rubbed it all over Tyler's massage chair. He also tried to flush Ethan's shirt down the toilet.

Brigham talks a lot now. Something that he tells me every day is "I hate you." Usually after I have disciplined him. I always just say "I know." In a calm voice so he knows that I don't care :) The rest of the day he tells me "like you." He is so funny. He calls our house "yours house." Referring to it as mine. When he has a toy car he will say things like "Here is mine toy car." When he asks to sit on my bed he will say "can I sit on yours bed." This morning he said "like you mommy Jenny." Yesterday I was explaining to the other kids that my name is Jenny but to show respect they call me Mom. I guess he remembered my name.

Baby Max is so cute. He will be six weeks old tomorrow. He has started smiling. Something that he has done that is really adorable is laughing in his sleep (none of my other kids have done this). I haven't gotten him to laugh while he is awake but something in his sleep makes him laugh. The other night when I was at our Relief Society Birthday dinner one of the other ladies was holding him and he was sleeping and laughing. All of the ladies sitting at the table I was at saw and thought it was cute.

For spring break we went and visited my parents. We stayed with my sister Leslie. My dad had his knee replaced about 2 days before I had Max, so my parents hadn't seen the baby before. Here is a pic of my mom with Max.
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Here is a picture of my niece Rachel with Max. She seemed to really love him :)
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While we were in Utah we had to stop at my favorite baker and get doughnuts. Leslie doesn't live to far away from the Dunford factory. My favorite are the chocolate cake doughnuts, unfortunately (or fortunately) my kids love the same ones so they don't last very long. I think if I lived closer to the Dunford factory I'd have to run 10 miles every day just so that I could eat all of those doughnuts and not get fat..lol.
My sister Becca took all of the pictures that I am posting today :)
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Leslie planned a really fun Easter egg hunt while we were there. The kids had a lot of fun and I really enjoyed hanging out with my sisters and their families.
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Austin and Caleb checking out the goodies.
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My sweet Spencer
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Ethan and Anna.

Around our house there is never a dull moment. At the beginning of this month Brigham cut the tip of his finger badly with a hand blender (there was nothing left to stitch so we cut off the chunks of dead skin and bandaged it up). On Tuesday Spencer asked Tyler to help him pull a tooth that was starting to be loose. Well it wasn't loose enough and when they went to pull it his gum ripped all the way down to his lip with the tooth still attached. It made Spencer's face sore and it was quite an ordeal to get the tooth out. I ended up taking him to the dentist on Wednesday and there is still a small piece of tooth left but when the next adult tooth comes in it will hopefully push out the left over piece.

When I came home from the hospital after I had Max, Ethan took one look at me and exclaimed "You are only a little bit fat now." LOL he definitely speaks the truth. I am so thankful for my good strong body and that I am able to run. Because I ran until 39 weeks of pregnancy I was able to run starting at 1 week postpartum. The nurse was amazed at my stomach in the hospital. You could literally see every limb and movement that the baby was making because of my stomach being such a round ball.

While we were on spring break my mom babysat the kids while I went to an eye appointment. When I came back I asked how the kids were. She said they were fine. Hailey then added "I only dropped the baby once, but Don't worry I was close to the ground." Good to know.

Life is good for us. I am so thankful that we have food and shelter. I feel so sorry for the people in Japan. I pray for them to be comforted at this time.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Appendicitis, Birthdays, and kindness from a stranger

On the 26th of February Spencer woke up with a lot of stomach pain. I figured he probably had the flu. He puked a couple of times and I had to leave to go help clean the church. I gave him some Tylenol and hoped that he would feel better when I got home. As it got later in the day his pain got worse and I became concerned about him. I had the thought pop into my head that he needed his appendix out. I told Tyler and he said that he would take him to the emergency room. At this point our baby was only a week old and I didn't want to expose him to a germ infested emergency room. Spencer was in so much pain I put his socks and shoes on for him and Tyler carried him out to the car. They got to the ER a little after 5pm and they saw that it was appendicitis and had him back for surgery by 7:15. I know that the lord blessed me to know what was wrong with Spencer. I am so thankful that I told Tyler to take him in. His appendix was close to rupturing and he had fluid in his pelvis from it. A few years ago when he had a hernia I knew it too. I really believe that the lord inspires you to know the problems and needs of your children.

Austin has been treating a couple of kids at school unkind. It was really stressing me out. I try so hard to teach my kids to be kind to others. I tell them you need to treat others the way you want to be treated. Tyler and I talked and prayed about what we should do. I thought about taking him to a rest home to volunteer but with 6 kids my time is quite limited. I prayed that I would be able to find a good solution. A few days later as I was making my bed I thought of an older lady in our ward that needs help. I called and asked her daughter if my son could come over while Spencer has piano lessons. I explained that I am trying to teach him about having empathy for others and to be more service oriented. She said that I was an answer to her prayers because at the time that Austin will be with her mother she has scouts and isn't able to be there. Really this is an answer to my prayers though. This older lady is such a nice woman. When Austin goes over there he plays the piano for her and reads from a simplified Book of Mormon. It does really seemed to have helped his attitude.

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I love this second picture of Hailey! I think it really shows her personality :)
On the 4th of March my beautiful Hailey turned 8 years old! I can't believe how grown up she is. I'm so glad that she is my daughter. For one of her birthday presents I ordered a doll off of Amazon, it still hasn't come yet. It estimated the delivery date as March 2nd. I told her if it didn't come on Saturday that I would take her to buy a toy at Walmart. Well, of course it didn't come on Saturday so I took her to town to pick a toy. On my way to town a tire pressure light came on. I realized that the front driver side tire was going flat. Of course it is late enough in the day that none of the tire stores are open. As I passed one I could see a guy inside so I thought I'd at least see if I could get some air. I asked the guy if he could give me some air and he said yes. When he came out to put air in my tire we could hear air leaking back out. He saw that there was a hole and was going to put a plug in it. He put the plug in, and it didn't look right. He said this tire is bad. He looked around to see if he had a used one that he could put on. He found one and put it on. I asked him how much I owed him and he said nothing. I tried to convince him to let me pay and he said no. I felt so thankful to him. He told me that if I wanted to repay him just remember his store when I need new tires. I really hope that when I need new tires I can get them there.

On Wednesday I took baby Max for his hearing retest. I had Brigham with me and they wouldn't let us even go into the maternity ward because right now a lot of people are coming down with the flu. A nurse met us at the doors and I had to just hand the baby over. She did open the nursery window so that we could see Max while he was being tested. He passed his hearing test. I am so thankful that he did.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Birth of Baby Max

On Thursday the 17th in the evening I began bleeding. I figured it wasn't a big deal and that I would probably start labor that night. On Friday morning I was still bleeding with no labor so Tyler called our doctor. He said to be at his office and 9AM. He checked me and said that he didn't know for sure where the bleeding was coming from but since I was over 39 weeks it would be best to induce. He sent me right over to the hospital. I sent Tyler home to get my bag and the camera. I got checked in about 9:30 and they had the IV in and the pitocin started by 10. I was anxious for Tyler to get back. I was also feeling nervous because I planned to go without an epidural. The nurse checked me shortly after starting the pitocin and I was a 5. I was glad because I only had 5 to go. Every 30 minutes the nurse would turn the pitocin up. The contractions were painful but I felt like I could manage them. With each contraction I would take a deep breath in making sure that my abdomen expanded. By the third breath I would be at the peak of my contraction. I took it one contraction at a time and focused on my breathing. Around 2 the doctor came in and broke my water. I was worried that the contractions would be a lot more painful after that but they didn't seem to be. A little before 4 I was dilated to a 10 and ready to push. Pushing seemed to help the contractions be less painful. After 5 or 6 pushes baby Max was born. The nurse had talked to me about skin to skin contact with your baby right after they are born, and I told her that was fine, so I expected that they would put the baby up on top of me. The nurse took the baby so I figured that they were going to wipe him off a little bit. I guess it was good that I didn't realize for a minute that the reason they took him was because he was blue and they had to put oxygen on him.
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After about 30 minutes I was finally able to hold him. He was born at 4:02 PM and weighed 8lbs and was 18 inches long. The next morning they took him to get all of the routine test done. I wasn't worried my little guy seems healthy. When they brought him back they told me that he had failed the hearing test in both ears. I have to take him back for a retest next week. For now I don't know if he can hear or not, but I know that whatever the outcome may be, we will be able to deal with it. Baby Max is such a sweet little baby and a blessing in our home.
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My sister Leslie drove up to help me when I told her that I was being induced. She arrived just in time to see the baby. She was so much help to me. I was so thankful that she came to help me. When she left on Monday I cried because I felt so thankful that she would take work off and drive all the way up here to help. She is such a kind sister and a great Aunt to my children. I feel bad that I didn't take a picture of her holding the baby. Next time I see her I'll have to take one.
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