Messy Mealtime

I realized that I haven’t posted any messy mealtime pictures in quite a while, so here you go. . .


 "Aren’t I adorable, Mommy?"


"Uh-Oh, I’m a mess, aren’t I?"
"Have fun cleaning up this mess, Mommy"

Father’s Day Weekend

WOW, what a fun and busy weekend we’ve had.  It started on Friday evening when we took off and went to Jodi’s house, who is my stepsister.  She was having a BBQ for my stepbrother, Jason, who I think was leaving today for Alabama for some training and then is going to Iraq in a few months.  He flies helicopters and will be flying the medivac helicopters over in Iraq.  So please keep him in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time for his family, especially his wife, Maggie, and their 2-year-old son, Connor.  From there, we went to Mom and Mike’s house to start our weekend-long celebration of Hubbard Days.  I haven’t been able to attend Hubbard Days for several years, so it was nice being able to get back for that.  Mom and I went up to town on Friday night to check out the street dance.  We had a great time and I even won a raffle.  Now don’t get too excited.  I won a free Miller Lite hat.  I had a hard time finding someone to take it off of my hands for me so that I didn’t have to carry it around all night.  I finally made my brother take it.  Saturday morning we all attended the parade.  Jaxson had a great time watching all of the firetrucks, tractors, and horses.  He also got to see Grandpa Winter in the parade as he was pulling a hayrack for his high school class reunion.  We then hung out at Dad and Brenda’s for a while and grilled hot dogs and brats.  Just as we were about to head downtown to check out some of the rides, the sky turned very dark and it started to downpour and hail.  Luckily it didn’t last long, so once that passed, we headed downtown to check things out.  They had a very cute smiley face train that was giving free rides to the kids.  Jaxson probably rode that thing for a half hour and didn’t want to get off.  The best entertainment I have to say was watching the water fights with the fire hoses.  Dad, Brandon, Heath, and Brad, also known as team Drippie Hose, were a team and competed.  They made it to the second round but lost to the defending champs, who were a team of firefighters.  Good job guys, maybe next year.  This morning we headed over to Gowrie to see Papa Steve on Father’s Day.  Grandma Kris surprised us later this afternoon by getting off of work early.  We then returned home this evening and had a little Father’s Day celebration of our own.  Jaxson got Brad a remote car starter for his truck, which will be very nice this winter.  It was great to spend time with all of the special fathers in my life over the weekend.  Happy Father’s Day!

Just waitin’ for the parade to start.
OOOHHH AAHHHH look at that (I don’t remember what we were looking at)
Kade did the tractor pull and advanced to the second round

Playin’ with Papa

I think someone is having a good time.
Sleepy boy
The clan waiting for team Drippie Hose’s turn to compete.
Team Drippie Hose – Dad, Brad, Heath, and Brandon.  Ready. . . Set. . .
In the first round, they came a few feet short of losing, but. . .
Brandon kicked it into high gear and they won!

Jaxson got to help Grandpa Mike mow
Mom found a box in her basement with a bunch of my stuff from HS.  It was fun going through it all and laughing at what we found.  Mom didn’t want to frame my sign and put it downstairs at their bar, so it got tossed.
Jaxson’s cleaning up his mess from lunch
Jaxson, Connor, Kenneth, and Abbie playing in their playhouse
Connor, Kenneth, Abbie, and Jaxson
Kenneth and Jaxson playing trucks
Jaxson is so excited that it’s Father’s Day
Happy Father’s Day Daddy!

The Little Hawks Daycare

How do you like the name of my new business?  Yep, that’s right.  I’m starting my own in-home daycare.  After working weekends only at the hospital for 1 1/2 years now, I’m ready to have my weekends back with my family.  I’m not quitting the hospital completely, I will still work as needed.  I have to work one shift a month to “keep my foot in the door.”  I will never be able to leave nursing, as it is my 2nd passion, behind motherhood. I told my boss that I will probably be back to full time nursing once I get my kids in school.  But for now, this is what I want to do.  I’ve been thinking about this for a while now and I thought that since we are finishing off our basement, I better talk to Brad about it now and see what he thought of it so that we could make any changes before it gets completely done.  At first he was kind of hesitant, but then we thought about it long and hard and weighed our pros and cons for about two weeks and decided that it would be worth a shot. Even before I was 100% on my decision, I had friends telling me that they would bring their kids to my home.  I actually have one starting tomorrow. Since I’ve made this decision, I’ve been doing a lot of looking on the internet and talking to people and I didn’t realize how many people are looking for in-home daycares.  I don’t anticipate having any trouble filling up and I would think that with me being a mother and a Registered Nurse, that might help a little. Jaxson and I went to our friends, Amanda and Grady’s house today because Amanda runs an in-home daycare.  I had a ton of questions for her and I just wanted to see how she did things with five kids running around.  It wasn’t near as crazy or loud as I thought it would be.  She made it look quite easy.  Now I know it’s not going to be easy, but I just don’t want it out of control.  So wish me luck on this new adventure and please pray for my sanity.

Here’s a pic for Grandma Kathy and Grandma Pam to display at work.

What’s For Supper, Mom?

"Hmmm, let’s see.  What do we have in here?"
"Well, it looks like we have some yogurt."
"Mom, you need to go get groceries."

Fun Pictures

Jaxson’s new favorite place to play

Jaxson and Miah cooling off in the pool a few days ago.
Good buddies
Miah’s painted face at the block party
Party animals staying up past their bedtime for the block party

Wet & Wild

That pretty much sums up our weekend. . . wet and wild.  My work weekend started on Friday afternoon.  I went into work from 3-7 so that I could get off early on Saturday to attend our block party.  We were really excited for the block party because we have gotten to know most of the people on our street since we’re outside 24/7 with Jaxson.  Funny story. . . when I was at work on Saturday, I went in to check on one of my patients when I noticed that his visitors looked familiar.  I asked them if they lived in WDM and they said “yes.” Then I asked what street and they said the street that we live on. And I said “I’m your neighbor.”  They looked at me quite funny and I said “You probably don’t recognize me without my 2 year-old in front of me pushing one of his toys.”  They just started laughing because then they new exactly who I was.  It turned out that they had just been talking about Jaxson and me and he made a comment to his wife about how we are always outside and how I am always walking behind him or waiting for him so patiently.  And that’s when I busted out laughing.  I’m glad he thinks that I’m so patient with him because I don’t feel that way sometimes.  So anyways, we got to talking and figured out that we would see each other later at the block party, which we did.  The block party was great.  We blocked off our street and sat our lawn chairs right in the middle of the street.  I was worried about how much this would confuse Jaxson because here we are always griping on him or blocking him from going in the street and now we were saying “play in the street all you want.”  So today it was back to the griping and blocking, but Brad said he only made a successful mad dash to the other side twice. . . he’s a fast little booger. The kids had so much fun riding their cars, bikes, and just playing in the street.  We grilled hot dogs and had a ton of salads and goodies to munch on.  One of the girls on our street even painted faces.  Dave and Chanda had a dunk tank in their driveway for a party that they had today, but we filled it up early and had fun with that.  The guys tossed the football around.  Mostly, we just had a lot of fun sitting around and chatting it up.  We stayed out in the street until 11:30 (Jaxson made it until 10:00), which made today kind of long at work.  I got a call at 9:00 this morning at work, which I knew couldn’t be good.  Brad informs me that our sump pump is not working.  After a few attempts to use the shop vac and get the water out of the basement, the shop vac dies. So it was a mad dash to Lowe’s for a new sump pump and shop vac.  Luckily our neighbor, Jeff, came over to help Brad while his wife watched Jaxson for us.  Then our other neighbor, Matt, saw Brad getting the shop vac out of the van and figured that that couldn’t be a good sign, so he came over and helped too.  They got the new sump pump in and working and all of the water out. . . for now.  Not much of anything got ruined, which is good.  It’s a good thing our basement wasn’t finished yet.  Let’s pray for drier weather this week and more sun.  Oh, I have to give a shout out to our neighbor, Shawn Johnson, for winning the gymnastics national championship this weekend!  It’s off to the Olympics for sure in August.  Go Shawn!

Brad and Jaxson went to the zoo on Saturday with one of Brad’s coworkers and her nephew, Tony.
Here’s the boys ready to go see all of the animals.

Our neighbors and babysitters, Dave and Chanda.
Jaxson is showing Elise how his bike works.
Erin painted a flower on my face.

Weekend Fun

The weather was so beautiful this weekend.  At least the boys got a chance to get out and enjoy it.  They spent all day on Saturday outside.  They went on bike rides, played at the park, and played in the pool.  On Sunday, Brad decided at the last minute to pack up and head up to Gowrie for the day.  Jaxson had a lot of fun playing with Papa and Grandma.  I had a good weekend at work.  I have a student with me right now who is finishing up her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mt. Mercy.  She has to be with me for 172 hours and this was her second weekend.  We get along very well and she is a hard worker and very eager to learn.  I was very proud of her this weekend when she did her very first corpak (feeding tube that goes in the nose and to the stomach) and got it in on her first try and got it in the right spot.   That doesn’t happen very often.  It’s fun quizzing her and watching her learn and experience new things.

Grandma’s putting my lotion on so I don’t get a sunburn.
Papa’s thirsty
Papa needs to cool off
Relaxin’ in the hot tub
Jaxson’s new wheels.
"Faster Papa, faster!"