HAPPY MOTHER''S DAY! It''s a beautiful day here today (although a tad too windy). We have had a quiet day today with a little visiting and a little cleaning up around the yard. The kids and Daddy took Mommy out to lunch today at her favorite restaurant....we all got soooo stuffed! Kara is feeling a bit under the weather so we have tried not to do too much today.
We certainly hope that all is well with everyone and that you have all had a terrific Mother''s Day!
Well we just got back from Topeka late last night. We had gone to Topeka for the State Knights of Columbus convention. Guess who won the honor of being named State Family of the Year??!! Yup, it was us and were we surprised when we found out a few weeks ago! Anyway, we were presented with a plaque/clock Saturday night (April 29) and we had to give a speech. Eric was too sick to talk much so he and Chris took turns reading the speech that we had written together. The kids were real troopers: a lot of what we did required lots of sitting for extremely long periods of time....they were amazing! It was a terribly long weekend, we are all exhausted, but we had a fun time anyway. In addition to the convention, we were able to visit all of our family in town and we enjoyed that, too.
One hiccup: we promised pictures and then with all of the excitement, the camera never made it out of it''s case the entire weekend! Others did get photos, however, so we are hoping that we can get copies sent to us.
Thank you to everyone who believed that we deserved this award. It was brought to my attention that I needed to be more gracious instead of self-degrading....Eric and I discussed it, thinking that he and I probably do that because we are so afraid of getting the "big head" syndrome. So thank you to all, in whatever roles you played in helping us to receive this award (prayers, letter writing, submitting the application, etc.) We are extremely honored and excited for receiving it! God Bless!
Mommy and all three kids went to Kremlin, Oklahoma for Cousin Ema Arasmith''s first birthday party yesterday. It was pretty scary for Mommy as this was the first time she went by herself so far with all three! Whew! A nap was in order when we got home....Anyway, it was so good to see Aunt Amy, Uncle Garrett, and Ema. Allison and Matthew made some new friends (I think Allison''s was of the equine variety...she''s now named every white horse she sees, Spirit!). Grandpa Dave was there, too, so of course the kids had to climb all over him (tired, Grandpa? Ha!). Ema was just too cute opening her gifts: every gift got an excited, "Ooooooo!" out of her. She wasn''t much for eating her cake, but she sure enjoyed demolishing it!
When we got home, Aunt Amy (Myers), Kaden and Ethan had come up for a visit, so we went over there (Grandma and Grandpa''s house) for awhile. Matthew and Allie got to run a lot with Ethan so that was nice after being in the car for 4 hours. Kaden was giggly and loved playing with Aunt Chris''s necklace. Also got to see Aunt Pam and Uncle Kent - they''d come down to say hello to Amy, too. Uncle Jason, Aunt Katie, and Hunter were there, too. Afterwards, Daddy, Allie, and Matthew went to a Superbowl party. Mommy was exhausted so she stayed home with Miss Kara, falling in to bed shortly after Kara did!
Today was a rough day on everyone. Friends of Mommy and Daddy lost their little boy, born too early, and his funeral was today. Mommy sang in the funeral and Daddy was a Eucharistic Minister. We were not prepared for the raw emotions that came roaring back.....Justin''s birth, death, and funeral became all too vivid again. Thankfully, God held Mommy''s hand throughout the Mass and helped Mommy to sing without no mess ups or crying (until the very end....then we all broke down). We truly pray in our hearts for healing for little John''s parents and family. We know from experience that the hurt will never go away, but that one day, they will laugh again and they will find joy again. We love you guys.
My goodness! Will the sickness ever go away?! Kara is healing, although her cough is still pretty scary for such a young baby. She sees the doctor again tomorrow afternoon. Earlier this week, Matthew came down sick with a high fever (105!)....Daddy had a 103 fever, too so they both stayed home on Tuesday. Allison started running a fever yesterday afternoon. So far, Mommy is the only one who has escaped this. It is feared that Mommy''s turn is just around the corner!
Stay healthy everyone! This weird Kansas weather is wrecking havoc on colds and flu bouts, so be careful! Love to you all...
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MATTHEW! Enjoy the monster trucks today, Buddy! Don''t know who is going to have a better time: you, your friends, your daddy or your uncle! Cannot believe that you are 7 years old already. Looking back at your baby pictures brings tears to your mommy''s eyes realizing how fast your have grown. Your mommy and daddy are so proud of everything you are accomplishing right now! Love you, little man!
Finally! Time to give an update! Kara went to the ER on Jan. 7 coughing and wheezing. After 4 hrs in the ER, they diagnosed her with RSV. But, she was showing no signs of distress, so they sent her home. By Mon. morning, her oxygen levels were getting dangerously low, so she was admitted to the hospital. Tues. evening, the 10th, she was sent home. She has been doing better, but she is coughing a lot and is having trouble sleeping. A nurse co-worker of mine told me it could have to do with the amount of albuterol that she is taking in during the day. Next week, we should see an improvment with her sleeping issues as we will be decreasing her dosage. Dr. said this morning that she is no longer contagious so we are able to allow other children close to her again. Still won''t stop Mommy from cleaning the house from top to bottom tomorrow! Ha! We''ve already started washing bedding! A big thank you, once again to Grandma and Grandpa Bachman, Grandma Bev, mommy''s co-worker, Gina, and to our friend, Nikki.....you guys saved our sanity and we are so glad that you were able to help us out!
Matthew is back to school in the midst of all of this and bless his heart, is hanging in there with his scatter-brained parents. He has begun studying spelling and is amazing! Mommy sat with her mouth hanging open the other day as Matthew and Daddy reviewed spelling words, and Matthew was missing very, very few.
Allison is learning the hard lesson of boundries. She is discovering how far over she can cross the line and is beginning to understand right from wrong. Mommy has been very proud of her and her manners lately: she is remembering her please''s and thank you''s. She is now singing her ABC''s with gusto and has even suprised us with her counting skills. Our little girl is becoming a little lady and it''s just too cute!
Just found out last night that little Ema and her mommy and daddy will be coming to Oklahoma in February...a nice central location....for all of us to come down for her big one year birthday party! Can''t wait to see them! Ema''s daddy says she''s walking now and that she is drawn to other kids (little Miss Social!). It just seems like last week that she was born.....how time flies.