Sunday, August 31, 2008

Watching Grandma

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One more picture from our trip. The boys LOVE watching my mom sew in her purse sewing room. They like to "help", too :) I really should learn how to sew....;.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Henry update

My baby's not getting any better in a big hurry. The pediatrician wanted to see Henry back today to make sure he was on the upswing and needless to say, he's not. Granted the last time I nebbed him was the prior evening, but even so when I got to the pedi's you could hear him wheezing across the room. She yelled at me :( and told me I HAVE to neb him every 4 hours and added steroids to is regimen. In addition, his ears (after 4 days on antibiotics) are even worse. So, new antibiotic was added. We go back on Tuesday. I'm praying for a turnaround this weekend.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Visiting Grandma and Grandpa

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One day on our vacation we decided to go visit my grandparents in Kincaid, IL, a super small town. It's been a super long time since we've been there....well, I don't think Emmett's ever been there, so it's been at least 5 years. My grandparents always come to Edwardsville to visit us when we're home, but we're never there (in fact, they watched Henry on Saturday of our lake trip while my mom moved Brian in to an appt. at SIU). Both my parents were raised in Kincaid and this is the house my mom was raised in. My grandparents are super special people. They have so much energy and love. I enjoy every minute w/ them. And, I loved going to visit their home again. It has such memories for me. My grandma, I believe, is 79 and my grandpa is 84. My grandma is one of three girls (she's the youngest) and he's one of three boys (he's the oldest). Isn't that interesting? We had a really nice visit and the boys didn't want to leave. It'll be another year before we see them again, because they winter in Florida. But, my grandparents are taking all the kids and grandkids and great grandkids on a family reunion trip to Destin, Florida next year and she booked the rooms while we were there...August 8-15, 2009. Yeah!

Scene from the inside

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Not a great picture, but the only one I took that day w/ my grandma in it. What was I thinking???

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Owen and Emmett playing w/ the old fashioned water pumper thing in GG and PaPa's backyard. My grandpa still uses it to water his garden.

The guest of honor

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Owen studied war and the history of wars in school last year, and I told him that PaPa's brother (my great Uncle Joe) lost his leg in World War 2. He was completely fascinated and had LOADS of questions about war. So, when we decided to go to my grandparent's house, my grandma invited Uncle Joe to come to. Owen was thrilled to get to meet him (although, I think he forgot most of the questions he intended to ask him). And, both boys were super impressed w/ the electric scooter/wheelchair he rides AND MOST OF ALL....his tricked out Chrysler Town and Country mini van. It has a ramp so he can get in and out and a special seat, etc. Uncle Joe gave the boys a big demo on how it works.

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Me and my new hair w/ Uncle Joe.

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Looking for something good in PaPa's garden.

And they're off

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My grandpa has quite a garden in his backyard. He takes great pride in it, and always gets loads of wonderful veggies from it. When we arrived at their house, grandpa was ready to take the boys to go pick veggies from the garden.

The find!

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The zucchini Emmett picked from PaPa's garden.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

No party tricks!

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I tried to get Henry to do "so big" on camera and he wasn't going full out w/ that idea. He did it one handed. I'll try again tomorrow. But, tooth #3 arrived today. Top left.

St. Louis Zoo

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One of our vacation days was spent at the St. Louis Zoo w/ Nicki and Eric (who took a HALF DAY off of work....I believe his first day off in a year??) and the girls. My mom kept Henry. We had a great time. Most of you know I LOVE the St. Louis Zoo. I have never taken the boys to the Syracuse Zoo ( I boycott it on principle). The St. Louis Zoo is FREE! FREE, I repeat! And, it is one of the best zoos I have been to. It has a train, insectarium, children's museum, carousel, Dinosaur exhibit, and many other fun things. These special items aren't free, but since you aren't paying to get in you can afford these things. It's absolutely wonderful. We had a great time.

Zoo mishaps

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We had a heck of a time at the zoo. Both Emmett and Evelyn fell down at various times while running and poor Josie fell and (this is my guess anyway) busted her frenulum (the little connector from your top lip to your top gum). No big deal, but WOW! did it bleed. I grabbed her and got blood all over my shirt and arm (which you can't see). And Josie was covered in blood, too. We looked like quite a sight walking through the zoo. But the best part was that Amy picked me up from the zoo and we went to the Galleria for dinner and shopping. I walked around the mall w/ blood all over my shirt! And, holy breastfeeding boobies are still enormous aren't they?

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The train that goes through the zoo. One of my boys favorite things to ride.

Our motley crew

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Penguin exhibit at the zoo

So Big and Sick!

Well, Henry is sick again. He has bronchiolitis again, which is what he had when he had RSV. He's wheezing, and we're doing breathing treatments every 4 hours (NOT FUN! because he doesn't sit still very easily). His ears were red, too (his 10th ear infection) so he's back on antibiotics. We go back on Friday, because she said he'd get worse before he got better. On a plus note, he's doing "So Big" now. And, if I can unbury my camera from our vacation stuff, I'll videotape it.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

We're home!

Our two week vacation ended and we arrived home sleepy, but alive and well, at 200 AM. The drive home was as painless as the drive there, so hopefully that will make us more likely to return again for Thanksgiving. Owen cried literally for 30 minutes after we left ( you know, the super sad have to catch your breath cry) and tried his hardest to talk me into letting t him stay w/ grandma. I kept telling him that if there was any way around it, I would (and I really would have). Hopefully, we'll get to move closer some day. Anyway, it was an absolutely spectacular trip. I have many more pics to post, because we did lots of other fun stuff. I'll try to post them in a day or two.

Henry stats

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My baby was nine months old on Tuesday, August 19. I missed an official post and picture. He goes to the doctor this week (I think), so I'll give you his weight and height then. He's still not crawling, but he's getting much closer! He can go from sitting to hands and knees, rock briefly, and then falls. But, he can still get pretty much wherever he wants by rolling and scooting on his bottom. He's also, quite possibly, the sweetest little baby around. He rarely cries and is just generally content no matter what. He has two bottom teeth and the top teeth look to be pretty close to coming in. He eats pretty much about anything, but he's not a huge eater. And, he still likes to nurse....a whole lot! He was sleeping 9-12 hours at night, but the past few weeks he's been getting up at least once, sometimes twice. I don't know if it's the teeth or because we were out of town but it'll hopefully stop soon. I think he's on the verge of getting his 10th ear infection (runny nose just started today), and we're waiting for the ENT to call us back w/ his surgery date for his tubes. His fave things: his big brothers, dogs and cats, and water. All in all, I think I'll keep him :)

Friday, August 22, 2008

Emmett's Birthday

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Yesterday we got together to celebrate Emmett's birthday (two weeks early). I'm always sad that the boys never get to have a "family" birthday party, so it's fun to do it together when we can. The only person missing was my brother, Brian. :(. Otherwise, the whole family was there (and Amy and Jeff, who count as family!). Emmett got lots of fun things and we had cake and ice cream. Good times.

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This photo looks like Emmett is saying, "Enough photos, mom! Can I eat now???"

Emmett and Evelyn

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Emmett and Evelyn are becoming better buddies the older they get. They're only 19 months apart. This trip they took off w/ one another each time they were together. Adorable.


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My boys only have two cousins: Evelyn and Josephine.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The missed photo

As I'm blogging these photos from our trip to Lake Norfork, I realize that I didn't get any group shots. And, I don't think anyone else did either. WHY??? I have very few shots of the whole gang time everyone, let's remember the group shot!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Lake Norfork

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We returned yesterday from our long anticipated annual/ semi annual trip to Lake Norfork in Arkansas. We went w/ a group of our good friends and had a spectacular time. The weather was rainy and cool the first day, but we were still able to get on the boat by noon. The weather was gorgeous the second day. Lake Norfork is the best kept secret (shhh.....keep it a secret). There is NO crowd. The water is WARM (it had to be 86 degrees) and the staying is cheap. We rented a speed boat and pontoon boat and on of our friends brought a jet ski. We were the only ones to bring kiddos (Henry stayed w/ grandma) and they had a fantastic time! They got to tube, jet ski, and swim, swim, swim! We anchored the pontoon in the middle of the lake and swam around it. And, when we returned to our trailer for the night the boys went right to bed and the rest of us adults hung out til late in the evening. Super fun!

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Hanging out on the pontoon boat.

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Owen jumping off the top of the pontoon boat. He did it twice and wasn't sure it was much fun. Eddie and the other men did it numerous times!

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Eddie and Owen tubing. Both boys tubed. Owen - numerous times and FAST! Emmett - once and slow.

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Me and my long time best(17 years worth) friend, Amy Busch. Also owen's God mother and the master planner of this wonderful adventure.

Living arrangements

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Here's a photo of the trailer we stayed in. There was a total of 6 couples, one single, and my two boys on our trip. We had three trailers. They each had two bedrooms and a pull out coach. They also had running water/bath tub/ shower, full kitchen, and a TV. I told the boys to enjoy their time outdoors, because this was as close to "camping" as we are EVER going to get.

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Owen and Jeff Busch jet skiing. They went fast!

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Eddie and I and the boys set off on the speed boat at one point, so I could use the breast pump. It worked out super well, thanks to the battery pack BB let me borrow (thanks!) and because the lake is so empty I think I was pretty discreet. Unlike the year (many years ago)we went skinny dipping.....right, guys?

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Floating around in the water. Notice how quiet the lake is! Not another boat in sight.

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Emmett and Jeff jet-skiing. He promised not to go fast, and he's a man of his word :)

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Uncle Brian

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Owen and Emmett have had a great time roughhousing w/ Uncle Brian. He leaves to go back to college today and we are heading to the lake. I think they are smothering him w/ love so he won't forget them :)

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Slip n Slide

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My mom's neighbor has a little boy who is two weeks younger then Emmett. He's been coming over to play and today he brought his slip n slide over. The kids had a great time, but it only took a few minutes before Eddie and my brother, Brian, decided they should give it a try. They ended up hooking two slip n slides together, so they could go farther and challenging each other to see who could get to the fence. They even took out a huge container of bubbles and poured in on themselves and the slip n slide, so they could slide farther. But the best part was when my mom decided to give it a try. Hysterical! Check out the videos.


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And, if you know my mom then this doesn't shock you!

"Go Uncle Eddie!"

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Evelyn cheering in the background...


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Brian pouring bubbles all over himself in an attempt to increase his speed.

Taking a break.

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Henry still has a fever today and is not napping! UGH!

Scenes from Six Flags

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Emmett and Grandma on the train.

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Owen and my brother's girlfriend, Brianna, on the train.

The Superman

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Eddie and my brother are on the far left free falling on the Superman. It's too bad I didn't videotape could hear my brother screaming the whole way down.

Wave pool

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At the water park in Six Flags: Owen, Emmett, my brother, Brian, and his girlfriend, Brianna. Emmett LOVED The wave pool!

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From the top of the ferris wheel

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Emmett at the top of the ferris wheel

Monday, August 11, 2008

Sick baby and Six Flags

We went to Six Flags today and had a wonderful time: our family, my mom, and my brother, Brian, and his girlfriend, Brianna (I'm going to see if I can post pictures tomorrow). The day was perfect...... 83 degrees and sunny. The boys had a super time (Emmett's fave ride: the log flume. Owen's fave: the waterslides). We spent the morning and evening doing rides and the afternoon in the attached waterpark. For some reason it seemed much cleaner and much nicer than I remembered. I thought Henry felt warm in the morn and he didn't want to nurse, but he was super happy and I didn't think much of it. He was absolutely perfect at the park. We didn't hear a peep out of him ALL DAY (and we were there from open to close), but he felt really warm when we got home. Sure enough, he was 103 degrees. UGH! Hopefully, this doesn't foil our plans at the lake on Thursday. He's already on antibiotics for an ear infection, so this must be viral. BUMMER!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

We've arrived!

After 15 hours in the car, we've made it to E'ville safe and sound. It was actually our easiest trip to date. The boys were excellent! We didn't even open the DVD player and Henry was easily entertained and happy. Yeah! We did it in one day leaving at 10:30 AM and arriving at 2 AM. Piece of cake.
And, while Eddie was driving and I was trying to stay awake and keep him awake in the wee hours of the morn, I learned how to text. Wow! It's fun and potentially addicting. I also discovered that I can check my email and use the internet from my phone. Who knew?
We spent the day today swimming at Eric and Nicki's. Tomorrow is Six Flags. I'm going to see if I can download pics to the computer to share.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Happy Anniversary!

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Today Eddie and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary!!! We even went out together ALONE! Our dear neighbors, The Hourihans, offered to keep the boys ALL NIGHT! So, we let them keep all of them while we went to dinner (and Target) and then we picked up Henry and Owen and Emmett are staying the night. They were so excited. And Mrs. Sue spoils them rotten :)! The only thing that might have made it a little better is if we weren't leaving for E'ville in the morning. We had to come home after dinner and get packed. Oh, and Eddie got me a love/anniversary charm for my charm bracelet. Here's to many more babe :)

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Team work

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The boys have been hard at work creating a "city" w/ their cars in our basement. They've spent hours down there at a time. It's been wonderful :). I worked last night and this morning I asked Owen and Emmett how they slept. Owen said, "well..fine. But I was really tired, and I couldn't fall asleep because Emmett wanted me to rub his back for him until he fell asleep." :)

Sick again!

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Here's Henry a few days ago...when he was happier. He's getting a bit of an attitude and cries or screams if the boys take something from him or if they have something he wants. Check it out on the video. Of course, you can see why he's not crawling yet...he just makes a peep and the boys give him what he wants.
He has ear infections again. We go to the ENT tomorrow. He weighed 19 pounds 1 ounce today. Which is a one and a half pound weight gain in 6 weeks. Wow! I think it's because he hasn't been sick in 6 weeks, so he's been eating better. We're leaving in four days for E'ville. Hopefully, he's feeing better before then.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Soccer Camp

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Owen went to a soccer camp this week run by the Baldwinsville Youth Soccer Association. He started out w/ his age group, but was moved up the first day to play w/ the 9,10, and 11 year olds. The coach of the camp called him Rooney the first time he met him. Owen thought it was great, because Wayne Rooney just happens to be one of his fave players. Friday, the last day, Owen was named Camper of the Week, the top prize. He was the only one who got the trophy, which he declared was the coolest trophy ever!