Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend brought in some crazy weather for Missouri--Amelia and Cooper cuddled while we watched the news. We ended up in the basement for a little bit but it blew through pretty quickly so we ended up sleeping in our beds.
Sunday, after church, Elizabeth (my sister) and her family came down. We grilled out and just spent the day hanging out. I thought I took pictures of our afternoon, but I was wrong. The only picture I got was the one that Elizabeth took--mom fail!
Monday was spent at the pool. We were all off so the family was all together and it was such a nice day. We grilled out and swam until we were tan and tired. HA!
Barrett has been getting really confident and strong in his swimming. He's able to do front and back rolls and he can jump off the side and swim to the ladder. So proud of my little fish!

With all the grilling out and family time, I found myself thankful for our time together. Without the service and sacrifice of our military, our country wouldn't be what it is today.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Party Animals

We've had a full calendar of birthday parties: this week it was Lance and Zoe.
On Friday, Lance turned 8 and they did a party at their house with a huge slip-n-slide in the front yard.
They bought old billboard signs and then used those...so fast, so fun and SO much mud!

Happy, Happy Birthday!! We love you, Lance!

Zoe turned 7 and they did a unicorn party at their pool--all of the glitter and rainbow colors made for such a fun party!
The kids got to hit the pinata and they came home with candy and a unicorn inflatable.
Happy Birthday Zoe!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Day In The Life

I haven't done a day in the life for awhile...a long while, so today is the day.
Here is a look at our Thursday, May 25th
Each day is different depending on Jason's schedule, the kid's events/schedule and how crazy my work schedule is but it will give you an idea.
4:30am: Barrett comes in to our room. Usually he sleeps better/longer if he's in our room, so I've been letting him stay (as long as it's not before 4am)
5:45am: Jason's alarm goes off--he hits snooze and wakes up at 6:00am
6:00am: I hear Jason feeding and giving medicine to the dogs. I roll over, even though I'm awake, because I know this gives me a little more time to rest. Bazzle comes back to bed when he's done eating.
6:30am: I finally get out of bed, turn on my computer, kiss Jason goodbye and get started on my emails.
7:00am: I start a load of laundry and then head down to feed the chickens and open up the coop. Our babies are starting to get bigger!!
As soon as I came back inside, Cooper was needing some attention. He jumped on the back of the couch as I was turning on the Today Show, so I had to show him so love.
7:35am: Amelia wakes up and wants her zip sack put on her bed so we change out her bedding. Her other bedding was folded and put in the closet.
7:45am: Mom came over before work--I get the kid's baby books out so I can add information and add pictures. I change over the laundry--move it from the washer to the dryer.
8:05am: Barrett woke up and started looking at pictures with Nannie.While they were looking at their books, I was doing emails on the other side of the kitchen. Both kids woke up in great moods today!
I made the kids breakfast--a bagel with cream cheese for Amelia and an egg/ham on a slice of toast for Barrett. 
8:30am: My mom left and I got the kids dressed for the day and changed out the laundry. I folded the laundry and stacked it on top of the dryer. I'll put it away when the kids take a nap. The kids played and I did some more emails.
9:00am: I went and changed out of my pajamas and we did some schoolwork.  We did numbers--Barrett counted the different and Amelia spelled out each of the words. We try to do something small each day.
9:35am: We stopped doing our flashcards and then my work phone rang. The kids ran to their rooms with the iPads (they know that they have to be quiet when I'm doing work)
10:00am: My work call ended, I opened up some windows and Barrett requested a mid-morning snack (yogurt and veggie straws)
10:13am: Amelia asked me to come and visit her beauty salon. She gave me some pretty purple lipstick and some glitter blush.
10:45am: Texted with Jason for a little bit and then put dinner in the crockpot. We have gymnastics tonight so it can be a hectic dinnertime, if I'm not prepared. We are having Mexican chicken--either in taco shells or on lettuce.
11:15am: Amelia found a spot in the window where she colored a picture and watched YouTube kids. This girl sure does love to color. Barrett was in his room--dumping out every toy in his toybox.
12:00pm: Aunt Ange and Brock came over. We had a picnic (thanks for the McDonald's!) and made bouncy balls. The kids love having them so close.
1:15pm: Ange and Brock left and we (the kids) laid down to rest. Barrett went to our bed and Amelia went to the couch. I was able to sit down and do a little bit of work--my emails built up a bit over my lunch break.
2:25pm: I need to stretch my legs a bit so I went to get the mail. I order LipSense and it arrived today.  I ordered Apple Cider--subtle with a hint of color but I'm wishing I would have went with something a little more colorful so I will look put together, even if I just rolled out of bed. HA!
 
2:40pm: Switched out the laundry and took my computer to my bedroom. Barrett still wasn't asleep so I thought that if I lay by him, it might help him sleep. I was wrong. No naps for this crew today
3:00pm: Everyone got up--Amelia changed into her leotard and Barrett played with his bouncy balls. 
3:15pm: I started a list for our family reunion, which is coming up in a few weekends. I know I'm going to forget something but I'm going to do my best to remember as much as possible. 
3:45pm: I mixed in the last two things for the Mexican chicken and turned the crockpot to low. It should be done anytime we are ready to eat. 
4:00pm: I log off my work email and start to get gymnastics stuff together. I entice the kids to eat and no one is interested
4:30pm: Jason gets home and eats a few leftover pieces of homemade pizza. Still no one wants to eat so we get dressed for gymnastics. 
4:45pm: Left for gymnastics--Jason took his truck and I took the car because he was going to leave earlier to meet up with his family.
5:00pm: Amelia and Barrett started their class
5:45pm: Barrett finished his class and Jason took him home. Meme and Ted came over for dinner so he wanted to get home a little bit before Amelia's class ended so they could eat and not be over too late. I talked to Jordan via Voxer for the remainder of Amelia's class. I love this app!!

6:15pm: Amelia finished her class and we headed home. Ted and Meme brought us a little fridge so we put it in the garage and filled it with drinks for the kids. We go through a lot of soda, water and juice boxes so I think it will great to have some more fridge space...I just hope it isn't too bad on the electric bill.
7:30pm: Meme and Ted left and we came in to get ready for bed. We were hungry so we made us a taco and then we put on our pajamas. The kids both ate--they were super hungry--and they probably needed a bath but we skipped it tonight. They were so tired....remember how the didn't nap earlier today?!
8:00pm: We started bedtime. We brushed teeth, turned fans on and went to bed.
8:15pm: Barrett was asleep so I headed to my room. Amelia was singing her Bible Songs with Jason
9:00pm: Jason came to bed and we were both asleep after two seconds of talking about our day.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Last Week

When Jason took the position in Missouri, he was contracted as a general anesthesiologist. He was fellowship trained in cardio thoracic so any chance he gets to do a heart case, he's on it.
Well--a few months ago he was contacted by a hospital in St. Louis to do some heart cases throughout the year. The wanted someone that was on a case-by-case/day-by-day basis and that's exactly what Jason was looking for. They talked back and forth (so many details to go over) and finally agreed on a contract.

Last week was Jason's vacation week and they needed some help in St. Louis so instead of staying home and kicking his feet up (haha...it's more like do projects around the house), he went up to work for a few days. He worked Monday through Friday, had great hours and got to stay in a Drury suite, which means yummy food for breakfast and dinner and drinks (which is a bonus because he didn't have to spend his money on food)

We went up in the middle of the week, hence our trip to Grant's Farm (and the zoo), to see him and to make sure he wasn't having too much fun without us.
He had such a great and energizing week. He worked 7a-3p, which is the perfect schedule, and he got to do all hearts, which are the perfect cases.
I thought he would want to move there permanently but I think that week really solidified him with working where he is--he loves the guys he works with and he enjoys doing more than just hearts. He likes variety and I'm glad that he got to experience that.

The group in St. Louis really liked him (and he really liked them) and they have asked him to come back during his next stretch of time. He doesn't want to work through all of his free time but he does want to keep up his skill set that he learned at Cleveland and this is a perfect way to do that.

Proud of my man for always wanting to be a better doctor and wanting to keep his focus on learning and growing for his patients. Hopefully this will help pay off those student loans a little faster too!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Life Lately

On Sunday, we headed out to the farm (and the creek). We weren't able to get out there on Saturday because we had the graduation party and we were missing our friends so we headed out after church.
Our first stop was the creek--it was so cold but the kids didn't seem to mind.
On the way back to the house from the creek, we saw a brand new baby calf. He was born earlier that morning so he was still a little wobbly and so stinkin' cute!
The weather has been a few days of sun and a few days of rain so on the sunny days, we have to go and enjoy the weather.
We went to the Safari down the road during lunch and walked around for a bit, looked at all the animals and then headed for a refreshing treat. We fed the birds and both kids did really good with the birds going crazy for their feed sticks.
Ty's Snowcones is one of our favorites! Barrett got the Dinosaur flavor and Amelia mixed watermelon and blue raspberry.
It's no secret that my kids watch (and love) YouTube Kids so Amelia is always wanting to play the silly things that she sees on the different channels. Yesterday she wanted to crack an egg on her head. I told her no and then thought "why not...we have chickens that lay eggs daily" so I told her she could. Her eyes lit up and she was so excited!
She showered all the egg off of her, came outside dressed so cute and decided to pose for a few pictures. This girl is so full of life...I love her so much!
Snapchat filters are our favorite. Barrett loves to play around with the different ones and I was able to get a picture of his "older self"
HAHA!  This little boy has his mama's heart and I can't help but laugh when I see him with a crazy mustache and thick rimmed glasses.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Anastasia's Graduation

Well...
When I moved in with my sister and her family in 2002, I never thought that Ana would grow up and graduate from high school.
She was four years old when I moved in with her and she instantly became my little sidekick. I watched her all the time, went on vacations with them to help watch her and loved her like she was my own. She was in our wedding when she was 10 (she even picked out the color of her dress, which in turn, had to be the color of all the dresses and the decorations) and I flew back for her birthday each year when we were living in St. Maarten and California. Once we had the kids, I couldn't fly in each year but up until 5 years ago, I didn't miss a birthday.
Moving back was so great because we could be involved in Ana's (and Brock) lives again.
I'm so glad that we've been here during her last year, so glad that we got to watch her run her last year of cross country and win the STATE CHAMPIONSHIP for the first time for our school district.

Friday, May 19th, my little sidekick graduated. She won multiple scholarships and she won the title of VALEDICTORIAN. She will be attending Mizzou this fall and I know she will soar!
Some tears were shed and I'm sure when she moves in August, there will be more but dang, I'm so proud of her!!
On Saturday, we went to her graduation party. The Compton crew can throw some major parties so when we pulled up and saw this...
we knew it was going to be a great day.
The kids swam, ate, climbed and rode the slide more times that I could keep track of--they were in heaven.
We were there until 8:30pm and decided to call it a day. Ana's celebration was perfect for her and I'm so thankful we were around to help her celebrate.