Sunday, June 20, 2010

My heros...

My husband.  The best father in the world - he is so loving, kind, and fun with all our children.  And slow to get angry. 

My dad.  The greatest man I know.  He is kind, loving, and fun.  And slow to get angry.

It seems that the man I married is just like my father. 

It's true.  Girls want a man - just like their daddy.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

The last of 3 birthdays in the same week...

Ha! You laugh. But seriously - our oldest 3 children all have their birthdays within 4 days! So here is the next birthday child:

Melina!  She is 15 today!  Yeah!  She is such a fun girl!  She is very artistic - a talent that she has inherited from my mom. 

Melina is going to be an artist. 

She takes photos, sketches, writes stories, poems, and essays with no difficulty. 

She has her own style of dress.

And she is the best sister - super loving and kind to all her siblings.

She has a wonderful sense of humor - and is always making us laugh.  Although at times, we think that her humor is related to her being blonde...

This is Melina and her Daddy - they have the most amazing relationship - and the same sense of humor!  I was truly blessed to be able to marry such a man for time and all eternity in the temple.  (More about him tomorrow on Father's Day!)

Melina and Aimee have the most amazing sisters, only 2 years apart - they have been becoming friends these last 2 years...

Need I say more?

Happy Birthday Melina!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Another Birthday!

Today is my Aimee's birthday.  She is the sweetest peacemaker there is!  She is always kind, loving, and full of laughter!

Today she is 13! 

We are grateful for her and that she is here with us today.

During my pregnancy with Aimee, she was diagnosed with 2 different life-threatening problems in utero at 18 weeks, and then at 25 weeks, I went into labor with her.  Everything was okay, until at 31 weeks, and then I was hospitalized - for her - not me.  I spent almost 10 days in hospital with her - and then, everything turned worse - Aimee started dying.

With quick thinking of the doctors and nurses, we had an emergency C-section at 33 weeks 2 days, and she was born - small and sick.

But once out of utero - with medication - and priesthood blessings - she healed very quickly and was able to go home at 5 days old.  She weighed 4 lbs 14 oz and was 16 inches long.

She gained weight quickly, and spent most of her time in the sling that I wore almost 24/7.  She was quite sick, off and on, for about 2 years - mostly respiratory viruses and lots of pneumonia, from her lungs not being matured 100%.

She was also born with a conductive hearing loss.  She was 98% deaf in both years until age 2.  She was treated by the German audiologists, at age 1, and her hearing was improved to less than <2% deafness by age 2.  She now has less than a 1% hearing loss, and you would never know.  She spent over 8 years in speech therapy to improve her her speech and communication abilities!

She loves to cook, bake, and read.  She is going to be going to high school in 2 years and she already is planning on a culinary arts plan.

Happy Birthday Aimee!!!!!

For those wondering - we have our 3 oldest children with birthdays within a 4 day window!

So, Matt was on Tuesday, Aimee is today, and tomorrow is another birthday!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

An 18 year old son.

I am not old enough to be the mother of an 18 year old.  Yet today I am.  Mathew has turned 18 today.  We went out for breakfast to his favorite place - Cracker Barrel. 

He leaves today for the southeast.  He will be working, learning electrical construction, for my brother.  He is excited and sort of scared all at the same time.  I remember feeling like that years ago when I turned 18.

Matt has been a blessing in our lives.  He has been a great big brother to all his siblings and a good son.  We know that this the right thing for him to do - to move to out with my brother and work.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Salt Lake City 2010

We took a quick trip up to Utah to visit with friends and to drop off Melina and 2 of her friends at EFY.  While we were there we went to Temple Square.  Where I nor my children have ever been!

The organ in Conference Center!  I actually heard one of organ concerts in the Tabernacle while at Temple Square!  It was so beautiful. 

Snow.  In May. 

Snow.  Again.  In May.  In Provo.  We drove through it and walked through it to drop off Melina and her friends!  Yuck. 
There is a reason I live in the desert. 

Monday, June 7, 2010

Summer Clothes 2010!

White knit shirt and black linen skirt...

White knit skirt and turquoise knit shirt - which is the same pattern as the white shirt above!

Black, red, and white rayon knit shirt, same black linen skirt.

Green rayon knit shirt (same pattern as the above)...

Pink, white, black, and gold knit shirt (Jalie Pattern)...

I also made a cute pair of denim capris for the jeans sew along on pattern review - I just have to finish writing up about them and take pictures...