Sunday, June 25, 2017

A busy, crazy week

Megan and her kids arrived at our house on Friday the 16th and except for one night during the week, they stayed with us until Sunday the 25th.  That was crazy enough (in the absolute best way possible), without even considering the heat wave that hit last week with high temperatures around 120 degrees.   But then our front AC unit broke so we had all these people in the house and only one working AC unit.  It's been an insane week. 

On Monday the 19th Megan and I took my kids, her kids and her cousin's kids to a dine-in theater for lunch and a movie.  We saw Cars 3.   I took Spencer to a dermatology appointment at Phoenix Children's Hospital that morning, so Megan was responsible for five children until we met them there. 
The temperature on the way home after the movie got up to 123 degrees.  This was the afternoon we noticed the AC at home wasn't working.  It's working, but there is a leak so it's not working well or efficiently. 

Kids watching TV before bed. 

I also forgot to show you Spencer's first lost molar from the Father's Day post. 

I didn't even take a picture until the next day.  The adult tooth is almost all the way in now. 
I worked on Tuesday the 27th.  It was 125 degrees when I left work.  I'm almost 100% positive that is the hottest I have ever seen the thermometer in my car. 
That evening Michael took the kids to Joni's house to spend the night, he stayed home to wait for the AC people to come (they said 5:00 pm, they arrived around 7:30 pm), and I went to a pediatric liver disease class at Phoenix Children's Hospital.

I had hurt the bottom of my foot (a skin tear) the day before and I laughed at myself during the class because my foot was all bandaged up. 
I thought about asking one of the world renowned pediatric hepatologists to make my boo boo better.   I didn't.  I did talk to the new head of the liver transplant program and a geneticist though (they both did presentations) and they both agreed it would be good for Elliott to come back in because of his low ferritin levels. 
I had to work on Wednesday the 21st. I had not been planning on working Wednesday, but my caseload was so out of control this summer I needed to add two extra days to my schedule.  This was the temperature when I got to work at 7:50 am. 

I fixed the paint crisis in my office that day. 
The kids had spent the night at Joni's on Tuesday night so she could watch them all day while I was at work and so I didn't have to wake them up at 6:00 am and drive them there before going to work. 

The kids had a blast feeding the tortoise Dozer. 
Then they went to one of those indoor fun places on Wednesday with bowling and climbing and laser tag.  She texted me all of these pictures. 

Megan had taken her kids to go see a friend in Scottsdale overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday, but they came back Wednesday afternoon.  Hadley and I were twins in our nightgowns. 
On Thursday the 22nd Elliott went to daycare, I went to work and brave Megan took her kids, Spencer, and her cousin's kids, Faith and Noah, to the aquarium.  I was just a bit jealous. 

These could totally all be Megan's kids.  

They went for ice cream after the aquarium. 

Faith and Noah came back to our house that evening to eat dinner and spend the night. 
We let the kids go in the pool after it was dark.  We wanted action shots of them jumping in the pool.  You can't tell but each kid took a turn in the middle on the diving board. 

Noah and Hadley slept on the mattress from the pull out couch on the floor in Elliott's room that night.  Michael and I were in our room, Spencer was in his room, Megan was in the guest bed, Faith was on a twin mattress on the floor in the guest room and Hollis was on a blow up mattress on the floor in the guest room. 
And shockingly, everybody slept all night.  Well, except for a little cat fight between Hollis and Hadley when Hadley went in to sleep with her mom around 1:00 am.  But Megan handled it (there was some threatening that Megan and Hollis would have to go in the car and leave and drive somewhere if Hollis didn't settle down) and nobody else woke up.  

Up next: the busy and crazy week extends into the weekend. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

All the Father's Day pictures

This is the first year ever that I didn't have to go to Hobby Lobby to buy a new plain white t-shirt for one or both of the kids before taking these pictures.  Progress!  I also decided that I'm not ever going to paint the letters.  Even though they sit in a cabinet for all but five minutes a year, they are starting to show a little bit of wear and tear and I think it will be fun to watch the letters age as the kids do too. 

Here we go.

The D-A-D pictures





All the years

Father and sons on Father's Day


All the years without year labels

All the years with year labels

I Love You More Than Pictures

Elliott loves Michael more than Super Mario 3-D World.

Spencer loves Michael more than Harry Potter


And the old ones:

(milk and Star Wars)

(Dillard's and Super Mario)

(chocolate chip pancakes and the Super Mario 3-D World/ the Wii-U)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A weekend to celebrate and swim

Spencer had his first swim meet on Saturday morning, June 17th.  I was the lucky parent that got to take him.  We left the house at 6:30, got to the pool at 6:45, got set up and the meet started at 7:30.

The view from inside out sunshade pop-up tent.
Michael texted around 8:00 and asked how I was doing.

I texted this back.  (shirt edited for internet danger)

And to show how lonely I was when Spencer was gone. 
There were three teams competing. Every kid on each team did backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle. 

I left my tent only to cheer Spencer on. 

He came in 5th for backstroke, 4th for breaststroke and 3rd for butterfly and freestyle. 

He would come back and see me after each race to leave his ribbon and then go hang out with his team. 

After the swim meet we went home and then went with Megan, Scott, Hadley and Hollis to a party at their friend's house in Mesa.  I should probably also mention that Megan, Scott, Hadley and Hollis drove from California and arrived at our house on Friday evening to stay with us for the week. 

It was a pool party to celebrate four birthdays.  A two year old, a three year old, a four year old and a 27 year old. 

I stole all of these pictures from Facebook.  I didn't take a single picture there. 

Hollis turning four.

Whitney turning three.

Joe with frosting all over her face, but not celebrating a birthday. 

Ares turning two. 

The next day was Sunday.  Michael did not give me any specifics on how he wanted to celebrate, but he finally mentioned donuts late in the morning.  OK done. 

Then presents.

I told him he looked weird and a bit pervy with the pictures like this.  He didn't really care.

Continuing the Marvel movie collection. 

And a funny t-shirt that is made funnier because it is DC comics and not Marvel. 
Father's Day pictures

Funny first, 

and then serious. 

And then with mom. 

I took Michael that if you shine a black light on the shirt the word "lame" shows up above "DAD.
The rest of the day was spent doing laundry, lounging, I ran some errands, Michael watched a movie, the kids played video games, the kids got put in time out, we had Indian food for dinner, Spencer lost his first molar, we went to Walmart and bought a bunch of big sun umbrellas for a pool deck project we're doing, out for ice cream and swimming in the pool.  And none of that was photographed because it was 115 degrees and my brain melted when I went to Costco.