4th of July, 2012

4th of July, 2012

Without going into too much detail, this 4th was pretty wonderful. To sum it up: We stayed home, took the morning easy picking up the house and making 4th of July decorations with the kids. After naps, we headed out to the pool for some swimming fun, grilled brats for dinner, played with some toddler-like … Continue reading

4th of July Poppers

Friday Fun Spot: 4th of July Fireworks

We did minimal fireworks with the kids this year: snap poppers, sparklers, and tanks. Actually, Hudson and his buddy Baylor did snap poppers with Charles and that was about it. Ellisa wasn’t interested. She preferred going in and out of the house. Charles tried to get Hudson and Ellisa to do–or at least watch–the sparklers … Continue reading

Hudson Feeding Ellisa

Friday Fun Spot: Hudson Feeding Ellisa

Hudson knows exactly what I’m asking him to do, but he chooses to feed himself instead. I love it! Especially when he shares his chewed up food with Ellisa. As you can see, I have no issues with germs–sharing food and taking food off the floor. I know it’s gross but it’s too much work … Continue reading

How Shunts Work

The Wonderful World of Hydrocephalus: Part 4, How Shunts Work

Shunts. One of two ways to control hydrocephalus and the most common. – – – – – – – – – – – – The quick version. A flexible 1/8″ in diameter tube (ventricular catheter)–usually made of Silastic plastic well tolerated by body tissue–is placed into the CSF system via the ventricles, and diverts the flow of … Continue reading

A Home-made Fort First

Free Fun: A Home-made Fort First

In the last month, the kids have brought me blankets saying “tent.” I was putting my legs up in the air, or on the couch, and creating a mini-tent for 2 minutes at a time while they poked their heads in and laughed. It was time to give them a real home-made fort. Last weekend … Continue reading

Pauly Shore and Ricky Martin

Friday Fun Spot: Livin’ La Vida Pauly

Ellisa started saying “Whaaaaat?” one day. It really only lasted one day. Charles was brilliant by catching it on film. He started asking her funny questions just to hear her response of “Whaaaaat?” I apologize for any Ricky Martin or Pauly Shore fans. This was all in good humor. Charles taught the kids The Weasel, so … Continue reading

Ellisa Watching Her Guardian Angel

Oh, the Power of Two

I don’t think I’ve mentioned how fortunate and blessed I feel to have twins. Now’s as good a time as any. For one, can twins be any cuter? Watching them hug, kiss, and play together is the best. They ask where the other one is when the other one is not around, and they blame … Continue reading

Ring Around the Rosy

Friday Fun Spot: Ring Around the Rosy

The kids call it “ashes” (it took quite awhile for me to figure out why they kept saying “asses”) and they love playing it together or with anyone that will join in. It’s so cute to watch them grab each others hands. Hudson likes falling down as soon as the song starts and Ellisa likes … Continue reading

21 Months Old!

21 months old today!

So much is going on I’m not sure where to start. I know immediately after I post this, I’ll think of other stuff I left out. I guess that’s what happens from 18-21 months. A lot! – – – – – – – – – – – – I must apologize in advance for the … Continue reading

Ellisa Gets Quizzed

Friday Fun Spot: Ellisa Gets Quizzed

I’m always quizzing the kids. Here’a a snapshot of me quizzing Ellisa one night during dinner. The two doing “cheers” at the end is classic. They love doing “cheers” with each other and anyone else that will play along.