Friday, August 30, 2013

Grateful for..

It's not the best day so I am focusing on my blessings
  • Zoey's motivation to be a good student and strive to achieve her best at school
  • Zoey's kindness that she has for her family. She is a great sister to Maggie and is always forgiving her when Maggie is abusing her (it's true maggie is mean to her...most of the time) 
  • Maggie's ability to run and jump and be happy. She was so sad this summer in her cast I am happy her leg is healing. The damage is still yet to be determined so I'm just glad she can be a kid again and have fun
  • Maggie's ability to change her bad behavior into good behavior in a second
  • Brit's job
  • My job
  • The gilbert temple
  • The knowledge of the gospel
  • Margaret's love and support
  • Our house
  • A desire to serve

Monday, August 26, 2013

Trampoline Injury Facts

Everyone keeps asking if I am Anti-trampolines now... I thought it was kind of interesting... honestly it was a fluke accident. She had no contact with anyone, she did not fall off so she really does not fit in the typical trampoline accident group.  But no...I'm still okay with my kids playing on the trampolines. I have definitely learned from this experience but it's not going to make me an overly cautious mom (Well maybe for a little).
Trampoline Injury Facts
  • According to the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), 246,875 medically treated trampoline injuries occur annually in the U.S. Of this total, 186,405 of these injuries occurred among children aged 14 or younger.
  • According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) hospital emergency room-treated trampoline injuries almost tripled in the last decade - from an estimated 37,500 in 1991 to almost 100,000 in 1999
  • Nearly two-thirds of trampoline injury victims were children 6 to 14 years of age.
  • About 15% of trampoline injuries involved young children under 6 years old.
  • In 1999, injuries to the leg/foot were reported most frequently, accounting for 40% of the total. Injuries to the arm/hand accounted for 29% of the total, head/face/neck accounted for 20%, and shoulder/trunk were associated 10% of the total
Maggie's "little" accident has a current tab in  at $2,500...We still have the removal of the screw to come. Maggie won't be allowed on a trampoline for a while because I want her leg to heal but I'm sure she will be back to jumping...eventually. 

Normal

We are happy to have most of our life back to "normal" whatever that may look like...
I am happy Maggie is happy and back her fun self. - A wagon, a bathing suit and Toms...What more could a girl need?
I enjoyed making this ladder thing. No.. it is not a pot rack as I am not a fan of those but I do like it as decoration. I am thinking of all the fun things that I can do with in during Halloween and Christmas. :)
My next project has to do with my ORANGE wall...more to come when I am finished.

We pressure washed the house for the first time since we moved in. Which means it was the first time ever that all the windows were clean on the same day. 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

All in a week

I didn't want to focus on the negative but I thought it was important to list what happened this week for future purposes. In year I want to laugh at what caused me to have a bad week. I want my kids to know that bad things happen to us that are out of our control,  and in the end it is not the end of the world...
Here goes...
Margaret has been here for the month of July to help with Zoey and they have been sewing up a storm...

Monday was fine and dandy...then just as I was getting ready to leave work daycare calls and says that Maggie has a fever. Uggg *that means no daycare tomorrow* I pick her up and sure enough she has a fever but is still active.

Tuesday we left Maggie home with Grammy and they managed the day together. I thought Maggie would be over her fever but sure enough she still had a fever. On my way home I hit and killed a bird. There were 2 in the middle of the street and like all birds I thought it would fly away...one flew away and the other totally hit my grill with a big thud and then rolled up my hood and off the side on my car. I was shocked. I'm not gonna lie I laughed a little.. then I felt sad for the bird. This was also the day that Margaret found out her uncle had passed and she was trying to make it to the funeral.

Wednesday I took a half day so I could get Maggie into the doctor and get things in order before Margaret left. Maggie ended up having 2 ear infections. We were trying to get Margaret on a flight and use wifi at the Wendys by sitting in their parking lot. Maggie then said she needed to go potty so I got out of the car (one leg out) and BAM!! the car next to me smashed my door into the jam. I was not hurt my door was caught on his bumper and he smashed it into the hinges. He admitted that he just went through the drive-thru and they forgot part of his order so he was in a hurry to get back to work. In the middle of all this Maggie peed her pants (poor thing). Long story short I could not close my door because of the damage. I called my lifesaver-Kim- and she rescued us while I waited for a tow truck.    
Margaret decided that going to the funeral was just not going to work out.
-I could not close my door any further than this picture because it was smashed into the hinges.

Thursday Maggie and I slept in. We ended up sleeping in till noon! It was great. I decided that I better do something fun to be a good mom.  I was going to paint American flags on Maggie's toes...She was begging for weeks. I had her on the stairs, her boot was off, and she was she was staying in one spot. I thought I can just paint them here because moving her would get her busy and walking on her hurt foot. I grabbed the 3 colors and started to paint. Maggie grabbed the red as I was painting and before I knew it there was red nail polish all over my carpet! It was HORRIBLE! I googled and researched and figured it was worth a shot to try the crazy stuff that they recommended. I started with dabbing to get the extra paint up. *Funny/not so funny- carpet cleaner really didn't help much but google came through with 2 winners....hairspray and hydrogen peroxide! I scrubbed for about 30 mins but sure enough 90% of the color came out. You can only see one small spot... and that is if you are looking for it. Uggg my energy for doing something fun was gone...We ended up going school shopping for clothes which was fun and got my mind off all the other stuff.
That night we had plans to go see a movie... just the adults. Maggie was at home not feeling 100% and Zoey had swim. We arranged for Kim to watch Maggie and Grammy Zezulka would take Zoey home to Kim's. When Grammy Zezulka dropped Zoey off they would go to bed and Misty would be home. In the middle of the movie Kim calls and was concerned because Zoey was still not there. Grammy thought it would be good to go get ice cream. All was well...once I tracked them down.  I love stressing about my kids on date night. :/

Friday Zoey woke up not feeling well and I blew it off because she always says that and she really just needs to poop. (All you moms know EXACTLY what I'm talking about!) We had a play date for Zoey and we were headed to the water park for some fun. As we get in the car Zoey pukes...and is running a fever. Awesome right?! After about 10 mins she says she feels fine and I figured she just ate something funny or had food poisoning. We went to the water park and had fun for a few hours. When we left I was backing out of the parking stall when we heard the awful sound of the bumper rubbing on the concrete parking block. Sure enough with my luck the rebar that holds the parking block in the ground was sticking up 6 inches and it caught on the car's undercarriage cover pulled it down which was connected to the bumper and pulled the bumper half-way off. It was a nightmare! We managed to fix it enough to get it home but it was not 100%. I fixed more of it at home but still it was just a temporary fix.
Zoey never really felt better she was pretty mellow all day and ended up puking again that night. So we just had 2 kids on meds. I assume that she must have gotten an ear infection too. Both girls have been in swimming for 2 weeks.

Saturday I was helping my sister by watching her kids. We went to the movies so it was enjoyable for everyone. Zoey and Gammy ended up staying home because Zoey was running a fever again. I got a call from the insurance the guy who hit me was trying to claim it was my fault in the accident. I honestly don't know how me getting out of my car could be at fault for the accident when he hit me with his front bumper. It's definitely a rare accident but seriously! It was not a fun call but whatever! Insurance will work it out. That afternoon I got my car back...only $500 later. Lets hope the other guy is at fault and I can get my money back. -That night the Ferrin's had a party. Again it would have been more fun if I didn't have a kid with a fever
. Zoey ending up felling better and wanted to swim and eat food. :)

Sunday was packing day for Margaret. She was going back home. :(
We kept Zoey home from church so she could rest and be fine and dandy for the first day of school.  She did good but Maggie was a pill in church! I also got a call that Margaret was having issues with the undercarriage of her car coming loose which made me feel horrible! She managed to have someone help her and duck tape it so she could get home with no problems. I was pleased when she made it home safely.
All in all it was a bad week but again not the end of the world!
AND Margaret is WONDERFUL. It was great to have her by my side through all these little issues. Her presence helped me get through them. She looks at everything in life as little hills that we have to get up and then back down from. It's as if we try the best solution possible- the elevator to get to the top. If the elevator does not work then we use the escalator, if that does not work then we use the steps, and if that does not work then we climb up it on our hands and knees. Honestly she is my real life role model and I love her with all my heart. Thank you Margaret, for just being you. You strengthened and helped me more than you know.
*Note to self.
Life has it's ups and downs, but none of the downs will keep me down, unless I let them.
I'm grateful for all trials that make me stronger for the next.