Saturday, June 27, 2009

So frantic!

Matt and I just feel flustered!! We feel like there is so much to do before I leave...and it's coming up fast!!

I have most of the kids' things packed, have to work on all my stuff, and then the every day things like toothbrushes and stuff. Yay!!!

On to Sarah: I got a hold of her Doctor and he would like her to be in the brace still. He said that even though the ultrasound was normal that still doesn't take away from the fact that her socket bone is still shallow. So she will stay in it a few months and he said we can get her an xray when we get to Grand Forks and go from there. He said she will most likely go in it for just naps and bedtime once we move.

Now Christian: We had to take him into the Ped's clinic to get his ears checked. I thought he might be getting a double ear infection. He was just wincing about his ears when I would take his shirts on and off and he wouldn't let me near them. Turns out it was probably the MEGA HUMONGOUS AMOUNTS OF WAX that were in his ears. The stuff she got out of there was shocking! I should have taken a picture. haha Of course he hated every second of her digging in his ears. He thrashed pretty hard one time and she scratched him. She said to try ear wax remover drops. So we put that in his ears the other day and he freaked. But they seem better. I can tug at them and he doesn't seem to mind. Will make the plane ride better, that's for sure!!

We are going to the pool today for one last romp in the sprinklers. We are meeting Madison there so they can play together.

Monday night (also my birthday!) I'm going out to dinner with a bunch of gals that I play BUNCO with. I had been planning on this before I even knew I was leaving so I'm sticking to the plan. It will be the last time I get to see them since I will be leaving the next day (there is a hint for those of you that don't know when I leave!!).

Hopefully I can get a few casseroles made for Matt so he isn't too hard up for making himself dinner when we leave. Poor guy is going to be a mess I think. We are down to the wire and we realize we are going to miss each other a lot. But time will fly and we will meet again! haha

All for now, I need to get some dishes done and pack a lunch for the pool!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Boy, do I have some updates!!!

Update #1:
I'm coming home!! I'm not going to post my flight info for the world to see, though. Family knows when I get in! :) My Daddy is getting a birthday present!!!!!!! I have LOTS to pack, ohmygosh! I'm finally leaving this island.

Update #2:
Christian has a speech therapy session this past Monday. Did not go so well. He just wasn't into it. Allyson said that it is normal for them at this age to not want to do something and want to start something else when they know they are having trouble with the task. Christian is not a fan of matching colors. He just has no desire to try and get it right. So he was getting them all wrong and then he just got frustrated and didn't want to do it. She said you just have to help a lot and focus on finishing the task at that point. It was a short session. Then the rest of the day he had the same attitude about things. He was being his lovely 2-year-old self. :)

Update #3:
Sarah got some shots Tuesday morning. She is finally caught up on her vaccines. Took me about 7 weeks! haha I kept forgetting. She also had an ultrasound for her hips Tuesday afternoon. I was hoping for some good news but I didn't expect what I got!

We go into the u/s room and Sarah gets to be on the big bed. The u/s tech starts and I ask her if she might be able to tell me anything today about them. She says she has to take the pictures, go look at them in the back (assuming on a much bigger/better screen then what she was using??) and then the doctor might look at them and come see her and talk to me. So she gets done and goes back. Then a different guy comes in and is taking a look with a different u/s tech. I think he was a student because he was trying to figure out how to use the wand and was asking the girl a lot of questions. Meanwhile he is doing this, a different man in a white coat comes in and stands by the back wall with his arms crossed. Hmm? So these three are in there and then an actual Doctor came in, introduced himself and started asking me tons of questions about how they found out about her hips, how long she has been in the brace, how much longer she will be in it, and so forth. I was starting to get worried!! Then he leaves and ANOTHER Doctor comes in. She introduces herself and asks me the questions over again. I was seriously thinking the worst! My poor little girl had deformed hips and would need to have some crazy surgery to fix them. So many things were going through my head.

But I finally got some answers out of this last Doctor lady. As she was probing around her hips and taking pictures she told me that her hips are PERFECTLY NORMAL! What?! But a little over a month ago I was told they were dislocated! So she asks me what other appointments I had with her Doctor about her hips and I said none. All I was told to do was schedule an ultrasound.

So this morning I called back to Tripler to let them know that I got the ultrasound done and that the Doctor needs to look at them and tell me what to do...soon! Since I'm leaving soon I told her it needs to be ASAP. Either she needs to stay in the brace a bit longer or she doesn't need it at all...who knows at this point. By tomorrow afternoon I should hear from him and get some answers.

This news was very unexpected but great! Now I'm just left frustrated wondering if she might not have had a problem at all to begin with or that she is just a darn quick healer!! :) Maybe God knew that she needed to be fixed before we got home to Sioux Falls. Now she can have some fun with the family! :)

Yay for good news!! This is all I have for today. There were other things that I was going to post about but my mind is racing from excitement!

Monday, June 22, 2009

What A Trickster!!

I just have to share a funny story about Christian. When he was a bit younger he was such a picky eater!! Literally would only eat about three different things. Hotdogs, goldfish, and any type of chip. Not the greatest menu, huh? Sometimes all he got was a hotdog. Sometimes he didn't eat at all!!

But he has since gotten a lot better. Every once in a while he will refuse to eat something but he has come a long way. So, anyways, we were out to eat the other night. We got Christian a chicken tenders meal that came with a few fries and a cookie for desert. He LOVES fries and wanted to eat them up right away but we took them away and made him eat the chicken first. He had maybe two out of the 4 strips. All his fries are gone and he has his cookie left. There was one little piece left of the tenders and we told him he had to eat that first and then he could get the cookie. So he shoves it in his mouth and starts chomping away. Matt puts the plate with a cookie on it in front of him and what does the little turd do????????

Take a guess!!!! No, seriously, what would a punk of a two-year-old do?

HE SPITS OUT THE CHICKEN ONTO THE PLATE AND GRABS THE COOKIE!! *gasp* In front of who knows how many eyes! I really hope nobody saw it. How embarrassing. That kid sure thought he fooled us good. Next time his mouth will be fully void of food before he gets desert.

Giant Insect Safari

On Sunday we went to the mall to see if Christian might go on the insect train ride. And he did!!! :) We were worried that he wouldn't actually want to sit still in the train while it was moving or that he would cry because he was scared. But he did so well! I'll get the pictures on the website this week but for now here is a picture preview!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

To Our Dads

Happy Fathers Day to Kent, Kerry, and Matt! (and all the other Dads that happen to read the blog!)

But without these three guys this blog would not be possible. The kids and I love you very much. Two of the greatest Grandpas in the world and the greatest Dad in the world.

You are our heroes. And not all superheroes have to wear capes!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Christian's first skinned knee

This happened last weekend but Matt finally sent the picture from his phone to the computer. They had a fun Daddy-Son play date at the park and softball field on base. Christian went to go chase after some birds and completely biffed it in the dugout. He has bruises still going down his shin from it. He gets at least one boo-boo a day I think!! The kid can't seem to keep himself safe for a full 24 hours. haha

Thursday, June 18, 2009

New pages are up!

Go take a look at the new pictures and videos. There are lots of them!

Things are going well in the sleep department

Last night I decided that I would do Sarah's bedtime routine an hour earlier than normal to see if that might actually help her sleeping later in the morning. Instead of going upstairs and nursing at 7:30pm we started at 6:30. She was tired! It didn't take her long at all and she was out. And this is where it can get tricky. I have to take her off ME and try to get the pacifier in her mouth. Sometimes she will open right up and take it and other times she turns her head all over trying to avoid it...all while in her sleepy coma. haha So it took a few tries last night but I finally got her to take it. She was in her bed by 7pm! Score for Mommy.

But then at 7:30 she woke up. :( I was hoping she would just pass back out but I had a feeling she was still hungry. She didn't nurse much at all before she passed out so I figured I would do us both a favor and feed her so she was full and I was empty! :) She was great and passed right back out after eating some more. And she slept until midnight!!! She had always seemed to wake up an hour and a half after she went down. Didn't matter when she went to bed it was always an hour and a half later. This four hour chunk of sleep is great! So she woke up at midnight and I changed and fed her then out her back down and she slept until 4am. Not bad at all! At least it wasn't 5am and she wanted to stay up for the day. I changed and fed her again and got her back to sleep. :) I was a little worried she was going to wake up at 5 again anyways. But it was 5:30 when I heard her. I turned down the monitor and hoped she would not back off. And I think we both did for a little bit. I woke up at 6 to both of them. So not sure who woke up first to whom!

At any rate, I'm calling this another good night. Now if we could cut out that middle of the night feeding altogether that would be PERFECT! Just going to have to pump her full of solids once I know she isn't allergic to it all. We still have a few to go to make sure they don't mess with her tummy or her skin.

So now it's 8:38am and she is napping. I put her down drowsy after nursing her and she fussed a bit then went to sleep. Same with yesterday's morning nap. So far so good! I'm just praying this is an easier transition. Easy on Mommy and easy on Sarah. Not every day will be this easy, I know, but we are off to a good start. More tweaking with the evenings feedings and bedtime routine and I think we will get it!

Bottle seems to be going well, too! We gave it a try yesterday with some water after she willingly tried to suck on Christian's big boy sippy spout cup that he tried to give her! So looks like I might actually get to leave the house WITHOUT my kids soon!

Hooray for a good week of progress!

!!!!!!!! <--And more exclamation points to show how excited I am!!!!!!!!!!!! hahahaha

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Miracle on Mack Street

There has been a miracle in the Keefer household.

Last night I decided that I was going to start to 'cry it out' (CIO) with Sarah. It's gone on long enough with me nursing her to sleep. Nursing for naps are okay for me during the day because I don't really mind all that much. But at night when she is getting up every few hours out of habit to use me as a human pacifier...I'm getting worn down.

Now, Sarah hasn't taken a bottle or a pacifier since she was about a few weeks old. Here lies a big problem with ever giving myself a break. I would bring out the 50 different pacifiers that I have and try them every once in a while. Last time was a few weeks ago. It was a big No Go! All she wanted to do was bite them and spit them out.

This brings me to last night and our new plan to CIO. I figured I would bring out a few pacifiers one more time. I was going to go upstairs and feed her then try and slip one in her mouth as she is half asleep so that she can suck on that and not ME! And what do you know? IT WORKED! *happy dance happy dance happy dance*

That little punk of a princess started sucking on that thing and didn't gag on it like ALL the other times I have tried it. Finally! I might get to take a break from being a human binky. :-)

So she went to bed about 8:15pm and slept until 1am! I got her up, changed her and fed her, then tried the binky again. She was in her milk induced coma and she only wanted to bite at it. So I put her down without it hoping she would do okay. She woke up at 3:30 and I almost went to go get her but stopped myself. She only made a few cries and then went back to sleep until 5am. I'll take it!!!!!!

Her 5am is what I wish was my 9am. She seriously just can't seem to sleep past it! Maybe one day a week I'm able to get her back to sleep but even then it's only until 6am. The little woman needs to stop it. So the rest of the week is going to be lots of trial and error with her napping and sleeping schedule to try and get her to sleep better at night and to sleep better for naps during the day.

But I had to share my awesome news of her taking a pacifier. Please pray that she continues and keeps it up. I had a great night of sleep, despite having a horrid cold, and want to have MORE! :-)

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Why I Am Irritated with the Military: Reason #187

Matt's orders were put in the other week. It takes 7-10 business days for it to be complete and get back to him, as in actual paper orders IN HAND. They were to be done by this Wednesday (day 10). So he calls yesterday, Monday, to make sure things are going okay with it. And what do they tell him??????????????

"Oh, you didn't bring in such-and-such paper to go with them so we can't start them."

OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!!!!! *steam fuming from my ears and my eyes bulging from my head*

WHEN were they going to inform him that he needed to have this piece of paper that he didn't have when he turned them in over a week ago?! Needless to say, Matt was P-O'd. So he walks over and hands them the paper and they say 'Okay, seven to ten days.' Ya, thanks, jerks!

We are SO mad! I could have possibly been out of here by the end of this month! Now it isn't looking that way. We are happy that it's more time together as a family but of course we were ALL looking forward to the kiddos getting to Sioux Falls to be with family. :(

Ugh. I'm going to go sulk now.

Monday, June 15, 2009

What goes around comes around...

Usually this is a saying that is used in reference to Karma, the Golden Rule, etc. But today I'm using it in reference to BEING SICK AGAIN!!!!!!! GAH!!!!!!!!

Last night I start to get a tickle in my throat and my nose was getting stuffy. This morning it has begun. My throat isn't nearly as bad as it was last time (coughing fits, tickling, hurting) but my nose is stuffy and runny again. Sometimes I just shove a Kleenex up there and leave it. :(

I don't want to be sick again. I wish I had an immune system of steel! I have two, three counting the husband, children to take care of and I don't have it in me this week to be sick. Oh well, I could be worse off with a broken leg or something. At least with a head cold I can still get around.

On a side note, Christian and Matt went to base yesterday to get some string for the weed whacker and then went to the softball diamonds to play for a bit. He was running after some birds and completely biffed it in the dugout. Has some nice scraps on his knee and a bit of bruising on his shin. I'll have to get Matt to send the picture to the computer that he took with his phone. Poor kid was bleeding. He sure is milking it though. I went to go get him this morning from his bed and he already had his pant leg hiked up and ready to show me his boo-boo. :)

This morning is a speech therapy session. In about 15 minutes actually. Sarah is taking a snooze, Christian is eating a snack and I'm writing a quick blog. Today will hopefully go by fast. I want a nap and I want to go to bed early!!

All for now!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Never a dull moment...

We have had quite the tantrums in this house - from both kids!

Sarah has been a bit iffy here and there with her brace. She isn't a fan of being on the floor while wearing it and she can only do so much when I put her on her tummy. She scoots to the left and doesn't stay on the couch where I out her. She can't reach toys and gets frustrated that she can't get anywhere. She has, however, rolled from tummy to back while in the brace twice. She seems to be having a hard time doing it lately, though. I think she is just sick of it at this point. But I will say that it is a blessing that she falls asleep in it quite nicely. I was VERY worried about that.

Anyways, she has been letting us know how well her lungs and vocal cords work! She could very well be an opera singer one day.

Now, that dear sweet boy of mine that I truly love with all my heart? HORRIBLE!!!

He was in a hitting phase quite a while ago. It's back. So now we have to change up our discipline. We usually spank (when it is warranted) and go to timeout. But what is that saying to him when we tell him not to hit and then spank him?! We are trying our best to explain to him that he needs to be gentle and that he is hurting Mommy/Daddy/Sarah/etc. and that him hitting isn't nice. Especially after he gets a spanking I have been trying to get down on his level, talk to him about what he did that was wrong, and then I always tell him that I love him and give him a kiss. The hug he gives back is always welcome! I hate that he cries but we have found no better way thus far to discipline him. Politely asking him to get down from standing on the TV stand just isn't cutting it.

He has also started running away from me when he needs his diaper changed and when it is time for bed. He runs to the other end of the room and throws himself onto the floor as if I can't get him all the way down there. Which is sorta true...I don't have the strength most nights to lift a 30+ pound limp-as-a-noddle 26-month-old off the floor!! He absolutely fights bedtime even though he is dead tierd! We try to get at least 20 minutes or so of relaxing time in before we get into bed. Be it watching a cartoon, reading a book, or just sitting with one of us (usually Daddy). But come time to go upstairs he pitches a fit and screams about it. Tonight was THE WORST tantrum he has thrown to date.

I picked Limp Christian up off the floor to bring him to the changing table. He is screaming and arching his back trying to get down. I stop a moment to see if he will stop. Nope. So I try to give him lots of tickly kisses all over to see if that helps. Nope. I hold him like a baby, or try to as he is thrashing about and lying sideways trying to escape, and ask him if he is my baby boy. Nope (but, of course, he is sure acting like one!)

I bring him over to the changing table and the most blood curdling scream I have ever heard from my darling baby boy just emerged from the depths of his lungs. I was so shocked that my jaw dropped wide open, eyes bugging out of my head, and turned to Matt to see the SAME expression on his face. We were speechless!!

He is trying to smack me, kick at me, and yell even louder at me for daring to remove his underpants and put him in some comfy camouflage pajamas to go to bed. I'm just flabbergasted. Pj's go on, he was brought over to Daddy to get a goodnight kiss and we proceeded to go upstairs - all with a screaming child in my arms. I get halfway up the stairs and the Scream Of Death once again erupts from deep within. This time with the attempt of pinching my shoulder and a windup of the arm to go in for a swing. I stop dead in my tracks on the steps and growled "DON'T YOU DARE!" with my eyes glowing red. That put a stop to the swing and he threw his head back for another scream. To bed he went. I gave him a real kiss, blew him a kiss, told him I loved him, gave him his stuffed dog and his THREE blankies and said 'night night'. About 30 seconds of screaming and he was done.

I'm sure the 20-minute crying session he had after his very short 1.5 hour nap today didn't help the situation. He went down for a nap at 2pm because we were running around all morning getting a few things done. It's usually about 12:30 when we take naps. Being overtired probably caused a nightmare and he woke up screaming. He has done this quite a few times before. Always takes quite a bit for him to settle down.

It was a long day for the kids, I think. Didn't take either of them very long to get to sleep tonight. I hope they both sleep well tonight. Now it's time for Matt and I to catch up. Sweet dreams....

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

This has been long overdue!

I have FINALLY gotten a program to resize picture correctly!! I have lots of pictures to go through now and get on the website. So, be patient and I will get them up as I finish them. :) I'm so excited to finally get some up. Not like I have a million but there are some cute ones!

Check back here in a day or so to find some new pages!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

In a matter of 12 hours....

The previous post was a poem I found online. I went searching for a poem about getting puked on by your kids. Yes, you read that right. In a matter of 12 hours there were three episodes of puking in the Keefer house. *read the following at your own risk*

It all started last night. I have been giving Sarah pureed food in the evenings for dinner in hopes that it would help her sleep a little bit better. It's been many weeks of getting up every 3-4 hours. Tiring to say the least.

I had a banana that was too mushy for Matt to consider eating, Christian has been refusing them lately, and I didn't have two to make banana bread. So I pureed it for Sarah. I added a little TOO much water and it almost had a consistency of know, sort of watery and then you stir it and it looks better? Anywho, I figured since she likes applesauce I figured she would eat the banana puree. (She has had the store bought kind so I also assumed that she would do fine with homemade). Well, I was right. She did eat it. Gobbled it right up and loved it. She gets so excited.

About an hour later I got the kids ready for bed. Matt reads to Christian while I go upstairs and nurse Sarah. All is well. Both kids are asleep by 8pm and then us grown ups catch up on a few things with the computers and we chit chat. Around 9pm I hear Sarah coughing on the monitor and I pray she doesn't wake herself up - she doesn't. Awesome. Matt and I head to bed and chit chat some more before nodding off.

Sounds of crying from the monitor in the bedroom wake me at 11pm. I go get her and when I pick her up I am amazed at how sweaty she is! We have been turning the air up even more at night since it has been SO hot here lately. But the second I get her in my arms and I inhale.... Oh boy. The coughing I heard at 9 was her throwing up all over herself and the sheets. I smell the horrid scent of vomited banana puree. I change her bed, got her undressed and wiped her off with a baby wipe the best I could, got her dressed and back in the brace, and I sit down in the rocking chair to get her back to sleep. Didn't take long at all. I get up from the chair and I didn't make it 3 steps away and she pukes all over both of her sleep. It was everything I just fed her as well as more banana!! She wakes up stunned and I stand there motionless as I now have a big puddle of puke between me and her. If I moved her away from me the puddle would slide down my stomach and legs to the floor. I called for Matt to wake up and help me out. But by the time I arouse him and actually hand Sarah off the puke has been soaked up into the blanket Sarah was wrapped in, the clothes she was wearing, as well as my bra.

Downstairs we go for another change of clothes and to find more blankets since she just dirtied all of the ones in current use. Back upstairs I go to try and rock her to sleep. Puking twice in one night must have wore her out as I just swayed back and forth with her in my arms a few minutes and she was passed out. I put her to bed and hope she doesn't puke was very little she might have in her stomach all over herself and the bed again.

Sounds from the monitor wake me up at 4:45am and she is dry! No more puking thus far today from Sarah. :) Next time I will know that she does not tolerate anything that is really thinned out. The thicker the better.

Now that is only two pukes so far if you have been keeping track. The third came from the cutest blond 2-year-old I know! He slept in late so by the time he was up and moving around Sarah was down for her first nap. We read a little and watched some TV then I asked him if he wanted some cereal. He shoots off the couch and into the kitchen without hesitation. Into the high chair he goes and he gets his bowl.

I sit down to respond to an email from Matt asking how the kids are. He didn't get to see Christian before he left for work. I'm literally typing out that he is great when I hear some coughing and then a loud wretch coming from the blond. I turn to see him half choking on what I assume to be not very well chewed cereal. Uh oh... When he gags hard enough he spews. Sure enough he was coughing so hard that it turns into an all-out puke fest in the high chair. Thankfully it was mostly water that he drank after he got up. He was as surprised as I was that it happened but he got over it quick and wanted to keep eating the cereal that he just puked in. "Let Mommy clean you up and get you NEW cereal, honey!" hahahaha He must have been hungry. ;-)

Now about four loads of puke laundry later the kids are doing fine and no signs of any more upset tummies.

Phew, what a day so far! I should totally be napping but I had to do another blog. I've been slacking a bit in the updating department.


So about me getting off this rock! Matt's orders were put in middle of last week. So ten business days from that we will know if I will be sent home sooner rather than later. I have absolutely no answers to that right now. Just know that I have everything ready to be thrown into a suitcase!! Not kidding...I have it all upstairs on the extra bed. A list is made of things I need to remember for the kids and then I just need to shove my clothes in there. I'M READY!!!

Matt has been training a new person at work. It's a frustrating process for him and he doesn't really like doing it. He is also getting tasked to do many jobs that others don't want to do. Typical of them. But we just keep reminding ourselves that in a few months we WILL be done with Hawaii and onto the next adventure. I heard that ND got a few inches of snow the other day. Snow forts have already been discussed with Daddy. :)

Speech is going okay with Christian. Just have to keep working on the words/sounds where his lips come together (B, M, P). He has an overbite so that has been hindering a lot of what he is trying to say. He has added some more words to his vocab but still isn't using sentences with us. We are working on colors as well. He also sat down and read a book to Sarah the other day. I got a few pictures and a video.

Sarah is a hit or miss with liking her brace. Getting her to sleep in it isn't a problem any more. It's just getting her to tolerate it during the day when she wants to play. I have nothing to put her in that fits her so it's either be carried around, sit on my leg, or lie down. She hates the latter of the three. But I have to do things around the house and play with Christian too. She gives me quite a bit of grief about it so I give her a few breaks here and there so that she can play on the floor and be happy about it. I think she is going to need a new brace soon. She seems a little longer in the torso and I have trouble getting it to fit right. It could just be the cloth diapers as well.

OH!! I finally cashed in my gift certificate for my massage! Matt got it for me for Christmas but I never felt that I could leave Sarah to get one. But the day finally came and I got a 1.5 hour massage on the 6th! IT WAS HEAVEN! Why did I wait so long to do it? I told Matt that I will be doing this at least every three months now.

I think that is about it? I'm certain I have missed something completely. I should really just write a little blurb every day about what goes on but it really isn't all that exciting. Most of our happenings are on the weekend. Anyways, I'll get some pictures on the computer and post another blog with them.

Before I Was A Mom

Before I was a Mom,
I never tripped over toys
or forgot words to a lullaby.
I didn't worry whether or not
my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.

Before I was a Mom,
I had never been puked on.
Pooped on.
Chewed on.
Peed on.
I had complete control of my mind
and my thoughts.
I slept all night.

Before I was a Mom,
I never held down a screaming child
so doctors could do tests.
Or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night
watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a Mom,
I never held a sleeping baby just because
I didn't want to put her down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces
when I couldn't stop the hurt.
I never knew that something so small
could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom.

Before I was a Mom,
I didn't know the feeling of
having my heart outside my body..
I didn't know how special it could feel
to feed a hungry baby.
I didn't know that bond
between a mother and her child.
I didn't know that something so small
could make me feel so important and happy.

Before I was a Mom,
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night
every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay.
I had never known the warmth,
the joy,
the love,
the heartache,
the wonderment
or the satisfaction of being a Mom.
I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much,
before I was a Mom

Friday, June 5, 2009

Happy Anniversary!

Wow. Has it really been five years?! It seriously has flown by.

Many of you might not know the story of how our wedding came to be. It actually wasn't supposed to happen! At least not when it did. We had planned to get married in June of 2006 after I graduated college. I had done a bit of wedding dress shopping, color picking, and other little general wedding things. I started making a binder with things that I liked, what kind of bouquet I wanted, who was going to be in the wedding party, and who was NOT! haha

But things changed when Matt got 'The Call'. He was told he was deploying - and SOON! Matt and I talked it over and we were not comfortable with him leaving and us just being engaged. We really felt like we needed to be married. Some might think that is just over dramatics and that it's JUST a deployment but we had always known that we were going to marry each other. God had set us aside for each other and we would have a family and grow old together.

So, over the course of the next few days we had gone from getting married two weekends later in our hometown at a park with friends and family, to getting married a week later at the chapel on base, to getting married THE NEXT DAY! Seriously.

His deployment date changed so many times in a matter of days. Even changed twice in a span of about 3 hours. We told family about our intentions and the plans were underway. A park back home was being reserved and we were going to have a potluck wedding at the gazebo. Those plans came to a screeching halt with another date change. Then some of Matt's superiors were feeling pretty bad for our situation. They knew we wanted to get married and with his deployment date changing so many times it didn't look like it was going to happen. But phone calls were made, strings were pulled, and a wedding date of June 5, 2004 at 3:00pm was set! Thirty-six hours later Matt and I were going to become Man and Wife.

We called our families and told them to gather anybody they could to come watch us get married. And they did. :) My mom, dad, and sister came. Matt's mom, dad, sister, grandma, aunt, and two cousins were also there. And then MANY from Matt's work. It wasn't too bad of a turnout!

It was a perfect day. My dad walked me down the aisle and gave me away. My mom cried her eyes out. My sister was my Maid of Honor. Matt's dad shook his hand, his mom hugged him tight, his cousin was his Best Man. Matt's other cousin read a Bible verse that we picked out for the service.

If I remember right, it was 3:32 that we were officially announced. Matt was my Husband, I became his Wife. Just the way we knew God has always planned it.

We all gathered at a restaurant afterward for some dinner, cake, and a few gifts. It was truly a magical day, even though it was all thrown together in 36 hours!! It was all meant to be!

Here is the link to the album of wedding pictures I have on Facebook. And then here are some pictures of pictures of the wedding album that Matt's aunt (not the one that attended the wedding) made. It's a great album and I'm so glad I have the pictures in it to remember our special day. Sorry the pictures aren't that great, but you get the idea!

The opening picture of the album (you can click all of them to make them bigger):

The family that was able to make it out:

Making it official by signing the papers:


We have two little blessings and one little angel from the last 5 years. I can't wait to see what the next five has to offer.


"You made me looove youuuuu. I didn't wanna do it, I didn't wanna do it. You made me love YOU!" I love you truly.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Dear Christian,

My sweet boy, I love you.

You are my cuddler, my hugger, my Eskimo kisser. You know how to give the best 'high fives'. You gasp and say 'Oh No!!' when something crazy happens on TV. You love to laugh with Sarah. It is awesome to hear you run to the front door yelling 'Daddy!' when he comes home from work. You are the cutest EVER after you wake up. You have the goofiest looks. When you hold our hand to walk with us you swing the other arm while looking down at your feet - you love it and so do I.

You get up in your high chair all by yourself and say 'I did it'. Even though you don't say many 'real' words it is fun to hear you talk to us. When you get embarrassed or shy you close your eyes and turn your head away. If you are really excited to eat something you say 'Mmm' when you put it in your mouth. You like to get in and our of your car seat all by yourself. You bite your lip when you concentrate.

When you get angry with us and fake cry you look our from underneath your hands to make sure we are still watching you. You tell me 'No' AND shake your head when you don't want to do something I tell you. You climb right back up onto things we take you off of. You think you are funny when you run from one end of the couch cushions to the other and give Mommy a heart attack. When we tell you to 'Come Here' you come to us but then you look off to the side like you aren't listening...cute, but it's going to get you in big trouble one of these days!

Christian, Mommy loves you. You can be a handful quite often but you do so many things that make my days brighter, my steps lighter, and my heart happier. You will be my first baby forever and always. Some days you might not like me and wish I were not your Mother but I know that it's just a phase. We all go through it.

I can't wait to see you grow up and get a best friend. I am excited to see what subjects you like it school, what sports you will play, what instruments you might like to try out, what music you will like and even how tall you will be! I can't wait to support you in every single thing you do, pick you up when you fall, be a listening ear, a friend.

Christian, I love you.