Monday, June 28, 2010

a name and a blessing

Sawyer was blessed by his daddy on the 26th of June. It was such a beautiful blessing and Sawyer was surrounded by such strong, wonderful men that will be in his life forever.
I am so thankful for the power of the priesthood and for this beautiful baby that has been placed in our lives.

Friday, June 25, 2010

our little soy bean

*Special thanks to my sis. and her mad photoshop skills!!*

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Birthday Girl

Today Macie is 3!
Her favorite things are horses, cheese, and her Daddy!
Macie has a spit fire personality, she'll tell ya like it is. She is very mothering and loving.
She hates sticky fingers, not being able to do big kid stuff and any kind of crawling bug.
She is such a sweet big sister and makes us laugh EVERY day!
Happy Birthday baby girl.

Monday, June 14, 2010

family summer list

Sunday we sat down as a family and listed off some of the things we wanted to do this Summer. Scott has classes for his Masters so we won't be doing much out of town traveling to far away places. So the kids threw out some of their "want to do's" and I wrote down a few goals and we came up with a Summer List.
Don't look to close... I can not spell to save my life.
Anyway, we started working on the list today. I wanted my kids to keep up on their writing and reading throughout the summer and thought that having a pen pal to wright to a few times a month would be so fun. Getting something with their name on it in the mail would be even more fun. I figured eventually the kids could have a few different pen pals but for now we just have some -in town- pen pal friends.
They spent some serious time on putting together their first letters this morning and even made some sweet collages! I think we are gonna have a FUN summer.


So for the last week I have been planning a family trip to go Geocaching. I heard about it about 3 years ago, but my kids were to small then. Anyway, I have been obsessed with it lately. Every day I look up places that I want to take my kids and I have mapped them all out. Has anyone been geocaching before? What are some of your favorite ones here in this area.
Anyone want to come geocaching with us???

Friday, June 11, 2010

First few days of Summer!

What have we been doing with the little bit of Summer so far?
A little bit of partying,A little bit of loving on a yummy baby,Lazy afternoons...( yes, these two pic's were on 2 separate occasions)

Some brother to brother bonding time,

A First bath,
A bunch of trips to the park and extra time with Daddy
I heart Summer!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

"Why a spoon cousin?"

Has anyone seen the movie Robin Hood Prince of Thieves?
Well then you may be familiar with this lovely woman:
My family has become very familiar to this face as well because if you replace the white in her eye with red.... that is what I have been sporting for the past 2 weeks.
I'll recap the "EYE" story for those of you who even care, but if you don't you might want to keep a' blogging elsewhere because it's really long.
About a month ago I was at home and it was late. As I was watching TV all of the sudden I saw flashes in my left eye. It was almost like someone was taking pictures and all I could see was the flash, over and over. When Scott got home I told him all about it and he said I should go to bed.
The next morning my eye seemed fine. So I kinda forgot about the whole thing. A few weeks later I was driving and it was really bright outside. I kept noticing a few hairlike grey lines in my peripheral vision in that eye. As the week went on the lines turned into a half circle and was now really dark grey.
I, (being just like my father) thought "I'm fine. It will go away." Scott was really worried and told me to tell our friend Scott Stevens who is an eye doctor/surgeon about it. I said no because I don't want to be that friend who comes across as the... oh your a doctor.. look at this.. type.
So 2 weeks ago Scott Stevens comes up to me at church and says " When are we gonna look at that eye of yours?" I knew right away my Scott had told him and I was totally embarrassed but I agreed to go after church to his office just to make sure I didn't have a tumor and I was dying! (my worst fear)
We were there not even a half an hour when he said, "Well I have good news and bad news. You have a detached retina and it is going to require surgery. But it hasn't reached the good seeing part of your eye yet."
This is a picture of what a detached retina looks like. It can happen to anyone at anytime and is like wallpaper when it falls down from the wall of your eye.
I was in shock, I had never had surgery before!!! I thought... ok, so I am having the baby on Wednesday, maybe surgery the next week? Then I hear him talking on the phone to a on call eye retinal surgeon in Medford telling him I could be there "tonight" in a matter of hours!!
The next 3 hours were a blur of running home grabbing kids, driving to Medford to drop kids off at Scott's parents, receiving a blessing, and ending up in an Ashland hospital room scared to death!
Because I was delivering a baby in 3 days I wasn't able to be knocked out and had to have a local. I just knew that I was going to see needles coming at my eye and would LOSE it.
So as I sat and waited I was working myself up so much that I started having braxton hicks contractions. Which then turned into regular contractions. Which in turn started to become Very intense and about 4 minutes apart. The doctors were now worried that they might be delivering a baby as well as eye surgery.
But in the end the surgery went great and I couldn't see a thing, and my water didn't break while I was laying flat on my back for 2 hours in the OR. They preformed a procedure called Scleral buckling surgery where they put a band around my eyeball. eeewwww!
I am so thankful to my wonderful hubby for putting my health first and to Scott Stevens (who is the best eye guy in town...everyone give him your business please, he is awesome) for being such a good friend and taking such good care of me.
I will have a nasty looking eye for quite a while longer but on the up side my friend Rachel bedazzled me these sweet eye I'll be seeing you around town me mateys. With one good eye that is.
The end.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


My baby is SEVEN today.
She has turned into such an amazing girl. She has so much love in her little heart and cares for others. She is sassy when she is tired but always thoughtful. Full of drama but always kind. She is my little helper and such a fantastic big sister.
She is a strong light in our lives and there is never a dull moment when she is around.
We are very proud of this little miss and can't wait to see the woman she will become.
We love you Elise McKenna!!

one week

Sawyer is one week and it has flown by. The end of the school year is so hectic around here and I am just making sure that I soak up every minute of the newborn stage because I know it goes by so fast.