Monday, December 21, 2009

Funny things

I love the cute little things my kids say. The other night I took the girls out to dinner before we went to my sisters choir concert. Mady was drinking a fruit punch, she looked at me and said "Mom fruit punch is really good for you because it has fruit in it." Right sweetheart.

Our little Ellie is giving us a run for our money lately, and her sister is not helping with that very much. The other night the girls were playing and Mady did something to make her sister sad. Ellie came crying into the kitchen, fell on the floor and while sobbing said "I have a broken (big wail)....a broken heart." She is so very dramatic.

I love my girls, I am just hoping that I can keep my Santa is not bringing presents threats to a minimum this week.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

My little Dax

It has been a while since I have given a Daxton update. He has progressed so much in just the last month it is incredible. He has just conquered the skill of standing up by himself. He loves to walk holding on the furniture, hands or using his walker. He is so incredibly proud of himself when he stands up. He looks at us and just laughs-it is like he is saying ha, I knew I could do it. It is so sweet.

He is still my little butt scooter, although the craziest thing happened. Thanksgiving night we were at my Grandpas house just sitting around talking when we looked down at Daxton and he was crawling on all fours with his head on the floor. It was so bizarre. It was like he always knew how to crawl. He must think his head is too heavy because holding his head up seems to be the biggest obstacle for him.

His eating is going really good(minus my emotional meltdowns). We have clinic on Thursday so I am praying so very hard that he has gained some weight. He is really liking shakes. Thanks to my sister-in-law Myca we use a magic bullet to make his shakes. We will put a thing of yogurt, banana, carnation instant breakfast, a couple scoops of duocal, whole milk and some carrots and he drinks it up. This past week he figured out how to drink from a straw so that is fun. It took him a while to realize that he has to swallow after he sucks it up. But he is getting the hang of it.

He is such a happy little man. He loves watching his sisters dance and play. Yesterday Mady was home sick with pink eye and literally for hours he just sat and watched the girls dance and he just would laugh and giggle at them. It was one of my favorite mom moments.
I am just thrilled at how far he has come. I wish I could go back a couple months and tell myself to relax, he will develop at his own pace. Yesterday I read a quote from an email that said

"Did you know that 90% of what we worry about happening never actually happens? Most of the time, however, the damage has already been done. The stress and anxiety has a devastating impact on us - physically and emotionally. How silly is that? We worry about things that will probably not happen to the point that it hurts us.

What are we afraid of? What is so scary about troubles in life? We have been given a guarantee that life will indeed have trials. But we have also been given a guarantee that God will never give us more than we can handle - in His strength. It is also during the troubles in our life that we grow and learn about God's perfect timing, love and faithfulness.

So why do we worry so much? You know what? I think we are not worried about the troubles at all. I think we are worried that God won't be there. Or that He will turn His back on us because of our mistakes, because of our sins.

If you knew for certain, absolutely, without a single doubt, that God loves you just as you are, has forgiven you for everything you have ever done and will ever do, and will never, ever, ever leave you, no matter what - would you be as afraid as you are now?"

That was just what I needed to hear yesterday. Thanks for checking up on us. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Next question

Thank you so much for your help and advice. So far we are on day 4 of no tube and things are going well. He has stayed steady on his weight actually gaining 1 ounce-I'll take it. So here is my next question. What are some really fatty foods that kids(18 month olds) will eat. I tried sausage and eggs this morning and he would have nothing to do with it. He absolutely loves mac and cheese. And he loves yogurt. What are things that your kids like that are higher on the calorie list. I think I will start feeding him ice cream for every meal. He is still drinking Nutrin Jr which has a lot of calories and I tried to add Duocal with his chocolate milk, he didn't like that too much and I don't blame him I tried a taste and it was nasty. I thought Duocal was supposed to be tasteless. Any thoughts or info would be very much appreciated. Thanks so very much.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Questions about 18 month olds

At Daxton's last cardiology appointment we discussed not feeding him through his g-tube during the day and see how he does. He has done relatively well. He had a little bug for a few days and was throwing up a couple times. Besides that the eating has gone well. We were still tube feeding throughout the night until the other morning I went in to get Dax up and he was wrapped up in his tube. It was all around his body and around his neck. Needless to say this has scared me to death. I haven't tube feed him at night since that happened. Overall he eats way better during the day with out the tube feeds at night. So now my questions and concerns are these.....

Heart moms-
Why are the cardiologists so concerned about weight gain with transplant babies? Does it have to do with their heart, does more weight make it function better? Or is it because he is not on the chart? He is on a steady curve upward but I honestly feel it will be a long time before we are caught up with the "normal".

All moms-
What is "normal" for an 18 month old? How often do you feed them and how much? We were just told by our pediatrician to take him off of the bottle so we are doing sippy cups now. How much do your kids drink? Are their diapers still full after a nights sleep? I know that Daxton is my third child and I should know all of this but I can't remember and honestly my girls were not great eaters.

I am going with my gut on this and I hope it is right. I am nervous for when he gets weighed in. Any help and advice would be so very much appreciated.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

A New Heart For Miss Madison


Another of Gods great miracles!! We are so happy for Madison and her family! Please pray for her and for their Donor family that has given the gift of life in the midst of their sorrow. There are no words to describe the gratitude I feel for our Donor Family. We are forever grateful for them and their selfless act of service. You can follow Madisons recovery and adventures with her twin brother at http://cooperandmadison.blogspot.com/

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Another reminder

Yesterday one of Gods sweet little angels returned home to be with him. Since becoming a heart mommy I have watched as other families have had to say goodbye for a time to their little angels. It is heartbreaking to me. I try not to ask "why?" I know that these little spirits were sent here for just a moment so that we could experience Heaven on earth. These are Celestial beings and are home and safe from the cares of this world. The passing of these little babies is a reminder to me of the precious blessing that is my son. I am so grateful for him and for the gift that he is to me and my family. I get very frustrated with myself that I need this reminder to enjoy life, every moment, but I still do need to be reminded. It is hard to try and find the balance of enjoying lifes moments and keeping life in order. So today I will choose to enjoy life while trying to keep it in order.
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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Thankful



I'm thankful for my Husband, my beautiful children, My Savior, my church, my family, friends, my new home, Miracles. What are you Thankful for?

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Random Things

My wonderful Friend Natalie tagged me to write 10 random things about myself. Here goes it....

These are in no specific order of importance.


1. I love Football!!! Love everything about. I love watching it on TV, i love going to games. I love eating chick-fila at the Utes stadium(YUMMY)!! I look forward all week for Friday and Saturday night football.

2. I have a guilt complex. I feel guilty 97.5% of the time. I don't know how to stop it.

3. I miss my Grandma every day.

4. I love movies. Some of my favorites are "White Christmas", "Meet me in St. Louis" I love most Judy Garland movies. My guilty pleasure movie is "Bridget Jones Diary" I love Jane Austen type movies; "Jane Eyre", "Pride and Prejudice"(new and old),"North and South"
I love going to the movies. My favorite movie treat is Extra Extra Butter popcorn with milk duds. You put a bite of both of these in your mouth and it is like carmel popcorn, mmmm, yummy!!!

5. I have a thing for fresh crayons. I want to buy a pack every time I see one. They just make me happy. There is just something about coloring a picture with a brand new crayon. Love it!!

6. I love to bake. Not cook, Bake. One bowl, several measuring cups and spoons, one pan=magic. In college I would look up a new recipe each day and go home and make it. I loved making apple pies(even though I hate eating apple pies).

7. I will share this next one only if you promise the next time you see me you will not do any of the following. Deal. I have A LOT of pet peeves. The main ones can go under the category of mouth noises. Any and All mouth noises. Comping your food, chewing your gum loudly, cleaning out your teeth with your tongue, chewing gum at all, and last but most definitely not least clicking your tongue. That one tops the charts. When I was little my brothers knew that this bothered me and they would do it often just to upset me. Well one night when my parents were gone they were clicking their tongues at me. I got so upset that I dialed 911 and screamed in the phone and then hung up. Guess who showed up at our house moments later. Try explaining that to two police officers.

8-I have two hidey toes. Two of my toes hide behind the one next to them. When I was younger I thought that everyones toes looked like mine, until my dear friend Lara Lee made fun of them. It still doesn't bother me. One of the sweetest moments of my life is when my first baby was born and one of the first things we noticed was that she had toes just like mine. It was amazing!

9- I love to sing in the shower. Some of my favorites are of course Broadway tunes. "Memory" from Cats, "Les Miserables" "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" I like to sing loud and it doesn't matter what it sounds like. I just imagine I am on stage and I have the best voice in the world.

10- I would love to have a soundtrack to my everyday doings. Everything would be more exciting set to music. Your first kiss, break ups, losing a job, your babies being born. Even the normal every day stuff; baths, meals, driving kids to school, discussions with your spouse, homework. Everything would be better set to music.

11- I'm cheating and adding another one. I love when people comment on my blog. :)

I now tag......Juliann, MaryAnn, Tara, Erin. Have fun.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Happy Birthday Ellie!!

My cute little Ellie finally turned 4!! She has been talking about being four since she turned three. She is growing up so fast. I was going through all of her pictures the other day and I can't believe how these last four years have zoomed on by. She is so much fun. She is my little drama girl. She loves to dance and sing and make her little brother scream. It is her new found goal in life to make him mad. If he is sitting being happy she has a remedy for that. She is our little one liner girl. The other day we were all in the car and Ryan and I were having a discussion-ok more than a discussion we were a little upset. After a few minutes of listening to us "discuss" from the back seat of the car Ellie said "Oh shuuut uuup!" It was classic. That is a bad word in our house but it was much too funny to do anything but laugh. That is our Ellie, always keeping us on our toes with her wit.

We had a fabulous birthday. We invited Ellies friends and cousins to the pumpkin patch where the kids played in the maze and climbed on the tractors and got to pick out a pumpkin. Ellie had so much fun she did not want to leave. I love that her birthday is in the Halloween season. It is my favorite holiday, hopefully when she is older she will let me do a haunted house for her party.


The Birthday Girl!

The Party Gang. I don't think that is everyone that came to the pumpkin patch, kids kept jumping in and out of the picture.

Sisters, sisters, there were never such devoted sisters.

An impromptu bowling session while Ryan had to run to work for a minute.

Birthday girl and birthday cake. That cake took me 4+ hours to make and 5 minutes to destroy.

We love you Ellie belly. I am so glad I had you!!!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Cardiology clinic

Today Daxton had his monthly cardiology clinic. We started out the day with labs. This is usually the hardest part of the visit, nobody likes to be stuck with a needle. Today was unusually awful. The lab tech first tried once with a no go so I had her call IV team, they came and attempted to get some blood from my brave little man. It took them 5 more tries to get barely enough blood to do all of the blood work that is necessary for all of the tests. Poor Daxton was screaming the entire time. He feel asleep for literally one minute during I think the 4th attempt just out of pure exhaustion. Most times I can handle the blood draws ok but today was awful for me to watch. Afterward I just wanted to sit and cry. We both made it and the rest of clinic went swimmingly. I love our transplant team they are all such amazing people. I feel like they are part of our family. All of his labs turned out great, his echo looks great. He has finally had some good weight gain. Last clinic he was 7.6 kilos and now he is 7.9!! So he weighs 17 lbs 6 oz!!! You get em tiger. He is just overall doing awesome.

I have wanted to update on all of Daxtons accomplishments lately. He is sitting up all by himself! The big great news for us is that he is eating like a champ. He will eat anything and will feed himself. He likes to eat on the go a lot so I will give him some cheese or some bread and he will just scoot around eating it. It is so exciting for us to see him eating well. It seems like right after I have a hard week worrying and stressing about his developement and growth he seems to just pick up the pace and get things done. It is like he is telling me to just chill out, he will get there.

I never ever forget where we have been with Daxton but somedays it hits me especially strong that he is a such a miracle. That him being here scooting on the ground, screaming at his sisters(also a new found talent as of late), learning to walk, and all of his fun little quirks, all of these are miracles! I am so so grateful for my little man. He is such a true joy. Our new goals are to get him to pull himself up to standing position and work on walking. You can do it Daxton! My girls are calling Daxton-Daxy. I am not quite sure about this new found nick name. What do you think?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

No go.

So we did not end up speaking on Sunday. Ryan caught the bug that has been running amuck at our house and my oldest darling was so sick. I also was fighting a sinus infection so we thought it best to stay home and not spread the love. We are all feeling great now. I finally feel like we are back in the land of the living.
Thank you all so much for your sharing your thoughts and experiances with me. I know that we will be talking soon so I will hopefully be talking on the same subject and get to share your stories with them. I just watched this video and I loved it. This is what helps me with my burdens.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coef8G5ax6E
I also have some fantastic, exciting, miraculous news! Daxton can now sit up all by himself. I know I know it may not seem like a lot, however he is almost 18 months and has refused to sit up. But now he is doing it!! Yahoo! I am so proud of him. He gets pretty upset at me when I lay him down just so I can watch him sit back up. I love it! He amazes me! Sitting up-check-next step walking.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

That their burdens may be light.

So Ryan and I have been asked to give a talk at church on Sunday. This is the shortest amount of time we have been in a ward before we were asked to give a talk. We will try our best. I was hoping that all you lovely people could help me. If you would be able to share a story with me about someone/something has helped your burdens be lighter I would love your input. Thanks a bunch!!
Don't be shy.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

One Year Transplant Anniversary!

Daxtons one year transplant anniversary was on Sept 10, 2009. This has been an emotional post for me. There are so many emotions recalling last years event. The miracles that we have witnessed have been very humbling. We are so grateful for our Savior and his mercy and love.
We feel so blessed and we are excited to pay it forward.

We were not able to do a big celebration for Daxtons first birthday so I decided we could do a big celebration of life for his one year transplant anniversary. We had a wonderful time with friends, family, neighbors, and loved ones. We once again were overwhelmed by the love and support of all of those around us. Thank you for your continued support. We love you all so much!!

We went to visit Transplant team and say Thank you for all their amazing support!!

Getting a snoozer before the big party.

In memory of our Donor..We would not be here without your priceless gift.

Let the Party Begin!!

Dax and Nana Julie

Poppy Cook making balloon animals.

My daddy with his balloon creation!

We love you Nurse Peggy

Nana Julie and Nana Janet with the grandkids

Daxtons pediatrician the amazing Dr. Allred.

Our wonderful, amazing, fantastic, brilliant Transplant team.

Daxton hanging out with the beautiful Princess Aurora(Lauren)

My childhood girlfriends

Heart mommies and Heart babies

Wonderful supportive friends!

We love you!

Great Grandpa Tonge

Love my fam-damily

Kaidance and Daxton two miracle babies!!

We had a wonderful celebration. We are so grateful for the opportunity to celebrate
with our little man. We are so grateful for our donor. We pray for you and your healing and happiness. Thank you for your selfless gift. We love you.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Super Slacker

I have so much I want to post about but for now I will just talk about what is going on right now. We are all sick. Daxton started us out a week and a half ago. Ellie has been super sick since last Thursday, Mady started getting sick yesterday and I woke up this morning with a sore throat. Hopefully it will skip Ryan and that Daxton won't get this bug again. Besides being sick we are doing good. We are settled in our new home and love it! I still can't believe that we have our own home. It is so fun.
I absolutely love love this time of year. This past week we went up Farmington canyon and had a weiny roast. It felt so good to be in the mountain surrounded by the beautiful fall colors. I love getting the Halloween decorations out, I love deciding what the kids are going to be for Halloween. Thankfully this year the costumes will be low maintanance. Daxton is going to be a dog so we are trying to teach him to bark. He does it everyone once in, he does a high pitch little yelp. It is cute. We still have a few weeks to work on it.
Hopefully the rain will stop for a little bit tomorrow so we can set up our graveyard in the front yard. If not we will rest a little bit. Isn't life grand!!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Serioulsy...

I have so so much to post and I am so far behind. I will catch up another day. I am in the mood to vent. So here goes it.

If I could change one thing at this very moment about the world it would be people judging other people. Please don't judge me when I am walking out of costco with my lysol wipes, two cute outfits for Daxton, block of cheese, 3 hotdogs and 3 drinks all while trying to keep a three year old in toe. Please young gentlemen don't share your thoughts out loud that "I should get a cart." If I wanted a cart I would have gotten one, it just so turns out that I parked where carts were not able to go-hence the armful of stuff!

Please don't judge me when I am running(jogging slowly) Please don't yell at me "run Forrest run." My name is not Forrest it is Hilary! Yes I know my bottom is big-hence the running!

Lets just try and give people the benefit of the doubt. Don't we all just want to be loved and accepted? I will answer that for you-Yes, we do!

Thanks for the venting session......

GO UTES!!!!

Friday, September 4, 2009

The results are in......

Today I was so super ornery and very snippy at my kids. Wondering what was wrong with me I came to the conclusion that I was very nervous for the results of the biopsy. I tried to call cardiology and no one answered. So I had to wait-I hate waiting. Around 6:45 Emily called from cardiology and told us the results-NO REJECTION!!!!! Yahoo!! I started crying and began to breath(that is when I realized how stressed I was) So his annual cath turned out to be a piece of cake. We celebrated tonight by going to a Bees game with our good friends. The kids had a lot of fun and at the end of the game we were able to run around the baseball diamond and get a gift certificate for a free kids meal at the spaghetti factory-bonus!
Now I can breath.....

Heart Cath

Yesterday morning started out crazy getting the girls ready, Daxton ready and heading up to the hospital for his annual heart cath. We were late(shocker) so we had to have the IV team come and give him his IV so that we could get a prograf level(this is one of two rejection meds that he will be on his whole life). The IV team was amazing and got an IV on the first try. Hallelujah! We then waited and Daxton took a short little cat nap. Ryan and I walked him down to the cath lab and handed him over. The anestesiologist gave Daxton a little sedative through his IV before we handed him over, it was pretty hilarious he started looking loopy it was amazing how fast it affected him.
Ryan and I then went and got some delicious Rainbow Cafe food-oh how we missed the cafeteria food.
The cath took 3 hours. We went down to meet Dr. Cowley and he said that everything looks great! Great! I was so so nervous but everything looked great! We are still waiting on the biopsy results we will not know the results of those until some time today. We are hoping that they will show no signs of rejection.
After the cath we had to wait in post-op for 6 1/2 hours. YIKES!! It was long. The doctors orders were that he had to lay flat for 4 hours and some how it turned into 6+ hours. Oh well. Ryan and I got to spend a little alone time in our semi private room and Dax and I just snuggled. He is still tired today but seems to be happy to be home. I have pictures to post but I can't find my camera bag so I will have to do that later. Thanks for all the prayers and positive thoughts!! We appreciate them so much.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Crazy week

Wow! Last monday was move in day and first day of school for Mady. I did not expect to be so emotional sending my baby to first grade but man that was hard. I tryed to hold it together until she went into her classroom. Sending her to kindergarten was a piece of cake compared to this. I do get a bad mom point for not knowing it was early out on the first day of school. Mady had to call me and tell me school was out, I was so embarresed. She came home from school telling me that it was the best day of her life so I think that things will be good.

The move to our first home has been a lot of fun. Everyday I love my house more and more. It has a lot of personality and fun characteristics. My mom got us the best house warming gift. It was a white swing for my front porch. It is perfect. Yesterday was a long filled day of painting. We got that done and now the fun part of hanging pictures and decorating begins.

Daxton news-Daxton had his 15 month check up yesterday. Everything looks great! He is still little of course (16lbs 9oz) but besides that he is doing awesome. He is now scooting everywhere. It is the cutest thing ever. He is starting to have stranger danger and seperation anxiety. I am a little worried about that because he has a heart cath on thursday. I hope that he doesn't scream and cry when they take him to the cath lab. We are praying for no rejection. If everything looks good with his heart and there is no rejection we will most likely be able stop giving him his 1 am dose of meds. I can't tell you how excited that makes me. Now maybe I won't be so cranky, uh actually not likely but I can pretend right?

Saturday, August 22, 2009

It's official!

The quote "We're really doing it Harry" keeps running through my mind. We signed the papers, well Ryan signed the papers on Thursday. It was very anti climatic. I was wanting fireworks, balloons, confetti, etc. We went, signed and then came home. We did pick up some chinese takeout, that was our celebratory feast. We are almost all done packing thanks to my mom and Natalie. I seriously would be lost without them. Thanks babes!

Daxton had clinic this past week. Everything went great. We were able to run into a lot of our most favorite people. We saw Toni and Orley from Rainbow kids, our favorite PICU secretary Annette and Amy and Hardy were there for Jacks sedated echo, we of course love to see all of the transplant team. We feel like it is a big party once a month. Well I feel that way, Daxton probably doesn't since he is the one getting poked and prodded. Everything with Daxtons ticker is looking great. He did however lose weight which I was expecting because he has been so sick for two weeks. We are finally back to where we were with his feeding pre virus so hopefully next check up he will have put some weight on. We were able to go down on some meds-yahoo! They tell me that if everything looks good with his cath in Sept then we will be able to stop doing his 1 am med. That would be amazing!

The movie quote was from 7 brides for 7 brothers. I love this musical! This is the musical that my mother-in-law and my mom will be putting on this year at Woods Cross High School. So come next February we will be having a hoe down! Yeeha!

Wish me luck this week with the move. It should be an adventure.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Twas the night before closing day.....

Closing day is tomorrow! We are so excited and ready for our new adventure. Things have been crazy with the sickies but things are calming down. Daxton is feeling a little better. It turns out that he has hand, foot and mouth disease. Friday I was looking in his mouth and saw all of this little blisters. Poor little man. His gums are swollen and he does not like to take his magnesium. He is much happier during the daytime but at night he is struggling.
The cath lab called yesterday to schedule Daxtons next cath. It will be Sept 3rd. It really suprised me, I didn't expect for him to have one again so soon. But after this one we will be just once a year.

Life is good! We feel so very blessed to be where we are today! We are tired, overwhelmed, stressed, sick, disfunctional, but we are together and thats all that matters.

Movie quote of the week-"They say when you marry in June your a bride all your life."
hint-also a musical-one of my favorites.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Sick, sick and sicker....

My sweet little man has been MISERABLE this past week. It started Sunday night with a fever then just aching, puking and moaning all the time. He kept pulling on his ears so I was sure it was an ear infection. Nope, he had a really red throat but it was not strep(that's good) He has about 7 teeth popping through which I am sure is just miserable. Poor little man. It has been 6 days and he still has a fever and is still pretty miserable. Today was the first day that he actually wanted to sit on the floor and scoot around. It just breaks my heart. Our transplant team said that it just takes longer for immune suppressed kids to get over colds and flus. I hope that we are turning the corner and he will get better soon.

Last night we had to make an emergency run to the hospital for my other big man(husband). He woke up with terrible chest pains and just not being able to breath. So being safe than sorry we ran him to ER at 12:30 am and had an ekg which was normal, x-ray that was normal, blood work normal-PHEW! But his lungs sounded awful. So they gave him a breathing treatment and some narcotics and sent us home. It was a bronchial spasm. Weird. He is using an inhaler now and is feeling better. With moving, a sick baby, invalid husband, stressed out momma, there is never a dull moment at our house. I know the dull moments are coming soon....

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Bridger


Today one of our dear sweet heart friend has finished his journey on this earth. Please send his family your thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. This little man will always hold a special place in my heart.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Procrastination

My girls are at a friends house, Daxton is sound asleep in his crib and I am so procrastinating doing the dishes and packing for our big move. We are hopefully closing on the house this week. Needless to say my house is a wreck. I just can't get the motivation to clean.

We have some good news at our house Daxton is finally mobile. He is a scooter. He is not crawling just scooting wherever he wants to go. It is really one of the cutest things ever. We are all very excited! This morning I was watching Barbie princess with Ellie, I looked over and Daxton had gotten into a cup of rootbear that had been left out. Awesome. We are excited at this new adventure.

The movie quote this week is from my alltime favorite movie. I watch it at least once month. So if you know me you will know what movie it is without the quote.
"Lets just say we are doing it for a pal in the army."

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Clinic and Crawdads

Today was Daxtons clinic visit. We haven't been to clinic for a whole month. I was a little nervous, that is the longest we have been between visits. Everything went well. His echo looked great. And all of his labs were good. So there was no reason to be nervous. I did however have a total embarrassing melt down with our Doctor and our Nurse. I am just super stressed, really worried about Daxtons development, buying a new house, the girls are driving me crazy(always fighting), my pink eye is driving me crazy, etc. It all just seemed to explode right at that moment. They were so nice and listened and gave me words of encouragement. I told them they could charge me for therapy time also. It always does feel good to cry. This picture is Daxton at clinic playing with his favorite toy. He did gain 1 pound. Seriously that was all one pound in one month. I think I had my expectations a little too high. But hey at least he is gaining. Here are some updated pictures of my little man.

When Daxton was in the hopsital we got a Life Flight t-shirt from one of our Life Flight friends This is him showing it off.

This boy loves books!

Sleeping with his alligator. One of my favorite things is watching my sleeping babys....so peaceful!

Tuesday night we went up to Strawberry resevoir with some friends to catch some crawdads. It was the coolest thing ever. You throw in a piece of chicken leg on a fishing string, wait for a few seconds, pull the string up and there are 3-4 crawdads biting the chicken leg. The boys caught about 20-30 of them then we took them over and boiled them-poor little things-and ate them. They honestly were not too bad, it is just like eating a mini lobster. It is the most bizarre thing I have ever seen. We had a lot of fun. It was so beautiful there. I love the mountains! It was a perfect evening. Thanks Topher and Ryan.

Daxton and Hazel waiting for Dinner....

Mady and Macy putting rocks in Ryans exhaust pipe, they are such good helpers. Don't they look so innocent?

Nutrious and Delicious, tastes just like chicken(not really)

Our Feast, it looks like a cornucopia.

Ryan and his girls sitting around the campfire roasting marshmellows and starbursts. YUMMY!

So comfy.....

I just wanted to show you all how attractive I have been looking. I know, I know try not to be jealous. I don't know who would ever say that they liked having pink eye? Seriously.

Who let the dogs out?

P.S. The movie quote answer was Lord of the Rings-Fellowship of the Ring. Good guessing

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Pink eye, yucky

I have had a terrible case of pink eye. I have been trying so hard not to give it to the kids. I finally broke down today and called in for a prescription. I am one to just let it run its course but I have had it. I was looking up home remedies for it. One was to put lemon juice in your eye, ouch! Another was to put breast milk in the eye, no thank you. I did try to put contact solution in the eye and that did not work. So I will now use the eyedrops.
So while I have been under the weather I have been on a movie kick. So the quote this week is from these movies(hint). The quote I wanted to give Ryan said was way to easy so here it is. "Many that live deserve death. Some that die deserve life. Do not be too eager to deal out death and judgement. Even the wise cannot see all ends"
Good luck

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Saturday night and the moon is out.......

My blog was defiantly in need of a face lift. So instead of preparing my Sunday School lesson for church tomorrow I will update my blog.
My sis-in-law is doing better. She is out of the ICU and now on the floor. She should be coming home sometime next week. It has been pretty nasty stuff. My little Mady was super sick for several days but is finally feeling better. So far no one else has gotten what she had. I did however wake us this morning with a little bit of pink eye-unclean-hopefully that doesn't transfer to my babies.
I officially started packing today. I started in the Attic where all of our storage is. It is so stinking hot up there I thought I was going to die, but I got that part out of the way. Our home inspection was last Thursday and everything went well. The house needs a new water heater and dish washer and the seller is taking care of that, so that's good news. We are so excited. We are going to be so house poor. I don't think we will be going on another cruise anytime soon. That is ok!
We have Daxton's cardiology appointment this Thursday. It has been a month and I am going crazy. The Transplant team is my comfort blanket. Daxton is doing great so I am not too concerned heart wise it is just nice to know everything is still ticking away the way it is supposed too. Daxton finally popped out his top tooth. He was very miserable for about a week. I was getting a little worried but after that white little mama showed herself life was good again.
Now I'm off to give Daxton's one am meds alittle early, shhh don't tell anyone.

p.s. Movie quote for monday was Dumb and Dumber. Seriously one of the best movies ever. That might be a stretch but it is pretty dang hilarious. "Samsonite....I was way off."

Monday, July 20, 2009

Swine Flu and Monday Movie Madness

My sister-in-law is in the ICU at intermoutain medical center with the swine flu. She is in pretty bad shape. They can't get her oxygen sats up so they might have to put her on a ventilator. Her husband has it also. We were over there on Saturday and now Mady is not feeling good. I took her to the doctor and he put all of us on tamiflu just as a precaution. Please send some prayers her way. It is pretty scary stuff.

Movie quote "We're really doing it Harry!"
(this should be an easy one)

First time home owner!


Well we are really doing it. Ryan and I are buying a new home. We are super excited! The home is in Bountiful so we will be still be close to family. There is still a lot to get done but we are hopeful everything will go smoothly. I was curious if anyone out there in the blogging world knows anything about first time home owner grants. I have been searching on the internet, its a little overwhelming. So if anyone has any information, advice I would love it.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

No guesses?

Well I guess you don't love this game as much as I do. The answer is First Wives Club with Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler, and someone else I can't remember. Love that movie! Me and my two best girlfriends in High School used to watch that movie all the time. Total chick movie.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Movie Madness Monday

One of my favorite things to do is guess movie quotes! I love love love it. So I am going to start this new tradition. Guess this quote and be a winner. A winner of what you say? I don't know, just a winner. I am going to start out with a quote from one of my favorite movies.
"Bill, Lamborghini!!" "Ooh he's mad!"
I will tell you the answer later. Have fun guessing....

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Need a good laugh?

Watch this!!
video

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Lets pull together

Hello Everyone there is the sweetest little man that needs some prayers and lots of faith. He is Bridger and is currently in picu. His parents are working on getting him listed for a heart and lung transplant in California. I have a solid testimony that faith and prayers are both very powerful tools and they absolutely work. Please send lots of prayers their way. This little man just melts my heart. You can also head over to his blog and offer his mom and dad some encouraging words. http://www.bridger-smith.blogspot.com/

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Hairdresser like mommy?


This is what I walked into the other day........

Sweet Princess we might need to take a few classes before you cut anyone else hair.

She at least left the top layer so that we could camouflage it.

Next time mommy will hide her scissors

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Its a race...

Last Saturday was the Intermountain Healing Hearts picnic. When the picnic was held last year Daxton was in the NICU we were obviously scared to death about what the future would hold. It was nice to meet people who had been through this same nightmare. This year was a totally differant story. We had so much fun. All of us enjoyed the wonderful company, the slushes, the magic show and the heart shaped dessert contest. Last year on this day Daxton had his first heart attack. Reliving that night has brought back all of those unwanted feelings. I am grateful that we are on this side of things.My cake I made for the contest. We won four passes to the Bees game!! Yahoo! The other cakes were amazing next year I am going to have to learn how to do fondant.
Daxton and Jack-little heart buddies

Ellie and Morgan(Morgans sister is Gracie)
Mady with Brinley and Gators big sister
Daddy and Daxton sporting his scrunchy smile.

Ryan had to meet me up at the hospital for the picnic after work so we had two cars. Last summer Ryan and I would always race home(very responsibly) from the hospital. I mostly won(of course). So Saturday night the girls wanted to ride with Ryan so It was me and Dax. We were winning for a little bit but it soon became apparent that I would not be the winner of this race....unless.....I pulled out a few tricks. Suddenly my car wouldn't work anymore so I turned on my hazard lights and pulled over the side of the road, called Ryan and told him to come help me. While he was turning around to help me in my "desperate" time of need. I continued on home honking as I passed him. I of course won. There are no rules to this game and I came out the winner, which is not all that matters(unless Ryan is involved). Thanks for being a good sport Ry.