Monday, March 24, 2008

Visitors

After realizing I have a multitude of pictures to share, I made collages so I could make the point in a smaller space.  We were so blessed to have my friend Katie come visit us from Gilbert.  Katie and I became great friends when we were both counselors for Academy for Girls at BYU.  We have been meaning to get together since we both moved to AZ a couple years ago.  But, the best plans can always fall to the wayside if we let them.  So, I felt very lucky that she came all the way to Tucson to play with us.  Our Ruby and Madeline are only 2 days apart, and they enjoyed playing with each other.  Betsy and Elizabeth (yes, they share the same name, it is a great one after all), also played together.  And Mitchell and Cannon found their own way to be happy.  It was so fun to reunite, remember, and renew our friendship.  Katie is one of those fabulous women that are amazing to everyone they meet.  She has such a great eye for beauty, she always brings a gift when she comes, and she puts me to shame in almost every way.  But, even though she is so much better than me in every possible manner, I love her dearly, and she inspires me to be better.  And, now, I hope we can keep in touch with each other a little better than we have in the past.




Here's our backyard visitor this weekend. Bj and the kids enjoyed trapping this little lizard in our backyard.  They loved catching him and petting him.  Elizabeth loved looking at him, but when he ran over her feet she was certainly offended.  Me thinks she's not quite ready to be friends with wildlife yet.  Madeline was very concerned about putting the lizard back into the desert, she didn't want to keep him from his home.  But, Mitchell, he was looking for a bottle to keep him in.  


We also had our family, the Avey's come for Sat./Sun.  The kids absolutely adore each other.  McKay(3) loves spending time with Madeline, and Madeline loves being looked up to.  They just might be kindred spirits, because I saw a lot of similarities with them this trip.  Mostly, though our kids just loved holding little Luc.  Babies always bring out the best in people, and our kids really loved seeing this new spirit.  Mitchell thought Luc was pretty cool until Luc spit up on Mitch, at that point he was ready to throw the baby off his chest.  Note to self...train Mitchell on how to hold and protect a baby.  We had a blast with the Avey's and we are always sad to see them go.  Elizabeth has been asking  for McKay and Kimball all day, and I am so glad she loves her cousins.


Update on Liz:  She is doing better physically.  Emotionally?  Still traumatized.  And, let's just be honest, so am I.  These trips to get her blood drawn are draining me.  I think I am going to have to take some antidepressants by the end of this ordeal.  Okay, I'm doing better than all that, but this just makes me very grateful for the general health of my children.  We are more blessed than I usually recognize.  Even though I didn't really enjoy the way I was reminded to cherish my little ones more. I am grateful that I have the opportunity to stop the usual craziness and take small opportunities to give them a hug, kiss, big spinning hug, a kind word, or just a squench to show them how much I love them.

11 comments:

shauna said...

How fun for you and Katie- I am jealous! Darling girls. It's amazing to see how old they are getting and how long ago AFG was. Time just keeps a ticking.

Heidi said...

I'm jealous, too.

And I missed out on blogging for a couple of weeks and everything goes crazy! Your poor baby Elizabeth! What a week!

Sara said...

I've been to your blog before, but I didn't know it was you- I can't even remember now if I left a comment (mom brain). Look how cute your family is! You are still a doll, and so are your kids. Hope your sweet little girls hand is doing better, and I can't wait to look back in on your blog! love ya!

The Driggs said...

That is so fun to have your friend Katie come visit. Gilbert is close, but not close enough! And that's so great that your kids can all bond with hers. Okay, and we had a lizard just like that in our yard last year! We named him Larry and he always came and stood by the door that leads into the kitchen. We hope he comes back!

Today when I picked up the kids from preschool, somehow we were talking about ice cream. Then Lizzy said she got some ice cream at the hospital. I asked her what else she got while she was there (I was referring to food) and she said that she got lots of pokes. I felt so sad and tried to change the subject. I asked her if she got any more fun food and she said, "No, but I did get to pick some toys from the treasure chest!" I'm so sorry you've had to go through all this and that you are having sleepless nights and having to get her blood drawn and do therapy and deal with doctors and nurses and their phone calls!

I am DEFINITELY doing dinner for you next week! And what do you think you are doing offering to make dinner for me? No way!

Rick said...

Sarah and BJ! Wow, I am so sorry about this whole snake experience!!! We will keep Lizzie in our prayers. We miss all of you! I just happened onto your blog today...I need to start one! It's fun to catch up on your life.
Kris Bullock

bill, katie, and co. said...

It really was such a treat to get together! My kids had such a great time and asked me as soon as we got in the car if we can get together again with you. I assured them there would be another time...maybe minus the crayons throwing experience! Thank you again for having us. Sure love ya!

bill, katie, and co. said...

Just read what you said at the bottom of your paragraph...you're too nice! (I'll pay ya later!)

kristi said...

Hey there, I saw your blog link on Angie's blog. So sorry to hear about what happened to your daughter, that is just crazy and awful. But glad to hear that she is doing better. Beside the snake accident, it looks like your kids are doing really well. How are you guys doing in Arizona?

kristi hicks

csperriton said...

Sarah, your girls both look so much like you, so beautiful! So fun to spend Easter with a friend from college, especially with kids the same age.

Denise said...

Kimball and McKay are still praying for Lizzie in every prayer. It's so cute, Kimball doesn't get the difference between thanking and blessing so every prayer she says "thank you that Lizzie can't get bit by a rattlesnake again"

Hopefully we will be down again sometime in the next couple weeks.

Amy said...

Hey Bisel Family--

I was sooooo glad to find you had a blog, it has been fun to read up about how you are doing, I lost you address and have wondered about you guys. We are doing fine and have another little guy in our family now...Nathan. I love your quilts sara, and sorry to hear about the snake experience..I can just imagine the horror...