Thursday, May 31, 2018

Right Now: May Edition

Reading: I'm doing my best to stay caught up in reading blog posts from my friends, but I'm even slacking in doing that. Otherwise, it is only a bedtime book every night with the kids.

Watching: America's Got Talent just started, but I'm not sure I'll actually be able to watch the whole season with us moving soon. I'm also watching a Hallmark movie occasionally.

Listening: At this very moment I'm listening to Pooh's Heffalump Movie. The kids are watching it for  a little quiet time.

Drinking: Water. I've been doing a little better at drinking my water lately. I'm not quite getting my 100 oz in every day, but I am getting at least 64 oz, which is a lot better than what I had been drinking.

Eating: Strawberries! Our Community Playgroup met at a local farm this morning to play and pick strawberries. This was Ayden and Rylee's first time picking strawberries. I was REALLY impressed that they didn't just try to eat them all! In fact, they asked before eating any at all. I was proud of them for actually putting the strawberries in their buckets!

Wearing: Softball pajama pants (I had to change out of my jeans when we got home. I needed to be more comfortable!), and a blue Finder's Records t-shirt that I was gifted from a fellow infertility friend I met through blogging several years ago.

Loving: My new running shoes! I have been walking/running 3-4 times a week, but have been struggling with super tight achilles and calves. I haven't had a new pair of running shoes since well before the kids were born, so it's been at least a good 5 years! I'm hoping my new shoes will help. I've also been foam rolling and icing. I NEED to be able to run 20 miles for the Hood to Coast relay in August. I need to be injury free!

Anticipating: So much! Getting settled into our new house. They FINALLY accepted our offer! I am sooooo looking forward to this being our last move for a long, long time. I'm also looking forward to our trip to Montana this summer. The kids and I (and maaaaaaybe Tony?) will be traveling with Sis and her family to Montana to visit our other sister. You can read about our first trip to Montana to meet Baby Sis herehere, and here

Hoping: That everything continues to go smoothly with the sale of our house, and the buying of our next house. We just found out tonight that our house passed appraisal, so as long as the buyers stay on track on their end, we are golden. Inspection is scheduled for next Friday for our new house, and the appraisal will be ordered sometime early next week. We really love that house, so hopefully everything will go just as smoothly with buying it, as it has been with selling this one.

Following: To be honest, I never stopped following the housing market even after we bought this house. It became a habit to look for the perfect house. Maybe because this one was kind of our only option at the time, and not one we were really planning to stay in for more than a couple years (which turned out to only be one year). I'm going to continue looking for new houses to come on the market until we at least close on the new house, just in case something falls through somewhere along the line. And, as I said, it's just become a habit!

Wondering: If we will ever kick this sick season! Ayden and Rylee both felt much better within about 12 hours (2 doses) of starting their antibiotics for strep throat last week. But then Tony came down with it on Saturday. He went to urgent care on Sunday and got an official diagnosis of strep and meds, but still wasn't feeling even remotely better after 3 days, so back to the doctor he went. He got a new prescription for stronger meds and hopefully that will kick in by tomorrow. Please let this be our last round.

Trying: As much as I'd like to focus on packing and getting ready for our big move, I am trying to make sure I get the kids out to do fun stuff during the day as well. Even if it's only making a trip to the park, I think they need things to stay as normal as possible throughout this process. They still need the chance to be kids, especially now that preschool is over for the summer (which makes packing quite the challenge with two 4 year olds trying to "help").

Worrying: About Sis and her family. They are going through some challenges right now. My oldest niece and nephew are especially struggling. I wish that we were able to help more, and were closer to see them more often.

Planning: Our move! Trying to coordinate dates with those that will be helping us.

Contemplating: What colors we are going to be painting in the new house! Also contemplating how we will arrange furniture, and what we will do with the extra little "guest room" we will have outside. Tony wants to make it HIS very own space, which will never happen, lol. The room is fully insulated and is even set up for cable! We are thinking we'd like to put a treadmill out there, and then make it a craft/project room of sorts.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

This and That

Rylee had her very first ballet recital last weekend. I maaaaaay have gotten a little teary eyed, watching our little princess on stage. There's always that one little dancer that steals the show and makes everyone giggle at some point. Rylee was the one! She was at the end of the line as her group was exiting the stage, but just before going behind the curtain, she hung back and was searching the audience for us. She stood there for quite some time looking, and I imagine her teacher was on the other side of the curtain trying to prompt her into leave the stage. It was beyond adorable. Ayden was pretty adorable too. There were a few hip hop and jazz dance numbers in addition to the ballet, and Ayden was dancing in front of his seat!

Before the show

With Grandma and Grandpa

The recital was on Saturday, and on Sunday we went and looked at a few houses. We made an offer on one! We got kind of lucky (or so we thought) to see this house, as it's not officially on the market yet. We know the realtor that (will be) listing the house, and between her and my MIL, who is our realtor, we were able to see the house first. It had been our understanding that this would be to the sellers advantage as well, since they wouldn't need to get the house ready for listing and showings. We offered a $1000 over their asking price as kind of a thank you. Well, we have yet to received an answer from them! Super frustrating. After a full week of waiting, yesterday they finally said that they would be prepared to make a decision today. We decided to up our offer by another $3000, because we think it will appraise higher anyway, and maybe that would help them with their decision. Nope, we STILL have not heard anything!!! We are looking at another house tomorrow. Even though we would really like this house, we are continuing to look. There is not a lot on the market right now though. It also just plain sucks when you feel like you've found "the one" and are being kept in limbo. I wish there was more options out there and we could just walk away from this one.

In other moving news, the inspection on our house here (that we are selling. Confused yet?) went extremely well. And when I say extremely, I mean EXTREMELY! Apparently the guy doing the inspection said that we have a very "clean" house. The only thing we are being asked to do is change the air filter. Easy peasy! The appraisal was also done on the same day, although we won't here back from that for another week or two. The buyers actually want to close and move in early, which I take as a good sign that things are progressing smoothly, but we are holding out till the end of June. Tony needs to work here until at least that point anyway, and it just means less time living with the in-laws. And more time to pack. Have I mentioned how much I hate packing? I do.

The kids had their end of the year program/graduation on Wednesday night. Oh man, oh man, were they adorable! I am so thankful that my kiddos are so outgoing. Maybe one, or both, will end up doing drama in high school, as they both seem to love being on stage!

Thursday was their official last day of school and there was a party/field day of fun planned, but I ended up having to keep the kids home from school and make a doctor's appointment instead. After a miserable night of Ayden waking up crying every 30-60 minutes all night long, as soon as he woke up that morning, he told me he was thirsty and that his mouth hurt. I knew instantly that he had strep throat, because we had just gone through this exact same thing only a month prior! Rylee had been acting a little puny a few days before that, and had woken up a few mornings with a raspy voice, so once we got the official diagnosis that Ayden did for sure have strep, the doctor agreed to treat Rylee too. We didn't actually have her tested, because it would have required an official office visit for her too, and our insurance sucks. It would have cost us an additional $300, for a total of $600, just to get an official diagnosis for both of them, because our insurance sucks. And now tonight, Tony has a sore throat and we are pretty sure he has strep as well, so he gets to make a trip to urgent care tomorrow, which will cost us at least another $300. Don't even get me started on how much I hate the health care system in our country. The kids are sad they missed out on the water balloon fight for their last day of school. They also don't understand the concept of summer break, because they keep asking me if they get to go to school tomorrow.

Looking chipper, despite not feeling very good.

On another note, Ayden and Rylee have been pretty opinionated about what they should wear these days. Until just recently, I could typically guide them in their choices, but now they are downright adamant about what they want to wear. I'm having to work really, really hard at letting go of that control, and my desire for them to match. Not to match each other, but to at least match what they each are personally wearing!

He was convinced that his shorts and shirt matched. Maybe because they were both plaid??? He's super cute, even if his outfit choice was questionable. LOL
And then Miss Rylee chose this outfit today...

I've been doing a lot of walking this past month. I had been doing a walk/run combo, but then I somehow managed to injure my achilles. Even going up and down our stairs was painful, so I had to dial it way back to just doing leisurely walks. I've also pulled out my foam roller and have been doing more stretching, which I should have been doing anyway. I need to be able to run 20 miles in just three short months, so backing off completely is not an option. My achilles is feeling a lot better now after taking it easy, but it's still a little tender and my muscles feel really tight, so I'm continuing to take it slow at this point.

Oh! And I got the kids registered for their new preschool for next year! I debated between several, but finally narrowed it down to one. I really hope I made the right decision.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Bullet Points

It seems to be a thing that this time of year, I don't get much blogging done. Hmmmm, could it have something to do with us moving three years in a row around this time? Life is crazy, made even crazier by the fact that we are moving yet again. I know I've mentioned this before, but it's worth saying again... This will be our FIFTH move in THREE years!!!! Not that I'm keeping track...

  • The sale of our house is officially pending. It only took four days on the market. Wahoo! And it was the first couple that saw our house, too. Fingers crossed that everything goes smoothly and nothing happens to derail the sale. The inspection is scheduled for Tuesday.

  • We had a great family day for Mother's Day. Tony does an exceptional job of making it a special day for me. Him and the kids picked out a flower basket (at my request) and a card for me. They made me breakfast. Tony did all the dishes and made a picnic lunch for our day at the beach. We did a short hike that I would have liked to be a bit longer, but the kids were DYING to get to the beach. Then we had a nice dinner out so nobody had to cook. It was perfect.
A pic from our hike

  • The kids didn't have school on Wednesday, so we took advantage of that time to travel (to the town we will be moving to) and check out potential preschools for next year. We visited three different schools, and have it narrowed down to two. There's another preschool that I think would be my top choice, but it is already full for next year. After visiting the schools, we had a picnic lunch at a park. Then we had an appointment to look at a house to potentially buy (it wasn't the one for us). After that, we went to pick up our taxes from the tax lady (we had filed an extension). Then we zoomed home (it's a 1.5 hour drive), ate a quick dinner, and then got Rylee to her first dress rehearsal for her ballet recital that is this weekend.
Playing at the park

Dress rehearsal

  • Yesterday, we had a field trip with our Playgroup friends to a Public Works event. The kids had so much fun! I was also really impressed with how interested Ayden was in actually learning at the different booths set up, such as the different parts used to clean out irrigation ditches and sewers.
Checking out the fire truck

Talking to each other through the headsets

Giving Lily the Frog a hug

  • Tonight is Rylee's very first ballet recital! She is beyond excited that she gets to perform on a real stage! Then tomorrow we have an appointment to look at another house to possibly buy. We are really hoping that this will be the house for us. We love the neighborhood and the price is right, so we will see. Then I have a wedding to go to for one of my softball girls that I used to coach.

  • Assuming everything goes through on the sale of our current house, we will be closing and turning over possession by June 30th. We are anticipating having to move in with the in-laws for a few weeks, if not a few months, depending on how our house hunting goes. Tony's parents are in the process of having a house built on their property (they currently are in a manufacture house), and have purchased a storage pod that we will be able to use in the interim. Then when we are done with it, they will use it themselves, because their manufacture house will be hauled off.

  • The kids only have one more week of school left! They will have an end of the year celebration/performance to close out a great year. We are sad to be leaving this preschool.

  • Tony's been working long hours and then was gone for a few days this week. He's feeling overworked, sleep deprived, and is missing the kids, but he has basically made a quarter of his annual income in just the past three weeks. Hopefully his schedule will be slowing down soon, because he becomes a real bear when he works this kind of schedule! Besides the fact that we are moving soon...

Moving/buying/selling a house is such a stressful process. So far, I'm keeping my head above water, but it was a challenge last week. I'm thankful that we found a buyer so quickly, because keeping the house show ready with two 4 year olds underfoot is beyond frustrating! I would make a bed, and five minutes later I'd find them snuggled inside and I'd have to make it again! And the toys. Gah! Get it all cleaned up only to have more toys drug out again. Staying on top of the dishes constantly is nearly impossible when you are home for three meals a day, plus snacks! We are plugging along though.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Microblog Monday: On the Market

Our house is officially listed and on the market! Last week I worked like mad to get the house presentable enough to have pictures taken for the listing - painted the floor board trim, painted the kitchen, cleaned up a lot of the clutter around the house (I'd love to say it all got cleaned up, but I'm still working on that), weeded and edged the front yard, and washed all the window tracks around the house. Oh, and on top of all that, I got ready for our neighborhood garage sale that was held on Saturday! Phew! We were able to sell a lot of junk. Didn't make a lot of money ($130), but that is to be expected when you sell a lot of things for just a quarter! I'm happy to have made a little bit of extra money while getting rid of stuff, instead of just taking it to Goodwill.

Now it's the wait and see game. Everyone I've talked to says our house should sell no problem! There's not a lot on the market right now, so it's definitely a seller's market. It make me feel very anxious waiting for showings, and needing to keep the house impeccably clean. That feels like an overwhelming task, especially with two four year old tornados that go behind you and undo whatever you've just cleaned! Actually, they do a pretty good job of picking up their toys when we ask them to, but man alive, I am really tired of making our beds a thousand times a day. They loooooooove to crawl under all the blankets and hide, and it is driving me absolutely bonkers!

There is a new subdivision being built in the town we are moving to, and we should be finding out this week if we will be going that route and getting into a brand new house. We are hoping to see the floor plans this week, so we can make a decision on whether that's what we want to do or not. We also need to find and decide on a new preschool or the kids. So much to do!

I hate this process. This will be our 5th move in just three short years. Shoot. Me. Now. But this is it. Unless something crazy happens, we will be staying put for the long haul now. We just need to get to the other side of selling, buying, and moving!

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Right Now: April Edition

Reading: No books. I've just been trying to catch up on my blog reading.

Watching: American Idol and Little Big Shots. I started watching American Idol because I have a high school friend who's daughter tried out for it. She didn't make the cut, but I got sucked in anyway. And have you seen Little Big Shots? The kids on the show are amazing, and I never watch the show without laughing several times throughout.

Listening: Currently listening to the AC and the refrigerator running. Nothing exciting!

Drinking: Cascade Ice Sparkling Water, the lemonade flavor combined with a bit of cranberry pomegranate. I recently tried switching coconut instead of the lemonade flavor and I like it too.

Eating: Too. Much. Ice Cream. I've been stress eating it. The good news is that I've also been doing a fairly good job of eating healthy otherwise. But I do need to cut back on the ice cream. I've also been participating in a workout challenge with some friends, so it's not all bad thankfully!

Wearing: A bright pink t-shirt with black capri workout pants. I pretty much wear a t-shirt every single day.

Loving: Being a part of our local Nature Mamas group! About twice a month, the kids and I get together with a group of other mommy's and their kiddos and go for a little nature hike. It's been great. We actually had one of our hikes this afternoon. It was a beautiful sunny (and hot) day!

Anticipating: Moving back "home." As much as I despise the selling/buying/moving process, I'm looking forward to when we are all settled into what we hope will be our forever home.

Hoping: That the whole process will go smoothly and without hiccups. I hope that our house sells quickly, and that our perfect house to buy with reveal itself in a timely manner, and that we can afford the one we want! I also am hoping that should we end up having to live with my in-laws in the interim between houses, that we will all still like each other when everything is said and done.

Following: The housing market. It's consuming us right now!

Wondering: How this will all play out. How I am ever going to manage getting ready for our community garage sale next weekend, and getting our house show ready to be put on the market.

Trying: To get Ayden to stay in his room in the mornings instead of coming to wake me up. I keep reminding him that it is okay to stay in his room and play or read a book if he wants to, but PLEASE, for the love of God, stop waking me up at the butt crack of dawn! There's been a lot of 5:45-6am wake ups. I'd be happy if he would just wait till 6:30!!! I've been thinking about investing in one of those Okay to Wake clocks...

Worrying: This one is pretty redundant with what I am hoping for, listed above! I'm worrying about how we will survive living with Tony's parents and having our stuff in storage. Worrying about keeping our house show ready once it goes on the market. Worrying about whether someone will want to buy it or not. Worrying about how we will afford the mortgage payment on a nicer house. Worrying about having to find the kids a new preschool.

Planning: On finishing this post and going to bed! I started it this afternoon while the kids were having quiet time, but didn't quite have enough time to finish. So here I am, staying up way too late finishing it!

Contemplating: Here's a big one for ya! I'm thinking about pursuing an assistant softball coaching job at Western Oregon University for next year. I recently learned that it paid a LOT more than I ever thought it would. It would still keep me (kind of) on the same schedule as the kids, with Christmas and summer breaks off. My schedule would be crazy during the season and I would have a lot of weekends traveling and away from home, but only for about a 2 month period. Since we are moving back to the area, this is the perfect timing for me to potentially go after a college coaching job. I plan to call the head coach tomorrow to inquire more.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

National Infertility Awareness Week

In honor of NIAW, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on our journey to being a family of four. I know our story is written in this blog in much more detail than my brief recap will be here, but I don't want it to be forgotten. Just because this space is mostly about our daily life as parents now, doesn't mean it wasn't a struggle to get here. It also doesn't mean that we forget what it was like to go through infertility. It took us over 14 YEARS to become parents! We will hardly forget.

We started out like most couples, simply abandoning birth control when we were ready to try conceiving. We kept it pretty casual at first, but obviously nothing happened. A few years later, I had a laparoscopic surgery to removed a cyst from one of my ovaries. We spent about a year charting temps and doing timed intercourse, to no avail. Tony submitted a sperm sample, and we were told he had very poor sperm quality. His count was low and they had very slow mobility. We were told that it wasn't completely impossible for us to get pregnant, but highly unlikely. We looked into IUI and IVF, but at that point in our marriage, we weren't in a place that we could afford any treatments. We spent a few more years taking supplements and changing a few lifestyle habits, in our attempt to improve our chances.

Nothing worked, so we eventually stopped "trying." We didn't prevent, but we stopped putting so much effort into trying to get pregnant because it was putting a huge strain on our intimacy. If you've ever spent a significant amount of time doing timed intercourse, you know exactly what I mean! After about 10 years, we finally just started to accept that we were never going to be able to have children of our own.

My sister and her husband were amazing and invited me to be a part of the births of their children, knowing that probably was my only opportunity I would ever get to experience childbirth. I missed my oldest niece being born, because she decided to come early and we were out of state coaching our softball team that had made it to the national tournament for the first time ever! I was there for the birth of their last three babies though.

Three days after my 37th birthday, my second nephew (baby #3 for them) was born. Witnessing that miracle for the second time, along with getting so much closer to hitting 40, was a pivotal moment for me. We had pretty much given up on ever having kids, but after seeing my nephew being born, I couldn't stop thinking about how I didn't want to end up in my 40's/50's regretting that we hadn't tried everything we could to conceive. I didn't want to look back, knowing we never even tried infertility treatments. I shared my thoughts with Tony and we agreed to at least scheduling a consultation with an RE. We still weren't in a place that we could afford treatments, but my student loans were at least paid off, so we could afford to make payments on another giant loan to fight our infertility.

We did one IUI, which we all knew would be a big fat failure, and we weren't wrong. Our first IVF resulted in only 5 eggs retrieved, with 3 embryos barely making it to transfer. This resulted in our first pregnancy! However, the good news only lasted 3 days. Chemical pregnancy. Our second IVF failed, because even after all the meds, I only had one follicle. Diminished Ovarian Reserve.

We spent the summer trying to make a decision about what our next step would be. It seemed like a complete waste of money to try doing another IVF, gambling on whether I would produce enough eggs or not. This is about the time I started this blog, so if you are interested in reading our story more in depth, you can scroll back to the beginning. My sister ended up giving us our biggest gift ever, by agreeing to be an egg donor for us.

Our first donor egg transfer resulted in a positive pregnancy! Just as I was about to graduate to my OB, we found out at 9 weeks 5 days that we had a miscarriage, due to Trisomy 18. Ironically, the abnormality came from the donor egg, which had been about a 1% chance of happening, according to the genetic doctor. Yay us for being in the 1%! Insert eye roll.

A few months later, we moved forward with our last chance Hail Mary, doing a frozen embryo transfer of our last two donor egg embryos. Those two embryos became our Ayden and Rylee. It took us a long 14+ years to grow our family, but we were finally blessed with two of the most amazing little humans!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Microblog Monday: Strep

Round and round we go. We have one, mayyyyybe two weeks without any sickness, and then we are dealing with yet another round. It feels never ending.

We spent Friday night at Tony's parents. Ayden slept H.O.R.R.I.B.L.Y. He kept fussing and crying out in his sleep, so finally I decided I'd lay down with him until he settled in. He ended up being restless all night. At 12:30 (midnight!), he asked me if it was awake time yet. Nooooo, far from it, Kid! Another time when he woke up, he really, really, really needed a drink, so I got him some water. Ayden has never really been a great sleeper if we are away from home and he's not sleeping in his own bed. Although, this was an exceptional night of little to no sleep, we chalked it up to just being away from home and maybe some growing pains.

Of course he was grumpy the next day,  but again, we just assumed it was the lack of sleep from the night before. We got home past their bedtime Saturday, and he was exhausted. I gave him some Tylenol and he slept all night without a fuss.

However, he woke up Sunday morning complaining that his throat hurt and he was feeling pretty miserable. When I looked, it was very red. I ended up taking him to the after hours clinic at their pediatric office, and he was diagnosed with strep throat. He started antibiotics last night and is feeling much better today. The doctor said that after 24 hours on the meds, he won't be contagious anymore. The rest of us seem to be just fine, so fingers crossed that nobody else gets it.

So far 2018 has brought us RSV, phenomena, numerous colds, and now strep. I'm over it already. If there's a germ out there to be caught, there is no doubt that Ayden will pick it up. Please make it stoooooop!

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Microblog Monday: Moving Again

We are moving again. Yes, you read that right. We are officially nuts. We only bought our house 9 months ago, and we've already moved four freaking times in the last three years, but we are moving again. Those words almost make me want to vomit. Our poor kids have lived in 5 different houses already and they are only four years old.

As much as neither one of us want to really move right now, we have the opportunity to move back "home." An office has opened up for Tony to take over, which would put us back home. We don't want to go through another move so soon again. We LOVE the kids' preschool, and our twin friends that moved clear across the country last summer are actually moving back! We are doing good here.


We don't have a sense of community here. When we think about our future and where we ultimately want to raise our children, it's back home, where we pretty much know everybody! We have support there, and people we trust to watch our kids. Tony grew up there and I coached softball there for 19 years. We are well known in the community. It will be less lonely. We will be able to go to the local sporting events and support kids we know. We'll have a whole community to help look after our kids. There will be little chance of them running around town causing trouble without us finding out about it. 

As much as we really don't want to move right now, we can't pass up this opportunity. We'd much rather make this move now, before the kids start kindergarten. This is it though. I have made it very clear to Tony that this is it. There will be no more relocating after this if another office opens up somewhere, regardless of the financial benefit. We are both on the same page with this.

Now we need to get this house ready to go back on the market again, and find another house to buy! Our goal is to find a house that will take us into old age, and we won't ever have to move again. Lord help us, I hope this will be a smooth process without too many hiccups along the way. Or I just might lose my mind.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Mostly Wordless Wednesday

I haven't had a lot of time to sit down and write a blog post recently, so thought I would catch up with a photo dump. Who doesn't like adorable pictures of cute kiddos??

The kids were on spring break last week. On Tuesday, I took them to a skate park for the very first time with their scooters. They had SO MUCH FUN and have been asking to go again.

Then on Wednesday, the kids went with their grandma to Washington for a long weekend and I had the opportunity to go to dinner and a movie with a friend! I spent all day Thursday and Friday morning FINALLY finishing getting the living room painted. It's only taken 8 months, but I don't get an extended amount of kid free time very often.

This wall was half painted and had spackle polka dots the last 8 months!

Once I got the tape pulled off and this project complete, I hit the road to join the kids and in-laws in Washington on Friday. Tony had an work opportunity that we couldn't turn down financially, so he ended up not going with me. That night was $1 swim night at the YMCA, so we joined Ayden and Rylee's cousins for some fun in the pool. The kids had a blast!

Saturday morning was a small town Easter egg hunt. Then we spent the rest of the day at Tony's brother's house with his family.

Searching for Easter eggs.

Trampoline fun with one of their cousins.

Rylee got a riding lesson from her Aunt J.

We got to meet their new little piglets.

Ayden playing around with his cousins and a giant hole.

On Easter Sunday, we all went to church and then the kids and I made the 3 hour drive back home.

They couldn't wait to get home to see if the Easter bunny stopped by our house! They were not disappointed. 

Today the kids had a belated Easter hunt at their school, organized by Ayden and Rylee's grandma. It's been a tradition in their family that the grandma does an Easter egg hunt with each of the grandkids' school classes. Tony's grandma did it for him and all his cousins, and MIL has continued it with each of her grandkids.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Microblog Monday: Kids Are Funny

I had to leave the house early Saturday morning, which meant that Tony had to get Rylee ready for ballet and take her. He's taken her several times, but I'd always been the one to get her ready.

When they arrived to class, Rylee told her teacher, "my daddy did my hair today. He did the best he could."


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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Spoke Too Soon

Whelp, everyone arrived safely home on Sunday, but it turns out that not everyone was necessarily sound. Ayden woke up yesterday morning saying that he didn't feel good, but he didn't have a fever or any other symptoms so I brushed it off. Although, he didn't eat much breakfast, which is pretty unusual. Both kids ate a good lunch and were in good spirits going down for nap. Ayden woke up from his nap feeling puny and cranky, but it didn't take long before he was back to his normal self. So again, I figured he had just needed a little extra time to wake up from his nap, which isn't really out of the norm.

Around the time I wrote my post yesterday saying that we were all safe and sound, I started feeling a little puny. I thought I was just tired, but by that evening I felt very lethargic and nauseous. I felt downright awful! I mustered up enough energy to sit on the floor and help the kids with a few puzzles, and then crawled back over to the couch to lay down again. I forced myself to get up and make them some dinosaur oatmeal for dinner, because it's super easy and I know it's something they both would eat.

Wrong! Ayden refused to even take a single bite! So unusual, because he would normally eat it every single meal if we'd let him. Rylee at about half of it, which is pretty typical for any meal with her. Regardless of not eating much, they both were full of energy and wanting to play, play, play. I felt bad because all I wanted to do was go to sleep.

When Tony got home, he took care of the bedtime routine and put the kids to bed. I went to bed myself and was asleep by 7:45pm. I woke up a few hours later and forced myself to eat a few bites of honeydew and drink some water. I'd barely eaten anything all day, nothing since that morning around 10:00.

Then I went back to bed, only to be woken up by Rylee at 12:30 in the morning after she had puked allllllll over herself and her bed. Ugh. The one that had been perfectly fine all day was the one that ended up puking! Even after just puking in the middle of the night, she was wide awake and acting just fine! She insisted on helping me make her bed. All I wanted to do was get it taken care of quickly so we could all go back to sleep again, but I let her help me anyway.

It seems that this is at least a fairly short lived bug. None of us has gotten a fever and everyone seems to feel a bit better today. They both ate a really good breakfast this morning. But then Ayden didn't eat a single bite of his requested pb&j sandwich at lunch, which is highly unusual. Rylee asked for chicken noodle soup. She ate a few bites of it and that was it, but again, she does that all the time so it's hard to tell if that means something or not with her. I don't have much of an appetite myself, but at least feel a little bit better. Fingers crossed that we will all be back to our regular routine tomorrow!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Microblog Monday: Safe and Sound

We all had a great weekend that ended with us all back home safe and sound. The kids and I survived Thursday and Friday by ourselves, although Ayden had a horrible time sleeping Friday night. He woke up multiple times, even after I ended up bringing him to bed with me at 12:30am. He woke up once crying for his daddy, and several times complaining that his tummy hurt. He was a little emotionally sensitive Saturday morning, but we survived.

Rylee loved that both her Aunt D and Grandma C came to watch her ballet class on Saturday. She was full of smiles and quite the little performer. After class, the kids went home with Grandma C to spend the night with the grandparents. They made their own pizza for dinner and got to spend time with their horse, Lucy. They both came home with several new stuffed animal friends, Ayden got a bag full of 10 matchbox cars, Rylee got new tank top undershirts (which she recently has a newfound love for), and both got new underwear. They are just a little teensy weensy spoiled by their grandparents!

Aunt D and I spent the afternoon visiting and then met another Aunt and Uncle for dinner, before going to see Buzz Lightyear. I mean, Santa Claus. Tim the Tool Ma..... Tim Allen. Did you know his real name is Timothy Alan Dick? I'm surprised that his comedy show didn't include anything about having Dick for a last name. I apologize to anyone reading this that might happen to have that as a last name. 🙊

Waiting for the show to start.

Tony "had a blast" on his guy trip with his friends, but also said that he was going to need to sleep for a week to recover. He was able to pick the kids up from his parent's house on his way home from the airport, which was super nice for me, as I had more time to visit with Aunt D before she went home, and then had the house to myself for a few hours. Everyone was a little overtired and cranky last night, but we all made it back home safe and sound after a wonderful weekend of fun. We had an early bedtime, and everyone is back to our regular Monday routine today.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

You Never Know When

Last night after dinner, the kids were running around being silly and entertaining us. Tony and I were sitting on the couch when Ayden ran up to us and said, "let's all take a picture together, with all of us!" He jumped up on the couch between us and shouted for Rylee to join us. This request was totally out of the blue, because it's something he's never asked to do before. Of course we had to honor his request with a family selfie session! He was so happy and joyful that we were taking these pictures together. Looking at these pictures with all four of us makes me feel pretty mushy and happy as well. I sure do love my family!

You can't have a selfie session without making silly faces!

The way he's looking at his Daddy completely melts my heart.

Last night was Tony's last night home before leaving on a guys trip (to Dallas, TX) for the weekend, so it was nice that we were able to have a little quality time before he left this morning. Reflecting back on these photos, I couldn't help but think about how random it was that Ayden had wanted these pictures taken. The thought crossed my mind of what if these were our last pictures together as a family? I know that's a pretty morbid thought, but I couldn't help but think it.

Maybe it was because of a recent conversation between Tony and me. He had been worrying (as he frequently does) about the dire straights of our financial future for our retirement years. He gets particularly upset because he doesn't think I care about it at all, which isn't true. I just happen to think it's unhealthy to stress about it to the degree that he does, where it effects our quality of life right now.   What good does it do for us, or anyone for that matter, to stress and worry about years down the road when we don't even know what tomorrow will bring. I told him he could get hit by a bus (not likely), or he could get in a head on accident any given day driving to or from work (unfortunately, very likely as there are almost daily accidents on that stretch of road, and way too many are fatal), and then all this stress would be for nothing. Seriously, as much as he worries about our financial future, he's going to keel over from a heart attack and it won't even matter.

You never know when your last day is going to be, or the last day of a loved one. We hear all the time how we should "never go to bed angry," "live each day as if it were your last," and "you never know when you might be seeing someone for the last time."

So right now, I'm solo-parenting for a few days. Then the kids will be spending the night at their grandparent's house on Saturday, while I get to enjoy an evening with my favorite Aunt D, and hopefully Sunday we will all be together again safe and sound. I tend to be a glass half full type of gal, so this premonition feeling I'm having is a bit unwelcome. In the meantime, looking at these pictures brings such a big smile to my face, especially thinking about how that moment made Ayden so happy. May they not be our last; but if they are, I will forever treasure these pictures.