Friday, September 28, 2012

Grapes to Grape Juice

Last week, we made our annual trip to my great Aunt Julie's house to pick grapes. Usually we're there with Mark and Jeny too but this year our little family went solo. It's probably a good thing too, there weren't a lot of grapes to pick. We were finished in an hour. 
 Tadd was not too interested in the picking. He just wanted to play.
Kade was very helpful.
The boys were bored rather quickly, but the backyard is huge and they had so much fun exploring and playing together. We made out with the perfect amount of grapes for our little family. We were also able to pick some apples. Some for Jeny, some for us. Thank you Aunt Julie! Now we have yummy grape juice and I've been snacking on apples 24/7. So delicious. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Brotherly Love

Kade and Tadd are the very best of friends. I love it. They're so different but they get along so well and have so much fun together. Obviously there's there normal sibling spat, but most of the time, they're just happy to be around each other. Tadd idolizes Kade and thinks he is the coolest guy to walk the planet. It's so cute watching them play and have fun together. Recently Kade and I were talking and I asked him what his favorite thing to do with Tadd is, he told me "playing toys, oh and teaching him how to say words." I hope they stay best friends for a long time.

The following photos were taken as Kade returned home from his friend Christopher's house. Tadd was just watching a movie in the toy room.....
 Then he saw Kade and started cheering and bouncing on the bed....
 They hugged for a couple minutes and then resumed playing and watching the movie.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Labor Day

On Labor Day, we took a family trip to the Living Planet Aquarium. (Word to the wise, don't go on Labor Day unless you love being crammed inside a building full of people.) I wanted to leave as soon as we walked in. But it was too late. It was so crowded!  The boys were in heaven! Tadd kept running from one thing to the next, pointing at everything and saying "cool!" over and over. It was so cute! Aaron had camera duty most of the day because he says there need to be more pictures of me....blah. 

Here are a few pictures of the boys exploring!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

New Addition

We finally did it. We've been saying we were going to since we moved in, almost three years ago. Now it's finished. With how simple it was, I'm really mad we didn't do it sooner. A few weeks ago, we finally took the plunge and put in a dishwasher. Hallelujah!

I'm so lucky to have such a handy husband. He did the whole project, start to finish, without help. He says it wasn't difficult, but it was his first time doing it beginning to end so I'm still really proud of him. 
Our previous cabinet space. 
 He had to start by cutting shelves and surrounding cabinets out and putting in the hosing to and from the sink. 
The dishwasher wasn't delivered until the next day, then it was time for install. 
And now I have a beautiful, new, quiet, functioning dishwasher!!!!! I can't even explain my excitement! 

We still need to touch up some paint and patch some holes from the old cabinet door hinges but I'm not stressing over that right now. Why? Because I'm not washing every dirty dish by hand and that just makes me really happy!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

"First Stitches" Day

This is incredibly long and most of you won't read it. I don't even blame you for not wanting to. It's really just a "for the books" post. Ya know, so Tadd knows we love him and everything. 

          Tadd had his first visit to the ER. We always have joked that he'd be our ER kid. He has no fear of anything and is always tripping and falling and running into things. On Friday, August 31st I was in the bathroom and heard a loud "clap" of a noise. Then I heard Aaron, trying to sooth Tadd before he'd even started crying. Then I heard..."NICKELL! There's blood, there's blood, there's blood, a lot of blood." He raced into the bathroom cradling Tadd in his arms, his neck and shirt were already blood soaked. He was right, there was a lot of blood. I had started grabbing toilet paper to put on the bleed before he'd even gotten in there but once I had a look at the actual cut, I said, "get Kade in the car we're going to the hospital." Blood was literally pouring out of Tadd's head. He had tripped and hit his head on the stone fire place. The impact cut through his eyebrow, all the way down to the bone. I grabbed a small towel to place on his head while we drove. Luckily we are minutes from the hospital. Kade and I climbed in the back seat and Aaron drove...the long way. (which still isn't very long but when you're in a huge hurry it feels like forever.) The whole way there I was wrestling with Tadd to keep the towel pressed firmly against the wound. In the process I was now covered with blood. Kade kept asking, "what happened?" and Tadd was screaming. As calmly as I could I tried convincing Kade that everything was OK and that Tadd just needed some stitches. Kade however, has only ever been to the hospital for himself and was slightly terrified he was in for something he didn't like.  About a block before we got to the emergency room, my arms gave out. I couldn't hold onto Tadd anymore. Luckily the bleeding had stopped significantly. It was just slightly dripping now. I was also able to get a better look at it, and could clearly see the bone. Tadd had stopped screaming, in fact, he'd stopped crying all together and didn't seemed bothered at all!

         The ER was packed! It appeared as though we were not the only ones that had decided to start Labor Day weekend off in the most eventful way we could think of. There was even another little boy, a little older than Tadd in there with the same injury. His was just on the opposite eye. We waited, and waited, and waited. The whole visit ended up being about 4 hours. Again, not the longest it could have been but when you're there waiting for your kid to be stitched up, 4 hours feels like forever! I was just glad Tadd is tough and didn't seem bothered. He thought the fish tanks were awesome and they gave him a coloring book and crayons to keep him busy. 

I wish so badly, that I had gotten a better picture of the actual injury. It was actually pretty cool. It wasn't cool that it was Tadd's injury, but the cut itself was cool! When he would blink or look around, you could see it so much better.  He was too busy looking around at everything happening in the waiting area to get a good shot of it though. 

Kade was being SO good! I was so glad too. He could definitely tell it was not a time to goof off and not listen. He walked right next to us as we were walking from the car. He sat right next to me was so patient waiting. Aaron dropped us off and ran home to get our phones, a new diaper, and the iPad. (Those are just not things you think to grab when you're running out the door, who knew?) 

After waiting for what seemed like forever, Aaron took Kade home to a babysitter so he could finally eat dinner and go to bed. While he was gone doing that, the stitches finally started going in. They had to sedate Tadd with a shot, so that he'd stay still while they stitched him up. With it being so deep they had to do internal and external stitches, and there's no way he would have been able to sit still, let alone allow the doctors to get the stitches in there in a way that would allow it to heal as well as possible! 

Aaron came back, just as they were finishing up. We had to stay there for a little longer so they could make sure he'd wake up OK and then we were free to go. Tadd waking up from sedation was the highlight of the whole evening. It was quite hilarious. He wasn't grouchy or crying, he was just really loopy. We were laughing pretty hard. 

That night I wanted to keep a close eye on Tadd just to make sure he was OK, so he slept in our bed. He was doing pretty well, again not seeming to be bothered by anything, just really tired. Then the tears started again. He was walking across the bed to come and lay down by me when he tripped (again) and bonked his head right into mine. It was a light hit but he hit his sore eyebrow right on my cheekbone. The poor thing couldn't lay on that side of his face for the rest of the night, no matter how asleep he was, it would wake him up. It was so sad! We finally gave him some children's Tylenol and he was able to sleep a little better! It was a long night for sure. 

Photo descriptions: (top left: the best photo of the cut we could get, top middle: Tadd only wanted Dad to hold him in the waiting area; top right: Tadd was playing with the tv speaker/remote thing, like it was a phone. He loved it! Bottom left: when Kade's patience started wearing thin, we let him play games and watch Netflix on the iPad. LIFESAVER! Bottom middle: Tadd was zoning. He was so tired! Bottom right: the next morning, all sewn up with the steri-strips on.)

Saturday, September 8th, Tadd got his stitches out. Hooray! Kade was especially excited for Tadd's eyebrow not to be blue anymore!
On our way out from getting the stitches removed, Kade's dreams came true! Life flight was getting ready to take off. Our car was parked right by the landing pad and we got to watch the whole time if took off. The pilots waved to Kade and he waved back. Once they started lifting off, I think it took him a little by surprise because it suddenly got incredibly windy. He was still in awe! That made his whole day!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

A Few Randoms

Just a few random photos to post today. 

The first is our garden harvest from two days ago. I'm in love with gardening. I think I would be terribly sad with life if I didn't get to garden. It's so rewarding to work hard and literally see the fruit of my labor. This is just from one day too! We still have veggies and fruits producing and I just love it. Everything tastes so much better when it has ripened on the vine or plant, rather than on a delivery truck. Everything has been so tasty! Plus we have pretty plants growing and it makes our yard look so much nicer! Ah, I just love it. The end. 

The second is a picture of Kade. He is such a crazy sleeper. I have no idea how he stays asleep in some of the positions we find him in. For example....

And check out his legs. I promise he eats, not a lot, but he eats. He's got an appetite like his mama.  He's so dang skinny. 

Tadd has got to be the messiest eater. I don't know how he gets food, everywhere!  Here is a recent example.
He dumped BBQ sauce on his head and then proceeded to rub it all over his face and hair. He soon learned that BBQ sauce burns, and stings.... After his bath, his face was red for a few hours. Poor thing. Dad thought it was too hilarious to not take pictures of though. I'm glad he did.

Tadd is also quite the cleaner. He's not necessarily good at it, he just LOVES it. Looking back at these pictures...we should have strapped that helmet on him permanently. These were taken just days before his "first stitches" day. (I'll be posting all about that very soon.)

Tadd got to try Pop-Rocks for the first time. Haha, there are no words. 

Minus a few exciting things (that'll be posted later) we haven't had much going on around these parts. It's been nice. We've been able to spend a lot of time together and I have loved every minute...almost. ;)

Sunday, September 2, 2012

"I Miss Brandon and Jeanessa"

Last month, Aaron's brother Brandon and his wife Jeanessa came to visit us for a few days. We were so excited to see them! We hadn't seen them or really had a chance to talk to them since their wedding in July! We got to spend a couple days just hanging out and the boys L.O.V.E.D. it! They still had sparklers left over from their wedding and wanted to play a bit. Kade was in heaven, Tadd couldn't have cared less. He just enjoyed them from a distance. 

Creepy ghosts...

A few days ago, Kade was laying on the floor in the family room. He just seemed to be thinking, like some sort of 4 year old weirdo. He actually does that a lot. Anyway, out of his silence he said, "I miss Brandon and Jeanessa." He had so much fun when they were here! His happiness was restored when I told him that we'll get to see them in a couple months when we go down to CA. I mean, who wouldn't be excited to see such a fun aunt and uncle?

If you haven't heard what the sex of our baby the video below. (It's still there Amber.)

Saturday, September 1, 2012

We Found Out What We're Having!!!

We're pretty sure at least. We'll confirm it in a couple weeks. Hopefully the baby will be more cooperative then!

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