Monday, July 28, 2014

Just a moment

It only lasted for a moment.......his cheek on mine.

Moments before, he had creeked open my bedroom door and peeked around to see if I was awake. I was, of course, but only because I had heard his tip-toeing across the kitchen floor.

He whispers into the dark--"Mommy?"

I motioned for him to come in and he didn't hesitate for a second, lest I change my mind and send him back to his own bed. He ran to my bed and climbed up and over me. He always wants to snuggle. Or more like lay directly beside me with at least one arm over me and one leg on top of mine. He tries to get as close as possible--until I can't tell where he ends and I begin. Which is natural for mother and child , because after all, that's how we started.

I could tell he was trying to stay awake because oh, how this child hates to miss any moment of life, but his eyelids got droopy and his breathing got quiet.

I gently moved him away from me after he fell asleep because as much as I love the cuddling, he's a horrible person to share a bed with. I sometimes cringe when I hear him coming before the alarm clock goes off because he always kicks and turns and tosses and ends up upside down and backwards from where he started. That morning....in the quiet stillness....he rustled a little bit and I thought, "Here it comes....the moving around.....I won't get a moment of sleep from here on out...". But I was wrong.

All while with his eyes closed, he felt around the bed until he found me, lifted his hand to my face and put his cheek on mine. It only lasted a moment.......but what a moment it was. My face was squished and his morning breath tickled my nose, but my heart was so happy that even in his sleep, my son could find his way to his momma and rest with me.

I could've cried for the joy I felt....a simple thing, but none the less, one of the things that make life worth living.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

So for anyone that knows me........

.........you'll be shocked.




We got a cat. 


No, you didn't read that wrong. I, Brady Wilhelm, participated in picking out and bringing home a kitten. And I liked it. 

And these silly kids were ECSTATIC!



I'm not a huge animal fan, but don't mind them when they're outdoor animals. And that's exactly what we got this kitten for! He's going to live outside and hopefully keep mice away from our house. But I have to admit that he's VERY cute and VERY cuddly. I miiiiiight have held him.......several times.

His name is Socks because his feet are all white. The kids are over the moon, of course! They kept arguing over who got to hold him...poor kitty. I think he got "hugged" to death--which we all know in toddler terms means he was almost choked and carried by the neck. 

Here's to hoping he's a good mouse-catching cat!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

4th of July 2014

We came home from vacation in time to host our annual 4th of July party. As usual, we had a great time with our sweet families. My mom, Brooke and Michael, Brandon and Joanna and all of Michael's family came over for dinner and fireworks. It was so nice!

Tommy and Tessa actually got along pretty well, which always makes things better!

These sweet stair-step cousins always have a good time together!

 Nana brought all the kids these squirt guns.......they were a lot of fun until they started squirting the grown ups!



The best part of the party was finding out if Brandon and Joanna were having a boy or a girl!! They had their first sonogram the day before the party, so the big reveal was on the 4th of July!


If it was a blue firework, it was a boy and if it was a red firework, it was a girl!




And it's a ..................







GIRL!!!!!

That's right! Three girls :) My poor brother is going to be waaaaay outnumbered! But we're all very excited to meet her now that we know she's a her!

After the gender reveal, we shot off all our fireworks. Tommy found one with his name on it and had to have it! It actually turned out to be be pretty cool.


 The girls picked us some SUPER pretty flowers...........;)

And just a few random shots from the rest of the night..............




Aunt Brookie got lots of snuggles..........



And Nana ended up with some sleepy kiddos on her lap.......

The best part of the night is when we can stand out in the middle of the yard and we can see all the fireworks shows in Augusta, Andover and Wichita. It's beautiful!

I feel blessed that thousands of man and women give up their safety and freedom so I can have mine. Thank you to all who serve and made it possibly for me to spend the holiday with my family!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Whitson!

So, I'm a couple months late getting this posted, but thought I need to share some pictures from Brandon and JJ's wedding! It was such a fun, awesome day and we had some wonderful people there to help us celebrate!

The rehearsal was.........COLD. VERY cold! It got really windy and rainy, so we were a little nervous about the wedding day. As you can see, our umbrellas were pointless ;)

Luckily, the weather on the wedding day was better. It was still windy and a little chilly, but NO RAIN!! The wedding was at our house back by the pond and the reception was at the Benton Community Building. It all turned out so perfectly!! There are a million (and one) pictures, so I chose a few of my favorites.........

The groom seeing the bride for the first time....

The bride walking down the aisle--SO beautiful!

It's official!! Mr and Mrs. Whitson!

The new family....cute!

The whole wedding party--Michael got some serious height!

Love these two!


Or should I say.........I love these three?!? 

The reception was fun too!




 






It was a busy day, but SO much fun and turned out so perfect. We couldn't have asked for a better set of girls to join our family! I'm so happy for my brother!  

Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Whitson!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

The rest of vacation

So while our first day wasn't that great (you can read about that in my last post), the rest of our vacation was pretty wonderful!!

Our kids behaved fairly well, with only a few melt downs--which is less than I expected since we were not at home and in our normal routine.

We did lots of boating, shopping, relaxing and EATING!

Our kids did lots of driving their aunts and uncles crazy  playing.....
 
 I got to spend a lot of time with this sweet (and ORNERY!) little girl!

 We saw some beautiful sunsets!

We had some delicious Mexican food and ate one of the BEST burgers I've EVER had.....
It's called a squeeze cheese burger and it's from the Squeeze Inn Cafe in Stockton, MO. Go there. You won't be sorry. It just oozes with melted cheese. Your hips will hate you, but your lips will looooooove you.

 We watched some REEEAAALLLY dumb teenagers jump off a REEEEAAAALLLLY high and steep cliff.....and not be able to get back up it! Three of them jumped into the water right by our boat. One of them climbed back up and the other two tried for 45 minutes to get up the cliff, but couldn't even get themselves out of the water. And it was getting dark. I told Tommy if he ever did something that stupid, he better not tell me about it!
Oh, to be young and dumb again.


The favorite part of my vacation was spending time with my little family. It's not very often that we're all together for several days in a row, so I loved getting to see my hubby and kids almost every hour of every day!

So glad this year was better than last!!!

Friday, July 11, 2014

What's in a name?

So I read a lot of blogs and a few of the bloggers have had babies recently or are having babies soon. Some have written about how important it is to give your child the name that was meant for them. That you should pray and spend weeks upon weeks picking the perfect, meaningful, uplifting, inspiring name for your child. And that's all fine and dandy. 
But in my opinion, you name your kid whatever you like! I mean, I want my daughter to be happy and have a song in her heart and know she's loved by God. But I'm not going to name her Theophilia Carolina because that's a HORRIBLE name (sorry if that just happens to be your daughters name!). I liked the name Tessa!! And I want my son to be strong and to be a blessing to people, but I'm not going to name him Ekon Berwin (literally means strong blessing). We gave Tommy his name because it's what we liked and we wanted to carry on a family name! The name you give a person does not define them. If you call a dog a fish, he's still going to act like a dog because that's what he is and that's how he was raised to be.

If I name my daughter Tessa Grace (Tessa means harvester and Grace...well, hopefully you know that meaning), it doesn't mean she's not going to grow up to be happy and loved by God! She'll hopefully be a product of her environment and she'll happen to have a pretty name that I love! I feel like some people put WAY too much thought and emphasis on naming their kids.

However, that HAS led me to do some research into what MY name means (just for the fun of it). Here's what I found in my googling process.....
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 **This is what several websites said.....
The name Brady is a baby boy name.
Gaelic Meaning:
The name Brady is a Gaelic baby name. In Gaelic the meaning of the name Brady is: Spirited.
American Meaning:
The name Brady is an American baby name. In American the meaning of the name Brady is: Spirited.
English Meaning:
The name Brady is an English baby name. In English the meaning of the name Brady is: From the broad island.
Irish Meaning:
The name Brady is an Irish baby name. In Irish the meaning of the name Brady is: Spirited; Broad.

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 **The urban dictionary had THIS to say about my name.....

1. BRADY
 To leave a social situation without saying goodbye or letting others know you are leaving. A sneaky exit. 
A. Where did you go last night? Did you brady? I couldn't find you?
B. Yeah, you people are a bunch of losers.

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**And my name is also a medical prefix. It's meaning is SUPER inspiring....

BRADY
Type: Term

Pronunciation: brad′ē
Definitions:
1. Slow. 
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Yeaaahhh...........so just to sum that up for you, my name is a BOY name (which I've been told over and over and OVER) and it means spirited (true), broad (ha! true!),  slow (SO true) and is a slang term for being shady (NOT true!).

Awesome.

So let's just say I'm glad I believe that names don't dictate who you are!! I tried to make myself feel better by researching my middle name. It means lake. Woo-hoo. Loosely translated, my name reads Slow spirited Broad Island Lake. Thanks, mom. 

I decided to look up my husband's name to see what Mr. Google had to say about him. I was kiiiiinda hoping it would be worse than mine. Stupid idea.
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 **This is what most websites said........

NICHOLAS
GENDER: Masculine
USAGE: English, French
PRONOUNCED: NIK-ə-ləs (English), nee-ko-LAH (French)   [key]
Meaning & History
From the Greek name Νικολαος (Nikolaos) which meant "victory of the people" from Greek νικη (nike)
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 This is what urban dictionary said about my husband........
1. Nicholas
The coolest guy in the world, but can be an a**hole from time to time and is carefree when it comes to just about anything. Basically he just doesn't give a s***......

A Nicholas or Nick....enjoys chonga and the finer things in life....He is a drifter and a daydream believer....some might speculate that the Nicholas is a conceited, hopeless romantic, and is most likely a loner.
(Jessica)- have you talked to that conceited a**hole Nicholas lately?

(Britney)- No, why?

(Jessica)- Because i want to confess my love to him....his bad ass careless attitude just makes me go crazy for him.

(Nick off in the distance)- D**n straight. Nobody can resist this body. 
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NOT FAIR! My husband ALWAYS wins!! Of COURSE his name means victorious and I have to say that although my husband isn't nearly as douchey as the "urban dictionary Nicholas", the attitude is spot on! ;) My husband is a VERY cool guy that can sometimes come across as an a-hole (but really isn't) and of course that's what attracted me to him in the first place!
  Then I looked up his middle name, James, hoping it meant super nerd or something super lame (like lake). 

This is what I found...........

James means Supplanter
Now, I wasn't sure what a supplanter was, but it sounds SUUUUUUPER lame, right? No. It's not.
This is what google said about supplanter------Supplanter often refers to governments and rulers of countries, and it comes from the verb supplant, which evolved from the Latin supplantare, meaning "to trip up or to overthrow." 
So to review, my name means Slow spirited broad island Lake........ Nick's name means Victorious Ruler. 

Slow spirited broad island Lake........Victorious Ruler. 

Yeah.

Well, Victorious Ruler, this Slow spirited broad island Lake loves the heck out of you and I'm glad I got to marry someone with such a fabulous name!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A Shocking Day.....literally

Every 4th of July, we go on vacation with Nick's side of the family. This year, we went to Stockton, MO. We left on Thursday afternoon (June 26) and we were both off work until Monday, July 7th. TEN SWEET DAYS OF VACATION!!!

Last year's vacation was.........a little.............horrible. You can read more about that here. So I figured there was no WAY this year could be worse than last year and was excited to head out! As soon as we were done with work, we packed up and started our 3 1/2 hour drive. And it went great! We only had to stop twice for a potty break and kept the kids entertained with lots of snacks and they were pretty much perfect travelers! I was so glad. Vacation is much more relaxing when they aren't crying/whining/pooping constantly.

And they met a huge M&M on the way there that was the highlight of the trip for them!
I think Tessa hugged that thing no less then 10 times.

We got there around 8ish and ate a quick dinner and went to bed. 

And then we woke up the next day. That was our first mistake :) We should've stayed in bed.

Nick and Tommy got up to go fishing with his dad. Tess stayed at the house with me. We were going to go shopping, so we were getting around. I was sitting on the middle of the bed and told Tessa to come up there so we could get her dressed. She reached up from the end of the bed, so I held onto her hands and pulled to get her up (which we have done a MILLION times in the past!). I pulled gently for a second, but couldn't get her up, so I let go and she walked around the side of the bed. She was kind of being whiny, but didn't say anything. I picked her up and when I touched her right arm, she started crying. I remembered hearing about one of my cousins getting part of their arm popped out of the socket when they were little like Tess, so I started trying to move her arm. I moved her shoulder and she was fine, I moved her elbow and she was fine, but when I touched her wrist.....oh goodness. Heartwrenching. She was sobbing (which is unusual for her) and had big, huge tears and kept saying, "Kiss it, Mommy!! Kiss it! Huwt. Huwt! Kiss it!"

Saddest. thing. ever.

I thought maybe we had pulled a muscle or something, so I gave her some ibuprofen. When she continued to cry for 20 minutes, I called Nick to come back (and thank God, they were JUST getting ready to put the boat in the water). He got home quickly and we packed her up and drove her to urgent care. She cried the whole way there (and by that point, I was sobbing too) and refused to move her right arm or use it for anything. I kept trying to get her to hand me stuff or point to something to see if she would use it and she just wasn't having it.

We got checked in and she finally seemed to be settling down and not hurting so much--I think the ibuprofen kicked in. She held her baby and I held her. We got called back after 15 minutes or so. The doctor examined her, they did an x-ray and confirmed that she had Nurse maid's elbow. Weird name, but apparently a very common occurrence. Basically, I had dislocated her elbow. Mom of the Year. HORRIBLE feeling to know you popped your own kid's arm out of socket! The x-ray showed that her radius was 5mm further up than it should have been.

But praise God, it was a super easy fix. The doctor held her hand and just turned her arm back and forth a few times and then gave it one really hard push up. She let out a loud wail and cried for about 20 seconds and then stopped and stared at her hand. She moved it a little and cried a little, then moved it again and realized she was perfectly fine! After that, you would never know anything had happened (except for the 900 stickers the doctor gave her and she plastered all over her shirt!).

It was such a sad experience :( My sweet girl hardly every cries when she gets hurt, so seeing her tears and hearing her beg me to kiss it so it would feel better.......whew. I was a goner. And I CAUSED IT!!! That was the worst part. But I did feel much better that the doctor said it was extremely common in her age (at least I'm not the ONLY bad parent in the world!).

I pretty much gave Tessa whatever she wanted for the rest of the day (mother's guilt). We did some shopping and hung out around the house most of the day. I was so glad to have our horrible morning behind us!

But it was not the end.

It was around dinner time and we were back in the bedroom. I was getting some stuff put away when I heard Tessa make a weird noise. I looked to my right and lo and behold---she was ELECTROCUTING HERSELF!! Whaaaa?!?!?! She had her hand on the electrical socket and sparks were flying all over the place.

Talk about a freak out! I started screaming at her to stop and she jerked her hand away. I ran over there and picked her up (not by her hands, mind you) and started hugging her and asking if she was okay. She seemed fine, was breathing fine, looked fine. She kept hanging her head and I could tell she was upset because she thought she was in trouble (and she SO was, once I realized she was going to be okay). Everyone had come into the bedroom because the lights had flickered and they heard me asking Tessa if she was okay. Upon further investigation, a fan was plugged in and my little girl took a dime and stuck it between the outlet and the fan. This was the result....
Again, PRAISE GOD that Tessa was okay and the carpet didn't catch on fire and the socket still worked fine.

Needless to say, we went to bed shortly after. I wanted nothing more to do with the day! God had gotten us through both incidents and I was ready for some sweet dreams. Luckily, that was the worst day of vacation and the rest of it was full of good times!