Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Really?!? Here's to the over-achievers!

For the past few years, my sis has been gracious enough to host a FHE where we carve pumpkins. Let's just say the creative competition has gotten a tad fierce. Like over the top... But in a fun, non-"your the loser for a year" if you don't win kinda way :/ !
Just as long as you are the winner...

This is my brother Jared's pumpkin. He didn't even have a template... I have a love/hate relationship with artistic people. Wish I was in that club.
Jaret pulled out the heavy artillery for Brady. Skill-saw... gotta get me one of those!
This is my Sadie's pumpkin! She did most of it herself. Impressive? YES!
Jon-boy is well, just plain hysterical. Loved that pumpkin!

And this is Mikes.
Again, NO template.
First vision.
Makes me feel unworthy.
Thats all.
I'll be going now.
Hope you all had a Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Where to start....

Busiest summer ever!
We had fun, played hard,
became beck and call gardeners,
vacationed, relaxed,
chased, snuggled
and laughed the summer away!

We saw fireworks, rodeos,
cousins, friends from across the country,
grandmas, great uncles,
frogs, fish and parades.

Glad things are slowing down just a little.
these kids are growing faster than i like.
and time is flying.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Froggy Friend

Thanks to our friends the McKee's, Parkers life long ambition of owning a frog has come true. He has been trying to get me to take him frog hunting for quite some time and I would if I knew where to find the little guys BUT since we have this one I am safe.
Isn't that a face only a mother could love? He is kinda cute and I am not opposed to holding him either. He makes a chirping noise and has been a good little pet for the boys.
We are going to let him go so he can be free again soon- I don't want his demise on Parkers shoulders.
But for now we will enjoy our newest little friend.

Sadie's Summer Dance Recital

She did such an awesome job! They all did-
For those of you who know them, Maizie, Mollie and Quincy are in here too but the wigs make it hard to tell who is who. Watch for Sadie with the white exercise ball, Maizie with the skip-it, Mollie with the jump rope and Quin with the heeleys.
This dance was so creative and funny!
Sadie has won "Best Showmanship" two years in a row now because she is so crazy with her facial expressions. Where did she come up with all of those faces?!?

For those of you who need a great dance studio that doesn't get into competitions (THANK YOU NATASHA!) check out Limelight in Payson. They are great!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Spring Fun!

Late, i know but here's the scoop on our sPrInG BreAk!
Started off at Training Table... Yummy!
Then headed to the Kamas Pool!
You may think to yourself, yeah that is out of the way (even i was wary about driving an hour to swim) BUT let me just tell you how awesome this place is. It had a kids climbing area, waterslide and that super spongy bottom that doesn't tear up your kids piggies. We loved it and had to pry our kids out of there. The water was a perfect temperature even for mr. miles!
There was also a high dive (blast from the payson pool past) and miss sadie LOVED it!

Monday, May 3, 2010

not ready...

~i LOVE this picture~

it was taken at the smithsonian in dc
it was the ONLY place sadie wanted to go on the trip
she loved it

i love that she loves to learn
i love that she follows her heart
i love that she is so dang smart

someday it might not be cool to love to learn
someday i might have to fight her to do her homework
someday she might choose boys over books

i am not ready for someday

Thursday, April 22, 2010

my boys...

oh how i love these boys
even though they may bite....
...sometimes they "love" to much
and have mischievous grins...

i don't know what i would do without them.
so, lets hear it for the boys!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Bumps and Bruises

Woah! What a day! Sadie and Megan collided on the swing set... OUCHIE!
Black-eyed Sadie wasn't very thrilled. Apparently bruises don't go along with her outfit.

DRAMA! DRAMA! DRAMA! and it was all for April Fool's Day! Gotcha!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

I have a 10 year old?!?

Sadie-B-Bug is TEN!

What a race of a decade-
SCARY how fast that went...

Here are my top ten favorite memories of you (so far)

1- when you were about 6 weeks old you showed us your talking skillz in the back of the car and babbled on for a good 20 minutes to nanny cowan...
2- when you were two-ish you developed your bionic nose and could be brought out of a deep sleep by ANY smell
3- when you were three and we took you to disneyland to meet belle- the sweetness in your hug and "i've waited my whole life to meet you" made dad cry
4- "i need to tell you sumpthing", "no touching my" and "snapping turtle"
5- your singing - to ANYONE who would listen... "wonderful female, wonderful day" from zippity do da and who could forget -- opera A, B, C's?
6- your no fear attitude- be it a two story water slide, rip roaring roller coasters or tubing behind the boat- you are the first to volunteer...
7- my girly girl in dress-up clothes spinning in a circle
8- the day you "called" nanny on the cell phone and talked to her for 10 minutes before i realized that you really did call her and she really was talking back
9- the way you used to rub my ear when i would hold you- people would beg to hold you for that reason- it felt so good!
10- my spelling b champ! what a proud day!

I could go on but those are some of my favorites! I hope you have a great day!
Happy Birthday to my Sadie Lady Drama Mama!

Monday, March 22, 2010


Lately I have been thinking about moms in general-
what we do
how we do it
and why we do what we do...
I love being a mom but sometimes i wonder if i am doing it right
or if my kids will need years of therapy to undo the damages...
There are plenty of things that weigh me down, wear me out and make me want to scream BUT then i think about my mom and all she did and still does for us.

See that amazing sunday dinner spread?
My mom makes this almost every week for at least 30 people.
That is 20 pounds of potatoes, peeled, boiled and mashed with just the right amount of butter,
it is also 10-15 pounds of the very best roast that you will ever eat and don't forget 5 pounds of carrots (cooked with the roast so the are SO good), peas and corn for the sides. Then add the BEST GRAVY EVER and hot out of the oven rolls and you know what you've got?
A Sunday Dinner that is made from the heart and a memory that will last a lifetime.
My mom is AWESOME and someday i hope to be just like her-
and i hope that my kids will look up to me like i do her....
I love you mom! ~~ Jill

Monday, March 15, 2010

SnOW fuN!

Since Spring is being shy and won't stick around, I thought that I would share
some fun SnOW pICturES!
The kids were so excited to play in the fresh white cold snow!
Maggie, Parks and Walter the Dog
Teej thought that snow balls were for eating, not throwing.
Sadie Lady knows better than to throw that at the woman who makes her food...

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

4 Months!

Miles is 4 months old- how time flies!
He weighs 12 and a half pounds
(He was 13 and a half but lost a lot when he was sick)
Smiles non stop!
and loves to watch his brothers play!
He is such a sweet boy!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Not for the Faint of Heart

Poor little TJ and his burned hand!
This was the first time that they changed his bandage, 2 days after the pro-chef decided to cook. They are a little out of order but they show the gory details... I know that some of you may have seen these on FB so sorry if this is overkill... I just have mommy guilt about this.
The second degree burns go to the middle of his palm and the blister on his pinky wraps around the back of his finger. The sagging skin at the bottom of his palm is another blister. All of the blistered skin that will have to be cut off, anyone want to come to that appointment???
He had first degree burns up to his elbow. They have healed almost and don't bug him very much
What a trooper! He was good until they had to wash the burn then it was all down hill. They have his hand wrapped in non-sticking bandage, gauze, an ace bandage and then some of the stretchy sticky stuff that looks like casting material so that he won't damage it or get any infections. He looks like he has a broken arm. He will probably have to be bandaged for about a month.
Man I hope he gets feeling better soon. He is so sweet and doesn't deserve to be hurt!

Monday, January 25, 2010

20 Days of FUN!

Seriously! The Stewart's have had a hard 20 days.

Many of you know that I have been really sick but it seems that our family can't catch a break.
It all started on the 4th of January...
Miles had his 2 month check-up which went smashingly well until his little man parts got checked- the Doc thought that he had a hernia which is apparently "not a big deal". He had me make an appointment with a Urologist. No sweat...
Then came his immunizations which were OK we thought. Two hours later his little leg was swollen from his knee to his thigh, felt fevered and had a big nasty purple bruise in the center. It looked like he had been hit with a baseball and would cry out in pain if you even touched the carseat that he was sitting in.
Back to after hours clinic we went... Miles had a reaction to the immunization and to add insult to injury, the nurse had hit a vein or gone to deep into the muscle which caused the big nasty bruise. We had to keep him doped up on Tylenol to keep the little squirt from hurting. Poor little baby!
Tuesday my troubles started. I didn't feel well and thought that i might be getting a sinus infection. My awesome OB called in some Amoxicillan and I thought that was that. I wish I could be so LUCKY! Wednesday I got the shakes so bad that I couldn't even dial Justin's number on the phone, it had Parker so scared that he was looking at me like I was a stranger in his house. By luck, my little sister Marilee called and she came over to help. We called the Doc and they told us to go to the instacare cause their schedule was full. At the instacare we were sent to the ER for more tests to be done. I had a fever of 105 and they couldn't figure out why. The ER said that it may have been a sinus infection but not likely and ran more tests which all came back with nothing to alarming. They gave me fluids and pain meds and sent me home. Fun use of $75 for the copay I thought...
Then came Saturday- I had still been fevering to 103 every time the drugs wore off and now to add to the fun had a few more *ahem* problems to add to the mix. Lets just say those problems had to do with my "nether regions" and I will spare you the gory details...
Back to the ER we get to go. Yeah I love this place and all of the weirdy people that one might encounter there. And oh did i mention we got to pay another $75 co-pay?!? So lucky!
More testing, a lower blood count and nether region problems = lucky you- you get a free pass to be admitted but I didn't want to- I have 5 kids and a newborn that doesn't appreciate bottles that well. So they gave me some morphine and in exchange I gave them comedy relief (i guess that I am a lightweight when it comes to drugs and i was saying funny things- i disagree but can't remember anything..) The ER doc said if I left the pic-line (IV needle) in my arm and came back in the morning for a blood test i could go home and that we wouldn't have another $75 co-pay. He started me on some really potent antibiotics which meant that I had to pump and Miles had to be on formula. Hooray! I am sick, have a fever, a needle in my arm and now I get to pump for 20 minutes and still make a bottle for my baby. Thank goodness for my mom and sisters. Miles was very well taken care of. That in itself was OK until I read the drug disclaimers- The first one said "has been shown to give animals CANCER" and the second one said something to the effect of "Weakens tendons which may snap". Lucky- i am so excited to take these!!
Sunday we went back to the ER. When I got back into my room (by now I have my own) all of the nurses and staff that I entertained all came by to see if I was on Morphine today cause they wanted a laugh. Sorry- no comedy today. Just more "nether region" problems and a blood test which went lower. The ER doc talked to a specialist and after a lot of torture and things that I hope to NEVER experience while I am awake again, he said that I needed a Colonoscopy to figure out what was going on. Could be cancer, crohn's, colidis or a fluke- I'll take D please, fluke sounds just fine to me... and ps colonoscopy's are for older people- sicky! They said that i could/should be admitted again but i politely declined and went home but not before they asked for another $75 CO-PAY! Jerks!That's $225 in three days...
Monday I got the Colonoscopy which was loverly. I was asleep thank goodness. They did a biopsy and to the Doc it looked like it could be Colidis but the fluke one- YEAH BABY! follow-up will tell for sure.
Tuesday- Sunday i was really weak tired and sick still. I can't believe how many people stepped in to help our family out. THANKS!!
Next week...
Monday - me getting better everyday
Tuesday at 2:00 AM Parker came in our room. He said that he had a sore throat so we gave him a drink and that seemed to ease that.
Wednesday at noon Parker decides that he doesn't want to eat cause his throat still hurts- yep, you guessed right, STREP THROAT! ugh.
Thursday- my follow up appointment- blood tests and biopsy differ, one says Crohn's or ulcerative colidis and the other says neither. I am still going with FLUKE!
Friday the 24th AM- me still getting better every day and Miles has his appointment with the urologist. Yep chalk up one more- he has a hernia, which thank goodness they will watch for now...
Friday at 5- TJ decides that he will become a pro-chef at age three and finish making his Ramen Noonels (as he calls them) ALL by himself. 2nd degree burns all over his hand and 1st up his arm. REALLY?!? You should see it... OUCHIE!
Saturday we just watched and waited for something bad to happen...
Sunday we haad to take Teej in to have his burn washed and the bandage changed...
and today is Monday.. PRAY for the stewarts!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Thanks to you....

Sometimes, just when you think that you are getting back into the groove of life, you get knocked flat on your butt. That happened to me and I was down and out for two weeks. These are just a few of the people who stepped in to help me and my family out.
I don't know what my kids would be wearing or eating with out my mommy. I don't deserve all that she has done for us but I GREATLY appreciate it!
Rex had taken on the job of two busy non-stop boys every day from 9-5. What a great grandpa!
My sisters were there to take baby Miles and make sure he was OK. I think that he has been spoiled!
...last but not least JUSTIN for everything from a shoulder to cry on to trying to make me laugh when i wanted to curl up and die. How did I get so lucky!?!

Thanks to you all. I feel so blessed!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Best. Outfit . Ever!

Funny day! Teej wanted to go out and play in the snow.
I told him that he needed to get his snow clothes on first so he wouldn't
be cold and so he did. How cute are his little white legs?!?
You gotta love the boots!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Happy Birthday Megan!

Happy Birthday to our sweet little girl!
Here are 8 things that we love about you!

1- Your SMILE! I love that your whole face smiles when you are happy
2- Your smallness- you are so tiny and sweet
3- Your BIG heart. You can't stand to see other people sad
4- Your determination. You can do anything that you put your mind to
5- Your HeLpInG hAnDs! You are always such a good helper
6- Your Curly Hair- I love that it gets curlier when you are mad!
7- Your hugs- You give the BEST hugs!
8- Your notes. I love, love, LOVE to get your notes! They make my day!

Hope that you have the best birthday ever!
We Love You!