Sunday, December 09, 2007

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

Thursday, December 06, 2007

She's a big girl and it is about time

My little Addy has been a very stubborn potty trainer. It seriously has been one of my worst parenting struggles. I have hated it...and it dragged out over most of 2007. My problem was I couldn't fully commit. I would always buckle and go back to diapers. But I finally put my foot down in September. And I would call her officially potty-trained by the middle of October. Yes, just 2 weeks shy of her THIRD birthday. Now I know there are moms out there who are working on potty-training their 4 year olds. Talk about endurance. I know "each kid is different" and they "start going when they are ready". I get it, but it is just hard when your kid doesn't want to do it no matter how hard you try. Not to mention the frustration when you hear about those moms who potty train their kid in one day (kudos to those kids that can do it!) But we made it. She still has an accident every now an then, but for the most part she is good...even when we are out and about all day. This is seriously a miracle after 8-9 months of potty training. And I am saying good-bye to diapers for the first time in almost 6 years! Adios!

Along the process, I tried to bribe her with a new "Big Girl" room...but she could care less. I had fun decorating it here is the before and after.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Trip to Utah

We escaped for a week to Utah at the beginning of November. We were mainly focused on the Mountain West Conference Women's Soccer Tournament in Provo. It was a little strange walking around BYU in red, Utah gear...but, you do what you have to do, right? During the first half of Game 1, Erin took a ball in the face/head from about 10 feet without seeing it coming. So she was out the rest of the first half and they finally put her back in with a few minutes remaining in the 2nd half. Utah won the game. But, later that night the trainers were sure she had a concussion, so she was kept out of the rest of the tournament. Utah ended up losing in the next it was hard to watch knowing they really needed Erin. But, I guess damaging your brain is a worse outcome. We had a great time watching the team play anyway.

We took the kids around BYU campus and went to the BYU vs TCU football game (Go Cougars!). It hasn't been THAT long since we were living in Provo, but somehow the campus manages to change in huge ways in such a short time. And we have already started giving subtle hints to our kids about the REQUIREMENT of going to know, how amazing and fun it is to be poor and studying all the time....okay, so I focus more on the football games and BYU Creamery for now.

We crammed in some visits with family and had an all-day shopping trip on Saturday for major Christmas decor (hey, I can check 9 bags I took a lot home...there has to be some perks for buying airline tickets for my kiddos). After Trevor headed back to Seattle for work, I headed to Boise for a two-day Tax update conference. Let me tell you...exciting stuff. The kids had fun having Grandma all to themselves for two days. I returned to SLC and spent one more day before heading back to the rain. Did I already say the weather was GORGEOUS in Utah...70 degrees almost every day!

We managed to fit in one more shopping trip before heading to the airport: Gardner Village...where the kids were just a tad scared of the apparently starving ducks!

We had a great time! And the visits always seem too short! Dang it, I have Kindergarten to plan around now!! We can't wait for the fam to all be together up here for New Years.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Our 3 Year Old Princess

Here she is....3 years old! I seriously can't believe it! Her birthday was on October 27th. I was loving that it was on a Saturday this year. Daddy made her waffles with strawberries for breakfast, then off to Carson's soccer game, an after-game stop at Starbucks for yummy hot chocolate, then back to the house for the big princess party! This year I limited the party to 1 hour...which was perfect timing for 3 year olds. She was lucky to have 1 brother, 3 cousins and 5 little friends celebrate with her. We had streamers and balloons, tiaras for the girls and prince crowns for the boys. The kids painted a little wood craft, had pink cake and ice cream, tried to play "princess, princess, frog" (duck, duck, goose), and opened presents. It was a lot of preparation for such a short party...but she was so excited! Grandma Judy and Grandpa Chuck came the night before to visit which both her and Carson loved. And then we got to hang out with her cousins, aunts, and uncles after the party. She was spoiled rotten and now thinks all birthday cakes, presents, and festivities are for her! At least her birthday princess outfit doubled as her Halloween costume. She is definitely a girl with major attitude you can hear screaming a mile away, but she gets smarter everyday and keeps us laughing all the time. We love having her in our family.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Crazy Hair Day at school

Halloween 2007

Get candy, get candy, get candy. That is the name of the game. I am dreading my 2-3 month shift as the candy police. But it is worth it for fun night. Uncle Tyler was in town, we had spooky spiderwebs covering the porch, the new fogger we bought didn't work, our pumpkins looked awesome, homemade chili and pumpkin pie, plus hot cider and hot chocolate....all makes for a perfect Halloween. I especially enjoyed the 30 minutes cozying up by the fire reading a book while Trev and Tyler took the kids trick or treating. Plus, we had a great turn out of trick or treaters again this year almost going through 2 bags of Costco candy.

The kids wore their costumes most of they day. Addy got to wear her costume to dance class....5 princesses and one supergirl. No costumes allowed at Carson's school. In fact, last year they banned all Halloween parties in favor of 'Harvest' parties because members of the Wiccan religion found it offensive. I'll hold my comments on that one.

So it was almost torture to wait until dark to begin trick or treating. It was a cold night (but not rainy!), so they were bundled up tight!

On a side note, we had a small set back in our schedule when I realized our freezer must have been unplugged for 2 or 3 days. The 2 bags of ice had melted out of the freezer all over my garage. It was a good chance to clean out the freezer, and luckily since everything was still cold (just defrosted)...some of it was salvageable. Just not something I wanted to do that day!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

First Ambulance Ride

Riding in an ambulance isn't something you WANT to do, but we had our first experience last night. Carson has had a cold for few days and started to have some difficulty breathing (something that has happened only twice in the last 3 years). Of course, I didn't have a current prescription for albuterol, so after cousin Paige's party, we headed to our pediatrician office. The convenience care office is open until 10pm. They have never actually diagnosed him with asthma because the episodes are so infrequent. The two prior episodes have involved a trip to the doctor's office, a breathing treatment, and home to bed. Not last night though.

Here's what went WRONG:

  1. A non-pediatrician was working that night.
  2. In fact, a non-MD was overseeing him (a physician's assistant).
  3. The PA was measuring his pulse-oxygen level on a machine meant for adult fingers.
  4. His pulse oxygen level was bouncing around from 88 (dangerous) and 96 (healthy) in a matter of seconds. Didn't seem like the thing was working.
  5. After two breathing treatments, the PA did not wait for his pulse oxygen level to stabilize, which takes almost an hour in kids.
  6. The PA suspected pneumonia because he doesn't have a history of asthma (doesn't two prior episodes count as a history?)
  7. Because his oxygen level wasn't high enough immediately after treatment the PA would not let me drive my child to the ER.
  8. 2 fire trucks and 1 ambulance show up to pick Carson up and take him to the children's hospital in Tacoma.
  9. We will need to pay for an ambulance ride when the paramedics didn't do one thing on the ambulance.
  10. By the time he got hooked up to a real monitor, his pulse oxygen level was 96 (which is stabilized in that hour!)
  11. We needed to fill two prescriptions at 2 in the morning.
  12. We picked up Addy at 2:30 in the morning. (Thank you to our awesome friends, Jeff & Kim!)
  13. We went to bed at 3:00 in the morning.

Things that were GOOD!

  1. Carson is a fireman for Halloween, so how cool is that to have 6 of them show up to take care of you?
  2. He had his costume with him because we had it at the birthday he got to wear it in the ambulance.
  3. He now has a great paramedic friends. He talked their ears off in the ambulance. They want him to visit at the station next week.
  4. You get to see out the back window and lay in a 'bed' while you are riding in an ambulance.
  5. He LOVED getting the chest x-rays....totally grinning ear to ear as they took them. And seeing your cool!
  6. No pneumonia.
  7. Children's hospitals have books, toys, movies, and awesome nurses and doctors (who actually questioned the PA's call to send him to the hospital in the first place!).
  8. Although feeling not-so-good at the party, he completely perked up after the first treatments...back to his normal talkative self, loving all the attention.
What I know now (after a follow-up visit with our pediatrician today):

  1. Our pediatrician is awesome.
  2. When numbers are bouncing around on a pulse-oxygen go with the HIGHEST number (because kids' circulatory system in their fingers can be very volatile).
  3. It takes an HOUR for kids to fully get the effects of breathing treatments.
  4. A child's pulse oxygen-level is just ONE item to take into consideration before sending a kid to the ER (speaking in full sentences, being alert, talkative, and acting 'normally' are others).
  5. I need to INSIST I see either a pediatrician, or if not available, phone the on-call pediatrician BEFORE a decision is made to go to the ER.
  6. We can treat a future, similar instance on our own with the prescriptions our pediatrician gave us.
  7. It is likely he will grow out of this by age 7 (hoping!)

It was a long night. Without a degree in medicine you really are at the mercy of who is working the shift the night your child gets sick. I know it is better to err on the safe side, but overly aggressive treatment can make the situation scary and frustrating. Live and learn, I guess. I will be more prepared the next time. You have to be willing to say NO sometimes, even to doctors (and PA's!). After all, a mother knows some things about her children that a doctor never will.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Pumpkin Patch at Spooner Farms

In the Northwest, if the weather is good on any Saturday in October, you go to the pumpkin patch. You can't hold out for the weekend closest to Halloween as it might be pouring down rain...and no one likes picking out pumpkins in a mud pit. So last Saturday was it...beautiful weather, 65 degrees, and just a little mud. There are dozens of pumpkin patches around here, but we have gone to the same one each year. The kids love the hay maze, the animals, the displays, and goodie shop. Don't you just love little places like this outside of suburbia? We ran into several families from church and probably half the population of Washington too. We had a great time like we do every year and ended up with a haul of pumpkins ...137 pounds to be exact.


We LOVE Mrs. Budinger. You wouldn't believe her classroom. Every corner is filled with treasures: tall glass bottles full of cotton balls or marbles, bins of huge wooden blocks, dinosaurs, trains, posters of letters, months of the year, days of the week, class pictures, puzzles, shapes, a huge library of books, and on an on. She has quite the collection after teaching Kindergarten for 17 years! Carson is loving school! We just had his parent-teacher conference where she said he is doing great in class. Each day at school someone is the superstar. In a class size of only 17 students (hooray for that!) your time to be the superstar comes around quite often. You get to sit in a special chair at school and help with the attendance, weather, etc. Mrs. Budinger also sends home this poster paper that they fill out at the beginning of class. Addy and I go and help out a couple days a week at the beginning of class to shuffle paperwork for Mrs. Budinger (papers coming from home and papers to go home) so we got to see him honored as the superstar last week. He was beaming and so excited! Addy wants to be in the class so bad! Hopefully Mrs. Budinger will stick around for another 2 years!

Friday, October 05, 2007

Little Reader

Addy LOVES books and stories. We have to limit her to 5 or less at night before bed. She has her favorites memorized (Olivia is a major favorite, by the way). Ever since school started for Carson, we have been getting the kids to bed earlier (hallelujah). Anyway, she still has a hard time going to bed (but, of course, is always the first one up too...go figure). So now, we leave her lamp on in her room, and she can read books until she tucks herself in and falls asleep. She always falls asleep at night time and bed time with a pile of books nearby. I hope this means she'll be a good reader someday...
Oh, and by the way, yes, she is on a crib mattress on the floor. Her big girl bed is made and waiting for a potty-trained girl.

Soccer Player & Ballerina

Carson has been playing outdoor soccer for a few weeks. Coach Trevor (Dad) is coaching the team this year. They have been having a blast. And Carson is much improved over last season...actually understanding which goal to score in. He is still mostly interested in the oranges at half time and the treats at the end of the know, get candy, get candy, get candy.

Addy started her ballet/tap class this week. The age group is 3 to 5, so she was right under the cut-off with an Oct 27 birthday, but they let her in anyway. The class has 6 girls, 4 of which are friends from church. She was so cute in her little leotard and tights. She especially loved tap (probably because of the noise she gets to make). The other girls all have been in dance before, so she has some catching up to do, but it will be fun for her to finally have an activity all her own. And, another requirement to enroll was being potty-trained. I can't make the official call yet because she has yet to go 2-days without an accident, but we are getting there. I swear, if I have to clean out another pair of poopy panties....I am going to die! This girl has been bribed to no end...but that is another post.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Utah Utes!

Yes, I did graduate from BYU....but we are cheering for a new team now (at least in soccer). This is Erin's (Rochelle's sister) freshman year at the U of U. We are pumped she is a starting player on the soccer team. We traveled over to Pullman, WA (about 5 hours for us) to see her play against WSU last weekend.

This is Erin (totally buff and making up for my total lack of athletic ability in our fam):

We met my parents, Reese & Chris, and the Goodwin fam. We stayed in the same hotel as the team. We had a great time. We spent the morning making serious signage. I don't think we were too obnoxious...but the WSU fans may disagree. And thanks to my mom for loading us up with Utah gear!

The final score was a tie, 3-3 in over time (They play two 10 minute, sudden death, overtime periods...but no one scored so the tie stands). It was fun to watch the intensity of a college soccer team. Erin is one of the many great players on the team...they have awesome potential and are going to be great when they can finally play a home game (on Friday).

Here is her shot on goal that just missed to the close! We can't wait to see her play again. I am hoping to go down to MWC tournament in November. In the mean time....go Utes!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

First Day of School

After a 3 day strike by the teachers in our district school finally started for grade K on September 7th. As luck would have it, we were out of town! (In Pullman, WA to see Erin play soccer...will post on that soon). So after speaking with his new teacher, Mrs. Budinger, he was all set to start school yesterday, September 10th. His bus comes at 8:03am. Carson got on the bus and then Addy and I followed the bus to school. I was glad I went because being the 2nd day of school there weren't too many helpers directing kids in the right direction. So we found the line where his class waits for the bell to ring and then the teacher comes to get his class. Once the bell rang I gave him one last kiss goodbye (slightly teary-eyed at this point) and he looks up at me and says "You're not coming?"....broke my heart. I was the only parent standing in line and it was so sweet that he had expected Addy and me to join him at school. I told him he'd be okay on his own and the teacher will make sure he gets on the right bus going home after AM Kindergarten, and we'll be waiting for him then. He seemed fine with that (a little too fine) and went marching on down the hall to his class. We could have followed a little bit further, but I decided it was time for me to go. So strange to have him out of my control even if it is for just a few hours a day (we pick him up at the bus stop at 11:56). Even stranger that I am old enough to have a kid in school! Seems like my worry-factor has increased ten fold. Who will his friends be? Will they use bad words? Will he remember not to talk to strangers? Will he succeed in school? Can he sit still and listen to the teacher? Will he be respectful? 5 years old just seems too little to be on your own for part of the day. But it is his time. He is totally ready.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Milestone for Carson

You never have to learn to ride a bike twice. We tried taking Carson's training wheels off a few months ago, and he just wasn't ready to try it. But a few weeks ago he kept asking me to take them off. I hesitated for a few days because I thought I would be putting them right back on. Then he came running in the house one day and said "Mom, I can ride a two-wheeler!" One of Carson's friends had been busy hunting down tools in our garage to take those training wheels off. I was surprised they did it all by themselves! Anyhow, after a few wobbly moments, he went sailing down the street with no problem. A few minutes later he had mastered turning. What a milestone he achieved all by himself! He was so proud. Then we changed his talent in the Primary Talent Show at the last minute so he could show the whole ward. Oh, and he is starting Kindergarten on Sept 4th (sniff, sniff). When you are little life is so full of 'firsts'.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Evee Kate

Our newest niece was born on August 9, 2007. Todd (Trevor's brother) and Onjali seem to being doing great with their first little one, who they say never cries! We are grateful to them for providing the very first cousin for Carson and Addison on that side of the family. She is so sweet, and we can't wait to see her in person! Congratulations!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Be Prepared

Be Prepared

It is the Boy Scout motto, you know. Well, I didn't until just recently. Trevor has been the Scoutmaster at Church for the last few months (yes, feel sorry for him).

Ever since he got called I have been wanting to track down his old Scout uniform. Trev's an eagle scout (surprised you didn't know that). Anyway, I was thrilled when his dad found it in some old boxes at the house.

It doesn't quite fit (I guess he has put on some weight since he was 16), but here he is in all his glory.

Bring on an Emergency

We may not have a 2 years supply of food and water, but check out our 72 hour kits! After almost 6 months of gathering items, we now have 4 functioning 72 hour kits (one for each of us!) Trevor's mom gave us a good start with the backpacks and 3-day food kit .... and I have been adding (slowly, mind you) items a little at a time. Now we keep one in each car and the kids' in the garage. So, if we need to leave in a hurry (like Mt. Rainier blows...) then we are prepared! Go Pettingills!

I pulled item lists from several different websites and here are the master contents in ours (the only thing not actually packed is the propane...Trev is in charge of getting that at the last minute). And, any suggestions of what I may be missing would be greatly appreciated:

2 liter of water + 6 water pouches
Light stick
Change of clothes (pants, shirt, under clothing , socks)
4 tea lights
Ensign magazine
Metal cup (holds 2 cups)
Pencil & paper
Money – coins only
Solar/battery powered radio with extra batteries
Flashlight with extra batteries
First aid kit
3 wash cloths
5 tissue packets
Hand Sanitizer
Contact Solution
Extra contacts/glasses
2400 Calorie Food Bar
18-hour + Hand and Body Warmer
Emergency Blanket
Waterproof matches
Emergency poncho
Pocket Knife
3 days worth of meals (see below)
Individual propane stove

Kids only:Diapers/wipes-Addy
Small toys/games

Meal Planner

Day One
Breakfast: 1 instant oatmeal & 1 hot chocolate
Lunch: 1 granola bar, 1 beef jerky, 1 apple cider
Snack: 3 pieces candy & 1 stick gum
Dinner: 1 Ramen Noodles & 1 cup fruit

Day Two
Breakfast: 1 instant oatmeal & 1 hot chocolate
Lunch: 1 Ramen Noodles & 1 cup fruit
Snack: 3 pieces candy & 1 stick gum
Dinner: 1 beef jerky, 1 fruit snack, 1 apple cider

Day Three
Breakfast: 1 instant oatmeal & 1 hot chocolate
Lunch: 1 fruit snack, 1 beef jerky, & apple cider
Snack: 3 pieces candy & 1 stick gum
Dinner: 1 Ramen noodles & 1 granola bar

Wednesday, August 01, 2007


We have had a great time watching Carson play T-ball this summer. After 6 games the players still have trouble knowing which base is 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and home. And it is oh so hard to understand that when you play 1st base you don't run to 2nd when the ball is hit. It is really a hard game to figure out!! (much harder than soccer anyway). Carson's coach backed out before the start of the season so two young guys from the military base volunteered to help out. It is funny to watch two 19 year olds try to deal with twelve 5 and 6 year olds. Carson has really enjoyed playing catcher when his turn comes up (it is all about wearing the mask, you know) . He has a pretty good swing too. He does the same routine each time: he winds up and moves the bat slowly toward the ball once, then twice, and the really gears up the third time with all his power and whacks it straight in the air.

Carson playing catcher

Addy has been neglected on the blog for awhile.....she is still cute and wild. Still working on potty training, enjoyed her mom/child swimming lessons, and loved going camping last weekend! Here she is in her new hat (she loves hats):

Friday, July 20, 2007

He can swim!

After three rounds of swimming lessons Carson passed the Preschool Level 1 class this week! You wouldn't believe that just a year ago there were tears shed any time I got water in his eyes while washing his hair. He has come a long way! He completely surprised himself on the last 2 days of lessons by swimming 5 to 6 feet to his teacher and then back to the step. Once he discovered he could do it, he wanted to keep swimming over and over again. It is fun to see him discover things about himself. I could just see what a boost it was to his confidence. He can't wait to show Grandma next weekend that he can swim without floaties! Hopefully we can get him in Level 2 after our vacation to Idaho so we don't lose any ground. Hooray for Carson!

An unassisted back float --- one the requirements to pass!

Monday, July 02, 2007

Pine Valley, UT

As a girl every summer we visited a small town in southern Utah: Pine Valley. This little town, tucked away in the mountains, is a little piece of heaven. My grandparents have owned a cabin down there for years and years and fairly recently my parents have purchased one too. The kids LOVE this place. The dirt roads, old (but now renovated) LDS chapel, animals, warm weather, cool nights, fishing, exploring...and just playing. It is such a treat to see my own kids love it as much as I do. Here are some pictures from our recent visit.

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