Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Trying to Catch Our Breath

Did you ever have a month or two where you feel like big things seem to happen all at once, or stuff just keeps coming and coming and you just need a second to catch your breath. Well, that it is what it has been like that past month or so around here. Between sickness, travel, surgeries, birthday celebrations, kids, a new "job", and everyday craziness, we are stretched a little thin. We are due for a break and are ready for one! So let me catch you up on all that's been going on.

We'll start with the good. Thankfully, everyone is healthy and has been for several weeks now. We were also able to head up to OK to celebrate Granna's 60th birthday. And since she has now opened her gift, I can say that we are headed to Vegas in December! So pumped, I've never been. The kids are doing great and are loving school. They have been such troopers throughout everything that has been going on.

Now to the previously not so good, but now good. My Poppa was supposed to have a stint placed a couple weeks ago. Once they started the procedure, they found out the damage was a lot worse than they thought. He ended up needing open heart surgery. They scheduled a quadruple bypass for last Wednesday. So we drove up to Talala Friday for the big birthday celebration, drove home Sunday, unpacked Monday, went to school/work Tuesday, and drove back to Talala Tuesday evening. Over the next few days, the kids just bounced back and forth between grandparents' houses and whoever was available to watch them, but they did AWESOME! They were even able to go see Big Poppa at the hospital. They took him some pretty pictures they colored and some big balloons, which Ella thought would make Poppa "much happy". I let them each pick out on their own. (Carter-It's a Boy, Ella-It's a Girl, Huddy-Get Well Soon and Charlie-Happy Face covered in band aids) Yeah, we got a lot of weird looks in the cafeteria while we getting donuts for Poppa. The kids took Poppa on two walks and were very well behaved. We finally were able to head home Monday morning and had a great trip.

So, I'm hoping we are done with surprises and trips and can get back into the normal swing of things. I'm still trying to get used to working two days a week and keeping things up around the house. And as I always do, I will promise to try and do a better job at posting and documenting all the stuff we are doing around here!

Here are just a few pics of the kiddos when we were outside playing one day.

Big E taking care of "one of her boys"

Toughy McTougherson and her sidekick Toughy Totter

Charlie baby, don't let that sweet face deceive you, he is a devil in disguise!

Huddy showing "how he does Longhorns"

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Charlie is 12 months!

OK, so I know he is 15 months old now but I never got around to posting his 12 month pic with his bear. So where to start with this little pistol. You know how you hear people say, "We weren't sure if we were done having kids, but after(insert name here), we are POSITIVE". Well, that "insert name here", would be CHARLIE!!! Even though we knew we were done having kids, really, really done, this child is one big, fat mess! He is fiery, opinionated, and mean. He hits, he screams and believes he is a three year old trapped in a one year old's body. I'm serious! There is no playground structure that can not be climbed, no couch that can not be jumped on, no table that can't be stood on. There is no three year old that can not be dominated, no dog that can't be tackled. He eats more than his older siblings do and weighs a mere two pounds less than Carter, thus the dominating kids two years older than him. He knows what he wants, and he wants it immediately. He doesn't say anything but "Momma", but gets across in creative ways exactly what he wants. Whether it be banging on the refrigerator door for juice, screaming in your face if your not paying attention, or dragging you by your finger to show you what he wants you to take away from his older brothers or sister. He, at most times, is more work that all three big kids combined. With all that said, he is AWESOME! I can not imagine my life without him in it. He loves me and thinks I rock and the feeling is totally mutual, even though he drives me CRAZY! I love seeing how grown up he has become, and all the changes he is going through. But the thing I heart the most about him, is his goofy smile that has not changed since the day he first melted my whole heart with it!

So here are Charlie's pics with his bear along with the big kids for comparison. He is way tall and way skinny!

Charlie 11 months

Charlie 12 months

Hudson 12 months

Ella 12 months

Carter 12 months