Friday, May 5, 2017

Will's Five Year Well Check

Yesterday, it was time for Will's annual check-up. Am I the only mom that continues these? Do I need to continue these or am I ridiculous? I LOVE going to the doctor for well-checks. I'm such a dork. I like to know how much they've grown, how they compare, and what they should be doing. As always, Will was a super-healthy kid!

We started our check-up with a height and weight check. He is a BIG kid. He weighed in at 48 pounds (83rd percentile) and is 3 feet, 10.5 inches (94th percentile). Here's James 5 year well check post, but he was 44 pounds and 44 inches at his, so Will is a good bit bigger. (We already knew that. James wears size 7 and Will is pretty firmly into the size 6s. We move everything from James' side of the closet to Will's side when James outgrows things and they CAN wear the same clothes if push comes to shove.)

He passed all of his quiz questions with flying colors! (What number do you call in an emergency? What do you do if someone knocks on the door and your mama is in the shower? Etc.) He also impressed her with his healthy eating habits (aside from being a sugaraholic, he eats VERY healthy...fruit instead of fries at CFA, for instance). 

She did mention his speech issues (first time it's come up at the doctor's office) and we told her he'd been seeing a speech therapist for a year. She mentioned that he's tongue-tied so that's something we're looking into. Our speech therapist told me this mooring that if she's willing to fix it, that it's certainly something that can't hurt (except that it hurts....ha!), but it isn't something that's preventing him from progressing.

We also talked about Mr. Will's bruise from his bat-to-the-head accident a few weeks ago. The black eyes are gone, but he still has a very large knot that remains bruised and is hard (it was soft and felt full of fluid). She wanted to hear the whole story about what happened and then said he was fine, BUT that it's a calcium deposit and it could take MONTHS for it to break up and dissolve. Thankfully, it's pretty much hidden behind his bangs, it doesn't hurt, and it will go away eventually.

Other than that, we chatted about Disney World with our like-minded pediatrician (they go as often as we do!) and she sent us on our merry little way!

Happy, healthy, and growing great!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Summer 2017 List!

It's almost summer!!! Can you taste it? I'm going to be a part-time-working mama this summer {with a baby-sitter and everything!}, but we're planning some BIG fun at our house this year. This is our last summer before "real" school starts for Will, and we are going to make the most of it! The boys are already signed up for tennis camp, VBS, and we have TWO trips planned already. I can't wait to share all of our fun with you here and on Instagram. I hope you'll follow along. And if you make your OWN summer lists, I would LOVE to see them! Every year when I make these I Google and look on Pinterest for really awesome ideas so I'd love to see yours, too!

We complete ours from May 1st to September 1st to give ourselves a little more time {and since it's so darn hot half the year, I figure summer is longer than what the calendar says!}

See our older lists:

Friday, April 21, 2017

Talk to Me, Goose {Egg!}

Will, Eddie, and I started watching Top Gun tonight {PG rating, my foot!} and he kept saying, "Talk to me, Goose!" Lol! I kept thinking "Egg!" every time he said it.

We've had QUITE a week around here. This is a LIVE update {most of mine have been weeks late recently}. If you follow along on Instagram, you've probably already seen all of these pictures, but they're just too good not to share.

On Monday night right after baseball practice, James was practicing hitting and Will walked up behind him and got nailed in the forehead. The whole thing unfolded in such a weird way. I had supper in the crockpot and Eddie was supposed to call on his way home so that I could put rice on and everything would be ready right after they arrived. I saw them pull up and jumped up to turn on the rice. I looked out our kitchen window and saw Eddie carrying Will in and my first thought was, "DO NOT BE SICK." Lol. If you know me, you're not surprised. #germaphobe

When Eddie came walking in and said, "Will had a tough time at baseball." I looked up about that time and Will lifted his head off of Eddie's shoulder and I saw THE BIGGEST goose egg I had ever, EVER seen. Seriously. It was more like an ostrich egg. The first thing out of my mouth was, "Let's go to the ER!" Eddie said he didn't think that we needed to do that so I said, "CALL MARK." One of our neighbors is a pediatrician and his wife is a pediatric nurse practitioner, so we headed to their house just to find out whether we needed to seek treatment or not.

Our FAVORITE neighbors concurred with Eddie that he did not, in fact, need to go to the ER. We all discussed the fact that he was a lucky little boy that the hit didn't occur on his eye, nose, or temple. That would've been devastating. They told us to wake him up every 3 hours all night and if we couldn't get him to wake up OR he vomited, to take him to the ER then. Thankfully, that never happened and with a little Motrin he slept great all night long.

We were warned that he would blacken underneath both eyes, and it has been SO crazy weird to watch it unfold all week long. Below you'll find the progression. Thankfully he hasn't ever seemed to hurt. The worst has been that he HATES attention from other people and so he has been completely embarrassed by all of it. James would've eaten it up.

Top row, left to right: 30 minutes after (Monday), 12 hours after (Tuesday), 24 hours after (Tuesday)
Bottom row, left to right: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Hopefully, we've learned a lesson about swinging bats and walking behind people when they swing, but who knows. These boys are giving me gray hair with a quickness!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Force, Indiana, Muppets, and Moana!

On our quick, end-of-spring-break trip to Disney, we started with a day at Animal Kingdom and wrapped it up with a day at Hollywood Studios. We hadn't been to Hollywood Studios since 2015 and we were less than impressed way back then. Well. I am here to eat crow because we had the best time at HS in March! I don't think it was anything other than James has finally decided that Star Wars might be worth his time now. Back in 2015 he flat out refused to acknowledge it as a thing so we avoided all things Star Wars. If you have a Star Wars fan, Hollywood Studios is your park!

We started out with a stop off at Star Wars Launch Bay to meet a few characters. We met some Jawas right when we entered. {Side note: Eddie and I didn't grow up Star Wars fans so we had to google a few of the characters to know who they were. We're learning...slowly.} Next, we hopped in line for Chewbacca and LOVED meeting him. He was a seriously sweet meet and greet!

Followed by a seriously WEIRD meet and greet with Kylo Ren. I'm so glad everyone had told us what to expect with him because we would've been taken by surprise. HE DOES NOT INTERACT WITH YOU. We literally walked in and he turned and walked across the room away from us. We got set up for the picture, he came back and stood where he is, they snapped a picture, and he walked away again. I've heard stories that he will walk away from children who try to hug him (and leave them crying!). The boys got that it was his character, but it was still a weird, weird meet and greet!

The boys got signed up for Jedi Training early in the day {go AS SOON AS you arrive at Hollywood Studios! Sign up is right before you get to Indiana Jones} and it was one of the most fun parts of the day. The kids get all lined up, robed, and walk over to the Star Wars Jedi Training "facility" where they learn what it takes to be a jedi and learn several moves. THEN, Darth Vader and the Inquisitor come out to fight the newly trained jedis. James LOVED this and even Will enjoyed it! It's part of a show that you can watch, but they have to be signed up to participate and not many kids will be accepted each day. {Hint: There's a photo pass photographer to take all of your pictures here!}

We also met a few other fun favorites...

{Buzz AND Woody! Woody was a new character for us!}

Moana was SO NICE. She told the boys that they didn't need to be worried about meeting her because she's technically not a princess. Lol! Will decided he'd take a picture with her after that!

And, as always, Indiana remains our favorite Disney meet and greet. Eddie chatted with him after and he said he'd been working on the Indiana Jones stunt show for 10 years! And Marion {well, the lady who played her} had been there for 3. We LOVE this show.

We did a few new things this trip: Star Tours is the 3D Star Wars ride and the boys were SO excited to ride it. I haaaaate 3D simulation, but I rode without the glasses and I was just fine. No headache, no nausea! Woot! We also did the Muppet Show this time and Will, who hadn't ever seen much from the Muppets before, thought they were HILARIOUS! I need to find him a movie! He'd love it!

This was a SUPER fun day. So much so that we didn't even leave HS until almost 7pm to drive home. Whoops!

My faith in Hollywood Studios was reaffirmed this trip. And let me tell you something...Once Toy Story and Star Wars Lands open, it is going to be THE place to be for bigger kids!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Everest, Safaris, and Dinosaurs!

Several weeks ago, we planned another quick overnight trip to Orlando for the second half of our Spring Break. Eddie planned to take a day off of work so that we could come back on Saturday instead of getting in town and immediately having to be back in "school night" mode. Thankfully, none of the rest of us got the crazy hand, foot, and mouth disease that he had at the beginning of the week so we were good to go when Friday rolled around.

On Thursday night we were out to eat with the boys and we asked them what they wanted to do for the last weekend of Spring Break. A few ideas were tossed out and James said, "I wish we could go to Disney World." Will agreed and they both lamented the fact that we weren't going. HA. HAHAHAHA! Their parents are stealthy.

Friday morning we woke them up and told them that Eddie had a meeting and we were going to drive him to it so that he could work on the way. We were going to get in the car and Will noticed a stroller in the back. He looked at me and said, "There's a stroller in the car. We're going to Disney World. Are we going to Disney World?!" I shushed him and told him not to say anything to James. James got in the car and Will IMMEDIATELY said, "WE'RE GOING TO DISNEY WORLD! THERE'S A STROLLER IN THE BACK!!!!" Hello? Can you not keep a secret for even five minutes? So, our cover was blown and we didn't get the cool surprise like we expected. Oh well!

We went to Animal Kingdom on Friday and arrived around 12:30pm. We got in and headed straight over to Restaurantosaurus to eat lunch. James has decided that he's "too old" for a kids' menu anywhere (!!!) so he has fought and fought about ordering off an adult menu. Typically, it's not a big deal. At Disney World, it's EXPENSIVE. I talked him into splitting an adult meal with me and thankfully, he was happy with that solution. He and I shared the bacon cheeseburger and fries, Eddie got his own bacon cheeseburger and fries, and Will opted for the kids' cheeseburger, apples, and squeezy fruit. We all really enjoyed this restaurant (we LOVE Flame Tree Barbecue so this isn't our favorite quick-serve) and liked it's theming as well. Will's kids' meal came in a bucket (because it was a dinosaur dig-themed restaurant). He was THRILLED with this. It will probably make it his favorite restaurant now.

After lunch we headed back out and went over to the rides in Dinoland U.S.A. We normally avoid this area because I just don't enjoy the theming here, particularly, but the boys spotted the rides so we went over. Will wasn't tall enough for Primeval Whirl and we weren't going to let half of us get left behind on our first ride, so we all went on TriceraTops Spin instead. 

We tried to ride Dinosaur after that but it was down so we left Dinoland U.S.A. altogether and went into It's Tough to Be a Bug instead. The boys didn't remember this one and thought it was fun. It's loud and the effects can be a lot and Will tends to be a little bit scared of dark and loud rides/shows, but he did ok in this one. 

We did one Wilderness Explorer station after Bugs' Life. (If you're headed with kids 5-12 to Disney, make sure you look into Wilderness Explorers at Animal Kingdom. It's a fun, FREE activity for kids and it has kept us busy for TWO trips already and we still aren't done! I'll share more in another post.)

Next, we headed out to Rafiki's Planet Watch. There were six Wilderness Explorer activities out there to participate in, we learned about animal POOP, we met three characters, and we petted some animals. It was a fun, full experience. We got so tickled hearing about the animal poop. They had real, preserved pieces of poop for kids to match to animals and then the guides (poop experts?) told us how they can tell from poop what the animals eat, whether it was a male or female that pooped (we didn't learn how to tell...just that they could), and that they use poop to determine animals stress levels and take the animals off exhibit when they show signs of stress. We met Doc McStuffins and Rafiki (and MOM FAIL...I left their autograph books in the stroller) and were making pressed pennies when a Cast Member came up and asked us if the boys like Tarzan. Ummm...yes. He told us to wait and he'd be coming out the door beside us. Then, when he did come out, he asked Tarzan to teach the boys to walk like a gorilla. So fun! Tarzan is Will's favorite but they both get SO shy around characters and won't really interact with them. This one was fun! Finally, we hit the petting zoo before heading back to Africa.

Next, we had a fast pass for all four of us on EVEREST. This one was a stretch. James rode when he was six but this is the first time Will has been tall enough to ride. We talked it up BIG, but Will wasn't having it. We promised him ice cream after, etc. Nope. No way. Finally, we decided we'd just let James ride twice so he and I started toward the ride and Will said, "FINE. I'll go." He was still nervous so we stopped and talked to a Cast Member about it and she asked why he was nervous. He said, "Because it's dark, fast, and it goes backwards." She said it didn't go any faster than a car and to just pretend he was riding in a convertible. She was super sweet. So, we headed on. He started to cry a little as we got closer to the front of the line, but we pumped him up and I looked up how long it lasted - 3 minutes. By the time we got on, he was still nervous but not crying. He and I rode together and he was fine until the tracks ended and we went backwards. But, he DID IT!!!! He was proud of himself, James was proud of himself, and we were proud of both of them. We immediately bought Mickey ice cream sandwiches for both of the boys and got ourselves soft serve. Mmmm. It was a good prize for everyone.

Next up? Lion King fix! Y'all know we love this show! Will (and Eddie) wants to be a Tumble Monkey when he grows up.

After Lion King we had a Safari fast pass, but it wasn't dark yet and we wanted to do the night one. So we stood in line for the Safari and then we turned around and rode again. We had GREAT guides both times, but the second one CRACKED US UP. He said, "y'all" every other word which was hilarious, but the way he said things kept us laughing. As we turned a corner and saw the hippos, one jumped up out of the water and he said, "Oh my word, y'all! You didn't know you were getting a ride AND a show, did you?" Ha! The dark ride was fun, but if you cannot go first thing in the morning, go at DUSK. The animals had apparently just been fed and we saw more at one time than we'd ever seen before! And the baby elephant has grown!

Dinosaur was our last ride of the day and Will held up his white flag on this one, but not until we were almost on it. We did rider swap and I rode with James and then Eddie rode with James. It was perfect! James was very nervous on it (we've ridden a number of times but I think the more we've ridden something "scary" the easier it is for them to talk themselves out of something!). When he and I rode, we got our very own jeep all to ourselves!!!

As we left our second ride through the savannah, we realized that ALL the restaurants had closed. Oops! Big time fail. It was after 8pm and we hadn't fed our children supper. We decided to do our Dinosaur fast pass and then eat at the (overpriced and mediocre!) Rainforest Cafe at the entrance of the park.

{This is Will with "Mickey Ears."}

We finally made our way to our hotel room at around 10:30 pm. Whoops! Another late night at Disney World. We had a great time and were excited about Hollywood Studios on Saturday!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Spring Break!

Spring Break 2017! Growing up, I don't really remember going anywhere for Spring Break, but I get the itch as a grown up to do SOMETHING while I'm off with the boys, so I had a few things planned for our week. Best laid plans? Often go awry...

On Friday night, we took supper to our besties. Lori's daddy passed away two weeks ago and we fed them a few times to take the stress off of them. Eddie and I both went to deliver our part and we took the boys with us because they were so excited about playing with Charlie and John Michael. We got to visit, we got to laugh, and the boys got to play. Wins all around!

Since it was St. Patrick's Day, I had made a Shepherd's Pie, cabbage, and a Grasshopper Pie for us. We came home and ate a delicious meal and then, after showers and jammies, we watched the third Indiana Jones movie. We are some Steven Spielberg fans in our house. The boys and I LOVE most of his movies. It was a fun night!

Saturday morning we got up and Will and I headed outside to get some cleaning up done on our patio and screened porch while Eddie and James went to baseball practice. We had a million things to work on when the big boys got back - putting patio furniture together, putting new kid lockers together, and putting together a new deck box. We bought a TON of new things for our porch/patio last weekend and this weekend we were supposed to get it all put together. 

At lunch, Eddie said he wasn't hungry and then said he was exhausted from standing at baseball (huh? what?) and then said he was FREEZING. No bueno. That man is NEVER sick, but when he is, it hits HARD. This is the second weekend in a ROW that he ran a fever. In January, February, and March he often winds up working really late nights because of how busy they are and I think it just makes him really, super run-down. Poor guy climbed into the recliner and basically didn't move for the rest of the day. 

Sunday morning, I convinced him to get up and go to the ExpressCare because if he had the flu I wanted Tamiflu ALL AROUND. Ain't nobody got time fo dat! The consensus from the doctor's office was that he had a "flu-like virus." Well. The doctor told him that he may as well have the flu, but an anti-viral wasn't going to work. So he came home and laid in the bed all day on Sunday. The boys and I bummed around as well. I finally got up and took a shower to go to the grocery store to make Chicken Noodle Soup.

Monday morning we got off to a slow start since Eddie stayed home, but we did get up and moving and the boys and I headed to the library to check out some new books for Spring Break. James spent the majority of the afternoon in a tent on the porch reading and reading and reading and READING. He wanted the first Wimpy Kid book, but as we were leaving we bumped into my elementary school librarian who was there with her neighbors' children and she said for me to PRE-READ Wimpy Kid. Hmmm...Much to James' dismay, I agreed with her assessment that the book was full of too much pre-teen attitude so we are skipping it for now. Anyone else let their kids read it? What are your thoughts? We have a whole stack of books to read this week and as I write this (this particular part on Monday afternoon) he has already read two of the chapter books and three of the Berenstain Bears books. Good heavens. It's hard to keep up with him!

We were supposed to go to St. Simons for the day on Monday to visit Anna and Merritt, but we decided to postpone so that we don't share our germs with them. BIG bummer with two unhappy kids, but since Eddie's sickness came on SO quickly, I hated to drive over there and then wind up with a sick kid once we arrived, you know?

Both boys had baseball practice on Monday night so I single-mommed it over to the ball fields. It was easy, peasy because they were at roughly the same time. They overlapped 30 minutes so there was minimal entertaining either child alone. We met Eddie for supper at Barberitos after baseball for supper.

On Monday evening Eddie told me that he'd figured out what he had over the weekend and it was not a flu-like virus. Poor guy had blisters all over his hands and feet. The doctor he saw on Saturday told him his throat looked bad so the blisters are in his throat, too. Know what's fun? Getting Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease (a childhood illness) on your 40th birthday. Not. Oh goodness. It has been interesting. He's had blisters all over his hands and feet and in his throat. We called our pediatrician friends (because we thought they'd know being a disease kids most often get and all!) and they said he was good to go back into the real world 24 hours after his fever subsided, which was Sunday afternoon. SO. He's been back at it since Monday afternoon at work and t-balling since Tuesday evening. His hands look bad and his feet are SORE, but overall he seems ok. He is definitely not as energetic as he would normally be. He has come home Monday and Tuesday (I'm writing this part Wednesday morning) and promptly fallen asleep in the recliner.

Because of our crazy, weird illness, I've spent my time this week waiting for the other shoe to drop. The only plans we had were to go see Merritt and Anna, but I feel like we're "on hold" until we decide whether we're all safe. Eddie's fever and symptoms came on so quickly that I've been a little nervous to head out anywhere. We thought about going to see Beauty and the Beast in the next town (our theater is DISGUSTING so I like to drive to another theater), but their county CLOSED SCHOOL for the flu so I'm thinking that's not where we need to be. Lol! We have some plans on Friday, but it requires a good bit of walking so we're waiting to see if Eddie's poor blistered feet can stand it AND make sure that no one else comes down with the funk.

We had a birthday party for Eddie on Tuesday! It was just the four of us, but the boys enjoyed it. I'd been wracking my brain for something to give that man for his birthday and nothing seemed right. SO. Hopefully he'll find a new pair of boots he loves soon AND we'll get to head to Nashville at some point for a fun weekend. 

On Thursday morning we went BACK to the library to return our books from Monday and try to find some more challenging books for James. He read at least 10 chapter books from Monday to Wednesday. I cannot keep up with him! I LOVE that he loves to read and I am so thankful for the library because that would be a super expensive hobby if not for FREE books! Will had wanted to go to Storytime, but it's during our school time so we were able to go today. We started out the oldest ones there BY FAR, but then our besties walked in and all was right in the world! As luck would have it, Will's BFF (other Will!) came to story time, too! If you know them, you know that a little goes a LONG way, so right after story time was over I hustled my boys out and to the car! Ha! After about 30 minutes back home, Grandmama came to pick up the boys and they spent the afternoon with her!

I spent my free afternoon sitting in a chair watching Netflix. It was AMAZING. Spring Break isn't quite the same for a mom of small kiddos. That few hours was just what I needed.

Thursday evening I spent my time picking up around the house and PACKING. We planned several weeks ago to go out of town at the end of Spring Break. I'd been holding my breath waiting to see if we'd be able to actually go because of HFMD, but YAY! We did get to go! I'll post later about it, but we loaded up on Friday morning and headed to my favorite place! Two days at Disney World were just what we needed! Hahahahaha! We had a fun time and we packed a TON in in two days. On Friday we arrived at 12:30 at Animal Kingdom and we shut the park down and then on Saturday we went to Hollywood Studios from 9AM until 7PM. Wow. We were tired folks today!

School starts back tomorrow and I'm sad about that. It's nice to be able to go and do whatever we want whenever we want! But it's also nice for the boys to have a set schedule. Hopefully this week will bring lots of fun and NO GERMS. I've had three people tell me this weekend that their kids have flu. It has been HORRIBLE in South Georgia this year. Ugh!