Monday, December 26, 2016

Fulton Valley Farms and urgent care

Two days before Christmas, we decided to check out Fulton Valley Farms. We met all of Nick's family for dinner and then headed over to see all of their Christmas activities! It ended up being really cool. The kids were able to see Santa. They had a path lit up with thousands of Christmas lights and it was SO pretty. They had donkeys and sheep for kids to pet and a place where you can take pictures with a real reindeer (Tessa was just SURE it was Vixen).

The coolest part of the night was when they had a live nativity. They acted out the shepherds finding baby Jesus and it was just a really beautiful, poignant moment. It helps to really see what it might have been like for Mary and Joseph.

The next day, we took a little trip to urgent care. Because how else would we want to spend our Christmas Eve?!? Long story short, Tessa had complained three or four weeks ago that her ear hurt. I looked at it and it looked like her earring hold was infected. She cried when I touched it, so I knew it was really hurting her because she doesn't really cry from pain. I noticed that her earring back was missing and assumed it had just fallen off. We cleaned it up really good and I noticed it was kind of hard, but assumed that was pus that just needed to be cleaned out. She was able to keep an earring in without any problems and after a few days, it healed up and looked fine.

BUT.......I went to change her earrings the say before Christmas Eve and noticed her ear lobe was still hard. The hard spot was perfectly round. Like the shape of the little tube like plastic earring back that had gone missing. And I just knew.....her earring back was IN her ear. There's an urgent care in Andover that we decided to take her to. We knew this wasn't ER worthy, but we were going out of town for a few days after Christmas and didn't want to keep it in there any longer than necessary! So I took her in. And the were able to give her some local anesthetic and take it right out! It took less then 10 minutes and she was SUCH a trooper! I felt so bad that it had been in her ear so long. But I was so glad they were able to see her that day and get it taken care of!

She wanted me to take this picture to send to her aunt....clearly she was recovering well.....

It was an eventful few days!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Early Christmas presents

This year, I got a couple of early Christmas presents!

So I've been agonizing for a few years over a KitchenAid mixer. It's one of those things that I don't NEED......but always want. I just couldn't make myself spend the money on it! They're so expensive! But every year around Christmas, I start looking at them and thinking about them and dreaming about them and all of the things I'll never use it to make......

And every year I lament to Nick about how much I want one but that I'm just not going to buy it. But this year, he got tired of listening to me and made me bite the bullet! And I love it!

I got an EXCELLENT deal on it. It was on sale for around $250. Then I had a 30% off coupon code that took it down to around $175. I also had a $30 gift card, so that made it $145. Then there's a $30 mail in rebate, so that made it $115. AND I got $50 Kohl's cash back on my purchase! So essentially, I got it for under $100!! I got white so it'll match any kitchen color scheme I may have throughout the years. And I named her Lucinda......

These cookies were our first recipe that we made together. And I must say, they were pretty dang tasty.....

But even better than the KitchenAid mixer was another early present I got....
Mr. Tyson FINALLY made his appearance! Isn't that the cutest little grumpy face you've ever seen?!? He was a few days overdue, so they induced his mama on December 22. She had to go in around 5am. I worked all day, but was right down the road from the hospital and had given my brother strict orders to call me when it was close to time. He texted that she was dilated to 8cm, so I decided to finish a few things and then head to the hospital. Well, I called my mom to see what floor to go to and Ty was already being born! Once he was ready to come out, he came quick! He's just the most precious little nephew! After 5 nieces, I finally have a little man to spoil!

I'm in love!!

And so are his cousins....
We are so happy he FINALLY decided to make an appearance and came out healthy and cute as a button! Merry Christmas to me!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Santa Train 2016

I had seen something on facebook about a Santa Train in Kansas. Unfortunately, it turned out to be about 3 hours away. I googled MORE Santa trains in Kansas and found one that was in Abilene (only about an hour and 45 minutes away). I rounded up a group of people and we decided to go for it! I knew the kids would love it and it's something we'd never done before. Plus, it was only $10 per person and you can't beat that! We were just praying that aunt JJ wouldn't go into labor while we were so far from home!
It turned out to be a lot of fun! The train was a little older and really neat. They had an old fashioned town built around the train station that we were able to look around while we were waiting. The train car was really warm and spacious. The had crafts for the kids to do and then each kid got to sit on Santa's lap and then they got a book. On the way back to the train station, we sang Christmas carols and the kids got to participate in a little play. It was such a fun Christmas activity!

I'm definitely planning on going back next year! It was worth the drive and a super cheap, fun thing to do with all the kids. And JJ did NOT have Ty while we were there, so our prayers were answered--ha! I was so glad we decided to take the little road trip to try it out!

We had our annual Christmas party with the Cain's that same evening. It was a busy day, but SO much fun. I apparently missed the rude shirt memo.... 
We stuffed ourselves on good food and good company. And of course, the kids loved opening all of their presents....

We were all cracking up over Essie's new slippers!
And of course, there was the annual cousin PJ picture.....this was the best we could get!

Three sweet sisters.......

My kids were NOT having it...

And then we got this shot......the last annual Christmas party as a family of five!

It was a WONDERFUL night with wonderful people! I love our traditions!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Playing catch up!'s been awhile since I posted, so this is a mish-mash of random things that have happened in the last month or so!

I took Tessa to her first musical and we LOVED it! The local high school put it on and they did Ariel and it was SO good. I was super impressed with the lights, sets, actors....all of it. Tessa loved it too--at least the part she stayed awake for! It didn't start until 7pm and it lasted for about 3 hours, so she only got through about half the musical and then she was DONE. But she loved what she saw!

Tommy came home from school one day and I was going through his bag. I found two of the most precious pieces of paper that I totally saved. This one melted my heart....
 I LOVE the way he wrote "I love mommy." I mean, he wrote it just like it sounds! So cute. And then I saw this paper........

 I asked him why he wrote all of his friend's names. He said, "Mom, I didn't write that. They signed their own names." When I asked him why, he said, "Because it's our club for just the guys! I can't talk about it!" I was DYING. So cute and so funny!

Tommy had a thanksgiving dinner at school. Each kid in the school had colored placemats and drawn pictures on them and set them at each person's place. Tommy REALLY wanted to find his placemat, but the tables were all full and we weren't able to look. He LOST it. Like, full blown crying meltdown because he was just dying to show me his place mat. He had to spend a few minutes in the car with dad until he calmed down and then finally came in and ate and performed his song on stage. We eventually found his placemat and all was right in his world again! 

I had to take a picture of Tessa this day because everybody kept commenting on how old she looked! Which was true. I'm not sure if it was the bun or the "flappy earrings" (that's what she calls my dangly earrings that she begs to wear!). But she looked SO old! And super cute.

Nick's company had their annual open house. We took Grandma and Papa along this year and had a lot of fun!

 They were handing out free ice cream, so these kids were in heaven.

Tessa Grace sat on Santa's lap and told him everything she wanted!

They played mini golf......
And sat in the skid steers...........

They had bouncy houses and crafts and Christmas trees full of candy! The kids (and adults) had such a good time!

That catches the blog up for most of November and beginning of December! Now onto Christmas.....

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Worst mom award

 My little girl is not a complainer when it comes to pain. She is so, SO tough. She can fall down and before she even jumps back up, she says, "I'm okay!" She rarely cries over pain.

One day, she started telling me that her tooth "hurted." In all fairness, at the time she told me, I was giving her brother his allergy medicine and after she said it "hurted," she asked if she needed medicine too. So I thought she was just trying to get medicine. I told her she was fine and we went about our day.

The next few days, she would casually mention that her tooth hurt. I finally felt around in her mouth and in the very back on each side, she had a hard lump under her gums. I assumed since there was a little lump on each side that she was growing her molars early or something like that. I gave her a little ibuprofen and called it good.

And then one night, she came into our room in the middle of the night just crying hysterically and saying it hurt. I gave her ibuprofen and an ice pack and made a little bed for her to lay on in our room. She tossed and turned alllllll night. She kept moaning and crying out. It was SO miserable for her. I just waned to take the pain for her! I know if Tessa is crying about it, it really hurts!

We finally both fell asleep for a bit. She woke me up the next morning and I think the first words I said were, "Oh, shit!"

This is what her little face looked like.........
The pictures don't do it justice. The whole right side of her face was HUGE. Her lower gum was so swollen, it looked like she had her tongue poking into it. I felt so, SO bad. I should've known as soon as she complained the first time that something was going on. I looked inside her mouth and her gums were so swollen, I almost couldn't see one of her teeth (the one she said was hurting).

I called the dentist and they said to bring her in right away. The assistant did some x-rays and then as soon as the dentist walked in, he stopped and said, "Holy crap, that's huge!"
She was such a trooper the whole time. While the ibuprofen was strong in her system, she didn't seem to feel too much pain, so the dentist was able to poke around quite a bit. He said she had a really, really bad infection. He wasn't sure what would have caused it (although she'd just had a cavity filled on that tooth about 3 weeks before that, so my guess is something went wrong with that). He gave her an antibiotic and said that if that didn't clear it up, we'd probably have to end up pulling it. I officially felt like the worst mom ever and kept thinking she probably could've avoided all of this if I had taken her in sooner!

Look at my poor little girl's droopy face.........
She was SO done by the end of that day. She'd done great all day, but once we got home, she was tired and hurting and ready to crash. She slept so much better that night with ibuprofen, amoxicillin and her ice pack! 

The amoxicillin started helping the swelling go down within 2-3 doses. We were SO thankful. Our little girl was back to her sweet self in no time and hasn't complained of any tooth pain again or had any swelling.

After that whole ordeal, I vowed to always take her pain complaints seriously!