Sunday, March 23, 2014

Getting old{er}


Josh turned 35 last week!  I know, I'm married to an old man :)  To celebrate, I took him to one of his favorite restaurants, Tucanos.  We haven't been there since we lived in Utah so we were thrilled when we found out that one was opening up in our area!
I got Josh some new dress clothes since most of his were purchased ages ago.
I've been with my man long enough to know that he LOVES chocolate.  So I made him a Mounds cake (like the candy bar), complete with a layer of coconut and chocolate frosting drizzled on top.  His cake became somewhat of a fire hazard once we put all 35 candles in but it was totally worth it just to see the look on the girls' faces when he blew them all out in one breath.
As his wife, I can tell you that Josh's birth is certainly something to celebrate.  He is my partner in everything, my rock, my Number One.  I admire him in so many ways, but especially how dedicated he is to our little family.  He keeps life fun and interesting, which I love.

Josh isn't the only one getting older.  As time goes on, I'm realizing that my body isn't quite as resilient as it used to be.  About 3 years ago I broke out in hives because of an allergic reaction to Gain laundry detergent.  Since then, I've only purchased the perfume-free stuff......until a few weeks ago when there was a sale.

BIG MISTAKE.

Everything swelled up: my lips, my ears, my hands and feet.  And let me tell you, I'm jealous of the people who only get itchy hives.  Mine are incredibly painful, like deep bruises down to the bone.  After 2 failed Rx treatments, I finally had to go to Urgent Care to get a steroid shot.  OUCH!

Lesson learned: I have sensitive skin and will use perfume-free laundry detergent for the rest of my life.

Our sweet baby boy is growing up, and with that comes teething.  There was one particular day last week when he was awful.  He screamed all. day. long. with the exception of a 20-minute-nap in my arms. 

Who knew that teething could be so exhausting?!?
 

Summer tried her best to keep him happy, which I actually really appreciated.
The next morning, I was honestly dreading getting out of bed because I didn't think I could handle another day like the one before.  But then Jackson surprised me with this little gem:


 And somehow, that makes all of this getting older business worth it :)

Monday, March 17, 2014

Just Another Manic Monday

Mondays are always chaotic around here.  Throw in a little St. Patrick's Day hoopla and we have an even crazier day than usual.  See what I mean??? 
Kylie was SO excited to take her leprechaun trap to school, hoping to return home with a new mischievous friend.  Unfortunately, she didn't catch one but a field trip to the high school planetarium erased any disappointment she may have experienced.
Before the day officially began, I decided to wake up early to go running.  There's a side story here:

On the plane ride home from AZ, the guy next to me mentioned that he was looking for someone to run the Mini Marathon in his place in May because he would be out of town.  After thinking about it during the flight, I decided to go for it.  I mean, why not?  It's a super fun race.

I'll tell you why not.  Because it's 13.1 miles.  Because as I rolled out of bed at 5:20 this morning I realized that I was passing up precious sleep.  As I walked from my car to the door of the community center in 18 degree weather I realized that I hate being cold, and warmth is certainly not guaranteed in early May in Indiana.  As I ran around the track, my pelvis felt like it was splitting in two because it has not yet healed from birthing a 10-pound baby.  

When I finished my workout {which wasn't even that difficult}, I made a decision: 

I needed to email that dude ASAP and let him know that I most definitely would not be running that race.  Don't get me wrong, I really do enjoy running, but that 25k I ran 2 years ago is still very fresh in my mind.  The anxiety, the blisters, the side cramps. WHY???
However, seeing my family at the halfway point was so awesome!  So I think I'll just make that halfway point my new finish line and call it good :)
ANYWAY... when I returned home from my run, I literally collapsed on my bed with all of my clothes still on and dozed off for about 20 minutes, waking just in time to get Kylie ready for school.  The St. Patrick's hoopla happened and then it was on to the pediatrician's office for Jackson's 6 month check-up.

Earth shattering news: I have a big baby {with adorable curly hair and ridiculously long eyelashes}.

His stats are as follows:
  • Length: 27 inches (77th percentile)
  • Weight: 19 pounds, 14 ounces (90th percentile)
  • Head circumference: 44 3/4 inches (50th percentile)
You can compare his stats to Kylie's and Summer's here and here.

He really is a sweet boy.  I love to watch him interact with his sisters.  Melts my heart.
The rest of the day went something like this: bank, lunch, laundry, snack time, homework, laundry, dinner prep, laundry, bedtime routine, etc. etc. etc.  Just another manic Monday...

Monday, March 10, 2014

Jack's 1/2 Birthday


It's hard to believe that Jackson is 6 months old already!  We'll get his stats on Monday, but here are some other interesting tidbits about him:


Jack has been such an easy baby.  He's happy to just sit and observe whatever is going on around him.  I think he's most entertained by Summer-- and who could blame him?


He's also a great sleeper.  Generally he sleeps from about 10:00pm until 8:00am, with one quick feeding in between.  Each morning, he contentedly watches as I do my hair and put on my make-up, and then he puts himself to sleep for his morning nap.
 

He's not a huge fan of toys yet; he's perfectly fine talking to his hands.  He recently discovered his fingers, just like his sisters did when they were babies.


The comment people make most often about Jackson {besides "Look at that hair!"} is that he looks like a Cabbage Patch doll.  I would have to agree.  There's something so striking about his dark curly hair and bright blue eyes.  And those eyelashes are to die for!

Look at those ringlets!  If you look closely, his roots are actually blond.  I think his hair will be significantly lighter by the time he turns one.

This is the view Josh and I have been getting ever since Jackson discovered his feet.  Shortly after that he began rolling everywhere.  It's not uncommon to set him down on one side of the room only to find him on the opposite side a few minutes later.
 

I waited a little longer to start him on solids than I did with the girls.  He's just starting to get the hang of spoon feeding but I'm pretty sure he likes the rice cereal.  Lip smacking good!

 We're still trying to decide who he looks like.... Happy half birthday, Jack!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

AZ

I just returned from my trip to Arizona and it was AMAZING.  Here is the story behind my trip:

At the beginning of the year I was already feeling like I was in a rut.  In the dead of winter, I desperately needed something fun to look forward to.  Since Josh will be taking a trip with some good friends this summer, he suggested that I also go away for a while.  My parents would be heading out to AZ to visit my uncle and his family, so I quickly booked a ticket and tagged along.  I knew the kiddos would be in excellent hands.  {Thanks, Josh!}

It was exactly what I needed: sunshine, great food, EXCELLENT company....
Here are just a few of the highlights from my trip:

Catching up
Oddly enough, a good friend of mine moved to AZ just weeks ago so we met up for dinner one night.  It was so fun getting caught up on the past 5 years of each others' lives.

The Temple
The Gilbert, AZ temple was recently completed so we definitely had to go there!  It's so beautiful, inside and out.  I could not believe how intricate the designs were.





The couple on the left have known my parents for years so we were thrilled when they were available to meet us at the temple.  And they certainly made our day interesting!  To make a long story short, we bumped into one of their friends who was able to score us tickets to a show he was performing in that night. 

The Duttons
The friend that we bumped into at the temple was Benjamin Dutton.  You may have heard of his family.  Are they cool or what?!  They're the most genuine, down-to-earth people that you can imagine and it was such a privilege to watch them perform.


You have to watch this video of "Julio" playing his horns.  How do you come up with something like that???

Spring Training
We watched the Chicago Cubs play a spring training game.  Before that, though, we rocked out to other people's music while my uncle David cooked up some truly delicious food.  It was such a neat experience!





 

Down Time
Although I generally like staying busy, it's nice to relax and leave the responsibilities behind every once in a while.  I went for walks, took naps, and chatted it up with my awesome family.  On my last night there, we stayed up until 1:00 in the morning just talking and laughing.  I think now we've got enough inside jokes to keep us laughing for a lifetime :)
OK, so we couldn't leave all of our responsibilities behind...

Coming Home
I wouldn't change a single thing about my trip, but it sure felt food to come home and kiss those adorable little cheeks!!!
 
The girls are enjoying their souvenirs too. I'm SO thankful I had this opportunity.  Next time I just might have to take my whole family!

Monday, March 3, 2014

T.G.I.M.

In case you're wondering, that stands for "Thank Goodness It's March." 

This year hasn't exactly been kind to our family so far.  January brought us the stomach flu, colds, and endless snow days.  February brought us lice, laundromats, and lots of freezing weather.  Now that it's March, I'm already looking forward to a chance to start over.

Here are a few snippets from the last week of February.

Sunday, February 23rd
We upgraded Jackson from a pack 'n play to a crib.  He LOVES it!  But let's zoom out a little bit...
Is that kid the center of our lives or what?  Haha!  I think it's time to rearrange some furniture.
Although Jackson's crib may not have an official spot yet, I'm still glad we set it up.  He has slept through the night ever since and he wakes up a very happy boy!
 

Monday, February 24th
I finally bit the bullet and purchased an iPhone.  One thing you need to understand about me is that I'm very cheap.  The only reason I decided to upgrade is because Josh receives a discount through his company that makes the data plans more affordable.  Now I'm one of "those people" that plays around on my phone all the time :)
 

Tuesday, February 25th
Summer has gymnastics every Tuesday morning.  Each time I pray that she will listen to her teacher and not cause too much of a scene.
Guess what we got to do when we got home from gymnastics?  Yup, another lice treatment! 
After 2 OTC treatments, I was still finding a few stray lice in Kylie's hair.  Then on Tuesday, I noticed a bug in Summer's hair.  NOOOOO!!!!  That meant double the laundry: bedding, blankies, clothes, everything.  Just to be safe, I checked my own head... and found nits.  Are you kidding me?!?!

We were clearly fighting a losing battle so I brought in the big guns: a prescription lice treatment.  It worked very well, as it should because it cost $187 per bottle.  And I had to buy 2 of them!
  
The silver lining in all of this is that my washing machine worked and I didn't have to go to the laundromat.  Thank goodness, because when your 5-month-old looks like this most of the time, you go through a lot of laundry anyway!


Wednesday, February 26th
Library day.  By this point, I was in desperate need of an activity that was calming and FREE.

Thursday, February 27th
Started the day with a doctor's appointment.  Thankfully Josh was able to watch the younger 2 kids so I could go alone.  It's a little sad that I consider that a luxury.

Thursday afternoons are tough.  As soon as Kylie gets home from school, we have just enough time for a snack and a quick wardrobe change and then it's off to gymnastics.  Her hour-long class feels endless every single week.  Summer will sit quietly with the iPad but Jackson has now outgrown his car seat and the last thing he wants to do is sit in it.  I'm exhausted by the time that hour is over, just in time to prepare dinner and launch into the bed time routine.  I go through a lot of cookies and caffeine on Thursdays.

Friday, February 28th
Another doctor's appointment.  This time it was for Jackson because I thought he had an ear infection.  At the last minute I called to see if the doctor could also take a look at Summer because I suspected she had a UTI.  I was right about the UTI but wrong about the ear infection.  Of course I'm glad that Jackson's healthy, but I had to fork over a copay just for the doctor to recommend Tylenol for teething pain.  Ugh. 
Saturday, March 1st
Made a quick trip to the grocery store because a snow storm was headed our way.  Apparently everyone else in Carmel had the same idea because every last parking spot was filled and cars were lined up along the whole front side of the building.  Since it was supposed to be quick, we all went as a family.  I wish I had a picture of us trudging through the crowded grocery store!  Jackson's car seat occupied the front "seat" of the cart, Summer was sitting down below where you put milk jugs and such, and Kylie was riding on the back end.  I'm sure we looked awesome.

But we couldn't begin a new month without a medical issue of some kind.  I slept maybe 3 hours that night because of a sore throat and stuffed up nose.  Round #2 of head colds.

Each morning I receive an inspirational quote on my phone.  {I joke that it's cheaper than Prozac}. This is what today's quote said:

"Vacation is what you take when you can't take what you've been taking any longer." - The Wizard of Oz.

I could not agree more.  Arizona, here I come!