Monday, October 2, 2017

What Else Does A Girl Need?

She's got Charity's barbie dolls, lipstick, and a bowl of chocolate chips. So happy!

My Little Squish

After Ezra's gastric tests we found that he does have a gastric emptying delay at 268 minutes with severe reflux. The Erythromycin that he was on during the family reunion was awful! I mean, talk about puking EVERYTHING up with such force. So much so, that he was spitting up blood and having dry diapers. But, since he's not losing weight yet and is not at failure to thrive, they will not do surgery on his stomach. I refuse to give him Reglan because of the neurological side effects so we basically just have to deal with it. The doctor's advice was to be patient and replace all of our clothes, carpet, and couches in a few years. He spits up A LOT!

At his 4 month check up he was 14.7 lb. and 25" long, on the smaller side of things in the 36 and 48%. He's such a good baby, doesn't fuss at all unless he's hungry. He's now sleeping through the night from 10pm - 7am. He loves to talk and blow bubbles and be held. He's so loved by all of us!

A few nights ago Kimball was throwing a fit and from his bedroom yelled, "I don't like this family anymore! Except Ezra, he's the only one I like!" Even in Kimball's anger can't resist this cute face.

 First bite of baby food

He always turns over and sleeps like this in the swing.

He looks different to me depending on the angle. This one he's definitely an old man!

First Day of Kindergarten!!

Wow, what a milestone! I can't believe my baby is going to school and he couldn't wait! On the first day of school he came in my room at 6:30am and woke me up and said, "Mom, it's time to get up! I'm already dressed and brushed my teeth and have my new shoes on!" He is SO ready for school and absolutely LOOOOOOVES it!! I'm so glad too, and Cora and I have a great time together at home.

After we dropped him off Cora bawled and said, "Miss mine bes fend!" which of course made me get teary eyed. This milestone is so bittersweet, it's his first real step to independence. I mean, I drop him off at the school sidewalk and I have to trust in what he does for the next 7 hours without me knowing what he's doing at every minute. Did I teach him enough? Was I patient enough? What if he gets lost? What if he's hungry and doesn't eat all of his lunch? Will he make friends? Will he make good choices and remember to always be kind? What if he walks into the girls bathroom by accident? What if he needs help wiping his bum? What if he can't snap up his jeans?......

Now that he's been in school for almost a month, he's so much more independent. He makes his own lunch and insists that he doesn't need help snapping up his jeans. I miss that he doesn't need me as much but I'm also grateful for the time that it gives Cora and me. I thought he would be completely worn out being in Kindergarten all day and even though he's tired he's not as tired as I thought he'd be. I still miss him.

Ezra's Blessing

Ezra Kempton Cox was 4 months old when we blessed him, his outfit barely fit. Both of our parents drove to Spokane to support us and be there, it was lovely!


Ms. Doornink

Kimball got to meet his new teacher for the year, Ms. Doornink. I think she'll be really great and Kimball will love school. On this day they had Kimball do a series of tests and the principle gave him a brand new book. Of course Cora needed her picture taken, too.

Farewell Pokey

When Lance got home from a call on Sunday morning Kimball asked him, "Dad, why is Pokey laying like that?" Welp, Pokey was dead and poor little Kimball just cried all day and even cried himself to sleep that night because he was so heart broken. Kimball found him a shoe box to bury him in, a blanket to put on top, and his favorite treat (carrot). After they buried him in the yard they each took turns saying their favorite thing about Pokey and Daddy said a prayer. I didn't think it would affect Kimball quite so much but it did.


This event was so cool and way better than the fair, I think I'll have to make it a tradition to go every year. They had trucks of every kind there - military trucks, ambulances, police cars, fire trucks, semis, monster trucks, hearse, mustang, city bus, dump truck, garbage truck, delivery trucks, fork lift, and even a helicopter. We even got to watch the helicopter land which was pretty awesome although very dusty and loud which Cora didn't appreciate. Every vehicle you could go inside and push all the buttons. They had different food vendor and business vendors handing out their swag so the kids got everything from a bag of apples to pencils to toothbrushes to stickers to bracelets and more. 

Monday, August 21, 2017

The foremost quality of our pioneers was faith. With faith in God, they did what every pioneer does-they stepped forward into the unknown.
- Dallin H. Oaks
If I were Satan...I would keep women so distraught and distracted that they would never find calming strength and serenity...catching them in the crunch of trying to be superhuman instead of realistically striving to reach their individual purpose and unique God-given potential. We must have the courage to be imperfect.
- Patricia Holland

We're Just Missing Tin Foil Hats

With the rest of America we donned our special glasses and watched the solar eclipse. It was so cool! We weren't in the path of the sun being covered 100% but it came pretty darn close and it was fun to hear Kimball be so excited about it. The next one won't happen for a few hundred years and it makes you wonder how God arranged the size and orbit and distance of the sun, earth, and moon to line up just perfectly for this to happen. Amazing!

Bound For Kindergarten

This handsome, goofy son of mine is going to be in Kindergarten this year, I can't believe it! He's definitely ready, so excited and is completely bored at home which is driving me batty. Today we went on a date to get school supplies but as it turns out the only thing Kindergarteners need are shoes and a back pack. He already has a back pack so we found some new tennis shoes and a lunch box. Now to give him a hair cut and he'll be all set!

Love This Sweet Babe!

Jensen Ramos and Ezra (7 weeks apart)


Pettingill Reunion 2017

We hosted the first Kerry Pettingill reunion this year in Spokane. We actually had it at the same lake house as we did the Cox reunion, that location was just too good to beat! We did much of the same activities - games, swimming, visiting, eating, boating, tubing, celebrating Dad's 60th birthday, celebrating Christine giving birth to Hannah, etc. 

We rented a ski boat which was awesome and didn't have any accidents until Scott decided to go on the tube by himself. He thought he dislocated his shoulder so Joseph tried putting it back in but it still didn't feel right so he went in to an urgent care for x-rays. Sure enough he broke his shoulder. After he got home and did an MRI they found 3 fragments broken off and his arm was basically torn off, they have to do surgery and reattach the tendon to the bone. Ouch, poor Scott! 

Scott won two guessing jars, Linley won the one full of cash, and Jaidin won a jar. Sydney won the eye game and got a sweet prize for that and Adam won the trivia game about mom and dad.

But we had so much fun and everybody was able to make it except for Christine who had her beautiful baby girl, Hannah Elaine. I guess a baby is a good excuse to miss an epic vacation, right? She's so precious! I'm so thankful that everybody sacrificed so much to make this vacation happen and we all had an absolute blast!!!