Sunday, May 30, 2010

Watched Over

We have a testimony of God's protection and overwhelming care for our family to share with you.


Saturday evening Hubby and I decided to pack up the car and head up to Gigi's to finish up some things at our house that is for sale since Hubby had Monday off. We loaded up and headed out around 9:15 p.m. We turned on to the highway, the girls were all ready to snooze. I took off my seat belt to adjust blankets and pillows for them before they fell asleep. I got my seat belt back on and within a minute Hubby and I both saw a Jeep Liberty in the oncoming traffic cross the grassy median and head straight for us. We were driving at probably 65 m.p.h. and that Jeep had to have been heading at us at the same speed.
Our Car after Accident
I remember seeing the Jeep jump the median and fly in the air at our car. This moment will be forever locked into my head as I could only think of my two precious babies in the back of our car and thought, "This is it! It's all over." It is surreal...it was exactly like what you see in a movie...NOT in your real life. I am still having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that this really happened to us.
Our Car After the Accident
I am pretty sure I blacked out upon impact because the next thing I remember after hearing a crunching noise was Hubby SCREAMING at me, "The car's on fire, GET THE GIRLS!!!!" I am thankful for adrenaline and the rush that causes you to ACT. I looked up saw the air bag and flames bursting out of the front of the car that was pushed up to the windshield. I can not even begin to express to you the feeling that came over me when I was able to unbuckle my seat belt, get my car door open enough to get out and get Peanut's car door open, and see that Hubby was able to do the same thing for Pumpkin.
Our Car after Accident
The first thing I thought when seeing the flames was, "Our doors...can we open the doors? The car's going to explode." Thank you JESUS that all the doors opened, nothing was jammed shut. I did have a difficult time getting Peanut's buckles undone because I was shaking so badly.

People started running to help us, I heard people screaming, "Call 9-1-1!" Hubby and I clung to the girls and watched as our car burned. Then I heard a woman yell, "That car is going to explode." At this point we ran far from the car and I realized my shoes had fallen off in the impact and I was barefoot. Daddy collapsed in the median with Pumpkin. I stood at the side in shock with Peanut clinging to me.

After a few minutes the fire went out and a very brave man ran to our car and got out the bags that were in the front and found Daddy's glasses. His glasses are fine. They have no dents, no scratches after being flung off from hitting the air bag.

Another kind man led us to his car to sit and wait for emergency crews to come. We watched as the flames began again. By this time the fire department was there and they put the fire out.

Peanut clung to me, whimpering if I tried to move her at all out of fear. Pumpkin clung to Daddy and was in shock not making any sounds, facial expressions or eye contact. As we sat in the car it became evident that we were hurting pretty bad but we were able to walk and answer questions clearly.

We were taken together in an ambulance to the hospital to be looked over. Daddy, Pumpkin, and Peanut had chest x-rays done. Daddy also had an x-ray on his knee done and a CAT scan. His report came back that he has a hairline fracture in his sternum. The girls and I have nasty burns across our necks and chests from the seat belt/car seat straps. I have major bruising on my right leg and all along my chest and abdomen where the seat belt was and my tailbone area. Did you know bruises can be just black? I'll just say that Pumpkin is officially weaned from nursing due to this...that is how bad the pain and bruising are on my chest. I kind of look like an abstract painting done in black and blue paint! I'll spare you photos of our yucky bruises abrasions, but here are a couple of the girls from where the car seat straps got them.
Ouch!
The fact that we walked away from this with no serious injuries is AMAZING! Sunday we were able to go see the car and get our belongings. While waiting in the office another family involved in the accident came to do the same thing. The woman's father said that when he arrived on the scene and saw our car, he was sure that someone was more than likely killed just by how awful our car looked.
Ouch!
When I laid eyes on our car, I cried. I can not believe that we just got out and walked away. I can't believe the doors opened because the front of the car was completely smashed in. The frame of the car held tight and did it's job. The air bags both deployed saving us from hitting the shattered windshield or dashboard. The girls car seats were still fastened tight into place.

Right after the accident, I was able to get ahold of Dobbie while we were on the scene. She got ahold of Gigi who jumped in his van with Special Friend and drove immediately to us. They got to the hospital just as we were discharged from the ER.

They stayed the night and day with us helping with the girls and helping us run some errands. We had to get new car seats for the girls as the old ones will be destroyed now that they have been through an accident. Those car seats did their jobs and held our girls tight into place.

Sunday evening we all headed to Gigi's house. Daddy and I are very sore. Daddy's chest is hurting quite a bit. I am in ALOT of pain in my upper body and can hardly move so lifting the girls and doing Mommy duties is going to be hard for a few days. We have help at Gigi's house so we will stay here for a few days before returning home.

According to the paper and from what we know the Jeep Liberty had two people in it. They were heading off an exit ramp that has a big curve in it. She must have been going too fast, missed that curve, sped off across the southbound traffic, come through the median, jumped it, the side of the Jeep slammed into the front of our car, sending us spinning, the Jeep hit a mini-van containing a mother and her 3 children, then went down the embankment on the opposite side of the road from where it began.
Car that Hit Us
I believe all 10 victims were taken to the hospital. One of the Jeep passengers had a collapsed lung but was released. Everyone was able to walk away. Amazing!
Van also in Accident
On the drive to Gigi's I sat in the front seat and felt very skiddish most of the drive home. Peanut wanted the light on in the van after dark because she was afraid of the lights from the cars. Whenever I close my eyes I see that Jeep headed straight for us.

Daddy and I laid in bed in the wee hours of the morning praying and thanking God that both of our sweet babies were sleeping soundly in our home. We came home with both of them! Thank you Jesus!

Thank you to everyone who has been lifting our family up in prayers. We love you all and are so grateful for the phone calls, emails, Facebook comments and so on. It means so much more to us than you can ever know.
Our Car after Accident
It ended up that the woman we met at the towing service who was also in the accident is a dear friend to another woman who knows quite a few of our friends from up north. That is crazy to me. She also knew that God intervened and protected all of us. It was encouraging to talk with her and share our experience together.

We are grateful for the strong frame on that little Toyota and that God held on to us tightly that night!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Going for a Walk/ Bike Ride

New Helmet
Daddy was home today!!! After lunch we went for a walk and Peanut rode her bike. She got to test out her new helmet and knee pads that she picked out today! She went with Dora.


Bike Ride
We let Pumpkin walk and walk she did. She would have walked the whole time if I had let her but I needed to speed things up near the end and carried her.
Bike Ride
I just love these two little girls. Have I mentioned that lately?
Sisters
They bring us so much joy everyday!
Sisters

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

It's Beginning to Look Alot Like Summer

It has been very hot this week. Summer is here. Here are some "summer" fun things we have been doing.


We broke out the pool again today. It has been weeks since our last really warm spell so it has sat on the corner of the deck pretty lonely. Peanut had a ball in it today although she had just as much fun playing in the bucket beside it. Haha!
Two Pools?
We are getting our crafty groove back on too. Today we painted some rocks together.
Rock Painting
We love to go down to the pond and watch the geese. They have babies now so it has been super fun to watch the little ones getting big so fast. Today Peanut saw a robin sitting on the sidewalk and said, "Ah! Mom, look! It's a baby goose." Haha! An older gent was at the pond today feeding the geese and shared his stash of bread with us. The girls enjoyed watching them eat up the treats.
Watching the Geese
Pumpkin "talks" up a storm while watching the geese.
Watching the Geese
Gigi brought Peanut a "new-to-her" bike. She has had great fun testing it out and learning to brake. I usually have to hold her hand on hills going up and down which is fun to navigate while pushing Pumpkin in a stroller. We manage!
New to Her Bike
And play dates...summer excursions to visit friends. Here are the girls with some of their new buddies from church.
Play Date
These boys' sweet Mama broke out the face paint and painted up the kids' faces. Peanut wanted to be a butterfly!
Play Date
Hooray for friends!
Play Date
The summer months are upon us. We look forward to the many exciting things that summer has in store. Bring it on!
Play Date

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Conqueror

Park

To say we've had some cloudy, rainy weather is an understatement. I actually don't remember when the sun shone it's shine last. I do know that it's supposed to today. We have our fingers crossed. In between rain showers this week, I took the girls to the park. Peanut had been begging to play at the playground. We ventured to a new-to-us little playground that I heard about from some other moms at my church's mom's group. It is perfect. We loved it. Perfect size. Big shady trees. There are still a couple of parks that we haven't been to, can you believe it? This is the town of parks!
Park
The girls played in the muddy mulch. I didn't mind. This is something that pre-Pumpkin I would have not let happen. She has taught me to pick my battles. There's not much a wet wipe can't clean up and if it can't, soap and water can when we get home.
Park
Peanut had an exciting accomplishment on our park visit. She went down the big slide! She has had quite a fear of big slides since last summer when she went down a slide, caught her foot on it and flipped forward. She didn't get hurt but it scared her from going down the big slides again.
Park
During our visit this week, she made her way to the top of a very tall spiral slide and down she went! I couldn't believe it. She went down it at least a dozen times announcing how much fun it was. I was so proud of her because I know exactly how she felt. She is so much like her mommy. Things have to be well thought out and planned before action is taken. She gets it honestly!
Park
Check out that beaming proud face!!! We have made quite a big deal out of this accomplishment and her bravery!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Super Star

Totally for your viewing pleasure and mine.


Super Star!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Come With Us...

You now know that our favorite place to visit in our community is the incredible Farmer's Market. Now it is time for you to come with us to our second favorite place to visit. The girls get pretty excited when I make the morning announcement that we are going to the.....LIBRARY!

Library
They love the library because there is SO much to do there. I love it too! It was one of the first places we visited as a family after our move and we just fell in love.
Library
There are 3 floors (although I've never been to the 3rd floor). We usually have to ride in the elevator at some point which is great fun for the girls. They love watching out the side window as we go up and down.
Library
The Children's Department is bright and fun with many activities for the kids. There are computers for them to play games on.
Library
There is a big open area in the front corner that is full of sunshine due to the huge windows. This area has bookcases under the windows full of board books that can be pulled and put back where ever they end up which is really nice! There is a life-size doll house, train table, puzzles, bead mazes, and nice comfy chairs (which I don't get to enjoy much as I am typically chasing down Pumpkin).
Library

Library
There is also a very cool room called the Learning and Play Space. It is enclosed and full of great play areas. There is a Mega Block building area, kitchen/grocery area, craft/art area, puzzle area, block area, and an infant play area that is enclosed from the other areas. It is awesome!














And of course we LOVE to get books. I think we currently have something like 23 items checked out. I have to say that I am using the library as much as Peanut for books. As I hear about a book that I think I would be interested in, I search the library's website for it and 9 times out of 10 they either have it or it is on order. I take full advantage of reserving books online. The really cool thing is I can pick to either get my reserved books in the library or at the drive-up window so I don't even have to get the girls out of the car if I need to pick something up. I LOVE this.
Library
I just picked up the July-August Children's Department brochure and am blown away by all of the things they have going on! There is always something happening for kids. We have taken part in story times galore, puppet shows, meeting Biscuit the dog, crafty creations, and so on. I am thankful for such an awesome place to take the girls and meet so many neat people.

And lastly...the bears! They have two bear statues outside the library that Peanut always needs to climb on, hug and say hello to on most of our visits!
Library
So needless to say, we love our library! Hope you enjoyed the tour!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Poor Baby

We had a rather long day today. Pumpkin must be teething. She has to be teething. I found her gripping the windowsill in the living room with her teeth, gnawing away. Sorry about that Mr. Landlord.


On top of that Peanut's baby doll was sick. We had to lay with her in my bed, read to her, keep a cool cloth on her head. It was touch and go for awhile but she rebounded and was fine this evening. (Note the importance of wearing a Mickey Mouse ears hat while caring for a sick doll. I believe that is what brought the baby doll's recovery so quickly.)
Sick Baby Doll

Monday, May 17, 2010

Wally

We have a new family member. His name is Wally. He was a lonely fish according to Peanut so that is why we brought him home and because she has Daddy wrapped tightly around her little finger.
Wally
Peanut is in love with her new little pet. She reads to him. She props her baby doll up by the fish bowl so it can watch Wally. She sings to him.
Wally

We are praying he survives....3 days and counting!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Strawberry Shortcake

We are slowly adjusting to our new schedule as Hubby's summer session has started. He got ONE DAY OFF in between spring and summer sessions. Wasn't that thoughtful of his school to give the students ONE DAY OFF? We were surprised that was all he got and then he went and got a horrible case of Gout. In one respect it was good he got it over the weekend so he could recuperate before classes but then we didn't get to celebrate on his ONE DAY OFF.

Playdate Ready
He is feeling much better now. We took him to the clinic on-campus on Monday before classes started just to be sure that was what he was dealing with. They prescribed some medicine that he took when we got home which he had a horrible reaction to...pounding heart, not able to say a clear thought, more than dizzy...it was bad. Needless to say he didn't take that anymore and thankfully the inflammation cleared up.

On Thursday we picked him up in between classes and took the girls out for lunch at our favorite Hispanic restaurant downtown and then hit a Strawberry Shortcake Fundraiser that was being held in the city square. Pumpkin thought it was SCRUMPTIOUS!
Strawberry Shortcake
Kid Story: The other day Peanut came in to the kitchen and said, "I want some Christmas water." This threw us and we weren't quite sure what she met but she was adamant about Christmas water. We finally discerned that she wanted water in her snowman glass. She is always making us laugh.

This morning I watched Pumpkin climb up on a chair beside the couch, climb over to the couch, flip herself off the couch head first, land on her back, lay for a minute to get her bearings straight, jump up and try to climb back up on the couch. SHE IS A BUSY BEE!

We're off to our favorite place tomorrow...the Farmer's Market!

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Honor

It is an honor and a privilege to look at these two little girls and realize the gift that has been given to me as a Mother. My heart is filled with more love than I ever thought could fit in it. I love to just sit back and watch them...see them growing, watching their personalities form before my eyes, observe them loving each other, take in the kindness they show others. They are amazing little people. They never cease to amaze me and for that I am so grateful.


There were a few years when I questioned if we would be given the opportunity to have a baby. My, oh my how my world changed when we were. I have heard so many parents say, "I can't remember what was so important before our kids came." This is so true. Nothing bears more importance or responsibility than caring for our family now. What an incredible thing.

I know I have posted this quote here before but I love it. It spoke so much to me when I read it for the first time after having Peanut.

"The moment a child is born, the mother is also born.
She never existed before.
The woman existed, but the mother, never.
A mother is something absolutely new."
~Rajneesh
Mother's Day

My Mother's Day was low key as Daddy is struggling with a very bad case of Gout in his left foot. He was in alot of pain over-night which resulted in not much sleep for either of us. He was hardly able to walk today so he just stayed off of his feet as much as possible. I took the girls to church this morning and was a bit harried by the time I got them dropped off at nursery and myself settled in the service. I did however get to sit beside a sweet friend who has a brand new baby who made those incredible little baby sounds and took me right back to the girls when they were newborns themselves making those sweet noises.

After church Daddy ordered pizza from our favorite place in town since he was feeling bad about not being able to take us out. It was nice to not have to worry about what to make for lunch right after church.

During Pumpkin's naptime Peanut and I headed out for some time alone. We went to Kohl's where she patiently waited while I tried on some things. In return she got to peruse the toys. We then headed to Starbucks for a treat. She enjoyed an apple juice box while I took part in HAPPY HOUR! (You do know about this right? Starbucks Frappucinos are halfway from 3-5 p.m. from now through May 16.)
Mother's Day
When we got home Peanut fell asleep just in time for Pumpkin to wake up. Pumpkin and I spent the time playing and laughing together. She was in such a silly mood full of great belly laughs.

My mom was in many of my thoughts today. I so wish I could have called her up and wished her a Happy Mother's Day but I know she is in a much better place and most importantly healed! Love You, Mom!

I am so grateful for an exceptional Mother-in-law! She means so much to me and I have thought about her alot today also and missing her as there are quite a few more miles between us this year than last.

It was a good day. We are hoping that Daddy is feeling better very soon! Please keep him in your prayers as his busy summer class semester will begin on Tuesday.

Friday, May 07, 2010

Good to See Daddy

We are home...back with Daddy. The girls really missed him and he really missed his girls.

Lunch with Daddy

Daddy took Peanut out on a "date" the day after we got back home. They had a McDonald's picnic at the park. He sure loves his girls and enjoys being with them. And they sure love Daddy too.

Date with Daddy

Date with Daddy

Date with Daddy

Date with Daddy

Date with Daddy

And to close....here is the silly one!
Lunch with Daddy