Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
We had a really nice Christmas and spent a lot of time with each of our families. Phillip's family celebrates together on Christmas Eve, while my family celebrates together on Christmas Day. I always feel so grateful that we get along so well with each other's families and that we don't have to worry about contention and disharmony on the holidays. My grandma made Alexa and Grace each a scrapbook and Grace was sooo excited looking at the pictures. She kept yelling, "finallee! It's my birthday!" or, "finallee! I'm in my dress-up!" It was hilarious listening to her yell as loud as she could in her cute, raspy little voice. We absolutely loved all the snow we received during the week of Christmas. My parents were very generous and gave us their old snowblower this year so Phillip kept peeking out the window every few minutes waiting for the snow to be deep enough to clear off. It was so funny seeing all the men in the neighborhood out with their snowblowers at the same time.Adelle has become quite the little diva and is so much fun! She just turned nine months old and I would love to just freeze her at this age for awhile. She has mastered crawling up and down the stairs and is a difficult little girl to contain. I recently re-organized the girls' playroom so that she can play in there now and she just loves being one of the girls. Her absolute favorite thing (next to me!) is taking a bath. She is turning into a little chatterbox and says "bath", "hi", and "dad". When she's not practicing her words she is singing or yelling. Super-cute! I love these pictures of her because they capture a bit of her vibrant personality:
Alexandra has been sick with the stomach flu all week and it has put such a damper on her Christmas vacation. Poor baby has been throwing up constantly and was getting dehydrated so I took her to the e.r. this afternoon. They gave her some anti-nausea meds to help keep her liquids down and she seems to be doing much better this evening. We're all praying so hard that no one else in the family gets it.
School has been going really well for me and has kept me very busy. I am liking massage a lot, but am not enjoying being away from my family so much. I am almost one-fourth of the way through (yea!) and I hope the time goes by quickly. I look forward to graduating and being home with my girls more, but am doing my best to excel in my classes. Suprisingly, the class I was most afraid to take, anatomy and physiology, has turned out to be my favorite!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
The girls had so much fun meeting the characters and getting their little t-shirts autographed. The princesses and fairies were so sweet to them and paid extra-special attention to Grace.
Our third night there we ate dinner with the princesses at Ariel's Grotto and the girls were in heaven! (So were Phillip and my dad!) Alexa was so excited to meet Aurora and told her that they had the same kind of hair. It was very cute watching them compare their golden locks.
As for myself, I got to meet Captain Jack Sparrow and was pretty excited about that. But dangit, why did I have to close my eyes for the stinkin' picture! (this one's for you, Gina!)I love this picture of Adelle and Alexandra's Tinkerbell doll:
I feel like our vacation was just so much fun that I can't even write about it all! We just had so much fun being together as a family and watching our girls experience the magic of Disneyland for the first time. Alexa could not have been happier with all the new experiences, and Phillip and I were so impressed by how well the employees at the park took care of Grace's special needs. I was so excited to be home after such a long and tiring vacation, but I was so sad to leave Disneyland. I can't wait to go back again!
I found this picture from when Phillip and I went in 2002 when I was pregnant with Alexa:
And here we are now!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Since we were busy preparing to leave for our vacation the next day we didn't have time to carve pumpkins as we had planned. Thankfully Alexa improvised and didn't know that you don't traditionally carve a pumpkin without gutting it first. She was content to just carve a face in it and stick glow-sticks inside to make it glow. It kind of broke my heart at first, but I was so relieved that she didn't know the difference and was still happy. I love how she included cheeks and eyelashes on her pumpkin. She is definitely a girl!
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Grace had her first dance class this week and I was just so excited! Alexa has been taking dance for a couple years and she has had such a good time that I wanted Grace to be able to dance, too. I asked Alexa's teacher if she knew of anyone who taught children with disabilities and she offered to teach Grace. Yea! Grace had her first class on Tuesday and was just so cute! I made the girls new tutus and Grace was so excited to get all dressed up just like her big sister. During class she mostly just watched the other girls, but every once in awhile I'd see her move her little feet and she grinned through most of the class. She really enjoyed herself and is excited to go back next week. Their teacher said she was really happy to have Grace in her class and is going to choreograph some of the routines around Grace's abilities.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Translation: "I hope you feel better Mommy. From, Alexandra Olson" along with a few #9's. I thought it was so cute that it actually brought tears to my eyes! (That, combined with the fact that I am just so tired!!)
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
· The color pink
· The movie, “Barbie in Rapunzel”
· Charlie and Lola cartoons
· The Disney Trivia game
· Playing Frisbee
· Playing with my sister, Gracie
· The songs, “I’m Trying to be Like Jesus” and “I love to see The Temple
· Jell-o with fruit and whipped cream
· Pupcakes (cupcakes)
· My vacations to Wyoming and to the beachGoing to church and having BBQ’s
Monday, September 22, 2008
We painted 19 cupboard doors, 14 drawer faces, a lazy susan, a bread box, and the cabinets, then installed completely new hardware. A big job, but definitely worth the work.
Now for the "bad". Last night we tried feeding Adelle her fist taste of rice cereal and she thought it was very, very bad! She would even slapt the spoon out of my hand when I tried feeding her! She's a funny baby because she knows exactly what she wants and there is no compromising. (Isn't she too young to have an opinion!?) She absolutely will not take a bottle, and she only likes mommy to feed her. You can imagine what this means when we try leaving her with people. Anyway, I tried mixing her cereal with formula and then with water, but she didn't like either one. It was so funny watching the faces she'd make!She was a happy girl after we stopped feeding her, and decided that her tray tasted better!Now, for the "ugly". We spent all of Saturday afternoon in the emergency room with Alexandra while she had surgery on the middle finger of her left hand. Poor baby got her finger stuck in the hinge of the rear passenger door of Suzanne's Jeep and damaged it pretty bad. I was upstairs in my bedroom doing Grace's hair when Phillip and Alexa came running in; she was screaming and Phillip was helping her hold her bloody finger out to show me. We immediately wrapped it in a towel, put ice on it, and rushed to the hospital.
She ended up with a fracture on the tip of her finger and broke the nail bed, completely detaching the fingernail. After taking some x-rays a plastic surgeon repaired her finger. She was so afraid and upset that I asked them to give her Verced to help relax her, and I'm glad I did. The repair was so traumatic but she doesn't remember a thing about it. When I ask her what she remembers about the hospital she says she can remember them taking pictures of her finger, them giving her medicine (Lortab), me singing to her and rubbing her back, Daddy rubbing her face, and getting some medicine in her nose (Verced). I couldn't believe how well it worked! She was given two shots near base of her finger and she just screamed and screamed (I told her she could scream and cry as much as she wanted because those hurt!), then when they thought she was numb the doctor began removing her fingernail. At this point they realized her finger wasn't actually numb (ouch!) so they gave her another shot behind her top knuckle. In then end, he stiched her nailbed back together, then re-attached her fingernail to act as scaffolding to guide her new nail back in. We go back in a couple weeks for them to remove those stitches, along with another one she needed to repair a severe cut. The doctor hopes that she'll have a normal fingernail.
She was so wasted and exhausted when we brought her home, but a couple hours later she was up and playing with her cousins. I feel like she has had a miraculous recovery because she has needed very little pain medicine, even though they told us she would be in a lot of pain. It is so hard to see your child go through such an enormous amount of pain (the surgeon said this is a difficult procedure to perfom on adults, let alone children!). One of the most heart-breaking things for me was that she had to miss a princess birthday party she had been looking forward to all week. We had her little Cinderella dress all laid out with her glass slippers and jewelry, and I had just finished styling her hair in a pretty little up-do. She was so sad she missed the party, but our friends were sweet and brought the party to her when she was feeling better.
Here is a picture of her finger, all bandaged and pretty. (I know, I know, it's her middle finger but I just couldn't help myself!)
Here is a picture of Grace all dressed up after the princess party:One more bit of "good" news...I've decided to go back to school! Am I crazy!? I will be attending Eagle Gate College downtown to take a course in massage therapy and I am so excited!! I begin October 27 and my last day of work at 1-800 CONTACTS is October 10. It was a really hard decision for me, but after a lot of trial and error with schools and schedules I've made the decision that is absolutely the right thing to do. I always pictured massage therapy as just slapping lotion on somebody's back and rubbing it in, but I've found there is so much more to it than that. I am so excited to heal people and to make them feel good. I think I can do a lot of good for Grace and I'm looking forward to volunteer work. I found a posting for Primary Children's Hospital and they're asking for volunteers to come give parents of hospitalized children 15 minute massages. I cried when I read that and told Phillip, "I want to do this!" I can't wait to heal people's bodies and souls. Anyway, wish me luck!