Life with the oldest sister who loves theater and fashion, a boy who has Hypoplastic Left heart Syndrome, now Heart transplant and partial Liver from Aspergillius, but thinks fishing and electronics rule. The most amazing middle-child-sister-aspiring artist. Also, a girl and her Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome, Neuro Endocrine Cell Hypoplasia, Lumbar Hemangioma, asymmetrical gluteal cleft, Pectus Carinatum who loves littlest pet shops, American girl dolls, playdates. And one yummy baby brother who has a coarctation and bicuspid valve and thinks super heroes are the best.

Sunday, November 15, 2020

A few left over things in March...

Our washer died again... here's to hoping this one lasts more than 4 years.

This boy and his fashion... he doesn't like anyone to comment on it... but it kills me...
We started documenting some of the things you see around, now that Covid-19 has made such a statement. I am surprised by some things, other things I don't mind so much. I just have to remember there is something we are supposed to learn from all of this. 
The Gas station has the sweetest ladies who made inspirational posters and hung them up.

Eden Wrote a thank you letter to the doctors and nurses during Covid.
it says..

Hello, I am Eden Homer and my brother is Alex Homer or Gator and y'all helped him and he was born with half a heart. That was such a hard time, and now Corona Virus. Like, my mind is blown. (And trust me that doesn't happen a lot.) I like to draw, so that's the other paper. I really feel like the hospital is my family. You guys are a big part of my life. And you are my super heroes. Thank you so much. Eden!

Lucky for us so much could be done online... like piano lessons.
This line at Cafe Rio was insane... we waited for two hours for chips and Queso

the parks had signs and tape around them...

and just for a bit of happy I started planning my garden.

Everything shut down so we got a puppy...

 March was busy for us despite the Pandemic that shut down the nation. We were crazy with online learning, working on the house and because we like to be even crazier we decided it was finally time to get a puppy. I was struggling to say yes for so long. I knew that most everything would fall to me. The grooming, vet, make sure we have food so the kids can actually feed him, the potty training... would all be me. The rest I wasn't even worried about. I knew the kids would love it and want to hold it, take him for walks and even clean up the land mines in the backyard. I finally caved....

The kids were over the moon!!!

We had a huge family meeting to decide on his name. 

Final Choice is Milo.

He was born on Feb 5th and came to us March 26th

He is a F2b Mini Golden Doodle

His mom is named Honey and is a service animal

His dad is named Rex

There were 9 in his litter.

This puppy didn't even need legs because everyone carried him around for so long. 

The great Home-ie addition adventure part 1....

It feels like a millions years ago that we were building this house. In reality it was only sixteen years, but as we have expanded by five little Homies, various fish and frogs (all desceased), a kitten named Dot that found a new home, a puppy named Lola that found a new home, a tortoise named Louis that had to be given away after transplant, a bunny named Bunny Foo Foo who went to Gardner Village, and a pooch named Milo who has survived the chaos of our home now for 9 months, we needed some extra space.... Jeff is once again the general contractor. I remember when we first built out here... We were looking for locations and our first choice fell through. We were bummed but drove way out by the Copperton Copper mine. At the time there was only one main road to enter into the subdivision and hardly any houses. We were surrounded by wheat fields and often had antelope come down to feed in the near by fields, as well as red fox, hawks, rabbits, a big cat of some sort, and tons and tons of mice. Sometimes you would see the little guys run right across the road... YUCK!!! I was pregnant with Ry at the time but still trying to help. I would get my contractor knee pads on and crawl around on the floor stapling mesh tile backer to the floor. That huge belly almost dragged. The other workers would peek in the windows and laugh at me. All in good fun of course. Jeff and I spent many many hours out working on our home. Jeff's dad, my dad and brother Marcus were also super helpful when doing the electrical and finish carpentry.

This time around we have five helpers with various abilities, but willing learners. They have moved a lot of rock and dirt, have been on garbage duty (moving demo pieces to dump trailer), and are so happy to do demo. That is the overwhelming favorite activity. Who doesn't love to break things up?

The first thing we had to do was take down the stairs off the side of the house.

injuries abound... although I took this to show him that it wasn't bleeding. 

Then the covered awning had to come off the back of the house.

Whew that was hard work.

We also needed to take down our shed so that there would be enough room for the excavation of the basement. We tried really hard to save this shed, we put great big casters underneath and tried to move it to the side, but the whole shed started shifting the wrong direction and nearly fell off the foundation. We decided to go a safer route and have our neighbor knock it over with the tractor. Loved it. 

But first.... We had to take down all the supports, remove cabinets, and take out all the stuff.

Look at those little hands from when we built it!!!

This wraps up the first edition of the Home-ie Additions adventure. Hopefully part two won't take me 9 months to write.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Rolling with my Homies

We are so lucky to live by schools who offer computers for the kids to work on. This is definitely something that the kids never thought they would do in their lives, but how lucky are we that it is possible.
finding the groove has made it a lot easier. I also think maybe since I have to sit with each little kid for a while that I am getting a refresher...
Ash is practicing writing... He also learned the phone number song and the address song. Once he learns both he gets some Lifesavers.
After the earth quake we had a hard time getting the two youngest to sleep in their own beds.

We needed a little fun in our lives. To a hair dresser that means everyone haircuts. We cut 5 inches of MayLee's, 7 inches off Eden's, trimmed the boys, and Ry a trim and some blonde highlights. I totally needed a haircut too... Since I have never given myself a full haircut before I did a couple of google searches and watched some Youtube videos, plus also, I am a hairdresser so I understand the basics. I wouldn't recommend doing this for everyone, but I think I did a pretty darn good job. I can probably manage from here on out. 

This Sunday we decided to go on a drive to see temples.. We are smiling in the pictures, but there were a lot of potty breaks and whining... despite those small things we had a great time.