Three Kids

Three Kids

Monday, February 29, 2016

They love their daddy!

Justin has been traveling a lot more with his job. Since the beginning of the year, he has traveled almost every week. (not the whole week, but 2-4 days each week)

February is always busy for him. He was in Rapid City, Mexico (our vacation, no work!), Fargo and Des Moines. I think he was literally in his office 4 days during the month.

I'm not going to lie, I'm exhausted! We are glad to have him home for a little while before he's off to Florida!

The kids are pretty excited to have Daddy home!






Sunday, February 28, 2016

Dr. Appointments

We were finally able to see the kidney doctor last week (after the whole mess of FedEx losing the first round of labs).


The doctor was running behind (reallllly behind), but the nurse was so sweet and gave the kids bubbles to help pass some time.



Just in case Jax needed blood work, they put numbing cream on his arms ...



And ... he did need blood work. We haven't needed blood work from him since he was 2. I was nervous about it. Doing it with a 2 year old is a little different than a 4 1/2 year old ... 2 year olds don't quite know what's going on ... 4 year olds do. I asked for the child life specialist to come in, and she was awesome!! #1 - her name was Kayla so Jax thought that was cool since Kiki's real name is Kayla, #2 - she had an ipad, which Jax loves, and #3 - her ipad had a Star Wars game on it!

Jax was so brave! He did not cry at all during the first blood draw or the second one! He said "owie" a few times, but he never cried!


After they were done, he looked at everyone and said, "Mom! Why did they put holes in my arms?" 

Overall, the nephrologist was happy with how Jax was doing. His calcium level, phosphorus level and uric acid levels are still a tad high, but the doctor is fine with the numbers, so we will go back for a check up in a year.

This appointment was the longest by far though. The doctor was over an hour behind. Me + 3 kids + a small room = near disaster. :) Thank goodness for my bag of snacks and bubbles from the nurse! After 1 hour and 40 minutes, the appointment ended!!

The last two weeks have been the week of appointments at our house ... 3 dentist appointments, annual appointments for Justin and myself ... kidney doctor ... and then Jax came down with some crud several hours before seeing the kidney doctor. Normally when he gets a cold, it's gradual with a runny nose, and then a cough. When I picked him up from daycare on Tuesday, he nose was nasty and he had a really bad cough. He had been fine that morning when I took him to school!

The kidney doctor checked him over pretty well and said his ears were fine ... lungs sounded great.

At 1 AM on Friday, Jax woke up with a high fever (102 -- and when his normal body temps run low at about 97 degrees, 102 is high for him). He was also complaining about his right ear, which is the ear without the tube. I knew it was infected. The two of us were up the rest of the night. I ran to school at about 5:45 to write a few sub plans, and then I stayed home with Jax for the day. I ran him to the doctor that morning since I knew we would need his right ear checked. Sure enough, it was quite infected! His cough was pretty nasty, but his lungs sounded good.

Waiting for our pediatrician. :)

Jax has been so cute at his appointments -- whenever a nurse works on him (blood pressure, temperature...) he just sits there and gives me a thumbs up sign. :)

This stinker though ... up at 1 AM, we didn't sleep, and I absolutely could not get him to nap at all on Friday. I tried everything! He was still going strong at 7 PM! I, however, was not! I might have cheered (just a little) when he finally crashed at about 7:45.

Knock on wood, our kids have continued to be quite healthy again this school year. Jax has missed 3 days of school and Jayla has missed 1 day of school. I am praying they all continue to stay healthy!

Jayla - Basketball Game #4

Jayla had her 4th practice/game last Saturday. She was fun to watch and did a great job!

These two played Star Wars ... and struggled a bit to behave during the game. Ugh.







Jayla had her 5th practice/game this past Saturday. She has one more left next weekend.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Dentist Appointments

The kids had dentist appointments a couple of days after we got home from Mexico. All 3 did great and no cavities!






Friday, February 26, 2016

Enjoying the nice weather!

We have had decent weather several days over the last week. The kids are loving the fresh air!










Cancun Day 7

Day 7 was our last day! We didn't fly out until 4:30, so we had the whole morning at the resort. 






One last picture off the balcony ...

Our last lunch

We had another fabulous trip with great friends! We are already missing our 8-10 hours that we spent at the pool/beach everyday. 

We are so thankful for our families for helping with the kids while we were gone. Justin's parents, my parents and BJ and Devin all helped with the kids, and they had a blast. My mom had to bribe the kids to talk to us on the phone. They were having too much fun each time I would call, and they wouldn't talk to us! It's reassuring to know though that they don't mind that Mommy and Daddy take vacations. :)

One final picture ... Justin and Megan are sure they are going to try out for Survivor someday (this has been an ongoing story for several years). Justin practiced his tree climbing skills while we were there ... I think he has a little more practice to do. :)

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Cancun Day 6

Day 6 in Cancun!

Trying to get a little shade - ha!

Happy Valentine's Day!

More little "friends" at our resort ...


We made our Barefoot Bar picture on Sunday since we enter the contest each year.

We met some new friends on the beach -- a couple asked if they could help us build. They told us they walk the beaches on the weekend and talk to people to learn their English!

The finished product!



A few more ocean pictures. :)





Love this picture!!

Our last night in Cancun!




Thumb--wrestling!