Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A beautiful weekend

I was so fortunate to have this past weekend off work, and be able to enjoy some time outside with my family.  The sun was out and the temps were up, and we soaked it all in.  Saturday morning we took the kids to the park near our house.  This is after Grant escaped the house and attempted to walk to the park by himself.  One of the scariest 1 1/2 minutes of my life when I came downstairs and realized that he was not in the house.  I then noticed the garage door open, and went to the garage to get him.  It was then that I noticed that Nate had left the big garage door open since he wouldn't be gone long.  I ran to the front of the house searching the streets and yard and yelling his name.  I got no response.  I ran inside to get my shoes and tell Ava to stay inside.  I then ran to the back of the house, which is where I saw this messy haired little boy in his pjs and snow boots on the wrong feet, walking down the path about 3 houses down.  I ran to him and asked him what he was doing.  His response, "I going to the park".  Duh, where else would he be going besides across the street to the park near the lake?!?  My goodness!!!  We had a little chat about not going outside with mommy or daddy. 

Anyway, we spent the morning at the park, and then down by the lake throwing rocks.  That was obviously Nate's idea...it involved mud.  After nap we packed up and headed to Minneapolis for the Gopher spring game.  Ava enjoyed running up and down the stairs, and eating.  Grant on the other hand Loved playing catch, kicking the ball, and watching the game.  Our little man even made it on TV on the Big Ten Network.  He was in heaven there.  By the time we got home that night, they were both disasters and ready for bed. 

Sunday was another beautiful and low key day.  We went to church that morning, and spent another afternoon at the park with many of our neighbor friends.  We couldn't ask for better neighbors!  Monday morning the kids and I headed to the zoo with some of our neighbor friends.  They enjoyed seeing the baby farm animals.  I think feeding the goats was definitely the highlight though.

Grant continues to recover from his surgery.  He has been good during the daytime hours for a couple of days now.  He still needs his ibuprofen at night, or he wakes up crying.  Poor little man.  That adenoidectomy kicked our butt.  At least the fevers are now gone, and I think that his breath may be improving at least a little bit.  Hopefully we can get back to restful nights where I don't have to get up twice a night with these kiddos. 

Throwing rocks into the lake 
Down on the field at the Gopher spring game 
Grant, Boppa, & Goldy 
Daddy & Grant
Ava (Anna) & Avery (Elsa)

Grant talking to the goat
Grant & Avery feeding the goats
Avery, Cailyn, Grant, & Ava
I seriously laugh every time I see this picture.  Her facial expression cracks me up!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Grant recovers

Our week started off with a bang with Grant having his surgery on Monday morning.  His surgery went well.  I'm very grateful to have his tubes back in.  The surgeon said that both of his ears were filled with thick, infected fluid in spite of him being on antibiotics for the past 6 weeks.  I got called back to recovery to help calm the little guy.  His breathing was a bit "squeaky" and I think that they were concerned about his airway as he got more upset.  As soon as I got him in my arms I started to sing to him and he settled right in and fell back to sleep.  Poor little man!  The staff there was great, and we were home by 3 that afternoon.  He had a great night, and a really good day on Tuesday.  Wednesday was a different story.  He woke up twice in the middle of the night, and woke up screaming from his naps.  When he woke up Wednesday morning he had a temp of 104.1 and crying.  We quickly got his temp down, but he just had a rough day overall.  Today has been better.  I'm hoping that he does well tomorrow, as Nate and I will both be back to work and he'll be at daycare.

Today is a gloomy, rainy day so we decided to make it a pajama and movie day here at home.  It's actually quite nice to just lay low and hang out.  Sometimes I have to remember that one day of movies is ok, and will most likely not rot my children's brains or have any long term effects.

The weather looks nice for Saturday, so we're hoping to make it out for the Gopher spring football game.  The kids are very excited, especially Grant!

Hoping you all have a fabulous weekend!     
Ava has mastered her scooter, and can fly around the neighborhood on it.  Grant has not quite mastered the balance bike yet.  He pretty much walks it down the sidewalk at a snail's pace. 
I was upstairs with Ava a couple of weeks ago and realized that Grant was very quiet so thought I should go and check on him.  I came downstairs to him standing next to the candy opening a peanut butter cup, with wrappers on the floor.  That little turkey!!!
It was a monumental moment on the way home from Easter when the Camry hit 200,000 miles.  What a great car it's been!  We'll see if we make it to 300,000.
Out of all the cars in the pre-op waiting room, Grant wanted to drive the pink one.  He actually wanted Nate and I to drive it, but we couldn't quite fit. 
This was Grant before surgery.  He had no clue what was coming, as he snuggled on my lap watching Frozen with Nemo.
Grant feeling better with his football, juice, and food in recovery. 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter!

We hope that you all had a blessed Easter, and were able to enjoy time with family and/or friends.  We traveled to Grandma & Grandpa's house Friday morning to spend the weekend.  I'm enjoying how much easier it is to travel as the kids get older.  We still have to stop to eat (they're not quite old enough to eat in the car yet), but there aren't long stops to breastfeed, timing every departure/arrival time around feedings.  And I don't have to worry about them crying for 5 hours straight.  I just throw in a movie and we're good. 

Friday was a pretty low key day.  Saturday morning we got up, and Ava got her pink pancakes before we all headed to "the farm" to see the animals.  We went up to a local dairy farm thinking that the kids would love to see the cows, especially the new ones that were only 3 days old.  Nate loved the cows and learning about the milking process.  The kids loved the cats.  Really?!?  As if they have never seen cats before.  We then stopped at Grandma Great's to see her new kitchen which is very nice.  Then it was back to Grandma & Grandpa's for tractor rides.  We spent the afternoon dying Easter eggs, playing with family that stopped by, and watching basketball. 

Sunday morning the kids were up to find their Easter baskets and then we headed off to church.  Everybody came over to Grandma & Grandpa's for the big egg hunt and lunch.  It was great to see all the aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents.  Unfortunately, we had to head home today, so we left right after lunch.  Two things that made me laugh at church.  As the priest was on the alter he drank out of the glass and Grant asked Nate if he was drinking coffee.  Not sure where he came up with that.  Then there was a Eucharistic minister at the back of the church near us holding a chalice.  Ava asked why he was holding a trophy.  Ha!  Never thought of it that way.  

We had to head home because tomorrow morning we are heading to Children's Hospital for Grant's surgery.  He'll be having his adenoids out, ear tubes in, and his umbilical hernia repaired.  Hopefully the popsicles will help him forgive us.  We'll hopefully have time to give you an update soon.  Please say an extra prayer for our little man as he goes under tomorrow, and for a quick recovery!

Grant helping Grandma make homemade pizza dough

Dying Easter eggs with Aunt Lori and cousin Reece

It would have been an Easter miracle to get all of these kids to look at the camera at the same time and smile with Grandma Great.
Easter morning

Thank you for cooperating Grant
Funny faces
Great Grandma
Hunting for eggs

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

On my goodness...it's working!!!

So, it's 6 AM and I'm getting ready to leave for work and thought I'd randomly see if the blog would let me download pictures...and it did!!!  Unfortunately I have to leave for work now so I can't update, but thought I'd leave you with pictures from February when Ava turned 5.  More updates to come shortly I hope!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

No pictures again. :(

I don't know what's going on with my blogger account, but I once again am unable to load pictures today.  I'm super disappointed because I had a lot to share with you.  We've been very busy, and have had some big changes (big changes for a 4 yr old and a 2 yr old). 

A week and a half ago we loaded the car to head to Des Moines for a weekend get together with Luther friends (Nate's college roommates and their wives, who all also graduated from Luther, and the kiddos).  We didn't arrive until late Friday night so I dropped Nate off at the hotel and the kids and I went to Aunt Lisa & Uncle Brent's for the night.  The kids had a great time seeing everybody, and Grandma & Grandpa even came up for the night.  The next morning the four of us met up with everybody at the hotel and then went to the SkyZone to jump.  The kids had so much fun, as did the adults.  The guys had so much fun that that evening they were all popping Ibuprofen and getting adjustments from our friend Jason who is a chiropractor.  Sucks getting old!  :)  After jumping we headed back to the hotel for lunch and naps, and then hit the pool.  The kids had so much fun playing on the water slides and in the pool.  Grant has been talking about the trampolines and water slides for the past week and a half.  Grant went and spent Saturday night with Aunt Lisa & Uncle Brent, which was so nice.  We joined them for lunch on Sunday before heading back home.  We had such a great time reconnecting with our Luther friends and their kids.  We're looking forward to our next gathering already.   

This past weekend I took vacation on Saturday, not because of Valentine's Day, but because I dread my 12 hr night shifts so much.  Our neighbor Susan came over and took some pictures of Ava for her 5 yr old pictures.  Yes, 5 yrs.  I can not believe that in 8 days (she informed me of this this morning) that she will be 5.  It seems like such a big number to me, as so much will be changing as she gets ready to head off to Kindergarten.  I went and enrolled her last week and it was kind of surreal.  Where has the time gone?  I'm so excited for her as I know that she'll love it and is definitely ready for it.  However, I feel like this is the beginning of the slippery slope where I start to "lose her".  Perhaps that makes no sense to you.  I am so grateful that she is the independent and smart little girl that she is.  I know that she will thrive in kindergarten and I am excited for her to experience these new things.  On the other hand, it makes me sad that we won't have the random play dates to the zoo or Children's Museum.  My time with her is becoming more and more limited.  It's a love/hate thing really.  I love that she doesn't need me for everything little thing all the time, but also hope that she'll always "need me" or at least want to be with me.  I don't want to be her best friend, but want her to know that I will be her biggest cheerleader, will support her in good and bad times, and will always love her unconditionally.  Even when she's 33, she'll still be my baby girl!

As we get ready to celebrate her birthday, her theme changes from day to do.  The constant is that it's always a princess.  Her big change is that we took her 5 point harness car seat out of the cars yesterday and put in her booster seats.  This morning we went for our first drive.  She showed me that she could buckle herself in, and unbuckle herself.  The good thing is that this will save me time from being out in the freezing cold and strapped two kids in.  I just pray that they are as safe.  I would probably keep her in a 5 point harness until she was 16 if I could.  She's plenty big for the booster (Grant is big enough for it), I'm just overly paranoid/protective. 

Now to Grant being big...he's becoming more and more of a big boy every day.  Big news from him, he's starting to go pee pee on the potty.  Today we've already had three successful trips to the bathroom.  He is so proud of himself, and Ava is proud of him too (or she at least acts like it so that she can get an M&M too).  I love it!  What I don't love is how defiant this little man can be.  He definitely has a case of the terrible twos.  The bad thing is that he's 41 pounds now, so picking this kid up when he's misbehaving is getting more and more challenging every ounce that he gains.

On the health front, Grant had another ear infection.  We followed up with our ENT last week and he thinks that it would be beneficial to put in another set of tubes and take his adenoids out.  I agree and we will plan to proceed with this.  In the meantime, we have an appointment with a general pediatric surgeon to get Grant's umbilical hernia looked at.  If he's going under anesthesia I would like everything done at one time if it needs to be repaired.  I'm anticipating that he will need it repaired, and the poor little guy will have three surgeries while he's out. 

Other than that, our week has consisted for spending some time with Mema & Boppa on Saturday.  They came down for the day, and Nate and I got to run a few errands during the day which was very nice.  Mema helped bake cookies and decorated them, while Boppa got plenty of time playing ball with G-man.  It was a very nice, low key day. 

Thanks for checking in.  I'll be working on pictures.  :(  

Friday, January 30, 2015

I am happy to report that our house is now plague free.  We had quite a time with the pneumonia, RSV, and whatever else bug was floating between the kids.  Thankfully they both got healthy before Nate headed to FL a few weeks ago and I left for Kansas City.  Boppa was a single Boppa on Thursday night, and Mema came for some back-up on Friday night.  The kids had a great time, and were happy and healthy when we all returned home over the weekend.  While Nate was working in FL, I was able to sneak away to KC to see my best friend from high school, and meet her sweet girl Sadie who was born in Dec.  Loved spending time with their family, and seeing big brother Nick who is growing up so quickly.  I hate that they are so far away, but am so grateful that they opened their home to me for those four days so we could spend some time together. 

The following weekend, Nate was a single dad again as I had to work the weekend.  It was a busy week prior to that with dance, work, etc.  We also took Grant in to get tested for an immune deficiency disorder.  He's been so sick lately that we wanted to make sure that he didn't have it.  After a VERY long morning of 3 blood draws at two different locations we finally got the blood that they needed, and the kids got a huge cookie to celebrate.  Poor Grant had a very rough morning, and Ava was very brave as she watched everybody hold down her little brother to get the blood.  We got good news this week that the tests came back normal.  Grant just has what every other little kid in MN has this winter...lots of illness. 

This past week has been more of the same...ECFE, play date at the zoo, dance, work, etc.  Ava was very excited to get to see her recital costume for dance this week.  They've been practicing their recital piece.  They are so darn cute!

Tonight we're anxious to welcome Aunt Darlene, Great Grandma, Cousin Melissa, & Aunt Moe Moe to our house for the night.  Ava & I will be joining them tomorrow to watch cousin Carl perform in show choir in Bloomington.  Then Sunday we're going to  head over to a neighbor's house for a Super Bowl party.  Hope that you all have a wonderful weekend!

I'm sad to report that I can not download any pictures on here today.  I'm not sure what is going on.  Hopefully I can get some up later this week!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Sick & Cold

The start of 2015 has been a bit rough for us.  We started out with a trip to the pediatrician's office on new years eve with G-man.  He had a horrible cough and fever that came on suddenly over night.  I took him in because I was fearful that he had influenza.  Well, if he did we wouldn't know because our clinic was out of swabs.  Not a big deal since I later found out (after they swabbed Ava) that they are only 40% accurate anyway...giving many many false negatives.  I've learned through work that we also have more expensive swabs that are more accurate...but not always used.  Anyway, we left the pediatrician's office with a diagnosis of pneumonia, and a boat load of prescriptions, including the dreaded steroids that pump my son's body full of energy so he doesn't take naps.  I knew that it was serious when he refused to eat on new years day.  I thankfully have the best neighbors, and one of them came to watch the kids while I ran to Target to get some pedialyte.  I called in sick child on Friday and stayed home with the little man since he still had fevers.  By Saturday, he was good to go. 

So, back to new years.  Nate and I attempted to go to a party after the kids were down.  Unfortunately Grant woke up 15 minutes after we arrived at the party.  I just hung out with our sitter until Nate got home for me to take her home.  I just couldn't bear leaving him again since he was sick with such high fevers.  Nate was in bed early (for his super early flight to FL) and I went back to the party to bring in the new year with the neighbors. 

New Years day Nate was up way before the sun to catch his 6 am flight to the  Citrus Bowl game in FL.  He, Boppa, Uncle Wes, & Aunt Janna took a one day trip to FL to cheer on the gophers.  Unfortunately, the gophers couldn't pull off a win, but they had fun anyway.  Nate got home around midnight that night. 

I unfortunately had to work my 12 hr night shift Saturday.  I got off on Sunday morning at 7:30, stopped at home and picked up Ava, and took her to Urgent Care with a fever and cough.  They swabbed her for influenza, which came back negative (as she was throwing up in the garbage can).  She was super pumped when the Dr. brought her in a pedialyte freezy.  She's still talking about that "special Mr. Freezy".  She also got a diagnosis of pneumonia and some antibiotics.  It was noon by the time I got home, so had to call in ill child once again.  I'm glad I did, as her fever got up to 105.6 that evening.  After stripping her down, drugging her, and giving her a luke warm bath, we got control of her fever.  She has now been fever free since Monday night, but continues to have this horrible cough.  I'm hoping it will be gone soon.  It's such a nasty winter for illness everywhere. 

It's been a high of 0 degrees here for many days this week.  It's absolutely dreadful.  Even though the kids were feeling better, we were still trapped inside due to the cold temps and dangerous windchills.  Can't wait for the warm-up next week...28 degrees is feeling tropical.  :)

We hope that you all had a wonderful new years, and that 2015 has started off happy and healthy for you and your families. 
While Daddy was enjoying outdoor football in FL, we were shooting hoops in the basement. 
Naps on the couch during the gopher game

Ava building me a house
Snuggled up, looking at pictures
We were on a camping trip Thursday morning.  What do you do when you go camping?  You make s'mores by the fire of course (even if it is 10 am).
Nate, Boppa, & Wes at the Citrus Bowl