Merry Christmas everyone! Can't believe I haven't posted for almost a month? You would think I was busy huh? 5 kids isn't all that many right? At least that is what I tell myself!
It has been a busy month. Clint has spent about 20 days in New York City "working". His company bought another company in New York so Clint got the BIG task of combining networks I guess that is what you say? Anyway the second trip his company paid for my plane ticket to go visit him so of course I couldn't pass up a offer like that so off Maxton and I went to New York City most of our time was spent sight seeing alone or visiting Clint at Venture (sister company) while he worked 22 or 24 hours per day yes you heard me he worked round the clock. He is INSANE!! I was to return on Sunday the 2nd but due to bad weather I was delayed in getting home until Tues and on that day also delayed 2.5 hours.JOY JOY. I returned to reality Tues. eve intime to put the kids to bed and look at my house that had been struck by a F5 tornado sometime in the 5 days I was gone? My mom and mother in law took awesome care of the older 4 kids but I am sure they were glad to get their kid free lives back!! THANKS TO ALL OF YOU FRIENDS/FAMILY THAT HELPED ME GO TO NEW YORK I OWE YOU!! Here are a few pics from may wonderful trip.
Oh I forgot to mention the fact that when I left on Friday Maxton had a low grade temp that carried over until Sat. afternoon, he was alittle fussy at times and didn't sleep very well. When we got back I took him to the walk in clinic and he is currently taking antibiotics for a very bad double ear infection/bronchitis.. poor baby:( anyone that knows me knows I don't take my kids anywhere when they are sick, but New York for free couldn't pass it up and I had no idea he had a ear infection both plane rides he was wonderful infact he slept the entire flight home? He also is cutting both bottom teeth the right one is through and the left one is not far behind. He has hit many milestones this month He is Crawling, going from crawling to sitting, and getting 2 teeth before he is even 6 months old. Moving alittle fast for me I was hoping he would stay a baby for like the next 10 years :)
Here are some pictures from our Fun Day in the Park.. It was so beautiful outside it is hard to believe that it is November. That's Kansas for ya! All the kids are fighting a cold, but Maxton seems to have it alittle bit worse than everyone else, but the Doctor this morning says to let it run it's course? Will probably end up taking him back this week to see our regular doctor. Nothing much is new here same old same old! But one thing is for sure it is never boring!
I know a lot of people think that Cavin looks like Clint but when I snapped this not so clear picture yesterday I couldn't believe how much Cavin looks just like his Dad. I wish I had a scanner so I could show everyone a picture of Clint that I have of when he was about the same age as Cavin because they look like twins! Judy tells me that Clint was pretty naughty as a little boy probably the worest of the 4 kids and that is also Cavin the naughty one of the bunch! Just wanted to share it!
Well last night was Halloween and the amount of candy my children have could feed the entire Spring Hill elementary school. We first went to Clint's office where they got handfuls of candy and in 45 minutes we left there with 4 yes 4 completely full pumpkin buckets of candy and then we came home and they went around the neighborhood and received another 1/2 bucket each. I filled an entire shopping bag with candy. What in the world am I suppose to do with this amount of candy? Can you say Trash Can? Anyway to the good part here are some pictures of the kids all dressed up aren't they sweet? This year I got a bride, a spiderman(surprise surprise) a power ranger, a Monkey (thanks to my friend Jennifer) it was the most adorable costume and he got soooooo many compliments on it , and of course my little pumpkin fits him perfectly cause that is his nickname around this house! Anyway a great time was had by all and if the candy is gone by next Halloween we will be lucky!
We took a trip to the pumpkin patch today and had a great time. Here are some of the pictures from our day out. Carter ended up picking a pumpkin that we decided has the pumpkins pox's it is orange with green spots.
Well Mallory turned 7 today. I am taking it pretty hard something about 7 doesn't sound like a baby anymore? I know I am silly, but I am a Mom what else can I say. So yesterday we had her birthday party with 13 little girls. Oh Wow how crazy am I? It was a lot of fun and infact I kinda enjoyed it. It was nice seeing/meeting all of Mallory's friends. We played a few games did a little craft opened presents and ate the birthday cake that Daddy baked and decorated I must say Clint is getting pretty good at baking cakes and I have one less chore to do for birthday parties a win win situation. She got way to many gifts and of course most of it was Hannah Montana stuff which if I haven't told you Mallory LOVES!! Grandma Shell sent her present via mail and it arrived Friday and Mallory rushed in the house to rip it open and to her delight grandma had come through and bought her Hannah Montana Clothes which got quit a reaction from Mallory (picture to follow). All in all she has had a great couple of days to mark her seventh birthday. She also got awarded Character Kid of the Month at school for self discipline on Friday she got a certificate at an assembly at school which clint,I and all the boys attended, then her Dad surprised her at school with a Birthday lunch and went with her to recess, we then ordered pizza, had her party on Sat. and then she got to pick breakfast, go to the pumpkin patch and pick supper today and she takes treats to her class tom.. WOW some birthday! She has gotten several cards all with money and to our surprise wants to put it in her bank account, maybe we aren't doing such a bad job parenting these kids after all? Anyway thanks to all of you that have called to wish a happy birthday and of course sent cards, money and gifts!!
Last night Cavin knocked the blender out of the cabinet onto his big toe and oh wow the scream he let out was unreal!! It was purple and bleeding and gross and he just kept telling everyone the "icecream" did it. ya know cause that's how we make shakes in the blender. anyway here is a pic..
Well we arrived at St.Francis this a.m. at 7 for a 9'oclock surgery which got bumped back to 10:05. It was a long boring yet funny morning. We have never been around the kids for that long after the "med cocktail". He was drunk to say the least, talking all funny he couldn't stand up, and seeing things that weren't there. He went in to surgery at 10:05 and around 10:55 they called us to talk with the doc. Everything went fine. They made us wait another 30mins before we could see him. Guess he swallowed alot of air while he was coming to and they had to call resp. therapy to give him a breathing treatment, but when they let me back he was still coughing and just mad at the world he wanted that IV out. They transfered us up the the 8th floor and we stayed there until discharge at 5pm. We had a few visitors Aunt Jamie and PaPa Don came to visit and brought Carter spiderman stuff which of course made his day!!! We are home now and he is drinking and even ate a little pudding. I will keep you updated. A big THANKS to Grandma Judy for staying with the kids and also to my friend Amy for getting Mallory to and from school and then staying with the kids and to Aunt Val for coming to the rescue and buying pizza for the little people!! Here are some pics of the day before and after 1. Is a before anything pic 2. Is a "drunk" pic 3. Is a after pic 4. Is a after pic also
Well another lovely visit to the doctors office with to many kids in tow. By the time I leave there I need to visit the nearest liquor store:( Maxton was in for his 4 month checkup and he is a huge 17lb2oz butterball he is 26'and doing great. He is perfect all over. Doc says nothing to worry about. Cavin is 28lbs and doing just as well. Infact the doctor said he is talking at a three year old level and the rest of his motor skills are at about a 2.5 year old level. So great news for both! No complaints. And actually I left Carter at work with Clint as to not expose him to anything before his surgery on Wed. He had a great time with Daddy and his friend Jonathon who I hear was the main cause of Carter getting a little to Loud at times :) Way to go Jon!!
Carter is having his tonsil's taken out Wed. at St.Francis is Topeka by his ENT Dr.Franklin. His tonsil's are huge and have been for along time. He snores like a grown man, so Dr.Franklin said lets get them out. We are not looking forward to the surgery or the recovery but it couldn't have come at a better time as the older kids are out of school and clint had taken next week off. Wish him luck and I will keep you all posted!
Well all the work on the "the lodge" is starting to pay off. It is almost done I know clint has been saying that for along time (believe me) but we are about 2 weekends out from having the carpet put in! The boys are thrilled with their room and I must admit I had my doubts about Clints theme but it is going to be a great Boys room!! I joke with Clint that after it is all done he will put a lock on the door and not let a single child in for fear that they will dent a wall or break a light fixture or that one day I will leave and come home to find our bed upstairs in "the lodge". I think he will go through withdrawl when this room is finally finshed. I know I am blessed because there is not to many husbands as handy as mine and that does such a "perfect" job!!! Can't wait for everyone to come over and check it out, but remember don't touch!!! Here are some pictures of the "wall" and the cool green paint color that took us 4 trips to walmart/home depot to pick out..
Well what a slap in the face this morning when I told Carter to go get dressed he went up with PJ's on and came back down with a different pair of PJ's on thinking that he couldn't find clean clothes upstairs(okay little behind on putting laundry away, it's clean isn't that all that matters?) I found a outfit and began to take his 2nd set of PJ's off and he asks me "why do I have to put this on you wear your PJ's all day".. Do you think maybe it is time for me to start actually dressing myself in something other than pajama pants and tshirts?? My kids actually think this is how normal people go out into the world everyday..... in their pajama's.. Slap!!! Maybe I will have to work on this, maybe!!!
Everytime Cavin gets something in his mouth he doesn't like he has to spit it out in my hand.. wow nobody told you the things you would have to do when you were a mom. i.e. let people spit chewed up food in your hand or whatever else they didn't like, be vomited on, pooped on, spit up on, used as a kleenex, whatever body fluid comes out of this little person at some time in your life will end up on you it is just a fact of Motherhood. But it is still gross. 1st. Pic is yuck here it comes 2nd Pic is oh it is Salt, guess I have to wash the salt shaker again!!! 3rd Pic is oh I feel better
Here is a picture of Maxton after he rolled over today. I was talking to my mom when he rolled over and looked up at me like he was BIG STUFF!!!! He slept all night last night from 9p.m. to 7 a.m. when I finally woke him up, the only bad thing about this is it was on his tummy.. I don't know how to keep him on his back?? Thinking of rolling some receiving blankets up and putting them on either side of him, guess will try that tonight and see how that works..
Well my baby has learned a new trick.. He can roll over from back to belly, but once he gets there it is only minutes before he starts getting fussy cause he doesn't like it and can't get back.. oh boy here we go many milestones to come!!!
Everyone has been giving me a hard time because there are no pictures of just Carter on here so I took some today and must say they are Adorable!!! So just thought I would share with you. What a cutie....
The boys and I made a trip to Deanna Rose Farmstead yesterday. They love to go there. It is FREE and they have all sorts of farm animals and learning things like a dairy barn,old school house, indian exhibit. You can feed goats and chickens.Take a horse ride or go fishing in a pre stocked pond.. Good times. they also have these little pedal tractors that they like to ride. The plus side is they get nice and tired which makes for a quiet ride home !!!!!
I took a picture of my "mom rock".. I make one of these on mothers day and I just added Maxton's feet to this years. These are so easy and I get comments on them all the time I have even made them for mom and judy. It is fun to see the difference in the kids hands sizes each year.
Mallory marched in the parade yesterday with her girl scout troop!!! It was raining and 47 degrees out.. But there was a large turn out and the kids got WAY TO MUCH CANDY!!!! We spent yesterday in Spring Hill at the Fall Festival and then in Gardner at there 150th celebration. The rain disappeared around 10:30 and didn't return so it turned out to be a great day, just a little cold.