Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Update on the Kiddos

Well, Katie seems to be better now, though she has a molar coming in that has been giving her trouble at night time with sleeping. No more vomiting or fever from her since Monday morning, so I daresay she might be better.
Michael, on the other hand, was still running a pretty significant fever last night (probably around 103, according to my surprisingly-accurate, Mom/Nurse forehead-to-hand technique), and woke up this morning about 7am with horrible dry heaves. He snuggled with me for a while, then perked up a little and asked for a drink. I sent him to get his cup of water, and before I could stop him, he had swigged a half-cup of milk, which he lost a little later. At least he's getting good at holding his hand over his mouth and sprinting to the potty! He did keep a few berries down at lunchtime, and is now taking a nice long nap. Poor guy! We've got to get everyone better before baby comes!
Baby's check-up yesterday was rather uneventful. We were hoping to get an induction date, but the doctor said that baby is not ready for his/her big arrival yet, and so we wait. I'll spare you all the details, but we'll recheck next Tuesday. And hope and pray. :-)

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Another Sickie

Kate is feeling much better today, but about 11pm last night, Michael started puking. He has stopped the puking now, but in the same pattern of Katie, he's running a fever and is clingy & lethargic. He just fell asleep on the couch watching a movie (at 11:30am), and I hope the rest helps my sweet little boy to fight off this bug, especially since he didn't sleep well last night. Get better little guy!

Caution: Men at Work

On Sunday afternoon, Warren and Kevin came over to help Jon lay the deck boards for our new deck! What a blessing for them to help get that done, especially since it was the hottest day of the summer so far at 100 degrees. Thanks for all your hard work, guys!!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Sweet Katie

My precious girl woke up clingy from her nap today, and not too long afterward, she started vomiting. This is the first either of the kids have had the pukes in our house (spit-up not included), so we're hoping it's a gentle start and she is better in the morning. You can see from her rosy cheeks that she's got a fever as well. Get better soon, sweet girl!
That fat lip is unrelated to her sickness. That came from her naughty brother...

Little Wonders

Michael is very curious and loves to explore. He's always finding out new things, and along with that comes a million questions.
Here he is closely monitoring the actions of a lady bug which was stuck between the patio door and the screen.

Daddy introduced Michael to the wonderful world of bubble wrap!

Silly glow-stick glasses (and pizza face!)
The kids enjoyed Vacation Bible School at our church this week, and came home with all sorts of goodies every night. Now we will have a weekend of sugar detox to get their systems back to normal and my kids acting like normal human beings again. One night, Michael came home with a 2ft long by 1"diameter Pixie Stix (that got "lost" after he went to bed). They had tons of fun and enjoyed the lessons and activities. Thanks to all who helped out with that and made it enjoyable for my kids and so many others!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

3D Ultrasound Pics

I went today for an ultrasound, and the tech gave me these amazing facial shots.
Baby is sucking his/her arm.

The top of baby's face is hidden, but we caught a picture sticking out his/her tongue.

Look at those chubby cheeks and sweet kissy lips!
We can't wait to meet you, little one!!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Visiting Cousins

On Thursday night, Jon's sister Debbie came to visit with her kids Lauren and Nathan. Kevin joined us for the weekend, though during the week, he is finishing up his Masters degree and isn't with us. We're so happy to have them here with us for a few weeks, and have been having so much fun that I keep forgetting to take out the camera for pictures!
We've been able to do lots of fun things together already- garage sales (where I finally found Michael a baseball mitt for his right hand!), CYT's Aladdin, Carl's Ice Cream. We went to Five Guys on Saturday for Jon's Father's Day dinner, then on Sunday, we grilled baby back ribs and fresh corn and veggies for Kevin's Father's Day dinner. The kids are really enjoying their cousins, and we're so glad they came to visit!!
On the way out to visit us, the Shultzes stopped at Colonial Willamsburg and made little bricks. Lauren thought it would be a good idea to try to melt the hardened clay in the microwave, and it ended up exploding all over the place. A little while later, I caught Nathan trying to melt HIS brick, too, but this time he decided to be smart and protect his brick by wrapping it in ALUMINUM FOIL before microwaving it. HAHAHAHA! Kids are so funny!!

Today, Deb and I took the kids to see Toy Story 3 in 3D. It was really good, though Katie was a little restless and ended up sleeping through the last 30-40min. Notice I found matching Toy Story 3 t-shirts for the kids at Target for $4! They think their shirts are the BEST!

Michael tries in his 3D glasses for size.

Katie looked so cute in her glasses!
After Toy Story 3, we took the kids to play at Chick-Fil-A, since we all had free sandwich coupons from our CYT programs. The kids played for hours!
Tonight, Michael enjoyed the first night of this weeks Vacation Bible School at our church! What a fun week!!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Ready for Baby

We have a scheduled ultrasound for Thursday (a week from today) to measure our baby and to check if he/she is ready for arrival. Then I have an appointment the following Tuesday where we will determine a date for delivery! We're so excited to welcome our precious new family member, and have been getting things ready.
Swing is ready for swingin'.

Bassinet all cleaned for sleeping, which we hope happens at night time. :-)

Pack-n-play for changing many, many diapers. (We've been diaper-free here in the Blakemore house for about 6 months or so. I'm going to have to get back in the habit!)

Diapers and wipes are ready for use, and I've washed gowns and onesies for both a boy and girl.
Now's the time to get in your guesses!
Boy or Girl?
Weight and length?
(Hint: I think girl, Jon thinks boy. I've been right every time. He is only 1 for 2...)

Fun Little Guy

Michael is such a fun little guy, and SO curious about everything. He loves being silly, does everything full-throttle (plays hard, sleeps hard, eats much!), adores his Daddy, and is always thinking of hilarious, imaginative stories to tell us. We love watching our boy grow and develop and even challenge us with his intense desire to know everything he can.

Girlie Girl

This girl of mine is SO girlie. She loves dresses and skirts (especially ones that spin well), adores anything pink, loves putting bows in her hair, and she told me that she wants to be a princess when she grows up. Not sure where she gets all her daintiness, but it's fun to watch my sweet baby girl growing into a precious little girl.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

New Pet

Micheal found a new pet- an inch worm- crawling on my shirt after we came inside from playing in the sprinkler on Saturday.
He decided he was going to keep it, and love it, and take it for walks, and feed it lettuce, and love him forever. And he did... until he dropped him about 30min later and lost him. Good thing we sample our pet ownership on things like inch worms...

Goofy Boy

Boys are strange.
Yes. Yes, they are!

But that strange boy keeps us girls laughing all the time!

Girl Loves Her Shoes

This girl has an obsession with shoes. She changes shoes multiple times per day.
Here she is wearing Michael's rain boots on the wrong feet.

Katie's Dorothy shoes

Same boots, different day (same wrong feet)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

All Aboard

The kids assembled this train from dining room chairs, and spent quite a while on a cross-coutry journey on the ol' steam engine.
Michael was very proud of his construction (can you tell?) He got to be the caboose, and Katie was the conductor.

Mr Debonaire

Little Sinatra

My kids both love hats, and can usually be found sporting one.

Taking Her Time

Katie is a S-L-O-W eater! She definitely savors ever bite, and takes SO long to eat (unlike her brother, who barely chews half the time).

Monday, June 07, 2010

Care For a Hot Dog or 40?

We had a church picnic last Wed night, and Jon saved a pan of leftover hot dogs from the trash. He came out to the van with probably 40 hot dogs! Everyone (except me!) loves hot dogs, so they've been consuming fatty, processed, parts-meat since then (and they couldn't be happier!)
Jon puts away 3, just to start out with.
When I give Michael veggies, I make him eat at least 4 big bites, because he's 4. He informed me the other day that he needs 4 hot dogs to eat at a time, because (of course) he's 4! I made him stop at 2. :-)

Daddy finishes his hot dogs while baby-sitting Minnie Mouse.

Kids at Play

Michael finds things to fix, while Katie is content to just be the princess (Ariel, that is).

Cutie in a hard hat

Pretty princess

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Baseball Babes

Since it's baseball season, we've been playing a lot of baseball around here.
Katie gets ready to field with her tiny-sized mitt. Notice it's on the wrong hand. Poor Michael doesn't have a mitt yet, because I have yet to find a lefty mitt that is in his size.

Silly posing!

This boy can really hit the ball. Watch out if you're ever pitching to him. I've gotten quite a few stinging hits to my body, even with the plastic ball!

Katie loves to play ball!

Michael gives Katie a run-down of the rules, which he makes up as he goes and changes on a whim.

He's A Good Feller...

We have had a dead tree in the front yard for a little while (on to to-do list to take down), and the project was moved the the forefront by a fierce thunderstorm tonight. I saw the trees swaying viciously in the back, and thought I would check the dead tree in the front. Sure enough, it was cracked about 14 feet up and was leaning on a tree beside it.
When Jon came home, he brought out the chainsaw and went to work.

You can see it isn't a very thick tree, but it sure was tall. I definitely didn't want it falling on the house. Jon sliced through it most of the way, then threw a rope up high and was able to direct it to fall just where he wanted it to go. I didn't get a picture of it all the way down because we lost daylight pretty quickly, but I'm thankful for a handy husband!