Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Rough day

It was one of those days!  One of those that just doesn't stop.  I thought I had just about made it until my second string was home, when I overheard the sound of the dog puking.  This is a wonderful sound, especially when you are working on potty training and in the middle of coaching a little one on the potty.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

National Dance Day

I was so excited about the fun dance activities planned at the gym.  One hour of Zumba followed by one hour of hip hop.  So much fun!  I knew I had to keep my eye on my heart rate, and that I probably wouldn't be able to complete the two full hours.  There was a huge turnout, and it was great to see the whole crew.  The event was complete with free prizes and drawings.

I was doing great until the second hour kicked into high gear.  The music went a bit more ghetto fantastic, and the intensity was a little too much for my preggo status.  The heart rate spiked well over where I was comfortable, but it felt so good.  It killed me to stop, but I did.  Oh, you little bambino, you are cramping my workout style. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Test results

The test results are back for Baby #3, and it is negative for Down Syndrome. 

Sunday, July 21, 2013


The boys found a new place to play this afternoon.  They grabbed their folding chairs, gathered a snack in their chiller bag, and set up in the back of the pantry under the staircase.  They thought this was the coolest place to pretend like they were camping out.  It is great to see their imaginations in action.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Doctor Appointment

Even after my 8 week check up, I have been a nervous wreck.  I just keep thinking about all the what ifs.  I made a big decision to change OB/GYN doctors after several problems kept happening.  So after 10 years, I made the change to Dr. Flowers in Grapevine. 
My first appointment went extremely well, and I feel very comfortable with her. 
I elected to have the non-invasive genetic test to screen for Down Syndrome.  It wouldn't make a bit of difference to us, but it would give us time to learn and prepare.  I had an ultrasound, and I was thrilled to see our little baby doing so well.  The heartbeat was still strong at 160 bpm.  The ultrasound tech made a few measurements, and I had some blood drawn. The results will be back next week. 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A little funny

I worked in Austin again this week, and I was downtown at the Hilton, which had the best people watching.  I was relaxing in the lobby when I saw the valet bring in this cart with a paper sack and a watermelon.  I have no clue why it was so funny to me, but I just couldn't stop giggling.  I love watermelon, but I can't say I have ever brought one to a hotel.  I also saw some very interesting looking people.  The funniest one was a topless lady who was about 70 years old walking down Sixth Street with a cane.  Gotta love Austin!

Sunday, July 14, 2013


It had been a long time since I had seen a Burger King crown, but leave it to a trip back to Louisiana to keep it old school.  Ryland tried playing shy about his crown.  He wouldn't dare take it off, and he tried so hard to keep his smile contained. 
Reed was the complete opposite.  He was rocking his crown, and I couldn't get him to settle down.  He thought it was really cool and funny.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Lake Claiborne

It is summer, and time for the lake!  We spent the weekend playing on the water with the Owens crew.  Ryland and Reed loved riding on the boat right in the front.
One of the favorite things for the boys, was to swim between the pontoons.  This was a highlight for Reed.  Look how happy he was!  They also had fun jumping off the boat and riding on the tubes. 

Obviously, the fun wore these two completely out.  

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Work with a view

I spent a few days working in Austin, and I had meetings at the River Place Country Club.  Our conference room had a great view of the hills and golf course, that was a bit distracting when the details got draining. 

Sunday, July 7, 2013


The boys and I headed to Georgetown to hang out with family, and we had a blast catching up with my aunt, uncles, cousins, and more.  The boys adore their Grand Pop, and they were all over him.  I caught them piled on him watching a bedtime show.  I just love it.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

4th of July

Happy Independence Day from Cooks Childrens' Hospital! 
Reed woke up still complaining of a hurt arm and starvation that would only be satisfied with pancakes.  I knew that if he wouldn't eat pancakes something was really wrong with his arm.  I thought I would run to McDonalds to pick up some pancakes and head to urgent care.  Reed screamed the entire way, which was even more dramatic when I was pulled over for speeding. 
In the process of giving the officer my information, he thought he would give the boys badge stickers in hopes of winning them over.  Reed totally lost it, because he was unable to grab his sticker due to his hurt arm.  I got out of the truck to open his door to help him out.  The officer came back to see what was going on.  I explained what had happened, and that I was on the way to urgent care to have it looked at.  The officer informed me that it was nursemaid's elbow, and that his daughter had it several times.  He was even nice enough to explain how to correct it.  Awwww.  He was even so nice to give me a ticket as well!
I drove to Cooks thinking about how totally nuts the morning had been.  John Chris was at work. We were all in our pajamas with tear filled eyes. I had just gotten my first speeding ticket in 10 years.  It was one of those "you have to be kidding me" moments.
Reed did have nursemaid's elbow, and the doctor was able to pop it back into place.  He immediately was pain free.  At least the popsicles helped get some happy in our day.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Celebration & Fireworks

We celebrated the Fourth of July in Town Square again this year.  They had several activities for the kiddos, but the favorite was the bouncy slide.  Ryland and Reed could have slid a million times, but the lines got too long.
As it got darker, we anxiously waited for the firework show.  The boys were running around playing with Jackson and Preston.  John Chris was swinging them around, and it was all fun until Reed started screaming.  He immediately held his right arm close to his chest, and he wouldn't stop whining.  I attempted to comfort him, but he remained upset.  We all watched the firework show and talked about our favorite colors.  It was a long day, and the boys were fast asleep by the time we pulled into the garage. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013


Oh boys!  They crack me up!  Ryland had a buddy from school over to play this afternoon.  They played so well together and even let Reed tag along.  They climbed, yelled, and loved to play outside.  Their favorite place to play was in the outside pool toy box.  The surprising part was that only one of the boys ended up falling in the pool. 

Monday, July 1, 2013

Bat 1 Reed 0

Reed got a little too close while Ryland was batting.  I heard the screaming and ran to the back door.  John Chris met me there holding Reed.  The area around his eye was swollen and red immediately, and he had a cut above his eyebrow which was bleeding.  We will watch him over the next few hours, but he is acting completely normal after about 5 minutes of crying.  He is a tough kiddo!