I was able to talk with Aaron just for a little bit this afternoon, he was calling to let me know he would be going to break the fast and than to listen to the First Presidency Christmas Devotional. As I was thinking about our 11 years together it occured to me that, we went to the First Presidency Christmas Devotional together. It was I want to say like our first date.
So we were talking about our first year at Ricks and how Aaron almost did not come back for the 2 term, and how different our lives would be if he would have not decided to stay. I am so very grateful that he did. He has made my life so much better. We have two wonderful little boys with one more on the way.
I am glad that the both of us are able to listen to this years First Presidency Christmas Devotional, we may not be together but we are still able to hear the message. I am getting the boys ready right now to sit down and listen to the message. We are so very blessed to have the gospel be the same where every you live. What a wonderful thing to have.
Aaron and I have learned so much during these 9 months that we have been away from one another. We have learned how much each one of us means, how much we truly do work as a team and how we depend on one another. The past 9 months have not been easy by any means for our little family. The boys truly miss their Dad and how he plays and loves them. He misses them as well, I told Kodi today that he is a just like Daddy and I thanked him for giving me hugs so I can feel Daddy's love and Kodi's love.
We are blessed to know that our family is forever and that we will always be together, whether we are apart or together. We are blessed to have these past two months go very fast. I am still not looking forward to being a "single parent" while Aaron is in training, but with the Lords help and prayers from our family and friends, we will be just fine. Both Aaron and I can feel the prayers and we thank you for them.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
I was able to talk with Aaron just for a little bit this afternoon, he was calling to let me know he would be going to break the fast and than to listen to the First Presidency Christmas Devotional. As I was thinking about our 11 years together it occured to me that, we went to the First Presidency Christmas Devotional together. It was I want to say like our first date.
Posted by Mary at 6:32 PM
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Winter finally made it's way here, we woke up to snow, it was not a lot but enough to really stick but both boys thought it was pretty cool. Pa also put up a Santa in the front window last night, and when the boys woke up it was a pretty cool surprise.
When I was little we had a house elf that came and left us little gifts during the month of December, well now that I have kids he has decided to come and do the same thing for my boys. Kodi really gets into trying to see Nutmeg and will find his footprints around the house. We love when Nutmeg comes to visit us. Kingston is not sure really who Nutmeg is, but still like the toys he brings. Each boy got a new stocking and a toy, Kodi got two ornaments to paint and Kingston got a ball that lights up. Both were a Huge hit, of course they had to understand that Nutmeg only comes when they are going good, and listening to us.
It's the beginning of our weekend, and I am actually looking forward to this coming week. It was suppose to be our Huge Family trip to Disney world, but because of Peyton we ended up going in October and the rest of my family is getting ready to leave on Sunday, which means it will just be me and the boys. I love my parents for letting us living with them, but it's not us and it's not always how we work. So this next week it will just be us, I can't wait. The boys and I do very well being just the three of us. Than two weeks after that Aaron should be coming home for Peyton to be born and Christmas.
Kingston is not liking the fact that I am putting my foot down when he is starting to act up, but I have to nip it in the butt now before Peyton comes. He is starting to understand that the No hitting rule will get him a spot on the stool for time out.
Dakota is also seeing that I am putting my foot down with him as well, and did very well with the No TV rule in the morning, we will see how well he does with that tomorrow, but this morning was a great morning. I have been praying lately that Kodi and I have better morning, he is pushing all my buttons and getting me very upset very fast which is not good for me or Kodi.
The Lord is blessing me with better patience and as I was listening last night after my prayer I was flooded with ideas on how to make our days go better with Kodi and I am so very grateful for the Lord and being able to talk with him and tell him my problems and concerns. We are so blessed to know that he will never stop listening to us.
Posted by Mary at 6:47 PM
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
I can not believe that the Christmas Season is here. My boys have been watching a lot of Santa movies, Kingston loves Santa and Kodi is at that age asking for EVERYTHING he sees on TV.
Last night was our Christmas Relief Society Party, it was a lot of fun, and a very good time. Kodi and I did not get home until almost 10 after cleaning up and making sure everything was good for us to leave the building. They ladies in our committee won't let me do a lot since I am about ready to pop. So I just helped in any way I could.
This is my favorite time of year, as most peoples, not because of the presents and Santa, but because for me it is a time that my family is together, we pull together and make our own memories. This year will be a different one, for we always spend Christmas Eve with my Dad and two wonderful young brother and sister I have to say I am not happy at all with the choices my "Father" is making, it was hard growing up and being up on the back burner and having to deal with not being important at all. The three of us have learned that if we want him in our lives it's us making the calls for him to come over not him. It's very hard to sit back and which him start to make those mistakes again the big sister wants to protect them from getting hurt. My Father informed us that he will not be around for the holidays and will be out in Idaho with his new girlfriend, spending that time with her. Of course he wanted Tara to call the siblings and let her tell the bad news. The part that is one of the hardest is that he is drinking again, I truly believe he thinks we have no idea that he is drinking, but when he continues to call us all the time telling us the same things over and over again is sad. At first I did not mind talking to him, and now I just get very upset, my poor sister, is the one who he has been calling 5 or more times a day to talk to her, and doesn't have a clue that he has already told her everything.
I pray each day that he will get a clue and stop what he is doing, but I also know that it's a choice he is making. The little girl in me wants to him to stop and becoming a wonderful father to Eli and Ashley and not have them feel those feelings as I do, but I can only pray for him.
It also makes me so very mad that his new girlfriend HAS no IDEA this is a problem, she just thinks he is inactive member and that she is going to reactive him. She has no idea that he is an Alcoholic and that when he is not in Idaho with her he is at home drinking. She thinks we have this GREAT relationship with him, let me tell you I have never had a great relationship with my Father. When I think of what a father should be it's not my dad that I think but of my step dad and how he is always here for me and my boys. He may not agree with our choices but he is always willing to help us out and loves us so very much.
At times I truly hate being a grown up and the decision that comes with it. It truly does sadden me that he is throwing his life away to drinking. He has 7 soon to be 8 wonderful grandchildren who love him and he has 5 wonderful kids. Who do need him.
This year we will be spending Christmas Eve with Eli and Ashley, at Tara's house and making a very good memory with them. I am so very blessed to have them in my life as my brother and sister.
Posted by Mary at 1:57 PM
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
It's been a fair good first part of the week for us. Dakota only had school on Monday, which is was very sad with he loves school and I tried to explain why he wasn't going the rest of the week and it did understand "Thanksgiving break".
But the rest of his week is pretty normal to what he usually does. I talked to Speech Therapist about his re-eval and she is very happy with how well he scored on his test. He is in the "normal" range for children his age. Which both Aaron and I are very happy about, Dakota has been working so very hard the past year, and it has really paid off. When you talk to him you can tell that is still has a long way to go with his speech, and some words are hard for him. But he is getting it. The Lord has blessed him so very much with all the help he is getting. We are on Disc 3 now for his music therapy and he likes this one so I pray it won't be a problem of getting him to listen to it twice a day. But we will see.
Kingston is loving the word "NO" and is continuing to put more and more words together. He goes and goes all day long. He right now is my snuggle bunny actually both boys love crawing into my lap and just hugging me and being with me. I love it, I believe all of us need that extra love right now.
We ran to target tonight so I could get another foam pad for my bed, I think I have a total of 3 on my bed, My hips are so very bad at night, and I can't wait to be able to sleep on my back. I knew that Kingston was in need of some new shoes, and I thought maybe Kodi was as well, so of course when we went to look at shoes for Kingston, Kodi found some too and than told me his tennis shoes were too small for him. Which they are, so both boys got new shoes and love them.
I did see the OB on Monday and things are good and Peyton and I are just fine. We did talk about pre-term labor, and the signs to watch for it, since I am 33.5 also 34 weeks along. Which I can't believe.
We continue to talk with Aaron in the afternoons on the web cam and the boys love it. It truly makes a difference being able to see him. He is doing well, a little tired of all of the filing he is doing at the clinic, but at least he is not sitting around and waiting for them to decided on where he will be while he is stationed in NC.
Posted by Mary at 11:16 PM
Monday, November 23, 2009
The weekend for us was a pretty good one. We did nothing all weekend long, my parents went on a small trip for the weekend, and it was just my boys and I. I loved it, and I think they did too. The best part of the weekend was on Saturday when Aaron got his web cam up and running and we were able to see him and talk with him. The boys loved it, Kingston just loved being able to see Daddy, and talk to him. Kodi showed Aaron all of his projects he has done in school, and enjoyed just talking to him.
I think on Saturday we spent a good portion on line the boys just played in the computer room while we talked. They did not want to leave Daddy. It was Stake Conference on Sunday, and I was not up to taking both kids without help and battling Kingston running around, so it was another day of just resting. Kodi was not feeling well and so it was good for just him just to rest, he is back to his good old self today. Ready for School and playing.
I go and see the OB today which starts the weekly appts, I can't wait. I am so very ready to have Peyton. We have about a month left and he will be here. Both Aaron and I are very excited.
I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, and Iwant to thank you all who pray for our family while we are apart.
Posted by Mary at 9:22 AM
Friday, November 20, 2009
I can certainly tell that my pregnancy is coming to and end, all this week I have been nesting. It's not too bad yet, but all I want to do is having this clean, of course once I start to clean and organize something I get very tired and stop. Needless to say I am not taking the nesting to far yet.
Kingston is sleeping now in his bed until about 4:30 and than will wake up looking for me. I am hoping and we can brake this before Peyton comes next month. Dakota is sleeping great, he loves his "tunk bed" as he calls it. Kingston does thing he is a big boy now that he can climb down the stairs of Dakota's bed.
At school Dakota has been working very hard on the spelling of his name. He has figured out that Kodi start's with a "K" now where we go he looks for a "K" and tells me there is a Kodi store. It's pretty cute, he loves school so much and hates when he doesn't have school.
Kingston is putting more and more words together, tonight we went swimming with Tara and Scott's family at my cousin's apt and Kingston was swimming with Tara and said "scott, look at me" Tara could not believe it. He is just talking away, I can now stop worrying to much about Kingston having the same speech problem as Kodi.
Both boys love sitting next to me and talking to Peyton, Kodi will put his hand on my belly and tell me that Peyton is crying and waiting his Big Brother. KK just say's "baby" and pats my belly.
Both boys are missing Aaron a lot this week. I am not sure what is going on with that, but KK has been calling for Daddy during the day and then crying afterwords. Dakota just will telling me he is sad, and misses Daddy and that is why he is having a fit.
He is making a great progress with Jenn his therapist he seeing for missing Daddy. They work great together and just with in a month you can tell that she is really helping him. The ideas on who to keep him calm and use his words are great, and Kodi is starting to be able to tell me when he is upset and will not just start to "fight" me but rather go in his room and take some time until he calms down. Of course he still does have some fits and is out of control but no where near what it was before.
I am so very grateful for Jenn's help with Dakota. I am grateful that I am able to help him out, as his mother I am taking the steps that Aaron and I both feel he needs. We have a wonderful little boy and I am always thanking the Lord for his help with Dakota, and for pointing us in the right direction for getting Dakota the help he needs.
I can not believe that Thanksgiving is around the corner, and how each and every day the boys and I talk about why we are thankful for the thing we have.
Posted by Mary at 11:31 PM
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
I went last week to see my OB who is wonderful, she wants to make sure that Aaron will be able to be home when Peyton is born, which means she will induce me before 39 weeks if his lungs are ready. We both are praying that Peyton will be ready to come out.
Aaron is now in NC and working finally, he was moved to a different side of the base and only have 5 other sailors with him. He was not to happy about having to leave the Navy side of the base, but what can you do. He is processing H1N1 paperworkd today for the Marines. At least he is keeping busy, last week he was just sitting around waiting for them to move him. Now he actually is doing something.
This month is going by pretty fast and I can't believe that Thanksgiving is almost here. We thought for a minute that maybe just maybe we would be able to fly Aaron home but as we looked at the price of the tickets we quickly decided that was not going to happen. So we will just have to do with talking to him on the phone. I am not sure what he will be doing.
He really likes the ward that he was in and hopes that with this move he will not have to switch wards.
The boys are doing great, Dakota is loving school and enjoys going each day, I get asked all weekend long is it time to go back to school? He has made a huge improvement with this Sensory Processing Disorder, Megan his OT is very happy with how well he is doing and loves the progress, we are now working again on his eatting, it's a long road but I hope that he will continue to do as well as he is diong with this other skills they are working on.
He also will be working on Hand writting that is going to be very hard thing for him and Megan wants to start now and see if we start to help him now instead of later.
Kingston is growing like a weed, He is wearing wither 2T or 24 months and is so very tall. He is starting to put 3 word sentences together for me. He asked me today " I want Gum". He wants to be just like Kodi all the time. I have moved out of "Our" bedroom and into the playroom and turned the boys room into a playroom. We have been trying to figure out how to build the ball pit, but with us moving we all thought it would be best to put that on hold until we know what our next house will be like. So we bought Kingston a full bed that is under Kodi's bed and the boys can jump off onto KK's bed, they love it. I will have to take a picture and post it. Kingston is also now sleeping in his own bed, and makes it most of the night.
I am grateful for being able to have my own bed back, I am not sleeping well at night my hips are killing me and I turn about every 3 hours each night. But soon enought Peyton will be here and I won't have to worry about that.
Posted by Mary at 12:56 PM
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
We had the wonderful chance for our family to head to Disneyworld after Aaron was done with "A" school. It was a trip that was suppose to happen in December with the rest of my family, but because I will be due at the end of December or the beginning of January my OB told me I would not be making that trip. In the end it ended up working out just great because we were not sure that Aaron would be able to join us in December for our family trip. So we worked it out that we took our Disney trip at the end of the Oct, the rest of my family is still going at the beginning of Dec and they will have a wonderful time.
The boys loved it, Kingston was not sure about characters when they came up to see him but as long as they were far enough away he was totally cool with them. We took a lot of time to let Dakota just play at the soft play area's in Disneyworld and he loved it. We also found out about the Special needs pass you are able to get. Which made our trip so much easier. This pass let us use the fast pass lane and than use the wheelchair access. Dakota was so much better when he was not around so many people and was able to have a quiter area to wait in line. He rode most of the rides, we found it was much easier just to take him on the ride than to ask him which one he wanted to ride. Even though he has been to Disneyworld 2 times before this it was still all new. He really liked splash mountain and thunder moutain rollercoaster, but his favorite ride would be the Andy's Room ride at Hollywood Studios. I think he rode that ride like 8 times in a row and if we would have let him he would have continued to ride it. At Ecpot he loved Test Track, how fast it went and it was just a great ride for him.
The one show we did take him to was Fantasmic he loved. It was loud for him but we put his head phones on and that made all the difference for him, he just loved how Mickey won over the dragon. Kingston did like to ride as many rides as he could. He did not like waiting for Daddy and Kodi to go on the big rides and leave him out.
We spend a good deal of time at the soft play areas they have in all the parks, both boys really loved that. Which for us was a life saver when both boys had enough and they needed to get down and play. Over all it was a wonderful trip and we cant' wait to go back in 2013 with Aaron's family.
Posted by Mary at 7:36 PM
Monday, October 19, 2009
Last night my Mom got a call from Katy telling us know they were meeting Haleigh and her Dad at the ER. Her legs were swelling up and her left arm was hurting so much she did not want to move it.
Adam being a PT was very concerned for her because he said it sounded like it was her heart. We patiently waited for the updates to know how our little Haleigh was. She was admitted to the hospital and was waiting for the Dr at 10:30 and by midnight, the dr said he did not know what was going on and waited her Transfered over to childrens.
By 5 am she was relased and sent home. What they found was that she has Henoch-Schönlein Purpura (HSP). Her legs are still very swollen and she will be at home for at least this week and is not suppose to be moving around. A lot of TV Time for that little girl.
Posted by Mary at 8:17 PM
Last week was not too bad for us. Kodi did have some melt downs but the more I read about Sensory Processing Disorder the more I understand how to help him out. We are trying to get him tested for SPD but the insurance is not sure if it is under mental health or not. But he is having a great time anyway. We are still trying to figure out his sensory room. I did today go and get a very cool new bounce toy for him. It's a little tykes bounce and spin toy, he loves it.
Kingston is Kingston, I am not too sure how I like his little attitude he has, and he is learning that I do not put up with a lot of his screaming or hitting me. Today he has really let Kodi have it, and has spent some time in the time area.
Aaron is doing well, he is still in the ER for the last two days and really does enjoy everything he is learning.
Really not much has been going to since the last time I posted. We head down to pick up Aaron on Thursday and than we have Daddy back for 13 days before he heads out for another 4 months of training.
I am not looking forward to that at all, but with prayers and my faith, I know our little family will get through this long period away from each other.
Posted by Mary at 8:09 PM
Monday, October 12, 2009
We had a wonderful week ending with Aaron coming home on Friday and will be leaving this afternoon. We have loved Daddy being home, being able to play and feel like a complete family. Our boys are so very happy, Dakota has not left Aaron's side, at all expect for the the Birthday Party he went to yesterday. It was his very first "friend" birthday party. I was not sure how well he would do but as I walked over to our neighbors house I was talking to their Dad and he said the party was a great success. All the kids play very nicely together Kodi was a great little partier and no problomes:)
Posted by Mary at 7:59 AM
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Well the first week of school is down, and he loved it. Dakota was a little disappointed when he did not go to school on Friday. Needless to say he drove me crazy on friday. I love that he goes to school for 2.5 hours Monday - Thursday, but I don't know what do with him on Friday, Thankfully Aaron will be home this friday and that wont' be a problem.
I also went to see his new Therapist to help him with Aaron being gone, I can't wait for him to start seeing her and for her help. We will be going again on Friday with Aaron. Dakota is doing much better, we had a great week. He did not have any screaming Fits, I have stopped all his TV watching and now he only gets to watch either Playhouse Disney or PBS. Which he doesn't mind at all. I also have been working on making the playroom a sensory room for him. It's a HUGE task to take on but he really needs it.
We are looking at making a ball pit for the corner of the room, and than maybe to put up a swing for the rainy days and when the cold winter comes. Aaron will be putting up the fish light for him in the sensory room and making it more a comfort for him. I am totally grateful for all the help me gets from his therapist. They truly are a blessing to us. I have been doing his sensory diet, brushing which is now down to 4 times a day, and using the oil Mood Magic for men, which he likes to put him his feet. All of these things are making a HUGE difference in him. He is also able to tell me when he needs to go outside and swing, which is a true blessing that he can express when his body is needing that. He is always a much happer little boy after we have been swinging. I have learned that we will need to get another dark swing from Ikea for KK loves Kodi's swing, we have many fights over the swing and KK is the one who doesn't win. :(
He is working so hard, on everything he is learning. I have been doing a lot of reading on Sensory Processing Disorder which is making a whole lot of sense to me. It is explaining a lot of why he is melting down and how I need to help him out. I bought two books one is The Out of Sync Child and I can't remember the other book. I am reading the The Out of Sync Child and Tara is reading the other one. Than we will switch and read the other ones. I am grateful for all the resources that are here for us to use.
Kingston has decided to cut 6 new teeth I got him to sleep in his toddler bed next to my bed and than he started to cut his teeth. So of course he is back in our bed and right next to me. Which means I am not getting a good night sleep since I am switching back and forth from side to side. My hips are hurting most of the night, and than I have KK wanting to have me cuddle him. KK is growing so much he is already wearing 24 months and some 2 T clothing. He is a bean poll, but he my saving grace at times.
He did a great job at Kim's house on Friday when I went to see the Therapist. He was a trooper and even took a nap:) Which he never does when we are out at peoples houses. He also will eat anything you feed to him. He loves tomatoes right now and will ask for them, I dont' know where he gets that since I don't like them at all.
I am hanging in here, I am gratful that Aaron is coming home on Friday and will be with us until Monday afternoon. Than we have two weeks left of "A" school and we than go down and get him. Our time with "A" school is coming to and end, and it's been a long road, and when I look at it went by some what fast. I am getting bigger out little guy Peyton is growing and letting me know he just like his brothers. Kodi loves to talk to my belly and "wake up" the baby. KK will even say "baby" and point to my belly.
Well that is about it for this past week. I think I am doing pretty well if I update once a week, I am trying to get back to posting daily but who knows with the way Kodi acts up.
Posted by Mary at 12:31 PM
Monday, September 28, 2009
So I have not been good at all updating the blog, since I sent Aaron the laptop I can't stay up late in bed and blog and surf anymore :(
He was telling me the other day that he was looking at our blog and how much he missed the kids. Which than he told me to update it. So here hun I am updating the blog.
Dakota has been having a really hard time lately with Daddy being gone. He has been going into HUGE fits and wanting to punch and kick me when he is mad. I have talked to his two therapist and they both thought I should have him see a behaviorist and that is what he will be doing. I actually go and see one on Wednesday to talk about what is going and to see when can met with her. He also will be seeing the School behaviorist and I hope that with their help and the help from the Lord that he will be able to put his anger feeling in the right place, and trust that Aaron and I are telling him.
He is such a wonderful little boy and is a true blessing to our family. He getting better with his speech and loves going to his new speech class. He also started preschool today and LOVED it. Which we are praying will help him understand and cope with life a little better. He is in school for 4 days Monday - Thursday 12:30 to 3 so I get a good break which today Kingston and I took a well needed nap. I had planned on doing some work and cleaning up the house, but my body was telling me different so I snuggled Kingston and we both slept it was great!
Kingston on the other hand is doing great with Daddy being gone, he loves to see pictures of Daddy and talking to Daddy on the phone. He has turned into a biter, I don't' know if that is because he is cutting 5 or 6 teeth but when he gets mad at Me or Kodi he will bit you and it hurts. But when Kodi is having a fit Kingston will come and put his little arms around my neck and give me a great big hug. The Lord knew I needed Kingstons little spirit to give me more strength and to remind me why I wanted to be a mom when life is so very hard.
I am trying my best to keep my head up and keep my spirits up for the kids. At times it's hard and I don't want to, but most of the time I will pray to the lord for help and he gives it to me.
Aaron has started this Labs this week and we are down to less than a month until he is done with "A" school. He will be coming home in two weeks for the long Holiday Thank you Columbus :) we can't wait to see him.
I thank everyone who keeps our little family in their prayers for they truly do help!
Posted by Mary at 8:56 PM
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Yes that is right, I found out today that I am having another little boy! Both of us are very happy about this, maybe the next one will be a girl. Kodi wasn't sure at first about having another brother, but once he saw the picture he seemed ok with it.
They are saying my due date is January 13,2010 but if little one is like our other two boys he will be coming 10 sooner! I can only pray, he comes eariler, it would make life a litte easier for us since Aaron is suppose to be going to training sometime in the middle of January to the end of January.
We should be finding out more about the big move next week. I can't wait.
Posted by Mary at 10:35 PM
I am sorry I have not been keeping up with the blog. Life is a little hard Dakota is having a really hard time with Daddy being gone, which in turn is very hard on me. We went down last weekend to visit Daddy and Dakota had meltdown after meltdown. Which we have continued since we have been home.
I am very stressed out from this, I finally emailed his OT to find out what I can be doing different to help him out even more. We have increased his brushing to be 3-5 times a day, we will be starting his music therapy again, and doing a lot more sensory diet each day. He is having a huge overload of emotion and doesn't know how to deal with missing daddy.
Aaron is a huge help with talking to me each night and helping me get thur the day, he right now has the outside look for helping Dakota. After all is said and done, Dakota just misses Daddy, and Daddy misses him.
Yesterday was our 9th anniversary and I am looking forward to having 9 more wonderful years ahead of us. I am very lucky to have married my best friend, one who understands me and who is willing to help me when I need it. He is a wonderful man, a wonderful father.
I am so very proud to be married to him and how hard he works at making sure we are taken care of. He is very blessed to have two wonderful little boys, and one on the way. We love Daddy very much and can't wait until Oct 23 to see him at least for 14 days!
Posted by Mary at 9:55 AM
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Aaron picked his orders yesterday and chose Portsmouth Virginia he will be stationed at the hospital. He also was given the FMTB which means he will be trained to go with the Marines. This was not an option for him everyone in his class was given this order.
Sometime in January he will be starting his 7 week long training for the FMTB. We are not sure when he be leaving for Portsmouth sometime after he is done with "A" school. When we will move the family down we are not sure on that as well since our little one is due sometime in January. We are looking foward to being together again.
Posted by Mary at 8:50 AM
Thursday, August 20, 2009
I have not been so very good at posting lately, I am pretty sure it's because I don't have my laptop anymore so at night I do my work and than go to bed. I am so very tried by the end of the day, running after two boys and being pregnant is very hard work.
I hope Aaron likes the pictures of the boys, he usually gets pictures from me on his cell phone when we are out doing things, but I thought I should post some of us playing outside from the other day.
Last year Kingston got a bubble machine and he loves it. Jon Erica's Boyfriend so very nicely came over on Tuesday to Fix my Durango, and while he was doing that the kids played out in the front, I usually don't let Kodi play in the front yard for a number of reason but since Jon was out there and Xander had brought over his Razor we took all the kids out to play. Boy did they love it.
Posted by Mary at 10:45 AM
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Aaron has another test tomorrow and has been study for that, I went to the Dr today and the baby and I are just fine. She is very happy with me and how I am doing. Which is great to hear, at the end of the month we will have our US and find out what we are having.
Posted by Mary at 9:34 PM
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Of course Kingston fell asleep on the way home, and only got a 30 minute nap in for the day. But he was happy to see Grandma and Pa. Grandpa had hurt his back on Friday and is moving pretty slow. Kingston found Pa's hat and was wearing it around until they left for the store and Dr office to have Pa's back checked out.
Posted by Mary at 3:46 PM
Friday, August 7, 2009
My very good friend Dana lost his father last night, I do not know what happen. All I know is how grateful I am to know the gospel to know that my Family will be together again. What peace that bring to you when you lose a loved one.My prayers go out to the Ooelker Family for peace and comfort during this lose.
This week has been a normal week for us, just living life and doing what we do best which is just playing. Today is raining so we are going to head over the mall and let the kids play. But since it's raining it means other Mom's will have the same idea as we do.
Last night we said good bye to a wonderful family in our ward. They are moving out to Utah and we will miss them so very much. I had the wonderful chance to work with Kathleen when she was in the RS president she is a wonderful women one who is so very selfless and comes to the Lords call when she is needed. I love their family so very much. I wish the best of luck in their new state!
Aaron did very well on his test he passed and now has off base liberty plus he gets to wear normal clothes and not his uniform all day long. I had sent him some extra shirts which he is very grateful about. He and some friends went the mall yesterday, but he said with the cost of the taxi and dinner it was a trip that he won't do very much. He next test is Tuesday and that he has another one on Friday of next week.
I am feeling pretty good right now, but it's allegery season for us and my allergies are kicking my butt. Yesterday if the kids wanted to go out and play they could, but I was not going to go out with them . Which meant for Kingston he wasn't able to go out to play. He was not a happy little guy for that reason. Maybe the rain will take some of that pollen count down for a day or so!
Posted by Mary at 8:51 AM
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Yes another great day for playing outside. We went to Target to pick up Kodi's backpack for his speech class he has this fall, he is not looking forward to going to a new school, and is very sad that he will not be with his old Teacher Jane. I am hoping with a lot of talking about before hand and preparation for the new Teacher and school he will be just fine.
I talked to Meghan today his OT and she is very happy with the progress he is making, we have three new goals to be working on, the first one is to be able to jump with both feet together. He jumps with either one foot in front, or both feet apart. Second goal is for him to be able to throw under hand, he is able to throw over hand just fine, but can't do under hand. The third working on eating more fruits and vegs. With his sensory issues eating a variety of foods is a challenge for us. Today was the first day they tried some new foods with him, they played with some cherry applesauce drawing in it, he took a bit of a green bean and than spit it out, and played with a little kernel of corn. The program they use with the kids is called the SOS Approach to Feeding I am very excited about this program for Kodi and all that goes with it.
Both of his therapist love how much he has done with in the past 9 months he has been there. I am very thankful for both of them and the hard work they put into helping Kodi. He is a totally different little boy now that we know how to deal with his Sensory Issues and are able to help him.
Kingston has no fear once again it was brought to our attention as he tried to jump off the back steps. He just wants to be like the big kids so much, he follows them around and tries to do everything they do. I caught him again climbing up our bikes and sitting on them trying to ride. He is so very silent when he is getting into trouble, right now his favorite place to be in sitting in the fridge. He loves to open the door and sit in front of the crispers. I am not sure why, but he loves it. LOL
Aaron takes his next test tomorrow and with that test comes more off bast liberty, he is very excited for that. He has a very long day today. He was up at 1 am to get ready for his watch from 2-4 am and than stayed awake all day and is now studying for his test tomorrow. I am hoping he gets a better nights sleep than last night. His room smoke detector went off last night about 10 pm which meant he lost another hours worth of sleep.
I am doing great I am able to feel the baby move all around. This one keeps me up at night, both boys did not mind me going to bed, but this little one is moving around like crazy. I am doing pretty good with not feeling to sick. But when I do I just get out my ease and smell it makes a world of difference. So thanks Mom.
Posted by Mary at 9:13 PM
Monday, August 3, 2009
After they left we made dinner, Kodi is here helping me make eggs in a frame, which he loves to eat, Kingston decide to squish one of the cherry tomatoes and it sprayed him right in the face, it was pretty funny. Of course he did not eat it, but he did have a good time doing that.
Posted by Mary at 9:39 PM
Sunday, August 2, 2009
I can hardly believe Dakota is 4, he is a wonderful little boy. The Lord has given us a wonderful, smart, happy little boy to watch and take care of.
For his Birthday he wanted to have a Transformers party, so that is what I did, I gave him the best Transformers Birthday Party I could give him. During the past couple of months I have been gathering some party things here and there. Target was having a huge sale on their "Transformers" Party items, score for me. I bought the plates, cups, "Happy Birthday" Sign, Hats, blowers toys. All for like 15 dollars, I just love when I get the items I want on sale.
He had asked for a water party to use our big water slide, but with how cold it's been lately it did not work out, the day was nice, but not nice enough for us to use the water slide. The kids started off with just playing outside, and having a good time. Than we called them in to Play "Don't Eat Pete" it a game we played for FHE one night, and now it's Dakota's favorite game.
After we played "Don't Eat Pete" It was time for the Water gun game. I had placed pictures of Transformers all over Tara's yard for them to shoot with the water gun, well it started off great, the kids loved it. Pa found Scott's Super Soaker and started to get the adults, which than the kids joined in and it was an all out water fight. Needless to say the kids loved it.
After the water fight it was time for Cake and Ice Cream time. I had made a Bubble Bee Cake for Kodi, I did my best and he loved it. Of course I got a picture of it on my phone for Aaron to see but not one with the camera.
Over all it was a great Party and Dakota loved it so very much, we are truly blessed to have him in our family and I can't wait to see what this year will bring for him.
Posted by Mary at 12:59 PM
Thursday, July 30, 2009
We had a fun filled day at Tara's house, which was nice the kids played in the front yard while she cleaned her car out. Haleigh worked on riding Inara's bike, along with Kodi and Inara. He is working so very hard at riding a big kid bike. Which is what he will be getting from Aaron and I for his birthday.
Posted by Mary at 10:11 PM
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Yes it's my birthday, and thanks to my wonderful Family I had a great one. The kids were pretty good for me today, we did nothing special just had a good time outside playing and being silly.
I think I might have fixed my camera a little bit, not sure at least some of the pictures will come into focus now. I think I am still going to take it in and see what the store says. Maybe just maybe they can fix it, without it costing us a new camera.
Tara and I made plans to go out tonight for alittle no kid time, so my mom took my kids out for ice cream and called to tell me she was going to take them over to a good friend of hers. I was headed to target to pick up some bleach for Tara, the cloth diapers were in need of a bleach treatment and she forget to buy some today.
When I got to her house I noticed the house was ready for night time, so I called and she let me in the garage, and asking me to go and look at the new mirror she bought for the fireplace, well it was a surprise party for me. It was a very nice surprise for me, the whole family was at the party, along with my aunt and my cousin and his family. Uncle Dave made it as well, the Hanus's came and it was a great way to end the night.
Another great surprise is that Dan and Cherstin welcome their new daughter into the world this morning, so there are now two Hamblins that share the same birthday.
Aaron is doing great, he has test number 2 tomorrow. He has been study for this test and is praying he does very well on it.
Posted by Mary at 10:45 PM
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Ok so getting our son Kodi to cut his hair has been a huge battle for us, with this sensory problems hair cutting as well as washing his hair is a battle. So needless to say while Daddy has not been home to help me I have not gotten his hair cut, but we have been talking about getting his hair cut for a couple of days and I just continued to ask him. I told him they would not use the clippers, but the scissors, and he seemed ok with that, but it was a no go until this afternoon.
We were outside talking about getting his hair cut and at first he told me no, and than all of a sudden
he said "Mommy cut my hair,"
I turned and said "Right now"
"Yes Go to the Mall and lady cut my Hair"
With that being said I up and left, I was not going to let his chance pass us by. I did buy him a transformer on the way in so he could hold it while they cut his hair. I said countless prayers as we made our way into the mall.
The lady called his name and he went up and sat in the chair, let her spray his hair down and he told her
"My Mommy say no use those (the clippers) just scissors"
Of course for around his ears and his hair line in the bak she had to use the little clippers, but it was a HUGE step for my son. He did not scream, cry or fight us on this. Both Aaron and I are very proud of him. Kodi was proud of himself as well.
He is doing great with washing his air and loves the bath which is good, the Lord has blessed him in so many ways with the help he needs with his speech and sensory problems.
I would be posting pictures of his hair cut, but Kodi was using my camera yesterday and now it doesn't work. He was so proud that he was taking pictures all by himself. LOL now I need either to get the camera fixed or a new one.
Of course when I asked him if he knew he had broken the camera he had no idea what I was talking about, I think when he was using the focus his little finger was stopping the camera from zooming in and out, which in turn doesn't work now.
Aaron now has the internet, thanks to me sending him our laptop which I miss greatly already, but since it will help him and I had both the laptop and the desktop, I needed to share. It's wonderful to be able to chat with him at night.
Posted by Mary at 11:34 PM
Monday, July 27, 2009
I had another great day, my mom offered to watch KK, Inara and the twins so I could go and see Harry Portter with Kodi, Tara,Scott and Xander. I told Kodi that he and Mommy would be going on a date to a movie, which he thought was pretty cool.
He did pretty good with the Movie at times it was slow for him, but over all he was great sitting and eatting his three bag fulls of popcorn.
Once we got home I finished cleaning our room which was in bad need of a good cleaning. I put away the clothes I washed and made our bed and it felt very nice to have a the two rooms I live in be clean.
Not much with us is going on so that is it, I am tired since both boys did not sleep well last night, so I am off to bed.
Posted by Mary at 11:07 PM
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Posted by Mary at 9:01 PM
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Kodi and Haleigh a pretty good day for the two of them, not too much fighting, and no one had any time out's which was great.
Kodi has been playing with the next door boys, the last couple of days and loves being able to be outside with some friends.
Tonight he waited for them while they put together a new phone they got in the mail, Kodi was so very excited when the came looking for him. He stayed outside until it was bedtime. He did not want to leave his two new friends. I told them they would be able to come over tomorrow and play with Kodi and Haleigh tomorrow. All three boys were pretty excited about that news.
Kodi came right in and settled down for bed. Kingston was pretty cute while he was getting ready for bed, he talked to Aaron while he was in bed and just kept saying "Dadda, Dadda" and than kissing the phone.
Kodi at first did not want to call Daddy and say good-night to him, but after we texted him he decided he wanted tocall and say good-night, so he told Aaron about his day and how he was happy to have made new friends.
Aaron is doing well, he actually started classes today, and is enjoying his one class he has.
I am doing fine, still pretty tired and it seems that my energy goes away around 4 if I am sitting down I am no good to anyone. The kids are pretty good for me when I am tired, which is a blessing.
Posted by Mary at 11:13 PM
Monday, July 20, 2009
Here are the pictures I took of Katy and Adam's Tea Party, it was a great party Tara did a wonderful job of getting the decorations finished setting it all up. Sonita and Macie's cake turned out great, many hours went into the cake and everything else we did to set up for the party. It was a great celebration of their marriage and I am glad we were able to help Katy with her Tea Party.
Posted by Mary at 10:24 PM
Thursday, July 16, 2009
This Sunday we are celebrating Katy and Adam's wedding, I know it's almost been a year but they did not have a reception with their friend but we had a very small family celebration after their were married.
This party we are having is a huge thing for us, Tara has been such a great sport, getting everything ready, plus it's at her house. So we will be heading over in the morning to help clean and do some baking.
The kids had a pretty good day, Kodi woke up asking if we would go and play at TT's house since we have not been over to her house since we came back. Xander has had swim lessons over at the Middle school right by our parents house. So they have been over every morning around 10 to drop off Inara and one of the twins for me to watch while she take Xander and the other twin with her.
Aaron starts classes tomorrow he is looking forward to being in class.
Posted by Mary at 10:36 PM
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
We have been running since this morning and it seems like we spent most of the day in the car. We got up and got ready for my OB appt, which went great, we are little sad since my Doc won't let me travel after Thanksgiving which means our Disney Trip with my Family won't be happening for us. We are trying to figure out if we will be able to go down just the 4 of us in Oct, we have been telling Kodi he will be doing to Disney World after Daddy is done with Training.
Everything looks good for me and the Baby, my OB is very happy with everything and thinks my due date is off, next month I go for my Ultrasound so we will see.
The kids were great while I was seeing the OB they watched the movie and ate their lunch, which was a little early but that was ok. We than headed to the Bank and over the Kmart by our house since they are closing. I ended up getting new head lights for our car and changed them once we got back after TTP. It had been raining and I knew we would be going out for dinner with my Mom and did not want to be without head lights. Kodi thought I was pretty strong for doing that.
Kingston did not want to go to bed tonight, I saw a text from Aaron so I knew he was still awake and I called him, Aaron ended up putting Kingston to sleep just by talking to him. It was so very cute,KK was holding the phone to his ear, I put the phone on speaker when Aaron talks to KK, and he just talked about his day and than started to whistle to him. Didn't take long for Kingston to settle back down and go to sleep. He was missing his Daddy pretty bad tonight, but I think that was because I was putting him to bed and he thought maybe Daddy would save him from going to sleep.
Kodi was hanging with Grandma tonight, and he was so very excited to tell him that Grandpa started his Harley he has been putting back together, so after Kingston was asleep I went outside to see. Grandpa was so very proud of himself for putting the bike back together. Kodi kept telling my Mom "my Pa amazing" he loves watching Grandpa work on his bike.
We than went inside and read some stories, and Kodi fell asleep in my arms while I read the last book to him. What a good way to end the day.
Posted by Mary at 12:30 AM
Monday, July 13, 2009
We had a much better day today, Kodi loved playing with Haleigh and Inara, and all three actually listened to me today. Which was a first in a while, they spent a good deal of their day outside, looking at the cat which was locked in the shed. Yes that is right, a little kitty had gotten it's self locked in our shed, we have been trying to get the Kitty to come out, but it just won't. I think Grandpa did not believe us when we kept telling him the Kitty was in there, well today the little Kitty was looking out the window and the kids were very concerned with the Kitty.
We found the spare shed key and unlocked the door and out came the little kitty. We did not know where she lived, or if she had owners. Thankfully she made her way home, which was only 4 houses away and her owner came down to thank us.
Today for FHE we had a very nice and short lesson on how the gospel is applied to all things in our lives, Grandma had a little bag with three items, which Kodi gave out and than we had to say how the items worked in the gospel. I was given a sock so I used it was a symbol of your body and when you die you leave your body and you have your spirit still. I thought it was a pretty good one. Than we took a bike ride down to DQ for our treat, the Boys loved the bike ride, and my legs are sore.
Aaron is doing good, he went to FHE as well and than was off to bed he gets up at 5 during the week and they did a bunch of moving desks and other things around today, which they will continue tomorrow.
Tomorrow we are off to see my OB, so pray the kids will be good for me.
Posted by Mary at 10:39 PM
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Both Kodi and I have colds, which means I don't feel good as well as he doesnt, which in Kodi language means he is just going to put up a fit for me when I ask him to do anything.
We started off pretty good getting ready for church but once in the car and going, he started having a fit since I did not get the Movie going for him. Well the Monster Bag came and took his movie away as well as two more toys. He seems to really listen when I tell him the Monster Bag is going to come and take away his toys when he is not listening.
Once we got to church it was good, he listened and played great with his toys, Kingston and I had a great time in nursey we only had 4 kids today, very nice since I did not feel that good.
I am so very proud of Kingston today, he did not nurse at all, I was cutting him down to only nap and bedtime, he fell asleep on the way home and stayed asleep so I got a nap in as well. Bedtime came and he was just a bear I warmed up some milk for him let him have some and than I put him down. He asked once to nurse and that was it, he curled up in my arms and went to sleep. Both Aaron and I have been praying that this process would be fast and he would do just fine.
I don't know why the past couple of days have been so very hard for me to get to do anything around the house, I don't have very much energy I thought I was over that part of my pregnancy but I guess not. By the time it's bedtime I am so very ready. Bedtime for me is my time when I get my work done, post on our blog, talked to Aaron for a little bit, fold laundry but lately I don't even get most of those done. I am just so very tired, I don't like it one bit.
Maybe this week it will be a little better, I go and see my OB on Tuesday so I am excited for that. I should be looking for someone to watch the older kids, but my OB does like to see all the kids as well, so if I have to take them I will it's not that big of a deal, I figured I would just bring the little DVD player and put on a movie for them, with some snacks it will be all good.
Tomorrow is a new day and I am praying it goes better.
Posted by Mary at 10:11 PM
Saturday, July 11, 2009
It's been one of those days with Kodi and Kingston, I am not sure what is going on with the two of them, but Kodi was pushing all my buttons. Kingston was crabby and just wanted me to be around.
A couple of calls made to Daddy so he could talk to Kodi about his fits, which made to seem some difference for a little bit. I think he is getting a cold and is just being touchy about everything. Still not sure on the cold or not, I do know that both of us arent' feeling 100 % right now, there is something in the air for me that is getting my allergies and I think it's the same for Kodi which in turn will become a cold for him. I did give him some meds before bed and they knocked him out, he looked at me and said "my medicine making me tried," "Do you want to go to sleep" I asked him "Ok" and Kodi put his head down on his pillow and was out. I hope he has a better night than last night he was up at least 4 times coughing and just not doing well.
Kingston on the other hand sleeps all night long, and I have cut out the his morning nursing, and afternoon ones, so basically all he is nursing for is for nap and bedtime. He is doing great with that, and sometimes he doesn't nurse for nap cause he is naping in the car. Today he took a great nap 2 1/2 hours which he never does.
I was at a baby shower for a friend of mine and I thought when I left the boys would being giving grandma some troubles, but Kingston had just woken up and Kodi was playing with some building toys. Which made me pretty happy.
I am just glad my day is over, I told Aaron that the boys would of had a bad day whether he was here or not. He told me "yes" but if he was at home he would be able to help me out instead of having me deal with all of it, which is true.
Posted by Mary at 10:20 PM