Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Here she is!

Here she is in her shirt and her stitches.


Here is a close-up of her stitched lip.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

"I Do All My Own Stunts"

The title of this post is also the slogan on a t-shirt I found for Katie. I didn't buy it, but am planning on going and picking it up this week for her. Why? Because I just spent the morning in the Emergency Room with her today because she was climbing (once again) and hit her mouth (once again) and needed to get 5 stitches in her little lip. Her cute little "Osmond Smile" is a little crooked now and her lip is swollen and bruised. I had the pleasure of holding her down while they stitched her up (by the time Tom arrived from Ft. Collins, they were just tying off the last stitch). No fun - for any of us.......... I will, however, post pics of her sweet little face. The doctor doesn't think it'll leave much scarring.

Brendan is doing well. I was supposed to go to PT conferences this morning with his teacher, but Katie fell while I was getting ready so I had to cancel. He seems to be doing well in school though. He had a great time on Halloween - he was Superman this year. We went "Trunk or Treating" with my MOPS group on 10/28. He was thrilled that he got so much candy without having to walk very far! Plus, on Halloween, all of our neighbors have special treats for the kids. Sometimes, living in our "retirement community" has it's benefits! One couple gave each of the kids a 1-lb. bag of M&M's!

Katie was a princess this year. She looked so cute. She didn't quite understand it all - but she loved the candy! Her favorite candy bar is now Kit Kat. She walks around the house asking for Kat Kats every day. She doesn't have a huge vocabulary - but she knows the important words (Kat Kat, Mom-Mom, Dada, juice, etc).

Well, hopefully I'll get pics uploaded so you can see them soon. I'll post photos from Halloween, Denver, stitches, etc. So, keep checking back!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Happy Fall!!!!

Well, our "little head cold" turned into a full-blown respiratory virus that lasted for a month. Katie had to make 3 trips to the doctor's office in Ft. Collins because she was so sick. To add to the joy, Katie is also cutting FOUR MORE TEETH! I cannot believe it. She looks like an Osmond, I swear. I've never seen a baby with so many teeth........ Hopefully she will be herself soon.

Brendan is feeling much improved this week. He is enjoying school and is doing quite well. He hasn't decided if he likes school lunch or not yet, but I think he is adjusting to being gone all day.

Marc decided to get a puppy. Now, keep in mind that he lives in an apartment, is gone all summer working in Alaska, and attends school during the day. What kind of dog did he get? A St. Bernard!!!!! I still can't figure that one out. Other than that, Marc is Marc. He got a great job at the university. He works in a lab doing fish research of some sort. He seems to enjoy it so far.

Sean is doing great in Ogden at Weber. He sounds happier than he has in a couple of years. I think he is getting back to his "old self" again after everything. He is selling Cutco knives for a job and really likes it. I was surprised by his choice of jobs, but he seems happy. So, if you want a knife demo, give him a call and he can hook you up! ;o)

Tom celebrated a birthday yesterday, sort of. He didn't get home for dinner and his party until 8:00 last night. The kids waited patiently (well, almost patiently). Work is good - just a lot going on at the moment. He played golf on Saturday, but the weather is changing quickly and it doesn't look like he'll get much more golf in this year.

We are going to spend a long weekend in Denver this weekend. We were going to go on a vacation this year, but decided that Katie would be an unpleasant traveling companion right now so we are spending 4 days in Denver just hanging out together. Brendan is excited to swim at the hotel. I think we are going to visit the zoo (of course), the aquarium, the Museum of Nature and Science (they have an awesome engineering exhibit right now), and Invesco Field at Mile High. I also want to go to Hammond's Candy Factory so Brendan can watch them make hand-made candy canes. Hopefully we can fit it all in. It will be nice to have some time together - we don't get much of that these days.

I'll post more after the trip - and hopefully get around to posting some pictures again.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

School Days

Brendan started school again last week. He is adjusting to First Grade (and the all-day schedule) quite well. He is even learning to be a "morning person" like his mom. He has a wondeful teacher and was happy that some of his friends from Kindergarten are in his class again this year. And to celebrate the beginning of school, Brendan brought home the first cold of the year already. We've all had it now (I was the last one to come down with it) and hopefully we'll be healthy for a while now.

Katie and I are adjusting to the all-day schedule, too. Her favorite time of the day is when we walk to the school to pick Brendan up at the end of the day. She loves seeing the children - and usually has a big hug waiting for Brendan when he comes out of his classroom. I thought I would hate having him gone all day, but I have found that it is much easier to get things done with only one child with me. Shopping trips are much faster now - and much less expensive :D

Marc is home from Alaska again - thank heavens. I always worry so much when he is up there. Even though he isn't here in Cheyenne with us, it is just nice to have him back in our time zone. He had a great summer and really enjoyed his job again. Kandyse and her mom took some pictures of him when he got back (I'll post later). He hadn't shaved all summer and looks like Abe Lincoln - only with a red beard.

Speaking of Kandyse, she and Marc came to see us Labor Day weekend for her birthday (she turned 21). We had a super time. They spent a couple of days in Denver, then came back here until Tuesday. Marc looks really good and is very happy. He has a hard schedule at school this semester so he will be working hard to keep up.

On another positive note, Sean is attending college this year!!!! He enrolled at Weber State in Ogden, UT. Shalie is going to school there so he decided to join her. He is going to be majoring in Psychology (for now - we know how quickly those majors can get changed). He is living with his Grandma Judy and really likes his scedule this semester. He sounds happy and like he is adjusting to everything well.

I can't forget little Katie.... She attended her first MOPS meeting on Wednesday and absolutely loved it. She didn't cry when I left her in the classroom and was still happy and playing when I returned. I was so proud of her. She finally has all of her molars now - and is currently working on her 4 bicuspids. It was a long summer with her teething - lots of sleepless nights for all of us. Hopefully we are done with teeth for a while after we get these last four.

I'll post pics within the next few days!

Friday, August 04, 2006




Brendan at Fossil Butte Monument in Kemmerer, WY










Brendan in his baseball uniform.



Katie in her swimsuit, eating her first popsicle.











Katie in her piggie tails.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Adventures with Katie & Company

I never realized that baby girls could be SO MUCH MORE rambunctious than boys, but they are. Well, at least mine is.

This morning, while I was taking a shower, she climbed up ONTO the dining room table. I got out of the shower, got her down, then went to dress and she did it AGAIN. I've had to pull the chairs away from the table in order to keep her on the ground.

Last night she jumped into the wading pool............fully clothed (including $30 leather sandals). Tom was just getting ready to empty it and put it away for the night when he heard her splash.

Have you ever heard the Faith Hill song that goes, "She's a wild one with an angels face". Well, that it totally Katie. She can be the sweetest, most loving baby one minute - then she is off wreaking havoc the next.

In other news, Frontier Days is once again upon us. I hate Frontier Days. I know that sounds negative, but I just do. Thousands of people from all over the world (literally) descend upon Cheyenne. And most of them are bad drivers. I almost got taken out by a mom from Colorado driving an SUV. She decided she wanted my lane, but didn't bother to signal or to wait until I went by her first.

On a more positive note, Tom and Brendan enjoyed the Thunderbirds Air Show yesterday. Tom, as usual, ended up talking to a fascinating person at the show. He always lucks into these conversations - no matter where we happen to be. This particular gentleman was from The Netherlands and was leading a tour group to a variety of air shows in America. The man had designed the F-16s at some point, and spent a majority of the show explaining to Tom how they work. Needless to say, they had a great time.

We also attended the parade last Saturday. Marc's girlfriend, Kandyse, came to visit us and brought two of her friends. We haven't had that much energy in our home, well, ever. They were wonderful and we enjoyed having them here. Anyway, the girls wanted to go to the Parade and a rodeo while they were in town. We found a nice spot on Cary Avenue right next to the County Building. The girls were having such a great time that I think THEY had more of an audience than the actual parade did. The parade participants were even talking to them and asking where they were from. Tom and I just stepped back and sat in the only shady spot - under a little 8 ft. tree. It was definitely a fun weekend.

The City is replacing our water line this week. We had no water all day on Tuesday and we've been awakened by heavy equipment all week long. They are almost past our house so things should quiet down a little bit soon. I don't think I've ever seen my house this dusty - it is just everywhere! But, on the bright side, at least I have an excuse this week :D

Well, Katie just woke up from her nap - apparently she has recharged. Until next time...............

Monday, July 17, 2006

Catching up on life..........

The past few weeks have been hectic. Katie is teething - cutting 4 (count them, FOUR) molars. Two are through and two are still trying to make their appearance. Life has been difficult for all of us, but especially for my sweet baby doll. I've been doing nothing but holding her - which means not much cleaning, scrapbooking, or catching up on my blog.

We went to my 20-Year High School Reunion this past weekend. I had been somewhat apprehensive about attending, but it actually was really quite wonderful. There are 13 of us, 8 guys and 5 gals. We counted, and just between the 5 girls, we have 21 children! Talk about populating the world. Rich High's Class of 1986 are doing our part.

We had a nice dinner on Friday night. Only ten of us showed up (plus spouses). We were missing some, and they were, indeed, missed. Saturday was spent at the lake and the swimming pools at Ideal Beach Resort with our families. Brendan had so much fun that he wants to move to Utah now. Katie enjoyed playing with so many children. The drive to and from Utah wasn't too fun, but we all survived it.

We had a great time with Steve & Kim (we stayed at her parents' home) and Wally & Kelly. Good friends, good conversation, good times..... Kim's parents are amazing. Totally devoted to their family; extremely interesting to talk with; and the best hosts we could have imagined. We are blessed to have met them.

Sean and Shalie kept the two little ones for us Friday night. We were an hour late returning home - and boy, did we ever hear about it! Believe me, it is quite an experience to have your son scold you for being late.

Sean came to the picnic at the lake for a while on Saturday, but he wasn't feeling well so he went home to bed. He has a wicked sinus infection or something.

The boys' father came on Saturday, which might have been awkward for some people, but we've all found a way to get along quite well so it wasn't too bad for us. He actually made it a point to tell everyone how great Tom is and how good he has been to Sean and Marc. Tom was touched by his gesture, and I was thankful to have such a great guy - one that even an ex-husband can love :D

We will be having guests this weekend for Frontier Days: Marc's girlfriend, Kandyse. She is bringing 3 friends with her. We are looking forward to having her here and to having the chance to know her better. She is a sweet girl and is very good to Marc.

I will post pics later. I need to download them from the camera. I hope to get to it this week. Take care!!! Blessings to you!!!!!!!

Monday, June 26, 2006

Happy Stay-At-Home-Moms Day!

OK, someone told me that it they read on MSNBC that today is "Stay-at-Home-Moms Day". I'm excited that I have a holiday - but am wondering where my cards are :D . Also, I am wondering why I am always running around in the car instead of staying at home!

I spent all day yesterday making Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies for Marc. He always requests them when he is in Alaska. I think it just reminds him of home. I quadrupled the recipe and baked forever last night! I am freezing them and will mail them tomorrow so he should have them by the weekend. He sounds happy and is enjoying himself so far. I mailed him 5 rolls of film and a 1,000-minute Phone Card (which he promptly used to call his girlfriend).

Sean is planning on coming to Cheyenne in July. We can't wait to see him and have him home for a while. He has been accepted to Weber State University in Ogden, UT so he was pretty excited about that (Shalie is also attending there next year). He is still working for his Grandfather this summer.

Brendan is enjoying his summer so far. He finished his Silly Science class at the college on Friday. He had completed his golf lessons the week before, too. He did a great job in both activities. He is getting excited for the 4th of July - and the fireworks.

Katie has moved into a Toddler Bed already. She tried to climb out of her crib (and got her leg lodged between the rails) so we thought we'd better keep her a little lower to the ground. I was sad to have my last baby grow out of her crib so early. She also fell today and skinned her nose. She is so much more physical than Brendan was at that age - heck, she's more physical than Brendan is now! The differences in those two are stunning.

I think the "lasts" in a child's life are more profound than the "firsts". The sad thing about a "last" is that you don't always know it is upon you. You don't wake up and think "tonight is her last night in her crib" - it just happens . . . too quickly. The "firsts" seem more exciting for some reason. But for every first, there is a last. These seem to come along even more quickly when you are dealing with your "last" baby.

Speaking of "lasts", Brendan's final baseball game of the season is tonight. He has really enjoyed himself this year. Which reminds me, I need to iron his uniform. I'll update again soon!

Blessings!

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Summertime!!!!!!!!!!

Today is Brendan's last day of school. I am so happy that summer is here finally. Golf lessons start tomorrow in Ft. Collins. Yes, I have to drive him to Ft. Collins for lessons because the courses here in Cheyenne won't let kids on until they are 8 years old! I think that is so ridiculous. He loves it, so I guess it's worth it ;o) . He has three baseball games this week, too. Summer used to be a quiet and RELAXING time - not anymore. I will also post pics of his Kindergarten Graduation which was held on Friday!

Marc leaves for Alaska on Thursday. He is excited, but stressing. He has so much to get done before he leaves. He won't be back until September. One of his best friends will be working up there with him this year. He was pretty happy about that.

Sean has applied to Weber State University. I guess he is planning on attending college this year. Hopefully it works out for him this time. I think he has more incentive this year - Shalie is going to be attending Weber.

Katie is Katie.....cute, sweet, sassy, moody, etc. All the fun "girlie" attributes! She has her 15 month appointment next week so I'll get an update on her weight. She is still barely wearing 12 month sized clothing. She is going to be one petite little girl.

Planning for my 20-yr. reunion is in full-swing! I think we are going to have a pretty good turn-out. When there are only a few of you, it is very noticeable when there are people missing.

I've been looking on-line at houses in Ft. Collins today. I don't know that we'll move anytime soon, but it is fun to look. If we did, we'd probaby rent for a year or so and see if the market slows down there a little bit. Tom keeps hearing that the housing bubble is going to pop soon (within a few years) - and prices will drop.

I'll keep you posted!




Saturday, May 27, 2006

Just one of "those" days...............

Have you ever read the childrens' book "No, David!"? If not, pick it up next time you are at the store and take a look at it - very cute book! Well yesterday was a "No, Katie!" kind of day. Actually, it was a "KATELYN MARIE COBB, WHAT DID YOU DO?!?!" kind of day. By 10:00 am I was in desperate need of some wine, valium, or a lobotomy (or a combination of all three). I think she has hit the Terrible Twos a little early. She accomplished the following between 8:00 and 10:00 am:
  1. Dumped a box of dinosaur-shaped ritz crackers on the family room floor (Brendan left them there). Luckily there weren't too many left in the box - then she ate them. I know, I'm a horrible mother and she'll probably get some disease from that.
  2. Reached up onto her high-chair tray and pulled her plate of french toast onto the floor. She succeeded in dumping french toast and syrup all over the kitchen and she nearly broke the plate.
  3. Spilled a large glass of water (I keep one on my bedside table at night) all over a stack of scrapbooking idea books next to my bed - I won't even BEGIN to add up how much $ was involved in that little incident. I was able to salvage most of them, luckily.
  4. Grabbed my make up bag off the counter (as I was trying to put on my make-up) and spilled the entire contents on the bathroom floor - and broke several cases and eyeshadows in the process.
  5. After all of this, she refused to take more than a one-hour nap that afternoon.

I was looking forward to Tom coming home and taking over for me - but, alas, no luck there! He had to go mow his mother's yard, which took three hours. Some days I just really miss my full-time job. Not really. Well, a little. Actually, sometimes I miss it a lot. I know it is a blessing that I am able to stay home to raise my children, but it isn't as easy as it sounds.

Enough complaining.

We always spend Memorial Weekend planting flowers at the cemetery for all of Tom's family. There are several graves and somehow it has become our (well, his) job to take care of this task every year. He enjoys doing it, but it sure ties up our weekend. It is usually a two-day process. He takes Brendan and tells Brendan about each person as they prepare the soil and plant the flowers. Next year, Katie will be old enough to help, too. She can almost walk now - maybe she can help this year ;o) .

Brendan had his first baseball game on Wednesday night. He had two great hits and scored both times (there were only two innings). Mike & Linda (Brendan and Katie's Godparents) got him a subscription to "Sports Illustrated for Kids" and he loves it - there are lots of baseball articles and pictures in it right now. His Kindergarten graduation is next Friday - then he has a busy summer ahead of him. He will be taking golf lessons, a Silly Science class at the college, CCD, baseball, tennis, and Vacation Bible School - but not all at once. Enough to keep him somewhat occupied, but not overwhelmed.

Katie will be hanging out with me. She is 14 mos. old now. She is walking between things right now and I'm sure she'll be running around here soon. She loves playing outside and going to the park. We had a picnic for dinner on Thursday night and she was fascinated with the geese (Brendan was feeding them bread so they were quite close to us). In spite of yesterday morning, she really is a good baby.

Well, that is all from our windy little corner of Wyoming..............

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Tom's Big Adventure!

Tom arrived home early this morning from his business trip to San Jose. He spent yesterday touring Carmel, Pebble Beach, and Monterey Bay before flying home late last night. Here are a few of his pictures:



View of the ravine at Pebble Beach. I'm thinking there are A LOT of golf balls down there.







The entrance to the Pebble Beach course.











The view from Tom's table at the restaurant at lunch.









Entrance to Pebble Beach $9
Hamburger for lunch $29
Pebble Beach Cap $30
Spending an afternoon at the golf course of your dreams (even if you don't get to actually play golf that day) ....Priceless!

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Pictures..........finally.


Katie enjoying ice cream - her absolute favorite treat!












Brendan at ESPN Zone in Denver Easter weekend.










Brendan's first lost tooth.














Katie's first piece of jewelry - and her Daddy bought it for her. She got a little bracelet at the Gardener's Market in Logan on May 13.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

My Mother's Day Weekend




I had a fabulous Mom's Day this year. We left on Friday to see the boys in Logan. It was a long trip with Katie - she isn't as good of a traveler as Brendan was/is. We stopped in Laketown to see Quincey's grave and I put a big ceramic angel on his headstone. He is buried on a hill overlooking the lake and a little raspberry patch. It was beautiful. Difficult, but beautiful. We then continued on to Logan. We had dinner with Marc, went swimming, and put the kids to bed. On Saturday morning, we had breakfast with my friend, Steve, and his family. I graduated HS with Steve 20 years ago (I am soooooooo old). We had the BEST time with them. Sean arrived after breakfast (he had been working in Tooele with his Grandfather). We went to the park and the boys all played football. Shalie arrived in time for lunch, then Sean and Shalie went swimming with the two little ones while Tom and Marc checked out the campus. We had dinner, played mini-golf, and had ice cream that evening. The boys surprised me Sunday morning with a beautiful Precious Moments figurine. I was so surprised! We went to brunch, then began the long drive home. It was the best Mother's Day I've ever had.

Tom has a business trip to San Jose this week. He will be attending a Traffic Control conference on Friday, and will be sight-seeing on Saturday before flying home that evening. He is planning on driving down the coast to Carmel and Monterey. I was going to go with him, but we didn't have anyone to keep the kids. I've never been to Northern California and was so looking forward to going. Oh well, there's always next time.............

Brendan graduates from Kindergarten on 6/2. He is pretty excited. Marc leaves for Alaska on 6/10. Everyone going in different directions........

That is my life, excitingly dull........................ :0)

Friday, May 05, 2006

Is it spring yet?

We woke up to a nice dusting of snow this morning! I cannot believe it is this cold in May. Our high today will be 39 and we are having rain/snow showers all day. I should appreciate it, I guess. By mid-July (when it is over 100 degrees), I will be longing for these cool, wet days.

My 20-Year High School Reunion is coming up this summer. I cannot believe it has been that long. I actually hadn't planned on attending. After the 10-Year Reunion, I promised Tom I would never make him go to another one. It is difficult when you graduate with 13 in your class - and one of those people happens to be your ex-husband. He, Tom, and I actually handled it better than some of my classmates. They honestly didn't know how to deal with us being there with different people. I think it made some people a little uncomfortable. But, now that we are in "planning mode", I am beginning to get a little excited about it. Maybe this time will be easier for all of us.

We are leaving for Utah next Friday. We will be with the boys for Mother's Day weekend. I am sooooooooooo excited about it. We are also going to be having breakfast with one of my high school classmates and his family. They live in Logan and have a daughter who is Brendan's age.

Tom has to go to Laramie tomorrow morning to help our niece move. She is finished with her semester and is moving back home to Tom's Mom's house. I have a feeling he will be very tired (and sore) by tomorrow afternoon.

After we get back from our trip to Utah, Tom has to go to San Jose for a Traffic Conference. I am so jealous. I have always wanted to go to Northern California. We tried to arrange things so I could join him, but we don't have anyone to keep the kids. Tom will be spending one extra day there so he is thinking of golfing rather than sight-seeing. That way, we can discover it together next time he has a meeting there. It is so nice of him to make such a sacrifice for me ;o) .

Marc is finished with his Finals. He will continue working with his Grad Student (doing fish research of some kind) until he leaves for Alaska next month. He is really excited to be going.

Sean pulled his first calf this week. He is helping one of his friends while his friend is out of town. Well, friend's cow couldn't deliver her calf so Sean had to pull it. I don't think he was overly thrilled by the experience (pretty messy and gross), but he was excited that he was successful. He sounded pretty proud of himself when he told us about it.

Brendan lost another tooth this week (his fifth). After the first few teeth he lost, the Tooth Fairy left him dollar bills. Then he complained that he never got any change from her. So, this time the Tooth Fairy left him 5 quarters (for five teeth). He has now decided that maybe he'd like to start receiving "paper dollars" again.

Katie is finally over the stomach flu. That was sure fun for all of us......NOT. I found a great appetite suppressant though: watch your one-year old daughter vomit...................all over the dining room............... during dinner. Tom, Brendan and I were ready to join her. I shudder just thinking about it. I'm just thankful she is feeling better now. She is back to her perky, happy little self.

I got offered a job today. I hadn't even applied for one - I just got a phone call from out of the blue. It was for a full-time position and I am not ready to go back to work full-time. Heck, I can't even make it into work for my 6 hours/week now. Since Tom's Mom got sick, I haven't had anyone to keep Katie while I work so I haven't been able to go in very much. I go in on weekends to catch up on filing, etc. - but I miss being there when PEOPLE are in the office. My niece, Amy, is going to keep Brendan and Katie for me this summer while I work my 6 whole hours each week. Luckily, my boss has been MORE THAN UNDERSTANDING about this.

Well, I've got to go get Brendan from school. I will let you know how the weekend in Utah goes.

Happy Mother's Day to all of you who are moms.

Blessings-

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Thankful

Wow, time has sure flown by quickly!

We just got home from Katie's eye specialist appointment and she is fine. She has pseudostrabismus - which is a long word for "she looks like she has a lazy eye, but she doesn't". She wasn't impressed with getting eyedrops at all! Luckily, my wonderful husband is the one who has to hold the kids down for shots/eyedrops/throat cultures/etc. That is our deal - I do pregnancy and he gets all of that stuff. I think I am getting the better deal, personally.

My scrapbooking weekend was fabulous! I don't remember when I've laughed that much. I didn't get as much done as I'd have liked - only 28 pages - but I had a great time. We are planning another trip in the fall. I can't wait.

We spent part of Easter weekend in Denver. Tom had meetings on Thursday night and all day Friday so we decided to tag along. I took the kids to the zoo (my favorite thing to do) on Friday. Brendan had a blast. He likes zoos as much as I do so we always enjoy our time there. Katie seemed to have fun, but didn't understand it all yet. The exciting event of the day was when we ate lunch at the snack shack by the Sea Lions (my favorite exhibit). We were fortunate enough to be sitting there during lunch time for the sea lions, too! Brendan loved it! It was a gorgeous day that day. Unfortunately, everyone else had the same idea that we did - the zoo was more crowded than I've ever seen it. I realized later that it was Good Friday so a lot of people had the day off. Note to self: don't go to the zoo on Good Friday again.

We spent the next day at Flatirons Crossing (a huge, fabulous mall near Boulder). We treated the kids to Benihana for lunch. Brendan had a blast! He was enthralled with our chef and insisted on eating his meal with his chopsticks (they had the "training" sticks for him). He can't wait to go back. I decided that I should start eating all meals with chopsticks and I would probably lose a tremendous amount of weight - I have never been able to use those blasted things.

We bought Brendan a bunch of summer clothes. He has grown so much since last fall that none of his shorts fit him anymore. I think he stayed the same size for almost 3 years - then he started growing in October and still hasn't stopped. He isn't BIG by any stretch of the imagination, but he is finally moving up in sizes!

We arrived home Saturday night and then had a wonderful Easter. We decided to cook dinner at home rather than going to Easter Brunch like we normally do. It was nice just relaxing together and spending the day with one another. Unfortunately, Katie and I had both become sick (again) in Denver so we were unable to attend church on Easter. Katie had a nasty cold (courtesy of Brendan) and I caught bronchitis.

Tom's mom was admitted to the hospital the day after Easter. We thought she had pneumonia (again, courtesy of Brendan's cold) because she couldn't breathe. At the hospital, it was discovered that she was suffering from an extremely rapid heartbeat so they admitted her. She was given medication to slow it down, but then suffered a heart attack on 4/19. We lost her twice, but were fortunate that the medical staff was able to bring her back. She had a pacemaker installed on 4/21 and is now resting comfortably at home. We are so thankful to have her with us still. She has been such a blessing to us all. This is a woman who has devoted her entire life to her children and grandchildren - seriously. Needless to say, last week was a long week for all of us.

We are planning a trip to Utah next month to see Marc and Sean. Marc will be leaving for Alaska in June so we wanted to spend some time together before he leaves.

Everything else is going well. Brendan starts baseball practice on Friday.... Katie is beginning to walk..... Tom is busy at work..... All of the usual blessings we sometimes take for granted.

May God bless you and yours. Until next time.............

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Just the mundane details.....

Well, Brendan advanced to the RED group in swimming. He is pretty excited about it. He is hooked on watching Trading Spaces for Kids - and is now convinced that we need to "re-do" his room. He has also decided that he needs to move into Marc's old room downstairs (because it is much bigger).

Katie recovered from her shots just in time to catch a wicked head cold. She then proceded to share it with me. We've both been miserable this week, but are finally seeing some improvement.

I'll post next weekend after I get back from my scrapbooking trip!

Blessings-

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Week 2

It is 2am and I woke up with heartburn - and I'm out of Tums!!!!!!!!! I hate when that happens. But, it gives me some quiet time (which I rarely get) and some time to update my blog.

Marc arrived home from Oregon late Monday night. He went to help a friend move and fell in love with the state. He now wants to live in Astoria after he graduates from college. Hopefully that will be soon. Maybe a couple of years. Three at the most. Well, eventually he'll get to live in Oregon!

Sean is currently helping his grandfather out at his ranch. Sean and Marc's uncle (who is Marc's age) went to Nebraska for a semester-long work study program so Sean is covering at the ranch for him. His cell phone doesn't work there (it is in a valley), so I don't get to talk to him as often - but it does cut down on his cell usage! He seems to be happy there though.

Brendan finds out this morning if he gets to move to the Red group in his swimming lessons. He is pretty excited. Red is his favorite color so he thinks that is THE group for him. We have noticed a huge improvement with his swimming and he is really enjoying it. He had a dentist appointment on Tuesday and was a member of the "No Cavity Club". He was pretty excited. The dentist asked if I realized there was a "space issue" with Brendan's mouth. Uh, yah - we saw that when he was born, it was pretty obvious.

Katie had shots on Wednesday so she has been very cranky - and not sleeping. But, she is growing a little bit, which is a good thing. She is up to 18 lbs. 5 oz. now! Not huge - but good for her. Her percentiles go like this: height 25%, weight 15%, head 65%. Hopefully this means she'll be super smart!!!!!!!!! She has to get her eyes checked out next month. Her right eye may be a little lazy, but they aren't sure - it could just be because her eyes are wide-set so it could just be making her eye APPEAR to be wandering inward (?!?!). I'll update you after her appointment at the end of April.

Tom has been working A LOT again. After Tuesday, things will settle back down again though - thank heavens. I feel like a single mother these days. He may take a few days off next week because it is Brendan's spring break. He is absolutely exhausted. The only conversation time we get is on the phone during his commute. The weather is supposed to be nice next week so maybe he can get in a little golf. The Masters is in two weeks so he is getting excited. He loves to watch that tournament.

I will be gone on a scrapbooking weekend next Friday-Sunday. I am looking forward to it - but dreading it at the same time. I've never left Katie and she is quite attached to me. It'll be a tough weekend for all of us. I'm not sure if I should even go - but I haven't had any time to myself in quite some time. Not that I need time away - I'm usually happy with an hour alone at Barnes & Noble/Starbucks. Two nights away may be more than I am ready for. I'm only going to Ft. Collins, but it just seems so far. I've asked Tom to bring the kids down and stay with Uncle Don so I can still see them at night, but he doesn't want to drag all of Katie's stuff down there. I'll let you know how it all goes..........

Monday, March 20, 2006

One Year Old



Well, Katie turned one last week - and she is finally "ours". Our health insurance finally paid the hospital for her birth - two days before her first birthday. I was beginning to worry that they would want to re-possess her or (even worse) try to put her back! But, I received the EOB in the mail today so I can officially stop worrying.

We had a fabulous party for her last night - complete with a very large cake. I spent 6 hours this weekend working on it (3 hours baking, and 3 hours decorating). It looked like a miniature wedding cake - a two-tiered pink confection with white flowers. My friend, Deb, helped me with it - she was a lifesaver! We were blessed to have some dear friends and our family attend the party. We served dinner (taco bar and our homemade version of chicken Chipotle Burritos) and, of course, lots of cake. I still have a ton of it left. I could probably save it for next year and still have plenty for that party, too.

Katie didn't cooperate very well for her First Birthday picture. She refused to get messy. She had her own little mini cake with pink rosettes on it - and she ate it so daintily that there was no mess on her face at all. I won't have any "fun, messy, frosting-covered baby" pictures to scrapbook, but that's ok. Hopefully she eats this tidily when she is 8.

During the party, we got hit with a massive snow storm so we had to cut the celebration short. We got close to a foot of snow between last night and this morning. Brendan enjoyed building a snowman in it (it was the first REALLY wet snow we've had in a long time). So, I have a little 3-ft. tall snowboy guarding my front door now.

Life is good. Until next time.........................