Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Behind Again!

Wow, where in the world did January go? Since it's been a while, let me go all the way back to mid-January when we celebrated Reed's two year heart birthday on Jan. 19th. What a blessed day! The boys enjoyed some cupcakes but had no idea what for:-) That day always brings back a flood of emotions but mostly joy. We definitely spend part of our day praying for the family who has a totally different flood of emotions for January 19th. I still pray that the donor family will one day choose to meet us but totally understand if they don't!
Braden was all about destroying the cupcake but really had no desire to eat it! January was a good month but the boys are really ready for some warmer weather so they can go outside and play.

The boys are so much fun these days. Their language is really developing and their little "conversations" are so cute with each other! Braden can put sentences together a little bit better than Reed right now but classic Reed style, he will "catch up" usually a month or so later than Braden.
They love to sing songs, especially the ones they have learned in children's worship like "I'm in the Lord's Army." They still love anything that has to do with tractors, amimals, or trucks. I think we might hae some future farmers on our hands:-)
Kylie is now 10 months old and doing great. She is still just the best little thing but definitely has a personality that can be strong at times. She is all over the house crawling 90 to nothing and now will let go and stand on her own without help. Oh how I cannot wait for the walking days to begin. I am not wishing anything away but I do not really like the crawling stage.
She makes some of the funniest expressions and lets you know if she doesn't get her way. She can hang with the boys pretty good and is going to give them a run for their money when she gets bigger.
We celebrated Ryan's 30th birthday January 29th and went on a little weekend trip without the kids. We had a great time! He is a great dad to our kids and they love when they hear the door beep when daddy gets home from work. If Ryan is gone to work, the boys think that he is either working, working out or hunting with Zach:-) I am so thankful for how much Ryan helps with the kids when he gets home and how he can handle all three on his own with no problems...for the most part:-)
This past week, we took the three kiddos to visit Grandpa and Granny Carol in Pensacola, Florida. This was a great time to make the 6.5 hour trip because Reed had scheduled eye surgery the following Wednesday in Mobile, AL which is only 1 hour from Ryan's parents' house.
Reed has strabismus, also known as lazy eye, which was only noticable at times. You could really see his eyes cross when he was tired, sick or looking down. The surgery took about 1.5 hours and it involved going in and cutting and tightening the eye muscles. He did well but was in a bit of pain following the surgery.
I wish that I had some pictures to document our trip home from Mobile, AL. We left there around 11 am and didn't get home until 8:30pm. I will try to make this as short as possible:
Reed rode in the back of the car by himself so Braden wouldn't bother him or his eyes. Poor thing just wanted to be held but I obviously couldn't do that. We stopped for lunch around 1:00 and decided that we would drive as far as we could until we had to stop. Well, not a great decision considering that a snow storm was coming Nashville's direction! We got 40 miniutes from of our house when the snow started falling around 6 pm(we had not stopped since lunch). It took us 2.5 more hours to get home. For about 1.5 hours of that, all 3 kids were crying wanting out, hungry or just wanting to be held. I was doing everything in my power to entertain them but was not very successful. While this is going on, Ryan is dealing with driving on dangerous roads that is stressing me out to the max. BUT, we made it home safely and the kids survived. They were soaked from sitting in their carseats for 7.5 hours without getting out:-( Memories!!!
Kylie loved the spinning top and she really loved Granny Carol's dogs. Ryan says that we won't be getting a dog, but I am making it known that in the future when this little girl comes to her dadyy and says"I want a puppy," he will give in for sure!!!
Braden was feeding the stuffed dog some of the dog food and water! This is typical of the boys in the morning or right before bed. They love to drink their milk together and watch Sesame or Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
One good thing about being in Florida was the warmer weather. We enjoyed playing outside with the kids and Cousin Colin!
Reed and Colin playing some football
Kylie just cheering the boys on!
Grandpa playing chase with Braden. What a cute picture!
Do you think that Braden is up for holding his daddy's hand?! She already has him wrapped so tight!!!!

We had a great time but I think if Reed has to do a follow up surgery in the future I will just fly with him by myself!!!


emily said...

love your update!! the kids are absolutely precious! wow...they are growing up!

Sheena White said...

Good pictures! So glad we got to see yall and hangout, but I totally understand ;>) Love yall!

carol said...

Super pics. Had fun love grannie