Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Let's go fly a kite

I think I've used that title before. Maybe. My life sometimes feels like a giant groundhogs day. You know, the same thing happens over and over again. I have a blonde girl. She rides a trike in a tutu. Two years later, another blonde girl, another tricycle, another tutu. And then 2 1/2 years guessed it: Another blonde girl, on her trike, wearing a tutu. They all look so much alike. They all act so much alike. We literally have created three identical children. And our life is just on repeat. Year after year. The snow falls, we play in it, the snow melts, we splash in the puddles, the wind blows and we fly kites. The sun shines, we go to the beach. The weather cools, we start school. Over and over and over again. And I'm really not complaining. Because I love this simple sort of life. I do. I also wouldn't mind a little excitement around here. Maybe a boy? Another baby? I'm not sure if we're there yet, but I'm starting to think about whether we will ever get there or not. Do we want more kids?? I'm not sure. I've also been thinking about living some sort of an adventure...something that takes us out of the rat race and lets us experience life in a different way. I'm not even sure what that would be. But I'd love something different. Something to plan for. Something cool to blog about. I've toyed with the idea of going back to work....a few days a week maybe. Ben's really been toying with the idea of me going back full time and him staying home. That's not likely. But it's fun to think about all the possibilities we have and dream about what our future may hold. Who knows what we're looking at...but what I do know is I like what we've done so far. I'm happy.

Speaking of happy...and the whole purpose of this post...we went kite flying a few weeks back with some friends. We busted out the $1.39 Walmart kites and the kids had a blast. Ben proudly flew his princess kite. Hailey chased hers around. And Paige was pretty patient with all the hard work it took. Cait, well she just played on the slide and the swing at the park. I chased kids around and visited with my friend. It was a nice, simple evening with good company!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring in April

I'm usually so patient with Winter. I'm willing to put up with the never ending months of cold because I have ways to enjoy winter (snowboarding/skiing), or we get enough chinooks to make up for the cold, or we don't get too much snow. But not this year. This year I have had it! We had enough Chinooks to please me, we even went skiing a TON. But it's the snow that got to me this year. By the time March rolled around I was DONE shoveling. I literally never want to shovel my driveway again. I have a problem and I'll admit it. I hate a snow covered driveway. I will get out there and shovel multiple times on snowy days, because nothing is worse than someone driving on fresh light snow. It packs it down and makes it so much harder to shovel; it's just a little pet peeve of mine. Well, I have spent way too many hours shoveling this year and I am done! Done done done!

Anyway, April so far has been pretty enjoyable. The weather was a month late....basically typical March weather. But March was brutal and not very kind to spring. So finally last week we had a beautiful day. The girls got their bikes out, and rode up and down the street. The wore spring jackets, rain boots due to the melting snow, and they ate lots and lots of old dirty snow! yum. I pulled out my camera and took a few pictures of Paige...and way more of Cait (only because Paige went to the park with a friend).  I'm looking forward to spring actually arriving. Maybe having no snow in the background. And I really can't wait until there are leaves on the trees and we can legitimately enjoy being outside! Please let it happen this year!

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Happy Happy birthday Cait-y dear

Cait turned 2!! How in the world did that happen? It seems like she was just born yesterday. I'm a little sad about this too. I feel like I spent the first 18 months of her life battling infection after visit after hospital after surgery. I just didn't really get the chance to enjoy this spunky little girl. But these last 6 months have been so much fun. We're getting a chance to see her little personality...and boy is she funny! She's also starting to talk more and more. The things she says are the cutest!! I don't know if there is a 2 yea old who is loved more.

On Cait's actual Birthday I was out of town on a girls trip. Ben spent the day at the farm and his family had a little party for her. It was definitely a little bittersweet to see those pictures. Although I was so happy to see her so well taken care of, I was sad I wasn't there! So when I got home, we wrapped up a few presents, made a cake and celebrated her birthday all over again!!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Having girls

There seems to be a lot of opinion floating around on whether having all girls is the cool thing or not. Actually most people think that their family of boys AND girls is so perfect that my family must be missing out. Really, it's funny how much this comes up. Little do they realize that my family of all one gender is just as perfect. And what they especially don't realize is that my family of little girls, and MY girls specifically are just exactly the coolest and best thing in the world. I'm not missing out on a thing!! Because if I didn't have these exact girls I certainly would be missing out...on things like when they blow dry their own hair, in heels of course:

Or when they cuddle so sweetly on the couch and play games together:

Or when the bigger girls break out into song and dance and the littlest one tries as hard as she can to keep up:

These moments? These are the best! These girls? They make every day so fun and so worth any of the hard stuff! I think I'll happily keep my 'perfect for me' family around and let others have their own 'perfect for them' families!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

St. Patrick's Day

We always have fun on St. Patrick's day. It's how I was raised. There's no real Irish in me (well I'm sure there is, but close enough to be cultural), so it's nothing more than just a fun celebration for us. This year I had some free time the day before (Sunday) so I baked some green bread. The girls spent the afternoon making a Rainbow to entice a certain leprechaun to come for a visit. Then when they woke up they were surprised (ok, not at all because this happens every year) to see green footprints all over our kitchen AND a pile of chocolate coins at the bottom of their rainbow. We had a nutritious breakfast of Lucky Charms. Hailey devoured it, Cait only ate the Marshmallows, and Paige of course thought it was too sweet - so she had Granola. We all got dressed in our green clothes, put green bows in our hair and then got ready to eat lunch with our green bread. After school we made a green dinner - shepards pie with green mashed potatoes. And to top it all off we had GREEN milkshakes with whipped cream clouds and rainbow candy strips. The days was a success. I loved it.

p.s.  I know there's this big internet rant about people overdoing Holidays and how some moms need to cut it back a bit to level the playing field. Well too bad for them. I don't think any of what I did was crazy - the bread was really the most time consuming thing and it only happened because I had a lazy Sunday afternoon. My kids did get some chocolate coins, but it's not like they laid out stockings and expected them to be filled with loot. This day would be just as much fun if all we did was wear green...or not, and tried to pinch each other! My kids don't expect it, but nothing makes me happier than to create some fun memories for them. And if that means we eat a few green foods and imagine a world where leprechauns CAN be caught - and will share their loot, well then that's what we'll do! I certainly don't judge other moms for not doing what I do. And trust me, there are great things THEY do that I don't. Who cares!! 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Finally - and a Cait update

I'm finally caught up!! I can't believe I let the blog fail so miserably this year. But I have been spending time these last few months working on it when I have a chance. I use my blog as a type of journal, and I needed this year all caught up. I wanted posts for each event and not just one big catch up. I had been taking pictures this whole time, and jotting down little notes of what happened, so when blogging time rolled around I could remember it. I also finished my Photo a Day project that I started on my Birthday a little over a year ago - check it out here: It was a lot of work, but fun. I'll hopefully do it again someday! I also had big plans to work on a 30 by 30 bucket list. BUT I failed miserably. Nothing was really that hard to accomplish...but with Cait being so sick for the last 2 years I really have not had the chance to focus on ME all that much. But now that she seems to be healthy and thriving (after her most recent surgery in November) I'm trying to find a way to balance some of my dreams with my family life. I still have so much going on in my life, but not having a baby crying at my feet, in my arms or on my hip literally all day will help. I think. We still have a ways to go with her. Having a baby in pain all the time takes it's toll on everyone, and I'll be the first to admit that my parenting has sucked. I haven't given my other girls the attention they needed and most importantly we have let Cait get away with way too much. As it is, she gets what she wants when she wants it. That was hard to control when she was so sick. We would always do anything that would make her happy, because the one thing she really wanted was to not be hurting, and I couldn't stop that! So now that she seems to be ok, we have to start retraining her. Teaching her some limits, maybe patience, sharing?? All things two year olds are great at right?? Haha.

So that's our most recent update, but we still have a long road with Cait's medical life. She still needs to have her kidneys checked regularly to see how they're doing after the damage that's been done. We also have some more testing that'll need to be done which will give us a better indication of exactly how her kidney looks - and how they are functioning as a whole. We have to watch for signs of kidney blockages, which is a very real side effect of the procedures she's had done. We also have to consider the long term affects almost two years of constant antibiotic use has done to her body, as well as Tylenol and Advil. We know she'll likely have problems when she's older and I feel bad for her. BUT we're also very grateful for this hand she's been dealt. Of all the imperfections she could have had with her body, this is one that has been the best for our family to manage. It's a relatively common and well understood illness. Although she had a very extreme case of it, we're still grateful that we could get answers to our questions and a diagnosis so quickly. We're also so grateful that as of right now it looks like we won't have to go in for the ureteral reimplantation surgery. That one we wanted to avoid at all costs. In November when she had her last surgery, we had the option of going that route, or trying the more simple procedure for the third time. I didn't think the simple one would do the trick, but after some good advice from her Urologist, that's the route we went. And I'm so happy we did! Her urologist is truly amazing, as well as her nephrologist and all their staff. Our family doctor was probably one of the main reasons we got answers so quickly, and his after hours phone calls to our family to update us with test results etc definitely went above and beyond what he was expected to do. But he did...and when he moved away and was no longer our doctor,  I can honestly say I had a good long cry! He was such a huge help in all this. Anyway, it's been a tough go, but I recognize there are others who deal with so much more. My prayers are with those families! Everyone has struggles and trials, and I'm just grateful for the ones I have, because I KNOW them, and I can deal with them!

Anwyay, here's Cait playing with the hospital toys, just waiting to go in for her 3rd and hopefully final surgery. She's a champ at the hospital!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The littlest of Helpers

Cait LOVES to help in the kitchen. She loves it even more than Paige does...if that's even possible! But she does. She likes to take control too! Well yesterday, after a VERY busy weekend (Ben working until 'too late o'clock', skiing all day Saturday, a girls night with cousins later that night, and then 9 am church) Cait and I decided to bake some Brownies for our family dinner on Sunday night. She wants to do it all, from measuring ingredients, dumping those ingredients in, mixing with the mixer all the way to tasting the dough. it's pretty fun (most the time) to have her helping!