Aug 9, 2013

A day of firsts

Wednesday was a day of firsts. It was Cooper's first day of 1st grad and the boys and I walked him over to school in the morning. I could tell he was a little nervous, but also really excited. He found his teacher, Ms. Char, when it was time to line up and after that he was fine. He waved goodbye to me and off he went. It was a little easier to leave him this year, but I still waited anxiously all day for him to come home and tell me about his day. I asked him how it went and he just shrugged and told me "ok." I think he enjoyed it more than he lets on. :-)
Another first - our first trip to the ER for stitches.  That same day the boys were playing at the neighbors after school and Hudson took a header down their basement stairs. He face planted into the corner of their wall and received a nice gash on the right side of his chin. I took a look at it after the neighbor came to get me and it was obvious he would need stitches - the skin was gaping open. It was pretty gruesome. I drove him to the ER, where we had to wait 2 1/2 hours for him to receive 16 stitches. He was a brave little trooper. After the initial hysteria wore off, he just sat on the bed watching cartoons and playing on my phone, totally chill. He had a hard time during the actual stitching, but for all intents and purposes he was a rock. Literally. He would not smile or laugh no matter how hard I tried - he was a stone. My boys have already locked in that false tough guy act. ;-) I'm just glad the stitches dissolve so we don't have to go back to have them removed.
This is the 2nd time I've had to take him to Cardin Children's Hospital at Banner Desert (the first time was when he was 18 months old and swallowed a lithium battery) and I have to say I wasn't impressed either time. Unfortunately, it's the closest hospital to our house, so while I would like to say it will be our last trip there I'm not that naive. I'm raising 3 boys - its kind of inevitable that one will get hurt again. I just hope there's a long stretch before our next visit.

Aug 2, 2013

Summer 2013

Wow. I've been really bad about journaling, so maybe I'll start updating my blog again. That counts as journaling, right? :-)
This summer has flown by. We had a McDowell family reunion up in Heber, AZ. It was so fun to see all the aunts and uncles and even some cousins! We've spent a couple of great weekends in Thatcher, AZ with the Conrads and had an amazing trip to San Diego, CA.
The pics in this post are from our trip to San Diego. It was so much fun! We went for Randy's birthday. It was the boys' first time at the beach and watching them step into the ocean for the first time was such a fun and joyful experience. That sounds corny, but its honestly the best way I can think to describe it. They absolutely loved it. It was hard not to share their excitement and enthusiasm. We were also able to visit the San Diego Temple (gorgeous! ) and the Mormon Battalion Historic center. It was such a neat tour and afterwards the boys got to pan for gold, see how bricks we made, pump water and view the area from the tower on top of the building. The best part though, was probably seeing Cooper and Hudson dress up as soldiers.
We've had such a fun summer, but I think we're all ready for school to start. Cooper will be in 1st grade and Hudson starts preschool this year. For a few short hours it will just be me and Emmet. Ahhh, I do love fall.... :-)

Aug 25, 2012

First day of school



Cooper had his first day of kindergarten a few weeks ago. It was a bittersweet day. My sisters knew I was a little sad, so they came and took me to lunch and that made the day go by faster. :) I've since learned how quiet my house is when Cooper is at school and now sending him to school is no longer a problem. I walked him to and from school the first couple of days and ever since then he walks with his friends. He's so grown up! His teacher is Ms. Reeves and he really seems to enjoy school. He comes home everyday and empties his backpack to show me what he did in school that day. He made me laugh the other day, though because I told him the next day was Friday and then he was done with school this week. His eyes got big and he looked up at me and asked, "I'm done with school forever?" How do I explain that this is just the beginning . . . . :)

Jul 22, 2012

We're Alive!

I haven't posted for a year and a lot has changed. We're still in Mesa, but we have a new addition to our family. Emmet Taylor Conrad was born May 3rd, 2012. He was 7lbs 9oz and he came fast! My labor was a whole 2 1/2 hours. The epidural didn't have time to take effect before it was time to push, so it was a pretty intense labor. Fast, but intense. He's such a sweet baby - so easy going. Which is good because my other 2 boys are crazy!

Randy has a new job. He's been working at Banner Gateway Medical Center for the past 9 months or so and he loves it. His boss is really great and his co-workers are really friendly and helpful. One time I had to run by Randy's work and when I stopped by I noticed our car was leaking fluid. I told Randy and when I pulled up to the hospital Randy came walking out with 3 of his co-workers who had come outside to take a look at the car and see if they could help. I was really impressed with how willing they were to help us, since they didn't even really know us that well at the time.

Cooper start Kindergarten in a couple weeks. It's full day, so I'm a little worried - more about me than him. He'll love it. He really enjoyed Orange Patch Preschool last year and he's excited to start school at Emerson Elementary this year. I told him when we get back from our vacation in Utah we'll pick him out a backpack for school. He's already told me he wants and Avenger backpack. :)

Hudson is the same crazy kid. He never stops making me laugh. The other day he told me he was going on a mission when he grows up and when I mentioned I would miss him terribly he told me I could go with him. He also said he wants to be a Bishop like Pop Pop when he grows up. The kid is one big ball of non-stop energy. I have a hard time keeping up with him - especially in grocery stores (but that's another story).

I'm adjusting to being the mother of 3 energetic boys. My neighbors and friends have been really great. We have such a great ward here in Mesa. They've done everything from making us dinner to giving me a ride to the hospital when my water broke. They really went above and beyond for us and I'm so grateful, especially since my parents were in Japan visiting my sister and her baby when I went into labor with Emmet. If I couldn't have my mom, I'm glad I have the Westwood Ward and my mother-in-law, who also really stepped up and helped me out. I couldn't have done it with out them. :)

May 15, 2011

Kids say the darndest things

Last week for Mother's Day the kids filled out a survey about their moms in primary. I just found Cooper's and learned some interesting things about myself. Apparently, my eyes are brown - not blue. My birthday is June 30th - not October 5th. I weigh '20 weights' (thank you, Cooper). And last but not least, I was born in Jerusalem. I read it to Randy and we both got a good laugh out of it.

And my other son . . . we went for a walk the other day and passed by this man who didn't have a shirt on. Hudson pointed at the man and yelled, "Mom! Naked!" The man didn't hear him, but I got a good laugh.

Apr 7, 2011

Old News

I've been pretty bad about updating my blog (sorry, Bre & Chris), so I'm doing it now even though most of this stuff is old news. Still . . .



Hudson turned 2 on the 25th of March. A ball is his favorite thing to play with - any kind, he's not picky - so a lot of his gifts involved some kind of ball. He's really into airplanes, too. Everytime he sees one he yells 'bear-plane, bear-plane!', so Randy and I got him a little people airplane which he flies all over the house. He's getting so big and he has such personality. Everyday he makes me laugh, he's such a character. In fact, as I'm typing this he's walking around in my church heels.

Cooper is playing Tball. Practices are over and they are playing 'games' now. I write 'games' because they don't keep score and there really is no fielding whatsoever, but everyone gets to run the bases and bat twice. It's pretty fun to watch these little kids run while holding onto their batting helmets for dear life. Cooper seems to really enjoy it.


Anyway, that's my update. Enjoy the pics!




These pics are from the Zoo a couple weeks ago and bubble beards in the bathtub.

Mar 9, 2011

Fun with legos (and the treadmill)

This is what the boys did this morning after I finished my run. They love to play with the treadmill. Cooper loves to run on it; Hudson likes to put toys in it. You wouldn't believe the things I find in there.


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