April in Review

I kind of think I should just unload my camera’s pics at the end of the month and then blog a recap of important events to go along with the select few pictures.  Sounds easy and organized in my mind at least!

Well, let’s start where we still remember what was happening:

Anniversary- Mike and I have been married for a mere 5 years.  All is well in the Cox House of Fun.  We spend more time apart than together, but nightschool ends soon and I definitely have more time with my new calling.  Do we argue and disagree?  Of course, but when it comes down to it, we love eachother and have only knocked out 5 years of an eternity.  We are so in this for the long run.  Love you babe!  And since the “traditional” gift for a 5 year anniversary is wood, Mike was creative and got me a gift card to Home Depot knowing I would buy my materials to make my square foot garden boxes.  He also got me a gift card to Michael’s craft store to maybe buy some wood craft project and a gift card to Old Navy to buy something to wear that’s not wood!?!  Combine that with my $45 dollar off coupon and you’ve got a great deal to go shopping!  I love creative thinking for presents outside of the box- ha ha, no pun intended

Daddy's Little Helper
Daddy’s Little Helper

 

Boys Hard at Work
Boys Hard at Work

 

Square Foot Garden Box #1
Square Foot Garden Box #1

Easter: We have a tradition to invite Mike’s ATech HS friends and their kids over for an potluck picnic and Easter egg hunt at the park behind our house.  This was our 3rd annual Easter Eggstravaganza and we opened it up to our neighborhood group and church friends and had a record 45 people!  I didn’t even say hi to everyone, because I was making sure the food table was well stocked, but everyone ate, kids got to hunt for eggs, and then they all left!  Worked out great in my opinion =o)

Lightning McQueen Easter Basket
Lightning McQueen Easter Basket Josh and the Fox Family
Walking on the Wall

Walking on the Wall

The next day (real Easter Sunday) we went to the Lee’s who are in our ward and our kids and us adults have become really great friends.  We made homemade pizza and had a great Easter egg hunt.  Nice laid back time for all to enjoy.
My 3 Boys

My 3 Boys

 

Sharing the Loot

Sharing the Loot

Maddy, Joshy, Mikey, Rachel

Maddy, Joshy, Mikey, Rachel

 

My 1st Homemade Pizza

My 1st Homemade Pizza

Ta Da

Ta Da

 

Hidden Eggs in the Playhouse

Hidden Eggs in the Playhouse

New Calling: On Easter Eve I had a thought pop in my mind before I went to bed that the new RS presidency would be called the next day.  I bawled like a baby.  I have never had such an intense calling that pushed me to my limits, out of my comfort zone, and really made me question my beliefs and testimony.  Nothing can prepare you for a calling like that (in the RS presidency) more than going to the temple and being assured that you are doing this all for Heavenly Father and that He will provide a way and means for you to handle your calling, family, and other obligations.  I have never experienced such excruciating headaches than those on a Sunday afternoon, but I have never been able to say that I know a name and face of more than 75% of the sisters in my ward personally either.  I loved my calling, especially getting out and really getting to know the sisters.  There were struggles- food orders, a never ending revolving door of move ins and move outs like no other, and the occassional overscheduling of meetings on a school night, but I loved it.  I made up the rest of the diaper cakes (Mikey attempted to help) and was so excited to clear out my binders, manuals, and other RS things getting passed on to the new couselor which made some space in my house for food storage- yay!

My new calling is a Primary worker specifically in the nursery.  I’ll admit that I was a bit resentful at first since I would go from knowing everything about events and happenings in RS to knowing nothing since my 2 hours of the block would now be spent with 18-36month olds. But thanks to a wonderful Bishop who gave me a blessing, I can now rest assured that this is where I am supposed to be. All my worries and doubts have faded away and I honestly look forward to my huge classroom with 12 little kiddos ready and eager to learn of Jesus. The Lord needs me at this time to help foster the bity testimonies of His little ones.  I love a challenge and this is for sure a challenge!  So far I’ve relied on my college degree to help me in this area, but more importantly I’ve relied on the Lord.  That’s an important lesson right there!  I’m ready and anxious and seriously want to teach these kids to read!  I’ve got the 1st hour down as far as books and singing songs and now we just need some fine tuning to the second hour to make this little ship run smooth.  I am 1 of 3 teachers in this class actually so the extra help with crowd control really works wonders, thankgoodness for that!  This coming Sunday will be my 3rd time in there and it gets better (less behavior problems) each and every time!  Another important lesson is to take the initiative to still do the things you did before as far as reaching out to other sisters to make them feel welcomed to the ward.  And knowing about the RS activities might be a bit more difficult, but I still do what I can to find out and attend and do my part.  I am enjoying my Sunday calling and while I do miss my RS calling at times, I do know that it’s someone else’s turn to shine and serve the Lord to improve the education in RS at this time.  It’s someone else’s turn for serving and dealing with everyone else’s issues!

Mikey's Creative Touch
Mikey’s Creative Touch

 

Diaper Cakes Galore

Diaper Cakes GaloreYum Strawberry Group Order

 

Murder Mystery Dinner: Did you know that the Hotel at Mt. Charleston is super cheap and is starting to offer discounts and fun events to Las Vegas locals?  Well Mike is director of IT (fancy name for being their computer fix it guy) for the company who owns and runs the place and he came across their deal to attend a Murder Mystery Dinner up there.  Add on the employee discount, invite the Lee’s to come along for the fun, get a room for the Stevensons so they could babysit the kiddos for 2 hours, get all fancied up for a real date without kiddos in tow and you’ve got yourself a really nice grown up party! 

We were told shirt and tie, but apparently our idea of formal dress and the rest of the guests ideas were way off!  Oh well!  We were the best dressed couples that evening and had fun socializing with strangers and figuring out if Cougar the golf star, London the rich movie star, the cupcake baker, or the recently unemployeed lawyer did it in the ballroom with the snow globe!  None of us won, but we had fun trying!  Oh, and Mikey got sick on the way up and puked all over my car!   And then it happened in the middle of the night on the comforter, but at least he was in his own bed at the hotel and not sleeping between us.  I don’t handle vomit very well, but this poor sick kid I think has gotten me over being afraid of puke- I didn’t have a choice really!

The Sitters-Working for Food (and a Free Room)

The Sitters-Working for Food (and a Free Room)

My Hot Date!

My Hot Date!

 

The Bar- 21 and Older

The Bar- 21 and Older

The Morning After

The Morning After

Little Cheifs

Little Cheifs

Rum Tum Tum Banging on Our Drums

Rum Tum Tum Banging on Our Drums

 

Whew!  That’s a bunch in April, but I think I’m on to something doing this unload pics and blog all at once!  Stay tuned for more!

I Love You Baby!

I am adjusting to life with a new little guy to take care of in addition to my other boys!! So far, it’s not that bad really. This new little guy came out crying so loud and for so long that I seriously commented to the anesthesiologist and nurse that I thought I had just delivered a spawn of the devil himself and I was really really scared!! The docs sewing me up even make a few comments about his loud shrieks and shrills to which I replied I was so not ready for a loud kid like this. (Forgive me little Joshy- you are a complete opposite of that now!)

This kid is so great!! He sleeps and sleeps and sleeps. He’ll cry when he poops and needs to be changed and luckily it’s right before feeding time, so we’ve seriously got a little schedule already going. I don’t know how I got so lucky! Kid #2 is so much easier than kid #1- obviously because we parents have a clue about what’s going on. There’s a few things I had forgotten, but for the most part things are running as smooth as possible.

I’m just having a hard time in the mornings mainly because everyone is getting up at the same time, all needing different things, and I’m so hungry, needing a shower, and having to feed the baby. I’m still a bit sore from surgery, getting really tired of waking up in a puddle of sweat like 3 times a night, and slowly convincing myself that I can make it down stairs for the day. Oh, and having swollen feet in the evening is getting annoying too!

I’m trying to take it easy, but I tend to be strong-willed. The first night I climbed the stairs and it nearly killed me. I was determined to sleep in my room rather than the couch or recliner downstairs for a week like I did with kid #1. I spent the next day upstairs just terrified of having to climb the stairs again. The next night, I was daring and slept in my bed, with the help of a little 3 step ladder and all the pillows on the bed. My slumber was heavenly!! I am now progressing and going downstairs for the day and then returning upstairs at the end of the day.

As for baby- He’ll wake every 2-3 hours in the daytime and if we’re lucky, we can get him to stay awake for like 10 minutes after he’s nursed a little bit, but usually he just dozes off. He’s having a hard time latching to one side, but has no problem on the other side. Thank goodness for breast pumps =o) Mikey was 8lbs 2 oz, so when I found out I had a little 7lb baby, I was totally taken by surprise. He drowns in 0-3 month clothes, so for Easter he got 1 preemie outfit (thank you Wal Mart clearance racks) that fits him perfectly. He’s so cute! I never in my life thought I’d have a kid who would need preemie clothes. I guess that’s just a perfect reason to go shopping again for baby stuff since I didn’t buy hardly anything for this one since I have tons and tons and tons of boy clothes. I think I’ll look for newborn sized stuff, because I still have issues with my kid having to wear preemie clothes, weird huh?

My mom is down helping and I love her to pieces. She cooks and cleans and spoils Mikey and us every day. I wish we could convince her to stay another week, but she insists on going home to return to work. I just hope we get all the little projects done around the house that I would love to get caught up on while she’s here. I can’t drive, bend down, or pick up anything heavier than the baby, so we’ll see how much I can actually do.

Happy Easter!