Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Six Flags!!!!

Because we are cool parents(hehe), we decided to surprise the kids one morning with a trip to Six Flags! It was even a school morning. Yep, we bad :) I just told Joey one day, we need to go and do something fun together as a family(And I suggested a theme park as I could possibly become preggers in the next little while, who knows. We might as well party it up while we can!) So that morning we said, you're not going to school...they looked at us, like what? And when we told them why, they couldn't believe it. It was so fun to surprise them :)

The weather was beautiful, perfection. And the crowds were low. We barely had to wait for any ride! It was such a great day. We had the most fun there we've ever had and seriously had one of the most fun days we've had ever in the history of theme parks(except for the end...which I'll get to). There were so many rides we could experience together. I was surprised! And it was fun how we have some older ones that will go on a little bit bigger rides now(nothing crazy, we are all cowards except Joey:) but still, we did way more than in years past. Watching Ammon experience his very first roller coaster was awesome. He was really excited, then once it really got going, he looked pretty serious:) When we asked him if he liked it, he said, yes. And I think he might have even wanted to go again and did? He didn't love it, but he liked it enough :) He actually went on one that was even longer/bigger  later(the mini mine train) and I was so proud of him! On that one he said he liked it but didn't want to go again :) Cali also went on her first non-kiddie coaster, so that was a big deal! She did the Runaway Mine Train which is a pretty good coaster. Joey went with her and I was nervous she might not like it..but she was smiling BIG when she got off and couldn't wait to go on it again! She likes speed, that one :) The favorite for most of the kids was the log ride. Who doesn't like going down a hollowed out log on a waterfall? :) We all went on that one, even Wesley. He wasn't phased. It was hilarious! He was like, whatev.  He seemed most bothered by the drops of water that flew in his face. 

We had a huge monumental thing happen on this trip. Cali actually walked up to a costumed character(which she has had a phobia of this year, like MAJORLY) and took pics with several! IT was good ole Porky Pig that did the trick. We saw him from afar and she almost flipped. Then I said, look how small and cute that character is! He is so little Cali, I think hes smaller than most characters ;) Then I saw her size him up and realize he was a little shorter than some. That gave her some courage. And she went for it. She doesn't like how big they are. I mean, she was screaming and running like a madwoman just last month over a character she saw somewhere. She had regressed in a major way like that(I mean, when we did Disneyworld two years ago she was afraid of some of them, but it wasn't bad at all) This was beyond scared. It was sad! Especially how old she is. But this trip to Six Flags helped her so much. We were so happy to see her happy. Its tough to see your child so scared of something, to see them out of control like that and not know how to fix it :(  So hooray for Cali! We were so proud of her. And Ella went on a BIG roller coaster-Judge Roy Scream. She is a brave soul sometimes...but I don't think she loved it:) She didn't cry or anything but you could tell it was much faster than she expected! I'm glad my kids are braver than I am :) 

Right before the park closed, Aubrey, Ella and I decided to go on one more ride together. We chose La Vibora. BIG MISTAKE. I had been on this before, but they hadn't. I couldn't remember much about it but I obviously didn't love it or I would've remembered it better(we actually hadn't been to Six Flags in over 5 years). I kinda remembered thinking it was rougher than I thought it would be from the looks of it. Its sorta like a bobsled that goes down a slide with lots of turns and drops. Anyways, Aubrey was pretty nervous about it but decided to go anyways(and it ended up being her very favorite ride so that makes me happy!). Well, what happened was a big bump. It was at the bottom of a steep drop. It lifted me up and slammed me down. SO hard. So hard that I could barely see straight the pain was so intense on my poor tailbone. I slammed it good(the girls were fine, I was sitting at the back and sidenote: I have hurt my tailbone in the past and so its very sensitive. Its never been the same since). I could barely get out of the ride when it was over. I could barely walk to the car. It ended up being a serious injury :( I never went to a doctor but I'm 99% sure I fractured it as I couldn't even walk without severe pain for weeks. I am actually typing this several weeks later and I'm finally living a normal life again. It was one of the worst experiences of my life to endure :( The pain was so intense and I'm allergic to all anti-inflammatory medication. I had little relief. I couldn't pick up my babies :( I couldn't bend over barely. I hurt to sit, stand, lay down, etc. Everything hurt. I cried a lot. And there were days when I thought, what if this doesn't ever go away? Thats how it started to feel. And I became very depressed. I was grateful to people who found out and brought meals...brought treats...helped Joey with a blessing...gave my kids rides home from school. I couldn't have survived without that. But mostly, I'm grateful for Joey who took off several days from work because I couldn't care for my little ones. It was trying for me and him both. I'm so grateful that his blessing helped me and that I have healed. I feel it every now and then still, but its nothing compared to what it was. It sounds like a silly injury, I mean, I did kid about breaking my butt a lot :) But it wasn't a laughing matter at all, I was suffering bad. I just know now to be very careful about rides! I'm actually scared to go on a ride again :( Ahh, it sucks that Six Flags ended like that. But, the bright side was that at least we didn't go on that ride first and ruin the whole day! It was a wonderful day. Until that ride :) I learned through that experience to be extra grateful every day to just have a body that works. That its a privilege to be able to fold laundry without pain or unload the dishwasher. Or rock my babies to sleep. The little things you take for granted. I was so happy the first day I was able to pick up Wesley again. So so happy. I cried. Its crazy how just about every part of your body is connected to your tailbone. It really is! Trials do make you stronger and teach you so much. We wouldn't grow without them. I learned a lot from this experience, who really loves me out there...and how grateful I should be each day that I'm without pain or suffering. You forget to be grateful for that when things are going good...thats why we are here on Earth. To learn and grow. I just wish it didn't have to hurt so much sometimes! :) Anyways, enjoy the pics of our fun fun day! Before I broke my bootay...

Ammon said this was his favorite ride. His face tells you so...



Ammon's first roller coaster ride!




Hip hip hooray for Cali! The pig that changed her life.


 Lunch break!


Wesley LOVED this! Perfect for him.

He needed time to run around so luckily there was a playground for him to stretch his legs a bit...


 The Six Flags tea cups :) Disneys are cuter, but this was still fun!


 This was Cali's fave...I think we went on it at least five times!

Don't you love the people in the front...totally posing for our picture! Hahaha. Something Tara and I would do...you can kinda see me in the back with Aubrey and Ella.

Joey with Ammon on the Mini Mine Train
 He survived! But "I not want go again" :)


Riding the train. The boys loved this. Since boys love trains :)
I can't wait to go back. And I can assure you I won't let the Vibora bite me in the butt again. 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

The Panther

Aubrey is enjoying another season of volleyball! This season she is a Panther and is having a lot of fun on this new team. She has a good friend from church on her team, Alivia, and that makes it even better(and better for me since we can carpool! :) Aubrey is becoming a great little player. She is very consistently serving overhands now. I think she is one of the most dependable members of the team and is good at keeping her spirits up too. Some girls can have some bad tudes, but not Aub :) She is a great example and leader everywhere she goes. I was worried that one season of cheer(instead of continuing vball) would set her back but shes picked right up and has improved even more this season. We'll have her do a couple of skills clinics over the summer, maybe a camp, so she can do well at middle school team tryouts in the Fall. I'm sure she will make a team, just not sure which one yet. There is A, B, and C. Definitely B, maybe A...we'll see! I never put her in select or club play because well, I like to have dinner as a family...and I don't want to live at the gym...and we want to have a life...and we have a million kids :) That kind of serious sport stuff just isn't our thang. But she is definitely skilled and has improved with the competitive teams she has been a part of. I couldn't be more proud of her! I can't believe Aubrey will be officially in real middle school next year! Eek. Actually all three girls will be in different schools. Should make for an interesting/difficult year ;) Especially since none of them are anywhere near each other. Wish me luck :)








Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A cold day outside doesn't stop this crew from partying

The littles keepin it real on a cold day...even Zac got in on the outdoor fun :)








Sunday, April 20, 2014

Cali's 1st grade Music Performance

Last month(or actually maybe this was February?! Haha) we enjoyed attending the adorable little first graders Music Performance. Cali did so great! She isn't as shy on stage as she used to be. At all. She did all the hand motions and knew all the words. Its always fun to go to elementary school shows and see all those cutie patooties dressed up fancy and singing their little hearts out! But our favorite cutie was our Cali!!! Great job Cali!







Saturday, April 19, 2014

#6

Okay, I'm not expecting :) I just wanted to preface this post with that statement! But this does have to do with a sixth child that we hope to have in the near future ;) Since this is kinda my journal, I just had to write down some experiences Joey and I have had with big decisions in our marriage over the past year and how we were guided to those choices. We've had some really neat experiences and answers to prayers that I am very grateful for. I want my children to know of them someday.

So, when Joey and I were dating I remember talking playfully about our future together. Pretty much after my first conversation with the dude, I wanted to marry him. I kid you not. He has a special spirit and I was just drawn to him immediately. And hes cute :) But seriously though, he is special. Anyone that has met him, knows that. Anyways, I remember he said he wanted to have six sons :) That was hilarious to me...I think it was since he had grown up with three sisters? Anyways, as you know, we started out our family with three daughters...poor guy ;) Hehe. But then we were blessed with two little boys as well. We knew after four, that for sure there was a fifth(and actually planned for six before we had him), and I did feel it would be another boy...and Wesley is all boy for sure! As soon as he arrived, I was overwhelmed. We had just moved to a new town weeks prior to his birth. I was registering kids in new schools, school clothes shopping, figuring out life, brand new baby and I had a toddler that still very much needed me. One of my kids was starting kindergarten while another was entering middle school. There were a lot of worries and anxieties on top of the postpartum hormones making me crazy. What if they don't make friends? What if we don't like the new ward? What if I regret making the choice to change cities? Baby crying. Up all night. Trying to slowly unpack. It was crazy some days. Joey said, we are done. I felt like I couldn't handle any more kids either.. even though the previous year or so I had thought we would be having six kids, it just felt like a good number. So I went for months thinking this is it. Wesley is probably my last baby. And it made me even more hormonal and I felt depressed. And I started getting anxious about it. Unsure. I am a planner..and so maybe if you are reading this you might be thinking, why worry about that when you have a new baby? You can't make choices under that kind of stress! Wait a few months, then make the choice. Thats what we did. But I still felt so anxious not knowing what the future was for us during those months(and really do we ever know the future? Not really I know!) I needed to know if he was the last. If we should try for more in the future.

We had many conversations...the rational/smart/easier thing to do was to be done. Five little kids can be cuh-razy people! :) But then there were days where I pictured another little one...I prayed a lot. Joey seemed content with being done, but I just wasn't. I think he thought I was nutso. :) I felt nutso too! Ha. There was just something in me telling me maybe we weren't. It was hard for me to discern however, if it was me not willing to be done/let go, or if it was the Spirit. I prayed to know what it was we were truly supposed to do. I remember the first time I felt something I knew was the Spirit..it was when I was looking through family history papers my Grandma Adams compiled for us. Stories that she had typed for us of our ancestors. I had thought about naming a child after my grandmother(middle name) a year or so ago when we weren't sure of the genders of the boys, but we had boys, so that didn't happen.  Her middle name is Viola and all I knew of it was that it was her middle name and her mother's middle name. It was also my aunt's middle name(but she had three sons so it wasn't passed down...and no one else has used it either). Its not a name that is used anymore so I thought well, maybe if we have a girl someday, we could name her Violet, or have her middle name be Violet. That would be a variation of it and work. So, that was as far as I had gotten in my thoughts in the past of babies and names for future girls/boys.

So anyways, I found a sheet that was about my Grandmother's Grandmother-whose FIRST name was Viola(Which I didn't realize. I had no idea this name had been in the family this many generations!) I read a letter that she had written to her son who was overseas at war. It stirred my soul. I felt a closeness to her and knew that she was an amazing woman. She loved her family and was a devout Christian. I was able to read many things that she herself had written(that my grandmother typed) and I just felt so strongly that I need to name my next child after her. (Which meant, yes, we are supposed to have another baby! And I guess it'll be a girl?! :) The name we had liked for a girl if we had another was(and still is) Reese. So in my mind I thought Reese Viola and it just felt right. That exact middle name needs to continue on to honor these women-Viola. Violet doesn't do it. I love family history-I always have. And I felt as though I was blessed with an answer to my prayers through reading about my ancestors. My grandmother is one of the most amazing people on the Earth, so gentle, patient, loving, faithful, righteous and strong. I hope we are able to have a girl someday so I can honor her, her mother and grandmother.

So, Joey wasn't 100% on board still. I was getting him there though ;) He was definitely thinking about it more and considering it. We were still back and forth a bit. One night we were sitting in the living room, just him and I. I was thinking about things, still feeling confused a little bit, even though I had that prior experience. I just needed Joey to feel as strongly as I did. A marriage is two people making decisions together and I don't want to make a big choice ever that he doesn't 100% agree with. He had always said in the past-whatever I wanted-when it came to babies. But he was hesitant about this..and understandably so. I have a hard time when I have a baby..takes me awhile to get past the baby blues and handle it all sometimes. (And for the record, its not that he didn't want any more children, it was more of being able to handle them..and more of him thinking of me being able to handle them since I'm the main caretaker. He didn't want to lose his wife(mentally and emotionally)..and I understood that) So, I decided to open my scriptures(which I hadn't done in awhile myself. We are good with family prayer and scripture study, but with personal studies, I'm terrible lately!) Right before I opened them I prayed to help me find the answer in the scriptures. I opened up to a random scripture and the first thing I read was this (found in Jarom 1): "And we multiplied exceedingly and spread across the face of the land, and became exceedingly rich..." To some, that might be a coincidence, but I KNEW that was the Lord speaking to me. I felt it. I showed Joey and told him about my prayer. And bam, we decided we have a #6 up there waiting :) He said we needed to get started right that minute...lol...men...

So, that was last summer. We didn't start trying right away. We waited a bit, but for the past few months we have been. TMI? Oh well, sorry. Nothing has happened yet, but thats okay. I'm not in a huge rush, but I'm not getting any younger so I wouldn't mind if it happened soon :) These five are running me ragged...lol.

Also, there was one more experience that I wanted to share. I was able to attend the temple recently with my mom and Grandma. I prayed there asking for a daughter to name after my sweet Grandma while I was in the Celestial room with her. I guess I'm just really hoping for and expecting a girl after my experience with family history work! Not five minutes later, as we were walking out of the celestial room, a temple worker held open one door while I held open the other for my grandmother in her wheelchair. As my grandmother went by, I looked up and saw the word "Reese" on the woman's name tag.  I felt so strongly that was Him telling me she is up there waiting. It wasn't just seeing that word, it was the feeling I had, and the fact that I was there with my Grandmother watching her walk by as we both held the doors for her. It was just a really neat experience I will never forget. Very powerful to me.

I know is there is another baby up there waiting to join our family. And I'm pretty darn sure its Reese Viola ;) And if a boy comes next, well, maybe we are supposed to have 7 ;)  Just don't tell Joey I said that...



Thursday, April 17, 2014

Cali's little photo shoot

So as I mentioned before, Joey got a new camera recently. Its a Canon 6D and he is having fun with it! He also finally has a professional flash and all these other new gadgets and looks all pro now ;) Its so cute watching him get all excited about photography again. Makes me happy to see him happy. One of his first little photo shoots was of Cali after school on her birthday. This was him just playing around with the camera before he had even read the manual and adjusted settings and all that. Since these pics, hes even learned more. He has been watching all kinds of youtube videos and making all of us pose for pictures incessantly, haha :)  These pics are unedited and mostly just in our front yard. Nothing fancy..but they turned out pretty cute and funny so I had to share them. . .