Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Birthdays, Bissels and MRI's

Okay, so we've had a few things happen lately. First of all, Kate had her MRI last week. It went well. It was hard not letting her eat for 4 hours before going in (how can you deny babies food when their tummies are rumbling?) I think it was a lot harder on me than on her. They had to give her an IV and then sedate her. The MRI itself lasted about an hour. She was a rockstar and did great. They said everything looks like they had's just a capillary hemangioma which is definitely managable, but the rocky road isn't over yet. It's still just starting. But everything looks good and we'll just have to keep a watch on it in the years to come.

Kate wanted to show you her owie from the IV. They were so nice to give us a book and a blankie for being so brave.

Next news.....Josh turned 3! I can't believe my little boy is 3. Seriously, where does the time go? For his birthday we took the kids to the Dinosaur Park in Odgen. I've never been there before. It was very cool (although pretty pricy). We had fun feeding the kids to the dinosaurs and they thought it was so cool.

After digging for fossils they had a little sand in their shoes.

The best present of all was a new trike! We were so excited for the find. Unfortunately, his legs still don't reach the pedals.

At least it's not going to waste in the meantime....

And for Josh's birthday cake he wanted a "moon cake." He saw a picture of one in a party book we have at our house. I know you may not be impressed, but Josh was happy and I am not one to do fancy cakes so I'm impressed. It was complete with a space policeman and an alien. Can it get any better than that?

An Ode to my new Bissel Healthy Home:
Thank you for not sucking because you suck.
Our Eureka Boss sucked because it didn't suck.
I love you Bissel.

And one last one for the road....

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Sweet Kate

Well, we've had a lot going on the past couple of weeks. Kate is growing so fast and getting so tricky. We pulled out the Boppie yesterday to see how she'd do. I think Josh likes sitting in it more than Kate does, but we did get a picture of her in it with a helpful brother and sister.

This past Friday I went to the Renaissance Festival with my mom and sister. It was actually really cool. We had to cut our time there short because if anyone was outside at all on Friday I'm sure you saw those black clouds creeping across the sky. Luckily we were safely in the car by the time that hit. Here's Josh with capitan Jack Sparrow. He thought it was very cool to hold the gun.

They also got to go on a horse ride which I think was the highlight of the day.

They even had real jousting! It was really neat to see them in their armor garb. They didn't knock each other off the horses but their sticks would break.

I think Kate loves her big sister, how about you?

These two are so silly and are always causing some kind of trouble.

And here is my mother's day photo......Rachel's sticking out her tongue, Kate's about to fall on the ground and Josh is pouting. This really shows what motherhood is all about. Hey, at least they're all dressed.

Lately Josh has been requesting a mowhawk after his bath. He told me the other day he wanted a mowhawk for Christmas.

And as for our other news.....a few weeks ago we noticed a little bump next to Kate's eye. We thought it was a mosquito bite, but it didn't go away and turned purple like bruise after about a week and a half. We took her to the doctor, but she wasn't sure what it was so she referred us to an eye doctor at Primary Children's. After a trip to Primary's they said it was a capillary hemageonia (or something like that). Pretty much some capillaries are bunched together and cause "birthmarks" on kids. They don't know what causes it (especially since it didn't show up for a few months) and they typically go away on their own within 5-10 years. They are concerned because it is so close to her eye that it might affect her vision development. Right now her vision is great but we're going to have to keep a watch on it and have many more trips to Primary's, including this week we have to get an MRI to make sure everything else is okay. If it grows too big we might have to get her special glasses, an eyepatch, or even have it surgically removed. We're hoping and praying that it won't have to get to this so please remember Kate in your prayers. Despite these health concerns we keep having with her she is such a good and happy baby. We feel so blessed everyday that she is in our lives. We're also so grateful that this is something that will go away and she can have perfect vision if we keep a watch on it.
Isn't that the sweetest little face?

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Tulip Festival

So last year we went to the tulip festival at Thanksgiving point. It was SO gorgeous and the flowers were amazing. We got the cutest pictures last year and had the best time. So this year my wonderful sister Aimee for my birthday said she'd take us back to the tulip festival. Yeah! We were so excited and decided to go this past Tuesday (the weatherman said it was going to be close to 80 degrees!) Well, the weatherman lied. We got up, dressed the kids in shorts and headed out to Thanksgiving point. I swear it ended up being in like the 50's and it was SO windy. We still had fun and it was still beautiful, but we didn't get any real good pictures. Here are the best of the best we got.

If only my hair wasn't so crazy this would actually be a cute one. I guess the whole "wind blown" look doesn't go so well for me.

I know, I know.....cowboy boots and shorts. You're probably all cringing but how can you say no to that face that just wants to wear his boots?

When did Rachel get to be so old?

Of course the highlight was feeding the fish. I kept trying to get Josh to stick his toes in, but for some reason he didn't want to. Maybe because the fish lips are bigger than his entire foot.

At least this girl thought it was fun, wind and all. (yes, she was in shorts and short sleeves too)

When the weather actually was nice a couple weeks ago Trav took the kids out to play in the stream for the first time. I was working (yeah I'm back to work now) but I hear it was a blast. We're going to have lots of fun this summer. Don't worry....the water is near freezing levels but the pain is worth it, right?

I took this picture of Kate and it reminded me of a picture we have of Rach when she was little. She's going to be a troublemaker for sure.

We do have some good news......Trav probably doesn't want me to say anything but I am anyway. He got made an Associate at work last week!!!! I'm so proud of him. We've been hoping it would happen but didn't hold our breath with this stinky economy and everything. But he is such a hard worker and such a wonderful man they couldn't have given it to a more deserving person. We're not exactly sure what it means yet, except he'll be getting a raise and come Associate at an architecture firm? That sounds really cool. Congrat honey! Love you tons!