The Quote-

"Parenthood is why some animals eat their young"

-by Someone Really Smart

Saturday, August 14, 2010

A Little of This, A Little of That

After we came back from our trip to California in May Taylor was quite disappointed that we didn't end up going camping as a result of the rain. So we figured we could just camp at home! Here's our lovely campsite: And here we are roasting marshmallows in the backyard (courtesy of our neighbors' firepit).

And just in case you were wondering, the "camping" didn't go so well. We thought we'd just let the boys stay up and lock, I mean, put them in the tent when it was "bedtime." So we zipped it up, made sure the zippers were at the top, and went upstairs, all while listening to them bouncing off the sides of the tent. A while later we heard footsteps downstairs. Unfortunately they could reach the zipper. Genius that I am, I decided to tie the zipper down so it wouldn't unzip from the inside and told them it was bedtime. Apparently Taylor didn't think that was such a hot idea and he was slightly hysterical. So we put Taylor in his own bed and shut Erik inside the tent. We have no idea how long it took him to fall asleep, but we figured he couldn't break anything, right?
And here's the preschool graduation picture. Yes, they now graduate from preschool. And yes, I win chump-mom-of-the-year award for the following accomplishments:
  1. Almost being late for Taylor walking down the aisle by himself (how was I supposed to know they were doing a cap and gown ceremony?? It's preschool!) Good thing our last name starts with an "S,"
  2. Not purchasing him a balloon or flowers when every other parent did, and
  3. Not dressing him in his Sunday best. Yes, that's my child wearing a T-shirt and jeans on graduation day.

Just a cute picture of Taylor and I. Yes, he is wearing a necktie. And no, this was not for graduation.

About a month and a half ago we realized that Erik was in desperate need of a haircut. It was getting pretty long. I almost considered letting it get just a little longer and donating it to Locks of Love. But he hated how long it took to wash the shampoo out of his hair.

Yes, he's on the toilet, but no, he's not constipated. That's just the face he makes when you tell him to smile.

Again, not constipated.
And here's a picture of me on the Fourth of July.

That's that? Why am I wearing a mask? Well, the Friday before the weekend of the 4th I started feeling achy everywhere. But no big deal. Then on Saturday it totally hit me- I could barely get out of bed. I had a splitting headache, I had the chills, and my neck was so stiff I couldn't move it without wanting to scream. After I called Kent that afternoon and told him that he had to come home because I could no longer safely watch the kids, he came home, asked me what was wrong, and took me to the E.R. After a fun lumbar puncture it turns out I had meningitis. And I guess there are a ton of different meningitises (is that right for the plural form?) to get. Mine was viral. So it wasn't the scary kind. I spent a night at the hospital and I was discharged the next day. No, it didn't last long, and yes, I'm quite fine now, thank you!

And the other of only 2 pictures we got on the Fourth. And I made Kent take this picture. It's officially the first skirt I made for Melanie!! Technically we were supposed to have matching skirts, but seeing as how I couldn't take care of the kids that Saturday, let alone sew, only she got to wear hers. I'm quite proud of it :)


Cathy and Bob Sampert said...

so sorry you had meningitis! That's no fun at all! But Melanie's skirt turned out sooooo cute! I'm very impressed! I'm also impressed that you're chopping something to cook while feeling so very crummy! :) The midway pics of Erik's haircut are super cute too, as well as his non-constipated smile! :) Hope August remains far less eventful at least from a trips to the ER standpoint!

ChristinaB said...

Hey Stephanie In one of your earlier posts you mentioned camping. Where do you all like to go? There are like 50 thousand places to camp around here and I'm having a hard time picking a place!!

Jess, Andrew and Family said...

Glad you are feeling better! I was cracking up over the preschool graduation. Why do preschools make us feel inadequate over the stupidest things??? The boys preschool always had a Thanksgiving feast. Each year they had a sign up sheet and each year I was the only one to bring store bought items. People actually brought homemade mashed potatoes and turkeys. They were preschoolers!!!

Zinkand Family said...

O stephanie that stinks....atleast you got some sort of a vacation from the kids even if it was at the hospital!! I am glad that you are feeling better though:) I miss ya girl and those stinkin cute kids of yours!