Sunday, January 29, 2012

Our Week

Look who is climbing up the stairs!!!  We went and took Becca to give more blood – nothing, again!  She is a little frustrated.



Playing outside



Since I took Bec out early for labs, we kept her out the rest of the day, I loved seeing Sammi and Becca hanging out together!   The little girls had friends over.  A fun day!


IMG_7211A fun evening for Jessi – all of the 5th Grade String players in the district went skating!  Very fun








Tuesday, besides our normal fun, sweet Bella wasn’t doing well and we had to head downtown to the ER.  Sammi had a hard time with us leaving.  I was so grateful when we were able to come home.


There are too many viruses going around this town!  Oh well, we watched movies, paint pictures, and paint our toe nails – that was fun!





Bella tried mechanical soft during speech therapy.  We were all so excited for this big step!




Therapy, j-ow-e-s for Joy, and cute Sammi, and the girls playing together


The Young Women made these beautiful invitations for New Beginnings.  Meanwhile Our friend Linda and I spent the evening/night at the Tomball ER.  She was admitted the next day.




Play hard, sleep hard, sweet girl                  Friday Pizza and a movie


Sammi started going back to the chiropractor and it really seems to help with her back pain and headaches.  I attended a meeting for camp.  It’s amazing how much planning goes into these things so far in advance. 

The girls went to a fun Activity Days Stake activity.  They loved seeing Mandy there!  We loved seeing my Mom since she dropped in here while they were there!  SmileJason and I both got our physicals done and we got the animals into the vet.      The girls and their friends played.  Since Linda is in the hospital, her dog stays here with us.  Joy loves her!  Jason and Becca made some great Chinese food for dinner.  A busy, but productive Saturday.


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Principle of Action

Alma 60: 11 and 21

Could ye suppose that ye could sit upon your thrones, and because of the exceeding goodness of God ye could do nothing and he would deliver you?  Behold, if ye have supposed this ye have supposed in vain.

Or do ye suppose that the Lord will still deliver us, while we sit upon our thrones and do not make use of the means which the Lord has provided for us?

Alma 60: 23

Do ye suppose that God will look upon you as guiltless while ye sit still and behold these things?

Love these verses!  Love the principle of action. 

“Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.”
~ St. Augustine

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Our Week

Monday was a school holiday.  The middle girls and I went to the park for a picnic that Sammi packed for us!

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Back home the little girls played outside

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Becca got her glasses adjusted.   Becca got new feathers put into her hair and everyone had friends over.

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Jan 22 008Tuesday we were back to the daily grind.  Becca has been sick for a while now.  She has lost five pounds over the last month and fifteen over the last quarter.  She is tired, (whiney), and lethargic.  Her lymph nodes are swollen.  I suspected mono.  So we went to the doctor who agreed that it sounded like textbook mono, but all her labs come back fine.  Sigh.  Seems she has inherited the Ball/Turpin curse of having unidentifiable illnesses.  We are going to check her thyroid on Monday. 

Other than that we were back to art, music therapy, OT, ST, 5th Grade Strings, the normal.   Sammi water colored a picture of our cookie jar.  Joy was so excited to see the swing come back in OT!  Bella loves music therapy! 

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Sammi continues to get praises for her clay figurines.  And my Jason – he LOVES to cook.  I had to take a picture!

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Wednesday Becca had what I would call a teacher in-service meeting to learn more about teaching music to 5th Graders.  She is so excited for her opportunity next year to work with the music teacher at Mittlestedt Elementary.

The rest of the week was normal.  Calls to doctors, clarification of orders, calls to pharmacies, more therapy, more lessons, more living.

I love to see the girls playing together!

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Sweet Bella

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Sammi and I made a library run.  We grabbed lunch (and cupcakes)!

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Joy being cute!                                                        Sammi’s fun hair do

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The weather has been in the 70s here!  My plants are so confused!  And it has happened – Sammi is now officially taller than Becca.

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Saturday the girls went for a bike ride and came home with some friends.  I love that the first thing they do is introduce their friends to Bella and Joy.  And I love that their friends play with my babies!

Jessi teaching her friend how to sign “apple.”   Playing outside

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Lizzy had to play outside in the water – it’s January, right?  Sammi went to a Beehive activity.  They made pizzas.  Sammi brought the ingredients to make our famous peanut butter pizza.  It was quite a hit. 

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Joy came in the bathroom while Becca was doing her make-up, so Becca put some on Joy.  She is such a pretty girl!

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Saturday night we tried out a new hair do – sock curls.  Lizzy looked really cute!

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Jason read this article on Meridian Magazine this week.  I think it might be life changing!  He is eating differently.  He is talking about food and exercise.  He has been to the weight room at our clubhouse twice this week.  I have to say that I am so very, very proud of him.  I love him whether he is 300 pounds or 200 pounds.  I love him for the man he is, for his gentleness, and the way he cares for his family and me.  But I know this is something that he thinks about and struggles with.  I love to see the light and excitement in his eyes when he talks about this!