365: The adventure crew is back!

photo of all four kids hiking

New job means the freedom for new adventures!  This crew is back and ready!  We are excited for all the 2020 adventures ahead, I’ve already jumped in to planning.  We haven’t been out on many adventures the last 4 months.  We are SO excited to get back out there again.  First up, hiking at Dinosaur Valley State Park!

2020-02-11T13:36:01-06:00February 11th, 2020|365 Projects, 366 - 2020, Jonah, Jude, My Family, RV Life, Taryn, Zachary|

365: Broken Arm News

photo of boys sitting in hospital room on bed

Jonah had a follow up today with his ortho.  The original plan was to remove this plaster cast and put on a lighter fiberglass short arm cast at this point.  Mostly so he would be able to bend his elbow.  We arrived and they immediately jumped in to cast removal.  Something in me knew we needed an x-ray first.  Not their standard procedure but I insisted.  I have learned over the years and 5 kids to follow my instincts.  I lost that ability for a good long time after the birth trauma.  I’d go so far as to say I was completely disconnected with my instincts for a really long time.  Trust them…I couldn’t even find them.  That is changing and it feels amazing.  Anyway, it threw the staff for a loop lol…everyone was confused but they agreed to do the x-ray first.  Sure enough, one bone is growing back and fusing together nicely.  The other one is not.   I am so glad we didn’t remove that cast.  So….not great news, he needs to be in this long arm cast for another 3 weeks.  If it looks better at that point we can move him to a fiberglass short arm cast for several more weeks.  He is a trooper and is handling this so well!  Minus wearing his sling, what a battle!  Now we need to decide if we are going to stay here in Austin that long or find a new care provider in another city.  Our hope was to be on the move by the end of February, so I am not really sure yet what the new plan will be.  It’s hard for me to believe we have been back in Texas for over 3 and a half months already!

2020-01-30T22:12:40-06:00January 30th, 2020|366 - 2020, 365 Projects, Birth Trauma, Jonah, My Family, Zachary|

365: I snapped this and cried

photo of boys playing in tent at sunset

Jude is almost 12 and we are in this window of time where things are changing.  He’s not a little boy who plays as much as he used to.  He still does, he joins in with the little boys sometimes, he plays imaginary games, like pretending with Z to kayak off a waterfall (see my Insta stories for that photo).  But it is not all the time like it once was.  It used to be Jude and Jonah playing all the time!  He asked for books for his birthday.  Not a single “toy”.  No legos or anything.  The shift is happening and it makes me hold moments like tonight super close to my heart.  This time, when the 3 of them are all little boys playing together, is so short and fleeting with the age gaps.  Z isn’t a baby, he is big enough to play.  Jude isn’t a teenager, he’s young enough to play.  I’ll blink and it’ll change.  This hit me hard tonight, I snapped this and instantly teared up with my eye still to my camera.

boy in tent at sunset photo

2020-01-29T22:06:06-06:00January 29th, 2020|365 Projects, 366 - 2020, Jonah, Jude, My Family, Zachary|

365: Warm Knees

The weather was completely gorgeous today.  At 5 pm we decided to have a fire pit dinner.  Jude and I ran to the store for essential fire pit food, Jason’s brother picked up firewood on his way over.  It was gorgeous outside but once the sun set it was pretty chilly, perfect night for a fire.  I love the feeling of warm knees when the rest of your body is cold, roasting marshmallows and stargazing.  It was a good end to a very chaotic and draining week.

2020-01-24T23:08:27-06:00January 24th, 2020|365 Projects, 366 - 2020, Jonah, Jude, My Family, RV Life, Taryn, Zachary|

365: Momma, Jonah Broke

The adjustment in dealing with a broken bone has been a little easier this time.  First, because we just did this.  Second, he is in a cast from the start vs a splint so we don’t have to restrict him quite as much.  Third, Z is already used to being more gentle with him.  Squashing the constant wrestling the first time around was tough.

On the day Jonah broke his arm, I pulled in to the campground to pick them up in the truck.  Z flung open the front door to the RV and declared “MOMMA!  JONAH BROKE!”  Oh sweet boy.

2020-01-20T23:11:15-06:00January 19th, 2020|365 Projects, 366 - 2020, Jonah, My Family, Zachary|
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