Saturday, October 31, 2009


This is the second year in a row we did not go trick or treating on Halloween night. Come to think of it, other than church trunk or treating etc, I do not think we have ever gone trick or treating here in Stoon-ville. Last year we went to Halloween parties with friends, at church, dressed up and went to the mall, and by the time it was Hallows'Eve the kids were tired of dressing up etc and wanted to stay home. This year is a bit of a bummer. On Thursday the kids all got dressed up (elephant, cowboy and duck) and we went to a primary halloween party. Fun time, but did I take pictures? No! Cause I thought I would take some on Saturday. Unfortunately Levi woke up not feeling very well and it was a movie/lazy day around here. So no trick or treating, again, and this time no pictures at all to even remember.

P.S. Levi's eye is looking good! I can notice a big difference already. (It takes 4-6 weeks for the muscles and everything to settle in their permanent place).

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

sleepy head

The other day I was on the phone with my sister. Levi was at school and Monet was sleeping. That just left Enoch to watch. 10 minutes into our conversation and I couldn't find him anywhere. He was nowhere to be found.
Then I thought of one last place to look:

Friday, October 23, 2009

after shocks

For me, as a parent, I find that I have the hardest time when all is said and done.

When Levi was two, he cut his foot really badly and needed stitches. Aside from some understandable initial panic, I was OK. Of course I was concerned... But I was fine until AFTER he was stitched up and ready to go home. I had to lay down on the floor cause I was green and ready to keel right over. I think they even ended up moving Levi and letting me sit on the bed at the hospital.

Two Halloweens ago, Enoch decided to impale his soft palate with a pipe. Gross! I lost it briefly when blood was pouring out of his nose, but was OK getting him to the hospital and waiting in ER. We were seen right away, and I was fine until AFTER the doctor said that everything was going to be all right. I had to sit in the corner with my head in between my knees.

Today Levi had his eye surgery (for the second time). I have been OK all day, trying to keep a prayer in my heart constantly while at the same time trying not to think about it at all. But I have been fine. Josh finally called and said that Levi is recovering and doing well. Now here comes the rapid heart beat, the instant queasiness and a galaxy of stars circling round my head.

Better after than during, I guess. I think the biggest catastrophe here today is the fact that I ate an entire thing of ice cream. Well, I shared a little with Bo-Bene.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

princesse monet

My dear little girl is such a princess! When she first came into our lives I had a hard time calling her that. It seemed way to girly, especially after having two boys and calling them "bud" or "superman" or something similar.

But Monet REALLY is a princess. When she was a newborn, we borrowed a bassinet from a friend. She would not sleep in it, until we laid an extra blanket in the bottom and then she loved it. Just like princess and the pea. Now, she can not sleep through anything. Poor Levi and Enoch are just about never allowed to really enjoy themselves while she is sleeping. Having creaky hardwoods doesn't help, and neither did having the washer/dryer right next to her room.

Last Saturday we switched her room with the boys, so that she would be further from all the action in the house. It has helped so far, but now anytime someone flushes the toilet... watch out! I feel like the whole family is on tiptoes trying to keep our sweet princess happy with plenty of beauty sleep.

Our princess is proving to grow and develop at an astonish rates. She has been crawling for over a month now, and is already pulling herself up on furniture. She has two teeth that are screaming "wean me," and a keen eye for whenever Mommy or Daddy leave the room. She is right in there with the boys when they play cars or lego, much to Enoch's annoyance and Levi's delight.


Eye surgery for Levi is in 3 days! About this time last year Levi had the same thing done. I was so nervous and scared last time.

This year I am using the time to go visiting teaching.

Does that make me a bad mom?

Friday, October 16, 2009

first day of the big K

Levi on his first day of school. He was so excited it almost hurt my feelings. He really loves his teacher, Mrs. Hardy, and talks kindly about most of the kids in his class. I feel bad for the few that he likes to tell me are the "naughty ones." I asked him if maybe some kids from school are telling their moms that Levi is naughty. He looked concerned and then told me those kids would be lying.

I am not sure why he is not smiling here. Maybe he was worried we 'd be late and was anxious to leave?

As much as Levi likes school, I think a part of him misses Joy School. He misses his friends he went to school with and has made a point of inviting his old schoolmates over to play.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

please let me know

I am going to go private. Please leave your email if you want me to add you to the list.

We had a ward Chili/Pie contest last night. It was lots of fun. The boys looked so cute in their western wear, I can't believe I didn't snap a picture. Josh was impressed with my ability to talk the lingo. I didn't live in Texas for 2 years for nothin'.