Sunday, March 27, 2011

For Kathy P

This post is dedicated to Kathy P at my doctor’s office.  She is a huge reason why we even have children and she is a faithful blog reader!  Hey Kathy!

We had a pretty quiet week with not too much going on.  The weather was gorgeous the first part of the week so we enjoyed that.  Today is the complete opposite – it’s cold and rainy. 

The kids had their usual Wednesday afternoon music class.  Thursday I picked up the kids from school and we had a little picnic outside Will’s school. Then we packed up and headed to Lindy’s physical therapy appointment.  We met Drew outside and did a Will handoff and Lindy and I headed inside.  She had a really good session with Heather.  The excitement was that she did the whole session in two SMO (short) braces.  Currently she wears an SMO  (short) brace on her right foot and an AFO (tall) brace on her left foot.  She’s doing so well that Heather wanted to see how she did with two SMO’s.  They have boxes of old braces people give them after they are done so she found one that fit Lindy.  She didn’t spaz out when we put it on her – which she sometimes does with new or different things.  It did take her a little while to get used to it.  At first she was walking on her toes but the longer she wore it the better she did.  By the end she was walking really well in it.  Heather sent us home with it and told us to have her wear it in the afternoon after she wakes up from her nap.  She is getting to the point of needing new braces so there is a chance she could get two new SMO’s.  We’ll just have to see how she does.  She also needs to have the consent of her orthopedist, who we see in April.  She’s definitely heading in the right direction though! 

Friday I had a March of Dimes meeting and then Aunt Anna and her boyfriend Brian came up to visit us.  The kids had a blast playing with them and I finally got to meet Brian.  I was the last one to meet him.  Looks like he might be around for awhile! 

Last night we had a Relay for Life fundraiser at church.  We had dinner and then a ‘50-‘60’s band played some great music.  The kids were loving it.  Will played the ‘drums’ with two straws and Lindy was bopping along.  They were dancing behind us but as soon as someone saw them and wanted them to go up front and dance, they clammed up. 

The other excitement of the week was that I painted Lindy’s fingernails and toenails, for the first time ever.  That was quite an adventure trying get to her to stay still long enough.  She doesn’t sit very still and she was very interested in what I was doing which made it quite hard.  She has been very proud of her nails though.  She showed everyone in school the next day!

We are on spring break this coming up week.  Drew has a bunch of meetings so we could not go anywhere.  The big plan for the week is to potty train Lindy.  We’ve been talking it up big time and I showed her all her big girl pants today.  We’re going at it hard on Tuesday.  What an exciting way to spend spring break, huh? Wish us luck!

Sitting on the top of a ball – Hoping the ball doesn’t roll away.DSC_7361She was stuck!DSC_7363We had to pull out some spring clothes last week.DSC_7380My girl loves to give me some serious hugs when we’re taking a picture!DSC_7384DSC_7387She’s so stinking pretty!DSC_7390And she loves her daddy’s kisses!DSC_7396Gearing up for a BIG hug!DSC_7402DSC_7403We see this face all day long.  It’s followed by “I’VE GOT SNOT!”  His allergies are better on medicine but we’ve still got lots of snot.DSC_7404Will needs a haircut!DSC_7411More spring clothes!DSC_7415DSC_7423First time painting her fingernails and toes!DSC_7425Are those not the cutest, crookedest toes you’ve ever seen?!DSC_7428DSC_7442DSC_7455Having a rousing game of Chutes and Ladders.DSC_7469Lindy loving on Aunt Anna!DSC_7473Lindy, Brian, Aunt Anna, and WillDSC_7475Sweet girl’s church dress today.DSC_7481

Lindy is a much more willing model these days.  Seems impossible to catch Will these days. 

Monday, March 21, 2011

Holy Busy Week, Batman

Seems like we just survived one of the busiest weeks and weekends we’ve had in awhile.  It’s good to have fun but it’s exhausting!  The kids weren’t all that busy during the week but Drew was busy with meetings so I had the kids by myself three nights last week.  Just makes it seem very busy. 

Monday started with Will and I taking the car for an oil change.  Will and I passed our time playing with a putting green which Will thought was great fun.  We learned our car was way out of alignment and that our front tires needed to be replaced.  We went a couple more places checking tires and I went back during naptime to get them.  Nice unexpected expense.  Gotta love those unexpected expenses! 

Wednesday the kids had their regular music class.  Instead of going home to take a nap we headed home for a bit but then headed back out to pick up Miss Lindy’s brand new glasses.  We first stopped by the audiology department so we could say goodbye to our audiologist.  sniff, sniff.  She has worked with Lindy since she first came home from the NICU.  Besides the time she was on maternity leave she has been Lindy’s only audiologist.  She is also a pastor’s wife so we had that in common too.  Her husband is going full time in the Navy so they are moving to San Diego in April.  Although that sounds pretty neat, we are sad she is going.  After saying goodbye, we headed up to the eye shop and picked up her new glasses.  The first couple minutes she took them on and off a few times but since then she has done AMAZING!  They significantly changed the prescription in one lens so I was worried between the new glasses and prescription change she might revert back to taking them off all the time.  She proved us wrong and has been loving her new glasses.  She shows people her ‘new glasses’ and asks for them back when we take them off.  Her teacher at school thinks she can tell a difference too.  She said Lindy hasn’t been holding things quite as close as she did.  We did order new lenses for her old glasses just to have a back-up pair.  They had to send those glasses off so it’s a good thing Lindy likes her new glasses because at this moment we don’t have the backup pair. 

Thursday we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by wearing green.  A leprechaun got into our house and made the kids’ milk and oatmeal green.  That leprechaun also somehow turned the toilet water green!  Will’s class had a party and I made the treats.  Will was confused by St. Patrick’s Day.  He kept saying it was Patrick’s birthday party we were taking treats to.  He kept asking “Who is Patrick?  Where does Patrick live?”  He told me Patrick was turning 7 years old and we even argued about whether Patrick was a girl or a boy.  I didn’t realize it would be so hard to explain St. Patrick’s Day to a 3.5 year old but it was!

Thursday night we had a March of Dimes fundraiser at Steak-n-Shake.  Just by eating there they would donate some of the proceeds to our fundraising team.  We appreciated everyone who came and ate.  The kids had fun seeing so many people they knew.  At one point Will said, “All our friends are eating at Steak-n-Shake too!”  They probably thought it was crazy that so many friends were there!  We were so happy to have the support of our new church but we were also thrilled that a bunch of special friends from our old church came to support us as well!  

Friday was the start of our crazy, busy weekend.  We all went to get Lindy from school but I went in and did a parent session with her.  She rocked everything she was asked to do!  She is showing her teachers how smart she is!  We left straight from school and drove to Charlotte to Drew’s dad’s house.  We dropped off our things and then we headed to some friends’ house to hang out.  Matt and Martha have a 3.5 year old and a 6 year old.  The kids played and ate dinner and then we took the kids back to Drew’s dad’s house and dropped them off.  We went back and ate a delicious dinner cooked by Matt and Martha and just hung out talking until way past our normal bedtime!  It was great fun to catch up with friends! 

Saturday morning we got up and had some yummy French toast cooked by Grandbob!  We got ready and we went and met a good friend of mine from high school, Margaret, and her one year old daughter, Kaylee.  The kids had a blast playing in the warm spring weather at a really nice park.  It was great to catch up with Margaret.  She was my neighbor in high school in the big city of Asheboro!  We left the park and had a grandparents lunch with Mimo, GrandBob and Suzette.  It was nice to see so many people in one short trip to Charlotte.  We got home from Charlotte and did a bunch of nothing until another good friend of mine from college stopped by for a quick visit.  Heather and her husband Ben were in town so they came by to say hi.  Sat. night we went to bed early! 

Yesterday was another busy day as we had church and then the children of the church went bowling.  It was a first for Lindy and Will.  They had fun and I guess that is really all that matters but man I find things like that stressful!  The afternoon started off on a bad note.  Lindy took off down the lane and I took off after her.  Lindy, my camera, and I all fell and hit the ground.  I thought my camera lens broke but I actually fixed it today!  We tried letting the kids push the ball down the lane but Lindy actually had a ball that just stopped on the lane. We ended up using the ramp thing the kids could put their balls on and that worked out good for them.  I also broke a fingernail really far down that hurt.  The kids had fun but we skipped naptime and towards the end they were getting out of control!  They were out like a light when we got in the car to head home.  I’m glad they get the chance to do these kind of things but I look forward to the day when things are calmer and we can all enjoy them. 

The kids’ allergies have started back up and Will’s nose is running like crazy.  His eyes were watering yesterday and he looked so miserable.  Lindy started getting congested Thursday night but as you all probably know, her nose doesn’t run.  Instead she gets drainage in her throat that makes her cough and eventually throw up.  She threw up Friday night when Grandbob and Suzette were watching them and then Saturday in the car on the way home.  I just wish her nose would run.   To top off the weekend, I’ve got some mysterious rash on my face, ears, and upper back.  Just lovely.  Drew tells me you can’t see it unless I point it out but I’m not enjoying it!

Pictures from our crazy, busy week!

DSC_7020DSC_7031DSC_7042I tried the old sideways picture.  DSC_7046Tried to get them to pose…we need to work on it some more!DSC_7052DSC_7058The pretty bradford pear in our yard and down the whole street.DSC_7061Cathy, Lindy’s audiologist that is leaving.DSC_7063This girl is seriously a crazy girl!DSC_7066DSC_7072Lindy’s new spectacles!  DSC_7076DSC_7079“I LOVE MY NEW GLASSES!”DSC_7090Our ‘Good Luck Charmer’ on St. Patrick’s Day.DSC_7112Green milk and oatmeal!DSC_7126DSC_7133DSC_7148Getting really excited while playing games!DSC_7184DSC_7196Our family at Steak-n-Shake.DSC_7221The 3/4 of our family that wore green on St. Patrick’s Day.  The other 1/4 refused to participate.  boo.DSC_7233Will loved Liam’s drum set!DSC_7236And he loved Clara’s swing.DSC_7251They both loved the popsicles they had for treats!DSC_7255DSC_7259Liam, Clara, Will, and LindyDSC_7261Lindy and Kaylee at the park.DSC_7265DSC_7267Weeeee, on the really fast slide!DSC_7272DSC_7279DSC_7282Hey Kaylee!DSC_7287Girl talk!DSC_7289New friends hanging at the park!DSC_7292Margaret, Kaylee, me, and LindyDSC_7293Bowling!DSC_7302DSC_7307Trying to push the ball.DSC_7312Watching to see what happens!DSC_7315Pushing the ball!DSC_7322DSC_7327DSC_7335DSC_7336All the kids from church who went bowling.DSC_7348Bowling wears you out!DSC_7350