May 3, 2010

The Past 7 Months in a Nutshell

I always felt like blogging was like journaling. I'm realizing now more than ever how much that is true. Especially when it comes to letting too much time pass between blogs. The longer it goes, the more guilty I feel, but the more I feel I need to include, so I never end up getting around to it. Such a vicious cycle! So for my sake, if nothing else, I'll sum up what's happened around here for the past 7 months.........


Jordan had a skin graft on his leg. I'll keep the graphic images for my own personal viewing, but I will fill everyone in on his progress. The surgery went perfectly. As expected, the place on his thigh where they took the donor skin was extremely painful. The doctor told him that he would need to wear a compression sock for almost a year. Because Jordan was vigilant about following the doctor's orders, plus the fact that he had youth on his side, he was able to keep the skin flat enough that he doesn't need to wear that legging. Now he just has his "awesome" battle scar to show off to the world.

I turned another year older this September (no age in needed). My life is quickly passing before my eyes. It's so true when they say you never feel as old as you look. Mentally I feel 25. Physically, I sometimes feel 70. The amount of candles on this cake almost burned a hole in the ceiling. Good thing they took a picture beforehand because the smoke afterwards just about blocked out the camera's lens.

Airplane with my brother Michael.

Jordan's view of combing his hair. He figures he can get his mop flattened by using a hat to do the work for him.


Noah turned 11 and received his Arrow of Light. I will always remember that night as being somewhat of a surprise. We were dealing with some issues at home, so I asked Noah if he really wanted to go to Scouts that night, since it was just a pack meeting and he didn't think he was receiving anything. About 6:15 (pack meeting started at 6), I got a call from a friend.......

"Are you still coming tonight?"

"Coming where?"

"To pack meeting."

"Well, I wasn't planning on it. Why? Is Noah supposed to be doing something for it tonight?"

"Well, he's sort of the guest of honor. He's receiving his Arrow of Light."

"Huh? That's news to me! We'll be right there!"

So I yelled for everyone to hurry and get in the car. I felt horrible for holding up the meeting, but yes, it would have been nice to know about it in the first place. I am so proud of Noah in receiving this award. He was so dedicated to Cub Scouting that he decided he was going to earn every single pin before he turned 11....and he did it!

Nicole, Jared & their kids came to visit for a few days. We were lucky enough to go see Lion King. That show is AMAZING! I highly recommend it. Ben was just transfixed the entire time.

Another one bites the dust. Our table bench tipped over and landed on Hailey's foot. I wasn't sure if it was broken, but with our track record I decided to bring her to the podiatrist just in case. Sure enough, a bone in her foot was snapped in half. We have our podiatrist on speed dial at this point.

Taylor's idea of a Halloween costume for the youth dance. I'm not exactly sure the idea he was going for, but he certainly got razzed by the other leaders. I'm guessing it was a 70's type guy, but the chain, yellow shades, shaded beard & undereyes made him look like either a druggie or a pimp. He was the talk of the night, as you could imagine.

An angel & a snake. Most people thought the cast was part of the costume & called her a "fallen angel".

Taylor & I were invited to a couples party at our friends' house. We were supposed to dress similar, and this was the only thing we could come up with (by the way, it's nice being able to fit into your son's clothes at times like these). It ended up being a Newlywed type game, but they called it the "More-lywed game". Amazingly we ended up winning the whole thing (it was VERY close though).

Noah & Bill once again were able to spend their birthday together. I'm not sure if they've missed a year since the day Noah was born. Noah LOVES the Packers, so I had to make a jersey cake for him.


We took a trip up to Cold Creek in the northwest part of town. Taylor goes here to fish sometimes, the wild horses wander all around with no fear of people obviously.

They are a little skittish, but they will let you pet them if you're slow about it.

This one was so fearless, he decided to peek his head in to say hi.

The big month of November came. We were not so much excited for Thanksgiving and the school break it brings, but that New Moon came out. It was almost as exciting as Christmas for us!

I received a new calling to be the Boy Scout Committee Chairman. I was a little surprised at this, since I thought women handled the Cub Scouting and men handled the Boy Scouts. I also felt very overwhelmed for a couple of months, since I had absolutely NO idea about Boy Scouts and how it worked. I really love the calling now.

Cousins swinging in the hammock and Momoo's house (Reese, Charlie & Clara)

BYU vs. Utah game. All the men in our family are obvious BYU football fans.


Jordan got his braces off.....a perfect present for his birthday the following day.

Jordan & his cousin Claire share the same birthday, albeit 12 years apart. Love the staredown she's giving him here.

An Xbox controller for Jordan's birthday. I was in such a hurry, so I feel like I could have done a lot better on this one. It was fun though.

Christmas at Grandpa Bill's house. So exciting having Santa take time out of his busy schedule to visit our family.

Four generations of Kochs (& a Caron)

Mistletoe hung in our entryway.

We made gingerbread houses this year for the first time.

Santa came and went. He's always so nice to leave the kids some reindeer milk.

We are very into "lining up" for events. It used to be pretty easy to do. Youngest to oldest.
Now there are so many of us, we hardly fit in the hallway. Plus the women are ending up having to stand in front of their children in order to be seen.


I guess this month was little slower. Either that, or there was nothing exciting to photograph. I do have a good video though.......

He's eaten his vitamins every day since.


Hailey turned 9. She wanted a cake shaped like a purse, so I did my best to use her initials of HC to copy the LV of the Louis Vuitton purses. Turned out pretty good for my first try.


My little man turned 5 on March 31st. I can't believe it's been that long since my baby was born.

This cake was much bigger than it looked in this picture.

Such an annoying mom on the sidelines. I couldn't get away with this with my older boys.

Primary baseball started off to a violent start. Every time the ball was hit, a dogpile ensued. With the amount of time it took to pull all the kids off each other, the runner could have made a home run.

Ben had the ball in his hands in this play, but his teammate was holding his arm with the mitt down so he couldn't get up.


We ended up getting a new playmate for Katie (and for us of course). Having a puppy is fun, yet challenging.

Missy's favorite sleeping position. I don't get it.

Katie's favorite pasttime is licking the dinner dishes while their being loaded in the dishwasher. Now she has a partner in crime.

Benjamin lost 2 teeth within a day of each other. He has the cutest lisp now.

Hailey & Benjamin decided that they wanted to leave a treat for the Easter Bunny. We leave food for Santa, so why leave EB out of the fun?

Easter bonnets are my the tradition at Momoo & Dadoo's house. We don't start the egg hunt until everyone sticks that bucket on their heads.


Rachel B. said...

Go Ging! I'm so impressed that you did all the back tracking. I loved all the stories and videos (the baseball dogpiling was my favorite). My other two favorites...Taylor's costume and the cake purse. I am in awe of both equally. :)

kelli said...

Yay! Updates are great!!!
So how is it that you seriously look YOUNGER than you did when we left 5 years ago??? Just doesn't seem fair.
Also, Derrick used to use a hat to get his hair just how he liked it. He did it on our wedding day, and because he was so nervous, he forgot to take it off, and wore it into the temple. Oops. But boy, his hair looked good!

It was fun catching up!!!

Jaime Lynne said...

Wow! A post! I am so impressed and happy. If I didn't see you each week I would wonder if you were actually still alive.

We love your family!!

Lindsey said...

I almost fell off my chair when I noticed you had updated!!! I had just about given up. Wow, that was a lot, but you guys have been busy. You have made a lot of cakes!!

Ginger and Taylor said...

I fixed the videos, so they're not so huge.
Yes, I shocked myself & my entire family as well. Spent all morning Sunday getting this finished.
Kelli, thank you for the amazing compliment. I've never heard that before, but I wouldn't mind hearing it every day. :)

Anonymous said...

So glad to finally see an update. It has been forever. I have been horrible about updating mine. So busy running kids around.

Amy said...

Yeah! I'm so glad you're back blogging again. Nice recap of all those months. Great kids, great family, great parents. Love your sense of humor. You are hilarious, Ginger.

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