Montgomery party of six

Montgomery party of six

Saturday, October 13, 2012

apple picking

 friday(yesterday) we headed to julian for some apple picking.  we bought these living social deals that gave us two bags of apples(seriously the smallest apples i've ever seen!) for $5 each and you know we weren't about to let that deal expire.  our boys were thrilled to be leaving the house and so was i!!  we actually truly enjoyed the drive out there.  the drive was over an hour so the boys got to bust out the portable dvd player(always a treat in our family) and stew and i actually got to chat.  it was fabulous until we heard, "i have to go poop."  true to form, ryder had to go to the bathroom in the middle of nowhere.  i knew he couldn't wait so i  insisted stew pull over and let him poop on the side of the road.  i'll save you the details, but stew and i were laughing so hard, we were crying!  i did take a picture of what we left on the rode to julian, but i'll save you that as well.

after 30 minutes of picking apples, we jumped in the car to head home.  we just missed the rain!  the boys were fine skipping all the fun in julian(avoiding germs) for a cup of hot chocolate to go.

asher just loves being one of the boys!
that's just about right!

 our life is so crazy sometimes, but it's days like these that i remember how good that crazy is.

scarecrow time

isaac has his surgery scheduled for october 23rd.  in preparation they have advised us to keep our children away from germs and sickness(do they realize we have boys??), going into isolation.  if isaac even has a slight cold he will have to miss his surgery.  that being said, we decided we would follow the nurses orders and stay in isolation for a couple of short(ha!) weeks.

we have gotten creative with our HOURS of free time.  forts have been built, mud pies have been stacked, balls have been thrown, bikes have been rode, bread has been baked, soups have been made, and countless walks around the block.  last week i decided a scarecrow was in order- we needed something new!  my mom used to make them with us each year and i remember being so excited about it.  our boys shared the same joy as they stuffed stew's old jeans full of packing wrap and old paper.

clearly the time away hasn't been as hard as i anticipated, but i will say that the days can be very long!  the best part has been the time and memories we are making all alone as a family.  i often get so busy inviting friends and making plans that i rarely plan for just us to do things together.  it's proving to be a good thing for our family.  if you think of our family, please pray that we would stay well, especially isaac!  we will welcome the germs after his surgery.  well, not really welcome, but will be ok with the germs after october 23rd.  ten more days- more to come on that.

they named him boo nemo, much like our former fish, buzz nemo.  thank goodness they're not naming their next brother.  can you imagine??
my mom is much better at these scarecrows!  

ryder added some special touches. 

we miss our old place.

a couple of weeks ago logan, matthew and parents came to play at our new place.  the boys were thrilled(so was stew and i). 
 today we took a family walk to the farmer's market for some fresh flowers.  on the way back isaac started asking if we could go back to our old house.  stew and i asked him what he missed and he said, "logan and matthew."  stew pointed out how hard it is to miss friends, but that they could come over and play right after isaac's surgery.  as we walked past our condo we saw logan and matthew riding scooters.  such a fun treat as we are not getting to see friends during this short isolation period.  change is hard, but it can also bring a lot of good.
logan and matthew decided to give our boys their old john deere tractor.  a huge highlight at the new place!  

Thursday, October 11, 2012

terrible horrible no good very bad day

the reader's digest format:
last week i took asher in for his 18 month checkup.  i could tell his breathing wasn't up to par, but wasn't thinking we'd be doing a breathing treatment upon arrival.  fortunately after one treatment his oxygen level was at an acceptable level.  unfortunately he still had to go on his inhaler and steroids for a week.  these steroids really make for a horrible time for all.  the poor little guys spends most of his time crying and angry.  and the rest of us are miserable as well!  

last wednesday can be marked as one of the worst days ever in my parenting.  asher cried most of the afternoon.  he woke up from his nap at 1:15(usually 3).  when i opened his door i found isaac already in asher's crib with him.  no sooner did i realize that he had pooped and it was all over!  i carried isaac(all 47 lbs of him!) to the bathroom to clean him up before attempting to clean up asher.  poor little guy had it caked on his face!  i can't even put into words the kind of cleanup that was required(my 21 week pregnant belly climbing in the crib to scrub), asher screaming the entire time.  i asked the big boys to help me by watching him.  our boys don't understand this concept.  the rest of the afternoon was spent trying to soothe asher.  at one point i put him down to get dinner on the table.  i came around the corner to see isaac chasing asher as he pulled the lamp out of the wall and was about to pull it off the table.  my wonderful response, "what the hell is going on around here?"  clearly i said it in a funny voice as they all laughed and thought is was more of a call to start the party.  30 seconds later the lamp exploded(my one new purchase not from a garage sale or craigslist for our new place).  this put everyone in tears(i almost joined them in the sob-fest).  i ended up putting everyone to bed early and apologizing for my lack of patience.  once everyone was in bed i found myself in tears as i read an email about mom's getting in the picture. that just about put me over for the night.  i am going to blame it on the hormones as well as the pure exhaustion:) 

stew returned from youth group later that evening to a wife who didn't think she would make it.  i was certain i would never survive 4 kids,  5 and under(we'll soon find out).  fortunately a good night sleep does wonders for an exhausted pregnant mom.  the rest of the week was a tad bit better (not great) and once asher was off his steroid, life seemed to settle down.  

a picture from that horrible day.  
this mommy needs a lot of grace!  i am finding that i have less and less together.  funny how kids can help you see the best and worst in yourself.  a sweet friend came over a couple of days ago.  it was good to chat and talk about how difficult it can be to raise children when they are so close in age.  it has so many perks, but it also brings so many challenges.  i am learning a lot about myself and hope that i don't leave this stage of life unchanged. 


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