The verdict of the spend the night party was: success! I texted Peyton’s mom on Sunday asking if Caden wanted us to pick him up before our church service and he said, “I want to spend as much time as possible with my friends.” So glad he had a good time!
The verdict of night with Michael and Brittany was: success! We always love catching up with Michael, the kids adore him, and we all loved Brittany too.
A couple weeks ago JL had Dr. Seuss week. His teacher made it low key too. I’m a big fan of that. We had to send him in black for cat and the hat day. Mrs. Betty sewed all of their hats. Isn’t it cute? He had to wear green on green eggs and ham day. On “Oh The Places You Will Go” day he was supposed to dress up as what he wanted to be when he grew up, he chose a teacher…then a builder…then a teacher…then he was undecided. We went with wearing his CCPS shirt and jeans because “Mrs. Amy said teachers wear regular clothes.”
This little girl is growing so fast. She’s learning more and more words, it’s slow, but steady. She’s definitely making progress. We’ve had some issues with her complying in therapy and are trying to work through them. The last couple of weeks have been MUCH better, so hopefully we’re past the brunt of the therapy battle. We have an appointment for her to have a Sensory Integration Evaluation in April too. She shows signs of having sensory issues, so hopefully this will help us know how to treat them. She’s still loving school. She’s started telling them when she needs to go to the bathroom. She still doesn’t tell me at home, so hopefully she’ll start that soon. We’re working on oral motor skills like tongue movement and trying to pronounce things correctly. Like instead of “A-ee” saying “Amy” and being able to move her tongue from side to side and up and down. She’s making progress, so that’s great!
She’s pretty funny these days.
Caden is such a big boy now. He can read so well. I love how he can read pretty much anything I ask. That is very helpful!
He loves to write too. We were playing outside Sunday and the kids had been fantastic. They were playing in the pile of sand our neighbor was using to mortar his bricks in his backyard (we live next to a builder). Our neighbors were playing in the sand too, so no harm no foul for messing up the mortar sand. They got tired of that, so they started playing on old broken toys our neighbors are getting rid of. Currently they’re all piled in our empty lot between us. It looks like an episode of Sanford and Son, but has provided much entertainment until the dumpster hauls them away. Once they were tired of that they all decided they wanted Chad to drive them on the Razr. Everything was well and good until H’s foot got stuck on the gas and then I’m not really sure about the part between the beginning of the story and the end…I do know how it ends… they flipped 1 1/2 times and landed on the side. The boys were suspended in the air by their seat belts and Chad was thrown all around the Razr. H got a burn on his neck (as you can read in Caden’s letter). As soon as this happened my boys were emotionally FINE. They escaped completely unscratched…and not emotionally traumatized. I cannot say the same for Carrie and I. I kept looking at Jeb, who of course happened to not be home when the incident occurred (he was at a SS teacher meeting) and saying “It just flipped.” Which was a take off of “That dog just died” which is what we kept saying to each other after we went to visit friends for the first time ever and within 2 minutes of being there (and meeting their kids for the first time) their dog just died. Like dead as a door nail. For the next week we’d just look at each other and say, “That dog just died.” It was emotionally traumatizing. So, “it just flipped” was my catch phrase for a few days. And Jeb would say, you’re still thinking about that? Why yes, I am still thinking about what could have been and how I saw it all with my own eyes. We are all so very thankful they are all in one piece and still living life like little growing boys should. Here is the letter Caden wrote to his teacher IMMEDIATELY after it happened. (TRANSLATION: Yesterday we went on a ride but unluckily we fell over. When we fell over I was hanging by the seat belt. But luckily I didn’t get hurt. But my friend Harrison got a scrape on his neck and his dad got a dent in his leg and my brother didn’t get hurt. I think we should not do that again. I don’t know how it happened.)
This guy turned the big 3-2 on March 9. We had a fantastic weekend celebrating him! We started his birthday out at Waffle House, which was interesting with our 3 kids. I left feeling like I needed to bathe in sanitizer and then take a shower. After that Jeb played Skylanders with the kids and I cleaned up the house, which was fine with me. I didn’t realize it would happen this soon…the kids already know more about certain things than I do. Skylanders? I have no clue about. They were asking me questions in the car yesterday about which was the first water element, undead element, etc. they bought…I said I don’t know. JL said, just guess mom. I said, no, really I can’t even guess. I have NO idea. That’s something they do with Daddy. I just go with them to spend their money buying new Skylanders. Back to Jeb’s birthday, that night we went to Fleming’s with some of our best friends, The Yeagers, and had a blast as always. The food was wonderful as was the conversation. The guys always discuss new business opportunities and Jennifer and I discuss life and then throw in our 2 cents about the guys business plans.
I started this post a week or so ago…I feel pretty confident something new is going on, but I don’t know what it would be. Honestly, it’s been pretty quiet around here. Quiet is relative when you have 3 kids. Nothing out of the ordinary is going on. No kids are playing sports (amen). There’s nothing going on with PTO at school. Caden had a field trip last Friday to Sci-Quest, so EK stayed at school all day. That was a pretty big deal for her. We decided to stop going to our church for Sunday School and Daystar for Worship, we need to be committed to one church. Jeb’s medical practice is doing well. He’s seeing 65-75 patients a day. The restaurant I couldn’t remember from the last post was Urban Cookhouse. We’re selling the boys “Trash Pack.” The bidding is up to $91…for rubber trash type things. Crazy. Our dryer burns our clothes when you put too many clothes in it. After burning Pottery Barn sheets, one of Jeb’s favorite GAP non iron (so it’s my favorite too) shirts, and a few JCrew Shirts, we have decided we need a new dryer. You might think we should just put less clothes in, but no, we have a super capacity washing machine…we fill it to capacity…and then the dryer can’t handle it. I have someone cleaning the house weekly again instead of biweekly. It has been a God send. I can’t tell you how much it has lightened my load. I’m actually sitting right now while EK is at school…all the clothes have been folded put away and ironed (except for the ones in the washer/dryer right now because lets face it…it never REALLY ends), the beds have been made, the floor is swept, and the counters are clean of clutter…it’s a March 20th miracle. I haven’t made dinner though. I should probably think about doing that. My car’s pretty trashed though. Oh, and I need to buy EK eggs for her egg hunt. They were due today. Oh well, maybe someday I’ll have it all together. I guess that’s about all the random I can muster for one post.