Sunday, December 28, 2008

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Seriously-We are SO blessed! Thank you for your generosity and sweetness. Our hearts are truly touched by family and friends that have offered words of encouragement, food and unexpected monetary gifts. It is not hard to find the true spirit of Christmas amidst this trial because Heavenly Father has sent his angels to bring us comfort and joy. I love my Saviour. I know He lives and am grateful for this time of year to reflect on the greatest gift that was given.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Thank you to the Christmas angels for doorbell
ditching an awesome Christmas dinner!
You are wonderful!!!
Utah, Arizona, Texas, California???
No-I'm not deciding where our next vacation is going to be, but where Ted will find a new job. Yesterday (a week before Christmas) Ted got laid off. This is a new experience for our family since they have reassured him over and over that his job was safe. SO WRONG!!! It's a good thing Obama is going to be president because I know he'll pay for my home, insurance, car payments. Just like he promised-right?!?
Okay-enough of the depressing stuff. We have seriously been blessed and I know that Ted and I have weathered much worse. Please pray for our family and if you hear of anyone need a landscape/irrigation designer-give us a ring! We love you all and are blessed to know you!

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Thanksgiving post and pictures will be coming soon! I'm waiting for the CD with pictures from my dad...hint...hint-
Here are some pictures to tide you over!

Noah ROCKS!!!

He was student of the month in November and got a cool award!

We also got to eat a donut breakfast. YUMMY!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Sorry-I've been missing in action and I wish I was missing in sleep.
Not missing sleep!

McKay took this picture and yes...I didn't have time to do my hair or ANYTHING!

She makes my day!

Can you believe he is 10?!? He is talking on the phone with his cousin about who knows what...but it's important!

She is SO beautiful! I love it when we sit down to read Judy Moody and eat Halloween candy.

Is he just not the cutest boy ever? I love his spiky hair and no front teeth!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Could these cousins be any more different and yet...

any more cuter?!?

*This is Tessa and Eden*

Saturday, October 11, 2008

She is the cutest baby EVER!!!

Thursday, October 09, 2008

There is a "rabbit" in the house!
Her name is Eden Ann and she now has the nickname my dad
gave to me because we both scrunch our noses.
SOOO cute!!!

Monday, October 06, 2008

Friday, September 26, 2008

TAG-Paul Mitchell Challenge
My sister Julianne attends Paul Mitchell Hair Academy in Rexburg and she's entering a contest. I want to say just a few words about her. She is one of the sweetest people you will ever meet in your life. She has had to overcome some SERIOUS obstacles throughout her life. When I think about the things that she has encountered, I am amazed at her ability to get through them. No doubt she is one of Heavenly Father's strongest and most faithful daughters. She is a loyal friend and tries so hard to bring happiness into the lives of those around her. Hair school means so much to her because it's a place where she can go and feel safe, feel confident in her abilities, and feel like she has a support system all around her.
(copied from my sis Loralee and I "amen" everthing that is said!!!)
Here's what she wrote:
Paul Mitchell is having a you tube contest that all Future Professionals in all of the schools nationwide are invited to participate in. And I really really really want to win!!! The grand prize is an all expense paid airfare, hotel, and dinner with John Paul Dejoria and Winn Claybaugh. So here is the deal. The winners are picked by the HIGHEST NUMBER OF VIEWS and HIGHEST RANKING. So here is where all of you come into play and your friends and family and their friends and family! You will all need to view JUST my video (don't view the other videos b/c then they get a vote as well) as often as possible and then rank it high!!! In order to rank it, you need to be a You Tube member-it takes just a couple minutes to create an account and other than the confirmation email, you don't get any other emails from them. You can view it as much as you want (please view it a lot) and then I would love you to tag everyone on your blog list with it. Voting goes from the time my video is uploaded until October 18. This is so important to me. Love you all!!!!!!!
So keep your eyes open for the link!which is right here
(and to make sure you have the right one,
her username is julijam421)
Just copy and paste this post and put it on your blog, then create a You Tube account and view, view, view!!!
Julianne would flip out if she won this contest.
***Voting starts at midnight tonight-Thursday***

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

*Eden's Stats*
1 month old
4 days of nursing "for real"
14.5" head circumference
21" long
8.4 pounds
1,256,463 smiles that she gives me!
I have to get a new battery for the camera because my kiddos are to darn cute to let a day go by without capturing them!

Monday, September 22, 2008

So...I finally worked out for the first time EVER and please call me in the
morning to see if I'm alive.
Don't call before 11 am though-that's when I get my best sleep!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The Biggest Loser!!!
SO...our family is doing the biggest loser competition which ends on the day where most people engorge themselves on turkey, pies, and mashed potatoes. I have come to accept this and the fact that my sister insists that we are running a "turkey trot" Thanksgiving morning. Don't even ask what a turkey trot is...exercise is a bad word in our family! But NEVER fear-let not your heart be troubled! I have already lost 34 POUNDS since Eden was born!!! Since we only started yesterday I have lost 4 pounds. You read that right! My family is shaking in their boots right now because I am so gonna win!
You see-I have the stomach flu on my side!
PS-Congrats to my Von and Lindsey! They just had a beautiful baby girl yesterday and dang it all-Linsdey gets to count those pounds-wahhh!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Would you like some fries to go with that shake?!?
This would be the first time in my motherhood life that I have had kids that really want to know how things work and get done when caring for a newborn. This has been a source of panic for me because I have the worst luck nursing and have had to pump 6 weeks with each kid before they would even consider latching on. Is Eden any different?
So, being the curious kids that they are, they have wondered for the past three weeks how Eden is getting "her" milk. We were all sitting on my bed and they asked AGAIN about the machine and all the interesting looking plastic pieces that I continually wash all day long. I finally told them that I pump the milk out of me and put it in a bottle so she can drink it. That answer was received with question marks in their eyes and Ted told them I was "like a cow."
...I'm just going to let that sink in...
There are a plethora of things wrong with his statement. First thing is that we don't live in the country where that would even make sense to them. They get their milk from a jug! Next thing is -you NEVER refer to ANY woman in a bovine nature. Third-it brought on a whole lot of conversation that didn't need to happen in our house ending with Noah calling me "milkshake!" He has no qualms with telling anybody who is listening earshot that Eden gets "milk from my mom's chest when she pumps it out." So sorry to the sweet family that came over for dessert and Bro. H. got the low-down on my "milking habits."
I sure hope nobody gets scarred for life from this!

Friday, September 05, 2008



Friday, August 29, 2008

Thursday, August 28, 2008

There could be so many titles to this entry..."Holy tidal Wave!" or "I'm in love with the Candy Man aka epidural guy" or "I should have ordered my epidural when then handed me the pitocin." I have a million of these so I just better jump right in a tell Eden's birth story-

It all started at my sis-in-law's house on a bright sunny day at 2pm. I had EVERY intention on getting all of my checklist done including buying the rest of Pack Meeting items and scrubbing down my house from top to bottom. Well, as luck would have it I stood up to go and I thought to myself-"Oh my goodness! I just peed my pants!" (That happens sometimes after having 3 kids and pregnant with your fourth...totally normal...really!) I went to the restroom and lo and behold my water had broken and Tori was thrilled! I was just waiting for the contrax to start and they didn't. Tori drove me to the hospital and we met up with Ted and I seriously couldn't get out of the car because it was a tidal wave! Ted looked down and was like "What the heck?!?" He found a wheel chair and we were off to triage. We get there and funny enough that they have to check to see if my water had broken-um-HELLO! I'm still gushing water out and they are doing there little litmus test strip on the many gallons of amniotic fluid that is coming out of me. At 5 pm they finally decide that this little one is not coming on her own and they need to give me pitocin. The first thing they asked me was if I wanted an epidural once they started and I said that I would prefer to do this no epidural and let me tell you...they were excited! I really mean that! They started the pitocin at a very small dose and told me that they wanted me to go as far as I could naturally. Did you catch that? "As far as I could go naturally." Red Flag!!! When the contrax starting coming I thought that I could handle it an then I had 5 contrax that were one on top of the other and I almost broke Ted's hand. I looked at him and whispered fervently "give me the epidural." I dilated from 4.5 to 7 all within those 5 contrax and heaven help me I couldn't imagine what transition would be like. Within 5 minutes the epidural guy was there. He was a no nonsense fellow and bam-badda-bing that needle was in and out. He had to work speedy because the contrax we on top of each other-CRAZY!!! It took everything I had to be still and was like sunshine parting on the water and the heavens opened up and smiled on me! About a half hour later I looked at the nurse and asked her to check me because there was So much pressure and she told me that she would in a little while because I just got my epidural. Even though you might have an epidural-the pressure is VERY painful and no amount of numbing medicine was taking that away. She finally checked me and her facial and eye expressions were enough to tell Ted and I that it was time. She said "You are completely dilated and she's coming. I gotta go-I have to call the doctor." She was out of there SO fast and within seconds there were a bunch of people in the room and I was doing everything I could to not push for 30 MINUTES!!! There were two residences there and I was begging them to just let me push and I will sign whatever they wanted me to sign to give consent to deliver. Finally the doctor flies in and WATCHES the resident doctor deliver Eden. After 5 pushes she was out with no tears or stitches. She hardly cried and she just looked around with big eyes. She also was smacking her lips and trying to suck on everything! She was so peaceful that we immediately knew her name was going to be Eden. I had a rough go of it in the hospital with a fever and all the drama and IV antibiotics that came with it. I had to stay longer in the hospital and nursing is NOT working...again. I will pump like I have with all of my other kiddos until she decides to latch on.

Besides that-she is amazing! She has brought such a sweet spirit in our home. I love to watch Ted snuggle with her and have the kids "hands washed and ready" to hold her. It is SO hard to put her down. We have been waiting for her for so long and we just can't get enough!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Eden Ann Finch
(more pics to come) . . . and details.
Baby and mom are doing well - and as you can see "resting"
Adrienne had to stay in the hospital for an extra day due to an infection+fever.
Please go to my sister's site for some very sweet pictures, etc. if you'd like.
Baby and mom should be able to come home today!! Yea!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Tomorrow is the BIG day!!!
The doctor scheduled my induction for the 20th and I'm trying not to freak out too much. I have been dilated to a three and thinned out and SO ready to have this baby. We spent much of our anniversary at the hospital with "false labor" and I do not want to do that here we are. Ted and I are amazed at the chance to have another baby in our home. Excited doesn't even cover it! We cannot wait to hold our beautiful little girl. I feel extremely blessed to be in our ward that is so giving and helpful. I have had dinner already brought in and I haven't even given birth. My friends are amazing!
I am petrified of the whole induction thing because I have gone into labor naturally every time before and I really don't want an epidural-I know CRAZY!!! I just recover a whole heck of a lot faster without it and if you really knew me-you would know that I am needle-phobic! Surprisingly-I have been pretty calm and haven't had a panic attack-thank you Zoloft! The one thing I remember from all my other labors is that I would constantly be bargaining with Heavenly Father. You know what I mean ladies!!! "Please-if I can just get through this...I will read my scriptures every day. If you make the pain go away...I will go visiting teaching TWICE a month. If you just let this kid be born right NOW....I will NEVER say crap again!"
That type of bargaining!
I wonder if our husbands do the same?
I wonder if it sounds like this-"If she doesn't break my hand...I will help change the diapers in the middle of the night. If you could just help her...I promise not to check on Mitt Romney's website every night. If you could just inspire her to get the epidural...I will walk on the treadmill every night like I already promised AND get up and get the kids ready for school...for a week!"
So without further ado-I'm out because-hello-I'm having a baby tomorrow!!!

Friday, August 15, 2008


Today is our 11 year anniversary and this morning we just looked at each other and smiled. I'm not that big into jewelry and gifts, but I am grateful when special days are acknowledged. That is ALL I want! I can't believe it has been 11 years and we are both somewhat sane with 3 kids and one due ANY day. The thing I love most about Ted is his desire to keep going. He does not give up and we need that in our lives. Did I ever mention how funny he is? He can be super corny, but let me tell you...our Cub Scout pack meetings are famous! I love watching him be a good dad. My favorite is when he reads to the kids and make all the different voices or when he imitates the SNL characters. I knew that when we got married our lives would be "funny." He is a crack-up and I love to laugh, but he can be serious when he needs to be and so very tender when things happen that require him to be sensitive. He is SO the better half in our marriage. I love the way he can roll his eyes at me to let me know I'm being completely ridiculous and hysterical and then try to kiss me and make me laugh even though I still want to be mad. I appreciate his thoughtfulness. He takes time in formulating how he wants to say things when I just blurt things out without regard to feelings. He is very patient with me and I am so not. When people tell me how much they love him and how great he is...I tell them I am so lucky that he's mine and I absolutely 100% agree!

I love you Ted!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Don't even ask!!!

Cardinal Vs. Saints Game

First day of School

First Day of School

I know that I am a WEEK late in posting this, but I am thoroughly enjoying myself! The day started out a bit rough because the kids could not get to sleep the night before. They were so excited and nervous. We got to school and I did a quick goodbye to McKay because he didn't want me to embarrass him...sigh...10 year olds! Then Kayte was super excited that she ran to her number on the concrete, dropped her bag, and ran off to play. Then it was Noah's turn. He got the new teacher so nobody knew where the number was so we all just stood by the Kindergarten section. There were so many little ones crying that Noah looked at me as if to say "Are you serious?!?" He was so excited that NOTHING was going to deter him from his happiness. He gave me a kiss and went with his teacher without a backward glance. I have to mention that Noah and McKay's classes are right next door to each other and I have this reoccurring thought that Noah will think that it is okay to visit his older brother. I told the teacher of the possibility and she made herself a note that if Noah was missing to look in McKay's class.

Fast forward to THIS week and Noah's response to school is "It taked FOREVER Mom!!!" The only thing that keeps him going is that I promised him he could take the bus. Other than that -he continues to have a love/hate relationship with his new life. Kayte has already had her first accident involving a pencil and her eyelid...oh and a runny nose. McKay is in heaven because he Mister social butterfly and is fully engaged with ALL sports during recess. I get all the stats when he gets home. All of them are dead tired when they get home and SO super cranky. I put them all to sleep at 6 pm-gasp!

I am LOVING my days and especially if I get a nap in, but I am too busy cleaning. Ted did not realize that "nesting" was an actual term and today when he comes home...he WILL be impressed. I have officially turned into the cleaning machine. Not to mention the organization! I have packaged all my kids clothes in Zip lock bags so all they have to do is take out a bag and get dressed in the morning. I hope this will solve a lot of headaches with my sweet Noah. He thinks that it is okay to wear his Star Wars Lego shirt every day.

I have my appt. tomorrow and they had better tell me that I'm more dilated then last week because I shouldn't be in this much pain if it's not doing something! There is a full moon on the 16th, so wish me luck! I will be happy when I get to hold my little girl baby! Enjoy the pictures-