Summer Vacation 2013

For many months now we’ve been planning a family vacation to the East coast. We had planned one spending one week with James’ family in South Caroline/Georgia and one week with my family in Florida. Unfortunately, life took a different turn of events and James’ grandparents were in a  car accident. So we rerouted our trip to Birmingham, AL for a week so we could spend time with them while they recover.

Although the trip was different than we had originally planned, it was still amazing to see family and spend time with our loved ones. We crammed a lot into two weeks and it will surely be a trip we will remember forever.

I go could on and on about the details of our trip but I’ll spare you all and give you a quick recap:

-Flew into Atlanta, hoped in a car and drove 3 hours to Birmingham.

-Spent 5 1/2 days in Birmingham.

-Ate pizza 3 times and bbq only once (Saw’s Soul Kitchen – go there, it was amazing).

-Visited the Vulcan Statue

-Celebrated Cecilia’s first birthday.

-Went to the Birmingham Zoo.

-Went to the Birmingham Civil Right’s Institute.

-Visited with our family in the hospital and spent time with loved ones that live on the East coast.

-Drove from Birmingham, AL to Kissimmee, FL.

-More birthday celebrations for Cecilia.

-Went to Universal Studies two different days.

-Went to Gatorland. They made me hold a Boa Constrictor during a show.

-Spent time at the beach in Melbourne, FL and many hours in the pool at our rental house.

-Stayed up late playing games with family.

-Went on an air boat ride.

-Mini-golf

-Saw Manatees and a hippo at Homoosassa Springs State Park.

-Took a boat ride to a beautiful island, Anclote Key.

-Had a fantastic family vacation.

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The Plague is Finally Over

Alright, it wasn’t as bad as the plague but the last couple of weeks have been a little rough around here with various illnesses.

I’ve been watching my nephew John pretty frequently the last few weeks while my sister has doctor’s appointments at the hospital across the street. About three weeks ago when he walked in the door I instantly saw the snot dripping from his nose and started to panic. I knew that if he was sick Jimi and Cecilia would be following soon. Each time he sneezed, coughed, or wiped his boogers on something my OCD went into over drive. I could just see the germs crawling on everything.

Sure enough, two days later Jimi, Cecilia, and I all came down with a strong cold, despite frequent hand washings and wiping down every toy when John went home. James caught the cold a couple of days after the rest of us. Three weeks later and Cecilia and I still have stuffy, dripping noses.

Cecilia has been picking in her ears for around a month now. I didn’t get concerned because she wasn’t just screaming in pain, have a fever, or problems sleeping that are the tell-tale signs of an ear infection. She was a little bit crankier than normal and wasn’t drinking from bottles very well, however. About a week and a half ago she woke up with the inside of her ear just covered in blood. It looked like the blood might be coming from the inside of her ear canal so we threw clothes on everyone and went to the walk-in clinic as soon as we saw it, fearing that she had burst her ear drum. Fortunately, her ear drum had not burst but she did have an ear infection in her left ear. She had to take amoxicillin twice a day for a week. We checked back with her regular doctor and the ear infection has cleared up. She’s such a happy baby, we’ll have to play closer attention for the ear infection signs if we suspect it again.

Last week my little brother Wade and his son (baby) Wade flew into Washington from Virginia for a visit. Jimi was really excited to see his cousin. Right after they got in baby Wade came down with some sort of stomach bug so we made Jimi wait a couple of days and until baby Wade was completely over his sickness until we let them play together. That didn’t matter. Jimi still got the the bug baby Wade had had but much much worse. He threw up a couple of times on Friday morning and then was fine the rest of the day. Saturday he didn’t want to eat anything but was playing just fine. Saturday night he started throwing up and having diarrhea all. night. long. Sunday he had a few bouts of diarrhea but nothing too bad. Monday through Tuesday morning things worse for the poor little boy, much much worse. He is finally started to turn around yesterday. Today he decided to make up for his lost weight and ate more than I’ve ever seen him put in his little body. No one else was affected by this bug except for me have some serious stomach cramps for a couple of days. I did more laundry and bathroom cleaning in those four days than in any other week, ever.

I’ve heard that once you have two (or more) kids it is impossible to keep them both healthy. While they do share a cold whenever one gets it, we have been pretty lucky so far and have only had to deal with a couple of them. Also, (knocking on wood) Cecilia has not caught any of the serious stomach bugs the rest of us have had.

Here’s hoping we’re done with illnesses for a while!

Virginia Trip 2012

This year we decided to go to Virginia for Christmas to visit with both mine and James’ families that live out there. We spent one week with my family in Portsmouth, VA and one week with James’ family in Northern VA about an hour outside of DC. Our trip didn’t go exactly as we had planned but we still had a lot of fun.

Jimi was so excited to fly on a plane that he did not sleep much the night before and stayed awake from 2:50am (when we left for the airport) until about 9:30am and only slept for 30 minutes. Even though he stayed awake most of the day he did a pretty amazing job traveling. Unfortunately at some point during our travels Jimi picked up a stomach bug and started vomiting everything he consumed for 3 days. A day later I caught the bug, only worse. I could hardly move for a day. Next my nieces caught it and then James and my nephew…. It quickly made its way through the family. James felt well enough to travel the day after Christmas so we made our way North to stay with his family. That proved to be a mistake because we then spread the horrible bug to nearly all of his family up there, including everyone who had traveled from Georgia to see us. We’re so sorry everyone but we are really glad we got to see you!

In between horrible bouts of sickness we did manage to go to the Portsmouth Children’s Museum, the Norfolk Zoo, have a lovely Christmas with family, play board games, introduce Cecilia to many family members, spend a lot of time in with family we rarely get to see, watch Jimi play, play and play some more with many cousins, attempt to go snow tubing, have lunch with our friends Dana and Lauren who live in Virginia and go wine tasting.

Thank you very much to all of our family who traveled to see us! And a HUGE thank you to my mom and step-dad and the Virginia Orr family for letting us invade your homes and stay with you!!

Here are some pictures from our trip:

Weekend Recap

Homework, Grocery Shopping, Homework, Football.

Friday: As I already mentioned I had a check up with my OB. The appointment didn’t get over until 5:30pm so we decided to pick up a pizza from Papa Murphy’s to cook at home. We got the chicken garlic pizza only I had the great idea of taking off the tomatoes and onions and adding bacon to my half. I could tell James was jealous. 🙂

Instead of a paper this week for class we had to watch “A Civil Action” with John Travolta in it and take a short quiz on it. I had never heard of the movie but it was actually pretty good.

Saturday: We did a whole bunch of grocery shopping. We thought we could get by without going to Costco…. but we didn’t and ended up buying some stuff twice, once normally and once in bulk. For a few days we had 6 gallons of milk in our refrigerator. Costco sells some amazing preseasoned carne asada and the weather was so nice we decided we needed to BBQ.

James was proud to be bbq'ing in the winter. (clearly it needs to be cleaned after hibernation)

After our delicious dinner, I needed to work on the rough draft for my final paper that was due on Monday. James did a good job (after some suggestions) of selecting a movie that wouldn’t distract me this time around, Lord of the Rings.

Sunday: After making pancakes and bacon for breakfast I started prepping food to bring to my step-brother’s house to watch the Super Bowl. My step-brother, Stuart, lives in Oak Harbor which is about an hour and a half away. We thought the drive would be a perfect opportunity for Jimi to take his afternoon nap, he thought otherwise. Even though he didn’t have a nap he did great at Stuart’s house and loved having a new area to explore and kids to play with (3 of his cousins). I was disappointed the Patriots didn’t win but I didn’t care too much, I’m still waiting for the Seahawks to get their second chance.

I brought my camera excited to take pictures of Jimi with his cousins annnddd then I left it in the diaper bag until we were getting ready to leave.

Jimi with his cousin Delaney.

(A late) Weekend Recap

So far 2012 has been anything but spectacular for this family. Hopefully, that will be changing soon.

Friday: We spent the better part of the afternoon and early evening shopping (one of James’ favorite activities). Our mattress is quite old, uncomfortable and makes a loud noise whenever one of us moves in the bed, which is constantly waking me up. We had planned on getting a new mattress after the new year but I heard of a good sale at Macy’s that we didn’t want to miss, so we headed to the mall for a few hours to try out mattress. Unfortunately, they cannot deliver our new mattress until Jan. 13th, so I’m anxiously counting down the days until then.

After Macy’s we headed to Babies R’ Us to buy some much needed diapers for Jimi and took advantage of their clearance sales to stock up on the next size clothes. Later that night James had a gig with 20 Riverside. I decided to skip this gig and stayed home with Jimi.

Saturday: We spent the day lounging around the house until the early evening when we headed to my sister’s house to play games and celebrate the new year. Before we left, Jimi got his hands on a catalog and decided to make some confetti:

At least he tried to help clean up the mess...

We tried to stick Jimi and John in cheesy New Year hats so we could take cute pictures. This is how it turned out:

Our plan was to stay the night at Stephanie and Ian’s since Jimi would be asleep already and so we wouldn’t have to deal with the crazy drunks on the road. … Jimi never fell fully asleep and by the time we went to bed at 1am, he was waking up every 5 minutes screaming. If it wasn’t one thing waking him up, it was another… I finally got very frustrated around 2:30am and decided to just drive home so that Jimi could sleep in his own bed. He slept a little better once we got home, but not great. The first bad start to the new year.

Sunday/Monday: We spent the entire day doing nothing, watching football, and recovering from our rough night the night before. Around 5pm, I started to not feel so good. I skipped dinner and just laid on the couch. By 7pm, I was throwing up horribly. I left James to take care of Jimi and went to bed. I spent the rest of the entire night sick in the bathroom about every 30 minutes. Around 6am (Monday morning), the sickness (as I am now calling it) hit James. My mother-in-law had the day off work so she was kind enough to watch Jimi for us for a few hours so we could get some rest. Later on Monday the sickness got to Jimi. (Be prepared for TMI) We’re talking diarrhea dripping out his pants sick. After we hosed him off (well, gave him a bath) he seemed to be in pretty good spirits other than not wanting to eat. Stephanie and Ian were kind enough to drive up some Gatorade for James and milk and Pedialyte for Jimi. Apparently, Ian got the sickness too so now we’re on the hunt to figure who gave it to all of us.

Thankfully after going to bed early last night we’re all starting to feel much better, although the boys still seemed a little wiped out.

I hope everyone else’s new year started off much better than ours!

Cousin Fun

Jimi is lucky enough to have 9 (!) cousins. Unfortunately, 5 of  them live on the East coast. So when my step-sister Laurel was visiting Washington from South Carolina with her husband (Tony) and kids (Anna, Ethan, and Piper) for the holidays, we decided to get the kids together and take a trip to the Everett Children’s Museum. This was only our second time going there with Jimi but he loves it so much we decided to get a membership.

Fun was had by all of the kids. They ran around, played, and splashed. Afterwards, we had a quick lunch at Denny’s (we couldn’t think of anywhere else to go with that many kids.)

John ready for action

Diggin' for dinosaur bones.

A new favorite, climbing up and sliding down the slide backwards.

Jimi with Anna at the water table.

Anna helping Jimi on the "horse".

5 cousins. Piper, John, Ethan, Jimi and Anna

Later in the day Laurel took her kids to see their Grandparents, Stephanie and I got sitters and we all went to pub trivia at The Irishmen for some adult time. A bunch of my friends were there as well. It was a lot of fun! We love going to The Irishmen.