Saturday, May 29, 2010

A rite of passage....

Something inspiring!

Shawn was born after 15 hours of slow and intensely painful labor. That experience was both terrifying yet thrilling. At one point while I was nearing transition, I was crying and I looked up at my mother and said, “Mom, I can’t do this. I am going to die. I am going to die.” She looked right back at me and said, “You know what, Rebecca? You ARE going to die. The carefree maiden you have been all your life is dying. You are giving birth to yourself, as a mother. It is the hardest thing you have ever had to do. And you CAN do it, because look at you – you ARE doing it!”

My mother always viewed birth as a rite of passage, a spiritual transition, an initiation into a new realm. She firmly believed that a woman must put her blood, sweat, and tears on the line for the child she was birthing – that it was an opportunity to demonstrate that she had the strength to be a mother....

This was not a time to avoid pain, because motherhood is painful at times. This is not a time to seek comfort, because motherhood is not comfortable. This is not a time to shrink back, because motherhood requires that a woman reach deep inside her soul and show what she really stands for. It is in birth, my mother taught me, that a woman must stand up, show her trust in herself, and her trust in God, and be consciously involved in a deliberate act of creation by giving your heart, might, mind, and strength to what is before you.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A sneak peak...

We were privileged to have Capri's pictures taken by the Benton's and here is a little sneak peak of her pictures. I can't wait to see the rest!

Everything I have seen that the Benton's have done are amazing. I would love to get some family pictures done by them soon.

Here is their website

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Just in time for the heat

I am so excited about this new sewing project I have been working on. My sister gave me this idea a few years back and for some reason I just remember it now and thought I would make it.

My sister lives in Arizona and the summers get crazy hot!! So a lady came up with this idea to keep her carseat buckles from getting so hot that they could burn her children. I always feel bad putting my kids in hot carseats and then on really hot days putting a blanket over the buckles so they don't get burned.

I found a few websites selling them for around $50 each, with three kids in carseats there was no way I was going to spend $150 plus shipping. So I looked at what they did and then decided to make my own.

This is made from great fabric that you would use to make a cooler or lunch pail to keep things cold. I then sewed fabric over that and made two pouches, one for the top of the carseat and one for the bottom of the carseat. Then I bought two freezer packs.

The idea is when I leave the house to go shopping during the summer I grab the cold packs out of the freezer and stick them in the pouches I made. When I go into a store I will put the pouches or carseat covers over the carseat to keep it nice and cool for the kids when we come out.

Something Fresh and so yummy!

I made this for dinner a few nights ago and it was amazing. I love that it is so fresh and this summer when my garden is going crazy I can use almost everything from my garden. To say Kirk loved this would be an understatement. It was a big hit!

(Next time I will add artichoke hearts)

Whole Wheat Greek Orzo Salad
yield: approximately six servings

8 ounces whole wheat orzo pasta
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded, and finely chopped
1 cup grape (or cherry) tomatoes, finely chopped
1/3 cup kalamata olives, finely chopped
2 tablespoons minced fresh mint leaves
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
salt, to taste
fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain pasta through a sieve, rinse with cold water, then allow to drain well again. In a large bowl, toss pasta with olive oil, vinegar, and lemon juice. Add remaining ingredients and toss well. Season with salt and fresh ground pepper to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve cold or at room temperature.

Recipe notes: You might try adding one or more of the following extra ingredients: finely chopped red onion, red bell pepper, artichoke hearts, fresh chopped dill, or grated lemon zest. These types of salads are endlessly adaptable – ingredient amounts can and should be changed to suit your own taste. Taste, adjust, and enjoy!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Productive week

Move wood from front porch, clean and buy new bistro table for the porch. Check
Rototill the flower garden in the front yard and plant new flowers. Check
Rototill the veggie garden in the back yard and plant summer garden. Check

Oh how I love to work outside. This is the PERFECT time of year to work in the yard. The sun is shinning but it is not hot. The sweet sound of the birds, the cool breeze...

This year in my garden I have the year round plants that are starting to flower and produce fruit. Like my strawberry plant (totally going crazy, we are getting a bowl full each day and the flavor is unlike anything I have ever had) blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, mint and artichoke.

My new plants are watermelon, cantaloupe, zucchini, yellow squash, spaghetti squash, corn, tomatoes, broccoli, yellow peppers, red peppers, orange peppers, green peppers, rhubarb and potatoes. There are a few more things I still want to plant but I am so excited to at least have some things in the ground. Each year my garden gets bigger and bigger, one day I hope to do a garden large enough that we will be able to eat just from my own ground.
There is nothing better then picking produce out of your garden and then making a wonderful fresh homemade meal. I still dream of land but today I will make do with what space we do have.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Anyone want to join me??

I heard about this online cooking classes from Nourished Kitchen. Check out the video and even read the website if you have time. It is twelve classes, one each week for $120 but if anyone is interested in going in on it with me we can meet once a week at my house and watch the video and download the paperwork together. I think it would be fun to share with someone else and it saves money! Let me know!

This is what I download from the site on why the classes are so great!

If you’ve ever wondered how to feed your family healthier, wholesome and nourishing meals, but been stumped trying to put it all together, you need this class. If you want to support the local foods movement, but are stumped by seasonal cooking or how to even find quality foods from local farms, you need this class. If you want to save money and time feeding your family healthy, organic, seasonal meals, you need this class. If you want to learn to cook from scratch, if you want to give up sugar and learn to use natural, wholesome sweeteners, you need this class. If you’re looking for a healthier alternative to soda and soft drinks, you need this class. If you want to develop your own recipes based on locally available fruits and vegetables, you need this class. You need to learn how to cook real food. It’s good for the environment, your local economy and, most of all, it’s good for your family’s health.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Myla update

Yesterday was a big day for us. It was Myla's last day of chemo!! Hurray! We really felt the Lord's hand in the few months Myla was on chemo. She has had very few days of not feeling good and we have only noticed hair loss the past two weeks. So overall it went better than expected.

Myla went down to a low dose of steroids four weeks ago and that is when she normally relapses and so far she has done really well. Including having a cold two weeks ago (sickness normally makes kids relapse even a running nose).

I thought she we be done with steroids yesterday but her doctor wants her to stay on it for another month just to make sure. We will keep praying for her but we really are SOOOOO grateful that she has been in remission this long and will hopefully be off all meds soon.

Here is a funny picture of the girls. Myla LOVES to sit in Paige's chair and listen to her books on tape. On the other hand Sariah LOVES to do anything Myla is doing and for some reason clothing is optional with her. She is wearing a diaper but to keep clothes on her is a full time job.
Oh how I love these girls!!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Falling in love

Little Capri is 3 1/2 weeks old and last night was the first time Dillon really noticed her. When he first met her he held her for about 30 seconds and that was good enough for him but something changed last night for him. He asked to hold her and then was totally in love with her. He kept saying how little her hands were and how cute she was. It was so sweet that I had to take some pictures. Its funny looking back at the pictures I realized how much he is growing up.

Also since she was born I keep saying how much she looks like Myla did. Check out this picture of Myla when she was a month old.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Not being afraid to stand up for what is right.

If everyone could be so brave or bold as Anthony Orsini, the principal at Benjamin Franklin Middle School in Ridgewood, New Jersey. He recently sent the following email to all parents of children attending his school:

Dear BF Community:
When I arrived in Ridgewood, Facebook did not exist, YouTube did not exist, and MySpace was barely in existence. Formspring (one of the newest Internet scourges, a site meant simply to post cruel things about people anonymously) wasn’t even in someone’s mind.

In 2010, social networking sites have now become commonplace, and technology use by students is beyond prevalent.

It is time for every single member of the BF community to take a stand!

There is absolutely no reason for any middle school student to be a part of a social networking site!

Let me repeat that - there is absolutely, positively no reason for any middle school student to be a part of a social networking site! None.

5 of the last 8 parents who we have informed that their child was posting inappropriate things on Facebook said their child did not have an account. Every single one of the students had an account.

3 students yesterday told a guidance counselor that their parents told them to close their accounts when the parents learned they had an account. All three students told their parents it was closed. All three students still had an account after telling their parents it was closed.

Most students are part of more than one social networking site.

Please do the following: sit down with your child (and they are just children still) and tell them that they are not allowed to be a member of any social networking site. Today!

Let them know that you will at some point every week be checking their text messages online! You have the ability to do this through your cell phone provider.

Let them know that you will be installing Parental Control software so you can tell every place they have visited online, and everything they have instant messaged or written to a friend. Don’t install it behind their back, but install it!

Over 90% of homework does not require the Internet, or even a computer. Do not allow them to have a computer in their room. There is no need.

Know that they can text others even if their phone doesn’t have texting capability, either through the computer or through their iPod Touch.

Have a central “docking system,” preferably in your bedroom, where all electronics in the home get charged each night, especially anything with a cell or with wi-fi capability (remember when you were in high school and you would sneak the phone into your bedroom at Midnight to talk to your girlfriend or boyfriend all night - now imagine what they can do with the technology in their rooms).

If your son or daughter is attacked through one of these sites or through texting, immediately go to the police! Insist that they investigate every situation. Also, contact the site and report the attack to the site - they have an obligation to suspend accounts, or they are liable for what is written.

We as a school can offer guidance and try to build up any student who has been injured by the social networking scourge, but please insist the authorities get involved.

For online gaming, do not allow them to have the interactive communication devices. If they want to play Call of Duty online with someone from Seattle, fine. They don’t need to talk to the person.

The threat to your son or daughter from online adult predators is insignificant compared to the damage that children at this age constantly and repeatedly do to one another through social networking sites or through text and picture messaging.

It is not hyperbole for me to write that the pain caused by social networking sites is beyond significant. It is psychologically detrimental and we will find out it will have significant long-term effects, as well as all the horrible social effects it already creates.

I will be more than happy to take the blame off you as a parent if it is too difficult to have the students close their accounts, but it is time they all get closed and the texts always get checked.

I want to be clear - this email is not anti-technology, and we will continue to teach responsible technology practices to students. They are simply not psychologically ready for the damage that one mean person online can cause, and I don’t want any of our students to go through the unnecessary pain that too many of them have already experienced.

Some people advocate that the parents and the school should teach responsible social networking to students because these sites are part of the world in which we live.

I disagree. It is not worth the risk to your child to allow them the independence at this age to manage these sites on their own, not because they are not good kids or responsible, but because you cannot control the poor actions of anonymous others.

Learn as a family about cyber safety together at for your own knowledge. It is a great site. But then do everything I asked in this email - because there really is no reason a child needs to have one of these accounts.

Please take action in your own home today.


Anthony Orsini
Principal, BFMS

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Capri's Birth Story

They say no two labors are the same and this labor and birth was no different. I was having contractions on and off for probably a week. The night before I went into labor we went to a church activity and I was having contractions every time I walked. Not easy when I was chasing around a busy two year old. That night I knew labor was close and really all that week I thought I was going to go into labor on Sunday. Sariah was born on a Sunday and I really liked how peaceful the day was.

Saturday morning started early. My mom treated me to a spa manicure and pedicure at the beautiful Hoshall's Spa in Folsom. She met me at 8:30am with a Starbucks hot chocolate in hand for me. The women that did my hands and feet was wonderful. She had raise six kids and loved every minute of it. My mom, myself and the other ladies spent the morning talking about how wonderful and amazing childbirth is. My mom was such a proud mom and talked about being there for Sariah's birth and how proud she was of me. It was so empowering to be there with other women wishing me well and being so excited for the upcoming birth. It was two hours of pure much needed pampering and mom time!

Then I went home and spent the rest of the morning cleaning. All four kids helped out while Kirk was at school. By the time he got home I was to tired to cook dinner. So we planned on going out to dinner and then shopping. I was having contractions before we left the house but really I was having them all week so I was not sure if they were going to go anywhere. By the time we got to El Dorado Hills for dinner they were five minutes apart and when I walked they were right on top of each other. When I told Kirk he started to panic a little. With Sariah my labor went really fast and two pushes later she was here so he did not want to take any chances of having her in the car. We dropped the kids off with my mom on the way to the hospital and Kirk took this as his "one chance" to speed and let me tell you we made really good time to the hospital. I knew they were five minutes apart but I was talking and laughing between contractions so I was not to worried.

When we got to the hospital I was 5 cm and 95 percent but not in active labor. So once we were settled in the room Kirk and I went for a walk. I know it sounds weird but that night felt like a date for both of us. We walked the halls, danced during contractions, and enjoyed the stars out on the terrace. It was so peaceful. Kaiser likes to have the baby on the monitors for about 20 minutes every hours just to make sure. During contractions Capri's heart rate kept dropping but would then come back up. There was a few times that her heart rate stayed down for a little bit so I was on the monitors for awhile to make sure everything was ok. I spent what I now know as transition in the shower. Warm water really helps you relax during contractions. I have never tried it before so this time I decided to give it a try. I got really hot in the shower and when I got out I felt like I needed to use the bathroom. But I realized that it was my need to push. I tried to walk back to the bed but I could not walk. Capri was coming right then and she would not wait for such conveniences as a bed. I called for Kirk and told him that I needed to push. Just as he came in the bathroom my water was breaking and Capri's head was coming out. He was so funny, "the only thing he said was your waters breaking, on my that's the head". He then ran to the door and yelled to the nurses station, "HELP". When he can back she was half way out and then he turned to see if they were coming and turned back and I had delivered her. There was like four nurses and one doctor that ran in. They started laughing and saying, "Umm you know you are not suppose to deliver her in the bathroom right"? Her cord was wrapped around her neck so that explains the drop in heart rate. I spent the next few hours being completely in awe over this sweet new miracle.

Kirk has always given his new babies their first bath in the hospital. For some reason this was the first one I was able to see. He was so sweet and gentle with her.

Capri's birth was so calm and peaceful. Even after having three babies, each time feels like the first time when I hold them in my arms. We are madly in love with our new daughter and I pray that she will not be my last but I will enjoy her like she is.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

This is our style

Easter, 4th of July, Thanksgiving..... Where will you find my family? Winnemucca, Nevada of course.

Since I was five years old I have been riding quads. As a family we use to trail ride and then my dad found sand. Oh how we love the sand!

The boys in my family just took a trip to Winni and this is a video from their trip. They will be going again in July and this time they are having a helicopter tape it during their day and night rides. They are so funny. The music is a little crazy but they all have ipods on listening to this kind of music. I think the second half of the video is the best!

The only thing this video is missing is all the ladies in my family!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Our Miracles

Being a mom is the most amazing, rewarding, beautiful, challenging, draining, hard job I think there is. There is no 9am-5pm job here. It is 24/7.

I found out about a blog from one of my friends that has helped me through the hard times of being a parent to really put my life in prospective.

The story of this blog

A family went to church with their one child a little two year old girl. She was having a hard time in church so they decided to go home early. In the car the mother had given her daughter a couple slices of apple. She turned around to start the car and heard her daughter choking really bad. They could not help the little girl. They life flighted her to a nearby hospital and with emergency surgery were able to free the small piece of apple. But due to the lack of oxygen she died.

In this blog she talks about the grief she had and has losing her daughter, her struggles since then, how her faith in Jesus Christ has grown and her love for Him that give his life so she could live again with her daughter Lucy one day.

This blog is beautiful. It helps me remember how precious life is. How precious each moment I have with my kids. Since I read this blog a while back I do not mind taking 30 or 40+ minutes putting my kids to bed. Reading them that extra story or singing that extra song.

Since the day my first child was born, every single night when I go to bed I tell my Heavenly Father how thankful I am for my kids. I am grateful for everyday I get to spend with them.

May we all remember how short life is and enjoy those around us fully since we never know how much time we have with them.

Here is a website that she created. Click on the link to read her story and see a very inspiring video.

Here is her blog

Capri's first bath

For two weeks Myla and Sariah asked everyday when Capri's umbilical cord was going to fall off. It fell off a few days ago but it was at night and boy was it a big event when they found out. Myla has told everyone she sees including people at the store.

Today was the day they were waiting for the most, Capri's first real bath. She loved it! Capri even cried when I took her out.

She looks so little in this big baby bath tub.

Then fast asleep

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

knowledge is power??

They say knowledge is power but sometimes it just drives me crazy!

- Going out to get a quick bite to eat does not work for me anymore. I can't just go through a normal drive through. I know way to much about what is in the food or drink. I have to drive way out of my way, spend way to much money on a "better" choice and then just to think to much about what that food is missing or not missing for that matter.

- Meat, yeah I will not go there but let me just say all the old enjoyment gone.

- Buying fruits and veggies from the grocery store. Worrying about where it comes from, how far it was shipped, was it picked before it was ripe, what was sprayed on it?

- Feeling guilty for sharing a lemonade at Costco today with my girls. First that I was drinking it and the second what was I thinking to give this to my daughters. Especially when I see it says sugar free. Most people would see that and think oh good less calories or good no sugar for my kids. Yeah I start thinking about all the fake sugar that is in there that is even worse than real sugar. But I can't get the sprite because it has HFCS in it. So which is worse? Fake sugar or HFCS.

Really I could go on and on. I am realized that the more I learn about food the more crazy I get. I know the saying everything within moderation but I am a all or nothing kind of person. Sometimes I just wish there was a off switch and I could enjoy the ice cream sandwich my husband brought home the other night without over thinking it.
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