Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Monday, August 27, 2012
Yesterday, Jackson turned 13. And, yes, he really IS that much taller than me. I love my Jackson. He is a GREAT teenager. He has chosen really good friends. He is smart and dedicated. He loves his mom. He is funny and fun... a little uncoordinated... but that adds to the fun! He started 7th grade today. He didn't seem nervous at all, but I sure am. I HATED 7th grade, and 8th and 9th... anywho, he walked to school with his good friends this morning. Ug....
Friday, August 24, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Yesterday was our annual trip to Lagoon for the day. Thanks to Nana's work, we get a great big discount. The weather was really nice... not to hot and overcast for most of our time there. The kids had a great time! We split our time between Lagoona Beach and the rides. It was a fun family day!
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Sunday afternoon, we went to the ballpark. We sat in the shade and enjoyed a ball game with family. Papa, Grandma, Nana, Grandma Leeann, Uncle Brandon, Aunt Carrie, Uncle Colton, Papa & Nichole all joined us. The kids all got to see their names on the big scoreboard, with a little shout out from the ballpark announcer. It was a perfect day at the ballpark! Love my boys.
Monday, August 20, 2012
On Saturday, Josh and I took Little Miss to Gardner Village. They have a fantastic Farmers Market on Saturdays. I felt like I was in a small town, walking around there! Music playing, fresh food cooking, treasures of all sorts! Anywho, it was Brooklyn's morning. She rode a pony, ran from the goat who was trying to eat the food she had, rode in a train (kind of a train, but she didn't care), got a butterfly balloon, a great big blue sucker, a lip stick ring, and lots of hugs and kisses from us! It wore her right out! It was such a fun Saturday morning with the Sis!
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Sweet Colton struggles. He has for a long time, maybe forever. It doesn't help that he was eight weeks early, or that he has me for a mom... any who, after getting in contact with THE BEST pediatrician, and in turn a FANTASTIC psychologist, we have a diagnosis and a plan. I feel like it was a huge blessing to find the pediatrician we did. She is amazing. She calls me at least once a week, just to see if I am hanging in there. She has been very thorough and has taken her time, including his psychologist on everything. Colton has been diagnosed with ADHD and Anxiety. He has been on a sleep-aid for about a month, which is helping his sleep drastically. That will continue. He is also in therapy with the psychologist to treat the Anxiety. He will have counseling/therapy every other week for a while. He will be put on some ADHD medicine within two weeks of starting school. The psychologist wants to get some paperwork from Colton's teacher before the medication is started. The ADHD is pretty severe, therefore medication really isn't even a question, it's a must-have. My hope for Colton is that once we are working on all cylinders with medication, counseling, routine with school, etc. he will feel much better. He will feel smart and funny and in control. He doesn't feel those things about himself right now. I want him to feel that about himself. I want him to feel "good enough." I want him to feel like an all-star! I want him to be able to concentrate in school and therefore be able to understand the school work. I want his brothers to be able to enjoy him and not always be so angry with him. I want to be able to enjoy him and not always be so frustrated! I am grateful for answered prayers, for excellent doctors, for health insurance, for modern day medicine, for Colton.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
This has become my view every night. I go to work, go home, pick up the boys who are hungry and tired, head to the football field and sit for 2 1/2 hours, watching Jackson practice. This is a Monday through Friday event. Every night from 6:30 - 9:00.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Monday, August 6, 2012
Colton turned 9 on Saturday! All of my boys were born in August, so this is a crazy month with birthdays and sports and school starting... but I really look forward to it. Colton was born at 32 weeks. I had to be in the hospital on "hotel stay" for two weeks because the docs couldn't get those blasted contractions to stop. I was given the lovely steroid shots at 30 weeks, so thankfully his lungs were developed. He was in the NICU for three weeks with a feeding tube and in the incubator. Once the docs finally realized that I already had one little guy at home on a feeding tube and I was pretty much an expert at all things "sick babies" they let me take him home! Colton loves his friends. He loves horses, always has. He loves to be loved. He is going to be starting the third grade this year and is so excited for that to start! We went to the Bees game to celebrate his birthday. The Bee signed his new hat and he was stoked! Love that little guy!
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Yesterday, our Division had an open house. We have acquired two new areas under our Division, which is about 85 more people that we (Ryan and I) are responsible for. It's been a really tough, chaotic month or so since we found out. Ryan is the best boss I could ever ask for. He is a man of integrity, class and dignity. He said the nicest things about me at the open house yesterday. He made me cry. I am grateful for my job. I am grateful that I work full-time in order to support my kids and I. I am grateful for the people I work with and the work that I do. I obviously wish that I was a full-time mom, at home with my children. But, for me that is not an option. I believe that the work I do outside of my home matters. I am grateful for that. At the end of the open house, Ryan, me and our full-time staff members got our photos taken. They will be displayed on the College website. Mine is below. I am posting it so that I can remember this time in my life. It is a time that is HARD. Full time mom, full time administrative assistant, full time daughter of God. It is important. It is worth it. It is all good.