Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Pain in the Neck

Literally.  My neck is supposed to look like this:
and it looks more like this:

Probably the result of one of the 100 times I've been thrown off a horse.  Left untreated neck surgery would be inevitable.
So I'm on a schedule with my chiropracter to fix my neck in 90 days.  I've been going to him for 3 times a week for the last 5 weeks and will get reevaluated tomorrow to see what progress I've made.  I haven't been as good at my "at home" therapy as I should have been, so we'll see.

On top of that I keep getting sick.  Sore throats, actually-- I'm in the midst of my 5th one since September.  My brother tells me I need to get my tonsils out, and has even offered to do it for me at his surgery center in Spokane.  It's tricky having surgery when you're the mother of three, so I've been putting it off.  It's become obvious though that I'm going to have to deal with it in 2012. 

Life is good though.  We've been counting our blessings a lot lately since several people in our lives are going through some really tough stuff.  I'll be attending an old friend's funeral this Saturday.  She died of complications after a heart attack last week leaving her husband with 5 children.  She was just a few years older than me.  

Recently Jason's best friend's wife was in a terrible car accident that should have taken her life and is going through a few surgeries.  Also in the last few weeks we've had a few instances of "family members of family members" who have died or almost died in horrible car accidents.  It's making me glad we're not doing any holiday traveling this year.

Our Thanksgiving was nice, even though Jason had to work that night.  Although, I have to say I was irritated that the Friday Christmas sales started on Thursday night this year.  I mean, can't we just enjoy Thanksgiving anymore?  Spend time with family?  What about those poor store employees who had to be there ALL day getting ready?  I've honestly been sickened by all the holiday shopping hype this year.  I'm tired of the focus being on STUFF.  Count your blessings.  Cherish your family.  Be thankful for what you have.  I know it's on sale, but do you really need a bigger TV?  C'mon. 

There.  That's the end of my soap box rant.  I love that the holiday season has begun and hopefully my kids will understand that giving is what's important.  For family home evening I challenged the family to complete many acts of service in the month of December.  The lesson was mostly for me since I was starting to let myself get sucked into the shopping aspect of it and getting stressed out.  I want this December to be calm, reflective, and Christ centered. 

(I'm typing this on here so that I'll remember!)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

He's starting to cause TROUBLE

I think he's learning from THIS one:

Friday, November 11, 2011

I Finally Captured Ashton Walking

He's quite wobbily bobbily, but he's walking about half the time now. It's so cute, but I feel bad when he crashes and burns. Good thing his diapers add a little cushion.

My baby's growing up.  I realized I better post more pictures of him!


"I LOVE graham crackers."

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Carving and Costumes

Family Home Evening Pumpkin Carving:

Hunter's Class Field Trip to the Pumpkin Patch:
Jason went as a chaperone.

When I pulled out the Halloween costumes this year, we had a few options for each kid.  They decided they wanted to wear ALL their costumes this year.  I thought....why not?

McKay's preschool class costume party:
He went as batman.
The ward trunk or treat: 
King Hunter and Knight McKay

                                                         McKay's best friend Caden:

      Our friend Carson's Dad is a police officer too.  I might have to steal this costume for next year.

Trick or Treatin'
Spiderman and a Pirate

 Eli came over and showed us his cute bear outfit.  Unfortunately, I didn't have anything that fit Ash, so he wore a Halloween shirt and a pumpkin hat. He can't eat candy anyway....
 That doesn't stop him from trying though.