Saturday, May 30, 2009


Last night we went to customer appreciation day at my dad's work. The boys had a blast. What little boy wouldn't love walking around with all these diggers and bulldozers around, riding in them, and watching them work? They really, really loved it!!!

Jacks helping Papa dig dirt.
Cooper helping Papa dig in the dirt. Can you see the huge smile on his face?

We really had a good time!! Thanks Dad for the invitation! The boys are already asking to go again!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

I am such a blog slacker...

The cast is off!! We went in on Tuesday morning and got the cast taken off. (He has the funniest tan line right in the middle of his arm.) I think I preferred it when the cast was still on. The doctor told me to watch him because if he falls on it again in the next couple of weeks he could break it again because it is still so tender. I didn't have to worry about that when the cast was on. How do you get a 2 year old boy with an older brother to not play so hard and stop running around? It's impossible! So I've been wrapping it in an ace bandage when he is playing outside to help him remember that he needs to favor the other arm. I hope we can make it through this tender period and come out with 2 working arms!!

I gave my last piano lesson on Tuesday and now I am having a summer break. The kids were ready for a break from practicing and I think I will enjoy a break too. I'm almost done with babysitting for my sister (I just have til the end of June.) I love summertime! This is such an exciting time of year. You can feel it all around! Everyone is so excited to be done with school and have summer freedom. I love it too even though I'm not in school anymore!!

We had a busy Memorial Day and of course I didn't have my camera with me for any of it. How do you guys remember to take it with you? I seem to always forget it! We had a BBQ at my mom's and then headed over to the Keele's for another one. After the Keele BBQ we went to the cemetery and say Don's headstone for the first time. It looked really nice. I just have to keep thinking that he is in a better place and is happier to not be so restricted with Alzheimer's, otherwise it makes me really sad that he's not around anymore. The kids had a great day playing with all their cousins (especially playing Annie-I-Over and Duck, Duck, Goose which are their 2 new favorite things to do).

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Casts

We went to the doctor today to get the cast put on AGAIN! That's right, you read it right. We went in yesterday (and waited over an hour in the waiting room) and got a cast put on. They put on a waterproof one and told me it was totally fine to get it wet in the tub or go swimming. So I gave the boys a bath last night and then we put them to bed. I felt a little uneasy because it was still wet, so I decided that I wasn't going to be doing nighttime baths while he has the cast on. Well, when Bert and I went to bed 2 hours later, Bert went in to check on the boys and Cooper had climbed out of bed and fallen asleep on the floor in front of his closet door. The cast was lying right next to him on the floor. He never cried or came out or anything. He just pulled it off and went to sleep. I'm sure he wouldn't have been able to pull it off if it hadn't been wet. It must have been really irritating him for it to be wet so he somehow pulled his arm out.

So, we went back again today (and only waited 25 minutes) and he got another one put on. He picked red today (mostly because Jacks was telling him red was his color.) Jacks knows some of his cousins favorite colors and so he thinks that color belongs with them and nobody else can have it. Well Jacks has decided that Cooper's favorite color is red (Cooper could really care less).

Monday, May 4, 2009

Broken Wrist

Bert and the boys were playing basketball on Saturday morning and Cooper was standing on the bed and reaching over to reach the hoop and fell. At first we just thought he landed on his head but when I asked him where it hurt he pointed to his left wrist. We got him all calmed down and he seemed fine until he tried to crawl and then he started crying again really hard. So we took him into the Instacare (which was ridiculous! We waited in the waiting room about 40 minutes and then after the doctor checked him out and ordered x-rays we waited again for another 40 minutes. We were at the doctors for 2 1/2 hours!) . His left wrist is broken and he has a temporary cast on right now and will get the permanent one on tomorrow.Waiting for the doctor to come in and check us out! He was a good sport about all of it. He got pretty tired of waiting but other than that he just hung out with us. As long as he wasn't putting any pressure on his wrist then he wasn't in pain and seemed fine!
This was right after we left the doctor's office. They gave him a sling but that only lasted about a half hour and then he didn't want it on anymore! The hardest thing about being a mom is when your kids get hurt or sick. It's so hard to decide if it's bad enough to take them into the doctor, it's hard to know how to help them, and the hardest thing is to see them in any kind of pain. You just want to take it away from them and you'll deal with the broken bone as long as they don't have to. He's been such a trooper about the whole thing. He's asked me to take it off a couple of times when it interferes with playing basketball but for the most part he doesn't complain. He has already started babying that arm and so I know it will be a while (even after the cast comes off) that he will use that arm again. These are some cute pictures I took of the boys before church yesterday! They looked so handsome. I was telling Bert the other day that I am finally grateful that they are so close in age. When I found out I was pregnant with Cooper, Jacks was only 10 months old, and I really freaked out. I was never excited about having another one already until after Cooper was born and I held him and loved him. But it was really hard to have a newborn baby and a 19 month old. It's always been a challenge to have them so close together, but I am finally grateful for it. They play so well together and entertain each other so well. They never get bored because they always have a buddy to play with. They can make each other laugh so hard and it always makes me laugh to listen to them. I'm not saying that I would do this again if I had a choice, but I am glad that it worked out like this and that we survived it! I love you Jacks and Cooper more than you will ever know!!!