Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Our New Hair Station

Do you have a hair station in your home?

I am always asked how I get Shelby to sit for me to do her hair. I figured I would do a post about it and hopefully it helps other mamas.

Up until this last weekend our bathroom (mine and Shelby's) is usually a mess. Well the counter is at least. With 2 girls we have a lot of products. Since she is only 2 I am sure it is bound to get worse so I needed to get it under control.

I cleaned everything top to bottom and then went to work organizing. Shelby has such fine hair it takes a lot of pony holders to tame it. We have tried them all and have found that Goody Plastic hair bands are the ones for us. They do stretch out and are hard to get out of her hair without pulling so we just cut them out. I do not her. They are cheap enough for us to just replace them. They come in a package of 3 sizes. So I got some little ziploc bags that I had for my craft beads and seperated out the sizes.

I created one corner of the counter that is just for hair and make up.
I have her sit on the counter and we do her hair.
The key to getting their hair complete is you need to occupy their time. So I let her bring toys, books, or whatever. She usually just plays with my makeup.

We have been using our new hair station a few days and I have noticed a few things.
  1. The counter has stayed mess free.
  2. Having the pony holders in bags it is easier to reach for them and get them out without letting go of her hair.
Getting her hair done everyday is a must. I can't handle her with messy hair. Unless of course she has spent a few days with dad. He doesn't do bows and all the fancy hair. It is ok he makes up for it.

So get set up and create a hair station. They will love it. You will too.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Post Op update

So in my last post I told you about my gramps having open heart surgery.

He checked into Dixie Regional Medical Center 2nd floor Cardiovascular Unit on Tuesday afternoon. He was told to have breakfast and lunch before check in. After they ran all the tests and cleared him for surgery him and my gram were told to go have dinner.
I waited for my husband to come home and I made sure that the kids were all ready, that they had food and then I went to be with my gramps.
I arrived about 6:30 pm and visited with him until 8 pm. He was in great spirits and seemed ready to go get it over with.
Gram and I went to stay at the Jubilee House. It is a great service provided by the hospital for the families of patients. It is located right next to the hospital so that you do not have to be far from your loved one. We stayed there the previous week and enjoyed our stay then as well. We had very comfortable beds. We were able to let our worries leave for the evening.

We had to be back at the hospital the next morning by 6:30 am if we wanted to see him before surgery.
They had given him his shower and were getting him  all wired up when we got there. His surgery nurse Laura came in and gave him all his instructions. She gave us ours as well. Then we were off and rolling down the hall. Gramps was going to surgery and we were going to the ICU waiting room. We said goodbye and told him how much we loved him. That was 7 am.
Laura said she would call from the O.R. around 9 am when they had him on bypass and again when they were closing, unless anything went wrong.  So we waited.
They had a very nice waiting room. It had coffee,which I needed, TV and magazines. It was very comfortable for an uncomfortable situation.
Gram had some friends come and stay with us while we waited.  They were great company and it made the waiting time easier.
My view for the day
Right on schedule around 9 Laura called and said he was on bypass and everything was on schedule. At 11:30 am she called again and said he was closing him up and everything had gone great.
We all were able to breathe a little easier. Laura said that the doctor would be out in 45 minutes to talk to us.
Dr. Kory Woodbury came out to tell us how it all went around 12:30 p.m. He explained to us how he replaced the bad valve with a new tissue (pig) valve. He was concerned before surgery that he would have to do another bypass and he informed us that his old bypass looked good still. He also did not have to put in any new stints. He was very pleased with how it all went. He said we could see gramps within the hour.
I had been expecting the worst when I saw him. I expected tubes everywhere when I saw him. They had him mostly covered and he just appeared to be sleeping. We could not stay long in ICU at one time so we would come and go from the waiting room.
We finally had something to eat that was not cafeteria food.
They wanted to take out his tubes within 4 hours so we waited to go back in until we thought those were out. Little did we know that he would not wake up till almost midnight.
After having been at the hospital for 14 hours we decided to finally call it a night and headed back to our room.
The next morning we were finally able to see him AWAKE!!!! He had the tubes out and had already been up sitting in the chair. Soon after we got there they were ready to take him to his room and he was going to walk as much as he could.
He walked the whole way.

We walked behind him cheering him on. I walked all the way to his new room. He even picked up the pace a little at the end. His rehab nurse said his cape was flowing in the wind.
I was so dang proud of him. He is my hero.
He got to his room and sat up in his chair for awhile. He wasn't out of the woods but he was well on his way. He needs to cough and get all the gunk out of his lungs so he does not get pneumonia.

My gram stayed down there with him and I came home. After 2 days away from my family I was missing them. I am sure they were missing me too, especially the hubs.

I have been in contact with grams since I came home and they now have his chest tube out and he has been going on a few walks.  He is still trying to cough and that is good.

I am so thankful that he made it and is doing so well. I think my cousin's wife said it best "The thing about the Smith's they don't go down without a fight...." She is so right. My gramps said I am just an old cowboy. Well that old cowboy is a fighter. I say not bad for an 80 year old.

Your heart is so important. Make sure to stay healthy and get it checked. I made sure that I wore red all day on Wednesday for my favorite heart patient. They have come so far with heart procedures. I hope I never have to experience this again.

He is still continuing to do great. He should be able to come home tomorrow if they can get his heart in good rhythm.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

My Gramps

I want to pay special attention to one of the most important men in my life.
My Gramps.
He is in the hospital right now waiting to have Aortic Valve Replacement surgery. He has had heart problems for almost the past 20 years. He has had heart attacks and triple by pass surgery. He may not make it through this next surgery and I want him to be able to read this and know how important he is to me.
When I was born my mom was a single mom. She had to work to provide for us. Lucky for her she had her parents to help her with child care.
Watching TV together

Since my mom worked and they took care of me, I went everywhere they did. If they went on vacation so did I. They had 6 children all together. My gramps had 3 and my gram had 3 (obviously they had them from previous marriages.) They never had children together. We always joke that I was the child they never had. They never treated me like a grandchild, always like I was one of their own.
After my mom remarried when I was 6 I was off and on in my grandparents home. They moved to Utah when I was 8 and it was horrible. I came up during the summers to visit. My bond with my grandparents was strong.

Fast forward to when I was 17. My mom was married to a jerk and we didn't get along. My grandparents had moved back to California at the time so I went to live with them. It was my senior year. I tested my boundaries for sure. They stuck with me. They never gave up. They help guide me.
At my graduation 
At my Aunt's wedding

After I graduated they moved back to Utah. It was not a question in my mind and I came with them.

The story does not end there. They have always been there for me. My gramps and I may not have always seen eye to eye but we have always respected each other.
He always makes sure to give me his opinion. I respect that. He is entitled to it. I may not like it but I know he loves me. He may not agree with my decisions in life but he never loves me any less for them.

When I left my ex-husband I moved back home. They were my home. I needed them. They welcomed me with open arms. They were so glad I had finally left him. They didn't care the circumstances. I was their "daughter" and they didn't listen to the lies being told about me. I had to come clean about  A LOT of what had gone on in my marriage. It was not a pretty picture but I wanted to hide nothing from them. They still loved me. They were there through every step of my divorce.
12 weeks pregnant with Shelby, We went to Hawaii

When I got pregnant with my daughter I obviously was not married to her dad yet. My grandparents are very religious and I was so worried about disappointing my grandpa. I was so scared to tell him. I knew that my gram would be loving and supportive. I knew my gramps would be supportive as well but I did not want to listen to the disappointment in his voice. I should have given him more credit. He never made me feel stupid or made me feel like I had made a mistake.

From before the day she was born he was so excited to meet her. I still lived with them after she was born. They loved having her there. They have a relationship with her that is a lot like the relationship they have with me. In fact I think I was bumped from the top spot when she came along. My children are the light of his life.

Last week when he was life flighted to the hospital I was so scared. I took my gram over to be with him. When we walked in he told the tech that the two of us were the most important ladies in his life.

That made me feel good. He is one of the most important men in mine.

I know that whatever is meant to be in this life will be. My gramps will always be a part of me. I am a lot like him ( hence the reason we don't always see eye to eye). I respect and love him more than anything in this world. I may not have made the choices he would have in this life but he loves me. He knows that I am happy. He has been a huge part of my journey to happiness.

Thank you gramps for everything you have given me in this life. Thank you for all that you have taught me. Thank you for being an example to me.  Thank you for the tenderness you have for my children. Thank you for giving me a special spot in your life and heart. Kick this surgery in the butt and lets get you better. Shelby and Shawn need their Grampy and so  do I. I love you.

Monday, April 8, 2013

No running...the horror!

I have gone running only once in the last week. Man that is horrible. I have gone walking with the kids so it hasn't been a total bust. I miss my running though. We have been on the go so I have not made it a priority like I should.

I though I would share some of my favorite pics from the week via Instagram. Are you following us? Look up mommylandrunner and make the blue button green, I will follow you back.

 Two of my favorite people. We took a family drive out to the new reservoir in town. 
 I got some new running skirts in the mail. I am wondering if I have been wearing them wrong?

I love snuggling with this girl....when she lets me.

 Chalk fun with mom.
 Fun in the sun. Playing in the backyard.

How has your running been?
How do you spend time with your kids now that it is getting warm?

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Happy Life = Happy Life

For years my life did not = happy life.

Then it happened. There was a spark, a flicker, a hope.

I met the love of my life.
 He is my best friend.
My partner.
My equal.
 He makes me smile when I am blue.
 He makes me laugh out loud.
He is funny.
I love that we can always talk to each other. Nothing is held back.
No secrets. Complete trust. A partnership. A marriage.

I never thought that I would be s happy in this life. The best part is that the feeling is mutual.

We talk often that we are so lucky. We never expected to be happy in this life. We are so grateful to each other. 

I love watching him with our children. Our 2 precious gifts.

When we found out that we were having Shawn we decided that it would be best for our family if we got married. We have come to find out that is one of our best decisions. It was such a happy day. It was a private affair with those that are the most important around us.

That was a year ago today.

Since he had to go to work early today I was not awake when he left. As always I got a kiss and an I love you before he left though. Also as always I also got an email. He wished me Happy Anniversary, thanked me for marrying him and told me that he loved me with all he had.

I am pretty sure that there is only one of him and he is so loving and caring and great.

So today we celebrate our love. We don't need a fancy getaway or fancy dinner. For us spending time together and with our  kids is enough. We are complete.

I love you honey and I thank you for being my Prince Charming.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Happy Easter

Happy Easter to everyone ( a day late I know).

Did you have a great Easter? It was wonderful here. The sun was shining and we were able to enjoy some sunshine. No running this weekend, even though I had 2 10ks planned. Allergies have kicked my butt this weekend. I did not let them spoil my fun though.

This is the first year we have decided to make and entire weekend of Easter celebrating.

Shelby is getting old enough to start taking part in different activities and it is wonderful to watch it through her eyes.

Saturday we got packed up and took our 4 wheeler and Rhino out for some fun in the hills. Shelby loves the Rhino. She just sits  and enjoys it. She went with her dad on the 4 wheeler and I forgot to get pictures of her with her dad.

We were able to spend the day with my bestie and her family. It was really nice. We were able to find some shade to keep Mr Man in so he did not get to much sun.

The bestie planned an egg hunt for all the kids and Shelby got to participate as well. She wasn't to sure about it but she had some great helpers. My bestie has raised some awesome kids because they thought of helping Shelby instead of themselves. I love their family.

We had good food and  good visits. Mr Man must have been having lots of fun too cause he did not want to sleep.

It was a fun day all around. Tuckered Shelby right out.

Sunday we woke up and the Easter Bunny had come for a visit. Shelby was pretty calm about it all. She said WOW whats this?  It was great to be able to see the joy in her face. The magic is still there for her.

Of course we had to get some pictures of our kids on Mr Man's first Easter.

 We had such a wonderful weekend. I am so glad that the weather is warming up. More trips planned with the bestie. Can't wait.

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