Sunday, September 27, 2015

In the last two weeks we...

Replaced the windshield that we broke driving to Albuquerque last thanksgiving.

Had a visit from Sboy and his lovely wife, Josie (who loves dark chocolate as much as we do).

Hung out a bit with Mike and Jill (and found out Jill loves peanut butter M&Ms and Junior Mints).

Went home and visiting teaching for the month.

Completed the last of the temple ordinances we reserved before Kai was born.

Celebrated two years since Mark's car accident.

Power washed the back patio (the power washer may be my favorite toy).

Had Kai's blood test done - he took it like a champ and responded to the poke with "Owie" and then just waited for it to be over.

Found out Kai's ferratin levels are almost as low as Isaac's were (which means he may sleep better after his iron treatments).

Had a parent/teacher conference for Isaac - he's doing great.

Sent Isaac on a field trip to learn about trees. He came back more excited about his lunch than anything else.

Started the big boys in Chess Club. They're pretty darn excited to learn a "nerd game" to play with Daddy.

Took these pictures:

Sunday, September 13, 2015


Before I go into why I'm overwhelmed, I feel the need to explain that I also feel exceedingly blessed right now. I know there's the term "mixed blessings", but what about when something appears bad at first but is actually amazing? That's where we're at right now.
First off, we got a new chicken. (Overwhelmed because it's taken a lot of time and emotional energy to try to get her into our flock. Blessed because we weren't expecting to be able to add another chicken until these ladies retire, but we needed more eggs.) Isaac chose the name Phoenix, and it's perfect for her. Our friends tried to introduce her and one other chicken into their flock. It didn't go well. Their flock pecked at her mercilessly. The other new chicken tried to protect her by putting her wings over her. Unfortunately, after a few days of this arrangement, the protective hen was pecked to death. Knowing that if they kept her, this one would meet the same fate, our friends asked if we'd like to take her. When we brought her home, she was terrified of our birds. She would rather sit on our back step and stare in the window at us than risk being pecked out in the yard. She wanted to be held all the time. Over the last week though, they've all started to adjust. She's still not assimilated, but she seems to be rising from the ashes.

We got to go to a reunion of sorts for some of our best friends from the Sable Ward. Only two of the five families are still in that ward. We have really missed being social, and especially being social in a group where we already feel loved and accepted. It was wonderful! Why was it overwhelming? Food. Trying to keep Kai from eating things that everybody else is enjoying is getting more difficult. We made our own hamburger and hotdog buns (check out how awesome the long John and muffin top pans worked out!), but there's just no substitute for things like Doritos. 

Kai's allergist appointment... It was the three hour appointment where they test by pricking your back with serums containing potential allergens, then wait to see what you might react to. When I saw his back, I expected Kai to start flipping out - if my back was reacting the way his was, I would've been grumpy and miserable! He, however, was his normal, cheerful self. It turns out though, that he is severely allergic to finned fish (not shellfish). We can't even cook it at our house anymore. He's now got to carry Epipens everywhere he goes, and soon he'll be sporting a cool bracelet with all his medical info. Luckily, finned fish is relatively easy to avoid, as long as you never go out to eat. Now that we know just how bad his allergy is, Mark and I have been extremely grateful that the reaction he had when I last blogged was so minor!

I've been logging Kai's sleep now for about a week and a half. There's no rhyme or reason to how long it takes him to fall asleep, how many times he wakes up, or whether or not he naps. Our next appointment with the sleep specialist isn't for another two weeks, and logging every part of his sleep disruption is getting to me. I'm more tired than I've been in a long time. I'm so glad we finally have someone who knows how to deal with this to help us though! She seems pretty positive about it, so I'm being cautiously optimistic. 
Lastly, Mark got a new responsibility at church today - he's now the Elders Quorum President, instead of the First Councilor. It's a lot more meetings and a lot more time. I'm still in the Relief Society presidency, so our time is pretty tight. We're both super happy to serve, but not really sure how to juggle everything. Luckily, we've been blessed to be able to do everything so far, so we know there will be a way to do this too.