Saturday, July 31, 2010

Quick Couple of Pics...

Here is our little guy before church Sunday. His hair is the longest it has ever been (I absolutely LOVE it! I love combing it on Sundays and I spiked it when we went out shopping Thursday but Daniel is d-y-i-n-g to cut it short again. Sigh...)

Who doesn't love a delicious peanut butter and Nutella sandwich? I'm pretty sure he just licked the bread clean.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Beach

About 3 weeks ago we went to the beach! It was Jack's first time at the beach and it couldn't have been more perfect! We went with Shelly and her girls and had the best time! Our little set up was perfect, the weather was absolutely perfect. There wasn't much of a crowd and the water was pretty mellow. It took Jack a little while to get used to the sand and the waves but once he did he had a blast! Thanks, Shelly, for being a super hostess to us. We MUST do this again soon.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!!
We spent the 4th lazy, napping and lounging around the house.
But don't you worry - we partied hard Saturday night!
We had a delicious potluck dinner at the new Wild Florida fishcamp and enjoyed a beautiful fireworks show (well, Daniel and I enjoyed it. Jack - not so much)
We snapped some family picks while we were at it.
Here you can see a scared little buster. He didn't cry at all, just had a death grip on us the entire time. I secretly enjoyed getting squeezed by my babe.

He finally took a peak at the sparkler, but it was short lived.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Jack's First Trip to the ER

It's been 2 weeks and 1 day since we had to take Jack Jack to the ER. I could have blogged about it earlier but I just wasn't ready. I think enough time has passed that I can keep my composure while retelling the story.
It was the day before father's day and we (Jack and I) were getting ready to go to the grocery store to shop for the father's day feast the next day. I was in Daniel's office getting money from our gun safe and he was standing next to me, apparently with his finger in the safe's door jam. I closed the door (unknowingly of course) and (here is where it gets hard) had to reopen the safe to retrieve the tiniest little tip of Jack's finger that had been pinched right off. He was screaming, bleeding all over, I was freaking out, panicking. I called Daniel and he was just putting his airboat in the water (luckily he wasn't already boating or he wouldn't have heard the phone ring). He said to get in the car and meet him at the hospital.
What a whirlwind I was! Grabbed my boy, with his little tip of finger on ice and drove faster than I ever have in my whole life. I was motivated by my little boy, still hysterical in the back seat. On our way Daniel called and said to meet him at the turnpike entrance, we were going to Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital in Orlando rather than St. Cloud Hospital. When we met up with Daniel we, together, wrapped up his finger a little bit to stop the bleeding (the bandaid I had applied earlier was long gone) and Daniel gave him a blessing that he would be calm, comfortable and feeling no pain. And the trip up to Orlando was peaceful! He wasn't crying anymore and was even a little cheerful.
We got to the hospital and had a great experience with the entire staff of medical professionals that served us. It was a really good experience there. They x-rayed and examined him, cleaned him all up, wrapped his finger up, taught us what we should do and sent us on our way. His entire nail was intact, the bone was fine and just the pad of his finger was gone. The doctor said the skin would grow back and the finger would be just a little shorter than it normally would but that he'd probably never notice a difference in it.
He is doing just fine. He was just fine since the blessing. Never seemed to be in any pain. It certainly hasn't slowed him down! Keeping the finger wrapped has been a bit of a challenge but for the most part he keeps it on just fine. We are down to just a bandaid now and besides being a little purple and scabby, his finger seems like it will make a full recovery.
Of course you can see how for awhile I was racked with enormous guilt. I'm doing better about it now and realize that I was blessed in many many ways that day. It could have been far far worse.
In many ways my testimony has been strengthened because of this experience. I have become closer to my Heavenly Father through prayer. I saw the power of the priesthood before my eyes. It is real. I was able to recognize and use one of my gifts of the spirit in which I knew that Jack's finger would heal just perfectly. And I can testify that Christ can truly take our pains and burdens from us. Can I also mention that earlier this week, as I was buying a few more first aid supplies, I ran into a women from church who had just shut her grandbabies finger in the car door accidently. It had split the nail and she just didn't know what to do, it was bleeding a lot and she didn't know if she should take her to the hospital, she didn't think there was anything they could do. And I knew exactly what she needed to do. I think she left there feeling confident and I felt like my experience was all part of a plan - sort of.

Here are a few pictures of my little trooper!

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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Need to document

Jack and I had the cutest of "conversations" in the car yesterday. I was saying various words and he was repeating me, which is so fun to finally hear him talking. He says things like "all done, mom, dad, hi, bye bye, night night" (we added pico to the vocabulary just today!)

And after reading Elder Bednar's last conference address about bearing out testimonies to our children I thought I'd take the opportunity since we were already "talking" with each other. I was telling Jack how much I loved him and even as much as I loved him there was someone, Jesus Christ, who loved him even more! And even more than that, he has a Heavenly Father who loves him the most! And as I said Heavenly Father, Jack quickly folded his arms like we were saying a prayer! It was the most adorable thing a mom could see. And so incredible how much he knows and understands. That's my sweet little reverent boy! (ha ha to those of you who really know the busy bee)

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