as you know I have two crazy kids. I value sleep.....a lot. So, sorry for the lack of bloggy-goodness. But, deal with it. No, I don't have pictures to post. I love to look at other people's blogs and read all their cute stories. I'm not a writer, never have been. But I'm indeed grateful to look at other people's blogs, and hear other stories that keep me laughing and positive. I have a great life. I love it. Sometimes my days get busy, and all the things I want to do, get replace by things I want to do......such as playing with my kids, spending time with my amazing husband, just being a good wife/mommy/person. And yes, I know both of those said things I "want" to do. But, I do want to do all of those things and more. I have my priorities set straight most days. I absolutely love to craft, but let's face it. I'm a busy girl. So, there's the truth. I can't say that I'll be better at blogging, cause that would be a lie. Or that I'll post pictures.....that will happen when I feel like it :] For now, I'm just going to say.....everyone is doing well. I am still madly in love with Meikle. I adore my two kids.....and as far as blogging goes, I'll get to it later :] I do have plans to post some fun crafty stuff coming soon.....but, I have about 50 unfinished projects that just need some finishing touches......so, expect those maybe next year. But, know that I feel blessed everyday to know that my Heavenly Father loves me. And just know that I look forward to that day that I can blog all the time, and post pictures. But, don't expect it anytime soon.....until then, peace out. :]
We had a GREAT mother's day. I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful husband and support system at home. :) Here are a few pictures from the day. We spent it at my parents house with most of the family, minus my brother(who lives in Hawaii).
Meikle was soo sweet to me on Mother's day. He let me sleep in, got the kids ready for church, made dinner, and was overall amazing!!! <3 thanks love!
All I wanted was one picture with both the kids, but Kaden was sooo sleepy/grumpy. He's been having crazy mood swings lately.....starting into the terrible 3's....
My beautiful sister and handsome brother.
My sisters little girl was singing "you are my sunshine" for me!
so frickin cute!
Sydney and I
The kids absorbed in a movie after a long day of playing.
My amazing mom and sister. Love you guys! :)
Hope everyone had a wonderful and happy mother's day!!!
For Easter this year, we spent the day over at my parents house. We went to church in my home ward, and got to see some old friends. Then we headed back to have an egg hunt, play games, watch movies, and eat a ton.....
My boys are so darn cute! I'm one lucky lady!
The best of the "family pictures".....obviously the kids liked the eggs.
Kaden's blue steel :]
How precious is she?!
We had such an amazing time hanging out together as a family. We LOVE being together, and spent a lot of time doing just that. Not anything over the top, just chillaxin.
Easter is always a good reminder of our Savior, and along with this weekend being Easter, I went to Women's Conference for our Stake. We had a wonderful presentation of some music from Kenneth Cope, in his album, Women at the Well. It was a great way to start off the holiday weekend by having that extra reminder of our Savior. I am so grateful to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am constantly reminded of the tender mercies of the Lord in our life, and continually feel humbled. Throughout this weekend, the common hymn was "I Know That My Redeemer Lives". I LOVE that song, and am so touched every time singing the sweet message that I know my Redeemer lives and the comfort that makes me feel. I love the Easter season, and the beautiful weather of everything blooming, and at the peak of life. A constant reminder of God's love for us, and all that He has sacrificed for us to live in this beautiful place. Life is such a blessing and I love every minute of it! :]
I hope everyone else had a beautiful Easter day filled with love, family, and it wouldn't be complete without a little candy ;-)
We got together with my mom while she was babysitting for my sister when she was sick, and got the kids together for a playdate. We ate at McDonald's (Kaden's favorite) and then played all afternoon at Jump and Shout in Mesa Riverview :)
Kaden had no fear climbing up as high as he could.
Sydney's favorite.....the slide!
Ashlyn burying Kaden in the mats....
Briley Mae....She would climb, and then all of the sudden start crying and come back down because she was scared...
Sydney loved this duck. She would come over and "take breaks"
4 happy kids with suckers (we had to bribe them to leave the fun playground)
As many of you know, Sydney Alyse tends to throw up a lot....We've been battling with finding answers since the throwing up started almost 9 months ago. She eats a ton, and is always wanting to eat, but with the amount of throwing up, was losing weight very quickly. Thus beginning the process of finding answers. She went into the hospital back in October for dehydration after not holding ANYTHING down for a whole weekend. We did a few tests and were there for a week not finding out anything. She has tested positive for a few allergies to foods, but that was all we knew. So we've been doing food elimination and having varying results for some time now. She lost a pound in a week (we were checking her weight very frequently with all of the throwing up) and this alarmed her GI (gastrointerologist) to where he said we needed to admit her to the hospital again. This was a very scary moment for me as a mom and something I hope that no one goes through. Luckily, the hospital was very busy, so they told us that as soon as a bed opened, we would be going in. I say luckily, because this gave us a chance to come home, reflect and give her a blessing, all of which calmed my nerves and helped shake our fears (a little). So, we got a call from the hospital saying that they wanted to do another Scope/biopsy on Monday morning and then they were going to admit her after that to watch her closely. We had done this once before, with negative results, so this time we were just praying for answers. And they came! Sydney Sue has something called Eosiniphillic Esophagitis.......bahaha. (E.E) I laugh because if you're reading this wondering what the heck it is, those were my exact thoughts! But what it is, is basically an extreme food allergy, in which her body can't handle 7 main foods. Her esophagus over time deteriorates which causes it to swell and cause her to throw up tons. Her esophagus is basically super sensitive, and there's only certain things we can do to help her. They have her on what is called a 6 food elimination diet, even though there's 7 foods to avoid. When they checked her for this the first time, her body hadn't fully grown into it, which is why we didn't have results. But, she is allergic, or has an intolerance to wheat, soy, dairy, fish, eggs, peanuts/tree nuts, and corn. Those are the triggers for E.E, but Sydney is also allergic to oats, beef and pork. So, basically she can eat fruits, vegetables (as long as it's not corn) and chicken. She can have different grains, but we're still looking into those. But, we will be working with her doctors closely to find out which one of those is the main reason she's throwing up. So, in the next few years, we will be doing a scope/biopsy check every 3-6 months after re-introducing her to one or two of those common foods at a time. Sydney is such a sweetheart, and we have learned so much throughout this process. It has been very tough at times, and so hard/frustrating to keep positive. But through prayer, fasting, and blessings, we've been able to extremely reduce the throwing up (she's only thrown up like 3 times in 2 months.....opposed to at least 3 times a day).
She was a little upset before surgery so they gave her something to help her relax a little....
The awesome fitting gowns they had at the Phoenix Children's.....along with yummy dinner :)
Wheat/gluten free bread with turkey....
Meikle brought Subway for me....Sydney may not be able to eat wheat, but wheat/gluten free bread tastes icky ;-P
We are so grateful to have her in our lives and feel very blessed to have the good support team we do. :) Thank you to all that have been there with us and brought us meals and sent all your love and blessings to our family. We appreciate them more than you know, and our happy to report that Sydney is a trooper and she's gaining weight quickly and happily......