Wednesday, July 22, 2015


Apparently I need the award for "mom fail!" Olivia didn't do well on her eye exam last fall at our pediatrician, and we didn't actually see an eye doctor until last week.  She seemed to be doing fine and wasn't squinting or acting as if she couldn't see. She was super quiet at that particular doctor visit and was only being asked to tell them what picture she saw. It's not unusual for her to not respond when she is in an unfamiliar situation so I didn't put too much thought into making an imminent appointment. Fast forward to this summer. She has said many times that she has a clear eye and a blurry eye. I got an appointment and we went last week to find out that her blurry eye is exceptionally bad. -5.00 to be exact along with a stigmatism in the same eye. The other eye is fine so it has been compensating for the loss of vision in her bad eye. She was so withdrawn when they said she would have to have glasses. I just knew it was a no go for her and it made me sad to see her revert so quickly. I wasn't gonna let glasses ruin everything she has overcome, but also knew she needed them. So, she went on to gymnastics and we met after to try some on. She found some that she LOVED and hs asked everyday (8-10 times a day) if her glasses are here yet. Well, they arrived today! We got 2 pairs because I wanted her to have what she liked and make this transition smooth for her. It's a big deal!  I have told her basically to wear them when she wants. No pressure. She has had a ton of fun walking around today with her good eye closed and seeing from her blurry eye! This kid is one amazing kiddo!

Thursday, July 16, 2015


At the beginning of summer, Olivia made a list of everything she wanted to do this summer.  A bucket list of sorts.  We have marked off a lot of them, and can now put a check next to camping.  As I typed this, I can look at the monitor and see her and her daddy snoozing out in the tent.  He hooked up our monitor so she could tell me goodnight and so I could be a part of it.  Easton ate a smores and then came in and is happily sleeping in his bed.  We use to have a HUGE tent, but it got yucky and has since been thrown away.  So, step one was to go get a tent, chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers this afternoon.  She had no idea this was gonna happen, but with the humidity heading back in tomorrow, today was the best option!  

Easton tried to blow the fire out!

Enjoying our smores!

Those things are messy! :)

 Off to bed! 

 But first they made some shadow puppets.  

Looks like her first camping outing is going to be a success.  I must say, I will enjoy sleeping in my nice bed instead of the ground, but they seem to be snoozing nicely.  

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Happy 4th

It has been quite rainy around here, so we didn't see many fireworks.  We went to Amber and Andy's  for a cookout on the 4th.  We ended up being over there most of the day and then came home.  We didn't have evening plans because it was already after 6 when we got home.  We went for our evening walk and saw some fireworks on the way that neighbors were doing.  We had been feeding our friends' dog since they have been out of town and decided we would walk (its a street over).  They had gotten back into town that day and weren't scheduled to get back until the next day.  It's a good thing they were home.  It came a pour down while we were at their house, so they ended up giving us a ride home.  We sure do love our sweet neighbors!  That was the end of our day.  Nothing very adventurous, but a good day overall!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Surgery for Easton

A few weeks ago I could tell that Easton's tubes had come out based on his behavior and speech.  I took him to the doctor and sure enough, they were out.  Off to the ENT to see what the plan was now.  He has been so great for us!  He confirmed that they were out and said that because of the benefits that we had with tubes the first time that he thought tubes and adenoids would be the best option for us at this point.  So, on July 2nd in we went.  Luckily, Easton woke up happy this day.  He took off down the hall to go to surgery and before we knew it, he was done.  

He had a lot of pain after from the adenoids.  Apparently, they were really large and he had quite a bit of fluid already on his ears even though his other tubes hadn't been out for a long time.  After more medicine, he still refused to swallow.  They put us in a room and we waited.  He began to drink a little from a syringe. We were discussing leaving, and he threw up.  So, we decided to try to a little jello slowly.  He did well and we were off, NOPE.  As I gathered him up and my things, he got sick everywhere.  


Another hour and a little more liquid that stayed down and we opted to head home.  They offered for us to stay, but we felt like he would do best at home.  We promised that if he couldn't keep fluids down that we would head back in to stay, but he did well.  He is on the mend and we went back for a recheck and he looks great!  We will go back in 6 mos.  Hopefully this is the last set of tubes.  

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Day 6 and HOME

We started our day with the same yummy breakfast.  Look at all that food!!!!  It was fresh and they kept it coming!  

On our way out, we decided to stop at Grant's Farm to see the Budweiser Clydesdale's.  We got there right as they opened and had a lot of fun!  We took a ride up and listened to the history of Ulysses Grant and his home.  

Once we were up on the farm, we got to bottle feed some goats.  I think I saw more goats and birds on this trip than I have in a long time, but the kids loved it!

We headed over to the birds and saw some other animals on the way.  Of course she had to feed them.

It was getting hotter and the kids were getting tired.  We went in this gorgeous area of the farm, and they enjoyed icee's and looked at some wagons that have been used over the years.  

We got on the bus to go back down to the base of the farm and walked over to see the horses.  They were in their stables and some were out on the grounds.  We petted them and attempted a picture with one, but the silly horse wouldn't cooperate.  It was getting toward lunch and time to head home.  St. Louis was a fun adventure and we did a ton in such a short time!