Sunday, February 22, 2009

St. George Fun Fly

This last weekend my father and I drove down south to a fun fly hosted by a club in St. George.  My dad spent most of the time deathly ill sleeping in the hotel while I hung out at the model port.  I was amazed at some of the demonstrations of how other people have way more money and time than I do.  I guess that's the way it goes with every hobby.  I brought my new plane down, had a maiden flight, flew it a few more times and am happy to report its back home without a scratch.  Quite a remarkable feet based on previous incidents in my short rc career.

Blessing Invitation

Didn't this turn out sooOOo cute?
I just loved all of the pictures 
of my adorable little lady!

She is wearing the same dress that Sophie wore.
It brought back a flood of emotions having her in it too.
The bottom middle picture looks so much like Sophie in her blessing pictures.

{I hope she is feeling better for her big day.}

Monday, February 16, 2009

Kiddo News

While we haven't been up to anything really exciting lately, life does go on. The days and the weeks pass by so quickly.  There doesn't seem to be a day that goes by where Logan and I don't comment on just how blessed we are.  Or biggest blessing is our amazing and wonderful children.  They light up our lives and give us so much joy.  I don't want to forget anything about each and every moment of their little lives, so I thought I would write down an update from the past week or so. 

Ruby is still the sweetest most adorable baby ever.  She is doing well in her physical therapy and is gaining more neck strength every day.  She is also doing much better with sleeping.  There are many days now where I lay her down and she doesn't cry at all before she falls asleep.  She is consistently sleeping through the night and is beginning to be a lot of fun during the day.  She smiles a lot more now (especially for the camera - I think she likes the flash!) and is beginning to make the cutest little babbling noises.  Ruby is still treasured and adored by both Sophie and Collin.  We all love having her sweet spirit here in our home. 
{I took some really adorable pictures of Ruby yesterday for her Blessing Announcement.  I can't wait to post some, so be looking for them soon!}

Collin has been feeling under the weather this past week.  He has been fighting a high fever and cough.  After 3 days of this and a fever of 105 we took him into the Kids Care.  He had an ear infection along with croup.  He has become a little leach - constantly wanting me to hold him or sit on the couch with him.  I have enjoyed the time I get to be close with him except for the fact that I am now starting to get his cough.  He hates taking his medicine and I have to practically sit on him and shove it down his throat, often times making him choke.  Poor guy.  I am glad that he is becoming more of himself again.  Collin is my little helper and still such a sweet, sensitive little guy.  He loves to play with his sisters but is more recently taken an interest in anything boy.  After naming all his friends in his nursery class he told me "I no like girls.  I like boys!"  He always wants to watch a 'boy' movie and play with a toy for 'boys'!  He cracks me up.  I guess he has had his fill of Princesses and dolls and fairies and pink!!  The list could go on and on really! 

Sophie is busy with school and doing any sort of crafty project she can dream up.  She loves to color, cut, and glue just about anything.  She is really into taking old magazines and making collages.  One day she had the idea to makekaleidoscope and she followed through on that plan to make a great one out of a toilet paper roll.  She is always amazing us with her curiosity and creativity.  She is in the CTR class at church and takes it very seriously.  She is always telling me when I am not choosing the right.  Occasionally I will take a toy away from her during lunch because she is too busy playing instead of eating and she will always shout at me "Mommy, that is not choosing the right!"  She is also quick to point out when she is making a right choice!  Sophie has Collin totally wrapped around her finger and can get him to do almost anything for her.    She is a great older sister often times taking advantage of the perks that come along with being the oldest! 

Saturday, February 7, 2009


Our New Pets

This is SHARK BOY!

And this is Sabrina (I think!)

Sophie has been begging for a fish.  So after doing some chores to earn one, both Sophie and Collin got to go to the fish store with Grandma and pick out their fish.  They have been found peering in their fish bowls all day watching their fish swim around, and telling me constantly that their fish is hungry.  It was fun to see their excitement over earning their new pets and they couldn't wait to get them each into their bowls.  Sophie kept saying "My fish is so excited to be in it's home!"  Too bad now I have to clean out not just one fish bowl, but 2!  UGH!  I totally remember flushing my perfectly healthy goldfish down the toilet just because I didn't want to clean its bowl anymore.  Oh the things I do for my kids!  

Friday, February 6, 2009

Sleeping Baby

I just love the sight of a sleeping baby.
Then again, 
What Mother doesn't?

Since Ruby's therapy visit this week her little world has been turned upside down.  She has always been a baby that likes to be rocked to sleep.  I loved it - in the beginning.  Don't get me wrong, I love to cuddle her while she is busily dreaming but quickly found out that with 2 other crazy kids running around the house I just didn't have the time to devote to her naps that she needed.  So I tried having her cry herself to sleep.  I am a big proponent of this method of sleep training and used it with both Sophie and Collin, however Ruby seemed to be different.  She would cry for hours without sleeping at all.  Then it would be time for her to eat, so I would feed her and we would start all over again.  Finally after doing this for several days, I resorted to the swing.  She hadn't been a big fan of the swing prior to this but now she loved it and it put her right to sleep.  She took all of her naps in the swing, and would start out her night there until she was good and asleep and then I would move her.  Well, at her therapy appointment the therapist basically said that she couldn't be in her swing or bouncy seat anymore because when she sat in these devices she would just resort to slumping her head.  I knew I was in for it.  I am happy to comply, but knew that it was going to be a difficult transition.  And it has been.  Yesterday the only times she slept were in her car seat when we were out and about.  Poor sweet baby.  Today has been better.  She cried through her first nap, but her second nap she went right to sleep!  Yay!  I was so happy and proud of her.  Her third nap wasn't quite as easy, but she did fall asleep - and all on her own.  So today I especially love the sight of a sleeping baby.  

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

2 Months

Ruby Roo 
2 months old!

We had her doctors visit yesterday and she is growing and changing like crazy.
Here are her stats for 2 months
Weight: 10 lbs 8 oz (4o%)
Length: 23 in (75%)
She is getting to be a little chub.  I have never had a baby above the 25th percentile.  It was nice not to have her doctor tell me she should gain some more weight.

She had a handful of shots and an oral immunization.  Poor girl!  She didn't know what hit her with all of the pokes and honestly I have never heard her cry so loud.  She also struggled with the oral immunization.  She choked on it and it made her throw up her entire bottle that she had just eaten.  I am not sure how effective that dose was.

We also found out that she has torticolis.  Her neck muscles are too short and tight on her right side limiting her free head motion.  It is caused by her positioning in the womb, and continues after birth by being placed in bouncy seats and on her back (basically positions that don't help strengthen her neck and limit her head motion).  It can also lead to head flattening.  I had noticed that her head is always tilted to the right, but hadn't really thought much of it.  Because of this she starts physical therapy tomorrow to help her correct the problem before she gets any head flattening.

We love our baby girl and feel so blessed to have her in our lives.  The past 2 months have just flown by.  It is crazy how fast she has grown and changed.  I never thought I would say this about the newborn stage, but I really do just want to freeze time.


Lately we have been struggling getting Collin to go to bed.  He comes out of his room a hundred million times (or so it seems) with a new request each time.  "I need a toy," "I need a book," "I want my blankets on," "I want my water," "I want you to lay by me."  The list really could go on and on.  He is very good at coming up with excuses to be out of his bed.  After going up and down the stairs and putting him in bed all these times I start to get frustrated, even angry sometimes and I start to ignore him.  Pretend like he isn't laying on the floor in front of me having a tantrum because I am not meeting his every demand.  

Well a couple of nights ago he was quiet in his bedroom after coming out only a few times.  Logan and I were watching a movie and grateful that it hadn't been interrupted when we heard Collin crying.  Logan ran upstairs and started laughing.  This is what he found.

Collin was sitting in his toy basket 
he was totally stuck
and struggling to get out
with big crocodile tears streaming down his cheeks.

It was really funny!
  We helped him out and he didn't come out again that night. 
But the bedtime battle continues
at least there is some laughter in it.

A Sophie Funny

Logan had to leave church a little early last Sunday because he had to go to work so we drove separate cars.  After getting to the church Sophie and Logan had this funny conversation.

Sophie: "Daddy why did you bring your car to church?"

Logan: "Daddy has to leave early.  I have to go fly an airplane today.  I have to fly to Montana."

Sophie: (in an excited voice) "Oh!  Hannah Montana!!"

She seriously cracks us up all the time.  What would we do without her?