Sunday, August 22, 2010

Area Adventures

My sister and her husband have bought a restaurant. But before they can open it, they must renovate it. So we gave them a few hours without the kids the past few week-ends and set off on a couple adventures. Last weekend we headed to Luray Caverns about an hour and a half west of us and saw the caves.
They give you headphones to explain the lakes that act as mirrors, the stalactites inside, and even the organ. One channel for kids, one for adults.
Annie had just gotten her first loose tooth! So much fun to play with.
It was Discovery Day! Extra Crowded but still pretty cool!
During the week, it was Annie's turn to empty the dishwasher. But what do you do when you can't reach the cabinet to put the cups away? Gymnastics of course!
This week-end we went to George Washington's house in Mt Vernon. We left E-man home with Daddy on this trip. Abegail visited the salon the day before. I took the boys to the salon on the way home from getting them. That's when I needed a camera. They were all looking at this woman in a chair with braids wrapped tightly around her head. "What is she doing to her hair?" they asked. Boys, that's what we call a weave.
This is George's backyard looking from his back deck. That's the Potomac River back there. Do you know the first year George was president they had more than 600 guests stay over night at their house? I also didn't realize George never had any biological kids. His two kids were Martha's from a previous marriage, but her first husband died. Martha was 4'11" tall and George was 6'2".
Looking over the map, how far away is the car??
The boys came away with George Washington glasses and coins.

Quotes from Cousin Cam:
Aunt Sue: I'm going to take you to George Washington's house.
Cam: Who's George Washington again, is he the guy on the 20 dollar bill?
Quotes from Annie:
A: E-man, what do you want to drink for dinner?
E: Don't talk to me!
A: OK, 1-don't talk to me.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

E-man Goes To Pennsylvania

UPDATE FROM SCOTT: in journalism we call it "burying the lead"....E-MAN'S TEAM QUALIFIED FOR ThE NATIONAL TOURNEY AT ESPN'S WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS COMPLEX IN ORLANDO!! Ok Sue....go ahead. This was the weekend for E-man's team to go play in the Regional Championship in Pennsylvania. The weather was perfect. But the first game was an awakening storm. This is the Regional and the teams were slightly better than at the first tournament in Maryland. Needless to say the boys were shell shocked and lost the first game. The second game better, but still a loss. The third game, they were in their groove and won. The tournament is 3 on 3 with six players to a team. The fields are small and there is no goalie. The point is for a tournament of skill and passing and dribbling. All good things for young soccer players. So after three games, the divisions are tallied and needless to say E-man's team or as I should start calling them by their name, the Golden Jets were in the silver division. We headed back to our hotel in Lancaster for a rest. But we were just 40 minutes away from Hershey Park and when will we ever be here again? Scott and I do not view amusement parks as a good thing for E-man. But we'll do the sunset admission, it's half off, if it's terrible will leave. So at 5 p.m. we were off to Hershey.
We got to the entrance and all was going well. We got inside the entrance and E-man had a complete meltdown. In between we did get a few smiles. But as it got dark E-man said "shouldn't we get going?" about every 15 seconds.
Annie on the frog hopper
E-man on the Merrie-Go-Round while Abegail and Daddy did a roller coaster Mommy didn't even want to watch let a lone ride on. But according to Abegail it was the best roller coaster ever cause it went 58 mph! After four hours, we were out of there and ready for bed.
By the next day, Abegail was best buddies with one of the players younger 2 year old sisters, Layla-so cute!
E-man-going for it!
Annie watching when she wasn't doing her math work book, the good thing about tournaments- nothing to do in between games, she almost did the whole book!
We are tired of those standing up team pictures
By the end of the day-The Golden Jets had won both their games! Annie gives her brother a congratulatory hug!
They are champions of the Silver Division
Thanks Coach Mo-I love you Man...
oh and as champions of the silver division, they get to play in Orlando at Disney World in January, Scott immediately map quests it, "it's only 14 hours away, it's a chance of a lifetime."
Didn't we learn last night E-man can not do amusement parks??

Quotes from E-man
We drove in late at night to Lancaster on Friday night. All the kids were asleep in the car and were transferred right to bed in the hotel room.
When we woke up Saturday morning, E-man sat straight up and exclaimed...
"WE'RE HERE!"

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Day 3 of E-man's 3rd Surgery

E-man went to his pre-op physical with our pediatrician and she said from exactly this time last year, E-man has gained 14 pounds and grown three inches. She at first expressed concern about how much weight he has gained going from 48 pounds to 62 pounds in a year. Then she looked at him, "wow he is all muscle. Never mind what I said about the weight issue."
Since this is E-man's third surgery to try and correct the ptosis of his left eye, where the eye lid droops down of over his eye, we were very nonchalant going into it. We know the drill, even E-man knows the drill.
"They will put that blue mask over my mouth that tastes bad right?" Right. "And I can't eat breakfast but I will ask you for a snack." To which I'll say no.
We head into surgery in the morning, Scott had to work, but hey we've been here before, we don't need Daddy, I'll text him all the vitals.
E-man plays his DS and cheers every time he scores while everyone else around us looks nervous and like they are going into war camp or something. Mommy sits reading another trauma book, what a sight we must be.
We have the same prep doctors from November who of course remember E-man. E-man has not had his ADHD meds this morning so he is particularly entertaining. He chugged the pre-op Tylenol because he was "thirsty" and almost vomited on it, sending the nurse and I into hysterics laughing. He likes his new socks and gets a kick out of the suit Mommy gets to wear to take him back to the OR. He likes to follow the squiggly line to get the OR and is laughing and giggling the whole time leading me to announce to everyone, "no-one has more fun having surgery than E-man."
He is out in a good hour. The doc, who is the same doc from last time who also gets a kick out of E-man (they must work with really boring kids), comes back and says all is well, now we have to wait and see. I go over the details, no soccer, no swimming for seven days. But he can play in a soccer tournament on the eighth day right? Right.
Then I go back into the recovery room. And they get me situated so I can hold E-man while he wakes up. But already I can hear E-man screaming..."I can't see! My eye, My eye...MOMMY!!!"
So what we forgot when we were treating the morning like a trip to the grocery store, was Dr. Parelhoff was going to be more aggressive in attempts to have this work for more than a week.
E-man was in quite a bit of pain, could not see, and was basically scared.
In the mean time other children were crying and screaming as they were waking up from the various procedures leading me to shout to the nurse, "WHATEVER YOU ALL GET PAID..IT'S NOT ENOUGH!" She looked at me speechless for a second, trying to remember where she put her Excedrin and then said, "you're sweet."
Then she brought E-man some Tylenol with codeine and I quickly asked, "how long do you think it will take this to work?" 15 minutes.
Soon E-man was sleeping and we got him to the car in a wheelchair (I am not carrying 62 pounds anymore) and got him home.
Three hours later he was up asking if he had soccer practice. How quickly we forget. The girls were bored so I took them to our local park and by 4:00 we were playing miniature golf.
You may think it is pretty stupid for me to give E-man a golf club with the eye situation but unfortunately the boats you can rent were out for the summer because they are working on the dam and this was our only option.
E-man did well and did no poke his or anyone else's eye out.
After two days of trying to get him not to run or swim in the bathtub, Scott finished his end of the month work at the club and I got a sweet, sweet reward, taking the girls to Alexandra's (Sophia and Jack) baptism.Quotes from Abegail:
A: When I die can I be buried in Target?
Scott: No, but we'll spread your ashes in the clothes and shoes aisle.