Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Eye Update- 6 weeks

I've been meaning to do an update on my eyes again for ages, but life gets in the way sometimes! My eyes are still healing, slowly but surely. I was hoping by my 1-month appointment to be all healed and excited about my vision, but I can't say I was. My eyes still fluctuate a lot, and the day of my appointment was a bad day. My eyes measured about 20/40 or so. Which is okay, but not great, and not much different from my 1 week appointment, so that was disappointing. I know that its better than that on good days, but still. My doctor said that I have a little far sightedness left in one eye and a little astigmatism left in the other, so that explains some of the ghosting and fogginess that I am still experiencing. He is not worried, and seems to think everything will continue to resolve, and luckily I trust him, so I will continue to be patient!

I don't feel like my eyes hinder me anymore, but I have had to make some adjustments. I've had to increase the font on my computer, and I try not to read anything with small print for long periods of time. I also don't drive at night unless I have to because I still have halos and ghosting a lot around lights. For the most part my left eye is doing really well, its my right that causes me the vision trouble I'm still experiencing. Nothing is crisp yet. I can't wait until I can look at something and just see the crisp lines of it instead of vague blurry edges. I'm not sorry I did it, I think it will continue to get better, but there are definitely times that I wish I had done Lasik, since I technically could have. But, of course, hind sight it 20/20, right? They told me healing time average between 4 and 6 weeks and today is 6 weeks. As I type this my eyes are pretty bad (comparatively), its been a not great day, so I'm obviously a little bummed about that. But, I just keeping doing what I'm doing and hopefully, eventually everything will clear up and I'll be happy. Its just hard to see the end of the road from here. No pun intended. :) I have another appointment in a couple weeks so my doctor can reassure me some more and take more measurements, so we'll see how that goes.

I know that my vision is greatly improved from before surgery, there is no question in that. Its just not as good as it was with glasses or contacts yet. But I can function and its nice not dealing with glasses. I should have guessed it would be like this, all of my major trials in my life have been tests of my patience! So I'll continue to wait and try not to be a whiner!

Easter Festivities

Disclaimer: I apologize if the picture quality is not great on some of these pictures, my eyes are still not 100% and my camera had a little mishap, so between the two I'm not promising greatness!

We had a fun Easter this year. Pretty low key, but lots of fun none the less. Saturday morning we had an Easter breakfast at the church, Easter Egg hunt and all. The kids loved it. It was fun to see Kate participating in the activities, since she was only a few weeks old for her first Easter. She went dressed as the Easter bunny all day. :)

That evening we had a barbecue and Easter egg hunt at Grandma and Grandpa Owen's house. The kids love all the cousins, it was fun.
And I just have to add this picture, Kate LOVED the strawberry shortcake we had for dessert. Haha!

Easter morning the kids woke up to their Easter baskets, they seemed to love them. Then we ate breakfast cake and got all decked out for church. Kate only made an appearance to Sacrament meeting because she woke up with a fever, as you can probably tell from the rosy cheeks in the pictures! But after all the stress that went into choosing Easter outfits (seriously, it was a headache this year!) she had to show off a little before spending the day napping. Poor thing just can't stay well! She had RSV the previous weekend, but that's a story for another time!

Aren't my girls adorable?! I didn't get a picture of James because I had to leave for church before he was dressed, and of course he put on comfy clothes the second we got home, but he was handsome in a pale Orange dress shirt and blue/white/orange to go with his sister's outfits. They were pretty darn cute, if I do say so myself.

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter too! I'm grateful for my Savior and all he did for me. He lives!

Monday, April 11, 2011

New Stuff

This weekend we finally finished off what we've been wanting to do to our kitchen since we moved in! We've always wanted to replace the old chandelier that the house came with. It wasn't centered over our table, the chain wasn't long enough to swag it, and it didn't match the hardware in the kitchen. Its been hanging with a key chain hook holding it in place since we moved in. Ugh! We finally bought a new chandelier in February, but we didn't want to hang it until we got the new kitchen table we've been wanting too! The old one just didn't go well in our beautiful kitchen, so we finally bit the bullet and bought one. I LOVE it! Here are some before and after shots.


While I was at it I bought some new throw pillows for the living room couch, since the kids have destroyed the old ones. And I realized I have yet to reveal the new picture wall I did a few weeks ago. I had been dying to change things up in the house, and I knew moving pictures around would help. I always knew this wall needed something other than what I had there, but never knew quite what to do. I really like how it turned out. I'm still working on my hallway. Anyone who is good at decorating want to come help me? I have no idea what to do with it... Oh, and by the way, if the pictures are blurry I apologize. Its hard to check my focus when my eyes are out of focus!



Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Whirlwind

The last few days I have been feeling totally our of whack. I think its mostly because I've been pretty cooped up since the surgery. I run kids to school and and errand here or there, but I haven't been able to get out away from kids at all. My night vision is horrible so I can't just run away from home for an hour in the evening like I used to do on occasion when I needed a break. I haven't been doing Lia Sophia since I can't drive to shows either. I feel like I'm sitting in the middle of a whirlwind watching my life fall apart and I can't do anything. I can't get on top of my house work, my laundry, my menu, my weight, my exercise, my kids... Its really not that bad. Its not like I live in a war zone or something, but I just feel like i'm flailing a round in life right now and I have got to buckle back down and figure out how to run my life so its not chaos all the time! Anyone have any tips? I wish I could just hire someone to come in and clean and organize my house so I could start from scratch. (and maybe a live in nanny and cook while i'm dreaming!) Everything in its place. Then maybe I could take a deep breath and jump back into my life with both feet.

Its hard not being able to see well too, I think that's a big part of it. My eyes really are getting better. Usually when I wake up in the morning I can see great, then it just fluctuates throughout the day. The more tired I feel the worse it gets, so usually by evening I'm a grumpy blind person. Right now as I type this everything is pretty distorted...so excuse any major typos! But, I know I have to stop making excuses and just dive in to life.

I know this sounds awfully whiny, and I don't mean to be a whiner, seriously. I know how blessed I am! I have blessings pouring out my ears! My life is great. My husband is amazingly helpful and supportive and loving. My kids are great and happy and healthy and smart. Its just that I feel out of whack and out of control right now. I just really need some tips for balancing everything. I know that's the magic question everyone wants the answer to, but if you have any helpful ideas, please give them to me!!

Belated Birthday


Sunday was James 4th birthday! I totally meant to do a blog about him then, but life got away from me. So, better late than never!

My 4 favorite things about James:

-He's all boy! He's cars, and trucks, and rough and tumble and its great fun!
-He is SILLY! He makes up his own words and games and its a crazy imagination he's got!
-He never stops moving. He is running, jumping or hopping around all the time!
-He loves his sisters like crazy, although sometimes he likes to show it with lots of teasing and wrestling!

Facts about James:
-He weighs 36 pounds
-He is 41 inches tall
-He sleeps about 12 hours a night and still takes a nap a few times a week.
-He would eat cereal for every meal and every snack if I let him.
-He is STILL not fully potty trained. Although I think we finally had a breakthrough this weekend. I hope, I hope, I hope...

For his birthday celebrations I let him pick dinner Saturday and meals during the day Sunday. Here's the rundown:

Pizza AND Chicken nuggets
Coco Puffs
Cinnamon Rolls
Hot dogs with pears and cheese

We had a family party Sunday night, then he had his first ever friend party Monday morning and then another family party Monday night. Lots of fun! He did not want me to make him a fancy cake this year. He wanted "chocolate donuts that look like tires". Easy for mama, that's for sure! Here are some pictures from his friend party, we kept it small because he is not a crowds kind of kid!

We raced these cars down the driveway.The boys made their own license plates. Forgot to get pictures of the completed ones though...

All the boys eating lunch.
My gourmet and his choice for lunch. pb&j in the shape of cars, cheetos, 7up and chocolate donuts!

Happy Birthday to my boy! We love you so much and our family would not be nearly as much fun without you!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Too cute!



Seriously, I could get used to this baby modeling thing! I just love seeing her! So. Stinkin. Cute.
Check out www.babysteals.com if you want to see her on the site! Just until 9pm tonight!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Baby Model

Kate is a baby model! She was chosen to model a few things for www.babysteals.com! She will only be on the site for 12 hours at a time, but right now is one of those times! Serious cuteness. Here is the picture on the current site.