Lots of UPDATES!

First off, Kilo is still with us.  After talking to a good friend, she convinced me that unless he is in pain than the best place for him is with us.  And I think she’s right.  He has yet to have another accident but he has been sleeping in the crate.  However, I’m letting him sleep with me tonight because I fear the worst is around the corner.  Why?  Well just this week, Kilo went from being able to jump on the couch to his spot, to not being able to jump at all. 

His belly is about 2x the size it used to be, and if I had to guess, he’s either pregnant or growing a tumor in there 😦  I’m pretty sure boy dogs don’t get pregnant so it must be the latter…sniff.  I’m also pretty certain he can’t see very far or at all during the evening.  The Vet did tell me that his vision was becoming very cloudy and he does not like to go outside at all.  Especially at night.  He hides in the corner.  So not like him. 

I refuse to take him to the vet for x-rays and such when we have already spoken to the vet and she told me that it’s only a matter of time.  Of course, we want him comfortable, and so far, he does not show any signs of being uncomfortable.  In fact, I just gave him a nice steak.  Why?  Again, he deserves it.  Putting up with me for 12 years, is enough in itself.  He was always there to lick the tears away, and now one day they will fall, and he won’t be there to help me smile.  Ashton and Ethan have been extra kind to Kilo this week, making sure to kiss him daily. 

Eli is now 8wks.  Seriously.  This is the fastest 8wks EVER!  Last night I tried my very best to help sleep train him, but he just could not go back to sleep without a full belly.  After an hour an a half of giving him his binkie, I finally said to Dad, “Feed him.”  And then he went back to sleep for another 4 hours.  Thankfully, his wake ups only last 20min from start to finish, but I’m pretty certain he does NOT need to eat in the middle of the night anymore.  I’ll try again tonight, but I’m not holding my breath.

So Eli…he is now smiling at you when you do something cute or funny.  He is very alert, with some of the biggest eyes I’ve ever seen.

He is still quite content resting in your arms or in his crib.  Should you put him down when it’s not nap time, you can almost bet he will be crying in 10mins flat.  Maybe it has to do with the fact that I love holding him?  Yeah, probably.  I think I’ve spoiled him.  But didn’t I read somewhere that it’s impossible to spoil a baby?  Yeah, they need that love 😉  And being my last baby, I’m all about it.  Shoot, who am I kidding?  I’ve spoiled them all!

Eli still hates the car and will cry the entire time you insist on driving him anywhere.  Last week we were in the car for 2 1/2 hours stuck in the worst traffic accident EVER, and he cried the whole time.  However, he slept the entire night!  So it was a small plus in my book.  Too bad he forgot to tell Mommy he was going to be fine sleeping all night.  Instead, I sat there starring at the clock and the monitor making sure he was still breathing. 

Next up is Ethan.  Poor Ethan.  He will be having his adenoids and tonsils removed on November 19th.  It’s a 15min procedure and will come home that evening.  I sure hope he is a brave little boy because Mommy’s heart will hurt.  You would never guess that my little “Casper” had such swollen adenoids and tonsils…just see for yourself.

This was taken at Trunk or Treat at Ashton’s school.  Ethan was a ghost…but he looked like Casper in the end.  He is so sweet with that little smile.  All he wanted for 2 hours was PIZZA.  When I finally told him we were going to get chocolate, he was on a mission to learn how to say “Trick or Treat.”  Poor kid, Mommy didn’t let him have but ONE piece…and that was before we arrived.  HA.

Ashton was a skeleton.  A super cute one too.

The main part of Ashton’s costume is under his shirt.  It’s a skeleton head that lights up.  UGH.  He was rather disappointed that it was so bright outside.  Hopefully on Halloween, we’ll get a better picture.

The only photo I took of Eli was when Ms. Becky was holding him and everyone thought he was her baby.  She’s one hot Mama 😉

And when the kids were pooped out, they had pizza.  Finally.

And lastly, Ashton hit the ball to get the winning RBI at last weeks game!  YEAH AT!

So I took him on a Mommy date (Ethan was at Grandma’s and Dad was on a mancation…Eli came with us) to KOBE with Aunt Dana & Howie. 

And finally, the BEST news ever…..Uncle Joey & Aunt Dana are having a baby GIRL!!!

Let the fun begin.  I plan on spoiling her to pieces!

Happy Birthday America!

The “gang” getting ready for the parade!!!
Maddie, Austin, and Ashton .
So I’m a little late. I was busy, what can I say?

Friday was a super busy day for us. We spoiled Ashton with a little “stay-vacation.” We brought him to the YMCA for some one-on-one time going down the slides a million times, then we came home and packed up lunches for a picnic at the pool. And this is where we stayed for some 3 or so hours. Until AT’s eyes were so red he could barely keep them open.

Saturday we woke up bright and early and Austin joined us as we headed over to the Temple Terrace Parade. It started off great, until it rained and we were all soaked. But that wasn’t going to stop us or “rain on our parade!” hehehe. We enjoyed ourselves, rain and all.
Aren’t the hats and bags Ms. Jamie, Ms. Nikki, and Ms. Barbara made for the kids, cute?Ashton’s best bud, Austin.
Princess Maddie.Ethan, Austin, Ashton, and Owen waiting for CANDY!!! (Austin probably found some!)

After we were nice and wet we headed over to the Shuck’s house for some FUN times in the pool and a BBQ. We go there every year, and every year it just gets better.
Ashton loved the diving board, so did Daddy 😉Ethan made a new friend 😉

Can you tell he was tired?

Once we got home I decided Ashton had to see fireworks so we put Ethan to bed and Mom and AT headed out to the mall to watch them shoot off fireworks. It was great, we are only 5mins from the mall and we were able to park across the street to help eliminate some of the loud booms. Ashton loved it. Just as he did last year at Mickey’s Castle (Magic Kingdom).

On Sunday we went to the local farmers market and then to Grandma and Papa R’s house. We were all just beat from our weekend, but we had a lovely dinner with them and then headed home. The boys are going over for a spend the night with Grandma and Papa on Tuesday, 3 of their cousins will be there! Mom and Dad have a date planned…RENT at the Performing Arts Center 🙂

To All Our Men & Women…

Past and Present who have served our country, Thank You!
From our family, to yours.
Happy Memorial Day to all!
And a super big thank you to my brother and his family for fighting for our country!!!

Easter ’09

Easter is nothing short of family time. We started the day off with just our small family finding baskets that the Easter Bunny left for the boys. They were thrilled.

Then we hustled out the door at 6:30am, yes you read that correctly, to hit our church service located at the school that started at 7am sharp. By the way, if you ever intend on going to that service be sure to get the MEMO: BRING CHAIRS!
Then it was off to Grandma, Popi, and GG’s house. Did you know the Bunny found them there too? Yup, that Bunny he sure is a good guy to all the kids in our family 🙂 Popi made a fantastic Easter brunch that was just perfect for all of us. There wasn’t a person there without a full belly by the time breakfast was over.

Then we came home for a short nap for Ethan. He just can’t go all day without a nap, so a rest is what he got. Ashton didn’t seem to mind, he played outside with all his Easter Eggs, and had time to pose for just one photo with Mom.

When Ethan woke up (just before the Master’s was about to start) we headed over to Grandma and Papa’s house where our SC “R” family was there to spend the end of our Easter with. The kids had a ball. We had a fabulous dinner, thanks Grandma, and left with yet another basket from the Bunny. Gesh, I don’t think that Bunny wanted us to miss a thing.

Here is Paul playing with some of his old toys that Ashton now loves to play with 🙂

And here is big cousin Elizabeth making sure Ethan is included in all the Bunny’s hidden gifts and treasures. She is an amazing big cousin 🙂

Happy Valentine’s Day!

To all of you!

This is what my WONDERFUL ULTRA FABULOUS HUSBAND bought me 🙂

I hope someone who loves you, showed you, just how much your appreciated, today and always!

New Year’s Eve….

Another year has passed and what a wonderful year it has been. We welcomed a new family member into our home. Wow, what an experience. It has been awesome having Ethan in our family. I can’t even remember life without him. He is a prime 9 1/2 months old now, with 2 small teeth on bottom and a boy who loves to eat everything in sight. However, he doesn’t crawl or pull up. But you bet your bottom dollar, if he wants something he’ll roll right over to it, or scoot. HA. It’s great to watch.

Last weekend we went and visited the boys GAJ. It was a blast. She recently moved and we haven’t been up there to see her new place. AT slept with GAJ and would wake up coming to look for Mommy and Daddy. Guess he was a bit lost in the morning. hehehe! We also stopped by Daddy’s brothers house and visited with our wonderful neices and nephew. They were delighted to have the boys visit….can you tell?

After all that playing with J, O, and G, we headed to GAJ’s for a bath…..the boys sure do wash up nicely!
And after retuning home from our trip, this is what happens to crazy 3 year olds that are still refusing the nap. HA!

So here is too 2009. The future is a mere treasure in time. I cannot wait to see what the treasure holds for our family. I do know for certain 2 things that will happen. Ethan, my baby, will be 1 year old in a mere 2 months, and Ashton will turn 4 years old. WOW! Where does the time go?
So, here is to you. To health, wealth, and good fortune. I wish you ALL the best New Year’s EVER! And may God Bless you ALL!