Saturday, April 8, 2017

February

Where did February go?  I just don't understand how whole months are going so fast.  Not just days or weeks.  Whole months!

The month of February was filled with dog related issues.  Aiden had his regular, yearly check up and then went back two more times.  He has been digging at his behind.  They expressed anal glands twice and now we are on really expensive medicine and he is still doing it. 

Lindy started an art class in February and she has really been enjoying it.  It's a small class of four kids.  Our friend, Larkin, is in it.  Lindy is by far the oldest but it's worked well since she needs a little more attention.  She drew a deer and has painted ice cream and a cupcake so far. 

Both the kids had colds the first full week of February.  Lindy's was a normal cold that thankfully didn't turn into anything more.  Will's was a little different than Lindy's.  Started out with the normal sore throat and runny nose as usual.  We ate dinner at Lynn's that Friday night and he actually threw up while there.  He didn't want to eat dinner but he drank some cold water and it came right back up.  He threw up two more times as well.  Both after drinking water.  Strange.  After a morning of just relaxing he was back to doing well.

I went to Raleigh on Feb. 11th for a birthday party for one of my best friends from high school.  It was originally scheduled for January but our one and only snow storm this year made it get rescheduled to February.  I rode with another friend from high school and we stayed with yet another friend from high school.  It was fun to see everyone.  We came back on Sunday and I started not feeling well.  I ended up not going to a play we had tickets to that afternoon because I didn't feel well. 

Drew took the kids and met Ms. Martha to watch the Miracle Worker.  We thought Lindy would like it since she really loves Helen Keller.  Everyone said it was really good but Drew said Lindy didn't seem like she could see it and got bored.  He also said it was pretty loud in parts. 

February always brings good, old Valentine's Day.  Drew and I don't celebrate but we usually do something for the kids.  I remembered that the night before and I had to brave the crowds at Walmart.  Poor planning on my part for sure!  Drew wasn't even home that night because he went to a pastor appreciation meal (not sure what genius scheduled that date.  And he was the only pastor there.  The rest were probably home with their wives??) 

February also brought our first fish casualty.  Lindy got two fish for Christmas and poor Forest passed away mid February.  We had a nice fishy funeral and said some nice words.  Lindy cried a little bit but was fine after that. 

February 18th we attended the first birthday party for our sweet niece, Ellie.  It's so hard to believe she is one already!  We had a great time celebrating her and watching her dig into her cake. 

The next weekend, February 25th, we went to my parents' for a little visit to say hi.  The dogs and kids enjoyed playing.  Lindy had a play date on Sunday the 26th with her friend Josie.  Drew took Will and his friend, Ben, to play putt putt and to the arcade.  Everyone had a fun time.

February was full of being super busy at work which made the month go by super fast.  It's nice to have free weekends in the winter months because we stay on the go the rest of the year.  We had some fun while enjoying a ridiculously warm weather month!

Will got to read his nature riddle on Eagle Eye news on February 13th.  He usually does tech crew and is behind the camera so it was nice to see him on camera!
Valentine's Day with my loves 




 Lindy's deer picture from her art class.
 Ellie's 1st birthday party!


 Yummy cake!
 Aunt Jamie's other nephew, Jack, was there.  He liked playing with Will and Lindy.







Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Into February

February started with the Winston-Salem March for Babies Kick Off bright and early on 2/1.  Normally it would just be another work thing for me, but I roped the kids into taking part.  They got up and both spoke during the Kick Off.  It was a hit.  Some of their nurses and doctors were there so it's always nice for them to see them doing well.  The kids did a great job!  They enjoyed being tardy to school! ha!

That same day, Lindy started a new art class.  My friend Jess told me about it because her daughter did it last fall.  Lindy loves to draw.  She does a ton of it.  There are pictures all over our house.  In an effort to expand their horizons, I signed her up for art and Will up for piano lessons.  Mimo gets to do the shuffling of kids on Wednesday afternoons and we are thankful she can help us out.  She gets Lindy to art and then gets back home for piano lessons.  I have been picking Lindy up from art.  She is having a good time.  There are four kids total in there which is great for Lindy.  She can get extra help if she needs it.  The teacher is really nice and sweet and making it work for her!

Both kids had friends over to play on Friday, Feb. 3rd.  They all had fun but the girls played so quietly in Lindy's room that it would have been easy to forget they were here!  I used to just let one invite a friend over at a time but I'm not doing that anymore.  What was I thinking.  I always had the one that didn't have a friend over staring at me.  This time they were both entertained and I got some stuff done!

Saturday, February 4th was a big day for Drew and Lindy.  They attended their first Father-Daughter Dance.  I had found Lindy the cutest dress to wear and we even got her hair done!  Our friends, Jess and Larkin, picked us up and we went to get the girls hair done.  They both acted miserable but the little smile that crept on Lindy's face when she saw her hair was so cute.  Her hair turned out so cute!  We headed home, she got something to eat and then she got ready.  We took pictures and off they went to the dance!  There was a slight mishap since I forgot to give Drew the tickets and they seriously almost didn't let him in, even though his name was on the list, but they finally did.  Drew said Lindy was excited - a little too excited.  He said they started dancing as soon as they got there and when Jump Around came on - well she jumped around too much.  She wore herself out.  She got super tired and told Drew her heart was beating really fast.  They ended up resting for a pretty long time after that.  They did a few other things - got some cute (and expensive) pictures.  They talked to friends, danced some more, and then they ended up leaving a bit early.  They learned a valuable lesson - to pace themselves when dancing.  As Drew said, "it's a marathon, not a sprint."  

While Drew and Lindy were out partying, Jess and I took our boy children to a bounce house in Greensboro.  Ollie is almost 3, but Will didn't care.  He zoomed around the place, having a blast.  It was a fun evening for all.

Sunday evening was the Super Bowl and we sure are glad we stayed awake for that!  What a game!  Ever since we lived in Vermont, I've been a Patriots fan so I was happy!

The next week was pretty normal and boring.  Aiden had a vet appointment for his yearly exam on 2/8.  Lindy had a cold most of the week.  Will got it Thursday afternoon.  We went to Lynn's for dinner on Friday 2/10.  I knew Will didn't feel great but he ended up throwing up once over there, once in the middle of the night and once Saturday morning.  It was strange.   He took it easy Saturday and was feeling better the next day.  I headed to Raleigh on Saturday afternoon to go to a birthday party.   My bestie from high school turned 40 back in January.  Fourteen days before me.   She had a party planned in January but it was the weekend we got all the snow so it was postponed.  I rode with another high school friend and we stayed at another high school friend's house so that was fun to see my old gang.  We came home around lunchtime Sunday but by then I wasn't feeling well. 

I actually missed the play we had tickets to on Sunday afternoon.  Drew, Lindy, Will and Ms. Martha went to see The Miracle Worker, the story about Helen Keller.  They said it was really good.  Lindy loves Helen Keller but she didn't love the play.  Drew didn't think she could see a lot and there were loud sounds.  They went to the lobby for awhile and then ended up sitting in the back for the end of the play.  I hate I missed it. 

Putting the kids to work!


 Getting her hair did for her big date!
 Lindy and Larkin
 Look at this precious doll baby!  She looked like Shirley Temple!
 Look at the little smile when she's looking at herself!

 It was so cool!
 Our girl, all dolled up, in her Wake Forest dress!


 She was really feeling it that night!


 Awww, what a sweet couple!



 Love this pic of them! 
 Will on the move!  He never stopped for 2 seconds!


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Finishing up January

We got home from NYC on January 17th.  We divided and conquered and both went grocery shopping.  That evening we went to tail wagging tutors at the library.  They have a therapy dog that kids can read to.  I signed both kids up but only Lindy really cared or enjoyed it.  The dog was super cute and sweet.

My birthday was on Wednesday, January 18th.  It was a usual day at work followed by dinner out with my family, and some yummy cake made by Drew.   The actual day wasn't too exciting actually.

That Friday night we went to the Bryants' for dinner and to hang out.  The kids enjoyed playing and it's always nice to see friends.  Saturday Lindy and I had a girls day.  We did a couple errands first but then we headed to the new Humane Society that opened the end of 2016.  We spent an hour going from the dog to cat rooms and back again.  They had puppies out that she got to play with but dang, they had some claws on them.  They had some toys they were able to play with which helped.  They were cute but we were only there to check out the new place.  Lindy loved getting to spend time there. 

That weekend we set up one of Lindy's Xmas presents - a fish tank.  We got it all ready on Saturday and then we got the fish on Sunday.  She got two guppies and named them Wake and Forest.  We managed to keep them alive for almost a month and then Forest has since gone to fishy heaven.  Wake is still swimming though.  He's hanging on!

The kids had Monday, January 23rd off of school for a teacher workday.  Lynn came over to watch the kids.  They had a lazy rainy day in their pjs.  I was jealous!  They didn't have a full week in January until the last week of the month.  It wasn't a tough January for the kids. 

We had a fun last weekend in January.  My parents came over on January 27th - which happened to be my dad's birthday!  We went out for a yummy dinner and then we came back to our house for birthday dessert - a key lime pie.  My dad wasn't feeling his best from a cold but we still managed to celebrate.

Saturday we went to visit Anna and Brian in Martinsville, VA.  They moved there last summer and we hadn't been to visit yet.  We met them at the Virginia Museum of Natural History for a special ice age exhibit they had going on.  We had a fun time in the museum and then we went for lunch. We finished the afternoon checking out their place and playing Mario Kart.  It's barely an hour away so it was a great day trip. 

Reading to Charli the laid back pup!

 My birthday!

 Dinner at the Bryants'!
 Our trip to the Humane Society



 Cute - but just visiting!

 Dinner out Friday night for Dad's birthday

 Singing to the old man
 A new chair for Papa

 At the Virginia Museum of Natural History







 Lindy loving on Nugget