Sunday, September 15, 2013

the cast

so a couple weeks ago beck was jumping off the couch like he does 1000 times a day, very standard practice around here, until one jump and tumble made him come sit next to me on the couch and cry for 2.2 seconds. i worried that maybe he had sprained his wrist but since he was up and jumping again 2.3 seconds later i figured it was ok. i noticed that he favored that arm a little but again when he spent the whole next day swimming with his cousins, again i figured it was ok. until finally the next morning when he woke up with a swooollen wrist from swimming all the day before, my slow-to-kick-in mom instincts told me something was wrong.
so we were off for x-rays.

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broken
both bones

but beck didn't really care all that much

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plus kennedy got her own cast so all was well in the mccoy family

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then as an added bonus our very talented friend, rachel (the creator of PegBuddies)
costumized beck's cast endowing him with spider web shooting super powers

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all was well in the world

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and life went back to normal
as seen below with my children laying on the floor during sacrament meeting

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until later that day when beck was playing with his cast during his primary class
when zzzzzzip! he just slipped it right off his arm! apparently that can happen after the swelling goes down
would have been helpful to know...

anywho - the day continued as normal, in the mud

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until we could get into the doc's office the next morning for cast #2

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blue this time

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which naturally meant batman this time around

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and two painted casts for little brother was just far too unfair in the eyes of big brother
so rachel endowed him with some green lantern power as well

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beck's cast was only on for two weeks, which is a lot of custom painting for a pretty short amount of time
then again, atticus' only last the night so beck kind of lucked out

i'm relieved to have our first broken bone experience over and done with
and crossing my fingers that it won't happen again anytime soon
kind of like never
.ta.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

this most beautiful kindergartener

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well folks, we have moved into a new stage of life - that of having a fulltime schooler.
we were torn as to whether or not enroll atticus in the fullday kinder program
since it's expensive and it also broke my heart to be sending him away for longer
school days so early in his school career - but the truth is that this kid was made for it.
he loves it. everyday. he loves the learning and the playing and the friends.
i miss him. but i love him. and this is best for him.

it required all of us to make the first day drop off
i knew at the time that i'd be sad i hadn't brought my nice camera for this event
but oh well - what would we do without phone cameras?

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my big boy
loving every second
no tears
no hesitation
and for sure the tallest in his class

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and little brother who did not want to leave big brother's side
i mean could my very heart just break from tenderness?

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so i was that mom
the one that just kept taking pictures
and just kept following my son
barely beliving that i was about leave him for the day
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and yet no tears - from either of us
i geared up for them as i walked away
surely this mom who cries at tender commercials
would cry dropping off her oldest son on his first day of kindergarten
but nope. it was great. he was great. this is great.
happy first year of school my sweet son
i'm so proud of you!

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and our first atticusless lunch with darek
this moment might have made me want to shed a tear
but i'm a mom
and i can do hard things

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.ta.

Sunday, September 08, 2013

this nutso life

life has been nutsos lately - i mean heaven help me, i can not get my kids to stop yelling at each other. and hitting each other. and making each other cry. even now, as i type - all kinds of yelling and crying. and what doesn't work is yelling at them to stop yelling...when i figure out what DOES work, i'll be sure to share that gem with you. but for now, we blog.

so back to this nutso life - it's been a wild ride lately. lots of doc appointments for every family member but nothing too threatening so i'll just take this moment to thank my lucky stars. and amidst all the craziness and the sad blog postlessness i still feel a need to record all the glorious and even more frequent non-glorious moments. naturally i'm too far behind on the blog to do this in any sensical way so instead i'll opt for the stream of consciousness nonsensical way. good luck following along. feel free to skip if you are even remotely attached to your sanity.

let's roll backwards...
starting with the spiderman cast

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yep
beck broke his arm
a week ago tonight in fact
but did i know that at the time? of course not
so did he get medical care at the time? of course not
this my friends - is why you'll want to be nominating me for mother of the year

beck jumps from the wall ledge (that makes sense if you've been to my house)
onto the couch that isn't ours (that also makes sense if you've been to my house)
and immediately tumbles to the floor - like he has 37,295 times before
then he cried - which he's also done 37,295 times before
but he kind of cried a little extra long
and came and sat with me on the couch
and i tought
hmmmm...perhaps a sprain...

nope
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but see here's the thing - he stopped crying
and he kept playing
and then he slept fine
and acted fine
except for the not-using-his-right-hand part
but still kind of all sprain-ish

PLUS
he swam all the next day
see? how could his arm be broken?

but then tuesday
swollen
and sore
and mommy radar finally goes off

ten x-rays and 24 hours later - broken
oh...in TWO places...

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luckily he's like the champion of all champions and there was very little drama
besides all the toddlers in waiting rooms drama - which i have been getting more than my fair share of lately
you know it's bad when you're singing and participating in head, shoulder, knees and toes
where other people are watching
stellar

anyway - xrays and cast and he was all set
and so was kennedy - she got one too. a cotton one just for pretends
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so then my glorious friend rachel who is THEE very paintingest Painting Master of all, customized it
which was super cool. until the kid straight up PULLED OFF his cast at church today
say what? casts pull off? FYI the answer is yes
and in fact not only do they pull of, but they pull off fairly painlessly
however they do not push back on at all painlessly
so its another trip to the doc tomorrow

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bye bye spiderman cast. you lasted all of five days.
perhaps tomorrow we'll try green and hulk it up
the good news is he only needs the cast for 2 weeks
as long as he keeps it on

~moving on~
darek built kennedy a dollhouse
it's pretty dreamy. i always wanted a dollhouse growing up
i had somewhere in the range of 396 dolls - all houseless
so this was my little girl dream coming true for my own little girl
and her big brothers

i also gave her all the dolls i have saved for about 25 years - all hers to go in her house

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oh
and this was what we did at church today
in case you needed further evidence that i am the right pick for your mother of the year vote

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kennedy also got her first set of heals recently

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they mostly never leave her feet

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and then there was that time that i never cut the boys hair
until i did

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i just didn't want to see beck's shaggy bangs go

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or atticus' only-in-the-back curls
(or his natural sunshiney summer highlights for that matter)

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but alas - all good things must come to an end
and i told the girls to leave a little shag so it all worked out in the end

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and then there was the time two weeks ago when i turned 35
i'm sorry did you hear me? i said i turned 35
i think maybe you're kind of not listening

i turned
THIRTY
FIVE

that's thirty four plus one

it was so much easier to pretend like 34 was "early thirties" not "mid thirties"
but there's no getting around this 35 business - that's mid thirties all the way
do the math people. there's no sugar coating this truth.

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i kind of thought i'd panic
but then 35 came and i totally didn't
because i realized that 35 is kind of like the coolest thing ever

we viva-ed las vegas old school style on freemont street
saw mike hammer the comedian magician
and i laughed maybe like i've never laughed before
and he offended and insulted every single soul in the audience
twice
and it was funny

and darek picked the two of spades
and somehow mike hammer knew it

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and i took a bow
because i successfully turned 35
which is something most 34 year olds have never even done

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yeah so anyway - that happened

and then my kids watched zumba on chocolate shake friday
(that's when they chocolate shakes at the gym. on fridays.)
and i was seriously laughing
because they were into it

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and this is our paige
she started out as our babysitter
and then she become kind of like a member of the family
and now she's our missionary

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currently preaching it up in nebraska as i blog this ridiculous post

she's a shining star and a blessing to our family
and we are sending all our good missionary mojo her way these days

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and now let's fast forward back to this very exact moment
this

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because it wouldn't be sunday without it
.ta.

Sunday, September 01, 2013

let's get this blogging party started!!

as a christmas gift to my mother-in-law ;)
and as a courtesy to my future self, i'm going to get this blog caught up

i mean, atticus turned six two weeks ago
kennedy turned two last week
and christmas is two weeks away, for pete's sake
if those don't constitute blog worthy events, i don't know what does

the problem, you see, is that my computer has been off and on the fritz (poor fritz) for months
and editing and uploading photos is like the ultimate nightmare of all nightmares
but alas, this keeping of the family record is a labor of love
and i love these little squirts enough to push on through
so let's get this blogging party started, yes?

to get us rolling, i'm going to embarrassingly rewind all the way back to mother's day
yes, you know the day - the only day of the year when you allow yourself to get your hopes up
that you may actually get a decent picture of you and your children together
to commemorate the wonders of motherhood
and the bliss of childhood..?
well i tried to capture this elusive photo and as often happens in the life of a mother
it all kind of went bizerk 
but to be honest that's a pretty accurate description of my life as a mother
so instead of forcing my maniac children into smiling, docile creatures
i just followed them around with my camera and caught their true selves...

in their church clothes
in the mud hole

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of course it started fully clothed in the kiddie pool

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but quickly escalated to the mud hole
that's supposed to someday become a garden...
yeah, right

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and it was only a matter of time before they busted out their nakey buns

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and made bun prints on the wall

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i mean these innocent faces can pretty much get away with anything

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so there you have it
all the messy, nakey details of my blessed mother's day

heaven help me

.ta.