Monday, February 29, 2016

Weekend Recap: Broken Ankle Edition

Well - we didn't think this weekend was going to have much in store for us but boy were we wrong!

Friday kicked off with picture day at school for Cooper.  Daddy did a great job making sure Cooper looked extra handsome!

Friday night, Matt and I went back up to the school with LL because she had a small part in a program that was happening.  Several kids from her class and another 1st grade class were singing and dancing to two cute songs.

The first song was a really cute one called the "Super Fun Shuffle".  Let me just tell you -  I have no idea where this girl got these dance moves from, but 1 - I've never seen them before, and 2 - they were amazing.  You can see a video of it HERE.  The second song they did was one that LL had done before in preschool.  It's called the "Tootie Tah" and is also super cute.  You can see a video of it HERE.

Probably the funniest part to me was after the first song, when LL was leaving the stage, she looked at one of the girls that I teach with that was sitting on the front row, and said very loudly, "Where's my mom and dad??".  She couldn't see us because of the bright lights.  It cracked me up!

You won't ever find these girls far apart!

In a very strange turn of events, Matt got very sick on the way home from LL's program.  He's not much of a stomach virus person, but this hit him fast and hard.  I slept on the couch Friday night to try and prevent myself from getting it, too.  If there is a stomach virus around, it will find me.  The kids and I all didn't sleep great, so we did lots of cuddling Saturday morning.  We rented The Good Dinosaur and the kids were very into it!

Saturday night, Matt and I had a date night planned!  We haven't been on one in a while, so we asked my mom to come watch the kids so we could go out for a few hours.  

When we left, the kids were outside playing with Gigi.  When we got about 5 miles down the road, we got a call from Gigi telling us that we might need to turn around.  LL was jumping on the trampoline with one leg up to her chest and one leg down.  When she landed, her right ankle gave out and she and Gigi both heard a loud "pop!".  By the time we made it back home (after just a few minutes), it was already swollen pretty bad.

Because LL didn't seem to be in a lot of pain and there wasn't a ton of bruising, we decided to just RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) it and see how it was the next day.

On Sunday morning, the swelling had gone down, but LL refused to put any pressure on it, so we decided to take her to the walk-in clinic.  The clinic we went to usually does x-rays, but the don't do them on the weekend.  The PA we saw said she really would feel more comfortable with an x-ray, so she told us to continue what we were doing (and to keep her off of it), and to come back in the next morning for an x-ray.

I stayed home today so that I could take LL to the doctor.  I was really praying it was just a sprain, but I wanted to be there just in case it wasn't.  We got the x-ray first thing this morning, and we waited about 45 minutes to get the results.  The verdict was: it is broken.  She has a small break in her growth plate in her ankle.  Since the break is in her growth plate, the PA felt better sending us to an orthopedist.  We did more x-rays at the orthopedist to confirm the break (yep - it was still there), and then they fit her for a walking boot.

Other than sleeping and bathing, LL will be wearing the boot at all times.  No PE, no running, no jumping, no sliding, no playground.  We go back in 10 days to do more x-rays and to check on how the break is doing.  Hopefully, if the x-rays look fine, she'll have to wear it for 10 more days after that and then will be done.

We'll be praying a lot over the next 10 days for this to heal how it's supposed to!  One thing is for sure - this girl is one tough cookie!


Friday, February 26, 2016

Winter Break Fun

Last week, my school (and LL's school) had the whole week off for Winter Break.  A few years ago, my system went to a shorter school year (but slightly longer days), and extra breaks like this during the school year is one of the perks of that.  During last year's Winter Break, I kicked off potty training with Cooper.  This year, we were happy to have that task behind us!  Cooper was out of school on Monday, but he still had school on Wednesday and Friday.  During the break, we tried to fit in as many fun things as we could!

Monday we met some friends at Chik-Fil-A for playing and lunch!  Trying to take a picture of 6 kids is  not the easiest task - haha.

Later in the week we went out to Mr. Clint's farm to grill out and do some fishing!

My kids are trying to work up the nerve to grab some small fish out of this bucket!

She finally did it!

Nothing was really biting (it was very windy!) but we tried.

The kids and I took advantage of the beautiful weather one afternoon after naps and played outside for quite a while!

LL got some one-on-one time with Grammy and Pop and she got Waffle House for breakfast!

She also spent some time with Meemee and learned how to make floral arrangements.

We all went to Ray's Mill Pond for dinner one evening (also when Cooper got stuck in his chair in the restaurant and we almost had to take it apart to get him out.  Fun.).  Even though we never see any, the kids always love to go see if we can spot an alligator!

After talking about it for almost 2 years, Matt finally built us a fire pit!

Saturday had beautiful weather, so we met quite a few friends at the park for playing and a picnic!

Saturday afternoon LL and I went to a gymnastics birthday party for her best friend, Madeline.

While we were at the gymnastics party, the boys got started on the plot for our garden!

It was a much needed break from school and all of us had a blast!  Now the countdown to Spring Break is on! ;)


Thursday, February 25, 2016

Valentine's Day 2016

Valentine's Day isn't one of those holidays that we go all out for.  On the flip side of that, we do like to do a little bit to celebrate with the kids!  This year, Valentine's Day happened on a Sunday (and right before a week-long Winter Break for us!), so the kids both celebrated Friday the 12th at school.

Hot pink and hearts!

Our pre-school heart breaker!

LL's class had a little celebration (but nothing really big enough for parents to come), but Cooper's class had a party.  Matt had to spend the day at home doing yard work in preparation for LL's party the next day, and I couldn't take off school, so Gigi and Poppy went to Cooper's school to be at his party with him.

When they got there, the kids were still out playing on the playground.

I love how they sat all the boys at one table and the girls at the other.

They made adorable little Love Bug hats.

My love bug!  (And yes - bless his pants.  They're all getting too short!  But I refuse to buy new pants at the end of February.  We'll be in shorts soon!)

Cooper has a Gigi and Poppy that are over the moon for him!

Both kids said that they had a blast at their schools for Valentine's Day!  On the actual day, we gave the kids a few little goodies and spent the day loving our family!