Sunday, February 22, 2009

Puking Kids

How much fun is it to try and pack boxes and move and have puking kids? I'll tell you from experience, not fun at all. Josh did his puking episode already and is done. He's still coughing and has a runny nose, but definitely on the road to recovery. Thomas fought it off longer and just got it. It seems to be just a cold, but the coughing that comes with it is so intense it makes them puke. Even when I had it, I would gag with the coughs. Ugh. Thomas chose a couple nights ago as the time to start, just happens that we were in Fred's Appliances and he puked all over Dan. Luckily none got on the floor, so no clean up for me. And I carry extra clothes, so everyone was good. Yucky though. About 20 minutes ago he had another puking episode. He made it to the bathtub (with Dan carrying him) so nothing had to be discarded this time. All three boys are currently sleeping...cute!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


We are feeling yucky. Thomas has a random tooth coming through, so he's running a low-grade fever. Joshua has a runny nose, which means he gets to have a nebulizer treatment at least every morning. The other night he woke up coughing so violently he threw up...that was neat. I have a great head cold that would be easily controlled could I take anything to help. Tylenol just doesn't cut it. It seems we're on the mend, but our days are slower and we are all a little grouchy.

Dan took a new job at the Guard. After much deliberation, he just accepted it today. The upside is that on his weekends there he'll be making more money and he'll be at a job where he has more of a chance for promotions. The downside is that he will leave for training for 8 weeks. At first they wanted him to go in June, and he and I decided that would be just too much with 4 kids under 4. They've delayed it a bit (a bit) so that we are more settled. I won't post when he's leaving, just for my sense of security, but if you want to come over for dinner, get out of the house, or just plain have some time alone with 4 kids...let me know! I think Dan's excited for the possibilities and will try and fly home at least once during those 8 weeks as there are many big events he'll be missing during his absence.

We got news today that our house is on schedule! The bank declined our extension request (a bit infuriating since they took 2 weeks to accept our offer and are now saying we have to pay $150 a day for every day we are late). The VA is working feverishly (I hope) to get things together and done. As of now we should close on the 24th. Dan will be painting and cleaning the new house after work the 25th and 26th. Anyone willing to help would be greatly appreciated since I'm not allowed to be around the paint. We are planning on moving the 28th. A crew will stay here and clean this place and another crew will do the moving. Let me know if you want to join a crew! I'm not sure where I'll be since I can't do any lifting and need to some periodic sitting (probably more sitting after trying to do all those last minute packing details).

That's the update from here! Pictures soon, I promise!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Valentine's Day Party

This is the first Valentine's Day that the boys have been old enough to start to understand this holiday. We made Valentine's boxes, signed cards for friends, and got dressed up. This morning was the Valentine's Party for our mommy group. The boys had an absolute blast (thanks for hosting know the boys LOVE your house!). After a dance portion, games, and snacks, it was finally time to open Valentine's. I would continually catch Thomas peeking in his box just waiting to get inside. The boys were really thrilled and wanted to know who gave them each Valentine. Outside, while loading the car, I caught a few pictures of them with sunglasses too. Really cute!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Eagles Basketball Game

Last weekend we took the boys to the Eastern Washington University Eagles basketball game. We do this once a year because, as alumni, we get free tickets and it seems like an easy night out as a family. Before we went to the game, we hit the Saturday evening Mass. This is normally not a big deal, but Thomas took it upon himself to find every quiet moment of church to exclaim he was attending a basketball game that evening. At least most people find it endearing. Before the game they have a great kids set up. This made our night. Thomas was having a tough time understanding that we were going to WATCH a basketball game, he would not be participating. The kids area had lots of events for him to do, including dribbling through some cones and shooting, and slam dunking a basketball. It was all very cute and the boys got lots of prizes. All in all, it was a great night and a great game. Dan says next year, he's not going....I think he's scared.

The boys had their speech evaluation this week as well. Our pediatrician decided that he wanted them to get checked. It cracks me up a little because the only reason he decided this was necessary was because Joshua chose that 5 minutes of the day to be silent. Joshua, my kid who never EVER shuts his mouth. The speech evaluation was fun to watch. Joshua decided to be the talkative one and Thomas decided to be difficult. Both boys were decided to be in the normal range for speech. We will go back in 6 months to confirm that they are getting better and better, but Dan and I aren't real concerned.

We also realized this week that the boys have concocted their own language. We looked for this as babies and toddlers, but didn't see any real evidence. They've always had their strong connection and been able to communicate very well nonverbally. However, this week, I observed an entire conversation in their own language. It was really interesting. Sometimes if they are really angry or feeling funny they'll use it on me or a random stranger. They find it hilarious. Me? Not so much. Although it is pretty cute.

Friday, February 6, 2009


A couple days ago it was beautiful and sunny so I took the boys to the vacant lot beside the house to let them sled down the small hill. It's absolutely perfect for them. I grabbed a camping chair out of the van and took pictures from my chair while they went up and down the little slope. They loved it! Sledding has about come to an end. There is still a lot of snow up here on the South Hill, but it'll be melting quickly with these warmer temperatures...we're happy to say good-bye!

The house inspection was on Thursday. This inspection was for us only. People ask how it went and I don't know how to respond. I'm not sure what good inspection looks like vs a bad inspection. The VA will come in and do their appraisal this week, and that's the one that matters, so we'll see what they say. Our closing date is still projected at February 24th. If the VA cannot get it done before then we accrue a horrific $150/day fee for every day we are late. Keep your fingers crossed that everything is done in time! We're really pushing on our end! We went tonight and took measurements of each room trying to figure out where all furniture will go. I have been packing and making sure that everything is labeled with an appropriate room since I won't be able to do any moving myself. Speaking of which, if you want to come to our moving party (Feb 28th hopefully), let me know! We'd love to have you! If you don't want to move, but want to clean, there will be a crew here cleaning too. And we'll be painting and cleaning the new house Feb 25-27th. I'll be checking with my doctor on what I'm actually allowed to do, but extra hands will not be denied.

Monday, February 2, 2009


We finally got word back today and found out our offer on the house was accepted. Hooray! We signed some papers and are setting up the inspection for this week. It's going to be a busy month, but we're so excited. Here are some pictures of the: front of the house, the living room, the kitchen, and the boys room.