Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Easter 2011

What a busy, fun day! Easter this year was so exciting for the girls because they both knew what was going on. We started the morning with an egg hunt in our TV room and baskets filled with little prizes for the girls. They loved it!

Jason made egg shaped/colored pancakes for breakfast. They turned out so cute!We took a quick picture before church. I kept reminding Jordyn that Jesus is more important than the Easter Bunny. She was cute. She understood. She loves primary.After church we headed up to the Papa T's and Gammy's for another egg hunt and family pictures.When we got home the girls found a surprise on the porch with hidden eggs in the yard. They were so excited. (Thanks surprise Easter Bunny...whoever you are!)Our final stop of the day was Grandma Sue Sue's and Grandpa Day's. Julie put together an awesome egg hunt in the front yard. It was fun!

The day was busy and crazy and wonderful. I love Easter. It's great taking time to think about the Savior and His resurrection. I'm very grateful for Him, for my family, for spring, new chances and changes.

Happy Easter!

Went To A Play

Last Friday Jason, Jordyn, and I went to a play at the Covey Center in Provo to see Beauty and the Beast. It was really fun. Jordyn loves plays. She was funny. During the play she would tap me on the arm and say, "This isn't like the movie." So funny! When Belle came out the first time she whispered, "Oh I love her." Before the pay we went to Wingers for dinner and afterwards we stopped to see Jason's Aunt Julia. It was a really fun night!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Life's Challenges

Over the last few days I've been thinking about how to write about some of the things going on at our house these last few weeks. Life has been crazy. So, I'll start with me. I get nervous sharing "personal" stuff on my blog. I mean, who will read it? What will they think? Am I dumb for sharing? Should I share less/more? ((blah blah blah)) I guess I'm sharing all of this because this is my journal, someday I may want to remember it all...or not.

Last August we got back on the baby making train. After a few months I went to the doctor for a chat. She put me on Clomid. I never had a problem getting pregnant before, but thought it might help get the ball rolling. Long story short, I didn't get pregnant. Instead, starting in February I had a period that lasted almost 7 weeks. I went back to the doctor. At the end of my appointment she told me that my weight, my history of miscarriages, and the excessive bleeding were all precursors to Uterine Cancer. Now if that isn't enough to freak someone out I don't know what is. The worst part was that she didn't tell me it could be something else. She only left me with that one option. It was scary. I ended up calling the nurse after two days to talk about what else it could be. She was nice and reassuring.

A few weeks later I went back for an Ultrasound. By this time the bleeding had stopped, but the Ultrasound showed a large cyst on my left ovary. They took a bunch of blood for some cancer screening. I guess the test result is in number form from 0 to 36 (36 being really bad) and my level was only a 3. The doctor said that's really good. So, I'm going back in a couple more weeks for another ultrasound to see if there have been any changes. Just more waiting. I'm not feeling very nervous any more. I'm a super planner and not having a plan is kind of bugging me. As for having more babies, right now it's on hold until August again. At least. (We can not have a baby during tax season.)

And now, as if this post wasn't long enough, I wanted to share what has been going on with my sweet Miss Tessa. Last weekend Tessa woke up with a major limp. She was crying about her leg and so I took her over to the after hours clinic that very morning. At the appointment the doctor checked her out and said it was her left knee. He said it was a little inflamed and that we would do some lab work to find out if she had an infection. He was also testing her for rheumatoid arthritis, he said. (This was another little freak out moment for me, but lately I've been feeling that something is a little off with Tessa.)

On Monday we got the results back that she did have some kind of virus. She also tested negative for the arthritis. The doctor who saw her Saturday morning, well his nurse, called me on Tuesday to see how she was doing. I explained that I was told she had a virus, but didn't know what it was. I also shared my concerns about Tessa and wondered if I should be one of "those mothers" who pushes more tests onto their little baby girl because they think something might be wrong. She was super nice. She told me that the text showed that Tessa has Bursitis. It has something to do with inflammation in the joints. They told me that the arthritis test can sometimes give a false negative if there is a virus in the system. (This only concerns me because my Grandma had RA.) So, I'm keeping a close eye on her, keeping a list of concerns, and taking her back in a week for a re-check...possible redo the labs or something.

Here's my list so far: Tessa wakes up 4 to 8 per night. This is not a joke or an exaggeration. She cries a be held, because she wants something, because she hurts. She always wants two pillows when she sleeps, or to be propped up on the couch. If she's sitting in a booster and you try to push her up to the table she cries that it hurts, even though she's not touching the table. She holds her wrists or knees or ankles when she watches TV. If you touch her wrong she says it hurts. She would rather sit on a chair outside and watch the kids play without her. She is a completely different person when I give her Ibuprofen.

There it is. But really, things are good. I know it could be worse. I'm grateful that in everything I've felt peace. I know that Heavenly Father loves me and my family and He watches over us. I know He guides us. I know that things will work out the way they are supposed to.

Any advice? Suggestions? Comments?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

We Went To The Park

The weather was so nice today. Such a nice change for once. We decided to go to the park for a couple hours. The kids had tons of fun. Kara even came for a few minutes to play.I think Tessa went down the slide 30 times. She loved it. She loves anything that lets her be free and do what she wants.We had a few hard moments...I love this picture. Tessa - free. Heber - wants Kara. Jordyn - singing to her own little tune. (You should hear some of the stuff she makes up.)Houston had a good day too, even though he slept the entire time at the park.

And, before I forget. Jordyn told me today that when she grows up she wants to be a "little kid hair cutter." I asked her what her shop was going to be like and this is what she said, all I remember any way. It will be shaped like a triangle and painted blue. It was have three doors: one for moms and dads, one for kids, and one for babies. They will sit in chairs shaped like rockets and cars and fruit. When they are done she will give them cookie dough to give to their moms. She is such a hoot!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Trip To College

Friday we headed up to Rexburg. The drive was LONG! It's been awhile since we took a trip in the car and the girls were out of practice. Even with lots of treats and movie we still had to stop ever hour or so. Plus, the weather was yucky...

Jordyn was so excited to see Nonie and to "go to college." She kept asking the entire ride up when we would get to see Nonie and when would we be to Nonie's house. Here she is at the graduation, waiting for Nonie...Tessa did most of her waiting with the twins. Here she is with _______. She loves MiMi (Camie) and WaLa (Janae).Gammy made the girls leis. This picture makes me sad because they look so old. ((STOP GROWING UP!!))And here we all are with the Graduate. New rule: Only one camera may be taking pictures at a time. Apparently we're looking at three cameras in this shot. And Tessa looks ever so happy to be there.After two super fun nights we left Sunday afternoon. The girls had fun staying in our "new house" and swimming in the pool. I enjoyed going to bed Saturday night at 8:00 while Jason took care of the girls. Jason enjoyed his mini break from tax season. On the way home we stopped in Idaho Falls to see the falls at the temple. It was very cold!

Congrats Nonie!

You've worked so hard and we are so proud of you!!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Needed: A More Creative Title

I found this awesome blog that I totally love. She makes hair doing look so dang easy. Today, I tried out a couple things. Here's the back of Tessa's head. Cute right! It was pretty fun, and really easy. BUT I couldn't get the clips to stay in, so it fell out a few times.
And Jordyn's head... I really wanted to try this cute hair headband thing, but Jordyn has very thin hair in the front. So we went with these twisty pigtail things.
And here they are...all dressed in matchy matchy clothes. Of course, then Jordyn wanted to make a video. This seems to be her new stage because she wants to do it everyday. ((Yes Tessa copies EVERYTHING Jordyn says - that is her current stage... Plus, I'm really sorry about the flipping off finger that might currently be displayed below.))

Friday we leave for Rexburg. Nonie is graduating! So, we're going up for the big day. The girls are SO excited. I'm not sure if they're more excited to watch movies in the car or swim in the pool. We'll find out soon enough.

Happy Weekend!