So this past week and a few days last week Cooper has been having a really rough time. It has been probably at least 3 months or so since he has cried for Tyrel. Crying for Tyrel always comes with extreme acting out. (Funny how this happens just as I am making a goal to not yell with anger at my children!) The first couple days he was behaving normal just crying for Tyrel a lot at night and crying pretty much off and on all afternoon after Tyrel left on Sunday. Also starting Sunday until today (thursday) no respect for all the rules. I stayed patient, but firm and exercised all forms of discipline. Time-out, spanking, shut in his room, tv off, grounding from gum. I was exhausted with options, but knew I had to stay firm, even though I know he is having a hard time. I knew I couldn't let him get away with his behavior, but at the same time wish I could cheer him up or making him feel better or help him express what is wrong to get his frustrations out. I mean I know how he feels, I have down days where I can't take Tyrel's traveling anymore, but know it will be over soon. Anyways this morning I was at the end of my ropes with options and even Cooper kept saying "I don't know why I am being so mean mom". Then it hit me I told Cooper if he wanted help to be good he should say a prayer and ask Heavenly Father to help him be good and feel better. So Cooper thought that sounded good and did so. The rest of the day so far has been amazing. We have been having fun and if he starts to get in trouble he stops immediately and says sorry and even at lunch he says to me "mom, my prayer worked I am happy!" I am so grateful for prayers and having a moment to teach Cooper how prayers work. I am grateful also for working on staying patient because I know that idea would have not come to me if I would have been mean to Cooper during all this. I have been so grateful for seeing the Lords hand in my life the past two weeks. Without listening to the still small voice I know these last two weeks would have been very hard on me and hard on Tyrel because I would have been complaining to him, but instead I was able to stay calm and report to Tyrel that things have been hard for Cooper, but under control.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
I have been thinking a lot about my family lately and how grateful I am for them. As hard as things seem sometimes caring for my kids with Tyrel gone all the time, I still really enjoy my kids. I think since Cooper was born very few days have gone by where I didn't look at each kid for at least a split second and think wow what an amazing child I have and how lucky I am to have them in my life. It is interesting how the Lord works. This last week I lost all my motivation to do any of my projects around the house it kind of bugged me. At the same time I lost this motivation Cooper had a really hard time with Tyrel being gone (which has been months since he has). He cried 3 of the 5 nights Tyrel was gone for him and today has been crying off and on since Tyrel left. It breaks my heart when he gets like this, but luckily the Lord knew this and helped me lose my motivation for projects so I did fun things with my kids all week and just sat and held them when they wanted it. Even Trip had a rough night crying and felt alseep in my arms and periodically cried for him. I know the Lord hears our prayers and we are supposed to be in Cortez and I know soon Tyrel will be home more. I really feel like it's coming closer to that time.
Tyrel as I posted not too long ago is an amazing husband and person. I won't say much more than that since I did that really long post about him not to long ago.
Cooper is turning into such an amazing boy. He surprises me every day with how much he observes, knows, and cares for things. He gave his first talk in primary today and he was so proud and excited. He did a wonderful job and several people told me so and couldn't believe how well he presented his talk. He was so cute a week ago he woke up from his nap and told me he had a wonderful dream where Jesus was there and he was so happy!! And then today he told me he had a bad dream where some bad people took the brass plates and Jesus couldn't find them. He is so caring and takes good care of all us. He tries so hard to be good. When he says or does something mean or wrong he feels so bad and says sorry and that he didn't know why he did it and that he didn't want to. He brings such a wonderful spirit into our home and is perfect in the big brother role.
Trip is such a fun kid. He is always off in his own world. Unlike Cooper he likes to do his own thing and just be. He is somewhat of a mamma's boy, but still loves his dad. He likes to be held. He has been my hardest child so far in the fact that he can throw a mean tantrum. It can go on for a long time. He is happy as can be until something doesn't go his way. He has the best smile and can easily make you laugh.
Peyton is an amazing baby. I have to remind myself she is here she is so quiet. She sleeps all the time and is she will smile at anyone that talks to her!! I am so blessed to have such an amazing daughter.
Posted by Samantha and Tyrel Ross at 2:39 PM
Monday, April 12, 2010
This last Saturday was beautiful!! We had so much fun working outside and having fun. Cooper rode his pony Trigger for a while and loved every second of it. He loves horses and spent the whole time laughing and grinning ear to ear. Trip was asleep so we got just a quick shot of him on Trigger or as he calls him tiggee.
I forgot to post Peyton's 2 month check up stats. She was 10Ib. 4oz and 21 1/2 in long. She is so tiny. But in the last two weeks since that appointment I feel like she has gone through a little growth spurt. She is starting to finally fit in her 0-3mo clothes and out of her newborn clothes!! She is such a good baby. She is already sleeping through the night and will smile like crazy if you talk to her. Every feature on her is so girly!! Cooper adores her and Trip likes to make to her cry. Tyrel of course is already a softy for her. And me, well let's just say if I didn't have a million things to do I would just sit and hold her all day and I will find any excuse to do so!!
Posted by Samantha and Tyrel Ross at 9:11 PM
Sunday, April 4, 2010
EASTER EGG HUNT
On Saturday before Easter I decided to have Tyrel's family over and some friends of ours from our ward for an Easter Egg Hunt and BBQ. The kids were hilarious running around for eggs. Jayton stole the show with running around super fast and tripping over and over. It was great. Cooper was the speed demon getting about half the egss. All the boys that attended were my friend's boys DJ and Jake, Jayton, Cooper, and Trip. What is Peyton to do with all these boys (Oh right, she just slept the whole time. I had to wake her up after 3 hrs so grandma and grandpa could at least see her before they left).
Here are just some random pictures of hanging out Saturday having a BBQ.
Trent and Ally's
After the zoo we went over to Tyrel's cousins house, Trent and had dinner with his family and Trent's brother Brock and his family. It was a lot of fun to laugh and tell stories and watch all the kids play. What a fun night!
K so here is a crazy story. I was supposed to meet a friend at the zoo and while I was in the parking lot feeding Peyton I told Tyrel to call his cousin Trent to see if they wanted to meet for dinner. So Tyrel calls back and says Trent just got to the zoo with his two kids. My friend then calls to say she is way late and still at least an hour from getting there, so I told her not to stress out too much about it and the weather was horrible anyway. So I ended up walking the zoo with Tyrel's cousin. Cooper had a blast with his daughter Paige. They cracked me up and it was fun to see how much alike they are!! Then as we head out we walk to our cars and find out we are parked right next to each other. What are the odds that that would happen!!
Since we were stuck in a motel room for a couple days this is the only thing we could do to get out. The boys loved swimming. Cooper swam everywhere like crazy and Trip just kept jumping to me. I am glad my boys love water!!
K so my kids ended up getting this horrible bug where Cooper and Trip ran a fever of over 103 degrees for 4 days. They looked and felt miserable. With the fever came running noses, coughing,throwing up, diarrhea and aching!! The boys started with it two Thursdays ago and Peyton started with it that Friday. Since it was the weekend and Tyrel was not coming home I took Peyton into the Doctor to get tested for RSV before the weekend hit and with my luck it would have been Saturday when Peyton would get worse and I would end up in the ER with three sicks kids. But luckily she was fine and only ran a very low fever for like 5 hours. Then Monday we took off to Salt Lake to surprise Tyrel since the boys' fevers broke. Then Trips came back Monday night. So Wed I took him to a friends pediatrician and Trip ended up have two ear infections and Cooper had one also. Yeah I am the worst mom I should have stayed home!! But oh well they survived and the rest of the week was fun!! Sorry to those in Utah that we didn't call to come visit. I spent most of the week in a motel with sick kids!!
Posted by Samantha and Tyrel Ross at 2:53 PM