When I post every couple of weeks it makes it almost impossible to do events justice. I don’t get to post feelings about events, I just post the facts. Maybe once I’m not inputing Fall Festival info into spreadsheets I’ll be able to update the blog more often, or not. Because then, I’ll have something else I’m doing. I’m big on having a project. Usually it’s planning a birthday party or a trip.
I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this, but we had the privilege of attending the Alabama Academy for Pediatrics conference in Birmingham on Sept. 30. We spoke on awareness of the newborn hearing screening program. Dr. Heather Taylor was one of Jeb’s attendings in residency, and she’s the physician over the hearing screening program in Alabama. She gave a talk with a lot of interesting facts about hearing loss, and then Jeb “brought it home” with our story. It always helps to remember something when you see how it’s happened to someone, and how it affects them. I think Jeb did an awesome job. He was able to talk about early implantation, and EK showed off some of her words. I was so excited to take the boys to the Wynfrey. Apparently the world in my head is much more perfect and the timing of things works out so much better there too. I had ideas of grandeur. We would go to Birmingham, and we’d eat at Wings (because that would make Jeb happy). Then we’d go to Build-a-Bear and Lego (because the boys would love that). Then I’d have extra time to go to Sephora and Ann Taylor Loft. Reality: We ate at Wings and shopped at Build-a-Bear and went back to the room. They wouldn’t give us a roll away bed (because it is a fire hazard), so EK had to sleep in a pack and play. She’s 3. She climbs. She finally fell asleep in our bed, and we transferred her to the Pack n Play. The Alabama game didn’t start till 8 that night, so we watched a good bit of it after the kids fell asleep. I fell asleep well before the game was over though. EK decided 5:45 was an acceptable time to climb into bed with her brothers. You know what I forget? Hotels aren’t comfortable for getting ready with 5 people. They just aren’t. I know, First World Problems…but whatever. We are also going to be featured in the newsletter sent out to the Pediatricians and newborn nursery’s in Alabama, continuing to raise awareness, and we will be writing a letter they will send home with parents whose child failed the newborn screen (to show them how important it is to follow up). We are so thankful to see some of the big picture…to see how God is using our little lives to affect others.
So, after that, we went to NYC with our friends, The Yeagers. That deserves a post in itself. Here’s a picture from our trip for good measure.
Mom and Dad took wonderful care of our babes while we were away. We came home to happy healthy children who were still in one piece, a clean house, and dinner cooking. What more could we have asked for or imagined? We are blessed. We’ve jumped in with both feet since we’ve been back. It’s always hard getting back in a routine. And the laundry, oh the laundry. It never ends. We got this guys school pictures back.
I would really appreciate it if the boy in this picture would bring back my baby. Where did he go?!? Caden is an old soul. He’s wise beyond his years, and his body is finally catching up with his mind. I actually bought some of these pictures. I thought they were so cute.
We’ve been reading our nightly books, which seem to get longer every day. Caden’s reading so well now.
JL overestimates my iphones ability to snap pictures of moving targets. He says take my picture, and then starts swinging his hands. He was not concerned with the temperature outside. I believe it was in the 70s when he was wearing these. He just wanted to wear his new pajamas. He loves Mario. He has decided he wants a big party at Air It Out. I had talked him into having friends over to spend the night, but he switched back to a big bday party. He’s only had one party just for him, so I think he deserves a little spotlight. So, now I get to plan a Mario bday party.
We had a meeting Thursday with Mrs. Parks, who will be EK’s preschool teacher on Mondays. We are excited to get her around some new kids, and to teach her new behavior skills. I think she will really like it, once she gets over me not being there. We’ve kind of been attached at the hip these last few months. It will be good for both of us to get her back into preschool sooner rather than later. We’ll still put her in the School for Hearing once she’s definitely potty trained, but that may be another month or so. She’s good most of the time…but not all of the time.
Friday is our fun day with JL. We pick him up early from school every Friday, and we run errands and play.
This is JL’s food tower he wanted me to take a picture of and send to his Daddy. He’s so silly. You can see in the background, EK’s ear fell off and she’s putting it back on. Life became a little easier when she learned how to put her ear back on by herself.
After Wal-Mart, we came home and did therapy, and then JL decided to color code his bears on boats, and send them “on vacation.” He made up a little going on vacation song as well.
She adores her big brothers, so she gets so excited when they’re home from school to play for the day.
We had a superhero birthday party to head to at 5:30, so we ate an early bird special around 4:30. All 3 kids ate dinner in the living room, and sat still for the most part. It was one of my most cherished parts of the day. :) Jeb worked Friday, so I loaded up the kids and headed to Air it Out. It wasn’t as crazy as I imagined it would be. The boys fended for themselves, and EK wasn’t super wild. She played with friends, and slid, jumped, etc.
Here’s EK before the party. She LOVED her skirt and wings.
Here are all the kids from the party. They all had a blast!
I hope this is an indication to you that our Saturday has indeed been diptacular. We had a heavenly corn dip. It was cream cheese, rotel, white corn, and yellow corn with a sprinkle of garlic. We ATE. IT. ALL. I feel like it was okay because it had corn and tomatoes in it. That’s vegetables right?!? We also made jello jigglers, which Caden tried and didn’t like, and JL ate even though he said it was like “rubber.” He’s something else. EK wanted the caramel, so we’ll make caramel apples for her tomorrow. I LOVE FALL! I’ll be back soon with a NYC post. Hope y’all are having a good weekend too!