Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Brook's 4th Birthday

Brook and Hayden (cousins) share a birthday- 1 year apart

Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas 2009

Everyone got new PJ's from Papa and Patty on Christmas Eve. Bob got "Grandma Pants"
Brook got Dora
Janna got Hannah Montana
Suzee got fuzzy clothes
Lilly got a unicorn
James got aliens that he wants to wear day and night
Emma got a cat and polka dots
Abbey got Ballet slippers with polka dots
See us coming down the stairs on Christmas morning. That's me all wrapped up in a blanket holding the puke bowl. Yep. I was sick Christmas day.
Janna chose to open several presents as a dog. No explanation.
All the kids tore into the group gifts together.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Ranch Trip 12/12/09

We took a trip out to the ranch a week ago Saturday to get some work done. Jay was in the bulldozer. Jay, Jr. and Robert were on skid steers. The rest of us took turns in the Ranger. We collected rocks throughout the area they were rebuilding a water tank. We dumped the rocks at the top to pack in with the dirt as a form of erosion control. Through no fault of her own, Brook's face and arm met with a mesquite bush. She was a good sport about it once we got her some bandaids. We even got grandma on the bulldozer.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


I'm getting a little nervous. A week ago Friday we witnessed an accident. I had 6 children with me (Brook was with Cami and James was with Jay). We had left the bank and were heading home to get dinner ready. I pulled onto Hwy 191 (we live on this street) and there was a motorcyclist traveling in front of us, going the same direction as us- south. I saw a car turning left in front of the motorcycle, and thought my depth perception was just off when I thought they were going to collide. I started yelling "Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh." The motorcycle hit the car, and it's rider flipped over the car and landed on the street. Hard. No helmet. I slammed on the brakes (it's on a 35 mph zone, so we weren't going too fast) and put my hazards on. I got out and dialed 911, and told the kids, in no uncertain terms, they were not to get out of the car. The man immediately began seizing, and his left leg was badly broken. I was afraid to go close to him for fear he might be dead. No helmet. My kids were glued to the front windshield of the van trying to see what was happening. Two other women in scrubs stopped. I was glad they were nurses. The man tried to stand up on his broken leg- obviously unaware of his situation. The two women convinced him to stay down. A police officer arrived- a friend of Jay's dad. I told her what I saw, and she asked me to wait around. I put a sweatshirt on because it got cold. More police came, and an ambulance. They cut his pants off, got the motocycle off the road, got traffic diverted, etc. When the medics were taking care of the man, the police got my statement, and told me I could leave. I left before they got him in the ambulance.

Yesterday this man's mother called to thank me for helping. I didn't really help. I watched. I told her it was okay for the insurance to contact me if they had any questions. It was pretty obvious that the 83-year-old woman driving the car just plain didn't see the motorcycle coming. She told me he had brain bleeds, a cracked skull (no helmet) and pins and plates in his ankle. He still has ringing in his ears. Black eyes, and pretty bruised up. She said he's doing as well as can be expected.

Sunday at 1:00 am, I was in and out of sleep when I heard a loud thud, followed by a huge flash of light. Either there was a storm I didn't know about, or someone had just taken out a power pole. I looked out the blinds from my bedroom window while Jay groggily asked what I was doing. There was a smashed up car on the said of the road. Jay went outside (in his underwear) to see what was going on. I peeked out too, then when our neighbor came out, went upstairs for clothes for Jay. He talked to our neighbor while still not fully clothed. I thought that was funny. After getting dressed, Jay walked out to the accident and found a friend of his who is a police officer. An officer had been following a car debating about whether or not to pull her over. I guess she wasn't driving too well. Next thing he knew, the car hit the telephone pole and snapped it in half. All the power was out. They said the woman walked away from the accident- her airbag had deployed. They found a bag of weed, and said she was definitely high. She's lucky she wasn't hurt. The power was out for over 7 hours. It was cold when we woke up in the morning- no heater all night. It came back on as we were getting the kids ready for school in the morning. I'd been wondering how to get through my day without power. No dishwasher, no laundry, no oven. That could have been disastrous. A big thank you to all the city and county employees who spent their night installing a new power pole.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Sunday, December 13, 2009

O, Christmas Tree

Well, after feeling very grinchy, grinchish, grinchlike, grinchesque for a few weeks, I finally decided it was time to put the tree up and get some decorations out. Amy Grant's "A Christmas Album" can't be outdone. It always puts me in a good mood. We walked the tree from the nursery to our house with a wagon. The older girls helped me get it set in the stand, and practically did all the decorations themselves.

Within the first 24 hours we had 3 broken ornaments. I had to invest in a few shatterproof ornaments to hopefully last us through one holiday season.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Saturday Was a Special Day....

We made cupcakes for Richard- his birthday was Sunday
Then, in a weak moment, I agreed to take 7 kids (Bob was working on the ranch with Jay) to the light parade on Main Street. We got red and green kettle corn, and enjoyed most of the parade, but left early when my children thought it was okay to crawl INSIDE the city's large tree to play tag.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Thanksgiving 2009

In no particular order:
Me stuffing my face.

Lilly on the roof of the playhouse.



Me and Suzee

Bob at Merry Main Street with a hot chocolate face.

Saturday the weather started to get a bit dreary.

Lilly, among others, enjoyed the pool.Everyone took turns cleaning out the leaves so the kids could swim.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Quick Trip

Cami and I made a quick trip to Mesa last Friday for supplies. We enjoyed a little time at the mall, had Olive Garden for lunch, went to Costco and stopped by Cole's soccer game.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

More Leaves

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

So Long, Farewell

Jake passed away yesterday too. No more dogs. The kids are dealing with it well, just sad. It's crazy to think that they all died so quickly. At least they're not suffering anymore.

Monday, November 16, 2009


Tiger didn't make it either. He just died this morning, and the kids don't know yet. So sad. Jay was with him all day yesterday, and he finally locked his jaw and refused to drink anything. Jake is pretty bad too. Not sure if he'll make it either.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Jake and Tiger

Here's Jake
And Tiger and Jake wrestling

And then she's gone...

Apparently Bella's shyness and calmness wasn't just shyness and calmness. We think that by the time we got her- just a week ago- she had parvo. She died yesterday. I found her out in her cage. Not fun. Maybe we'll get another dog. Today Tiger started showing signs of being sick as well, so the cage has to be moved, and everything disinfected. So sad.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Leaves Are Falling All Around

So many fun things to do with leaves.