Sunday, November 21, 2010

10 Years & The Best Week Ever

Can you believe it. Paul and I have been married for 10 years. I know I can't. It really feels like it was yesterday that we married for eternity. We don't look exactly like we did 10 years ago, but we have two of the most wonderful and entertaining kids in the world. I wouldn't trade my life for anything.

We celebrated our anniversary on Thursday with the kids, with a trip to Texas Roadhouse. I love their steaks. Yum Yum. I finally got a new camera so you will be glad to know that I can now post pictures again. You no longer have to use the imagination. Sorry to make you all work so hard imaging our family adventures. Did I mention that he also surprised me with flowers at work. It is not very often that he can surprise me, but he did this time.

Our real anniversary trip will be a week driving along the coast of California until we reach Coos Bay, Oregon. I am so excited. I have never been that far north. If it is a good trip we might even consider doing it again with the kids in the future. We have rented a cabin along the ocean in Coos Bay/Charleston. I will be able to look out the windows and see the ocean and probably a lot of rain also. Can hardly wait to break in the new camera to capture all of the beauty that we will see.

On Saturday I got to attend my first hockey game with Cameron and I have to say I had the best time ever. Thanks to my dad who let us come along for the fun. Cameron ended up getting a replica jersey also. All the kids that showed up got jerseys...if only I were a kid for just a second, if the jersey is big enough to fit me I may just have to steal it...hahaha. There was also a player on the team whose last name was Cameron. I tried the whole night to get a picture of him on the ice. I thought it was cool...the rest of you probably think I am crazy...well maybe a little crazy (Paul would agree). Hope you can tell from the picture that his name is Cameron.

The coming week has lots of fun in store. We have lots of family traveling in for Thanksgiving and we have a lot of fun scheduled. Thank goodness my husband is the best ever and got me a new camera. I love him.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Beauty and the Crazy End to the Week

I had every intention to post this Sunday after the performance of Beauty and the Beast, but that of course was not to be. Oh how the time slips away and I never finish anything on my to do list. Maybe I make my to do lists to big and daunting. Oh well.

Last week was the week from H... E... double Hockey Sticks... that's right it was.

(Saturday) The birthday party over, Madeline came down with strep. Not a fun illness to watch your little ones deal with.

(Sunday) Next came the run to the after hours nurse for the test to come back positive and 10 days of antibiotics. My lesson in Relief Society...which went really well in my opinion, not that my opinion would matter in this respect.

(Wednesday) There was the Dr.'s visit for both kids to have their well visits with their Dr. DO NOT EVER DO THIS. It was absolutely crazy in the Dr.'s office with two kids in there at the same time. Learned my lesson. Only to have the missionaries come for dinner, which kind of didn't happen until much later due to a zone conference that interfered only to have them come back after an appt.

(Friday) Next was the run back to the Dr.'s for an x-ray for Cameron's thumb that does not bend and has not bent since he was 18 mos. old....this mom is persistent to get something done about it. (He see's the plastic surgeon Wed. to have it looked at. Persistence pays off.) Then there is the lab visit for Madeline where blood and urine was drawn (routine for those going to enter kindergarten next year) only to find out she has a UTI (urinary tract infection) to go along with the strep. Next is the injection clinic, where we waited 45 min. to get 4 immunizations for Madeline. (And she didn't shed one single tear with any of it, my strong baby girl.) Next was the 35 min. jaunt to my work for our annual picture for the paper. A baby shower I couldn't attend because it conflicted with softball.

(Saturday) My sister's baby shower and some fun shopping with the sisters.

(Sunday) The absolute best day of them all. I got to end the week with taking my "Bama" (Madeline) to her very first big time production at our local Theatre. Our birthday present to her was to see "Beauty and the Beast". If any of you mom's have the opportunity to take your families to this production it is worth it. She acted like the most perfect little angel and I got to watch my little girl's eyes sparkle with wonder while she watched. I only wish it would have lasted a little bit longer.

Those days that you don't see listed were the days that I spent at work not worrying about what the next day entailed. Thank goodness I get a break with work.

Sunday, November 07, 2010


I have to admit, I have been a little selfish as of yet, and have forgotten all that I should be thankful for. My lesson for Relief Society really opened my eyes to being more grateful for everything I have, including the trials in our lives. Sometimes I think the inspiration I get from the Spirit is for my good more than it is for the sisters in Relief Society.

I am extremely grateful for my husband and the hard work that he does to keep us safe and protected and keep money in the bank. I don't tell him often enough how truly grateful I am for him.

I am grateful for healthy, happy children. For the moment I have a sick little girl who doesn't get to enjoy the healthy part. No mommy likes to see their kids sick.

I am grateful for umbrellas, especially today. It started to rain today and while Madeline cuddled with her daddy on the couch, Cameron and I opened up our brand new umbrellas and took a walk to the park. He talked and I listened. He talked only about his video games, but that is what is important to him at this moment in time. We had a lovely walk and are going to do it again when the next storm blows through. And Cameron will talk and I will listen.

I am grateful for family who live close and get to enjoy the kids as much as we do, and are so willing to help us out in a bind. Couldn't ask for a better family.

Friday, November 05, 2010

She's 4

It is hard to believe that my baby girl is four today. She has had a busy day so far and we haven't even had the birthday party. That comes tomorrow. She has had donuts from her favorite donut place, Mr. T's. We had a play date at the park and shared birthday cupcakes with her friends. Picked up her brother from school and enjoyed some birthday ice cream.

She is our rambunctious little girl who loves to wear dresses and play like the boys. She keeps us on our toes and in stitches. She definitely knows how to make us all laugh. She has to be the center of attention and the boss of her bother. She is clever and witty and the most enjoyable little girl to have. We love our little "Bama" even if she isn't so little anymore.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Goodbye October...Hello November

The pumpkins carved, the kids dressed in their finest Halloween costumes, the house decorated with bats, ghosts, pumpkins and all things scary. Fun family outings, trick or treating and an all around good time. October has been a great month and treated us all well.

Now it is on to our busy November. We have a birthday party, a few baby showers, the coming of the end of my softball season, an anniversary and many thanks to be had and given. I am so looking forward to what this month has in store for us (maybe even a new camera). I can hardly wait for all the family and friends that will be near.

I am so grateful for everything that I have and all the blessings that have been bestowed upon our family this year. Now on to all the holiday festivities and more memories to be made.