Friday, October 31, 2014

What's up, Dax?

Dax has been very busy the last few months. He is attending preschool as well as doing an online preschool, so he is always working on something for school. This month his favorite preschool day was going to Hee Haw Farms. Seth and I got to go with him, and we had fun doing all the pumpkin patch activities. Dax's favorite thing was a huge slide, but he loved the corn pit as well. He wanted me to take a million pictures of him jumping in...I got some great ones, but this was my favorite.

Dax loves soccer! He just finished up a great year and scored lots of goals. He is speedy! Dax finished soccer and started basketball. He played some amazing defense his first game. He didn't let his guy get by him at all. Dax made a basket, too, which is the most important part to him.  We'll see how he does the rest of the season.

Dax is doing amazing on the piano. He loves it and that makes me happy. I never have to remind him to practice and he loves sitting down to compose his own songs too. Dax's teacher recorded some Halloween songs that he played this year. Take a listen.

Dax always keeps us laughing. He is silly and whenever anyone is sad, he tries to cheer them up by being a big goofball. Dax is also a great helper. Yesterday I went outside and saw Dax raking leaves for our neighbor. I was so proud of his deciding to help someone out all on his own. Dax is growing up so quickly and is an amazing boy!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Mark Is Alive, Too!

Mark scoring a the rain!

Mark has been playing so well this year in soccer. He is a great leader on his team and they all look to him when they aren't sure what to do. Mark is very competitive and likes to win, so he works hard on the field to make sure that they do win. One game this year it poured on us the entire time. We were all drenched. Mark was wiping water off his head most of the game. He had the chance to play goalie that game, and hated it. It was hard for him when they scored on him. I think he felt like he was letting the team down. Mark plays better up front where he can lead the charge down to the field. I was grateful that he has a good learning experience while playing goalie though.

Mark mopping water off his face!

Soaking wet!

Playing goalie.

This is at the beginning of the game in the rain.
No one looked this happy at the end. In fact, Seth was in tears!

Mark entered two pieces of art into Reflections this year. One was a picture that he drew and one was a picture that he took. He won first place for both entries! He worked very hard on them and he was excited to get two medals. I don't have a picture of his drawing, but this is the picture that he entered into photography title, "Leave No Trace." The theme was "The World Would be a Better Place If..."

Mark's entry showing ugly trash versus beautiful forest!

Mark receiving his awards from his principal, Mr. Rencher.

Mark loves his new elementary school.

Mark also had an adventure at the ER a few days ago. Right after I laid the boys down for bed, Mark came out saying his tummy hurt. So we headed to the bathroom where he proceeded to throw up. He was crying pretty loudly about the stomach pains. After he threw up the third time, Mark admitted to swallowing an eraser at school. He was chewing on a chunk of one of those pink rectangle erasers and he swallowed it. So I called Poison Control and my doctor's office and both recommended heading to the ER to make sure there was no blockage. I really didn't want to go because I know about ERs and their long waits and high costs, but Mark was hurting pretty good. So we headed to the ER where we spent the next three hours, mostly waiting. They took an X-ray and it showed that everything looked good. The doctor said he couldn't explain the vomiting (great!), but everything seemed fine on the x-ray. We were to watch him and make sure he didn't bloat, or continue to throw up. We got home about 1:15 am, and Mark seemed tons better. He did ask his dad at one point if he was going to die, so I hope he learned his lesson about putting things in his mouth. He hasn't shown any other signs of pain or problems, and Mark keeps informing me that it hasn't been in his poop yet. I'm glad that he's big enough to check.

Mark also woke up ready to go to school the next day. He was so proud that he stayed up so late and wanted to tell everyone in his class. I would have been embarrassed to admit I swallowed an eraser, but it didn't phase him one bit. He told everyone.

Mark slept almost an hour in the waiting room--lucky!

Getting an x-ray!

Waiting some more, but feeling better now!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

12 year anniversary

Today Randy and I have been married for 12 years. Some days it seems way shorter than that, while other days it seems like forever. I have a hard time remembering life before Randy, and I don't want to. I am so lucky to have him in my life. He makes me a better person and treats me so well. He is the best dad and the best husband. Randy is funny, smart, and kind. I am looking forward to spending forever with him.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Yes, We Are Alive!

Holy cow! I have been very neglectful of the blog lately. There is no reason other than we lead a busy life these days, but that isn't a very good excuse. I promise to be better.

So here is an update on each one of us...well tonight it is on Randy. Randy just finished up another season of softball. We have so much fun going to the games and cheering our dad on. We also like to hang out with our family and other friends who come. They aren't the best team in the league, but they are a great group of guys!

Great hit!

Randy also played in the faculty vs. 6th grade football game last week. They play this game every year at Highland (I even used to play in it when I taught), and Randy is always the super star. He is very competitive about it...the 6th graders do not win. We had a lot of fun watching him play this year because we don't always go out and watch, but luckily Randy forgot all his gear so we had to take it to him which gave us an excuse to stay.

He's getting ready to cream those 6th graders!

Everyone loves Mr. O!

We are lucky to have such a great dad who plays sports, and coaches the boys' teams. Randy is doing great...and he has lost 15 pounds! Pretty awesome, huh?

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