Monday, August 29, 2011

Just Peachy


It seems that summer has left and the last few moments went by so quick.  One last memory for the summer 2011 record books.  A wagon ride.  A beautiful summer peach to fill up our basket.  I tried to squeeze it all in.  As much of it as I could.  Last week we fully recovered from Bradley’s fever and sent him off to his first week of school happy.  Honestly, I was so stressed with his sickness, I didn’t even take a photo of the first day.  I walked in with Ellie on my hip and saw a mom leaving with her big old Nikon hanging from her neck.  I got a pit in my stomach that I didn’t even document the first day.  How is that possible?

But, the week went on and I forgot to do it the following mornings too.  I can’t even imagine how life with three is going to diminish my brain function even further??

Bradley seems to be out of the woods from his last fever spell.  The doctor is still concerned about some of his blood work results.  We are going to give him six to eight weeks to fully recover and then do another blood panel to check on him.  Great, we haven’t even gone four weeks without getting another fever.  The doctor says we’ll just cross that bridge when we get there.  Parenthood just fills you with so much joy and fear at the same time. 


These pictures are from our last little “squeeze in as much of summer as possible” days.  We went to the peach orchard with Grey and Anna.  The peaches actually weren’t very ripe.  We trudged around in the grass, got bitten by a million mosquitos and ended up buying the pre-picked peaches at the orchard’s store.


Anna’s trying to tell us that she sees a million peaches.  But, they were hard as rocks. 


Oh well, trying to make a last little summer memory didn’t go quite as planned.  The pictures still turned out cute!


In other news….we survived an earthquake.  Without giving away our exact neighborhood, we actually aren’t very far from the earthquake’s epicenter.  I now know that you don’t run to the basement in an earthquake.  How should I know, I have never lived through one?  And that Ellie will nap through anything, including a huge earthquake.  Bradley, not so much.  He was completely traumatized and hasn’t stopped talking about the “Earthshake.” 

The aftershocks are what totally freak me out.  Wednesday night we were woken up by one in the middle of the night.  Very scary.  You feel so vulnerable when you are sleeping.  It took me forever to fall back asleep, and poor Bradley was woken up too.  Again Ellie…slept through the whole thing.  God, that girl is on 110% and then she crashes. 

Baby Ellie post and first ponytail post coming soon!!  Along with….

I am in major to do list, nesting, cleaning, organizing, sewing mode.  More to come on all that later!!  Off to rest these feet that are swelling up by the second.

Love, Clare

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Big One


Bradley Boo you have had quite an interesting summer! 

You have been sicker than I have ever seen you.  You have worried Daddy and I to death with your fevers, blood shot eyes, and little chapped lips.  You have laid on the couch for more hours that I would like to count.  Now it is time for school to start and I just want you to feel better.

You started running another fever this weekend.  No other symptoms, just fever and you tied my stomach in knots.

After a visit to the doctor on Monday he sent us back to the hospital for a chest xray and another blood panel.  You didn’t like it one bit, and put up quite a fight.  Even pulling out the needle! 

The doctor said that your white blood cell count is really low.  It was also really low in June when you had the first virus.  He said this is a “chicken or the egg” scenario.  Is your white blood cell count low because you have had a fever, or are you getting all of these fevers because you have a low white cell count?

He is going to talk to a specialist and go over Bradley’s case history.  But, for now Bradley is feeling better.  He wants to run another blood panel in two to three weeks and see if his white blood count is going back up. 

All of these things just make me realize how much I love my kids.  It is almost scary the love and worry moments like this produce.  You can’t imagine them being sick or even want your mind to go there.  There is the smart side of my brain that just thinks, things like this happen, kids get sick.  Then there is the deep down worry in my mommy belly, hoping that he is a OK.

For now he is fine, so we are going to roll with that…

Love, Clare  


Monday, August 22, 2011

The Pool is Cool

This was the first year that Bradley really LOVED the ocean.  But, after a few hours he was always ready to head back to the house.  Let’s go to the pool, was the mantra of the three big kiddos. 


Really?  It looks like you are having so much fun?  But, I think they were all feeling so confident about their swimming that they really wanted to practice.  I can’t believe that just last summer Bradley would hardly get his face wet, and always had to wear his swimmies.  Now look….


This became their favorite pool game, talking to each other underneath the water.  Oh, that and the Flying Squirrel


Is this the same little girl from last summer??  I think not!


They had so much fun at the pool.  Diving for dive sticks, even in the deep end, wearing real goggles, and pretending to be lifeguards.  There were a few evenings when they wanted to swim after dinner.  Once the babies were in bed, we could sit on the pool deck and watch them all swim without any help.  Oh my…


If the littles were around you were definitely in the water, because they required a ton of attention.




And just in case you were worried, Ellie was always on duty…she was watching over Haven of course!



Other than the pool and the beach we did some other fun things.  We painted nails


And went putt putting for the first time and visited the turtles…


Had friends over for a BBQ that happened to be down at the beach at the same time…


Ate lots of popsicles on the deck


And of course had a final day photo shoot.  It was supposed to be our last night at the beach and our traditional picnic at the light house.  Instead it rained on us and we crammed on the front porch for a final day of pictures. 


I think we have a winner people.  Looking at the camera, check, not covered in water and sand, check, actually smiling, double check!!  Wow, you can get a great photo of a 16 month old!


My two little beans…


I have to share this to show the reality of trying to capture a family photo…


So we settled for one with a pacifier.  You win some you lose some, 3 out of 4 works for me!



Then these three couldn’t be cuter!!!



All three children looking at the camera, no pacifiers needed!  Aren’t they the cutest?

I could just eat her up with a spoon…



Overall it was a fantastic trip.  I mean fantastic!  I am finally done editing the photos and actually wanting to pick up my camera again.  Do you ever feel like that? 



In other news we are battling a fever again over here.  This is Bradley’s third fever episode this summer.  Please keep him in your thoughts.  A visit to the doctor and the hospital for more blood work today.  It feels a bit like groundhog day for us and him.  He wakes up with a headache and fights a fever for a few days.

I would almost feel more comforted if Ellie was sick too, but she is just fine.  As I write this we are waiting for the doctor’s call with the test results.  I will keep you posted.

Love, Clare


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Love By the Sea



So this is the post where I have a million pictures of my kiddos on the beach.

Usually we do our big "photo shoot" on the last day of our trip at the light house. This year, Cali and I really wanted some pictures of the kids in the sand and by the water. This sounded like such a great idea in theory. I got both children dressed, matching so cute, hair brushed, bows in, ready to go.  Then we got down to the ocean and this is what a 16 month old does within two minutes…. 


The experienced mommy in me should have seen that coming a mile away, but I really didn't think it through. Chris spent 90% of his time at the beach chasing ellie around and catching her after she toppled into the water and sand. So much for the adorable outfits! Oh well, I just went with it. She cooperated for part of the pictures, and the rest of them I just followed her around. I have a ton of pictures of Ellie walking or running away from me. At least she has adorable curls and the yummiest legs to look at, right?!





When I wasn’t chasing little miss crazy around I did get some great pictures of the big kiddos…


Amalie and Larken are pros and completely worked it for the camera!  and of course baby Haven just had to sit and look cute, which isn’t a problem for her! 






Things went from really sweet to complete craziness…


Oh life at the beach with little kids, such fun!!  There is still a lot more to share, I am working at it little by little.

Until next time….


Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Beach Revealed

I think it has taken me a week to recover from our awesome beach trip.  I have done a million loads of wash, returned all DVDs and toys to the rightful places, and gone to bed really early for most of this week.  The car has been washed and de-snacked.  I think Chris and I dumped a pound of goldfish and crackers out of Ellie’s car seat.  Where does all of that come from??

It was such a great trip, and I have been very slow to go through all of my photos and edit them.  I finally took a stab at some of them tonight.  What, 558 photos isn’t a daunting task?  I have definitely fallen in love with a bunch of them, and I can’t wait to get the printed out and up in our house somewhere.

There is something about a great beach photo….


It makes the little photographer inside me dying to get out happy…DSC_0405

It is so great going back to the same neighborhood and beach a few years in a row.  We have always rented a different house, because someone between our two families has had another baby.  We always stay in the same place, The Currituck Club.  The kids are starting to create so many memories.  Trips on the trolley.  Rides in the bike trailer up to get doughnuts.  Going to a different pool in the neighborhood.  And this year we get to add Putt Putt and Go-Karting to the list.


There were lots of magical castles built.  One that was dedicated to a washed up crab.  He got a lot of attention from the big kiddos.  They inspected him and got braver as time wore on.  This was a special morning at the beach, because our friends brought their baby sitter.  So, she was watching the littles while they napped.  The big kids got a lot of time with us.




These two have officially become water lovers.  They let us take them way out into the ocean.  When we didn’t have the little ones to look after!  There were a few days that the ocean was really calm, and Bradley was swimming back and forth between Chris and I.  Then the big waves would come and he would just laugh and giggle as you jumped them.  I would hold him between waves and his heart would be racing.  He loved it though.  I just can’t believe the growth in confidence and swimming that he has made from last year to this year.  It is always so evident when you think about past trips.


Jumping and waiting for the waves…


I just love Cali and Rick and there girls.  Each year the beach gets better and better.  We get along great, the kids play together well, and we get lots of time to hang out!!  I hope we can keep the tradition going, next year we will have six kids and four parents, yikes!!!  We mostly cook at home during the week, but one night we get dolled up for our parents night dinner.



The kiddos had a great time just hanging out around the house.  I think they had 400 outfit changes between the five of them.  Bradley mostly wore his old and new Outer Banks t-shirts.  He pretty much hasn’t taken them off since getting home.  And this little just thought diapers and mixing cups were the best…


This is a random beach post.  I have covered wave jumping and diaper wearing toddlers.  Life is good, and so was our trip!  I am hoping to sort through all of our photo shoots and get some more posts up this week! 

I think I am still in vacation mode. Love, Clare