Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Poor Buddy.

If you're a real life friend or an Instagram follower, you've likely already seen how our afternoon went, but just for the "baby book" and in case you didn't, we landed ourselves a little visit to the ER. My sweet baby boo who is a wild monkey man has been known to do things that leave us shaking our heads. He is ALL BOY and also VERY WILD. But he's also as sweet as they come. Cuddles one minute, jumping off the roof the next. 

I was in my classroom around 11:55 when the director came in and said, "I think you're going to have to take Will to the emergency room. He's cut his head open." Surprisingly, I was calm and asked, "Did he fall on the playground?" because my first thought was, "What did he jump off of now?" I had a conversation with a friend of mine just two weeks ago about how neither of our second borns had gone to the ER yet. They're both wild little boys who like to test their boundaries. They're in school together this year and we had a little laugh about it. Honestly, Eddie and I always knew it was a matter of time. 

I walked up to Will's classroom to see the damage. He was VERY shaken up, but it wasn't THAT bad. My phone picked that moment to NOT work and I tried to call Eddie about seven times in a row with no answer. I know it wasn't the right thing to do, but since I just thought he wasn't answering I texted, "Meet me at the ER." :/ Lesson learned. I got James handled (the director took him to my mom's house because her car with carseats had a dead battery. 

I actually wound up swinging by my mom's house to use her phone on our way to the ER just to try again to touch base with Eddie. He told me to call the plastic surgeon's office and see if they wanted us there or at the ER. The receptionist said that Dr. S. was in surgery so just to take him to the ER and if we needed him that the hospital would get in touch with him.


We were taken back at the ER right away. Will acted very shy at first, but not at all like he was hurting. We went through check-in and vitals and then they moved us back to see a doctor. The nurse practioner predicted they'd put numbing cream on him and then do a few stitches. When the doctor saw it he said we could pick between stitches or glue and we chose glue so it wouldn't be quite as traumatic. We waited FOREVER for them to bring the glue and steri strips. Thankfully, no numbing was necessary. Dr. B. said he recommended stitches because if he picks at the glue and gets it off then it will have done no good. HOPEFULLY, he won't. He has only messed with it once today and it was while we were talking about it. If we can make it three days with everything glued up, we're good. I still expect there will be a little {Harry Potter!} scar.

{Your eyes do not deceive you! We used the flipped around camera with this image. It's really over his right eyebrow. He is a little swollen and we totally expect him to have a shiner.}

After we left we went to get lunch (it was only about 2pm but felt like forever with an active boy in a small space!). Will conked out in the car so I just put him in a bed at Mom's house and we stayed there the rest of the afternoon and evening. He slept until almost 5pm and was exhausted at 8:30 tonight. I think he just got worn out! (They asked questions and evaluated him for a concussion and felt like he was ok.)

He was such a brave boy today! He took everything in stride. We went next door to his teacher's house tonight when we got home to show her and I asked if he'd cried when it happened. She said, "OH yes!" but by the time I got there and the whole time at the hospital, he didn't! Tough guy! I got SO tickled at him. I took his picture and showed it to him and he said, "WOW! Dat a big daddy boo-boo!" He had not a clue how badly he was hurt. Here's hoping he doesn't have a headache in the morning!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Bowled Over!

I went bowling with James' class this morning. They've been studying the Netherlands and apparently that's where it originated? (I can't find anything to back that up, but it sure was fun!) James has been bowling with two sets of grandparents, but I'd never seen him. We started off a little slow (5 pound balls are hard for 40 pounds and less kids to throw!). James got second place on his lane and was the only one to bowl a strike (with bumpers, mind you!). It was a fun morning and I have a feeling bowling will be requested again soon!




Monday, October 27, 2014

Kidecals!

The Kidecals company contacted me loonnnnng ago and asked if I would do a review for them. I jumped at the chance because we were in need of some sippy cup labels for Will since he's at school five days a week this year. I received my products QUICKLY and actually used them quickly, but I got all tied up with moving and never got the post written. Sorry about that!!! They sent me these products free of charge in exchange for a review. All the opinions are my very own!

I chose the Mini Set of the Batty labels for Will. HE. LOVES. THEM. The sheet came with 66 one-inch labels. In hindsight, I wish I'd gotten the Every Day Set which has large and small labels. He just likes them so much that I wish I'd gotten some bigger ones for him! We've washed and washed and washed and washed them in the dishwasher and they've stayed right where they're supposed to. They've held up extremely well!

I also got myself the Leopard Print Keycals. They looked cute and I thought I'd just try and see how I liked them. At first, I HATED them. It took some getting used to a different feeling under my fingers and I thought I'd do the review and peel them right off. I've gotten completely used to them now, though, and I love them! They're fun! They've added a ton of computer decals since I ordered mine. I'll be curious to see if they stand the test of time or if they begin to peel off over the next few weeks/months. I'll also be curious to see if they leave any sticky behind. That said, I'm quite pleased with them! Here's a picture of part of mine applied. One of the reasons this took so long to post is that I applied half and then we packed up a house and moved and I've not uncovered the other half yet. Hmmmm...

{There's a little bit of Jamberry business going on for you!}

We have loved our products that were graciously given to us by Kidecals. If you're in the market, check them out! I'm going to be ordering some Christmas labels for goodies!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Hat Day!

Hat Day was lots of fun at preschool! James wore a Captain Hook hat and Will wore a "cowboy hat" that James told him he needed to say was a "beach hat." LOL! I was glad to shower and not have to dry my hair last night. Hat Day every day!



Thursday, October 23, 2014

Calling All Recruits!

Over the summer, James and I saw Disney's Planes: Fire & Rescue. He wasn't a huge fan of the original planes movie, but he LOVED this one. Dusty, the main character from Planes, returns to become a fire fighter. James' favorite character was Blade Ranger, the helicopter who is Dusty's mentor and head of the Piston Peak Air Attack team.

When we left the theater, James was beside himself with excitement. He knew all the way back in July that he wanted a Planes: Fire & Rescue party for his birthday and I agreed because I was all caught up in his excitement. It turned out to be a problem. Do you know how much character stuff there is for birthday parties when the movie has JUST come out? Not much. Pinterest was of no help...I think we were the first Planes: Fire & Rescue birthday party in the country. However, I just did what those annoying girls from Arendelle do...I just "let it go." I went with red, yellow, and orange. I had a friend whip up a fun invitation. I bought some character things from Target and WalMart for our goody bags. Ms. Nancy made us an awesome birthday cake. And we held it at the church's gym with two bouncy/blow-up things so that no one would notice I didn't have fabulous decorations. Not a soul cared. Hallelujah and amen.

James had a FUN birthday with all of his friends for the first time ever. I was SHOCKED at how overwhelming present opening is with five year olds. Yowzers. They are an excitable group. It was a great day for our big boy. He hasn't been this excited about a birthday ever in his whole LIFE!














Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Cough, Cough.

I need to wade through all the birthday party pictures that I took over the weekend and do a post on that, but in the meantime a little health update. We've all been sickly. Yea! 'Tis the season, huh? Will and James had snotty noses and Will had the double ear infection that I posted about a few weeks ago. Last week Eddie had a cough and overall achy, yucky feverish couple of days and then was fine. I apparently picked up what he was carrying and anytime my body gets a cold germ anywhere near it, my whole body shuts down. I don't get sick often, but this is the thing that takes me OUT.

I finally went to the doctor this morning (in and out in 30 minutes, thankyouverymuch). The bow-tied doctor mentioned flu and when I said I'd never had it he said I'd better hush. I told him I get bronchitis twice a year and he asked if I'm a smoker. Lol! Officially, I have laryngitis with unofficial bronchitis as well. After reading the symptoms of laryngitis, that may have been what I've had all this time and I've just never known it. Either way, I've got medicine called in and I WILL feel better in the next day or two. Shockingly, I'm not allowed to go to work around my tiny babies tomorrow. :) I've gotten a sub and will spend another day or two in my jammies. James could NOT figure out why I stayed in my pjs ALL DAY LONG on Sunday. He kept asking when I was going to get dressed. I have him fooled because when he was little I NEVER got dressed. It was jammies all day, every day!

Maybe with all the extra time home this week I'll get a few boxes unpacked???

Monday, October 20, 2014

James at FIVE.


Dear James,

Another year! ANOTHER year! I cannot quite believe it. In some ways I feel like five years has been an eternity. And in other ways I feel like it has flown by. Either way, it hasn't been enough time. Have we done enough of the things we planned to do? Have we spent enough time with you? Have we told you we love you and kissed and hugged you enough? There's never enough time for all of it.

Your personality is something that is difficult to put into words. You are our sweet little old man. Mr. Serious some of the time, practical joker some of the time. You are so, so bright! You constantly keep us on our toes with your questions and the words that you say. We always look at each other and say, "How does he know that?!" We're preparing for kindergarten next year - we've visited the first of two schools in the past week - and we're definitely nervous about where to put you...we want to do what's best for YOU. You are super inquisitive and very much Mr. Independent, but you like to have someone do things with you. You want to do things YOUR way and in YOUR time, but with someone next to you for encouragement. You are a perfectionist...you have Mama AND Daddy to blame for that trait. Welcome to the world of first born children, my friend. If you KNOW you cannot do something perfectly, you won't even attempt. Thankfully, they're working on handwriting with you at school because the two of us together wouldn't get it done without tears. Maybe from both of us. You are a sweet big brother but sometimes Will still drives you bonkers. Y'all have become SUCH big buddies since we moved you into the same bedroom, though. I'm praying that bond continues to grow big time.

Recently, you've grown a TON. This time last year you were wearing a 3T in jeans (they were, admittedly, WAY too small) and this year we're almost into a 5T (and WILL is in the 3T...). You've learned to SNAP in the past month and your fingers are going to be blistered for all the SNAPPING that goes on. You love to sing, sing, sing and choir is one of your favorite things all week long. You also love to play board games. You've gotten into superheroes and Ninja Turtles a LITTLE lately. Still not the obsession of other little boys your age. We pulled out our dress-up clothes after they'd been packed up for over a year and they have been the HIT parade lately. So has your swing set outside.

Mama and Daddy love you SO, so much and we're so proud of you. I can hardly believe you're FIVE!

Love,
Mama

His 4 year old interview can be found HERE.

This year...

Your favorite things: Planes: Fire & Rescue, fishing, all the girls in his class (yikes...), choir, getting dressed up for church.
Funny things: Snapping! ALL THE SNAPPING! He is INTO football - especially the local high school's football team, Clemson (ick!), and Georgia (hallelujah!). He hasn't ever been interested until this year but he is all about the team names, the scores, etc. I asked him what he'd do if we go to a school that doesn't feed into the local high school (we have season tickets) and he said he wasn't interested in going there!!! Then we visited the other day and he saw paw prints in their parking lot and thought we'd gone to visit CLEMSON and he changed his tune. I quickly told him we weren't in South Carolina. We were just five minutes from home. Lol!

What is your favorite color? Orange.
What is your favorite toy? Remote control car. (He got three for his birthday!)
What is your favorite fruit? Strawberries.
What is your favorite TV show? Paw Patrol.
What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Sandwiches.
What is your favorite shirt to wear? Planes Fire and Rescue shirt that I have.
What is your favorite snack? Goody mix. (Trail mix that they made at school.)
What is your favorite game? The huntin' game (on his iPad).
What is your favorite animal? Giraffe.
What is your favorite football team? (The local high school team.)
What is your favorite song? Jesus Loves the Little Children.
What is your favorite book? Curious George.
Who is your best friend? Ricky. (SHOCK!)
What is your favorite movie? Charlie Brown. (It's on right now.)
What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play on the swing set.
What is your favorite holiday? Saturday. No. Halloween. (He said The Saturday of Christmas last year. LOL!)
What is your favorite drink? Lemonade.
What do you take to bed with you at night? My big wubbie.
What is Mama's job? To take care of me and Will.
What is your favorite breakfast food? Breakfast sandwich. (LIES!)
What is Daddy's job? To work at his office.
What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Will said cake so James said cupcakes.
What do you want to be when you grow up? A farmer.