Thursday, November 19, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
So, I'm not Super woman. I sure get myself into a mess of things, thinking that I'll be able to accomplish everything & I'm proving very quickly that I can't. It's been forever since I've updated this Blog. (No thanks to my husband, who offered to help I might add. Haha)
First things first.....All of the Browns are doing very well & have managed to fend off the "plague". So far, knock on wood, we're all healthy. All 5 of us had the first dose of the H1N1 vaccine last Thursday. Elleh was the only one that had to have the shot, the rest of us were able to have the mist. What a relief! The kids have to have a 2nd dose in 30 days.
Here's a little update on each of us.
Rob~Work is going well. He's getting ready to head out to the Hills for Deer Hunting on Wednesday. He's so excited, he's worse than a kid on Christmas morning.
I'm working, trying to be a mom, & wife, doing Girl Scouts with Mollie and trying to keep up with everything in between. Two Fridays ago, I was able to go out with my friend Michelle to a Scrapbooking overnight. I had a blast. It was the first time I've scrapbooked in over a year and a half! I have the itch, just need the time to sit down & do it!
Mollie~She is busy at school, and doing very well I might add. We had our very first Parent Teacher confrences last week. It's really hard not to scream "YES" when the teacher tells you that your daughter is the most polite 5 year old she knows. Mollie loves school & I am AMAZED at everything she has learned so far! She's still in Sunday School, but soccer is done for the season. I think that she & Rob had a really good time doing that together this year. Mollie & I started a Girl Scout troop together this Fall. She seems to enjoy it & is making new friends. Look out, we'll hit you up for cookies in February!
Ava~ Surgery went very well. The recovery took a bit longer than we expected. She had to stay an extra day in the hospital because she wasn't taking any fluids & her oxygen levels would drop while she was sleeping. They got both of those under control & we were able to go home on Saturday. She has healed up nicely & is eating better & better everyday. She was super excited to go back to Char's after she was healed up. I think that mom's, dad's & Grandma's are fun, but other kids are always best!
Elleh~ 6 months already! Where does the time go?!? We have 2 pearly whites that poked through on the bottom over the weekend. I caught her up on all fours the other day. It won't be long. She is such a happy baby. Well most of the time. When she's teething, has wet pants, or is hungry, look out world!
Well, that's our story in a nut shell. I'll update more as often as I can! I hope that everyone is doing well & is happy & healthy!
Love to all!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Her teacher's name if Mrs Andresen & seems to be really good with the kids. We had a curriculum meeting with her last Thursday night. WOW! They have these things called a "Smart Board". What an awesome teaching tool. It's a big white board attached to the wall & a projector on the ceiling that is run through the teachers PC. The lessons are projected onto the board. You touch the screen to make it advance from picture to picture, you can draw pictures, shapes, letters, etc on the board with your finger or use specific pens for it. It's the coolest thing, and my explanation doesn't do it justice. I told Jill, if we had access to those when we were in school, we would all be a lot smarter! Technology is AMAZING!
We walked the kids to school the first day, I had a tough time on the walk to school, but Mollie didn't see it. She was so excited to be going to school. After that, Jill & I took the little ones to the zoo. It was the perfect day for it. It was cool & mid-morning, so the animals were out & about. Very active. After the zoo, we had some lunch, very short naps, then it was back down to the school to meet the girls. It was so nice out, that we hit the pool with the kids after that. The water was a tad bit chilly, but we had a blast anyway.I called Dr Cink's office, the Ear, Nose & Throat specialist, & set an appointment for Ava for next Wednesday to have them look at her tonsils. Poor thing is miserable. Hopefully they will have a quick & painless solution! Keep your fingers crossed for us! She is LOVING the fact that she gets to go to Char's every day to play with Eyan & Brody.
Elleh is rolling all over the place. Look out world! Here she comes.
Mollie had her first soccer game last Saturday & scored a goal again! She also started Sunday School on Sunday. We keep her busy. Mollie & I are starting a Girl Scout troop together. I'm excited. I think it will be fun for us. If you need cookies, let me know!!!
Have a wonderful weekend! Post you later!
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Through all of this, I can't THANK my husband enough for being so great! I know that's cliche, but it's true. Especially this last month or so. I have been really uncomfortable, not sleeping well at all & CRABBY! I complain so much that even I'm sick of hearing it. I don't know how he puts up with me, but thank goodness he does. He still loves me too! Ha ha.
The other person I need to Thank is my dad. He's been awesome through all of this! My Dr's appointments have never been an issue. He's worked around all of them, and even put his fun plans on hold for me. He's supposed to be at Lake Erie right now trying to land the "BIG ONE", but decided to stay so that if he needed to be here, he was. I'm feeling bad that everything is going so well & that after it's all said & done, he really could have gone & had a great time, but I thank him the same for sticking around for me! (I still think I'm his favorite oldest daughter) I have a feeling that next year when this trip comes up, I'm going to owe him BIG time. Wink wink!
My parents & my in-laws have been great. Between them, they kept the kids for us most of the weekend so that Rob & I could tie up a bunch of loose ends & get things done around the house. I still need to pack the girls & us, and get our hands on a new car seat, but that's the easy stuff. My plan is to have that feat taken care of tonight so that I relax & enjoy the rest of the time with no worries. Mollie & Ava are both so excited to have a sleepover at Grandma's house! I hope Grandma & grandpa are ready for them!
Wright & Evelyn made it to Sioux Falls last week. It's so good to see them. The girls are LOVING all of the attention!
I'm off early today to go take a tour of JFK Elementary School with Jill, Mollie & Grace. I can't believe that it's almost time to begin this new journey with Mollie. It will be nice to share this with Grace & Jill. I think it will make things easier on all of us!
Well, the next time I "Blog" will be with fun & exciting news. I can't wait to share it with everyone!
Post you soon!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Speaking of the 4 almost 5 year old.... she had her 1st soccer game of the season on Saturday afternoon. WOW! I don't know what happened between last Fall & Saturday, but what a difference. She was volunteering to play & right out there in the middle of everything! The timid little girl who was afraid to kick the ball or be kicked last Fall is GONE! She scored the first goal. Boy was that exciting!
Mollie had to have a new bike this year also. The 12in bike that she rode all last summer is officially to small. The seat was all the way up & she was still kissing her knees. I found a GREAT deal on a brand new bike that was still in the box at a used kids store. We brought it home last night & daddy, along with his 2 little wrenches went to work putting it together. Mollie now has a 16 inch bike & Ava is DYING to ride the 12 inch. Hopefully it will be nice enough outside when we get home tonight to let them ride!
Happy Birthday yesterday to Grandpa Wright. Mollie can't wait for them to come & asked him last night on the phone if they would be here tomorrow.
Happy 3rd Anniversary to Mike & Lynne! Have fun on your date night!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Update on Mollie: I was home with her all week last week due to Influenza B. According to her Dr, the most contagious & the roughest one to deal with. She was one sick kid! I'm happy to report that after finishing the Tamiflu, and going through an antibiotic to treat a possible case of pneumonia along with the Influenza, she is getting back to her bubbly, playful, ornery little self! Luckily, Rob, Ava & I managed to keep from getting that nasty stuff!
Saturday, the weather was so nice that we took the girls to the zoo! They had a blast. The animals were all active, out & about.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Things are going well otherwise. The baby is active, especially at night when I want to wind down. We're on the home stretch & before I know it, I'll have pictures to post.
Take care. I hope everyone stays well.
Friday, April 3, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
With family & friends near & far, I thought it would be fun, (& much easier) to keep everyone up to date via this blog. I'm very new to this sort of thing, so please bear with me. I'll do my best to keep this thing as up to date as possible.
The Brown Family has been so busy this year. I thought things would slow down & get easier. BOY was I wrong. This post might get long. I'll try to keep it short, but would like to get everyone up to speed on what we're up to. Posts after that should be short right ;-)
Mollie is busy with gymnastics & Sunday School. She loves doing both. In February, we had the opportunity to get her into some hip hop & ballet dance lessons. A 4 week trial run. She had a blast! Class was on Wednesdays from 10:30 - 11:15am. Mommy & Daddy were both busy at work during that time, so Grandma Lynne & Grandpa Mike did the honors. Reports show that after dance class, they hit the local McDonald's and Mollie ordered herself a cheeseburger, french fries, orange soda & ketchup & ate EVERY last bite. I still swear that they had the wrong kid. When she was faced with the decision as to whether she would like to take dance lessons, or continue on with Gymnastics, she of course picked Gymnastics. She really likes her coach Kylie & loves to tumble. Rob said that she walks the high beam with no assistance now. We register her for Kindergarten on March 31st & Spring soccer starts April 4th. I'm not sure who will be more worn out, Mollie, or Mommy & Daddy.
Ava is your typical 2 year old. She's into everything & tests our every patience. She talks non stop. Most of which we can understand, but I think she throws a little of her own language in just to keep us on our toes & guessing. She LOVES stories! I guess she could want us to do worse. Problem is that I can't say no & she's figured that out. Especially when it comes to bed time. Our other obstacle is going to be the outdoors. Ava loves to play outside. Doesn't matter if it's cold or not. It's been beautiful here lately, so we've been outside more. She HATES to come inside! We're still working on potty training, slowly but surely. I need to figure out how to get her to tell me before she goes rather than after. I'm open to suggestions!
Rob has been a TROOPER! Without him & my brother, I'm not sure what we would do. Our house has been just about completely overhauled. It started out as a little project & grew into 4 HUGE projects. We started upstairs, wanting to fix the sheetrock nails that were starting to push back through the wall. Matt & Rob cut out all of the nails & replaced them with screws, then filled the holes, taped, textured & we painted the walls in the livingroom & foyer. (By the way, Rachel & I helped too!) We also scrapped all of the popcorn junk off the ceiling, fixed a spot in the ceiling between the dining & living rooms, fixed the ceiling in Ava's room and then painted them. Rob crawled up in the rafters & fixed the ceiling fan over the foyer, then Matt's friend Steve came over & stretched the carpet in the livingroom & Mollie's room. After that project, I was in the laundry room starting the laundry, (this was at 11:30pm on Saturday night, we had a party planned at our house the next day at Noon for the Daytona 500,) when Rob came down to talk to me & said "What the hell is going on with that wall". I turned & looked & the wall behind the washer was SOAKED from ceiling to floor. We came to find out that the return sewer pipe had broke at the 45 degree angle where it came into the basement from the upstairs. So, Monday, with the help of Rob, my dad & Matt, we pulled EVERYTHING, (and I mean everything, WOW I have a lot of Scrapbooking stuff) the sheetrock came down, carpet went out, the pipe was replaced, the studwall was basically rebuilt, new sheetrock went up, along with tape & texture. We decided not to put carpet back down, but instead to paint the floor. Rob mixed up the cleaning solvent to prep the floor on a Tuesday evening, went downstairs to start & when he got down to the Laundry room, found water on the floor that had run down the new sheetrock. Not a happy camper to say the least. He figured out that the hose upstairs in the kitchen sink was leaking & running down the pipe & down the wall onto the floor. Off to Lowes we went to find a new faucet for the kitchen sink. After that problem was solved, we painted the laundry room floor & walls and replaced all of the electrical outlets, switches & covers. We're waiting on cabinets, which should come tomorrow. Oh yeah. Once he got the laundry room done, the light switch in the downstairs bathroom broke & had to be switched along with the electrical box that housed it!
Now we're in the process of painting the bunk beds that we got for the girls' bedroom. All of this started on February 9th, 2009. I'm afraid to say that we're almost done for fear of what might come up next. Oh well. "Welcome to the world of happy homeowners" as my dad would say. We roll with the punches, and I have to say, that I think Rob & I take a bit more pride in everything knowing that it's our blood, sweat & tears that have accomplished everything. His more than mine. Oh yeah, last week, we received a letter in the mail from Stockholm Engineers stating that the city will be replacing water mains & resurfacing Cheyenne Drive & Cheyenne Court beginning in May. Construction will hopefully be complete in September! Rob & I have the stroller & umbrella's in the back of the van all ready. I guess I look at it as a blessing in disguise. All that walking will hopefully help shed some of this baby weight that I'm gaining!
Baby # 3 is still on schedule to arrive the beginning of May as long a s my blood pressure stays where it's at. So far so good. 120/73 at my last appointment. We'll find out more tomorrow. Wish me luck.
Well, I think that's long enough for today. I'll do my best to keep this up to date.