Friday, October 20, 2017

Tuba surgery



Look at this sweet pic of Tuba. He is saying smell the flowers. I love that about him. His gentle innocence reminds us to slow down and take time to smell the flowers. 

Last spring he began having lots of seizures again. We instantly took him in and sure enough the darn  VNS battery had died. They scheduled surgery right away and got the unit replaced. 

Cam stayed home with the kids and I took Tuba into the city for surgery. He was NOT thrilled to be in the car before sun up heading to the hospital. He wasn't sure what was up but has experienced this enough to know it wasn't going to be fun. 

He was so nice and cooperative and charmed all of the hospital staff. And even held my hand. 


He was pretty sleepy after surgery. The amazing staff let me meet him in phase one recovery so he wouldn't be scared. He slept and bit and as soon as he woke up he spent some time playing on his iPad. 


Once home he was happy, happy, happy to eat! 


It took him a couple of days to get back to normal. So he laid around and snuggled on the sofa. 


And thankfully the seizures subsided after about a month. 


I'm back.....

I'm back....and I'm so very far behind. I have contemplated giving up and closing this blog. But, I feel like It's a place to document my kids and our family so I'm going to attempt to keep going. 

The next several....dozen....posts will be the biggest hodge lodge ever. It's been almost half a year since I've posted. I take tons of photos so at least I can look back at them to decide where to begin. 

Here goes. Hold on tight....

Last spring Tuba attended his prom. He is so handsome and he LOVES to go. His favorite thing is fancy shoes..and hair. 


And he loves to dance! 


I adore this pic!! My then 13 yr. old holding my hand on a family outing day. Oh...and my hair. I have since chopped it off. This pic makes me miss my long hair. I don't miss the extra 22 lbs. I have lost since this pic though. Yeah for that. 


I'm so proud of Mr. P and his grades. This was taken at the honor roll breakfast. And...the photo is now so old you won't believe how much older he looks now. Whoa!


Okay...a random Kairos moment right in the middle of my post. Seriously though...look at those clouds. 


The other day as I was driving, dropping off, picking up and driving more kids to sports I had a thought, "what hobbies would I have if I wasn't doing all this sports driving, watching, cheering". Hmmmmm.....honestly I don't know. I love my life. But, it's a lot of driving. I said to my friend the other day that I don't think I really thought through the five kids AND sports thing. She replied, "no, I don't think you did". HAAA!! I love a friend like that. Honesty and funny.

Mr. P played basketball for three different teams from Nov. - June. Whew!! It was super fun and his skill set exploded. We are starting back up again now. Can't wait! 


Any chance we get to spend together as a family is what we like to do. I know it won't always be easy for the seven of us to gather so I'm holding on to it now. 


Oh how I love our dogs. They bring so much joy and snuggles to our life. 








Another spring outing with the fam. I love this pic. A fun day spent in the city over spring break. 



Monday, May 22, 2017

More of Moses

More Moses coming up. He celebrated his 11th birthday! 


For his party he invited 5 buddies over and I took them to a trampoline park to bounce and play. Riding in the van with these boys was so fun. Their conversations crack me up! Rousing renditions of "would you rather". 


At home they dined on pizza and cake and had a video game sleep over. 


Magical 11!


Our family celebrated with dinner out. It was a nice evening of chatting and sharing with one another  me looking at my family while they all stared at giant TV screens. I HATE TV in restaurants. Actually I HATE TV....and especially in a restaurant.


After dinner we had a nice 5 minute walk at the park. It was brisk so everyone ran for the van. 


Moses saved up years of Amazon gift cards and bought an electric drum set. He loves it! He's taking lessons and no surprise his teacher says he's a natural. 

Happy Birthday sweet 11 Moses. You are bright and tenacious and kind and helpful. Did I mention helpful?! Really, you are my go to person any time I need help finding something, fixing something, or figuring something out. I appreciate you! You are organized and always ready to go on time. You are well loved by your teacher and your coaches. And of course by all of us. You are the perfect middle to our family. And....congratulations on making the select soccer team!!! You rock! Can't wait to watch you GO!! 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Moses Catch Up

Moses is in his last year of elementary school. It's going fast with a jam packed end of the year. Upcoming overnight camp, musical, and bridging ceremony. 


It's all soccer for this kid. He played two sessions of indoor and is currently trying out for a select team. He's really good and he loves it! 

Moses and Mr. P are good friends and spend a lot of time hanging out together. Lately they sit and listen to music together. 


This kid loves cool sunglasses and hip hair. He is always dressed well in his finest sporty clothes.


He's famous for pulling these goofy faces. 


He won an award at school for "cooperation". Truly he is a very cooperative young man. It was nice to see him recognized for this quality. 


Friday, May 5, 2017

Weigh In

Okay friends! It's been two weeks of Weight Watchers. AND I've been working out like a MANIAC!!

My weight is down 6 lbs.!!! Yeah!! My fat pants feel better but unfortunately my skinny pants still do not fit. Ugh!! I get very impatient. Like on day 3 of WW I started freaking out that I wasn't losing any weight...that my pants didn't fit....that I couldn't rock a bikini. I know, irrational. Cam talked me down from the ledge.


I'm feeling good now. It takes at least a week for my body to adjust and detox sugar for the mad cravings to subside. Instead of thinking about cupcakes every 2 seconds I now only think about them about 2 times an hour. Sigh.

Okay, so one of my kids asked me if I can run. Before I could answer Cam says, "yes she can but she just doesn't". Well I'll be......

Hmpf!!!!

So, I pondered that for a bit. And then I got busy cranking up my cardio. It's not running....cause I hate running and it does hurt my knee.....CAM! But I've been doing these workout my SIL told me about call Fitnessblender.com. I do a 30-40 minute HIIT workout which is High Intensity Interval Training. Whoosh! Can you say sweat?! I've also done some of the ab workouts. Oofda!


Even Cam is impressed with my workouts. That says A LOT. He's even afraid I'll get injured. Actually my knee is hurting so I'm doing some of the low impact workouts. They are amazingly hard even without jumping around.

In all I'm feeling good and on my way to being fit. I've got a whole closet of fun clothes that will fit me soon. Bonus! A new (old) wardrobe!!

Just in case you didn't read it on FB. I sent Cam that pic of myself telling him that I just kicked my own hiney. Except I didn't have on my reading glasses (too steamy) and I had actually typed that I just licked my own hiney!! Dying!! Humor is getting me through. Lots more hiney licking kicking to come!!


Sis Catch Up

Sis played two sessions of indoor soccer and is now having a break from organized sports. She is looking forward to swimming in the summer. Lest you think she sits idle I'll tell you that she spends ALL her waking minutes at home cartwheeling and back bending around the house. She has been practicing how to do a backbend and then kick her feet back over to standing. She's getting really good! It's on my list to check out gymnastic class times for her.

This pic cracks me up! After her dental check up this is what she chose from the prize box. Ha!! 


Sis plays AG dolls all day (while cartwheeling). She adores her dolls. She watches youtube videos and makes her dolls all kinds of fun things like little cell phones, mini bags of cotton candy and furniture. 


And she gives her dolls green beards for St. Patrick's Day. 


Sis loves her daddy. 


And the beach! We love to visit our favorite island and look for hidden rocks. We always find some. We've now painted a bunch to take and hide for others to find. 


Sis has worked REALLY hard in school this year. She has made big gains in math and won an award today for it. You receive a golden pencil and get a scholar award certificate. Yeah for her! 

Other than dolls and gymnastics her other fave past time is singing....loudly...and longly. She sings it all from 80's rock to contemporary pop. By the end of the day we are all ready for her to sleep. :)



Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Kid Catch Up George

Since I haven't blogged regularly for so long I'll do a kid catch up. Starting with the baby George. He's no baby...that's for sure. He's WAY bigger than his sis and almost as big as Moses.
He is developing his political views...and they are strong. The picture is of a ripped up newspaper article about Trump....or Mr. Rump as George would prefer.




George is working towards his black belt in TKD. He is about half way there. His enthusiasm comes and goes but we are encouraging forcing him to finish since we spent a ton of cash on his sparring gear and black belt club. Once he is at class he likes it but getting him going is hard. 

George and Sis have always been great friends....my almost twins. But, this year George has moved towards wanting to do more with the big boys. He loves to be included with his brothers and dad. He plays more with neighborhood boys than his sis too. He likes to ride bikes, play swords or nerf guns or legos. 


George is an amazing reader. Ya gotta love a book worm. 


He has a zany side to him and has been exploring his sense of humor. He likes to read joke books and try them out on us. 


And he's tender hearted. He doesn't like it when kids are sad or are in trouble. He thinks about social justice a lot.

This pic is my beloved Uncle Larry. All my kids adore him. We recently got to have dinner with him. Such a joy. 


And he's serious too. He loves to hear Cam talk about the military. He reads a lot about it too. He had Cam teach him how properly salute.

The kids and I were at a basketball tournament near where Cam's dad is buried. I took the kids to see the grave. George was very serious....it was a military cemetery. 


I like to ask the kids periodically what they want to be when they grow up. George wants to be a nurse practitioner. Great choice! 

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