Thursday, April 17, 2014

Rare Moments of Closeness

Sharing is caring! I caught both of them sharing yesterday. Twice. They shared a chair and a blanket! Yes, they were watching TV both times, but that is irrelevant. 

I brought up a rocking chair from downstairs. After cleaning it up and painting the cushion it was instantly a novelty. A few times I found myself in it as well, but with both kids on my lap rocking! It seems to be harder to hold both at one time! They do love rocking.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Six Years Old!

Saturday we celebrated Wyatt's sixth birthday although it was really Sunday. During last years birthday planning Wyatt decided he wanted a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle birthday party and I was doing the wait and see routine since it was a whole year away. A lot can change in a year. But not that.

We had it at the clubhouse again since we don't have a lot of space. We had about 9 kids and two little ones, plus moms and dads, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. Wyatt had been literally counting down the days for months.

Since we were doing a TMNT party we had to have pizza. So we had made up some homemade, and some Hot and Ready's due to my failure to figure out how much dough was needed. I hadn't thawed enough, so I had Nick run into town a 45 minute round trip for three Hot and Ready's to supplement. Turned out we only really needed one more, but that's the way the cookie crumbles. A huge thank you to my mom who made the pizza's for me as I erred on prep time as well.

I had planned on going to the Mom 2 Mom Sale that morning and I am so glad I sacrificed some good deals, otherwise I would have been in big trouble time wise! I got up at 7 AM sharp and started my morning making cupcakes and taking the dough out of the freezer. It was go, go, go the rest of the day.

I got down to the clubhouse to decorate just after 10 AM with the party starting at noon. Yikes! After unloading the van I got busy. I was so relieved at 20 minutes to 11 AM my mom, dad, and adopted sister walked through the doors! What a glorious sight!

Dad and Josephine worked on blowing up balloons for me which we scattered through out the dining room. Dad ran up to the house to bring the ball bat that I had forgot for the pinata. My brother and dad helped tie up and hang the pinata's. THANK YOU!!!

It wasn't long and the party was underway! We started off with eating lunch, then I had the kids make slime. Super easy, and a ton of fun! The kids decorated containers I found at Dollar Tree with TMNT stickers then mixed up equal parts liquid starch and Elmers glue. A big thank you to Rebekah and Teresa for helping with that as well!

After making slime we did the pinata's. Nick and I made four, one of each of the Turtles. We hung them up and put a little candy in each, but most of it in one random one. I have to say the kids loved it. It was so much fun watching them.

After the pinata's were broke and candy gotten we did cake and ice cream followed by gifts. Oh, did I mention Michelangelo is his favorite? It was a whirlwind of a party, and although it was a lot of work it was so much fun! I can't believe my baby is six! Neither can Wyatt. A few days later he said, "I still feel five..." After all the hype counting down the days for this momentous occasion, I think he was expecting to feel different too.

Happy Birthday Wyatt!! Mama, Daddy, and Josie love you SO much!!!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Broken Bone...

Saturday before last Josie fell, partway down the stairs. I was upstairs and Nick was downstairs and had just told her to go back up stairs. She started up, but then something went wrong and she fell. When she landed and I rounded the corner at the top of the landing she was on her belly facing up at me. I thought for sure she had split her lip or something. I checked her chin and mouth and there was no bleeding so we were relieved.

After consoling her for a time she calmed down and everything seemed fine. The next morning she wasn't feeling well at all. She had been fighting a bad cold for several days already and we thought she was just getting worse. She was very lethargic, and didn't want to play. She wanted to snuggle, which is out of the ordinary for her, but we figured she was just sick. Nick stayed home with her while I went to a baby shower. Towards the end of the evening she was still tired and snuggly. We put her to bed like normal.

The next morning she was doing a little better. She was playing some, but her nose was still runny. All the rest of the week she had a runny snotty nose. Since she wasn't feeling well there was a couple days she didn't even get out of her jammies and we just let her lounge and rest. "

Friday morning I lay her on her floor to change her and I spotted a bruise and large bump on top of her shoulder. It didn't look very good and concerned me so I called Nick at work and told him we should get it looked at. So, that afternoon, Nick came home early and we took her into the walk in clinic since our pediatrician was gone for the day. The doctor at the clinic took one look and said, "It's her collar bone."

So, Nick went back with her to get x-rays. She didn't like that much. No surprise really. She doesn't hold still for very long. When they came back, Nick said she had a broken collar bone. All the lab techs and the doctor all said, "Wow, that's a bad break!" And by being broke and half and overlapping, I'd say they were right. Poor girl!

I had so much guilt over it because it took a whole week to notice something was wrong. But looking back I don't know how we'd have known any earlier. She already wasn't feeling good, she'd had baths, she'd been changed, although she is usually standing when I get her dressed. Her hair must have covered it at times. I don't know, but I wish I did.

We went to see an Orthopedic doctor today and she didn't seem to concerned about it. There isn't much you can do for a broken collar bone apart from wearing a brace, but since she was using her arm still and pulling herself up with it, she felt it wasn't needed.

We go back in three weeks to see how well it is healing, but she is doing great. We just have to be careful that she doesn't fall on it again or bump it hard so it doesn't undo what has already healed.

Honestly, I'm not all that surprised that she broke a bone. Although, I don't think she was trying to be a dare devil at the time she was just tired and sick, it was only a matter of time. With all the climbing she does, I'm more surprised it hasn't happened sooner. I guess we will have our work cut out for us as she gets older!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Hibernating While Trying to Keep the Peace

Not much going on here on the home front. It has been super cold this winter and barely have been able to get outside to play. We have tons of snow and can't even enjoy it. So, we've been hibernating. This kids and I literally only leave the house twice a week; Friday nights we go to Bible study and then we have church on Sundays, that's it. We do our grocery shopping on Fridays before our small group meets to save a trip into town. We live only twenty minutes from town, but it is starting to feel longer and longer.

Since we can't go outside we try to stay busy inside, but I have to admit it hasn't been easy. We have been getting on each others nerves; the long winter is having its affect. Josie found her boots for next year in the closet and has been wearing them constantly in the house. This is how she plays these days. 

Wyatt lost yet another tooth! I noticed Saturday it was barely hanging in there, but he refused to let me wiggle or tug at it. He wanted it to come out all on its own. And it did! We had a dentist appointment yesterday and he got a good report. He enjoyed telling the hygienist all about losing it.

Wyatt got a hold of my camera and took a few "selfies." This is one of them. "Arrrrr you looking at my missing teeth?"

Wyatt and Josie don't typically play well together. Sharing is always an issue. But I have been able to catch a few moments when there was peace between them. 

The new "thing" has been playing in the beanbag. We have all their stuffed animals inside to help conserve space in our small house, and it seems to be a lot of fun to climb inside. Wyatt keeps asking Nick and I to get in with them... Not going to happen!  {Notice Josie's foot?}

Spring is only a couple weeks away, and we are waiting patiently, sort of, in anticipation. We want to get outside! We are almost there, we'll keep hanging in there.

Monday, February 10, 2014

A Big First!

On our way to celebrate our nephews birthday we stopped off an hour into our trip for a quick bite to eat. We hadn't ate for long when Wyatt said his tooth was loose. When he showed us, we were stunned on how loose it actually was. He had said he didn't notice it was loose before and he hadn't bit anything wrong. He had a brief moment of excitement which quickly dissipated. Panic flashed over his face and as quickly as that came, fear washed over him. He started crying big tears as he tried to leave the restaurant, "I am leaving! I have to go!"

Of course we weren't near finished, but Nick left and went to the car with him to help him calm down. I stayed with Josie and just before we finished Daddy and Wyatt came back in with big smiles! While in the car Wyatt bawled and while his mouth was open from crying Nick was able to wiggle the tooth and ended up being able to pull it out easily. The crying stopped and all was well once again. {Apparently, I am told, that my first tooth loss experience was rather similar...}

Despite the drama surrounding this momentous occasion, we were so excited for Wyatt reaching yet another milestone in his growing-up. {And so were the older couple sitting at the table next to us at Wendy's!}

I will probably save this tooth since it is his first, but I'm not sure if we'll save them all. My mom saved all of mine and gave them to me later, but really, what am I supposed to do with them? 

We don't do the tooth-fairy, so we let him pick out a toy from the dollar store to mark the special occasion. He picked a Tonka die cast tanker truck to add to his Hot Wheel collection.

I have to say his loosing his tooth has done wonders for his attitude too. Since he is "growing up" we have taken the opportunity to make this a huge deal. "Growing up" means acting like a big boy should act. His behavior has seen a noticeable change for the better!

I still can't believe we are at the tooth losing stage already! Buckle up! Here we go!