Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Utah Part 2... Again

So when Andrew had to head back to Illinois after his pre-op appointment I did something I have never done before... It was scary (not a joke. I was terrified) I left my kids for the first time ever and went out of town by myself. WHAT?!! Crazy right?! Its silly how nervous I was about it but that was a big step for me.
Im glad I took the plunge though because I got to spend a few days with one of my oldest and best friends and I even got so sleep uninterrupted for like 8 hours straight! Amazing right?! I also got to go to Zions for the first time where we hiked Angels Landing. SO. FUN.

Neither of us were very prepared for the hike and we didn't have a backpack to carry the water so we stopped by the local walmart and purchased the cheapest one we could find... which just happened to be a Hello Kitty back pack. Don't judge

 Don't be jealous of our creative panoramic pictures

After the day at Zions we mostly just chilled. We went and saw the Temple, explored a local reservoir, went to a farmers market and a car show, and ate lots and lots and LOTS of really unhealthy food. (We didn't cook the entire time we were there. It was totally disgusting and awesome at the same time)

Aubrey also talked me in to getting my nails did.... It was awful. All joking aside I had a slight panic attack while trying to pick a color (it took me over 15 minutes to decide) It was a BIG decision! We got the stupid gel nails and I knew they were going to be on there forever! And I don't do color on the finger nails. It drives me crazy. I tried to stay as close to my comfort zone as possible and pick a really mellow silvery color but Aubrey demanded I do something more colorful. I finally settled for a peachy orange color.
That was hands down the most stressful and exhausting part of the trip.
So fun. Hopefully we can do it again one day.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Utah Part 1.... again

We are in Utah. Again.
Last month we finally heard back about Andrews back surgery. We were told that it would be performed on March 18th. So we quickly made arrangements and before we knew it we were on the road. We drove straight through... 24 hours straight. Holy guacamole! I don't ever want to do that again. All things considered though... the kids did great. And Bernie even stopped puking after the first 8 hours or so (she gets extremely car sick. It was disgusting beyond belief)
Andrew had a pre-op appointment with is doctor on the 11the so we came out the weekend before. The night we arrived we jumped right in to the warm weather and had a weenie roast with the Naugle side of the family. The kids were beyond happy and I don't think I even got a single picture of AnDee cause she was just running too fast and in too many different directions. It was a fun night though and a much needed change from the endless hours in the car.

Throughout the next few days AnDee basically lived at Gayle's house, and the boys helped Papa with a lot of yard work. Especially tractor driving. They were very helpful in that category.

Andrew and I snuck off the night before he had to fly back out to Illinois (he had to go back to work for a few days in between his pre-op appointment and his surgery) and went to play soccer with our long lost soccer fam. It was a blast. Frustrating... because Im slow and fat and my body doesn't do what I want it to anymore.. but so fun!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Ikey Turned 2

Im not good at birthdays. I hate them. I love them... but I hate them. I love them because they are fun and my kids get to feel excited and extra special for a day or 2 but I hate them because it means they are growing up, becoming independent and eventually one day... they will leave me! Such a vicious cycle.
We celebrated Isaacs birthday last Sunday (the 22nd) He's two. How did this happen? I feel like he is slipping through my fingers. Im trying to keep him a baby... I in no way encourage him to talk, I still give him a pacifier when he is going to sleep and I even rock him to sleep on rare occasions. (Ok, the part about me not encouraging him to talk is untrue. I definitely do encourage him but I don't push it as hard with him as I did the other two. Plus he has two older siblings that do 90% of his talking for him) He is much more of a baby than my other two were at this age and Im totally ok with it. I hope he stays baby for a long long time.
He is, however, growing more independent despite my best efforts. He is bossy and loud and a little mean...
He is a biter, a pincher, a scratcher and a hitter. And his sibling honestly love him enough that they just take it.... Im not sure how to remedy this situation.
He isn't afraid to get in your face and tell you off if you do something he deems as incorrect. The kid has no fear when it comes to sassing. Sometimes I fear for his life when that sass gets directed toward his father.
He is THE BIGGEST TEASE. I honestly have never seen anything like it. He taunts his siblings until they scream, the dog until she tackles him and me until I want to pull my own hair out... but I usually just end up laughing cause I can't stay irritated with him when he starts giggling. He really is funny though and when he gets in a silly mood he gets the entire family laughing uncontrollably.
He is sweet. He is like those Sour Patch commercials where the Sour Patch Kids do something awful and then immediately follow with something sweet. He is the worst of the worst and the sweetest of the sweet. He cuddles and hugs and kisses and loves.
A few days ago I was distracted with something (as usual) and he was jabbering at me. I was only half listening and answering with the typical "uh huh." "oh" "wow" that you do when you want your kid to think you are listening to them. He was getting louder and louder and more persistent until he finally grabbed my face, touched his forehead to mine and yelled "I LUH YOU!" .... Im the worst. I finally responded "I love you too!!!" and he turned and ran off. Im lucky he is persistent enough to break through my distractions and all the things that I feel like Im so "busy" with.
He was absolutely spoiled for his birthday. Gifts from Grandma's and Grandpa's, bother and sister and of course mom and dad. He loved ripping the paper but was a bit of a neat freak and wouldn't drop it on the ground. He would rip a little piece off, run over and hand it to Andrew and then go back for another. Needless to say, it took a little time to open presents but I didn't have a mess to clean up after!

I feel like this post is a mess. I didn't really think it through before I started typing and I ended up just rambling. But the moral of the story is this.... I adore this kid. Our family practically worships the ground he walks on. Im so grateful for the love and the laughter and the joy he brings to our home and I can't thank my Heavenly Father enough for sending him to us!
Happy Birthday Ike Renzo baby! We LOVE YOU!