Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Adele's Birthday

So Adele actually made it to her second birthday. She thought she was so wait, she has always thought she was so special. I guess extra special is the correct way to put it. We had cupcakes with my Mom and the family, and opened girfts. She got this great doll that was big for her to dress with hard plastic clothes. She also got a pretty princess dress. My Mom always picks the best things for her. Here are a couple of pictures of her opening her presents and the dress on her. Pretty cute if I say so myself.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Christmas tree by the Koon kids

This year for Christmas I gave up. I decided that I could mostly control Liam, Evelyn, and MyraJean but there was no way I could control the master of deception otherwise known as Adele. So there are Christmas ornaments from my childhood, and from Clifs and my early Christmas's but no breakable items were going on this tree. Hence, the tree was decorated for the children by the children. Still a very happy occasion by my kids if you ask. I needed a nap after the tree celebration. Here is the cute picture of my kids and their handiwork's.

Christmas pictures

My sister and her husband took some great pictures of my family. She should quit her day job ad just take pictures right! Thank you so much Sumer and Stephen!

I had to post some of them. Enjoy!

MyraJean and Evelyn (in that order)
My sweet son that took such great pictures and posed well
What can I say, her smile says it all!

A cute one of them all.

Thanksgiving and Snow

So this year with all the crazy drama that seems to envelope our house, we decided to have a very private and small Thanksgiving. It was nice though, there was snow the entire week before Thanksgiving so the kids played in the snow and we had a nice time.
I am so glad that I bought the kids new snow coats this year. This is Evelyn in the garden playing with her siblings. She is wearing my thick socks on her hands like the other girls. I didn't really believe that we would get any snow so I just got coats this year. Next year they will get mittens too.
MyraJean in her pretty pink coat. Once again, notice the cute grown up socks on her hands
I had one pair of gloves, Liam got to use them. He played in the snow every day while it was here. I think his highlight of his Thanksgiving was being able to play with Clif on Thanksgiving in the snow.

This is the only other thing my kids wanted to do during the Holiday. We had paint on the kids, walls, floors, paper, ceiling, and any other place in throwing distance. It was so fun for them but really crazy for me.

Here is a good one of Evelyn. At least I had enough foresight to not let them wear their good clothes while painting.

Does he look like a painting Master?

This doesn't show the aftermath but they all had a really good time while they were warming up from being outside.

And I wonder what therapy is going to cost

The picture quality isn't the greatest, but it is so funny. I know that we will never have enough money to fix the damage we have done to this kid. Still, she is so funny.

Funny stories before I forget

This is a collection of stories that I have been trying to remember to blog, life has been busy, so sue me.

Story 1: MyraJean came and told me Liam was getting into stuff he wasn't supposed to get into. I got after him and this is what I heard.
Liam to MyraJean "You have a BIG mouth".
(Funny to anyone knows him, since he has no control of the amount of words that come out of his mouth)

Story 2: Liam came up to Clif and I after church and was talking about some old teachers in Primary class. Now for the background, church would not be complete without Liam asking Clif if he was going home teaching that Sunday. Liam looks forward to the Sunday Clif needs to take Liam with him as a companion.
So Liam gets into the car and asks if Clif is going home teaching. Clif says no. Liam proceeds to tell Clif about these Sunday school teachers that he once visited (One of Clif's families are a couple that teach in the primary). I am trying to listen really closely because he gets hard to understand when he talks fast. But he kept telling Clif that he tried to ask this couple if they were going to be home for home teaching. They didn't understand him and so he told them he would get Clif to call and explain our schedule. Basically my 5 year old was trying to set up his dad's home teaching appointment, since Clif was not doing it quick enough. It was really funny.

Story 3: Liam was in my bedroom last week watching TV when I was trying to get kids down for a nap. It was really quiet and I started to panic. So I hollered at him about what he was doing. He said he was watching someone talking to God on TV. Obviously I was seriously confused and concerned and rushed back to my room. He had changed the channel to 77 and was watching a TV Preacher. I explained that the preacher wasn't really talking to God and we didn't watch those shows. He got confused and I told him the only people that really talked to God on TV was President Monson. He got wise and said "Oh so he just thinks he is talking to God and it is all in his head ?" What else could I say but "Yep". Glad to have cleared that up.

Story 4: Liam was at his friends house the other day. His friend didn't want to wear his shoes with socks. They were going outside to play with snow and my friend Kathy heard Liam say to his friend "Well if you get cold and you won't wear socks, then don't come to me whining and crying when your feet get cold." Wonder where he got that?

Story 5: Last night I was taking what I felt was a very much needed hot bath. My bathtub is really old (like 70 years) and has no insulation around it. So I fill it a little bit, like less than an inch in the bottom, with the hottest water, let it cool down and then let it out. I then redo the process. I know it sounds crazy but I need a hot bath occasionally, like 3 times a week.
I was irritating Clif and so as a joke, Clif went down to the basement and turned off the hot water. I yelled that he wasn't funny and you could hear him laughing all the way upstairs. Well Liam had come into the bathroom to see what the fuss was about. I told him that his Dad was not funny and played a joke by turning off the hot water. Liam very serious said " What do you mean it isn't funny, Dad is laughing". Touche.

I am sure there are more, but I can't remember. I am lucky that I could remember these.

Pumpkin patch

The pumpkins in our garden was being mauled by the squirrels so we headed to the local pumpkin patch with the kids for them to pick out their pumpkins.

I know this didn't come out well, but it is one of the only ones with all of them holding their pumpkins and as you can see they were thrilled to get their own.

The cute twins trying to figure out where to go first to pick out the perfect pumpkin for our front porch.

So this one is my favorite since their personalities shine through the picture. Happy Halloween and Thanksgiving.

Halloween Pictures and stories

No, I did not forget Halloween this year. But it has been a rough couple of months. The day that we were supposed to get the kids all dressed up, happened to be the same day that Clif had his appendix out.

This is how is all went down. Imagine a day with me, my Mom, and my sister all going clothes shopping for my birthday. It was like any other Friday that Clif had off, except that for two days Clif kept saying that his stomach really hurt and he wasn't hungry. I know that would mean nothing for the lay person, but in Clifton speak, it meant he was dying. The first and second day I just kept at him saying he needed to go to the Dr. since I thought he might have an ulcer. He had had these pains before but never this severely and not this long. By Friday he was hardly moving around on the couch, and I left him with the kids while I went to shop for my birthday.
It was a great day and I really had fun. I enjoyed my family and getting a ton of very much needed clothes for my birthday. I called and checked in with Clif a couple of times and he was just sitting around. By the time I got home at 4 to take Liam to soccer practice, Clif really looked bad. Still he just said he was ok and he was feeling better than he had in the last 2 days. So the whole family got in the car and went to the park, while we were there Clif thought about looking up the symptoms of appendicitis. He had all the classic signs and decided to call his Dr about what to do. The Dr. recommended him to get to the Dr's. in the next 24 hours, and Clif didn't tell me any of this until we got home, close to 6 that night. So I started to panic and started calling friends to see who would watch the kids while I took him to the ER. Finally I got smart, called my Mom who agreed to watch them and headed to the hospital at 8 pm.

Once there Clif said, "I am fine, I just want to go home". I did not believe him, he would turn completely white when people touched his belly. A couple of hours later and some tests revealed that not only did he have appendicitis but it had started to rupture which is why it didn't hurt as bad as it had in the first couple of days. So Clif spent the entire weekend in the hospital and I took the kids to the Halloween party without him. It was to be a relatively easy procedure, the Surgeon would go and pump him up with CO 2 gas. Then laporscopically go through his belly button and two other places with a camera and pull the infected appendix out. It went longer than they thought since the infection had started to move outside his appendix. But we were also blessed since Clif was in good shape, the infection was kept in a small enough place that the surgeon did not have to open him up completely.

I got home to my kids at 2 in the morning. Liam did not get to go to his soccer game and I was tempted to not do anything else either. My mom convinced me to take the kids to the yearly Twin Halloween party. Needless to say, the kids wore whatever costumes that I could scrounge from my sister and Mom. Clif did recover well and was back at work by Wednesday but I was pretty traumatised and so Halloween was not a large deal this year. Hence the one picture of the kids.