Saturday, February 28, 2009

Hitting the street for little feet!

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Finding pieces to the puzzle...

Today was Braydon's doctor's appointment with a developmental pedi. We had to wake up at an ungodly hour, and we were in the car before the sun started to rise in order to make it to the doctor on time (the doc's office is about 1.5 hours away, and with morning rush-hour traffic, it makes it more like 1 hr45 mins-2 hours. Plus I had to schedule in time for potential "But mama I've got to pee NOW!" and then the struggle to get him to pee in a public restroom...)

Anyways, I don't know what I was expecting the office to look like. I knew it was just one doctor, who saw patients 2 days a week, and they only scheduled one patient per hour. But it was eerily quiet when we entered. The doctor came out, and began talking with Braydon & myself, asking him questions about our trip to see him, what he ate for breakfast, little questions like that. Then we went back and he did all the height/weight/ general health stuff. He noted that B has big tonsils. Never knew that before. Learn something new everyday, huh?!?

He played a few games with Braydon, and then the dr let him play with the trains while we talked. We went over the history of the pregnancy, his early development, etc. Then we started to make a "plan of attack". First thing, he wants to do a sleep study with B because he thinks he's having problems with his sleep, and that is probably having an effect on everything. After that, we'll go back to B's ENT (Ears, Nose & Throat) to discuss having his tonsils & adenoids removed. After that, they'll do allergy tests because he said Braydon had "allergic shiners" under both of his eyes, which means he had the dark circles under his eyes that kids with food allergies often have. From there, we'll worry about the other things. The doctor did give us an idea of how he'll be diagnosed, which at this time I'm not going to disclose. At this point, nothing is official, and we'll see how everything goes with our "plan of attack".

I tell you what though, this doctor was incredible. Normally, B flips out at the doctors office. Braydon was an absolute angel. In fact, I was worried that perhaps the doctor would tell me there was nothing wrong with him because Braydon was behaving so well. In all Braydon's life, I've never, ever seen him make eye contact and keep it with anyone. Today, he made eye contact with this doctor. I was floored, to be honest. But I'm thankful that the doctor saw what he needed to see.

We prayed that we would get answers, and after today, I really feel we are on our way to figuring out his puzzle, piece by piece!!

(Braydon giving himself bunny ears!)

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Daytime dates!

Kenney & I decided to postpone our valentine's celebration for a week due to a Love and Respect confrence at our church Valentine's weekend. That weekened was awesome, and really has helped strengthen our marriage, and our understanding that God created us different-not wrong just different. Kenney & I can be quite stubborn, not wanting to admit we're wrong, so we listened to the speaker's advice. "The one who deams themselves the most mature should be the one to make the first move." *snort* We did get a lot out of the conference and if you get a chance to attend one, it'd be well worth your time! We also renewed our vows in the church service on the 15th, which was very special. I know we've not even been married a full 2 years, but we still participated.

The vows were very touching, and I wanted to share them here. And yes, I cried like roughly 2 seconds into Kenneys (they went first).

Men:
The vows I made to you on our wedding day
have been tested through the years,
but I mean them more today than ever before.
Having been married to you these years have proven my belief
that you are the woman God made especially for me.
I pledge that I will love you as Christ loves His bride.
I will be Christlike in my actions, my attitude and my affections.
I take the responsibility of being the spiritual leader of our home.
I pledge to you a sacrificial love that desires your highest good,
even at the expense of my own desires.
I will love, honor and care for you as I would my own body.
I will continue to learn all I can about what pleases you,
to live with you in an understanding way.
As we grow old together, I will devote quality time to you,
keeping you as my priority.
I know that you are my precious gift from God
and I look forward to spending eternity with you.

Women
It has been my joy to be your bride through the years.
It has not always been easy,
but I also understand my vows more today than I did on our wedding day.
I pledge to follow you wherever you lead
and will be a helper that we may glorify God together.
Having watched you grow in Christ through the years,
I have the utmost respect for you, and I will continue to honor you
and have complete trust in you.
I will seek to respond to you in love as I would to my Lord Jesus.
I will comfort you, encourage you, and pray for you.
I will be submissive to you, out of my love and respect for you as a man of God.
I will make our home a place of rest and enjoyment for you.
I know that you are my precious gift from God and I look forward to spending eternity with you.


Here is our picture we got from the church from that day taken by none other than Rachel @ Savor Photography!

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But for our date last Friday, Kenney & I shuffled Braydon off to school, and took Makenna to our friend Gina's house, and set off on our "date". We weighed our many choices and decided that we'd be heading off to Chuck E. Cheese, where a kid can be a kid! (Or an adult can pretend they're a kid!) We got there around 10:30, and there was hardly anyone there. We purchased 100 tokens for $12 (we had a coupon) and brought along the extra tokens and our receipts from the tickets we had from our last visit to CECs. We played skeeball (where the sensors were apparently off and in our 1st game Kenney won the "jackpot"...the lights & sirens went off and out shot roughly 100 tickets!!-not a bad way to start off our day!) After skeeball, we played the competition basketball game, where I prevailed in all but 2 games (and we played a ton!) Then we decided to roam around and play some of the other random games. I have to tell you it was a ton of fun! We got to play all these games and not have to chase after kids, change diapers, listen to whining or temper tantrums. And who doesn't get their picture "drawn" by Chuck E?!?

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After we had our fun, we ran into a lady from our church, who promptly asked where the kiddos were. I proudly stated we were on a date & they were at the sitters!! She sighed and said that her and her hubby were due for one of "those"-she is a homeschooling Mommy to 5 kids and it appears there's another one on the way, but I dare not ask (you know the rules about never asking a woman if she is pregnant!!) We took our ticket receipts up to the front and got our kiddos 2 matching basketballs, an inflatable microphone for sissy, and a star shaped marker for Braydon. We left and headed to the Mexican restaurant we love.

The reason I love daytime dates is because a) we only have to pay for a sitter for sissy, since B's already at school. Often times, things are cheaper during the day. Most restaurants have a lunch portion that is often cheaper! Plus it's not as crowded! We had a wonderful day date, and can't wait to have more of those!!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Back to the land of living, errrr, blogging!!

I had a long hiatus from everyday blogging, and now I'm ready to be back into my habit (or do I dare say addiction?) I think I got caught up in comments (or a lack thereof) and got discouraged. But I remembered that blogging is a cheap therapy!! So here I am world (wide web)!

Today's accomplishments:

-Grocery shopping child-free (while managing to knock some Pepsi 2-liters over and watching them spray all over the aisle, and not 20 minutes later drop a carton of eggs!! Sad thing is I didn't have any little ones to blame it on!) I spent $57.10 and saved $63.89 (that's a total of $120.99 for $57.10!!) Plus, Harris Teeter has a policy where if you try any of their store brand product and do not like it for whatever reason, you can return it, get your money back AND they will replace it with a similar product of your choice. We had bought the HT brand of pull-ups for Braydon *yes he's still in pull-ups, don't get me started on that!* and they did not work for him at all. I was really hoping that they would because they're roughly $10 cheaper per package AND they had Shrek on them!!! So I returned them, got my $8 and change back, along with Huggies Pull-up with the cool alert for free. So that's another $19 worth of product for free. So really, I got $139.99 worth of groceries for $57.10!!

-Star chart for Braydon was made, with tasks created and explained to Braydon. He actually thought this was cool, which is very interesting to me. We've tried doing similar behavior mods with him that have just flopped. Go figure. Maybe it was because he got to buy the stars from the store. We start the chart tomorrow morning.

-Lesson plans were created for my journalism class. It amazes me that these children don't even know anything about our local newspaper, not even how much it costs! Nor do they watch the news! When I asked them how they found out about current events, they said "myspace and facebook." shame shame shame. Call me a nerd, but I liked reading the newspaper in high school. I passed out their assignment for their final project, and their eyes became glazed.

I'm currently blogging while my husband is playing the Wii in his old man outfit. I call it his old man outfit because hes wearing his white undershirt, a pair of boxers and socks. Nothing says sexy like a sweaty man in an old man outfit! hahaha!! And on that note, I'm going to go wash my face and brush my teeth, in hopes that we'll be able to do our couples' devotions before the kids get up tomorrow (for a change!)

Homeschool!

It's official! Kenney & I have both agreed that Braydon will be homeschooling Braydon in the fall!! Yes, that's right, homeschool.

Perhaps you think of this when you hear "homeschool". Photobucket Or maybe you think of "weirdos". I know that originally, I kinda felt the same way. But as we began to consider Braydon's schooling options for the fall, I began to become painfully insecure about our options.

Option 1: Send him to the local public school. It is not a horrible option. He would be easily accomodated, if he needs them. Down side: My parents work for the local school system, and I just don't feel comfortable with exposing him to that environment. We also have friends who have children enrolled in these schools, and their stories added to my concern.

Option 2: Send him to the local Christian school. This also is not a horrible option. I actually work there part time, in the high school. The staff is wonderful, the headmaster is God-fearing and wonderful. The facilities are continuing to grow, which is wonderful, as well as their sports and music porgrams. They teach a bible-centered curriculum, which is very important to us. I just fear that it would not be a good fit for Braydon. I don't think they'd be able to make neccesary accomodations as easily as the public schools.

So I felt very uncomfortable about our two options, and just could not find a peace. Kenney & I discussed our options many times, and we just didn't feel settled on either one. I'd mentioned homeschooling several times last year, but at that point it was just something we'd probably never do.

Finally, I brought it up again with Kenney. He was concerned that it'd be too difficult to do with Makenna being so little, but I just had a feeling we could do this. Then the other day, I was visiting a blog that I am a fan of called The Happy Housewife and I decided to look at her homeschooling stuff she has on there. (Oh, did I mention that she homeschools 6 kids, and is pregnant with #7?!?) I decided that if she could do it with six kids, surely I could homeschool Braydon with Makenna at home as well.

I began looking into curriculum, and quickly found some great ones that I think we might use with Braydon. (I looked into what The Happy Housewife is using here as well as getting recommendations from several of our friends who homeschool as well.) I was also reassured by homeschooling moms at church that for Kindergarten, you really only need an hour and a half of total schooling time each day, which can be broken down throughout the day! The rest is playing, reading, doing art, cleaning the house (there's science of somesort at work isn't there?!?)

Many people have asked me questions about how he'll get socialization. There is a local homeschooling group at our church that offers PE classes and weekly outtings. Plus, we also have church, as well as having many friends who homeschool.

Both Kenney & I are very excited about this big decision. We're not committing to homeschooling him for his whole schooling career...we'll take it one year at a time.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

the crazy cycle

I haven't blogged in a while because there is such raw emotion in my heart that I just can't seem to be able to actually process them and actually type them. Worry. Anger. Frustration. Insecurity. Longing. Love.

I have to say that today we stand as a stronger family, a stronger husband and wife. We've learned alot through our own experience as well as through wise counsel. It has not been easy by any means, but I wouldn't trade it for the world.

I have such a deep passion that has been emerging lately, and I am finally being able to not only recognize it but I am able to articulate it to Kenney, which is something that I've not been very good at. We're really seeking guidance and clear direction from the Lord together as a couple, asking that our hearts and our passion would match what God has for us as a family.

We're asking for you to stand in prayer with us. "The blessing will far outweigh the sacrafice."