September 28, 2017

Making Beautiful Once More

It was a rough two weeks trying to finish up the drywall in the bathroom, making it ready for Anita to tile when her and Elyce flew in on the 22nd. Every night for two weeks, any free time Jordan had was spent fixing and repairing. I was a full-time mama from first thing in the morning until 9:30 or 10 at night when the boys finally went to bed. At the end of it, Jordan said, "I haven't even seen my baby for a week!" He was excited to catch up on that cute chunky baby when he babysat because we had girl things planned while they were in town. Poor Anita thought she would have it tiled in half a day, but it took two FULL days of her working tirelessly and skipping meals to get the tile up. It looks amazing though. There is still a lot to be done in there and the tile still needs grouted but I can see a light at the end of the cockroach filled tunnel! 
Here is Oliver spiffed up and ready for church.
My beautiful sister with my beautiful boy! These two are some of my most favorite people in this whole wide world.

 Another favorite of mine is this little Edison! He is a dream!

 Seriously, such a happy guy. I love his big smiles that remind me of his dad's happy smiles and I can't wait for the big laughs that come with it.
Oliver loves his brother and enjoyed a snuggle session one day while I crafted.
{Edison's eyes are smoothly following me around the room these days.}
 My other favorite sister took Oliver to the Dino Museum again. This is one lucky kid to be spoiled so much by his aunts. They love him like he was theirs and I love them for it.
 Before the bathroom was sealed up, I walked into the bathroom {which I never, ever do because it's so terrifying to me} to get a measuring tape and looked in a corner and saw Godzilla. This was one fat lizard. He hasn't been seen since. Gulp!
 Along with following me around the room with his eyes, baby boy now bats at things with his fists. He gets so excited and makes the happiest little sounds while punching this little monkey and koala.
 Such determination!

 I smooch this face all day long!
 Okay, so here are the bathroom pics. Hardy backer (sp?)  going up - finally walls!!!
JJ helped Jordan all week because he is just that nice. This was the night before Anita got here, they were Red-Guarding it. This bathroom went from being done 100% wrong to being done 100% right.
 And because of Anita's seriously mad skills and immeasurable generosity - Voila!
Like I said, there is still a lot to do in there, but serious progress has been made. Now if it could just magically finish itself...that'd be great!
Tummy time for that little baby with a big head...
 During the last week of being a single mom {Jordan working hard on bathroom} I got my Halloween craft on to keep myself sane, I think. I came up with this little sign for Beth.
 And made us both one of these too.
 Ollie made me a paper guy - that I love!
 Then I made myself and Elyce some 'spooky' blocks similar to the ones Beth has that Elyce has always coveted. If you flip them around it says 'Give Thanks' - ready for Thanksgiving, but I didn't get a pic of that quite yet.
 Beth called one afternoon and asked if Ollie wanted to be a knight for Halloween. I asked him and he said, "YES!" She brought over the costume she saved from Goodwill and he totally digs it. 
 Alone with his thoughts...
Check out the height on that curl! Also, he is starring very intently at a shadow on the wall.
 His hair has gotten so long it's a little cray after he wakes up. Here he is channeling Jack Nicholson.
 There was a pool party while Elyce was here, because she hates the heat...thankfully, cooler weather rolled in and these two squirrels didn't last long before they got cold in the pool.

 This girl couldn't care less that it was a little chilly, she just wanted her nap time! So cute, Audders!

 A nice lunch to Spinatto's before A & E took off for home. 
I thought I had time to feed the hungry baby before we left, but I didn't. So grandma saved the day by squeezing her buns between these two cuties so Edison could eat.
"Jane" bought Edison these sweet Halloween jammies...

 We love us some Charlie Brown in this house!
 I think this baby is just the cutest...
 his big brother ain't not half bad either!
 Oliver loves school. He comes home with something awesome he made every day. Above is "Spaceman Oliver."
Today's newest trick included baby boy holding rattles and having a heck of a time.
I am grateful for the cooler weather, good family, my sweet boys, and having Jordan's time and attention back where it belongs - with us! Thanks so much Anita! We love & appreciate all you do for us!

September 13, 2017


The last three weeks have been a blur. Even more than usual with a newborn.

 This little baby, otherwise known as Baby Sunshine, smiles all the time. He is especially happy when under his play mat. He kicks his legs happy, waves his arms and laughs at the flashing lights & happy music.
This lady celebrated a milestone birthday - hello medicare!!!
 I managed to make her cake and not burn it, drop it, or eat it before the candles were lit. Success!
Finally {mostly} figured out naps for this little pumpkin thanks to the instruction of my mom-in-law who cracked the Edison code and passed it on to me.
 That little face though...
 Seriously, the cutest little peanut!

 After a few weeks of not entering the 'no go' zone in our home, I walked in to find these tasty little trails in the filth. Jordan had just sprayed the house and it looks like a few cockroaches were suffering from the effects.
 Our toilet was leaking and we started seeing more roaches again. Sigh. I even had one crawl on my leg and lost it like never before. Finally almost two weeks ago we got it fixed and we haven't seen any since. It feels weird and I still search every morning and can't believe I haven't seen one for almost two weeks.
Mr. Blue Eyes!

 So Oliver had a little "cold" and after two days was fine. Two days after that he woke up and couldn't walk. I thought his feet had fallen asleep because he slept weird. I went about that days chores and used a little bribing to get the grocery shopping done. I knew there was actually something wrong when even the bribing wasn't working and he was literally holding onto the cart to be able to walk. I called the pediatrician's office, dropped the baby off at grandma's and took him in. They couldn't figure it out and sent us to the ER. Yay. They determined he had some virus that caused inflammation in his calf muscles, did blood-work to confirm, gave him and IV of fluids and ibuprofen and sent us on our way. It was called an acute myositis. Ollie thought his IV was Spiderman powers and would point at the hospital staff like this...
 and say "pew pew pew." {Shooting webs at them}
 That night he woke up with croup. Joy. So the next morning I took him back to the doctor's office. He still couldn't walk and hobbled into the office. Because of the croup they gave him a steroid and as soon as he drank that he was able to walk out of there and has been fine since. 
 He actually fell asleep in the car - that never ever happens.
 I took him this week to get blood-work done again this week and the things that were abnormal were normal, so we're all good.
 This photo shoot had every emotion...smiling one second and pouting the next. So cute!

 Oliver was sick so we missed some of the festivities of Audrey getting adopted and sealed to her forever family. She had her baby blessing to conclude the weeks long festivities and Ollie felt better so we got in our Sunday best and I managed to snap the most adorable photo of my sweet boys...
 I love them all so much!

 Loves that play mat!
 "Mom, are we the cutest?! Take a picture!"

 Oliver started his second year of Preschool! Since his birthday is in July, I decided to hold on to him one more year and let him enjoy another year of fun school.

 "Mom, hold on, I gotta chase these birds away!"

After his first awesome day at Miss Sally's...
House problems, Jordan fixing the bathroom every free evening/chance he has, trips to doctors, sicks kids, newborn baby schedules, family events, bills, school starting, & just everyday life had us like...
So I begged Jordan to play hooky, use a vacay day so we could ditch this cutey and take Ollie for a fun day after we picked him up from school. {We also missed out on Labor Day because Jordan worked on the stupid bathroom all stinking day.}
We took him to Fat Cats.
It was amazing!
We so needed it!
Ollie won the jackpot!
 We bowled. Oliver won. Seriously.

 And because he won the jackpot, he made out of there with legit fun toys.
 Got ice cream after and then dropped him off at this crazy girls house...
 He said it was the best day ever. It really was a great day.
Chubby bubby loves his baths...
 and his play mat. Have I already mentioned that?
 I made pizza one Sunday. Oliver was sick for two Sundays and then baby sunshine got sick. I ate lots of pizza to medicate.
 Tummy time concentration!
 Much better - on his back!
 His hair curls on its own. He sleeps all day, all night and his hair is still the same. Stays curled and perfect. He's adorable.

 Also LOVES sucking on his fist.
 If life could slow down a little or at least chill its boots, this mama would appreciate it.
In the very least, no more trips to the ER - PLEASE!!