Friday, October 10, 2014

If you give a kid a camera...


The kids have been really into playing the 'camera game' on our phones lately.  And by camera game - I mean they take pictures.  We are working on aiming it... 

I love seeing what they took pictures of after the fact.  90% of them are feet, legs, chairs, floor... but every once and a while they are really cute. 

I love how Zoey is looking right at the camera here.  I can't tell if Nate was annoyed or really interested in what I was saying... I am going to go with interested :)

Zoey telling Grandpa she went in the potty!


Z going in said potty.  No one has any privacy here...


I love the fact that Henry captured grandpa in action!



Up-close sister shot!!


While he is no budding photographer... I love all these pictures... And I love finding them on my phone. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Henry's First ER Trip

A few weeks ago we were at church.  The band was playing so all the kids were dancing.  Henry was running back and forth when he tripped and fell right into the church pew.  I was actually dancing with Zoey and heard him cry... looked and saw Nate carrying him out - and assumed that he was in trouble for something.  A few minutes later when the usher came and said Nate was looking for me, that Henry needed stitches, time stopped.

There was a lot of blood... but Nate had gotten Henry much calmer... he was still crying a little.  But I could tell, we were in for it.  So we headed to Children's Hospital - in what seemed like the longest drive ever. (It was about 12 minutes).  After we got checked in, Nate brought Zoey home so she could take a nap and hang out with Grandma.




After the Doctor looked at him, they decided to call a pediatric plastic surgeon.  And we were told he would need to be sedated.  I think that was actually the first time I cried... I knew that was going to be hard. 

We had a long wait, for the surgeon to get there, and for the food that was in his system to pass a little more.  The nurse that we had was awesome - and kept finding ways to entertain Henry.  He was a life saver for Henry, and my emotional sanity that day. 


The sedation was horrible! I thought I had prepared myself for it.  I had heard that when kids go limp it is hard... I was ready for that.  I was not ready for his eyes to be open, but completely empty.  Void of the sparkle that is always there.  I really lost it at that point.  

The surgery only lasted 30 minutes, and the plastic surgeon was awesome.  He would have us come over and look so we could see what he was doing, and where the damage was and how he was fixing it.  Recovery went fast too... Henry was able to drink juice pretty quickly, he even wanted to walk around - although he looked like a little drunk man. 

The next day his face was swollen like a balloon! But he was in pretty good spirits.  I kept him home with me, as he had to be watched for 24 hrs after the sedation.  He was tired, and wanted to snuggle alot.  I was fine with that. 



The most heart warming/breaking thing - when we picked up Zoey at school, Henry and her had pretty my been apart for 2 days straight - she was so emotional, that when she saw him she cried. Can you even begin to imagine a bond so strong at 2.5?

A few days later it moved from overly swollen to bruised... pretty good shiner going on.


Five days after the ER trip we had to go back to the surgeon to make sure that it was healing correctly and that the stitches had de-solved. I walked in there thinking that the Dr. would say 'Wow- it has healed so well.'  Instead he said 'Wow - his face should not be this swollen'.  Crap.  They wanted to make sure that there weren't any broken bones in his jaw or check.  The Dr warned me that if Henry couldn't sit still for 15 seconds, that he would need to be sedated again.  Crap again.

So, we had to walk to the other side of Children's - where I was giving myself a pep talk... I could do this - if he needed to be sedated I would be okay. But I did not want to have to go threw that. So, we got to the CT scan, where I convinced him that the big donut was going to take his picture. And bribed him with a chocolate shake.  Then I proceeded to tell the most elaborate story I could think of to keep him still.  It took about 15 minutes, but we got the seconds!

The boy was brave and earned his chocolate shake.  And luckily the Dr called a few minutes (yes- on a Friday called to make sure we had the results) to say that he was clear - no broken bones!


One would think that with a face still healing, you would be a little careful - of course not!  About a week later dude thought he could fly off the swings at daycare - and face planted:



He is completely fine now.  There is still a little pink line, that should go away in a few months. But, don't worry, he still knows to milk it for all it is worth.  When he wants something and we say no, then he will say 'it will help my owie. It hurts right here' and point to his lip... stinker.







Friday, October 3, 2014

Henry's Sick Air

For a kid that just had a serious face trauma (more to come on that next week), you would think he would be a little more careful about running and jumping.

Nope, not so much.

We were at some friends house, enjoying the last day of warm weather.  And Henry was running and full on jumping into the pool.  There was only so much I could do to convince him he might break his face or knee... then I resigned to laughing at him.  Have some fear dude!




Thursday, October 2, 2014

Thoughts on Twins at 2.5

I think that things are getting easier. 

KNOCK ON WOOD.

But honestly, I think that for the longest time twins felt like more than twice the work.  Mainly because they both wanted everything, at the same time.  They would walk in opposite directions.  And one meltdown lead to two melt downs instantly. 

But I honestly feel like we have turned a corner. 


There may be several factor that are leading up to this: 1) they are older - and can be reasoned with - a little bit.  2) The moved up to the preschool room at school, and therefore understand discipline a little more, 3) they are fooling me, and all hell is going to break loose soon...

Oh, on #3... we are going to potty train this weekend.  So yea, all hell is about to break loose. We are crazy. 

But back to Henry and Zoey at 2.5.  We have conversations, they can tell me about their day, they can tell me what they like and don't like, and most importantly, they can tell each other what they like and don't like.  We still deal with sharing issues, but counting to three and switching, or trading seems to be working...

I laugh at things they say daily.  And they laugh at each other.  

I can't complain much. 

So why are we potty training again? Oh yea, we're crazy.  I mean really.  Hopefully we survive.  Everyone says that boys are harder than girls... but I know that Henry will be easier hands down.  He knows when he has to go to the bathroom.  And if he just wants an M&M, he knows how to push out the smallest amount of pee.  Zoey, has zero awareness.  In fact, I don't even know if she knows how to push out her pee.  This will be fun. 




Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Bubble Gun Fun + Zoey

 One day, while I was wandering through Target, enjoying time alone, I came across some bubble guns.  I knew that they would be a good bribe...

And they provided way more entertainment than I could even guess.  Zoey, was hamming it up for the camera.







 I mean - how can you say no to that much joy.  Or to the Black Bean chips that photo bombed.





Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Life Lately

As we were sitting down to dinner the other night something hit me.... there was something different.  It wasn't until I thought long and hard about it, did I realize what it was.  There is no longer a communication barrier between the kids and Nate and I.  Henry and Zoey can tell us what they want, what they mean, and can accurately tell us what they are talking about.  There is no longer a guessing game, and that makes a huge difference. 

Okay, so we understand them at all times, and they understand us, but that doesn't mean that we are able to reason with them all the time - yet.  But it is so fun to have actual conversations with your kids!!  They can tell us what they did at school, they can describe their feelings, and they can tell us what they want when they want it. Such a concept!

 Speaking of conversations, I wish I could say they were having a great conversation here, how Zoey had a wonderful day, and that she loves spending time with the men in her life, but really, she just wanted the hammock to herself and was telling (and pushing) them to get off.  (We are still working on sharing)



 Painting...

 More vegetables from our garden... they are fans. 



Thursday, July 24, 2014

Summer 2014 Volume 1

While I feel like it has just started, there is only a month of summer left.  We have tried to take full advantage of it this year!

One of the best parts about this summer is our new backyard space.  New cement and more grass space than before.. makes for more room to play.  Henry is mildly obsessed with all sports.. and the kid actually has some skill... golf, soccer, baseball - you name it, he wants to play it. 




The best part about this summer is how self sufficient the kids are... they play so much better together, and they can use all their toys by themselves... This makes it so much easier to be grilling or just sitting watching them play.


Our water table sees plenty of action... even the cousins get in on the fun.  Could Brynn be any cuter? :)



Mixing it it...



 The splash pad is still a big hit... but this year, Henry mostly likes to run around and avoid the water... until we are just about to leave, and then he gets soaked. 

Zoey on the other hand, is usually soaked from the minute we get there.


 Oh you know. just riding my 4 wheeler with my heals on... its totally normal. 


 We even got the hammock out, which we haven't had out the past 2 summers.  So relaxing.  Although a little stinker usually claims it as her own...



We have hit up the farmers market a few times too.  Nothing like a warm Saturday morning to get some fresh lemonade, great harvest rolls, and to listen to some music. Oh, and there are vegetables there too. 


We will be losing our two front trees this year, so we planted a new one.  It is just Zoey's size... 

 The petting zoo at the cabin was a big hit - not as big of a hit was riding the ponies. 


 We kept the kids up this year for the fireworks. And by kept up, I mean we had put them to sleep an hour and a half before this, and they were still awake.  


Last week Kelly and Lincoln came to visit from Norfolk.  It was so much fun to see them.  And so hard to get all of us looking at the camera at the same time.  I have the death grip on Henry to keep him from riding his bike away. 


Our raspberry bushes are finally starting to produce some respberries.  And by some I mean 3.  I dont know what is up - but we want more!


We still have plenty of fun ready to be packed into the rest of summer.... this has been a great one so far!

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Conversation with Zoey

Tonight at the dinner table...

Nate: [Pointing to his nose] "What's this?"
Zoey: "A booger!"

Then she put on her own PJs.


I love my little weirdo :)


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

More Chicago....

Of course while we were in Chicago we had to visit the Shedd.  The kids had been talking about it for a while.  "Whales and Fishies, whales and fishies...."  They were pretty excited. 











 I didn't get any pictures during the show... but the looks on their faces when the dolphins would jump was priceless!  After, Grandma and Grandpa spoiled the kids in the gift shop, we headed outside for some Chicago Dogs









 And then, they discovered how fun it was to chase the birds....









It was such a fun morning....