Saturday, March 23, 2013

Loving the Camera

Both boys are loving the camera these days.

Boston is the king of self portraits. I find hundreds on there all the time.

Carter recently discovered the art of self pics also. In about two minutes he took over two hundred pics.

Carter has also mastered the "cheeser smile" when I pull my phone out. We sure are crazy about his new "smile". We couldn't help but laugh at every picture we took at the zoo the other day. At least he's looking at the camera.
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Zoo or "Danger Place"

We had planned to go to the zoo while Sloan was here. After Boston broke his arm I wasn't sure how he would feel about going back. When we asked him he was more than excited and wanted to show us the "Danger Place". He did get a little nervous when we pulled in, but handled it like a champ.

Of course we hit up the water first which left us wet the rest of the time. Good thing it was a beautiful day out.

This was the scene of the crime. Can't believe he had such a bad break from that short of a fall. He was so proud to show us and tell us all about it.

Such a fun beautiful day with the family! Going to miss this place.

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Best Date Night Ever

Jamie planned the best date night ever!!! We had SO much fun. I highly suggest getting a group of adults together and going somewhere meant for kids. Guarantee a good time!

We spent a majority of the time playing dodge ball. We were all a sweaty mess after.

All of us girls had a few good laughs at the fact that jumping on trampolines after children is not the same. Say goodbye to blather control. Ha

Such great friends we are going to miss them SO much!

Sure do love this guy and parenting to be 15 with him makes it even better.
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Kylde Warren Park

On Saturday we spent the morning at the Klyde Warren park. It's this new "green" park that they built on top of a freeway overpass. It was a pretty cool place. We enjoyed the food trucks for lunch, the 80 degree weather, and fun park. We didn't enjoy so much the fact that we had two super fussy boys therefore resulting in a fussy husband. Ha just sayin' ;)
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Dallas Aquarium

Sloan came in town to be with Kyle for two weeks. The timing has been a good distraction for Boston with his arm, but boy has it been crazy trying to get everything finished with the house. We along with all of the north Texas spring breakers went to the Dallas aquarium. It was so much fun!

With Boston's broken arm there was a lot of nerve damage so he was pretty excited and wanted me to document this moment when he lifted his arm and pointed his finger to touch a button. Cute boy.

Probably my favorite pic ever of these three. They thought it was so stinky in there.

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Cousin Time

We have been trying to squeeze in as much cousin time as all our schedules will allow. We sure are going to miss all these cute kiddos.

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Broken Arms

As if things weren't crazy enough at our house right now both boys decided to go and break their arms. I don't suggest going to the ER twice in a week with broken arms and saying you have no idea how it happened. It's a good thing we know the nurses and doctors there otherwise it could have been very awkward. They kept joking that they would have to put a red flag by our name for suspicion of child abuse.

Carter broke his first and we honestly have no idea how it happened. We just noticed that he stopped using his arm to crawl so when we went in for his MRI we had them take a look at it. After they found the break they said that needed to be addressed first so we had to delay the MRI for a few days.

They put him in a splint for five days and then he got it hard casted. When we were driving home from getting it casted Boston said "mom I think I know hoe Carter broke his arm". Poor little guy is such a thinker and said it in the saddest voice. Still not sure exactly, but Boston thinks that he might have slammed it in the door. I remember setting the boys inside and going back to the car to get stuff and came in to Carter crying. I just thought he slammed his finger in the door. Who knows! Either way he has handled it like a champ. The thing that stinks about it is that he was so close to walking and this has set him back. We are full time butt scooting again.

Boston went to the zoo with some friends and being his normal self was climbing around and somehow fell and broke his elbow. The funny thing about it is that I totally knew it was coming. The Sunday before it happened I was getting the boys dressed for church in matching outfits and had such a clear picture in my mind of both boys matching going to our new ward both in a cast. At the time I chalked it up as "Teresa's gone crazy" because let's be honest I pretty much had. But turns out it was a little warning from the holy ghost of what was to come. When my friend called me from the zoo and told me I honestly wasn't at all alarmed and said so calmly that I would be right there.

Trav met us at the ER and at that point we still hadn't seen Boston's elbow so when the admit nurse told us we were going to "skip this step he needs to be sedated right away, because this is definitely going to require surgery" we were a little shocked. Boston was so so so brave. The whole time at the zoo he just wanted my friends to sing him primary songs and say a prayer. The whole drive to the ER he told me that he wanted Daddy to give him a blessing. Uncle Ed also met us there and helped Dad give him a blessing. I sure love that boy.

After seeing the X-ray I couldn't believe Boston was not screaming his guts out. The ER doc us he hadn't seen a break that bad in a long time. After it had been long enough from the last time he had eaten they got him sedated and back to surgery right away.

It really was such a nasty break! Boston was thankfully loving the attention from the nurses and them telling him how brave he was. He had us all dying from laughing when he told the story how he broke it. The railing went from 6ft to 15ft tall depending on who he told. The fall must have been super dramatic because he fell down "twisting like a tornado". My friend told me that a man standing by when he fell told her his arm was broken because he heard it. Makes my stomach hurt.

After a couple pins and a giant cast he was as good as new. Kinda. He had to stay overnight to be observed and lets just say it wasn't his best night sleep ever. We somehow found ourselves watching wreck it Ralph at three in the morning. Poor kid couldn't get comfortable with the huge cast in the way.

Having the cast has not been a smooth ride for Boston. He has been SO grumpy and not sleeping well. I am sure the cast along with all the change has been a little much for him. Thankfully we have some fun things planned the next little while.

We have been referred to an Ortho doc at the Orange County Children's Hospital and both boys will get their casts off on the same day about a week and a half after we get there. We should make some great first impressions. Ha ha.
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Thursday, March 14, 2013

About the Move

I am getting asked all the time if I am excited for the move to CA and the truth is I am totally bipolar when it comes to it and it totally depends on the day.

When it's cold and rainy....Yes

When we go to speech therapy....No. Miss Jenny is who we will miss the most out of all Carters docs/nurses/therapists

When I think about gutting out my house...Yes and No

When I think about leaving Family...No

When I think about the beach and Disney Land...Yes

When I think about leaving our friends and incredible Ward...No

When I think about living 5 miles from our best friends the Hunter....Yes

When I think about my Mom not being close...a big No

When I think about living 5hrs from cousins and 7hrs from G&G Wilson...Yes

You get the idea. There is good and bad to both. One huge positive is that from the research we have done and the people and doctors we have talked too it will be an incredible place for Carter as far as Docs and Therapy. Boston is beyond excited as is Trav. Apparently I am the only one not ready to jump on this move. Ha. Don't be fooled though I am so excited for the change and it makes it easy to do when you know it is what you are supposed to do and it is something you have worked so hard for.

One thing that made the whole moving thing so stressful for me was housing! I don't even need to say it, but I will it is ridiculous there! We are going to rent for probably a couple years so that we can get a feel for where we really want to be and so that we can make sure we are where we need to be for schooling for the boys.

I went out there for a quick weekend to try and find a place. There are two things you get when looking for housing in the rental market there. Old with nice yards and more space. Or New with no yards and less space. One thing for sure is that Texas ruined me. Everything here that we are used to is so nice and new and priced very affordably. No surprise that I went with the smaller and newer. Some of the old ones I would not have dared bath my kids in the tub. SO gross!!!! If we were to buy I would definitely go older so we could get the space and yard so we could fix it up, but renting is a different story.

So finally after many prayers and many break downs we came across a brand new place that fit in our budget and feels like Texas. It is in a big master planned community and has lots of parks, big open grass areas, a swimming pool, and a splash pad. It definitely is on the small side though. We are loosing about 500 sq ft and and entire attic full of storage and have zero yard. There is a pretty big patio out back that I am SO excited about. Hello eating all our meals outside. Can't wait! The only room that I feel is going to be a challenge is the family room. The length of it is literally the length of our sectional. Part of me is excited about the smaller space and having only what we need.

We really are ready for the change and can't wait to see what the future holds for our family from this new adventure. 


After only two days our house sold! When our Realtor came over to list it she said "OK I will have you house sold this weekend!" I laughed and thought ya ya cocky realtor. So needles to say I was kinda shocked when we sold it before we even made it to the weekend. I say kinda shocked because in those first two day we had a ridiculous amount of showings so I knew there were lots of buyers out there looking for something like our home. People keep asking if we priced it too low and the answer is a big fat no. We are one of the smallest homes in our neighborhood and had the highest price per square footage sold price. I guess I am being kicked out since I am so reluctant to leave. We close on March 22nd and have to be out the 25th. Yikes!