Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
(Cousin Zavier-He and McKenna were born just a few weeks apart)
We left Illinois on Saturday afternoon and drove through the night to avoid the horrendous holiday traffic on Sunday. We got home at 3:52am! Ryan certainly is a road warrior. The kids slept for the last 5 hours of the trip, so it really was pretty pleasant.
(Silly guy, Christian)
We got to see not just Ryan's immediate family but his extended family and it's always a treat to see them all. Leaving was hard. Christian cried, so I cried and then Ryan cried (okay, so he didn't sob he just teared up....thought I should clarify that before he reads this). This is the first year that Christian has really understood the distance that separates us and he "gets" the importance of family and how much we love these precious people that we rarely see. And it's our hope that as the kids get older we'll be able to make the trip more often, but then there's that little boy due to arrive this spring that sort of hampers our plans. I told Ryan we just need to buy an RV. I think he rolled his eyes. \
It was a very happy Thanksgiving and we are so thankful for Ryan's side of our family. I did a pretty lame job of getting good pictures this year, but I'll be back with more (but I've told myself that I have to get all the laundry done first)! ha!
P.S. I don't know if you read the comments on my earlier post about stuff to do in the car, but my friend Sarah mention having pipe cleaners to play with in the car. I got a pack and they were a HUGE hit. A little annoying when I had to keep wearing all the things Christian was making me (and then he "decorated" Grammy and Grampy's house with them) but seriously...they kept him occupied for two hours straight!!! Awesome idea! Thanks Sarah!!
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
I read a story on CNN.com about a baby who was born at 23 weeks. She didn't even weigh a pound yet and she survived. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! I would never, ever want to have a baby born at 23 weeks, but there is some comfort in the fact that babies do survive when they're that tiny.
I'll have to post pictures another time!
Have a great Thanksgiving!!!
Christian was thrilled to run into his buddy Parker from school.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
McKenna and Christian were goofing around in the basement and McKenna fell and somehow cut that little flap of skin that connects your lip to your gum. (Obviously this is not the funny part of this story). There was screaming and lots and lots of blood. It's always a little scarey when you don't know what happened and you can't exactly figure out where the blood is coming from. Christian was super traumatized and kept asking McKenna over and over again to forgive him, to which she just looked at him and screamed. When we finally figured out where the injury occurred my first thought was to call a doctor friend (he was hunting) and then I thought about calling the pediatrician. I am not the kind of mom to just rushes off to the ER over stuff like this, but I wasn't sure if it should be stitched back or not.
And so I did what any normal 2010 mom would do. I jumped on Facebook, explained what happened in my status update and waited for other moms to tell me what to do. Within 20 minutes I had 9 comments from people who had first hand experience with similar injuries. One friend even called her sister who is a dental hygienist. Wow, the power of social networking! It's really got me thinking....I mean I chose facebook over the pediatrician! What in the world? Hopefully I wouldn't do that about anything super seriously but this age of technology is remarkable. We have the ability to be connected so quickly. And the funny thing is that all these little comments that people left for me on Facebook comforted me way more than any doctor could have because they came from moms, who loved their kids, who had the exact same thing happen.
I know lots of people think social networking is evil (and if you don't use wisdom is certainly can be). But I'm just not one of them :)
Oh and McKenna seems to be fine. She still talks about her booboo. I was actually really proud of her. There was a ton of blood and she was very calm about it (considering the fact that she's 2). Christian probably would have passed out! She's one tough cookie. I probably should start brushing her teeth again. We took a little break there for awhile to let things heal, but I might regret that pretty soon!
Friday, November 19, 2010
And when Ryan got home we jumped right into this!!! Now before you get all over my case about decorating for Christmas too early...you might remember that last year we pretty much skipped Christmas. We had one tiny tree in our temporary townhouse and that was it. So this year we decided to decorate early so we could enjoy it for awhile and I've learned to take advantage of any energy I might actually have while I'm pregnant. I'm thankful that we're almost done decorating so we can travel for Thanksgiving and come home to a house that's ready for Christmas!
McKenna loved hanging her ornaments.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Loving all these comments!!! Keep 'em coming! I've got a few now that I want to talk to Ryan about when he gets home. Okay, so do you want to know the name I really love and Ryan hates??? My mother will probably be on his side. Ha! I love the name Colton. Then we could Christian, Kenna and Cole! Love it. He hates it. I guess it's time for me to move on and find something else I love.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Saturday, November 6, 2010
We did have a super productive day anyway! At the beginning of this day my upstairs hall had three gorgeous, gold, brassy looking lights in it. Now they are gone and you can actually flip the switch and new lights come on. I don't know if you're impressed, but I am! I won't tell you how many times I had to go to Lowes before I got it right. And then there was the 8 different times I had to turn the breaker on and off to figure out if I had it all connected right or not. Whew...it was quite a project but now it's DONE!!
My kids did have frozen waffles for dinner and I don't think anyone brushed their teeth before they went to bed, but hey....I got the lights done!
By the way, you may notice more of this random kind of blogging from me. Last night I spent over an hour reading through my old blog posts from two years ago. What a treasure this blog is!!! I had forgotten so many little things that the kids and I did together. So many great moments, so many funny moments, so many cute things that they said, tons of bittersweet stuff....just lots of great memories that would have been forgotten if I had never blogged them. So I'm determined to blog more even if it's random and picture less.
Good night for now :)
Friday, November 5, 2010
And then this morning there was a boy crying because of lost match-box car.
When his sister wouldn't help him find it he pushed her.
Then there was a ton of fake crying from the girl.
The boy was almost late for school and the girl cried the whole way there because one of her shoes fell off.
And it was one of those mornings where it could have been so defeating, but my savior was faithful and so real to me in those moments and I do believe I didn't even yell once :) Only time will tell if that sort of divine patience will last for the entire 12 days of Ryan's absence. Don't count on it.
For some unknown reason I thought that making homemade playdough would be a good distraction for us today. Apparently I am not so good at homemade playdough and it resulted in a nasty sticky mess that I let them play with anyway.
This evenings plans include making snickerdoodle cookies (they should turn out better than the playdough because I actually do know what I'm doing) and we're going to build giant towers out of all the block we own. Hmmmm....that doesn't sound like it's going to take up the entire evening so I might have to think of some more stuff for us to do.
I've thought about scheduling tons of playdates for this coming week to help the time go by quickly, but I also just want to hang out in my pjs and do nothing. I've thought about decorating for Christmas. That would be fun and something new to do and the kids and I would both be excited about it, but it's a little early. Has anyone out there in blog land started decorating for Christmas yet???? I'm about to seriously consider it, but I just need to know that there's at least one other crazy Christmas person out there :)
Oh my, so anyway...if you think of us over the next few days please pray that God's grace will abound in my home and in our hearts. My brother left on a mission trip to India today. He's going to gone about as long as Ryan, so pray that he has a safe and prosperous time and that his wife has the wisdom and strength she needs to hold down things at home. And let's all make sure we take a moment to pray for all the brave moms/dads who have spouses deployed overseas. This is a tough season for them and they're single parents for a lot longer than 12 days.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
You just need to look at all the holiday fun over at Shutterfly.com! They even have gift tags this year.
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Tuesday, November 2, 2010
What a blessing to have awesome coaches who made it so much fun!
Monday, November 1, 2010
We work on this project all. year. long!!! We have a tub in a closet upstairs and anytime I get a sample of toothpaste or happy meal toys that we seriously don't need or when I can find great clearance items after a holiday, I pick the stuff up super cheap and that way we can do lots of boxes. I just hit up a bunch of clearance Halloween stuff and got a bunch of tiny card games and mini playdough for next to nothing! I'm always scanning the birthday party favor spot in Target for their latest clearance stuff and it usually ends up being a better deal than the Dollar Store.
I hope you and your kids will be able to fill some shoeboxes this year!!! If your church doesn't collect them you can usually take them to the nearest Chick-fil-a and turn them in there. I think you might even get a coupon for a free item when you do that.
P.S. You have got to watch THIS video of a little guy receiving his shoebox! It's hilarious and makes me want to cry all at the same time!