Weekend Review

Just some cute photos of Macy

Thursday night Jon & the kids took me to
Bj's for my birthday. I got a free Pizookie
which was fabulous, it made my day!
(I can't believe the size of my chi-chi's,
Holy Crap, they are bigger than Cooper's head!)

For my present, Buffy finally agreed
to get her ears pierced. She was so brave,
and is happy she finally did it!

(This is the 1st Horny toad I have ever seen,
Chloe and I thought it was a freaky mix
of a lizard and frog, that is why we took pictures,
then someone told us what it was.)

Friday we got the kids out of school early,
and headed up to Lomia for our ward campout.
We got there around 4:00, enjoyed the cool,
clean air. Hung out with friends. Made dinner,
roasted marshmallows, then packed up
and headed home. We really had a good time.
It was nice to get out of the city, even if it
was only for a few hours!

Andy found this cool caterpillar, and
carried it around for a while.

I love this shot of Cooper

Our first family photos!

Saturday night we went out with Brian & Dorothy.
We were going to go to Benihana, but the wait was
too long, then we headed over to The Keg house,
again a long wait. SO we ended up at BJ's.
It was worth it, to have another Pizookie.
We sat there for 3 hours, and had a great time!

Last night we went over to my mom's for dinner, it was my family, Johnny's family, and Michael & TC ( my mom's neighbors), we had a fun time. Then we started talking politics, and that was very interesting. It was still a very fun night. Then we got home just in time to tuck kids in, and I got to watch Desperate Housewives, and Brothers & Sisters. I love that all the shows are on again!

Well, I have more laundry to do than I have ever had before, so I need to go get started! Hope you all had a great weekend!


Macy's present

Happy Birthday to me... It's 4:00 in the morning, we've been up for over an hour, and she is still wide awake! Every other night she sleeps right through, she wanted to start my day off with a bang I guess!!!


Morning Glory

The girls before church

She only smiles in her sleep,
and of course my camera didn't focus well.

She loves the bath

She is so serious,
that is probably why she reminds me so much of Jon!

This morning Macy didn't wake up until 4:45. We sat in the front room, as light slowly started creeping in. I adore that girl, I could stare at her forever. She fell back asleep and I crawled into bed for a little more quiet time before the morning rush. Jon and I enjoyed each other's company, before he had to hop in the shower. Cooper was asleep on the ground next to my bed, he woke up, and crawled in next to me for some snuggle time. I could snuggle with him like that forever. I told him that, to which he replied "You can't or you will go to jail because I have to go to school."

The kids have a fieldtrip today, it's Cooper's 1st fieldtrip that I am not going on. I can tell he is sad, and I am worried about him. They are walking to the Symphony, and I just worry about him having to go potty, or getting bored, or getting hungry. Dumb little things, but not knowing who is chaperone is, I don't know if they will pay attention enough to see the little things. These are the moments that kill me as a mother of 5. I know there is no possible way I can be there for all of them, all the time, but I really struggle with that. I am sad, that he is sad I won't be there. It won't be long before he doesn't want me to go.

Macy has a doctor's appointment this morning. We should be able to find out some more details with some of her problems. I am praying for a good outcome, and I will keep you all posted. In the meantime, here are some pictures from the last few days.


Tis' the Season

The flu season...

This is one of our bad times a year, when the weather barely changes, but somehow my kids bodies know it is time to start.

In the last 4 weeks, I have already spent $700 on medical stuff. That includes medicine, co-pays, and E.R. visit. I also have appointments today for the boys, tomorrow for Macy, and Thursday for the girls.

Let's just say I am very thankful for my FSA account right now. I can't wait to get this money back!



1 Cranky baby who can't poop,
4 sick children,
1 husband at ER with oldest child,
3 rambunctious children driving me crazy,
1 bedtime routine,
1 baby who wants to nurse every 10 minutes (only for a few minutes until she falls asleep)
1 very messy house,
1 late night knock on the door (kids from the parking lot next door whose footballs ended up in our yard, I was out there in the dark for 10 minutes and couldn't find them in the oleanders) and the list goes on...


It's ok that I ate 1/3 of a pan of brownies Jon made today. Right?!?

Late Night Blessings

Last night we had a mini reunion with Jon's family at a park out on Chandler. We were torn about going, only because Chloe and Buffy have been wheezing and coughing, Andy and Cooper still have colds, and all of their allergies are bad right now. Then I started thinking about having to hang out at our house all night, with nothing to do, we had been cooped up all day long, and I knew the kids were going to go crazy, so we went. I was so glad we did. The kids had a great time seeing their cousins, and we had a great time showing off the babe, and visiting with his cousins and aunts & uncles.

By 6:30 Andy was trying to fall asleep on a blanket. We finally left around 7:30. Andy had said he was feeling yucky, like he had the stomach flu. On the way home we atopped at McDonalds for ice cream cones and water, we woke Andy up and I asked him how he felt. He said just a little bad, "1% yucky, 99% fine." I love it when he uses percents to tell me his feelings!

We got home and everyone had breathing treatments and went straight to bed. Then Jon and I focused on Macy. She is having some problems still, and I was really worried about her last night. So we called Jimmy so he could come over and give her a blessing with Jon. He showed up about 10 minutes later, and was in his shirt and tie. I loved that, I said something and he said of course I dressed up, it's for little Macy.

As I sat there in the chair, snuggling her while they blessed her, I had to choke back the tears. She just sat there and stared at me eyes, sucking on her bink. She was so calm, it was as if she knew how important that blessing was. Then she focused on something behind me, we always say they are looking at angels when they do that, but last night I actually felt my dad there at that moment. I was so thankful to have my brother close by that we could call on, and that he and Jon get along so well. After the blessing, Jimmy hung out for a while and held and loved Macy. He kissed her, and told her she smelt good, like her mommy. That made me feel good.

I'm not sure if it was a fluke, or the blessing, but she had a great night last night. I put her to bad at about 11:00, and she didn't wake up until 6:30 this morning. On top of that, she has been happy today. Of course, she emptied her bowels last night, so that probably has a lot to do with it!

Today we are going to try to tackle church. Wish us luck!



Coop had to get in n the action!

Johnny I know how happy it makes you to see Macy, so here you go! Wait til you hear what her problem is now...


Things I love...

1. I am on a total ice kick right now. I always love ice, but since my hospital stay, I am completely addicted.

2. McDonald's Apple pies. They are so good. I have at least one a week. That is going to have to stop very soon!

3. This amazing man. Do you know that he gets up and changes Macy's diaper each time she wakes up at night, just to make things easier for me? He is so amazing to me, and comes home every day after a long day at work, and helps me with kids, and house stuff, and church stuff, and homework, and dinner, and holds Macy for me so I can get a break, and still works on his catalog late into the night. He is just way too good to me! Saint Lara...

4. I like to call it Punch Drunk Love. You know that look your baby gets, when they drift off to sleep at the breast, and as they pull away, they have a mouth full of milk, or a trickle running down their chin. They are so content, with their full belly, and it makes me so proud of my body, and my ability to nourish my sweet babe.

5. That Macy is actually sleeping right now. Hip Hip Hooray!!!

6. Oh yea, and she pooped on her own today. No suppository necessary. Hip Hip Hooray!!!!


Wonder Woman

Sometimes I amaze even myself. This morning Cooper's class had a breakfast at the school to meet the new teacher. We had to be there at 7:30. Remember, I have a 2 week old...

We woke Macy up at 5:45 so I could feed her, then with just an hour left (It took me until 6:15 to finish with her) I packed 2 lunches, ate breakfast, made breakfast for Cooper, showered, put make-up on, pulled my hair into a ponytail, got my other 4 children ready for school, and we were out the door on time.

I have no idea how I pulled that off, and I am not expecting it to ever happen again, but it felt really good to be Wonder Woman for a few short hours...

By the way, Macy went to bed at 10:00 last night, and we had to wake her at 5:45. Even though she is a pill during the days, I am loving her nights...


Birdie, Birdie

We like to teach them young!


My cup not runneth over (apparently)

I mean my bra cup...

Mason is not gaining weight. Jon keeps bringing up the possibility that I am producing skim milk, not fatty milk for her. So right now, every feeding I am nursing her, on both sides for about 20 minutes each, then supplementing with formula. Yesterday, and so far today it is about every hour or hour and a half that I do this. Basically I am feeding all day long... I am going crazy.

Even when I don't nurse her, she only drinks like 2 ounces from a bottle, so it makes me wonder if her stomach just isn't big enough yet... I am getting worried, but trying to stay calm and positive.

My dilemma now is whether or not I should just give up on nursing. I really don't want to, I love nursing my babies. I was so sad when I stopped with Cooper because I thought it was my last time, and here I have been given another sweet baby to nourish, and for some reason it's not working. Plus, formula ain't cheap.

What would you do? Have any of you ever heard of a mom producing skim milk? Is it even possible? What is the point of me having these enormous milk producers, if they aren't even doing there job right???

P.S. On a positive note, she is getting cuter and cuter every day. I adore this sweet girl!


My cup runneth over...

I can't count how many times in my life, when I would notice my dad standing back out f the family chaos, with a complete look of joy on his face, sometimes a tear in his eye, and he would say how his cup runneth over.

I understood what he meant, but I never got it. Not until last night. We were having scripture time, and I sat and looked over my family, which feels so complete right now with sweet little Mason here. I knew how he felt at that moment. My cup runneth over.

I am blessed beyond belief. I have a home, it may not be the nicest home, or big enough for our family, but I've got a home, that is mine. I have a friend who has recently lost their home due to these bad times, how thankful I am that even though things are hard, they aren't that hard for us.

I have 5 beautiful, healthy children. They may be loud, and crazy, and whiny, and at times disobedient, but they are also amazing. They each have such amazing talents and gifts, and each of them bring so much joy to my life. I couldn't imagine life without a one of them.

I have a fantastic husband, someone who loves me for me, and that is a hard thing to do. He has always supported me and my decisions (whether they be bad or good). He is always there for me and my children, and he really does all he can to make me happy. What did I do to deserve that???

My family is amazing, I have a mom who I can count on for anything. She loves me and my family unconditionally. My brothers and sisters are the best there are. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, all of them are the best!

So today, as I am starting my day, with a few worries about Mason, and the constant worries and concerns over having children in this day and age, I really want to stop and count my blessings. No matter how bad it gets, all that matters is that I have them all.

My cup truly runneth over...


Day #2

Shower, hair and make-up people!!! Can I get a hollah???


Barely here

So real life has started for me today. It's just me and her, and me trying to accomplish everything in my daily routine. I am happy to say I have showered (no make-up yet though, hence the not so gorgeous picture above) , so that is very good. Besides that, well I have all day to try to get things done, right?!? Jimmy is kindly doing the boys pick-up this week, so I only have to worry about the older kids later. My mom took them this morning, so that also helped a lot!

She has slept 5 hours straight, 3 nights in a row now. Of course when she wakes up, she is up for at least an hour before going back down, but still that isn't too bad!

I just wanted to give a little update, hopefully things will get rolling again soon, and I won't be so absent from the WWW.

She is screaming, so I've got to go!