Friday, March 29, 2013

Future Hoarder?

I have this cute little decorative box on our console table. It serves no real purpose, I just like it.


I've never actually put anything inside of it...but apparently someone else has been.


My little decorative box is full of random keepsakes. It appears Benjamin has claimed my decorative box as a safe place to store his goods.

Let's take a look and see.


He might just be a little hoarder in the making.

Love that kid.


Friday, March 22, 2013

8 years ago today....

...I was sitting in a doctor's office, 18 weeks pregnant, being told that my son had Spina Bifida. The picture painted was not pretty. I was told my son would have a poor quality of life, assuming he survived at all. What this doctor failed to mention was the fact that my son would have the best smile, the prettiest blue eyes, a contagious laugh, a courageous spirit, and a sensitive heart. This doctor failed to mention that my son would inspire, educate, encourage, and redefine. This doctor failed to mention how much I would love this child, how much he would change me, and how much joy he would bring to my life. 8 years ago today I began an unexpected chapter in my life. Often, the unexpected chapters of life are the very best ones.




Regardless of where you stand on the abortion issue, whether you are "right to life" or "right to choose", I think we can all agree that a doctor that gives outdated and false information, presented as fact, that could potentially lead to the termination of a pregnancy, is irresponsible and unacceptable. It happens all the time. I see at least 2 people a week join the Spina Bifida BabyCenter group because they have just received the SB diagnosis. They have been told horrible, awful, and completely inaccurate information by their doctors. Thankfully these parents stumble upon the group and we are able to give them the truth. We are able to show them how wonderful our kids are. I know for a fact that group has saved lives. It's a terrible shame to think about the babies that don't get a chance because parents made a decision based on the information (false information) they had at the time. Unacceptable.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Resurrection Diorama

I first got this idea from a fellow SB mom. I had planned to do it last year but then this thing called tethered cord surgery happened and I never got around to doing it.


Supplies needed:
Plant pot saucer
Small plant pot
Decorative stones
Skinny sticks (for the crosses)
Ribbon (used to gold the crosses together)
Dirt/Soil
Grass seed

Basically you just pour your dirt into the saucer and around your small planter. Add decorative rocks, make 3 crosses with your sticks, sprinkle some grass seed on top, add a larger stone for the front of your tomb. Done.

Our finished diorama. 
(fingers crossed the grass actually grows)

On Good Friday we will put a small doll inside the tomb and put the stone in place. When the boys wake up on Easter morning the stone will be rolled away and the doll gone. I think it is such a great visual for kids to learn from. I'm excited to do it. I'll post pictures of how it looks once the grass grows...assuming the grass actually grows :).


Tooth #8

Caleb lost tooth #8 yesterday!


This tooth has been loose forever. He was so excited because this tooth fell out on its own....meaning daddy didn't have to do a tooth extraction.



Friday, March 15, 2013

Our "Staycation" Day Five

Today was the final day of "Our Staycation with Shaun the Sheep". Glenn took off work and joined us for some family fun. We decided to take the boys to the Fort Worth Stockyards. The boys have never been and it has been ages since I have been.



We checked out the steers first.

They were just chillin' in the sun.

With my boys.

Next we grabbed some lunch. Yummy barbeque.



Benjamin kept himself entertained by blowing up the utensil baggie and then trying to pop it.

Next, we stopped by the candy store.
Really?

Caleb with a candy mustache. He's also wearing a mustache shirt.

Benjamin picked out a small lollipop.


A vintage train runs right through the stockyards. Considering Benjamin's love of trains we had to get tickets to ride the train.
Feeling the track to see if the train is coming.


Lil' stinker.

Here comes the train.

This was a real train. A really big train. Benjamin was so excited.


Of course, Shaun the Sheep joined us.

After the train ride we headed over to the petting zoo.

The boys loved feeding the animals.



Caleb hugging a goat.


The best part of the petting zoo was watching Caleb get assaulted by a camel. Hysterical. 


This camel had no respect for people's personal space. He just got right in your face.

Benjamin wouldn't go anywhere near the camel.

One last picture before we headed home. I love that I am the only one looking at the camera.

Way too much fun for this little guy.

It really was a fun day. The boys had a blast and there was a ton of things for them to do. We didn't get to do everything so we will definitely be taking them back soon.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Our "Staycation" Day Four

We didn't have anything major planned today so the boys enjoyed a leisurely breakfast...in their beds! For some reason they think eating in bed is the coolest thing ever.




A little milk on the chin :)



After running a quick errand, we came home and made lemonade. 




The boys wanted to have another picnic outside today and Caleb specifically asked that we picnic in the grass instead of at the table. So we I made lunch and we headed outside to eat and enjoy the fresh lemonade.

Watching a plane.

Look at that sweet face.

We have been really blessed with some gorgeous weather this week. It has been great.



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