Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Maybe I Should Just Post Pictures

I was going through the last year of posts, which sadly, is like, 6, and realized a theme- I always end each one with 'look out for more pictures later', and then? Never happens. I am such a procrastinator. Then I think about it again, and think, 'eh, what's the use now?' Gosh I have issues.
 These were taken in Costa Mesa, June 2010. Chris had a few weeks of training and since work paid for him to stayin a hotel down there, we joined him! Although it was too cold to go in the water at the beach, we visited a few times. Can I just say that the OC has the best weather?!?!? And shopping?!?
The Family on Halloween. They boys and I were ghosts and Chris was a Ghostbuster. I had ditched the way-too-much costume by this point. Brought me back to my HS days when I made a Hershey Kiss costume. WHAT was I thinking?!?!?!?

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Really, I am alive!

SOOO, its been, oh 4 months or so since I posted. Although I read and catch up on everyone's blogs, I guess I don't think I have anything worth writting. So here is what's going on with us- it will work for now, right??
We started talking about buying another house last May. After lots of phone calls, investigating, making sure we could handle two mortgages, etc, we decided to go for it! We started looking, didn't find anything worth moving, and took a break.

Zander had surgery in October to correct his shoulder. He was born with a disorder called  Sprengle's Deformity. We knew this way back when he was 5 mo old, in the NICU with RSV. This surgery was planned, all went pretty well. His orthopaedic surgeon preforms 95% of this surgery, nationwide. We were thrilled to work with him down at CHLA. (REALLY, the best so. Cal childrens hospital). He was great in the hospital after, they let us go home less than 24 hours later! A few days later, though, he got really sick, he was breathing very hard and I knew we were in for another ER visit. Instead of driving all the way down to LA, we took him to Loma Linda, where they admitted him for pnenmonia. Dr. Skaggs (surgeon) said it was normal, since he was in his body for a long time, air most likely got trapped and messed up his lungs. We stayed down there for 3 days and he was great. Super trooper! We started PT two weeks later and although he hated the pulling and tugging on his arm, he loved playing! Miss Laurie was his therapist, and lucky for us, had been a preschool teacher for 20 years! She knew exactly how to work with him. He painted, played games and had a ball. We continued that until the end of Febuary. Pre-surgery, Dr. Skaggs said we could expect 30-40 degrees improvement in his range of motion. After all that hard PT, he has 60%! We were thrilled! So he is doing great. Learning to use it just as much as his other hand/arm.

Back to the house- we started looking again in November. Found one we liked, but didn't love, mainly because it needed lots of work. The bones were good, but it was super smelly and very dirty. But it was huge and we liked the floor plan. So we put in an offer, and we got it! We got the keys (well, basically, we broke in) February 4th, ripped out carpets, painted the entire house (after scrubbing every single wall. . . ) redid the floors in the kitchen, and cleaned really well and moved in the 12th. It was a crazy week, let me tell you, but worth it. We are finally starting to feel like its home. Still don't have anything up on the walls, but hey, we put curtains up on the sliding glass door in the kitchen, does that count as something?!?! Its still a work in progress. We have huge plans for it, but with huge plans come lots of work, lots of energy and lots of money!!!

So, the biggest news (which MOST of you already know) is that we are going to have another baby!! We have been ready for about 9 months now for another, and you know? I really know that Heavenly Father saw wisdom in my not being pregnant while Zander went through surgery, or while we shopped for houses, or packed up our old house, or got this one ready. .. .HE KNOWS me and my weaknesses and strengths so much better than I do. Very glad I didn't get too whiney about not being pregnant before.

Well. This is really long. And wordy, and probably annoying. But its done, right?? I took some pictures of the house, but they aren't on my computer yet, so I will up load them next time. Thanks for reading this rant! Thanks for the love!!