Monday, November 18, 2013

Lately...

Hello again!
I’ve been meaning to update for awhile, but had to get some other things finished first.  Mainly Young Women in Excellence-- and that was last night.  So yay!
The day after my last post we found out we were pregnant.  We were so thrilled.  In early August we went to spend a week with Aaron’s parents.  One night we went to the Durango Bar D Chuckwagon. 


The big event of August was potty-training Eliza.  She was so ready for it and pretty much never had an accident.  So that has been awesome.  It was also spent hanging around the house being sick.  I was nauseous a lot, but only threw up once, and tired as all heck. 
At 11.5 weeks on Monday, September 9th I miscarried.  It was absolutely horrific in so many ways.  I'm so, so, so, sorry for any other woman who has one.  The bleeding wouldn’t stop.  The doctor told me to go to the ER.  Unfortunately, Aaron was out of town on business.  I called a friend to come over and stay with the kids, and called my 1st counselor to take me to the ER.  In the ER they didn’t take me too seriously and took forever to get me back.  For some reason, I thought gushing blood was a big deal.  Guess not.  I finally got back after a couple hours and they took some blood and I passed out.  From then on they took me a little more seriously...  Aaron was able to get there and be with me.  After ultrasounds, they sent me home at 2 am telling me that there was a broken off part of the sac still in me, but that they were sure I’d pass it on my own and that I’d be fine.
At first I thought it was such a blessing to not have had a D&C...  On Thursday I went in for another ultrasound and found that the sac was unfortunately still there.  The biggest issue was that we were supposed to fly out to Aaron’s sister’s wedding the next day.  The doctors talked it over and said they wanted to get a couple more opinions and that they’d call me.  We went home and waited.   We prayed about what to do.  We decided to go to the wedding and let things finish on their own.  Within minutes I was cramping and gushing blood again.  The doctor called and told us to get back to the ER.  We did and I was better taken care of this time.  The ob was able to manually pull all the rest out and didn’t have to send me in for the D&C.  I was bleeding heavily and she gave me three drugs to stop it.  And luckily it did stop.  At that point when they took my blood, I was one number above a blood transfusion.  NOT COOL.  I was sent home on many meds and luckily they all worked like they were supposed to.
We took it is as a very clear omen that we shouldn’t go to the wedding.  We were sad to have missed it.  My mom flew in a day later because Aaron had to go out of town again.  I was SO weak from losing so much blood that I couldn’t walk up the stairs without blacking out.  It was horrible.  I felt nearly dead for almost two weeks.
During that time my sister-in-law and neice also came.  They had had tickets to come for months.  Unfortuantely we pretty much did nothing fun since she just helped take care of my kids, but I was so grateful that I had her help to keep the kids entertained.
I was well enough to go with them to Old Town the day they left so at least we did that!
I know I had people praying for me and I know that their prayers were answered and I was miracously ok the day after all my help had left two and a half weeks after the initial miscarriage.  It was wonderful to be a mom to my kids again.
Though it was so horrific, we did see the Lord's hand in our lives.  We are forever grateful to those who dropped everything and took our kids multiple times and stayed with them overnight, took me to the hospital, came to the hospital to give me a blessing since Aaron wouldn't be there for a few hours, brought us meals, offered medical advice to help get me better, and most importantly prayed for us.  I felt so much love and concern for our family.

On to happier things...
Many museums were free on a Saturday so we went to this one!
These are exact replicas of the atomic bomb casings dropped in Japan.  Crazy how something so small did so much damage.  New Mexico is pretty famous for atomic bomb stuff, so of course they would have a museum about it here!
October was spent at parks constantly.  I wanted to be outside with my girls as much as possible.  We also went to a free pumpkin patch thing a couple times.  The girls loved it!
October is Balloon Fiesta month too!  If you remember last year, the morning we went, the mass ascension (when 600+ balloons go up together) was cancelled.  Unfortunately.... the same thing happened this year because of bad weather.  Talk about bad luck!  Hopefully next year our luck will change and I'll get to see one.
Some friends invited us to a children's museum so we went there too.  Here is me riding a bike on a tightrope.  Hardcore, right?!  It was pretty freaky even though there was no way to fall.


Halloween was so much fun this year.  We did lots of crafts and Eliza loved them all.  We went to the truck-or-treat a few days prior and then some friends invited us over for a party on Halloween night.  Aaron has been in busy season since September and has been working tons of hours, but his boss let him go early on Halloween night.  It was SO wonderful to spend the evening with him and let him be able to enjoy Halloween too.

We also went to the Balloon Museum on the day it was free.  One of the workers told us to get in this basket and look down scared.  I thought it was pretty funny.  :)
We've been loving the fall weather and trying to get out so much before it's gone.  This is along the riverwalk along the Rio Grande.  We look like giants.  Ha!
 
We went to the zoo last Saturday and enjoyed it too.  Notice the cougar walking above their heads.  Rah, rah, rah, rah, rah, goooooo cougars!
Life really is good.  The girls are amazing.  I am so lucky to have them and am trying to be a better mom to them constantly.  Eliza is so dang smart and fun most of the time.  Her horrid spell from May ended so it must have been the molars!  She is even finally showing interest in Camille!  Don't think their best friends or anything, but Eliza has shown more love to her in the past month than the whole 17 months Camille has been alive.  So I'd say that's an improvement!
One of her favorite things lately is preparing lessons for Family Night.  We use the Nursery book and write out a lesson plan for her with pictures.  We practice it a few times and then she calls both sets of grandparents and gives it to them over facetime.  It's really cute. 

Camille is now our little beast; she has turned into the unhappy kid now!  She is getting four molars so I'm sure it will end too!  She is nodding her head a lot, says "hi" and "boo" and is really starting to understand things.  It's so fun and cute.  She thinks she's so big and needs to do everything Eliza does.  She's a sweet cuddlebug occasionally.  She is fearless and runs off all the time. 
We are so grateful to have our daughters and pray that we will be blessed with more children in the future. We are grateful for friends and families.  We are grateful for fall.  And we are excited to enjoy the holidays with our littles.  :)

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Taos

Aaron worked in Taos so we decided to tag along.  It was a lot of fun.  We pretty much only saw Aaron when we sleeping, but it was MUCH better than talking on the phone at night.

Taos is a town for you if you're super into being a hippie or have an obsession for Southwest art and trinkets.  (I was nice there and didn't say crap.)  :)  Belive it or not, I am neither of those!  (This was DEFINITELY something brought up when we were discussing moving down here!  I REALLY don't like Southwest stuff.)  But nonetheless, I opened myself up to it and we had a great time!

Here's some of what we did:
Here is the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.
 It is MUCH cooler there than ABQ so we spent LOTS of time at the playgrounds!
 Here's me and the girls eating some breakfast.
 Here's Eliza with her planner!  She constantly asks what day it is and what happens on that day and what day tomorrow is and what we're doing on that day.  So Aaron jokingly said she needed a planner.  I took him up on it and gave her one we had laying around.  And she LOVES it.  She is constantly telling me what we're going to do and asking me to draw what we did.  It's super cute.
 This is the Taos Pueblo.  It's been continuously inhabited for like 1000 years.  Which is a pretty long time for something in America!  People still live here without electricity and running water.  It was cool to see, but the tour guide went on and on about the evils of the white man.  I mean, I know that they were treated badly at times, but who's ancestor hasn't?
 I let the girls play in rocks a lot.  They love them.  Whatever keeps them from screaming.  :)
 This is our hotel.  It was a cute little bed & breakfast.
 This is the San Francisco de Asis church.  It is very famous for being painted by lots of people.
 We went to the 5 major museums there.  There was a combo pass for $25 to get into all of them.  It was worth that, but paying individually would have been about $50 and I definitely don't think they were worth that.  Unless you LOVE turquoise and stuff.  And then they might be.  :)
Here is E showing off some Santos.  We saw a lot of these.
 One of the places we went had a dress up area.  I think this pic is dang cute.  :)
 This was the courtyard of a home of a Spanish guy who kinda helped make the town.  This was our favorite of the 5 places.
 This was in one of the other museums.  The guy who lived here (Fechin) carved all this wood.  SO gorgeous.
Just in case you're wondering what souvenirs I acquired while there, I bought a board book for the girls called "Ten Little Rabbits" that counts Native American rabbits who do rain dances, hunt, tell stories, weave, etc.  That was as far as I'd go.  :)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Camping!


We went to Utah last week!  It was wonderful to be with my family!
My sis-in-law was due that week with their first baby and we crossed our fingers that she would come while we were there... and she did!  The night we got there she went into labor and she was born the next day!  AWESOME TIMING BABY!!
We went up to Logan Canyon so we could be near them.
Here is Camille in her cage attempting to keep her clean.  It didn't work... she knew our trick and threw a fit.  :)  I decided to just let her get filthy and oh she did!!!  She LOVED it!
 We just enjoyed being together, did some hiking and went back and forth to see the baby. 
  And Little E turned THREE!  My sis made her a train cake.  She loved it.  And she threw a royal fit when we started cutting it and eating it.  It was HERS!!!
It was such a great week!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Camille turns One!

Camille turned one!  It was super low-key.  We celebrated a day early because I had mutual on her birthday.
We went and had a picnic at the UNM Duck Pond.  It was so pretty and shady and green.  (We have had to get used to that being rare!)
We came home and facetimed our parents while Camille pulled the blanket off her gift and opened a box with all the pieces.  I found the kitchen for like 75% off the day after Christmas!  We had planned on giving it to them both for their birthdays, but Eliza has been SUPER jealous lately so we decided to tell her it is Camille's toy.  She has to ask Camille every time she wants to play with it.  We'll see if she starts chilling out!  (And Eliza is now getting a toy from the dollar store... hopefully she's still at the stage where size doesn't matter...!)
 I put Camille in the same outfit as Eliza wore on her 1st Birthday on purpose.  You can see it on the sidebar.  Camille is much skinnier, but they have lots of similarities!


We ate cupcakes and that was it.  Camille LOVED the cupcakes, but she LOVES food so it didn't surprise me.

Love her.  :)

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Seattle!

We went to Seattle!  It was a big deal because this was our first real vacation!  Aaron had training in Seattle for three days and we decided to use some of our tax refund to go with him.
All in all, it was a lot of fun.  Eliza has been really, really, really hard to be with for the past month-ish (she is getting her molars, so I HOPE that's why) and as the trip was coming up, I began to wish that we weren't taking her with us.  I was sure she'd be horrible and.... she was.  :)  It's always nice to know that you can count on her.  :)  She screamed A LOT.  But oh well, at least I expected it, right!?  But nonetheless, the good of the whole trip overweighs the many, many, many rough spots and it was still so great to take them and let them see some place different.  Camille was almost perfect the entire time.  What a babe!

We flew out on Sunday and were nervous about the flight because Camille won't hold still.  Luckily the flight attendants didn't freak out about her playing on the floor for a lot of the time and our first hurdle (the 3 hour flight) went great!




We got to the hotel that his work put us up in (p.o.s.h.) and waited for Laurie.  My sister flew in and hung out with us for a couple of the days!  And then we went swimming!  It was both of the girls first time swimming and it took them a bit to warm up, but then they loved it!

MONDAY
Aaron had the training from Monday thru Wednesday.  So Monday morning, Laurie and I took off with the girls to explore! We first went through Pike's Market to get down to the waterfront.  Once there, we got the CityPass.  It was a bomb deal!  $74 to get you into lots of the big attractions for so much less than going to all of them.  If you go, I highly suggest it!  Pretty much every place I'll be telling you about was on it.
Here's my little loves.  Notice the food in their hands.  I had the inspiration a few days prior to leaving that I needed to take bomb food with us.  I am sooooo glad I did.  Did they eat super healthy last week?  Nope.  But did it stop many, many, many, many more tantrums that would have happened?  Yes, definitely yes.  :)
We first went on a harbor cruise in the Puget Sound.  It was a lot of fun and we learned so much about the city.
We then went to the Aquarium.  It was so-so.  They did have a couple of cool things, but it was pretty small, all in all.  I did touch a starfish, so that was cool.
 Then we made our way to the Space Needle.  We went to the Chihuly Gardens next to it.  They were AMAZING.  Seriously, take your breath away amazing.
We had planned on going up the Space Needle next, but Eliza threw a huge fit that lasted for a realllllllllllly long time so we didn't.  I refused to reward her for her tantrum, so we headed back to the hotel.

TUESDAY
We woke up and I could tell it was FREEZING.  I hadn't brought enough warm clothes for us so I knew I'd have to buy something.  I wasn't thrilled about that, but I went into the Gift Shop at the hotel and they had hoodies on clearance for $9.99.  AWESOME!  I got one for me and one for Camille.  (Eliza said no.)  It was big on Camille, but it worked perfectly and I was so grateful for an inexpensive fix!
We headed to the Space Needle that morning.  Eliza was incredibly ornery so we didn't stay up there long.

 We planned on going to a museum there, but found out it was closed that day.  We headed to check out Pioneer Square instead, which is the original part of the city.
 Klondike National Historic Park is there and it was REALLY interesting to learn about the Klondike Gold Rush.  Seattle was the gateway to heading up there and having that many people go through it made it into a big city.  Eliza was able to become a Jr. Ranger and got a badge which she was happy about!
 That night we met Aaron for dinner and then went up the Space Needle again (the pass included going up the Needle twice!)  We went up just before dusk and it was FABULOUS.  It was such a perfect time to go up and it was so beautiful watching the sky and city get dark.  And Eliza was in a much better mood, so yay!
(Aaron bribed Eliza with "pink and white cookies" (Mother's cookies) if she would smile for a picture.)  :)

WEDNESDAY
We spent the morning doing laundry and just hanging around the hotel trying to pass time.  (We had to check out of that hotel that day and we couldn't figure out a way for me to get to the new hotel easily except to wait until Aaron got out of his meetings at 5.)  Laurie left around noon. It was so great to have her come and hang out with me while Aaron was in meetings those two days!  I took the girls to Denny's for lunch with the hope of spending as much time as possible there.  While there, Camille pooped all over my jacket arm so I spent a lot of time trying to clean that up too (hey, whatever takes time!).  I took them for a short walk and they both fell asleep.  I was so grateful!
We waited for the last hourish in the lobby.  Aaron got out of his meetings and then we headed to our new hotel.  (We didn't rent a car so we took public transportation to everything.  It worked out for the best for our situation, but it sure made for some rough transportation of bags and such!)

THURSDAY
And now we had Aaron full-time!  Yay!  We went to the Pacific Science Center (the museum that had been closed on Tuesday) and saw a 3D IMAX movie about monarch butterflies.  IMAX always has a way of making things AMAZING!
I'm pretty sure this was my first 3D movie!  Eliza didn't use her glasses at all beside this picture, but Aaron put them on Camille while she sat there and sucked her thumb and she was totally cool with it.  It was HILARIOUS! 
We went through the museum which was really interesting and had lots of stuff to do, but a certain someone was REALLY unhappy (are you noticing a trend here?!) so we didn't really get to enjoy it like we wanted to.  They had a butterfly room which was cool to go in.
We decided we wanted to ride on the DuckBoat.  We had an hour to kill so we went into the EMP Museum.  It was the only thing on the CityPass that we were totally uninterested in.  But we were right next door and had a few minutes to kill so we went in.  And we were done in about 15 min.  If you're in love with Nirvana or Jimmy Hendrix, you might have liked it, but that was about all that was in it.  There was this cool guitar thing though!
So then we went on our DuckBoat!  I have ridden in one of these in Boston and loved it.  They are WWII vehicles that were made to go from land to water.  So we drove around and the guide really entertained us and told us so much stuff and then we went for a dip in Union Bay.  We saw lots of houseboats including the one from "Sleepless in Seattle".  It was so much fun.
 On the way back to the hotel, we finally caught a picture of us with the Space Needle.  Whew!

FRIDAY
We took a bus down to the Museum of Flight.  (The bus ride there and back were VERY sketchy, but we survived!)
The museum was incredible.  So many planes and so much history.  Aaron was REALLY into and loved it.
They had planes from the Wright brothers all the way until now with special exhibits on WW1 and WW2.  And then a huge exhibit about space travel too.  All very interesting. 


Part of the museum was the original Boeing factory.  Kind of crazy to think of how big they are now! 
I had Aaron pose. :)  (notice the sign)
They had some planes outside you could go in.  Including the former Air Force One!  Right behind Eliza is the "Presidential Conference Room".  It's good that they can take care of important stuff while flying!
That night we went back to Pike's Market.  I wanted to see the Gum Wall and add to it.  :)
We got Aaron a monster donut and I got a piece of carrot cake.

SATURDAY
We went to the last place on our pass... the Woodland Park Zoo.  It was beautiful.  For beauty, I give it a 10+.  For animals, a 6 or 7!
The grounds were almost too lush to be able to see the animals.  No joke!  Camille was practically perfect the entire time until Saturday.  I guess she had had enough!  So both the girls were pretty testy at the zoo, but we survived!
Then we headed back down to stay at a hotel near the airport.  Camille was hilarious.
video
We flew out the next morning.  We had a couple hour layover in SLC.  The girls were really good on the flights which really surprised us.
We are so grateful we could go and have a week away from the regular norm.