Thursday, April 26, 2012

Easter Egg Hunt 2012!

For the boys, the Easter Egg Hunt at Grandma and Grandpa's House is a really big deal. My parents live on two acres, so they have endless places to hunt for the 200+ eggs hidden there. The Bunny treats them well at this hunt, even putting money in the eggs. Funny how the Easter Bunny at home can never compete with the Easter Bunny at the grandparents!

No time to stop!
My parents have the most photogenic yard. I love it!

Ok. Maybe I should not have laughed at this but I did. Preston and Liam were going for the same egg. For the first time that I can think of Preston put his size and his weight into doing something and knocked Liam flat on his ass! It made me happy inside, ok maybe on the outside too since I giggled. Preston is easily pushed around so it was good to see him fight for something, even if it was an egg!

Ok. Seriously, 200+ egg for three boys?!?!
Grandpa and Preston. I love this picture. My dad cleans up well. If you don't know my dad you won't think anything of that statement. If you do know my dad, you know what I mean. The guy hardly ever "cleans up" so you have to acknowledge it when he does.
You can hardly see his cut lip in this picture. This was right after we took the ice off of it so the swelling was down. It puffed right back up after the egg hunt.

I felt a bit bad for Parker. He is normally the fastest hunter and can be aggressive when he needs to be. Like if someone is going for an egg he wants. In this picture he had just dropped one of his eggs and his money and candy fell out. He was not feeling all that great because of his lip, he was tired and not moving fast at all. Sonny was trying to help him a bit (thanks Sonny!) and my sister helped him a little.  She hid the eggs and knew what direction to send him. Even with help he got the least amount of eggs by far. Preston, my kid with a good heart, started giving him the eggs he was finding. Then at the end of the hunt I asked Preston to share some of his eggs so they had closer to the same amount. Preston did this without arguing of feeling bad about it. I wish I could say the same for the third egg hunter who didn't offer to share, or offer to help.  He was far too busy saying he got the most eggs. Of course, Parker still had plenty but still.....
I love these boys! You can tell by Parker's "smile" he's not feeling 100%.

There is that Flat Stanly making another appearance.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Easter Morning 2012!

I am posting out of order here. Most of these pictures were taken before the lip incident.

We had a low-key Easter this year. I told the boys to sleep in so we could just have a lazy day. Parker decided to get up at 6:00 to celebrate! I made him go back to bed until Preston got up which was about 8:00. Much better!  The boys went though their baskets and hunted eggs. Then we just hung out for a bit before the lip happened and I started cooking dinner.

Nice bed-head, dude!
Flat Stanley (more on him later) and Parker on Easter morning.
Cool new shades!
Basket full of junk food!
 Cricket was very helpful this year. She was running around the house stealing eggs before the boys even started hunting for them. She was so proud of herself! We ended up taking a few of them and putting dog bones in them for her. This kept her away from the Reece's Peanut Butter Eggs.
Parker, Grandma Kitty (Travis' Mom), Travis and Preston. My family won't come to my house for Easter so we invited Grandma Kitty over for the day.
Parker, Grandma & Preston

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Monday, April 16, 2012

Easter Morning Lip!

On Easter morning after all of the excitement was over, the boys had gone to the basement to play with their new bouncy balls. I was up in the kitchen cooking, and I heard Parker scream out. I told Travis to go and check on him because that was his, "I'm hurt" cry. A minute or so later Travis carried him up and he was covered in blood all over his face, arms and clothes. They came over to the sink and I started looking at his mouth where the blood seemed to be coming from. I found three deep cuts in his lip and it was bleeding like mad! He panics at the site of blood. He absolutely freaks out! He was screaming that he was going to die. Poor kid. Turns out he had hit his ball into the ceiling of our unfinished basement and a piece of sheet metal fell and hit him right on his lip. It took a good hour of ice, cold water and pressure to get the blood to stop. In the meantime I'm on the phone with Kids Care trying to figure out if we needed to bring him in. The few places that were open early on Easter Sunday said they don't do stitches on the face, especially in kids. Our only option was to take him to the E.R. Ok. So my bad mom kicks in here. Every time I hear "E.R." I see dollar signs. I know that sounds terrible! By the time I was done talking with the nurse at Kids Care, he was doing a bit better. The bleeding had mostly stopped and he was napping in Travis' lap. So we decided to give it a few hours to see how he was doing. If the bleeding started back up, or he was in pain we'd take him to the hospital immediately. When he woke up he actually felt pretty good (considering) and the bleeding stopped. I was very surprised and very thankful. He was tired for the rest of the day, but he felt ok. I was worried about scarring but that night it looked so much better. The funny thing is, he got  a new lacrosse helmet last week. He has not taken that thing off for more than five minutes at a time since he got it. He took it off right before they went downstairs to play. If he had kept it on, the sheet metal would not have touched his face. I am so thankful that it did not land on or near his eyes.
This is not a great picture. I've yet to master the zoom on my iPhone.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Tractor Dudes!

For some unknown reason, my dad decided that he just "had" to have a new tractor. Still scratching my head on this one.  Anyway, Preston loves to drive it and it bugs my dad to no end. So, of course, it makes the rest of us sit back and laugh at my dad sweating it out.

Parker thinks that it is so unfair that he can't drive by himself. He's got a good 2' to grow until he can reach the pedals.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Green Boys!

It has been a few months since I have taken actual posed pictures of the boys. I decided to do a few casual ones on St. Patrick's Day that I can use for the 2013 calendar that I need to get started on. My boys are so used to me with a camera in my hand that they just stand there and pose. Good dogs boys!