Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Start of Summer

I was going to upload a bunch of videos, but my Blogger account is not linking to my YouTube account for some reason... so y'all click here to see some cute new videos (there's one of MC saying "Annalee" over and over again).

Last weekend we had our first poolside get-together.... so it's officially summer! Chad even built us a crawfish table for all future gatherings.

Friday I packed my entire classroom (and Karen's - since she's moving to 10th grade) into my storage closet. I'll hate myself come August, but it felt good to get out of there!

Tyler babysat Sunday night while Jane and I had a girl date and Tommy and Chad had a man date. We had sushi and wine at Sake Cafe; they had wings and beer at Buffalo Wild Wings.

Tyler and her kids

Girls night out

Penn talking to MC during dinner

 MaryCollis is over her sinus infection and is doing well. Our pool was finally warm enough to jump in this weekend, so I reluctantly took her for a swim knowing that she would hate it as much as she did last summer. Not the case! Sister loooooves it. She starts swimming lessons tomorrow, so I'm hoping by the end of July she will be a little fish.

Her ballet recital is Thursday, which should be interesting. I'm not sure they do anything more than turn in circles, but she sure is cute in those clothes. Every Thursday morning she says, "Let's put on my princess clothes, Mama."

The girl is an absolute nut. She always has on a pair of glasses, a purse, a book, and at least one animal. She thinks she's an adult (since we treat her like one), so she usually has lots of practical objects as well. It might be a roll of tape, a small screwdriver, or a notebook.

The other morning she ate two bites of bacon. This was a HUGE step for her since she rarely eats anything that's not bread (i.e. pancakes, waffles, sandwiches, crackers, french fries, etc.). Maybe she's normal after all.

Penn has not been drinking the entirety of his bottles, so I decided I'd try to get him down to 4 bottles (instead of 5) with more ounces in them. So far it's working. We'll start baby food next month... I can hardly wait! That was such a fun time for me with MaryCollis. I especially enjoy making it. Dawn, you should come over one day this summer, and we'll make and freeze a whole bunch of foods for our little men!

The little guy is just growing and growing. He's a very happy baby and grins more than any kid I've seen. He was diagnosed with bronchiolitis last week, along with an ear infection, so I have to give him breathing treatments 3x/day plus extra reflux medication since the bronchiolitis makes it flare up. I swear we keep Read Drugs in business!

We celebrated Memorial Day and Barbara's birthday at our house yesterday. Chad cooked burgers, and I made my famous guacamole. We all watched MC splash around until she was tired, then we cut a watermelon.

Happy Summer!

Monday, May 20, 2013

How to Bring Out the Best in Your Children

"Train up a child in the way he should go;
even when he is old, he will not depart from it."
Proverbs 22:6

Dr. Randy gave an excellent sermon on Mother's Day titled "How to Bring Out the Best in Your Children." He had six main points:

1. Accept their uniqueness
We should take into consideration each child's personality and temperament. EMBRACE their uniqueness and raise them differently - each according to his or her way. You cannot discipline each child the same way, for instance. I never responded to spanking or grounding... it only made me more angry... but to this day if my dad looks me in the eye and tells me he's disappointed, I simply can't take it. Also, help them develop their strengths and avoid forcing something they are clearly not meant to do. Do not make them play soccer or play piano if they're obviously not good at it.

2. Affirm their value
Let them know how loved they are and use words of affirmation. Pay attention to them. Express appreciation. 'Nuff said.

3. Allow them responsibility
Children grow through being trusted. They respond to responsibility. Give it to them and trust them to handle things themselves... even if they make mistakes. When we protect our children from making mistakes, it implies mistrust. Let them learn from their failures.

"Whoever can be trusted with a little can be trusted with a lot." Luke 16:10

4. Admonish in love
Correct them but do not condemn. NEVER correct in anger (Ephesians 6:4). Words can be cutting, so talk to them about bad behavior but be careful what you say because they will remember a hurtful conversation forever. I know I do.

"If you refuse to discipline your children, it proves you do not love them." Proverbs 13:24

5. Offer advice constructively
Be positive. Build up, not tear down. Watch your words (Ephesians 4:29). Just as with #4.... hurtful words cause hurtful memories.

6. Show affection unconditionally
Even when they give you reason not to love them, show them love. It's important to show affection all the time, no matter the situation. Love is not based on behavior. Offer forgiveness and never give up on them.

Friday, May 17, 2013

DMB/Day in the Park/Mother's Day/MC Updates

In the bathtub after coming home with the stomach virus

The day after MC got the stomach virus, I loaded her up to make the 4 hour trip to Oxford. She was to spend the weekend with her Godmother while we went to Memphis for the DMB concert. She had not thrown up in over 12 hours and had eaten a cereal bar that morning, so I assumed she was on the up and up. 

She was a total cuddle bug while she was sick


Sweet baby

We met Amber for lunch in Jackson before picking Chad up from the airport. She seemed fine and chugged an entire carton of juice. Then she puked. In the restaurant. On the carpet. So I cleaned her up and changed her clothes, and we headed to the airport... where she puked again. So I cleaned her up and changed her clothes, and we headed to Oxford.

On the way to Oxford

So Lauren took care of our sick baby all weekend, Mom and Barbara took care of Penn all weekend, and we were the oldest people at the concert.

The next weekend was Day in the Park, which I work every year for Laurel Arts League. It was so much more fun this year because my bestie Jane was on serious organization station duty, and no one was stressed because we all knew our duties thanks to Andrea! Lauren came down to spend time with P and check on MC after her seizure... we had a blast doing nothing at all!

Me and Janie Girl

First time to jump!

She was loving the train until she realized she was going to ride by herself, then she flipped out and I was that hysterical mother running alongside the train begging him to stop. I'm not even sorry.

First time for face painting

Blue Day at school

Last weekend we celebrated Mother's Day, and it was nice. We took the kids to church (Penn's very first time!) and enjoyed a sermon on parenting from Dr. Randy (notes to come). Chad and I cooked a very simple lunch for everyone at our house. We got Mom some eggplant colored accents for her brand new HUGE kitchen, and Chad and the kids got me a new BOB double stroller! Whoop whoop!

I let MC pick out her seat

Mother's Day 2013

Maybe the sweetest message I've ever gotten. Love you, Dad!

Multi-tasking before Red Day at school

 MC has had several tests run over the last 2 weeks to try to determine what caused her seizure. She had blood work done, a CT scan, an EEG and EKG. The blood work and scan showed no abnormalities. We haven't heard back on the EEG or EKG. I don't expect them to find anything, and I hope it was a fluke occurrence but keep her on your prayer list!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Penn at 3 Months

With Aunt Lindsay at 8 weeks

First time at the pool... 9 weeks

We have survived work and daycare for 5 weeks. Only 2 weeks left! Ahhhhh!

3-month facts:
-Weighs about 14 pounds and is 24.5 inches
-Eats 6 ounces every 3-4 hours (5 times a day at about 7:00, 10:30, 2:30, 5:30 and 8:30)
- He hasn’t taken a bottle in the middle of the night since he was 8 weeks old, but he still wanks once or twice for his paci. He typically sleeps 8:30pm-6 or 7am.
-Just moved up to Size 2 diapers
-Just moved up to 3-6 month clothes except in 2-piece outfits and pants
-Still on Prevacid once/day
-LOVES the stroller and car and to be outside and in public
-Prefers to sleep on his tummy
- Enjoys bath time
- His hair is getting thinner and lighter

Hanging with Sissy... 9 weeks

9 weeks

The first week back to school/daycare was a doozy for sure. The first Monday, Penn threw up after every single bottle. The next three days he only threw up after the afternoon bottle but it was still aggravating because I couldn't figure out why it was happening. The second week back, MaryCollis got the stomach virus and Penn became real congested (still is). 

9 weeks

We spend lots of time outside watching MC play

The third week was the worst... MC had a seizure on Tuesday, bit her tongue really bad Thursday during lunch, and developed the worst diaper rash I've ever seen (it looked like third degree burns it was so raw). Also that week, Penn had conjunctivitis of some sort. The fourth week, she got a sinus infection and had to take tons of tests to determine the cause of her seizure. So far this week (week 5), we haven't had an incident for either of the children.

9 weeks old.... after his first week of daycare

10 weeks with Sissy

10 weeks

I have almost enjoyed being back at work because it makes me appreciate my time with the kids that much more, but gosh I am so excited about being home with them this summer! MC has her ballet "recital" at school at the end of this month (should be interesting), she is going to take swimming lessons for three weeks in June (it could be great or realllly bad), I'm going to lead the music for Vacation Bible School in June, and we are going to the beach in July.

Chatting with LaLa at 11 weeks

First time at church - 12 weeks

"Exercising" while Sissy splishes and splashes - 12 weeks

It sounds like we have a lot going on this summer, but we really don't. I'm hoping to take them to a zoo at some point, maybe the aquarium in New Orleans, and we'll definitely be taking LOTS of strolls and going to the park. I'm crossing my fingers that MC enjoys the pool much more this year and that Penn will like getting his feet wet too. We barely got to use our pool last year, so I want to spend every waking second out there this summer!

Feeling froggy on his 3 month birthday!

Starting to grab things and play!

Penn is starting to grab and become interested in things. He will stare at objects and follow them with his eyes. He really enjoys spending time on the play gym. As long as he can look at a light or ceiling fan, this guy's a happy camper.

13 weeks

PS. MaryCollis at 3 months.


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