Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Proof of Lucie's attitude!

So I broke the cardinal rule the other day and now I'm paying for it. I mentioned to someone that Adam and I had been really lucky so far and haven't had to deal with any stitches or broken bones, yet. Of course, three day's later Lucie fell and broke her elbow.

She was throwing a temper tantrum about getting in the car so Adam picked her up and had his one arm around her waist. Of course, again, she would arch her back and fall to the floor. I guess she tried to catch herself and broke her arm instead. We went to American Fork Hospital ER first and they did an x-ray but as soon as the orthopedic surgeon saw the x-rays he said he wouldn't touch it and then they sent us to Primary Children's. Me, being an emotional parent as well as cheap, couldn't handle the thought of an ambulance so we decided to drive her there ourselves. The nurses at AF wrapped her arm as well as they could and then sent us on our way, with several pillows to balance her arm. By the way, they tried three times to give her an IV but couldn't find a vein so Lucie still had to pain medication whatsoever. That was the longest, most stressful drive I've ever been through. You don't notice how bumpy the roads are unless your need them to be perfectly still. So we got to Primary Children's and they rolled out at stretcher to get her, luckily AF had called and arranged everything before we got there, and then we were bombarded by doctors and nurses. Adam and I had no idea what we were doing there until the surgeon talked to us about what exactly was going on. Apparently, the spot where Lucie broke her elbow is very near a growth plate and they needed to put pins in the bones to keep it in the right spot. Also, she was losing her pulse in her hand so they needed to do it quickly to maintain her circulation in the hand and prevent another operation. They rushed her into surgery and she was out in about an hour. It as very quick, hardly enough time for me to stress and freak out properly. They wrapped her arm up in ace bandages and put it in a sling for now, and in a week we go back to the doctor and she will get a hard cast then. Her arm was VERY swollen and they weren't able to cast it because of that. So now I have to watch Lucie, Jackson and Daphne VERY closely to make sure that nothing happens to Lucie's arm. Daphne is really cute about it. She knows that Lucie is hurt so she keeps trying to give her hugs, which WOULD hurt, so she adds a degree of difficulty to the situation.

I have to say though, I'm incredibly proud of myself. Normaly I am a wreck and can't hold my emotions together during a crisis and Adam has to do that for both of us. This time, Adam felt so guilty for dropping her, he had a very hard time not showing his emotions. So that left me to be the tough one. At first I thought this had to be a sick joke from GOD but, I did better than I ever have before. I was able to, inspite of them trying 5 times to get an IV and waiting 5 hours to give her ANY pain medication, hold myself together. I'm not going to lie and say I didn't cry at all, but I didn't let Lucie see me cry and that's more than I can ask for.

The timing REALLY sucks, but at least it didn't happen any closer to Christmas than it did and she will have a hard cast and be feeling much better by the time school starts again too.

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 8, 2008


Lucie just started biting her nails, and that is one of my biggest pet peeves out there. So, I immediately made her a chart and put it on the fridge. She get's one star per day if she doesn't bite her nails and she needs to get 10 stars to get a "surprise". Well, Jackson saw it and wanted one for him too. So we made one for when he has "nice hands". My family LOVES charts! I have kind of a potty mouth and say, teasingly, to Adam "shut up" a lot lately. Well, that is on our list of naughty words so the kids make sure and let me know that it is not okay to say that word and that I need to apologize to Daddy right now. Jackson must have gotten sick of reprimanding me so yesterday he had some markers and a piece of paper. He loves to draw so I didn't think anything of it. Then he started asking me how to spell: Annie, saying, and shot. When he held up the paper for me to see it read very clearly: Annie no saying shot up. I couldn't stop myself from laughing out loud as did Adam. So now I have my own chart on the fridge too and when I get 10 hearts I will get a "surprise" too!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Daphne and Lucie's "new" room

We decided to move Daphne into Lucie's room the weekend but before we could do that we needed to "remodel" Lucie's room and turn it into the girl's room. I think it turned out great! We painted Lucie's dresser to match Daphne's and then painted over the pink walls to yellow. What do you think?

Friday, November 7, 2008

Christmas Concert!!!

Some of you probably know that I've been planning (along with Lindsay) a Christmas fundraising concert for Friends of GIANT Steps. Well, it's almost here!

November 21, 2008 from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Provo Tabernacle in Provo. We have been lucky enough to have BOTH the Utah Valley Bell Ringers and Noteworthy performing that night! We will also have hot chocolate and doughnuts outside. Make it a family night and bring the kids for a truly entertaining evening.

Prices: $10 for adults (12 and up)

$5 for children 6-11

or $25 for a family (2 adults & up to 3 children)

I hope to see you all there!!!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Growing up is SO over-rated!

I've always known that I was attached to my kids and didn't want them to EVER grow up but after this last couple weeks it's obvious to everyone around me that it's time to let go and cut the cord already. You're probably asking yourselves what huge special event caused this epiphany. Well, Jackson and Lucie were in their primary program and they asked Jackson if he would be willing to have a speaking part. He was supposed to say "paying our tithing". I teach in primary and so I was there during all of the practices. I'm more than a little embarrassed to say that everytime I could hear Lucie singing or when Jackson went up to the pulpit and said his part (all by himself just like the other kids) I would immediatly start crying. The first time this happened I thought it was most likely a hormonal issue so I started my cream to balance my hormones better. It didn't help. I continued to cry every Sunday when they practiced. Finally on the day of the Primary program, I knew what was going to happen and just warned everyone that I was going to cry and please don't tease me about it. That morning I asked Jackson if he remembered his part. He said yes and then blurted out "not paying out tithing!" and laughed histerically. You can imagine my horror as I can picture him up in front of everyone saying "not paying our tithing" and then giggling . We immediatly went to bribery. If he would say his part right, then he could get a new game for the wii. We got to the church early, which never happens, and then I really started to well up. My kids are growing up so fast. The closer it got to Jackson's part, the more nervous I got for him but he did it and hardly seemed nervous at all. He said his part and turned around to walk back to his chair with the biggest grin on his face I've ever seen. Needless to say I really started to cry, and in fact I'm tearing up just thinking about it now.

Then, if this wasn't enough, they asked him to give a talk in primary yesterday. I tried to make it easy enough for him to do himself, though I didn't really want him to. I printed coloring pics of things like a church, butterlfy, kids praying and then had him color them and glued them to popsicle sticks. All he would have to say is, "I can think of Heavenly Father when...I go to primary, or when I see a butterfly, etc.". We practiced and practiced. Then yesterday when it was time for his talk I went up to help him and he pushed my away. As if that wasn't enough he then gave his whole talk by himself. I wanted to burst out bawling and scream "It's not fair! You were supposed to be my baby forever!". That's when I realized that if I want him have friends and be "typical" then I would need to LET him be independent and grow up. I guess what I'm saying is I promise to stop hovering too closely. You can't expect me to cut the cord completely! He is only 6 1/2. I do have a favor to ask, if you see me not letting one of my kids grow up, please slap me and tell me to be grateful for it.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Is Halloween a Christian holiday?

Jackson and Lucie are just like all kids and LOVE to dress up. So of course they can't wait for Halloween. The official dress up day! Lucie wants to be a skunk, which I think is incredibly appropriate. Jackson goes between Obi Wan Kenobi, an ogre, and a king. Last night we were talking at dinner about what Lucie and Jackson think Adam, me and my sister Tina should dress up as. They both agree that Tina should be a princess. Then Lucie bursts out and is so excited to say, "Dad! You should be Jesus!". Needless to say we could not stop laughing and had to explain to her that while it was a good suggestion, Daddy would not be dressing up as Jesus for Halloween.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008