Monday, March 31, 2008

kids funnies

This weekend we had a couple kids say or do something funny.
Saturday while I was in the shower, Austin comes into my bathroom and starts examining the things in the closet. He comes out with a box of tampons, pulls one out and says, "Is this to eat?"

Saturday night, Jared took Sydney to the store. After their shopping, they walked out to the van, Sydney opens the door, and starts to get in, only to realize that it wasn't our van. OOOPS. Jared was laughing, he knew it wasn't our van. haha. nice dad huh?

Sunday, March 30, 2008


I am so full from dinner that I couldn't decide what to make this week, hopefully these things will still sound good tomorrow.

M-chicken and noodles, salad
T-Herb and Garlic London Broil, mashed potatos, veggies with cheese
T-leftover extravaganza
F-cream cheese chicken, rice
S-open kitchen
S-crepes (we didn't end up making this last week)

Friday, March 28, 2008

Easter weekend, part two

Saturday we cleaned house, but found time to go to the park for bubbles. I found these awesome bubble wands-at least I thought they were cool at first site, but they didn't work as well as i had hoped.
we still had fun.
Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles

"Please mom, I want to go home, I'm wet." Austin played in the water fountain, and didn't like his shirt soaked

Saturday night we colored eggs. Not nearly as many as the Basua's, but still a decent amount. :)

Gage wasn't at all thrilled that I left him in his chair and the other kids were having fun.

Easter weekend part one

We had a busy, but fun Easter celebrating weekend. Friday there was an Easter Egg hunt for children with special needs. So we took the kids. Gage thought it was fun to get eggs, and it cured him of his dislike of grass. Bright colored eggs filled with candy, why wouldn't you want to crawl in the grass looking for them.
Austin sharing his new bucket with Gage

Gage finds some eggs

Logan's stash

Austins stash

Look mom, candy-Cori was Gage's helper. She didn't care much for finding eggs for herself.

Tanner, busy at work

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Birthday celebration

I got in trouble for not posting the pictures and info on Gage's birthday celebrations.
We were up north in Salt Lake, so we were able to do things with Kim and Zachary. (Joe was at work)
We took the kids to Discovery Gateway. Awesome place, even better we had free tickets! The kids had a great time. There were so many things to do. In the one picture of Austin, he is playing in this manmade stream, that had plastic boats, balls, all sorts of cups to play in the water with. He got soaked from his wrists to his arm pits, and down his whole front. He had so much fun. That is his favorite pass time. Usually he isn't allowed to play in the water at home, because he always floods the bathroom. Gage had a great time watching all the kids play, crawling around, and being carried to the various places to play.

After our outing we went back and had cupcakes. Too bad Gage wanted nothing to do with it.

a full fledged two year old

bug eyes

We finally gave Gage his present a week later. Its a very cool Farm book with magnetic pages, and plastic magnetic animals.

Monday, March 24, 2008

WOW-really super, duper long

edited I added a bit here and there.

2 years old. on the 15th of March we celebrated Gage's 2nd birthday. Wow. I can't believe 2 years has gone by so quickly. Since I started the blog, I have wanted to write his story, to save for us and to share with you.
Spring Break '06 we went home to Oxnard to spend the week at Mom's house. We went to the beach, and In & Out. (to tell you the truth I can't remember what else we did, I only remember those two things because that is what we did the day before Gage was born). I was 30 weeks pregnant. I had been told that I had placenta previa, and I needed to be careful. I was careful, but not nearly careful enough. How can you not do things when you have 6 kids. If I knew the severity of the condition I would have found a way to be careful.
3-14-06 Tuesday, Right after going to bed for the night I felt like I peed the bed. I hadn't fallen asleep, so I knew that couldn't have been it. But I felt a huge gush, so I got up and went to the bathroom. There was a ton of blood. I couldn't figure out how to stop it, so after a few minutes I called Jared. We decided the best thing to do was get mom and call for an ambulance. We did. We also asked Dad to give me a blessing. I don't remember what was said, but I know because of the blessing I had a calm feeling, and knew whatever happened it was going to be alright. I didn't worry about me or the baby. Silly me, I worried about the other kids. Right before the blessing, mom stood behind me, at this point I was sitting on a rolly chair in the bathroom, she put her hands on my shoulders, and kissed my head. What a sweet thing. It wasn't a big thing, but it sure helped me.
The ambulance arrived. They put me on this funny chair and took me down the stairs. The kids slept through all of it. (which was such a relief) I was taken to Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura. I had delivered babies there before, so it wasn't a scary place for me. The ride in the ambulance was fine. Lots of questions, a little oxygen, vitals and such. My most expensive bus ride ever.
I think by the time I got to the hospital the bleeding had stopped. They told me, if everything continued to look good, I could stay there for at least 6 weeks until the baby was bigger. A couple hours later contrations started, with pain. They gave me meds to stop the contrations, but the pain stayed. I didn't sleep much. I was worried about my kids being with whoever for 6 weeks. I cried, I was hurting.
3-15-06 Wednesday-Jared left at about 6 am to be with the kids. He made lots of calls. at about 10 I got a visitor. How awesome it was to see a friendly face. Lisa Cannon showed up. I could not control my tears. I was hurting in more ways than one. Lucky for me Lisa is an awesome friend and understood. She also had Ann and Cam with her, but they were waiting in the waiting room. Lisa and Ann switched places. Ann came to see me. Still to this day i am in awe of her sacrifice. She is an amazing woman. They both are great friends. :)
I had an ultrasound done. They said they couldn't see anything wrong. Yet I was still in a lot of pain. I was not a good patient, I cried all day. The nurse was great. She was very nice and loving. The dr. came in and introduced himself. Dr. Torres. The funny thing was he had came in and saved the day when Tanner was born, and my dr. was unreachable. He thought that was pretty funny. He was very nice, and thorough. He said he wasn't sure what to do because the baby was so little, but we couldn't find a reason for my pain. He went to the NICU, the nurse gave me some tylenol. I said, do you really think this is going to help. She said no, but that they couldn't give me anything else because if i relaxed then the baby would come.
The dr. came back, said that the NICU dr. said that the baby could do well at 10 weeks premature. So they decided to do the c-section. I called Jared. He was at home trying to find someone to watch the kids. We were so blessed to be home when this happened. We have so many dear friends, old and new that stepped up and took care of the boys, and other things that we needed. Plus a wonderful mom who was absolutely amazing through the entire time we were there.
I told Jared they were going to take the baby, he raced over. He made it in time. The worst part of surgery for me ( i had 3 other c-sections before this one) is the spinal injection of meds. It has never gone well, and it scares me. The anesthesiologist was awesome. She got the needle right in, and meds started quick. I told her I loved her. The only problem was that it wasn't enough. i could feel a ton of tugging. There was a lot of scar tissue, and they had to cut it out, the pain got worse and worse. I was squeezing Jared's hand so hard. She gave me more meds. I don't know anything else that happened until I started waking up in recovery. It was the most pain I have ever had. I felt like they were still doing the surgery. The same pain I fell alseep with, is what I woke up with. there was some print on the wall, but I couldn't figure out what it was, or where I was. I kept asking where Jared was, I had to tell myself that I had just had a baby, and I knew that in my mind, but my mind and mouth were not speaking to each other. It was hard to wake up and come out of the sleep. I had a baby boy. He was tiny.
Gage's first day 3 lbs 5 oz

Our blue Light Special

Little Dude with an Attitude. He sure did have an attitude. One that kept him going strong for 5 weeks to be able to go home to his daddy.

this was his first shirt. I love it. It really fit him like a dress. I really wanted to buy one of those shirts, but I never did.
He was no wimpy white boy. He only stayed on the vent for less than two days. by the time I got to see him he was off of it. The drs. said that usually white babies were wimpier than other babies and had to stay on the ventilator longer. But not Gage.
I came home from the hospital on Saturday. I begged the dr. to let me go home one day early, that way I could see my girls before they had to go home to St. George. Sunday morning they got up early and left, at about 4 or so. Jared took the 3 girls with him and I stayed in CA with the 3 boys, and Gage in the NICU. It was very hard to send them home. We all survived. The worst day of the whole 6 weeks we were there was the Tuesday after they left. I had been up since 4 am. I felt tears welling all day. I kept them in me until about 5 pm. My dad was coming to take me to see Gage and the boys were going to stay with Grandma. Something happened and I lost control. We ended up taking the two older boys with us, Austin was asleep. They fell asleep, and i went in to the hospital alone. Dad stayed in the car with them. About 10 pm I felt better. I decided though that from then on I would go to bed pretty close to the time the boys went to bed, and sleep until 6 or so. I needed my sleep to stay in control of my emotions. There were a few times I cried about this or that, but I managed to get a pretty good schedule and we handled things. not great, but we managed.
Every other day we had friends watch the boys and mom would drive me to the hospital. The other days she would take the boys for a drive, to the park, or keep them at home while I visited Gage. It was hard on them to go to different homes. And it was hard on me to leave them there crying. This arrangement seemed to work out okay.
5 weeks passed quickly. I can't remember all that happened after the first few days. But there was a couple of things that happened that were pretty funny. One night we went to the hospital after the boys were asleep. After we saw Gage and walked out of the NICU the fire alarm went off. We waited, saw men running through the halls. I wasn't sure I wanted to leave my baby there if there was a fire. The alarm shut off. We continued to make our way down stairs. About half way from the elevator to the ER door the alarm went off again, more running, and a little craziness. Still wasn't sure whether to leave or not. I didn't want to be paranoid, but fire is a bit scary. We decided to leave. When we got home, I called the NICU to make sure everything was fine. It was. :)
We had amazing nurses, social workers, drs. all that helped Gage get strong. i held him every day. I got to feed him a bottle one day towards the end of the time in the NICU. That didn't go to well, he was so fragilie, so by the time he needed to burp I couldn't burp him hard enough. He ended up throwing up everything. yuck.
The day before we were to take Gage home, I went in the NICU to drop off his carseat (he had to pass the carseat test, sit in it for 1 hour without any breathing problems) and some milk. When I walked in there was a huge crib in the spot where his bed usually was. I felt my heart racing. I asked what had happened, they said nothing we just moved him, we needed the spot. What a relief.
Gage came home on April 21, 2006. What a blessing to have him come home in half the time he should have been there. I know that Heavenly Father had a hand in everything that went on in those 5 weeks. I witnessed miracles. I know he loves us. I know things happened for a reason. We are blessed. Gage is a healthy 2 year old today. He talks, crawls, makes messes, feeds himself and throws tantrums just like any other two year old. He was diagnosed with cerebral palsy in October of '07. He doesn't walk, or sit up to well yet. But he's working on it. He is such a sweet boy. Wow. Look how far he's come. I feel blessed beyond comprehension that I am a mother to these 7 kids. They are all given to me, to be responsible for, and to teach, to love, and care for. I know my Heavenly Father must really love me to give me these special gifts. I feel honored to be a mom. and a wife. I have the priveledge to be married to an awesome man. He gives, gives and gives to us, everyday. I love that he makes me laugh, every day. That he works so hard to take care of us. I feel amazingly blessed in the knowledge that I will be his wife for eternity. How wonderful that is going to be. My husband, my sweet kids, my family forever!!

My 100th post! WOOHOO.

I am not being very creative with my leftovers. I may have to come up with something new for Tuesday, but I will figure out that tonight after dinner. :)

Monday-many leftovers from yesterday

Tuesday-many leftovers from Sunday

Wednesday- breakfast-hard boiled eggs, biscuits and gravy

Thursday- dinner at a friends

Friday- homemade pizza for the kiddos, date night for mom and dad

Saturday- bbq chicken, potato wedges, jello salad, homemade rolls

Sunday- crepes! with ham, turkey, chicken, cheese, mayo, cherry pie filling, chocolate & vanilla pudding, whipped topping, and whatever else I feel like at the time.
Don't forget to check out ORG JUNKIE for many, many more yummy menus.

I forgot to say that our favorite meal from last week was Mashed Potato Toppers recipe found here.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Things have been crazy and busy, but now we are back home and trying to get caught up. Last week was spring break for us. We decided that we would have the boys eye surgeries done in SLC that Thursday. Lucky for us there was an opening. We left Wednesday and drove up. The boys surgeries were at Primary Children's Medical Center. It is an awesome hospital. They accomidated us having two kids for surgery very well. The surgeries didn't end up happening until the afternoon. which at first I thought was not going to be good. No food after midnight for a 3 and 2 year old, but they could drink, or have popsicles or jello until 12:45. They ended up calling us at 12:45 to say to come in 1 hour early. So it worked out great. The kids were only alone for 2.5 hours instead of all day. It was great that Kim came home after 3 and was willing to take them to the park, and take care of dinner. Thanks so much again! You guys were an awesome help to us.
The surgeries were successful. And the boys have bounced back super fast. We were very blessed.

they both looked drunk or dazed. But really they are doing great.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy St. Patricks Day!! This weeks menu is

Monday-Corned Beef and Cabbage
Tuesday-Mashed Potato Toppers
Wednesday-Cheese, Broccoli & Potato Soup
Thursday-Tuna Melts and Fries
Friday-Leftover Buffet
Saturday-Top Ramen Stirfry
Sunday- Easter Dinner-probably ham, mashed potatoes, veggies, homemade rolls, cheesecake for dessert. I haven't thought about that yet. if anything changes I will add them. Maybe I can find some yummy new recipe to try.

Happy eating. Head on over to Org Junkies for tons of menu ideas.

Monday, March 10, 2008


its sweet love when your 4 year old does something nice just to surprise his little brother.
My heart melted last night when I found Logan outside drawing rodes with chalk, just to surprise Austin. It makes me almost teary eyed just typing it. It was such a sweet act. Then when Tanner came out to see what we were doing, he joined in the fun. Cute boys. Austin loved it.

This week is short and sweet because we are heading up north to Salt Lake City for eye surgery for our two little boys.
Last week was not a good one for making the dinners we had planned, so I pushed one to this week.

Sunday-Chicken Noodle Soup
Quick Rolls

Monday-Tacos/taco salad

Tuesday-Poppyseed chicken

Wednesday-sub sandwiches, potato salad
(off to SLC tonight.)

Saturday, March 8, 2008

park days

We found this great new park. Friday was the kids first day of Spring Break, and the park was packed. But they still had a good time. Saturday we wanted to do something fun, so we headed back to the park with a couple of the boys friends. I took some pictures to put in a book for Gage, and thought I would share a few.

this is our friend Logan. He is a big monkey. It was fun having our friends with us.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Super Scholar

She is a super scholar and got an award for being great in her class. Of course I don't have a picture of her holding the award. But something better.

After fighting the 3 precious boys that I am blessed to be the mother of, through the entire awards assembly, sitting behind Mr Hemming, (Kathryn's teacher) luckily he knows are family well enough to laugh. (thanks for the help). I decided I was not taking them anywhere in public, where they could yell, fight, push, scream, run and embarass me. So we went to the drive through at DQ. What a life saver drive throughs are. Syd didn't seem to care. She was just happy to get a banana split. Great Job Syd. We are so proud of you, and we love you.

Monday, March 3, 2008

hair cuts

We have a good friend that cuts hair. We ask her to cut our boys hair and she said she could do it Monday after work, so we invited the family over for dinner and FHE and then she cut the boys hair.
It looks so good, but you be the judge.