Thursday, January 31, 2013

Back to Life

Monday afternoon, we took the boys to the Discovery Museum. We needed to get out of the house, so we headed there for a little bit. Evan wanted to spend most of his time in the art room using markers, scissors, and anything else he knew we wouldn't let him have at home. :) He did really good though.

The the boy worked together to build cars to slide down the ramp.

Tuesday, the boys had school and did great. After holidays, snow days, breaks, etc, they say it could be harder for the kids to adjust, but the boys have been doing great. They run in and barely turn their heads to say bye to me. After school, we met one of their classmates at the park to take advantage of some warm weather we were having. Their classmate has a younger brother, which I did not mind one bit getting to hold. He is such a cutie! I don't even remember mine that small. Sniffle, sniffle.

The boys played good at the park. It was a weird day where the weather was perfect to be outside, so we took full advantage. But, we knew it wouldn't last long. It was nasty, rainy and windy yesterday and tonight it's calling for snow. At least the boys got outside for a little bit this week.

Ah, doesn't this little chunky monkey make you want a million kids? That's why we're done, otherwise we'd end up having a kid every time we saw a cutie patootie like this.

I have to include this picture in here of Greg helping me with dinner Tuesday night. So sweet!!

It's good being back into the groove. We're all feeling a lot better, so its' good to be back to our normal routine. I have a couple recipes to share this week, that are super easy and yummy. So, stay tuned for that. ;)

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Cough and Cabin Fever

We've spent the last week with two sick boys and catching a little bit of it ourselves. The boys wouldn't eat much because their throats hurt, so we took them to Wendy's to get a shake. We definitely do some of the worst spoiling when the boys are sick. But, they were so pitiful. They would cough and then wince in pain because it hurt. It broke my heart. You can't tell by this picture of course, because Evan looks happy as can be.

So, that was their dinner one night while they were sick, milk shakes

It was cold out and actually snowed some, which meant the entire town basically shut down, but we stayed at home most of the days because it was too cold to get out. The boys watched lots of movies and played with toys I think they probably forgot they had.

Evan insisted on eating a lemon. He is so stubborn. If you tell him "Oh, you won't like that" he will insist on eating the entire thing even if you can tell he doesn't like it.

The snow was pretty, but I was not feeling it. I am ready for warm weather.

I want warm, sunny days. This cold and wind is getting old. I've never considered myself an outdoorsy person, but now that we have kids, I like getting outside everyday and getting fresh air. How many more days until spring?

The boys played really good considering they didn't feel good.

Lots of drawing.

I had to get a picture of something with "stripes" for a photo challenge I was doing, so I went to take a picture of Carter after his bath and he posed and smiled for me. I wasn't sure if I got it so, I said "one more time"

and this is what I got. Oh my. That boy.

Friday morning, bright and early, I took Evan to the allergist and we had some allergy testing done to see if he's allergic to anything. He gets eczema behind his knees, creases of his elbows, and under his arms and his pediatrician said that since it keeps coming back, we should rule out a food allergy that may be causing it. So, we did and he's not allergic to anything but we did get lots of helpful tips to hopefully keep the eczema from coming back.

It was 17 degree out when we went to our appointment. It was miserably cold.

He was still coughing, but seemed to perk up a lot getting out of the house.

He did NOT like the allergy testing, but loved the lollipops and water he got afterwards.

Since we had been home since Tuesday and everybody was getting cabin fever, we decided to take the boys to Bounce and Play. They have a toddler area with tons of toys that the boys love playing with. It was a school day so we didn't expect anybody to really be there and the boys seemed like they were doing better. But, they weren't. Evan started coughing so hard that he ended up throwing up everywhere! If you could die of embarrassment, Greg would be dead. So, we left after being there for less than 5 minutes. Evan had to ride home in his shirt, diaper, and socks. It was so pitiful.

He threw up again at home, so I called the doctor to see what we could do to keep him from getting those violent coughing fits and they wanted to see him and make sure it wasn't pneumonia, which is going around. So, we took him in and luckily, he didn't have that, just a virus. She gave us some suggestions and sent us home.

So, we came home and tried to get the boys to drink, even if it meant letting them have strawberry milk for dinner.

The doctor suggested Benadryl to dry up the stuff that was making Evan cough and throw up, but he didn't like the taste of it, so we bribed him with ice cream. We were all so exhausted by the end of the week from being cooped up in the house, dealing with sick kids, nobody was sleeping good because of all the coughing all night, so by this point, this is what we're letting the boys do.

They both wanted to sit on the table and drink their milk until it was time to take a bath. I was like, "whatever" because at this point, I've come down with it and feel like crap.

 I think we're all doing much better now. The boys aren't acting too spoiled and seem to know that the special treatment they got was not the new normal around here. I'm feeling much better, just completely exhausted from the whole week. Looking forward to getting caught up on some stuff around the house. I hope everybody is staying warm and healthy.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Winter Blah's

It's been a long time since I blogged last. We hadn't been doing a whole lot because of the cold weather and then the boys got sick, so we dealt with that for a week. :( This is a picture dump of the pictures I got before the sickies took over.
Greg got in an organizing mood and went through a lot of the boys toys and put some in bins to play with later (to rotate the toys) the rest went to the Goodwill up the road. It's so nice to have some of the clutter gone, our house is still overtaken with toys, but it's much neater, thanks to Greg. :)

This is what Evan looks like when I go and wake him up from his nap. Not quite awake yet, kinda in a daze.

We've played a lot with play doh.

Carter woke up before Evan one afternoon and wanted to go get him up, we try not to let the boy nap too late so that it won't mess up their bedtime, so I let him go in there and get Evan up. He was so excited and happy to see Evan. I LOVE this picture. Look how happy Carter is and then look at Evan's face. bahahahaha. I love it.

We've done lots of coloring. The boys discovered my pretty colored pens, so that's what they like to use instead of crayons now. Look at Evan's intense face in this pic. Haha.

Carter asked to wake Evan up another day and I let him. He brought a book to make Evan less mad about getting woke up.

Carter asked me to take a picture of him!

If people ever think, I wonder how she gets things done with twin boys. The answer is, I don't.

We were starting to run short on ideas on indoor activities we could do with the boys since it's so cold out. We took them to Starbucks and got them a kid temperature hot cocoa and a vanilla scone. They LOVED the hot cocoa.

We made a couple of quick trips over the past couple weeks to a park. We'd go when it was sunny and not too cold and made sure to bundle up.

We went to the mall play area, which I'm thinking that the boys have outgrowned. They don't seem to love it anymore.

Eatng spaghetti. Carter would much rather be fed than have to dirty his hands and Greg LOVES that so he can keep at least one of the boys somewhat neat during dinner time.

Mommy's little helper.

We took the boys to get ice cream one afternoon, just for no other reason than to get out of the house. The boys love ice cream.


Evan's bites started getting bigger and bigger until he just decided to try and drink the ice cream.
 Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we took the boys to Bounce and Play. Normally, Evan is all over the place, climbing all the slides and going down even the highest ones, but Carter hasn't been brave enough to try a lot of what Evan is doing. Well, he is not scared anymore and spent the entire time climbing everything and having a blast. They were worn out when we left there.

I love so much that Carter is able to do the things that Evan is there. It's like something clicked for him, because now he's not scared to go on the Chick-Fil-A playground or the indoor playground at Taco Bell, he has no fear. It's easier to take them to places like that by myself when they will both do the same things.

After we went to Bounce and Play and came home was when Carter started acting like he didn't feel all that great. After dinner he started running a fever and him and Evan coughed a lot in their sleep Monday night and both woke up with coughs and runny noses on Tuesday. :(