Wednesday, June 30, 2010

A Day (2) at the Beach

You may or may not remember this beach/park. I broke/fractured my ankle there last summer. Julian's been hesitant to go back, since he remembers quite well, my fall in the huge hole. He always asks to go there, but is always scared when we actually do. When we got home, he was so excited because I didn't even hurt my ankle! ♥

We had planned to meet up with our friends, Jamie, Kaleb and Kaden! And got a bonus, some more friends, Mandy, Carter and Benton!

After lunch about to go hit the water again! (Miracle they're both looking at the camera!

Building Sand Castles

Scopin' out the water-

Intense, about something? I think he was mad I was mama-razzi


Another miracle. Playing together



SO much fun!

(For Barry)
Day #2 wasn't so bad. We spent a lot of time outside. We were invited to the Waukee Farmer's Market, and that was fun! The boys had cotton candy ice cream, and Julian didn't even melt down when they didn't have the rainbow kind! Progress, progress! We miss you and are glad you made it down to Texas. And Julian's even happier to know that they have toilets in Texas. PS Take a picture of a cactus for him! He's dying to see one.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

For Barry

I'm going to try to blog daily while he's away. We'll see how I do.

Here are my gorgeous boys yesterday at the zoo! <3

I printed two copies of this picture off and will hang it above the boys' beds so that they can see daddy every night.

The boys wanted Perky Bears for dinner


Cute faces-


Gabe only napped for an hour today, so at 7:11, he's ready for bed. I'm going to get them all bathed up and hopefully down for the count. Our neighbor mowed the front yard today. So sweet.

We love you and miss you, and hope that you have a fun time on your road trip to Texas!

I love free!

My good friend Kira, (she's the one that gave me the slammin' coleslaw recipe) is having a giveaway to celebrate 365 posts!

Check it out and enter to win!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Went to the movies!

I don't know about y'all, but I for one, have been waiting for Toy Story 3 for approximately 10-11 years. I loooove the Toy Story movies, Buzz, Woody, Rex, I love 'em all. Luckily, I have children now, who share my love for the characters and movies.

Since Barry took his first (scary) board exam on Monday, we celebrated by going to the movies to see it! It was Gabe's 2nd movie, his first being How To Train Your Dragon. He wasn't the best movie patron, and kept staring at the lady in front of us trying to get her attention. OY! He also rolled around on the ground (Sick!) and dropped a Reeces Pieces on the ground, picked it up, and ate it before I could stop him! (Disgusting!) But we had fun. I cried. Kind of a lot. Not like little sniffly tears, kind of big ones. It was embarrassing, especially because right as my waterworks started, Gabe was DONE. So I had to face the masses, with red crying eyes. We were able to go back in after a quick field trip to the bathroom.

It was a really cute movie, and I highly recommend it to anyone that has smallish children, anyone who's seen/loved the first two movies, and heck, just anyone! SO good! If you are remotely emo, like I am, please also steal lots of napkins from the concession stand, or bring tissues.


I also watched Remember Me last night. And I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised. After seeing many of R Pattz' movies, I was disappointed. Very disappointed, and felt like I shouldn't have wasted my time watching that movie. I liked Remember Me. A lot. I cried. (Hey sense a theme?) But it was very much worth the $1 at Redbox.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Dermabond, my new BFF

So what happens when you have Gabe, a crazy 2 year old, a bed, and a metal laundry sorter??

Oh yeah a trip to the ER at 9 o'clock at night.

We'd just taken the boys upstairs for our new nightly ritual of reading stories in our bed before putting them in their beds. They need about 15 minutes to chill out from their crazy antics. So we'd finished our first little story from "The Friend" and were about to start another when Gabe either jumped or fell, that part is not clear, off of our bed (Probably fell, since he ended up on his head!) into our metal laundry sorter. Barry rushed to him first, and it was a good one. Blood everywhere. Seriously. I sat there consoling Julian, who was freaking out about Gabe. He said, "Oh nooooo. Gabe has blood." So it was determined, after I cleaned the wound, how I ended up doing it and not my soon to be doctor hubby, I don't know. But I cleaned it up, and put a Dora bandaid on him, and we headed to the ER.

He cried when we had to take the bandaid off, he LOVES him some Dora. And he cried when it first happened, but he was suuuch a strong little boy. Every once in a while he would say, "Boo boo." And point to his forehead. They immediately got us into a room, and the doctor came in quickly. It was determined that they'd glue it shut.

Here's my baby playing ipod games while we waited for the doctor. Please note his furry hedgehog, Prickles. He got that from his brother. Julian picked that out when he was getting his MRI (NOT EVEN A MONTH AGO!) OY

He was upset when he saw the scissors, and they trimmed his bangs. It was right in the cut, and they just trimmed them closely to glue it shut. He was so brave and strong and I was so proud of him. With no pain meds, not even Motrin, he barely flinched or cried as they held it shut while the glue dried.

And you can see in this picture that it hasn't dampened his cute little spirit. He's totally happy, and will still occasionally point at his forehead and say boo boo, but that's to be expected. The prognosis is good, if he's lucky, he will have a scar to woo the ladies with ;)



Buuut for the record, the ER with my 2 year old, wouldn't even make the top 1,000,000 list of things to do on a Wednesday night. Not even close.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

More of Baby Owen & his name!

So, the Sunday before my ultrasound, May 23rd, I was on a mission to find a name for the baby. We had our girl's name, and have had it for about a year, maybe a little less. But we were solid on girl names, just like every other time, ha! But for boys we were all over the map. Barry loved Elliott, I loved Bennett, but the middle name was set, Barry.

Now, those that know me, know that I have a slight obsession with baby names. I mean I read "The Baby Name Wizard" for fun. (PS if you plan on ever having children, I highly recommend this book!) While perusing the book, and the Social Security Names Database I came across Owen. Owen is one of my BFF's son's middle names, but Owen Barry, it had a nice ring to it. So I asked Barry, his response, NO WAY. Shot down. Sad. Sunday night we were doing a 'car ride' to get our monsters to calm down, because sometimes, they just get tooooooo wild, and the only place they get calm, is the car. And Barry was telling me the names of the kids in his Nursery class. One of them was Ezra. I had suggested Ezra for Gabe, but Barry wasn't too keen on it, except now he was! So we were set. Ezra Barry!

And then in the ultrasound, the boys freaked out, so my dear friend Sandy took them out. We totally didn't invite her to be child care, dang it boys! And then I had to go to the bathroom to get the baby boy to change position. While I was in the bathroom, I got this overwhelming feeling of, this baby isn't Ezra. But sort of shrugged it off, not wanting to think too much about it right now. We brought the boys back in, and like I suspected, they were fine, Gabe especially, once they saw the baby on the screen. And the ultrasound tech said, "It's a baby brother." Julian's response was priceless. If you remember, he REALLY wanted a sister. He already has a baby brother, why on Earth would he want another? "Oh man! I really thought it was a girl." And that was that. A few minutes later he said, "Mommy it's baby Owen!" When we got outside, Barry told me that hearing Julian say baby Owen, made it real for him, and that he liked it.

Turns out the meaning is youthful, or something, which is the same meaning as Julian's name! <3

And here is a picture of the little fellow from Monday. I had a gender recheck at the elective ultrasound place. There was no mistaking it, it's a boy!

Baby Owen

Is it weird to be hopeful that he'll have my lips? I mean Julian sort of looks like me now, but Gabe is still so much Barry. I want a kid that looks like me!

Charles Gabus Ford Rocks my Socks!

Our car is fixed, and I have nothing but super positive things to say about Charles Gabus Ford in Des Moines. We've gone to the Ford dealership on the Waukee side of West Des Moines, and not been pleased. This time? We are more than satisfied. I never thought we'd find an honest mechanic at a dealership! What a nice and pleasant surprise. "Dora" our Explorer is running perfectly!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Oh so many updates

First, in case you don't facebook frequently...we are having A BOY! Yeah I know, surprised surprise right?! 3 for 3!
I mean we have a pretty good track record, our boys are delightful and adorable, and sweet (well most of the time)
Here's Gabe, yesterday, he HAD to have his hat and his football. He's really particular!

And Julian, who's in that fun stage where he hates pictures.

Meet baby #3, Owen Barry
This a picture from the 3D ultrasound I got for mother's day! I'm SO incredibly glad we went there! It was THE best experience, aside from both boys freaking out until they saw 'baby' on the screen.
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The only thing about the private u/s was that the baby wasn't exactly cooperative. She, the tech-who seriously was Leah Remini's twin- was able to obviously see the boy bits, I wasn't so convinced. Luckily, at my doctors appointment on Tuesday, we were able to get a very clear 'money shot'.
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I think Gabe might have a career, in the future, as a frisbee player. He's so serious about it. Here he his, after his throw

Not much else has been happening here, aside from car trouble that freaked me out and had me super duper stressed. Luckily the repair is relatively inexpensive, so I don't have to rush into a new car to get out of my old one. Thank goodness!

Barry takes boards on the 21st, and then leaves the next week for Texas! I'm so nervous for that month, but excited because at the end of his training, we're going to go drive down and see him, and some of our friends that are being stationed at the SAME base Barry will be at! Coincidence? I think not! Destiny!

Gabe's MRI came back completely normal! Thank goodness! He was just blessed with a big head, which, believe you me, I knew :)

Someday, when my boys aren't fighting over 'building robots' I'll tell you the story of Owen's name. Until then, I've got to rescue them, from themselves.