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May 11, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

I wasn't sure if I was going to blog about Mother's day this year because things didn't quite go as planned. Then, the more I thought about it the more I thought this is for sure a Mother's Day that needs to be blogged.
On Friday afternoon I left for SC with 5 wonderful, awesome, funny, sweet, caring friends. Anita, Jessica, Julie, Audrey, and Tiffany. We drove down in my van so that we would have plenty of room for all our stuff. The ride was so fun! We picked up Jane, Jessica's sister when we got close to our destination and then our gang was complete.
We went to "Time out for Women" which was a day and a half of inspirational music, great speakers and time to bond with the ladies. I enjoyed Michael McLean the most. He was soo funny and real. Anyway enough about that, this is a Mother's day post not a "Time out for Women" post.
I got home about 9:30 Saturday night. Sunday I woke up to John's alarm going off about 7am. He was going to make me breakfast in bed, but that didn't work out as planned. we go to church so early now that by the time he got breakfast made I didn't have time to eat it . We then ended up being late for church. That made me sad because on Mother's Day the kids always get up and sing and I couldn't see them.
After sacrament I teach the 9yr olds. I forgot that my co-teacher, Shirley Tinkim wouldn't be there and I didn't have a lesson planned. I had to find a manual and read the lesson as I was teaching it. Turned out OK I guess, the boys were pretty well behaved and that's really what makes for a great class.
The young women taught sharing time this week so I got to go to Relief Society. Nellie Johnston our Relief Society President taught a wonderful lesson on Self-Reliance. Afterward, as we were walking to the car the kids ate all my homemade treats that I got at church. boo hoo for me.
We came home and I was bummed about the events of the day so I went upstairs and went to sleep, got up around 3 came downstairs and had a snack. John made dinner about 5 and the children did nothing but bicker with each other the whole time and it didn't stop during dinner I didn't even eat because they were arguing so much.
After dinner John was going to make a cake with the kids. It got late so all they had time to do was make it and put it in the oven. At this point I was sitting on the couch sulking because my day hadn't gone the way I had planned when I heard a crash and John yell. I knew before I asked what had happened. While he was taking the cake out of the oven the pan slipped, burnt his forearms and when he jumped the cake when flying out of the pan onto the kitchen floor.
So now I didn't get breaksfast, I wasn't able to eat dinner and now I don't even get to have cake because it was on the floor. AAHHH!!
Well it's the end of the night and now all I can do is go to sleep and try to have a better day tomorrow. But of course not before I hear the sound of glass shattering in the kitchen. John had wanted to make another cake for me but wasn't thinking that the glass pan was so hot, probabaly becuase he was concentrating on the 3rd degree burns on his forearms, when he turned on the water it was so cold and shattered the glass pan in the sink.
As I talked on the phone with a friend and explained how the day was just a big flop I realized that it was Mother's Day and my children had done so much for me. They made me cards just like I asked and they wanted to sit with me and hang out. They made me coupon books of nice things to do for me whenver I need a little help or a little hug. And if I had just stopped whinning about how I didn't get a gourmet meal, I might have seen that sooner.
I had a wonderful realization on Mother's Day this year. It's not about the breakfast in bed or the gourmet dinners or any of that. Mother's Day is a day for me to be thankful for my wonderful children. They are so good to me. Noone could love someone more than my children love me. No matter what I do they always forget the bad stuff and of course remember the good stuff. They are so forgiving, unlike adults they don't have the ability to hold hold a grudge.
They think I am the best mother that was ever put on the earth. Boy, what they don't know!! They only know unconditional love and that is something that I don't know if I deserve but I know that I have.

May 10, 2009

Charlotte Children's Museum

This was taken a while back at the Charlotte Children's Museum. The kids have lots of fun here but it is really expensive for what you get so we have only gone twice. I thought this picture was great! I bet they all were only on the stage together for about 45 seconds (at least without fighting for an instrument) so, I am glad I got a shot of it!

May 4, 2009

The Earring Saga

About two years ago, I can't remember when but if you do please comment and let us all know, the girls got their ears pierced. After many painful ear cleanings, many infections and one of Riley's starter studs even fell out and closed up and I had to pop a new whole in. We found out that they were most likely allergic to the nickel and maybe with nickel free earrings they wouldn't have had those problems. They finally decided to let the wholes close and maybe try again another time.

That time came about 6-8 weeks ago. Samantha took Katie first and she got her's redone. And then the next week Riley had her's redone!! Yeah!!! They were sooooo excited.

Well, this Friday night Katie comes to me and says that her right ear is sore and hard. AWW MAN! WAS IT EVER!! It was so infected and there was a huge abscess on the back of it. I don't want to get to graphic, BUT as I was cleaning it there was soo much blood and puss that came from there it was amazing. I hurt her when I would move the earing to get the fluid out but she said it felt so much better afterwards. She says "Now that its squooshy again, it doesn't hurt at all"

Unfourtunatly, it took more than that to fix the problem. I had to get back to it Saturday morning and see what the problem was and I found it.... Hair had gotten so wrapped up around the back of the earring that it was actually going inside the earring whole! It was horrible. I had to take tweezers and try to unwind the hair. After about 45 minutes of messing with it I realized that it was going to take more than that.

John had to hold her arms down and hug her while I pried the back of the earring off. I was so hard and she cried REALLY loud. Even after getting the back off, there was still more hair wrapped around the stud that the earring couldn't come out. So, I had to continue to get little bits of the hair off the stud and it was actually coming out of the inside of the earring whole.

I finally got it all off and we were able to take the earring out. That night Sam took all the girls to Claire's to get new earrings and they got a whole bunch.

Kate got nervous so she called me to put the new one's in and long story short, it hurt and she didn't want to. She was sad, I was sad but she thought we would wait for a day or so and see if the whole wasn't so sensitive.

On Sunday she was really bummed because not only could Riley change hers but she was changing them like every 20 minutes and they didn't hurt at all.

By Sunday night Kate worked up the courage to try again with a "Do or Die" attitude. These earrings were going in and she didn't care how much it hurt. Ok, well she really did care and that is why it took here like 30 minutes to let me get started. I got the front of the right earring in and halfway through she says "oh wait, that hurts!" So I said "Ok, I'll stop but let's not pull it out. Just rest for a sec and we'll try to finish." That's what we did! It did hurt a bit because there was a scab that I had to push out of the way but once it was she said it didn't hurt one bit!

Now we had to do the Left ear, which remember had no previous problems so it should be a breeze. Yea, right. It not only had formed a small absess in the back, I couldn't tell which whole was the new one. There is one slightly higher than the other from the repiercing. AND, the back had started to close. This time I had to pop the earring through the back of her ear and practically repierce it with the earring itself.

She was such a trooper! The right ear still has some healing to do so we will continue to flush it with peroxide and put antibiotic ointment on it for a while. This of course goes for ALL ears that were pierced in this house to prevent any other unforseen problems. Her left ear is sore a little but we didn't expect much else.

Hopefully, This time things will go well and they will just heal and be like regular pierced ears that you can change the earring without excrusating pain!

Oh, yeah, I know that she has dangley earrings in and that's not the best choice considering they have to stay in for a while but they had the easist shape to manuver getting them into her ear and with this kind of earring I can get to the earlobe easily to clean it real good......we'll see what happens!!! Wish us luck!

We'll get a picture of Riley up here soon.

May 2, 2009

Ian First Birthday...October 22,2008

Here is the Spider cake that I made Ian for his birthday. Nothing spectacular, but it was cute.

Here is Ian eating the head of his Spider cake.

It's hard to tell by the look on his face, but he really did like it.