Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Sterling the “Patient”


Sterling had his tonsils removed today, along with part of his adenoids that grew back from his previous surgery.

He has always been a pretty good little boy, but lately we had noticed a difference.  He was having a hard time listening and just seemed to be very grouchy and tired.  He also started wetting the bed, waking up at night, and snoring loudly.  Turns out it is all related to sleep apnea.  Hopefully, the surgery will make a difference.

Sterling was a great patient today.  He first drank some medicine to help him relax.  The picture above was taken after the medicine had kicked in.  He was hilarious.  I was trying not to laugh and him too much.  He was talking about “jell-o clouds” and reaching out for a rope that wasn’t there.  He kept trying to climb it from the bed.  He also got the hiccups.  He also said “That medicine tasted GOOOOOD!”

After about 45 minutes from when they took him back to the OR, the doctor came out and told us that all went well.  The doctor said that days 4-6 after surgery can be the worst when things start to heal in the throat, so maybe the worst is still to come.  After a couple hours in recovery and some vomiting, we were able to come home.  This is what Sterling wants to do now.

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Sterling is looking forward to all the popsicles, juices, mashed potatoes, and macaroni and cheese.  The soft diet he is supposed to eat is basically his favorite foods.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Ian is 1!

I just realized. . .I posted this earlier in my attempt to catch up.  Today Ian is 13 months old!

We celebrated Ian’s 1st birthday on January 22 (his real birthday) with a small gathering of family for dinner and cake.

Little Ian is very picky about what he eats.  He didn’t even eat his giant cupcake!  I thought for sure he was going to get all messy, but I also think he wasn’t feeling that great, either.  He did sort of play with the icing on his hands.

Ian is not walking yet, but he sure can crawl fast.  He can walk by holding onto a walker toy or furniture.  He loves to talk and babble with you.  He thinks he is really having a great conversation with you.  He still does not like to ride in the car, but he is starting to get a little better.

1 Year Well Visit
Height - 29 1/4”
Weight – 22 lbs. 5 oz.
Head Circumference – 18 1/8”

Saturday, February 20, 2010


We finished out our garage.  I should have taken a before picture, but basically, we had an unfinished garage with exposed studs—nothing too pretty.  This was Juan’s idea, and I have to admit, I wasn’t too excited about it at first.  But, now I am really happy with the improvement.

It is a great place to watch TV while the kids are playing outside, to do crafts, play the Wii, have parties, let the men watch sports, or just hang out.

We added a window and a window unit with AC and heat.  We also added 2 ceiling fans.  I am anxious to see how cool it will be in the summer.

And, I can still park my car in the garage.  Speaking of my car. . .

Goodbye! :-(
I said “goodbye” to my 2001 Toyota Sequoia.  I purchased it brand new back in June 2001--this was the first year the Sequoias came out.  I was even on the waiting list.  It only had a little over 70,000 miles on it when we traded it in for another Sequoia. 


We were in desperate need  in desperate "want" for a car that had an aisle in the middle that one of the kids could walk to the back easily.  The kids love the DVD player.  And, I love the power back door, navigation system, integrated phone, and lots of other little “extras".”

Cocoa came to visit


Sterling’s preschool class has adopted a rescue “pet” named Cocoa.  We were lucky enough to have Cocoa come and stay with us for a long weekend.  Each student from his class takes a turn bringing Cocoa home.  We took Cocoa to the store, church, and gymnastics with us.  147   119 (3)

We then had to write in Cocoa’s journal about our adventures.  Sadly, we had to return to school..  Sterling really enjoyed having Cocoa come to stay.

Friday, February 19, 2010

My Girl

Here was my Christmas present from Avery.  She made it at school and had it all wrapped and everything.  Such a sweet note.


Here is “my girl” with her American Girl Christmas gifts.  Chrissa, Avery’s doll, received the cheerleading outfit, and Avery received the Coconut shirt.

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Let the little children come to me. . .


Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."  Matthew 19:14

Sterling and Ian were baptized on December 27, 2009.  Both boys did very well with getting the water splashed on their heads.  Ian even smiled, and he was not feeling good that day.

Whether you believe in baptizing children or allowing the child to grow up and make their own decision to be baptized, we chose to baptize our children.  We believe that the baptism symbolizes our commitment to raising our children in the Church.

The picture above is the only picture we were able to get at church.  Here are some other pictures from the day.

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Here is Avery in her “big girl” outfit. She picked it out.  I really love the jacket.  I wish I could find a jacket like it in my size.

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These are some of my favorite little shoes.  I usually don’t get too excited about boy clothes, but these shoes are adorable.


Christmas 2009

We had a wonderful Christmas.  Here are the kids enjoying their Christmas gifts on Christmas morning.  Avery and Sterling received bikes from their grandparents.  And, Ian received his little motorcycle that he loves.  They also got scooters and other small toys.  We tried to keep it to a minimum!  Juan would say that we did not succeed at that!

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Our big gift was from Santa—a Wii for the family.


Where to Start?

Where do I start?  I haven’t posted in a while.  Life is crazy sometimes.  I’ve been trying to improve my time management skills and prioritize what’s really important to me.  So, my blog has taken a backseat.  I do enjoying documenting and posting our activities, but other things have just been a little more important lately.  Also, I just think it is a little extra crazy for me right now—a very needy one year old, 3 kids, tax season and business stuff.  I will “catch up” soon with updated pictures.

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