Sunday, February 8, 2009

Catch up

This week we have been laying low and taking it easy at home. Bree has been doing great. She's happy as usual and hasn't been sick since our last hospital stay. We went in to the clinic and discovered her counts are dropping (which we expected) and her hemoglobin is low so she may need a blood transfusion this week but things are looking good. So far so good, anyway. Maybe I'll stop while I'm ahead and catch up on a few things!

Bree said her first word. Yea!! I put a quick video together of her saying her first word (with some help from big brother) and just some fun happy times we've had around here this past week. Her laughter is music to my ears! You have to watch the movie to see what her first word is! (Probably have to pause the music)


The boys have been up to their usual selves. Caleb has been doing so great in school. He's starting to match letters with specific pictures. Like A matches with a picture of an apple. He can do A-G and M, S & T! Go Caleb! He loves his teachers and loves going to school everyday. Caleb will be starting his spring baseball (special olympics) team next week. Cant wait to see my little stud muffin in action!



Gunner is my little rascal these days. He can always be found fighting the bad guys with his MANY swords. He has been caught too many times stealing knives from my kitchen to fight the bad guys in the backyard. It is cute to see his imagination at work. Lately he's been really into watching the Book of Mormon videos and keeps telling us how much he wants to be like Ammon...why you ask? Because he has a sword of course! (We are teaching him the true principle behind why Ammon was so great too!) He's also been quite naughty with getting out of bed at night. The past two nights this is where I've found him...
Stinker!

Justin has found a new love...for remote control cars that is! This was his birthday present this year.

This little machine can really move. It can even do donuts in the dirt! The boys love it and Justin loves to take it for a spin any chance he gets! Dont worry though, I'm still his #1. :)


And I have been really ambitious and have cleaned out cabinets, reorganized bedrooms and my pantry and I even planted tomatoes, zucchini, green peppers and strawberries. I've never had so many plants before so wish me luck that I dont kill them! I'll have to take some pics of my little garden plants, I hope they grow! 



30 comments:

Dawny P said...

Awww Kari, how adorable!! You have 3 utterley gorgeous children, you really do. And how sweet are your boys with Bree!! It gave me a lump in my throat watching them with her - so sweet. Hugs to you and your wonderful family xxxxx

Trish said...

HOW ADORABLE!!! And Bree's laugh is very contagious!!! Good luck with the garden!!!

LinK said...

Love the video---she is precious, her sweet giggle! Thanks for sharing!

Ali said...

Bree's giggle is so contagious! ;) Congrats on the first word that's so awesome! Your kids are the cutest things alive!

dustin and amy said...

What a sweetie, she says it so clear. And her laugh is so sweet. I loved watching Caleb kissing on her. And little Gunner under the table asleep, how cute is that? You have such a wonderful family. Stay strong! You guys are great!

Steph said...

So cute--reminds me of my own kids--Brielle laughs harder for her brothers than anyone else! She was sitting on my lap watching the video with me and was so excited to see another baby. She kept pointing at Bree's picture. We'll have to get them together sometime. I'm glad things are going well and you are getting to do some "normal" things at home. Your kids are so cute--thanks for sharing that fun video!

Still praying for Bree!

brownymama said...

Kari! So much cuteness in one post! I love your new layout and your video of the boys with Bree was priceless. She made me laugh out loud too. Cameron and Anna made me play it for them 3 times! Bree is adorable. I think "uh oh" is my favorite word. Or at least it ties with mama. (:

How did you find the energy to reorganize bedrooms, cupboards and to plant all of that?! We're nowhere near planting, but I can't wait. You'll have to give me some pointers. Today it's been snowing/slushing all day. I even slid on the ice and crashed sideways.... into the curb that is. (: Hahaha! We haven't had much snow this year, so I haven't really minded today.

Gunner and Cameron are two peas in a pod. The sword thing and the sleeping thing! It must be in the genes.

Yeah to Caleb for doing so well in school. Give him kisses for me. Can't wait to come to another game.

Love you!

Krista

LanaBanana said...

That was really cute. She definitely has a funny laugh--just makes you smile. They pictures of the boys were so cute too. :) I can't believe you had the energy to garden and organize and clean!!! Send some of that motivation my way please. :)

Jessica said...

Glad to hear that things are looking good! AND, in the video it is adorable when Caleb is kissing all over Bree! How sweet is HE?!?!

Your family continues to be in my prayers.

JakenDebbie said...

Bree's laugh is so dang sweet! My kids came over to see what I was watching and they started laughing too. They thought it was great. She is a sweetheart, through and through. It's great to hear all the updates, Kari! I love ya!

Wendy said...

Her little laugh is hysterical, and oh so delightful! What a gem of a video. She is clearly loved and enjoyed by her brothers. The little guy sleeping under the table is adorable.

Andrea said...

i dont know if I have ever commented on here before or not but your little video that you put together is soooo adorable!! I love your family and your kids!! I got a little teary eyed thinking that you have been so blessed from heavenly father with such great kids! Thanks for letting me keep up with them!!! If you ever want to see my blog just email me at mspiggy381@hotmail.com

Lynn, LPand3dogs Designs-Digi Scrap Obsession said...

Your children are all beautiful! Hearing Bree laugh is such sweet music. There's nothing better than a baby's laugh!
You all continue to be in my prayers!

Gooches said...

That is such a precious laugh! It really is music to your ears. I love that Caleb is trying to give her as many kisses as he can! Cute family.

Nuestra Familia said...

I wanted the video to keep going...she is so precious and the boys are so cute and loving. I love Caleb's hair in that picture and Gunner under the table is hilarious, we are having trouble at waking up at night too.
thanks for the post, you are awesome!! You need to post about your gardening and stuff, I really would love to learn. Pete had so much fun on his date with Justin the other day, I waited up for him to make sure he was save...haha!!

Amanda said...

Hi again,
I popped in again to see how Bree is doing, and look at her! The video was wonderful! I don't think there is a better sound than that of a child laughing.
I don't remember if I have mentioned before, but my sister has up-syndrome too :)
You have been given alot to deal with, but God only gives us what we can handle. You, are one of his special angels... I know this, because he has trusted you to love and care for those 3 beautiful children. :)
Enjoy your everyday moments! :)

The Johnson Family said...

I love Bree's laugh...too precious. We will keep Justins new toy under wraps otherwise Jason will want to come over and play.

the bates motel said...

so glad to hear bree's been doing well! and i def see why carter and gunner like to play w/ eachother! they are obsessed w/ the same things! and LOVE bree's laugh that is too cute! and i said this before, but caleb is looking so big and old! such a cutie!

Brittany Williams said...

Okay, that video clip is the cutest thing! Her belly gut laugh is adorable! Thanks for sharing that!

Grandma and Grandpa cook said...

It's so wonderful to hear Breezy laugh and all the good times. Loved her first words! What a precious family!

The Driggs said...

It is so good to hear her laughter. It totally made me laugh! And I love that she says "Uh-oh." Claire is still stuck on "Da-da". What a great picture of Caleb. And he is doing so good with his letters! And that is hilarious that Gunner loves Ammon because of his sword! And way to plant a garden. I have the best recipe for zucchini bread; I'll have to get it to you.

Trisha said...

So I don't even know you but I also live in Mesa and I found your story from Summertime designs (I don't know her either) BUT, the point of this is that I read your post about Bree and the cancer not being gone and you said that you are not that strong..... Heavenly Father would not have given you this trial if you could not handle it, so that alone says so much. Not only do you have a baby with cancer, but you have another son with Downs (my little sister has Downs) and that is a HUGE trial by itself. I am reading your blog, just in tears, amazed at your courage, optimism, faith, and beautifulness. I can't really think of a better way to describe you and your family than that. I am truly inspired by you. I have 2 boys and feel like I go crazy every day, and never face anything like you do on a daily basis, I'm sure. Thank you so much for being truly an inspiration and an amazing person to look up to. Good luck to you and your journey. p.s. my 4 month old son was sitting on my lap when I looked at Bree's pictures and he totally started coo-ing and laughing and smiling.....he thinks she's beautiful too! trisha, trishalisha@hotmail.com

Alisa Larson said...

Darling video of Bree - especially the giggling! And how impressive for Caleb to be recognizing his letters - that's awesome!! And what can I say about Gunner...he must have those same "naughty" genes that cousing Annalise has! :-) Love ya!

The Reed Family said...

LOVE THAT VIDEO!! So stinkin' adorable! It makes me so happy to see your kids playing together :-) And go Caleb! That's awesome. Stay Gunner (in bed at night, that is...)!!! He's such a cutie. I miss you! I can't wait 'til we're well so we can come over to play! Hope you had fun at the zoo today! Wish I could've joined you! We continue to pray for sweet Breezy and the rest of your fam. Love you SO SO much!

Melody B. said...

You had better slow down chica...you'll burn out at the rate you are going! Now I feel like a loser who doesn't do anything! HA HA!:P Bree's laugh = heart melting!

Scott+Tiffany said...

That was the dang cutest thing we've ever seen! We loved her first word and laughing with her brothers. Good luck with the garden. My only gardening attempt was carrots and daisies. . . it didn't last very long. We love you guys!

Scott & Tiffany

Wendi and Eric said...

It's so great to see your family laughing, achieving, and sword fighting together again. What a lucky Momma you are! Enjoy it!

We will be at Jane's house March 21-26. Maybe we can get together. Kiss those cute kids.

Aimee's Family Journal said...

Oooo baby! My husband is such a sucker for those toys too. Now he can get all the cool ones his parents never let him have as a kid!!

Thanks for posting that DARLING video. Her laugh is so funny. It really makes you smile! I hope all is well. I know you are enduring it well!

Linz said...

Oh my goodness that laughter is so delicious! You would never even know she was sick! She is so cute Kari! You guys are in are prayers morning, noon and night!

Holly Schwendiman said...

I love the video! I keep hoping and praying that one day I'll come read the update that little Bree and her faithful family have successfully defeated this cancerous Goliath. The lives and testimonies you've touched by sharing I'm sure you'll never know. I hope you know how often we think of and pray for you all!

Hugs,
Holly