Sunday, April 06, 2014

Spring Break or Bust!

Daddy's Girl at 22 months

Kurt has been bugging me to blog, so here I am. :)  (I should be the one making him blog!)

Our little Avri has been slowing changing into a "big girl" before our eyes.  She still is the size of a 12-18 month old, but the terrible twos are creeping in.

While we were living in Utah, our pediatrician was concerned about Avri's "delayed" speech and wanted us to see an Audiologist to get her checked out.  Since we were dealing with her arthritis and possibly heart problems, I decided it wasn't a priority - after all she had been listening to two different languages since birth.

This last month or so, I feel like my "wait and see" decision was validated.  While, Avri still doesn't talk a TON, she has definitely hit that language explosion stage.

Some of her favorites words:

  • Mama/Dada
  • Mom
  • Sissy (Kelsie)
  • Lolo or Broder (Logan)
  • Melmo (Elmo)
  • Memi (Baby Emi)
  • baby
  • dink (drink)
  • Lyla (her bff)
  • Dolly
  • Barbie
  • Eat
  • Bite
  • Purple
  • Doggy
  • Jesus
  • rice
  • cheese
  • juice
  • jerky
  • pop pop (popcorn)
  • pipi (pizza)
  • milk
  • more (signs it too)
  • diaper
  • stinky
  • shhhhh (with finger)
  • nose, eye, mouth, ear
  • Minnie (mouse)
  • book
  • Hi/bye
  • Mi Moon (mr. moon)
  • Ittai ("it hurts" in Japanese)
  • Cold
If she doesn't know the words for what she wants you to do, she grabs your hands and walks you to it.  She's pretty effective at communicating what she wants.

After a Sunday night shot from her Daddy.  Hard times for them both, but the medicine seems to be working! She is starting to run after and not have very many bad days. :)

Eating her "pipi" at Round Table. :)

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Emi's Baby Shower

My sweet friends Sarah & Janey threw me a baby shower with some friends from our ward, mom and Anissa also came over with her girls.  I gave lots of stuff away before we moved to Japan and also gave some things away before moving back to the States. so it was super helpful!  Kelsie was my helper during present time.  She is getting so big!  It seems like she as just born and now she's huge!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Mom's Birthday

I had my 36 week ultrasound scheduled on my Mom's birthday, so I invited her over to come to my appointment and have a little birthday fun.

After my appointment we went to lunch at the Capitola Mall and wandered around for a little bit.  The girls were excited that my mom let them ride on horse. :)

For dinner we took mom to the Santa Cruz Wharf.  It was so yummy and it was a beautiful evening.  I'm glad she was able to come over and spend some time with us!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Survival Mode

I hate feeling like I am in "Survival Mode" and honestly I feel like that is how we've been living since returning to California.   Just when I think we're caught up on things and can invite friends over for dinner or to do something fun--someone gets sick, or Kurt gets a call for a meeting, or we have a week with half a dozen doctor appointments, or I realize there are tons of things we have to get done before Baby Emi arrives.  Sigh... who knows when life will be "normal" again, if ever.

Life with Kurt as Bishop actually hasn't been "bad" at all.  I am used to getting the kids ready for church on my own.  Since Kurt works from home and his schedule is somewhat flexible, he's able to get a lot of church "work" done during the week through email.  He has some great counselors and members of the Ward Council that he can delegate things too.

My calling has been going pretty well, other than EVERYONE has been so sick lately and the YW President was out of town for the first 3 weeks I was called.  I feel like I've pretty much been running the whole show.  I told Kurt maybe I'm just putting my extra hours in now so when the baby comes I won't feel guilty taking some time off to heal/adjust to life with 4 kids.
Making pinatas for the girls for an upcoming ward party during a Wednesday night activity.

Other than some stress and sickness (dang colds and coughs!), we are really happy to be home.  Either Kurt and I everyday comment how much we love living in Boulder Creek.  It is just so beautiful.
We also love the improvements we've made to our home, even though we still have a long list of things we still want to change.  We're trying to pay cash for everything, so things are taking a little longer  than I would have liked...but it will be better in the long run.

Monday, March 03, 2014

Avri Update

Our sweet little Avri - a couple weeks ago Kurt had to start giving her methotrexate through shots, instead of grinding up the pills. :(  The Doctor also increased her dosage.  We're really hoping this medicine starts to help a little bit more, so that we don't have to escalate to the next set of medications.  I also found out about a lady/friend in our ward who has also gone through the same medications as Avri for her own arthritis.  I knew she got sick easily, but I never knew why....  She is currently taking the Biologics, which Avri will move onto if needed.  Avri's next appointment is in a couple weeks.

We have been so blessed to be around good doctors--First at Primary Childrens in SLC and now Lucile Packard's Children Hospital at Stanford.  I know we are where we are supposed to be and it is one of the reasons we were supposed to come back to the US when we did.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Maci & Lyla's Cowgirl Princess Party

Our fabulous friend/neighbor Salina put together an adorable cowgirl princess party for her girls.  Both girls were born in February - it was the 1st & 3rd birthdays.  The kids had so much fun!

Horse Races

Pinata Time!
Cute books we bought for the birthday girls!


Logan's 1st Pinewood Derby



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