I was feeding Molly lunch today after church and I got a nasty case of the hiccups. Every time I would hiccup she would laugh outright. Ryan and I were cracking up. So I went to get the camera and of course my hiccups stopped. Ryan started pretending to have the hiccups and it still got her giggling. LOVE it.
Pictures from her 6 Month "Birthday"
Her new trick she loves to do
We were given a jumper, which she LOVES. This was her 20 min after her first time in it.
Everyone says they look alike so I had to get a picture of the two of them together.
Hanging out with Ethan. See how she is holding on to him. She loves her Ethan.
This is a great program available to deployed soldiers and their families. Sam is able to go to the USO tent and read books to the kids. They record up to 20 minutes and then they send the video and the book to the kids. The kids get to sit and listen to daddy read to them at night. It has been great for the kids to see him and to read along with the books. It's called "United Through Reading"
Shortly after they returned home, Sam got the jet ski out and started and ready for the water. Nothing makes Sam happier then his need for speed. The jetski is just a small stepping stone for now. I'm sure in upcoming years you'll see Sam driving down the road in a fast car, riding on the water in a fast boat, and speed down the slopes in fast skis.
Sam and I went out to a REALLY nice steakhouse here in Colorado Springs called Mackenzie's Chop House for our anniversary dinner. Yummy. Lovely Carrie Badurek kept our kids overnight for us so that we could go to dinner and then a nice night at home by ourselves having fun. :-) I will say that I might have screwed up royally and may possibly not live this down for another 10 years.... For my anniversary gift we took the diamonds from my grandfather's, Paul Weight, wedding band and had them put into an anniversary band that matched my ring. It turned out so pretty and most of all those diamonds have a great deal of sentimental value. Sam brought the wrapped ring box to dinner so that I could unwrap it and he put it on me. (Ah how sweet, you can all sigh) then he says to me..."so what did you get me?" Seriously! I did not get my own wonderful husband a gift for our 10 year anniversary! To be honest...it never even crossed my mind. I felt horrible. Beyond horrible. Yeah, yeah I've been a little busy with the new baby the last few months and up until the night we went to dinner I hadn't even thought of gifts but I do feel pretty bad. Don't worry though, Sam will help remind me for a very long time to come. He poked and teased me about it for 10 days before he finally left the country and his mind was on something else. Any ideas to help me make it up to him? I'm not to prideful, I'll take any help I can get!
After Sam left then I had one major medical procedure to get over with...man I was worried, and then the kids and I planned a two week vacation to Utah. Just something to get our mind off daddy being gone and help the summer go by a little faster.
The major medical procedure we had to do was my little Ryan's colonoscopy. This was his second one in 6 weeks. He had one just after getting home from Tennessee. He's had blood in his stool for over 9 months. They've done all kinds of tests but couldn't determine a cause. In fact he had 5 or 6 vials of blood drawn at the hospital the day Molly was born. When we talk about the day Molly was born we have to talk about the time he went to the lab with daddy too. The first colonoscopy they found a GIANT polyp in his colon, which they removed and sent to the lab. It was benign...thank the Lord. However, he had extensive bleeding and they were not able to finish. The doctor wanted to do another one in 6 weeks. Of course, that would be after Sam left. I'm so grateful for Holly Badurek, Chris' wife, who willingly came with me to watch Molly while I was in the surgery suite with Ryan. The second colonoscopy had much better results. There was no infection and they found no more polyps. Now we just have to keep watching him. He has to have another one in one year. I'm hoping he forgets about it before then. Although honestly for anyone who's ever had one (I'm not included in that group) the two days before the procedure are the worst.
After Ryan was healed and doing great we packed up the van, to the brim mind you, and headed to Utah for an extended vacation with my mom. I always feel that when my mom comes to visit that she just didn't stay long enough. I wanted to be able to stay for awhile and really enjoy her company, let the kids spend time with her, etc. We had a blast! I actually got to play two 18 hole rounds of golf. That alone made me happy. I played a round of golf with my dad, and my old singles ward bishop. The best part...I didn't have to pay! j.k.
So we're home, school has started, and the reality of life has set in. Daddy's gone and it's all up to me! For the most part I'm cut out for the job but there are some days I wonder when it's all going to end. I started back to work only one day a week. We could benefit from the extra income and honestly I love my job so much that after awhile I really miss being out there helping children. It's nice to have another role beside just "mom". Since Sam's gone I don't even get to be a "wife". So now I'm a "mom" and a "speech therapist" and that make me happy. I'm also happy because I found a wonderful, sweet, kind woman to watch Molly in the home. I feel blessed.
Because it was just the boys and I, then Ryan had to come down to the arena too. He was our official photographer. He also had the special opportunity to sit with the clowns. The clown took a picture of him. :-) How fun to go to the Greatest Show on Earth and then get to be IN the Greatest Show on Earth!
AND Molly turned 3 months today!
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