We have all been under the weather again this past week or so and I haven’t had a chance to post pictures from our weekend with Nana & Papa, our Snow Day and Valentine’s day! So, bare with me, this is just a random post of our recent days and it’s going to be fairly long.
First of all, my parents came to visit last weekend. It is always so wonderful having my mom and dad in town. The boys LOVE all the attention and we are all in “vacation” mode while they’re here. We really never do very much, especially during these quick weekend trips. We eat. We laugh. We do laundry. We eat some more. And, that pretty much sums it up!
|Nana & Papa arrive!|
Truthfully, my parents come in and save the day around here every time they visit. I feel like a pretend adult most of the time (okay – 99.9% of the time – really, who thought it was a good idea to put ME in charge of other human beings??) … thankfully, my parents come every couple of months to help me keep things together around here.
: The laundry gets washed, folded, organized and put away.
: The apples that I purchased to make homemade applesauce (I have good intentions, it’s just the execution that gets me) or cut into slices for the boys’ snacks (much more my speed) get used in a MUCH more productive way (Dad’s homemade apple pie is a slice of heaven. No joke).
: Our half finished projects get finished. Some of them, at least. That broken picture frame? Fixed. The photos stuck on my broken camera since Christmas? Downloaded onto my computer. The videos from the old video camera that included the boys’ birth? Downloaded and cherished!
: Bath time and bedtime become a chance for Dave and I to sit, breathe and relax. Nana & Papa soak up those cuddly snuggles and bedtime stories. And, Nana even gets to perform the army crawl escape out of the boys’ room.
As for the events of the weekend, we stayed inside for the most part because it was so cold. And, the boys were sick. And, really, we were just in lazy mode. It was perfect.
|Nap time with Papa|
It was so nice having them here and we were extremely sad to see them leave Sunday morning. Particularly because Saturday night was spent managing two sick kiddos all night. Nathan kept waking up after 15 minutes of sleep and would scream uncontrollably and eventually vomit. Dave, my mom and I took turns holding and trying to comfort him throughout the night. And, Ben woke up with a fever around 2 am and woudn’t get back to sleep either. We were all exhausted Sunday morning.
When Nathan got sick again on the way home from dropping mom & dad off at the airport, I called his doctor to find out what she suggested we do. She advised us to get to the ER as soon as possible. It seems his ear infection was worse (spread to both ears now) and he had a stomach flu. Poor, poor baby!!
|Notice the photo on the left was taken in the hospital…doesn’t he look chipper?! After we arrived, he seemed to feel better. Of course. Isn’t that always how it happens?|
On another note, as luck would have it, we finally got some snow here this winter the morning after my parents left! Dave and I did the obligatory 30 minute prep of bundling the boys’ up to go outside for approximately 15 minutes of play. It was really cold and they were both still not feeling well. But, we had to enjoy the snow!
|Watching snow come down!|
|Ben wasn’t a big fan of the snow this time around.|
|Sledding in the driveway!|
|They look so adorable in those snow suits!|
And, lastly, Valentine’s Day was pretty low key at our house. I am not a fan of spending money on candy or gifts for Valentine’s Day…I prefer the gift of time together. But I did get the boys a little basket of goodies. And when I say goodies, I do not mean candy or toys. I mean a spatula, tongs and a duster. What?! I know, this is crazy, but they love to “cook” in their kitchen and help me clean around the house.
Obviously, they take after their mother. I am a natural born homemaker. Ha! Can you sense my sarcasm?
I laughed when I bought this stuff at Hobby Lobby but it was actually a big hit. Who knew $5 could be so well spent…they have new “toys” and I get help with the dusting.
|Playing with the new duster 🙂|
|The card the boys made Dave & I (with help from Samantha)|
|Our V-day “Picnic” out front…the weather was so nice that we had to enjoy it!|
|How funny are these outfits? They were in their PJ’s, so we just threw a jacket and hat on too…|
I lied, that wasn’t the last thing I had to post… here are a couple of cute pics of Nathan and his Aunt Katie reading and laying together on the floor. Nathan brought her a pillow and told her to lay down (by pointing at the floor and saying something in his secret language). It was too cute!
|He looks so grown up here, like they are having an actual conversation!|
We ended up back at the Doctor’s office yesterday wtih Ben. He has a sinus infection… poor little man!!
|Coloring while we wait to see Dr. H|
|All of the medicines and remedies the boys are taking right now. We are so ready for all of these sick germs to be gone from our house!!!|
And, lastly (I’m serious this time), I had to share this funny video from last night. The boys were playing chase (well, Ben was chasing Nathan because he had taken his pacifier and thought it was funny, so the term “playing” isn’t entirely accurate) and I tried to get it on video to share with my mom. I cracked up at the end of this when Nathan makes a ornery face and then knocks the camera out of my hand! He is obviously feeling better and is back to his spunky self :-)!