Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Not too much else has been happening with us, that is why I haven't posted too often. Just hanging out and trying to stay cool in this crummy humidity!!
My mom went back to Arkansas with my sister last week and her friends from MN came to pick her up!!! They took 4 days to get back, traveling more east and west than north! They stopped at probable almost every small town between Arkansas and MN! But since Garner is right on the way back, they made a quick stop at our place to say Hi!! The kids loved seeing Grandma and Nathan and I had a great time laughing at the sillyness of these "adults" :) Nathan commented as they were getting ready to leave that he felt like he just went to a comedy show! :)
Here are a few pics:
Brayan doing his signature "walking while drinking"
Tiernan with his mommy!
Apparently Caedmon was having a serious conversation on the play phone
Maybe they are talking to each other? No, I think they were both talking to Grandma. Haven't I told them no talking on the cell phones at the table yet? :) (These are play phones, of course!)
Thursday, July 24, 2008
I got my bosch mixer in the mail a few days ago and yesterday was the first day i tried it out!! Wow! It made some awesome bread!! (Well, I was the one who made the awesome bread, it just kneaded it :) I made a mini loaf and gave it to the lady that lives below us. She is an 81 yr old widow so just adores my boys! I apologize to her quite often for the noise that we make upstairs but she says that now that she can put faces with the feet stomping she doesn't mind :) She is a very nice lady who even told me I could use her washer and dryer whenever I wanted to!! (She has one in her apt). I think I can still wash clothes in the basement but if I ever have to do a load when it's raining out, I might take her up on using her dryer since the one in the basement doesn't work.
Not too much has been going on with us. Nathan still works a ton and has been getting 'heat cramps' in the back of his legs during the night which is extremely painful and he loses lots a sleep over this, so that is something you can be praying for. We are trying to keep him hydrated with enough salt, calcium, magnesium, and potassium intake. We are thinking that we might be moving back to Luverne in Sept. but our plans change almost every day, so we'll see at the end of August if that's still the case :)
Update on baby Emmanuelle: she is hanging in there but is not doing very well. She really needs to have the first heart surgery done, but she's been having issues with her right lung. They found out the lung was very underdeveloped along with having some complications with it. The doctors were saying that they weren't going to operate on the heart if the lung had problems so they were going to do an in-depth CAT scan yesterday to see what really was going on with that lung and to see if surgery is even a possibility. Also, Laura (the mom) was not feeling well yesterday, she was very tired and light headed so they were going to check her hemoglobin levels. Please continue to pray for their family as they go through this difficult time.
We took Tiernan's staple out of his head the night before last. I'll just say that is the first and LAST time we will EVER let a doctor put a staple in our child!!! Ugh!! After realizing that we could have just duck-taped it shut (or at least asked them to just medical glue-it or tape it shut themselves) we weren't very happy to have that staple in. The scars from where the staple went look like they'll almost be bigger than the scar from his cut! And, it was formed in a CIRCLE....yes, a full circle! So we did a little operating (and a LOT of coaxing with ice cream...) and we finally got it out. Like I said, last time for that.....
Anyway, better get back to my boys!
Saturday, July 19, 2008
I went to a garage sale yesterday and got a few items and the lady told me to come back tomorrow b/c things will be cheaper. They already had a lot of items at 10 and 25 cents so I wasn't sure how they were going to mark those things lower than that, but I decided to go back this morning to see if a few things were there that I was interested in but didn't get. Well, we I showed up, she told me "everything you can fit in a bag is a BUCK!" JACKPOT!! So I went through and grabbed everything that was nice and cute, even if it was girls stuff (so I can give it away!) and I bought a bunch of clothes having one of Nathan's sisters in mind (she's a lot smaller than I am!!). It was so much fun!! This is what I got:
4 pairs of pants
4 piece outfit
3 piece outfit
3 pair pants
sweat shirt and sweat pant outfit
3 sweat shirts
2 pair of shoes
13 dresses (so cute!!)
2 pair pants
And you wanna know how much I spent???? THREE DOLLARS!!! That's right 3 bucks!! I filled 3 bags, paid 3 bucks! Wow!!! THAT was fun!!!
Tiernan's winter coat we found at the garage sale...I don't think it's ever been worn!! He's been wearing it ever since we got home....strange, I know!
We stopped to see Jeremiah (one of Nathan's younger brothers) and Elisa's baby on our way back home last weekend. Here is their baby Eli Thomas (I think Thomas...) anyway, he was SOOO cute!!! Elisa had to leave about 15 minutes after we got there, but I got to snuggle with him for a little while anyway! He's so sweet....and lots of black hair!!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
I had to take the picture 'on the move' :) Thanks Carol!! It's so cute!!
Monday, July 14, 2008
On Saturday morning, we had to quickly see the chiropractor before going to my parents house so we were all ready to leave (like 30 seconds from getting the kids in the car) when my two oldest boys both came in the house (from playing in the porch) bawling!! There didn't see to be anything wrong with Caedmon but Tiernan was rubbing the back of his head. Nathan went to Caedmon and I went to Tiernan. The first thing I saw on Tiernan was a streak of blood down the back of his shirt.....oh great! Turns out that he got a pretty good gash on the back of his head. Since no one saw it we really don't know what happened, but from what he said was that he was on the chair and he fell off and bonked his head on the chair. It looked pretty deep and since we were going to the chiro, we thought we would see what he said about it. The end result was us taking him to urgent care to get a staple in his head. He only needed one b/c it wasn't very long across, just wide and it wouldn't stay closed on it's own. So that jumped started the excitement for the weekend!!
Saturday was filled with LOTS of people, conversation, hugs, PICTURES, food, volleyball games (although my team only won 2 games out of like 8.....but we tried!!..I think the wind kept taking our ball :), laughter, boating, and campers! It was a very, very successful reunion with both sides of my family being there including ALL my aunts and uncles and ALL my cousins and families (minus my cousin's husband, one step-cousin, and another one of my cousins sons but it was his 17th birthday the same day and he wanted to stay home with friends instead....I told them to give him a hard time for that, Blake we missed you!!) My parents yard looked more like a fair ground than a yard with one big trailer camper, one camper on the back of a truck, 2 pop up campers, two tents set up, a volleyball court, and a porta-potty!!
There were 45 people total (i think!) including all the kids and my grandparents. Which is actully really funny because JUST Nathan's SIBLINGS, SPOUSES & KIDS is 45 :)...and if you add in his parents, you get 47. So if you add the aunts uncles & cousins, you are WELL into the several hundreds!! :)
I have included several pictures of the day and will try to name everyone in the pics and how we are related in the captions. Hope your weekend was just as enjoyable!!
Sisters....me and Leah
Tiernan's staple :) Intense game of volleyball!...I still say the wind took our ball...or the other team was cheating. :)
My mom Barb (right), her brother Rick next to her, her sister Carol, and brother Kim
My dad's sister Maureen (upper left) with husband Jim. Her kids Griffin (middle left) with wife Heather (yellow) and kids Colton and Brianna. Maureen's daughter Gina (red) with husband Jason and kids Ava and Brayden.
The whole McKeever Clan...I started out trying to say who they all are, but I'll explain it in the smaller pics :)
Tiernan running in the water!
The whole Corneliusen Clan
My dad's family: My dad Ron (red) his brother Mike (yellow) sister Maureen (blue) and their parents Evelyn and David
My uncle Rick and wife Zoe
My cousin Mark....sorry Mark but I had to post it!! :) Mark is notorious for NOT getting his picture taken but I just HAPPEN to snap this one when he was least expecting it! hehe :)
Friday, July 11, 2008
Oh, by the way, for those of you who know us well, you know we are big Dave Ramsey fans (for those of you who don't know--he's a financial guy who has his own radio show on over 300 stations nation wide, has best selling books, teaches from a Christian perspective, has a bible study called Financial Peace University-which is very good!!, etc) and I GOT TO TALK TO HIM THE OTHER DAY!!! WHOOO HOOO!!! I called his radio program (I just listen online anytime between 1-4pm weekdays) and I actually got through!! The first time I called, I tried a few times and someone picked up!! I was so excited, I was on hold and the phone screener was going to tell me when I was next! Then, while holding Brayan, I tried to reach his water cup so I put the phone on my shoulder and my cheek pressed the talk button and it hung up!!!! UGH!!! I was SOO disappointed!! To be able to get thru to a national radio show is pretty much impossible so I figured my chances were over....but I tried back anyway.... After a few times, the same guy picked up again!! He was like 'you just called, right?' And I said "Yes!! but I accidently hung up the phone!!" and he said he was glad that I was able to get thru again. So anyway, after being on hold AN HOUR, he came on and said 'you're up next' yippee!!! I was trying SOOOO hard to keep my kids quiet (which is NOT an easy task!!) and sure enough, RIGHT when Dave came on the phone, Tiernan started banging on the door and yelling 'MOMMMMMMYYYYY! MOMMMMMMY!' ugh.... So anyway, I talked to DAVE!! I was so excited! I told him about our situation and asked what he thought of it and in the end i got a "great question and good job kiddo!" from Dave!! :) That was the highlight of my week...I know, I'm a nerd :) Oh, and his website is http://www.daveramsey.com/ in case anyone is curious. He's got an AWESOME book that I would recommend anyone read called The Total Money Makeover.
Monday, July 7, 2008
We got to Clear Lake around 8:45am to get a spot and wait for the parade to start at 10am. We chose a spot under the canopy of a store so we could stay out of the sun for most of the time. It was SUCH a beautiful day!! I don't think we could have asked for much better!! We sat behind this lady who right away started talking to us and googling over our boys!! She told us the boys could sit in front of her on her blanket on the curb to get all the candy. She told her daughter that she would give her $5 if she made sure Tiernan and Caedmon got tons of candy (just what we need, right??) She was one of those ladies who is very loud and will talk to anyone about anything and is very persistant. So before the parade even started, she was buying my kids these toys that the venders were selling while walking up and down the parade route. Then once the parade started, watch out!!...She was on a mission to get candy!! :) She would yell at anyone holding candy and wave them over to give each of my boys some. She would say "hey lady (or boy, whatever) come here! Lady over here, right here (and then point to Tiernan)" and she was loud!! It was a little embarrasing, but entertaining to say the least!! :)
Then after the parade, we spent most of the afternoon walking around central Clear Lake where the carnival was going on. They had all the carnival rides and games and food, so it was fun! The also had a craft fair going on, so there were like 5 million people there!! We walked along the beach for a while and late afternoon we made our way home.
Nathan and his parents went strawberry picking on saturday morning!! They picked almost 40 pounds, and after Tom and Mary took some home, we probably had about 32 pounds or so to freeze!! I'm looking forward to having strawberries for a few months now!!
Saturday evening after Tom and Mary left, Nathan and I decided to take the boys to the waterpark!! It was VERY windy out, but it was supposed to rain on Sunday (which it did) so we wanted to go while it was sunny out. The water probably would have felt a lot nicer had it been not so windy, but it was still very fun! After 5:30pm, it's half price to get in and since we only stayed about an hour or so, we are very glad to have waited until then! The park has a VERY nice "little kid" side of the park with lots of kid-friendly slides and fountains. The pool on that side to just gradually gets deeper too, so its kinda like being at the beach!!
Since we paid to get in, I decided that I needed to take advantage of being there and had to try out the water slides!! It was definitely worth it!! The red tube slide was the most fun. It got pretty dark in the tube while going down so you couldn't really tell where you are and then you see the light and then you fly into the pool at the bottom!! Since there is water pushing you through the slide, you come out of the slide very fast!! I also tried that yellow slide that almost goes straight down (if you remember on a previous post, I had a picture of it and said that I never saw any kids on it...well, now I know why!!). It was really fun but you have to keep your legs and arms crossed, and your nose plugged!! That slide pushes you out (after going almost straight down) at about 50 mph (ok, i'm exaggerating, but it's FAST!) and then you have a good 4-5 ft drop before you hit the water! I went on that several times until I got too much water in my ears :) Caedmon didn't want to go in the water this time and Brayan just hung out in the stroller and watched, but Tiernan couldn't get enough of it! Definitely a blast!!
Up the road from where we were sitting
The girl who's "job" it was to make sure Tiernan got LOTS of candy!!
The lady who wouldn't let Caedmon go because "there is candy to get!!", her name just HAPPENS to be.....Dawn Marie!! (Imagine that!!!)
Gotta have the turkey leg at the fair!! Tiernan liked it too!
This was one BIG DOG!!! He was, as you can see, taller than Tiernan!!
Water park....you can kind of see straight ahead there's a circle thing that you can swim around...well, that has a current going through it so that was fun too!
"little kid" side of the pool
Tiernan going down the slide with Dad cathing him!!
We got back from getting milk last night just in time!! Right when we pulled in to our parking spot, it started raining and the storm blew in. Check out these wicked storm clouds!!