Thursday, May 29, 2008
Billy had a few games/contests for us to play and even had prizes! One of the contests involved diving off the diving board. When Brody saw everyone going off the diving board he wanted to participate too! He kept asking me to go down there, so I finally took him. After teaching private swim lessons for so long, I fully expected to have to lower him off of the diving board by his hands into Tyler's waiting arms. I can't tell you how many times I treaded water for 1/2 a lesson waiting for a kid to jump off the board (and these kids were way older than Brody). Well...that wasn't the case with my son. He walked right up there and jumped off without even thinking twice! Yikes! I'm REALLY gonna have to watch him this summer around the pool. He has no fear when it comes to swimming. Here's a video of him jumping off the diving board into his uncle Tyler's arms.
Monday, May 26, 2008
While I was fixing breakfast I noticed Caleb and Brody sitting really still on the couch just staring out the window. Caleb finally asked Brody what he was looking at and Brody replied, "Trees." lol! There's only ONE tree out that window and then miles of open fields. I guess he liked that tree!
Sunday afternoon Grammy came over to watch Brody while we went to Hutch. We ate at Chili's and then went to see Indiana Jones. None of us were overly impressed with the movie. It was just ok. Kinda strange that there were aliens in an Indiana Jones movie! We drove home in yet another hard rain.
Monday morning we headed back to Texas by 10 am. I was VERY EXCITED that this was the last time I'd have to drive away from Kansas and leave Mike behind. Next time he'll be coming with us!!
We wanted to leave in time to get to Billy & Paula's house for their Memorial Day cookout! We made it just in time...even with stopping 4 times for Brody to go potty! (sidenote: He stayed dry the entire trip home and waiting until we got to Billy & Paula's house to go #2! Yay Brody!!) I'll have more pics and (hopefully a video of Brody jumping of the diving board) soon!
Saturday, May 24, 2008
I waited until we were 10 minutes from our house to tell Brody where we were going. I asked him if he wanted to go see Daddy. His eyes got so wide (especially for 12:30 am) and he said, "DADDY?!?!? Daddy's house?!?!?" He was elated to see Mike when he opened the door to get Brody out. Needless to say, his excitement made it hard to get him to go back to sleep. I don't think we got him to bed until 1:30 am!
We were all really tired. It had been a loooong drive after a full day of work. We were sitting upstairs in the entertainment room talking when I decided to go downstairs and get Brody's jammies. As I was headed down my feet slipped on the stairs and flew out from under me. I fell backwards and slid down several stairs before stopping. I could hear the sound of feet scurrying across the entertainment room above me and within seconds Mike was beside me. Thankfully I fell backwards (not forwards onto my belly)...so I just came away with a bruised tailbone, sore neck and back, and a few rug burns on my elbows. I was also given orders from Mike to never do that again...and to hold onto the handrail while going down the stairs!
This morning Audria and I are going to pack up some boxes while Mike and Caleb finish up a few of the little things that are left on Mike's to-do list. I'm sure Brody will follow them around since their jobs will involve tools and outside while Audria and I will just be using packing tape ;)
Friday, May 23, 2008
Today I'm 34 weeks pregnant! So only 6 more weeks until my due date! Everyone keeps telling me that they don't think I'll make it that long...which probably means that I'll be a week late ;) lol
Caleb & Audria are going to KS for the weekend and invited Brody and I to ride along with them. I learned my lesson and haven't told Brody yet that he's gonna get to see Daddy this weekend. I think I'll just let him figure it out when we arrive. I got a bunch of boxes for free off of Craig's List yesterday, so I'm gonna try to fit a few of them in and Audria and I can get started on packing. Sounds fun, huh?
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
The kids, on the other hand, couldn't get enough! Brody would get out (shivering from cold) and we'd try to wrap him up in a towel. That would last MAYBE 30 seconds before he was headed back to the water. I have a feeling that he'll be asking to go get in the pool all day every day this summer (like he asks to go to the park...or just outside in general right now)!
When Lauren and Katelyn decided to get out we were finally able to get the boys out and warmed up.
It's so much fun to watch the kids play together. I'm so glad that our boys will get to grow up with their cousins! It will be fun to watch the friendships that form over the coming years.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Last week he had a few accidents in his undies and I took it pretty slow. I'd put the undies on him in the mornings and then put a diaper on him for his nap. Then he'd end up in a diaper the rest of the day (probably just because I was tired and didn't want to worry with it!) This week has been awesome so far! He's been asking for his "big boy pants", so that helps keep me motivated. Both yesterday and today he went all day long without wetting his pants! He even stayed dry during a 40 minute roomtime (all by himself in his room) and during nap time!
Today I was brave (or crazy) and took him to the bank with me in his undies (and clothes...of course). This wasn't a quick trip thru the drive thru. We had to go inside and finish setting up our new bank account...so it took a while. I started getting nervous when we were in the banker's office and Brody wanted to drink my water. Before long I notice him doing the potty dance. I quickly excused ourselves and rushed him to the bathroom. I was so proud as he did the potty dance waiting for me to help him get his pants down...and then he went in the potty! Yay! Of course he flushes and says, "Good job, Brody! Proud of you!" So cute!
Yesterday on our walk at the park he learned the joy of peeing in the woods (one of the many times it's nice to be the mom of a boy)! Dad informed me tonight that I can also check the library bathroom off the list. He said that Brody started to use the urinal...then peeked under stall and told Daddy Steve that he wanted to go in there instead. lol!
I've heard that potty training can sometimes be 1 step forward and 2 steps back...but right now I'm just thankful for that 1 step forward! Now if he could just figure out the poopin' on the potty... Any tips?
Friday, May 16, 2008
Caleb, Audria, Tyler, and Ann left after lunch time. When we put Brody down for his nap we told him that he was going to get to do something fun when he woke up. Dad grew up with a guy (David) who is now a Deputy Fire Chief. When Brody got up we met David at the fire station for a tour. Here's Brody and Deputy Fire Chief David.
David had a fireman's hat for Brody along with a sticker badge, some pencils, a coloring book, and some trading cards! The real fun began when we went out into the garage. There Brody had the attention of all the firemen and was able to climb on and inside of every vehicle in their garage! Here he is "driving" one of the big fire trucks.
Don't ask me how, but he convinced them to pull the pumper truck out of the garage...
and let him spray the water hose! It was a hot and humid day, so before long he had his hand in front of the water hose...then his feet. I have to admit that the spray felt really good!
Cindy, Ginger, and McKenna came over before dinner. Cindy made Brody a really cool box car. Then she worked up a sweat pushing him around and around the house. Brody was just laughing and laughing! She even drew a gas pedal and brake pedal for him and gave him a paper plate for a steering wheel. Needless to say...this box came home with us. Now we just need Cindy here to push him around!
Even though our reason for being down in Temple was heartbreaking, we really enjoyed all the time we got to spend with family. I'm sure Daddy Ken would be happy to know that we were still laughing and having fun with the family that he loved so much.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
My ever inventive brothers found a tennis ball in the bushes and decided to play a match using their flip flops as tennis rackets!
The guys had to take showers after playing so hard and then it was off to the church. Grandmommy's church made a WONDERFUL meal for all the family before the funeral on Thursday. They even sent her home with an ice chest full of leftovers!
Grandmommy, Dad, and Cindy
After the funeral we all went back to Grandmommy's house. McKenna was in a really good mood. How could anyone (especially Grandmommy) resist smiling along with her?!?
Of course Brody didn't let Daddy Steve forget the most important job. Mowing! The weather cleared up on Thursday, so after Brody's nap it was time to mow!
Sharon and Sheila brought fajitas and fixin's over for dinner (they were delicious!!!) All the "kids" sat in the sun room to eat. Before long Brody convinced Tyler to go outside with him. We all watched as Tyler and Brody would spin around and around and then try to walk across the yard.
By the end of the day we were all exhausted. Without me even asking, Caleb and Audria offered to rub my feet!!! Then Audria said, "Do you need me to massage anything else?" I couldn't turn that down...so I got a back rub too! What a relaxing end to a loooong day.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Either way, I'm glad that we didn't have to decide yesterday what to do! We'd like some time to think about it...and to hear opinions from our readers out there (I KNOW y'all have opinions about this...so let us hear them!!!)
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Thursday, May 08, 2008
When we walked in Brody said, "Shhh. Daddy Ken sleepin'." Everyone was in tears when we saw him. Brody didn't like the fact that everyone was sad. He went and got a klenex and started wiping the tears from my eyes while saying, "Mommy sad?"
After awhile I think he started getting a little impatient about the fact that Daddy Ken was still "sleeping". I was holding him standing by the casket and Brody wanted to "touch him". So I let Brody hold Daddy Ken's hand. Then Brody started saying, "Get up! Get up! Get up Daddy Ken! Get up!" It made me think of the times in the Bible that Jesus raised people from the dead. Can you imagine how awesome it would have been to be there and see him perform the miracle of bringing someone back to life?!?
Here is a link to the obituary on the funeral home's website. The funeral is today at 1:00 pm. Please continue to pray for peace for the family and that the funeral will glorify our Lord and Savior.
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Dad, Mom, Brody and I headed to Temple as soon as we got the news. I'm at Grandmommy's house right now (Brody's taking a nap) and everyone else is at the funeral home.
Before his nap Brody kept looking for Daddy Ken. He'd point to the chair that Daddy Ken usually sits in and say, "Daddy Ken at?" I didn't really know what to tell him. He finally came up to me and said, "Daddy Ken at work?" (I guess he thinks that's where everyone goes when they're not at home.) I just started crying. He doesn't understand that he'll never see him again. It's hard for me to believe I won't get to sit and talk with him again, or hug him and kiss him, or that he won't get to hold our new little boy. I really didn't expect this. I know that he hadn't been doing so well...but he was such a strong man! Several times doctors had told him he was going to die and he'd prove them wrong. I just expected him to prove them wrong again. I guess I didn't let myself imagine the possibility that he wouldn't recover.
He may not get to hold our new little boy, but I can take comfort in the fact that he is in Heaven right now loving on Baby K for me. I know that he is now without the pain of cancer that was eating away at his body...and free from the pain of his broken hip. I'm so happy that he is now in the presence of our savior, Jesus Christ, yet at the same time it's hard not to be selfish. I miss him here on earth!
Sunday, May 04, 2008
Here are a few pictures of us after church. I love it when Mike fixes Brody's hair for church...it always looks so cute!!! My boys are so cute! I can't wait until there's a second little boy in Mike's arms too!
After lunch the dreaded time was approaching. The time to drive back to Texas...and leave Mike behind in Kansas. I packed up our stuff while Mike spent as much time as he could with Brody. It was a painful, tearful goodbye. It's so hard to hug and kiss Mike and know that it'll be the last time I feel his touch for weeks, maybe even a month or more! I finally just had to get in the car and drive away.
It was a loooooong ride back to Texas. Brody was great on the way to Kansas...but I don't think he liked being in his carseat one bit on the way to Texas! He slept MAYBE 1.5 hours out of the 8 hours the trip took us. Most of the rest of the time he spent crying, whining, and screaming! I was at my wits end by the time we arrived at my parents' house! It was definitely worth it to get to spend over a week with Mike...but I'm very glad that next time we make the trip I won't be by myself!!!
Saturday, May 03, 2008
Mike did really well at the tournament. He even got Closest to the Pin on one of the holes (out of 96 players)! He won an autographed polo (framed in a shadow box with a plaque) from the OU coach (don't ask me his name). Woo hoo! lol. Since we're not OU fans he sold it to one of the other guys there who really wanted it and made a little money :)
Mike got home not long after our babysitter, Ashley, arrived. Then we headed out to dinner with our good friends, Chris & Teri. We had a fun and very memorable evening with them. Everything was going smooth until the waitress was putting the waters down on our table and the beer on her tray slid off and spilled all over Mike (and his white shirt)! Let's just say that we didn't really want to go out anywhere else after that. Mike stunk like beer and his clothes were a mess!! So we headed back to our house for some ice cream and cards. It was fun just to hang out. We're really gonna miss them!!!
Friday, May 02, 2008
Thursday, May 01, 2008
He was happy when we arrived at Home Depot...until we made him get off the mowers and go inside!!
When we got home he played outside with Remington and the water hose until it was time for bed. I just love this picture of him giving Mike a kiss as he heads off to go night night! So sweet!!
It is AMAZING the pictures that we were able to see of our little boy! We got DVD of the entire session, black & white prints, color prints, a diaper bag with lots of formula/diaper samples, and a CD with almost 100 pictures! Here's just a few of the many pictures we have.
In the picture below you can see his hand, leg, and foot that were all up by his head! It's amazing how flexible little babies are! He is so crowded in there!!
After she finished taking all the necessary measurements the sonographer asked Mike and I to guess at how much the baby weighs. We guessed a little over 3 pounds (this would go along with what Baby Center says he should weigh for as far along as I am). We were a way off. She said that he's already 4 1/2 pounds!!! Yikes! She predicted another big boy (Brody was 8 lbs 8 oz). Can you say OUCH!?!?