Sunday, September 28, 2008

My Little Padawan Jedi

Fighting Darth Vader!

Padawan Jedi Training

Last Thursday Spencer and I did something totally fun. We went to Disneyland all by ourselves. Just me and him. It was so much fun. One of the things that he really really wanted to do was the Jedi training. We made sure and did that first. I was so glad that he got picked because he was so excited to do it. After the Jedi training, we just went wherever he wanted to go. We went on the cars, the Matterhorn, the "Indiana Jones" railroad (our name for Big Thunder Mtn., he is too short for the real Indiana Jones ride), Pirates, Buzz Lightyear, Space Mtn, Peter Pan, Mr. Toad's wild ride, the carousel, and the finding Nemo Submarine ride. It was just great, there were almost no lines on any rides. We just walked right on to some of the rides. On the way to one of the rides we stopped and got ice cream and walked while we were eating them, and then he wanted to stop at the petrified tree to finish eating. While we were sitting there in front of the water, the big steamship came around the corner. He was so surprised because it was so big. It was so fun to just do whatever he wanted to. After we got off of a ride, I would say "ok, now what?" and then we would go there. We were celebrating his birthday so he got to wear a special birthday pin. All of the workers that saw the pin would say happy birthday to him. He was so excited every time they said it. It was an amazing day.

Spencer driving

Eating Ice Cream while watching the big boat come around the corner

He was so surprised. It was fun to watch his amazement

What a smile

Contemplating the remarkable size of this rather large lollypop!

Nice Sword!

I love this little guy!

My little Sweetie!

I didn't want this day to end. We had such a fun time. I realized on this day that I need to spend more one on one time with my kids. It gave me a chance to really just hang out with Spencer instead of running around doing all of the stuff we usually have to do during the day. It was so nice to be able to just stop and lean down when he was talking and actually listen to everything he had to say instead of trying to listen to all 4 of the kids talking at once. I just loved being able to give 100 percent of my attention all to him for a whole day. I can't wait to do it again. (And believe me, the boys keep talking about when "their" day will be). Thank you Spencer for a wonderful day!!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Take a deep breath

Today started of normally, but this afternoon got a little interesting. First of all Chase has had a cough for a little over a week. Yesterday he started having breathing problems to go along with it. So today I called to make an appointment for him to be seen. He has had a history of asthma symptoms in the past so this is nothing new to me, when he seemed like he was really having a hard time, I decided to make an appointment. Well, apparently even though we do have health insurance (Kaiser mind you), there are no available doctors in all of San Diego County. So I ask (a little sarcastically, I have had so many bad experiences with Kaiser, some good, but many bad) so what should I do with my son while he is having breathing problems, and we are waiting for his appointment tomorrow. The nurse replied, "oh we have just been telling everyone to go to the hospital". I still just can't believe that there weren't any doctors available, and I called at 7:30 am. So I say thank you very much and hang up. Well after a few hours, and watching him struggle to breath, I call in again and ask, ok so the nurse said to go to the hospital, do I go to an urgent care or the ER or what, just in case he gets worse. So then they put me through to the advice nurse and miraculously find an appointment. Well, we go, the doctor listens to him breath, and immediately does a breathing treatment, then does another one. The doc says that he sounds better after the second one, he was thinking about having Chase stay over night. WHAT?!? I was a little surprised by that one, I have seen him worse than that before. He said that it was asthma. I still am not sure if he actually has asthma or just illness induced asthma or if those are the same thing. But at least I felt justified in dragging 4 kids down to the doctor by Qualcomm Stadium after a dentist appointment, and stay there for over 2 hours. It made me feel that maybe I do know what is best for my child not some lady on the phone who doesn't seem convinced that he is really that sick. And I am sure that we made people's days while waiting 1/2 an hour for the prescriptions to be filled while my kids were "forcing" (Star wars terminology) the automatic doors open and closed for people. Even Brooke was getting in on the standing with feet apart arms in the outreach position and moving them to get the doors to open. I am sure that it was also amusing to see me try to get all four kids to sit still, and then accidentally bump Brooke's pacifier into her mouth causing her lip to bleed, having to leave the pharmacy(and the kids) to run to the bathroom to get a wet paper towel. Someone even gave me my favorite line "boy you have your hands full" Gee, I didn't notice. Anyway, it all turned out ok because we are home now, and Chase seems to be breathing somewhat normally, and all of the kids are sleeping happily in their beds. And even though I have this thing for Kaiser, I am grateful that if you just can get in to the doctor, they really do seem to take good care of you. It is just the phone people that I am not so crazy about. But I am grateful that we live in a place where my kids can get the health care they need (even if I do have to push for it once in a while).

Friday, September 12, 2008

Six Quirky Things About Me

My friend Jenny tagged me so I thought I'd play along.

Here are the rules:1. Link back to the person who tagged you. 2. List the rules on your blog. 3. Tell about 6 unspectacular quirks of your own. 4. Tag 6 bloggers to complete the meme.

Here are six quirky things about me:

1) I have this very strange almost obsessive paranoia about burning down our house. I routinely go back into the house just to "check" to make sure nothing is left on. I have been known to go back two or three times because I might have left a light on, and then I might have left a light on when I was checking so I go back again. Once I even left a sacrament meeting because I couldn't remember if I turned off the hair straightener at my in-laws house, and I didn't want to be the one responsible for their house catching on fire. Just FYI, not once have I ever returned to "check" if everything was off to actually find it on.

2) When my throat itches, I do this weird clicking thing with my tongue to scratch it, people always make fun of me when I do it.

3) I love baby equipment. I always have. I just love to look at it. When I was a kid I would go straight to the baby department just to look at all of the stuff, strollers, car seats, playpens etc... Then when I had babies, I was in heaven, because I actually got to buy it. I still do sometimes just stroll down the baby section in Target or Wal-Mart just to look.

4) I love to rearrange furniture. I have always loved to do that too. I would routinely change my bedroom around as a child. It is a little harder to do that now, there aren't very many options for our furniture in the house we are in, but I still do think about how I could move stuff around constantly.

5) I just have to see any movie with Matthew McConaughey in it.

6) Unlike most women I never crave chocolate. I like it, and I will eat it, but it is something that I could live without if I had to. I do however love sweet candy, especially jelly bellies.

I tag my sister in laws Lisa and Mary, three playschool moms Amanda, Jessica, and Laura, and finally Michelle (you can't get out of this one, I put your name on it =)).

Friday, September 5, 2008

Another Football Picture

I know, I just put up football pictures, but I just found this one on Shutterfly that other parents contribute to and liked it. I just can't believe how big my little boy looks here (number 30, first one in the line). Ohhh, they grow up so fast.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008


Well, this is the second week that I have been doing playschool for a few small children. I just have to say, it has been a ton of fun. We get to sing and play, and the kids are just too cute. And then when our mornings are over, I still have the whole afternoon to do mommy things, like clean the house, help with homework, and do laundry. Things that I wouldn't even get to start doing till like 5:30. It has really been a big change, and it was really hard to say goodbye to the full time little boy that I had, but I have been much less stressed and able to be there more physically and mentally for my kids (not to mention drive them around everywhere like school and activities). I have also had a lot of fun preparing for my playschool mornings. Even though I am much busier and in the car much much more this year than last year, it is starting off to be a good year (knock on wood).

One of the projects we did this week.

Dancing during music time

The girls playing dolls (I still can't believe Brooke is old enough to be doing that)