Friday, November 12, 2010

Birthday Week!

Wow it has been a busy busy week! Adley celebrated his 6th birthday on Monday. We let him pick where we went out to dinner - he chose Fatz. Grandma & Grandpa joined us and we had a great time. He opened up some of his presents - his new favorite is Kung Zhu. He got a hamster and I had one for Eli as well - Eli ended up opening up his and then Aidan opened his up early. I wasn't sure if Liam would like them, but of course he did so we had to go get him one too. Our house is very noisy with 4 hamsters running around making various noises.

Adley opening his presents
Handsome boys - above and below!
On Thursday we had our very first 'friend' birthday party. We rented a bounce house place and invited kids from school, church and work. We had a pretty good turn out and the kids had a blast. We let them play for awhile - ate pizza/salad, then cake/ice cream and then more playing time! Birthday parties are definitely A LOT of work, but the smiles on the kids faces made it all worth it. I told Jared we could do one every ten years - that means I really only have 1 more to do for the big boys!
Eli & Liam - they LOVE the slide
Aidan sliding with friends
The party theme was Star Wars - here is R2D2!
Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you.....
Caroline - sliding kinda crazy!
Kids eating
Aidan and his school friends

Today we celebrated Aidan's 8th birthday. He was so excited that he can now officially ride in the car without a booster seat!!!! Our law is age 8 or 80lbs. He isn't near 80lbs, but the age limit works for us. We let Aidan choose what I made for dinner tonight - lasagna! Then he got to choose where we went for dessert - Chick-Fil-A milkshakes. Their seasonal peppermint chocolate chip is so tasty.
We did celebrate with Jared's family about 2 weeks ago. We had a campfire and roasted hot dogs and of course marshmallows for smores! We celebrated 5 birthdays that day - and for some reason I have no pictures - darn!

Aidan's turn to open presents

We also met with our builder again today. Before he got there we were talking with the concrete guys - they said that we couldn't have picked a better builder. They love working for Rich Builders because they don't cut corners. That made us feel great about our decision. We have always had a good feeling about our builders and so far have loved working with them. They meet with us when needed and our house is on schedule - what they say is going to be done - gets done!!!
Boys playing in the front
Basement pad with plumbing done
Another angle
The beautiful tree across the street from our house!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

EB Race & Halloween

Last week was EB awareness week. On Friday Kendra, Lacey and I drove to Winston-Salem, NC to meet Jonah and his family and also the Ringgold's (Bella's family). We had such a wonderful time eating and talking with everyone. I have to admit it seemed a little weird going there knowing so much about 2 families that really don't even know me back. Although after being there 15 minutes that didn't seem to matter anymore. They were all very welcoming and great to talk with. We have been following these families for so long it was great to finally meet them.

Ali (Bella's sister) & Jonah
Tim and Ali

After the EB gathering we drove the 2.5 hours home and woke up early the next morning for our EB awareness 5K race. It was a very chilly 32 degrees that morning with frost on the grass. After about 1/4 mile I couldn't feel my face, hands or toes. By about the 2nd mile I was regaining feeling everywhere but my hands. Next year gloves will be a necessity. Even though it was cold it was totally and completely worth it to get out and support such a great cause. I figured if these little kids can endure pain everyday I can endure the cold for 30 minutes.

Kendra and me before the race with the shirts we had made.

We had lots of people ask us questions about the kids on the back of our shirts. We wore them all day long and it was a great conversation starter for us to educate people about EB.
Me, Lacey and Kendra after the race

The race will become an annual thing and we hope to help out more with it next year and try to get more support and awareness for EB. The 3 of us are currently working on sending out a survey to the hospitals in our region to see if they have any kind of EB protocol in the event they have a baby born with EB. Our goal is to educate and possibly make EB protocols for these hospitals so they can properly care for these delicate babies. That was the biggest issue the families we know seemed to have was that since this disease is so rare no one in the hospitals knew how to initially care for their babies. So we are excited to try and bring awareness to the hospitals in our region. We will keep you posted.

Moving on....
The week before last Eli had his very first preschool field trip. It was to Sky Top Orchards. We had a wonderful time looking at all the apples and pumpkins. My favorite was the hot apple cider and the apple cider doughnuts!!!

The boys!
Eli - 3.5yrs
Liam 1.5yrs

HALLOWEEN - This year we had Harry Potter, a Ninja, Spiderman and a cute little frog.

However the frog was a little irritable because he wasn't feeling very well. The night before we had decided to take the kids out to look at the progress on our house. After that we went out for dinner at Outback. Liam seemed a little on the quiet side and upon sitting down at the table I noticed he felt a little warm. We decided to eat quickly and get him home for bed. He wouldn't eat anything and kept putting his head on the table. So I picked him up to hold him. Within about 5 minutes he puked ALL OVER ME!!!! Even though I may be a nurse I do not do well with vomit. Jared usually does the clean up and I take the kid to the tub. Not so much in this case. Luckily we were by the side exit door and I was able to easily sneak out of the restaurant. We got our food to go and left the waitress a generous tip. Liam never threw up again and his fever was gone by morning. Okay enough about puking....we met up with friends from work and their kids to go trick-or-treating.
Ladybug, Spiderman, Pirate, Harry Potter, Dragon, Ninja, Bumble Bee, & Frog!
Aren't they all so cute!
Kids trick-or-treating!

For those curious here are some pictures of the progress on our house.
Our lot
Pad for the basement dug out.
From a distance
Footers poured and block delivered!

I don't have the picture uploaded from today but there are foundation block walls there now.
and because I couldn't resist - a cute picture of Liam at the park!

and one of our kids new best friend - meet Lily!
Lily is Jared's parents dog. Eli took this picture of her - she is posing quite nicely! The kids love her and like to throw the ball or a stick for her. I'm afraid my kids may want a dog after this. I like dogs, I just don't want to have to take care of one....right now I have enough kids to take care of. Okay this is long I know - Goodnight!