Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween 2011

First off... Happy Halloween!! I have been having so much fun this season with my little guy. It's like I get to be a kid all over again too (even though I still haven't outgrown the costume part). My Grandma found this cow costume at Costco and when she showed it to me I just died laughing. To say I loved it would be an understatement. I couldn't wait to get my little guy all decked out in his cow costume. And I'll tell you what, the cow costume has been a hit EVERYWHERE he has gone so far. It's just adorable.

Are you ready for the stinkin' cutest cow you've ever seen!? Behold:

The first thing Mason said to me when he saw Boonie crawling out in his cow costume (I tried it on him before he could walk) was, "Oh great... there you go dressing him up like a girl again." It's true. This was the girl version of the costume (hence the tights) but the boy version wasn't even close to being as cute. Plus, I figured it wasn't THAT girlie. AND now if we ever do have a girl we have a unisex costume. So there. Hahaha, but I honestly don't care, because it's so cute. I didn't tell Mason at the time that it was a girl's costume. He may have made me take it back. So here is my confession, Mason. Good thing you hardly ever read this. :)




His buns and tail were my favorite!

Friday night we went down to Casa Grande to my parents ward Halloween party. I had to be in Casa Grande that next morning anyway, so I figured we'd join in on the fun.

Boone and his Grandma:

My dad rockin' the gorilla suit:

Boonie was just terrified of my dad in the gorilla costume. Here he is trying to face his fears...

Didn't work so well... atleast they have matching noses.

Cows do headstands.


Then the following night (Saturday) our ward had a Halloween party. Here is Boonie begging for some cotton candy. Wow that stuff gets sticky in little hands.


Boonie loved the barrel train ride. The first time we went on it he cried as we were getting off so we got back on. He cried again as we got off the second time. He would have stayed on all night! If only I wasn't worried about him falling out I may have let him!


Tonight we are going over to my brother's house to hand out candy and go trick or treating. I somehow feel guilty having my baby get candy for me to eat. But the cow will make an appearance tonight!!

I hope you all have a wonderful Halloween!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Stones and some pictures

These past two weeks have been a little rough because Mason has been passing kidney stones. It started a week and a half ago on the 13th. Mason was up all night passing one and stayed home from school the next day. That night wasn't too bad (according to me - that is). Then last Thursday night Mason started passing another and he was hoping that he would be able to get through the pain like had the week before. Wrong. The pain started around 5:00 and just progressively got worse and worse. I felt so bad and there was nothing I could do. He couldn't keep his pain medications down... it was rough, really rough. Around 8:30 some friends from the ward came over to give him a blessing and my good friend Bri stayed with Boonie while I took Mason to the hospital. We were worried that something was wrong and that maybe the kidney stone was stuck. The pain was starting to move up his side where as before it had just been in the one spot.

So we get to the hospital and they give Mason two doses of morphine and he's STILL doubled over in pain. It wasn't until they gave him some type of medication that widened his veins that he finally felt better. Come to find out, the stone was stuck in the vein (or whatever it's called) trying to enter the bladder. Rough. They did an ultrasound and also found that there are like 7 more stones in his kidney. YIKES!! The one that he was passing that night was a 3mm sized stone. They saw one in there that was measuring 8mm!! So his doctor has scheduled an appointment to have them blasted on Friday. I just pray that the 8mm stone doesn't start to descend before Friday. I could barely handle the 3mm stone - let alone Mason. Poor guy.

He has taken the week off from school because he is feeling the pre-pains of the stones like he has every other time. He usually feels the pre-pains a day or two before they really hit hard. Friday can't come fast enough. He took the week off because you never know when the major pain will come and he doesn't want to be at work when it does hit (it's about an hour drive home), plus you can't drive when you are on Percoset.

So it's been nice having him home, even though he's doped up on pain meds a lot of the time. But seriously, Friday can't come soon enough! I'm so worried about that 8mm stone!!

Sorry about the novel. As a reward, here are some random pictures of Boonie... I know... just what you always wanted. :)

Boonie giving Great-Grandma the longest hug of his life:

I love these baby blues:

Splash pad fun with Tenley:

Bed head:

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

My Mom's Surprise Party!

This lovely lady turned 60!! I decided that I wanted to throw her a surprise birthday party. I feel like she's always been the one who has done things to make each of us kids feel special. My dad has always been recognized for his plays and things, so I decided that this was going to be her special event! I had so much fun planning and it all turned out wonderfully.

While planning I decided I wanted some old pictures of her. Here are some. I just love these old photos SO much.

Back when she use to do search and rescue:


I had all her friends, (very old, old, and new) send in a memory and a photo with her or of themselves and created a memory book on shutterfly. It turned out beautifully and I just loved hearing all these stories about my mom from people who love her. She really is so loved.

I really enjoyed all the planning! It was so funny the day of with everyone arriving before hand waiting for her. My dad had the worst job, because he was the one that had to lie and get her to the church where we were all waiting. I had been there in Casa Grande that morning and claimed that I was doing a photo shoot. My mom was suppose to meet me at Mimi's Cafe at 12:15. My dad told her that he wanted her to stop by the church and check out a display in the relief society room (where we were all waiting) before lunch. Oh course she didn't want to do that before... but he did it! He got her there and she was surprised! Ryan and Stacey even flew in for the event!

We laugh because that morning my dad had snuck the iron over to the church so we could iron the table clothes. Well around 11:30 my mom noticed the iron was missing and asked my dad, "Did you put the iron away?" He said, "Yes." Then she said, "Where did you put it?" He said, "In the closet............" She said, "Well then where is it!?" He said he just stood there with his mouth open having no clue what to say and for some strange reason she got distracted and starting doing something else. He was sweating bullets the whole time! I'm so glad I wasn't in his shoes.

I didn't get many pictures at the party because I was enjoying the event. I especially didn't get many of her being surprised... but she was... and of course she cried. That's what mom's do. :)

My mom and her mom... Sweet tears.

The YUMMY food catered by Big House Cafe. Delicious!



My mom's favorite cousin Bernita and her husband Ray and my Grandma's sister came too! This was Bernita's first big outing since she has been undergoing cancer treatments since February! I was so honored to have her there!




The after party:


Boone's way of helping clean:


My dad's dad (my Grandpa) has been staying in a hospice the past 2 weeks after suffering from a couple of falls recovering. Well he just happens to be in Casa Grande in a hospice. We haven't seen him for a year, so we took the chance to visit being we probably aren't going to have many more chances, plus he lives 2 hours away. He actually looked better than I've seen him look in a long time. We only stayed for about 30 minutes because he got tired, but it was still good to see him and for him to see his great-grandbabies.

Here is Boone and Darci's Granpa with a really cool toy.





After that we went over to a park, as another part of my mom's present, and took family pictures. In the first picture below Boonie was throwing a MAJOR fit. Not just a fussy fit, a ROYAL fit and we couldn't figure out why. I was busy setting up the tripod so Mason and everyone else was trying to help him. He was given food, diaper changed, diaper cream put on, water, toys... all kinds of things... but nothing worked. And he's not like that... he just doesn't cry for no reason. We just decided that this family picture would have a baby screaming in it. Well after this one my mom wanted more and I HAD to figure out what was wrong with my baby. It kinda sounded like he was in pain or something... so I decided i was going to strip him down to see if maybe there was an ant biting him or something. So I started with his shoes. I took them off and his socks and immediately he started to calm down. I looked at his toes and the right foot was all red. He had had his shoes on with his toes curled under for an hour and he was sick of it! Sorry Boonie. So he went shoeless and was happy for the rest of the afternoon. Poor little babies that don't know how to talk.



Okay so this next set of pictures is SO typical for my parents... They have NEVER been the romantic type and we always joke that we've only seen them kiss twice in our lives. So true. Anway... so we asked them to pose nicely together and this is what we got.


Oh... finally...

But then my brothers started chanting, "Kiss!! Kiss!! Kiss!!!" You can imagine how much of a scene that was. But they finally did... so now you are also witnessing the 3rd kiss I've ever seen my parents give.



Ryan felt jealous of the Grandbaby posing.

So did Eric, I guess.

These next two are my favorites.


I lost my other earring during the Boone madness of the first family pose. Well I didn't lose it, I just let him hold it and it ended up in Mason's pocket. Oops!






It was a perfect day! We all had such a good time together. I love it when everything works out perfectly with my family - which doesn't always happen. :)

Happy 60th birthday mommy!!