Tuesday, March 29, 2011


While sitting in the doctors office today, I asked Cami where her nose was... AND she pointed!!! I thought I'd push it some more, and asked her where her eyes were, AND she pointed!!! (And yes, poor Grant has strep throat, poor little guy!!)

And she has started talking... She officially says "shoes". And I dropped a cup and she picked it up and said, "here go". I thought, nah, so I dropped it again. And sure enough, she came back and said, "here go".

Sigh... She's growing up to fast!!!


Well, not sure about the name. Every animal of ours that I've been able to name, I've chosen an animal I knew that was good. I named Toby, our dog, after a dog that was my Grandma and Grandpa's neighbors dog... He was a great dog, and our Toby has been a great dog too! So my vote is Harley. I know, I know, so many dogs are named that, but my cousin had a dog, Harley, and it was a good dog.

Open for suggestions.

Anyways, we really like her, and glad we had some space for her!

First Leg, Ostrich Farm

My apologies now, because I have so many pictures, and limited time, I decided to break my post up into a few. With Cami sleeping, I had better get started on our trip!

A few months ago, Mark and I started talking about taking a vacation before the baby arrives. We decided to go to San Diego over Easter weekend. A few weeks ago, I found out that a very close friend of mine was going to be through the temple! She has worked so hard for this, and I really wanted to be there to support her. Mark was awesome and let me change our plans, and go to Utah instead. I bought Mark a plane ticket so that he could fly up later in the week and spend some time with us, and this would help him not miss so much work.

Our trip started out Thursday March 17th! My friend's kid was out on spring break and so I invited her to the ostrich farm just outside of Picacho Peak. We met there and had a great time!

Cami was so funny about the animals. She did not like them being so close to her!!

Grant was a different story. This kid can run through the Tucson zoo in 15 minutes, no exaggeration! This kept him a little busier, but he still ran from one thing to the next. At one point he ran into someone else's family picture. I felt really bad, but they poke a joke about the son they never had (they too had blond hair and blue eyes).

Again, Cami was not sure about these strange new animals. She did finally feed the goats, but it didn't last long!!

The last part of our day was spent in Picacho Peak Park. I have MANY memories hiking this mountain when I was little. We had a picnic and let the kids play on the play ground... Ironically, the same ones I use to play on, they haven't changed them!!

We were able to take a hike up to the kids "cave". I'd have to say, it was a pretty fun afternoon, and I know the kids LOVED it too. I would suggest stopping by and feeding the animals, pretty good entertainment for 5 dollars!!

More parts of our trip to follow...

Thursday, March 10, 2011

My Grant

This kid sure is teaching me a lot. I would LOVE to say that parenting him is so easy, blah blah blah. But it is not all fun and games. I'm not sure if it is because he is my first, or because my mom's curse has come true and I did end up with a child just like me. But with it all said and done, he is my world, and there is nothing I wouldn't do for him. He is the biggest sweetheart I have ever known, and he has the strongest will I have ever known. I some times complain about Grant on facebook, probably something I shouldn't do, but I have. I received a message from one of my aunts, who probably knows what it is like to have a free spirited little boy. She talked about him in a tree sense.

And it made perfect sense.

I want him to grow tall and strong. I don't want to break him or his spirit. And as my Aunt put it, "I like to think of children as trees, they are defined, oak, willow what have you, it is our responsibility as their parent to help that tree grow straight and tall, develop into the tree they are destined to become".

I love my Grant, with every piece of me. One of my biggest challenges with him is that he is so so so busy. About a month ago he got sick and I slept with him for a few nights. I quickly noticed that he would stop breathing for a few seconds and then wake up. Hmmm, I know that's not normal. Grant also snores like CRAZY, and can soak a pillow in drool. I also started noticing that when he would nap (which is never) he looked like he was using everything to get air in, and he would be propped up. After my cousin, Alison, started posting about her son and him having his tonsils out, I started to wonder about Grant and if some of his issues were related to that. Two weeks ago, I was at church and heard a group of moms talking about some of the same issues Grant is having, and sure enough it was due to their tonsils.

Then came paranoia. Could Grant have issues with is tonsils?? I didn't want to go to his primary dr, and so I did research and found and ENT in Tucson. Mark wasn't giving me feed back, and so I went a head and made the appointment. As it got closer, I started freaking out. Was I just being paranoid? What if Grant did have to have his out... Could I make him go through with it?? It's a big deal to me, I can't replace my Grant.

On Tuesday, Grant and I went to Tucson to see this ENT. The office was so nice, and the staff was friendly. His appointment wasn't until 2, but we were there early and they got us in right away. The Doctor came in and talked to Grant and then examined him. Sure enough, he was at a 3 out of 4 in size for tonsils, and he said they would need to come out. But just to be sure, and to calm my nerves, I called his primary dr and got him in right away. So yesterday we went to see his primary dr. He said they were medium. I then told him about going to the ENT, and to my surprise he had heard of this dr and had nothing but great things to say. When he was working in Tucson, he sent his patients to him. Uh, I randomly picked this ENT, and yet my dr down here knew him. Awesome! He advised me to go ahead with the surgery and to listen to the ENT.

So I'm a little freaked out. On Tuesday night I cried for probably an hour or two. I had no idea what to do. I don't want anything to happen to Grant. But after praying long and hard, I just felt that I would know what to do and it would be ok.

My poor little guy has to have surgery. As a concerned parent, I'm nervous, but I want the best for him. The ENT assured me that it would help Grant. Some of his actions/busy body was because he is tired. When a child is tired, they tend to listen less and become a little more aggressive. It can also affect them in school, and create behavior problems. If this surgery can help Grant sleep better, some of the problems can be helped and also prevented in the future.
So this is my LONG post about my Grant.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A day in the life of... me!

You know it's sad when you get excited over getting a mirror in the bathroom. BUT in my defense, it has been over a year since we've had one there!!!!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Who looks like who?

I always get stopped and told that Cami looks just like her mommy. When I look at her, I don't see it, I see well the cutest little thing that walked the earth. At Mark's uncle's funeral, all of Mark's Aunts said that Cami looked just like Ruth when she was a baby. But then I have people insisting that Cami looks just like Mark... Who looks like who??

This is me at 6 months. Cami does have some of the same facial features.

(Can I just brag?? I married the cutest man ever!!!)

I haven't seen baby baby pictures of Ruth... But I do think that Mark looks like a Thude. Therefore, Cami looks like Mark, who looks like Ruth, who looks like... Hmmm, I'm not 100% sure on that. But I think that everyone wins when they says "Cami looks like..."