Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Every year for Easter, we go to to my parents' home in Tremonton. My mom has an awesome tradition of Easter egg hunts for children AND adults! It is so much fun! While Josh and I were gone for 2 nights, she spent time with the boys coloring Easter eggs, and decorating egg-shaped cakes. They were so proud of their work and couldn't wait to show us when we came back on Saturday!Usually the big Easter egg hunts are on Sunday, but this year we did them on Saturday evening because of everyone's schedules. My mom uses around 200 plastic eggs for the adult hunt. She numbers them and my dad hides them all in the yard, along with 4 elusive gold and silver eggs. Everyone gets to pick up a certain number of eggs, like 12 or 15, depending on the number of participants. The gold and silver eggs are worth more money ($10 and $5), and the numbered eggs have a pre-determined money amounts (from .25 to 2.00) that is revealed and tallied after the hunt is over. My mom keeps track every year who the gold and silver winners were, who got the most money received, and who got the least.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
[JOSH] 1. Always get the last two words in: "yes, dear".
[KALA] 2. Arguments are better resolved by waiting to calm down before discussing the issue.
[JOSH] 3. You get a lot less sleep when you're married than when you're single.
[KALA] 4. With two people, a King bed is way more comfortable than a Double bed to sleep in.
[JOSH] 5. No matter how much time you spend together in the day, your wife only wants to talk to you about important matters at midnight.
[KALA] 6. No matter how many years you've been married, you still have to remind your husband when to take out the garbage, or that baths are Saturday night, or that the kids have to eat dinner preferably around 6:00.
[JOSH] 7. People aren't perfect and neither is marriage.
[KALA] 8. You can't change your partner, but you can change your attitude toward your partner.
[JOSH] 9. It is the GREATEST and the WORST thing in the world!!!
[KALA] 10. Nobody makes me feel more loved, or more irritated either!!!
[JOSH & KALA] 11. Communication is a necessity, and is the most important part of marriage!
We both agreed on the last subject. We've gone through some pretty rough and challenging times in our marriage, and we've survived because of the communication issue. We've had some really fun times too, and look forward to more of them! We truly love each other more today than the day we got married! Happy Anniversary dear! I don't know what I'd do without you! (and I like to think you'd be lost without me too! ;)
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
When he was 9 months old, he got Rotavirus and was very sick for 3 weeks. He had severe diarrhea and vomiting the whole time. He began banging his head in response to his uncomfortable pain. He has never stopped banging his head. I took him for a check-up back then, and his Dr. said that it was a possible sign of autism, but that Kanyon wouldn't get diagnosed until he was a bit older.
When he was a year old, he had multiple ear infections, and was given back-to-back antibiotics. He was then hospitalized for two nights in Idaho Falls with c. dif., his body's reaction to the antibiotics that were causing him severe stomache problems in addition to dehydrating him. It was then that he really stopped sleeping through the night. He has only slept through the entire night in the last year a handful of times; usually he wakes up multiple times each night and almost always bangs his head when he awakes.
As he got older, we started noticing more and more things with him that just didn't seem "right". Because we've raised three other boys, we knew certain things just weren't "normal". He has a developmental therapist that works and plays with him every week. She has mentioned many times the amazing motor skills and focus that he has, but that he has some behavioral problems that she doesn't understand.
He has some major speech delays. We thought it might be due to all his ear infections, so in November he had tubes put in his ears. That never helped his speech. All 3 of our other boys had tubes put in, and we always noticed a difference after that. He has a speech therapist that sees him weekly to help him. Up until a few weeks ago, he still only said few words, and only says 2 or 3 word sentences rarely.
He likes and needs routines. If I took him to a new place, he freaked out and started screaming and banging his head. He needs order and hates chaos. Therefore, if he's in a public place with lots of people, he becomes overstimulated very easily and starts screaming and banging his head and wants to leave. He has an Occupational Therapist that works with him weekly to help him with his sensory problems. He's very picky about textures, and for this reason, he is also very specific about what food he eats. He still drinks a lot of milk in sippies because he isn't eating as much food as he needs daily.
He bangs his head so much that he's cut his mouth, cut his forehead, cut open his nose. He almost always has bruises on his forehead, ears, and sometimes his cheeks. Sometimes at night he screams and bangs for an hour straight, with nothing you can do to help him and stop it.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
After analazying my blogging, I discovered four reasons for doing it. The first two are the reasons "why" I started blogging:
1. to keep in touch with Family and Friends. I live several hours away from my family, and it's an excellent way to stay up-to-date on their lives and feel close to them, and vice-versa. And because I'm a stay-home mom that doesn't have a big social life anymore, it's awesome to keep in contact (in an easy, sort-of way) with distant friends as well. It's just so simple and can be done from my home and I love it!
2. to Focus on the Positive aspects of my life. When I started this blog last spring, I was going through a bit of a difficult time. I had some depression, and was focusing on so many negative parts of my life. Before I started to blog, I decided to only put positive things on it to help keep my focus where it needed to be. It has really helped!
Throughout the last year, I've had different styles of blog posts, and I've realized two reasons "why" I write what I do, and "why" I keep blogging:
1. to Record events, daily family happenings, and my thoughts. It's like a FUN online journal for me. I used to be a regular journal writer, but after I got married and had children, it became very sporadic. I wish that it wasn't that way, because it's such an important part of my life and I have so little written about it. For this reason alone, I'm so grateful that I blog!
2. so that I can Remember life as it was, as it happened. I never want to forget all the little details of life as it passes me by. And yet, I unfortunately seem to do just that. I've looked back on several of my blogs much later after they were written to help me remember details that happened or my thoughts about them. I love to relive my memories and happy moments of my life, and blogging allows me to do just that!
I had a contest on my previous post to see who could guess the most reasons "why". I put the beginning letters of my four reasons to help everyone guess, but I think it actually hindered the guesses! Thanks to all FIVE of you for participating! The results are: 4 out of 5 guessed two of the right reasons. Since there's such a huge tie, I'm giving the prize to Ammon (he's the youngest player, and a regular reader of my blog!). But I will be having another contest next week, a random one, so that anyone can win!!! I do hope you'll play along again!
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
And now that spring has sprung, the two-year-old thinks he is just as big and strong and capable as his older brothers by swinging on it too (except for the fact that he isn't, so adult supervision is required)!!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
We live in a 2-bedroom single-wide trailer. It was initially a 3-bedroom house, but the previous owners took a wall out in between two bedrooms so a king bed would fit. That was our master bedroom. Living in a small house with 6 people can be difficult, and our master bedroom became the catch-all room as well. There was not an inch of wall space that was not used. Needless to say, Josh and I didn't spend a lot of time in there because it felt enclosed, cramped, and almost chlosterphobic. (These photos were taken on a typical uncleaned day)
In 2004, we added on to our home: a bonus room right off the living room. As the twins grew and another baby arrived, it became the boys' play room. It also served as a partial bedroom from time to time.
(the living room before)
Over Christmas break this year, we moved the bunkbeds from the playroom into the 2nd bedroom because Kanyon had started sleeping through the night. However, as soon as all 4 boys were sleeping in one bedroom, Kanyon's regular sleeping habits returned (up every couple of hours every night).
We knew we had to make some changes because we were all having sleep deprivation problems. Although we could've just moved the bunkbeds back to the playroom, it wasn't the ideal solution because the environment isn't quiet being right next to the living room and Josh and I being night owls. We stewed over what to do for weeks. I finally came up with a doable solution: Josh and I would take over the current playroom as our master bedroom. The three older boys would take over our current master bedroom as their bedroom. And Kanyon would have his own room again.
The first step was cleaning out the playroom, scrubbing the walls, and hanging closet rods (because there's no closet in there) so we could move Josh and my belongings in: the dressers, king bed, clothes, and all the other crap.
Once our master bedroom was vacated, the boys helped me paint the walls for their future room. I let them each pick one color: Ammon chose green, Jonah wanted blue, and Micah picked orange. We primed the wall, and they each helped me paint their color on a designated wall (the closet in their room is one entire wall, so there was no 4th wall to paint). All their toys, and their clothes, and their books were brought in. They also get two TV's now: one hooked up to the satellite dish and the VCR, and one hooked up to the two nintendos. They got new bunkbeds too, a single on top and double on bottom, and were so excited to sleep in their new beds in their new room! This room is the biggest in the house, and we wanted it to serve as their bedroom AND their play room, to help cut down on the clutter and the noise in our living room.
Kanyon was moved from a toddler bed to a twin bed during this process, and we rearranged his room. We moved all his toys into his room, and moved his furniture around. He loves his new room. He requires a lot of personal space, and so this new home layout works so well for him.
The final step was rearranging the living room furniture. The new master bedroom is about 1 foot shorter in length, and 2 feet less in width than our old room. So the computer desk and a TV in our room wouldn't fit. We moved the living room TV to a wall that can be seen from our bedroom, and moved around the couches so that a smaller computer desk would fit in that room as well. It's crammed now with 2 couches, a piano, a bookshelf, the TV entertainment center, and the computer desk, but surprisingly it feels more open and larger than its previous layout.
(The view of the living room from our bed)
(the living room now)
During this 7-day project, we got rid of two dumpsters of garbage, took a big load to the dump, and have a shed filled with yard-sale items. That in itself is a great feeling! I love our new home layout!! Kanyon is doing better with his own space and the boys feel like they have their own special place and are enjoying it. Although it was a sacrifice for Josh and I to move into the smaller room, it is opened up to the more peaceful living room, and we spend more time in there now. Our home is more peaceful and calm and HAPPIER!!! Hopefully this fix will work until we buy our new home in about 2 more years!