Sunday, June 30, 2013

A Saturday Miracle

Text from my mom the other day:  
Do the kiddos want to have a sleepover Sat. night?

My reply approximately 0.42 milliseconds later:  
Ummm...heck yeah they do!

And in their absence, a Saturday miracle occurred:


Do you see that? My car, actually parked in the garage? It's like it was meant to house vehicles or something. So freakin' beautiful.

Our garage was in bad shape. Embarrassingly bad shape. It stressed me out to the point where I didn't even want to go in there. It was pretty much to the point where we'd just open the door and close our eyes and chunk whatever piece of crap we didn't feel like dealing with our have time to mess with. But since my kids kept complaining every time they got into the car that the buckles on their car seats were burning their flesh and blah blah blah, I figured it was time to start parking in there. You know, to put an end to all that whining and grumbling. Jeez, those kids are high maintenance. ;)

It took us allllll day, but we did it. I really wish I would have thought to take a before picture because seriously, you would be blown away by the remarkable feat we took on and dominated. I'm pretty sure we produced about 20 gallons of sweat in the process but that just means the margarita calories we were forced to drink to remain adequately hydrated don't count, right?

One more noteworthy change:

bye bye, love seat
 
hello, piano
Which proves that either I love my kids and want to nurture their musical talents and provide lasting childhood memories of them playing their great-grandma's piano that we inherited....or that I've completely lost my mind. I think it's a little bit of both!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Well, it's official.

Harper gave us a scare the other night. We were out running errands and stopped to help somebody who was stranded. He had run out of gas so we filled up a gas can and brought it to him. In hindsight and after talking to the doctor, we think the gas fumes triggered an asthma attack. About 5 minutes after dropping off the gas she started having a coughing fit and couldn't catch her breath. It is terrifying to watch your child's face turn to unnatural shades as they struggle to breath. She looked so panicked and it was such an awful, helpless feeling. Finally the coughing fit made her vomit everywhere and she got a little bit of relief. I yanked her up and ran to the car and dug through my purse and found my inhaler and tried to get her to use it. I had no idea if that was the right thing to do or not but it was the only thing I could think of. It did help her so I'm thankful I had it with me. This was the first time she had an unpredictable attack when we weren't at home with the nebulizer and it totally freaked me out.

I took her to the doctor the following day.  She's had respiratory issues her whole life but he's always been hesitant to throw around the dreaded asthma term since in young children it's hard to diagnose. But that changed this week. Pretty much what we've been suspecting for a while but it still stinks. She has the classic symptoms (wheezing, coughing, trouble breathing in her sleep, etc) and her attack Tuesday night pretty much confirmed it. He switched her from nebulizer breathing treatments to two inhalers (hallelujah! 2 puffs versus 15 minute sessions every 4 hours!). For the next 4 weeks he wants her on a corticosteroid inhaler (Qvar) twice a day to help strengthen her lungs as well as a rescue inhaler (Xopenex) every 4 hours as needed. We follow up in 4 weeks to see if the Qvar is helping and to decide if we need to pursue allergy testing to try to identify her triggers.

Even with the not-so-great news, it was a good visit overall. I meant to address her breathing issues at her 2-year check up but it was the trip from hell and discussing anything that would prolong our visit quickly fell off my agenda. But it was just Harper and me this time so he was able to give me a lot of information and was very thorough. He has a 2-year old little boy with the same diagnosis and it's nice to know that he understands the parents' perspective of the disease as well.


Dear nebulizer, GOOD RIDDANCE.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Weekend in the Country

We went to Rick's parents' house over the weekend. We were going to visit over Father's Day weekend but things were busy at work and our niece's birthday party was the following weekend, so we decided to change our plans so Rick could finish up an order and also so we could make it to Carleigh's 1st birthday party. Sadly, we never made it to her party. More on that later.

The kids were super excited to be going to Mamaw & Papaw's. Harrison kept telling us he wants to sell our house and get one "with a staircase and a pasture." We'll get right on that, son. Those are in really high supply in the Houston area so it shouldn't be a problem. ;)

Thanks to a little boy who refused to sleep on his cot and instead insisted on sleeping on top of his mom, it was kind of a rough night. I remember him feeling like a furnace to me but he is usually a sweaty sleeper so I didn't think much of it. Then, at 6am, my little rooster decided it was time to get up. He kept complaining that his hips were hurting and I thought maybe it was his tummy, but he kept insisting that he was fine and didn't feel sick. He was determined not to cancel our plans to go fishing.

So fishing we did. And he acted completely normal.

Riding the buggy

taking lessons from a pro

a perch, I believe? Don't ask me; I don't eat fish.

as long as there were ferocious dogs around, this little girl was staying put. Here she was saying, "stay here, Mommy. Don't go, Mommy!"
fishing with Daddy

so proud of his bass!

I'll agree to being held....but don't you dare try to put me down near those vicious puppies.

watch out farm animals

such a big girl

roly poly enthusiast

sitting in her favorite spot
A couple of hours later and the fun went downhill fast for a certain little boy. He spiked a fever of close to 103 and wasn't feeling too hot. I got texts that Brody and Zion both woke up with the same symptoms so then I knew it was a tummy bug. It didn't hit him too hard and once the tylenol got in his system he was feeling a little better, but obviously we didn't make it to the party.


how you know this kid isn't feeling well...1 of only a handful of naps he's taken in the last year.

This girl was tuckered out from all of the playing. First time I've seen her sucking her thumb so I had to take a picture

We just hung out and visited Saturday. Ashley and her crew came by and it was great to catch up with her. I reeeeally hope they didn't catch any of our sick germs. We tend to trade illnesses when we get together. We both have immunities of steel if you didn't know. :)

Saturday night was another bust. I started feeling kind of bad and then this time we had two kids with us in a queen size bed. Harper woke up at 1am crying and I was afraid she was coming down with it too. Turns out it ended up just being her RAD/asthma issues that she's still fighting off. Needless to say, it was a fun road trip back home.....or not!

Aside from the sickness and disappointment from not being able to play with the cousins, we had a good visit. It's always nice to get out of town for the weekend and see friends and family that we don't get to see often enough.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Summer Fun

I know I've already said this, but I am LOVING this summer. After a long season of feeling a little in over my head, I feel like I have finally resurfaced and am breathing deep breaths of refreshing air again. I've snapped out of my blues and am thoroughly enjoying my days with my kids. I'm thankful for the answered prayers...that not only has life gotten a little easier but also that my bad attitude has been replaced with one of thankfulness for this time with my sweet babies. (I can still call them that!)

Here's a little bit of what we've been up to:

We've gone to Palm Beach three times already. Talk about fun for all. 

1st time there...they loved it!

This little girl would play in the sand until she fell asleep (can you tell?)

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Harrison went to an arts & science camp at a local church a couple of weeks ago. He loved it! And I did too; I thought they did a fantastic job of balancing the structure and learning with play and fun. It was a 3-day camp in the mornings and each day they learned a lesson in the Bible and did corresponding science experiments and art projects. For example, one of the days they learned about Jesus calming the storm and then studied weather. They made ocean waves and tornadoes in a bottle, clouds and rain in a jar, rain sticks, and several other projects. Another day they learned about Jesus walking on water and then learned about solids and liquids and the properties of those. So neat! Each day he was excited to tell me all about it.

growing into such a big boy!

one of the teachers took this of the kids painting their names with salt
the crafts he came home with at the end of the 3 days
"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth." 3 John 1:4


according to Harrison, this is a picture of himself in his "tornado house"

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While Bubba was at camp, Harper and I ran errands and did a little shopping. I pretty much never take both of them shopping because it's always a disaster. But Harper did GREAT! It's amazing the difference in their personalities. She has MUCH. LESS. ENERGY. She was content just standing by my side and following me around and I didn't have to worry about her knocking everything over or unfolding and destroying everything or her bolting out the door into traffic. But it's probably a good thing that we almost always have Harrison with us or my wallet might be in trouble. ;)
 
She was infatuated with her new friend and kept inviting (bossing) her to come with us :)


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One day a few friends met up at Jimmy Changas for lunch and to let all the kids get out their wiggles on the playground. The boys had their very own table by themselves...how did this happen so fast? I hope as they continue to grow up they stay best friends and in 15 years we can take a similar picture.

They weren't humored by my obnoxious requests to say cheese


the girls got our own table as well

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Here are Harper and Hollyn eating tomatoes like they are apples one day after swimming. She had the entire thing gone within 2 minutes. She gets that from her momma!
 


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On Tuesday mornings, the movie theater in our area features a $1 children's movie. Stacie and I braved it with 4 kids ages 3, 2, 20 months, and 4 months (Hamilton was at VBS). It was an adventure but we made it all the way through! I'm pretty sure that all the toddlers consumed about 50lbs in snacks, but hey, whatever works. (and I may have also consumed 50lbs in popcorn but that's not really any of your business) :)


Apparently Horton Hears a Who is very intense

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We also met up with some friends at Sylvan Beach. It was our first time to this beach and the kids loved it. I had to steal all of these pictures since my phone got washed up in a high tide...but thankfully (thankfully!) it didn't get any water damage. Whew!

Carpooling fun! And a great reminder that putting siblings right next to each other in a car is never a good idea.

lots of helpers to push the wagon

ready for some lunch


Aimee took this picture of Rachel and me unsuccessfully fighting with our umbrellas

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We've also had a lot of down time just hanging out at home. The kids generally play really well together and it is so sweet to hear their conversations. You gotta love the imaginations of young children.

Playing dress up. I love how I still see glimpses of his baby cheeks in this picture.

And I walked in to find Harper wearing this and playing "drums" with lincoln logs for drum sticks :)

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My mom took Harrison to Galveston to see my aunt and uncle and cousins who were vacationing down there. Harper and I were feeling a little under the weather so we weren't up for a beach day. I was bummed to miss out on seeing them but didn't want to spread any germs. But Harrison sure had a blast!



Have I mentioned that we are having a great summer?

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Party Animals


As usual, I'm a little late getting these pictures up. We'll just blame it on Katie who unknowingly held some of these pictures hostage and not on my inability to be punctual. Ahem.  :)

This post is dedicated to a few parties we've been to recently that I haven't posted about yet. This year has been chock full of them and while it makes for a busy season, I love that we've had a lot to celebrate.

My lovely friend Trina had baby boy #3 in April. They named him Cullen and he is the cutest little sweetheart. I helped host a baby shower brunch for her in March and we themed it around the nursery -- sort of a rustic meets modern. I wish we would have remembered to take a group picture of the hostesses (Katie, Jaime, Stacie & me) with the guest of honor but you know how it goes trying to take pictures and host/enjoy a party.

the guests signed this mat and wrote special messages to the parents & baby


waffle bar, fresh fruit, and warm grits


mini quiche, kolaches, donuts, and mini bundt cakes


the beautiful mom of honor

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My nephew had a 4th birthday in April. Not sure how he's 4 but I'll shut up now because I know I'm a broken record. He had a sheriff theme and it was so cool because a lot of actual sheriffs were there (his daddy works in law enforcement). I FINALLY got to see the new house that my BIL and SIL had custom built and it is beautiful. Not good for my itch to want to move into a bigger house. Or my itch to want to move to the country. But I digress. I'm lame and didn't even have a camera with me so I'm stealing a few pictures from my SIL's facebook. Don't tell her.

see that baby sitting on Granny's lap? She just turned 1. And that's all I'm gonna say about that.

I had to include this picture. Because there's my FIL! At a kid's birthday party! He's on a roll...I knew we'd soften him up eventually ;)
the sweet birthday boy
opening his loot
and we can't forget about this silly goofball!

And on another side note, I would be remiss if I didn't mention a conversation that took place at this party. It might have just made my entire year. Because upon making introductions and small talk, one of the guests at the party mistakenly thought that I was my brother-in-law's NIECE. Hahaha! Talk about a confidence booster for me as I enter my thirties...and you better believe I'm never letting my "uncle" and his brother, Rick (my dad?) live it down :)

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Also in April, our friend Jon turned 39. A few of us decided to surprise him with a party since he wouldn't be expecting it for 39. We coordinated to have everybody meet at Main Event and we had a good time bowling and playing laser tag. Once again, I'm lame with the picture taking so this time I'm stealing them off of Ashley's facebook :) We made "Jon" shirts with our favorite pictures of him on them and also passed out mustaches for people to wear since he once shaved off his beard into the creepiest 'stache you've ever seen. It was a lot of fun!


Ashley & Lindsay

Jon & Ashley

a few of us

Joel & Ashley

sorry ladies, he's allllll mine

Joel won me this beautiful-and-not-at-all-tacky bracelet and wanted us to take a picture with it :)

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Speaking of Joel, he and Harper share a birthday and this year he turned 8. He had a Mario & Luigi party with one of his friends at a bounce house. I'm not sure but I think some of the adults may have had more fun than some of the kids. I know I definitely got my exercise that day! And also a few rubber burns, but that's beside the point.


my fearless daughter

the birthday boys

my exhausted little luigi

This kid. Sigh. He inhaled his cupcake in about 3 seconds and I actually had to dig the paper liner out of his mouth because he tried to eat it, too.

Getting ready to dig into the gifts

We are going to another birthday party this weekend for that special little 1-year old niece I mentioned up there. I'm going to try my best to have enough self control not to eat the cupcake liners like my son but I can't make any promises.

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