Friday, December 13, 2013

List of kid things ...Mostly Cait because well we hang out all day

Caitlin tells me today:  Mom I am helping you eat your breakfast and that is nice because it is like service and service is like telling you that you are the best. "

Landon "Everyone tells me I have no bum, but if I have no bum then how would I poop"  I just wonder how long he thought about this.

Caitlin "I know it is snowing but can't you see how cute I look in these shorts!"

Caitlin  "Mom maybe you should watch My Little Ponies so you can learn to be a better friend"

Me:  Bubba say Momma is the best
Beckett:  Beckett is the Best.  (giant smile)

Saturday, November 16, 2013

A little Scare

Bubba ended up giving us a little scare.  He stopped drinking, crying, talking, playing or even moving at this point.  He had a fever of 103 but we were able to control it with ibprofrin and tylenol.  We were told these temps are very normal for the surgery he had.  But then his temp spiked to 104.4.  He also was in the same diaper all day long and could not stay awake for anything.  His poor little lips looked so dry.

A quick call to the ENT determined that we needed to go to the ER for an IV.  Christian hadn't even left work yet.  We have a couple of the best babysitters.  I called my neighbor and Kaylee was over in just seconds and already cleaning my kitchen and getting my kids dinner.  Let's just say the kitchen was not my priority for the day.

We got to the ER and they checked him out pretty quickly and agreed with my dr's phone call decision. They got an IV started. The nurse was so awesome.  She got this on a 19lb dehydrated kid quickly and on the first try.  I mean she should seriously be put on my Christmas list.

The ER doc said yes he is obviously dehydrated and he also has an ear infection.  The irony in this is that in the tonsillectomy literature states that the pain from the throat will have referred pain to the ear.  Children will pull at or complain about ear pain but 99% of the time it is NOT an ear infection.  So yes I did see him pull at his ear, but Caitlin had also complained of her ear hurting.  I figured it was referred pain and gave them Ibuprofen or Tylenol. Poor guy knew his ear was hurting.

He did say the incision in his mouth and the stitches on his palate looked good and did not look infected.

So we sat and watched a little HGTV while the IV ran.  They gave him double the amount of fluids for his weight and then infused the antibiotics in his IV.  We went home with his IV still in so we can return if needed and not have to start a new IV.

When we left the hospital and the IV was in still he jibber jabbered and then looked at his hand.  I know he was thinking they have forgotten to take something off.  I told him we are leaving it one.  And he just grunted at him.  Too tired to argue but obviously not happy about the situation.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Movie Night

Christian has been working on the ceiling in our living room so movie night or pretty much any play in there had to be relocated.  It makes it hard because they can't really go to the kitchen or anything else. I can easily put in movies for the three older ones, but containing the twins well that is a whole other story.  I don't always have time or energy to just be gone for 3 + hours with them on Friday and Saturday nights.  Our middle ground has been going and getting dinner and making that last as long as possible or until my eyes are burning of exhaustion then we come home and all stay in my room and watch a movie.  I put the twins in the tub and that last until Maci attempts to drown Bubba or whacks him over and over with a cup and then they join the others in my bed.  I knew I got a king size bed for some reason.

Bubba's surgery

Bubba had his tonsils and adenoids out too.  We purposefully made his the last surgery.  We were told because of how small he was, weight wise, he would have to be admitted into the hospital.  We were also told to expect for him to be re-admitted as well.  Fingers crossed he won't be re-admitted. 

Here he is before his surgery.  Dad is trying to make him more comfortable but you can tell it isn't working. 

They had to find the smallest gown and they only had the pink/purple ones and it was still huge on him.  Don't mind him he can't be bothered by looking at the camera because he is watching his "shows".

All three kids enjoyed the tvs that come right up to their faces.  No standing required.  Maybe Christian enjoyed it too.

Here are Bubba's giant tonsils.  His surgery took a lot longer than it was supposed to.  I was starting to get nervous.  Finally Dr. Porter came out and said that he is screaming mad and and doing well now but that we would definitely have to stay the night.  He gave the OR a pretty good scare.  He didn't want to wake up or breath on his own.  He didn't code or have to do CPR but they were nervous in there.  He didn't give me all the details but throughout the day I found that they did need to give him epinephrine, they had to do some treatments and some other things.  I know it was big enough that it was relayed to his nurses in pediatrics that it was a bit scary.  They had him in the PICU for a little bit before we could see him as well.  His airway is so small and this tonsils filled his throat and his adenoids were bigger than that.  It was a good move to have them removed.  We shouldn't have sleep apnea anymore.  And hopefully it will be easier for him to eat once he has healed.  He also received a little tear on his palate because his airway is so small so he has a few stitches.  I don't know that he has even noticed it. 

This is pretty close to how Bubba and I stayed the rest of the day.  Well actually it ended up more with him on top of me with his sweaty little body.  He got his bear from Dr. Porter and was his little buddy and he got a new pillow and blanky.  The Linus project is awesome.  Brenten has gotten them for his surgeries as well. The Epi made his BP and Heart rate so high so they had to watch that closely the rest of the day.  My poor little man.  

My poor little man finally let me get up.  It didn't last long and he got a car.  This one is his but they have a great play room on the peds floor.  Then they can bring toys back to their room.  

Last night was rough.  Dad came and stayed the night while Mom took the night shift with Cait and worked a few hours.  Dad got a minute or two of sleep with me thrashing about on top of him.  It was a lot of fun for both of us.  Then Dad went back to work and Mom came back in after working in the morning.  

He doesn't look it here but he was a grouchy beast.  We all, including the nurses, called him little hulk.  So much anger in one little body.  But the toothbrush made him happy for a few minutes.  His vitals were better and he had drank enough to make the Dr happy so we got to take this Baby Hulk home.  
Oh and they found a smaller boy gown.

Thanks to Grandmas and Grandpas and friends and to the Ped's floor all the help they gave us.  Everyone is seriously so awesome. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Mitzi's Miracles

THIS is what Caitlin does when she is high on Lortab.  The day she had surgery the anesthesia and then the pain meds made her face itch like crazy.  Later in the afternoon I took the twins outside for 10 -15 minutes.  When I came back in Cait had scissors in hand.  I have really had way too much going on to really care but  I was still shocked.  I felt I had properly brainwashed her.  Christian always tells her that he will cut her hair and she says no Mitzi cuts my hair.  I asked her why she had done this.  She said her hair was too long.  She wants it like mine.  And it was driving her face crazy.  It wasn't until later that I realized that she thought it was her hair that was making her face itch.  She was quite bugged that even with her hair cut her face still itched.  Below is her mullet.  Caitlin spent the next couple of days asking me every half hour when Mitzi could fix her hair.  So below is Mitzi Miracle.  She really made it look so much better than I could ever imagine. 

Caitlin's Surgery

On Monday Caitlin had her 2nd set of tubes and then her adenoids and tonsils removed.
She came in super happy.  She was ready to get her doll to color on.  And they gave her a new blanket and pillow. They are so awesome with kids. Unlike Maci, she loved talking to all the people who had to come in and talk to us before the procedure. 

Her giant tonsils.  Her adenoids were huge too but they are shaved off not cut.  No picture op.  When Dr. Porter asked if I wanted a picture, I thought it was so strange but then he informed me that almost everyone does it.  Lets face it, I am weird like this.  Of course I want a picture of the gross tonsils. 

Isn't she so cute.  She loved her teddy bear that Dr Porter gave her.  She was such a trooper.  She was so quiet after surgery she actually made the OR staff a little nervous but she was just fine.  Just a quiet little thing.  She never made a peep.  If they asked her where her pain was she would point on the chart and they would get her more medicine.  When the nurses would leave she would just ask, "Why won't they let me sleep?"

I can't wait for her follow up hearing test to see how much it has improved.  Her breathing while she is asleep is already so much quieter. It will be nice to not worry about sleep apnea any more. 

Maci Tubes

After two years of ear infections Maci finally got tubes.  We are so thankful for this procedure.  Our family has used it well.  Maci did not like anything about this experience.  She did not want to talk to all the people who tried to talk to her.  She did not want to sit on the hospital bed.  She did not want to put on that super cute miniaturized hospital gown or the socks that were so huge that they went up to her thighs.  They were supposed to be the regular short socks by the way.  Not until they brought in the hospital doll that you get to color on with markers.  This is when her day was made.  And then she was given the cute teddy bear from Dr. Porter.  Tubes are so fast.  And it went well.  Dr. Porter said she had gunky goo behind her ear drum that would not have ever come out on its own.  She has already had her follow up hearing test and she is now hearing where she should be.  We can tell at home as well.  She is more responsive to sounds and she is starting to say a few more words already.  We are still moving forward with speech therapy with her but hoping that in a couple of months it won't be necessary by then.  Wish us luck.


It's my party and I'll cry if I want to!!!

Cry if I want to 

You would cry too if it happened to you. 
They are definitely two.  Maci is embracing the tantrums.  :)  Bubba is known to be able to throw himself to ground while yelling and flailing about. I just happened to get this one on camera.

I tried to get them to sit together on the couch but Maci wasn't having it.  See above picts.  So Beckett came over to give her a giant huge.  She finally kind of looked at me and smiled. 

He is my funny kid.  We call him little Landon.  He is so much like him.  We even catch him doing make believe already.  He stands in the kitchen and acts like he is a ninja or a super hero.  Sound effects and all. I just love it. 

Grandpa and Grandma Sawyer happened to be here on their bday.  So awesome.  Maci decided snuggle time with papa is pretty cool.

They were pretty hesitant in opening their presents. This is just warm up for Christmas.  

They loved them once they got them opened though.  
I love these little guys.  They are so much fun and they are the best of friends.  It is great to see how they interact with one another.  So glad they are part of our crazy family.

Double Digits Already

Brenten thinks it is so funny that it makes me so much older to have a child who is in double digits.  He was so excited to turn 10.  However, part of him thought that it meant that he was a teenager.  That made me giggle a little.  I was quick to correct him.  I am NOT ready to have a teenager in the house.  Brenten is an awesome kid.  He is kind respectful and the best big brother.  The twins love to snuggle with him.  He helps me out all the time.  He will even change diapers for me if I need to.  He loves to hang out with his friends and play most anything. Football, soccer, basketball, legos, ride bikes or some made up game.  He is starting to get too big to give me loves in public.  I knew that time would come.  I can still get him to from time to time but he will look around and make sure no one sees.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013


I just wanted you all to know that today I ran 7.45 miles at an 8 min 3 sec pace.  I was really happy with my pace today.  The best part is I didn't feel like I was going to die.  Except that it was 27 degrees out.  Maybe my legs like to ice while running but I really think I prefer to feel like they can move.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Two Year Well Check

As we all know, with each child's milestone also comes their well check Dr. appointments.  Maci and
Beckett went in for their and were weighed and their their height was checked.  Shocker they are still tiny. However, they both have cleared the 20lb mark.

Beckett has improved remarkably from his 18 mo appointment.  His one leg no longer drags behind and not only does he walk but he runs and jumps. He talks like crazy in full sentences and sings.  He likes to sing the ABC's.  We can even understand some of the letters.  He is happy and snugly kid how is still pretty laid back.  However, some of Maci has worn off on him.  He does not stand for his stuff being taken from him and will be ready for the battle.  He will even win once in a while.  We are still concerned about his lack of weight.  He is not on the curve yet.  Even if we adjusted for being born 4 weeks early he still isn't on the curve.  He is just the skinniest kid.  For the next 3 months, we are continuing to feed him as much calorie dense food/drink as we can. Then we will have a follow up with our doctor.  We don't even give him water.  We don't let him fill up on anything that is zero calorie. I know some people just think that our kids are skinny but my kids have not been THIS skinny.  Brenten was a super skinny kid.  When he was 3 we took out his tonsils and adenoids and that helped a ton.  He gained 6 lbs in 6 months.  Even he wasn't this skinny though.   In the meantime, we have an appointment to see if the family trend of huge tonsils and adenoids could be playing a role.

Maci is small but not near as skinny as Beckett.  She seems to be trying to self correct and gaining a little bit of weight.  She is super mobile.  She climbs everything and loves to jump.  She loves to sing and dance. When she gets her hair done she loves to run to her Daddy so he can tell her she is pretty.  I guess it starts young. She is a little more serious but I wonder a little if that isn't because she doesn't feel well a lot of the time or if that is her personality.  I love her crazy little laugh when she is mischievous.  She does have a look in her eyes that she is definitely up to something.  However, she is still not talking and the words she does say are not clear.  The poor thing hasn't been healthy yet.  She has had strep 3 times, rsv, every little cold, illness or congestion has led to ear infections.  And when she isn't sick she has had fluid on her ears.  We are concerned that her hearing isn't great.  She will be seeing an audiologist and and ENT next week as well.  Even though she doesn't talk well we all know what she wants.  She knows how to make that clear.  She is a girl on a mission.  My girls are feisty.  I don't know where they get that from. :)

At this point it looks like both Maci and Beckett are going to be left handed.  Time will tell. That would make three in our family.  Landon is a left as well.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

New PR

Today I ran with Becky.  We ran an average pace of 8.09 for 5.5 miles.  And the best part.....I didn't even think I was going to die.  I got a PR without dying.  However, I don't think I could have gone faster.  

That's all. 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Did you Die?

My Caitlin asks me every time she gets up and sees that I am in my workout clothes if I went to the gym or running.  If it is running, she will ask who I went with and how I did.  She has now learned, if the who is Becky Anderson she will follow with, "Did you die"?  I tell her YES but I hope one day I won't. 

Today was a run with Becky Anderson Day.  I can't say I died.  It was hard but I think it was supposed to be.  I also got another PR.  We ran 5.5 miles and the pace was 8min 15sec.  

Cait is starting to pick up a few of my local running things.  Mostly because she is showing interested.  When ever she comes home from preschool I ask her what she did, what she learned, her favorite part, etc. When we go out she asks where I run to when I go running so I have shown her where some of the trails start.  
There is a housing development at one of the, used to be trail heads.  When they first started it, Caitlin must have heard me sigh.  After that, she has commented each time we drive by,  "Mom isn't that the worst that they ruin the places you like to run."  I never really thought of myself as an environmentalist but please don't build on all the trails. 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Some more running

I have had a few more runs, but Saturday's was by far my most exciting.  I went out with people who were way out of my league.  They have the ability to run so much faster than I do.  They were nice enough to let me run with them and they already had it planned to not be one of their fastest days.

I started out great with them.  About 4 miles in I thought,  hmm I wonder how long I can keep this pace.  We got to 5 and I thought we would be turning around and we kept going.  I thought oh no.  But I was doing ok.  It was hard but I was alright.  Becky and Jenni were doing just fine.  I think it was a breeze for them.  We turned around at mile 6.  Whew.  On the way home and about 3 miles left.  I was tired, and my knee was getting tight. But I did make it.

I hope they let me tag along on a few more of their runs.  Maybe one of these days they will even be able to throw in some hills.

We ended up with a 12 mile run.  It took us 1 hour 43min and 23 sec.  The average pace is 8min 36 sec per mile.

little funny things

Kids really say the funniest things.  I wish I would have written more of them down. I love to just listen.

At breakfast the other day..

Caitlin:  I had the worst nightmare last night.  It was so scary.
Landon:  That was because I stole your Dream.  I dreamt about My Little Ponies.
Caitlin:  Quit stealing all my good dreams Landon.  That isn't nice.
(I had to explain that it was a joke and that he couldn't have taken any of her good dreams)

Brenten had a friend over and they were talking about Indians. (Feathers not Dots)

Cooper: Your mom has met a real live Native American?
Brenten: Yes, she went to school with them back when she was a kid a LONG time ago.
Cooper: REALLY?
Brenten: And every year she went to where they lived and had fry bread and Salmon.

(Um...Cooper you are part Native American. A very small part. I didn't mention it though.  I just giggled)

Me: Cait I got an email from your soccer coach.  Are you excited?
Cait:  Yes.  What is my coaches name?
Me: Joe.  Coach Joe.
Cait:  Great.  I like to kiss boys named Joe.  I like to kiss boys and then kick them.
Cait:  Mom don't worry.  I will only kick them when we play soccer.

Cait:  I will never be 12 like Kaylee.  (referring to when she can start to wear makeup)  This is a comment made at least once a week.

Cait:  When will I get a baby in my tummy?
Me:  When you are 35.
Cait:  HUMPH.  I will never be that old.
Brenten:  Thank goodness Mom will never have one in her belly ever again.  RIGHT MOM.  The doctor said.

Me:  Landon didn't you just take a shower? How come your toe nails are still all dirty?  Didn't you wash your feet at all?
Landon:  I'm sure water ran over them.
Me: Landon that is gross.  You need to wash your feet with soap.
Landon:  That's a boy's life.
Landon again:  Maybe you should just trim my toe nails then I don't have to worry about it.

(Why ARE boys so gross)

Caitlin after her first day of soccer practice:  I didn't kiss or scratch anyone.  (VICTORY)

Caitlin: Why does Dad always put snaggles in my hair?  I think he does it when he sings my song at night.  It is so rude.  (We tell her it is the opposite spouse that put snaggles in.  If I have to do her hair it is Christian's fault.  If he is doing her hair it is my fault.  Caitlin has decided it is ALWAYS Christian's fault. Backfire since Christian is the one who started all this nonsense.)

Caitlin after her soccer game:  Mom you need to always keep your eyes one me (she points her two fingers at my eyes to hers) so you don't miss any of the awesomeness.

Brenten a couple of weeks ago was telling the Landon..It is the law, you can't hit girls.  You will get arrested or something.
Landon: Okay I get that but what about Caitlin, Can she hit girls?  
Brenten:  I don't really know.  I mean she will have to do time out but I don't think it is illegal.  I think that is grey.

Landon came home from school on Friday saying school was hard because his work was hard.  Brenten told him..that is what Weaver's do.  We hike hard things, we climb hard things, we run hard things, we do hard homework.  That is what we do.  You should get used to it.   (Maybe he does listen to me)

Monday, September 16, 2013


Today I hit one of my personal bests on my early morning runs.  I ran 6.3 miles in 52 min and 53 sec.  That is a pace of 8 min 23 sec people.  I am so excited.  I have been running a little over 8 1/2 min miles. This took quite a bit of time off.

I will start sharing a little more about my running on here.  Mostly because I am not on Strava. I am one of the last people on earth without a smart phone. I have heard that I can enter it manually on  there but then it doesn't really count as real scores to beat other people's scores.  In my mind, if my time doesn't count to  beat anyone then what is the point.  Yes I am a brat, I know.  Really that is what I would use strava for I think, for tracking running and for pushing myself against other people.

So sorry if this bores you.  You can skip any/all of my running posts.  Like most of my posts, this is mostly for me.

My run today I felt pretty good.  It was 58 degrees.  I usually start just after 5 am. There was lightening but it was off in the distance.  I was running on the bike trails or on the road so I had my phone, my head lamp, my mace, my gu and water.

My goal as of late, has been to get my pace anywhere under 8 min 30 sec miles.  I would even take 8 min 29 sec.  So when I figured out today's average when I got home and I felt I tried very hard but I wasn't completely dead I was so excited.  This is a complete victory.

If any runners read this...I have had this issue with my head lamp.  It is so annoying.  I have short hair so I don't wear it up and it is warm so I don't have a head band on.  Without a head band on my head lamp slide right down when I run.  I literally have a 3rd eye.  What I have resorted to is is wrapping the strap around my hand and just holding it.  Which is working but it would be nice to be hands free again for my light to not be all over the place with my arm swing.

I suppose if no one has a solution it will soon be cooler in the morning (too cold too soon) and then I will need more than my head band.

I'm back

Watch out.  I am trying to catch up on all these old posts that I have had in draft mode but just needed to add pictures to.  It is time to get caught up.  If anyone reads this, please bare with me.  There are going to be quite a few coming.

I kind of stopped for a few reasons.  One, I didn't think/know if anyone was even reading it and two, when January hits I get even busier than usual.  I decided that I don't care if anyone reads it.  I love to have it for the memories.  I love to scrapbook but by the time I get to it I forget all the little stories so this way I can keep that part. So please forgive my journal like writing skills.  I often don't have time for proofing and/or editing.  I don't claim to be a great or even good writer.  But I do want the stories and pictures together somewhere.  That way I can make them in my own little book.  I am kind of excited about that.

If anyone is reading this, I hope you enjoy.  I love my little family and all the crazy things we do.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

endless memories is doing a giveaway that would be so fun to win. you should enter too.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Big brothers are so mean

So when I was a kid my brothers always told me I was adopted.  Has that been over played?  Or is it the fact that our kids know so many kids who have been adopted and it is pretty cool.  The question I have got about a week ago from Landon was, "Mom, was I born a girl?"  I told him no you were born a boy.  I could hear Brenten giggling at the table.  I could guess where he came up with this but asked anyway.  Of course he said Brenten has been telling him he was born a girl.  I told Brenten to knock it off and figured we were done with this conversation.  Landon seemed to be good with this answer. 

A few days later, Landon asked after work,  "Mom are you sure I was a boy when I was born?" I said yes I am sure.  You were a boy as was Brenten and Beckett.  Caitlin and Maci were both girls. You will always be a boy.  I asked him why he was so concerned.  He said because Brenten said because his hair was so long when he was born.  He did think it was funny that Brenten had longer hair than he did.  This is when we could name all the guys I could think of that had long hair that they would never say were girls. 

This is also when having boy/girl twins comes in handy. I then thanked Brenten for making me have this conversation with my 6 year old.

11 year anniversary!

November 16th Christian and I have been Married for 11 years.  It seems like a lot of times on our Anniversary we can't even get our for dinner.  So the fact that we actually got to go out for the whole night was so awesome.  Christian's brother and sister came down to take one the kids and we just went up to Salt lake.  It was nice to be able to get away. Thanks Philip and Paula for the night out!