For this child I prayed, and the LORD has granted me my petition that I made to him. 1 Samuel 1:27

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Sick Lukey

It has been quite a weekend around here.  I picked the boys up Friday, and Luke had a fever.  I gave him Advil, slept on the hide-a-bed with him, and he had fever again Saturday morning.  Once the fever broke, he was running around like a wild donkey, so we decided not to take him to the walk-in clinic.  He had fever again last night, and he was taking short breaths, so we got to the walk-in clinic at 10:45.  It was supposed to open at 11:00.  We were 21st in line!!  We waited for two hours just to go back, and Luke started wheezing while we were there.  When the doctor saw us, she said we should be in the E.R.  Then she wanted to do a chest x-ray, and I couldn't hold him because I'm pregnant.  I called Sean, and he'd just gotten Sam down for a nap.  Thankfully, Beverly came over and stayed with Sam while Sean held Luke for the x-ray.  They also checked his blood count and gave him a breathing treatment.  His blood work showed that it's a viral infection, his lungs were clear, and he responded to the breathing treatment. We were so glad!  We will have to go see Pam tomorrow to check for RSV because they couldn't check for that at the clinic.  For now, we're giving him breathing treatments, and I'm praying for a decent night's sleep.  I told Sean I don't think I've been this tired since the night Luke was born.  The couch bed is not the greatest, and Sam made his way to it last night.  He weaseled himself right between me and Luke.  There have been moments where you wouldn't even know he's sick, but most of the day he's been in my arms, pulling on my hair, trying to get comfortable.  And that's no easy task with my big belly.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Our Weekend

We had a great start to the weekend, a great ending, and a terrible middle.  Friday night, we went out for Mexican, which our kids inhaled.  Saturday, we had beautiful weather.  Sean and the boys spent all day outside.  Luke helped Sean build a shooting house for hunting next year.  Sean finished building new back steps.  They also cleaned up the yard and carport.  I got a lot done around the house, and I took breaks to play with my boys outside.  We went to bed Saturday night, and then everything fell apart.  Luke woke up a little before 2:00, ready to play.  It took him FOREVER to go back to sleep, thrashing around and playing with my hair. He finally fell asleep, and I plopped him back in his bed.  Meanwhile, Sean woke up with a migraine and started throwing up.  It was a rough night.  I tried to keep the kids away from Sean this morning so he could rest, and we finally just took a long drive.  We spent the rest of the day outside.  Sean is finally feeling better, but we're all exhausted.  

Sam was helping Luke get his wet clothes off.  It was so sweet.

Sam put on Luke's boots, which were too small.  I asked him if they hurt his feet, and he said they did.  He still wanted to wear them.

Luke walked over to Bobby's shop while he was working on his race car.  He just plopped himself in the chair and hung out.

Luke pushed this deer cart all over the yard for an hour.  He was so funny.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Crazy Week and Cold Weekend

It was such a crazy week for us.  Wednesday night, I had severe pains on my right side that lasted several hours, but thankfully they went away.  It made for a rough night's sleep, though.  Every other night, Sam either had a nightmare or woke up before 5:00. That made for some tough mornings trying to get ready.  Luke slept through most of it, but there were a few times when he woke up, too.  

We had a great weekend in spite of freezing weather!  I didn't mind being stuck inside all weekend until I had kids.  My kids NEED to play outside, and we only got about 30 minutes outside this weekend.  We colored.  Sam changed clothes about twenty times.  Sam and Luke wrestled, and we limited them to only a few episodes of Paw Patrol, Sam's new favorite show.

For documentation: Sam is still into his multiple t-shirt and shorts phase.  He's since added underwear to his head and different capes to make quite the outfit combination.  He also wears the shoes he has on in the picture below ALL THE TIME!  As soon as he gets up, he puts them on, and he wears them until he goes to bed.  Sean and I are always barefoot, so it surprises me that he wants to wear shoes all the time, and a certain pair of shoes.  The last picture was taken tonight.  He had on three t-shirts, huge Umbro shorts with both legs in one hole, my pony tail holders around his ankles, underwear on his head, and a cape.  I don't even know what to think about all of that.  Sean and I just laugh.

And Luke...our wild child:  He has started jumping and rolling off the couch, usually backwards, and naked.  He is talking up a storm, which is hilarious.  And he's starting apologizing, at appropriate times, too.  He holds his hand up and says, "I saw," which is translated to "I'm sorry."  It is precious. We had him almost weened from the paci, but we have struggled this weekend.  He wants it all the time.  Hopefully we'll be back on track this week.  He doesn't even nap with one at Peggy's!  And lastly, he has become obsessed with Sam's underwear.  What is it with my kids and underwear??  I cleaned out Sam's drawers and moved all the underwear that was too small into Luke's old room. Luke saw me, and he took all of the underwear and has carried it around all over the house.  He has a barn and silo set, and he stuffs all the underwear inside the silo and then takes it back out.  

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Sam's Style

If there was one theme for the weekend, it would be dress up. Sam dressed up all weekend.  He was so proud of his clothing choices, too.  He has an interesting style these days.

We enjoyed every minute of the weekend.  We stayed in Friday night because Sean was working under the house again. Saturday, we went to the grocery store and cleaned the house.  And then we tackled nap time, and it really is tackling these days.  Night time has finally settled down with both boys in the same room.  But nap time is a disaster.  Luke falls asleep within a few minutes, but it takes forever for Sam to fall asleep.  He either wakes Luke up, or never gives it up and doesn't get a nap at all.  It is so frustrating, because he either falls asleep at 5:00 or is so whiny.  We'll get through it, though. Sean took Sam hunting Saturday afternoon, but they didn't last long this time.  Then we grilled hamburgers and played with the boys.  Today was church, leftovers for lunch, and another nap catastrophe with Sam.  Then we bundled up and played outside...because we all needed some fresh air.

I'm looking forward to the day off with my babies tomorrow!

And a funny Sam story...He asked me if he could see my tongue the other night, so I stuck it out. Then he asked me to open my mouth so he could see baby Thomas.  I did, and he looked all in my mouth.  He finally said, "I can't see him. He's way down there, Mommy."  So funny!

This is when Sam crashed Sunday afternoon.

They got a whole roll of wrapping paper and unrolled it behind the chair in the den.  At least Christmas is over and I didn't need the paper.  They had a big time with it.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Wet Weekend

We've had a pretty normal weekend, except that we were stuck inside the whole time because of either rain or cold weather.  Sean spent most of the weekend under the house, and he made lots of progress.  The boys and I spent lots of time reading books, attempting to clean up, and coloring. Sam is in this new phase of putting on at least three shirts and two pairs of shorts, and most of the time he wears his robe on top of all of that.  He is very particular about which shirts he wants to wear, and in which order.  It is pretty funny, and a little frustrating when he doesn't understand why he can't wear it out in public. 

As Sean was leveling the house, he would holler for me to check different areas with the level.  It was so hard trying to do that with the boys in the house.  They would make tons of noise where I couldn't hear Sean, and they wanted to use the level or else sit in my lap.  Here, Sam is "checking the level," as he told me.  He is also pretending that whatever is in his hands is a harmonica.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Hello, 2016!

We ended the year with a bang, and it was such a great year!  The first big news is that baby Murphy has a name.  I told Sean from the very beginning that I felt that he was supposed to name this baby, whether it was a boy or a girl.  He took the job seriously, and he finally came up with a name.  We were pulling out of the driveway Wednesday, and he said, "I got the name."  His name is Thomas Clifton Murphy, and I love it.  Everyone thought I was crazy for letting my husband pick the name and me not have the final say, but I knew that it would be perfect, and it is!  We can't wait to meet little Thomas. (Now if we can just get Sam to call him Thomas instead of Roscoe Thomas.)

Thomas: It is a Biblical name, and all of our boys' names are from the Bible. My grandmother's brother was Tom.  My great-grandfather's brother was T.C.  We weren't sure what TC stood for, but they are the same initials as our little one.  My dad did some research tonight, and we were shocked to find out that his name was Thomas Clifton! Sean's great-grandfather was also Thomas. So there is a lot of family history with the name Thomas.

Clifton: It is my dad's middle name, and it was his father's middle name.  I love that he is named after my dad!

Our other big event is that we bought a new vehicle, quite by accident.  We went to the Nissan dealership just to get an idea of what would fit three car seats and be the best used vehicle for our family, and we wanted to wait for our tax refund.  The salesman was very patient with us, because we were lugging three car seats around and loading them into vehicles.  It became very clear that a third row seat would not work for us, because Sam won't be able to buckle himself in for a while, and I'm not crawling back to a third seat every time we load the car.  Also, the boys couldn't climb into a vehicle that high off the ground.  So we narrowed it down to a smaller SUV, and the salesman encouraged us to test drive them.  We told them our bottom line, and we weren't even close.  A lot happened in between, but in the end, we walked away and were perfectly fine with walking away. We had figured out a lot, and we had some decisions to make about how "used" of a car we needed. We were just driving around because the boys fell asleep in the car, and the salesman called us back. He made us an offer we couldn't refuse, and we now have a 2012 Nissan Murano with only 31, 000 miles on it.  We are very happy with it.  For future reference, always buy a car on the last day of the year when they are desperate.

We've had a great break, and now I'm getting ready to go back to school tomorrow.  It has been a WONDERFUL break.  I've loved on my babies as much as possible, and we've had the best time traveling to see family and just being at home.  As much as I would love being home with them every day, I am very thankful for the time off that I get.  

We are excited to see what 2016 brings!

In the pictures below, Sam was holding our latest ultrasound pictures, which weren't great because Thomas had his foot on his forehead!  In a couple of the pictures, Sam also had a baby doll dress on his head.  He somehow managed to wear it home from Peggy's, and he loves that thing.  He says it's his welding hat, and it does fit similarly.  That kid is so funny!