Saturday, May 29, 2010

End of the school year!!

Wow it was a crazy day! Parker school drop off at 8:45, Brayden's at 9. Parker's PE award ceremony at 9:15, Parker completed 50 laps at Dexter during K and 1st grade, then Brayden's preschool graduation at 10:30, that was really cute.

Mind you Lilly, very independent rarely in a stroller Lilly, is with me the whole time ;). Then back to the house for lunch and a nap for Lilly. Sierra hung at the house with the younger two and I jetted over to Dexter for Parker's end of the year class party. I was able to be the room mom this year so that was fun.

Lots of pictures, I know you are surprised right ;)

Sweet Lilly

during the ceremony... these are the "serious faces" of a 4 year old boy.

Lilly runs up for a quick hug from Brayden... then several more hugs...from any 4 year old willing to hug her...

My graduate...

Mmmm cake

Then to Parker's crew...

and the tooth that came out after school
in line for some ice cream action

The parents line the walkway on the last day at Dexter. They play music and we clap yell and cheer (and embarrass the kids my dancing to Who Let the Dogs Out) while the all the kids leave to start summer vacation.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The 2 weeks of Parker's surgery

Parker was diagnosed with a hernia, during the ultrasound they also discovered an undescended testicle. After more testing they found a second hernia and it seemed to just go on from there. We knew surgery was necessary but finding someone to perform it, figuring out what hospital and when, it was all very overwhelming since Rob is in Iraq and I pretty much knew there was little to no chance he would make it home in time.

After we finished all the details we met with Dr. Rice in Columbus, GA. He was great! Very easy going and was able to just talk to Parker. So many appointments and tests before that the poor kid was half naked and everyone talked around him. Dr. Rice put us at ease and we had the procedure the next week.

Things were more complicated than we had hoped and the 30 minute surgery took almost 2 and half hours. I was trying to read, then would email Rob from my blackberry, then I just got worried. When they came out to tell me it was taking longer than they had planned but that Parker "would be okay" I was relaxed...for about 2 seconds. What do you mean "would be okay" does that mean not currently okay. I returned some text messages and made a few phone calls, of course one was to Christi, then my High School friend who is now an RN at Children's Hospital in TN. Can you believe I caught her at home mid morning, what are the odds. Friends and Family got me through the wait.

Parker's recovery was longer and more difficult than I had originally planned on but we are right in the guidelines of the procedure he ended up having. We are now in week 3 and he is doing very well. Still isn't supposed to run, jump, kick etc.. but all and all he is doing great. We go back June 9 and will hopefully hear all was a success and he can go back to his 7 year old activities.

Before surgery we brought a new Where's Waldo book and with my blackberry we took and picture of the page and sent it to Rob then took a close up pic of Waldo when we found him.

He was so brave even when they told me I had to leave.

At home he didn't skip a beat with his apatite. Nana Wislon was on 12 hour omelet request shifts.

Lilly and Brayden found time to be adorable.

Lilly's love for food :) When Nana was here is was cheesy eggs then Meem came and made fudge. Lilly loves those grandmas!
And although he would rather be playing soccer or climbing the playground he is still having some fun.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Sierra's Freshman Year awards

(Sierra and Emmy)

What a year our girl has had. She seems on top of her game and doing better than ever.

At school she received a nomination to the National Young Leaders Conference based on academic achievement which is a conference hosted by the Congressional Youth Leadership Council in Washington, DC. We are so excited for her to go but mom is a little nervous too.

In addition we found out at the schools award ceremony she was top English as well as Social Studies Freshman Student of the Year. WOW! We are talking about a school with between 325 to 350 freshman too!