Friday, January 29, 2010

Snow Days

It really doesn't snow nearly enough here. We get a few good snow days a year and we have so much fun. This year, however, there was a problem. It normally does not get too cold here either, but this year anytime it snowed it got bitterly cold. The kids still wanted to play in it, but they could only stand the cold for so long. Such troopers.

This guy did not care how cold it was!

Sad because we made him come in.

For sure a hot chocolate type of day.

Even Andy was really really cold.

The kids love to shovel the snow. I hope they have the same feelings in about 5 years.

Thursday, January 28, 2010


I am not a good bowler. Let's just put that out there. I am not even kidding you when I say that Bennett bowled 10 points higher than me and Cortland two points higher and Jadeyn just one point below. Is that sad or what. Seriously, I am not good. We did have a fun time bowling though. It was so fun to take the kids out and let them experience something new. I just have so much fun with my little family.

Posts are no fun without pictures

I am so sad to report that I have still not uploaded pictures from my camera! I am SO behind on this blogging business. I need to recommit myself. But I cannot even commit to recommitting myself at the moment, so who knows when I will officially update my blog.

The last few weeks have been crazy. It all started with a lovely visit to the ER about 2 weeks ago. I woke Andy up around midnight and told him something was not right and we needed to go to the ER. He was, lets say confused. He kept saying are you sure? Why? HUH? Finally when he really woke up I explained my wanting to go and off we went. After calling his sister to come over at 1 in the morning. Luckily she came over for us to go.

The whole way there Andy was talking about how he hates the ER and all we are going to do is wait and they won't know what is wrong and on and on. He agreed that we should go to better safe than sorry, but being woke up in the middle of the night and then staying in the ER for the rest of the night was not his idea of a great time.

We got there and you guessed it, waited. We finally got back to a room around 4:45. The doctor came back and said you look great, blood pressure is awesome, let's do some blood work to put you at ease. So that is what we did, well that along with more waiting.

The ER doc, was hilarious. He was obviously from the South due to his accent. He has big hair and face shaped as if he was a prince in some Disney film and a personality to match. He was something. Very entertaining to say the least. He asked me if I have a stressful position at work. I kind of chuckled and said, it can be. Then he asked me what I did and I told him I was a stay at home mom. I knew what the next question would be and I KNEW the reaction I would get too. So he asked. I said five. He didn't react the way most people do. He didn't act like he was passing out, or say REALLY? or say the usual flattering come back, "aren't you too young?" or are you serious?. The list goes on. So instead he instantly replies with, oh wow, my wife and I have nine. I forgot to mention this characater's of a doctor did not look that much older than us. Then I did it. I did. I reacted and replied the same way all those people do to me! I said, REALLY? NINE? Oh my goodness. {said in a there is no way anyone would ever have nine kids kind of tone} He said yep sure do. He then said at one time they had a 5 and a half, four and a half, three and a half, two and a half, one and a half and a half. They have 9 kids under 13. Now that is serious. That can get this kind of reaction. Five? Not so much!

He was really nice and told me to aim for nine if I could. Which is hilarious in itself. The blood work came back perfect. Very good numbers with everything and he tested everything under the sun. Seriously. I am was the healthiest sick person in the world. He then said take care of yourself and relax. I almost laughed out loud. I guess in leu of the Lindsay Lohans of the world who are hospitalised for exhaustion, I was right there with them. Weird, right? I always thought that was made up reason for all these young starlight's entering the hospital. He told me to get some sleep and take good care of myself. He also mentioned that their parents live with them to help out with the NannieSS are not there to help. Maybe I could rest and get some sleep if I had the Nannies...something to look into! {just kidding, I like raising my kids}

So flash forward to yesterday. I woke up knowing it was going to be a rough day. I even made that remark on my FB page. I knew I had a dermatologist appointment at 2:30 and also knew I could not take my wee ones. My mom who swooped in and saved the day again, met me there and stayed in the car to watched the previously mentioned wee ones. In the morning though Maddox and Paxton woke up not feeling the greatest. I debated taking them in only because I did not want to take them all in and then decided it would be best to take them. Luckily I could get an appointment at 3:30. I have never been in and out of my derms office in under 2 hours so I was praying for a miracle. I got to the dermatolgist and apparently they said that I had canceled. I didn't. They got me in. I was in and out in 40 minutes. This was truly a miracle. Really. That never ever happens. Maybe I should cancel every time. AND there was a spot on my nose that did not go away after being froze/burned so they had to scrape it to do a little biopsy. Fun times I tell ya. The needle was long and it hurt going in, however, it made the razor blade to the nose feel a lot better. Hopefully those results will come back fine and I did that just for fun. Here is to hoping!

I ran out to the car and we were even early for the Peds visit. The second we got there they got us in and swabbed Maddox. He was positive. He has strep. Paxton as usual had a double ear infection. Of course he did, because when doesn't he. We did get our referral for tubes though so that will be nice. They were like, since he is positive I am sure the rest of your kids are but we have to test them and you will have to sign them in and pay the copay. That was ok because at least that meant I did not have to come in today with two sick kids confirming the other two were. So we left there with four scrips and headed to the pharmacy.{Thanks schnucks for doing free antibiotics! We paid enough in co pays that day for the rest of the year!}

They all went to bed early with meds in their systems and are feeling a lot better today. Me on the other hand, not so much. Such is life though. If all I have to complain about it a sore throat I will take it.

So here's to the next few weeks being sick free and having the energy to getting my house back on schedule to how it was before this place became a sick fest!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Our first Pinewood Derby Action

Oooh, the pinewood derby. What a fun little bonding moment this was for a boy and his dad. They had so much fun. I honestly do not know which one had more fun.
They just loved it. Bennett's car looked so great and won most of the races.
Bennett is counting down the months till next years race.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


This post reminds me that Maddox calls any dogs bigger than sugar, our dog, so that is more than 9 pounds, a horsey. It is so cute. I love that.
We went out to my cousins farm and saw her Clydesdale's. They are so beautiful. The kids had so much fun.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Other Kansas City Fun

When I was a kid I went to KC with my bff at the time a few times because her family lived there. I had so much fun when I went with her. When we went there I wanted be sure to go to Fritz's. I remembered it was so cool. A train delivered your food to you. So we made sure to go there. We also checked out the Hallmark Headquarters. They had a fun little place for the kids where they had tons of items to do crafts with. The kids loved running around there and just enjoying themselves. We had such a fun time. It was so fun to have Nicole there with us. She is just so great with our kids and loves them so much. Plus she entertains Andy more than anyone we know. We just love her so much!

The train delivering our food!

How cute are they?

The Hallmark place.

The Great Wolf Lodge

In January we decided to take full advantage of Aunt Nicole being here and decided to head west to Kansas City. They have a great wolf lodge there that they also have in the Dells and we loved it. The kids had so much fun. They loved it. We got a great deal since we went off season. We had an awesome suite and played at the water park all day every day. We all loved it and had so much fun. Here are just a few photos to display that fun!

This baby is so cuddly and cute.
Maddox wasn't feeling too well, but still managed to have fun.
Bennett was in Heaven!
This baby loved it too!
These photos are too cute to even put into words.

These two loved it. They had so much fun.

At night they had story time where you came in your jammies. The kids loved it.

This picture makes us laugh so hard. Jadeyn is just now getting into the stage where she knows making a funny face is funny. Andy and I have laughed hysterically over this photo far too much.
Their cool cabin.