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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Nolan: four year well-visit #preschool #kids #motherhood

David and I took Nolan to his four year well-exam this week.

Actually, let me be perfectly honest: I FORCED David to come along because I knew Nolan had to receive at least two immunizations and I just can't handle it. The anticipation of knowing they are getting shots but they don't know they are getting shots keeps me up the night before and gives me an upset stomach the day of. During these appointments, I'm sweaty and fidgety and I high-tail it out of the exam room the second the Pediatrician opens the door to the Assistant, who has the tray in her hands.

I wish I was kidding.

It's just my weird thing.

So, the appointment:

Nolan was very cooperative and aced his hearing and vision tests.

Weight: 34.8lbs
Height: 40"

He's about the 25th percentile. No surprise there.

He's perfectly developing right along his growth chart and was all too eager to chat up our Pediatrician about everything from using the potty, going to Preschool, and his new Crocs to how hungry he was. :)

Then, the Assistant came in with his three immunizations so he can attend Preschool this fall. I said "thank you and good-bye" and RAN to the car where I sat with the radio on and a tear rolling down my cheek.

Within 5 minutes, out strutted (literally, he strutted!) Nolan with a huge smile on his face. David bent down and whispered something to him and motioned for me to roll down the window. When I did Nolan said:

"Mom, why did you run away? Why are you such a scaredy-cat, I'm fine!".


David rolled his eyes at me and got them both in the car and proceeded to tell me the story of the uneventful shot-portion of the appointment.

As the Assistant was preparing the shots, David told Nolan he heard bees flying around and that bees sting you. He had Nolan look away from the Assistant to search for the bee and then, the first shot was administered. David said Nolan whipped his head towards the arm it was given in but said nothing. Apparently, this went on two more times and Nolan didn't so much as whimper. He didn't shed a single tear. He got his three band-aids and they left.

Before we could pull away from the curb, I had to run back in to get the immunization record I realized I had left behind and the Assistant approached me to retell me the same story. She was dying laughing. Probably at me.

And I'm fine with that. ha! :)

I'm just glad it's over and neither of my children have to get immunizations until they are 11 years old.

David will be taking them to those appointments as well.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Bob with bangs = best haircut for my little girl! #summer #kids #motherhood #wordlesswednesday

This haircut, a few years back, was all her idea.

And it suits her perfectly!

I die from adoration every time I come across this photo.

Monday, July 27, 2015

2015 #Summer Vacation in Texas: Schlitterbahn, BBQ, and wearing underwear! #kids #motherhood #parenting

Here we are, at the end of yet another fantastic summer vacation in Texas with the family.

On the Virgin America plane to Texas!

David had to work some 60+ hour weeks {again} this year over the summer so, for the third year in a row, it was just me and the kids flying to Austin to stay with my mom for just shy of three weeks.

We ate and swam our way through the town with our AIN'T Jenny (inside joke) in-tow. It's so awesome that she's a teacher and has summers off - talk about a treat! There's never a dull moment nor a "I'm bored" coming from my kids- Gram's house is so much fun, she turns her dining room into a play room for the kids every year!

There are so many splash pads and pools open to the public, we tried out a new one every couple of days!

Something new this year included a trip to Schlitterbahn down in New Braunsfels. Jenny (my sister) and I grew up going to the Bahn and floating the river all summer long as kids so it was so nostalgic to pull up with my kids to spend a day at the park. The park has two halves and they are both pretty big; before we even drove down for the day, we used the map to decide we would stay in the "newer" park as it had the big kid's area. Even though it was a bit "babyish", Emily and Nolan both loved it.

We managed to lug our cooler and all our bags from the car to the shuttle bus and off again out to a nice, shaded picnic table and camped out for the day. A few times, Jenny and/or I or Gram would head off with Emily to ride some of the more "big kid" coasters and every time she would report back that it was "so totally awesome!!!". Nolan really enjoyed the same small slides and shallow wading pool that he could lay down in. It was so hot though that the water was no longer cool and refreshing. Blah! :(

After about eight hours, we were D.O.N.E. and headed home. It's a shame the Bahn has become so expensive ($53 per adult and $46 per kid) or else we would've spent a few days enjoying the parks. Next year we are going to look into renting one of their new in-park cabins for a couple of days and will have David with us as he's already requested the month of July off of work. Yea!

Visiting my dad, PawPaw, is always on the list. He lives out in the country in Smithville and has tons of animals that the kids love to nuzzle. Nolan was particularly interested in driving PawPaw's big white truck!

There were also lots of trips to Target,

Two trips to The Thinkery children's museum on their FREE family nights,

Many trips to the Hop 'n Happy indoor bounce house,

And an afternoon at The Austin Aquarium, a favorite with the kids!

Inside the aquarium there's a new bird sanctuary. Emily spent all $10 of her tokens to feed these birds over the course of about two hours. I had to PULL her out of there! Nolan wasn't so sure at first. He would flinch any time a bird flew near him. Then, Emily got a bird off her cup and onto his and he was hooked.

Nolan also became completely potty trained and what I love even more: bathroom independent. Yea! He was in underwear and without a single accident for nearly half our trip!

It's always good to return home but boy, do we miss it the moment we leave. Until next year!