Wednesday, April 30, 2008
As we headed home I was thinking about how good it has been to get to see all my old friends at the gym again. Now I'm gonna miss them even more when I'm back in Texas!
Tonight was awards night for AWANA at church. Brody got the giggles for some reason. Every time they announced a kid's name he'd start giggling so hard! It was the contagious laugh that had everyone around us giggling too! I guess that's better than crying.
After church, Jed and Michelle came over to hang out and play cards (and of course eat ice cream)! We played a game called 7-up (no...not Heads Up 7-up! lol) that was really fun. We need to play it more so that we don't forget about it!
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Brody really misses Mike when he's at work, so today I told him we'd meet Daddy at the park for lunch. He was VERY excited and kept asking for lunch time! I told him it would be after room time...so he wanted room time right away! lol
You'd think I'd have figured this out by now, but I really should feed him lunch BEFORE we go to the park. Once we get to the park there's no way to get him to stop and eat a good lunch! Mike scarfed down his lunch so that he could go play with Brody. I ended up feeding Brody his lunch when we got home from the park.
After work Mike and Brody mowed again. For days Mike has been telling Brody that they could mow again on Tuesday. This morning he told Brody that after his nap they would mow. As soon as his head popped off the pillow this afternoon he was saying, "Daddy mow?!?!?" I was glad that Mike was already home from work and ready to take him outside! If he hadn't been home yet I'm afraid I would've had a major meltdown on my hands!
Monday, April 28, 2008
Brody woke up from his nap saying, "Golf with Daddy?!?" Mike was helping with a high school golf tournament and wanted me to bring Brody out there after dinner. He said by then he'd be almost done and ready to play some golf with Brody. So we ate dinner and headed to the golf course.
Mike borrowed a golf cart from one of our friends which enabled me to go with them and watch (there was no way I had the energy to walk around the golf course)! Brody was soooo excited to get to "drive" the golf cart with Daddy. One of the high school golfers, Kramer, played the first hole with Mike and Brody. On the first hole I realized that there's NO WAY we could take Brody to a professional golf tournament right now! He was a chatter box the entire time!
Brody's turn to hit off the tee. I'm shocked at how good his hand eye coordination is! I think it's better than mine!
Putting with his putter.
Getting a few tips from Daddy.
He had so much fun golfing at the golf course! I hope that it's something that my boys can enjoy together for years and years to come.
Brody was a little shy at first, but it wasn't long before he remembered what his jobs were at the rec. He asked Junior for the key so they could go upstairs and sweep the gym floor. He even remembered which door he was supposed to go unlock! RaeAnn didn't take Cheyenne to daycare this morning until lunch time, so she and Brody got to play together. Junior played with the kids for a few hours while RaeAnn and I visited and followed them around.
I even got to show a few people the ropes at the gym. RaeAnn was in the other room and the people that came in hadn't been in for a while (so they had no clue that I have moved). It was fun showing them around and made me miss working at the gym.
After we left the gym we stopped by Mike's office. Brody was so happy to get to see Daddy! He was even able to convince Daddy to climb up a TALL ladder.
The ladder leads all the way up to the roof of the school!
When we left Daddy's office Brody talked about going on the roof with Daddy all the way back to our house!
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
When Brody woke up from his nap, Mike was home from work! He woke up calling for Daddy and saying, "Daddy...mow?" When we were at Mike's office he'd told Brody that they would mow after Brody's nap. Brody doesn't forget a promise like that! So they headed straight outside to start mowing.
Today we spent part of the morning just playing upstairs and watching "big boy cartoons" aka home improvement shows. Then we headed outside to help Mike on a few projects. Mike moved a ton of limestone up to the house for landscaping while I spread mulch. Brody was busy following Daddy back and forth and then hitting golf balls for Remington to fetch.
While Brody was napping we saw storm clouds rolling in. This is what it looked like by the time he woke up!
Brody went to sleep talking to his stuffed animals about mowing with Daddy :)
Friday, April 25, 2008
Mike called when we were almost home and said that he was just about to leave the golf course. We ended up beating him home. Brody was so excited to see Remington and the kitties...then he just wanted to see Daddy. I told him to wait on the porch while I took our stuff inside. He stood on his tiptoes looking down the road for Daddy's truck. I wish I had it on video when Mike pulled up the drive. Brody ran thru the yard towards Mike while Mike ran towards him. Brody was laughing the whole way with his arms reaching up towards Mike. It was so sweet! He was so happy to be in Daddy's arms! Then the first words out of his mouth were, "Daddy golf?!" So he and Mike stayed outside playing golf until it was too dark to see.
It was sensory overload for Brody inside the house. He had to explore every room and got excited over toys he hasn't seen in 2 months. We finally put him in bed at 9:30 (really late for him) and he went right to sleep.
This morning he wasn't too happy to see Mike leave for work. In fact, he's been playing in the room by the front door all morning just waiting for Daddy to get home and mow (Mike told him they'd mow after work).
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
On Monday Brody fell asleep during roomtime. This was a first! He crawled up onto the twin bed that's in the same room as his crib and crashed. He slept for 2 hours...and then didn't take an afternoon nap. It happened again yesterday! This really messes up my work schedule...so today when I took him up to his room for roomtime I told him "no sleeping"! He looked at me and laughed like I'd just told a great joke! I listened to him over the monitor while I worked and he was up there playing. I also kept hearing him say, "No sleepin'!" After awhile it suddenly got quiet. I ran upstairs and opened his bedroom door. He was laying on the bed and quickly pulled the stuffed animal off of his face to look at me. Then he started laughing! I said, "I thought I told you no sleeping!?!" He laughed so hard he was crying!
Monday, April 21, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
"I get to eat breakfast here?! Cool!!"
After breakfast they headed outside to work on Daddy Steve's '66 Mustang. Daddy Steve put a step ladder by the hood of the car so that Brody could help work.
When Brody saw Daddy Steve get his toolbox out...guess what Brody wanted to do? Yep. He had to go inside and get HIS toolbox!
"Hmmm. Daddy Steve asked for a screwdriver. Should I let him use mine or give him the one out of his toolbox?"
Once they got the car fixed, Daddy Steve put Brody's carseat in the back of the Mustang and they went crusin'. I think Brody likes the deep rumble of the Mustang and the wind blowing in his face (there's no a/c so they ride around with the windows down). We even got to ride in the Mustang to church this morning! We felt like we were back in the 1960's...
Thursday, April 17, 2008
More importantly, the countdown is now on for when Brody and I get to see Mike again!!! Only 8 more days until we're in Kansas for a week long visit!!! Brody and I are VERY excited! Today Mike was talking to Brody on the phone and asked if he wanted to go play golf when we get to Kansas. Brody got very excited and promptly told me, "Mommy...go Durango...see Daddy...GOLF!" He even got my tennis shoes out of my closet and started trying to put them on my feet! I tried to explain to him that he would get to play golf with Daddy but that it's many naptimes and nigh nights away from now. He didn't understand. When we got in the car to go get dinner he was so happy. When we pulled back up at Daddy Steve and Namaw's house he burst into tears and cried, "Daddy's house! Kansas!!" I carried him inside where he proceeded to cry at the door until I got Mike on the webcam. Then Brody was happy talking to Daddy. I understand. Talking to Mike makes me happy too!
Monday, April 14, 2008
Since they had two permits each, they went back out yesterday afternoon in search of the two big Toms they had seen while scouting earlier in the year. While it wasn't one of the "Big Boys", Mike came back with the bird they called "the Ghost". He weighed 21.2 pounds! Mike said, this guy never travels with any other Toms and has been very elusive. Look how big that bird is! I think the plume of feathers on it is beautiful!
Brody loved looking at the pictures of Daddy and his turkeys. I wish he was there to get to see them in person!
Sunday, April 13, 2008
A lot has happened in the life of Daddy Ken in the past few weeks. After being admitted to the hospital, he was really improving. Then one evening a nurse was helping him to the bathroom and he fell and broke his hip. This was a HUGE setback which resulted in surgery, pneumonia, and a UTI! This has made recovery/rehab go much slower than we had hoped. On Friday they moved him to a nursing home and on Monday he'll start rehab. They'll be working on his hip, his speech, and his balance. They still have him doing breathing treatments to help with the pneumonia and this will probably continue for several weeks.
When the guys and I arrived at the nursing home we found him laying in bed still in a hospital gown. He doesn't have any strength in his legs...but his upper body is as strong as an ox! He's always been a little ornery...so when he said he wanted to arm wrestle me I didn't turn him down. I was SHOCKED when I realized that there was no way I could beat him! I was using all my strength and wasn't even budging his arm! He didn't look like he was even trying! He just smiled and said that no one has ever been able to beat him. He doesn't have very good control of his hands yet, so he still needed our help to eat the lunch they brought him. After his lunch he wanted to take a nap so we left to go back to Grandmommy's house.
Brody was excited to see the guys and had them playing in the front yard as soon as lunch was over!
When Brody went down for his nap it was the girls turn to go see Daddy Ken while the boys worked! Grandmommy had a honey-do list of things that needed to be fixed around the house, so the guys started tackling that list as soon as we left.
I was surprised to walk into the nursing home and see Daddy Ken sitting in a wheelchair (dressed in sweats) in the lobby! He said that he was tired of the bed and was trying to get out when the nurses found him. They bathed him, dressed him, and then wheeled him up front. I think he was happy to see these pretty girls walk in the door.
It was a beautiful day, so we wheeled him outside to visit. He enjoyed sitting in the sun for the first day in weeks!
It was nice to get to visit with him and meet the people who will be caring for him. I think that Grandmommy was very encouraged when she saw him yesterday afternoon. The nurses told us several times that we should expect to see dramatic improvements in him over the next few weeks. They said it takes about a week for all the meds to wear off that he'd been receiving at the hospital (some of them made him kinda loopy).
They guys were able to check off most of the things on Grandmommy's list and the girls thoroughly cleaned her house...so all that was left was to make sure that she was well fed before we headed home! We took her to Texas Roadhouse for a delicious dinner. It was fun to sit there and eat a nice meal, talk, and relax. She told us some neat stories about things she remembered from her childhood...and of course we were entertained by Brody.
We didn't leave her house until 10 pm and we were all tired when we got home...but it was worth it! We just wish that Namaw and Mike could've been there with us...
Friday, April 11, 2008
Here's what his head looks like today (3 days later). Pay no attention to the scrapes by his mouth. We have no idea how he got those. What can I say...he's all boy!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
So maybe he was more interested in getting his clothes soaked and the concrete washed than he was in washing the car...but I did get some proof that he was helping Daddy Steve...
He even got down on his knees to make sure the entire vehicle was dry!
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Saturday, April 05, 2008
The baby is head down with his bottom and feet up in my ribs. That explains why my ribs get sore from the constant kicking! He was being shy and every time she tried to get a good profile picture he'd turn his head and look down towards my back. So we didn't get any good pictures of his face. Paula did get an amazing picture of his "package". I can tell you without a doubt that our baby is a boy. Check out this picture! (It's an underside view of his bottom, his legs, and in the middle are his boy parts.) See this sweet little leg and foot? This is what I feel kicking my ribs during the night.
Here he is waving for the camera. You can see his arm and his hand.
Here's a picture of his hand. The four fingers are curled over (you can see his nails!) and his thumb is more towards the bottom in a shadow.
Friday, April 04, 2008
Wednesday Angela went out to lunch with us. It was cool and rainy, so we went to the mall. We ate in the food court and then let Brody play in the toddler play area. He had a lot of fun! Angela had her 12 week appointment after our lunch. They did a sonogram and told her that their baby looks healthy! Praise the Lord! Thursday Mom needed me to go to GG's to pick up/drop off tax return stuff for clients. Ann called and wanted to go with us and eat lunch with GG and Sissie. Ron & Jan and Julie, Katelyn, & Collin also met us there for lunch! The boys are just 2 months apart and both have blonde hair and blue eyes. All of the residents were asking us if they were twins.
Yesterday Ann called me after she got home from GG's and told me that she didn't have to work today. She asked if I wanted company during my doctor's visit this morning. I had to go in for a THREE hour glucose test (fun)...so of course I wanted her to come! That sounded a lot more fun than sitting in the waiting room by myself for 3 hours! Isn't she sweet to think of doing that on her day off?!
Brody woke up this morning just after Ann arrived. I was surprised at how he was dressed when I went into his room. Some how he'd gotten his arm out of his sleeve, twisted the shirt around, and then gotten his arm back thru the arm hole. What do you think? Is this the style with kids these days and I'm just outta the loop?!?
The time at the doctor's office flew by since Ann was with me. We had fun talking the whole time! Then we went and turned in all my paperwork for pre-admission at the hospital and got a tour of the maternity ward. I was STARVING by the time we left (I had to fast and hadn't eaten since 5:30 last night)! We went to On the Border for lunch and by the time our chips and salsa arrived I was shaking, sweating, and feeling faint! I think I got food in me just in time! I'm glad I didn't pass out on her! After lunch we stopped by Caleb's house. He told us that he had a coupon for a pedicure (I hope Audria didn't mind him giving it to us!!!) So then we were off to make our feet look beautiful!
We got back to Dad & Mom's house to find that Brody was taking a nap, but had been entertaining Daddy Steve all day (it's Dad's Friday off work). Right now they're outside washing the cars together. I guess I better go take a picture ;)
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Daddy Steve took Brody on a walk up to the school where Staci, Caleb, and Tyler went to elementary school. They have a brand new playground there with four or five slides. Brody was in giggle heaven!
Daddy Steve followed Brody around giving him suggestions on how to climb up on the towers and slide down the slides.
Brody thought the funniest thing was to throw rocks on the slide and sweep them off again. He really got tickled doing that!
It was such a beautiful evening! Daddy Steve and Brody had a great time together!
Brody watched Uncle Caleb's softball team hit the ball over and over again. Daddy Steve held Brody up behind home plate for the first 4 innings. Brody was enthralled and would say "Hit!" over and over again and when they hit it he would giggle.
Some people in the crowd said that Brody was a real baseball player.
Brody even offered to give an autograph to one of his fans!
Brody started hitting the ball himself during the last few innings. He had so much fun he wasn't ready to leave. But once he got in the carseat he made himself comfortable - taking off his muddy shoes and relaxing. Brody really enjoyed watching the game and then getting a lot of attention from the fans!
And Brody got to stay up past his bedtime!