Sunday, March 29, 2009


I've been in California all weekend for Cheer Nationals and we're having a blast!!! We left Thursday morning and we'll fly home tomorrow afternoon. The weather has been completely amazing! I'm ready to move here!
The girls sadly had to miss their prom for Nationals so we made them all sashes and went to dinner. It was really cute!
Here I am with Amanda (Kyle's first love). He calls her Damanda and gets totally shy any time I even mention her name!
I got to meet the actual Lightning McQueen and Mater! Kyle was thrilled. Disneyland was SOOO fun, but it made me really miss the kids. Everything I saw reminded me of them and I kept saying "Oh, Kyle would LOVE this!"
When I was in high school and went to Disneyland I thought it was fun, but maybe a little overrated. I don't like crowds and lines and that's all you get when you come during Cheer Nationals! But now having kids I viewed Disneyland so different. It really is such a magical place and I can't wait to bring my kids here!!! I have loved every minute of it!
Here we are behind the castle! Overall we have had such a fun time!!! I love these Cheerleaders so much and have had so much fun bonding even more with them here at Nationals!!!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Snuggle Bug

Here is Brookie snuggling with Grandpa Nacey! She certainly has this man wrapped around her little finger. I'm trying to teach her to say "new car" because she, like all the other granddaughters, knows very well that whatever she asks grandpa for she gets! It's amazing to me just how young these little girls learn that lesson!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Back to the Workforce

I got a part time job, if you can believe it! I am going to be a cord blood phlebotomist. It's going to be a pretty amazing job. I will be on the maternity floor the whole time and actually be in on the birth of the babies. After the baby is born they cut the cord and hand the baby to the mom and hand the placenta to me. I will then take the placenta to my work space and extract all the blood from it and then package it up and send it off to the blood bank. I've posted a link below of an article that explains what I will be doing, and it even has a picture of the lady that interviewed me. I will be in that same gear when I work. It's pretty intense! Overall, I'm super excited about everything. I found a GREAT in-home daycare for the kids, and it turns out that she is the sister-in-law of Christians cousin. I met her at Christians cousins bridal shower and was really impressed with her. She just seemed like a neat person so I was Thrilled after talking to her on the phone and realizing that connection. There is NO way I would have taken this job if I didn't have a wonderful place for the kids. I think it will be good for all of us to have a little break from each other once or maybe twice a week. The daycare lady has kids the same age as Kyle and Brookie and I think it will be a great situation. I go back and forth with feeling guilty for taking a job, but I am really excited about. I'll at least try it out and see how it works for everyone.

Friday, March 13, 2009


Here are a few pictures of my baby girl before her surgery. She was such a good girl! I hate the part when they take her to the operating room. Last time she screamed when the anaesthesiologist took her, but today she was so brave. She didn't even cry, at least until she was out of my sight! The doctor came out and talked to us right after it was over and the first thing he said was, "Well, that procedure DEFINITELY needed to be done." He said her adenoids were huge and is not surprised that she has had infections for the last year straight. He thinks that this will do wonders. Oh, I hope so! He also had to replace one of the tubes. The left side was completely clogged and needed to put a bigger one in. He was able to clear out the right side and get that tube working again so that one stayed in place. She had a very difficult time recovering, which is normal, but it was so sad. It took her a lot longer this time than last to snap out of it. Luckily Christian was in town this time so I had his help, which was so nice! Oh, I'm just so glad it's over. Let's just pray this does the trick!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

So Sweet!

I know I'm going to sound mean when I tell this story, but at least it makes Kyle sound nice! Kyle and Mya were ready for a snack and they wanted yogurt. I told Mya she couldn't have one because about the last 6 times she's had a yogurt she eats 3 bites and throws the rest of it away. Kyle got his out of the fridge and Mya said she really wanted one. I again told her she could have something else and then walked out of the room for a minute. I overheard Kyle say, "Mya, you can have some of mine." When I came back in the room they were on the chair together and Kyle was feeding Mya bites of his yogurt.

That was a waste!

Brookie was standing in the kitchen and all of a sudden her pants just dropped to her ankles. I bought her these pants in September thinking she would grow into them and wear them all winter. As you can see, they still don't fit! I guess there is always next winter.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Round Two

At the ENT today the doctor could not see the tube and he wants to take her adenoids out. She is going in Friday morning for her second surgery. I will keep you posted.

The Basement is Finished!!!

We finally got the basement finished a couple of weeks ago! We are thrilled. We love hanging out down there and it's so nice to have the extra space. The door on the left is the kids playroom under the stairs. We were excited to have all that extra storage, but as soon as we brought the toys down they all went straight into the closet. They love playing under there and we didn't have the heart to fill it with boxes. The door on the right will be the bathroom when we decide to finish it! Down that hall is where you go up the stairs. We've still got lots to do like get door knobs and blinds and decorate, but that will just have to come later! This is under the stairs. It wraps around the corner, too.
Our lounging area. It looks like a mess down there because Kyle and Mya were in the middle of a play session when I took the pictures. There are the two trouble makers. The sun makes it kind of hard to see, but that is their big play area. I LOVE sending them down there!
Now we have plenty of room for all of our very much wanted out of town guests (Angie, Kim, Brooke, Rachie, Jessica, all better come now)

Make it go away!

Poor little Brookie has double ear surprise. She's been sick with a cough and a runny nose, too. She feels absolutely terrible! The only thing I love about her being sick is she is super snugly! She could just cuddle with me all day!
We are going back into the ENT this afternoon because we think one of her tubes fell out. I really hope not, but yesterday her ears were draining worse than they ever have. Last night she was up almost every hour in severe pain. She kept pointing to her left ear and saying "ouwie" (I don't know how to spell that) and this morning her left ear completely stopped draining. Her right ear is still draining and never have any of her infections cleared up that fast. For those of you who don't know much about ear tubes, they allow the infection to drain and relieves the intense pressure of the infection. The fact that she's been in so much pain and it's not draining definitely indicates a problem and I guess we'll find that problem out today, hopefully!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Never too young to play dress-up!

Brookie likes to wear my clothes lately. She'll go in my closet, pick out a shirt and hand it to me while she desperately tries taking hers off. She also likes to wear my socks, necklaces, bracelets, and scarfs.
Just a random story: At church Brookie was playing with a little girl one month younger than her. This little girl has lots of hair and had a cute little barrette in it. Brookie came up to me later and handed me the barrette with a clump of hair in it and pointed to her head asking me to put it in her hair. I couldn't believe she just ripped it right out of the other little girls hair! I tried hard to put it in, but she didn't have enough hair to hold it. It would fall out within seconds. She had me try over and over and over. This little girl can't wait for hair!