Monday, July 27, 2009

Family Pictures

There is something about family pictures that brings out the best in everyone. Sarcasm Intended Something about making your kids perfect without having naps that isn't fun to do... but is usually worth it. No matter what it's something we are all glad we did.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

4th of July Utah Trip!

We enjoy our trip every time we go to Utah. Especially the kids. I love how are family loves to be together, playing games or whatever! Thanks Family for making our time so enjoyable. Enjoy!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Ellie's Pre-School Graduation

This actually took place about a month ago, but I figured out how to post video so I am posting it now. Ellie was flawless she did very well. Her Teachers love her because she is so friendly with the other kids and by far the most animated and fun. She knows all her letters and the sounds they make, she can count to 30 and recognize almost all the numbers on paper. Teachers told us she is very ready for Kindergarten next year.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Happy B-day Tessa.

She has grown up very fast. We love her so much! It's hard to remember that you have to enjoy every second.

VIDEO: Tessa's Birthday Cake!

This is Tessa at her finest Happy Birthday Tessa!!!!!!! Notice how sneaky she is in the middle. : )

Monday, June 1, 2009

Emergency Room Dentists?

Before accident.

My girls (bless their hearts) are not very fleet of foot. They are in fact slow runners just like their Dad. They do have pretty good hand- eye coordination but when it comes to the use of their legs and awareness …well…they run into walls and trip over my shoes and it creates lots of scrapes and tears. We have not however had any emergencies…until now!

Ellie had a primary activity on Friday and she was super excited. She has lots of friends and just loves hanging out with other kids. The activity was to be held at out good friends house “The Hearn’s”. They have 3 girls just like we do and at the same age. They also have a really big backyard and had just purchased an in ground trampoline and a Big Wood Jungle Gym. With these big purchases they had taken every procotion to keep everyone safe by putting shredded up tires beneath the Jungle Gym it looks better then it sounds and it is SUPER SOFT. They also put the trampoline in ground and with a net all around it. No one can get hurt right? He He…. Ellie was playing on a platform of the Jungle Gym that sits about 7 ft above the ground and was blowing bubbles and giggling, having a good ole time. She went to stand up, fell forward and plummeted face first 7 ft to the ground and smacked her face on the metal step ladder. Ouch… Now before I go into the extent of the injury let me tell you that Ellie had a loose tooth, her first on the bottom front row. I tried to get it out but Ellie fears all pain and avoids it like the plague. She is very cautious and careful when she rides her bike, runs, jumps etc. She does not take uncalculated risk. You can say Ellie is the exact opposite of Carson Zierse who seems to seek out risk taking and pain. Anyway I digress. Ellie lost her tooth next to the one that was loose by acting like she was a dog and holding onto a blanket it was yanked out. Loose tooth still standing.

Now back to the FALL. Ellie smacked her face on that metal step and knocked out another tooth and we thought she drove the tooth into her gums because it was split and bleeding and we saw something white down in there. Funny thing about all this is Ellie’s tooth that has been REALY LOOSE for at least 2 weeks is still there. She has busted out her other two in unconventional ways. I digress again….sorry!!!!

We had to find a Dentist on a Friday night around 6pm so we could take care of her. Everyone in the ward was so helpful and giving us advise on who we should go see Cousins, Brothers, Sisters who are dentists and we could call but no one was answering their emergency phones. Emily and I decided to go home and just Google some Dentists and see who we could find. I remembered that my Best Friend growing up has a Brother that is a Dentist here in Las Vegas. Dr. Spencer Luth came to our rescue, returned my call and gave up his Friday night to help Ellie. When we got there, Ellie was fine, she was laughing and being happy like she always is…(probably because she ate like six popsicles in 10 minutes) There had to be some king of pain killer in those things because we found out in the Dentist chair that her tooth didn’t drive itself into the gums it was a broken bone. Mom before you freak out it wasn’t a jagged jaw bone thrusted into her mouth; it is the bone that holds the teeth in. Not as dramatic but nevertheless it was broken. Dr.Luth was able to stitch it up and said Ellie will be fine and he will check on her in a week. Ellie is doing great and is back to her normal self. She handled this whole thing like a champ and handled the pain very well. I don’t however believe she will start taking risks. She still fears pain and will indubitably fear any kind of fall, even the one where she trips over her own feet or Daddy’s shoes.

(Pictures to come soon)

Friday, May 22, 2009

Having Girls

I have a confession to make, I was walking through the park with my youngest and saw some 5 year old boys playing Baseball. A tear came to my eye with the thought that I may never get that(with a boy). I love my 3 girls more then anything but I am worried I will end up with 4 girls and live a drama filled life (not that there is anything wrong with that.) I know everyone has there own perspective about how many kids you should have. When Emily asked me about how many Children I wanted I told her that I thought it should be up to the Women because they are the ones doing all the work. (Well most of it.) Emily told me she would like to have between 4-6 and if things feel really good then 8. She has refused to have an odd # so 3,5,7 won’t happen because she said one will be left out when we go to Disneyland. Hence, in her mind we are committed to at least 4 now. I really don’t think we/she wants 6 so I have one more legitimate shot.

I know just having Children is a huge blessing and I love all my Children no matter what their gender. I just want that bond between Males like my Dad and I have. No emotional things to deal with, just a phone call of the most current sporting event, golf outing whatever. Ellie is already hassling me about how much I watch sports on TV and she’s only 5. I am getting double teamed on that front, its hard enough negotiating that time with Emily now I have Ellie, with Mylee and Tessa getting older. Ahhhhhhhhh!

My point? I know God has a plan and is teaching me a lesson, and that is I have to figure out Women better for my eternal well being that I have yet to figure out. Gods plan is blessing me with Women. until I can pass the Women test. I at least get one more shot because we are at an odd number with 3. So in my estimation I have about a year to figure out this puzzle. I have three things that I am unwilling to give up in this process. I know its sounds like an ultimatum but it's not. Ok what am I kidding it is but I believe God and my girls will humor me.

1. Watching sports on TV. It is what I love and it’s my vice. Be happy that its not, alcohol, drugs, gambling or other bad things which I won’t mention here.

2. Playing Sports. This includes Golf, softball, basketball Ping pong or whatever gets my competitive juices flowing which will include Video Games sports. Go ahead and laugh I don’t care.

3. Women Activities. I don’t go to pedicures, gynecologists, or purchase girls underwear. I will on occasion pick up women products if need be but only on emergencies. Do not take advantage of this or I will take advantage of any of the two above.

Things I will do?
1. I will listen to the Drama. I will listen to my girls when they have a problem and I will do my best NOT to be the man in shining armor and try to fix everything (that’s the only way I thought I can stop the drama) I learned this the hard way. I will bite my tongue and just listen. This will become much harder as my girls get older, so I believe I earned my right to the three above for this one thing alone
2. I will figure out your Love Language. My wife is famous for this. Yes men there are 5 love languages and your job is to figure out which one is theirs. The five that my wife tells me are: Acts of service, Physical Touch, Words of affirmation. Ok so I can only remember three. I will add
1a) Learn all five love languages. I should know these better maybe that is a reason God continues to bless me with girls.

3. Be a Strong Priesthood Holder. Last but not least. I will commit to running FHE every Monday night. Read my scriptures and Pray as a family. Fulfill all my callings and run my household the way I have been taught to run it.

There you go. This is a proclamation to everyone including God. I know this test on earth is suppose to be hard but PLEASE allow me to have one boy to ease the difficulty a bit. Anyone with advice is welcome to comment. Again, I am very happy with my Girls and wouldn’t trade them for a Boy or anything else! My Girls make me happy and I will continue to be happy even if my 4th is a Girl. It will obviously just mean I have more to figure out.

Jim Zierse