Friday, July 26, 2013

Drama Drama

Well, little miss Hazel sure keeps us on our toes. Our sweet little girl just turned three. I think her birthday is always going to be hard for us. We miss Lucy and we wish she was here to spoil too.

Luckily her birthday fell on a Saturday and her dad was able to be home with us (he only gets one day off a week.) We ate breakfast at the cafe in town, walked around and went to the farmers market. Then we went and saw Monsters Inc. 2. The kids love going to movies. We had an awesome storm that day but luckily it cleared up enough to let balloons go for Lucy.

We missed being with family and going to the cemetery but I think she was with us anyway. Hazel has been talking about Lucy a lot lately. We were in the car tonight and she randomly started saying, "goodnight Lucy, goodnight Lucy." She'll talk about how her and Lucy are the same. We watched the parent trap (the old school version) and she was glued. It reminded me of how Lucy would get while watching Mary Poppins when she was in the hospital.
Today I took Hazel and Ivy to the doctor for well child visits. The kids were super excited to go because they thought they were going to see their dad. Oops. He actually does work at the clinic we went to but not today.
Well everything went pretty well except the doctor noticed Hazel had a murmur. I was a little concerned since no one has ever heard a murmur before. She brought in the attending and he listened too. He told us he wanted an EKG and called cardiology to see what they thought we should do. With our family history they think she needs to go in. I'm actually feeling a little relieved we're getting her looked at. I'm always worried there might be something wrong with her heart and she's never really had it looked at. Hazel passes out sometimes when she cries and it always makes me a little nervous it could be heart related. Cardiology she call next week and hopefully we'll get this looked at soon.

Luckily though, she loved all the attention.

Thursday, July 11, 2013


Ivy's diapers are way too small. The last time I did this baby thing I had two babies to buy diapers for. So I overestimated how many size 2 diapers I'd need. They're too expensive to just get rid of, so poor Ivy has been wearing ity bity diapers for awhile now. This makes for way too many blow outs. Gross. I'm so excited to finally get through this Costco box. Yeah for size three! I have so many naked pictures of Ivy because of blow outs. Disgusting.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

4th of July

I have always loved the 4th of July. This year my parents came and we were so happy to have them here. In rained buckets and did not feel like a holiday at all. Chuck had to work. Of course. The parade was canceled and would have gone right by our house. Too bad. I bought a pack of "fireworks" at the grocery store. Apparently real fireworks aren't legal here in Ohio. All they did was smoke! It was the strangest thing. Luckily the kids didn't know any different and thought they were pretty great. The adults just laughed at the lame smoke.

This was out grand finale. We pulled out the sparklers.

My parents both thought the fireflies made for a better show than our "fireworks." I'd have to agree.

Happy 4th of July!

Monday, July 1, 2013


Did I ever mention Hazel cut her own hair recently?

I could EAT HER!

Chuck made our kitchen island . Totally doubted him. Sorry Hun.

Went to the outlets to buy Jack new church clothes. Hazel got to try them on first since she peed her pants. Worst part was she kept lifting up the shirt and flashing everybody. Oops.

He's a dog of course.

Me all day long: GET OUT OF HER FACE!!!!

Chuck built us a dining room table too. Totally doubted him again. Sorry Hun!


Chuck begins his first day of residency today. He's going to be working in the NICU. I think it's going to be difficult for him at first. Being around sick children will bring back painful memories. I don't envy him. I know the hard work hasn't really begun yet for Chuck but I think he's going to love it. Pediatrics was definitely the right choice for his personality. I can't imagine him doing anything else.

Jack woke up before the other kids today. We had a nice little talk together before his sisters were up. We discussed homonyms. I had to google it. I forgot what they were called. He came up with, bye and buy all by himself. I can't believe how this kid's mind works sometime. This boy is quite exhausting. He simply cannot get enough attention. We had people over last night and he would not stop talking. Poor kid. My parents are coming this week and hopefully they'll smother him with affection.

I still think Ivy is pure joy. I adore her. She is for the most part just easy and fun. She sometimes gets fussy at nights but usually not. She has slept through the night twice now and rolled over once. She loves chewing her fingers and looking at mirrors. I joke that she is so smiley that she smiles even when crying. The other day we were a store and she smiled for 10 minutes straight. I couldn't help but laugh. People must have thought I was nuts.

Hazel is so fun to watch play. I love little girls! A few days ago she told me she was hungry and asked if she could go outside to eat. She wanted to pick berries. This yard is a dream come true for her. She loves picking flowers and now berries. We have raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, currents and strawberries. We've also harvested 2 jalapeƱos. Very exciting.

I find myself slipping into a depressed mood when I'm alone for very long. I find that as I keep my thoughts Christ centered I'm happier. Nothing can compensate for having a relationship with our Savior. I fail miserably as a mother. I'm easily frustrated and too quick to criticize. They really are my best examples of what it means to be a disciple of Christ. They love others. They forgive quickly. They don't judge others and at least Jack, prays for his neighbors. I need to be more loving with them and follow their examples.