Monday, September 27, 2010

Reagans birthday






























Reagan turned 2 last week. He has had such a crazy year. In February he was diagnosed with diabetes and in the hospital he went down to 20 lbs. It is 7 months later and he is now 32 lbs. He is 85% in weight, 80% in height and 75% in head. He is so much fun and is as crazy as his sisters. He loves Batman and anything with animals. He is always in a good mood and is so sweet to everyone. I don't know what I would do without my little buddy.

Bens Birthday






















Ben turned 29 this year. I can't believe it, when I met him he was 21 just off his mission. So much has happened in 8 years. We got married, had 5 kids, moved ten times, lived in two states and I have loved every minute of it. Don't get me wrong, it has been hard to get through some of it but so worth it to be with my best friend forever. Living in AZ has been one of the hardest things we have had to do. It is no secret that we do not love it here and that we can't wait to get home to Utah but Ben and I have grown so much together here. Our marriage is so much stronger and we have done it all together. I can't decide what I love most about Ben. Here are a couple things:

1. He is the funniest person I have ever met. He can make me laugh over the dumbest things and when I am mad one word from him makes me laugh.
2.He loves his children so much and is so patient with them. He lets them climb and jump all over him and loves every minute.
3.He loves me. That is not the easiest thing to do but he does it everyday. He loves me no matter how crazy I get or how big I get in my pregnancy. He loves me more than anything and that counts for a lot.
4. He is a hard worker. He tries so hard to do well in school and it shows. He is so smart and good at everything he tries to do.
5. When you get Bens trust and loyalty it is unwavering.
6. He is so handsome. I think he is the most perfect man in the world.

These are just a few of the wonderful things I can say about Ben. He is my everything and I love him so much.

For Bens birthday I got him a new Hawaiian shirt and a Rubik's cube. My parent got him, Reagan and Lincoln BYU shirts. The girls got him bags of candy and he got some much need money from his family. Sorry I looks freaky in the picture. This was the day I got home from the hospital and I was in much need of a shower and sleep. We love you all.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Katrinas Birthday























































Sorry that this is kinda late but it has been a crazy month. My Katrina turned 5 on Aug 30th. She was so excited for all of her fun presents. She got a pillow pet, some fun puzzles and much more. I was crazy enough to let Ben do her cake and I think I regret it. He flipped the cake while it was still hot and it fell all apart. Katrina still loved it. She is the sweetest girl. She is so nice to everyone she meets and loves going to school. She is learning to read and she is doing a really good job. She loves to play with her sisters and brother and is loving helping me with the new baby. She always has the nicest things to say to everyone. I love my little Katrina Kathy and I wish she would not grow up so fast.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Welcome Lincoln Cleon Skousen












































































































Ok I am finally going to update. Let me start at the beginning. My parent came out 3 days before I got induced and it was so nice to spend sometime with them. The kids went nuts over them and my Mom learned quickly that if you sit on the ground you are fair game for the kids to tackle. Ben and I went in on Monday night at 7:00 to get induced. They started me on pitocin and I did not dilate very fast. By 5:00 a.m. I was having pretty good contractions and they gave me my epidural. Once that was taken care of I was in heaven. By 12:00 they told me we were going to start pushing. Lincoln was born on Tuesday September 7 at 12:18 p.m. He was 8 lbs .2 oz, 20 inch long. He was so perfect from the moment he came out. Be thought that he looked like Sabrina but I saw all Reagan in him. Who are we kidding they all look alike and they all look like Ben. I spent 2 days in the hospital and then got to come home. I missed the kids so much and I was so glad that my parents were here to take care of them. My Mom did great job taking care of Reagans diabetes. My Dad had to leave on Friday but my Mom got to stay another week which was such a help for me. The kids have been so great to Lincoln. They all fight over who gets to hold him first and who gets to feed him. Going from 4 to 5 kids has not been a huge adjustment for us. I think once you hit 4 kids thing are so crazy that nothing fazes you anymore. Lincoln is a wonderful eater but we are trying to get his sleeping schedule changed around. I am so glad that this little boy was brought into our family. He is so happy and easy to take care of. We miss all of you and cant wait to see some of you here for Lincolns blessing. Thanks for all the well wishes.