Monday, August 20, 2012

First Day of School

The boys are still in Early Childhood so preschoolers again.  Gretchen is a big 2nd grader....

Thursday, August 16, 2012

An End to A Summer

This summer has been crazy!  We didn't do any birthday parties but yet we seemed to be busy a lot!  A family of five makes it difficult to do anything on the cheap so we have several passes this year that we did our best to maximize:  Six Flags (of course), Brookfield Zoo, MSI and Field Museum.  So, almost every weekend, we went to one of those places!  We also went to Six Flags St Louis and camping.  One of our last (or second to last) outings before school started was our annual Cubs game with the kids.  They are getting better and better at tolerating the whole weird atmosphere (sitting in the nosebleed section) and at honing in on their taste for junk food.  Gretchen has a list of food she "needed" to eat at the park which included:  hot dog, ice cream, cotton candy and peanuts.  The boys were not as bad but they did enjoy quite a bit of cotton candy!  We have one more day off before school start so we may have one more outing left in us though I am not sure I will survive it!

Monday, August 13, 2012

The Day Has Come (Finally)

We still feel tentative but we're pretty sure... Evan is potty trained....  Sigh... It seems like forever ago that I started buying diapers and pull ups but I am so happy!  Sure he is still having an accident so nothing feels safe yet but we're not putting another pull up on him!

He is my little stinker..............................

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Get the Bugs Out

Sean had his dental surgery this month.  Some of you already know the he needed a lot of dental work.  I felt so terrible for so long about it as we waited for our surgery day to fix his teeth.  Our dentist suggested we fix his teeth all at once to spare him pain and discomfort.  Sean needed 6 crowns and a few cavities filled.  The dentist was wonderful and the procedure went well.  It had to be done under anesthesia so we went to a dentist that would do it in a hospital where it seemed safer.  Apparently Sean had some "soft" teeth where the enamel didn't harden like it should so it decayed very rapidly so it wasn't entirely my fault..... He looks unhappy in the picture but he ate food hours after it was taken.  I can now sleep at night knowing he isn't experiencing tooth pain.  My poor little guy!  We had Evan checked too and he did all of his fillings in the office so everyone is finally where they need to be.  And we are keeping those teeth sparkly clean!