Thursday, May 19, 2011

Count your many blessings!!!

Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.» — Victor Hugo

I woke up in the middle of the night last night...wide awake! I was snuggling Ethan and must have fallen asleep with him, something that is starting to become routine these days.

I tried my hardset to fall back to sleep but couldn't because the pouring rain outside was just too loud. As I laid there listening to the trickles of water drip from the deck I couldn't help think of all the things that have happened in the last 3 months. The ups and downs. And in the end I came to the conclusion that I am the luckiest girl around. I have 3 beautiful children, a wonderful handsome husband, and a great extended family. What more could I ask for!

Everyday I have so many things to look forward to, and these are just a few:

Every morning while driving home after dropping off the girls at school, Ethan asks "mom," I reply "what?" Ethan "where's Hallie?" I reply "At school" Ethan "mom" me again "what" Ethan "where's Hallie" me "At school," and he just repeats this over and over again and then finally he gives me this big cheesy grin and says "Ok."

I love hearing the kids play using their wild imaginations...some of the things they come up with I really need to start recording. They are so funny sometimes!!

I like picking them up from school and listening to all the fun things they did that day and whose snack day it was. They always argue over whose snack was better and then pull out everything in their bags to see what each other made. I love when they tell each other that what they made is "breathtaking" or "gorgeous." (Two of Hallie's latest words)

The list goes on and on of things that make each day worth moving to the next!

Life is good!

Getting a massage!
My girls never coloured on anything but paper....but my boy, he will only colour on something if it isn't paper. I was getting ready for the day and when I came out of the bathroom this was what I found. Luckily it was washable markers. As you can see by his face he thought it was a masterpiece!

He is always so happy lately! So fun to be around!
This part of his graft tore open this week. It seems like just when we are starting to make progress we take a few steps back!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

New Products!

Watching the fish on our Sunday afternoon walk. The kids love that it is starting to get warmer out so we can spend more time outside.

We recently got rid of our old table that was falling apart, however it sat in our living room for a week before we took it apart and threw it drove me crazy! The kids loved it and made lots of forts with it and stashed all of their toys under it!

Ava is such a big helper lately and Ethan likes to sit still for her so I can't complain. She is very gentle with him and is quick to remind him that if he moves he is going to sit in a time out.

I think their favorite part of the day is reading books before bedtime. I love sneaking downstairs and finding them lost deep in thought as they read their books!
I came down stairs last week to find them doing their hair and wearing their swimming goggles. When I asked them what they were doing they replied, "we are searching for ghosts, shh be quiet!"
Looking out for scary ghosts!
Ava ran up to Ethan and tried to scare him but instead he thought it was pretty funny!
Routine bedtime cleaning.

New 'intermediate' compression sleeves.
The scarring on his left arm is quite heavy in some areas.
Due to the heavy scarring, we now have to put on these new gels which have a silicone backing. They are to help soften the scarring so that the skin will stretch and smooth out some of the scars.
The new gels are to be worn 3 hours on and 2 hours off throughout the day and then on all night long. It definitely keeps me busy. So much for things slowing down!
The new compression wear is very tight and difficult to get on. Ethan hates to put them on along with the new gels and fights it everytime. Its gets very frustrating when I am home alone during the day and have to try to put them on on my own. Even when I am pulling as hard as I can I can barely get his hand through. I don't know how I am going to put on the new compression bands we get in a couple of weeks...they are supposed to be even tighter.
Last week I went to the school for my Mother's Day Tea Party! Hallie and her class served us, entertained us and gave us presents!! It was so fun and nice to be served and I can't believe we are almost done kindergarden...only 6 more weeks!
Playing at the park...I love the warmer weather.

He is such a good helper and loves to vacuum for me. He even does a pretty good job!