Sunday, November 27, 2011

Happy turkey day!!

This year for Thanksgiving I really wanted to teach my kids to "be thankful." I also did a lot of fun crafts with them throughout the month. I didn't want Thanksgiving to be looked over as the little holiday in between the big one. I guess I should have taken a picture of all our crafts we did..... maybe next year we'll do it. My Dad and April came over to eat Thanksgiving dinner with us. After we ate, our family and Grandma April walked up to the Highland Park (in our short sleeve shirts.) We played outside for about three hours and enjoyed the warm sun! Maycie found a pet prey-mantis. This girl has no fear of any animal or insect! We also put together 6 puzzles during the day.










































































































Saturday, November 26, 2011

Maycie Lou Who

Our poor little Maycie girl has had her fair share of sickness lately. We started noticing about a month ago that she wasn't eating very much at all - maybe a bite or two at a meal. Also small tasks like getting her pajamas on was more difficult. She was even being clumsy and falling a ton which is SO not like her. There were also 4 days of a fever, 5 days of diarrhea, 2 days of throwing up, etc. All were spread out over the last month. We were going to take her in to the Dr. but I knew they would want to draw blood and I wasn't ready for that. Last Sunday we had our home teachers come over and help AJ give her a blessing. By Tuesday she was getting her energy back and we were very relieved. But unfortunately she started with croup Thanksgiving night. That has made her more than miserable especially during the night. Then to top it all off.... She was on the counter and fell off onto the tile floor landing right on her forehead. I saw her as she was going down and how she landed. The way her neck bent was so scary. But as I picked her up I saw a HUGE bump on her head. It was about a golf ball in diameter, bright green, and stuck out 1/2" from her head. I almost called 9-1-1 but called my Dad instead. He was working so I thought he could maybe ask a labor and delivery nurse. In the mean time I had Branson running over to our neighbor Linda's house to get a second opinion. My Dad happened to be working security at River Road hospital instead. I decided not to sit on the kitchen floor thinking about it and go in. I told him to call AJ and meet me at the ER. I called Dr. Cain on his cell phone on the way. Thank the heavens for him. He asked me if she was knocked out but she wasn't. He told me that I probably didn't need to go to the ER and just watch her. Make sure she wasn't too tired, throwing up, acting crazy, etc. I had picked AJ up at the Village Bank parking lot on my way and we were almost at the ER so we just headed there anyway. We got her out and were checking her out. My Dad and his friend came out and gave us another opinion. We decided not to go in but just watch her. She fell asleep on the way home for about 5 minutes, then was better all night. I don't think I have ever seen something more horrific on one of my kids. It scared me SO bad. But I am grateful for the little miracles of the day..... #1- That my neighbor Linda that lives full time in Salt Lake was actually down visiting and home so she could run over and give me her opinion and help me get the kids loaded in the car. #2- The fact that AJ had just clocked out as my dad called him (30 minutes early on black Friday.) #3- That my dad was working security at the ER. He hasn't worked there for at least a year and is always at labor & delivery. #4- That I have Dr. Cain's cell phone number and he was able to calm me down in our 2 minutes conversation (love him!!) And the biggest one that our Maycie girl is just fine. We thank the heavens!!! We also pray that we are done with her being sick (after the croup is gone.) Here is a picture of her that night about 4 hours after it happened.



































The next morning...



































2nd day...


















Day 3.... The bruise is spreading down her face and into her eyes. Her nose is even swollen.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

It's a Surprise Party!

In September of last year I realized that my Dad would be turning 50 this year. I knew right away that I wanted to do a surprise party for him. He is a really good Dad, friend and person but sometimes doesn't get a lot of recignition for it. I sent out triangles to make a banner to friends and family that live out of town. They all wrote memories and love notes on them. I also gathered some baby pictures of him and pictures of when he was younger to display. We got balloons. And I made a sign that April set out in the morning that said, "Honk! It's Brian's 50th Birthday." It only took him until 1:00 in the afternoon to figure out why people were honking. :) So the plan was for him and April to go eat at 4:00. I would be waiting on the next street over for her call as they were leaving so that I could go start decorating. BUT he conveniently decided he'd rather eat at home because his stomach kind of hurt. Luckily when we got there he was taking a nap. We put up the decorations before he woke up at 4:30. When he came out, we told him Happy Birthday and that Branson wanted to make a few decorations for his birthday. He started walking around looking at everything. He said every time he turned around he found something else I had done. He started to read the banner and was really surprised. He was almost through reading them when he asked me to come here. He was crying and said, "thank you for being such a special daughter." I was totally crying by this point. I had been anticipating this moment for 14 months! April too was crying. It was such a sweet time! He hasn't cried since the day I got married! How would that be? So the first person showed up at 5:30 and was the bishop. We invited him in and he said Happy Birthday. We started getting out the cake and water bottles. My Dad said, "What is going on? Who got this cake?" I said, "I may or may not have told a few people that it was your birthday today." He said, "You mean people are coming over tonight??" It was the best night! There were about 7 people from work that stopped by, 6 of his favorite neighbors that we invited, 4 of his good friends he has worked with over the years, and his bff Troy. April even missed the "Forgotten Carols" practice to stay because it was so fun! Happy Birthday Dad and thanks for being the BEST! He got this Vikings Jersey that is certified by the NFL from "Simi." AND you know he had a good night by the look on his face! He never feels like smiling for pictures.











Monday, November 14, 2011

Jerik speaking in tongue I mean WITH tongue.

If you have met Jerik, you have probably met his tongue. He loves that thing. He always has it sticking out and even "chews" on it. Here are a couple of pictures....



























































Speaking of "Chew" this little 4 1/2 month old baby has a bottom tooth that cut through already. He is seriously so handsome. We just love holding him and how snuggly he is. He brightens anyone's day. No matter how much purple smoothie gets spilled on the carpet.









































One of the funniest things! Jerik was kind of being fussy so AJ was rocking him. He was standing up and apparently spit up all over AJ's pants. Then he started to bend over so AJ just let him do it. Next thing he knew, there was spit up dripping on his shirt. He looked up and saw Jerik's head covered in spit up dripping down his face. We all ran over and started laughing so hard. He just looked up at us like, "What's the big deal?" Then he even started laughing so hard!



















Here are a couple of pictures taken from some camera happy children.... I really probably shouldn't post them but I guess the kids need to know in the future what their Mom looked like.... in the morning without a shower yet! :)











Hard candy
















There was a Thanksgiving craft that Coral Canyon was doing Saturday morning. I had forgotten but quickly got everyone ready and headed down there. One of the crafts had candy inside of it. It was yummy peach flavored pumpkins. When we got home I started folding laundry in the living room. The kids were all in there with me and eating their candy. I heard a noise that didn't sound right. I looked over and saw Branson holding his throat and making the choking - I can't breath noise. His eyes were huge with fear and he started coming over to me. In about a half of a second, I dropped my stuff, grabbed him, flipped him around and starting doing the Heimlich maneuver on him. He finally started to cry and I knew he was ok. He was crying, I was crying, Maycie was crying. It scared us all so much. He laid on the couch for the next hour crying off and on and saying his throat hurt. I hoped that I would never have to do that to anyone in my life... especially my own child. But I am glad to know that my adrenaline kicked in and I was able to help him without hesitation. Branson said that he never wanted to eat hard candy again. I agreed! We have banned hard candy from our house for a long time! I went through their Halloween candy and threw away everything hard.

Visit from Grandma

Grandma Sue and Larry came down for a couple of days to visit. Larry had a work meetings to go to so Grandma Sue jumped on the chance to come down and see her grand-kids. When they got here, we ate homemade chicken noodle soup (yum!) then headed to their hotel to swim. (Forgot my camera.) Sunday after church we had dinner and played games. Then Monday we went to Puss In Boots and Brick Oven Pizza for dinner. Here we are at the movie...


















Jerik boy laughing at Grandma!


















And Larry having a turn giving Jerik his nightly rub down - starting at the butt! It is one of his favorite things.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween 2011

This year we had a ton of Halloween fun. A lot more than our one night of trick-or-treating. At the first of the month, the kids went over to "Grandma" Charlene's house to make and decorate sugar cookies. Wednesday the kids got a package in the mail from great grandpa Halversen full of books, treats, and toys. Thursday Maycie dressed up for pre-school. Friday the kids had a Halloween party to go to. Saturday was the ward trunk-or-treat. Monday Branson dressed up for school and had a parade. Then Monday night we ate dinner at Grandma April and Grandpa Brian's house. Then we went trick-or-treating. Too much sugar!

















































Jair Bair

Here is our little Jair Bair growing so fast! Branson is still Jerik's #1 fan (besides Mom.) And I have to add that he slept 12 hours straight last night. I am loving it because both Branson and Maycie were 2 1/2-3 hours their whole first year.











































































Jerik in his "wolf man" shirt at 4 months old....
























And Branson in the "wolf man" shirt at 10 months old....

















Jerik in the monkey costume at 4 months old....























Branson in the monkey costume at 10 months old...























My cousin came down to visit and here is her baby next to Jerik boy. Her baby is 10 months old. It was so good to see them and finally meet Cooper! They are the cutest family and we LOVE each others "normalcy." :)