Monday, July 28, 2014

Surgery Day is Here

To say these days were hard is an understatement.  They were hard in so many ways.  I hated the fact I couldn't be there to take care of my kids.  I hated that they didn't understand what was going on and hated that I felt that way.  I hated how the surgery took way longer than it was supposed to and all I could do was wait.  The way I handled this stress was to be by myself.  I went shopping for the better part of the day.  I got my nails done.  Weird? Maybe.  But sitting there wasn't an option for me.  I drove around beautiful Salt Lake knowing I had so much to be grateful for.  I prayed all day that everything would be OK.  I remember taking huge deep breathes all day to stay calm.  When I got back to the waiting room with my bag full of "to do's" that my friends put together for me, the minutes just seemed to drag by.  Finally, after being the last person in the waiting room, they sent me back. The magnitude of this invasive surgery hit me at random times and mostly on the drive to and from the hospital.  During every day I was there Jeremy kept me busy.  He was an ornery patient. Of course not his fault, but the days were long and he wasn't himself.

Finally a few days later, the turning point came when pain was subsiding and he could start to walk. He was determined to get out of there.  We walked back and forth in those halls and it was very humbling.  Health is a blessing you don't realize until you don't have it.  We were so grateful for the kind staff and patient docs. Many of Jeremy's friends found time to stop by and tell Jeremy hi.  It was good for Jeremy's spirit- well - that and having me go on food runs to places he wanted me to eat.  He was not able to eat much of anything - strict diet for the next two months!   Peace Out Huntsman!  Of course I had to drive off the curb at Noelle's house and the tire popped.  It just felt that we were never going to make it home.  At least the patient Jeremy started to return and he didn't get mad at me.  LOL.

Friday, July 25, 2014

McCoy turns 5!

We decided to head out to the cabin for McCoy's birthday.  It was a really great idea.  Although it was a little tricky to haul out his presents.  McCoy loves critters just like Olivia does.  He really wanted fish and a frog.  I am totally OK with that as long as it all stays in a bowl!  He was soo happy.

We spent the evening fishing for crawdads and playing outside.  What could  be better!

Dear McCoy,

You never cease to amaze me.  You are so happy and fun to be around.  You light up and can find fun wherever you may be. You are so excited to learn and be in Kindergarten.  I probably worry about you the most, but you really give me no reason to.  You conquer all your goals and I am excited to what this new year will bring.  I love you to the moon.

Love, Mom

Monday, July 21, 2014

Livvy is being "crushed" on...

Everyone has their first crush, but Olivia was not expecting hers and notes upon notes started showing up at our house. She actually shed so many tears.  She just wanted him to stop liking her!  After all she was too young to like someone!  haha.  This girl cracks me up and I hope she stays that way forever.  I finally convinced her to talk face to face after I drove home and saw Conner walking away from our house with a "no response" from Olivia.  He had his head down and was walking his bike slowly back to his house.  I felt bad for him and stopped and told him Livvy would respond soon.  So Olivia got all her courage up and went out to meet him.  She told him she was too young and she liked him as a friend and didn't want to date until she was 16.  He accepted her answer, but a few hour later he came back said he wanted to date her now.  (Really???  They are 9!!) Anyway, later that year Conner's mom told me that she had broken his heart.  Um, so, I tried to feel bad about it but I didn't.  I can wait a long long time before she needs to date no matter how many hearts she breaks in the meantime.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Theater Camp

Livvy and Cohen were so excited to go to Theater Camp.  It lasted a week for a few hours a day and they had so much fun.  Each of them practiced their lines all week and performed for their parents Friday night.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Blanding Fun!

I pretty much love it when Benita and I get to play together.  Her first baby and my last baby will be best friends and they don't even know it yet.  Benita has been like a mom to all my kids and now she has some of her own.  It makes me happy to see what a good mom she is.  She reminds me to just be easy.  Nothing is too big a deal when Benita is around.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Missing friends

It really is so much fun to go North because I love staying with Noelle.  She makes fun seem so easy.  I invited my friends over and she made Hawaiian Lava Flows and we all watched a movie.  It's always a party with Noelle.   The next day we all hit the movie theater with friends before we headed home.  I miss all these little peeps.
These 4 might be married someday.  I think I am going to like it.  

Friday, July 4, 2014

Independence Day!!!

Did you say Carrie Underwood? Done.  It was a change of pace to head North and go to the Stadium of Fire Freedom Festival in Provo.  Olivia is really getting into music and she loves Carrie Underwood.  We had a great time.  We did the things that I remember doing growing up.

Mason loved the plane ride and train ride.  We stood there for an hour watching him go round and round.  (Oh, man)

Benita went with us to the Stadium of Fire.  Except she was smart enough to get a sitter.  I had some tired, ornery little peeps by the time we walked back to our car.  We ate at Tucanos and it did not disappoint!

The tiny spec of a singer made us very happy!  She was fabulous!!