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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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So, Caden turned 7 last month! 7?!?! There is no way I can put any spin on that to make him my baby anymore. He’s growing up and I’m so proud of the young man he’s becoming.
He decided he wanted dinner, a movie, and a sleepover for his party.

Caden had a specific menu he wanted for his little dinner with his buddies. He wanted Papa Murphy’s Pizza, Crackers with cheese squares and pepperoni, and cheese puffs. We’re not big on cake around here…that’s not to say we don’t like sweets, it’s just we don’t eat a lot of cake…so instead of cake, C got cookies as his birthday “cake.” He arranged his cracker tray and it made me smile so big.

Caden had a Trash Pack party. His banner said Scrappy Birthday and he decorated with Trashies he had created.

He was *kind of* excited about his present. After dinner and present opening time Jeb took the boys to see Wreck it Ralph. They said it was great, even Jeb! Ella Kate and I stayed at home. We ended up having Bunco at our house that night in the basement. It was a little crazy, but apparently crazy life is the new normal.

Here are the boys after their sleepover. They went to bed around 1015 and woke up around 7. No one got up in the middle of the night. It was a success!

We had the boys a little combined birthday party with my family a couple of Saturdays after Caden’s birthday. It was very relaxed and we had a good time. My parents and both sets of grandparents came. We made it into a Thanksgiving Celebration. We spent Thanksgiving with Jeb’s family this year, so we celebrated early with my fam.

Meemaw even brought a craft for the kids to do. Turkey cookies!

Here are the boys after everyone had gone home. So sweet. :)

And, the final birthday party! John Luke had a Wild Kratts party at Air it Out. Here he is with his best friend, Collin.

And with Sadie.

There were about 25 kids there. It makes this mama feel so warm and fuzzy to know her little boy is loved by others. It makes my day to see him smile. :)

He has LOVED this game. It’s Disney Headbandz. He’s not quite old enough to not need help when asking questions, but that makes it hillarious. We played Sunday night as a family and I don’t think I’ve laughed that hard in a while. JL was cracking me up. JL: “Am I a person?” Jeb: “Yes” JL: Am I fire? Jeb: “No!” JL: Am I a person? Jeb: Yes! JL: Am I fiiiirrree?? Jeb: No! -Later- JL: Am I a dog? Jeb: Yes JL: Am I Pluto? Jeb: Yes, Did you cheat? JL: Yeeeesssss!

And today was JL’s actual birthday. He got a DS and has told everyone he’s seen or talked to about it. He’s pretty excited!

So, we officially have a 7, 5, and 3 year old in our house. Where has the time gone?!?

Happy Birthday to 2 of the coolest kids I know. Daddy and I love you boys to pieces.

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A couple weeks ago we went to The McWane Center to celebrate Dr. Woolley’s 300 implant recipients.  He’s done many more than 300 implants since most of the kids he implants now are bilateral.  EK wouldn’t look at the camera for our pic with Dr. Woolley…probably because the room we were in was LOUD and full of people.  We are so thankful for the gift of cochlear implants and are forever grateful for them and Dr. Woolley.  The McWane Center is such a neat place, but I was happy to be headed home afterwards.  I’m not much of a museum person…especially with a 3, 4, and 6 year old.  

We’ve been doing therapy as usual.  We decided to mix it up a little and put together a Mr. Potato Head.  EK did this by herself!  I told her to pick up various body parts and put them in, and she would do it.  Yay!  She was proud of herself too.

We’re still reading books nightly.  This particular night Caden read aloud to me while I was cleaning up the kitchen.  Jeb was working late, and we had to make it work.  EK decided she would “read” with him.  It was fantastic.  What she was “reading” made NO sense, but was priceless nonetheless.

I’ve been a regular up at Caden’s school too.  EK started preschool there.  I expected the worst when I picked her up the first day.  Much to my dismay, they went on and on about how awesome she did.  They were so impressed with how well she learned routines, sat in group time, etc.  We decided to extend her to 3 hours 2 times a week.  She did fine with the extra hour, but it messed up our therapy we did at home.  We decided to change it back to 2 hours, and add an extra day.  She’s going 3 days a week, 2 hours a day.  I am so thankful for this little class.  They work one on one with EK, as well as give her time to interact with other kids her age (who aren’t her brothers)…and she doesn’t have to be potty trained to go. :) The past couple of weeks have been full of box tops, fall festival, Golden Apple, and Parent Picnic.

Here’s the basket me and the other homeroom mom got together.  This is one of the fund raisers for the school PTO.  It’s a basket for the silent auction.  Our basket brought in $190. :)

The wretched box tops I had to count, cut, and separate for Caden’s class.  In case you are wondering how many are in the 3 gallon zip lock bags, that would be 1600.  1,600 box tops.  So far, Caden’s class is winning.  Caden is so excited they will probably win the pizza party given to the class who brought in the most box tops.

Golden Apple is awarded to students displaying “good citizenship.”  We are so proud of Caden for his award. :)

After the Golden Apple presentation I took the little kids home to do a quick therapy session before we had to get back to the school for Caden’s Class Picnic.

After the picnic I checked Caden out of school and we geared up for a fun weekend!  We headed to Walmart, like we usually do on Fridays.  We buy our dip ingredients on Fridays.  Last weekend we had 3 dips.  It was UA vs. UT, so that called for a lot of dips.  We had Pioneer Womans Black Eyed Pea Dip, Buffalo Chicken Dip, and Snickers Dip.  I think I’ve gained 10lbs this football season.

Saturday morning Jeb woke up wanting donuts, so he took the little 2 with him. JL had just gotten his Toad costume the day before, so he decided he should wear it to the Donut shop.  EK couldn’t be the only one without a costume on, so she found her skirt and put it on top of her pajamas.  I got them all to pose before they left, because I needed proof of what they went out in public wearing. :)

Later we made caramel apples, went to the boys soccer games, glittered pumpkins, ate dip, and watched football.  Such a fun fall Saturday!

Before soccer, dipping our apples in caramel…

After soccer decorating our caramel apples…

Decorating pumpkins with glue and glitter.

Jeb has a new little football set up.  He watches 3 games at once now.  Ella Kate kind of likes it.  She sits her little chair in front of one of the little tvs and just takes it all in. :)  

This past week we’ve been immersed in planning for the Fall Festival.  I’m PTO Treasurer, which I’ve found out is more than just writing checks every now and then.  The Fall Festival was a huge success, but full of stress along the way.  We are so thankful for the school Caden goes to and the parent involvement.  We ended up making close to $6000 for CCPS.  

This past weekend we made Mississippi Sin Dip in honor of playing MSU.  It was about as good as MSU.  It had the potential to be good, but fell short when it counted.

We also had:

Crock Pot Cream Cheese Chicken Chili
2 chicken breasts, still frozen
1 can Rotel tomatoes
1 can corn kernels, do not drain
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 pkg. Ranch dressing mix
1 T cumin
1 t chili powder
1 t onion powder
1 8-oz pkg. cream cheese
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Put the chicken in the crock pot.
Top with the tomatoes, corn,
the drained and rinsed beans,
ranch dressing, cumin, onion and chili powders,
stir to combine then top with the cream cheese.
Cook on low for 6-8 hours, stirring one or twice
to blend in the cheese.
Shred the chicken into large pieces
and serve over rice.
Can also serve in tortillas or taco shells.
Serves 4
This was SO easy and it was phenomenal.  It will definitely make it in the regular rotation of soups around here.
Today we went to our niece’s 8th birthday party.  The kids had a great time, like they always do with their cousins.  When we got home I took a few pictures of the boys looking cute in their warm jammies.  I take pictures of Ella Kate all the time, but I don’t take them of the boys too often.  After we got EK to bed tonight (she fell asleep on the way home from Millbrook) we did our Bible story time together and I took some phone pictures of the boys.  So thankful for these two wild kids.  They make me laugh on a daily basis.  They are so full of love, thoughtfulness, and crazy. :)

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Ella Kate would like to tell you, she’s so excited about the Cullman city school system agreeing to provide her with AV Therapy!  They will be paying for her to go to therapy in Birmingham at the HEAR Center.  We are praising the Lord!  These meetings were prayed over, and we give Him 100% of the credit for the outcome.

She’s pretty pumped.  :)  We had a 2 1/2 hour meeting Monday morning trying to revise her IEP.  I am very pleased with the outcome.  She will continue 1 hour of speech therapy in Bham 1 time per week and also start the preschool at the Primary school in our city.  She will resume School for Hearing when she is 100% potty trained.  I don’t want to put her in and then her have another accident. We may wait until November or so…

Remember the adoption fundraiser I mentioned in the last post?  This is the treat John Luke wanted from Frostings.  He called it a “cookie burger.”  It was close to the size of this head.  He ate approximately 1/8 of it and said he was finished. $5 well spent.  Glad 25% of it went to Jim and Kelly to bring Anna Grace home from The Congo.

This makes for some interesting conversations with Caden.  He has quite a time saying different words right now with his lack of teeth.  He has to try multiple times to say certain things.  He has 2 teeth growing in on the bottom, and no teeth on the top.  We’re having family pictures made in 3 weeks.  :)

This is our neighborhood biker gang.  Aren’t they fierce?  One of EK’s favorite things to do when she gets home is to go play with them and steal one of their bikes to ride.  :)

We had speech therapy today and we have 10 vocab words to work on with EK this week.  She’s going to be “tested” next Tuesday to see if she’s learned her words and can say them.  This is a new challenge for EK.  Hoping we’re to the point where she can rise to the challenge.  I have high expectations for her.  Praying she decides to not be stubborn, and meet my expectations. :)

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We started a new tradition this year.  The boys got to pick where they wanted to eat the night before school started.  They thought it was so fun.  We went to Papa Murphy’s for JL to get a Mini Murph.  Jeb and I got our pizza there as well. A Mini Murph is a kid sized pizza they get to make when they get home.  He loved it.  

 

Caden wanted Little Caesar’s, so we went to TWO pizza places.  He got a whole large pizza to himself, so he decided he would share with EK since she didn’t have an opinion on the matter.  We memorialized Caden’s first visit to the Little Caesar’s by beating the “Pizza Pizza” saying into the ground that night….and by we I mean me.  I’m good at running things into the ground…sayings, food, songs, shows, you name it I can do it.

 

 

 

We got everyone to bed early, back packs packed, lunches made, clothes ironed, and yeah maybe that’s it.  Everyone woke up bright and early and we had time to take some pictures before school.  Here are the kids before school last year, and then this year.  Here’s Caden…he’s a big 1st grader now.  That seems so much older than Kindergarten.

And, this one makes me so sad.  He isn’t my baby boy anymore.  I’m not sure when it happened…

 

I will add EK’s picture after her first day of school.  She starts September 4.  We are so excited about this opportunity for her.  I think she is going to do awesome.

Here we are with Caden at school…

 

 

He looks so grown up doesn’t he?  

 

Here JL is outside his little pre-school.

 

When we got into his classroom he was attacked by 2 boys who love him.  They gave him big hugs.  I couldn’t get a picture quick enough.

 

Everyone had a great first week.  There wasn’t too much whining about having to go back every day.  They both had soccer practice 2 times last week and games on Saturday and we’re all still in one piece and have our sanity.  We’ve enforced 8pm bedtimes (which gets them to bed by 830…which is better than summertime 930 bedtime).  I’m hoping this week gets us squared away with a routine for them, so we can get started on adding EK’s school and our commute to it into the routine.

 

 

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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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Last Sunday EK wore the cross necklace Grammy and Gramps gave her…

…and it survived!! The necklace still all in one piece!

EK got her own rain boots, so now she doesn’t have to wear mine, Caden’s, or John Luke’s!

EK got to sit in the back with JL. For months I wouldn’t let her because she’d take off her implants and/or glasses. This was a big day. :)

The boys put on a puppet show. It was the highlight of my day. This was one of the tickets. The puppet show had to do with raining, and there was some mention of Jesus in it too. It was kind of hard to follow. :)

JL had a petting zoo come to his school last week. He asked us to come with him to see the animals. EK loved seeing them.

JL hugging on EK in the hall. They LOVE each other. :)

The boys got to rest on the couch bed while we waited on Daddy to get home last week. He had to do some work at church, so it was late. This is a rare treat, so they were excited!

Showing daddy her beads we bought to make her new bracelets. She is now the owner of 4 new bracelets, and she’s also acquired JL’s Spiderman ring.

The boys after their semi-final tournament game. They lost, but most of the team was still in good spirits afterwards (when I say most, I don’t include Caden, but that’s a story for another day).

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So, this week is Spring Break in our neck of the woods.  Yeah, I know, there are only 3 weeks of school left once we get back.  It has something to do with testing and test scores.  Anywho, today was day 1.  We did a lot of  playing around the house this morning.  Mario, tea parties, Legos, cars, Magnext, Iron Man, TV, doll house, instruments, computer, and then it was 8:30…just kidding…it did feel like that we’d been here forever though.  I’m not big on staying home for long periods of time.  We ate lunch and then I tried to put EK down for a nap to no avail.  So, I realized no one was napping, which meant no rest for the weary.  Sad story.  So, we packed up the car and headed to Chick fil A for ice cream.  We got a milkshake for Jeb and headed up to Hartselle.

Once we got back home I started cooking dinner, I know shocking.  I can say with 98% certainty I have cooked a total of no more than 4 dinners in the past 1 month….unless you count frozen pizza, grilled cheese, or lunchables as cooking.  I used the new Kraft Takes chicken breading.  

It was actually very good.  It was pretty easy to make.  Unfortunately, there was not an all in one easy clean up included in the all in one breading.  I feel like it takes just as long to clean up dinner as it does to make it…sometimes longer.

I saw the light at the end of the tunnel, or day as it was, once we got back from seeing Jeb.  I LOVE our kids.  Love them to death, but the monotony of staying at home and all the bickering and cries of boredom get old very quick.  That moment when Jeb walks through the door is a breath of fresh air.  I’m pretty sure angels sing in the background as he comes in, or maybe that’s just in my head.  Tonight when he came in, we had already eaten and the kids were in the bath.  He swooped in, took a couple bites of his dinner, and then went to bathe the kids while I continued cleaning the kitchen.  He is the best (and by the way, he’s folding and putting away clothes as I write this).  After baths, the brownies were ready.  Yeah, I guess I didn’t think that through very well.  The kids ate brownies while Jeb ate dinner.  

We played for a few minutes in the living room, and then while Jeb was putting EK to bed Caden decided his tooth was too loose to stay in his mouth.  We worked on it for a while, gauze, floss, tweezers, and nothing seemed to work.  I gave up and I gave him some tyelnol.  Apparently he didn’t give up though, he came back into the kitchen with instructions on how to get it to come out.  I pushed it back like he said, and then pulled up…and…..…out it came.  He was so happy!  I can’t believe he’s getting so big.  The tooth fairy was apparently to generous for the first tooth.  She gave $5.  The 2nd tooth was only worth $3.  She decides how much to give on a whim apparently.  She also had the foresight to tell Caden to put his 2nd tooth in a ziploc bag so it could be easily found under his pillow.  Caden knows the tooth fairy isn’t real by the way.  We talk about the tooth fairy and how she’s coming to bring money, but he knows it’s me/or Jeb.  JL asked tonight if she was real.  We asked him what he thought and he said she was real and he was “going to the deep dark woods to find her.” Ha!  He’s so funny.

So, tonight ended on such a happy note.  We were all together, which I don’t feel like happens enough.  We’re on day 6 of working 8 out of 9 days.  Caden lost his tooth.  Everyone was getting along.  EK was babbling.  I get discouraged about EK’s language sometimes.  I wonder if she’ll  ever “get it.”  We work so hard, we do ling checks, sing, work on body parts, doll house, learn to listens, etc. and I don’t get a lot from her.  Then all of the sudden, she’ll give me “Day-den” for Caden or “Ja” for John Luke.  She’ll tell me she needs to “pie” for potty, or walk to the door and say “dadadadadadada” wanting daddy to walk through the door (P.S. kiddo, I wish he was walking through the door too).  So, I think she just gets a lot more than she acts like she gets.  I think she plays her “I’m 2 card” a lot…you know, the one where you do/say whatever you want whenever you want because you’re 2 and you’re parents are happy you aren’t throwing  a tantrum.

So, that was day 1 of Spring Break.  Tomorrow, therapy and Grangran and Grandaddy are coming.  The next day, going to see the Yeager kids for their birthday since Grandpas funeral is on the day of their party and we won’t be able to go. The next day, St. Louis!  Right now, watching Psych.  Yeah, I’m obsessed.  It’s clean, it’s funny, it’s interesting, how can you not like it?

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So, we got home from Disney, unpacked, got everyone to bed, packed lunches, watched the latest Psych (LOVE!), and went to bed. It’s back to everyday life. Too bad everyday life doesn’t consist of waking up at 7:30, well if I’m wishing I might as well wish for a 9am wake up time. And too bad it doesn’t mean we get to take our refillable mug down to the food court and swipe a little card to get our breakfast and then drink endless amounts of Coke Zero. That would be nice. Real life includes cleaning, school, work, and such. But, this week has actually been a good one. Tball has been fun. Caden’s team is really fun to watch. They actually keep score, have outs, and are pretty good if I do say so myself (we’re 2-0). JL’s games are pretty uneventful, well except for when someone hits the ball and EVERYONE on his team runs to the ball and fights over it. When they’re not fighting over the ball they usually play in the dirt.

I got a sitter tonight for EK, so I could watch the games instead of chasing her around. It didn’t go so well. I don’t know if EK was tired, or what. She cried for most of the time we were gone. So, I guess I’ll take her with me from now on. I know that wasn’t any fun for the baby sitter and certainly not for EK.

We had therapy this morning. The last couple of weeks we’ve been doing a developmental test for EK. She is at about 12-15 months in expressive language. Susan was pleased with this since this is about the same as her “hearing age.” She did say we need to be playing catch up now though. So, I will continue to work with her and hopefully we’ll continue to make great strides! She is at 15-18 mo. in understanding language and in all other areas she is progressing well. She isn’t at 2 1/2 years for anything, but seems to be progressing well in everything. We are pleased! Tomorrow we have developmental testing for switching her from Early Intervention to the school system. We’re interested to see if what they find is similar to what we’ve found in Speech Therapy.

In speech today EK was very expressive. We worked on familiar phrases like Dora eating, laying down, walking and running, taking a bath, people getting on a bus, and lacing a string through a card. She imitated all of it, and even said a great deal of the phrases we said (walk walk walk ruuuunnnnn, puuuulllll, go to sleep shhhhhh, num num num eat, walk walk walk get on the bus).

Monday Caden brought a note home from his teacher saying her last day at his school would be April 30. Our spring break is the last week in April, so that means she will be with his class 2 more weeks. That was quite the shock. He’s supposed to have a certified teacher fill in for the last month, but he is obviously a little concerned with having a new teacher so close to the end of school. Oh well, what can you do? Roll with it. That’s what.

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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