Thursday, May 21, 2009

I think I need Super Nanny!

I totally took advantage of how wonderful the past year was where my two youngest children would be in bed no later than 7:30 pm. I could spend some one-on-one time with Brooklyn, or let her entertain herself while I had my own "quiet time". This past week, Tallan has been fighting bed time with every ounce of energy he had left after each busy day. I can't get him to stay in bed if it's before 9pm! Seriously, don't tell on me, but we even had to rig his door so he couldn't get out because most times he quietly climbs in Keslie's crib with her and wakes her up too. Tonight was the night of all nights though. After too many chances to stay in bed with the door open, I closed it. Less than 30 seconds later, it sounded like a bomb went off in his room. I opened the door to find his baskets of clothes all over the room, his books scattered across the floor, and the mattress off his toddler bed! I grabbed everything...EVERYTHING...out of his room except his bed, pillow, and blanket. I even moved his changing table out of the room so he couldn't climb on that or knock it into the wall anymore. Closed the door.

Two seconds later, another blast from the room.

Time for a heavier bed...and possibly some anger management classes?!

A sweet ending to my story: We put his bed back together and he laid down. He was fast asleep less than 3 minutes later. I already like him again.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


Give me a "V" dot the "i" curl the c-t-o-r-y! VICTORY!

Way to go, Jenn! My sister just won the election today for Gilbert town council with the highest number of votes! So proud of her and all of her hard work! Love you, Jenn!

Thursday, May 07, 2009

could have been better...

What a crazy day. I took the day off of work to spend it with my mom, Brian, (mom's husband), my sister, Val, brother Joel, and some of Brian's kids as well. Sounds more glorious and fun than it really was. We spent the day up at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake. More tests and more results. Cancer is in her brain. She doesn't qualify for the clinical study anymore. Radiation is next, but first back to Huntsman on Tuesday of next week for a consult with the radiologist. All of the details are on the blog following her here.

Today was also Keslie's first birthday. It's a good think she is too young to remember that I spent most of the day crying and have been so preoccupied with everything else lately that I didn't even get her a present or make her a cake. We'll make it up to her. We did run out the door last minute to get some pizza when I realized it was 6:15 and my kids were probably hungry. I forgot to make dinner tonight. We do just love that sassy little girl though. She is stubborn and feisty and only loves her momma. She's just barely army crawling and still only has her two little bottom teeth. She is still even wearing 3-6 month clothes. I'm not worried. I think she's doing me a favor by being slow to be mobile. And she eats more than Brooklyn and Tallan combined so I know nutrition is not an issue. She's just a petite little girl.

Here are a lot of pictures of what has been going on with us the past month and a half. Better late than never, right?!

We decorated Easter eggs and did the annual egg hunt at the Creer's.

Brooklyn had her preschool graduation! Off to Kindergarten next year! I can't believe it! Brooklyn was so lucky to have her grandma and grandpa Flinders come to celebrate. She had a great year at preschool with Mrs. Ockey and the year ended just in time. Mrs. Ockey had her baby a week later!

Brooklyn and her BFF, Sydney. We are pretty nervous about the boys coming after these girls in the years to come!

The tulip festival at Thanksgiving Point. So beautiful!

Bridal Shower for my step-sister, Nicki.

And finally, some pictures to document the day of Keslie's birthday.

Just wanted to give a special thanks for all of the thoughts, prayers, flowers, cards, cookies, etc. I have the best friends and neighbors and family. You are all wonderful. THANK YOU!

Sunday, May 03, 2009


After 3 long weeks of lots of tests and lots of waiting my mom was diagnosed with Adenocarcinoma. Lung cancer. My mom. Who has never smoked a day in her life. Who has never been in a smoke filled environment. Lung cancer. "Why?" doesn't even begin to cover what questions are running through my mind. A few more tests and appointments this week and then the fight begins. My mom is strong. She will beat the odds. She will break all rules of cancer survival. Sorry, dad, but there are more of us fighting to have her from this side. You will have to wait before you get her again.

My sister, Val, started this great blog to document the journey. Feel free to check in and see how we are all doing.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

A quote from my mom...

For those who are interested,

"Everything that could go right, is going right. Except for the part that is going wrong."

Leave it to my mom to always try and be positive. She is absolutely amazing. What would I do without her?