Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Call me "Crazy"...

I've been thinking a lot about ways that my family can live a more "green" and earth-friendly lifestyle, so (hold you breath!) I've decided to resurrect my cloth diapers. (gasp!) When I was pregnant with Alexandra I did hours and hours of research and invested in a great set of cloth diapers. Phillip and I felt that cloth diapering was the best option for our family and I must say, I LOVED IT!! Paper diapers definitely have their advantages: convenience, less bulky, um...that's all I can think of, and I have obviously used them for a lot of years. But, as I've been thinking about the advantages of cloth diapers: fewer diapers being mummifed in our land fills, no chemicals on my sweet baby's bottom, no blow-outs, saves $$, much much better for our environment, etc., I decided that it was time to make the switch. Yes, it's more time-consuming, yes, they can be a bit of a hassle, and can we say "poop-soup" when I wash them? But HOORAY! I feel like I'm doing my part to help conserve this beautiful earth the lord blessed us with.

Now that being said, don't give me a hard time if you see my baby in a paper diaper one of these days. I can't be perfect all the time!!

If your interested in what motivated me to loose my mind and step back a few decades, check out these educational links:
www.mother-ease.com/cloth-diapers/health
www.mother-ease.com/cloth-diapers/environment

PS: I know there are a lot of you out there doing your part to be more "green" (where did that term come from anyway?). I would LOVE to hear any ideas you have that I might be able to incorporate into my family!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Grace's Therapy at Now I Can

I am so excited! This morning I received an e-mail with a video highlighting Grace's therapy at Now I Can. I will never, ever be able to put into words how grateful I am for the opportunity Grace has to be a part of Now I Can. She goes back for another three-week intensive session in June and I can't wait to see how much progress she makes then! In the meantime we'll keep working on her home exercises so she can maintain her strength. Click on the link below to check out how awesome my Gracie is!

Grace's Therapy at Now I Can

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Lead in my dishes?!

Yep, I just found out that my dinner dishes contain lead. No wonder they were burning hot when coming out of the microwave after 30 seconds! We had a RS activity a couple nights ago and a brother in our ward brought a device that tested for lead in our dishes. And mine showed up containing lead. So, I got to go to IKEA (where NONE of their dishes contain lead, even those made in China) and buy a whole new set of bowls and plates. By the way, my aunt's dinner dishes come from the same manufacturer and have lead in them too. Scary!

I can't help but believe that all the hormones and antibiotics and preservatives in our food, along with the chemicals in our soaps and shampoos and cleaning products are contributing to the many "diseases" we face as a society. What do you think? I'm finding myself trying to live a more green and holistic lifestyle, and steering clear of artificial junk. I know that a lot of people roll their eyes at that type of thinking, and that's ok, but it feels right for me and my family.

PS: These are BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS DISHES from WALMART. You'd think such a respected household name would be more trustworthy!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Halloween was so fun this year! Despite the rain and cold our girls had a great time trick-or-treating!
Gracie Fairy
A jail bird! Sweet little bumble bee Zoinks! It's Shaggy & Daphne!
Our chunky little pea pod

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Dreams Really Do Come True

Grace has started an intensive physical therapy program at a place in Provo called Now I Can and we are SO EXCITED about the progress she has made! The techniques were brought here from Poland and this facility is the only one like it in the United States. I absolutely love her therapists, especially Sergio (maybe it's because he told me today that I look like I'm in my early twenties. Ha!) and feel so encouraged by the progress she has made. Grace has been in phyiscal therapy programs for her entire life and we have never seen her do the things she has been able to do after only a few days here!

We leave for Provo every morning at 7:00 am and get home around 1:00 pm. She spends four hours a day, Monday through Friday, working so hard and I can see her getting stronger and stronger everyday. Her first couple of days she would scream and cry because the treatment "hurt" her. In reality, the PT's are teaching her body how to move properly and aligning her joints and muscles, and since her body had never felt those sensations her brain wasn't sure how to process them. Now she goes each day and is excited to be there, but those first few days were very difficult for all of us. It is very emotional for me to see Grace experience these new things, and to see the progress she is making. My sweet mom comes with us each day to support me and to help me with the girls. What an angel she is. Sergio is completely confident that in time Grace will walk COMPLETELY unassisted. No walker, no crutches. I feel like every dream I've ever had for Grace is slowly coming true, and I can hardly contain myself.

And thanks to another sweet angel in our lives, we haven't had to pay a penny of this treatment. Now I Can is a non-profit organization, but the sessions are still $100 per hour before insurance kicks in, which translates to $6000 for a three-week session like Grace is having. We feel so blessed to be a part of this foundation and for the help we received to allow Grace this opportunity.

Grace using her "cwuntches"


Grace's first steps!!!!!!!! I love this little girl so much. She really, truly is my hero.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

What is this?

Adelle picked this up off the floor of my parent's basement and asked Phillip, "what is this?" ACK!! (It's a s-p-i-d-e-r) Ew, it makes my hands sweat and my insides turn just thinking about it. I seriously can't even look at the picture!

Ok...

...so am I the worst mom ever for not blogging about our sweet little Sophie? Seriously, she's almost 3 months old! I guess I've just been too busy loving her and snuggling with her! :0) Sophie Charlotte was born on July 9th weighing 6 lbs. 15 oz and measuring 20 3/4 inches long. Isn't it amazing how you can love something so tiny so completely? I just love this little girl!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Prenatal Massage

I want to put out there that I am specializing in prenatal massage, and am completing an internship at Salt Lake Prenatal Massage. During my internship a one-hour massage is $45 (a steal!) Check out our website at http://www.slcprenatalmassage.com/

Sunday, June 6, 2010

"Go Gracie, Go!!"

Grace and Alexa ran a 5k race at Sugarhouse Park with Aunt Suzie on Saturday. Alexa made a last-minute decision to run it and I was so impressed by her endurance! Suzie pushed Grace in a jogging stroller (what a woman!) then several yards away we got her out of the stroller and let her run across the finish line in her walker. Alexa was so sweet and waited for her, and Grace was absolutely adorable running as fast as she could so she could "win the race". Both the girls got a little medal and Grace kept saying "I won the race! I'm the winner!" I think there were very few dry eyes watching her cross the line (especially mine). Suzie was so sweet and worked her hiney off to make this possible for my girls and I love her so much for that!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Dance recital

Alexandra and Grace had their spring dance recital on the 20th and both did such a great job. Alexa had a solo number, two class numbers, and danced in the grand finale. She is a beautiful dancer and it's so fun to see her talent emerging. Grace danced two numbers with her class and was absolutely adorable! Her teacher is so good about choreographing the dances around her abilities while allowing her to interact with the other girls.

At the end of the program each dancer receives a small trophy, then the teacher awards a great big trophy to the best dancer in each age group. Not just each class, but each age group...and Alexa won it! For the second time in three years, so she was pretty excited.






Happy Birthday Grace!

Grace is 5 years old! It's always so hard for me to see my little girls grow up, and for some reason it's more difficult for me when Grace has a birthday. She was so excited to have a birthday and turn 5, and she's very excited to start kindergarten this fall (I'm glad someone is). She is such a sweet, tender-hearted little girl and tries so hard to make everyone happy. We had a birthday bbq for her, and after cake and ice cream she fell off her bench and smacked the back of her head on the concrete. We all heard an awful "crunch" and thought she may have been hurt very badly, but thankfully she was ok. I took her in the house for some loving and she just cried, "did I do anything wrong? I'm sorry!" Really? I don't think this girl has deliberately done anything wrong in her entire little life.

Cameron and Lorianne Forever

My "little Louie-anne" married her dream man, Cameron Stelter, on May 14th. She was the most beautiful blushing bride and the day was absolutely perfect! (Except for an ill-fitting bridesmaid dress). Whenever one of my sisters gets married or moves away I feel like they're not only leaving my mom and dad, but they're leaving me too! (Since we live next door to my parents). It's hard for me to see them go, but at the same time I am so happy for them. Adelle absolutely would not look at the camera (typical Adelle)...
...so they put her in the middle and she still wouldn't lift her head!




My Handsome Grad

It finally happened! After more than two years Phillip finally graduated with his Master's Degree in School Counseling. He has worked so hard for this degree and passed a grueling national exam, and I am so proud of him! Now to secure a job for next school year....

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Update

Yes, I admit it. I am a blog slacker. But hey, in the words of Phillip's dad, "at least I update the honker!" :0) This last month has been an absolute whirlwind so I'll be brief and focus on the highlights:
March 26. ADELLE TURNED TWO!! It makes me so sad when my babies grow up! She is the cutest little thing and definitely plays the part of a two year old. Her vocabulary is expanding everyday and she speaks way too well for her twenty-four little months. She is a fiesty, fiery little thing and I just LOVE it! She takes such good care of her sisters and always makes sure to share her treats with them. I just love her so much and love everyday that I get to be her mommy.
March 31. Grace had a third eye muscle surgery and came through it very well. It always breaks a little piece of my heart when they wheel her away in her little wagon and I always say the most pleading prayers that Heavenly Father will watch over her. Hopefully this will be the last surgery for a very long time.
April 4. EASTER. I just love Easter. I don't know why, maybe it's because I have little girls, but I love dressing everyone up and having a party with my family. The girls all had so much fun searching for eggs and eating way too much candy. I think they eat more junk on this one day each year than I let them during the rest of the year combined! Yea, they went to bed with tummy aches. Adelle was so cute when the egg hunt started because she'd find an egg and say, "here See-see ('Gracie')" and put it in Grace's basket. Then she found out there was chocolate in those eggs and there was no more sharing! April 8. I finally gave in and got my little Adelle's ears pierced. She looks like such a big girl now! She was so brave during the whole thing and I was so proud of her! She shed a few well-deserved tears during the actual piercing, but feels so pretty and loves her new earrings.
April 21. Grace got a new set of wheels! It's time for her to have a mode of "transportation" other than her walker for long distances so we received a brand new wheelchair from Shriner's Hospital (and our insurance company, of course). We call it "Mermaid Green" and she absoolutely LOVES it! And the timing couldn't be better since she isn't able to wear braces and walk for awhile. (She is being fit for new braces because her current ones have given her some major lesions on her ankles)
We've also been working long, hard, and sometimes painful hours building an awesome swingset for the girls. I'll post more about that later when it's all done.