Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Kai and Jude

KAI AND JUDE UPDATES:

As if I don't blog about them enough, here are what my babies (i know Kai isn't a baby anymore, but she will always be my baby) have been up to:

Jude: Jude is the most laid back, sweet, adorable little baby cake. He is so funny and I love him more and more each day. He started crawling several days after Thanksgiving and has been unstoppable ever since. He loves to crawl as fast as humanly possible and it is hilarious. His little tooshie waddles back and forth like a little puppy wags his tail. You can hear him tear out and cruise around from miles away. He will pull himself up on anything and everything and sometimes forgets he can't walk. He'll let go of his balancing post and act like he is going to walk right over to you and he eats it every time. His two bottom teeth came in at about 6months and his top two fang teeth came in about a month ago (he is 9 months now). It is so cute when he smiles cause he looks like a little vampire. His middle ones are starting to break so he won't look like Dracula for too much longer. I've tried getting a picture of it but the little wormy just wont sit still long enough. He thinks Kai is the funniest person on the planet and he loves to squint his eyes and snort his nose at her. He is happy just playing by himself or following Kai around. What a little doll he is. He adds so much to our little family and we love him so much. Here are a few of my favorite shots of him...


Kai: Kai is everything a typical 2 1/2 year old princess/fairy/kitten/butterfly/puppy/drama queen/everything pink and fluffy should be. She is so bright and is constantly proving to me that she is so much smarter than I think she is. She loves to read and to sing and to twirl. She loves to bully Jude around and comfort him when he is sad. She loves Ariel and Cinderella and anything princess. Lately she loves Barbie and the Diamond Castle and sings "Connected" all the time. Kai's biggest news is about her thumbs. About 8 months ago I noticed that her thumbs were quite stiff and bent downward. I was rather worried at this discovery so we had the Doctor check them out. He said she had something called Congenial Trigger Thumb. He gave it 6 months to clear up on it's own and if it didn't he recommended surgery. Well, it didn't clear up so we consulted a hand specialist and he also recommended the surgery to prevent any long term disfiguring and any other serious conditions that could result. So here are some photos of that ordeal...

This is as straight as either thumb would get...

Here is a shot of her doing "Cool Dude" (this one is for uncle Thys)... This is her waiting at the surgical center in her hospital gown. It was so cute on her. They gave her a surgery bear that had cute little scrubs and a little face mask. This was before they ripped out my heart (and Kai's) and sat on it. The anesthesiologist, who just happened to be a very handsome yet older 10 ft. giant stranger, came in and said, "It's time", and then ripped her out of my arms and proceeded to walk out with her. It took about a second and a half for her and me to realize what was happening. She totally freaked and started screaming "Mama, Mama" and struggled and struggled to get away from the giant scary strange man that was taking her away from Mama as I just watched and did nothing. It was horrible. Of coarse I started bawling and had to just walk away. Luckily they claim it is only a matter of seconds before they drift off into la-la land, even fewer seconds if they are screaming cause they breath in so deep, but it was gut wrenching none the less. Check out her cute little bunny slippers too...Here she is after the surgery. She was pretty disoriented and all she wanted to do was lay in my arms and have me sing to her. She didn't want to open her eyes and she kept asking me to take out her IV. After I would finish a song she would mumble "Sing another one Mama."
By the time we got home she was feeling much better. Very tired, but much better. Say "Cheeto cheese in my teeth"...
Close up of her "bandaides"...
By 7:00 that night she was back to her cute little princess self...
We were instructed to keep her thumbs dry for 2 weeks. Ya, good luck with that one. But we did the best we could...
These next ones are a little graphic so look away if you tend to get wheezy. They're really not that bad though. She had about 5 or 6 "itches"(stitches) in each thumb...
She was pretty hesitant to go in for her follow up appointment so I kept telling her the Doctor had to check her thumbs to tell us if we could get them wet so we could go swimming. She did great at the appointment and we made another appointment for a month away. When the receptionist handed Ben the reminder card for the appointment he gave it to Kai to hold and he asked her if she knew what it was. She said "Ya Dada, it's my swimming pass!" Of coarse we took her swimming the next day and she loved getting her thumbs wet. She still wont let me touch them, but they are looking better and better. The Doctor says we won't even be able to see the scars as they are right along her natural hand creases. She was so brave and did so great throughout the whole thing. Two thumbs up baby, straight up!!! Cool Dude!!!

Happy Haircut:
Kai's other big news is about her mullet head. We finally took the plunge and gave her a real hair cut. She's had somewhat of a mullet for the past little while so I decided to chop it. It looked so cute and I was very proud of my work. I've been a big fan of her cute little bangs, they just kept her looking like my little girl, so I've kept them trimmed since she's had them. But I finally decided to grow them out and they were getting pretty long. They were almost to the point where I could tuck them behind her ears, but they drove her crazy. Especially if we didn't do her hair that day and they would just hang in her eyes. So I thought to myself, "Maybe I'll just trim them a little to get them out of her eyes". It wasn't really that good of an idea. An inexperienced unofficial hair cutter + a wiggly little 2 year old= some pretty funky bang action. She still looks adorable cause lets face it, she is adorable, but it was a much cuter haircut with the long bangs. All well, can't turn back now. I'm sure it's not the last time I'll maime one of my children's haircuts. I only cut off about 1/2 inch of bangs so it won't be but a couple of months before they are back to where they were. But, from here on out, I vow not to touch Kai's bangs with the scissors ever again...so help me.

Here is her first (and only, for a while) braid. I won't be able to do this again until it grows out, but it was cute while it lasted...
I love this picture of her. She just looks so grown up...Before...After...Cute bangs...

Not so cute bangs (but seriously, she is too cute to look too ridiculous)...
So that's Kai and Jude in a nut shell. Kudos...again, if you are still reading this. I love my kids.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Christmas

Christmas this year was crazy busy and full of parties and family and food galore. It was so fun and I wouldn't have it any other way. We are trying to create a tradition of going to the lights in Ogden on Christmas Eve with our kids. It's only the 3rd year in a row but we love it and hopefully as the kids get older they will look forward to it more and more. I know everyone thinks Ogden is pretty ghetto and well it is a little, but it's close and the Christmas village is so fun for the little ones. It only takes like a half hour to see all the little displays and it keeps the kids interest the whole time.

Jude wasn't real thrilled to be wearing his hat. He warmed up to it after he realized how cold it was with out it.

Kai cheesin it up...
Our attempt to get the lights and me and the kids all in one shot...
Kai and her best bud , Dada... Christmas morning before the kids got up...Jude showing off his new Christmas jammies and froggy slippers...This is the only shot I got of Kai trying out her new "pink ski's", the rest of it I got on film. It was pretty hilarious though and she did pretty good. She was done after about 5 min. or so. Not bad for her first time, huh?
Having kids definitely adds a special magic to the whole Christmas season. It was so fun to see their eyes light up as they experienced all the new sights and sounds and feelings of Christmas.

One of the highlights this year for me was when we went down to Temple Square for the Mo Tabs," Music and the Spoken Word". It was their Christmas special and they had invited a guest singer named Brian Stokes Mitchell to preform with them. It was a spectacular performance and the choir and orchestra were simply flawless. Brian Stokes Mitchell however, was completely enthralling to me. His voice was so magnificent and enchanting. I have never heard anyone manipulate their voice the way he could. After the Music and Spoken Word segment was over, Mitchell and the choir put on a mini concert for the audience. It was so awesome. Mitchell sang a song that I have never heard before by a man named Maury Yeston. The song was called "New Words" and it is so sweet. It is about a father teaching his very young son new words about the world we live in and life around us. I have looked everywhere on the internet to find him singing it, but it is nowhere. I did find another singer singing it, but it is just not the same. When Mitchell sang it, he was so animated and transformed from parent to child and you could just see him standing up on the stage experiencing life as a father and so tenderly teaching his child how to say "moon". This guy has a good voice and all, but he's not nearly the performer or vocal power that Brian Stokes Mitchell is. So maybe just close your eyes and visualize the scene in your head instead of watch this singer, but at least you'll get the melody this way.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Halloween and Thanksgiving

Halloween:
We caught this itsy bitsy spider this year at Halloween and we rescued this cute little butterfly from his web of slobber...


Our neighborhood doesn't do trick- or- treating (lame, I know) but, the trunk- or- treat is massive and it was pretty fun. Butterfly's and spiders don't like to trunk- or- treat for longer than 10 minuets though. They would rather play in a trunk than get candy from one.


We carve pumpkins every year at Gramma Gay's and Grampa Noodle's. I was sick so I couldn't go :( but here is Kai and Ben getting down and dirty...
The finished product with Ben and Skyler(bens little bro) showing off their pumpkin pride...


We had a Halloween party at our house the next day with our friends. It was a little chaotic with all the kids we all seem to be accumulating, but it was still fun. Ben and I were Thing One and Thing Two. I didn't get many pictures of the party, but it was just as well. I burned one of the soups I was making not once, but twice. Nice. I was really happy that happened. Burning soup twice didn't leave me much time to shower and get ready so I was rather discombobulated the whole night. Greasy hair, no makeup, and burned soup, thanks for nothin hostess. Here are a few shots of our gracious party goer's who pretended not to notice the distinct taste of charred soup. This was the best shot of Ben in his costume...
We have great friends and always have fun when we get together. We even got to see some old friends from High School that we rarely get to see. Thanks for coming and eating my gross soup guys! Maybe next year we should order pizza:)


Thanksgiving:
I didn't get any shots of Thanksgiving cause my mom and sister took so many and I just figured I could get copies from them. I haven't gotten any yet so I'll just write about it and hopefully get some in the mean time and post them later. This is more for the sake of journaling, so it's ok if you get bored and don't want to read it. It's mostly for me so I can remember what a fun time we had. And we did have SO MUCH FUN this year. My sis Darby and hubby Eric rented a house in Bear Lake for their workers who are doing a big project there and we were able to use it over the Holiday. We stayed for three nights and played and played and ate glorious food by chef Darby and just enjoyed being together. This is the first time as adults that my family has done anything like this. My Dad brought my Grandma Kern's who we rarely get to see. I've maybe only seen her a total of 10 times or so my whole life which is pretty sad seeing how she only lives in Grantsville, not but an hours drive or so away. It was so fun having her with us and getting to know her better. She is so sweet and the kids just loved her. It was just Darby (my sis) and her family, me and Ben and kids, Mom, Dad and Grandma, and Thys (little bro) came up Thanksgiving day. We sure missed Ann(oldest sis) and fam, Chad (oldest bro), and Justin (other older bro). Darby is an exquisite cook and totally pampered us the whole time with her fabulous creations. We played pool and ping pong and the men shot skeet (i'm not really sure how to spell that word) while the women cooked (like it would really be the other way around) and we played games till midnight. Mom and Dad even stayed up late to play with us and competed in the pool tournaments. It was so fun to bond with my family like that and we hope that we can do more stuff like that in the future. I sure do love my family and I'm so grateful for them. They are so important to me and I feel so blessed to have them for eternity. Thanks to Darby and Eric for being such gracious hosts and putting it all together.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Problog(get it?...prolog. Bawhawhaw)

Well, I must say... I have missed you. All of you. My life just hasn't been the same without blogging. I have spent the last few days catching up on each of your blogs and it has been so fun to see what everyone has been up to. I know I said I was back once before... and that was a lie. But this time it's for really really real.
I should take this opportunity to let you know I suffer from a severe case of undiagnosed annal retentiveness. Some people call it perfectionism, some may say it's OCD, others may just classify it as a brain disorder. Whatever you call it, you all know you suffer from it too in one area or another. It develops at different times and in different cases throughout the coarse of ones life. This particular episode for me has effected my ability to blog.
Blogging has been such a fun outlet for me and has given me purpose (as if my husband and kids don't:)) and connection to the outside world. I love to read other blogs and their comments and I love to journal and scrapbook my own life since I don't do that stuff traditionally. I love to connect with friends and family I don't get to see as often as I'd like. I love the whole package deal that is related to blogging. The highlight for me is definitely the commenting business. I love to comment and receive comments. It is all about connecting and feeling like I am socializing that gives me happy tingly feelings.
This is where my disorder takes over. If I read a post and don't comment, I feel incomplete. If I'm not reading and commenting on others, then there is no reason to post my own stuff. If I were to make a post and not receive any response, I would feel bad. So if I can't do one thing, I can't do anything. Do ya feel me?
Anyways, I'm not quite sure what has happened to me in life since I made my last post, but metaphorically speaking I've been running on a treadmill. Putting out all this effort and energy and just not getting anywhere. I've just been stuck. I haven't felt like I have had the time to do... anything really. Especially nothing extra curricular, such as blogging.
So since October I haven't read any blogs, because I didn't feel like I would have the time to comment, and I haven't been posting because I haven't been commenting and well, you see the pattern. It's an illness. This is really rather destructive behavior on so many different levels. I stopped taking pictures( well not totally, but significantly less). I stopped emailing. Pretty much no contact with the outside world and no memories for me I guess.
I would really love to comment on all of the posts I've missed cause each one makes me smile and I have sincere and genuine comments for every post I've just caught up on. But lets face it, that would take one million years. I'm just going to jump right in and start from this point on. I want you all to know though that I read just about every post you all made over the last 3 1/2 months and I feel like I was part of every one's Holiday season. It was awesome! Thanks for sharing your lives with me. I love it!
I also would like to catch up on all the tags I missed but I lost track of all the times I got invited to play. So sorry I bummed out on that and thanks to all of you who thought to tag me. Also, I want send a special shout out to Ben's cousin Kelly who gave me some blog love on her blog way back in last century and I never even acknowledged her for that. So thanks Kelly for loving my blog before I abandoned it.
I've missed a lot of new blog stuff too like that whole Followers list and all kinds of fun give aways and such. It might take a while for me to update everyone who has gone private and beg for invites since I didn't send my email to anyone.
So I know I have a lot of work to do figuring out how to make a following and add all the new blogs and private blogs and update my own. So be patient with me, I'll get there. Oh, and there are no guarantees that this sort of thing will never happen again either. I'd like to hope it won't. I'm really the only one who suffers here. I hate thinking about all the fun stuff we've done and all the great pictures I could have taken to solidify those fun memories over the holidays. I guess I'll just have to rely on the people around us this year who took pictures and hopefully they'll send us all their pictures that have us in the background. (Like you Mom, and Darby too. hint, hint:))
Anyways, it is good to be back and I'm very excited to get caught up with everything and everyone. Just to stay organized, I'm going to make a list of some of the things I'd like to back post about. So stay tuned for a recap of:
*Halloween
*Thanksgiving
*Christmas
*Kai and Jude updates
*Funny stuff Kai says (this may become a permanent segment)
I also have some other fun permanent segments for you to watch for that I'd like to add to my blog. Like SPD's and movie reviews:
*SPD's: My darling friend Aarin does Self Portrait Tuesdays (SPT's) on her blog and she is so adorable and I look forward to Tuesdays because of her. I think this is a fabulous idea so I'm going to implement her wonderful idea into my blog. Except I think I'll just do self portrait day. I can't commit to a specific day of the week, there is no telling what the condition of my appearance will be from day to day. But the whole idea is to document what I look like throughout the years too, not just my kids and hubby. As a mommy I have taken on the roll of picture taker and it is very rare to actually be in a picture. It is always fun to look back at pictures of yourself whether it be in a time of beauty or otherwise. ( I have a feeling most of my spd's will be in a time of otherwise). But, if anyone else wants to join in on SPD, please do. It'll be fun!
*Asha's Movie Review: One of my favorite conversation topics is movies. I'm not even that big of a movie buff, but it is always interesting to hear what movies people liked and disliked and why. It is very rare that Ben and I actually go to the movie theatre, but we are avid Red Boxers. So my reviews may be a little behind the current features since I have to wait for them to come out for rent. I'll do my best not to spoil any story lines, since that is so very annoying, even though most of you will probably have seen the movie in review all ready. But I think this will be fun and will spark a lot of comments. I'd love to hear what you think of the movies too so leave a comment or add this idea to your blog too!
So lots of up and coming events to be happening here soon. Props to you if you are still reading this. Thanks for being my friends and family. LOL to everyone. Happy Blogging!