Monday, November 30, 2009

Our last day in Texas

Despite our early morning trip to the walk-in clinic w/Zachary (fever, congested, etc...), we had a really good day.

After relaxing and trying to feel better all morning Zac and I took a nice long nap in the afternoon... after we woke up Deacon & I were able to go visit with Samantha, Noah & Ellie -- despite the fact that my grouchy 4 year old was insanely rude and impatient, we had a good visit :)  We got home just in time to accompany my niece, Emma, to her dance practice... which was adorable.  Little girls dancing around is sooooo funny and cute.  I'm so happy I was able to be there to take pictures.


most of the cousins there to support Emma



Deacon trying to be like Emma



Cute girl :)

Saturday, November 28, 2009

The day after Thanksgiving


Deacon & Sam



Zac Zac w/Aunt Christy



Cousin Matt putting my child in danger :)



awww, all the cousins minus Amanda & Lindsay (who were on the way... we had to do this quick before Zac napped)



The whole clan... even Sadie :)



Me w/my sisters and brother :)



Sarah & Emma



Caroline in a tree... and if you look closely, you'll see Deacon too-- can't leave Caroline's side for too long!



Bryan about to get into trouble for being too careless w/Deacon ;-)



Goofy grins from the baby... up wayyyy past his bedtime



Deacon, Caroline & Ben


Had a great day after Thanksgiving with family... too bad my favorite day of the year (Black Friday) was ruined for a number of reasons... a.) there are two stores in Sweetwater, TX... Wal Mart & K Mart- neither of which had sales that interested me.  b.) we have NO room in our luggage to carry anything back with us.  I was seriously so bummed about black friday.  I couldn't even find a good deal online since the kohls website crashed on me.  Good thing my fun family made it better... it's much more fun to play games and eat good food than it is to go BF shopping... right??????? ;-)

Friday, November 27, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

So thankful... 



Day before Thanksgiving...


Damien riding the scooter w/Sam



Cousin Andrew & Aunt Amy loving up on baby Zac Zac



Cousin Lindsay w/Zac... worlds best cousin/babysitter



ugh, this picture melts my heart... The oldest and youngest grandchild.  Baby Zac with cousin Bryan (I remember when Bryan was "baby Bryan")



Matt getting into trouble during the show the kids put on for us.



Deacon performing... he's a natural, LOL



Deacon's big solo :)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Jim's {surprise} birthday party


Beth instructing all the kids on how we're going to "jump out" at Grandpa Jim



Beth pretending to be Jim... making sure I had a good camera angle.  I promised her I would not put this picture on my blog... that was silly of her to believe me.



Deacon wrestling with his Uncle Mike... the kids were getting pretty restless at this point.  We were told Grandpa Jim would be home by 8 p.m.  I think this picture was taken around 8:45 p.m.  Still no Grandpa Jim.



SURPRISE!!!



Aw, big hugs from hungry and excited kiddies


Monday night & Tuesday morning in Texas




Here are some cute pictures of our time at the Worrell's... Deacon had so much fun playing with cousins Sarah and Emma.  The first night we were there we took this sweet picture of Uncle Damien watching t.v. with the kids before bedtime... I think this was the most calm we will see this bunch over the next week.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Over the river and through the woods...

I've been a horrible blogger lately!!!  And this is a short post, sorry!

We had such a great travel experience today... yes, it was a long day-- however, we expected no less!  But we met some really nice people on the way who made traveling with two children a little bit easier.  I am absolutely grateful and THANKFUL for such a smooth trip.

At our layover in Dallas Zac slept and Deacon ran around like crazy... which was good.  Zac did get the chance to crawl around the dirty floors of DFW too, but seemed quite content and cozy snuggled up.

Day 1: success :)


Saturday, November 14, 2009

What it's really all about...


Deacon's best friend on the team, Martin-- one of our star players





The little boy sitting in front of the goal was a serious crack-up.  When the coach put him in, he would either sit down somewhere on the field or run randomly all over the place.  So funny.  


The pictures of Zac make me laugh too... poor thing was so cold.  Marty is such a good daddy- he took Zac from me and made a little hat out of Martin's shirt :)  Zac was very pleased with himself.

After a not so great experience a few weeks ago on the soccer field, it's been nice to have the past couple of weeks go by so smoothly.  Today's game, however, really was a true testament to what U6 soccer is all about.  In the first 10 minutes of the game our team scored 2 (or 3?) goals... pretty easily.  It was pretty clear, by the middle of the game, that the kids on the other team were very new to the sport.  I had to laugh because it was a team filled entirely with kids who play at Deacon's level.  Not that Deacon isn't good... he's just one of the youngest on our team- one would expect that he isn't the best!  As the game progressed the parents on both sides of the field were cheering for both teams- every kid who did well got cheered for- by everyone.  Each child who ran off the field got cheered for by each team coach.  I'm sure a bystander would have had no clue which parents belonged to which team.

Anyway... it was clear the kids on the other team were a bit down about not scoring a goal yet- so Damien took our kids aside and told them we were playing a new game-- instead of trying to score a goal, we were just going to practice playing keep away... that way the other team had a better chance of scoring.  Damien then took our best players aside and told them that we wanted the other team to have a good chance of scoring a goal.

Then the cutest, most amazing thing happened... our best player, Turner, helped the other kids in getting a goal.  It wasn't obvious to the kids on the other team... but it was obvious to us since we know that Turner doesn't just miss the ball when it's kicked by him :)  When the other team scored a goal, Turner... along with EVERYONE on the sidelines, cheered so hard for the other team.

It honestly brought tears to my eyes... THIS is really what it's all about.  Kids having fun and being supported.

Deacon had a great game... he kicked the ball a number of times and actually got in there and stole the ball from someone!  He's improving SO much and I am so proud of him.  I love watching the look on his face when he gets to kick the ball-- he's so happy and proud of himself.  He has such confidence.  And after he kicks the ball he always looks up to find me-- someday he'll learn that instead of doing that, he should follow through and keep chasing the ball-- but until that day comes, I'm going to enjoy that beautiful face looking for his mommy in the crowd... because I know all too soon he won't be doing that anymore.  

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Downward facing dog



We're just so funny :)




Any other kids out there do this?  Whenever Deacon laughs hard he gets the hiccups and then has to stop himself from getting sick.  Every.Single.Time.  I feel so bad for the kid- because we have to stop messing around and get him to settle down so he doesn't barf!

... at least he's cute :)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The poster child for h1n1



Though we can't be entirely sure, we're treating Zachary as if he has h1n1.  On Sunday morning he started with the high fever and by that evening he had a cough and sniffles too.  I'll be honest- I have been entirely disappointed with the health professionals involved with our situation... I usually LOVE his pediatrician, but when we called them on Monday they were, of course, booked solid.  So we went to Urgent Care- which is normally an excellent choice.  They did an ear infection and strep throat test- ruled both of those out immediately.  They did the flu test- which came back negative... so she said that he doesn't have the flu.  Ummm... last I checked that stupid flu test wasn't exactly the most accurate test around.  Anyways, they said they would contact his pedi to see how they would like to have him treated.  Long story short, we didn't hear back from anyone until 8:30 p.m. Monday night.  Thank God his case isn't too severe... though I guess if it were, we would have been a lot more persistent.  Anyway, his pediatrician seemed to think he probably has a mild case of the flu... seeing as though it seems that every child in the Sacramento area has been exposed to it in some way or another.

He's been such a trooper... despite the high fever and seemingly uncomfortable nasal issues, he's been in relatively good spirits.  Damien wins father of the year award for his efforts-- on Sunday night Damien spent almost the entire night holding Zac in the rocking chair so I could sleep.  On Monday I wasn't able to take off work, so Damien spent the entire morning running around Sac trying to get Zac seen by a doctor and then spent the rest of the day chilling at home.  And then last night Damien spent the majority of the night in Zac's room again.  Today both of us stayed home- though Damien spent the day working from home, it was nice to have him here to help me out.

Our friends' little girl, Ellie, was given the h1n1 diagnosis yesterday too... though hers, unfortunately, seems a lot more severe than Zachary's.  Ellie was at the Thanksgiving party and I'm hoping that between her and Zachary, Deacon will hurry up and just get it and get it over with!  It sounds horrible to wish the flu on him, but I figure he's got a very likely chance of getting at some point this season- I would rather just do it now!