The Petersen Herd

The Petersen Herd

Friday, October 7, 2016

Big Boy Church Moments

It's a big month for my boys.  Kabe will receive the Aaronic Priesthood and Brigham will be baptised a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints next weekend.  We decided we'd better commemorate the event with some pictures and some new church clothes.  Since Noah got a new outfit too we decided he'd better be in the pictures as well.
I'm so thankful that my boys are setting such a good example for each other and for their sisters.  They are learning and genuinely try to do what is right.  I'm also excited to have another member in our family and another Priesthood holder in our home.  I know that they learned by the great example of their Daddies, Grandpa's and Uncles how to be men of honor and integrity and I'm excited to watch them to continue to grow in the Strength of the Lord.  After all, this world could use a few more good men!!!
They are also the most handsome young men I've ever seen.  Those dimples, those freckles, those cheeks.  I seriously love these boys.

Even though they are a little farther apart than the girls are in age, Kabe and Brig have really bonded and I love watching them.  It reminds me of Joseph and Hyrum Smith and the way they defended and supported each other.  I hope my boys always remember to be each other's wingman.
They really enjoyed having their own photoshoot - something that they don't get often.  I also  had the best time shopping for a suit with Kabe.  He is such a charming boy and took the whole thing so seriouslly.  He especially wanted a "real" tie that he had to learn how to tie himself just like Dad and they have had several "lessons" on how to do it.  
 I love these pictures because my boys have inherited a love of hats from their Papa Horse.  Kabe is wearing a hat that belonged to his Great Grandpa Riding.  Brigham is wearing his favorite old, worn out "cowboy" hat - the one that he wore to the farm a hundred times and it reminds me of the farm in all of us.  Noah is just the cutest thing ever in his hat and even learned to say the word Hat when we put it on his head.  (after that I had to buy it!)
 I love that they all have a little mischevious in them - look at those naughty eyes, like they are trying not to get caught doing something.  They are all three big teases and their favorite target is their mother.  Heaven help me but they've got my number big time.
I'm so thankful for my boys - they bring a level of adventure of my life I couldn't do without and are a consisten source of laughter and love in our home.   

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Happy Dino-Birthday

Brigham had been talking about a dinosaur cake forever so when I found these toys I knew we could incorporate them into his cake.  The blood was his idea.  What a sweet boy.  We got to celebrate conference on his birthday and then enjoyed hanging out with some new friends who made us an incredible dinner.  His birthday adventure will come when Grandma's and Grandpa's come to visit.  

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Another Year Documented

We did it!  Family pictures - for our viewing enjoyment for years to come.  We are getting a little older and hopefully a little wiser but some things never change.  

Friday, September 30, 2016

Kabes Birthday Adventure

Kabe wanted to hike the Lazy Mountain trail for his birthday.  Despite the chilly weather we headed out to enjoy the day.  After doing a little research we realized the the challenge of this hike is a bit beyond a few of us (myself included probably) so we took the lower Lazy Moose trail for a bit.  We didn't reach the summit but enjoyed a little excursion into some woods we haven't explored before.  The view of the river was pretty cool

Happy Hikers. 

Again - a really cool panorama with a really handsome Daddy and a comfy snuggly baby.

Kabe and I like to look for unique burls

 And of course he had to find a tree to climb
Happy birthday son - good adventure!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Kabe's a Tweenager

What in the world?  My Kabey-Baby is a tweenager?  He was so "cool" about his birthday.  At one point when we changed plans, yet again, to accomodate our crazy schedule he said, "Mom, you know what's hardest about having a birthday?  Making all the decisions - you can make the rest today ok?"  What a sweetheart.  
He wanted a checkerboard cake - too bad I didn't take a picture of the inside of it where it was a checkerboard.  

Kabe is such a GOOD person - always trying to help me out or make me feel loved.  He is a tender, smart, capable boy and I'm so glad to be his mom.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Learning & Laughing Together

This was a magical math moment - each school morning we start with math around the kitchen table.  They are so stinking cute when I get a chance to sit back and "watch" them learn. 

Look what Brigham's going to play?  He got to go and try out a cello to see if it was going to be a good fit.  We decided "yes" so I'm sure there will be more pictures like this in the future.  

Noah LOVES the ipad - I know I should limit his exposure but it gives me a nice break to work with the bigger kids on math so each morning he and Leisl get 30 minutes on the ipad.  He is content most of the time to sit and watch her practice her numbers.  

School is pretty funny sometimes.  These are Ayvri's notes about water pressure.  We were discussing why you can't scuba dive to the bottom of the abyssal plain.  I think her illustration makes perfect sense.
This was another funny school moment.  We were discussing our lungs and how the pressure of the water would crush your lungs.  I told them to take a deep breath with their hand on their chest and feel the air fill up their lungs.  I explained that lungs are like two big balloons in your chest and they fill with air when you breathe.  A minute later I decided to review and see if they were listening.  I asked, "What is in your chest like two big balloons?"  Leisl leapt to her feet and held up her marker board and shouted, "Boobs!"  Well played little wonder, well played.  

My brownies joined me at a little excursion to the thrift store and spent an hour enjoying their halloween selection.  

We had a mishap with our stove.  Someone (who shall remain unnamed) booby-trapped the cupboard with my heavy glass pitcher.  When Kabe opened the cubpoard the pitcher crashed down onto the glass top stove and it shattered.  We had to find a new stove and ended up finding one down in Anchorage so Kabe joined Mom and Dad on a little drive down to the city.  I guess I should have looked up the address on the map before we went because it was a LONG drive clear up the side of the mountain and we ended up on the top of the world looking out at the ocean and the volcano beyond.  The view was incredible but when the guy said, "those are bear prints on my lawn" and that he gets wind gusts at 146 mph I decided I like where I live a whole lot. Still, nice view!

We love our missionaries.  At least 2 times a month we have them come over and subject them to our crazy.  On this night they were using a game of Jenga to illustrate the restoration.  Too bad they transfer.  We'd keep these two for 2 more years.  

The kids earned another (and final) cotton ball adventure so we went bowling again.  This is such a funny sport and turns out Ayvri was the best bowler in our group on this day.

More ipad time.  I love that she usually holds his face.  

Brigham and Darla had a printing "test" and this is what they came up with.  I was pretty impressed with the handwriting for both of them.  

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Mom Scare!

This baby is one of the happiest I've ever seen.  This was him at the dentist a week ago.  He is always smiling and enjoying himself and loves to make other people smile too. 
So when we woke up the morning of family pictures I knew he wasn't feeling great.  He just wasn't smiley and he had red cheeks.  I took his temperature and he had a low grade fever.  I figured he was having a rough teething day and wasn't going to let that stop us.  We went and took pictures but skipped his individual shots because he was just a little cranky.  We brought him home and I snuggled with him for a few hours.  I felt his fever go up and checked - 102.7 so Tyler got up to get him some medicine.  At that moment he started to have a seizure in my arms.  He was jerking and his eyes rolled back in his head.  His lips turned blue and I couldn't really tell if he was breathing, his whole body was jerking violently and foam started coming out of his mouth.  I was terrified. I just kept holding him and telling him to breath.  It lasted what seemed like forever (but was actually probably only a minute or two) and then we ran and got in the car and Tyler peeled out of the driveway.  At the bottom of the driveway he stopped the car and gave Noah a blessing.  The blessing was simple - he'd be ok and we'd know what to do.  We raced to the ER.  After the blessing he stopped jerking and just lay in my arms grunting.  His color didn't impove but he stopped foaming and his eyes were closed and he wouldn't open them.  

We got to the ER and checked him in.  When we got into the room and I sat down on the bed with him he finally started crying and I was so relieved!  Crying was at least a normal sound and at least he was looking at me now.  The rest of the day was marked with misery for our little guy. He had an IV with fluids and fever reducers, then a catheter to test his urine and a chest x-ray.  Each time he'd get comfortable enough to fall asleep in my arms they came in to do something else to him.  After several hours we finally were sent home.  It was a febrile seizure - fairly common in small children when a fever spikes suddenly.  After we started talking I remembered that Ksenya and Darla have both had one too (though not nearly as violent or as long).

It was a good reminder to me to sit down and hold my babies.  To just enjoy listening to them make normal sounds, even crying is such a miracle and a blessing.  I'm also thankful for Preisthood power and modern medicine.  Slow down.  All that we have is so very temporary.  I'm thankful to know that there are things that are permanent - and one of them, my favorite one, is family!