Tuesday, December 30, 2008

And the verdict is in

Ethan has strep throat! So now #2 and #3 are on antibiotic and we are hoping and praying that #1 doesn't get sick. That's all I have time for now... More later.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Poor little girl (and boy)

Well today I took Bethany in to the doctor. She had developed a cough before Christmas and it steadily got worse. Last night, our sweet little girl, who never cries mind you, had a terrible time crying and not being able to be consoled very easily. So this morning we made the appointment and found out that she has her first ear infection. :( She did manage to stay healthy longer than Ethan (first ear infection at 7 weeks) but not as long as Rebekah (first cold at 4 months). So on her 3 month birthday we were at the same hospital she was born in (at the exact hour she was born too.)
Anyway, we were planning a trip to Winston to visit with Granny for her birthday on Saturday, but I'm not sure we'll make it. Ethan has a fever now of 101.7 (oral for those of you who are wondering.) and is complaining about his throat hurting. So looks like we'll be making another trip to the doctor's office tomorrow. Don't think the doctor's office will go under, we are back in the business of keeping them in business. Ahhhh, the joys of winter.

Keep us in your prayers that Rebekah, Bill and I stay healthy and Ethan and Bethany don't swap germs. Also, we need to find a way to get the antibiotic into Bethany... she likes to see our eyes widen as the pink slime comes trickling out and she gives the big wide open smile after she makes it explode out like a volcano erupting! Really that's what it looked like. I gave it to her the first time, just a little bit and out it rolled. So I thought, "Ok, I'll just stick the "shooter" in further and to the side and let it rip." I did and she gave it back just as forcefully and quickly as I gave it to her. sigh

Oh, Bethany seems to be in better spirits today (even before the doctor visit) Can't wait until she is ALL smiles again. :)

Now I am off to bed so that when the sick ones need a nurse in the middle of the night, I'll be ready to hit the ground running.

Thursday, December 25, 2008


Just a quick (and late note) to say Merry Christmas! Things have been so crazy lately that I haven't made time to sit down and let anyone know what is going on. I am glad that the hustle and bustle is over and for the rest of the week I am going to try to help my family remember what this season is all about, CHRIST and the sacrifice He made when He left Heaven for me and came to live in a sinfilled world. I am not quite sure how or what we are going to do, but I am going to be praying about it and I'll let you know what we come up with.
I'll be sure to fill you in on the fun we've had in this busy season so far too, but for now my weary bones are ready to hit the hay. As the old story goes.... MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

How much is too much?

Is it too much Tom and Jerry when you walk into you son's bedroom at 1am to cover him up and out of nowhere he staggers to barely an upright position, turns around, lays back down, grins, and says "Moushe Pussycat!" as clear as can be with his best French accent, and is then peacefully sleeping again? (To translate moushe, he's trying to say "Touche" like fencers say.) Think we should lay off the Tom and Jerry for a while or consider it our foreign language time?

Saturday, December 13, 2008


Fall is such a wonderful time to sit and enjoy the weather and think about all the great things the Lord has done for us. This year I am loving every minute of my time with Rebekah, Ethan and Bethany. I have spent a lot of time thanking God for the things He has graciously given to me, primarily my salvation and my family and friends. God is good and even though there are many days when I think to myself...."WHAT is going on?!"... I know that God is in control and that He works things in HIS time, not mine.

Not only is fall a nice time to sit and reflect, but it's the beginning of a hectic time for a lot of people. Our Thanksgiving season started with a nice Thanksgiving party with our friends Carson, Sarah, Emily, Kendall, Micah, and Zachary. Jamie did a terrific job (as usual) in hosting the get together. We made the cutest turkeys and the kids LOVED jumping on the trampoline. Again, no pictures... had the camera, but no time to take pictures. Maybe I need to have a personal photographer to follow me around like they do on Jon and Kate + 8... Would I really have to have 5 more kids though?! Maybe I'll just try to get my camera out when we are doing things.

Bethany got to meet another set of "Greats" over Thanksgiving. My Uncle Jerry and Aunt Blenda came to visit from NC. It was so nice to see them and for them to meet Bethany.
Still waiting to meet some greats!

We were able to spend time with each of the grandparents this Thanksgiving too. We had a nice time at Grams and Popa the Sunday before Thanksgiving and were able to catch up with Scott, not a blood relative, but one of the family nonetheless. We don't see him nearly enough.

Oma and Grandpa came and celebrated Thanksgiving at our house with Jerry and Blenda, and Chad, Elizabeth and Matthew. Missed you Audrey. :( Maybe they won't make you work next year. For those of you who don't know me very well, you'll need to know that that was a lot of people for me to be responsible for. Hospitality is not my strength. I'm friendly, but not a good hostess. Thankfully Mama was around and willing to help me with things. Overall, I think it turned out well, but who knows. If they let me "host" again, I guess I'll know it was a success.

Saturday after Thanksgiving we ventured across town to spend the day with Nana and Popa, Jimmy, Kelly, Dillon, and Gwen. We had fun playing games and Daddy-O had a blast playing with his old Legos. (He's pretty amazing with those things. I've never seen such an intricate helicopter before. It's the first time I've seen him design and build something, which is what he does for a living as a design engineer. He's really good at it!) Bethany briefly met her Great Nana Goodloe that day too. Jimmy is the new Bop-It Champion!

What have we been up to?!

So much has happened since I last posted. I've had several people ask me what's going on and why haven't you posted lately. Well, to be quite honest, I've been enjoying my kids and adjusting to life with 3 sweet blessings. We are trying to get our home in order and set up for the celebrating the birth of our Savior, trying to figure out how this school thing works with a newborn, trying to enjoy each other.

With all that being said, we've taken a day and gone skating with our friends, Carson and Sarah. No pictures from that trip, but we're going to attempt to go again soon and maybe we'll get some nice shots. Ethan and Rebekah both made tons of progress from their first try at it. By the end of the skate session, Ethan was skating around the rink by himself with only a few falls and Rebekah was having a great time practicing closer to the exit and the carpet.

Rebekah's made a tremendous accomplishment since I last posted. She can.... TIE HER SHOES! One day she wasn't close and literally, the next day, BAM! she was tying and hasn't looked back since.

Ethan is trying to sound out words and can spell simple words already. He has that love of learning that I hope never stops.

Bethany is smiling all the time now. "Smiley Bollander" is her new nickname. Again, if I could only get that camera out and snap a few non blurry pictures of those smiles.