Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Spring Break

Last week was Barrett's very firstt Spring Break.  He made a list of the things he wanted to do.
McWane Science Center
Top Golf
Flight Museum
Zoo
It was a pretty manageable list, so we were excited to tackle it.

Aunt Elizabeth invited us to go on a hike on Saturday.
We went to Ruffner mountain.  It was a little more intense than the kids were interested in doing and they were very disappointed in my snack choices.  So Barrett ended up in the carrier on my back for more of the trail than I care to admit.  


We got up to the lookout and my sister was a little nervous that there were zero railings and my kids liked getting to close to the edge.




Barrett wouldn't participate in our group picture.  We were hiking back down the mountain and Barrett wanted to go see the "Crusher".  We were headed down that trail and he saw a snake.  Elizabeth had walked right past it and never saw it, Barrett saw it and turned around.  So we were on one side and Elizabeth was on the other side of it.  I was able to get close enough to see that it wasn't venomous but we still weren't big fans.  We all got on one side of him and headed to the car.  We had a birthday party that afternoon and then went to the Moore's house to hang out.

Jessica had apparently had this Barbie living room set still in the box and the kids begged her to open it and she finally caved.  AveryAnn couldn't have been happier. It was so sweet!

Sunday we went to Mass and my parents house.  I still had to work this week so my dad kept the kids Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  We didn't have any plans Monday and Tuesday.  But Wednesday, Dad brought the kids and met me at the zoo.  Our membership expired at the end of March so we had to get one more use out of it. 
My dad had not been to the zoo in decades so we had to show him everything.  It was so crowded but we made the most of it.


It was a really fun day with the kids and my dad!

Thursday, Patrick took off work to take the kids to the Southern Museum of Flight.

The kids had a blast.  Patrick's dad went with them and they all thought it was so great.

They went to lunch at Pasquales and just had the best day.

Friday I didn't have to work so we planned for the grand finale to be the McWane Science Center and lunch with Aunt Elizabeth.  I let the kids sleep late and we headed out around 9:30.  We had to run by Patrick's work to get the stroller because AveryAnn refuses to walk anywhere and she's too heavy to carry. Then we had a little mishap getting into the parking deck at the McWane Center.  I'm still not entirely sure how I did this but I hit the wall at the entrance.  Patrick gets so mad when I ding up my car so I knew he'd be furious so I went ahead and sent him a picture so he could be mad all day and hopefully be over it by the time he got home. 
He was not over it.

We had a fun day. Barrett did the weather report.

AveryAnn was very disappointed that this inflatable dog was not a bouncy house.

He wanted me to take his picture while we were waiting for Aunt Elizabeth to walk from work.

We walked over to the Pizitz Food Hall.  I'd never been and it was pretty good.  Elizabeth and I split both the Shrimp & Grits waffle and a grilled pimento cheese sandwich.  The kids both had waffles.  It was a neat place.  I would like to go back without the kids and try some other things.  We did visit the rest room 3 times.


I thought we'd head home after lunch but the kids wanted to go back and play some more so we headed back.  AveryAnn carried this stuffed chicken all over the itty bitty magic city.  We finally headed home around 3:00.   
We had to stop by my parents house on the way home and AveryAnn had all these old Barbies lined up. They were looking pretty rough.  We hurried home from there to get ready for baseball practice.  It was a beautiful night.  Patrick and Barrett had a campout planned with Jeremy and Jackson but they had to take a rain check at the last minute.  Patrick and Barrett were still planning on camping out but Barrett decided he didn't want to so then they were just going to sleep in a "tent" in the den downstairs but that only lasted about 2 hours.  Saturday we stayed home all morning while Patrick worked and then we hit the park and Target that evening.  We've been talking about ditching our satellite for months now so we finally bit the bullet and got a roku and signed up for Hulu live.  So far we're liking it.  
That was our exciting Spring Break.  Barrett had the best time even though we didn't get to do Top Golf.  I'm thinking we may save that for his half birthday.
We're definitely itching for Summer now! Thankfully baseball is keeping us busy and it'll be here before we know it.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

March Madness

I didn't realize how long it'd been since I posted.  Once everyone got well we were wide open.  Baseball started, the weather turned to spring and we've been going, going, going.  Which I love and hate.  I really do love getting out and doing fun things but I also love being at home.
This boy and his crazy hair.  He was excited to finally go back to school after missing a week.

Barrett's school does a family 5K and fun run every spring.  This was the 14th annual.  We signed up to do the one mile fun run.  We told my dad we were going to walk it and I fully intended to walk.  But Barrett took off running and my competitive instinct took over so I started running too, so did my dad.  We ended up running most of the mile.  It was an amazing FREE event and it was so much fun!

The kids were out of school the next day but I had to work so they stayed with my dad.  They had dental appointments that afternoon and dad met me there with them.  It was AveryAnn's first trip to the dentist and she did so good.  She didn't want to leave.  They were in the chair together when I went back to talk to the dentist and they all bragged about how good they were and what a sweet big brother Barrett was.  It made my mama heart so happy!

Patrick has been talking about putting a big light up on the back of our house so the kids can play when the sun goes down.  He had to get in the attic to do part of the wiring and Barrett got up there with him to help and he was so excited.  It was so cute.

We got this tent from Patrick's brother and we're wanting to go camping.  We set it up in the back yard just to see if we could and it was so much fun.  It was too cold that night to sleep out there.

We played a game on uno and then took it down.

The next morning I got a text from my dad that by little brother and his family were coming up for lunch so we headed over to visit.  The girls are so fun together.

We broke out the Wii. Barrett had never played and it was so much fun.  I won bowling so I had to document it.

Sunday was St. Patrick's Day.  Barrett's first St. Patrick's day was also a Sunday.  Here he is both days before church.

Monday he had his first baseball game.  My cousin's kids were in town for their Spring Break so they came to watch him.  It was so sweet for them to want to come and for Babo to bring them.  Barrett was beside himself that his cousins were there to watch him.  He had a good hit and did great in the field.  This year he's really starting to understand the game and it's so much fun to watch. I know I have a picture somewhere of my sister and me at Matthew's little league game when he was about Barrett's age.  I need to dig it up.  They lost but they played really well!

We played again on Tuesday night and this girl was a mess.  It was cold and she refused to wear a jacket.  They almost won this game but lost in the last inning on a grand slam.  It was a heartbreaker.   
Miss Priss got her school pictures back last week.  I am dying at some of these.  They are so expensive so I always only buy on sheet but I had to illegally snap these shots of the others.  They were so sassy.



Barrett made a list of all the things he wanted to do over Spring Break.  McWane Science Center, Top Golf, Flight Museum, and the Zoo were all on his list.  Thankfully most of these things are at no cost to us since we have memberships and/or employee discounts through Patrick's work. We both had to work all week but we made the most of it.  (Spring Break post coming soon)
I'd made margaritas for bunko and I very much enjoyed the left overs.
Friday, AveryAnn had her 3 year old well check. After we decided to hit the zoo.  I never do anything with just her even though Barrett is in school all day.  It was crowded.  We met Anna and Dawson and a really fun day.  
We fed the Lorakeets.  We've never done that and AveryAnn loved it. 


Also got to ride the train.  


The bears were out playing and AveryAnn wanted to have her picture made with them.

Then she begged to ride the carousel, the she cried and wanted to ride on the bench seat.


We got home and played outside until the sun went down.  It was the perfect kickoff for Spring Break!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Fevers, Flu and Fun

After Barrett woke up with a fever both Monday and Tuesday, I decided he needed to go to the doctor. So Tuesday afternoon we headed to see Dr. Farr and he confirmed Barrett had the flu.  I really didn't think it would be flu.  He didn't seem that sick.  He'd had a pretty high temperature, but he didn't act as pitiful as I was expecting.
So, we tried to plan as best we could for a few days hunkered down at home.  Now, you may remember that I just started a new part time job about 6 weeks ago.  So I had to ask for help, which I don't love doing.  Patrick was on call so he couldn't take off.  My dad stepped in and offered to keep him so I could go to work.  AveryAnn went to school Wednesday and was fine.  That night I looked at her and could tell she was not well.  I took her temperature and it was 103.6 which is what Barrett's had been so I called the nurse and they were able to call us in some Tamiflu for her.

Thursday, my dad came to our house to watch them because they were still asleep when it was time to go.  I went to work.  I got home and my dad was like "oh, by the way, he says his legs hurt and he won't walk on them".  He said he heard him screaming and he was in the floor in his room and wouldn't walk.  He didn't act very concerned so I was like oh ok.  I googled it and this came up and I felt very confident this was the case with Barrett.
Now, after I mentioned it to my friends, I realized I probably should have been more concerned, but that just isn't me.  I don't get overly excited about things.   So Friday morning, I called the doctor and asked if that was normal or if I should be concerned.  They said it isn't really common but it is normal.  It's just a weird thing that can happen after a virus.
Also, AveryAnn's eyes looked like this.  So while I was on the phone with the nurse I asked her about it and she said it was probably pink eye so she called us in some eye drops.  I was also worried because AveryAnn had only had one wet diaper in over hours so they had me monitor that and told me to call back if she didn't have one in the next two hours.  Thankfully, she did so we didn't have to worry about that.  All she would eat were the pedialite popsicles. 
We spent most of the day Friday doing laundry and staying hydrated.  I also taught Barrett how to play checkers.  They were both feeling better by Friday afternoon.  Barrett's legs quit hurting and he was finally able to put weight on them.

He wore his "thing one" shirt to bed Friday night since he missed Dr. Seuss week at school.

We also played Train dominoes and UNO.  Saturday night, Ally started throwing up too.  Patrick was also not feeling well but he had to go to work. 
She read her "class" a book.  They were both so much better Saturday and Sunday.  We stayed home just to be sure but they were both fever free for 48 hours.  They were both going to school Monday.  Barrett did get to go.  AveryAnn started breaking out Sunday night in a rash.  I wasn't sure what it was but she didn't have any other symptoms.  Well Monday morning she woke up with a fever.  So we headed back to the doctor.  I'm glad I just went ahead and took her in because she had an ear infection.  Dr. Farr said the hives were probably a weird reaction to the virus (like the leg thing).  My dad met me and got her so I could finish my work day.  I started feeling bad Monday afternoon, but I woke up around 3:00 Tuesday morning with a fever and chills.  So AveryAnn and I stayed home to rest.  The fever went away around lunch time and I started to feel better.  Hopefully, Wednesday will be back to regularly scheduled programming.  Thankfully, my kids aren't sick often but they really made up for it this week. Whew, I'm tired!