Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Memorial Day 2007

I'm sure I don't even have to tell you how we spent our Memorial Day...yes, we were in the pool. And we got to spend time in the pool with Cousin Syd and later Uncle Scott brought up Cousin L. to swim with us. Wish you all could have been there...

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Kickin' It Country

K.'s first ballet/tap/jazz recital was Saturday at TWC (she's told everyone that she danced at Mommy's work). The title of the recital was Kickin' It Country. She was absolutely adorable and did such a great job. We're so very proud of her, including P. Before he fell asleep he was clapping and yelling, "sissy!" Thank you Cousin L., Grandmother, Mimi, Papaw, Mamaw, Auntie Robin and Uncle Austie for coming to watch our little princess! For those of you who weren't there, I'll try not to make you watch the DVD too many times. Also, I have more pictures to post, but blogger is having a few issues uploading tonight. I'll try again tomorrow.

Friday, May 25, 2007

The adventures of P.

This has been one wild week. I took P. back to the doctor Thursday because his fever had not broken since Tuesday and he was admitted to the hospital immediately and we were told that he would have surgery soon afterwards (for the bump that has continued to grow on his abdomen).

A few hours later the surgeon stopped by to examine P. and made the decision to hold off until today to do the surgery. In the meantime he was put on IV antibiotics to fight what we thought was MRSA. But while I was home taking a shower the pediatrician showed up and told Ryan that the culture taken Tuesday at Children's Hospital did not grow MRSA, it was a different type of staph and it would be cured with antibiotics by mouth. He was discharged. (We're all so happy - I don't recommend a night in the hospital with any child, but especially one who likes to run, climb and bounce off the walls even when his fever is 103 degrees.)

So, here I sit, sleep deprived yet excited that my boy is OK, in my disasterous house that will soon be host to family and friends coming to visit for the weekend and attending K.'s big recital tomorrow. I'd better get busy... thanks for all of the prayers for our little man. We're so blessed that this turned out to be nothing more than it is.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Another night in the ER

P. seems to be racking up the frequent flyer miles for the ER. Last night we made our fourth trip in P.'s 17-month life, but last night we went to Children's Hospital (an hour drive) instead of the local ER where some crazy people work - not all of them are crazy, just a few. (The last time we were in there P. was having an allergic reaction to cashews - he licked his hand that had cashew dust on it (he got the can out of the trash) - and the nurse told me that we were going to have to wait because there were 20 people in front of us. Well, you all should know by now that her comment didn't go over too well with me and we were taken back promptly after I spoke with another ER employee. The child looked like he had been scalded from head to toe and I was about to freak out.) Anyway. I'll stop rambling and get on with it...

P. has a large bump on the right side of his abdomen and it seemed to get bigger as the night progressed. He was also running a fever of 101+ degrees. I made a call to the pediatrician and she recommended we go on to the ER.

We made it to the ER at Children's after P. vomited all over his almost-brand-new car seat (it's only 6 months old) and then waited 2.5 hours to see a doctor. He was diagnosed with MRSA, a staph infection that is increasingly more common and since P. has eczema he is more susceptible. His "bump" is small and the ER doc assured us it was nothing to worry about. He's on antibiotics now and seems to be feeling some better today, but he still isn't his normal, active self.

Just another day with the Armstrongs...I hope we aren't back to the hospital any time soon.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Weekend fun

We had a lot of fun this weekend spending time with family. Friday was great as we were able to spend a lot of time with Nana. It was also K.'s last day of preschool. She's a little upset that she does not get to attend school this summer, but I've assured her that she'll return to school in September. That seemed to appease her for the moment.

Saturday we spent our morning in the backyard with Nana, Mimi and Cousin "Non" (as P. calls him). We had a ton of fun and have a ton of pictures to prove it (a nice 200 pictures to be exact). After all of the playing and a short nap time we headed over to Mimi and Poppy's where P. was into climbing on the coffee table, the chairs, the computer desk, the fireplace, the couch and then turning Mimi and Poppy's brand new flat screen, plasma television on and off. Notice the picture below of P. getting into trouble by Poppy who could not keep a straight face while reprimanding him.

Sunday we headed back to Mimi and Poppy's to swim, but due to the cooler weather last week the water was FREEZING. K. was the only soul brave (or crazy) enough to enter the pool.
Here's some of the pictures. I promise I didn't post them all...

Thursday, May 17, 2007

TGI Thursday

I believe that Thursday is my favorite day of the week. It's the last day of my work week, Grey's Anatomy is on at 9 p.m. (after my children are put to bed) and we usually do not have errands to run or places to be on Thursday.

It has truly been a wild seven days and I'm looking forward to the weekend, as always. It's time to plant our garden (we're always late), Nana (R.'s grandmother) is coming to stay with us tonight, the cleaning lady is at my house as I type and we get to play with Baby John on Saturday.

I hope you all have a great weekend. I plan to have lots of pictures to share soon.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Happy Belated Mother's Day!

I'm a little late with this post, but it's certainly not unusual for me to be late, not these days anyway. Saturday we had a lot of things to do, including arriving at the TWC graduation at 7 a.m. (just me), grocery shopping and driving up to Aunt J and Uncle J's house to visit with them and Nana. We had a lot of fun and enjoyed a delicious meal (thanks Aunt J!). Then Sunday the computer or the web page (I don't know which) would not let me post and we spent most of our day in the pool (K. was in the pool for more than five hours!). Yesterday was just as busy with me working a golf tournament until 8 p.m. and R. running the kids to ballet and over to Mimi and Poppy's to feed the dogs while they enjoy some time in Las Vegas (win big Mimi and Poppy!). Anyway...I'll stop with the excuses and wish you all a happy Mother's Day. I hope you had a day of relaxation and were showered with lots of handmade goodies from your children.

There is nothing more precious than the gifts made by my sweet children. I had an extra special treat from K. as her preschool hosted a Mother's Day Tea Party last Friday. I don't think there was a dry eye in the room as each of our precious children sang "M-O-M-M-Y and Mommy is her name-o" and blew kisses across the room. K. was so excited to show me each of the things she made for me, including a plaque with her handprints, flowers in a cup she had painted, a handmade card and a photo of she and her daddy. How could I ask for more?

I'm so blessed to have my two wonderful children and my wonderful husband. But I'm also very lucky to have a lot of special moms (my mother-in-law, a dear friend of my mother's and mine, my stepmother, my very best friends, cousins, aunts, coworkers and Ryan's grandmother who I consider my own) in my life, especially since my mom passed away a little over two years ago and my grandmother passed away last year. Thank you to all of you who make my life so full.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

New photos of the babes...

Here are a few of the latest pictures of the children. K. is in her dance costume (recital to be May 26) and P.'s photos were taken at Parents' Day Out. Notice that these were taken before P.'s first "official" haircut. He looks much like a girl, though we like to think of him as looking more like a "rock star" (or according to K. he's a superhero). No wonder the older women in church always comment about my pretty little GIRLS!

Friday, May 4, 2007

The pool is open...

Our favorite summer spot is in Mimi's and Poppy's backyard...the pool. When the weather is warm, that's where you'll find us for hours each day. It makes for a peaceful night because everyone wears themselves out swimming and splashing around.

K. is very excited about swimming this year. She insists that there will be "no floaties!" She was doing well at the end of last season, but I hope that she'll try not to be too brave and will wear the floaties for a little longer. Check out her newest swimsuit modeled below.

Last Sunday the kids took their first "dip" in the pool this year. The water was icy, but to them water temperature is no big deal. No one made it lower than the second step...there was no way I was going for a swim. The water was too cold for me to even dip my feet.