Saturday, January 30, 2010

Some babies crawl....

But not our Kai Kai! Scooting may not be the most efficient form of travel, but she's pretty good at it. Notice how she has to switch the side she pushes her legs to so she can control where she's going. It reminds me of paddling a canoe. What a goofy girl!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Aurora "Rori" Grace is here!

My newest neice has finally made her debut in this world. Baby Rori finally decided to be born after several hours of grueling labor on January 25 at 8:39pm. She was 7lbs 12.5 oz. and 21 inches long. I was lucky enough to get to be there for her birth and although it was a beautiful experience, I don't know that I could do it again. Watching her be born was incredible! But watching my sister in agony and not be able to help her was hard. Jordan did awesome! She is so strong and such a trooper! Even her nurses were impressed with how quickly she had Rori. I am so lucky to have such beautiful children, neices and nephews!
Her are a few pics of the newest addition to our extended family:


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

When it rains....It POURS!!

On Monday Rob went to the orthopedists who informed us that Rob would need surgery on his ankle. We were surprised since we thought he was just going to get a walking cast and be done. But Rob is nothing if not thorough and he managed to really screw up his ankle. Lucky him! These are the most recent pictures of his ankle:

Rob's ankle surgery to put a metal plate in is scheduled for tomorrow. It's a good thing too cause he's really tired of it all. The down side is that after the surgery he will still have a splint and probably won't be able to walk on his left foot for about 6 weeks. The one thing Rob was looking forward to was getting a walking cast at some point so he could give up the crutches...but no luck. The surgeon said he may not get a walking cast at all. He also told us, to Rob's great dissapointment, that it may take a year or longer for Rob to be back to running like he's used to. He also said that about 6 months from the surgery Rob may be up to jogging. Poor guy! He was so looking forward to running a marathon this year, but it looks like that will have to wait until next year.

In addition to the broken ankle and surgery, yesterday Joe, Cori, Kialyn and I were in a car accident. Not just a minor fender bender, but a real, metal screeching, kids screaming, up on the curb and knock over a traffic sign, accident. Not fun in case you were wondering and not something I would recommend to anyone! I wish I could say that some idiot did something stupid and how mad I am but...I AM THE IDIOT. I was driving in Lawrence on a road that I have never been on in my life and apparently there was a four way stop, only I failed to see the sign and therefor failed to stop. So imagine, I'm in this big full size van going about 40mph and a 4 door sedan coming from the opposite direction turns left in front of me and I smash into their passenger side. As you can imagine, the little car did not fair well in this match up. My kids were screaming and crying and yelling, "Mommy!! Why did you crash?!" ( seemed like fun at the time??? I mean, how do you answer that?) After checking on my kiddos, I get out of the van to go check on the other driver and it's at that point that I look behind me and see......A stop sign. (When'd they put that there?) Yes, I ran a stop sign at a four way stop. Stupid me!!!! My only defense, if you can call it that, is that I really didn't see it. Lucky for me, everyone, including the other driver, was ok. That had to be one of the most terrifying experiences I've ever had and probably even more so for the other driver. I felt (and still feel) absolutely horrible for what happened. I could've seriously hurt, if not killed, someone. The other driver and his wife (who was not in the car, but came later) were so kind to me even after what happened. They asked if we were ok and whenever I told them how sorry I was they just brushed it aside. Who does that? They even gave the kids and I a ride to the McDonalds up the street so we didn't have to wait out in the cold for Rob to come get us. I wish I could undo the accident, but I can't. I just hope and pray that the other driver is really ok and that they will forgive me for hitting their car, complicating their lives and ruining their day.

Rob has been such a trooper through all this. He didn't get mad about the accident and wants me to stop beating myself up for it. He hardly ever complains about the pain and discomfort he feels and tries to do what he can to help out. He is an amazing husband who does a wonderful job of taking care of me and our family. He could've yelled at me for being stupid and missing the stop sign, or gotten mad at all the money that accident will cost us, but he just tells me not to worry about it, accidents happen. He could be demanding and grouchy because he hurts, but he is so patient. I am surely blessed to have him as my eternal companion. To be by my side not only in this life through all the trials thrown our way, but in the next life too when there is only joy! And hopefully no stop signs and broken ankles! ;-)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Why running is BAD for you...

Because things like that can happen. That's a picture of Rob's disgustingly swollen ankle after he slipped on some ice while going for a slow run this morning. The genius then WALKED a mile home on it instead of callimg me to come get him. In his defense it was 5:30am and he didn't want to wake me up and make me get all the kiddos up to go get him....still... :-P Anyway, several hours later the doctor pronounced it broken. He has a non-displaced fracture meaning that the bone is broken but still lined up. That is good and hopefully it stays that way until Monday when he goes to the Orthopedist to get his permanent cast. Right now he has on a temporary splint that he can't put any weight on since it will crack so he also has to use crutches for now. Poor guy is going crazy having to lay around all day and do nothing...I on the other hand would have LOVED it. Some guys have all the luck! ;-)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Where does the time go?

So here it is, one week into the new year and I still haven't written anything about our wonderful Christmas. Never seems to be enough time in the day to do all the things I should. Christmas was wonderful for our family. On Christmas Eve we continued our family tradition of the kiddos opening one present which is always a new pair of Pajamas. They all loved them and Sterling wears his ALL the time. We've even found him wearing them under his clothes! The kiddos also watched "Prep and Landing" on TV. After that we set out 2 ginormous cookies for Santa and his elf helper. (Even elves need sustenanace on their looooong journey!) And then we went outside to feed the reindeer oats with glitter in it. This magic reindeer food will ensure they have enough strength to get through the night. AFter that it was bedtime so Santa could make his appearance. Despite no naps for the little kids excitement ran high and kept the kiddos up well past the appointed bedtime. This resulted in many threats of mommy calling Santa and telling him not to come. Finally sometime after 9:30pm all was quiet. Rob and I stayed up late getting everything ready for Santa (ie, wrapping presents that should have been wrapped weeks ago!!) Christmas morning began early with Kailyn waking around 5:30am and being soon followed by the other kiddos. Cori was the only one that we had to wake up but he did that quickly enough when reminded that it was Christmas and presents were awaiting us downstairs. We had some very happy kids this year. As Sterling gets older his gifts get a little more sophisticated and he was so excited to get a Leap Frog Crammer from Santa and a Game Boy Advance SP from mom and dad. Emmy's favorite presents were probably the CD player from Santa and her iDog Dance from mom and dad. Joe and Cori got a bunch of micro machines as well as a train table from Uncle John and Aunt Clara and their family. Kailyn got a few toys and liked them all.....except for the one from Santa. Santa had picked out the Fisher Price 1-2-3 Tether Ball. Note the very happy baby playing with said toy:

Now, watch our Kai Kai's reaction to same toy:

She does not look like that baby in the picture!! Whenever we would set it in front of her she would cry and push it away! Oh well, better luck next year Santa! After our family Christmas at home we headed to Manhattan to have Christmas with our families. Morning with Rob's family and afternoon with mine. The kids loved hanging out with their cousins and playing outside in the tons of snow that had fallen the night before. Kai Kai got her favorite present from my mom. It was a glow worm! I was really suprised that she liked it as much as she did as she never has shown interest in babies before, but who knew! At least she wasn't scared of it. It was a fun family Christmas. We were so blessed this year to also get to spend it with Allen and his wonderful wife Megan. They live in Utah so we don't see them often. We loved having them here for a week and celebrating Christmas and New Years with them. We were also able to attend Ethan's baby blessing the Sunday after Christmas which was nice.
For New Years we stayed at my mom's house and had deep fried turkey and other yummy snacks (mmmm, guacamole!). The boys all stood out in snow around the oil fryer watching the turkey cook and making sure none of the kids got into things they shouldn't. We stayed up til midnight with all the kiddos and watched Up, which finished just a few minutes before midnight. Then we all had paper cups of sparkling grape juice and crashed on my mom's floor in her living room.
It was a wonderful holiday season for us and we loved all the time we got to spend with our families. We are so grateful to the Lord for the many blessings of last year and look forward to the new experiences of the coming year including the arrival of our little baby.
Alright, enough reminiscing....back to real life now, gotta cook dinner!

Robert Allen