Monday, September 28, 2015

The Perks of Having a Toddler

Almost every Sunday we walk into sacrament meeting just moments after they have already started. So it was a miracle this last Sunday that we were heading out the door with a few minutes to spare. But we still didn't make it to church on time, because Ryan and I both thought that the other had grabbed the keys and it wasn't until after the door was locked that we realized neither one of us actually had them. Sigh. 
So after a few minutes of madness, we called our landlord and hoped that he had a key (which would still take at least 20 minutes for him to bring it to us).

Tangent: When we first moved in, we quickly realized that there was no source of air conditioning in the house and had that fixed immediately by putting in an evaporative cooler in one of the kitchen windows. And because of laziness plus not knowing how to do it, we never actually put anything over the window opening except some flimsy cardboard...which still didn't keep out spiders and flies, but I digress. 

However, this laziness and lack of knowledge served us well this past Sunday when **I** (ahem;)) had a stroke of genius and told Ryan to try and lift Norah through the gap so she could unlock the door for us from the inside.  

She was so brave and willing to play ninja for a few minutes. She was a little bit scared to get down backwards, but luckily our kitchen table sits right below that window, so she could climb on top and then get down from there. 

It was a success! We were all so proud and glad to continue our morning routine. :))

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Apple(s) of My Eye

Tomorrow marks the official start of Fall for 2015 so I just couldn't resist doing a little Fall photo session of my two favorite girls. Ryan and my mom were both really good sports and helped out a ton with getting the girls to smile and hold still for a few minutes. 

My camera was throwing a tantrum, however, and wouldn't take continuous pictures like it was set up to do, so I was too preoccupied with that to notice that the lighting didn't turn out as I'd hoped. Oh well. The girls still look pretty darling to me. 

We took these on Sunday, and after a reeeeally long Stake Conference meeting, Lucy wanted nothing more than to take a nap. She woke up 2 hours into her nap with a messy diaper and just wanted it changed so she could go back to sleep. haha. Even after a four hour nap she was still really groggy and wasn't acting her usual happy self. So the only way to get her to smile was having her clap her hands. Which, of course, meant Norah had to join in too. ;)

I adore this picture of Lucy smiling at Norah. 

Norah loves when I put braids in her hair, but I don't do it very often because it is hard for her to wait for me to finish doing them. But with help from daddy, she was able to sit still and get some pretty ones done. And it was an extra special treat to have ribbons tied in as well! 

After we took some posed shots, the girls just kind of wandered around and played with the apples, which is when I got some cute ones of them.

 "You're the apple of my eye!"

I bought caramels to make carameled-apples afterwards, but I made the big mistake of opening them beforehand. Needless to say, they were all gone before we even did the photo shoot. We I really have no self control over here. 

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Sick Vacation

Wednesday, September 2nd at 3:00am:

I felt Norah climb into bed with us, and I subconsciously groaned and thought that it was still too dark outside for her to be waking us up. Her hot feet kept jabbing into my back and it wasn't until about 4:00am that I finally made the decision to roll over and put her back in her own bed. I was so completely exhausted at this point and so when Ryan got out of bed and started pacing the room,  complaining about back and chest pain, I felt pretty selfish for wishing that it would subside so that I could just fall back asleep.
Unfortunately, it only took about 10 minutes to decide that we had to go to the Emergency Room right then. Ryan has a small heart murmur, which has never been an issue so far, but we didn't know what else to think so we ran out to the car and sped away to the hospital. I am so glad my parents live close by (and that my dad could decipher what I was blubbering about over the phone) because my mom was able to go to our house and listen for the girls so that I could stay with Ryan. 
We were admitted right away and Ryan got set up for an EKG, which came back completely normal. At this point, however, Ryan described the pain as severe stabbings to his chest and side. They gave him some pain killers and he was finally able to get comfortable while we waited to get some x-rays done. But because the x-rays were still not very clear about his condition, they had us go in to get a CT scan. I thought about snapping a picture of Ryan doing the scan, but then thought that maybe it was inappropriate. ha. 
Finally, around 6:30am, the doctor came back in and showed us the results of the CT scan. He said that it is rare, but some people get pneumonia and don't have any of the other normal symptoms. Ryan was one of those people. 
We have no idea how he got it, but we're just so grateful that it wasn't something more serious and that Ryan is getting better. It was a much too exciting morning for us, so we plan on keeping it as boring as possible around here from now least until the new baby gets here. ;)

See the red arrow on the CT picture below? It's pointing to the swirly, white-looking infection in Ryan's lungs.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Preschool Send Off

I did that one thing that every mom warned me not to do. I blinked. And now my little baby Norah is off to preschool. :( 

This morning was filled with whoops and cheers because she has been waiting for this day for a looooong time and has been telling anyone she can about it. 

She didn't hesitate one bit to dive right into the activities once we got there, and I literally had to chase her around the room in order to get a hug goodbye from her. She was far too busy for such formalities. 

Our little girl is all growed up and getting herself edu-macated, and I have no idea how we already got to this point.