Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Monday, January 27, 2014

Griffin interview 2 1/2

It would be inaccurate to say that with all of the monthly Hattie posts, Griffin has been left out.  Starved for attention, he is not.  But, I thought it would be fun to check in with him every six months or so and just see what he has to say.

The following answers are in Griffin's words.  They are not all accurate and where I disagreed, I've answered in blue.

How old are you?
3 in a month (3 in April)

What is your favorite thing to do?
Play baseball (In the summer that is true, right

What is your favorite toy to play with?
The Saxophone (Hmmm....that was what he was looking at while I asked him this question, probably more like his Kitchen).

Where is your favorite place to go?
To the Jungle Gym (That is true, but he means Edinbourough)

What are you excited about doing?
Going to the Jungle Gym

What is your favorite book to read?
The Train Book

What is your favorite song to sing?
We're Gonna Win Twins

What is your favorite sport?

What is your favorite sports team?
The Go Gopher Team

What is the most fun thing you've ever done/best memory?
Going on an airplane and a golf cart

What is something funny about you?
I make Hattie laugh

What is your favorite color?
Green and Red

If I say, "Griffin is...." what would you say?
Well....I'm not sure....I'm like a chicken. (ok....)

What is your favorite food?

What is your favorite time during the day?
"That's a lot of questions...When it's time to play basketball."

Done for now!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Griff Over-head-board

It's been so long since this project was completed I don't even remember where my inspiration came from.  But, I do know I wanted to re-purpose one of the pallets we had laying around to hang on Griff's wall.  It ended up looking a little too chunky the way it was so I thought as a headboard it may be more substantial.
I don't have a ton of in-progress shots, but really all it was, was a quick sand and a coat of stain.  I didn't even poly it.  Then I scrambled together some letters and sprayed them white, sprayed the ore we had gray and hung it up.

It ended up being too wide for the area where his bed was so I hauled it to my workshop Pa's garage, and he sawed off a little from each end.  Then I used an anchor system to mount it to the wall (not the bed).

I love it....and the rest of Griffin's room updates are coming soon...promise.:)

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Apple Picking

Last October, we headed to Homestead Orchard (now called Moondance Orcahrds) to pick some apples.  A shout out to this orchard that was recently purchased and is two years pesticide free and after one more year will apply for "organic" status!  It was a chilly day....well, chilly I guess, is all relative.  This time of year 50 degrees seems down right tropical. 
The apple orchard is one of my favorite fall activities.  There is something about the chilly hay ride and sticky fingers from tasting all the apples, that I just love.

 It was our first outing since Griff had decided he was potty trained.  He had decided Friday morning he was no longer going to wear diapers and we left early Saturday morning to head to the orchard.  I was on high-alert for signs of potty breaks, but he was already doing so much better than I could have ever expected. 

 Though we had the potty situation under control, his hair was apparently, NOT.

 Well, all bundled up, we took a hay ride to go feed the horses.

 I sometimes forget how much these two look alike....and then, there it is.

My guys.

Feeding the horses was an unexpected treat...we got to launch apples over the fence to each of them.  What 2 1/2 year old wouldn't love that!

 I guess Nate loved it too:).

 Here he is, in action.

Anytime we can attempt to get all of us in the picture, we do.  Anytime we are all in a picture it is a success.

 To top off an already great morning, we ran into these guys on the way out!  Cousins Levi and Wesley had just arrived to do the same thing!  Next year we'll have to plan it better so our time at the orchard overlaps!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Hattie: 10 Months

Argh!  I even wrote this on time, just forgot to make it live.

Well, Christmas Day Hattie turned 10 months.  This last month might have been the hardest yet.  Emotionally, behaviorally, and in many other ways.  Last we left of she was a happy 9 month old who didn't crawl.  She is now a happy 10 month old who doesn't crawl, though standing, and walking with assistance are her new favorite things.  But, at her 9 month appointment she was referred to a pediatric orthopedic specialist because she was not crawling and our doctor noticed asymmetric thigh folds on her legs (her left leg has an extra roll that her right leg does not), and then a subsequent x-ray revealed that one of her hips was in a slightly more shallow position.

It was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster for me because in my heart of hearts I really thought everything was fine, it was just her personality/disposition/temperament.  However, I didn't want to question the doctors, especially when like most conditions, hip dysplasia has its best outcomes when caught and treated early.  I went back and forth on how I thought, I wasn't truly worried, it would just be something we would deal with.  It would be hardest on me, by far.  Hattie would never know the difference.  She would need to have an open or closed reduction (while anesthetized) and then approximately 3 months in a full body casts.  How do you change a diaper in a cast? Will we have to get a new carseat? How will she ever learn to crawl/walk!?  My mind went wild, but all the while, as I said, I had a peace that whatever the result, we'd be ok.

The appointment was very reassuring.  The nurse, the PA and the doctor all agreed there was nothing indicating hip dysplasia.  We are to go back when she's around 14 months just to make sure that everything has progressed normally and that she is moving toward walking.

So that was the big news.  In smaller news, this was a tough month for all of us because how Hattie has started to grow up.  She was extra clingy to me this month.  It was so difficult on our trip to Florida because if I was in the room....she wanted me, and wasn't afraid to let anyone know it.  She had some pretty regular crabbiness around the dinner hour, and is starting to get pretty frustrated by her own lack of movement.  I'm left to her walk and risk delaying her trying it on her own, or let her get frustrated and scream.
But, with all of the qualities she started to develop that have made things more difficult for us, she has also started showing us much more of her sweet personality.  She loves to play peek-a-boo behind the curtains while she's eating dinner, and it's hilarious.  My friend Judd once said, "If you find a game that makes a kid laugh, don't try to switch it up...just do it the exact same way a million times in a row...that's what they want."  He is so right.  She wants to be tickled, play peek-a-boo and whatever else gets her laughing, the same way every time.  She always laughs the hardest for Griffin.
Her schedule has stayed very regular.  She sleeps 7pm - 7:30 am and takes usually one nap from 12:30-3:30.  Sometimes she gets really tired in the morning and takes a quick pre-lunch siesta.  She's getting way more interested in finger foods, but still loves her purees so I am happy to keep making them.  She really loves meat, bread and fruit.
Despite this being a tough month, Hattie is still such a little sweetie.  She has started to show her own quiet determination (to make me help her...walk, eat, get that toy, etc.).  She has us all eating right out of her hand.  The little struggles and adversity that this month has brought us have re-focused us on appreciating moments of peace/calm/happy and of course appreciating the health we have.
We love you Hattie girl, what a great Christmas it was, we are so blessed to have you.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

To more of this

Back in 2012, I was focused on a few specific things.  2013 was more of a mental shift and was all about how my perspectives had changed and continued to change as kids were welcomed into our family.  This year is just a reflection, mostly on this past year and using it to shape the next.

Looking back over this past year, my favorite moments have been those little ones, the ones that warm my heart, the ones where I am witness to the love of Jesus manifested in our marriage, our kids and their sibling relationship, our parents and their service to us and our children, our family and friends and the time we get to spend together.  It doesn't take much to make my heart explode....a random "I love you," from Griff, a head nuzzled into me from Hattie, holding hands with my husband on a walk like we were teenagers again.  Seeing our parents love on our kids and their desire to spend time getting to know them like we do.

So the moment I realized this, I was upstairs putting Hattie to bed during one of our many Christmas's...and I was listening to all of the conversations happening.  I can't remember what the conversations were specifically, but they were love.  I could hear my brothers and my parents, and my husband and my son....all talking to each other, and I was holding my baby girl...all for the purpose of celebrating the birth of Jesus.  And that's it.  Cheers to 2014 and lots more of this.

2013 in a snapshot....