Thursday, July 30, 2009

Dallas Part 2

I split the Dallas trip into 2 posts because of the abundance of pictures and I was still not able to capture everything that happened because there are too many pictures! So I chose my favorites. 

The second week we stayed with Jordan's parents. Hunter started cutting 4 teeth that week and wasn't always in the best mood or sleeping well while we were there but Hunter still loved spending time and playing with Papa and Vivi. As always his time there included lots of outside time, which he LOVES! We lucked out that both grandparents have great backyards for Hunter to run around in!

I mentioned in my post before this about all of the things Hunter got into while we were home. I only snapped a few shots of him in action but I did get some good ones... in every one of these pictures I caught him after he has already gotten "into position" so I snapped pics before removing him. Sometimes I wander how he gets into some of the places I find him.

Hunter looking so innocent
Standing on Nana's rocking chair rocking it back and forth... He LOVES standing on rockers.
Playing with Papa's tools.
Yes he is standing on the bench
No explanation necessary... just know I was VERY close by, but he is FAST!
I have no idea how he managed to get up there so fast because I literally took my eyes off him for a few seconds! He is becoming a professional climber.
Getting some sugar from his Vivi "vava' as he says it
He loved this pool because it squirts water through the flowers. He played in this pool almost everyday we were there. Look at that naked tooshy :-)
Laughing at Papa. 
I got the best video of the two of them playing. 
 I will try to upload it later.
Taking a ride on the rocking horse
Wearing aunt Beekah's sunglasses
He loves his Beekah
Showing off his bellybutton
We had such a great time and appreciate SO much all of your help. Look forward to seeing you again soon!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Dallas part 1

After the lake trip we drove back to Dallas for a 2.5 week stay for my surgery. Jordan was still having to work so we knew I would need help with Hunter after surgery. I decided to have surgery in Dallas with a surgeon I observed during PT school. Surgery was scheduled for July 10th at 7:30am, which also happened to be mine and Jordan's 5 year anniversary! Mom kept Hunter that day so Jordan could join me at the hospital. 

Surgery went really well and really fast, as expected. My surgeon said there was no way around the operation. Apparently I had the worst case of chondromalacia patella that he has ever seen. I had stage 3 osteoarthritis with full thickness cartilage loss, lateral tracking and tilting of the patella. He did a "lateral release" so my patella could glide normally in the femoral groove and he cleaned out all of the nasty broken cartilage that was floating around in my knee. I have been feeling great ever since and started therapy within 3 days of surgery. I should be able to start a running program at about 6 weeks post-op which is exciting. 

So, anyway we stayed in Dallas for a bit to spend time with family and so I could get to a point where I could travel back to FL comfortably. It was really nice to spend time with the fam and since we were there for so long we spent one week with my parents and one week with Jordan's parents. The only catch... BOTH homes were in MAJOR construction! Both of them are completely re-doing their kitchens which makes for some interesting toys for 17 month old to get into. Hunter definitely kept us, or I should say them, on their toes! It was so nice to be able to spend so much time with family but and it was also really nice to return home to a baby proofed apartment after such a long time away. 

My little sis helped take care of Hunter the first few days after surgery so other family members wouldn't have to take off work.
Hunter loves his aunt haylo

I had one 30 min time period after surgery where I was home alone with all 3 cousins. I was laid up on the couch while they completely destroyed everything around them. I was defenseless!
Sweet cousin 
Hunter had a blast playing outside with Nana and Pop
Watering Nana's flowers
Climbing on his personal jungle gym (Pop)
Swinging into a stream of water that Pop made. He loved it!

Giving pop a sweet hug after wrestling
Hanging with his Nana

Ice cream with Pop
Playing in the sprinklers in the front yard
Eating angel food cake
He LOVED the cool whip!
Can you tell?
A big thank you to both of our families for all of your help the past few weeks. Many of you had to take off work or take of early to help us out and we can't thank you enough! We loved spending time in Dallas with you all and can't wait to return!

Lake Trip 2009

July 4th week we went on our annual lake trip to Table Rock Lake in Northern Arkansas with the Niswangers and the Bentons. We rented a bigger house this year which turned out to be PERFECT for our ever growing group. This year was quite a bit different than last year since we had 3 mobile babies! We had a blast and can't wait to return!

View of the lake from our house on Holiday Island

Our first night there we ate at the local steak house after a LONG day of traveling
Hunter and Emory snuggled up for a book


Emory pushing Hunter in the stroller, they play so well together when they aren't stealing toys from each other :-)

Hunter decked out for the festivities
Patricia made her famous oreo balls and naturally Hunter had to be her helper for a bit
Little miss Kaitlyn is not far from walking! At just 7 months she is crawling and pulling up on everything!! She just loves to be on her feet!
Kaitlyn hanging on to Emory she just wants to walk like the big kids. It looks like they are dancing.
The night of the 4th we had a cookout with more of our friends from Kansas City friends who were also down for the weekend. The kids watched praise baby while we ate dinner. It definitely kept their attention!
Emory cracking up while Hunter and Landon are chillin

All the kids lined up for a pic
Landon (23 mo), Hunter (16mo), Emory (14mo), Kaitlyn (7mo), Kate (3 mo)
Patricia got the girls matching dresses for the day... so cute!
Rudy, Robbie and Jordan in front of the house
We went shopping in Eureka springs again this year. 
It's amazing how different this picture is from last year :-)
Our overall group was a bit smaller this year because we had quite a few girls that are pregnant and were due within weeks of the trip. But we still had a pretty good size group overall and had a blast as usual. Looking forward to next time!