June 22, 2014

It’s been a month

*sigh* I hate when I get this backed up. Life has happened. As per my usual, when my body finally has a minute to relax after being in survival mode, it likes to go into depression. Awesome. It’s not like a “crying all day because I don’t have anything to live for” depression but it’s more of a “I’m so tired and have ZERO motivation to do anything productive” depression. Does that make sense? I’m not sad by any means but if I let it go I will definitely get to that point. I got on some meds as soon as I realized what was going on. I’m starting to feel closer to normal now hence, the blog post.

So much happens in a month! I’m so sad that I’ve been in such a funk that I haven’t been documenting it. In a really lame nutshell that doesn’t do the last month any justice, here it is…

Rich had a day off  and knowing how much I have been dying to go back to Welfare Square, that is what we chose to do! I love him so much for that!

I love this place so much!

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Stopped to take a picture on a bench that I had my picture taken on while I was on my mission…fail.


Some pics down the path.

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Rich ran another marathon and did really well. He also ran the neighborhood 5k and got second place which was a gift card that paid for our dinner last nightOpen-mouthed smile


Aidan got croup and could barely breathe. Rich had to take him to the ER.

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For some reason our kids that have had trachs have a really hard time breathing when they get sick. It’s really scary! Every single one of the kids ended up getting croup. Boo.

Rich and I went on one of my favorite dates. We went to Temple Square.

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Ate at the Lion House

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Then, took a tour of the Beehive House.

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It was such a fun, relaxing date.

Eva’s hair has gotten super long!

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She has become such a momma’s girl! This is what she does when she is feeling emotional and I leave her with daddy.

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I love this girl SO MUCH!

The kids have become expert siblings of a trach baby. I can ask them for any medical supply or equipment and they know exactly what I’m talking about and how to use it. Gauze, nose, trach tie, catheter, suction, feeding bag, you name it and they can get it! Even Arabella knows what to do when Eva’s feeding pump beeps…

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Our across the street neighbors were making and selling snow cones for 15 cents. That was a deal the kids just couldn’t pass up!


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Love that fake smile!



A couple weeks ago I decided that life was getting a little too easy and I needed a challenge because, you know, I have none right nowWinking smile A friend needed help with his girls while he went to scout camp. I took on his two girls, Evalyn and Gracie. They were so cute and fun to have stay with us for a few days. We even took some pics so that they could surprise their dad with them.

This is beautiful Eva(pronounced Ava)


And silly Gracie



I love these sweet girls!



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They were so cute and funny! They posed themselves while I just clicked away.

We got our craft on while they were here! We made bracelet after bracelet  and then Evalyn wanted to sew something so we made a messenger bag.




By the end of the week I was EXHAUSTED! The kids all had fun and I had yet another confirmation that 4 kids is enough for me!

I’m realizing now that there is no way to fit all of our happenings in one blog post! There is just too much! This about covers the first two weeks I missed. The next two will follow shortly. I feel so blessed to be busy with my kids. I’m beyond grateful to be able to do “normal” things with Eva now that she is doing so well. Even though the darn depression threw me a curve ball, I’m at least grateful that I was expecting it and that I’m starting to feel right again. It has been a good month.

May 29, 2014

Eva ~9 Months~


It is SO crazy to me that my beautiful little Eva is 9 MONTHS OLD! It’s so hard to say whether time has gone by quickly or slowly because when I think back to the “dark days” they seem so long ago and at the time, never ending. Now, that she is doing 10 million times better and life is fun again, time is just flying by! She is such a joy every single day. I absolutely adore everything about her and it makes me so sad that my Missouri family hasn’t been able so experience the light that she brings. Can’t wait until July!!!!


Some things about Eva at 9 months old…

*She eats all textures of food like a champ but not so much flavors. Our pantry is full of sweet potatoes because that is the only baby food she will eat.

*She can roll from her back to her belly but chooses not to because she hates being on her belly.

*Still not crawling but is AWESOME at sitting up.

*Still seeing her occupational therapist and currently working on strengthening her arms. Today we were working on her being up on her hands and knees and she face planted onto a toy. It was sad.

*My absolute favorite thing to do is getting her out of her crib after a nap because she gives the greatest smile I’ve ever seen.

*She is extremely friendly and doesn’t cry when someone she doesn’t know holds her. She smiles at strangers and is such a social little thing.

I’m so crazy about this little girl!

May 25, 2014

Kiddo Shoot

My friend, Vania, was on the Ellen Show and Ellen ended up giving her the entire Mother’s Day giveaway. A part of that giveaway was $1,500 giftcard to Shutterfly. Well, she hasn’t been able to use the whole thing and asked if I wanted any prints. Ummmm, YES! So, this called for a photo shoot of the kiddos so we could have new pics to put on our walls! As always, it was stressful but I’m pretty happy with the few “printable” pics I got. There are actually more but I didn’t have the patience to sit and edit all of them so they will have to be in a later post.







May 14, 2014

Mother’s Day

Spoiled rotten! I spent most of Mother’s Day sleeping and I loved it! While I slept soundly, Rich got up early. He came and woke me up at 9:30 and I came out to find this!


He is so cute and thoughtful! He printed a picture of each kid and underneath he put the picture that they drew for me.

From Maya, a picture of herself holding a flower for me.


From Aidan, a sweet note.


And from Arabella, a drawing of a cat that died and then came back to life…don’t ask me!


Then they each colored flowers for me! Loved it all!


Rich made a delicious breakfast which we ate and then we took another nap, haha!


Good morning big girl feeding herself puffs!


Church was great! After we got home we took some pics.



I’m so grateful for my calling to be the mother of 4 of the most incredible little spirits! I love this job!

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