Thursday, January 31, 2008

Who else is excited for tonight?!



We are pretty excited for the 2 hour premiere of LOST tonight. We're recording it and then watching it after the kids go to bed so we can catch every little detail! It better be good!
I don't think we told anyone this but, I wanted to have Carter's middle name be Jack.. after my favorite character on the show! But sadly Tom wouldn't let me. I still can't figure out why.
Take the quiz and tell us what character you are most like.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Here's a recent photo of Carter. Don't you just want to kiss him to death? He is a pretty good baby so far. I say "pretty" good because he is getting in the habit of wanting to be held while he falls asleep! And he doesn't really like his bassinet all the time. But, I shouldn't even complain, he really isn't too difficult.

This past Saturday we attended our ward "Preparedness Fair". It had four different classes (water storage, gardening, 72 Hour Kits, and Finances) on being prepared for a natural disaster or anything that might greatly effect your life. It really made me think about how much we need to do...mainly get started on food storage and 72 hour kits. It also motivated us to re-do our budget and make new goals. They had activities for the kids while the parents went to the classes. At the end of the fair, they had a fire truck and firefighters for the kids. The kids loved it!


I almost used this picture of Evan for our Christmas card. He looks so handsome and grown up! I just can't believe how funny Evan is. He definitely keeps us laughing all day long. He tries to copy what we say and imitates sounds we make too. He just has the funniest and most silly personality. When we pick him up from the nursery on Sundays, you can tell he is the life of the party and entertains the teachers too. He is even pretty social ... we don't know WHERE he got that from! He will talk to and play with anyone... even adults. One of the funniest things about Evan is the way he talks. He just has his own language and knows exactly what he is saying... but we just can't understand it! It's hilarious. Oh, the second photo below is of Evan walking around with his pants on his head! The video is of Evan being funny while swinging in the baby swing. Does anyone else HATE the way they sound on video recordings? I DO! Is that what I really sound like? Tom says yes, but I'm not willing to except that yet... I sound so wierd!



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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Jordyn's Appointments - Part One

Now that I have taken a few weeks off due to giving birth to Carter, it's time to get back in the swing of things. That means taking Jordyn to all of her appointments! I was looking at my planner today and realized we have 2-3 appointments every week, for the next four weeks! We are gonna be busy!

This past week, we've gone to two appointments already. The first was an evaluation for a sleep study. I won't go into detail about all of her sleep issues or I would be typing for hours. But, the sleep study may give us insight into why she doesn't sleep well and if there is a cure. So, we are scheduled for the sleep study in early February. I am very anxious to see what the sleep study will reveal about Jordyn.

Our second appointment was a visit to a Neuropsychologist. I was thinking that this appointment might be kind of boring and not very beneficial. (Awhile ago our neurologist recommended that Jordyn go to a "clinic" where several different doctors meet with her and then give us recommendations on who else she might benefit from seeing.... one doctor recommended we see a neuropsychologist) But, much to my surprise, it was a great appointment! The neuropsychologist was extremely interested in Jordyn, which always makes me happy! She was reading Jordyn's file and kept saying," Hmmmm. Wow! Oooh. Hmmm. I see." The doctor said that she specializes in kids with developmental disabilities and that she has never met any child like Jordyn and that Jordyn is very unique. So, we ended up talking for 2.5 hours! Most importantly, she told us about a Developmental Neurologist that comes to Boise a few times a year from N. Carolina. She really wants us to meet with him. She also told us about a intense preschool program for developmentally delayed kids, that she thought Jordyn would benefit from. So, we are going to check out both of her recommendations. Another thing the doctor kept talking about during the appointment was the fact that I was only 25! She couldn't believe I was only 25 and dealing with all of Jordyn's problems... and that I had two other kids also. (We get this reaction a lot!) I told her that I really feel older than 25! So, for the whole appointment she kept complimenting me over and over on how well I was doing taking care of Jordyn & dealing with the stress/worries of taking care of a special needs child. And she couldn't believe all of the doctors we've seen and programs we've been involved in..... even since we've moved here. I was feeling pretty good about myself after we left! haha Sometimes it's good to hear those compliments every once in awhile because I will often begin to doubt that I'm doing enough for Jordyn. But, I often realize that I really am doing all I'm capable of!
So, that is the short version of her two appointments. Next week we are going to a geneticist. This will be the third geneticist we've seen, so I'm not getting my hopes up that we will find out anything new. We'll meet with a geneticist who specializes in metabolic disorders. He is from Oregon and comes here every few months. Then, we'll be having our check up with our developmental pediatrician (he mainly helps us with Jordyn's behavior problems)... and then the sleep study after that! I'll update you after those appointments!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Wendy "tagged" me... so here ya go!

A. The rules of the game are posted at the beginning.

B. Each player answers the questions about themselves.

C. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog.


10 Years Ago (Jan. 1998) I was a sophomore in high school!

5 Things on my To-Do List today:

1. Start reading my Sunday School lesson I'm teaching for next week.

2. Do the dishes. (Read "3 of my bad habits" listed below)

3. Do laundry.
4. Plan a menu for the week/ make a grocery list/ go grocery shopping.

5. Drink 60+ oz. of water. (this is one of my New Years Resolutions!)



Snacks I enjoy:

1. Granola Bars

2. Cereal

3. Fruit (mainly bananas, oranges, and my mom's canned peaches)

4. Yogurt (I almost always eat Yoplait Light - White Chocolate Strawberry)

5. Homemade cookies of ANY kind


Things I would do if I were a billionaire:

1. Buy our dream home.

2. Travel the world

3. Donate money to all of the businesses/hospitals/schools that have helped Jordyn
4. Give away money to random people (or people I know) that seem to need it

5. Take my entire family and Tom's family on a really awesome vacation.


3 of my bad habits:

1. Letting the dishes pile up in the sink.

2. Neglecting my kids and husband when I'm reading really good book.

3. Obsessively checking blogs and my e-mail.


5 places I have lived:

1. Orofino, ID
2. Billings, MT

3. Rexburg, ID

4. Spokane, WA

5. Meridian, ID


5 jobs I have had:

1. Cashier (and waitress a few times) at "Maxine's" (a cafe in downtown Billings)
2. Champ's Sports sales associate

3. I worked at an Endodontist's office sterilizing equipment and cleaning exam rooms (This was actually a great job - I wish I would have worked there longer!)

4. Teller at a Credit Union (bad experience - don't ask)

5. Working in Medical Records at the Hospital in Billings


5 things people don't know about me:

1. I've always had a secret crush on Pierce Brosnan. (Yes, I know he's old)

2. I used to own a pair of Wrangler Jeans.
3. My favorite cereal is Raisin Bran.

4. In romantic movies, there are usually three main characters: 1.a girl 2. the rich/extremely good looking guy who is either conceited or somewhat of a jerk 3. the decent looking/very kind but not-so-wealthy guy. (think of the movie The Notebook) Of course, both guys are chasing after the girl. In the end, the girl always chooses the "nicer" guy, even if he isn't rich or extremely good looking. Well, sometimes I secretly wish that the girl would choose the OTHER guy because he is rich and good looking... even if he's a little bit of a jerk! (However, I would never recommend this to anyone in real life!)
5. One of my biggest fears is that I will become a "frumpy" mom. (unfashionable, never primps or gets dressed up... just plain and not exciting!) I'm always checking with Tom to make sure he doesn't think I'm becoming frumpy!

I tag Tom, Chris, Susan, Kenna, and Holly.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Well, we have survived our first two weeks with a new baby! Actually, it's gone quite well. I actually hesitated even blogging about it for fear that I would jinx myself! I can't believe I'm saying this but, taking care of three kids is not as hard as I thought it would be. I guess when you fear for the worst, anything seems better. I'm obviously tired because I have to wake up several times a night, but despite that, we are managing really well. We got some tasty meals from our ward earlier this week, which is always great. I do feel like I am WAY busier now. I have to constantly plan every second of my day so that I can get things done. If Carter is asleep, I go into "work mode". I try and get as much done as fast as I can because I know I only have a few hours. So, two weeks down, only 18 more years to go!

We finally got a good snow fall a few days ago! I usually don't like snow very much, but I was glad to finally see it. I wish we could go sledding, but 1. we don't have a sled & 2. Someone has to stay home with Carter. I guess Evan and Jordyn will have to settle with the back yard! I took Evan out the other day while Jordyn was at school. I think it's the first time he's really gotten to play in the snow... last year he was too little. He wouldn't wear gloves and didn't mind his hands getting frozen! We made a snowman and had fun!


Carter - Two Weeks Old

Evan playing in the snow!
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Sunday, January 06, 2008

Ode to my Family

As you may know, my mom stayed with us for 6 weeks to help us with the baby's arrival. My dad came for a little over a week too. Both of my parents left on New Years Day and we were so sad! I wanted to post a few photos of them with the kids. They were such a big help and I don't know how we would have managed without them! I can't thank them enough. I think our kids are bored to death now because they don't have fun people to play with. So, thank you mom and dad!

The last photo is of a beautiful quilt that my sister made for Carter! I love it to death and can't believe she made it so quickly. Thanks Jenny! I have the greatest family...love ya guys!








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