Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Barrett and Caleb ready for the Dallas Cowboys game (little did we know it'd be the last one of the season).
The guys during the game. It was a TERRIBLE game. (Notice Josh and Tyler are actually glaring at the players! You'll also notice that Dad is the only one that still has a smile on his face. I'm glad he can still smile even when his team is being stomped into the ground!)
Brody watched some of the game, but then he got busy shooting Ann's Grandma Nix and GG with his dart gun. (No, he's not shooting a grandma that's asleep...she was playing dead.)
This was the first time I've ever seen they guys walk away from the tv during a Cowboys game. I guess they just couldn't handle it anymore. Before the 4th quarter ended, they headed back to Tyler's game room to play Foosball. I was so proud when I walked in there to find Brody taking a picture of them!
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Brody was ready for everyone to finish eating so that he could open more presents!
Brody showing Barrett the present that Daddy Steve & Namaw got for Barrett. Mom and I are hoping it'll help entertain Barrett during tax season.
"You mean this present is for ME???"
Brody got his first camera from Daddy Steve and Namaw. I'm so proud to have a little photographer! He was super excited about it. For a few weeks he'd been telling me that he'd get his own camera when he "gets older". When he opened it he said, "I have mine own camera! I'm older now!!"
After all the presents were opened, Ann and I went outside to watch the boys play baseball with Brody's new ball and bat. It was fun having Tyler and Ann here for Christmas this year, although we missed Caleb & Audria (they went to St. Thomas with Audria's family).
What's funny is that Brody walked into the living room on Christmas morning and AROUND the train set (without even noticing it) as he rushed to the fireplace. He was very curious as to whether Santa had eaten the cookies and drank the milk that he left out for him. Once he exclaimed over the fact that the cookies and milk were gone, he suddenly noticed the huge table he'd walked around and said, "Is this for me?!?!?" He was pretty excited about it.
Brody was more than willing to help everyone open their presents. He was just as excited about Barrett's presents as he was his own and he eagerly showed Barrett how to play with each and every one.
After a breakfast of pancakes, Barrett napped and Brody played with his toys. Did you know that you can even drive a tractor book on train tracks?
Barrett playing Santa.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Brody was very interested in hearing how Santa would arrive at our house and whether or not he would eat ALL the cookies.
tv's ready for the switch to digital. I think they also recruited Mike to get their computer working again.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
pictur of Daddy Steve, Namaw, and all the "kids". Brody was being quite silly. This was the best I got (Dad may have a better one posted on his blog).
This is what most of the group shots looked like. Brody currently thinks it's funny to stick his finger up his nose when someone is taking his picture. We finally got smart and asked him to hold Daddy Steve's hand (notice he's not picking his nose in the picture above). It wasn't until Matt had taken several pictures of our family that he noticed the extra person in the background! Do you see him?
thru old pictures and show you how MANY pictures we have where Josh has snuck into the background of the picture!
The kids had lots of fun playing together. One time I walked into the living room to see them all wrestling on the floor. Even Barrett tried to get in on the action!
Monday, December 22, 2008
(be sure to click on the picture to make it big enough to see all the pictures)
Mike, Staci, Brody, & Barrett
Friday, December 19, 2008
They are ugly shoes.
Each day I wear them, and each day I wish I had another pair.
Some days my shoes hurt so bad that I do not think I can take another step.
Yet, I continue to wear them.
I get funny looks wearing these shoes.
They are looks of sympathy.
I can tell in others eyes that they are glad they are my shoes and not theirs.
They never talk about my shoes.
To learn how awful my shoes are might make them uncomfortable.
To truly understand these shoes you must walk in them.
But, once you put them on, you can never take them off.
I now realize that I am not the only one who wears these shoes.
There are many pairs in this world.
Some woman ache daily as they try and walk in them.
Some have learned how to walk in them so they don't hurt quite as much.
Some have worn the shoes so long that days will go by before they think about how much they hurt.
No woman deserves to wear these shoes.
Yet, because of these shoes I am a stronger woman.
These shoes have given me the strength to face anything.
They have made me who I am.
I will forever walk in the shoes of a woman who has lost a child.
I read this poem on Shiloh's blog a month or so ago. It is very fitting for today. Today we would have been celebrating Baby K's 1st birthday. A year ago my shoes hurt daily as I walked in them. I wondered if I'd ever be able to walk without feeling the pain. Today the shoes don't hurt as much. Mike and I both still miss our sweet little one and look forward to a reunion in Heaven some day, however, I no longer dwell on that grief. I have been able to comfort several women who are wearing the same shoes...and am more equipped to do so because I'm wearing the same shoes. Instead of focusing on the loss, I focus on the joy. I am overwhelmed with joy every day when Barrett smiles at me (and he smiles A LOT!) I know I've said it before, but if we hadn't lost Baby K, I wouldn't be holding Barrett. Yes, we miss holding Baby K here on earth, but we rejoice in the fact that hopefully one day we will be with all 3 of our children in Heaven!
Even though Baby K's not with us on earth, we will always remember. Brody already knows that he has a brother or sister that's waiting for him in Heaven and we plan to share our excitement of the reunion with Brody and Barrett as they get older.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Yesterday morning I told Brody that after his nap we were going somewhere special. I told he we were going to see Santa Claus. Big mistake!!! I put him down a little early for his nap (so we could avoid traffic going to the mall) and he talked to himself up there for over TWO HOURS! I finally went up to his room and he exclaimed, "I'm awake now! I'm awake! Let's go see Santa!!!" Since it didn't seem like he'd go to sleep, Namaw and I loaded the boys into the car and headed for the mall. What do you think happened as soon as we got on the highway? Yep. Brody fell asleep.
When we arrived at the mall we devised a plan to load the boys in the stroller while trying not to wake up Brody. As soon as I opened the door on Barrett's side, Brody's eyes shot open. He said, "Is this the mall?! Are we at the mall?! Where's Santa??" He said this while frantically trying to get out of his car seat. We got the boys in the stroller and headed into the mall while Brody asked over and over and over, "Where's Santa???"
I was so excited when we arrived at Santa's house to see that NO ONE was there! Santa and his helpers were just sitting there chatting. It was awesome! They said that the first half of the week in the afternoons is always really slow. (You better believe that's when we'll go every year from now on!) Brody climbed onto Santa's lap and went mute. He wouldn't smile or talk...he just sat there! Barrett on the other hand was captivated by Santa's beard! He was straining his neck back to look up at Santa. Not even the noisy elves (who tried to get his attention while I took a picture) could get Barrett to look away from Santa.
What is funny to me is that Santa came to Brody's school today to visit. I asked Ms. Amy if he went mute again and she said that he didn't! I guess he told Santa what he wanted for Christmas and told him "Merry Christmas!" He also told me that he smiled and said "cheese" when Ms. Amy took a picture. I said, "Why didn't you smile for me when I took a picture of you with Santa yesterday?" His response? "I only smile with Santa when Ms. Jessica and Ms. Amy are taking the picture."
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Mike and I couldn't believe how much Jayden has grown just in the month or so since we last saw him! He has the cutest little chubby cheeks and is really filling out! He made Barrett seem like a little shrimp! Looking at the picture below would you believe that Barrett is 3 months older than Jayden?
Brody LOVED seeing/holding/playing with baby Jayden. He gave him lots of kisses and hugs. One time he was sitting across the room and started saying, "Jayden! Jayden!" I asked what he wanted and he said, "I just wanted to tell Jayden that I love him." Awww!
Here's Brody "reading" our Christmas letter to Angela. I think he was telling her about all the pictures on the back.
The kids (and the adults too) were beginning to get tired, so Mark and Angela headed home. Before they left I captured this sweet picture of Jayden asleep in Mike's lap. He tried so hard to keep his eyes open, but sleep finally won out!
Monday, December 15, 2008
I was surprised when I peeked around the door and saw this:
Friday, December 12, 2008
For some reason Brody has started of every morning for the past few weeks by showing me his legs and telling me that they grew overnight. I think he is going thru a growth spurt right now. Not only am I suddenly hearing words that I've never before heard from him, "I'm still hungry!", but every day he'll show me something new he can reach. He can now pop his pop tart in the toaster without using the stool to reach the pull-down-lever-thingy (what is the proper term for the handle you pull down on a toaster?!?).He's always pointing out the fact that he can get things off of the kitchen counter while standing flat footed...and he's at that dreaded "hit your head on the corner of the counter" stage. It's fun to see the surprise in his eyes when he can reach something that he used to need a stool for. He'll look up at me and exclaim, "I'm growin'!!!" Then he'll get a slight look of disappointment in his eyes and say, "but I can't reach the sky yet."
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
6:10 am - Home from the gym. Make breakfast for me and Mike. Make a lunch for Mike.
6:30 am - check email
6:35 am - hop in the shower...stay in there too long because I'm dreading getting out of the warm shower and being hit by the cold air
6:50 am - throw on some fleece and make some hot cider.
6:55 am - start gathering ingredients for the dinner I'm making to take to our friends that just had a baby and put potatoes in oven to bake
7:20 am - Barrett wakes up. As I'm changing his dirty diaper (and he's crying b/c he's hungry) Brody walks into the living room. I send Brody to the potty and then tell Brody to get himself a pop tart while I nurse Barrett.
7:50 am - Go get pop tart for Brody (who hasn't "grown enough during the night yet"...his words...to be able to reach them in the pantry).
8:00 am - Put Barrett in exersaucer and try to start cooking while Brody eats.
8:20 am - Turn on Thomas the Train for Brody (who watches 3 minutes of it before he's back in the kitchen pushing his stool to the cabinet so that he can be stuck to my side while I try to cook)
8:40 am - Put Barrett down for a nap. Try to continue cooking with my "little helper".
9:20 am - Decide that it would be a good time for Brody to have roomtime so that I can finish cooking (meatballs, cream corn, twice baked potatoes, and cookies)
10:00 am - Barrett wakes up early. Get him out of bed and then go get Brody dressed. Alternate between drying hair and checking on meatballs.
10:20 am - Try to keep Barrett happy until the cookies are done.
10:30 am - Feed Barrett
10:45 am - Throw on some clothes and finish fixing my hair
11:00 am - Call Mom (I was supposed to be ready at 10:30 am, luckily she was running behind too) Feed Brody some of the extra food I just cooked for our friends.
11:30 am - Namaw shows up. I run out to grab the paper (that I hadn't had time to get yet) and the mail. Pack up the diaper bag and the food while she loads the kids in her car. Drive to her house to drop her and Barrett off (it's his nap time again) while I borrow her car to deliver the food. (This is when I'd usually head to work.)
12:00 pm - Brody and I stop by the grocery store to pick up rolls to go with the food and head towards our friends house.
12:40 pm - Arrive at Kasi's house. Give her food and talk for a little while.
1:10 pm - Get back in the car. Brody tells me nonchalantly that his ear hurts. I take notice because he never complains about being sick and he's had a cold for a week now.
1:20 pm - We're stuck in traffic because of some construction. Brody tells me he has to go to the potty. When a 2 year old tells you he has to go potty...you find a potty!! We stop at a gas station.
1:30 pm - I realize that I'm starving (why didn't I eat any of the extra food?) so I pull into Burger Street. After seeing that there's a long line I back out and drive to Brahms instead. Brody is still complaining of his ear hurting. I'm trying to calculate how I can still get 4 hrs of work before we have to leave for church tonight.
1:35 pm - Call mom to make sure Barrett's not starving. He's awake, but will survive until we get there.
1:40 pm - Stop at CVS. Wait in line to talk to the pharmacist to see if there's an OTC decongestant that I could give Brody to help prevent an ear infection. He tells me to talk to my doctor because there aren't any OTC decongestants for 2 year olds (said they make them so hyper they can't sleep).
1:50 pm - Get back to Namaw's house. Start feeding Barrett while Brody starts crying about his ear (and wanting me to hold him...kinda hard when I'm nursing Barrett). It's VERY unusual for Brody to act like this. I decide to take him to Care Now.
2:00 pm - Realize I never ate my burger. Scarf it down while trying to console Brody.
2:20 pm - Check into Care Now. Brody plays with the toys and alternates between telling me that his ear doesn't hurt anymore and then a few minutes later telling me that it still hurts. He entertains all the people in the waiting room with his talking and antics.
3:15 pm - See the doctor who tells me that Brody's ear is very red. She gives me 3 different prescriptions (antibiotic, ear drops, & cough syrup/decongestant)
3:45 pm - Stop by Namaw's house to get a CVS coupon.
3:50 pm - Go to CVS to get prescriptions filled. Find out that the cough syrup is $36 there rather than $4 like at Kroger. Decide to go to Kroger instead.
4:00 pm - Arrive at Kroger. Find out ear drops are $160! Tell them to just fill the other 2 scripts (I'll just give him Tylenol for the pain. Sorry kid!)
4:10 pm - Mike stops at Kroger on his way home to pick up Brody and take him home. I go back inside to get the meds. They filled all 3 (including the $160 one!) I inform them of the mistake and the clerk tells me I should get the $4 generic. Sure! I'll pay $4 for it! So they start the process of calling the dr to get approval to fill a different ear drop prescription.
4:50 pm - Finally leave Kroger and head for home.
5:00 pm - Stop by our house to give Mike the meds for Brody
5:05 pm - Get to Namaw's house to pick up Barrett
5:15 pm - Back home. Feed Barrett while Brody lays crying beside me. Mike calls Terry to ask him to teach the HS focus group for us tonight.
6:00 pm - Heat up the extra meatballs, cream corn, & twice baked potatoes for our dinner. Eat with Mike and Brody while Barrett plays in the exersaucer.
7:00 pm - Try to interest Brody in Home Alone...he doesn't bite. He'd rather talk to us about how much he's growing and tell us that he's well now (the Tylenol and ear drops are doing their trick). I start typing this post. We forgot about doing our Jesse Tree devo. Oops!
8:00 pm - I give Barrett a bath while Mike gets Brody ready for bed.
8:30 pm -I feed Barrett while Mike puts Brody in bed.
8:47 pm - This very moment. I'm typing this post and watching Home Alone on our DVR.
I didn't get any hours at my job today...instead I spent lots of time "working" as a mom! It may have been a crazy, long day, however, I wouldn't trade my job for any other job in the world. I love being a mom! I'm gonna go bust into the sack of Oreos that I bought while I was waiting for the prescriptions to be filled at Kroger and do absolutely nothing but veg on the couch!