Thursday, March 26, 2009
We feed over 60 people. We did a potato bar, Jell-O salads and cake. The firemen took the boys through their trailer that stimulates a house on fire and they talked with them about what you do if you are ever in a fire. We received a lot of great compliments on the night and the second best part of the night I'm done with organizing, throwing and cleaning up after parties for a while!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Brett started celebrating his birthday a little bit early since Sunday limits the possibilities. He played basketball with a group of friends, went golfing with his buddies, picked Pizza Hut for his birthday dinner (a treat since that's never a place I want to go) and got not one but two guy movies to watch. Another out of the ordinary treat since he is so wonderful to me and is very considerate when we go rent a movie.
With Brett's birthday on Sunday I wanted to do lunch and birthday cake with our families. I had hoped we could do it at the park, enjoy the Spring weather we have been having, let the kids play on the playground and play a few outside games ourselves. The wind was blowing like crazy luckily my brother Dave volunteered the fire station and we were still able to get together and eat without our plates and everything else blowing away. Brett was such a sweetheart and cooked the hamburgers for everyone with Jeff (our brother-in-law) helping too. I didn't really think that through I'm glad I'm married to such a great guy.
Friday, March 20, 2009
I don't know how he got into this position and stayed asleep. But how cute is that. He looked like he was sitting on the bed but had his head on the pillow . Only when your little and so flexible could that be comfortable. Maybe he's trying to tell me that he needs a pillow to sleep on. I love sleeping babies they always look so precious in their sleep specially this little boy!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
I got dinner ready for my boys and when we went to get Jaxson in his highchair a leprechaun had brought Jaxson a St. Patrick's Day surprise. He left him chocolate gold coins, a chocolate shamrock sucker and chocolate shamrocks. Next year Jaxson and I are going to try to catch him because you know if you catch a leprechaun he has to give you his gold.
It was a nice day. I loved what we did today, the people we got to see and I absolutely loved our weather. It was so warm. I even opened our windows. We still have our bedroom window open and I just love it. I love getting fresh air, hearing the outside and felling the slight breeze. Hip Hip Hooray for Spring!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I think Jaxson's favorite part of the trip was our hotel tissues. The hotel was thoughtful to put the box of tissues at perfect height for Jaxson to pull out. He loved getting tissue after tissue. We tried stopping him but finally gave up and figured we were on vacation and that he could have fun with the tissues if he wanted to because when you are on vacation you get to do special things that sometimes you don't normally get to do.
We went on March 7 for a special reason it was the day Jaxson was diagnosed with PKU. I feel that day not only changed my life but changed my spirit. I am and will be forever a completely different person because of PKU. I feel that things and people come into our lives for a reason.
So in that spirit I want to blog about the 10 things I've learned in the last 365 days:
#10: I've learned a new language, a new way of life, a different way of cooking and that always having a medical bill come to your home is okay.
#9: I've learned that when you go through something really hard your faith, family and prayers become your "life preserver".
#8 : I've learned a deeper gratitude for the Resurrection when every imperfection will be made perfect.
#7: I've learned that when you go through something really hard your heart is never the same.
#6 I've learned more about the love God has for me.
#5: I've learned that every hard time has a "silver lining."
#4: I've learned that time doesn't heal a broken heart. It allows you to accept how your life has been changed, your new reality and allows you to create joyful memories that can give you hope and happiness but it's what you do with that time that helps your heart. You have to work on healing a broken heart.
#3 I've learned how strong I am. A few weeks ago I heard someone say that God doesn't give us trials for Him to see how strong we are but we are given trials for us to see how strong we are--Amen to that!
#2 I'm learning that on March 7, 2008 experiences such as birthdays, Halloween, family dinners, traveling, etc were not taken from Jaxson and our family. I might have to put in more effort then other mothers but I can still get to experience those moments with my son.
#1 I've learned that sorrow for your child is the deepest pain you will ever fill in this life time. When your child has to go through something that you wish with all your heart, mind and soul you could change so they didn't have to go through it or take their place. Nothing greater tears at your heart .
I don't know if I'll ever be at that place where I feel grateful that PKU came into our lives but I do know that I've learned and grown so much this year. For me it's taken a lot of mental and spiritual work to get where I am and I'm so happy with where I am 365 days later.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Elizabeth is such a thoughtful and giving person. We love spending time with her. Jaxson and I really look forward to our almost daily visits we always have a good time at Aunt Elizabeth's house. It's fun to live just houses away from each other. We love you so much and hope you have a great birthday.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
(Jaxson with his gifts from Mom and Dad)
(Jaxson's swimming party invitation. It had this invitation, passes to get into the rec center and sweetish fish. Thanks Kristy for helping me make the invitations they turned out so cute)
(Jaxson ready to swim. He's got on his new shark shoes--watch out and swimming suit)
(Swimming with dad)
(The swimming party)
(Swimming party favors)
(Jaxson's birthday cakes. Jaxson and his cousin's ate the mini firetrucks)
(Blowing out the candles--I found candles that said The Big 1)
(Enjoying his firetruck cake)
(Jaxson with his cousins that were able to come to the party)
(The night ended with a ride on the firetruck for Jaxson and all his cousins. Wow how many people can say that they have had a personal ride on the fire truck that's pretty special!)
It was such a fun night. Jaxson got spoiled rotten with new clothes, fabulous new toys and yummy low pro food. Thanks family for all your great gifts. One of my favorite parts of the day was when we were getting ready for bed. Brett or I read to Jaxson every night before he goes to sleep. I wanted a special book for his birthday and for birthday's to come. I found a book called, The Night You Were Born (soooo adorable it will make you cry) I along with all of his family wrote messages of love to Jaxson on the inside and back pages. So that night I read to him his message and then read the book which basically talks about how special you are and how there will never be any one ever like you ever again. It was such a perfect way to end a perfect day!