Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween !

The Halloween Crew

Sterling, Emmy, Cori, Josiah, Kailyn (on the ground)

Ninja Sterling

Fairy Princess Emmy

Bumble Bee (the Transformer) Joe

Army Man Cori (in honor of Uncle Blake)

Our Pumpkin, Kailyn

It's the time of year for ghouls and goblins to roam the streets looking for unsuspecting prey....errr, I mean candy. We got all our little goblins dressed up to go to the church for the annual Trunk-or-Treat. The kids had fun seeing their friends in costumes and wandering the parking lot to get candy from all the cars. I mean, how often do you tell your kids that it's ok to go to someones trunk and take candy from them! ;-) After that was over (it lasted about an hour) I took a group of kids out Trick-or-Treating in the neighborhood. There was Sterling, Emmy, Josiah, Reagan, Riley, Connor, Suzanne, Kevin, Walker and Hannah. One of my friends and mom to 5 of the group walked with us and we were later joined by the mom of the other two. Fun was had by all, running house to house and getting more candy than they'll ever eat on their own. Mostly cause Rob and I will make sure to get our share!! ;-)We have about 3 buckets full of candy now so I had better get in the kitchen and start eating! Hope you all had a very fun and happy Halloween!

The Pumpkin Crew

Emmy and Joe's (Goofy lookin'); Sterling's (Vampire scary); Cori's (shocked! It's top came off! His pumpkin was cracked almost completely in half which called for some creative carving!!)

Parent Teacher Conferences!!!

Parent Teacher Conferences were this past week for our 3 kiddos who are in school. I always love PTC and having people tell me how wonderful my children are, but then I wonder... "Where do they go when they get home??" ;-)

Cori's was on Wednesday night. He is in preschool at Parkdale where he is a peer model for children with disabilities. His teacher, Ms. Carol, was Emmy and Joe's teacher so we know her quite well and just adore her! She also adores our kids. She had nothing but good things to say about Cori. Apparently he likes to hug a couple of the kids. And they seem to like it or at least tolerate it just fine. The two kids he hugs are both non verbal and just kind of stand there when he hugs them. The boy seems to like it the most, while the little girl simply puts up with it. Other than that he is learning his colors and shapes just like he should!

Emmy's teacher, Mrs. Hayes, was full of praise for her too. As we've always known, Emmy is very smart and excels in school. Many of her scores show her ahead of where she needs to be by the END of first grade! She is one of the top readers in her class and I think she reads somewhere around a 2nd or 3rd grade level. She is also ahead in Math and her teacher is also impressed with Emmy's artistic ability.

Sterling, is right where he needs to be. He is testing right on for where they are in the school year for math and he's in one of the higher reading groups. His teacher really likes him and he gets along well with everyone in his class (soooo hard to be popular!!)

We are so proud of each of our kiddos! They each have unique abilities and talents and we are happy to see them putting them to use! Way to go kiddos!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A girl and her other Oreo

So I realized that I never updated anyone on the newest addition to our family. Everyone meet Oreo.

Oreo is the monstrosity we call our cat. He weighs in at over 21.5 lbs! But we love him. This is our girl with her Oreo. Kai just loves him!

He is so good with the kids who can sit on him and he doesn't seem to care. Ike think he's his personal pillow. We love our Oreo!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Just a quick update...

We are excited to announce the the arrival of Bidwell #7 in June/July of 2010!!!
Just kidding! But I wonder how many of you believed me! ;-) Actually, I am NOT pregnant. Rob keeps insisting we are done, I am not so sure. Regardless, Kailyn has reached two new milestones in her developement. Yesterday, her first tooth started to come in. You can just barely feel it coming throught the gums! Way to go big girl! And the second is that today for the very first time, we (as in I) allowed her to feed herself. She was given a bowl of the delicacy commonly called mashed potatoes and gravy. She held her spoon in her left hand and used her right hand to very daintily pick up the mashed potatoes and eat them. Photos and a video of this historic event will follow at a later time. That's all for now!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Life and Death

In my sister in law's arms lies a beautiful baby boy. He is handsome and has a full head of hair. His bright eyes gaze around him, taking in all the new sights that surround him. His sweet cry can be heard throughout the day reminding us all of the newness of his life and the urgency of his needs.

In my friend's arms lies a beautiful little girl. She is angelic in her white dress with her full head of hair. Her eyes are closed and no longer see the beauties of this world, but gaze upon those of the next one. She no longer cries, and will be silent from now until forever starts. She has no needs that can be met by the mother that adores her.

My sister in law's arms are empty with her sweet son lying next to her in his white bassinet. His soft breathing marking the time until he wakes. He is warm, snuggled in his blankets as she waits for him to wake so she can hold him and gaze upon his sweet face. She looks forward to watching him grow and change to become first a boy, then a man. His future is unknown and full of hope. She has so many plans for this precious boy.

My friend's arms are empty with her precious daughter in her white casket. No breath stirs the air or causes her chest to rise and fall. Silence and stillness mark the time until she is called by the Lord to wake. She is cold and no blanket can warm her soft skin as her mom aches to hold her and gaze upon her lovely face. Her mom will not watch her grow or change. She is forever memorialized in pictures, unchanging. Never to become a girl or a woman, in this life. Her future is on hold until forever begins. Her mom's hopes and plans are gone.

Each have a baby, but one has the joy of having him here. The other the sorrow of waiting to have her later. Both love their precious babies but one can show that love by caring for the son she adores. The other must wait until forever begins to have the joy of caring for the daughter she gave life to.

Life and death. I have observed both this week. The thrilling joy of one the devastating grief of the other. I have held the squirming, warm baby boy and the still, cold baby girl. So much the same and so very different. Each life began with such hopes and plans for the future, but who could've known that one baby's future would be here so soon.

I ache for my friend. I know the emptiness that losing a baby leaves. The hole that is left in your soul and the anguish of missing all the things that you once looked forward to. And of wishing for the small things you once had and took for granted. The gospel heals and gives hope, but still your arms are empty and nothing in the world changes that...for now anyway. Forever is so far away that the hope of then is, at times, little consolation. You get through, you hold tight. You take it one breath at a time, then an hour, a day, until finally, the time comes and you have your precious angel in your arms forever. And then, it is only life and death is conquered.

Until then, my friend's precious Faith and my sweet Robert Allen are waiting to fill their mommy's arms. They will watch over us, their families, until we can watch over them.

Welcome to the world sweet Ethan! Farewell precious Faith, until we all meet again!

Life and Death.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

A girl and her Oreo...What a beautiful thing!

Or something like that. Perhaps beautiful is the wrong adjective to describe our Kai Kai and her Oreo. Regardless of how it looks, she did LOVE it. Well, gotta go. Rob says I have to clean her up since I gave her the cookie.

Robert Allen