Tuesday, April 28, 2009


The other day, Tarek came up to me and stated..
"Mom, I'm having a bad day!"
Me:I'm sorry, I hope it gets better.
Tarek: Did you know that if you are having a bad day, you can say a prayer to Jesus and he can make it better!
Me: Maybe you should try that.
Tarek: (getting a little embarrassed, walks behind the couch where he thinks I can't hear him and says a prayer) "Dear Heavenly Father, please bless that my Dad can come home from work and play the Wii with me.....
Me: Did that work? Are you having a better day?
Tarek: Yep!

So cute! I love that he is actually learning a few positive things along with all the misinformation that his dad continues to teach him. He is completely convinced that he can speak Spanish. (basement = downstairs in Spanish: snot = boogie in Spanish; etc...) I love how sweet and innocent he still is and that he is such a great kid.

Monday, April 13, 2009


This weekend has been full of fun and activities, family and lots of food. To start to weekend, Dan's parents, sister and her family came up for the weekend. We went to a neighborhood Easter egg hunt for the kids Saturday morning and then met up with Dan's brother and his family for a trip to the zoo and the park Saturday afternoon. Saturday night I took the kids over to their motel and took the kids swimming. They were completely worn out by the time we got home that night. The Easter Bunny paid a visit that night and left some cute outfits, along with a few toys and treats for the kids.

Sunday morning we got the kids all bathed and off to church where Dan was able to bless Dreyken. We were so grateful to have so many family members there, I know it is not always easy to make it to everything and we really appreciate those that made it. It is nice to have such a great family.

Dan's family came back to my house where we were able to have a wonderful dinner before they headed back to Utah. We then took my kids over to Terry and Debie's house where they got to do another Easter egg hunt with all the cousins. Thanks to those who put it together. On our way over Kalli and Tarek had a funny conversation in the back seat.
KALLI: Tarek, don't you want to be my very best friend in the whole world?
TAREK: (with his head in his hands) (sigh..) I just don't know about girls.
Anyway, we had a great Easter weekend and really enjoyed getting to spend such a special holiday with family.

Thursday, April 9, 2009


So I am very grateful for the conference talks that were given on Sunday about trials and that things could be worse and if we keep trying, we can get through them. When I took Dreyken in for her two month check-up I had a conversation with her Doctor about her head, it had started to grow a little lop sided and was just getting worse. He checked her out and said that we may need to put her in a helmet in order to get her head corrected. This would mean wearing a helmet on her head for the next year. We decided that we would make an effort to get her to lay differently on her head for the next two months and if things don't get better than the helmet will start. I didn't think this would be that hard, however, she REALLY hated laying on her other side and therefore wasn't sleeping at night. I took her in to see the Chiropractor that has been working on my back and hips the last few weeks, and after checking her neck he discovered that she has some issues with the bones and muscles in her neck causing her to only be able to turn her head one way. Luckily, he has worked on kids with this problem before and she has begun to make some progress and is now more willing to turn her head in both directions, this has also helped somewhat with her head, though it is still a little crooked. Hopefully with a few more weeks of therapy we can avoid the helmet.

As if going to the chiropractor three, sometimes four times a week isn't hard enough, Tarek started throwing up again. Yes, I know he is always sick, we are blessing Dreyken on Sunday, and it seems as though anytime we are getting together with family he gets something,so I decided to take him in. The doctor believes he has some asthma, something that runs in Dan's family, and wants him to do breathing treatments for the next few weeks along with three types of medications. He also wanted to have a chest x-ray done. So while Brooke watched Dreyken, Tarek and I headed to the hospital for the x-ray. Apparently, he is developing some pneumonia, so it was a good thing we got him in. Hopefully things will improve.

I really am grateful for the talks from conferences, as they have helped me keep this week in perspective. I am blessed with great kids and have so many blessings. I know my trials are minimal compared to many and for that I am truly grateful. I know things will get better and we will all be just fine, but it sure does seems as though when one trial comes, many follow. Thankfully our trials make us stronger and better people.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


Dreyken has really started to enjoy water and is getting to big for her infant bathtub, so today I put her into the real tub with just a little water. She was so happy and cute and loved splashing around, that I had just had to get a picture of her.