Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tulsa State Fair '09

A couple weeks ago we were up in OK for the OU game. The Tulsa State Fair was in town and we decided to take the kids. It was freezing and windy, so we layered them up and headed out. It was their first time at a fair and I was very curious to see how they would do. They LOVED it!

Here's the kiddos with my mom and dad.

Our first stop was the birthing center and petting zoo. We got to see a couple of chicks hatch out of their eggs, and some newborn pigs and sheep. One sheep momma had just had three sheep babies a couple of hours before we got there. I thought it appropriate to take a pic with the triplet goats.

Our next stop was the midway with all the rides. We saw some dancing otters which were awesome and decided that it was time to try a ride. The kids have never even seen a fair ride, much less ride one. Well needless to say, they were very only upset they got to ride two rides. Maybe the weather will be nice next year and we'll be able to try out some more rides!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Hands and Feet and Mouth, OH MY!!!

Poor Charlie has come down with Hand Foot and Mouth disease. Friday evening, we took the train to Dallas to participate in some OU/Texas festivities (more on that later). When we loaded up in the car at 5:28 he was perfectly fine. We rode the train and walked around downtown for a while. About 6:40, I looked at him, and he did not look good. His cheeks were bright red, he was all slumped over in his seat, just looking terrible. I felt his forehead and he was burning up. So we run to catch the train home, the next one was an hour later, and caught it just on time. He was on fire, screaming his head off, and I could not console him. After about ten minutes of this, I started crying. It was the first time I've not been able to get one of the kids to stop crying by holding them. I was just so worried, he got so sick, so quick. I'm not freakishly overprotective, or worrisome about illness, but this time I was a little nervous. I started stressing that it was the swine flu. Everyone down here has it and he's only had half his flu shot, because they ran out before he got the other half. He kept crying, then puked on the floor and luckily, we made it back to our station. After a few more hours of screaming he fell asleep. He cried throughout the night and his fever never got any better. I called the after hours line and they told me, do the Tylenol thing, keep him hydrated, keep an eye on him, etc. So the next morning, he wasn't any better and I was able to get into the weekend doc really quickly. They tested him for the flu, which was negative, thank the Lord, and then they diagnosed him with hand, foot and mouth. Which is viral, so we just have to wait it out. He slept most of the day Saturday, most of the day Sunday, and by Sunday evening, he was felling better. He slept great last night, and has been almost back to normal today. The other kids have not shown any signs of getting it yet, and hopefully it will stay that way. I'm a Lysol spraying, Clorox wiping machine. And so far it seems to be working.

This is Charlie baby on the train half an hour before he got sick, look how cute and healthy he looks!

Monday, October 5, 2009

First day of school!

A couple of weeks ago, the kids started school. They go Tuesdays and Thursdays. They absolutely LOVE it. This year, they have chapel, art, music and Spanish. When they come home they sing all their songs, and they almost have the ABC's down. They love counting to ten and show me all the time how they learned to pray with their hands folded. They are always totally worn out when they get home. They take a short nap, but it's not quite long enough. So needless to say, the afternoon is filled with meltdowns and exhaustion, and and early evening bedtime. But they love it and it gives Charlie and me some alone time to just hang out. So here are some pics from their first and second day of school.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Charlie is ten months old!

T-minus two months until Charlie baby is one year old! Crazy! His awesomeness has not changed, but plenty has. He has eight teeth with four more almost in. He is so close to walking it's scary. He is now letting go of things and taking four or five steps to try to reach something. But then he gives up and crawl because he is way faster that way. He is down to four bottles a day. He eats one about six in the morning. And then he eats breakfast with the rest of us. He eats whatever the big kids eat, and almost as much. Pancakes, waffles, fruit (bananas and grapes). And then he eats a bottle about ten and goes down for a nap. Lunch is harder because we eat alot of different kinds sandwiches and wraps so he usually eats mac and cheese or leftovers from the night before. After a bottle at two, he takes another nap. Dinner has led us to discover he is the least picky eater of the bunch. Baked salmon, tuna, chicken casserole, you name it, he will eat it. And then after a bath and bottle at seven, it's off to bed. He is still sleeping great, thank the Lord, and wakes up happy as a clam in the morning.

Here are pics of the big man with his bear, along with the trips for comparison

Charlie 10 months

Hudson 10 months

Ella 10 months

Carter 10 months