Tuesday, April 29, 2014

April Photo Dump

At a recent Girl Scout event. The best part of this troop is that they have really gotten close this year. They really enjoy being together.

There is so much going on around here, and I am playing around with starting a post from my phone because... I got a Smartphone, and I'm really excited about it! Yes, I am arriving a little late to the party, but now that I have it, I am loving it. One of the best parts is that I always have my camera in my pocket - for photos or videos. SO I wanted to share some of those photos to get a glance into the month of April. (Haven't figured out how to post the videos yet, one step at a time.)

But the biggest news around here has to do with anticipating surgeries upcoming this summer. Our 2014 Strep Throat count is now up to ELEVEN documented cases. And you know, it's April. The big breakthrough was that I finally insisted that they test Luke - the only one of the kids who had never gotten strep throat, and voila! He was raging positive, which means he is a carrier (carries the bacteria and can pass it in close contact, but displays no symptoms.) So I thought that was the end, he took 10 days of super strong antibiotic, the other 3 were on one too because they all had strep for reals, we'd be done. But a follow-up last Friday revealed that Luke is STILL positive. So the next step is that he needs a tonsillectomy (even though he's never been sick! How crazy!). We are still debating whether to take Katy's out or wait and see if this was just one really bad winter with a germy brother in the house. Or....get them both done at once and have a significantly healthier future? Not sure what to do. In addition to those procedures, I am most likely having surgery over the summer to *hopefully* repair some damage with which I have been living since Luke was born almost 4 years ago. The biggest challenge with that is that I will not be able to lift Anna for 6 weeks. Which means I won't be able to home alone with the kids for 6 weeks. Which means I'm working on recruiting help from family.

I think the rest of the month can be summed up in photos...

David happened to have strep throat on the day I got my new phone (no surprise there). Also, I finished decluttering and sold a lot of baby and kid stuff in a local consignment sale. I was happy with the results.

Brian rigged up the tree swing so that 2 kids can swing at once. Anna LOVES it.
Our friends Brandon and Melanie came to visit for a weekend - Melanie is expecting a baby boy in July. We had fun catching up with them and anticipating the new baby.
The weather has finally been beautiful and we are spending tons of time outside. Anna thinks the bike seat is fabulous.
On Arbor Day, Brian was honored with an award at work. He didn't know about it ahead of time, and they called and asked if we'd like to come and be there for it. It was fun to surprise him on the campus oval. We were the last people he was expecting to see that day!
After decluttering their room, I asked her to vacuum, and she used this coping strategy for the noise. The irony is thick because as an infant, this same vacuum was the ONLY thing that would make her stop screaming.

This poor girl. In addition to the scrape on her nose, you'll notice the rash all over her chin and cheeks. It's been there since December, we tried everything the doctor recommended and then he sent us to a dermatologist. FINALLY, it looks better now. Eczema is the curse of the fair skinned child.

He said, "Look, Mom! They are all waiting to pick their kids up from school". That is his life.

Easter!! This is as dressy as we get!

Anna is getting SO big.

I always feel frustrated with filling baskets with crap. So they each got one biggish thing this year. Luke: football, Anna: chalk, David: Star Wars characters, Katy: Frozen.

Egg hunt was over when she discovered the first egg contained jelly beans.

Big boy.

Definitely finds her share.

Loved these mater teeth suckers in their baskets. Our neighbor Lisa tried to get Anna in the shot. :)

Dying eggs!
Luke and his buddy Landon are taking a soccer class together at a local rec center. They think they are hot stuff and it is hilarious to watch. Katy and David are taking gymnastics and Tae Kwon Do, respectively, at the same rec center, all on Saturday mornings. Simple scheduling for the win!


bluedaisy said...

Love all the photos--especially the Easter pics (family and just the kids). Beautiful!!

Good luck with making the tonsil decisions...as you probably know from FB, Liam had adenoids and tubes. I hear that the tonsils are a longer recovery but the younger, the better. I will say some prayers on that one for you--I think it is harder on the parents than the child <3

cindy said...

what gorgeous pics. esp the Easter one. Anna so beautiful. So much more hair. Luke looks all of a sudden older, too. And Katy and David so happy. You and Brian are doing a great job. You look awesome too!!