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So, we put our house on the market. We don’t like to let things die down. If it ever gets slow, or I don’t have a project, I find something to do…this time it’s finding a new house plan, finding a lot to build it on, and selling our house. You know, no biggie. We love our house, but there are things we’d like to change…and we liked building…so we’re going to do it again!

Thankfully this isn’t what our lot looks like right now, but it did for a week or two. Every time I thought of it I played the Sanford and Son theme song in my head. I just tried to type it out…it’s not easy to type instrument sounds. The kids had a blast on all the broken toys and the adults enjoyed the broken chairs to sit in. Thankfully after all the junk was thrown away we still have chairs to sit in so we can all chat while the kids play.

Currently we have a dumpster in between our house and our neighbors house holding the contents of the vacant lot.

I got to eat lunch with these 2 kiddos last Wednesday. JL talked me into taking him to therapy. Surprise, when I got there, the head of the special ed program for Cullman City schools was going to sit in on our session. Well, that’s swell. Thanks for the heads up. I had told her about how awful EK had been doing in therapy, so I did have that going for us…better than flailing on the floor was a step up from what I had told her about. EK did fairly well. I threatened JL to behave and be a helper instead of a distraction. I’m not sure what I threatened him with…maybe his life, no, I wouldn’t do that.

 

 

Thursday, Jeb got LASIK surgery. I was more nervous than he was. So, I loaded up my reading material…house plans and Not a Fan (the book we’re reading in Sunday School…great book…convicting…steps on your toes). I had high hopes of picking out the house plan of our dreams and reading all of the chapter for Sunday School. I was adamant I wouldn’t watch his surgery. I walked back to sit with Jeb in the waiting area. We sat there for a while, and then they took him back. I got a wild hair, a surge of courage…I walked back to the observation window. I sat down. Jeb laid down on the table. I started reading. They started surgery. They put the thing in Jeb’s eye that kept it open, they started writing on his eye, then they made the flap to OPEN HIS EYE UP…um, that’s the time I started to feel a little light headed. I kept telling myself I’d be okay, I decided I should walk away. I walked to the waiting room. I walked up to the receptionist desk. I said, “I know this may sound weird, but I’m about to pass out and I don’t know what to do.” I thought about laying in the floor. I decided that might be weird. I said again, “I don’t know what to do.” I walked over and got some water and took it to a chair. The room started spinning. My leg started shaking involuntarily. I got very hot. I don’t remember what happened next. Then I remember starting to feel better. I took my jacket off and fanning myself. I ate lots of chocolate and drank more water. I don’t know if I passed out or not. I was by myself, so I guess I won’t ever know. :) Eventually Jeb got out of surgery and I went back to sit with him. He could already see better than before. It was amazing! I brought him back home and he laid down and took some medicine to make him stay asleep. He woke up the next morning seeing 20/15 without glasses. Crazy.

I realized how competitive I am during this process. Jeb can see without glasses and I still have to wear my glasses. And I was pretty sure I’d have a giant panic attack pass out freak out if I tried to get LASIK. I really struggled with it! If I get LASIK, which I am planning to do as of right now, know that it’s solely because I am competitive and I can’t let Jeb “beat” me. :) I’m not sure how I can prepare for it so that I don’t flip out when they put the laser into my eye. Small steps. I’m going to the consult first. Well, I haven’t even made an appointment yet. We have to save up money for that and the lot we’re buying to build on.

We had a couple come to look at our house Sunday. While they were here we took the kids and our neighbors kids to 32 degrees. We all had so much fun. We love hanging out with our neighbors. We will miss them terribly if we move. Our boys are just a few months difference from their boys. Every afternoon (well, the ones it’s above 60 degrees) we all gather in the lot between our houses and the kids play in the sand, ride their bikes, play in the fort, etc.

 

This week has been pretty low key so far. This afternoon I worked the book fair at school. EK stayed all day at school and even took a nap. She does so well there. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it , but she actually tells them when she needs to potty. Maybe someday she’ll do it here too.

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The verdict of the spend the night party was: success!  I texted Peyton’s mom on Sunday asking if Caden wanted us to pick him up before our church service and he said, “I want to spend as much time as possible with my friends.”  So glad he had a good time!

The verdict of night with Michael and Brittany was: success!  We always love catching up with Michael, the kids adore him, and we all loved Brittany too.

A couple weeks ago JL had Dr. Seuss week.  His teacher made it low key too.  I’m a big fan of that.  We had to send him in black for cat and the hat day.  Mrs. Betty sewed all of their hats.  Isn’t it cute?  He had to wear green on green eggs and ham day.  On “Oh The Places You Will Go” day he was supposed to dress up as what he wanted to be when he grew up, he chose a teacher…then a builder…then a teacher…then he was undecided.  We went with wearing his CCPS shirt and jeans because “Mrs. Amy said teachers wear regular clothes.”

This little girl is growing so fast.  She’s learning more and more words, it’s slow, but steady.  She’s definitely making progress.  We’ve had some issues with her complying in therapy and are trying to work through them.  The last couple of weeks have been MUCH better, so hopefully we’re past the brunt of the therapy battle.  We have an appointment for her to have a Sensory Integration Evaluation in April too.  She shows signs of having sensory issues, so hopefully this will help us know how to treat them.  She’s still loving school.  She’s started telling them when she needs to go to the bathroom.  She still doesn’t tell me at home, so hopefully she’ll start that soon.  We’re working on oral motor skills like tongue movement and trying to pronounce things correctly.  Like instead of “A-ee” saying “Amy” and being able to move her tongue from side to side and up and down.  She’s making progress, so that’s great!

She’s pretty funny these days.  

Caden is such a big boy now.  He can read so well.   I love how he can read pretty much anything I ask.  That is very helpful!

He loves to write too.  We were playing outside Sunday and the kids had been fantastic.  They were playing in the pile of sand our neighbor was using to mortar his bricks in his backyard (we live next to a builder).  Our neighbors were playing in the sand too, so no harm no foul for messing up the mortar sand.  They got tired of that, so they started playing on old broken toys our neighbors are getting rid of.  Currently they’re all piled in our empty lot between us.  It looks like an episode of Sanford and Son, but has provided much entertainment until the dumpster hauls them away.  Once they were tired of that they all decided they wanted Chad to drive them on the Razr.  Everything was well and good until H’s foot got stuck on the gas and then I’m not really sure about the part between the beginning of the story and the end…I do know how it ends… they flipped 1 1/2 times and landed on the side.  The boys were suspended in the air by their seat belts and Chad was thrown all around the Razr.  H got a burn on his neck (as you can read in Caden’s letter).  As soon as this happened my boys were emotionally FINE.  They escaped completely unscratched…and not emotionally traumatized.  I cannot say the same for Carrie and I.  I kept looking at Jeb, who of course happened to not be home when the incident occurred (he was at a SS teacher meeting) and saying “It just flipped.”  Which was a take off of “That dog just died” which is what we kept saying to each other after we went to visit friends for the first time ever and within 2 minutes of being there (and meeting their kids for the first time) their dog just died.  Like dead as a door nail.  For the next week we’d just look at each other and say, “That dog just died.”  It was emotionally traumatizing.  So, “it just flipped” was my catch phrase for a few days.  And Jeb would say, you’re still thinking about that?  Why yes, I am still thinking about what could have been and how I saw it all with my own eyes.  We are all so very thankful they are all in one piece and still living life like little growing boys should.  Here is the letter Caden wrote to his teacher IMMEDIATELY after it happened. (TRANSLATION:  Yesterday we went on a ride but unluckily we fell over. When we fell over I was hanging by the seat belt.  But luckily I didn’t get hurt.  But my friend Harrison got a scrape on his neck and his dad got a dent in his leg and my brother didn’t get hurt.  I think we should not do that again.  I don’t know how it happened.)

This guy turned the big 3-2 on March 9.  We had a fantastic weekend celebrating him!  We started his birthday out at Waffle House, which was interesting with our 3 kids.  I left feeling like I  needed to bathe in sanitizer and then take a shower.  After that Jeb played Skylanders with the kids and I cleaned up the house, which was fine with me.  I didn’t realize it would happen this soon…the kids already know more about certain things than I do.  Skylanders?  I have no clue about.  They were asking me questions in the car yesterday about which was the first water element, undead element, etc. they bought…I said I don’t know.  JL said, just guess mom.  I said, no, really I can’t even guess.  I have NO idea.  That’s something they do with Daddy.  I just go with them to spend their money buying new Skylanders.   Back to Jeb’s birthday, that night we went to Fleming’s with some of our best friends, The Yeagers, and had a blast as always.  The food was wonderful as was the conversation.  The guys always discuss new business opportunities and Jennifer and I discuss life and then throw in our 2 cents about the guys business plans.

I started this post a week or so ago…I feel pretty confident something new is going on, but I don’t know what it would be.  Honestly, it’s been pretty quiet around here.  Quiet is relative when you have 3 kids.  Nothing out of the ordinary is going on.  No kids are playing sports (amen).  There’s nothing going on with PTO at school.  Caden had a field trip last Friday to Sci-Quest, so EK stayed at school all day.  That was a pretty big deal for her.  We decided to stop going to our church for Sunday School and Daystar for Worship, we need to be committed to one church.  Jeb’s medical practice is doing well.  He’s seeing 65-75 patients a day.  The restaurant I couldn’t remember from the last post was Urban Cookhouse.  We’re selling the boys “Trash Pack.”  The bidding is up to $91…for rubber trash type things.  Crazy.  Our dryer burns our clothes when you put too many clothes in it.  After burning Pottery Barn sheets, one of Jeb’s favorite GAP non iron (so it’s my favorite too) shirts, and a few JCrew Shirts, we have decided we need a new dryer.  You might think we should just put less clothes in, but no, we have a super capacity washing machine…we fill it to capacity…and then the dryer can’t handle it.  I have someone cleaning the house weekly again instead of biweekly.  It has been a God send.  I can’t tell you how much it has lightened my load.  I’m actually sitting right now while EK is at school…all the clothes have been folded put away and ironed (except for the ones in the washer/dryer right now because lets face it…it never REALLY ends), the beds have been made, the floor is swept, and the counters are clean of clutter…it’s a March 20th miracle.  I haven’t made dinner though.  I should probably think about doing that.  My car’s pretty trashed though.  Oh, and I need to buy EK eggs for her egg hunt.  They were due today.  Oh well, maybe someday I’ll have it all together.  I guess that’s about all the random I can muster for one post.

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This may have been the best birthday yet.  We’re big on celebrating birthdays at our house.  Jeb wasn’t raised to treat birthdays as a holiday or Mardi Gras week…but he learned.  It did take a few years (and we’re still working on Mother’s Day).   He did a GREAT job this year!  We got to spend the weekend in Dallas together without kids.  Like I said in my last post, he took me to Capital Grille.  They put confetti on the table and wrote this little note for me.  

On my actual birthday, Ella Kate started school.  I am an only child.  I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned that.  I grew up getting a lot of attention.  On my birthday when I was younger, I remember wanting to sit in the middle of the circle and have everyone set their lawn chairs up around my chair so everyone could see me open presents.   Is anyone feeling sorry for what Jeb got himself into yet?  I fight my only child tendencies most days.  The day I don’t fight my tendencies at all is my birthday (oh and Mother’s Day). :)  So, my stomach was in knots until we got Ella Kate settled.  I had to put my birthday on hold until about 930.  Once we got her dropped off, i was ready to celebrate.  Jeb took me shopping.  I have been on a quest for the perfect jeans for years now.  Let me tell you, you WILL NOT FIND THEM AT OLD NAVY OR GAP.  I’ve even ordered some Sevens and some other fancy name ones from Piperlime, but the petites were still crazy long.  I have oompa loompa legs.  

I decided to take a picture of these because I didn’t think I liked them.  This was in JCrew.  These are petites.  See what I’m saying?!?  Do you see how long they are!?  I ended up buying some other jeans at Lucky in the Summit.  I am in LOVE.  I wore them 4 days without washing them and then had to wash and dry them so I could wear them again the next day.  Jeb’s even a believer in buying a good pair of jeans now.  They fit better, they don’t stretch-out, and they are just awesome.  My search is over.  Happy birthday to me.

After shopping, we went to lunch at Jason’s Deli.  I love their Turkey Wrap with fruit and dip!  LOVE IT!  Then it was time to pick up our pretty princess.  She was happy to see us, and had obviously not been crying.  It was my favorite part of my birthday.  I’ll talk more about that in the next post.

When we got back to Cullman, Jeb took the kids to run some errands and clean out my car.  I got to do some things around the house uninterrupted, which was HEAVEN.  They all got back and brought in this yummy treasure (which was gone in less than a week).

 

He’s so sweet.  I love making a big deal out of other peoples birthdays, so it was fun for someone to make a big deal out of mine (other than my parents). :) Then Jeb took me outside and showed me the other thing he picked up for me:

 

I LOVE it!  I have wanted one since we moved to Cullman.  They are outside businesses all over Cullman.  A little hardware store in town makes them.  They’re just different and fun.  He remembered I wanted one and took all 3 kids into the hardware store to get one for me.  :)  That was a feat in itself!

I had a great birthday, and am so thankful for Jeb, my family, and friends who made it so special. :)

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The next 3 posts are going to overlap some.  I would do one long post, but it would take me days to finish it and no one but my mom would actually read the whole thing. :) We went to Dallas, I celebrated my birthday there, then on my actual birthday EK started her first day of preschool.  I’ll try not to repeat too much. :)

So, we woke up at 3:45 Friday morning.  It was an ungodly hour, but no kids were awake…so that made it a little easier.  We had a friend come over at 4am and get the run down about EK’s ears and such.  She stayed with the kids until Jeb’s parents came into town that night.  We are so very thankful for friends and family who are willing to hang out with our kiddos while we get some time to ourselves.

We boarded our plane around 630am.  Being up that early while only caring for myself wasn’t bad at all.  I don’t know if I ever realized how much easier it was when I didn’t travel with kids. :) Jeb did Sudoku, I read magazines (and here’s where Jeb would pipe up and say, “if by read you mean looked at the pictures” – and he wouldn’t be lying).

When we got into Dallas we got our Chevy Malibu and headed over to Denton to see some of our favorites, The Vicks!  The McGuirks were visiting them as well, so that was double the fun.  It was shaping up to be an awesome weekend already.

We ate brunch at a local cafe called “Cafe Loco.”  It was so very yummy.  I decided on steak tacos…which turned out to be a theme for the weekend.  I’ve ruined Mexican for myself for at least a week.  I ate it approximately 2 meals per day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  We chatted at the Vick’s house and then went to a neat little artsy section of Dallas.  We had to head out early because Jeb was taking me out to a fun birthday dinner.  When we left Denton we headed to our hotel to check in and change clothes.  We noticed some people who were dressed in an interesting way, but we didn’t think much of it.  Once we got into the hotel we noticed TONS of them.  Turns out there was an Anime Fest Convention at our hotel.  Seriously?  Yeah, these things happen to us.  Not sure why, but they do.  I do love a good story though.

Not only did we have Anime-palooza at our hotel, but we also seemed to book the official Michigan hotel.  For every 10 Michigan fans there was approximately 1 Alabama fan.  I’m not even kidding. It took us what seemed like 10 years to check in because…did I mention there was an Anime Fest going on?  Yeah, they all had to check in too.

The restaurant was recommended by Dana, and it was SO good.  It’s called the Capital Grill.  We had the best wine we’ve ever had and the steak was absolutely to die for too.  I wish I was eating it right now.  Sadly, if I ate steak with crab meat and cream sauce every night, I’d weigh 300 lbs.

We got back to our hotel, dealt with the heat in our room because of the “green initiative” they have in place (the air conditioning doesn’t come on until you enter the room)…I know first world problem…but I want my air conditioning…WE PAID FOR IT.

So, that brings us to Saturday…GAME DAY!  It was the day we’d been waiting to come for over a year.  As soon as we heard Alabama would be playing at Cowboy stadium we said we’d be there…little did I know, we actually would be there and we’d have tickets to sit in a BOX!!  Gameday was on in our room and the thought of fall was in the air…the feeling…not so much, it was approximately 132 degrees outside.  Dallas is the hottest place I’ve ever been in my life…and I was determined to wear my new cowboy boots Jeb got me for my birthday.

Like I said, there were about 10 Michigan fans for every 1 Alabama fan.  It could have been really ugly if we had lost.  Southern Hospitality is just that…southern.  Mom and Dad picked us up to head over to the stadium early.  We wanted to take in all the ambiance it had to offer…however it was HOT…did I mention that?  We ended up in the McDonald’s in Walmart.  Keeping it classy.

And we passed the time by looking at our phones, eating ice cream, and drinking diet coke.  We stopped by to see a few friends on our way into the stadium, and then saw a few more after we got in.  Strangest thing…we were cheering doing our thing in our box, and looked at the box next to ours and a friend from college who works for Tyson in Arkansas was over there!  So crazy!

This is our view.  My word, it was wonderful.  We had shrimp, salad, chips, dip, some sort of fried cheese mexican blessing from the Lord, steak fajitas, fruit, pizza, dessert bars, brownies, ice cream, and cute little personalized M&Ms that said Cowboys, oh and all the drinks you cared to partake of.  The whole experience ranked up there with top 5 of my lifetime experiences (you know not counting, marriage, babies, becoming a Christian…only counting entertainment).  I think this would take a close 2nd to the U2 concert we went to last July.

This is Jeb, my parents, and I excited after our victory.  Good times.  But the weekend wasn’t over!  We still had more family to see Sunday and more friends…Dallas was so fun.

We met my Aunt and Uncle and 2 cousins at Abuelo’s Sunday for lunch.  I am sad to say I didn’t get a picture of us all.  We had lots of fun catching up on college, new jobs, family stuff, etc.

Jeb and I headed out to try to see a few more friends before they headed home, and then spend some time with the ones who were staying.  I get anxious about…well, you name it and I can get anxious about it…boots closing in on me so that I can’t ever get them off? check.  Caden hitting me in the neck with a floor pillow and hearing my neck crack and automatically thinking of the 2 cervical spine fractured football players from the day before? check….so, any who, I was a bit anxious about hanging out with people on the day we were flying out of town.  Yeah, we were flying out at 8:30, but I still thought we needed to be NEXT TO THE AIRPORT…JUST IN CASE.  However, I fought every anxious bone in my body, and we hung out.  We went to Starbucks, Freebirds (which I hear it’s a travesty that I had already eaten and didn’t even try food from here), and then back to the Vicks.

Best picture ever.

We enjoyed fellowship and encouragement.  I got to talk to Kelly about cochlear implant stuff (her son has had them much longer than EK).  We ate food…lots of food.  We watched the Grape Lady video on you tube multiple times.  We laughed a lot.  We talked decorating.  We talked about churches and Jesus.  It was so refreshing.

Us with the Vicks

Me, Kelly, Rachel, and Dana

Josh, Ryan, Jeff, and Jeb

We came home refreshed, encouraged, and ready to see our babies.  We haven’t really been without the kids for any length of time since…well, mom and dad kept them when we moved to Cullman so I could get unpacked, Jeb’s parents kept Caden when he was the only one and Jeb and I went to Disney with my parents.  Other than that, it’s been a day or two here and there…that’s all we could get worked out schedule wise.  So, we are very thankful for our friend working it out so she could keep the kids until Jeb’s parent’s could get here, and then for Jeb’s parent’s keeping them AND fixing a leaky faucet that had caused water damage in the basement, and for my parents for the AMAZING seats at the football game.  We are so very blessed with friends and family.  I’ll be back soon with more birthday and EK’s first day of school. :) Oh, and just in case you were wondering…we got to the airport in PLENTY of time. :) No need to worry.

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Happy Father’s Day to my awesome hubs.  We all love you to pieces.  The kids light up when you walk in the door after work, and let’s face it, I do too.  :)  Thank you for being the spiritual leader in our family.  You are such a great daddy to our munchkins, and I am so thankful for you!

Happy Father’s Day to my daddy too.  I don’t have any recent pictures of us together (Dad, we should take care of that), so here are a few of him with our littles.  My dad has always been on top of it with giving me advice, sometimes I would want it, and sometimes I wouldn’t…regardless…he was almost ALWAYS right!  It’s crazy.  The older I get the more I appreciate his wisdom and the advice that comes from it.  Dad makes me laugh, a lot of it comes from past experiences, and inside jokes.  I do love an inside joke.  Thanks dad for the 30ish years of love, talks, laughs, inside jokes, wisdom, lunch dates, and bail outs (those came mostly during high school and college when I’d make a not so smart decision and he’d help me get out of it…like buying my Camry from me when I couldn’t afford the payment anymore). I love you!

And, as an aside, my mom gets the short end of the stick when it comes to blog posts about her on Mother’s Day.  On mother’s day I’m always trying to relax and enjoy my day to the fullest, so I never end up blogging.  So, she’s going to get part of the Father’s Day blog post.  My mom is awesome too.  We have a great relationship.  She listens to countless questions from Jeb and I about business related things, and answers every single one of them.  She comes down every Thursday to help me with the kids and bring dinner to us.  She loves on our babies, and they adore her.  She has turned into a friend, and I am so thankful for the relationship I have with her.

From these pictures, you can see some of the reasons why our kids love their Neena. :) She’s not afraid to climb and slide…

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These past 9ish years have been a bit of a blur, college graduation, marriage, moving, medical school, job changes, moving again, more medical school, baby, residency, another baby, more residency, baby number 3, hearing issues, hearing aids, cochlear implants, therapy….and along the way….LOADS of laughs from our little munchkins.

This morning I spilled coffee on my MacBook and while frantically trying to get it off all of these pages and applications were popping up, and I saw a Pages document where I copied all my Facebook status updates from the past years.  I died laughing at some of them…at the risk of you thinking this is way less funny than I do, I am going to share some of the updates with you.

  • “Caden just told me he puts his necklace on when he wants to look his best.”  May 2009 (4 yrs. old)
  • For part of family worship we made shadrach, meshach, and abednego out of sugar cookies. I put them in “fiery furnace”(oven) and accidentally left them in too long.  I burned them. oops…family worship lesson gone awry.
  • Read David and Goliath to caden & was talking about life application. Caden said “David got Goliath just like Peter Pan got Captain Hook.” – June 2009 (4 years old)
  • I say, “Caden,what did you learn about in sunday school?”. He says, “recycling” – October 2009 (almost 5 yrs. old)
  • Caden wrote a letter to Santa at the mall. It said, How was your summer?, How was your day?, and What’s your favorite place? – December 2009 (5 years old)
  • After singing The 1st Noel during family worship…Jeb: Caden, do you know what Noel means? Caden: No, it’s the 1st Snow Elf. Not Noel. -December 2009 (5 years old)
  • “I made a Bethlehem star that does everything. It even shoots baby Jesus dolls out of the top.” -Caden – January 2010 (5 years old)
  • Me: I’d like to take a shower in peace. Please only come back here if you are dying. Caden: what kind of dying? – January 2010 (5 years old)
  • Caden to Jeb and I: ‎”because sometimes you’re wrong and I’m right. Because you don’t know everything.”Jeb: “You’re right, I don’t know everything, but I know more than you. And I know you need a nap.” February 2010 (5 years old)
  • JL: Girls smell like eggs Me: Who taught you that? JL: Um, boys. – February 2010 (5 years old)
  • “Don’t yike go home. Ride pirates.” -JL (Translation: he wants to ride pirates of the Caribbean instead of going home) April 2010 (2 years old)
  • While playing a game on the iPod touch Caden says, ” Mom, I’m calling these knights woman because they are annoying.” I have no idea where he gets this stuff. July 2010 (5 years old)
  • Jeb to all the ppl at the outlet mall: “I know I look cool in my swagger wagon drinking my juice box. You all want me but you can’t have me. “
  • ‎”I don’t want to live in China because they take your Bible away and you have to pee in a hole.” -Caden. I love that kid. August 2010 (5 years old)
  • JL’s note from his PreK teacher: “Had a great day. Very well behaved. All the girls want to play with him.”
  • JL & I had a long convo about Jesus dying and rising again, the soldiers, the cross, etc. I said, you know what we say? He is risen. He is risen indeed. He said, “You know what we say about Alabama football? Roll tide.” February 2011 (3 years old)
  • C: what is a pound? I explain…  C: you know, if you replace 3 tbsp of sugar a day with Splenda, you could lose up to 10 lbs in a year?  Me: where did you hear that?!?  C: the T-E-V-E.  February 2011 (5 years old)
  • Jeb: Caden this is important…tell me the lead singer of U2.  Caden: Barak Obama  Jeb: no. That’s the president of the United states. Caden: Bono!!  Jeb: yes! Next is aaaddd…  JL: Adam and Eve!!  Jeb: no adam Clayton.  September 2011 (Caden-5, JL-3)
  • Me to c: neena asked how much the tooth fairy brings at our house.
    C: looks at me with a furrowed brow…”she’s not real…just like leprechauns aren’t real” December 2011 (6 years old)

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It seems all I’ll have time to do for the next few months is update with bullet points, and I’ll tell you why…

  • EK and Livi after we fed the ducks

    I’ve taken EK out of preschool. She needed to have more one on one time with me and I needed to be working with her more therapy wise, so we do therapy for most of the time the boys are in school. We do ling checks, we play with doll houses, we do learn to listens, we search for eggs, hide under boxes, make cars go, and on and on and on. I feel like I talk ALL DAY LONG…just to input language into her head. It’s so worth it though.
  • Some of EK’s new words are snack (“ack”), treat (“teat”), drink (“dink”), potty (“pie”), all done (awe), wipe (wi), Poopoo (poopoopoo), Boo boo (boo boo), no (“mo”), walk (“wak”). Other words she says are more, sit, stay, eye,
  • The learn to listens she says and recognizes are monkey (ooh for ooh ooh ee ee), cow (moo), cat (eeeeoo for meow), dog (woof woof), snake (ssss), train (oooo for woo woo), boat (puh), car (brrrr for broom beep beep), pig (oink), horse (she tries to do the click noise with her tongue), and that’s all I can remember right now.
  • We’re potty training. She’s doing so much better than I anticipated! She has a couple of accidents a day, but she will catch herself if she has an accident and she finishes on the potty. There have been many days we’ve headed out in undies and she’s stayed dry. Tonight we went to JL’s tball game and she stayed completely dry the whole time, and she even drank a Capri Sun while we were there. So proud of my princess.
  • Caden read a level “I” book to me. I’m pretty sure that doesn’t mean anything to most of you. I think it’s the level you have to be at to pass 1st grade. Caden is in Kindergarten. Crazy. He asks me how to spell things all the time. Well, bottom line, he just asks questions all the time. He has a zest for knowledge like no other…well…a zest for knowledge just like his daddy. I can’t wait until he’s old enough and I can just tell him to google it when I don’t know the answer. :)
  • Caden getting kisses from Livi while we waited on JL and Cameron to finish practice

  • TBall is in full swing. We’ve made it through the month of practice. JL and Caden both had practice Mondays and Thursdays. Monday they both had practice from 6 to 730. Thursday Caden had practice from 430 to 6 and JL from 6 to 730. We’re having trouble getting home and getting them rested enough to have energy and be level headed during practice (and by they I mean Caden). JL doesn’t have an energy/level headed problem per se. His is more a focus issue.

    John Luke, Colin, Caden, and Micah J at Colin's Bday party

  • JL’s first game was tonight. He only came off the field once because he was bored. I feel like that was a success. He was on 3rd after his last time at bat, and he ran off the field because he needed to potty. Ha! Tomorrow he has another game and then Caden has one more right after it. I liked it a lot more when we only had one kid playing a sport. Caden and JL are already asking to play soccer in the fall. Hoping they decide which sport they want to focus on soon…and hoping they chose different ones.

    Colin and JL. Coach had to separate them because they were playing on the field instead of paying attention to the game. :)

  • I’ve been playing draw something during my down time at night, well doing that, folding clothes, ironing, balancing the checkbook, and snacking a ridiculous amount. I’ve also been watching reruns of Psych. I love Psych! It makes me laugh and is so well written.

We’ve been playing outside a lot! Apparently EK has fairer skin than the rest of us because she’s burned a few times already and it’s only April 2. Nuts. When Jeb’s off work we have such a fun time playing outside as a family! We have fun when I’m home with them too, but it’s just even more fun when daddy’s here too. :)

We take walks around the block

This is a see saw rocker I bought off Zulily.com. The kids had fun with it yesterday!

  • Today Caden had a class field trip to Guillon Farms in Sommerville. It was such a neat little farm. The kids got to see hens and get an egg (and dye it since it’s almost Easter), fish with hot dogs (praise the Lord I didn’t have to bait a hook with worms or crickets), plant grass seeds, ride a wagon, till some soil, milk a cow, pet some chicks, rabbits, goats, have an egg hunt, and play with their friends. By the time it was all said and done Caden was worn out (and so was I). No rest for the weary though. He played on his phone the whole way home, then we stopped for ice-cream and brownies at CFA, and then he had another egg hunt at home. Grangran and Grandaddy came and kept the little two so I could go with Caden and they had eggs ready to hunt. Caden LOVES an Easter egg hunt. I’m starting to think it’s not good for his competitive side though. Here are some photos from the day…

Fishing

Milking a Cow

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JL wrote his letters. I think he got tired of writing once he got to "S."

So, we’re still here. We’ve been pretty busy, but what’s new? I have to leave to pick the kids up in a couple of minutes, but I just wanted to write a few things we’ve been up to..

  • JL is learning his letters, as you can see above. This was done with no prompting of what letter came next or how to write his letters. I think this goes along with what Jeb and I say all the time. JL will be a challenge in school because it’s not that he can’t do it, it’s just that he doesn’t feel like it. Once he decides he wants to do something he excels at it. Just a couple of months ago I was desperately trying to get him to learn his letters. I would bribe him with candy. We would go to the letter rug in the playroom and he was supposed to jump from one letter to the next one I called out. I made a game out of it…a game where you get candy…and he still acted like he had no clue what a “d” or a “p” or an “e” or really any letter I might have called looked like…except for “j” and “l.” And then all the sudden one day he starts to watch Leap Frog and decides it’s cool to be smart.
  • JL eats everything in sight still. He will eat dinner and then have a lunchable for “snack” after dinner. He eats a lunchable, yogurt, applesauce, chips, fruit snacks, and juice for lunch every day. He’s not over weight. Apparently he has a high metabolism, or maybe he burns it off while practicing his ninja moves.
  • Ella Kate is learning more and soaking more in every day. She is still taking her time on when she wants to start talking in sentences, phrases, or even enunciating an entire word. I still feel like we’re making progress with her. She tries to copy words I say. She also has learned to put her implants and her glasses back on. She tells me when one of her implants falls off by yelling “ahhhh.” We’re still working on the yelling. She gets so excited sometimes and has trouble controlling her volume level.
  • Caden is still doing well in school. He’d prefer to stay home and put legos together and watch TV, but he doesn’t fight going to school too badly. He’s learning to read well. He can sound out just about anything. He reads signs to me all the time. He is also learning addition, subtraction, and counting money. I’m pretty sure I didn’t learn any of that in kindergarten. I remember learning about dinosaurs.
  • The boys are both playing T-ball this spring. Caden has the same coach he had for soccer, and the assistant coach is a dad of a friend from his class. He has a total of 5 friends on his team. So fun! John Luke has 2 of his best friends on his team. So fun! Caden starts practice Monday. Not sure about JL. We should probably buy them a glove at some point.
  • Jeb is working a lot more right now, so we don’t see a whole lot of him. The clinic is staying open until 6pm, and he’s seeing a total of at least 90 patients a day. He’s pretty zapped when he gets home. This week he’s working/worked Monday-Saturday with exception of Thursday, then he’s off Sunday and works Monday and Tuesday. When you’re seeing that many patients and having to stay late to finish up stuff you couldn’t get done during the day, it gets pretty tiring.

So, that’s what’s going on with all of my people. I’m just about the same. Nothing new. Just taking care of my little ones and my hubby. Watching Ninjago with the boys. Cooking dinners. Doing laundry. Washing dishes. Staying up too late. Drinking diet drinks. Surfing the internet for good sales. Pinning stuff on Pinterest. And trying to put my OCD tendencies to good use by organizing Legos…without losing my mind.

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These last couple of weeks have been quite a doozy. Is doozy a real word? Who knows?

Jeb’s grandpa had been ill so 2 weekends ago we went down to Opp to spend time with Jeb’s family and say our earthly goodbyes to Daddy Bill. We headed down there saturday and came back Sunday. We got a call early Wednesday morning that Daddy Bill had passed from this life into eternity with his Savior. He lived a full life. It was an amazing life. He owned a grocery store, owned a jewelry store for close to 60 years, was married to the same woman for 65 years, was in the navy, loved his family, and most importantly loved Jesus. Funerals are never easy or fun, but when the person lived a life like Daddy Bill it does make it easier…it is hard for those of us left behind but we know he is in a better place.

The service was just beautiful. The pastors had wonderful things to say about Daddy Bill. It seemed perfect.

We spent Thursday thru Saturday spending time with Jeb’s family. We
Talked about Daddy Bill. Talked about his last days. Talked about the hugs he was giving people he was seeing in heaven (so cool by the way) and the angels he saw in his room ( again, so cool). We discussed his life. We got caught up with each others lives. We got to see old friends. It was as good as it possibly could be in such a circumstance.
The kids did really well. We explained what was going on multiple times. I’m pretty sure Caden gets it. JL, not so much. That’s ok though. He has plenty of time to grow up and realize life isn’t perfect and happy all the time. They LOVED seeing their cousins. They played and played and screamed and laughed and then started all over again. It really was a special weekend for us all.

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He was a *little* upset their Big Wheel had fallen into 4 pieces. They literally rode it until it fell apart.

He was much happier on Christmas Day when he realized he was getting an even better Big Wheel