Thursday, May 31, 2007

A Boy is a Joy!

"Don't cry because it's over -- smile because it happened." -Mary Engelbright

Well, we can hardly believe it, Sam graduated pre-school today! He is getting big so fast, it seems like just yesterday he was a baby. Today when I took him to his practice for pre-school graduation, he asked me "what am I doing here because I am in Kindergarten now."

And he is such a big kid now, although he has always been big and is even as tall as some of the second graders in Kaela's class. I have had several people remark to me that he is the tallest preschooler ever, which I guess is a combination of his late birthday and Brough genes. He is doing big kid things now too, taking out the trash, playing with Karissa, talking Mom into doing 100+ piece puzzles (and encouraging me all the way, telling me I'm really good at puzzles, even though I'm not). He is also reading so well, and loves spelling words he sees to us so we can tell him what they say. We are so proud of him and love his ability to make us laugh and smile every day. What can we say, except he is our only boy and we just love him and all of his mischievousness so much.

I think Kindergarten makes you realize that kids really do grow up!! And in a way it makes you long for the sweetness of the time in life when your children need you so much (although I feel like I am never leaving that stage). But, growing up is also exciting and wonderful and a whole new stage in parenting. I am so excited to see Sam's little personality emerge even more as his social world and opportunities expand. Parenthood really is a laboratory of learning and changing emotions and stages -- which often helps you step back and enjoy the moment while cherishing the past.

So, here's to the next stage of Sam -- learning and growing and changing, I can't wait to see what he can become!!

On a lighter note, Sam is also finishing his first season of T-ball this week. Any parent who has been involved in T-ball knows how comical (for the most part) watching four and five year olds try to pay attention during a T-ball game is. Sam and his teammates spend the majority of the game picking grass and throwing it at each other and putting it everywhere they can think of (inside their cap, inside their teammate’s cap, in their shoes, shirt, pants, etc). When we were leaving the baseball park the other day Sam asked me when he was going to play on the big fields (meaning the ones they were playing baseball at, with the diamonds and that are mostly dirt). I told Sam that he had to learn to pay attention before he could play on those fields. He quickly responded back, “Mom, I will be able to pay attention – there is no grass there.” I was glad to know that Sam’s attention span, or lack there of, had nothing to do with him, just the grass!

Sam's proud parents!

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Getting Started

"If you can dream it, you can do it." -Walt Disney-

Okay, so creating a blog is something I've had on my to do list for a long time. My main excuse for putting it off was our old dial up connection - but now we have DSL -- so here we go!! It seems that with everything that goes on in with our family, a blog would be a great way to keep everyone posted on our lives. I have been inspired by so many of my creative friends and family that I just had to start! So a few updates on our family as of late:
As many of you know, Richard was diagnosed with a hole in his heart earlier in May. His Dad found out he had this condition last November and since it is genetic, Richard was tested. He went through several tests to see if he needed surgery to close the hole -- and it was determined that he needed it. They mostly perform the surgery to prevent a stroke. So, last Tuesday Richard underwent surgery to close the hole. The hole in his heart was 12 mm and an ASD (I'm still not sure what all that means) and the hole ended up being larger that his Dad's. Needless to say it was a good thing he had it done. It is quite an amazing procedure, outpatient, and the device that closes the hole was able to be placed through a catheter in his leg. He ended up having to stay a night at the hospital (because of the size), but is as good as new. All I can say is that medical technology today is truly amazing, and besides a sore leg and not being able to lift anything over 50 pounds, he is doing fabulous. We feel blessed that he was able to be diagnosed before he had a stroke. Kudos to our wonderful family members who pitched in to watch the kids (Ethel, Ashley, Mom)...we couldn't have done it without you.

We also had a fabulous Memorial Day weekend. We can largely thank my wonderful Mom for that - since she took our kids Friday night. We enjoyed having dinner with the Elggren's (a couple from our ward) and also went to see Spiderman 3. We almost had a peaceful night's sleep until I got a charley horse in my calf in the middle of the night (I love being pregnant!!!). Richard thought I was going into labor from the intense pains I had, I would almost say that charley horses are worse that labor. He has made me eat bananas every day since. We also were able to attend the temple. We could hardly believe the amount of things one can accomplish childless! But, nonetheless we missed the kids and were excited to see them when we picked them up Saturday. I can't give my Mom enough thanks for the wonderful break (I am trying to talk it up a lot so another sleepover can happen sometime in the future!). We also enjoyed watching the Jazz game with the Maylett's (some of our longest and greatest friends) on Saturday. We enjoyed BBQing with Joey's family and a brunch on Monday with Richard's family. We feel so blessed to have our family members so close to us, we love them so much.
So, I think I have gone on long enough for my first post. I am so excited to get started blogging. Check us out once in a while!

Pictures from Memorial Day

Grandma, Grandpa and Kaela enjoying time together

The family!