Saturday, December 29, 2012

Christmas 2012

Merry Christmas!
Lenn's lights!

Our tree

Owen's tree.  Owen loves looking at the Christmas tree but he has gotten really hard to move by myself so we put up a tree where he could see it all the time.  He loves it!  Lately he hasn't liked new things coming into 'his' space, but he absolutely loved it when this tree got put up and decorated!

Our talent show:  I think I am the only one who loves this new tradition but it's okay I'm the Mom and said so!  Lenn does not play the piano but he finds a song each Christmas time and figures it out well enough to play it for the talent show.  He actually does a good job.

Bentley had us watch his video of the school play for his talent.

Abby did her clogging dance since her recital was canceled due to bad weather.
I made a video of all our past Christmases.

Abby said Owen's talent was his smile, and he did such a great job sharing his talent!
His new pj's.

Then we did our nativity.  Abby was Mary, Owen was Joseph with his staff, Bentley was a wise man, Lenn was the narrator and I took pictures.

This was probably one of my very favorites about this Christmas!  Bentley always goes through the presents under the tree, shakes them and guesses what they are.  He is right 99% of the time.  It makes Abby and I crazy.  This year I decided I would get the best of him, so I wrapped all the presents from Lenn and I with certain paper for each person but no tag.  Abby was sure that hers were the princess paper and Bentley was sure his were the Mater paper.  Little did they know!!
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas this year!

Christmas Play 2012

This video is from the rehearsal.  I went to the rehearsal and Lenn went the night of the play.

In Cokeville, the elementary does a Christmas play each year and the 6th graders have the main parts and each class sings a song as part of the play. 
This year Bentley was Santa Clause!  He was so nervous.  We even read through the play as a family for a couple of family nights.  He did a great job and had his songs and lines all memorized.
Abby's class sang a song about saying "no".  It was such a cute play, all the 6th graders really did an excellent job.
A big thank you to Trevor for taking pictures at the kids' activities he attends!  It is so nice when one of us is home with Owen and don't see the actual thing.  Trevor takes pictures with his 'nice' camera and either Lenn or myself  video.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Catching up on our holidays!!

Yesterday, on Christmas morning I woke up and felt like I could breath again.  It has been a crazy fall!  First Owen got really sick at the end of August, then in October Bentley was gone for a week with his class to Yellowstone and then my Mom was gone for a week to New York.  Owen hadn't been great so I found myself almost holding my breath.  Then the holidays roll around and I find myself holding my breath again, hoping all will be well.  I apologize for not keeping you up on all the adventures around here. 
I will start with Thanksgiving and try to do a little catch up from there!  The last few years Lenn has started putting up Christmas lights in September and October.  This year all his time has been occupied with building new corrals and following Bentley in sports. On Thanksgiving while we were waiting for the turkey he and Bentley went out on got most of the lights put up.  Good job boys!

Poor Owen has battled this fall with sickness after sickness.  The majority have just been minor colds though and we can manage those pretty well just keeping up on suctioning him.  He was doing okay and then Thanksgiving morning he had a fever and did not feel well at all.  I was going to get him all dressed up for the day but after his bath I decided he could have a pajama day.  It was a good choice because he pretty well slept the entire day.  He is such a sweet boy, even though he didn't feel good he still gave a smile for the camera!!  Love this little man!
We are all inpatient at our house so we decorated the Christmas tree before Thanksgiving.  I used to think it had to be after but not anymore.  I have decided it can be part of the Thanksgiving decor!  After all who isn't thankful for Christmas.

The day after Thanksgiving Owen was much better, no fever and happy as can be.  I got the bright idea to go to Preston and see the Festival of Lights.  We went through Logan so we could stop and put candy canes on Landry's grave and then go on to Preston.

Bentley, Lenn and Abby at the Parade of Lights

We had a rental van that the kids wanted to keep, it had a tv, dvd player and power.  We figured with power we would be safe because we could take Owen's cough assist machine just in case.

Owen stayed in the van with me and we watched the parade and fireworks from inside.  The night was beautiful.  It was cold but not too cold.  Owen loved the parade.  We have found his new love is firetrucks.  He opens his eyes wide and makes his little face that says "I like this".

The we went to the amazing house in Preston that is decked out with all kinds of Christmas.  The lights are amazing.  These are two of our favorites.

Then we headed home.  I was feeling like I was in a perfect dream, both Bentley and Abby were being nice to each, no complaining about anything, the roads were good, and Owen was happy.  I had a feeling that I cannot explain.  Then coming into Cokeville it all changed!  We were still about 20 miles from home and Owen had a mucus plug that I couldn't suction out.  We stopped to use the cough assist machine but again no luck.  We couldn't pull the plug out.  Looking back we may have done something different but we decided to hurry home.  Lenn drove FAST, I continued doing sets of his cough assists and Bentley and Abby helped with whatever was needed.  By the time we got home, which was in record time, Owen was just about gone.  We hurried into the house, Lenn bagged him a few times because his heart was still beating, got him on more O2 then did his treatments.  It wore him out, he was so tired.  I told him he was a little fighter and he replied with a half grin.  I could tell that's all he had in him.  He is definitely our miracle boy.  At the time I questioned myself as if we were doing the right thing, but I know now that we did.
The worst thing about all of this is that Bentley and Abby witnessed each and every second!  They were so brave but so scared of losing their little brother. 
It took a few days of recovery for Owen, but not one day went by without a smile!  That's our Owen!!
Needless to say, Owen will be staying home with real power!!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Back in November

I have always loved music and always wanted to be able to sing but was NOT blessed with a pleasant singing voice.  I have however been blessed with a husband and 2 children that can sing. 
This fall Abby was asked to sing two small numbers and realized that she likes singing.  One number was a duet for the Veteran's Day program at school.  The other was a solo to the first verse of 'Beautiful Savior' in the primary program at church.  After singing in the Primary program she hopes that she gets to sing in all the programs instead of having to have a speaking part.