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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Oh What a Night

Last night was like so many that we have had in our household. Dallin is a regular wanderer in the wee hours of the morning and last night he was up at 1am. I nudged Jeff because it was his turn to tuck him back into his bed. Jeff got up and put him back to bed and we tried to fall asleep again. About 20 minutes later we heard coughing, both of us heard it and it sounded like a pretty wet cough. Jeff got up rather quickly and yelled to me, "Laura, he threw up." The scramble began.

Jeff took the screaming child and rinsed him off as I changed the bed and started the laundry. After I made his bed again and he was in clean jammies we put him back in his bed and we got back into ours. We were both hoping and I say hoping that this was just a fluke and he would be fine. This was not the case. Five minutes later we had a visitor in our room who had left a trail behind him. We got up again, changed his clothes, cleaned the carpet and I laid down next to him. For the next three hours I stayed next to his bed and caught the puke in a bowl as he tried to sleep through it. At about 4 I realized he was breathing heavily and I began to actually drift off.

Not so fast mama, the girl in the bed on the other side of the room was now awake and crying. She promptly threw up in her bed. I caught most of it, but had to change her clothes and sheets. As I was trying to grab a wipe to help her clean up I stepped in the bucket!!! Grooooooosssss! I then had to change my pants and start the washer again.

I stayed on the floor and told Alexa that if she needed to throw up she needed to tell me. She did as she was told and I was able to keep her clean. Although, I hit my head twice on the play kitchen waking up to catch the forthcoming vomit. At about 7:30 they both woke up and wanted to lie on the couch and watch TV. I tried to hydrate them and they both threw up one more time. I proceeded to disinfect the whole house and do three more loads of laundry. They were bored so I asked them if they wanted to watch me do Taebo. I was going crazy not being able to get out at all today. Dallin was feeling good enough that he was trying to do it with me. It is now 2:30 and Dallin is asleep and Alexa is actually having some toast. Let's just pray that tonight is a little more uneventful than the last.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Thanksgiving 2007

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving in Utah. We had a great time with family and ate yummy food. We forgot our camera most of the weekend, but these are some pics from the actual event. I have so much to be thankful for especially my wonderful husband and my two beautiful kids. I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving too.

I LOVE that smile!
So grown up
Grammy, Calahan and Dallin( Her two cute boys)Alexa standing up with Andy telling us what she is thankful for.
The true activity on Thanksgiving.

So much to be thankful for!!!!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Garden of the Gods

We went down to Colorado Springs on Saturday to see the Garden of the Gods, a park full of weird, natural rock formations. We had such a great time and the best part was that it was free! It has been in the 60s here for the last few days so we took advantage of this Indian Summer.

It was a great day!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

I Won

Dallin has become quite proficient in throwing major tantrums, and tonight was no exception. He cried from 6 to 7:30 about having ice cream, treats, bread and anything to eat, but what I had made for dinner. This is a normal occurence in our family, I make a good, healthy, and might I add tasty meal and he doesn't touch it. About an hour later when Alexa the good eater asks for dessert he usually gets some too. Tonight I was standing my ground there was going to be nothing to eat unless it was his dinner or something healthy. He cried, wailed hit me and cried some more. He cried for a solid 20 minutes because I would not give him bread. I told him that if he ate some ravioli (spinach and cheese from Costco, very yummy) he could have some bread he wouldn't so there was no bread.

Jeff left for a meeting in the middle of the bread fight, he called while he was on his way and wanted to know if I had given in. I was happy to say that I hadn't given in and I even got him to take a bath even though he was still screaming and throwing things at me. He calmed down in the bathtub and forgot about the bread, whoohoo!

After the bath Alexa asked for a treat while I was drying her hair. I told her that we were having healthy snacks tonight and she was fine with that, she chose a banana. I gave her a banana and then Dallin asked for one. I gave him one and thought when he doesn't eat I guess I will. To my surprise he ate the whole banana!! The madness doesn't stop there he asked for another one and ate about half of it. I guess when the little man is hungry enough he will eat something healthy. This kid has such a strong will lets hope I can stand my ground tomorrow.

Monday, November 12, 2007

The Twelve Hundred Dollar Day

The day started off to a great start. Dallin slept in until 8 am and so did Alexa. I got to go to the gym while Jeff stayed home with the kids, (he had the day off, federal employee on Veteran's Day, woohoo!) After I came home we discussed our budget and finally came to an ugly, but realistic conclusion, life is expensive!! We moved on and thought great we are going to do well this month.

I left to go to the dentist. A few weeks ago I had a root canal done and then last week I went to the dentist to find out about the crown that I would have to get put on top of it. At the dentist he told me that I needed a crown on the tooth with a root canal and also a crown on the tooth next to it. OUCH!! Each one would be $721. With my insurance I pay half so for two I have to pay $721!!! So, I knew this and we had figured that out, not fun but life is like that sometimes.

As I was on my way to the dentist Jeff had decided to take the kids to lunch and to run a few errands. He called me right away and I thought he had forgotten to tell me something, what he had to say left me speechless and wondering why we were being punished. He said that the tire on his car was flat and that it wasn't just flat it was shredded. He told me that the guy at the store suggested that he get four new tires because the tires were just at that point. So, we spent another $400 on tires. This left us asking "why us?"

I also had to stop at Costco and get a few things we forgot and this bumped the total for the day up even further. Needless to say we stayed home from the movie we were going to see as a family and had leftovers for dinner. I could think of a thousand different ways I would like to spend this money, but I guess that is just life. Boy does it stink sometimes!!

p.s. send good vibes our way we need it

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Daddy daughter date

Jeff decided it was time to take Alexa to the golf course and teach her how to play. They went on Saturday afternoon and played nine holes. Alexa did great and she had so much fun with her Dad. A few months ago Jeff bought the kids a putter so she had a club of her own to help out with the putting. (See video of her putting.) She loved learning how to play something that her daddy has such a passion for. Look at that view!
Dad, this is fun, but boy is it sunny!Great form

I got a kick out of this video. She never gives up!

Catch up Photos

I was going through our photos and realized that I had a ton of pictures of events that I haven't documented. Here we are on Jeff's birthday, we went bowling. We had so much fun. Dallin was a super bowler. He wouldn't use the ramp that you see in the background. He had to roll the ball all by himself.The pro bowlerThe birthday boy and his girl!Me and my daddy We went to the zoo on the free day a few weeks ago. It turned out to not be so free because I got a parking ticket, bummer but we had a great time.
Alexa loves giraffes.
Hmmm, what's in there?
We carved pumpkins for FHE last week, Alexa loved helping clean out the pumpkin and then I toasted the seeds, she loved it!
As you can see Dallin was completely thrilled!

We went to the Wildlife Experience to go trick or treating. The kids had so much fun with the displays.
Those things look creepy.
Dallin digging for fossils
We have had such a fun October, I can't believe it is already November. I know we will have a fun holiday season too.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Oh Virgnia, how I miss thee....

We have been in Colorado for about three months now and I am enjoying my time with my family. I love seeing my sisters whenever I want and I love that my kids are getting to know their cousins so well. Alexa wants to play with them everyday and we usually do, but I really do miss Virginia.

When we moved to Virginia it took a while to get used to life there and I never thought I would love it so much, but after living there for 4 years it became home and I miss my east coast life. Since I started college I have kind of felt like I didn't really have a home. I was always on the move. Virginia made me feel like I really had a home. Well, what do I miss you say, well....

*the fact that I lived so close to Target that I could walk. I could also walk to Michael's it satisfied my crafting itch.
*Trader Joe's. I miss everything about this place, the cheap healthy food and always finding something kind of different.
*Wegman's, another amazing grocery store(I know I have a thing for grocery shopping) If they have one within an hour of where you live GO! I promise it is worth the drive.
*The fall,I have never seen such beauty! Driving down Fairfax County Parkway in the fall is the most beautiful drive in the world. Colorado is beautiful but you have to drive a ways to see the mountains and the trees.
*Mike's American Grill, my mouth is salivating just thinking about the Monterey Chicken Salad. Their Buttermilk Dressing is so amazing. I even called the restaurant and asked for the recipe but they said no :( They did tell me that other people have asked so I didn't feel completely stupid.
*Living so close to so many free activities, the National Zoo, Air and Space Museum, and all of the other museums. Great for moms and kids.
*Cox Farms, the coolest pumpkin farm I have ever been to.
*Knowing where everything is(I have to have a Google map to find anything here)
*Old Town Alexandria, such a fun place to shop and eat.
*Living next to Brynn, it was like we were in college, we just hung out because our husbands were never home.
*the sourdough bread at Safeway. We have Safeway here, but the bread doesn't rise the same, I think because of the lack of humidity.
*My friends, they know me so well and I miss them so much!!!
( Who knew I missed so many things having to do with food!!!)

Colorado is great and there are tons of fun things to do here and I am grateful to be living here. I love it! I wouldn't trade my sisters for anything. But talking to my friends this week just made me miss the place I called home for so many years.