Monday, June 30, 2008

My hunny boy!!!

Last night when I was putting Riley to bed he said to me "mommy when I go on my mission I'm going to go to Mexico." I thought that was very interesting. I had to write it down so I would not forget things like that. It will be amazing if he really did go there. He is such a good boy. He loves being the big brother. He has a great testimony of the church and Jesus. He will be a great missionary someday. We are so proud of our little man.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Gone fishin'

So, today we took the kids to Fool's Hollow Lake to go fishing. We went with my sister Rebecca and her family. It was a very HOT day. Russ and the kids love to fish. It's even funner when you catch fish. Well we caught a lot of fish. Probably caught about 10 or so fish. None, not even one was a keeper. So sad. The kids just liked the fact that they were catching them, they didn't care we didn't keep them. Reese had a great time too. She slept the whole time. What a good baby. We had a really fun time.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Summer fun

Today was such a beautiful day. We have all been sick with a yucky cold, so today was the first day mommy felt up to doing much of anything. The kids went outside and played in the little yard pool and sprinklers. I took this really cute picture of my three monkeys looking so cute. I love my kids they are the best. I hope that we spend some fun times together this summer before Riley goes off to kindergarten. We did just get back from Utah this week-end. But that was for my grandpa's funeral so that wasn't much fun. It was a very quick trip and we all came home sick:(

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Reese Mae is 2 months old

Here is our little baby. Not so little anymore. Reese is 2 months old now. She is such a good baby. She is very happy most of the time. As you can see see LOVES to eat. She is almost 13 pounds. Her legs and arms are so chubby. We love making her smile. She is finding her voice and sometimes it takes her awhile but she gets it. It is so sweet when she coos and talks. She is no longer sleeping good at night. I believe it is due to the fact that she has been fighting a cold and her nose is very stuffy. She still sleeps pretty good considering. We love her so much and can't imagine what life was like before she came.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

To my husband- Happy Father's Day

For Father's Day this year the kids and I got Russ some Diamondback baseball tickets. We went to Phoenix on Friday and spent the day there. Then the game was that night. We stayed the night in a nice hotel. On Saturday we went shopping and a few other fun things. I have to say that even though the kids look grumpy in the pictures, we all had a great time. It was nice to spend time together as a family. That is one of the many things I love about Russ. He is fun to be around and he loves being with our family. He is a wonderful father and husband. He is a very hard worker and has made our family a successful business. He knows a little bit about everything. WE LOVE YOU DADDY!! Thanks for all you do for us.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

One year ago....

One year ago today, June 11, 2007 at around 1:30 p.m. Russ fell 30 feet off a roof and broke his back. Our lives changed that day. When we look back on this past year we realize just how blessed we are. When I heard the news I immediately got in the car and drove to the house where he fell. As I got to main street I saw the ambulance fly by. I started saying "that better not be for my husband." It was. I followed them strait to the house. The fire trucks were already there and Russ was laying on the ground in the garage. He looked like he wanted to die. They strapped him down and loaded him into the ambulance. Our first blessing-Randal just happened to be home and I was able to leave the kids for a minute until I could find someone else to be with them. So I hopped in the front seat of the ambulance and started to cry. My whole body was shaking and I was thinking that this could not be happening. Our whole marriage (8years) he had never been really sick or hurt. Now I was facing my worst fear. Our second blessing-on the way to the hospital I called all of our neighbors and friends to see if someone could stay with the kids-not knowing how long I would be-I finally got a hold of our dear neighbor Tink who lives just next door. She said not to worry that she would stay with the kids until I could make other arrangements. The ride from Snowflake to Show Low in that ambulance was the longest ride of my life. Russ was screaming in the back and the guys were screaming back and forth to each other things that I didn't understand. When we were almost there they pulled over and the driver and one of the guys in the back switched places. They told me that he had internal bleeding in his stomach and wanted to cut a hole and drain the blood. Our next blessing-they decided that since we were so close to the hospital they would just wait until we got to a sterile place. At the hospital I was finally able to talk to Russ and ask him what had happened he told me that the roof had no shingles and we had just drywalled this house. The home owner (who is one of our high councilmen) was there and wanted Russ to help him pull the plastic back down so the walls would stop getting wet. Russ being the nice guy he is told him he would go up and do this. It was of course raining pretty bad outside and so the plastic was slippery. When Russ fell he said he was going head first. Something turned him around and he landed on his butt-another blessing. Right where he fell the owners had just filled in a hole so the dirt was very loose. It was as soft as it could have been. He said he got the wind knocked out of him so he had to just lay there for awhile before he could yell for help. He knew immediately that his back was broken. The owner came running and as soon he saw him he gave him a blessing. Then he called 911. So, the doctor came and they started doing all their tests and stuff. The doctor said he did not have internal bleeding, but that his vertebra was shattered. They said they would have to fly him to Phoenix to an specialist and he would most likely have to have a surgery. While we were waiting to go in the helicopter our bishop and counselor came and gave him another blessing. I was not able to go in the helicopter with him so I would have to drive the 3 hours to the hospital. It was now 7:30 at night. I knew it was going to be a long night and a long drive. Russ's sister Robin that lives in Las Vegas as soon as she heard she left to come and stay with the kids. Our ward made arrangements for the kids until she got there-HUGE BLESSING!!! I knew my kids would be taken care of so I could take care of Russ. My good friend Angie said she would drive with me and stay that first night with me at the hospital. I am so grateful to her. I would not have made it physically and emotionally. When we got to St. Joseph's hospital at around 11 or 12 we found Russ in ICU. His nurse, Ann, said that he was on morphine and that we would have to wait to talk to the specialist in the morning to see if he would in fact have to have surgery. Russ was in so much pain. He would be talking to me and then fall asleep for a few minutes then wake up and forget who was there and what was going on at the moment. The one thing he didn't forget was the pain. I felt so helpless. Seeing him suffer so horribly was one of the hardest things I have done this far in my life. Dr. Nicholas Theodore was the specialist that worked with Russ. He said his L2 vertebrae was more than half scattered. 9 out of 10 people that he saw with this injury would be paralyzed. Russ was able to move his toes and later he moved his legs. That was a miracle, all the doctors wanted to know how and why. We wanted to tell them it was because of the priesthood. One doctor told us that Russ being able to move his feet and legs after this kind of injury was like having a plane crash to the ground and everyone dies, but he gets up and walks away with out a scratch. Russ spent 5 days in ICU and was sent home in a back brace. It looked like a turtle shell. He spent 4 months in that brace. That was hard on him because we own a business and he has to be doing things all the time. He HATED having to lay flat and take it easy. Each time he would go back to the doctor he was more and more impressed at how well he was doing. Today if you didn't know you would never even think he had a broken back. I know that the Lord preserved his life that day. I know that the priesthood healed him. I am so grateful for this experience. It has made us stronger and more patient. Russ is doing great and today he is being very careful and not going on any roofs.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Riley turns 5

Riley turned 5 on June 6th. He wanted a Hulk theme. It was so hard to find that kind of stuff right now. Luckily, they are coming out with a new Hulk movie soon so we were able to get him some Hulk toys. So I found purple and green table cloth and plates and napkins. He thought on his own that we would have green and purple foods. He wanted peanut butter and grape jelly sandwiches. Green apples, purple plums, green grapes. Then we had green potato chips and purple kool-aid. I thought he was pretty smart for thinking of that.

He had 8 friends come over. It was a very nice day so we played in the sprinkler and had water balloons and water guns. They did a pinata and colored Hulk pictures. Of course his favorite part was the presents. He LOVES to dress up as super hero's. He got a Hulk dress up costume and a Batman one. Russ and I got him a Spider man scooter and helmet. He loved it. We all had a good time. Oh-I got him sparkler candles. They were really like sparklers. The funny thing was he would blow them out but they kept coming back. He was laughing so hard he couldn't blow them anymore. Funny little hunny boy. I love him.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Sweet Angel

What a blessing it is to have a new, sweet, little baby. Reese is such a joy to our family. We all adore her. Riley and Raegan love being the big brother and sister. She is such a good baby and a blessing to our family.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Reesie's Blessing Day

Today was a special day. Russ gave Reese a name and a blessing. It was very special blessing. He blessed her to be an example of the gospel. To be kind to those around her. That she will find an eternal companion and have a family. It was so amazing to see all the priesthood holders that we love and who are so close to us, all gathered together for one little angel from Heavenly Father. We are so grateful for the gospel and the knowledge we have of eternal families. It makes all of life's trails worth it in the end.