Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Early birthday and pumpkin carving...

Grandma and Grandpa stopped by on Thursday to bring Nathan a present (before his party) and also brought over a TreatzaPizza...this picture is so cute...Grandma told Nathan to close his eyes and Evan covered his too.  Sooooo cute! 
 

Nathan was so excited to get his first remote control car...he has broken the antenna already...

Since Daddy is a gimp, I had to do all the pumpkin carving this year.  Dang, it is hard!  Nathan enjoyed scooping his out this year, and Evan was really into it, but he made a mess and gave up quickly.  Hey, I just realized you can see my new hair color in this pic!


Get those seeds out Nathan!






Clean him up Evan!

All done! 


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A Birthday Date With Nathan

Last week I had the week off...I did lots around the house, and got tons crossed of my list.  It was great.  One of the things that needed to be done was getting Nathan his 5 year pictures...something I make sure I do every birthday...so, he stayed home on Wednesday and we went and did pictures.  The girl was kind of snotty (big surprise, it was at Sears, but since I had a membership there the prices were quite reasonable)...but the pictures turned out good.  And man, what a difference a few years makes - Nathan was so easy compared to Evan, and I recall Evan being much easier than Nathan.  Whew!
 
After that we ran some errands -- everywhere we went people asked us why we were out and about and I told them it was Nathan's birthday tomorrow and he got all sorts of treats -- I decided to take him out to lunch.  I had a free kids meal coupon at Chile's so we drove over there and had a nice lunch.
 
I decided I really like the children's menu at Chile's...so many side options and choices...here is Nathan reading his menu...
 

He chose the corndog with cinnamon baked apples...the apples smelled really good...

After lunch they brought out a special birthday brownie for him!  As you can see, it was HUGE and free! 

I kept telling Nathan he didn't have to eat all of it, since I could tell he was kind of full, but he said, "But Mommy, it tastes so good!"


In the end, he managed, with a little of my help, to get that thing gone.  What a fun day!  I have to remember to do things like this with each of the kids every now and then when they get older...

Monday, October 29, 2012

Bonfire...last of the season...

Our friends invited us to a bonfire, or rather, to do a bonfire last weekend.  It was perfect weather Sunday night for it...the kids loved it.  We kept it simple, hotdogs, some chips, drinks, s'mores....


The pictures speak for themselves...


Our friends brought the boys hot apple cider...they really liked it!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Nathan's First "Friend" Birthday Party

Well, we invited all the kids from Nathan's class, and there were three of them there from class, and then his two cousins and five from another family/friends...so, 11 kids, 6 pizzas, one cake, a few adults, and Eagle's Nest make for a great day!
 
Here's Nathan with his cake the night before...

Nathan and cousin enjoying lunch!

The two birthday boys!

Most all of the kids...

Evan...man, this kid was running around like crazy...and had a blowout on top of everything else...got it all over his pants (and mommy's coat...not fun!)

Opening gifts...
 
The uneaten cake...a good pic!
 
I can hardly believe this boy is going to be 5!!
 
I would have taken pics of them playing, but I was running around with them while Daddy sat and chatted with his friends (most all he could do with his arm)...he watched from below later...I did get some video though...

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

a day at a friend's...

Last Sunday, family friends invited us over to give us some of their outside Christmas decorations.  We all took something - we ended up with a Gingerbread man, a reindeer, and a penguin.  If you want to see them, you'll have to drive by this Christmas!
 
Anyways, they are getting older and are starting to give away their stuff.  It's hard.  But, we all had a good time anyways...the kids ran around in the backyard with Uncle Kevin and honestly, they were all hilarious.
 
Here's me giving the racoon a taste of my beer...
 

Evan kept draggin' his poor puppy everywhere...

Look at Anna in this picture - hilarious!  Kevin was herding them along!

Then he started to spray around them...they were all laughing so hard.  Evan took a drink out of the bird bath....yes he did!  YUCK.

On another note, Nathan started a 6 week indoor soccer program a few weeks ago.  He is liking it --- its almost an hour long and definately wears him out...he gets kind of naughty and stops playing near the end...he also gets pretty frustrated when he cannot have the ball...

They practice holding the ball a lot...

I thought it was funny when he wore this...reminded me of gym class!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Pirates and dragons...

I think I have the cutest two!


You have to love Evan's tail!
 


Saturday, October 20, 2012

It's time to get back to bloggin'....

In September it started getting chilly so we had one last picnic at the park with friends...
 
 
McDonald's Happy Meals - the kids loved them...

Evan seems to be growing up so much faster than Nathan did.  Maybe its because he is #2, but I turn around and he is doing everything his big brother is....goodness!

In September I did have time to try out a pattern I had purchased awhile ago...boy, I have never made anything like this, and I hated it...


It turned out very cute, but I realized while making this that my sewing machine sucks and I am just not that interesting in sewing little purses...especially since I have boys.

I had promised Nathan all summer long that he could have a picnic on his picnic table under his swing set...well, summer was almost over so one night we went out and did that...it got cold so Evan wanted to go in after a few minutes...

The good part was that there were no bugs...





I was surprised, but my roses this year did amazing...I chopped one down to the ground, and left one standing, to see which one would fare better.  The one that got chopped to the ground did really nice...


Still full of blooms despite the dry, cold days...


A peaceful night at our house....

I live for moments like these...


That night Nathan was having a blast just playing with my fabric scraps...oh to be a kid again...

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A once in a lifetime *hopefully* experience...


I feel like it has been a year since I last blogged, but it hasn't even been three weeks...

The first weekend in October, 10 or 11 days ago, was quite the day. 

It started off normal...we got up and started doing things around the house, made breakfast, were having company over later so we were cleaning things and getting things out for dinner, we argued (about something piddly as couples often do) and discussed who was going to go to the store and which kids would go where and whatever.

I needed to return something to Kohl's, so Chris and I decided I would go and take Nathan and Evan could  hang out with him.  Chris thought if his parents stopped by he could maybe put the baseboard trim up quickly with his Dad there.  It shouldn't take too long he said. 

Nathan and I had a good morning -- we went to Menards and found the bathroom sink trim, then returned items to Kohl's and found some towels I was wanting, and I got him an ornament for Christmas (when he wasn't looking) and a few other things. 

He was being so good I asked if we could go look for a purse and some shirts for him at JCPenny since we were right there and he said yeah.  I told him I would take him to McDonald's afterwards.  I was excited - there were some good shirts there for him for winter and I found a purse that I liked (I have been debating if I should get an expensive purse...but I found one I really liked so I went with it).

When we left it was about 1pm - kind of late for lunch but we needed something before guests came over so I called home to see if Chris wanted me to get him something too. 

His Mom answered, and I was surprised...I was like, What the heck are you doing there?   The next thing I know she is telling me Christopher and Gary just left for the hospital - Chris had gotten his hand cut badly in the saw.  She told me to drive home safe.  So, that's what I did.  I drove home.

When I got home I talked to Gary and he didn't know anything yet, except that nothing was cut off and they thought he didn't hit anything major, but it was still bad.  Christopher didn't want me to come because of all the blood.  I went up to my bed and laid down and cried and prayed.  Then I got up and started packing the kids' things up for Grandmas.  I didn't know how long I'd be at the hospital. 

I went downstairs to put the cats away.  I glanced over towards the window with the saw sitting outside.  I could tell someone had already wiped the big spots of blood up -- then I looked at the actual saw and there were small pieces of Christopher's hand on it.  I don't know where I got the courage, but I wiped the tears away and went upstairs to pack everyone up and leave. 

On the way out the door I noticed Grandpa's shoes...apparently he ran out of the house so fast with Christopher he didn't even put on shoes.  It bothered me that it was that bad...all sorts of thoughts started racing through my mind...

I dropped the kids off at Grandma's and then drove to the hospital.  I think everything I have gone through in the past year with being sick and working on my anxiety has helped me...because for once I turned to people not to hear their consoling words or to ask for comfort, but I called friends and family and asked them to pray. 

And I know they did, because by the time I got to the hospital there was some good news - they didn't think anything major had been injured and that with surgery his hand would be fully functional again. 

When I walked into the ER room, Chris looked so sad...the nurses were cutting off his two favorite shirts (a tshirt he loved and a sweatshirt he loved) -- he said, "hon, my shirts!" and the nurses asked if I wanted the scraps to which I said, "no, they had stains in them anyways."  The nurses also knew I was no good with blood, so they immediately made me sit and told me when they were uncovering his hand so I wouldn't look.  I knew I couldn't look.  I was shaking internally, if that makes any sense. 

The rest I won't detail out...he went into surgery, the surgeon was pretty much all business, but I was just thankful it went well.   We found out Chris had hidden vocal chords so the aesthetist went on about that for awhile, but it went okay and oddly enough, he was sent home around 8pm. 

He was in a lot of pain the first few days...but by Wednesday last week had weaned himself off most of it and just took some ibuprofen when it got bad.  Some of the stitches came out today...but he will have a brace on for another two weeks and then it sounds like a few months of physical therapy.  His hand looks swollen and sore and sad. 

I am still relieved and concerned at the same time - any mother knows the feeling.

My friend Karla sent me a book in the mail three weeks ago.  It is called "The Hiding Place" and was about this woman's experience in Holland during the Holocaust.  It was an awful, wonderful book.  It was about faith and trusting God in all times and in all moments giving thanks for whatever situation you are in.  After I read it, I was inspired by this woman and mad at the same time that the world sucked so much. 

But, in the book I mentioned above, one of the things the author said was that God gives you the strength to get through any situation, but only at the moment you need it.  I now realize that the reason God had Karla send me that book three weeks ago was so I could realize that - because I have now experienced it. 

I don't know how I got through that day, or for that matter, any day last week. Somehow, I worked over 70 hours from Monday to Saturday (because the deadline was yesterday), working odd hours and staying up on my comptuer until midnight, took care of Christopher, the kids, the cats, the house, my clients, and I think, myself.  I didn't do it alone, mind you, there were people that helped me and offered to help, but I did a lot more than I ever thought I could.  God's grace.

I am now finding that I am tired, and Christopher is ancy to heal and get back to normal as well, and my temper is short with everyone...but its just one of those things that happened and you don't know why.  Christopher cannot remember how it happened either.  He is missing his hunting trips this fall and is bummed.  There will be other trips, we understand that, but something like this makes you realize how fragile everything is...