Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Meet Dino

We had a Vet clinic set up in our living room for awhile.  This was Drew's dinosaur, Dino.  Doctor Drew reported that Dino had a broken foot and a ruptured ear drum.  See...he's holding the cotton up to his ear to stop the drainage.

Poor Drew. He had a a rough couple months.  He had ear infection in one or both ears for half of the summer.  His ears ruptured twice or maybe it was 3 times I can't even remember now.  We went to see his ENT doctor who discovered that his nose was very unhealthy looking and thought the problems with his ears was stemming from his nose.  We tried some different medications and nose sprays and he ordered some allergy testing.

The allergy testing was more traumatic than I thought it would be.  He ended up getting 15 injections of different allergens.  We discovered that he is allergic to pollen, trees, grass, but his most severe allergy is to dust mites (shudder).

We initially thought we were going to do allergy shots or maybe surgical treatment to place tubes back in his ears but this week we went in and it looks like his ears and his nose are looking better.  We made some changes around the house and that, along with his new medicines seem to be working.  We bought him a dust mite and allergy proof pillow, pillow cover, and mattress cover.  I am no longer line drying his clothes and bedding.  We also have an air purifier in his bedroom.

 I am crossing my fingers that he continues to improve.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Princess Emily

Like most 3 year old little girls, Emily loves the movie Frozen!  Even before she saw that movie she would love to dress up in her princess dress and dance around the house.
Now she dresses up and wants me to braid her hair like Queen Elsa.  She keeps telling me "it needs to be longer".
I just like the fact that now at almost 4 years old, she is finally letting me play with her hair!!

Iowa State University Fan Fest

On August 24th, while Miss Emily and I were spending some time with friends in Nebraska, Will took the 3 younger boys to the Iowa State Fan Fest.  Here are a few pictures he snapped while at the event.

I think all 3 boys faces are just as red as their shirts!

I can only imagine how excited Brodie was.  He LOVES football.  The players were there giving autographs.  This was the best part for Brodie.  

They got their hats signed as well as posters.

 They even got head coach Paul Rhoads autograph!

Mini Makers Faire at the Science Center of Iowa

 On Labor Day we attended the Mini Makers Faire at the Science Center in Des Moines.  It was awesome.

Going into the Faire I had no idea what to expect.  Here's a little background on the Maker Faire...

Maker Faire is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness. It's a community-based learning event that inspires everyone to become a maker and connect to people and projects in their local community. At Maker Faire, you'll find arts and crafts, science and engineering, food and music, fire and water - but what makes this event special is that all these interesting projects and smart, creative people come together.

Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.

The first thing we saw when we walked up were gas powered cars that had been transformed into electric cars.

The kids (and Will) got to test their skills with virtual reality welding.

Who doesn't love R2 D2?
The robots below were able to move around and pick up and toss the blue ball.  The robot went around tossing the ball to kids who were standing there paying attention.  It was really cool.

 What event isn't made better with some balloon art!

This was one of the coolest things I saw.  A 3D printer.  I think it is just totally amazing.  I could have just sat and watched it all day.

 The kids had a great time creating different sounds, pitches, and music using circuits, plugs and switches.

 We had a great time and saw lots of really, really cool stuff.  The kids said we absolutely HAVE to go to another one.


Letter A

I started preschool with Emily this week.  She is old enough to go to public preschool but since she won't be 4 years old till November she would end up taking 2 years of preschool.  I decided to do her first year at home and then I will probably send her next year.  This is what I did with both Brodie and Drew.  It's been fun and she is really excited. 
I have spent a lot of time looking online and finding wonderful preschool material.  The world wide web is full of awesome, FREE material!  

My plan is to do a letter each week.  I have a theme and focus on a color each week as well.  
 Emily is super excited and after each activity she says "now what mom?"  I hope her enthusiasm continues throughout the year and I don't disappoint her.

So far we've had a great start.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Long time no update

Well a lot has happened since I last blogged 8 months ago.

Jake graduated from High School in May.  He spent the summer at home working 2 jobs.  He worked at Fazolis where he had been since January.   He also worked at a Fitness Club in Bondurant, which he absolutly loved.  He repeatedly said it was his dream job.

He got accepted into the Fitness Management Program at the Des Moines Area Community College in Boone.  He moved out in the middle of August and is living in Boone in the student apartments.  He is sharing an apartment with 3 other boys.  So far he seems to really like it.  He quit working at the fitness club and Fazoli's before he headed to college due to the distance and gasoline costs.  He is now working part time in Ames at the Panda Express.

This summer Tony spent a lot more time outside than in years past.  He started roller blading and riding his bike almost every day.  He also learned to mow the yard this summer which was very exciting.  He grew a ton, about 30 pounds in 3 months.  Part of that is his medication and the other part is that he is a 16 year old boy.

He started his Junior year of High School.  He is taking the year off of band and thinks he may join the Tech Club.  He has been working with grandpa about 1 day a week and seems to really enjoy that.  He is hoping to get a job at Batteries Plus in the near future.  He has a teacher at school that has been helping him with that.

 Brodie just started 3rd grade.  He was excited to get back to school.  He really missed all of his friends this summer.  Baseball kept us pretty busy the first part of the summer.  Football season is coming up now and he couldn't be happier.  Dad has Iowa State season tickets and Brodie can not wait to go with him to a couple games.  We signed him up for Flag football this year and that will be starting in about a week.  He's ready.  He's been practicing all summer.

 Mr. Drew just started 2nd grade.  He too, was excited to get back to school although he misses his momma more than the other boys do.  He had a tough summer, battling recurring ear infections with ruptures.  Our ENT doctor feels that it's all caused from his very unhealthy looking nose.  We are getting ready to have some allergy testing done to see if we can identify the problem.

First day of school!

Dad went into work late to see the boys off on their first day of school.

 Then there is this little peanut.  Oh Emily Joy keeps me on my toes.  Just today I got all of my preschool stuff out and organized.  I plan to start preschool with her next week.  She keeps asking "can we do pretty school today?"  She really misses not having her boys home all day to entertain her.   I miss them too.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Brodie and Drew Winter Concert

Thursday December 5 Brodie and Drew had their winter concert.  Both boys did a good job knowing the words and singing along.

The first graders sang first.  Here is Drew's class below.

Drew is the second one in on the top row.

This picture is of  Brodies class.  He is on the top row in the blue shirt.

After the concert we headed to Dairy Queen for ice cream.  That has become our tradition after school concerts.