Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Missing in Action

It has not been my intention to be MIA (missing in action) these past couple of days. I've had every intention of posting some pictures of our other family gathering from a week and a half ago. I've been wanting to tell all of you about our wonderful Christmas celebrations, and share some funny pictures I've been taking of the boys over the last few days. We've just been a little under the weather. I apologize to those of you who are friends on Facebook, because this will just be a rehashing of the misery that is the Meyers' family post Christmas.
Christmas Eve
I took Jayce to see our pediatrician because he had been a little under the weather, and I wanted to make sure it wasn't anything to be concerned about before the holiday weekend. After all, I didn't want to end up in Urgent Care on Christmas day.
Christmas Day
Jeremy, Jayce, and I all have that same cold. It's hard to breathe, our noses run like crazy. Not fun. I sleep with Jayce to get him to sleep through the night because he's up at least 4 or 5 times.
The Day After Christmas
My parents arrive to celebrate our Christmas together, but Jeremy and I end up spending all afternoon and evening in Urgent Care. Turns out, Jayce has a wicked case of Pink Eye. We are giving a cream to rub in his eyes 4 times a day. That goes over well.
December 28
I end up in Urgent Care with severe lower back pain, a fever, and other symptoms. I'm diagnosed with a Kidney Infection and some sort of Upper Respiratory Virus. I'm laid up on the couch for the rest of the day.
December 29 (Today)
Jeremy is complaining that it "hurts to breathe" so he takes his turn at Urgent Care. He's got bronchitis. After being up with the kids all morning (Relatively speaking - we watched movies. It hurts to move.), my ailments seem to be making a comeback. We notice that Jayce seems to be doing worse, his eyes are still goop-y and gross, his nose is the same, he's running a fever again, and he's very lethargic. I take him into the pediatrician (Jeremy can't because he was contagious) and we find out that Jayce also has an ear infection on top of the Pink Eye.
Now we are trying to take it easy because everyone seems to under the weather. Except Grayson. So far (please knock on wood for me right now! I'm not superstitious, but...) Grayson has managed to avoid everything. I'm praying it stays that way.
All that to say, we need prayer. Lots of it! Prayer that we all get better, prayer that no one gets more sick, prayer that Grayson stays well. Tomorrow we leave to go to my parents' house to have Christmas with Uncle Kevin and Aunt Rachel, assuming everyone is well enough to travel. Please pray that we don't pass along our ailments to everyone there and that we are able to have a good time seeing family we don't get to see very often. Thanks friends.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Flood Family Christmas

As a tradition, we always venture to the east side of the state the weekend before Christmas to attend my extended families' Christmas parties. These are the pictures from my Mom's family Christmas. We started out the party by taking photos of all of the siblings with their attending family members. Was that confusing? My mom with her family.
My Aunt Dawn and her family.
My Aunt Cheryl and her family.
My Uncle Mike and his family.
My Uncle Harold and his family. Jenney (brown shirt) is probably the cousin that I am closest to, but we live at least 5 hours away from each other. We try to schedule trips home at the same time so we can see each other a few times throughout the year. We do keep in touch through our blogs and text messaging, but it's not the same as seeing each other face to face.
Our two beautiful (younger) girls, both in their pretty party dresses. Ginny (on the right) had her monkey along with her that also had the same dress on!
Aunt Dawn and her granddaughter, Ginny, were enjoying some alone time before dinner.
Jenney and I were very excited to have our kids play together, since they are very close in age. This is her youngest, "Monkey Man" (her name for him on her blog), and Grayson.
Crystal got a great looking massage by her husband, Luke.
Nathan, my cousin, and his wife Danielle got the prize (not really) for traveling the farthest for family Christmas. They live in Florida, so we don't get to see them very often either. It was great to catch up and see them with their nephews.
Aunt Jeanette hanging out with "Monkey Man".
Seven of the youngest generation: the great-grandchildren. The youngest here is 16 months, the oldest is 6. There were 6 of the older group of great-grandchildren who were too busy to get their picture taken and two who live in WA who were unable to make the trip home. Fifteen great-grandchildren, and one on the way (NOT me, my cousin Jenney is expecting a little girl this spring!).
After taking a few pictures, the kids were allowed to rip into their presents.
Aunt Dawn was sweet enough to help Grayson who was initially too distracted by the other kids to working on unwrapping his gift. Don't worry, he got the hang of it by Christmas morning.
After presents, we just hung out and let the kids play while the adults talked and played games. Here's Ginny showing us how her dress twirled out. She's so cute!
These two boys proved to be quite the moochers. They looked like baby birds, their mouths hanging open in anticipation of the next bite of apple pie. I don't believe that Nana got a single bit of the piece she was served.
The kids had so much fun playing and running together. There was a lively song of "The Hokie Pokie," but the kids didn't participate as much as the adult siblings (my mom and her brothers/sisters). I'd post pictures, but I fear for my life should those hit the Internet. The kids just opted to run in circles.
Danielle had a good time playing with her nephews. She and "Snug" enjoyed flying.
I have to post this picture because I told my Uncle Joe that I would. I'm not sure what's going on here except that Aunt Dawn and Jayce were playing, but I told him that his photo would end up on the Internet and he told me that I would have to pay him for that privilege. I suppose I owe him $1.
I thought this was a great photo of Jenney.
Our two older boys (who are just 3 1/2 months apart in age) by the tree. When I told Jayce that we were going to Nana and Papa's house to play with some cousins, he immediately mentioned "Snug" and "Monkey Man". They did have a lot of fun playing together.
Grayson with the tree. He was being told not to touch, but I just had to snap the photo before enforcing. It was too cute to pass up.
We ended the party with Nana and Aunt Jeanette reading a book about Christmas to the youngest kids there.
We had a great time visiting with family and celebrating Jesus' birthday with some extended family we don't get to see very often. Hopefully it won't be so long until we see them again.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Family Christmas Photos

We recently went to Meijer Gardens again in search of a good Christmas family photo. We didn't get "the shot", but here are some close ones.
Do you see the unhappy kid?
How about now?
We are missing a husband/daddy in this photo.
Cheese-y smile!
This one is actually pretty good...
Uh, finger in the nose.
Unhappy kid not looking.
Kid not looking (but I do actually really like this one... if there was no stroller).
Cute kid.
Totally washed out. But I still love this picture.
A little washed out - but in awe of the Christmas trees.
This is a good shot. I do like this one.
Fake smile and no smile. And one of the only pictures I have of me and my husband. Great.
Kid not looking, and I have a hunchback.
Husband not smiling.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas Joy

Right now I'm playing catch-up on laundry. Laundry that I've managed to neglect all week long. Since we are leaving tomorrow to attend two family Christmas parties, I figured clean socks and underwear were in order. Yeah, that's how bad the laundry situation here has gotten. In all my infinite wisdom, I sent Jeremy and the boys to Meijer to pick up a few things we needed, and because it was totally easier to get stuff folded and put away without small children knocking over piles of folded laundry and requesting you every other second. Jeremy had some funny stories to share upon returning home. I thought I'd share with you too.

A conversation between my husband and my first born son (as has been told to me):
Jeremy: Jayce, what should we get for Mommy for Christmas?
Jayce: A Lightning-Mater toy (Cars).
Jeremy: Who would play with a Lightning-Mater toy if we got it for Mommy?
Jayce: Me!
Jeremy: Shouldn't we get Mommy something that would ...make her happy?
Jayce: Me playing with Lightning-Mater toys would make Mommy happy.

Ironically enough, this conversation made me very happy. Not so much in the my-child-can't-get-past-his-inborn-selfish-tendencies-to-buy-something-someone-else-might-like-way, but in the this-conversation-is-hilarious-and-such-a-perfect-view-of-how-living-with-little-kids-is-so-funny-in-a-day-to-day-basis-way. I had a good laugh, now you can too!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The True Christmas Spirit

This afternoon, we went to Chuck E. Cheese for a friend's birthday. We had a really great time playing games, eating pizza, and earning enough tickets to get a new squishy ball. (The last one was me. As it turns out, the boys couldn't care less about their new toy.)

Naturally, because it is less than 10 days until Christmas, Chuck E. Cheese was singing some Christmas song along with his usual lineup. As usual, I found myself singing along to the various musical numbers. I suppose I'm finally starting to get into the Christmas spirit. As I was humming along to "Feliz Navidad, " I started to listen to the words (according to Chuck E. Cheese):

I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas,
A thousand present will make you happy.
I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas,
From the bottom of my heart.

How nice of Chuck E. Cheese to change those words to promote greediness, materialism, and a vastly different view of the true meaning of Christmas. It makes me so sad.

So, tonight we read two new books: "What is Christmas?" and "The Story of Christmas". As Jeremy said, the kids are probably not going to absorb everything that I would like for them to remember about Christmas (although he said "that their heads are going to explode" with all of the information I was trying to shove in - basic theology is probably above their comprehension level), but I'm hoping that with some repetition, the real reason we celebrate Christmas will start to sink in. After all, this morning after church, Jayce told me that Christmas is Jesus' birthday. That's a good start.

So, I guess according to Chuck E. Cheese, I'm not really getting into the spirit of Christmas. But I like my version better.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The One In Which I Post a Multitude of Photos...

... that somewhat correlates with the post entitled, "The One In Which I Mention a Multitude of Things." Hang on, there's a lot of photos here. After all, we are playing catch up, right?

This is Jayce at his birthday party a couple of weeks ago, with the cake I made for Jayce. He loved the Cars theme.
We had lots of fun playing at Chuck E. Cheese with all of the family and friends that joined us.
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Jayce's birthday was spent at two different locations. We started out at our house, opening presents from Jeremy and I and having a special breakfast. We stayed up late the night before decorating (and playing cards) for his birthday.
We then traveled to my parents' house to finish our celebrations. There we had a pizza dinner, more presents, and birthday cake.
My dad made Jayce a birthday cake that had candy Cars on it. Jayce loved it.
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The next day we went to Canterbury Village, a little place that celebrates Christmas to its fullest. There is a carousel there that the boys loved riding on.
Most of us got to take the first ride (my mom really wanted to do it!), but Uncle Kevin and Jayce got to go a second time.
We went out to dinner afterward and I caught this sweet picture of Kevin and Rachel there. It was so nice getting to spend so much time with Kevin and Rachel over Thanksgiving. I really wished we lived closer.
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We've taken advantage of the recent snowfall and tried to get out to play in it. During the first batch of snow, the weather was still nice enough that Grayson enjoyed a sled ride.
He did not, however, enjoy the tumbles he kept taking because he couldn't walk through the snow very well.
Jayce, on the other hand, wouldn't stop for long enough so I could take a picture of him. Although it is difficult to see it in this picture, the snow went up to just below his knees. Too much snow for the first snow fall.
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Jayce got Candyland for his birthday from Uncle Kevin and Aunti Rachel. He has had quite a lot of fun playing that as much as possible. I think we've played it at least every other day since he got it. Here he is his first time with his Aunt and Uncle that gave it to him.
Here's Jayce playing at home.
Jayce has also been really enjoying putting puzzles together. My parents got him a 63 piece puzzle for his birthday. The first time he put it together (pictured - I was so proud) he only needed a little bit of help and direction from me. I couldn't believe it.
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After my post about feeling so isolated, I decided to try to do something fun and different for the kids every day. One of the days, I brought several bucket loads of snow inside and dumped it in the bathtub and let the kids go at it. Unfortunately, Grayson was the only one interested in playing, so we had fun!
He tried to take a drink out of that cup that had been in the tub and made the funniest face! I think the coldness surprised him.
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We finally got our Christmas tree up. It took a couple of days, but we also got around to decorating it too. Jayce even helped out for a few ornaments.
Oh, yes. Those of you who are facebook friends with me, this is for you. I just have to show you the gaudiest tree topper to ever be used on top of a tree. It is a gold star that has old-school orange lights that have the plastic flower thing attached to it with gold garland around the edge. So awful. But, it was only $1.25 at Meijer last January, so it works.
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Lastly, a handful of photos from our recent trip to Meijer Gardens to see the Christmas decorations and the train. The boys enjoyed the train area the most, but the trees were nice too.
Poor Grayson. I forgot how beaten up he looked that week. He'd gotten a scrap across his nose, a bruise on his cheek (in the crease near his mouth) and had a huge lump on his forehead. Thankfully, all of those things have healed and he doesn't look like we need CPS called on us.
Jayce was thrilled to see all of the "pretty lights" as we had not put up our Christmas tree yet.
I do believe that we will need to go back again soon since the boys really enjoyed it and this is the place we always get our Christmas family picture taken!

I believe that we are now all caught up. Now if I could ever get those photos from our vacation in August on here...