Saturday, October 31, 2009

trick or treat 09

Look what I found growing outside...At two months old you...
-are eleven pounds and ten ounces and twenty-one inches long
-are out of the preemie clothes and into 0-3 months
-are happiest first thing in the morning
-smile for your daddy the most
-have turned mommy's perfectionism world upside down (house is always a mess it seems...and the funny thing is...I don't care! :)...laundry is still a challenge to keep up with...and there is a layer of dust on all the furniture...if you know me well, you know that this is not me at all. It's been good for me to let go of the perfectionism and enjoy this stage of life that I'm in right now...a challenge, but good for me. :)
This was your sweet little Halloween costume I found at a resale shop...just your size.With all the adjustments and craziness around here already...why not throw in a knee surgery.

Kevin has been dealing with pain in his knees for quite some time now and it was time to do something about it. I had both the girls with me that day in the waiting room along with all our gear...diaper bag, car seat, Thermos to hold hot water for baby's bottles, my purse and kaiya's busy bag. I'm sure we looked like quite the do what you have to do...right? Since I wasn't sure what to expect with the whole surgery thing, I was quite relieved to see a nurse with a familiar face...thanks Cheryl for all your extra attention and care that meant alot!
Surgery went very well and very fast...thankfully. Baby slept the whole time and Nurse Cheryl kept Kaiya content with peanut butter crackers in the recovery room. We got everyone home and our patient settled and comfortable. I was a good nurse for maybe a day...then it got really old fast. :) I don't think either of us realized how difficult this all would be with baby only two months old. I think in my mind I was thinking "it's only an outpatient procedure...he'll be fine by the weekend." Boy, was I wrong. Kevin had to use a CPM machine for six hours a day for 21 days...which meant laying down with his leg on a machine that went up and down...which meant no more help from hubby with much of anything. He had to be on crutches for four weeks...which meant I had to make about a thousand trips in and out of the house whenever we would go anywhere and had to drive (I don't enjoy driving). I crashed in bed every night...exhausted. All that complaining though was really quite selfish of me...and I did complain a time or two or three or four. When I took the focus off myself, I was reminded of how much he helps me and how thankful I am that it was something that could heal....I take our health and mobility for granted. I'm sure it was only a taste of what some have to go through on a long term basis. He was a good patient and helped whenever he could...probably doing more than he should at times because he knew how tired I was. The laundry stayed caught up during that time because I had a good folder. :)

We had planned a date night only three days after his surgery...we had a babysitter lined up and everything. I told him we should cancel, but he wanted to go ahead. I was glad we did. It was just what I needed. Here we are at Target doing some Christmas shopping. Baby got to come along too.

The kids were so proud of their brother/sister shirts I found.
Trick or Treating 2009Kaiya(chicken), Caedmon(firefighter), Lexi(princess ballerina), Rylie(go go girl), Emmi(little bo peep)It was a rainy evening, but warm. Kevin stayed in the van with our little daisy baby since he was on crutches...then joined us at Wal-mart to finish.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Home From Costa Rica...for a little while

Kevin's brother and his wife and family were home recently for a few short weeks. What joy to see them and touch them all again. To look them in the eyes and give squeeze and kiss their kiddos and watch them play with their is a tremendous blessing to have them in our lives whether here or many miles away!It's true...we sometimes take the time we have with those we love for granted...and when they're not there you realize just how valuable the times we have together are. I loved having them home and of course wished that it could have been longer. They got to meet Luca for the first time.Sunday lunch at Grandma's house - Karis & KaiyaWhen they left a year ago, Jeremy was a tiny little baby. I think our whole family tried to make up the squeezing time and loving on the poor little guy. Great Grandma B. and Luca Great Grandma G. and LucaI like you in blue.

I'm glad Lyndon and Krista could make a stop at our house while they were here. What a treat to wake up and have them sleeping on my couches!
Enjoyed our breakfast and conversation!

And here is Kaiya and Karis on our little shopping adventure having fun together running around in the stores.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Four in the Fall

One sweet little four-year-old enjoying a warm Fall day.These pictures were taken in record time...quick and to the point. Planned picture taking is hard to come by around here right now, but we had fun. My little girl is growing up right before my eyes. She wants to be big...she talks like a teenager sometimes, loves to put on make-up and will try anything. I will try to soak up her four-year-old moments, for they are quickly passing us by. But when I see this little baby face it reminds me that yes... she's still my little girl...for such a time as this. Our little social butterfly...wherever we go, she usually knows every one's name by the time we leave.
So happy, so funny, so absolutely undeniably full of life and love!

So brave.

So helpful and encouraging.

So sweet!
That's my Kaiya!

Lord, I come to you in Jesus' name and give Kaiya to You. I'm convinced that You alone know what is best for her. You alone know what she needs.

Thank You , Lord, for the precious gift of this child. Because Your Word says that every good gift comes from You, I know that You have given her to me to care for and raise. Help me to do that. Help me to live in the joy and peace of knowing that You are in control. I rely on You for everything, and this day I trust my child to You and release her into Your hands.

In Jesus Name,


-Stormie Omartian

Saturday, October 17, 2009

baby, it's cold outside

We've had to break out the winter coats with temps falling below freezing already. There has also been a few sightings of the white stuff around here. Way too early if you ask me. We're keeping warm and cozy in our little home though.

Bedtime story time with daddy.
Kaiya thought it was so great that she matched her baby sister so we had to grab the camera.Sweet sisters forever!
And we finally caught that sweet smile on camera.

My nephew is the drum major and plays the drums in the marching band for his school. We wanted to watch his final performance for high school. This was senior night. Their band made it to semi-state competition this year. Way to go EHS!

Luca's first football game.
All bundled up and warm.

Sweet Emmi Klair
Caedmon is in heaven watching his favorite sport.

Kaiya didn't sit still the whole game...up and down the bleachers a thousand times. She had fun running around with her cousins.

Niece Maci is in the color guard.
Baby, it's cold outside!!!

Jake doin' his thing.

Soccer Awards Ceremony

Caedmon's team and coach This was picture day after the first week of practice. Can you believe someones mom would forget about picture day? What kind of a mom would forget about picture day?!!! Well I do have an was taken the week of Luca's birth and things were a little crazy around here. :)

Quote of the day:

(Not from my children, but one I recently saw and thought was so good.)"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."