Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Weekend Update

Friday night we watched Chicken Little for FMN. I really enjoyed the show and the soundtrack was excellent. So excellent that I ended up buying it and downloading it on Saturday from the iTunes Music Store. I made both girls a CD and surprised them by having it in their CD players.

Saturday was a busy day. Kelly took the girls to a Primary activity in the morning. They both enjoyed that. While they were gone Kade and I went for a small bike ride, he seemed to enjoy it but his helmet was so big that every time I looked at him the helmet was covering his entire face so he couldn’t see a thing.

As soon as the girls got home we gobbled down some lunch and then Kelly dropped the girls and me off on Ivy Street and we walked over to Notre Dame Stadium for the Blue and Gold game. It was a gorgeous day with a few small rain drops here and there. I had plans of staying as long as possible figuring the girls would not make it through the whole game. We made one trip out for a snack a little bit before halftime trying to beat the crowds, which we didn’t, but other than that they were excellent. They got into cheering and they also entertained a few of the fans around us. Very early on in the game when someone got tackled Megan said, “He’s safe.” A lady sitting behind us got quite the kick out of that one. We actually stayed and watched the very last play, which happened to be the field goal that won the game for the blue team. After hurrying to get out of the stadium to beat the rush, since there was a record 41,000 people there, we stopped and looked at a booth selling ND clothing before heading for home. Our plan was to call Kelly to come back and pick us up but I asked the girls if they wanted to walk home and they excitedly said yes. Mattey got a lift for most of the way but Megan walked the whole thing. I think they were just about to break down when we got to our street and then that perked them up enough to get us home.

I grabbed another quick bite to eat and went over to help Justin with his remodeling project. I worked with him and Kelly’s Dad to redo some wiring and helped to get the room ready for drywall. Old houses sure have some interesting wiring, some of it down right scary.

Later that night I managed to stay awake for some of King Kong. Kelly and I started watching it around 9:15 and since it’s a 3+ hour movie it didn’t get done until quite late. That was just way too long of a movie. They really needed to cut some of that out.

Sunday, the kids and I went to church while Kelly was able to get a little more rest.

Monday, April 17, 2006

I Survived the Hospital

What a week I've had, well Mickey and the kids too.  Last Tuseday night we went to a friends house for a little get together.  On the way there I noticed that I was starting to get heartburn.  Great.  On the way home, a few hours later, it was really starting to hurt through to my back.  The thought of taking some Tums made me nauseated.  I tried drinking as much water as I could to try to dilute the acid in my stomach but it wasn't helping.  I tried going to bed but I was really in pain.  Needless to say I finally tossed my cookies, a few times, in the wee hours of the morning and my pain was even worse.  I couldn't get comfortable to sleep.  I tried laying on a heating pad for my back pain.  The pain started getting better around 4 am so I could finally get some sleep.  Mickey was wonderful and stayed home from work so he could get the girls to school.  He took Kade to work with him for a meeting.  I slept most of the morning, tossing and turning.  The pain never went away like I thought it would.  Around 3 in the afternoon I had Mickey call our doctor's office to see if I could get in.  Well, I've never been a patient at our new doctor's yet so I couldn't get an appointment.  Remind me I need to see him sometime.  Anyway, I said let's go to the ER.  Not that I really wanted to go there but I wasn't feeling better and I was white as a ghost.  We waited 2 hours before getting a bed.  I had an ultrasound on my belly.  They found some stones in my gall bladder.  To make a long story short, I was admitted on Wednesday, had my gall bladder removed on Thursday, and I was home again on Friday.  The gall bladder was about twice the size as if should have been.  So I guess it really needed to come out.  Althought the surgery went well and I'm recovering nicely, I DO NOT recommend a hospital stay to anyone.  The communication was awful and I didn't get much help.  Thankfully I'm independant and didn't have much pain after surgery.  I'm happy to be home again.  Thanks to Mickey for picking up my slack.  I feel so lazy as I lay around and he is doing housework and taking care of the kids.  Thanks also to our parents for their help with the kids.  It would have been very difficult without you.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Weekend Update

I’ve missed a few weekend updates lately so I figured I better get back on the horse and give a quick update. Friday I took the day off of work since it was the last day of Spring Break for the girls. Originally we had planned to go to the zoo but the weather didn’t look like it was going to cooperate so Kelly took the kids on Wednesday and we decided to take the kids to see Curious George. What a mistake! Kaden is not very entertained by the big screen (or the little screen either), which is good unless you want to watch something. Needless to say he and I quickly left the girls alone in the theater while we wandered around Target wasting time. Later that night we sat down and actually had Family Movie Night and watched the Chronicles of Narnia.

Saturday morning Megan and I went to church to help clean the building. This was the second week we had done this and she is such a good helper. She enjoys certain jobs, even getting a little upset when someone else cleaned the kitchen. To reward her willingness to help, I took her to Crispy Crème for a donut.

Did I ever mention that I think Kohl’s is evil? They send out these great coupons with percentages off to get you to come into their store. Then when you get there they already have “huge” sale prices and you end up spending a fortune because you can’t pass up the great deals. Really you do get some great deals but be prepared when the cashier rings up the total, it might hurt. Anyway Saturday night was another clothes shopping spree for the girls. They got some really cute outfits. We also split up and conquered the grocery shopping. The girls and I went to Walmart and Target, while Kelly and Kaden shopped at Meijer. It worked out pretty well, thank goodness for cell phones.

Sunday we had church, where I really feel like my job is to monitor the hallways. Except for sacrament, I don’t think I ever get to sit and listen. Kaden is so into wandering around right now, he doesn’t like to sit still. We looked like a mess by the time we left because he bit his tongue and ended up getting blood spots on his, mine, and Kelly’s white shirt.

We finally had a birthday party for Kaden on Sunday afternoon. It was a simple last minute get together at Nana and Papa’s house, with cake and ice cream. Everyone enjoyed watching the kids play around and looking at Kelly’s great scrap booking skills. There were also quite a few compliments on the cake, not that surprising since I think my wife makes the best cakes.

Wednesday, April 5, 2006

Completely Useless Trivia

Here's a bit of information that is sure to win you points with all your friends. At a little after one o'clock today the time and date could be written as, 01:02:03 04/05/06. This will happen twice today if you don’t use a 24 hour clock.

Sunday, April 2, 2006

Kade is One!

I've posted pictures of Kade's birthday.  On his birthday he opened a few presents from us and then dove into his cake.  He didn't get as messy as I thought he would.  Maybe he doesn't like strawberry cake.  On Friday we went to Build-A-Bear so he could pick out a new friend.  It took him a while to pick something out.  He kept looking at everything else going on.  He finally picked the giraffe.  The girls got to pick out new clothes or accessories for their animal friends.  We struggled to name the giraffe and then left the store.  Kade hugged his friend all the way home.  How cute.  When we got home I thought of the perfect name, of course that didn't happen when we were at the computer filling out the birth certificate.  Oh well, the giraffe will be known as "Stretch".  Kind of fitting since we used to call Kade that many, many months ago.  I hope Kade's second year goes a little slower.  I'm sure it won't since he is always learning to do new things and getting into all kinds of trouble.  His latest tricks are putting things in the toilet, like Mattey's pajamas, and finding trash, left by his sisters, and wanting to put it in the trash.  Maybe I'll have one kid that likes to clean.  That would be nice.  Happy Birthday Kaden Andrew!