Thursday, September 24, 2015

Full Weekend

We had a weekend jam-packed with fun. My brother visited from Oregon, which is such a treat for the boys. We took them to Dave & Busters Friday night and all the boys had a total blast.
On Saturday, we took the boys to a Badger game with Jay's family. We had so much fun! The night got later than we'd hoped since it took so long to get seated for dinner, but thankfully the boys slept on the way home.
We had church on Sunday and the boys are totally hooked on Sunday and Jay and I are loving the services. Although Jax was a bit of a mess on that morning, so we think he had a little too much fun over the weekend. He was very argumentative and crabby, so I tried to get him in bed early on Sunday night.
When Monday morning came around, we had to scoop him off the floor to get dressed for school. He came off the bus that day telling us his head was hurting really bad. He's never complained of a headache before so that seemed odd. He started a fever and he was totally down and out and refused dinner and wanted to sleep. Oy.
I checked his blood sugar for a baseline since he was refusing food (it was 86) and we hooked him up for a slow fluid pump and hoped the Tylenol would help his head and fever. He never started any respiratory cold symptoms, so I was wondering if he had strep. The next morning he was still refusing food, but I knew he was nice and hydrated from the overnight since he never vomited.
If it weren't Jax, I might have waited one more day before hitting the doc's office, but his fever got up to 103 and he started complaining about his head again.
The doc swabbed him assuming strep as well, but NOPE - he's still never had it! They sent the swab in for some more tests since he had some odd symptoms, but I felt hopeful it was just a virus that needed to run it's course.
I realized around dinner time that he was perking up a bit and I felt relieved that it wasn't going to blow up more. He had a great overnight and by Wednesday morning - GONE! Huh, almost like he's a normal kid :) We never get simple 24 hr viruses with this kid, we'll take it!

Jax has a front top tooth hanging on for dear life and Jax's hands are constantly touching it. Ugh... he's just asking to pick up every germ! We talk about hand washing more than anything else lately I swear!

The boys are still loving school. I've had to sign up for 3 different computer apps as a parent and it's a bit overwhelming! One app is to keep tabs on the boys and their behavior in the class. They earn points for following the rules and get points deducted when they don't. It also shares photos and announcements.
Theres another app for parents to stay connected with each other and the teacher for communications when volunteering and other things in the class. And there's also an app for the kids to do math activities and I have a parent login to monitor how they're doing.

It's safe to say our eyes are on our kids, ha!

Daddy had a work function one night, so we made popcorn and cookies and watched the last Star Wars movie from the trilogy - total fun nerdy night!

Brady "helping me" spray coconut oil... all over the counter.

Learning stove-safety and helping me stir.

On our way to Dave and Busters with Uncle Adam

Oh these boys...

Brady rolling his eyes

Brady isn't thrilled that Jax is wearing the Badger

Getting a little lift from Uncle Clint

The girls got 2nd row seats!

Cousins being goofy

The fam!

Monday, September 14, 2015

1st Grade in full affect!

First grade is great so far!
The boys have completed two short 4-day weeks so far. I had their "Listening Conferences" last Thursday with their teachers. This is where the parents get a chance to really meet the teacher and have a quick discussion about the child and any tips to the teacher or any important info. So far the teachers have great things to say about each kiddo, and it's funny how it sounds just like their last teachers. For example, Jax's teacher commented that she'd never had such an excited child who finds every step of the day SO neat.
I'm happy she gets his happy side, because lately he's had a bit more WILLFUL side to him. He's been pushing back to Jason and I with a little talk-back, or just being stubborn. We've been cracking down a bit more!
Jax has been struggling with his homework. It takes him a long time to write and there's a lot of erasing and trying again. It took about 40 mins to correctly write numbers 1-30. I had a chat with his teacher and she agrees that it's way too long and the point of the homework is to KNOW his numbers, so they may have him use the iPad more for math homework to show he can do the work and not have his fine motor delay frustrate him to not get the "math" point of it.  **We'll save his frustration for the actual WRITING homework**

We had one small set back the first week of school. Jax had a stye in his eye that got a bit inflamed. On day 3, it had blown up to a full infection (Cellulitis) which landed us in Urgent Care when he got off the bus one evening (his pediatrician's office was closed). He had to take antibiotics and use an antibiotic cream, but healed up pretty well. He still has a slight reddish bump in the area, but he looks much better. We had to see his pediatrician for a followup and eye exam. The doc decided to give Jax his flu shot right away since her order for the flu clinic that we were signed up for in October is already on back order. She's nervous the inventory may be really delayed this year. It just so happened that they had 3 doses of the flu shot on hand for kids who were high risk. After last winter's events, the doc urged us to take it - so we did! I'll get the rest of us vaccinated in early October hoping/assuming they should be in then.

The boys have started Sunday School and they love it. It's nice because the boys start out with us in church service, sing a song and then go up to the alter to listen to the children's sermon (pre-k thru 3rd grade). All those kids go off to class with their teachers then as the parents get to attend the service together. We have 3 different times/day each week to choose from if we need to alter our plans, so hopefully they're able to attend most weeks! The older kids have class before and after service so they can attend the service as well.

We are officially joining the church that had baptized the boys. I had done some emailing with the church to get the boys signed up for Sunday School and to get Jason and I into the new member meetings, but I was still surprised when we walked into the school-area to be greeted with a loud "This must be Jaxon and Brady!". The boys felt so welcome!

After the church service, Jason and I stopped by the pastor to say HI and assumed he wouldn't remember us. The moment we said "twin boys" he said, "THE LETTENBERGERS!", wow...
We really enjoyed the church service. It's so friendly and positive and we like the way the pastor takes a reading from the bible and applies it to real life situations so we can better understand the teachings of Jesus. They also have tons of Servitude opportunities - which is our favorite part.
We found our spiritual tribe to renew our soul each week!

We are going right into fall here. Jason has been taking the boys to an area high school football game (although Jax missed last week due to his eye). We're starting the fall-prep outside with cleaning out the garage (2 cars will have to go back in soon) and putting up fall decor around the house. The boys LOVE finding seasonal decorations around the house and always urge me to put up MORE!

Random... but Jay and I thought this was so cool. We had dinner at a manager's home and the chef used this for the meat - it was amazing!

The boys official last day of summer before the first day of school... I took them to an area park with a lake and we hung out for hours just playing!
Jax is SO excited on the first day! And I can see he had the stye starting!!

Backpacks still bigger than them!

Big B!

Bus coming!

And they were off! And told me to NOT meet them at the school because they HAD IT COVERED!

We knew something was up with the eye here on school day #2...

Yikes, Cellulitis moves FAST - this was 24 hrs later!

Jax in FIRST grade! His other front tooth will be gone soon!

Big B in FIRST grade and not totally sure how to smile with his front teeth gone!

They're getting so old, waaaaah!

Jax couldn't use a warm rag on his face (omg the TAGS and the feeling!) so the doc had him warm baby potatoes to hold against it, LOL!

The boys all ready for the neighborhood NERF war - Jax had to wear large sunglasses to cover his eye for a week from any sun exposure.

Jay and the guys playing poker while watching the Badger game outside.

Last outdoor swim of the summer at  Rachel's house

This is funny. Max has on a life jacket, an inter tube and he's holding a floaty... while 2 yr old Santina swims off with just her life jacket...

Big B lounging with his drink!

My meatball!
Jax working hard at his fine motor skills... ugh, it was rough.

The boys excited that Daddy brought home "spray air" to clean out the original Nintendo - they love the old Mario Bros game!

I love that I still catch the boys doing things like this on a weekend morning. Jax running around in his undies and slippers with a light saber connected.
And I can still find Brady like this... a detective trench coat, Cat in the Hat hat and of course, a light saber...

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Summer dwindling down!

It's been TOO long!

We are at the end of summer, boo! I'm ready to have the boys start up their school-routine, but I'm not ready for the beginning of 7 months of COLD! We have one week left to try and soak it up.

The boys had their "forms and fees" with school photos this past week, so they are all set for 1st grade! They have open house this week where they'll drop off their supplies and pick their desks. The boys were excited to see which friends of theirs were going to be in their new class. I'm happy to find out that Brady's teacher is going to be the assistant teacher that he had in kindergarten - so they know each other! I like that she was able to see where Brady was, so his speech isn't shocking, but instead, IMPRESSIVE knowing where he came from :)

One of the neat things we've started to notice since the boys have turned 7, is the maturity in their thoughts and how FUNNY the worlds of young child and maturing child are when they collide - ohhh the things THEY say!

The first of both front top teeth in a week!

Don't we all wish we could just LAY on top of others whenever we wanted?

State Fair!

Bernie Brewer!

Birthday gift cards finally used for Hank and Lucroy!

This kills me... they are turning into ALL arms and legs!

Training wheels off! Still working at being able to ride it tho :) Jax will be quite awhile yet, so I feel like Brady is taking his sweet time...

Finishing up school supply shopping!

AWE! Bring on the crazy puzzle piece teeth... wait, let me enjoy this cute smile for awhile

We put my old Mac down in the basement for the boys to use. It's so so slow, but they think it's cool!

I had my birthday last week, but was SO sick that week! We had a cake just before I went to bed!

After 10 days of illness, I was well enough to escape for a weekend with my girlfriends and  have some FUN!

It just so happens we all have Chevy Traverse vehicles, how funny!