Monday, April 27, 2009

the cutest dang kids in the world!

How is it, that one minute you can think your kids are little monsters and you want to string them by their toes, and the next minute you could just eat them up because they are so cute??? It's no wonder women dye their hair! Between kids and hubbies... I'm surprised we have hair at all! Now this may sound like I am angry with both, but that's not the case. I was just wondering how it's possible to feel that way in such a short amount of time.
Actually, today was a great example of one of those days:

I needed to make a sheet cake for a baptism preview that our Primary presidency put on for the kids getting baptized this year. So I bake the cake... no problem.... I have Mitch help me cut the cake in half to fill it... no problem... but then Mitch took off to go home teaching before I could get him to help me put the top back on straight. So my options were to either do it myself, or, have Cameron help me guide it in to place. I chose the latter and it was a very learning experience! I told him to hold the cake and guide it to the right corners while I slid it on... he apparently thought I said "grab the cake and pull the corners down." So the cake rips almost in half, and I'm stuck trying to slide it back to the right spot. I handled the situation very well if I do say so myself... I calmly yet firmly told all the kids to get out of the kitchen right now! Then they left and I blew up! Poor Mitch, I've never seen him come home from an appointment so fast! But the cake turned out and no one ever knew- frosting can hide anything! Thank goodness!
A few minutes after being kicked out, Cam comes back in to the kitchen, and comes up to me and puts his arms around me and says "I'm sorry for ruining your cake mom". Talk about a "I want to hide in a hole" moment! I told him it wasn't his fault, things like this just happen, but it wasn't his fault. So we both felt a lot better and the cake turned out beautifully.

So after leaving Mitch with the kids for 5 hours, between the baptism preview and my choir concert, I come home and all the kids are in their jammies and ready for bed! But Collin is in the living room as I come in and this is what I hear in his sweet little voice... "hello lovely, I'm so glad you're home!" Aww, sometimes it's really nice to be a mother!

So there you have it... they really can be sweet kids- monsters at times, but the sweetness is there. Too bad we have to blow up or leave for a while to have it come to the surface!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Creed's surgery

Last weekend, over our kids' Spring Break, we traveled to good ol' SLC for Creed's Hypospadius surgery. For those of you who don't know what that is, I will try to explain in non-medical terms (Brian, forgive me :0) ) He was born with the above mentioned condition. It is where his urethra grew down instead of straight out... the results? His little peeny hole was on the bottom instead of in the middle where it normally is. We lovingly called it his "F.L.P." Funny Looking Pecker- gotta love Mitch! As a result of him being born with this, he was not circumcised at birth. For many medical reasons. along with other reasons, we decided to have it fixed. This required us to travel to Primary Childrens Medical Center to have this procedure done.

We had it all scheduled the timing was perfect with our other kids on Spring Break and Mitch able to take the week off.We were set to go, when Creed came down with a cold. We were told that if he was sick at all, we would have to reschedule... This was horrible news! Mitch couldn't take any other time off and it would be a wasted trip- other than seeing family, which we were looking forward to. So we said lot's of prayers and Mitch gave him a blessing, and with a leap of faith that he would be over his cold, we took off.

Wednesday was his consultation with the surgeon- we met him and he was really nice and knew exactly what he was doing- we knew Creed would be in good hands... if we could just get him better! The surgeon just told us to keep doing what we were doing and hope that he'd be okay in time for his surgery on Friday morning.

Thursday we just hung out with my brother Buzz and wife Jenn and their kids, and also got to see my sister Katie and her kids. We stayed the whole time with my wonderful brother and sis-in-law. They were awesome! We felt so welcomed and loved the whole time- they are truly wonderful people! Thanks Buzz and Jenn! You'll never know what that meant to us!

So Friday arrives and Creed is still coughing, but not so bad. The nurse checked him out and she said she thought he'd be okay since he didn't have a fever or anything serious. (Insert BIG sigh of relief!) So we were told to be there at 9:15 for his surgery, and they didn't get him in until 11:30! And the poor boy couldn't eat or drink anything since midnight! He did really well though.

The anesthesiologist came and took our baby from us and that was hard because he is in a "I want my mommy and daddy" stage, so he took one look at the doctor who was holding him, then looked at us and started crying. I wanted to cry too!

Two and a half hours later, the surgeon came and told us that the surgery went beautifully and he was in recovery. We would be allowed to see him in about 15 minutes when he started to wake up. We decided to let Mitch see him first so I wouldn't pass out or barf from the strong anesthesia smell- it's happened before! Anyone surprised?

Well to make a long story short, he is such a little trooper! He was in pain, but we kept it under control with medicines. He slept on his back (a true miracle!) and did remarkably well on the long ride home. He is still healing and his stent will be taken out this Wednesday.

He is such a sweet boy and he is doing well! We are glad that he was able to have the surgery done so he can live a more normal life and feel good about himself. Thanks for all of your prayers on Creed's behalf and ours too. We love you all!