Friday, March 30, 2012

Hello Spring!

Spring came early this year - for everyone. Although I'd even say that summer came early this year, except it went away after 2 weeks.  But while it was here we made the most of it.  We were outside playing every afternoon, eating lunches and dinners on the deck {less clean up}, drawing with sidewalk chalk, and getting lots of boo-boos and scrapes {not that I'm happy about that, but it was a sure sign that we were busy outside having fun}. 

We've getting into flower gardening lately and at this point it's kind of trial and error.  Only because we've added a few plants we've never planted before.  So far, so good.

Happy Friday everyone! We are going on a date tonight to dinner and to see The Hunger Games.  {Although, it's been at least two years since I've read the first one. Hope I can remember it.  Mommy Brain!} 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Thursday Randoms

Today I feel like this -

Kelle Hampton writes: "Tonight I am grateful for what we are learning. I am inspired by the way challenges are shaping us. I am fueled by any remaining fear and sadness. I am motivated to see people for who they are inside--for what they have to offer rather than what they are lacking or how they are different. I hope you are learning this with me."

I love her and I know there are so so many others who read her blog religiously like I do.

This weekend we walked a lot! Here are some of the things we did:

Shirt Powers:

My younger (oldest) brother Alex was in a play this past weekend called Shirt Powers.  It's written by Lisa Cripps-Downey and it was directed by Bill Downey.  It was probably one of the best show I've ever seen done by teens.  It was all about labels, they begin around middle school age and they never quite go away. But we have the power to show others who we are.  As you can tell I loved it!

This was so sweet and a little bit awkward because we both leaned in to kiss each other on the cheek and we almost ended up kissing.  Oh well, he is my brother!

the cast

My babies love each other and my heart beams when I see things like this.

Our boy is totally potty trained.  He goes potty and poop without being asked to go.  He only needs help putting his undies and shorts/pants back on.  My advice was given to me by another mom.  Wait until he/she is 3, it takes about a week and then you don't have to stress about accidents - EVER! That is unless you have a kid that totally wants to go on the potty earlier.  Teague still gets a sucker for going poop and he wears his undies to bed for his nap and at night.  I'm telling you, if you want stress free, wait till they're three.

FYI: He's totally playing.  I just happened to take this photo when he was being totally goofy.  The rest is on video and it's pretty hilarious!

Teague update: things down there are better than I expected.  We are praying the fluid around his left teste goes down before he has a second surgery to bring that right one back down again.  It's hanging out with the scar tissue from the first surgery. I'm so thankful!  Our next appt. is in 6 months from now. We are taking it slow.

Monday, March 19, 2012

This is me. Right now.

So this is where I've been: fear.

Fear of being judged by others.

Fear of being gossiped about.

Fear of (some of) the unknown.

I have been totally scared to share what has been going on with Teague because I'm afraid we'll be talked about. I'm afraid people will ask me questions and I'll be too emotional to share. Then there is always the possibility that no one will ask.

What I do know is this. God answers prayer. This time I walked through my fear and called in the troops for prayer. I have shared with several people what is happening and WE are all praying for Teague. He is my sunshine, my snuggle, my sweet boy. He's my angel baby, my muffin, my little love. Last Wednesday, I was completely devestated for him - only at the worst possible scenario - because I'm his mama and I totally freaked out.

Today, I'm at peace. I have felt God's presence, the only answer I kept hearing was take Teague to specialist, take him out of town, and finally take him to Grand Rapids. I listened, our appointment is for 8:45am on Wednesday.

Last year Teague had a hernia. This year there is good chance there is another one (there is other stuff going on too). Please keep praying for my precious baby. God is good and He will be glorified through all this.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Updates soon...

We've been busier than ever.
Which is why I've been MIA.
I need to post Teague's birthday.
...also updates on Teague.
Please pray for him.
He might have some more health problems,
without knowing what it really is,
I can't share.

If you happen to be one of the few that does know,
please keep it private until we know more.
I will say it's related to his issue from last year.
And no it's not life-threatening.

For now just pray that my Teague ends up being healthy and normal.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Baby it's Warm Outside

We've been outside the last 2 days because it's been so incredibly warm outside. Well, maybe not incredibly, but seriously the day before yesterday - which was another 60 something degree day - we got about 5-6 inches of snow.  Drew plowed the whole day - that was Monday.  Tuesday afternoon the snow had totally melted.  So out we went.

I've had my windows open in the house.  It's so nice to air it out after a few months.  I love the crisp air too!

We walked around the block a couple of times. Teague wanted a bucket to collect things along the way.  I have an idea what we can do with that stuff, but for now it's drying in the garage.  We'll share our project later!!!

Monday, March 5, 2012

a different kinda bug

Yep we woke up to Teague crying and running into our room again. Drew thought he was having a bad dream and put Teague into our bed, then went to the bathroom.  So I 90% asleep rolled over to snuggle him.  As I give him a kiss, he pukes on my face. I said some words that aren't worth repeating.  If any of you know me, you know that if I wake up suddenly - it usually isn't pretty.  So you can imagine how I was feeling getting puked on at 1am.  I changed our sheets and threw out Drew's pillow and Teague got a bath.  I covered Teague's bed with towels and put a bowl next to his bed.  We all go back to bed.  10 minutes after everyone is settled I hear a gurgle.  Yep, he'd thrown up again.  Drew took him to the bathroom and on the way he threw up in the hallway.

So I cleaned up Teague's bed, cleaned up the hallway, and started a load of laundry while Teague got another bath.  He seemed happy and so we all went to bed again.  Thankfully we got to sleep this time.

So for now we're resting at home.  I'm doing laundry and cleaning other things today.  I just hope and pray Drew doesn't get sick too!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Friday Randoms

We are on the cusp of spring. I can feel it in the air. I can feel it in the sunshine. I can see it in my kids playing outside for a few hours this week on Wednesday afternoon.  My neighbor actually has daffodils springing up in her yard.  I can't wait to see the flowers again!

I've talked about my vise - TV - before. Specific shows, usually only nighttime. Well, the bachelor is one of them. And I have to say that I've heard Ben ends up with Courtney. Yuck! I don't even want to watch anymore because I've heard they've already broke up. Sorry ladies, I hope I'm wrong about it being Courtney in the end. But my source has a connection and so far she's never been wrong. I don't even want to watch anymore. But I probably will.

Last weekend we went to the silver beach carousel. Our sweet neighbors gave us a bunch of coins for Christmas. We rode once, visited the museum, and played with a bean bag toss.  Teague loved it! And when I mentioned popcorn he got super excited!

Ha! Sister ALWAYS hates rides while they're stopped.

Now we're movin'!

Totally thrilled!

Then we drove past the beach on our way home and the snow covered sand looked just like toasted marsh mellows!  I can't wait to bring the kids to the beach all summer.  It's going to be so much fun!

We're almost finished with Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University.  We read and followed his total money makeover and we're almost finished with baby step #3 a fully funded emergency fund of 6 months expenses.  Our friends lent us their disc set and we're 3 discs away from returning it back to them.


Financial Peace University DVD Home Study Kit
Happy Weekend Friends!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Itch

Drew totally spilled the beans the other day and I have shared with very few people that I've been baby buggin' lately.  As in I've got the bug.  Thank the good Lord I chose to have the Mirena IUD at my 6 week postpartum with Finn.  Otherwise, I might actually be pregnant right now. I seriously want to stew on this for a long, long while and go on vacation with just my hubs before I make any decisions.

I've been trying to be very cautious of others because I know SO MANY women who are struggling to get pregnant.  So I've been trying to be uber sensitive and not say anything because frankly, I think that's probably what I'd want if I were going through the same thing. You know, "treat others the way you want to be treated". So that's my disclaimer.

I've been weighing my options HEAVILY.  Is this really what I want? Do I really want to start over again? Do I really want to BE pregnant again? (NO I don't).  Am I prepared for more sleepless nights - like a whole year? (NO). Am I being practical? Our house would be just about bursting at the seams.  And my Ford Escape would be packed tight!

BUT and this is a BIG but, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the stage that my kids are in right now.  It's totally my favorite.  I love being at home with them.  I know that each one is a blessing from GOD and I'm so very grateful He gave me two awesome kiddos. Plus, I enjoy watching them grow. 

I guess what I really want to know - all of you mothers out there - is will I always feel this way?  If I had a third, will I be itching for a fourth?????
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