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Cael, 21 months.

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Easter & Password Protected Post Soon

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Happy Easter folks! Well, a day late, but it’s the thought that counts right? I hope you all had a great day celebrating with your families.  Do you have any Easter traditions? The Easter bunny came by our place and left the boys baskets filled with milk chocolate bunnies, bubbles, mini chocolate eggs, rubber duckies and a few dvds.  Lachlan was very excited!  Sunday afternoon we had an Easter egg hunt in our backyard.  Lachlan made out like a bandit! He found a whole basketful! It was made me so happy to see the excitement on his face….he was so proud of finding them all…and they were in some tricky spots too! (Side note: Cael found FOUR!! ).

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The birthday girl had an awesome 30th birthday bash!  Unfortunately, it rained (boo!), but we moved the party indoors for a little while, then were able to head back outside again.  Folks stayed until midnight and, most importantly, K had a blast! Our pergola is complete (K and her dad built it themselves) and we have been enjoying being outside with the boys more often.  We planted yellow jasmine to climb the sides of the pergola (eventually will cover the top we hope!) and have hung up a few ferns.  We put up two hammock swings as well and Cael is IN LOVE.  That’s all he wants to do when we’re outside now! So happy we have a little getaway in our yard…… here is a photo without the swings up…..

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K is starting to get really busy at the t-shirt shop, thanks to several blog folks for sending business our way! We appreciate it and I love that you guys are supporting local small businesses such as ours.  As always, if you have screen printing needs (12+ pieces or more, and price breaks at large quantities) please shoot me an email.  We are all word of mouth and do not go off of a website.  We can design something for you or work with what you have and ship throughout the US via U.P.S. Ground.  Email anytime at lachlanandcael at hotmail dot com.

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The Limp Is Gone!

So happy to write those words 🙂  Thanks, guys, for all the encouraging comments about Lachy.  They were greatly appreciated!!! Apparently, the lady we spoke with over the phone had no freaking idea what she was talking about when she mentioned Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis.  Way to worry some Mamas for no good reason! The doctor of Pediatric Orthopedics set our minds at ease and concluded that Lachlan must have been sick without us knowing it (seriously!) – it went throughout his body and the illness caused a limp! The ibuprofen knocked it out of his system because the LIMP IS GONE! We are so relieved and thankful that he is walking and running around like a normal 3 year old now.  Obviously, if the limp returns, he wants to see us back – but a few weeks since the follow up, and (thankfully) we have nothing to report.  Happy Mamas.

Here are some recent photos of the kidlets, as promised.  We are having a spring photoshoot a few weeks from now…looking forward to new photos of the kiddos (with Lach’s hair longer than buzz-length…did I ever tell you the story about that!?).

In other news, I’ve been decorating a little more lately 🙂  Our house was built in the 30’s and has quite a bit of charm if I do say so myself.  We have beautiful stone above our fireplace/mantle, but it’s been needing some special touches in the way of decor.  I’ve been playing around with ideas on what to do with it (just had a few candles on it before) and finally settled on an antique-looking decorative piece to be the focal point for the middle of the mantle with some apothecary jars filled with spring decor and greenery on each side. I managed to fit 2 candlesticks on there too without it looking cluttered.  I’m really happy with how it turned out (must.take.photo) and it’s motivating me to decorate a few other areas of the house! Oh, and we finally finished the built-in-corner-hutch a few months ago.  Photos on that soon.  Holy project batman.  It took several days of hard work, but after stripping the old paint (actually had to have the drawer and doors dipped to removed 7, yes, SEVEN layers of old lead-based paint), applying 2 coats of new paint and adding fresh hardware…..it looks 800% better!!! We are working on the yard a lot too – the grass looks really nice, but it’s basically just that – grass! With one nice walkway leading into the middle of the yard (where there is NOTHING but grass).  Well, Karli turns the big 3-0 next month and I plan on throwing her a big bday bash, complete with a new patio set I’ve been saving saving saving for! (K and her dad are putting down the wood patio flooring this week).   We have the A.llen & R.oth fireplace in the back yard already (thank you L.owes display discount!) and I have plans for a fish pond/waterfall down the road.   Can’t wait to begin hanging outside with the boys more now that we’ll have some seating!  I imagine we’ll be entertaining a lot more soon.

That’s all for now folks.  How are you guys doing!?

Ps.  Sent our donor a text a few hours ago that we have decided to go ahead with plans for #3.  Nervous, but excited.  Trying not to overthink the decision and just see what happens down the road.  We’re willing to give it a go!

A New Year

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Hello friends!  I’ve missed you all. How have you guys been in my absence? I’ve been following along as much as I can, trying to stay updated with your lives.  New adventures, travels, jobs, new babies!  I hope you all have started the year happy and healthy and feel blessed beyond measure.  I know I feel that way.

So, obviously I have been struggling to get back to the blog and write.  It’s not for a lack of wanting to.  But almost not knowing where to begin.  Bits of time here and there just don’t  flow well for writing.  I start posts but never return to them.  I need to come up with a game plan to set aside time to write.  February resolution maybe?  Anyway, you all deserve an update! We’ve been up to a lot in our neck of the woods.  Here is a little update, in bullet form.  More to come SOON, promise! xo

  • K and I celebrated our 10th anniversary together in late November.  10 whole years.  It’s been an amazing journey and we have been through so much together (understatement of the world).  Happy to have gone through the good and bad times with my love…I seriously couldn’t imagine it any other way. 
  • Five words:  i.met.with.my.mom (like, in person, after 5 years.) Loaded bullet there.  Maybe I can delve deeper into that…..we will see.  I’m surprisingly just fine.
  • Lachlan turned 3 years old – at Disney! We took our first FAMILY vacation.  Holy moly.  2 kiddos (16 months and 3 years), packed car.  Driving from Virginia to Florida through the night.  It was an adventure! 12 nights in Orlando and Tampa – theme parks, mini golf, days by the pool.  It was much needed and brought us so much joy to see our boys just LAUGH, and PLAY and love every minute of the undivided attention.  It was awesome.  Lots of photos to come.
  • The great debate: 2 kids or 3?? We haven’t come to a real decision yet.  We have met with our donor to let him know we were talking about the possibility of a 3rd.  He was willing to start the process again last month (as Cael is 16 months and we would want to start pretty soon if we’re going to do it for a final time), even being in a new committed relationship.  I am aware of when I’m ovulating, etc….however, we are just not 100% sure yet.  We’re allowing ourselves time to decide.  Some days we’re very close to completing our family with 3 kids…other days, we see the great dynamic we have now, and we wonder if we should throw a wrench into it or not! We don’t feel pressure about it, we are just waiting to do what feels right for us both. 
  • Still nursing Cael and not sure when I’ll stop.  I weaned Lachlan at 16 months, and Cael just turned 16 months with no nursing end in sight.  I am hoping to follow his lead….maybe we’ll make it to 2 years!?
  • I got my wisdom teeth removed – 4 impacted ones.  The 3 healed up nicely.  One dry socket = one very unhappy lady.  Those things hurt like a biotch.  3 weeks later, it still hurts pretty darn bad.  Oral surgeon packed it up well with medicated gauze and awful clove oil.  Feeling a bit better (much better when not eating or drinking) with each passing day.
  • K and I are going to do a 10k in 8 weeks! Yesterday was DAY 1 of training.  Very excited to do this with her.  I had taken a few months off from running…so definitely have to get back in the game again…but thrilled to have this goal and look forward to experiencing it TOGETHER!
  • On a more serious note, Lachy recently developed a limp in his left leg (2 weeks ago).  It came out of the blue. Our pediatrician saw us and then sent us to an orthopedic doctor.  Thankfully, the x-ray was normal, however his bloodwork came back abnormal. We don’t know much.  We have a follow up with the orthopedic doctor on Monday.  They mentioned possible Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis.  A little nervous about the appointment.  Positive thoughts welcome 🙂  Hoping there is a simple solution for our sweet man – and that it isn’t very serious.  As a Mommy, it’s sure hard not to worry. 
  • Photos to come 🙂

Life

Is anyone still reading??? Sorry it’s been so long friends.  Life has kept me so busy, and I’ve intended to write – really. I had a list of things in my head and so wanted to write a post, then something would pull me away (or we would have no electricity…more details on that in bullets below), and it just seemed there was never enough time.   And so, more and more things build to write about, and then it just seems so overwhelming.  Where to begin?  I must make more of an effort to write as I love you all and love being involved in this community.  How do you guys stay motivated to write regularly when it seems there’s not a moment to breathe? I have just gotten Cael down for a nap, am between making lunch for the 2 and 3/4 year old and folding a massive stack of no-longer-warm laundry, but am going to use this time to post some things that have been going on in our family.  Bullets are a must this time…

  • Karli went to visit some extended family in Florida with her Dad and 2 brothers.  I was a single parent for 5 days.  Holy crap I missed her….
  • Hurricane Irene hit us….thankfully no one was hurt and our home wasn’t badly damaged.  BUT, we lost power on that Saturday at 1pm and didn’t get it back on until Wednesday evening.  Five days and then four nights by candlelight with no A/C was not the most fun.  We lost everything in the fridge and freezer and lost a chunk of our big tree in the back yard.  We also had a section of the tree in our front yard fall on our roof.  Not good.  It hung on a power line and remained on our roof for until last Thursday……we have some damage to our roof, but nothing major.  Very thankful for that!
  • We decided to re-home our sweet great dane, Lucy.  She is an amazing dog, but we felt like she was better suited to be the ONLY dog in a family.  She wanted to be the only one getting the attention, and our beagles were really being affected by it.  She was sweet as could be around the kids, but Lachlan wasn’t comfortable running around in the backyard because he could easily be knocked down or hit by her tail by accident.  It was a hard decision to say the least…but one we knew was the best thing for her and us.  We found a family that had just lost their great dane a year ago, and they have 4 children and no other pets.  They just ADORE her and she is getting all the attention and love she could possible have.  It was a perfect fit.
  • We had The Lowers come visit and stay the night with Delaney, Julia & Charlotte.  Lachlan loved them and we had a great time! Already looking forward to next year….
  • K and I have finnnnally made a decision to go on vacation! Yes, we have never gone on vacation together….can you believe it?? We have been together for 10 years this November.  Insane.  We’re going big and going all out for our anniversary, Christmas, and Lachlan’s birthday.  We have booked 12 nights (weeee! so excited even typing that) at a 5-star resort in Orlando Dec 23rd-Jan 4th.  We will have Christmas in Orlando and celebrate Lachlan’s 3rd birthday at D.isney! We are staying in a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom with a heated private pool and huge resort pool with water slides.  The resort has a mini-golf, 3 playgrounds, workout room and more.  We can’t wait.
  • I chopped my hair again after letting it grow out.  Donated it to l.ocks of love, too, which was awesome.  I’ve started trying to exercise more often too.  Jogging a few nights a week when the kiddos go to bed early and trying (I stress TRYING) to eat less chocolate.  I so love chocolate 😦  I’m about 20-25 lbs below my pre-preggo weight with Cael, so feeling pretty good about that.  Would ideally like to lose another 10-15 pounds to reach my goal weight…but just taking it slow.  This girl is never getting in a bikini, that’s for sure.  Maybe some women don’t get stretch marks with 9+ lb babies?
  • In just 9 days, Cael will be one year old.  He is a sweet, chunky, 5 toothed ball of cuteness.  He puts himself to bed every night and sleeps through the night (no nursing!).  He has been an excellent teether and is generally pretty happy most of the time.  His favourite things are E.LMO (in all forms) and the L.ittle C.ritter books.  We have gone through 4 books with him….he carries them around everywhere and kisses L.ittle C.ritter on each page.  It’s hilarious and absolutely adorable.  I cannot believe he’s going to be a year old.  The time just goes by much too quickly.  I have cherished every moment watching him grow up this year.  A little sad that I’m losing my baby though….
  • We got Lachlan’s hair cut for the 2nd time professionally.  Only this time he LOVED it.  He is still obsessed with all things noisy and electric (and usually dangerous)….hairdryers, fans, vacuums, dog clippers, scissors, hair straighteners, drills, weedeaters, lawnmowers and the like…..SO, he loved that the hairdresser used the razor on the back of his hair AND the hairdryer.  He loved it so much that the following night he decided to give HIMSELF a hair cut.  That was nice.  He used the dog clippers.  As soon as I heard them buzzing I ran in….but it was too late.  OH well….it’ll grow…….
  • There’s much more, but the boys are drawing me away…..Some recent photos (including one of Lachlan’s hair PRE-DOG-CLIPPERS-CUT):