(our engagement pic....i was having a great picture day that day!)
and a happy new year! we are back, but i bet you didn't know we were even gone, because A) i've been MIA on the blog and B) we didn't even know we were leaving until we left, almost! Kendall was always going to be gone to go see his brother be married in Nauvoo, IL but the plan was for Ethan, Avery and I to stay by ourselves for 5 days with no reinforcements and no breaks and no one to see, because most of our friends are out of town and ....and ...the closer we got to doing that the more it sounded like i did not want to be within 10 feet of a situation like that and then my sister erin decided she was going to visit my mom with her girls (sans Gabriel husband) and we got a check in the mail from some fortuitous thing kendall did (a fellowship at school...it was a scholarship check technically) that would pay for almost all of our last minute tickets and then we booked them and went! So we went to be with my mom and dad (sans Kendall) and it was a lot of fun. I forgot my camera but erin got some good ones and she's going to send them to me so i can share....hint hint, erin, send that CD whenever you have a minute:)
so my mom has cancer, i don't know if you guys knew this but she's been having chemo for about 3 months and she is seriously, THE cutest bald person i have ever seen. if you've got to be bald, and you've got to have chemo, you might as well be as cute as my mama! seriously, cute!
the kids were good, ethan loved playing with dellah and ruby (cousins) and Avery stole everyone's heart, because how could you not love a baby and i got to be with the fam, which is always fantastic!
but i do want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and we love you all!
it's almost a cinch that ethan and avery and any other future children will need glasses because both kendall and i have astigmatisms. so maybe this is a peek as to what ethan might look like when he's older with glasses....(these are kendall's glasses that ethan has on now!)
kendall is studying like crazy for finals and i think it is going well. it's hard to say sometimes but he seems happy with how it is going.
i made a wreath for our door yesterday in an effort to inject myself with holiday cheer. it is harder this year than others for some reason. maybe because we actually get the chance to do things at our own home this year and we have never done that before, so i'm not sure how to proceed. on the one hand, i'm excited because that means we can start doing our own traditions etc. and on the other hand...what are those traditions? and which ones do we love and want to continue. this is a conversation i need to have with the "studying" one. we'll see when i can do that:) in the meantime, i'll do what i can and get more into the holiday spirit.
how are you all doing? if you are reading this and feel like writing a comment, but don't usually leave one, be daring today!
1 C. oil
2 C. pumpkin (15oz can)
2 C. flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 C. nuts (always optional, i don't put them in most of the time simply because so many people are allergic)
combine ingredients in the order listed, mixing well after each addition. Pour into greased jelly roll pan (18x12 roughly) and bake at 350 for 25 minutes.
Frost with Cream Cheese Frosting this recipe is from Better Crocker (which is where the Pumpkin Bars came from roughly as well, i think)
1pkg. cream cheese (8oz)
1/4 C. butter or stick margarine
2-3 tsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
4 cups powdered sugar
beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla in medium bowl until smooth. gradually add in the sugar, 1 cup at a time until smooth. spread on COOLED pumpkin bars, and enjoy!
i am so thankful for all we have, for my children, for my husband and that loves me no matter what and a great family (extended and immediate). we have been so blessed and when days are less than perfect, just take a minute and enumerate the blessings...and all will be right with the world again. love to you all!
more often than not with Avery, at least, part of the reason is...she has to poop. she is VERY gassy and sometimes it's hard for her to poop. so she had a big poop this morning and (cross your fingers) seems to feel better. she's such a happy, calm baby, now that the reflux medicine is doing its job, so when she cries like that, we know something is up. but sometimes...it could just be the hangnail couldn't it?
anything new for the wilsons?
we were riding in the car today, avery was crying (she has no love for her carseat) and i was making shushing noises and some other noises (trilling etc.) to try to get her attention so she'd stop crying, and ethan says, " you be nice to avery, she's just a baby!" i thought that was cute that he felt he needed to stick up for her, protecting her from my shushing, using a phrase i am sure i have said many, many times to him.:)
other than the occasional sound byte from ethan, we are all doing our normal..i just went to a book club today, love that book club. it's so fun to talk with friends and eat and eventually get around to discussing the books we read...although that is not always our top priority and i like it that way:)
our kids are total gems. i love them so much. what nice little people they are. it is really sweet to hold avery and have her smile at me spontaneously and realize that she might recognize me for the milk and love i give her, by now. and when ethan busts out with his, "i yuv you mommy" during the day intermittent with the constant asking to watch CARS the movie, it just makes my day!
now i will gird my loins, so to speak, for Sunday, which is a wonderful day, but not always the day of rest it was designed to be:) happy sunday y'all....
i keep praying for avery and i to be delivered from this sickness...i can't stand the idea of a 10lb. baby throwing up like that! ethan threw up again last night and i took him in today and now he's on a probiotic because apparently anti-biotics kill good stomach cultures as well as bad and then he got this virus, so hopefully this helps. so far so good, cross your fingers. and poor kendall...that medicine makes him so sleepy. we are going on our third week of being sicky here at our house. if you need to come over for some reason, just do what Yolanda did today and knock and then stand about three feet back, so as not to catch a whiff of anything!
i'm totally sympathizing with Melissa on this one, hope you guys get better soon!
just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water....dun dun dun (dramatic music here).
maybe, friends that we hang out with, we just have to keep ourselves and our children at home until we are reasonably sure no one is sick anymore...but i thought he was over it, so how do you tell? this is sure a tricky bug. any suggestions?
we are back on the gatorade bus tomorrow...no food for ethan...that is so sad. hope you all are well, that were sick and i hope he gets well soon, too!
*As a Sidenote (in honor of audrey's awesome sidenoted post) HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALACEY!(NOVEMBER 3)*
Happy Halloween everyone! I, as usual, was a little late in getting everything together this year, not because of no good intentions...i was going to do it last week and then ethan was puking all week...so it didn't get done...there's always next year for getting done on time. But it was a lot of fun. I made our costumes and i think they turned out well:) we went to our ward's trunk-or-treat and had a lot of fun with our friends. Please see the pictures to observe us being a "modern stone-age family"! Hope you all had a great time as well!
1. I am a compulsive email/blog checker
2. I love to read and I am currently reading 2 books at the same time.
3. I love to cook and try new recipes.
4. I love to make things; anything with my hands...cooking, sewing, etc.
5. I like to eat.
6. Fall is my favorite season, and being in AZ when it's fall other places is sort of difficult. I need to go somewhere that has a fall, every year:)
those are some things about me. I tag: Brooke, Elise, and Tina
i took ethan to the after hours clinic today because we thought it has gone on long enough and we just wanted to make sure that he's okay...and his throat was a little red and lo and behold...
he has strep.
apparently sometimes strep presents as gastrointeritis. weird. anyway, hopefully with our omnicef we will be on the mend soon.
thanks for all your prayers and well wishes!
still tossing his cookies....but he's in good spirits...amazing!
you know you've talked about where to throw up to your two year old too much when he starts crying like he's going to throw up and you say "run, ethan run" and he turns and runs straight for the bathroom....although he never made it...see previous post for a reiteration of my thankfulness for tile flooring. never a good sound...all over the floor. mmm mmm mmm...not good.
anyway, send up a little get better prayer for ethan.
so you moms out there...what do you do with your kids during the day? We have hit a slump in our regular activities...they are too regular and not active enough apparently. so what are some fun things you do during the day?
we are doing well...just trying to get used to each other, as always, just when i think i have got a handle on something it changes...we changed yesterday after i was telling my mom that maybe i was feeling a little more comfortable...i spoke too soon:) it's fine really, i just need to remember that all little people change at the speed of light and that's life, and life is good.
send those ideas on over of things you do during the day...we need some new inspiration!!!!
here is avery in her seat....
and while i was on the phone for an extended amount of time...this is what happened....
apparently he can get in the tub by himself, that's a new development, we'll have to keep our eyes on him even more now....why was the bathroom door open anyway? the world may never know.....
lately Avery has been eating every 2 hours...that's fun:) and that's two hours from when you started not when you ended....
she typically will sleep at night around 8 for a while, wake up at 1:30 or so in the morning to eat...wake up at 4:30 or so in the morning to eat. Enter Ethan who wakes up at 5 for some unholy reason...i go in to help him go back to sleep. Then Kendall gets up at 5:45 to get ready to go to school....Then Ethan is up for the day by 6 or so....Then if we are blessed Avery will keep sleeping until 7 or 7:30, then it's up for the day and eating eating eating for her. and a nap on the horizon...when? where? i love naps. i try to get one everyday but some days it's hard...
but would i trade it for anything? no. i love these children. they are my joy and even though mornings are never my favorite...Avery has started smiling at me and Ethan is pretty okay in the morning and he tells me he loves me, even though i'm grumpy...the love of children is amazing. i love it, so much! i wouldn't trade them for a million naps!
Me: (holding a crying Avery who doesn't like her reflux medicine i just gave her) "Whatcha doing Eth?"
Him: "laying down" (Gosh mom, can't you SEE what i'm doing?)
Me: "you are laying down?" (quick on the uptake there jen!)
Him: "yes, i want to go to bed"
Me: "you want to go to bed?" (very incredulously, which he didn't catch since he's 2)
Me: (still holding a crying Avery and Kendall is gone to Mutual by this time) "okay pick two books and let's read 'em!"
and the miracle of all is he actually did go to sleep. There is definitely something to be said for that. i'm not sure what that something is, but it needs to be said:)
as for the trip, it was great to see my family: my mom and dad, sister Erin and her two girls, and of course my brother and his family (whose house we were staying at). We had a great time, but if you ask me what i did on the trip, i'd have to say "i fed Avery pretty much the whole time" because everytime i turned around, i was feeding her again...three hours, three hours, three hours. that's how it's supposed to be, but it just felt like i was doing it a lot. which i do, but ...you get the picture!
Anyway, this Sunday we are blessing Avery and my mom and dad are coming down for that before my mom starts her chemotherapy, so that is the last time i will see her for awhile, unless i go sometime without germy kids or something, which doesn't seem that possible since i am nursing Avery, see above comment (three hours...three hours...three hours...). So that's our life today.
tender or swollen glands (lymph nodes) in the neck
red and enlarged tonsils
lower stomach pain
general discomfort, uneasiness, or ill feeling
loss of appetite and nausea
if you have the above listed characteristics and have two children under the age of 2 and 3 months....and are leaving on a trip tomorrow...you are ME! i got strep on sunday night and am just today starting to feel normal again. my throat still KILLS but at least the fever is gone etc. nasty stuff strep and i seem to get it a lot. it must have a special place in it's nasty little heart for our family because the first illness ethan ever got was...you guessed it! STREP THROAT!
my sweet little 5 week old daughter, Avery, loves this couch. She will sleep on this couch when she will not sleep anywhere else.
why is that?
it is a mystery to me why babies seem to like the things that are not for babies. i should send Thomasville a letter telling them that apparently their couches are not just for big people to sit on but tiny babies love them too.
will wonders never cease?
yesterday i was burping Avery and he was sitting beside us, and he says, "Mommy you don't hurt Avery, you be soft!" Apparently he thought i was being too forceful in burping her.
Then he gets out his toy dogs and says, " oh mommy, look, my doggie is so cute! i love him. Don't touch his eyes mommy! what a cute doggie...don't touch his eyes mommy!" we tell him not to touch Avery's eyes and kendall's parents have a dog, whose eyes he cannot touch...so somewhere deep down, he hears what we say to him (smile).
I realize that my son doesn't know much more than what I teach him. Frightening as that is, I also recongnize the great potential I have to put positive, loving thoughts and interesting information in his head...and not let him watch T.V. mindlessly. It is amazing to watch him learn, I can literally SEE his mind expanding some days. The connections he makes between things we have read and seen, are great. He applies knowledge and he grows everyday. That is amazing.
I realize that in my little daughter I have a great woman in my home. She is going to be a wonderful person (as is Ethan), and I privileged to be her mother. I hope I always feel this way and let her know that.
I got a forward from a friend today about "invisible women" maybe you've gotten it too. It's a mother who talks about how she can say something to her family and they don't respond...some days she feels like she is just a pair of hands, or a car that needs to pick someone up, or an source of information but not a person. Then she gets a gift of a book about the great cathedrals from a friend, and it changes how she thinks about her life. The great cathedrals were made by people whose names we do not know. Those people built these amazing buildings with the knowledge that they would be mostly anonymous, that many intricate details would be seen only by God. But they built them because they had faith that God does see the work of thier hands and appreciates the sacrifices they've made.
You see the similarities. I am building "cathedrals" and someday, hopefully, people will look at my children and say, "What nice people they are."
Thanks for letting me say that. Some days, it needs to be said and remembered! Good job to all you other mothers, for building your little cathedrals into great people. I appreciate what you do.
1. Meeting kendall
2. Taking driver's ed (which is funny to those of you who know me because i did not actually get my license until i was in college...i'm not that lame really i just had excellent people to drive me around and didn't want/need one until then)
4. Getting ready to go to high school
5. Going to stake dances and actually enjoying them
5 things on my "to-do" list today:
(technically i don't have a "to-do" list because i have a new baby but today was an exception)
1. get dressed
2. take avery to the doctor
3. meet friends at Barro's
4. get diaper wipes
5. make it until 7:15 when i could start getting ethan ready for bed
5 snacks i enjoy:
(i am such a snacker!)
4. granola bars
5 songs i know the lyrics to:
1. numerous Disney songs
2. My List: Toby Keith
3. She will be loved: Maroon 5
4. Bigger than my body: John Mayer
5. I could not ask for more: Edwin McCain (happens to be "our song")
5 things i would do if i was a millionarie:
1. pay debts
2. buy houses for my family on the same block
3. help other people go to college
4. buy Kendall the sports car he wants
5. have the best, kick-butt sewing machine they make and know how to use it!
5 bad habits:
1. eating too much
2. not being as tidy as i'd like
3. getting upset too easily
4. perfectionism (i'm working on this one...it's getting better)
5. being impatient
5 things i'd never wear again:
1. those glasses i had in elementary school (large and round)
2. flannel shirts and "no fear" t-shirts
3. most of the Dance Team outfits (hello--body stockings are not very comfortable!)
4. uncomfortable shoes
5. anything that cinches me in and makes it hard to breathe
5 things i like to do:
1. be with my family
3. be crafty in general
5. read blogs and emails (too much, see audrey's addiction reference)
5 favorite toys:
1. digital camera
3. sewing machine
4. play-dough (does that count?)
5. my george forman grill
5 people i tag:
(this is not a picture of the incident described below...it's just an "Early" Kendall and Jen pic)
August 9, 1997, at a Stake Dance in Lakewood, WA when I was 15 years old and he was 16. He had just returned from being at EFY with all my friends (I did not go that year), and as all my friends were girls he was one of the only guys with our group that night. They introduced him to me, and we danced a couple of times. We had a very funny conversation, which is one of the first things I think of when I remember that night. I thought of him afterwards as that really funny guy who danced with me more than once (because that was a rarity). That night, incidentally, I also met his sister, Katie, who now lives in AZ and is, of course, one of my great friends. As another side note: Kendall had his eye on another of the girls in our circle of friends at that time, and they went out for a little while.
2. What was the first thing you said to your husband?
It was probably something like, “Hi, Kendall, my name is Jen.” And that was the beginning of a beautiful thing.
3. Where was your first date?
(this is the actual Applebee's in Puyallup)
Our first date was December 27, 1998; we went to Applebee’s in our hometown of Puyallup, WA. There he asked me to go to the Jr. Prom. Which took me a minute to process because we were class officers (Kendall: president, Jen: secretary) and we had been planning the prom ad nauseam by that time and I hadn’t even thought of actually going to it. So he said, “What are you doing on January 14th?” or whatever day the prom was and I said, “Nothing, (small chuckle) I don’t usually plan my time that far in advance” and then he looked at me a little sideways and said something to the effect that that was when junior prom was, didn’t I remember that? And I felt very sheepish and said I wasn’t doing anything special and he asked if I’d like to go with himJ so that was our first date at Applebee’s.
4. Where was your first kiss?
After the above stated Jr. Prom, on the doorstep of my parent’s house.
5. Did you have a short or long engagement?
By whose standards is what we have to ask ourselves here? By those people who wait a year or two to get married, then it was short. By those people who meet each other and then two weeks later are married, it was quite longJ we got engaged 11 days after Kendall got home from his mission (that was in September) and we got married on December 27, 2002.
6. Where did you get engaged?
We got engaged on the grassy lawn across from the Provo, Utah Temple. Down on one knee, the whole sha-bang. It was very romantic and sweet. We’d taken a walk to get there because we lived very close, and it was nice weather outside.
7. Where were you married?
We got married in the Seattle Washington Temple, on December 27, 2002, during a wind storm. The light flickered while we were in the Temple…a sign? Only the good kindJ
8. How did the reception go?
Beautifully, my parents and Kendall’s family and all the people who helped with it should get a medal. It was not an easy thing, my dad did a faux ceiling in the gym, the decorations were beautiful, the food was awesome and I selected all the music, so that was quite good as well. We had a line for a little while at the beginning and then we dispersed and greeted guests as we walked around. While we were in high school, Kendall had made me a story of how we met etc. with pictures and for our wedding we had a slide show of pictures and then Kendall read the story he’d written for me, on the slide show while funny pictures of us passed by. It was very sweet, I cried…for heaven’s sakes!
9. How was the honeymoon?
Quite an impertinent question, but it was lovely. We stayed in a very nice hotel the first night and then went to a cabin that Kendall’s grandparents owned at the time, which was located on Harstene Island, a couple of hours away from our families.
1. Obviously, they work when changing diapers.
2. Ethan got a little bit of blood on his shorts one day (he's a boy, not too uncommon:)) and I used a wipe and it came almost all the way out with the wipe and then came all the way out in the wash.
3. Yesterday, Ethan happened to draw on my futon cover with a brown crayon...and a wipe was utilized...completely gone!
Those are just a few of the uses I have put them to. It is quite amazing. And we are not talking, only Huggies or Pampers wipes work this way...I get the huge box of the Costco brand and they are great too. I'm not sure what they put in those things but try it...it works. You may never buy another "Shout" wipe or Tide-To-Go Pen again. Really, try it.
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