Monday, April 14, 2014

Blessing Day

Yesterday was perfect. Luke had the privilege of giving Briony and Milo a name and a blessing in sacrament meeting. We were joined by our family members and friends and I was so touched by the sweet blessings that Luke gave our babies. They were beautiful.
For Briony
*He blessed her that she would be a strong daughter of our Heavenly Father
*A good example to her brother, Milo and Oliver and her parents.
*He let her know how grateful we are for her
*He blessed that she would be able to feel the spirit and that she may be guided through prayer and receive the answers she seeks
*To find a worthy companion to be sealed to in the temple.
*He blessed her that she may be able to bare children of her own and be a wonderful mom and raise righteous children
*That she will get a strong education and be able to provide for her family
*He let her know that we love her.

For Milo
*He blessed him to be a strong example to his family, his twin sister, older brother and parents.
*That he could watch over his sister, protect her and be a good example to her.
*To have the desire to be a missionary all his life and the to serve an honerable full time mission
*To pray often and search for the true and right things
*To feel the spirit and receive answers to his prayers
*He blessed that he may be able to find a companion to be sealed to in the temple
*He blessed him to have a healthy life
Like I mentioned, we were joined by so many we love. 
Luckily the weather wasn't as bad as it could have been and the luncheon was wonderful. I only wish I would have taken more pictures. 
Loving our babies.

We truly feel so much love for all three of our children (even though Oliver isn't pictured). I feel as though I have been so blessed in this life to be able to call them my own. I am so grateful for the family I have been given and for the gospel in my life that teaches us and promises us the rich blessings of the plan of salvation. Today, I couldn't help but feel so much love for and from everyone and especially my Heavenly Father. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Here is the insta-update for the past week or so. Again, so much happens that I instagram and I never think to blog about I just insta-blog.
Enjoy...and this time with their original captions and hashtags.
Amy is so nice to watch these babies once a week while I go to work. It's a good thing too because they have told me that they love her.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Memory Monday 3

Sometime in the year 1984
Age 1-2

It goes without saying that I was a chubby baby, and I mean chubby. One of my mom's friends always said that she loved my chubby legs and just wanted to take a bite out of them. This particular friend had mentioned to my mom that there was a baby pageant coming to The Salt Palace and that she should enter me in it. So my mom did.

1984 at its finest. How beautiful is my mom too.

I believe this was the swimsuit competition of the pageant

Formal wear and in our crowns. 
One of the things that I love about looking back on these pictures was that everything was home made. My mom was so talented that way. She always made our dresses, made sure our hair was always done and we were always clean. I recognize that in just about all my child hood pictures. 
I love that I was getting a snack of some sort here. Gotta stay fed...I may wither away.
Waiting for the awards

I ended up winning 2nd place for beauty and winning 1st place in my age division for "Chubby Champion". 

I never lived that down and from then on out, I was nicknamed "chubby champion" from my family.

30 years later. 

My mom doesn't remember much about the pageant so I am glad that we still had these pictures and that we kept my trophy's after all these years. 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Soccer Season

Oliver started soccer this week and we couldn't be happier. He needed something active after being cooped up all winter long. 
On Thursday, we got to meet his team and his coaches and they had a practice. Oliver was so excited to go to  this and you could tell he was having so much fun. His coaches were great too.
His first game was on Saturday. He has a really good team with a lot of active team mates which will be great for Oliver to learn from. 

His team ended up winning 11-1. 
His team mate, Trey scored 7 goals. Oliver scored 1. Hudson scored 1. Henry scored 1 and the other team scored in their own goal.

I'm so proud of their team. Go Blue Royals!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

2 Month Stats

We took the babies to see the doctor for their 2 month wellness check up. They got weighed and measured and we were surprised that they {especially Milo} didn't weigh more, but they are still very healthy and getting very chunky. They also got their first vaccinations. The oral vaccination caused them both to puke all over the nurse. They both had to get a second dose. They both cried hard when they got their little legs poked, but Milo especially lost it. It was so sad to see them cry so hard, but we couldn't help but laugh at those sweet helpless cries {sounds terrible, I know}. I asked the nurse if a lot of parents cry and she said "yes, all the time." When we asked her if any laughed, she said that this was the first. Poor babies.
Milo had a hard time the rest of that night. Every time he moved his legs, he would cry the saddest cry...I was not laughing anymore. Poor little guy. Briony on the other hand, did just fine. She acted as if nothing had happened.  
Head Growth Chart {Briony}
Length and Weight Growth Chart {Briony}
10.13 lbs 26%
22 in length 29%
15.2 in Head 37%
She is our little girl and we love how dainty and girl she is compared to her brothers. Love her so much. 
Head Growth Chart {Milo}
Length and Weight Growth Chart {Milo}

11.75 lbs 45%
22.5 in length 27%
16 in head 60%
In a nut shell, he is short and fat with a big head. I love every squishy part of him. He's turning out to be just like his big brother, Oliver. 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Memory Monday 2

February 21st 1993
Age 10
It was nice enough to be outside playing on a February afternoon so that's exactly what Luke was doing. Luke had a neighborhood friend over named Greg Johnson and the two of them were playing with the tether ball pole that afternoon. The pole was pretty much just a tire with cement in the middle and a pole to make it stand as a tether ball anchor. They decided to tip it over and make it into an axle with another spare tire they had. So between the two of them they tipped it over. With Luke at the heavy base, Greg let go of his lighter side to pick up the spare tire so he could put it on his end of the pole. He let go and when he did, the pole snapped up and it landed right on Luke's leg trapping him between the heavy cement filled tire and the ground. Luke screamed out in pain and Amy came running. She pushed the cement tire off his leg as she pried his leg free. Luke told them to call 911, but they decided to run and get their neighbor, Joyce who is a nurse first. Joyce came running and between her and Cade, they picked up Luke, put him in the back of the car and drove him up to Lakeview hospital. When they were picking him up, his leg bent and they could clearly see that it was broken. Larry and Holly were at the temple that afternoon, but no one knew what temple they were at. At the time, the Bountiful temple wasn't built yet so his parents could have been anywhere. They had to call the Ogden, Salt Lake and Jordan River temples to try and locate them. Since Cade was 18 at the time, he was old enough to sign the waver so that they could put Luke in traction. Luke was in the hospital for 3 weeks and four days and in a {half} body cast for three more weeks.

Luke always liked to eat golden grahams for breakfast and really didn't like the hospital food.

They had to put one long screw about the size of a pencil through his shin bone. They hooked it onto a pully system so that his leg wouldn't heal short. The incision from where they inserted the screw would itch so Luke would use a Q-tip to scratch it. 

The Johnsons let Luke borrow their Nintendo so that he could play in the hospital. 

The following morning, Looney Tunes were on the TV. The episode that was on that morning was of Sylvester the cat and the dog torturing each other. They also had broken legs and were in the hospial. 

Luke was in a lot of pain. He would have muscle spasms that would cause his broken bones to tap each other. 

But he had a lot of visitors over the course of his 3 week stay. Here he is with Greg and Dana.

And Amy making a beautiful Veigel face. 

When Luke got home, he was in a half body cast where he sat around for three more weeks. He loved playing this skateboard game.

He spent most of the time on the couch playing more Nintendo. He never liked to go out because he was embarrassed about his cast. He didn't even let anyone sign it. Someone in the ward made him the candy graham poster in this picture. 

When they took the cast off, it hurt to bend his knee and his leg itched like crazy. He had a little bit of nerve damage and his leg was slightly bowed, but it straightened out after a little while.  For physical therapy, he would go walk in the water at the bubble and to help increase his range of motion in his knee, he would bend it in a tub of hot water.

This was the only bone that Luke ever broke, but he sure made it count. He broke it on February 21st and was on crutches for a while, but on May 23rd, his birthday, he was able to walk on his own.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

2 Months

(Briony was in the middle of crying in this picture and Milo couldn't stay sitting up)

At two months Briony and Milo are:
-Sleeping on average of 4 hours a night. They have gone 5 hours a couple of times.
-Wearing 0-3 month clothes
-Milo weighs more than Briony, but we're not sure how much until their doctors appointment coming up at the end of the week
-Milo is in size 1 diapers. He is getting big.
-Briony is still in new born diapers, but we are almost out of those so she'll soon be in size ones as well
-Milo eats about 5 ounces on average
-Briony eats about 3 1/2 on average
-Milo has gotten a lot better about not crying
-Briony has started crying a little more, but shes still a good baby
-They both love the swings
-When they eat, they still keep their tongues on the roof of their mouth so it still takes a few minutes to get them latched
-Briony now spits up more than Milo. Clearly he is loving his food.
-Briony snorts when she cries and Milo whimpers. We can certainly tell their cries apart now
-Their nails grow super fast
-They don't mind having baths
-Milo smiles more than Briony. There have been a couple of times where we have been talking to Milo and he has smiled at us.
-Their eye lashes are now noticeable and i love seeing them grow long
-Briony is such an alert baby. She has a piercing stare and sometimes furrows her eyebrows when you talk to her as if she was thinking you were crazy. I love it.
-Oliver is convinced that they love having the music on in the car...he may just be right because every time they cry in the car and I turn the music on, they stop.
-They toot all the time
-They love being snuggled
-Went from sleeping with 2 blankets and a beanie to just 1 blanket a no beanie
- Milo gets sweaty all the time even with just a light muslin blanket. He is just like Luke and Oliver in that sense.
-We have taken them out in public and to families homes more often...but still not very much
-They are both happy babies and we love watching them get bigger and fatter everyday

I really can't believe that it has been 2 months since they arrived. We love them so much and love having them both in our family. Soon we'll be blessing them and taking them out more and more as it gets warmer outside. We have been pretty paranoid about taking them out in fear that they might get sick. I'm sure our families and friends are sick of it, but as long as they stay healthy, that's all I care about.