Thursday, November 29, 2012

Catch up

SO I am way behind, but here are a few things that have been happening around here
        In June Kinley had her tonsils and adenoids and tubes done.  She has really grown SO much since then.  We had her hearing and verbal skills retested since she was behind when we went to her 18 month check and her follow up the doctor expressed some concern also.  She was borderline so they came to our house and did some more extensive tests.  We were pretty surprised when we got her results back.  She was actually right where she should be with her communication it just seemed so behind because she was testing at atleast a 26-39 month level for everything else.  As of late her speech has really picked up and is talking a lot more and has a very large vocabulary for a almost 22 month old.  We were told she was smart since she was small but her ears and tonsils were interfering with her communication.  We are so thankful for medical technology that is allowing our sweet girls to be healthy.
    Madison has been her busy crazy self.  She has SO much energy and we needed another outlet besides mom and sisters, so we put her in a dance and gymnastics class.  She can be super shy and I was worried that she would just stand and watch or cry, but the first class she jumped right in and did everything they asked.  She was really doing great.  She was doing so great and I loved watching her do gymnastics.  She was doing almost everything they asked her too.  She was learning cartwheels and doing great on beam and bars.  This last month she really wanted to take a break and do swimming lessons.  I wasn't going to let her since she would have had to do parent child which she had already passed 3 times, but we got a call saying they would let her to the preschool level so we agreed to let her, but she had to choose dance/gymnastics or gymnastics or swimming, she picked swimming.  A couple weeks ago we were at a church activity and the gymnastics couch asked why madison wasn't doing gymnastics, told her she wanted to do swimming and take a little break and she said she hoped madison would be back in January since she shows real promise, and has a lot of natural talent.  She is loving preschool and is just our wild crazy funny girly girl tom boy.  She loves to wear dresses and skirts and go play in the dirt while wearing them.  She LOVES all things pink, and Merida(Brave).
  Ava is LOVING kindergarten and doing pretty good.  She wants to be friends with everyone and gets sad if they don't want to be friends with her.  Right after school started she let grandpa pull out her first wiggly tooth.  She has had a wiggly tooth since February, but didn't really wiggle it.  Then in july or august her cousin got his first wiggly tooth and Ava wanted to loose hers first.  She was better about wiggling it then.  Then the day came, and her cousin had grandpa pull his out first, and then a couple minutes later Ava let grandpa pull hers out.  She cried about it for a while until it came out and then everything was perfect and was SO excited that she lost it.  She got $1 from grandpa, a $1 from the tooth fairy and a stuffed cat since it was her very first tooth.  Her other teeth were wiggly but not wiggly enough.  Grandpa had to go back to north dakota and her top front tooth was getting very wiggly.  She could wiggle it with her tongue, but she only wanted grandpa to pull it.  the first weekend of november we went to jackson (more on that later) and grandpa pulled that wiggly tooth right out.  Now she has 2 holes right above the other, although it was last long since her bottom adult tooth is coming in.  She loves swimming lessons and doing well.  She also did gymnastics, oh and she LOVES being  .
    Seth and I have been really busy too.  Seth got a promotion at work and a new calling too.  He is the new 2nd Counselor in the young men and the new scout master.  They haven't offically called him to scout master since they have to get the back ground check first.  Seth and my dad drew out for jackson/ grand teton national park for hunting.  We went the 1st weekend of November the last day they saw some that they could shoot at but missed them all.  turns our seth's gun was way off and there was a momma and 3 cub grizzlies where they were and decied after  shots they better go.  So after thanksgiving they went back up and didn't see anything they could shoot.  It ends saturday and you have to have 2 so they didn't get anything this year, it has been too warm and mild for the elk to move, there had been some movement but they in was too calm and the elk just stayed put.  The yellowstone heard hasn't even moved yet. I have been crafting my buns off.  I have done several things to sell online in my etsy shop.  I haven't had anyone buy anything yet but one day.  I am also making my nieces baptism dress.  It is what she will wear to be confirmed in since it is crochet and has pearls and would be very very heavy all wet.  We have had lots of adventures since june.  We got 2 kittens, they were abandoned by their mom or moms, and were hand raised, there were 10 kittens.  and we took 2.  We had a black one and a tiger tabby one.  the tiger one was the runt and TINY.  she was just so small and didn't have enough left in her and she passed away.  We still have our black cat and he is CRAZY.  his name is Twilight, after the pony not the vampire series.  she stalks and plays all the time.  Loki thinks he's crazy and usually ends up getting the brunt to twilights focus.  In july we added 3 chickens to our 4.  We know have 4, 3 of ours and 1 that is/was my sisters.  one was attacked and killed by two dogs.  They got one but the other is still running around and we have seen him trying to get into our yard and to our chickens atleast 2 more times.  Then one of my sisters chickens was killed by another dog.  We don't really know what happened but we are pretty sure they same dog got a hold of one of our little chickens since she went missing the same time and we have not seen a feather of ehr since.  We got my sisters back and burried her.  So we now are back to 4.  We love getting the fresh eggs from them too. 
      Otherwise we are just trying to keep up with the kids and get things done.

6 years

So this is a little late because I couldn't figure out how to add a new blog since the tool bar at the top that says new post doesn't want to show up, but after some trying and figuring I FINALLY got to where I could put up a new post!  SO Sunday was Ava's 6th birthday!  She was SO excited and could not wait until it was 2-5 HER birthday!  We went the day before for a BIG birthday lunch with all my family.  We have 4 birthdays within a month starting 11/11 ending 12/10.  We went to Taggarts after Seth and my dad got back from hunting.  We enjoyed GREAT food and SUPER good desserts.  Ava got to open her presents from Cameron and Kayla and my mom and dad, and one from us.  My sister and her family stopped by on her birthday and had cake with us. 
    She was SO excited with her presents, she got a new 18" doll that has curly hair like her, a new mermaid cabbage patch doll, 2 new my little ponies, an art case, a diary, 2 new books, a new outfit, 2 new birthday dresses, and a guitar.  It was horribly out of tune when we opened it, but thanks to dad and uncle kevin it is now in tune.  Ava has been playing it every minute she can.  She loves to play it and make up new songs, we could have the next taylor swift if she keeps it up.
   Here are 6 things about Ava on her 6th birthday
    1.  She has lost 2 teeth and has 3 more that are wiggly
      2.  She loves to sing and make up new songs
        3. She such a sweet hearted girl and wants everyone to be everyone's friend
          4. She is an AWESOME big sister and loves to help them
            5. She LOVES swimming
               6. She LOVES school.

We love our Ava Boo and couldn't imagine our lifes without her

Monday, June 4, 2012

16 Months

  Kinley is 16 months old today and life is so crazy and busy!  She is super funny and a pill too.  She has her days when she only like one person and other days she likes a lot of people, she almost always loves and wants grandma but she has her days where she doesn't too.  SHe has taken to making some of the funniest faces I have seen from a little kid.  She is going to Primary Childrens on the 12th and then back on the 18th so we can hopefully get her tonsils and ears taken care of.  She had her developmental screening today and past with flying colors on all but one area which she almost failed.  That was her speech and language, which I was not surprised by.  She doesn't really talk and has had atleast 2 ear infections the latest a MRSA in the last 4 months and that is with the tubes in.  They are almost 100% sure it has to do with the ears and tonsils, but if she is not doing better with her communication by fall we should have her reevaluated.  She is a handful and SUPER fun.  Here are some fun facts about Kinley
  Ava calles her KinKin
  She has only 4 teeth
  She weighs about 19 lbs. 
  She knows several signs and we use them to know what she wants
  She likes to sit on the potty
  She LOVES to climb
  She s DEEPLY attatched to her blankie, which she stole from me
  She LOVES to cuddle.
  She has an ATTITUDE!
  She is Funny and loves to make you laugh
  Aunt Gina likes to laugh at Kinley's top teeth because she says they are HUGE, they are bigger then her bottom.
   She loves to brush her hair and put on and take off hair things, and like to take yours and put them on you too
 We LOVE having her in our family, and can't wait to see how she is once she is actually healthy and all healed up

Thursday, May 24, 2012


There is no good way to title this post there are so many emotions I have right now relief, happiness, amazement, sadness, grief, guilt.  Now this probally sounds crazy but they all are about my baby Kinley.  She is almost 16 months old and i don't think she has really ever know what it is like to be healthy, atleast not completely anyway.  She was born very bruised and developed jaundice and had to be on the buli light and then started the reflux and then the ear infections.  Tonsilitis more often then most adults i know.  She had fluid in her ears for probally 5 months, and got tubes at 7 months, until then she had a hard time staying up when sitting up, when she would try and crawl she would fall over, she only said aa aa aa nothing else, she had am earinfecton for over a month, then after the tubes, the runny noses and sore throats and reflux really kicked up.  Now this might seem odd, but be NEVER knew she had an ear infection unless we happened to be going into the dr for something else.  She never showed regular symptoms, she never pulled her ears never refused to eat slept and played never ran a fever, all the basic things to look for she never did, she would also randomly break out in a rash and within minutes it was gone.  She got those tubes and within a a week she was crawling and sitting up and pretty soon we heard mama.  I was relieved that she could hear, but she was still very small, after her 4th sinus infection and the dr hearing her breath she thought we needed to go back to the ent, this is also after the 6th strep test in 4 to 6 months.  So back to the ENT we go and found out that yes her tonsils are on the side and not on the back like normal, all my kids and mine sat there.  After he got looking he realized she could not breath through her nose.  We got into surgery and took out the adenoids and thinned out the membraines in her nostrils so she could breath.  Well her adenoids were infected inside and out, they were really large and now she can breath better but still has issues.  Then we found out at our follow up her tube in her right ear migrated up, and wasn't where it was draining like it should, and did I mention that when she had her adenoids out she had apnea pauses with the breathing tube in?  We knew she had apnea pauses before but figured she wouldn't with the tube in.  So we knew at 11 months she would have to have her tonsils out,  but we had to wait for her to get bigger.  So we went for her follow up in april after 2 more strep test in april alone and knew after FLordia we would get the plan set out fro when they would come out, well the day we left for Florida her ear was draining but we didn't realize til we got there and her ear was really draining, but other then the draining you would not know she had an infection, she was happy and cuddley and ate as much as ever, she slept and we still hd fun, the first full day we were home we went to the dr and found out she had a sinus infection ear infection, and something else, amd lots of medicine to take, but a few days later when we came back for her check it wasn't much better and they decided that a culture was in order and guess what it is a MRSA in her ear!  After 17 days on antibiotics it started draining again, and after another strep test 2 in 2 weeks it is the MRSA still fighting, so now the dr thinks things need to happen NOW and not later, so we call our AMAZING ENT and find out she will have to stay over night, well our hosptial in town is for proft and EXPENSIVE!  I mean we have paid atleast $10,000 out of pocket after insurance and with a discount for paying in full, The insurance has asked that we stop using the hospital here if possble because they refuse to adjust their prices to make them more competitive.  So we got a referral to Primary Children's.  I Love our ENT and he has done amazing on all of us and I wanted to use him, but the price of our hospital is prohibitive.  I know Primary Children's is Amazing but it isn't our ENT.
   So now why I am amazed, Kinley is SO resilient.  She is happy and determined and does things I can't beleve she can do at almost 16 months.  We took her in since we knew she has a MRSA and her ear was draining again, and she had a temp 97.1 no fever so Happy and busy and smart, she doesn't talk much and I think her throat and ears are part of that plus her sisters talk for her.  I am amazed at how well she has grown and developed and the funny crazy girl she is.  I also feel bad that she has had to go through all these things.  No parent wants to see their child hurt sick or in pain and it seems that is all she has had.  I know things could be much worse and she could have more problems.  I am greatful that they are all things that can be treated and or cured  We love her and can not wait to see who she grows to be and how different she will be where we get her issues taken care of.
        So here are a few facts about why we are doing it now, 16 or so Strep tests all negitive, 6 plus ear infections 2 surgeries 7 months and 11 months 1 MRSA and more antibiotics then  I can count 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


Okay so it isn't summer yet, but we are getting excited.  A couple weeks ago we went to Florida with my whole family and went to Disney World and Sea World,  It was A LOT of fun and REALLY busy!  We went to a park everyday and went went went but made some AMAZING memories.  The one negative was that Kinley got an ear infect and we are still treating it 2 weeks later,  Turns out is was an MSA or MRSA infection.  She has tubes but the one in her right ear has migrated to the top of her ear and apparently allows fluid to build up behind it.   This along with the 15 strep tests (I wish i was exaggerating on that) and the sleep apnea pauses our little 15 month old with be having her tonsils out and the tube replaced.  She already had her adenoids  removed and 10 1/2 months.
  Ava has one more preschool classes and an end of the year picnic and she is done with preschool.  It is hard to believe that she will be in kindergarten this fall.  Madison is now old enough to go to preschool and we are hoping she will be in the same preschool ava will be leaving.  She is one crazy monkey girl who loves to climb and jump and bounce and play pretend, and can be super shy still.  Ava LOVES to dance and hopes we let her do dance classes and swim lessons, it turns out they are both little fishes and skipped up to levels above kids their age.      
  These days there are lots of fun and busy things going on at our house.  We planted our garden on our NEW GARDEN AREA IN OUR NEW HOUSE!  We will also be adding 4 (if they are all girls) chickens to the garden area. The girls have wanted chicks for a long time and now we can really keep them so we said why not!  Everyone but Kinley got to name them and their names are Cracker sometimes Popcorn (Madison named) Dancer (Ava named) Feather Head (seth's) and Sprocket (mine),  it will be nice to have the eggs and not have to buy them, the girls LOVE eggs.
         We are going to go camping and hopefully some more fun stuff, we are going to be getting the girls ready for school in the fall and hopefully i can get some good crafts stuff done.  i am WAY behind but here is a little update atleast

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Madison's Stats!

So I took Madison in to the Dr tuesday ( I know it is almost a week later) and she didn't have to get any shots and did pretty good. She hates to have her ears looked at and had a hard time when the dr wanted to look at them. We have to watch atleast one of her tubes because it is coming out funny and if it doesn't come out right they have to go in and remove it surgically. Anyway she is our wild little monkey! She is climbing and spinning and jumping and all over, she has always been small weight wise, but taller. Since she was about 2 months old she has not been on the charts for her weight, well that finally changed! She now weighs 26 lbs and is in the 0-5% for her weight, and is 36 1/8 i think inches tall and is in the 50-75th for height, so she looks more like a long string bean. We love her crazy sillyness. She is funny makes everyday an adventure. I can't imagine our life without our fun spunky smart crazy three year old. We like to say in some ways she is 3 going on 17! She always is doing or saying something funny or silly and keeps us on our toes!

Saturday, March 24, 2012


3 years ago our family changed forever. We welcomed miss Madison into our family. She has always done things HER way even before she was born. She refused to let us know what she was so we were excited to find out when she was born that she was a girl! We have had lots of "adventures" with her, she has had liquid stitches which she ripped out, actual stitches on the same wound and 17 months on her head, she walked at 8 1/2 months crawled at 5 and never stopped moving! She is crazy fun, and adventurous, as long as she is around people she is comfortable with.
She can be SO shy, but don't let that fool you, once she has gotten comfortable she is going NONSTOP! She has the funniest little things she says and does, she LOVES to dance and climb and swing on anything she can. She loves to swim and go to gymnastic classes, and is actually really good, but that is no surprise to us since we watch her swing and flip on everything, and she is tiny making her light and easy to flip and balance. We love her fun little smile and how she says I lub you! WE couldn't imagine our lives or family without our sweet mad-i-bug!
Here are 3 things about Madison you may not know
1 she LOVES Pinkie Pie and all things pink
2 She may be small but that little girl is just like dynamite!
3 She says so many funny things, and has a HUGE imagination!
there are just a few things about our wild crazy funny silly busy loving adventurous Madison Jade!