Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Jack sits up!

Look at my baby! He's getting so big now. He officially sits up on his own (although we are always right there b/c he will still topple over).

ok- this picture below cracks me up! His facial expression and the fact that all that shows on his shirt is "ho needs" (the actually shirt is a holiday one that says who needs mistletoe). hahaha and you can't see one of his hands b/c it's moving so fast! love this little guy!

Luke's Family Party

I only have these few pics of him blowing out his candle! I didn't really get any others b/c I was running around like a crazy as I usually do. That and I'm now sick with the cold that's going around. Fun times!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

luke turns 4

Happy Birthday to my Sweet Lukey-Boy. I can't even believe that you're 4 already! How time flies. Thank you for being such a sweet, smart and caring little man. You light up every room you walk into with your big brown eyes and goofy stories. We all love you so much!

Luke in his Ranger Gear from Grammie & Bahpa

I am starting a new tradition of asking Luke every year on his birthday these same questions (thanks Lisa for the idea!). It will be fun to see his answers over the years!

1. What is your favorite color? Red

2. What is your favorite toy? GI Joes

3. What is your favorite fruit? Apples

4. What is your favorite tv show? Batman

5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Mac n Cheese

6. What is your favorite outfit? My new vest from Grammie & Bahpa

7. What is your favorite game? Sorry! the board game with Mah-Mah

8. What is your favorite snack? Apples

9. What is your favorite animal? Monkey

10. What is your favorite song? Michael Jackson "Bad"

11. What is your favorite book? The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry & the Big Hungry Bear by Don & Audrey Wood

 12. Who is your best friend? Grace, Addy & Lila

13. What is your favorite cereal? Plain Cheerios

14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? play with GI Joes with Mah-Mah

15. What is your favorite drink? white grape juice

16. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas

17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Woofie (his stuffed dog from aunt e)

18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Daddy's bacon and eggs

 19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Daddy's bacon and eggs

20. What do you want to be when you grow up? a dentist (helps people get the bugs off their teeth)

And here's a few pics of him at preschool today where they got to celebrate his birthday!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Sicky Boy

I hope everyone had a better weekend that we did. Poor Luke. The kid is prone to allergies (he gets that from me) and asthma (he gets that from dad). So if he gets any kind of a cold, it usually sits in his chest and at some point we end up at the doctor- or in this case- the ER. Let's back up...

Saturday- awesome day for luke. His nose had been running, but nothing major. He got a haircut and then we went swimming at the North Clackamas Aquatic Park with Addy, Grace, Mah-Mah, Papa Gary and dad. Jack came along this time too and even stuck his feet in the kiddie pool. It was great fun! But by that night- I heard his cough creeping in. I knew it was a matter of time... So sunday he laid low. Jack and I went off to church, the Luke and I went grocery shopping. I noticed that he was really struggling to breath well, and he started asking for his inhaler, something he never does. Shortly after dinner I noticed he was warm with a low fever. So I texted my mom saying he was bad and that he wouldn't be going to school on monday. She told me to call the on-call doctor, so I did. The nurse called me back and after going over all the meds and inhaler times with her over the phone, we realized that he'd been getting his inhalers almost every hour. And he wasn't any better. She listened to him breathe over the phone andsuggested that I take him to Emanuel Hospital.

I am very blessed to have an amazing mom who dropped everything to come with me. Mom- if you're reading this- you are AMAZING. We got to the hospital and they got him in right away. His blood oxygen level was in the low 80's and they should be between 98-100. He was having a hard time- poor guy. He did really well getting hooked up to all sorts of monitors and they gave him a nebulizer treatment. Then xrays! This whole time mom kept him entertained and distracted with his GI Joes and her great imagination. The GI Joes were not only guys, but hair cutting instruments and doctor tools. He LOVED it.

He was diagnosed with pneumonia and given antibiotics and steroids. We had to wait an hour after they gave him round one of everything and he was a trouper. His blood oxygen level got up to 94/95 and they finally let us go. So at least he'll be good for his birthday tomorrow! yay!

Long, LOOONG night for mom and I. So thank you MOM!! You're the best!

Here's a few pics of the ER trip. 

Getting Checked Out

Breathing Treatment is going well!

Mah-Mah Entertaining Luke

Feeling Better
Goofing Around

Friday, January 13, 2012

Look Who's Loving Rice Cereal!

Jack is finally liking the rice cereal. He was actually kinda mad when it was all done! Here's to getting a better nights sleep- SOON. I hope...

PS- yes I know he's wearing a Christmas Bib and it's January. I grabbed what was clean!

Monday, January 9, 2012

La Befana

On Sunday all the kids went to the Annual La Befena Event thru my grandparent's Tuscan Association. The history of it in a nutshell (it's actually been going on longer than SANTA):

The legend of “La Befana” is that of an old witch lady who met the 3 Wise Men on their search for the baby Jesus, asked “La Befana” to join them in their quest. She initially declined, stating she had too much housework to do. She later changed her mind and went looking for the 3 Wise Men and the baby Jesus, but was unable to find them. Therefore, every year, on the night of January 5th, “La Befana”, will travel on her magic broom, to every house in Italy in search of the baby Jesus bringing gifts. Climbing down the chimneys, she brings candy or fruit to the children that were good and black coal , onions or garlic to the children that were naughty. The children will leave out their stockings, and even their shoes, hoping to awake on the morning of January 6th to a treat from “La Befana”. 
Taken from here: http://www.italian-link.com/pages/labefana.shtml

To read a better version of it- visit: http://mymerrychristmas.com/library/christmas-legends-5/the-tale-of-la-befana-120/

The kids get to eat some cookies, see a great Magician, then La Befana comes out and they all get to visit with her and she gives them all a little prize. Below are some of the great photos from that!
Captivated by the Magician

Addy Helping

Grace and Luke Helping

Jack-Jack hanging out
Addy and La Befana

Grace- last year she was too scared- not now!

Luke and the Witch
And perhaps the cutest pic of the day. One that I'm going to have to frame. I just LOVE the way he's looking up at gram. So precious.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Happy New Year- a few days late

Hope everyone is having a great new year! Here's just a few cute shots of the boys from this past week (and yes, they have matching pj's- so cute!).

they have matching jammies- you just can't tell from this pic

Jack trying to eat my phone

MATCHING! and they glow in the dark too!

so sweet!