Thursday, December 8, 2016

september 2016

EZ needed to recover from eye surgery, so the first couple of weeks we hung around home and sort of cuddled slash wrestled each other. Weather was still nice so we stayed outside as much as possible and hit nightly walks before bed too. We ate ice cream (or spilled ice cream if you're sully.) I went to the Dixie Chicks concert for Ash's 31st birthday and had a helluva time. We usually make it to church but spend a lot of time in the hallway for the kids or by choice. There is never enough cousin or park times. Moses started sitting up in high chairs and nomming on pretzels and other delicacies that dissolve (no teeth in sight for this kid!) 

We went to a lot of grocery stores and hit costco whether we were happy or not. Kacey & Jordan came into town and we hung out with them and realized how happy we are when we get to see our friends now that they've moved out of state. Our house mostly looked the picture below (messy messy messy) all the time and alwaaaaays stuff on the floor from these kids. EZ drew a submarine and his art skills are coming right along!

We did our annual Silver Lake & dogs tradition with the Thorups and the kids had a raging good time (especially with the scavenger hunt grandpa and bibi planned!)

 Me and the children spent plenty of time together, and even sometimes went and had ourselves a good time (like when we went to Wheeler Farm and I even paid for a tractor ride! You're welcome children!) I make them hug and high five when they're being turds to each other, in hopes that they'll learn to love each other and not be forced into it haha.

We spent endless days with cousins and grandparents and scooting around (Sully has gotten so good! And EZ is still wicked fast too.) We played with Lego bricks and went to Chickfila with friends for lunch & the playplace. And also met friends for random playdates up north at the Dino part too.

Tubby time with three boys is usually quick because they all barely fit, but I force them to do it because it's so darn cute. Brothers! We took the two older boys to the Circus when it was in town and we loved the trick dogs, the motorcycle cage, and the storyline the most (EZ is always down for a good storyline, especially when there's magic and fire shooting involved!) EZ carried on in his soccer season (and his team was terrible. haha.. like so bad they didn't score for the whole second half of the season. but they had fun! and none of us parents yelled too much, so yeah... it was a success.)

Next up October, where we hit cornbellys and halloween hard!

Monday, December 5, 2016


i miss updating this blog, but it's difficult to find time to do this when i've been editing so many videos lately. but here are a few pictures of me and my boys the weekend matt went out of town for CTNx conference. he had a wonderful time meeting with artist friends new and old, and even got spotted a few times like "hey! it's redbeard!" we had a quiet, fun weekend at home and even mostly got along. it's already december 5th and we're in the wonderful throws of the holiday fun, but my goal is to slow it down this month and update this space as well as some picture books (i made two this year! so i'm caught up until 2012, only 4 more years and thousands of pictures to go! ha.) 

most of our lives have been taking place on instagram, but there is so much more i want to write down and remember so it's time to get back on the saddle and get 'er done. 

(update from ez's eye surgery - he's doing so good! we got them about 80% straight so he might need another one down the road, but the doc feels great and so do we. and it's sort of like it never happened because he's recovered just fine and life moves onward!)

Saturday, October 22, 2016

EZ's eye surgery

Somewhere along the lines I've written about EZ's eyes, but he has a nerve syndrome called Duane Syndrome which means his brain makes his eyes wander and sometimes turns one of them off when he can't control both of them in order to see. The Dr thought it was time to do surgery to have the muscles override the brain and try to straighten them out, so it happened August 25th. What a nerve wracking situation to send your child in for surgery! Even for a minor eye surgery, let alone something more serious!! So much courage in parenting. EZ was brave and although he cried a little before we left for the hospital, he was calm and even excited once we arrived. He joked with the nurses and walked right in to the room holding the dr's hand like it was no big deal. He also said he "tricked them and didn't go to sleep... I just pretended!" when we asked how he liked the cotton candy air. Recovery was mostly okay after we got past the first night (he was so sick from all the drugs and wouldn't stop throwing up), but by the next morning he didn't seem to have much pain and besides being itchy & having to stop him from rubbing them, he was great. He actually didn't even notice his eyes were red for a few days because he's 5 and doesn't look in the mirror that much! He came out of the bathroom one day and was like, "Mom! Why are my eyes so red!?" haha, it was pretty funny. He was seeing double (cross-eyed) for about two weeks but thought it was funny to say "Hey! There are two of you!" and would actually sort of joke about the fact that he was seeing double. After about a week we had to force him to calm down and take it easy because he felt restless, and eventually the redness went away and he's back to normal without the double vision. (His eyes were not normally so close together, so he had to re-train his brain with his eyes closer together. The doctor said we are about 80% straighter, and he might need another surgery down the road, but for now we're stoked with the results (and he's mighty fine looking with his new glasses as well.) We'll head back for a follow up after 6 months and see if it's affected his eye sight prescription much, but we're thankful it's over and it went extremely well.

Examples of what his eyes would do before the surgery when he wasn't focusing on something or even trying to look straight without tilting his head (he turns it to the side slightly to look straight.)
New glasses before the surgery
 Oh ... seeing him so tiny on the bed was such a moment I'll never forget. Poor puppy. Brave everyone in these situations.
 Thankfully it was outpatient and after a few hours of rest, we took him home.

 A couple days later above, a month later below. He still tilts his head to see straight and you can still notice some wandering, but not nearly as much. Plus, you probably won't notice anyway because he's so handsome ;)