Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Joshua is such a creative kid. He climbs all over the park using every inch of the jungle gym.
Megan makes friends everywhere we go. She found some other little girls to play with and she was thrilled. There was a set of 2 year old twin girls playing on the park and Megan kept calling them her "little sisters". It was pretty cute.
This is not a pre-Halloween celebration. This is just an ordinary day at our house.
Megan's classroom went on a field trip to Build-A-Bear on Monday. Megan made a panda bear. She named it Mr. Nothing. Her class has a teddy-bear picnic on Friday.
Keith came home from the hospital late in the evening on Sunday. He's doing great.
We had some friends from Kodiak over for dinner tonight. It was so good to see Becca and Jason again, they are so much fun.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
It was a beautiful morning. It was 68 degrees with bright blue skies.
After breakfast, I loaded the kids up with some old bread to go feed the ducks at our favorite walking park. Our park had previously been under water as a result of the hurricanes. It's nice to be able to enjoy our park again.
When we got to the park, we were expecting a quiet walk. However, I wasn't aware that there was some sort of Christian ministries benefit walk today. Each of the kids were given a balloon.
We always have to stop by the fountain at the park. It brings everyone great pleasure to toss pennies into the streams of water.
The water was finally below our favorite walking dock. We were able to see quite a few turtles floating in the water.
The kids were racing ahead of me, looking for the next super-cool thing to look at. Between the turtles and the ducks, it was a pretty exciting walk.
We fed the ducks all of the bread that we had brought with us. Daniel wandered down a little way from us and fed the birds instead of the ducks.
We were home in time for lunch. After lunch, we brought Daddy a get well balloon and some artwork for his walls. The kids enjoyed visiting him in the hospital. Keith was looking great. He feels pretty good, aside from his IV infiltrate. The doctor said Keith might come home Sunday night or Monday morning.
On our way from the hospital, I called Grandma and she suggested we all meet up at a pizza place down the street for dinner. I had a wonderful eggplant parmesan sandwich. Unfortunately, the kids were not behaving their best, and there was pouting from all of us.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Everybody is much more moodier than usual when they are sick. It makes for a very long day. Keith is joking that he is counting down the hours until he gets to have surgery and stay in the nice quiet hospital for a few nights.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Daddy and Megan having a father-daughter chat in the deep end.
We've had fun playing around with Daddy this weekend. Keith's colon surgery is this week on Thursday and we know it might be a few weeks before he's feeling up to rough-housing with us again.
Megan and Daniel like to swim over to each other to chit-chat.
Daniel is quite the little swimmer. Those little legs just get to kicking along and before I know it, he's across the pool. He was so exhausted tonight, he was asleep within minutes after I tucked him in.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
I will now hesitate every time I go outside, wondering if the sticks by the pool pump are really sticks, or if they are gigantic iguana tails.
I watched him climb a tree in our backyard. I had no idea he could do that!
And as he sad hiding in the tree, it made me wonder if he is the reason that tree is so noisy at night. Keith and I sit outside on most nights when he is home and it always sounds like a squirrel party in that one tree. Perhaps it's an iguana party instead?
Keith's surgery is on schedule for Thursday morning. However, I nearly lost my mind when the insurance person called to tell me we needed to look for another Urologist because it was thought that the Urologist that the surgeon chose is not a "network provider". However, after a quick search (by me) for the Urologist's tax ID number, he is listed as a billable provider, crisis averted. I truly feel as though my time in Kodiak working a the clinic was really a lesson in learning how to work the system. I don't know how people that don't understand the system manage to survive in this awful, messed up health care system that we have in this county.
I'm feeling some anxiety and frustration about the chain of events that all need to fall into place over the next few days. I know the end result is that Keith will recover from this surgery and aside from some dietary restrictions, he'll be all back to normal. However, it's this journey leading up to the surgery that has me feeling out of control. I had a conference call today with some very nice folks in charge at the Air Station clinic and shared my concerns with them. The end result is a list of phone numbers of some VIPs just in case things don't go as smoothly as planned over the next week.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
I kept a record of their sleep this week and I noticed on days that they've had a lot of sugary treats given to them at school they just don't sleep well making the next day terrible. I can't really describe it as a sugar-high, but more like a coming-down-from-the-sugar-low that results in meltdowns for a day or two after whatever sugary celebration the kids have had. I really didn't mind it when I thought treats were going to be few and far between, but they are becoming a regular occurrence. After much discussion between Keith and I, the plan is for me to send a letter in with both of the kids outlining our stand on sugary treats and our preference to not use sugary treats as rewards. I'm really not a big fan of confrontation, however, when needed, I can be pretty assertive, especially when it comes to the kids' health.
Anyhow, back at church, Megan had a really rough day. Her grumpiness continued on for the rest of the day. She was a weeping willow at Grandma's house for lunch that day, too. After church, Keith, Daniel and I went for a walk.
Daniel and I get out and run on this trail a few times a week. I'm hoping to get my bike serviced sometime this week and then we can ride together while the big kids are at school. I think the bike trailer will give him more shade than the stroller provides.
The kids and I went to the Maitland Farmer's Market this weekend. We watched the violin players, sampled some caramel apples and kettle corn and enjoyed walking around in the shade.
The kids were fantastic! Megan pushed her little shopping cart around as we shopped for produce. For less than $10 we bought a huge loaf of fresh bread, Daniel's huge cucumber, 3 very large zucchinis, 2 pounds of strawberries, 2 pounds of green beans, a watermelon and the Sunday newspaper.
Friday, September 12, 2008
For the past two mornings, getting the kids out of the parking lot and into the actual school was harder than usual. I've been jokingly calling them my herd of turtles, since it seems the faster I need them to move, the slower they become.
We arrived at school this week to see hundreds of little frogs all over the place. After we walked the big kids in, Daniel came back outside and was running around trying to catch them all.
There were little dead frogs all over the driveway. Daniel kept trying to put them back on their feet so that they could follow the crowd.
I'm not sure where the frogs were headed, but it sure was fun to watch the tiny little things hop-hop-hopping along.
Keith promised a friend of ours, Shelley, that we would post a "yecko" picture. Daniel loves to hunt yeckos. These are actually brown anoles.
Daniel was watching out the window while I was searching for a yecko to take a picture of. Daniel has named the anoles, "yecko"s. Somehow a yecko got into the house earlier this week. The cat stayed up all night playing and pouncing. Finally, she ripped it's tail off and played with her new dead toy until I managed to get it away from her.
Megan had a great week this week. At first, she was coming home from school quite whiny. Now she's back to her normal bossy self and all is right with the world again.
Joshua had a great week as well. I helped his teacher coordinate a few speakers and field trips in the next coming weeks. Because we were at the school during lunch time, Daniel and I had a picnic on the soccer field bleachers.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
The good (no, make that great!) news is that the biopsy came back just fine. The somewhat bad news is that the portion of the colon that needs surgery requires a urologist (kidney doctor) in the OR because of the high possibility of damaging a ureter. So now the pressure is on the surgery scheduler to coordinate the two physicians and get us all on the surgery schedule.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Megan had on the cutest little Tinkerbell shirt, but she kept shoveling the popcorn into her mouth, so this was the best I could do to actually prove she came with us. I honestly don't know where the girl puts all the food she eats.
Daniel was slightly apprehensive at first. He was under the impression that he was going to be skating and that we were going to be watching him.
Joshua seemed to enjoy the show the most. He was clapping along with the beat, dancing in his seat and laughing at the jokes.
Next up was the cast of Cars. Daniel was excited to see McQueen, but even more excited to see Sally.
The Little Mermaid act was next. The skating was amazing and the music was very fun.
The costumes for the Lion King were amazing. The colors and choreography were just mesmerizing.
After intermission was the Tinkerbell act. It was really cute. I have to admit that at first, I had my doubts since some of the other fairies were into teasing and girl snarkiness. But in the end, it turned out okay and Tinkerbell saved the day.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
I had remembered seeing signs for "Candy Land Park" and was thinking it would be pretty cool and maybe even have something to do with Candy Land (a game the kids like to play). Not so much. It was a regular park. Actually they bigger kid section was the part we saw first and all three ran off in three different directions.
After about 3 minutes of being in the park, Joshua decided to slide across the zip cord type contraption. He lost his grip halfway across and belly flopped onto the ground, knocking the wind right out of him. He was really upset over the whole situation. A walk towards to van for a cool drink seemed to shake it right off.
Going past the van, we saw the toddler play area. It looked more like a park I could handle. The kids had a blast running around in there and actually playing nicely with each other.