Thursday, April 29, 2010

Celebrate Cache's Birthday

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

8 Years and Counting

Today marks the day that 8 years ago Eric and I said “I do.” In the 10 years, we have been together we have had many, many ups, and many downs. I can’t say they have all been happy ones, but I can say we never stopped loving each other. We have never lost site of what was important and the commitment we have to each other and our children.
In 10 years Eric and I have lived in 8 homes, 2 states, spent approximately 40 days in a NICU, approximately 9 days in a PICU, had an appendix out, and many, many more hospitalizations. We have had cardiologists, pulmonologists, neonatologisits, cardiothorascic surgeons, ENT’s, audiologists, general surgeons, anesthesiologists, dentists, orthodonisists, pediatricians, physical therapists, speech pathologists, neurologists, and that list goes on and on. We have had sick parents, have had to handle split families, been well off to broke, we both have had demanding carriers and gave them both up for our children, I had a job that required me to travel all over the country while Eric took care of our new infant and other children, had an unexpected wonderful little girl, I have worked full time, part-time, many nights, many weekends, to staying home and going to school.
We have also been very fortunate to have each other, and been blessed with five of the most important days of our lives: April 20, 2002, October 8, 1994, April 11, 2003, May 18, 2005, and September 12, 2006. We have had many great healthcare workers that have saved the four most important things to us. Have great parents who have helped us and supported us through the 10 years we have been together. We have siblings that are always helping us when we need them the most. Extended family that has been great supporters. Wonderful friends who have seen us through it all and new friends that have begun to help us through the rest of our journey.
Eric and I have defied many odds and managed to make it through many obstacles that would have broken other marriages. The journey so far has been hard and lots of work, but been worth every bad day, tears dropped, little fights, smiles made, love grown, happiness made, laughter heard, and the memories made and the many more to come.
I love you, Eric, more then anything and I could not have picked a better life partner and a person to raise four of the most amazing kids! Happy 8 with many, many more to come!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Here comes Peter Cotton Tail

Easter time again. This year things were a little more scaled down, but we still had a great time. We spent Saturday with some of Eric's family. We went bowling (I beat Eric on the first game! hehe). Although Starla's husband, Scott, dominated the second game and bowled over 200. Then we went over to his sisters, Starla, who is totally awesome had things all ready for the kids to dye eggs. She had all sorts of things for them to use and they were loving it! They then hunted for eggs in their back yard. Her older ones are so great and helped my little ones find them all. Nothing like seeing BIG guys caring around little kids. Starla has some pretty great kids and I have really enjoyed getting to know them. We also played some Rock Band, but I am a little rusty at the singing. I need to get back in the swing of things since our XBox is all fixed now. We dropped York off at his mom's house on our way back home. We got home so late, Eric and I made the kids some grilled cheese and tomato soup for dinner. Not fancy but the kids loved it. We were all beat and the kids finally crashed so the Easter Bunny could come.

The next morning Mason was the first one up. Which is no surprise he is like his Dad and is an early riser. We told him to wait but he could go look at his basket, but of course he wanted everyone to wake-up, so we did. The kids loved their baskets. The bunny brought them all some clothes and the boys a game, and Dylann some Princess hair supplies. Of course he brought a bunch of candy too. The bunny hid eggs all over the house so the kids raced to find them all. Dylann only wanted the pink and purple ones. We usually have my family over for dinner and we do a HUGE hunt with all the kids. This year everyone had plans so it was just Eric and I with the little kids. It was kind of nice but lonely all at the same time. The bonus of this was that Eric's mom sent us a wonderful dinner from Honey Baked ham. So all I had to do is warm it up and put it on plates. It was very nice and super yummy. None of us got dressed up in our cute Easter cloths which I had bought. It was a good Easter, but I wish we could have gotten my family together. It is kind of sad how life gets so busy and you can't make time for what matters the most. I hope you all had a wonderful Easter, as I know I have been blessed so much this year already.

Dylann may have a lil' Lindsay in her

So my beautiful spunky little girl started dance. She LOVES it. She is also pretty good considering it is her fist time. Here are some shots from her first day...

Quick Cache Update

We were in and out the next day! All went great and he has healed up nicely. Tuesday was his first day back to school and loved it. Then we woke-up the next day with croup like his sister, so he has missed the rest of the week. I hope they are all better by the weekend. Other the the croup he is doing awesome and back to his old monster self. Love that strong boy!