Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween 2009


Boys in the car with their Candy!



Aiden


Liam


Mommy and Liam


Fireman Liam!


Corwin as Snake Eyes!



Aiden's version of a SPY!



My Special Ops Team!


Liam at Apple Annies Orchard Willcox, AZ

Another Liam Saying!!!

So the other night Liam is laying in bed trying to go to sleep, he tells Ben that his water has turned to milk and it is Yucky! Ben calls me in and Liam tells me the same thing. I was laughing as I walked out the room.
The only explanation that I have is, that Liam HATES milk and that his water was not FREEZING COLD so he thought that the warm water was really milk.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Liam's Version of Rock, Paper Scissors!

Liam calls it "ROCK A BABY SCISSORS!!!"
He only picks rock and scissors too! I love it!

Monday, October 19, 2009


MY CAR




THEIR CAR

Continued....

10/5/2009-The next day I go to see our car. I am sad. I have had some good memories in that Suburban with my family. Good family vacations and long trips to everywhere in Southern Arizona!
I take a few days off work to feel better. It is hard to move my neck and is more sore some days.
10/6/2009- My sister Karyn flies in Tuesday night to help our family out. The Relief Society has meals set up for our family for the week. This helped us tremendously to get me back on my feet again.
10/7/2009- Happy Birthday! Not so happy. I am thankful for all the love that friends and family shared and showed for me this day, but I just wasn't feeling that Birthday spirit this year.
10/08/2009- The car is totaled. Their car is totaled.
I opted to take Defensive Driving Class Online to prove to myself once again that I am a good driver and that accidents do happen. I am still trying to cope with the fact that I did this.
10/10/2009- I take Corwin to his Soccer Game. He starts to complain about his back hurting. I am worried that he has done something to it while in the accident. He was laying down in the back seat when we crashed. I take him to the ER and tell them that he was running different than he normally does and that he said it really hurt to jump on a trampoline at a friends house the other night. The ER Dr. acts like why did I bring him to the ER. Corwin says he's fine and we go home. A few nights later our family doctor calls and wants to get Corwin in for an MRI, he says that kids backs don't just hurt unless something is wrong. We are scheduled Thursday October 22nd for the MRI.
10/12/2009- I pass my Defensive Driving Class with only missing 1 question out of 55. I am feeling some confidence. I am driving again, my neck is not so stiff anymore and the pain is not as intense. I am nervous at driving. I am worried about every move I make and every move others make. It will make me stronger and a better driver I keep telling myself.
This week I wake up with Laryngitis. The boys and I just ended our Fall Break and then I go back to work with no voice. Lovely. Maybe next week I will wish for a BAD WEEK and then all will go well, Right?
So far that is the case. As I left work Friday, I told everyone that I am going to have a Bad Week next week. I was able to go to work today and work my normal shift! Yeah for Bad Weeks this week!
Sorry this is so long... I wanted to document this time in my life. I am glad that I blog, because I don't journal.
Thank you Karyn for coming to help our family. Thank you John for bringing your family down to visit and drive Karyn home. It was such a nice time to visit with each other. Leanne thank you for getting together with us for October Birthday Lunch!
Love you all!!!

A lot in a short amount of time!

I haven't looked at my blog in awhile. When I first opened it up I noticed that the last time I posted was Friday night, the day before "IT" happened. The week before I was dealing with Aiden who had the Flu, so I had missed work almost the whole week. I finally returned to work Friday and my last words were, "Next week is going to be a great week!" My famous last words for awhile...
Saturday October 3rd, I decided to take the kids up to Tucson to see Toy Story 1 & 2 in 3D! We met Ben up there and the kids had a good time at the movies. Liam didn't like how the 3D glasses fit on his face so he opted to watch without his glasses!
After the movie we decided to get some dinner and Ben wanted to do some birthday shopping for me. I took the kids to Toys R Us while he stayed at Target and shopped. I went back and picked him up and then drove him back to his work to pick up his car and drive home. Aiden chose to go with Ben that night and Liam and Corwin stayed with me. I asked Ben if he wanted me to wait in the parking lot with Aiden until he brought his car around and then we would leave together. He said, "No, Aiden can come with me and you just go home." So I left and was heading home. While driving I had a thought about what if I wrecked the car and drove off the road, would Ben notice as he drove by that I was in a field off the side of the road. It was a strange thought. I let it pass and kept driving.
I got to the intersection where I was to turn left and get onto I-10 and head home. There were 2 cars ahead of me and we were all stopped at the red light. The light turned green, the two cars turned, I followed suit. Instantly I saw the other car heading right for us and realized that we were going to be hit. The loud crash, the smell of smoke, jolted me from my seat. I jumped out, ran to the backseat and pulled Liam out of his carseat and frantically yelled at Corwin to get out of the car! We were safe on the side of the road. Then I noticed that the other cars driver was not able to get out his vehicle. I ran over to him with Liam in my arms and noticed that the doors to the vehicle had been smashed in. I yelled to him to get out, jump over the driver seat and GET OUT! I had smelled smoke and feared that the cars would catch on fire. Luckily, it was only the smell of tires and brakes. I ran back to find my cell phone. To call 911 and Ben. Surely Ben saw this happen. I look around and he isn't anywhere. He was suppose to be following me home. I call him and he has no idea. He had turned right and was heading to get gas. He quickly turned around to come help with the kids and me. I sat down with the kids by my side and hugged them and held them tight. Crying, angry, confused, full of adrenaline.
A Border Patrol agent came down the on ramp. He headed for the other car. No one was around. All of sudden Border Patrol cars came from every directiont o help. They all ran to the other car. I was panicked. I thought everyone had gotten out of the car. Why is everyone over there. Slowly the agents were helping two occupants out of the vehicle. All I could see was that they were limping and being helped over to the side of the road.
All I could think was how could this happen? What happened? Had I made a mistake? Did they run a red light? I was thinking over and over and over. I could imagine myself at that light, I can see the two cars in front turn, I can see me turn, but I can't see the light in my mind. I can't tell you if it was a solid green and they had the right of way or did I have a green turn arrow and I was protected to turn.
Finally someone comes over to check on me. I tell them I am fine, the kids are fine. The only thing that hurts is my left thumb. I ask about the other people and they say "Due to confidentiality we cannot talk about the other people". I don't care about confidentiality, I want to know how the people are. This frustrates me so much because I feel for them and that I may have caused them to hurt.
The officers arrive and start to ask questions. I can go through the motions with them until I turn, and then it's gone. My memory is gone. WHAT COLOR WAS THE LIGHT? WAS I PROTECTED OR NOT? I am still haunted by this, I can't seem to come to terms with this because I can't see it in my mind.
Ben finally arrives after the officers escort him over with Aiden to the scene. By now my neck is throbbing. I can't move it and I am shivering. I am in shock.
I opt to go to the hospital to get checked out and make sure that everything is ok. I am thankful that Ben was there to help with the kids. What a scary thing for them, and to see all the lights and sirens must be so surreal.
Luckily everything checks out ok at the hospital and I am free to go home. I had a bad case of whiplash and contusions where the seatbelt was and where the airbag hit me, when it went off.I ask again at the hospital about the other people in the car. All they could tell me was that they were not critical or life-threating and that they had been taken to a hospital as well to be checked out. As I walk out, I ask Ben if it is my fault and he says, "Yes". I start to cry. I cry hard for those other people that I hurt. Not intentionally, but I caused pain to other people. This breaks my heart so, because I feel for others. I do not want to cause pain on anyone. I want to make it right.
All I want is to get my kids and go home to my bed. Dan and Gretchen were kind to come take Corwin and Aiden and offered for us to stay with them in Tucson, but I just wanted to go home. I wanted to go to sleep and wake up and it be all over. Unfortunately, it was not a dream at all.
The next day, I am processing everything. It is still not believable that this happened.
I am still worried about the other people. On my accident report I have their phone number and names. I want to call, but something inside tells me to let it be. I am afraid how angry they are at me for what I have done. I opt not to call them. I still wonder and worry.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Sleeping


Apparently when the adults go to bed early on a Friday night, the kids are left to fend for themselves and get themselves to bed. This is how Daren found them before he went to bed.

Cochise Stronghold & The Chiricahua's

Daren was in college the last time I visited Cochise Stronghold and Chiricahua's. He didn't come to visit with his family that year in 2006, and then he was serving his mission when his family moved to AZ.
So he got to go exploring Southern AZ while here visiting and working for me (babysitting and Weed Puller)!!!
He went to Tombstone, and realized that it is a Tourist Trap! Then we ventured to Cochise Stronghold for some hiking. Since moving to Benson I have had probably 10 rattlesnake encounters on my property. I am not fond of this and so I am very cautious. While hiking I was a nervous wreck the whole time the kids were climbing on rocks and going off the path. I had to leave quickly because my stomach was churning that someone was going to get bit. I realized that I have never been to Cochise Stronghold in late September and so probably nothing to worry about when I have been there before. Needless to say, we didn't see a snake. PHEW!
So off we drove an hour away to see the Chiricahua's. I love this place! If you ever come to visit, chances are I will take you here because it is such a Spectacular sight!
Back to the last time I visited and why it had been so long! 1st is we moved to Benson, so we aren't as close as we used to be when we lived in Willcox, and 2nd, Corwin wandered off on the trails, right before dusk, and I was so panicked that it would get dark and that we would not be able to find him. There are animals that live in these rocks and he was only 5 at the time and how could he survive out in the wilderness by himself. I started yellling his name, and he wouldn't yell back. I was running up and down and PRAYING really hard that he would be found. I think about 15 minutes of sheer panick, he finally showed up at the parking lot, like nothing was wrong. Needless to say, I hugged him so tight and cried tears of joy.
Back to my day with Daren. I had a LONG talk with the boys about staying together, not getting too far ahead, and telling me exactly where they were going. Liam was in a death grip hand for awhile, he didn't seem to want to venture too far from mom. Which was a good thing for me. I only prayed once this time, when the older boys took off back up the trail and there were several other trails leading other directions. Luckily the boys stayed on the right path and Daren was quick to run and catch up with them to make sure they were safe. Thank you Daren for being so quick!
We had packed a picnic and enjoyed seeing the Mexican Jays surrounding us. Daren took Corwin and Aiden to a presentation on the Erickson's Homestead and how they ran a resort like place in the Chiricahua's.
Then we went up into the mountains to go exploring. This was such a fun trek. We ended up hiking down about 1 mile and then had to trek back up. All the boys loved this. Liam did pretty good for walking most of the way. On the way back though, he wanted to be held most of the time. I look at this as great excercise! I need to do this every week to strengthen my muscles and get back in shape!
We had a wonderful time here and the only thing the boys said they would do over is to make sure that their Dad had a day off so we could go again with him!
We have plans that on our next day off together as a family we are going to go hiking somewhere!

Corwin's 9!!


Make a wish and blow out the candles! Pictured: Aiden, Corwin, Natalie, and Spencer's friend Sarah!



Corwin is going to be Snake Eyes for Halloween!



Corwin's new favorite book series "Diary of a Whimpy Kid" and favorite movie of the day "Bionicle, The Legend Reborn"

This year was Family Birthday! I asked Corwin what he wanted to do for his birthday and he said he wanted to go see, "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" in 3D. Have Spaghetti for Dinner, take brownies to school and have a chocolate cake!
So we did!
Corwin's birthday was on Sunday this year, I asked him if he wanted to celebrate on Saturday and even open his presents on Saturday. He said SURE! I explained that there wouldn't be any presents on Sunday if he opened them Saturday night. He was fine with that, and he was so good about it Sunday!

Water Balloons


Daren had the oppurtunity to entertain Liam while I went to work. They got very creative in their ideas!
Here is Liam trying to throw water balloons on Daren!
Notice the saggy drawers, apparently that is a cool thing to do even at 3! :-)

Simpson Bowling Alley

In our house we have a very looooooooooong hallway. The boys have tried to make forts, play basketball, have races and other sorts of things to entertain themselves! The other day Cousin Daren came to visit and he turned it into a Bowling Alley for Liam. I love it!!!! Thanks D!

Running down the hall


Releasing the ball


STRIKE!!!!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Liam's Story!

This summer in Boise Liam told us a very interesting story that happened to him..... He will deny this when he gets older!!!
So Ben's mom loves to make Fruit Salad in the summer as often as possible and we love it too! Liam loved the fresh fruit and really liked the blueberries. So one night after eating fruit salad Liam had to go to the bathroom, so I took him in and he discovered something....
He told me that he had swallowed the blueberries and that they went in his tummy and then down there! He was so excited that he had bluberries!
The next day he woke up and went to the bathroom and said, "Oh, their not blueberries anymore, their marbles!!!!"
I love kids and their sayings!

Gibberish

Today Ben was trying to get Liam to get his shoes on! Ben started talking to Liam in Spanish and Liam would repeat gibberish with his tongue sticking out thinking he was saying what Ben was saying! This went on and on until I got the video camera out. I tried to get the conversation on tape and Liam stopped.
So here is the small piece of tape that I did get.
video


Here are some photos, they are not real clear, but show a little of the rash!
Aiden woke up with a rash last Sunday morning! Ben and I were trying to figure out if it came from the pool or from the sheets at the hotel. Aiden has very sensitive skin and so we were thinking that it probably came from the sheets at the hotel because they use harsh chemicals! Well, that's not what happened.
After a couple days in Tucson we came home and took him to the Dr. The Dr. was completely stumped to what it was until we mentioned that he had been in a hot tub. Right away he said that it was Hot Tub Disease or Folliculitis! This is a Parasite that lives in the hot tub because of lack of cleaning and having the right balance of chemicals and PH! So if you own a hot tub make sure you drain it and clean it out completely every six months, and make sure your chemicals and PH are balanced!!!
The Dr said that this kind of rash is a waiting game. There is nothing you can do about it except lather up in Hydrocortisone cream and take Benadryl!
When Aiden first broke out, it was all over his body except for his face, head, hands and feet. Today (5 days after his first break out) he woke up and it has spread all over his face and neck, and some on his hands and feet.
None of the rest of our family got this, thankfully, but our niece Shae broke out a couple days ago just on her chin and arms! It's a very strange disease.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

My Dyson Vacuum

This is silly, but I have to post about my new vacuum!
The other day I was having Corwin use my new vacuum. While using it I was teaching him about all the cool things it could do. Corwin said, "Mom you are very happy that Grandpa and Grandma bought this for you, aren't you?" I responsded quickly and said, "They didn't buy it for me, but they let me use their Senior Citizen Discount!"

While in Idaho Kohl's had their All Floor Dyson vacuum's for $100 off original price! We thought that that was a pretty good deal, until we saw that Senior Citizen Day was Wednesday for 15% off! They were also running a special that for every $50 spent, you would receive $10 Kohl's cash. Then we opened a Kohl's credit card to save an extra 20%.
So with all our savings my dad and I ended up spending $530 on 2 vacuums! I like to say we got 2 vacuums for the price of 1! Then the following week we were able to take the $120 in Kohl's cash and let my mom go shopping for new clothes for herself!
I love deals and I love my new vacuum!!!! One of the best features of the new vacuum is that Ben actually vacuums now! He said that now that I have an awesome vacuum, he will vacuum!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

4th of July


I almost forgot to post about our FUN 4th of July! Our family had the oppurtunity to go to Beaver, UT to meet Ben's mission companion Joe, and his wife Andrea (who served in the same mission), and their family! What a great time we had. We had a BBQ and then their neighbors put on a great Fireworks show. We sat right under the fireworks! For a small town and a few donations they kept us entertained!
It was so nice to be able to reunite with them after 15+ years! Thanks for the great memories and we hope to make this a tradition!

Now a plug for their Restaurant: If you are ever in Beaver, UT you have to go to the Timberline Restaurant! It is located behind the Chevron right off the exit! Joe is a Master Chef and he and his dad own this family restaurant. Ben and I love the food! We loved the food before we knew it was their restaurant!

Liam's 3!!!!!

Where has the time gone?
I remember late night talks with my friend Rebecca about when we would have our last child. We wanted to get pregnant around the same time so that we could raise our little ones together. We had dreams of spending every week at the park and swimming at the Cove.
Where did that time go?
Rebecca and I both had little boys about 3 months a part and rarely saw each other that first year.
Now 3 years later I am in shock that it went by so fast.
I am afraid to blink for fear that all the boys will be gone! I have cherised every minute with my boys because I know they don't stay little forever.
Happy Birthday Liam! Here are some pictures of how fast time flew.....

Boise Summer Trip 2009


FAMILY PICTURE JUNE 2009

OK, so I just typed this and had all the pictures in place and somehow it all erased! SO now you get whatever version I can remember!!!

Our family gets the oppurtunity to go back to Idaho for 3 weeks every summer. We try to pack all we can into our trip because when we return to Arizona we are bumps on logs because of the HEAT!

The first week we arrived my niece Sarah was getting married in McCall. What a great time for all of my family to get together! We were only missing 1, David, he is serving in Mexico on a mission. We missed you Dave! Thanks Sarah for a GREAT excuse to get together! Congrats Sarah and Josh on your wedding... and the arrival of your first baby!


The second week we decided to entertain the the Simpson cousins by going to a new business called Monkey Bizness. What a great way for the kids and (some) adults to slide and climb and jump on inflatables! Liam and Aiden and Corwin all really liked the Climbing Wall!


Here is the reason why adults should be really warned about going on these things!!!
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While we were there we had to go play in the water! We were able to go to Cascade Lake and play and the following Saturday we were on the Main Payette River having the time of our lives!
Notice how calm Aiden is after going through a major rapid!
We are hoping in the next few years to start taking weekend trips and eventually go on week long trips!


Here is Corwin in my parents backyard playing with the ducks that fly in everyday to eat and play in the bird bath!


Grandpa Simpson signed up the boys for swimming lessons while we were there too. Aiden went 1 day!! The next week was Payton's birthday party and so we went to a Public Pool called Ivy Wild. It's a great place for the whole family. They have a kiddy pool with toys and slides and 3 larger slides for older kids and adults to ride. Last year we took the kids there and they went down the spiral slide all by themselves, this year, Ivy Wild changed their policy that all kids had to pass a swim test, all the cousins failed. What did swimming lessons teach our kids?

When we go home we have certain places that we have to eat. My 2 all time favorite is Chicago Connection Pizza and Fanci Freez for a Boston Shake (Milkshake on bottom, Sundae on Top).
My favorite food that I had there was my dad's AWESOME Reuben Sandwich! I am not one to like Reuben's, but my dad is an amazing cook and he can make one mean Reuben. When we lived in Boise, Ben would mow the lawn for my parents and my dad would pay him by making a Reuben. Ben was very happy with that deal! We ate out at a lot of different places, but my dad's cooking still is the best! Thanks Dad for awesome meals!

The best part of our trips is spending time with our families.
We had the oppurtunity to spend time with Ben's grandparents. Their time is near finished on this earth and we enjoy the memories we make with them when we go to Boise.
Thanks Mom and Dad Simpson for letting us crash in your basement for the whole time!
Thanks Mom and Dad Pehrson for letting us come over every day to visit and play and eat your yummy food! A SPECIAL THANKS goes out to my mom for doing our laundry consistantly!!!!

Thanks to our friends there for letting us see you and get caught up on life!

If I forgot I anything I will add a Boise Summer Trip 2009 Part Deux later!!!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

After C-notes own haircut. He got the mommy treatment!


This may or may not be #3. I am still bracing for another big one!

Today when I came home from work Corwin ran up to me and gave me a great big hug and was so happy to see me. I took one look at him and this is what I saw..................................................................

#2

So this past Sunday, a week after the car broke, Ben's brand new "TV" went on the fritz! He was MAD! I was so glad that it wasn't the kids or me that broke it. We think that the fan went out. Luckily it is so new that it is still covered by warranty. I think in a way that this is a blessing. If we can live a week without a TV why not go the whole summer, or maybe even a year. I will have to up my Netflix limit so I can stay sane. This would be good to be able to save that $ that we spend each month on Satellite! Oh, Ben just informed me that we are in contract for a year so we have to wait until September to cancel. OK so that won't work! As Ben says, "A BOO!"
So back to the broken TV! We have had to come up with some of our own entertainment and this is what Ben videoed today!
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Oh the things that kids come up with to entertain!

Things come in 3! #1


So last Sunday Ben's Chevy Aveo finally died. It was a great car that was only suppose to commute 60 miles a day, but when Ben got a transfer it became 140+ a day. This car was used and abused. We were glad that it was paid off and that the gas mileage was around 38 mpg. We were hoping for it to last one more year so that we could have the Suburban paid off before we got another car. Not the case though when the mechanic called to say that the Timing Belt had broke and probably ruined the Engine for good. I was not in a good mood for sometime. The car was not even worth enough for us to fix it. So off we went to go car shopping. Oh joy!
By Thursday night he found his dream car (for now). It better last a long time!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Simpson's Got Talent

video
Warning: This is Cheesy!
The boys had a Talent Show at school that they really wanted to be involved in, we didn't have anything prepared in the short notice, so Ben said we could do our own Family Talent Show! As you can see Liam was the only one prepared that night to show off his talent. Maybe if the rest of us find our hidden talents we can post those too!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Awesome Family Ski Trip!!!!


Up at Sundance, Utah

Kendra, Aiden, Ben, & Corwin

Ski Lessons

So Ben and I had the oppurtunity to take Corwin and Aiden up to Sundance and go skiing. Ben had been up with his dad and brother to the Canyons earlier in the week and said the snow was melting. I was a little hesitant about taking the boys, afraid they would be miserable. We enrolled both boys in ski lessons so that someone else had to listen to them complain!!!! They did really good in ski lessons so after lunch we took them on our own up the chair lift and down the mountain. Corwin and Aiden LOVED it. The great thing is, they want to go back. Ben and I were so proud of our boys!!! We can't wait to come back next year and take Liam too!

Aiden and Corwin on the chair lift. How fun!!