Sunday, February 28, 2010
First off, I get a lot of headaches, and some of them develop into migraines. I think that the reason I get so many headaches is because of eye strain. I made an appointment with my eye doctor, and for the past few weeks I've been adjusting to contacts. I've definitely been getting less headaches. I only had one this week, down from at least 3 or 4 a week. That is a good thing. (Migraines and motherhood don't mix!)
Second, my doctor recommended a good physical therapist. A couple of years ago, I had some major sciatic pain. Although the pain has gone away, I've had some residual numbness in my leg that would worsen whenever I tried to work out. I've been going to physical therapy for about a week and a half now, and already have felt such a difference. I have had no numbness in my leg at all today! I am thrilled to be learning how to handle this problem, and am now filled with hope that I'll be able to exercise and get into shape/feel healthier again. Today, I went to pick up a new pair of shoes and some workout clothes to celebrate. (How much of a geek am I that I just took a picture of my shoes?! But really, aren't they pretty?!) :)
Friday, February 26, 2010
In this sample, she wrote, "I like to play with my dolls. It is fun!" In this sample, she wrote, "Me and my Dad made a pinewood derby. I was happy."
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Without further ado, here is Caroline....snapping...
Soon after this video was made, we read stories to Caroline and tucked her into bed. Upon closing her door for the night, we fully expected to hear a lot of snapping sounds emanating from her room. We did. :) What we didn't expect was this...A few minutes later Caroline emerged from her room and walked into the bathroom. When she turned on the water at the sink, we asked her what she was doing. She replied, "My fingers are getting hot from snapping. I have to cool them down."
Now that is some serious snapping. Who knew your fingers could overheat from such a thing?!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
This is the one that held their attention...our jack-in-the-box. Batman? Nah. Buzz Lightyear? He's OK. But Jack? That's where it's at. ;)
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Then it was off to Henry and Seth's Blue and Gold Banquet...
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
This time she is to hide something in a bag and write three clues about it. Then tomorrow, her classmates get to listen to her clues and guess what special thing she brought to share. She chose her "Dream Bunny," her stuffed animal that gives her good dreams. It is her "must-have" every night.
Here's a close-up of her clues...
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Here's Grammy with her cake and 90 CANDLES!
And here's her ingenious way of blowing ALL of them out!
Here are some of her Great-Grandkids presenting her with their gift...
Dave's brother, Mark, made a slideshow filled with pictures of her life, starting with her wedding day through all kinds of treasured family moments.
Here's part of what Great-Grandma and Great-Grandpa started, their son Dennis' family.
Then, Caroline and I drove to the waterpark to meet our family for Dave's cousin's 40th birthday party and Dave's Grandma's 90th birthday party.
Love this picture! When Dave's cousin, Aaron, lost at a game, he was subjected to the kids' "spanking machine"!
Then on to some fun at the waterpark...
All went well until it was time to go back to the hotel room for bedtime. We had it all worked out...Caroline would sleep with her cousin, Anabel, Henry and Seth slept in another bed, Dave and I in another, and Evan would sleep in a little cot. Unfortunately, the hotel ran out of cots that night. So we made a little bed out of a chair and ottoman where we thought Evan could spend the night. He was all set up with sheets, his favorite blankets, and his music box. Unfortunately, it took until 11:00 to get him to sleep. He slept a couple of hours there, and then joined Dave and I in our double bed. That was not quality sleep to say the least! Poor Dave finally gave up on sleeping there, and finally slept the rest of the night on the chair. And I spent the rest of the night with Evan using me as a pillow, kicking me, and all other things that lead to very little sleep.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Alternate title: C'mon baby, let's do the twist!
When the earthquake happened in Haiti, the kids were concerned that we could have an earthquake here. Never having experienced an earthquake in Illinois, I told the kids that we don't really have earthquakes here.
Then, bammo, a week later, I had to eat my words. At 4 AM, I was in a deep sleep, and was awakened by a big boom and then some loud rumbling sounds. I got a little panicky, and (I know this doesn't make any sense) thought that a burglar was trying to break in. Dave jumped out of bed, and that's when we realized that the whole house was shaking. Dave went to the hallway where he saw Henry and Caroline. Henry was accusing Dave of trying to scare him, saying "Why were you shaking my wall, Dad?" Caroline was pretty scared, and came running to me in bed. Soon after that, the shaking stopped. Henry and Caroline stayed with us in bed for a while, and after we explained that the earthquakes that we do get here are VERY rare, and nothing like they had in Haiti, they were mainly just excited to talk about it with us and their friends in school.
After they settled a bit, we went to tuck them back in their own beds. That's when we saw that Seth was awake and completely unphased. Apparently, he too thought his Dad was just trying to scare them, and was just trying to fall asleep again. Evan slept right through it all.
The next day, Henry was trying to explain to Evan what had happened. The following clip is the result of Henry's teaching. :)
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Because the babies were born the night of the earthquake, we've decided to name the ones that we've seen so far Shiver and Shake.
(Their siblings, born just 20 (!) days ago are Flippy, Dippy and Pippy. The oldest baby, born from another mother ~27 days ago, is named Zippy.)
Henry came out of his room and accused Dave of trying to scare him by shaking the walls. :) He and Caroline wound up in our bed, too excited to sleep for a while.