Tuesday, October 28, 2014

First tooth in the books!

What a week!
First of all, Jax's cough went away and he stopped the extra breathing treatments this weekend - all good!
Jay and his dad took the boys to a high school football game on Friday. We have unseasonably warm weather this week, so we took advantage of it! We worked outside in the yard a bit Saturday and then attended Krista's housewarming party - she bought her own home, so proud! The boys LOVE visiting there to play with her niece and nephew, who they see each month at the soup kitchen (Krista's parents run it). I got to see old friends, so it was great!

That night, I got a midnight call from Rachel that she was in labor. So I threw on some clothes and drove out to her house, where I slept until her daughter woke up Sunday morning. We held onto her until Rachel's in-laws got into town. Then we got to meet Jameson, the new big baby boy!

Then... the biggest news that a 6 year old boy can have happened... Jax lost his first tooth!
Big deal here people!

Now onto Halloween celebrations this week! I'm sure there will be some stellar photos to come...

Jax has been working on this tooth for a few days.

He even let Brady try!

Tita bought her own home! We had a great time Saturday at her housewarming party and caught up with my old friends.

The boys LOVE playing with her nephew Ethan and they met a new friend, Simon!

Auntie Rachel went into labor Saturday night, so I picked up this cutie to help out!

Jameson's first selfie on the day he was born!

All these boys...

I worked on this project over the past week. I refinished our powder room vanity. It's a charcoal color and hard to see in this photo. Now I need to paint the walls in there and move onto the next project...

Momma pulled the tooth out Sunday night!

The new one is already growing in.
He has the TINIEST teeth!

Monday, October 20, 2014

First Missed Day of School

We had a sickie last week! Jaxon came home from school Thursday with a cough and runny nose. Apparently he told his teacher that he'd be missing the next day because his throat hurt too - that kid!

I had just gotten home from being gone overnight to a funeral to a pretty sick little guy. He was up all.night.long.coughing. And since he needs to have his pulse-ox checked when coughing like that, we were up too.

I kept him home on Friday and brought him to the doctor since the weekend was approaching, otherwise I think I would've waited one more day to see how he was. The doc said he sounded good, but he had tons of broken blood vessels around his eyes which indicated his non-stop coughing - she didn't like that. She was concerned a lower respiratory virus was going to blow up on him over the weekend, so we played it safe with him (LIVE AND LEARN) and gave him a small dose of Prednisolone over the next two days in addition to his around-the-clock nebulizer treatments. Coupled with Tylenol for the sore throat and it was like night and day for him that night - we all enjoyed some sleep.

Jax will see his asthma specialist in a couple weeks for his annual exam. I have a feeling the doctor will want him to remain on his stronger meds again this year. I'm not sure if we'll see a change with that anytime soon. Jax will never be the kid 'who grows out of asthma'. He has Chronic Lung Disease from undeveloped lungs at birth. His lungs are kinda junk forever - but at least he gets great care, which is all we can ask for!

* Please keep Rachel and her family in your prayers while they face this very difficult time since she lost her father - she is family to us! Also, my grandmother is facing some pretty big health issues and will be entering hospice soon - please say a spare prayer for her and her comfort.

I can't say it enough... health is everything...

Brady has been part of the "Clean Plate Club" often around here lately. He's been helping me cook, which has really helped him like MANY new recipes around here!

Nana Letts playing a great game of UNO with the boys Saturday night.

We took the boys out for some soul-food lunch on Sunday during the Packer game. Their biggest issue was deciding which TV to watch the game on!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Our first blatent LIE

We've had our first 'real lie' happen this past weekend...

I had lunch ready on Sunday, so Jason went to get the boys from the neighbor's yard. He saw Brady and the other kids said Jax was in their house washing his hands and they'd send him over. Brady came in and was super animated telling us a story with his hands about finding a nest and that Jax found an egg and broke it. Now... it took a few times, but that was the end-story that we got. He wasn't 'telling on Jax' so much as just telling an exciting story.

When Jax walked in, I asked him about this. He said he didn't break any eggs. Hmm.
I made the boys walk me to the nest so I could see for myself. I noticed Jax lagging behind and say he was tired and maybe needed a nap (clue 1).

We got to the nest that was lying in the grass... but no eggs. Hmmm.
We walked back home and Jason and I asked them both again about the eggs. Jax said NO to any eggs, and Brady was adamant that there was. Then Jax said he wasn't sure what we were talking about (clue 2).

I texted my neighbor for the story, and in the meantime we told Jax he wouldn't be in trouble if he told the truth since we've never discussed how to treat bird eggs, but if he was lying, he'd be grounded the rest of the day - and we'd be finding out the truth from the neighbor in a moment.

He said he didn't see an egg.

Well, he lied.
He's a human growing up and we have to accept this will happen, but it stinks to have his innocent little eyes lie, ya know?

We told him many times that he was in trouble for lying, not for touching the egg. Which our neighbor kids said he was curious and touched with one finger and it cracked - which is why they made him go wash his hands (which was clue 3 that Jay and I put together - Jax doesn't just go around washing his hands).

I REALLY want our kids to grow up trusting us with the truth, no matter what it is. It's really important to me for them to not be afraid, and for them to know we'll always help and the punishment will be much less severe - if a punishment is warranted. We gave him the OUT with saying he wouldn't get in trouble, but he chose not to take it. The moment I told him the neighbors told me the truth, he didn't fight it at all. He said "yeah, I think it might of cracked". huh.
Jason explained that babies come out of the eggs and once you touch them, the mama bird won't come back and so on and so forth. The boys just looked at him with BIG eyes. They have no clue, and we know that. There wasn't any aggression or ill intentions, but he certainly lied about it.

So, parents in the world with success - what do you do? What has worked? Do we just keep doing what we're doing? What say you?

The boys in their 'spirit wear' for school on Friday. Jax's size 'small' is a bit big even after washing in hot :)

Big boys

The Hillcrest Sock Hop for the PTA that night - Friday

This fella is in Brady's class. He proclaimed Brady as his BEST friend. We heard "HI Brady" repeatedly that night from a bunch of kids - it's nice to know he's made friends!

Could you just die - too cute.

I don't know where to begin with all the amazing things happening in this photo on Saturday morning - enjoy. Even the book is amazing - Creepy Carrots.

Sharing an ice cream sundae after dinner out Saturday night - we had family photos at the zoo late that afternoon - beautiful day!

What does a child do when they're grounded? Well, they look at a lot of books and find Waldo over and over again, lol.

Even Brady hung around with books too - he is such a sweetheart.

Monday, October 6, 2014

More Reading!

The boys are doing great. They still love school. I'm not sure why I'm always waiting for one of them NOT to, but so far, so good.

Brady brought home his first book that he's been working on at school, and READ it to us. If you watch the words he's reading, you can perfectly understand him too! I have video that I'll share soon of course!

Jax is no longer using his nebulizer with the cough - it's gone away without any doctor visits or extra steroids, yay! The health room aid was calling me a lot last week to confirm inhaler-times during school and I missed the last call, so she left me a message. It was the SWEETEST message ever, so I saved it and played it for Jax that night. The message said she just adored Jaxon so much, and he brightens up the office each time he comes in for his inhaler. She said he's funny, always happy and we are incredibly blessed to have him.
Um, melt me.
Jax thought it was neat to hear too.

So, we're officially in early winter with the sudden and drastic temperature changes around here! Apparently we don't like to ease into seasons anymore. We skipped spring and I guess we're skipping fall! Blah! Oh well! We took the boys to a farm on Sunday and they just loved it, despite the cold temps.

The boys had a relaxed weekend overall. They hung with dad on Saturday while I attended a funeral for an amazing little boy - Mightly Caleb. My heart hasn't stopped hurting from this event, and I can't get Caleb's mom, Becky, off my mind. If you have extra prayers, send them to her and her family...

They wore shorts to school the day before this!

We had a complete house-exclusion done by Terminix to seal up the house. We continue to have rodent issues in the walls, eww~ So everything is sealed up tight with all new insulation. Some day I'll actually get our fireplace updated to this decade...

Brady read us his first book this week!

So proud!

Brady and his tower.

Brady and Cole at the farm on Sunday.

Donkeys are nice.

Brady would've taken this baby chick home if we let him.

Jax cuddles very differently.

Motley Crew on a hay ride.

Jax thought he owned the hay ride.

Corn Maze fun. Brady insisted on chewing on hay to look like a farmer.

Our pumpkins.