February 25, 2009

Utah Trip

We made a last minute decision to go visit Ben's Mom over Valentine's weekend. We recently found out she has breast cancer and we wanted to spend some time with her before she started her chemotherapy. We had a fabulous time!!! It's probably my most favorite trip we've taken to Utah. Sadie was well behaved on the plane rides, we stayed healthy the whole trip (although we have all been sick since we've returned), we spent lots of time with family, we saw Julie 9 months pregnant, it was relaxing, and a lot of fun.

On Monday we all went tubing, even Sadie and Jadyn. I have video of us taking her down the hill but I'll have to post it later because I am having 'technical difficulties'. Here are a few pictures from the day:

The next day Kimmy, Christy, and I went snowshoeing up around Ben's house in Heber. It was a surprisingly fun day. I felt like a kid again, just out exploring. Actually, it kind of turned into a photo shoot - that's what happens when a bunch of Meyers get together. Here's some tokens from the day:

The day after that Kimmy and I went to snowboarding. I only fell once but it was a nose dive at full speed. For a moment I thought I was going to be paraplegic because I heard all the bones in my neck crack. I layed there for 5 seconds thinking, "Please don't be paralyzed, please don't be paralyzed"! Luckily, once I got up the nerves to try, my toes did move.

After snowboarding Kimmy and I went out to dinner at Costa Vida, which I love! Then we went for ice cream at the creamery. It was such a fun day. I've always regretted that I never had any overlapping time with Kimmy and Christy at college. This day was a little glimpse at how much fun we would have had. We probably would have spent all our time together and become socially awkward and introverted and lived lonely lives because we never would have dated, so maybe it's a good thing we're separated most of the time but we sure have fun when we are together.

We sure had a memorable trip and we were sad to see it end, especially knowing the rough times Cliffie will have over the next four months. Ben and Lane gave her a sweet blessing the last day we were there and we all feel inner peace about what lies ahead. It's great to have family to spend the fun times with and to help us through the hard times!

February 10, 2009

It's my party and I'll cry if I want to....

True to Form, Sadie spent most of her birthday party unhappy. She is secretly a very happy, fun baby but any time we need her to behave and have fun she refuses. We tried taking pictures of her and the cake but she put her hand in the cake and had a melt down when everyone laughed.
She had another meltdown when we tried to get her to eat the cake. Look at that face - it's like we are torturing her! Who would have guessed cake could be so offensive? Actually, I'm pretty sure she just hated all the attention....so after 30 seconds we gave up.
Finally we opened presents and she quite enjoyed that part of the party. Mike and Sarah bought her these cute blocks and she sat on the floor for a half hour playing with them. Thanks to Sarah for capturing a few smiles!
Overall, this past year has been the biggest roller coaster of my life. I've cried and stressed more over this one little person than I ever would have believed was possible. However, I recently found a book called, The Fussy Baby Book: Parenting the High Need Child and it's been very helpful. I've decided there's nothing wrong with me and there's nothing wrong with Sadie; she's just a child that needs a lot of extra reassurance and love and holding and attention and time and patience. Thankfully, we've both successfully survived the first year and things are already beginning to improve. Hopefully God will grant me the wisdom and patience I need to raise this passionate, adorable child!