Thursday, September 23, 2010

Finally a new Post!

It is honestly so hard for me to find the time to post on this blog! Well, obviously lots has happened since my last post. We are all doing really well. Just trying to keep up with the everyday tasks of being a housewife and mom.

Getting used to 4 kids was a little hard, but luckily I have lots of help. Larry's job schedule allows him to be home a lot and we still get the benefits of a full paycheck. It is very nice. Connor has a respite provider who is my mom's 1st cousin and we call her Aunt Miriam. She is such an amazing blessing to our family. She is only required to watch Connor, but she goes above and beyond! She will watch all of my kids while Larry and I go on dates. She cooks and cleans and tells me to go and take naps. I am definitely spoiled by her and I LOVE IT! I think my kids prefer her over me. When they get in trouble they cry for her. We love her and appreciate all she does for us. It also helps that my mom lives close by.

Such a happy boy with the best smile!
Since Connor was diagnosed with ASD, things have been a little rough. We feel very lucky that he has mild autism and that he is very loving. He is constantly improving in his speech and he doesn't fall as often, but is always on the go, gets into everything and gets hurt all the time. It makes things easier dealing with him if we keep the house in order, which isn't always easy. Larry and I have found that the trick with him is to keep him busy or entertained. If he gets distracted or bored he becomes very hyper and destructive.

Connor dropped a huge brick on hid toe and the nail ended up falling off. Luckily it grew back.

He has blank stares quite often, which we thought were petite seizures and his PCP thought so too. Our whole summer was filled with Dr. appts. Some consults, some just check ups and others were for EEG's, then some follow ups. I bet we went to the valley more than 7 times from May to Aug. It is so nice to have things back in order and have more of a routine since school started again.

Connor had to have his head all wrapped up so he wouldn't pull out all the wires during his EEG

We got results back from the EEG and there was some slow activity in the brain when he was having the blank stares, but that is normal in children who have autism. They did a 24hr. video EEG and didn't find any seizure activity. It is a huge relief. It doesn't mean he won't have any in the future, but for now he is just a big day dreamer.
He was jumping on the bed and fell. Had to get about 5 stitches

Jace and Kendall are so good with him most of the time, which is such a blessing. I know it is hard on them. Jessie I think is just scared of him. He is always picking her up and dropping her. Then he tries to kiss her and say sorry and she just cries when he comes near her most of the time. It is sad, but Jessie can be a little dramatic.
Dramatic but so cute! We had her blessed in March at our house with all our family and friends that could make it. It was definitely a special day. And THANKS to Grandma Gail (my other mother) She had a beautiful dress to wear!

Just LOVE that smile!

My Best friend Rachel Richardson took some family pictures for us at the very beginning of March before Jessie was blessed and we love them! Thanks Rachel! These were some of our favorites. The ones of the kids are on the side panel of the blog.

We have had lots of fun this year with celebrating birthdays and going on camp outs. We have really been enjoying all of the fun with our family and friends.
This post will be forever long, so I will do more pics of our fun adventures later. I think I started this post some time in Sept. and now it is the beginning of Nov. before it even gets posted. Ugh, I promise to do better!


Honey Girl said...

So glad it wasn't seizures...I was wondering what you'd found out. Great family pics!

Russel and Marcie Sipes said...

Yay for a new post. WoW life has been pretty busy for you. Can't wait to see new pictures of your baby. She is so beautiful. Hope you are all doing well.

Ookami said...

I just came across your blog by accident. You have an amazing life! A good husband, four kids, and what seems to be a really close family. You're blessed beyond all thought :)

Your children are beautiful and while things may (and do, I'm sure) get stressful, just always remember how blessed you are :)

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Familjen Saras said...


My name is Ulrika and I live in Arboga, Sweden and found your blogg when I started up mine. It was fun to read about you and your family, your kids are beutiful!

My new started blog is about my family to and much about my son who is going motorcross and now shall start to compete. If you would like to check it out even if it's only in Swedish, the adress is:

I just wanted to say hello from the other side of Atlantic. It was a long time since I wrote in English so I hope my spelling is ok :)Thank you for charing your life in a blogg.

// Ulrika Saras

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