Thursday, January 7, 2010

So it's been a couple months and a lot has happened. First of all, I had our baby girl November 21, 2009 at 8:38 am. We named her Maddison Grace Lewis and she has been such a blessing in our lives already. She has brought so much love to our family especially during the Holidays. well Thanksgiving was the Thursday after I had her and so we stayed home to prevent her or any of us from getting sick. It was nice because my mom came down and barely made it here when I got a call from the Hospital telling me to go in. Let me back track a little, if you remember back in July when I has hurt my back well I was getting better until the baby started growing bigger and then I started having blood pressure problems that would make me blackout and breathing troubles which is expected but I couldn't get up to help or get after my kids. My knees would give out randomly which made it hard to walk. I couldn't sit down cause it would pinch off my aorta and then of course I would blackout. My heart would beat so fast it physically ached. So pretty much the last month and a half was really hard. My mom, (thank goodness for moms) came down Halloween and stayed for a week and a half helping me with the girls and left for a week and came back when I had the baby. I was able to get some rest while she was here which is definitely nice when you have older kids. So when my mom went back home with my dad after Thanksgiving the real fun kicked in. Having 3 kids and home alone...............It actually wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. Of course the girls thought they were little mommies and helped out as much and more than needed but they needed mommy time. That's been the hardest part is dividing time between the 2 older ones and the absolutely dependent newborn. Thank goodness for Brandon. He has been such a saint since Maddi came and I'm glad I'm not a single parent. After a long day of work Brandon would come home and take the girls to the park for awhile to get them out of the house because obviously I couldn't. It's been heavenly having a helpful spouse.
Well in December it was my mom's, dad's and sister's Amber and Sadee birthdays. Everyone got a year older. Go figure! Well my parents had a christmas party the weekend after my dad's birthday so me and the girls went up on his birthday and went to my parents ward Christmas party. The girls got to have their picture taken with Santa and Rachel, like most little kids, started crying. We stayed the weekend and Kim, Carl, and Kalli came up Friday night. What a hectic night of no sleep. Oh did I mention that Rachel was cutting her last toddler teeth. It was nice to spend some time with them and we only had to travel to Fillmore. How sad that the difference between Mesquite and Hurricane puts a big damper on us seeing each other. We headed home Monday and got things packed to head back up to Spanish Fork on Thursday. On Wednesday we went over to our friends Mark and Erin's place cause he got to come home from Basic training for a week. It was nice to see him. We made it to Spanish Fork on Thursday amidst a couple stops for the kids to play in the snow and feeding breaks. We had a great time with Brandon's side of family and the girls loved having Sadee, Becky, Peter, Joseph and Dallin to play with. Christmas day was fun and good to have done with. On Saturday we went to the church building for family pictures and luncheon with other relatives. It was good to see Jessica and her kids and Jon and Hailey and their 3 girls. Ed & JaNae with Sammy and Leah, and EJ with his new wife Brinn. They just got married on the 18th of Dec and they made it out of the house the week after. WOW!!! It was fun to eat and visit with family we don't get to see very often. Love you guys. We came back home on Monday. We had Mark and Erin family, Rick and Danielle, and Sadee over for New Year's Eve and had Turkey dinner which was delicious. We played games and visited until the New Year and here we are up to present for the time being. I'll post some pictures later.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Park, Kalli, Birthday and Party~*~*~*~
*Well it's been a little while since I posted so here we go. In September we took a trip up north for a Girls Reunion and it was great to see everyone and their little ones. We stayed at my parent for a couple days then went up to my other parents Friday night and stayed til Monday morning. It felt so good to get out of the heat. When we got to my parents house their plum tree was loaded with fruit. Well there was a bottom branch that hung down from the weight of it all and by the time we left it had been picked clean from Kaitlin sharing with us all, YUMMY!!! We ventured on up to Spanish Fork Friday afternoon and had a wonderful time with the Lewis family. On Saturday we had a picnic at the park and feed the ducks, then played on the Jungle gym and I took some pictures. Look at this picture very close and notice how the ducks enter the water. I thought it was quite unique when I was going through my pictures.

Kaitlin liked to feed the ducks.....

and Rachel loved to chase them.

All of us on the pond dock.

Rachel absolutely loves to swing.

Kaitlin too.

Just hanging out.

Little shadow-does everything Kaitlin does

What a cute pose!!!

Just taking a break from the vigorous life of a child.

Rachel glares a lot, can you tell.

**Well here in October we watched cousin Kalli (Kim's daughter) on Conference Saturday and I had to take some pictures to show their cousinly love.

Kate and Kalli

These little creepers out to get me!!!

Kalli eating, Kaitlin running and Rachel climbing into the window seal. BUSY KIDS!!!

***Well October 5th was Kaitlin's 4th Birthday and she wanted a pink cake with brown on top, hence Strawberry cake with chocolate frosting.

Rachel wanted to blow the candle out so she climbed up to be by her sister.

Kaitlin all excited and making her wish before blowing out the candle.

Aunt Sadee opening Kaitlin's silly string. Was fun while it lasted and left a moist mess.

Kaitlin getting shot by dad.

Sadee got it pretty good, look at those gorgeous highlights!!!

****On the 6th we had her party at the City Park which turned out real fun and we were glad the weather was good, perfect October weather.

Blowing out Birthday candle!!!

Opening presents

She looks so thrilled about getting candy.

She got some neat things like this stamp set and....

These ponies.

We gave the kids each a baggy of snappers and they had fun. The funny thing was that half of them never popped so Brandon was out stepping on them to snap them.
Silly kids. All in all Great Party.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Camping over to Enterprise Res
Going for a ride

Camping over to Enterprise

Riding with Stef

Rachel loving on Daisy and Kaitlin lovin' on Kim

MY sister Kim can catch a fish

Aunt Amber and Rachel with the fish

Posing in the holes at Enterprise

Playing in the water at Pinto

Look what we caught!!!
This is just some pictures of June that I thought to post. We have been busy all summer so here's what we did.
The girls and I at the Bountiful Temple after Jace and Kendra were sealed.

Kaitlin loves to pose

Sister love!!!

Hanging out with Aunt Sadee

Kaitlin and here beautiful extensions

Playing at the Park

Jon and Emily visiting

Playing at the Water Park

4th of July fun

Races on the 4th

Sitting by Mark and Erin for the 4th Parade

Daddy with his girls

Branson with the girls. Best Buds !!!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Splash time

This is the girls playing in water of course on our cement as you can see we have no yard yet!!!

Easter BBQ time

We had a family BBQ before we headed back down.

Yummy Sadee

Oh for precious

Grandma Jodi

The boys playing catch

Playing in the sand