Sunday, April 13, 2014

March for Babies and Tee Ball

This was a busy week and even busier weekend.

Let’s back up to the beginning of the week though.  Lindy and Will were both suffering from allergies the week before and over the weekend Lindy got really congested.  We all know what happens when she gets congested.  Yep, she pukes.  Sunday night we put her to bed and she threw up in her bed.  Monday night she threw up again.  But that night I had been sitting by her bed since I had put her there, just waiting for the puke.  By the way she was coughing I just knew it was going to come.  And it did.  But thankfully she was better the rest of the week.  I’m not sure if she cleared herself out or the allergies got better. 

Tuesday night Will had his last tee ball practice.  From here on out they are games.  Drew took him up there while Lindy and I went to visit a Lowes Food store for work.  On our way home we stopped by the ball field but it was windy and cool so we didn’t stay too long. 

The end of the week was a little busy for me because my big March for Babies was on Saturday.  I was busy getting ready for the big event. 

Friday night my mom came and spent the night with us.  We played outside for a little while after she got here and then we put the kids to bed.  We put the kids to bed and we went to bed around 10pm.  I had to get up at 4am because of the March for Babies.  A little after 11pm I heard something.  Our bedroom door was shut and the monitor was off so it took me a while to hear it.  I went and opened our door and stared into the kids room to see if it was one of them making noises.  Soon after I heard a faint, “Mom.”  I went in and Will said, “I don’t feel good.”  As I reached for the throw up bucket and was saying, Sit up, he puked all over himself and his bed.  He puked a bunch more times but thankfully those all made it in the bucket.  We got him out of the bed and Drew stripped all his sheets and comforters off while I gave him a midnight bath.  He is the sweetest boy in the world.  He kept saying, “This is just the worst.”   He got sick one more time while we were getting him and his room cleaned up.  I got our bed covered in blankets and got him in it.  Drew slept with him and I slept on the couch.   It took me forever to fall asleep and 4am came awfully fast.  Mom and I were up early and out the door a few minutes after 5am.  She came and helped with set up for the big event.  Her first March for Babies and I had her working! 

Drew said Will threw up one more time and then slept the rest of the night.  He said he woke up feeling fine.  Drew got them up and ready and they still came to the walk.  The March for Babies went really well!  The day could not have been any prettier.  It was a beautiful morning that ended up being almost hot in the afternoon.  Million Dollar Babies had a bunch of walkers!  Bob and Suzette, Jamie, Lynn, my mom, my friend Courtney, our friend Jane, and Martha, Danny, Meghan, and Jeff from church.  We appreciate the support of everyone.  I’m happy to say that Million Dollar Babies killed it this year!  The last total I saw is over $6000!!  Wowzers!  I still have money to turn in and know of other money coming in.  I also got Top Individual Fundraiser, raising over $4000!!  Way to go!  We love helping to save the babies! 

Unfortunately the family could only do about half the walk.  Will had tee ball pictures at 11:30am and Lindy had her first tee ball game at 12pm.   Then Will had his first game of the season at 1:45pm.  Bob and Suzette took Will and headed out to get his pictures made.  After his pictures they headed over to Lindy’s game.  Drew, Lynn, Lindy and my mom headed to Lindy’s game.  Last fall Lindy was dead set on playing tee ball this spring.  But regular tee ball just isn’t an option.   She could probably bat and run fine but she would not see balls flying at her.  We looked around and we found her a Challenger League that lets kids with all kinds of disabilities play ball!   There are no practices, just games on Saturdays.  We weren’t sure if this league was going to happen because at first they didn’t have enough kids but they ended up with 5-6.  We got her all the baseball gear, a bat, glove, helmet, ant pants.  She was soooooo excited.  She told me Friday night she had to wake up early to get to tee ball on Saturday!  She got her hat and her jersey on Saturday when she showed up.  Her team is called the Blue Rocks and their hat has a moose on it.  They split the kids up and had some batting and some fielding.  The parents were out on the field with the kids and there were other, older kids out there helping as well.  She says she had fun and really likes it.  She wanted to wear her jersey today too.  Drew said she hit the ball pretty darn well and loved running but didn’t like stopping at the bases.  She wanted to keep on running.  He said she got a little impatient when she wasn’t batting.  Suzette and my mom gave me the run down and they said it was really neat and really great for her.  I know she was excited to just be out there on the field!  Thank you to Suzette for getting the only pictures of her game! 

Bob, Suzette, and Will headed back over to his field while Drew, my mom, Lynn, and Lindy grabbed something to eat.  Then they headed over to Will’s game.  I actually got done with the walk way earlier than past years and I made it to the second inning of Will’s game.  They normally play 3 innings but his game started 30 mins late and they cut his short.  They got pitched to a bunch of times but he ended up hitting off the tee the first time.  He got a hit the second time though. 

We all headed home to crash for the rest of the day.  Will was fine all day long, except for a little loose poop in the afternoon.  That’s the kind of stomach bug I hope we always get. 

Today we had church this morning.  We did some chores and then the kids and I headed to Home Depot for dirt and vegetables.  We got back and the kids played out back while I worked on our raised beds and got the veggies planted.  It was a productive afternoon.

Here are some pictures of the week! 

March for Babies!  DSC_8382IMG_4133IMG_4134
Zumba Conga line!
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Miracle Kids!
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Walking for their brother!
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Lindy’s First Tee Ball GameDSCN1773
Run, Lindy, Run!DSCN1766DSCN1767DSCN1774
The only picture from Will’s game.IMG_7944
This morning Lindy had Drew pinned down and it was so cute!IMG_4166
My beautiful girl before church.DSC_8416
My handsome son.
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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Spring Break

The kids spent two days with Nana and Papa last week.  We dropped them off Sunday afternoon and headed out to eat Sunday night with Ed and Jamie.  I’m still dreaming about the fish tacos I had.  We also walked slowly around Target.  Well I walked slowly while Drew stood in the book section.  What a glorious evening.

Monday and Tuesday were regular old work days, except we got to sleep in.  Monday night we both spent up at the church.  Tuesday I met up with my parents around 4pm for the handoff.  Will had tee ball practice at 6pm or else we’d have left them there longer! 

The kids had fun at my parents’.  They got to play outside a lot, at my parents’ house and at the park.  They got to eat out for dinner and they got to watch work being done at my parents’ house. 

Wednesday and Thursday were pretty regular days around the house.  The kids ended up spending a couple hours at our neighbors’ house on Wednesday because Drew and I both had things going on for work and couldn’t keep them.  The kids thought that was fun too because the neighbor boys are in 9th and 10th grades and they think they are pretty cool.

They did get to do something pretty fun on Thursday though.  Drew and the kids met up with Aunt Joan and they went out to her barn and they got to ride a horse for the very first time!   I really wish I could have gone but thankfully Drew took pictures for me.  And then Will took pictures of Drew while he rode the horse! 

Friday and Saturday were fun days for the kids because they had GrandBob and Suzette come up Friday morning and spend the day and night with them.  Drew was heading out of town for the night and I had to work.  They had lunch and then they took them to the park to play and then to the ice cream shop for a snack.  At the ice cream shop they saw Mike and Janice which was a treat in itself!  I got home from work around 6pm and we had a nice evening. 

Saturday I had my first March for Babies of the year in Elkin NC.  I was up at 4:15am and out of the house by 5:15am.  Bob and Suzette spent the night and watched them during the morning.  They had to leave around lunch time so Jamie, Ed, and Molly came over to watch them until we got home.  Ed took Will to tee ball practice while Jamie, Lindy and Molly stayed here and played.  Drew and I pulled in literally at the same time.  I met him on the road into our neighborhood. 

They did enjoy playing with a lot of different people this week!  The thing they didn’t like is that both are suffering from allergies.  Mom said Will sneezed the whole time he was at their house so I started his allergy medicine when he got home.  His have gotten better with the medicine.  Lindy has gotten pretty congested with all the phlegm she has now.   Oh yeah.   (Actually before I could post this, she just threw up a few times.  ugggg.  But it’s actually a good thing for her.  She is breathing and sleeping a ton better right now because she actually got a bunch of the junk out of her throat and belly.) 

 

We ended spring break today with church and a birthday party for one of Will’s friends from school.  It was at a park and the whole family was invited.  The kids had fun with their friends.  It was a nice way to end spring break.

I think we are all dreading getting up and heading to school tomorrow.  Early wake up times again for everyone.  blah blah.

At the barn with make shift riding helmets!  DSC_8190
Joan and Dreamer!
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Riding a horse!DSC_8200DSC_8201DSC_8208DSC_8209
Will’s turn!
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Drew’s turn and Will’s photography.  Apparently someone else out at the barn helped him take these pictures.  DSC_8223
More Will pictures!DSC_8228
Lindy, Will and Dreamer!
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Stomp rocket fun!
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Because jumping with two is more fun that jumping by yourself!DSC_8374
Action shots!
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Love it!
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Scary Aunt Jamie!
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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Beeping Eggs

I’m trying to think of anything exciting that happened this week.  We got more snow on Tuesday.  (And today actually! What?!)  Thankfully there was no accumulation and it was just pretty to look at.  Will’s tee ball was cancelled again.  Every Tuesday night practice has been cancelled due to snow except the very first one on March 11th.  This winter has been too wild.  Hopefully April will bring completely new and different weather than March had!

The most fun we had was this weekend.  Friday night the kids and I finally watched Frozen.   We had been listening to the cd for a couple weeks but hadn’t seen it.  Now we understand the songs!  It was kind of scary – for my scaredy cats anyways. 

Saturday we went to the 4th Annual Eggsplosion.  It’s the Easter Egg hunt for visually impaired children.  The local bomb squad made these beeping eggs so kids who can’t see can find them by following their sounds.  Lindy really has no problem visually seeing them but it really is a great thing for so many kids who have gotten left out of egg hunts in years past.  We love to go and see Lindy’s old vision teachers and friends we now know after going for four years.  The Corporal in charge of the bomb squad is so nice and we enjoy seeing her each year.   It grows every year, so it’s fun to experience new stuff each time.   Will enjoys it just as much as Lindy!  The news channels were there again this year and Lindy got a 2-3 second clip on one station.  It’s been good press for her.  One year we were interviewed and another year her picture was in the paper.  That child gets around the news!

The Wake Forest Demon Deacon was there this year.  He was a new addition.  My kids have so many pictures with the Deacon.   We attend a lot of Wake events and see him there.  But then he seems to show up at events related to Lindy and her vision or hearing loss.  I have pictures of my kids doing crazy stuff with the Deacon.  Like just Lindy and the Deacon under a giant parachute.  Random.  Saturday we got pictures of Lindy and the Deacon doing yoga together and Will racing the Deacon.  So fun and such great pictures!

Today we had church and then we just dropped our kids off with my parents.  It’s officially spring break but ummmm, we have to work.  They are spending a couple days at my parents, a couple days at home, and GrandBob and Suzette are spending a couple days here with them.  Making do with child care this week.  Drew and I are heading out to dinner – yay!

Enjoy the pictures!

Heading out to hunt eggs
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Lindy with her old vision teach, Ms. Pam.  Ms. Pam taught her from ages 3-5.  Ms. Pam is blind and Ms. Sue, standing with Will, is her helper.  She was Ms. Pam’s eyes.  We enjoyed seeing both of them!DSC_8109
Is that McGruff the Police Dog?
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Will enjoyed running the races!
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Running her first of many races.
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Of course she needed to hold the tape.DSC_8118
And of course he did too.DSC_8119
Finding the beeping eggs!  There was enough other stuff this year that they didn’t spend long hunting eggs this year.  Lindy went a couple times but Will just went once.DSC_8123DSC_8125DSC_8127
Playing a little cornhole.DSC_8130
Will had some impressive aim.  Must take after his mother (right Bob?!)
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Seeing one of two bunnies.  This one kept walking around with his head off.  He has normal hands, anyone notice that?  This Easter Bunny must not play the Easter Bunny too often.  I kept steering the kids a different direction when I’d see the headless Easter Bunny!DSC_8135
This one stayed in costume much better.  But I thought he was kind of creepy looking.
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And then their fave, the Deacon, showed up!  I think the kids might think the Deacon is one of their actual friends! ha!DSC_8141
He  pulled her bow and she was laughing at him!DSC_8143IMG_8689
Yoga Time with your favorite mascot.  I mean, who doesn’t do yoga with their favorite mascot.  She was a little confused at first but caught right on!DSC_8144DSC_8147IMG_3966
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Ta da!  I didn’t realize till later that they are coordinating colors.  ha!IMG_3973
She stuck her head all the way through and I had to get her out! ha!DSC_8150DSC_8151DSC_8152DSC_8154
First time petting a chicken!DSC_8165DSC_8167
First time holding a chicken!DSC_8169
Thankfully she was gentle with the eggs and thankfully it was another kid who later smashed one.  DSC_8170
Ms. Angie!  She is so sweet to the kids!DSC_8175
Lindy, Angie, and Tater Tot the Easter pony!IMG_3975
Group hug with a really mangy lion!DSC_8177
Making beautiful music.DSC_8180DSC_8181IMG_3980IMG_3982
Doesn’t the Deacon always hold the winning tape?IMG_3988
Will got to race some fun people.  He raced a bunny (thankfully with his head on).
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Smoking him!IMG_3991
And he raced the Deacon!   Ready, Set, GO!!
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Will in disbelief and loving life!IMG_3995
Will wins!  The Deacon crashed at the finish line!IMG_3996
Conceding defeat to my 6 year old! ha!IMG_3999