Thursday, May 23, 2013

Mother's Day

This year was probably my favorite Mother's Day yet. It actually started the night before. My brother drove down for Harper's birthday party (still need to upload pics) so we celebrated with our mom (and Tim) that night. Rick stayed with the kids so we could go somewhere decent and it was great to have adult conversation and eat a hot meal and I even got to enjoy a glass of wine!

Since it was Mother's Day, Rick wanted to give me a day where I didn't have to cook a thing. So for breakfast the kids decided they wanted to treat me to....wait for it....Whataburger! Haha! They were being so sweet and of course I humored them so off we went. When we got there and I went to get Harper out of the truck we realized she had taken her shoes off before we left and she was barefoot. So we opted for a drive-thru, eat-in-the-truck kind of breakfast so we could run back and get her shoes so we wouldn't be (too) late for church. Of course the nursery volunteer said she had them off before we were through the door so I don't know why we bother trying to keep shoes on that girl! :)

For lunch I chose Cafe Express. I love, love, love their tea and sweet potato fries and the weather was gorgeous and I like to sit out on the patio. Plus, the kids always do way better outside where there are birds and cars driving by and lots of other distractions.

I think this may be my favorite picture of the kids and me. They are such sweeties!

After lunch, Rick asked me if there was anything I wanted to do and I jumped at the opportunity to go to the outlets. I'm not a huge shopper but the weather was so nice and I wanted to enjoy being outside. Plus, the "kids" wanted to get me a new purse. Last month, Harrison fell down and scraped his knees pretty badly and when I picked him up to carry him the rest of the way into church I didn't realize he was bleeding all over my shirt and the bag I was carrying. I got it out of my shirt but was unsuccessful at getting it out of my canvas bag. So it was definitely time to get a new one. My standards have dropped significantly since becoming a mom but I draw the line at blood stains. Ha! Anyway, I think I've blogged about how I'm not much of a purse person. However, I'm really glad Rick talked me into these two new beauties in my life. I've been used to carrying around various diaper bags/back packs/canvas totes and it feels refreshing to feel like a girl again and not just a mom. And it also helped that they were both on clearance and they were having an additional 65% off lowest price ;)

just big enough to throw in an extra set of shorts for the kids and my happy to downsize!

And because it was a Mom's-not-cooking kind of day...we went out to eat for all 3 meals. Haha. But that's okay because I didn't have to cook! Or do dishes! And the kids did super. It really was a successful day. For dinner we went to this charming little italian pizzeria and it was perfect.

The kids did so great that we walked over to get frozen yogurt after dinner. Only for the kids; not at all for me. :)

I think one of my favorite things about the day was that I got to drag Rick to the grocery store so he could witness firsthand what I usually get to deal with. The kids didn't disappoint, either. But one good thing with loud, fighting children is when I ditched them ventured off to grab a couple of things on my list I could always find my family again really quickly. Haha!

They usually start off sweet...

But that usually doesn't last very long! (And don't let that sweet girl fool you...she is quite the instigator ;) )

Another thing Rick took over for the day was all of the question-answering. And for.the.LOVE are there a lot of ennnnnnnndlesssssssssss questions. I'll have to tell the story about how Harrison totally dissed me and my ability to answer his questions in another post but just know that that kid knows how to make you feel really dumb. Unless you are his father. In which case he's all, Daddy, that's a cool answer! You're so cool, Dad. Whatev. That's okay though...from now on I'll just redirect him to his super cool dad next time he's annoyed with all of my answers. Ha!

We ended the night snuggling up on the couch. I'm so thankful for these two little boogers that made me a mom (and of course their super cool dad, too). I'm also so thankful for my mom as well as the mom I was lucky enough to gain through marriage. Both ladies do so much for our family and I don't know what I'd do without them!

Speaking of Super Cool Dad....listen to how super cool THIS is. He and my friend's husband conspired together to arrange for us to have a spa day. So tomorrow, Stacie and I will be pampered from 12:30 to 5:30 and then we will come back to Stacie's house where the guys will have dinner fixed for us. Now do you see why this was my favorite Mother's Day yet?!!!!! 5 hours of luxury with a great friend while our hubbies take care of the kids and dinner...doesn't get much better than that! We snagged us some good guys, that's for sure!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Harper's Birthday

 It's been over 2 weeks now but I still want to document our little burrito's birthday. We had an unexpected change of plans but we went with the flow and all had a great day!

Harrison had his appointment with the pediatric GI that morning all the way across Houston. I hated that we had to spend half of her birthday traveling and then waiting at the doctor's office but didn't have a choice since they had a cancellation and otherwise we would have had to wait months to get him in. But on a positive note, Rick took the day off from work and we got to spend the entire day together as a family, so that made it extra special for her.

I almost didn't have to comb her hair. Haha!

the birthday girl

We stopped for birthday donuts on the way to the doctor, which clearly became evident that it was a very bad decision on our part. Lots of sugar + 2 hour appointment = giant disaster. NO fun for anybody. Like, none. Let me just say that it's a good thing it was a certain 2-year old girl's birthday and that we were worried about a certain 3-year old little boy or they just may not have survived the wrath of their parents. Ha! After the appointment it was time for lunch, so we drove back to Houston and ate at Smashburger. Yum and yum.

And because we are extra adventurous, we stopped by the downtown aquarium even though nap time time was dangerously approaching. This time the kids did great!

You can't really tell in this picture, but Harper has her hands on her face Home Alone style because she was afraid to enter the dark hall to the aquarium. Too cute. And on second thought, probably not the best place to take someone who is afraid of animals on their birthday. :)

As long as she was in Daddy's arms she was okay.

There was a bird squawking and she wasn't so sure about it

But she *was* sure about this tiger. Sure she wanted to be far, far away from it!

He kept reassuring her. "It's okay, Sissy!"

Then we went outside to play some of the carnival games and ride the train. Much more up her alley.

After the aquarium we headed back down to our part of town for a little cupcake action. 

 I know two kids who were very happy about rainbow chip cupcakes. (and two parents)

And then, because we had already talked up our original plans and didn't want to disappoint the kids, we kept them and headed to the Kemah Boardwalk for some more fun. The day started off unseasonably cold but ended up being perfect.

more sugar of course!

We had their caricatures made and then Harper's best friend showed up to join in on some more fun toddler rides.

they had a little catching up to do :)

After Kemah we stopped by Chic-fil-a for some dinner. They had a massive 3 story play place and thankfully Harper was content hanging out at the bottom since she was too short to climb up. Until her brother came to her rescue and pulled her up...they looked like a couple of monkeys. We sent Uncle Jeff up to retrieve her :) 

After a long day, we finally made it back home. We ended it with an episode of the birthday girl's favorite show, "Su Why!" and some popcorn and then it was time for her to open her presents. 

I've waited long hand over my gifts!

Harrison was sweet and wanted to use some money out of his piggy bank to get her a present just from him. It took quite a bit of convincing that she did not in fact want a monster truck or construction equipment, but eventually he decided on a Minnie Mouse vacuum. It was a perfect pick for her and she loved it!

Rick and I got her a personalized scripture doll from Baby Be Blessed. I originally ordered it for Christmas but they had a long waiting list so it became her birthday gift by default. But it was worth the wait! You can personalize the hair and facial features and then pick out a bible verse that is sewn on to the doll's tummy. I think it's a perfect keepsake and I hope she treasures it as much as I do.


It was a really busy and exhausting day but I had so much fun celebrating my little girl!

Monday, May 20, 2013


My family and friends in Oklahoma are all safe and accounted for but my heart is aching for those who can't say the same. Please join me in praying for the thousands of people affected by these deadly tornadoes. The footage is almost incomprehensible. Such a tragic reminder that life on earth is precious and fleeting and that our hope is not here but in heaven.

Father, You are sovereign, even in a time of ache and loss. Please comfort and restore. Thank You for being with those affected by the tornado in Oklahoma. We know You are ever present. We pray this in the name of the Lord Jesus, Amen. (source)

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Super Harrison

I thought I'd take a minute to update you on Harrison. Thank you for your prayers -- they were heard and answered! The doctor didn't see any polyps in his colon and he suspects that it was either just one polyp that ruptured or an internal fissure. There are a few more possibilities that could have caused the bleeding so he sent some tissue for biopsy but overall I feel a huge sense of relief!

Harrison did amazing. I'm so proud of that little boy. Our Super Fun Day went surprisingly well. Rick's mom came to help out and she was a great distraction for him. He only had one hunger meltdown when he found us sneaking a snack to Harper. Other than that he seemed content with jello and popsicles. Even with a 6 hour power outage (long story) the day was a huge success. Getting the last dose of medicine down him wasn't easy but eventually we got it in him. He may or may not have emotional trauma over the event. :)

The morning of the procedure he complained a little of being hungry and thirsty but there were no tears. Even when they wheeled him away from us. A sweet friend gave him this Superman costume and it helped to boost his courageousness -- it was such a thoughtful gift. He kept calling himself Super Harrison.

The procedure took about 45 minutes and the doctor came in to give us his report. He said that most kids are awake within 10 minutes but some can take up to an hour. Our little man took THREE hours. The nurse finally came to get us to see if maybe hearing his parents' voices would stimulate him any but it took us 30 minutes to get any kind of response out of him. I knew he was okay (even though the nurse kind of acted worried and kept saying stuff like I can't believe he's still asleep. No kid has ever slept more than an hour. And then paged an anesthesiologist to come take a look at him -- not good for my anxiety! ha!) but it was a little scary not being able to wake him up. I kept thinking about people with loved ones in comas and how awful that must be to have them so close, yet not there. Anyway, after our sleeping beauty finally decided to wake up he was pretty entertaining. He had already won over all of the nurses by charming them before he went under the anesthesia so when he was awake again his fan club came back to pay him a visit and say goodbye. He is such a ham. ;)

Brought back memories of trying to wake him up to get him to eat as a newborn

Today we are hanging out and taking it easy. He's still complaining of being sore and having "diaper rash" and also still has a little diarrhea. I'm so thankful to have all of this over and done with and feel like I can breathe again. Thank you again for praying for my sweet little boy!

Monday, May 13, 2013

A Week in the Life {Friday} - and an update on Harrison

Obviously I'm a little behind getting this post done. It doesn't help that I was one click away from publishing and went to add one more picture and the entire post disappeared. GRRRR!  But before I finish this post for a second time I thought I'd give a little update on Harrison. We started his first dose of the magnesium citrate tonight (the yucky drink that cleanses the colon). I've been talking all of this up big time and he's been buying it. He likes taking medicine anyway and has been excited about taking his "candy drink" as the pharmacist called it. You could tell he was really trying to like it, but a couple of sips into it he realized how nasty it was. After lots and lots and LOTS of encouraging, bribing, playing games, and a little forcing and trickery, my mom and I finally got the first dose in him. He took 5 oz. tonight and will take the remaining 5 oz. tomorrow night. Tomorrow is our Super Fun Day where he gets to eat nothing but jello! and popsicles! for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!!! And drink lots of sprite and kool aid!!! I hope he stays as enthusiastic about it tomorrow because I dread not being able to feed my baby when he's hungry and asking for food. Please say a prayer for him if you think about it. Also, I have a feeling getting the rest of the medicine down tomorrow is not going to be easy so we could use prayers for that as well. And while you're at it -- his colonoscopy will be Wednesday at 7am so please pray for good test results and for peace for his mom and dad because it is proving to be difficult for us to not be anxious messes. Thank you, friends!



6:30a.m. - I was up for the day and not very happy about it. I was up late Thursday night baking and cooking and doing laundry. I usually wait to fold and put away laundry until after the kids are asleep because they make it their mission to unfold anything and everything that is folded. This is what I woke up to:

it's impossible for this kid to sleep parallel to us
7:30a.m. - Kids were up and I got them dressed and ready for school. I packed their lunches and backpacks and gathered up their items for show-and-tell. After much deliberation, Harrison decided on a little digger and Harper chose to bring her Minnie Mouse. We left for school a little early because I wanted to stop and get their teachers breakfast and Sonic drinks for Teacher Appreciation Week. The kids were very excited to get donuts for breakfast...until they finished their donuts. And then they both started crying and whining and throwing fits.

Me: Instead of complaining that your donut is all gone, why don't we think about what we have to be thankful for? Like getting donuts for breakfast...

Cue meltdowns in 3, 2, 1!

9:30a.m. - I got the kids/backpacks/breakfasts/drinks all dropped off and Harper gave me her Mother's Day present that she made for me. I love it!

10:00a.m. - I stopped by a local church to get Harrison registered for VBS this summer. It was so weird driving home. I kept checking my clock because it seriously felt like it was 9 o'clock at night by how dark it was outside. This is what my house looked like when I walked through the front door:

10:30a.m. - I spent my kid-free hours cleaning my house and cooking some of the food for Harper's party. And because of the thunder and torrential downpours outside, this big scaredy-cat was under my feet the whole time:

pant, pant, pant, pant, pant, pant, pant, pant...
1:00p.m. - I left to go pick up the kids from school. On our way home I stopped by the mailbox and our very first HOA violation letter was waiting for me. Score! We are winners! The sad part is, since Rick's been working so much lately we've been paying some yard guys to mow every 2 weeks and yet we still have an embarrassing yard. Sigh.

2:30p.m. - Harper didn't nap at school again and she fought me BIG TIME at home, but I finally defeated her. Muahahaha. I had to take a picture to document her pure sweetness here...I can guarantee you that she was NOT this sweet in the moments leading up to this picture. :)

3:00p.m. - When I went to tell Harrison quiet time was over, this is what I walked in to:

puppy shirt, football pants, and cowboy boots on the wrong feet. Gotta love it.
3:30p.m. - We just hung out and played. Chutes and Ladders, Candy Land, books, toys, and more books.

6:30p.m. - Rick came home with a pizza since our kitchen was pretty tied up. We ate dinner, played some more, then it was bath time and time for the rest of their night time routines.

8:30p.m. - Harper went to bed but Harrison was a different story. He remembered that it was Friday and that Fridays are Family Nights. The fact that we had celebrated the night before instead was of no comfort or satisfaction to him. Rick caved and told him he could sleep in our bed and even though I was thinking it was a bad idea in my head, I had lots of things to do so I stayed out of it. :)  I stayed up late again baking and working on last minute party projects -- you know, the ones that you underestimate how much time they will require? Like these cute little guys:

I will try to work on a post about the party details soon. I love, love, love Dr. Seuss and I had such a fun time putting everything together!

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