Monday, May 11, 2009

Mother's Day with the Family

I had my whole family over for a Mother's Day dinner on friday night and we had a blast!!!  My Grandma Swygart, Aunt Beth, Frank, brother Jesse, Bobbi Rose, Andrew, my Mom and Phil all came.  It isn't very often that we all get together, so I was super excited that everyone came.  We were able to take a 4 generation photo with my Grandma, Mom, Calie, Kyla and myself.  I love my family so much and am so grateful that we were able to get together. 

On Sunday, we went over to Justin's parents to celebrate Mother's Day with them.  Justin's Dad made a yummy dinner and Jimmy, my bro-in-law, made delicious cupcakes!!! I don't know if I had the giggles that day, but everyone was making me laugh.  Justin's Dad did a very riskay dance that I wished I would have recorded, it was hilarious.  Everyone was being so funny!!  The Dicksons sure do know how to have good time. 

Friday, May 8, 2009

Mother's Day Love From the Boys!!

I am so grateful to be a mom.  I have the four best kids in the world and an amazing husband who is not only super sweet, but very, very good looking.  I am a lucky lady!!!  This mother's day was extra special because both boys had mother's day programs at school.  Dustin sang to me, read me the book I'll love you forever, made me a beautiful hat and pin, and gave me a super yummy cake.  Dane sang to me, spelled out mother's day (hard to do when your four), colored a picture of me, and served me a delicious lunch and cookie.  I sure do love my boys!!!    

Monday, April 27, 2009


When Kyla was born, she had a slight case of jaundice.  Her billy reuben count was at a  5.2 when we left the hospital on Sunday April 12th.   On Wednesday she was looking pretty yellow still, so I took her to the doctors.  They sent Kyla and myself to HOAG to check how high her billy reuben count had gotten.  It was at a 21!!  Not good, so they sent us to CHOC in Orange.  At CHOC they had Kyla lay under blue lights that whole night.  Justin and I left that first night at about 4 in the morning.  When I returned at about 9 that same morning,  the doctor wanted to talk with me.  He told me that when he was in Kyla's room at about 8 am Kyla stopped breathing.  Her blood oxygen level dropped (which means her brain wasn't getting oxygen) so low that they had to give her oxygen to get her breathing again.  It was a blessing that Kyla was at the hospital with the doctor in the room when she stopped breathing.  Over the next few days the doctors ran every test know to man on Kyla.  She had a MRI, EKG, EEG, ultrasound of the brain and heart, tons of blood work, and a sleep Apnea test done.  They confirmed that Kyla did have Apnea, but all the other test came back as her being super healthy.  After that it was a waiting game.  They wanted Kyla to go five days with no Apnea spells that required oxygen.  We finally got to come home after 11 day in the NICU.  Kyla had to wear a monitor that would go off if she stopped breathing.  She is doing soooo much better now.  The doctors said that this is something she would most likely out grow and she already has.      

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Baby Kyla has arrived!!!

On April 11th at 12:56 AM a 7lb 5oz, 20 inches long, beautiful baby girl was born, Kyla Lee Dickson.  She is amazing!!!  Kyla has my piggy nose and Justin's large toes.  So far, she also has an outty belly button like her big sis, Calie.   Dustin, Dane and Calie all love her so much, they can not get enough Kyla.  They want to hug and kiss her all day every day.  We are so blessed to welcome this new little angel in our family.      

Monday, April 6, 2009

The coloring of Easter eggs

We colored Easter eggs!!!  The kids love coloring Easter eggs.  The boys both had Clone Wars stickers to decorate their eggs with and Calie had Tinker bell Stickers for her eggs.  It was so fun especially when Justin busted out into song and got all the kids to sing along with him.  The song they sang, for whatever reason, was Don't go Breaking my Heart.  The kids know it from Chicken Little.  I really do have the best, most fun family ever!!!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Calie turns 3!!!

Calie turned three this weekend and we had a super fun party for her.  Since Calie's baby girl days are numbered we wanted to do something super special for her this year.  We had her party at Bears, Buddies, and Toys.  They dressed all the girls up like princesses and all the boys up as pirates.  All the kids also got to build a bear and play lots of super fun games.  It really was a special birthday party.  We love our Calie sooooo much and hope she is not sad when Kyla gets here.  
My Mom and Phil took over 300 pictures, so it was hard picking what to put on the blog.  Here are some of my favorites. 

Friday, April 3, 2009

Dustin's Music Show

Dustin had a music show at school and it was so cute.  He is not a huge fan of singing, but he still did a great job.  It is always so fun to see him up on stage with his class doing his thing!!  Only bummer is the lighting is so bad in that place, the pictures never come out very well.  We get great videos, but I am not computer savvy enough to put them on the blog.