Wednesday, September 9, 2009

New School Year

So the new school year has started for us all. Khydan in is 2nd grade, Kamdan in 1st, and Kezedan is in preschool. We are doing the home schooling again this year, so I love having the flexilbility that that offers. Pajama day is a favorite for us. Kezedan is doing a online preschool that was offered through the state. It has been enjoyed by all of my kids. Olivia looks forward to doing school with Kezedan everyday. She has picked up on her alphabits and letter sounds really fast. A huge benefit to having the kids schooled at home is the younger ones pick up on it a lot faster. I am also in school again this semester. I am taking American History, English 1010, and a Latin Ballroom. I am really enjoing all of my classes, but the dance class is my fav! :) Dan is still working a ton. I can honestly say that I am not looking forward to the winter months as far as income goes. I am praying that we will make it through.
Khydan turned 8 in August. In our LDS religion, that is a big deal. He was baptized on September 5th. It was such a cool thing to see Dan able to perform that special blessing on our son. WOW! I blows my mind that I have an 8 year old!!! CRAZY!!!!!!!!
Kamdan turned 6 in August and he is my big ball of energy. He and Olivia are so cute to watch together. They can just look at each other and start laughing. It is hilarious to watch, and the laughter is contagious.
Amelia is rolling over now, cutting her teeth, babbling, and starting to laugh. I can't believe she is 4 months old already. Time flies. She is definetly my biggest baby. She is fitting in clothes that Olivia was wearing when she was 9 months old!!
I will get some pictures posted soon.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Amelia's Blessing

Here some pics of Amelia in her blessing gown that was made for her by my mom & aunt Rijckie. Dan gave a wonderful blessing to her. 

Monday, June 1, 2009

Newborn Session

Amelia had a fun photo shoot this last week. Although, she was completely unaware of it even happening! Our friend Alisha took some amazing pics! Our first try at this photo shoot was two weeks ago. Amelia decided to be awke the whole time. So we rescheduled and got some AWESOME shots. Here are some of my favs!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Amelia Samantha Bartlett

Monday the 4th I had a prenatal with my midwife. She was head down, and everything was good. I had a ultrasound on the 5th to check the position of the placenta, and she was now transverse & the cord was down. Bad news. My doctor wanted to schedule a c-section right there, but that was a lot of info to take in and I needed to talk to Dan. I spoke to my midwife and then my mom on the way home; well bawled really. I then talked to Dan when I got home. Dan had to finish working, so Dans' dad said he would come back later so he and Dan could give me a blessing. I did a lot of thinking, praying, and soul searching in that time. As much as I wanted a home birth, I wanted a healthy baby more. When Dan got home, we went to the doctors' office to sign the consent forms for the c-section. Dan kept asking me if I was sure. He wanted me to make the decision, not based on fear. When we got back from the doctor, Dan and his dad gave me a wonderful blessing. 
I did not sleep at all that night, knowing we were about to have surgery the next morning. This all happened so fast. We got to the hospital at 9 am. We had the best nurse! She explained everything, and wanted us to be really comfortable with what was about to happen. She also had a hard time keeping a heart monitor on the baby. She was just everywhere. The nurse suggested that the doctor do another ultrasound to see where the baby was now. She was head down! The doctor suggested that we start me on some pitt to get contractions going so she stayed head down. They would then break my water after some time in labor. My water was broken at 12:30-ish, and hard labor didn't kick in until 5-ish. The baby was posterior so pushing was not fun. I pushed for under 10 minutes. Amelia Samantha was born May 6, 2009 at 7:54 pm, weighing 7 lbs. 15.2 oz. and 20.5 inches long. She has a head full of dark hair, and is gorgeous! She has truly been such a blessing in our family already. I couldn't imagine life without her. 

Thursday, April 30, 2009

April 2009

Yeah, I have finished my first semester in college. I got an A in english & a B in biology. I am very pleased with these grades. I will be taking LIB online over the summer. I will be taking english, history and a dance class in the fall.

I have only 15 days left in this pregnancy! That makes me so happy. (although, I would be happy if it happened now!) I am pretty prepared for this little girl. I have some diapers, a few newborn things, and the birth kit is ready as well. She had been head down for the last 2 months, a few weeks ago, she decided to go breech. I am not worried, I am confident that she will be in the right place for delivery.
The kids are excited to meet their new sister.

Kezedan just turned 4. I am in shock that he is 4 already!!! It has gone way too fast. We had a fun party here for his friends and him. I am glad it is over though!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009


A lot has been happenning recently. Dan hurt his back backin August & he has been having a lot of problems with it. When we were in California for Christmas, my mom (she is an accupuncturist) and the chiropractor she works with, treated his back. It has been slowly getting better with continued treatment here at home. It is noce to see him be able to play and hold the kids again. Not being able to play with daddy has been really hard on the kids.
Business has started to pick up. It has been really nice to have a boost in income.
Dan had his 35th birthday in March. He is just getting yummier with age! :o)
I am still in school. I have finals in 2 weeks then I will take an online class over the summer. I am going back (maybe full time) in the fall.
We are looking forward to doing a lot of camping this summer.
Kezedan turns 4 april 26th. I can't believe he is that old already. Amazing how time flies!
Also at the end of April, Dan & I will be celebrating our 9 year wedding anniversary. I am more in love with him now, than I ever have been. I have enjoyed this adventure we are taking together, even when the times are bad. I know that things will get better and we will be stronger because of it.
May 16th is still the due date for our new little girl to arrive. I am looking forward to having my body back! We are going to be doing another home birth. We have gotten everything ordered and are ready to go. The kids are ready to meet their little sister, and Dan & I are ready to meet our daughter.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

New Baby....

I am so happy to write about Ellens' new baby boy! Jackson Alma Connor was born on March 17th @3:59 pm. He was 8lbs. even & 20 inches long. Ellen and baby are home and doing well. I can't wait to meet him!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


I am happy to say that after 4 weeks, Kamdan has stopped sucking his thumbs! He has earned a trip to Disneyland later in the year. He is really happy to be done with it, and we are so proud of him!
We were finally successful using a products called Thumb Gaurds. They can be purchased from They are a little pricey, but so worth it. 

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Back to School

Yes I went back to school. It only took me 14 years, but I did it. I am only a part time student, but it feels like full time. Between all the homework I have and the tests that I study for, I don't really have any free time left. I am still home schooling our kids so that too adds to my work load. Dan has been really supportive, and is a great tutor. I finish this semester just 3 weeks before this baby is due. I will probably only take 1 class over the summer. (just to keep me in school mode.) I will then start up again in the fall with 2-3 classes. I wish I would have done it sooner, but I am glad that I am doing it now because I know that I want to be there. I have a desire to learn again.

Khydan is a great helper. He is so extremely protective of Olivia. It is quite cute. He is already planning his birthday party and it is not until August!
Kamdan is really excited about starting gymnastics. Dan's parents bought him a month at Barefoot Gymnastics for his birthday in 2007! I still haven't used it. I know, I suck!
Kezedan wants to buy a horse for his birthday this year. I have tried to explain that that won't happen, but he's 3, and he has his own reality.
Olivia is getting so big. She is now 15 months old and such a girly girl. she loves her shoes, and getting her hair done. She likes to pick out her own outfits everyday too.