Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Baby Blessing

We blessed Alicen on June 6th,  Scott's mom made her beautiful dress.

Here are all the men that stood in the circle (yes it was a huge circle)

Then a picture of all the family that were here to support Alicen and us in her blessing.

Jacen's Preschool Graduation

Jacen had preschool graduation June 1st.

He had two speaking parts in his graduation. First Jacen and Sage said "Please stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.  Ready begin."  Then they proceeded to state the Pledge into the microphone. It was so cute.                                                 

Then he also said, "We learned the Pledge of Allegiance".

Here they are singing. He was the center of the act. A parent from the other class, that I did not know, came up to me.  She said, "your son is stealing the show. Everyone else can sit down and we would all still be entertained".  Scott got it all on video :) I think he might take after his father. (prior to graduation he would only preform in front of us.  He would make sure we knew he would never do dancing, acting, improv, etc in front of anyone but us.)

Here he is with his diploma!

I cannot believe I will have a kindergartner so soon!!

Visit from Scott's Parents

Scott's parents came the end of May and stayed with us for 10 days.  They got to meet little Ali.

They even came along to Sea World :)

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Day Planner Giveaway

Looking for the PERFECT Day Planner?? Well you are in luck!!

While looking to prepare my upcoming sharing times at one of my favorite idea blogs (, I fell upon a giveaway...a great giveaway...a giveaway I hope to win :)

This giveaway is for 3 lucky people to receive a day planner.  This planner goes from August to August which is perfect for those of us with kids in school (and for me...whose husband is a school teacher).  With menu planners, grocery shopping lists, and monthly as well as weekly planning.  Not to mention multiple columns for the weekly planning, Christmas lists, and stickers for your LDS activities and daily life.  Check it out at  You are bound to love this planner.  

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Emergency Room

Alicen Monday 6:20pm
I never thought my first Emergency room experience would be for a baby.

On Monday, May 14th Alicen was very clingy. I noticed her cheek had a little red spot the size of about a quarter. At 4:00pm it was her whole cheek. The doctor's office was running behind schedule and suggested I bring her in first thing in the morning. Alicen had no fever so they were thinking it could be a bug bite (even though we get sprayed for bugs it could have happened elsewhere).

9:00am Tuesday

By morning the red spot had spread. It now was on her forehead. Doc got one look at her and felt so bad he didn't have us come in the night before. "She needs to be admitted" At exactly 7 weeks my infant was going to the ER. I didn't feel I would be emotionally stable driving 1 1/2 hours with Scott following behind me, so we all drove together.

12:30pm now in the ER

Alicen experienced her 1st CT Scan, Catheter, IV, blood tests, Tylenol suppository ...and it is possible I am missing something.

A visit from Dad & brothers before they headed home 2:00pm
To make a really long story short. She had Cellulitus, an infection in the tissue of her face.  Most likely she got it from scratching her face. She was admitted Tuesday afternoon and discharged Saturday morning. Which beats the 7-14 days they told me we would be there. I stayed with Alicen.  Scott had the busiest week ever at school...with Every 15 Minutes (an Assembly etc about someone being killed every 15 minutes from a drunk driver), and Prom.  My mom came up and watched the boys, on Wednesday she took them to her house.  On their way they stopped by the hospital to see us. It was great for me to see them, but also for them to see Alicen.

Stefanie w/ her i-pad, book, & sweatshirt she let me borrow
So many blessings were seen though this experience. Here are some of them...

1st- That my friend Bridella stopped by unannounced (not knowing about Alicen) on Monday night and helped me with the boys.  This was huge since Alicen wouldn't let me put her down.
2nd- My college roommate/friend, Stefanie, works at Loma Linda Hospital and was my saving grace while at the hospital.  She would come see us multiple times a day.  
3rd- That my mom was able to help with the boys...that was huge!!
4th- That friends brought in a couple meals to help us get back in the swing of things 

Although it was not an easy thing to experience we are grateful to have insurance and especially that our children are healthy.


Our first outing/car trip with 3 kids was to Grandma and Grandpa Anderson's.  We learned that Alicen is a good traveler and she can go the whole 2 1/2 hour drive if we leave right after she eats.  We renewed our season passes to Sea World :)  The kids love going again and again!!


The Easter Bunny came...the boys were so excited to see what they got in their baskets.

Then the search for eggs.

Alicen also got to participate, even though she was asleep.