Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Now You See 'Em...Now You Don't

Sis had her tonsils and adenoids taken out on May 12.  

I hope this relieves several symptoms, not the least of which are her bird-like eating habits.  

When picking out her hospital attire, she couldn't choose between popsicle or ice cream socks because she knew she'd be eating a lot of both.

She loved the warm blanket.  Daddy held her all morning until it was time for them to take her back.

Holding your baby while they're coming out from anesthesia is gut-wrenching for a mama, and the first few days were hard.  She hardly spoke for over a week (under normal circumstances I wouldn't complain about this), but thankfully she's doing great now.  She spent a couple weeks at home with mom, but got to go back to finish her last week of pre-K.  

Friday, May 20, 2011

I Believe in Magic

Since I really didn't blog through the whole spring semester, I'll do a little catch up.  We did a cross-country trek over Spring Break.  We stopped in Nashville to visit Ben's sister and her family.  The kids got lots of great cousin time, including celebrating Avery's 2nd birthday.

Cianne was lucky enough to be on top of the dog pile with Uncle Brad.

Cohen slimed Aunt Rachel's shoulder.  She's officially a part of his inner circle now.

I "wore" this guy all over southeast America.  

Then we went here, and let me tell ya there really is something magic in the water at DisneyWorld.  We had so much fun!  I can't wait to go back. 

Then we spent a day at Universal's Islands of Adventure to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  This place would be super cool if it weren't for the 10 million people that Universal wasn't equipped to handle.  It was so crowded and definitely lacking the Disney magic.  But Corben still loved it, which was why we went. 

The kids ended up spending most of their time it the Seuss area.  They still had a great time despite the LONG lines.

Then we went to Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.  I spent most of my time in the shade with this guy.

Ben had a conference at the Sawgrass resort.  My kids can now say they've "golfed" at the Sawgrass.  (This may or may not mean anything to you.  It didn't to me until we went there.)

We checked out bikes at the resort, and Cohen went for his first ride.

 I didn't spend as much time on the beach as I would've liked, but it was a little overwhelming with all three kiddos by myself (...picture sand all over the baby's face while I'm trying to nurse, Corben wandering further into the ocean waters without an adult, and Cianne having an accident all at the same time...not my best motherhood moment).  But I did manage to get this priceless shot.

What I wouldn't give to be there today!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

A Much Needed Break

May has been an awesome month...until this week.  Actually, it's still awesome, but my inability to be still is catching up with me after 2.5 weeks of no school or work.  I've tried multiple times to be a good stay-at-home mommy, but I HAVE to have something going...hence, teaching Sonshine School, working as a part-time real estate assistant, an online business, watching kids, leading Bible study, adjuncting at OC, and, last but not least, going to back to grad school.  These are all the "extras" I've resorted to at different times to keep me from going crazy in diapers, boogers, and mac-n-cheese.  All of them were helpful in one way or another at least for a time.  The first two weeks of no "extras" were really wonderful, but I'm starting to get that stir-crazy feeling today.  Maybe it has something to do with the fact that two of my three are sick, and I haven't had a continuous block of sleep in a while.

I'm posting these as a reminder to myself that this is worth it.  Classes and teaching and I'm sure some new "extras" that I can't even foresee right now are waiting just around the corner.  I need to find contentment in each day, and these pictures take me beyond contentment to happiness.

My brother can always make me smile.

 I love it that Sister likes bugs & creatures more than her brother or any of the neighbor boys.

He thinks this hat is like Michael Jackson in "Smooth Criminal."

I hung Cohen's baby swing in the backyard this week.  
Baby swing + dopey hat = mommy and baby smiles

 The best big brother and sister showing him how to play with toys