Sunday, December 29, 2013

Christmas itself was super.

We made it through Christmas Day this year without an ER visit! Woo hoo!

We had a great Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 
Pics to come on that topic later. 

For now I'll share the next 48 hours after Christmas. 

Simon wakes up Thursday morning like this:
Pitiful-looking, little guy. No other symptoms, which led to the conclusion that it was a reaction to antibiotics he had been taking for a week. Sulpher allergy. Good to know. 
He actually was completely unaware of this terrifying rash until we all had been inspecting, shrieking, and prodding him for 12 hours. Then he began to get very self conscience. So, now a anger inducing, sleep depriving, steroid. Fabulous.

Saturday morning we get up to drive to Muskogee for the Lashley Family Christmas with extended family. Not 20 minutes out of town and Simon pukes all over himself and his car seat. Henson began screaming at deafening decibles at the sight, and we ended up on the side of the highway with a half naked 2-year-old and hysterical 4-year-old. 
So, a quick stop to Target for an outfit and on we went. 

15 hours later, Henson wakes up in with a 103 fever, coughing, aching, etc. So, a trip to after hours care in the morning to discover he has the flu. 

We are on a roll!  Merry Christmas! :)

P.S. I probably don't need a warning, but don't come near our house of doom.

Monday, December 23, 2013

A few more before I have to start posting about X-mas intead

best buddies

best niece ever

 Simon wanted to meet the characters until it was actually his turn. So we got to meet them while he tagged along.

Only solo meet & greet: McQueen


not a clue why Henson decided this is what he wanted a pic with...

Christmas parade on our last night

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

How do you take an 8-day trip to Disney with 10 people and not go insane?

 I don't know. 
Just kidding. 
Very strategically. There's no sense in lying and saying everything went seamlessly. We had to be quite flexible, go with the flow, and roll with the tired 4 & 2 year old punches...
However, thanks to my brother, Andy, everything was planned out and organized for us.

Hollywood Studios

Animal Kingdom


Magic Kingdom

I can't wait to do this craziness all over again.  
(and if I know my brother, I'm sure he's already planning.)

Friday, December 13, 2013

The force is with us

 My son has fulfilled his 4-years-of-life goal. He is now a Jedi. I could tell you not to be intimidated, but he does have the force, so use your discretion.

Hollywood Studios has a training program that you can sign up for to learn from a 'real' Jedi and battle Vader. Pretty awesome.

So ready for training
Battle face

Each trainee gets their shot at Darth Vader.

 As you can see, he's a natural.
Getting his diploma. It's official.

Oh, and we love Disney!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013


 The boys survived their first real Lashley family vacation. We have spared them in the past because of their wee age. But as they have matured to ages 4 & 2, it was time to induct them into the family as valid Lashley travelers (i.e. non-stop, open-close, walk til your feet bleed, get your moneys worth, 'move, move, move!', boot camp vacation)

Induction Destination = DISNEY!
First plane ride

People who say they are going to Disney for their kids are lying.

Simon 'called' Mickey the morning after we flew in to let him know we were coming. He asked if he had any 'cool cars' at that place.

Opening parade at Magic Kingdom

Only day 2 of travel and the kids were already tired.

After 8 days of vacation at high speed we were all worn out. But, the kids were sad to leave and already asking when we go back, so that = success!
(Oh, and prepare now for the next 20 posts to be Disney pics)

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Newest project

The beginning of the boys bathroom makeover. More to come (at some point!)

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

The biting reality of self reflection

I feel it's important to show the real side of things now and then. Mostly to give myself a decent perspective.

Here I am. First thing in the morning: no makeup, still in pajamas, crazy sleep hair, just awakened by a way-to-happy-in-the-morning 4 year old.
This isn't exactly a revelation of looks for me, though. I'm one of 'those' that will shamelessly walk in to the supermarket looking almost just like this. I make no apologies for this look of 'mom with two small children who's last thought is to brush her teeth'. 

So, I made Henson a book titled "My Behavior and Friendship Help Book". It is composed of printouts of how to appropriately handle situations and relationship issues on a child's level by providing instruction with pictures. Henson is a very visual learner, so I thought this could help.
As I was going through the book I realized I was not a good teacher candidate for several of the guides. It's humbling (a punch in the gut, really) to actually see how you are NOT showing good examples to your children. The whole 'practice what you preach' comes to mind. 
I've had the look in the pic above physically, but also emotionally, way too much the past few months. I've felt in a rut of complacency, frustration, weariness of the day-to-day, SAHM syndrome, you know. But my family has taken the hit. 
(I can only blame so much on potty training a 2 year old and a 4 year old who still has meltdowns, I guess)
 So I'm putting this out there publicly to hold me accountable to brush my teeth, put on some real pants and choose to deal with life with joy. 

Friday, November 01, 2013

Are you ready, cause here we go

Halloween 2013
R2, Luke Skywalker, Obi Wan, and a vampire: The cousins headed to OC trick or treating

Oh my

The cutest R2D2 I've ever seen. Beeps and all.

Annual pic with sweet Ava.

Blurry, but the best we got.

I had a lot of fun this year. The kids got a lot of candy that I like. It's important to keep momma happy, you know.
Pretty sure the kids had a blast too. Now for party/candy/sensory overload detox to begin before the Christmas insanity begins.