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Life Lately {10.23.17}


Well it’s been a minute since I did a true Life Lately post and a lot has happened around these parts. So I thought today would be a great day to catch up on what’s been going on. 


This little lady is my sidekick lately. Whenever I need to run errands she’s right there wanting to go with me. I know she won’t want to hang out with me forever so I’m enjoying it while I can. 



Tyler was recently cleared by his trainer to start hanging out with his friends a little bit more. He started with a soccer game because he is a fool. And of course, he came home with a headache. So the next time he was allowed out of the house he went to hang out at a friend’s lake house with a few friends. He said he was fine but I can see in the second picture that he was still having symptoms. He was supposed to spend the night but came home early instead and then slept for 18 hours straight. It’s been a frustratingly slow process for him. 



Maliah had her very first braces tightening recently. It wasn’t as painful as she had been anticipating and she didn’t have any issues afterwards other than a little soreness. She’s been taking progress pictures every month. The top one was Day 1 and the bottom one was Day 60. I can already see the difference!


I love getting pictures of my kids during their school day. This one was taken by another parent in Zoey’s class while they were at STEM a couple of weeks ago. 



Speaking of school, Mason recently took a trip with the entire 4th grade to Raleigh. They spent the whole day there and he had the best time. The kids really love this school and their teachers. They’ve made great friends and they really have just fit right in. I’m so grateful. 


Tyler was so upset to not be cleared to even be on the sidelines at the Homecoming game. He knew he wasn’t going to be cleared to play but he had high hopes that he’d be allowed to at least be there. But unfortunately he was not. It was a sad day in our house because we’d planned a big BBQ tailgate and our families were coming into town. But it wasn’t worth the risk of making Tyler’s symptoms worse just for one game. 



I had to be at Homecoming as the Varsity football team mom so we decided to go ahead and take the kids even though Tyler couldn’t be there. Alot of their friends were going, even down to Zoey’s class, which is one of the benefits of a K-12 campus. I was overwhelmed by the amount of parents who asked how Tyler was doing and wanted to say they were praying for him. It was so nice to hear everyone has been pulling for him. 


Because Tyler’s symptoms are still present and he’s not making a whole lot of progress, he was referred by his sports medicine doctor for post concussion physical therapy. He was also put on a medication called Amantadine. It’s supposed to help with focus and concentration issues.


This girl has been struggling lately with some anxiety issues. She’s had a lot of change in the past few months and it all just kind of snowballed on her leading to anxiety and migraines. We started her on a low dose anxiety medication and weekly therapy. She had her first therapy appointment last week and I think it’s going to help her out a lot. 




The little kids school had the annual Fun Run at the athletic field last week. It’s a fundraiser for the school and parents, family, and friends sponsor a child for each lap they run. Mason ran 34 laps and Zoey did 30 laps. They each were able to contribute $30 to the fundraiser. And they had a blast!



Tyler had his first post concussion PT appointment last Friday. It did not go as well as he had hoped. He showed significant issues with vestibular movement, spatial disorientation, and vision. He couldn’t balance on one foot with eyes closed, balance standing heel to toe with eyes closed or balance at all on the foam mat. It was a little surprising because I wasn’t aware he was having balance issues. His eyes are showing a lot of saccadic movement (bouncing rapidly without focusing) while he’s trying to focus and concentrate plus he’s doing a lot of blinking and has considerable eye fatigue very quickly. He’ll be doing this PT twice a week for at least a month. Hopefully we’ll see some progress. 

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Tyler was invited to a Halloween costume party and his PT gave him permission to go as long as there was no strobe or black light and no loud music. He didn’t get permission to attend until the day before so he didn’t have a costume. Fortunately we have a huge bucket of old costumes in the attic so he was able to piece together something- not sure what he is supposed to be but he ended up in Matt’s doctor costume and Matt’s 70’s wig from his hippie costume. Ha! The little kids had a blast going through the costumes and wore them around the house all weekend.


How am I old enough to have a daughter who goes to the mall with friends and texts me pictures of potential purchases? I mean, what??? It’s so bizarre to me. But she’s having a blast with friends and it’s great to see her getting out of the house and having fun instead of sitting in her room stressing out about homework. 


I love my neighborhood. Ha! We were driving down the street yesterday and this is what we saw. Those are not kids. Those are 2 adults. They went around the entire neighborhood and even tried to play tennis. It was hysterical!


Life Lately {9.25.17}


One of my favorite things about having my kids in charter school is getting pictures texted to me from friends who were up at the school. Three times last week I had pictures sent to me of both Mason and Zoey. Mason had STEM class and one of the class volunteers sent these out. Then another friend sent me this hilarious picture of Zoey during Garden Day. The girls were standing at the pen holding the pig and apparently the piggie was stinky. Ha!




Maia has been having some problems lately adjusting to her new school. It’s really hard to switch schools in 7th grade without knowing a single person in middle school. Add that with being the only new girl in the entire 7th grade. Add the new braces. Add the increased educational demands of this school. And you get a 12 year old who is a hot mess. She’s been stressing herself out to the point that she’s getting migraine headaches several times a week. I took her to see our family physician who, after speaking with her for almost an hour, decided that she could benefit from a couple of different things. We started her on a low dose of an anti-anxiety medication, she now has an abortive migraine medication, and she will be starting therapy next week to help her learn to manage her stress and anxiety. Being a mom is hard. Especially when you know that anxiety runs rampant through your side of the family. 

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Last week Target had their 40% Halloween costume cartwheel sale so we made what was supposed to be a quick trip there after school. It turned into a “try on every large animal head” trip. Mason and Zoey really liked the unicorn and Zoey was very disappointed that it didn’t come home with us. Mason was the only one who needed a new costume this year and he chose the ninja one with nunchucks. It ended up being $15 total! Now that’s a Halloween costume I can support. Zoey is going to wear one of Maia’s old ones and Maia is probably going to a party this year. My babies are growing up and going to parties now. Insert sad face here. 




Mason did his first school project at his new charter school. It was a timeline project where he had to include a image and description of an event from every year of his life. And I saw the difference between public and charter school immediately in the instructions. The instructions were sensitive to foster and adopted children- they wanted an event that happened during each year the child has been alive NOT necessarily an event from their own life! Talk about a small difference than means the world to kids who don’t want to be different! I love this school!

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A picture of the saddest boy in the world on Thursday night when he got the news from his coach and trainer that he was not cleared to travel with the team for the Friday night away game. So sad. Tragic. Sad panda. 


But just because Tyler wasn’t allowed to go to the game didn’t mean I got to stay home. No rest for the team mom. So I was front and center for a game that we lost badly. The best part of the night was seeing the penis hats on the band. Seriously. Those plumes are fantastically phallic. Clearly I have the maturity level of a 12 year old boy. 


Tyler had been free of concussion symptoms since Wednesday so he was allowed to go hang out with a few of his friends on Saturday afternoon after he did most of his make up assignments for school. This is the picture that was texted to me of him and his “friend, not girlfriend”. You just have to laugh. 



Life Lately {9.19.17}


If you follow me on Instagram then you saw that Tyler has another concussion. He took a helmet to helmet hit in the game on Sept 8. He started feeling bad Sunday and saw his sports med doctor on Tuesday. He’s not happy. He is out of football for at least another week then he can start the impact return to play protocol so he’ll probably miss 2 games. He is very unhappy about it but his brain matters more. So far this week he’s made it to school for full days and then come home to sleep. Tomorrow he goes back to watch practice but he can’t participate. 



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I got some good pictures of him in that game from another parent who was down on the sidelines take photos. 



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While Tyler was recovering and taking it easy I got to spend some one on one time with the little kids. I like to take them one at a time when I run errands just to hang out with them. Mason went with me to Aldi and to pick up the Walmart order. He’s such a funny kid. He was looking out the skylight finding shapes in the clouds and all of a sudden he yelled out “I found Jesus.” Talk about swerving on the road. Ha!


Then I took Zoey with me to Lowes to buy some caulk for the hot tub tube that’s leaking. She found a new friend. And named him Bones. Then we swung past Sam’s Club and I fed her dinner by walking past every single sample stand in the whole store…twice. No shame in my game. 


We rounded out Saturday night with the Clemson & Louisville game. Tyler actually was able to watch a whole quarter of the game before he needed a break. That’s the first thing he’s been able to watch on TV in a week so progress!



Life Lately {9.11.17}


So the first thing I noticed about this picture was the bump on his nose. Remember he broke his nose back in April during football drills? Well it healed with a slight bump. We could have gotten it set properly but he would have had to sit out this season in football and he said no. So we left it. And last week he took another shot to the face in practice from a freshman who was messing around. Said freshman will be keeping a 100ft radius from Tyler for the rest of the season. Ha! I don’t think his nose is broken again thankfully, just sore and a bit swollen. The second thing I noticed was the eyebrow. That’s what happens when a teenager tries to trim up his bushy eyebrows and yawns in the middle. Ha! Matt and I called him Vanilla Ice for days. These are the moments I live for as a mom. 


This lil lady turned 7 years old last Thursday! She took cupcakes to her new class to celebrate and just had the best day. We ate her favorite dinner (biscuits and gravy) and enjoyed rainbow vanilla creme cake for dessert. She’s such a fun kid. She’s spunky and sassy. She loves art and music and funny animal videos on YouTube. She’s the perfect youngest kid for our family. 


Friday morning. I posted this on Instagram with the caption: “Every morning feels like we’re the pit crew in a NASCAR race. Drag kids out of bed, make breakfast, help them get dressed, brush hair, find missing shoes, assemble lunches, check book bags, load them in the car to leave by 6:15am. After they’ve left Matt and I collapse on the couch in shock that we pulled it off another day.” These early mornings are killing my soul, y’all. My alarm goes off at 5:30 and it takes us the full 45 minutes going full speed to get all 4 kids ready and out the door. If one of us gets sick or runs away from home the remaining parent is going to have a really rough morning. Ha! 


Friday Night’s Football game was awful. We played a team that we never should have been playing. They’re a private school who recruits players from all over to play for their team and gives them “scholarships” to cover the $25,000 yearly tuition. We are a lottery based charter school. We cannot compete with that kind of program. It was just ugly and our guys are really banged up. 4 starters out with injuries including 1 concussion and 3 players under observation for possible concussions (including Tyler). Tyler played a good game but it was a hard fought battle on both offense and defense.









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Saturday was a busy one. Zoey chose to have her bestie come sleepover instead of having a party. Maia also invited one of her new friends from school to sleepover. Tyler escaped and went to the movies with some of the football guys and then slept over at one of their houses to escape the giggling girls at our house. The girls watched movies, ate cupcakes, made ice cream sundaes, played balloon tennis….it was so LOUD in our house. ha!






The little girls finally settled down around midnight but didn’t fall asleep until nearly 1am! And they were up by 7:30am. Matt and I were dragging butt. But I rallied and made some Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls for the crew. 



Sunday was basically cleaning up, doing laundry, and watching football. We’re anticipating some serious rain and wind in our city today and tomorrow from Hurricane Irma so I did all my errands on Saturday to avoid having to do any in the rain. Tyler started feeling really bad last night with a headache and some nausea. He woke up this morning feeling a lot worse but he toughed it out and went to school. I called his trainer and she’s evaluating him for a concussion along with a few other guys. I’m hoping he’s just tired from a busy weekend but I have a bad feeling. We’ll see. 


Life Lately {9.5.17}


We had a fairly busy 3 day weekend. I don’t think such a thing as a calm weekend exists in my household anymore. But it’s fun, so that’s what matters. At least that’s what I’m telling myself on a regular basis. But anyway, let’s take it back to last week. 

Tyler had to get a new helmet last week because his trainer discovered a giant crack down the side of his old one. And it was a new helmet this season! He took a few massive hits in the previous game that cracked his helmet. Yeah, that’s not concerning at all. So Wednesday night he and Matt had to adjust his new one, which is a bit tighter than his old one. Hopefully it keeps his brain safe. 


The varsity game was moved to Thursday night last week because of the heavy rain expected from Harvey. It was still rainy and windy but nothing like the storms we got on Friday night so definitely a good call by the athletic director! Tyler had a great game- the whole team had a great game. We won 45-0 and most of the starters got to sit and watch the second and third string play for most of the 2nd half. It was weird to see them sitting on the bench watching but they also really encouraged and cheered on the younger guys so that was nice to see. The starters celebrated the 2nd and 3rd string players getting a touchdown as though they’d been on the field themselves, which was awesome!


Decked out in ponchos, ready for the rain!


Starting offense on the bench watching the 2nd string.


The starters watching the 2nd string score a touchdown.


Celebrating with his best friends after the victory!

Saturday had us making a trip to Sam’s Club. I’ve decided to go back to monthly trips to Sam’s Club. We spend too much when we go every other week and end up with stuff we don’t really need. Plus it’s time consuming and I’d rather only spend one Saturday afternoon there. The kids came along and ate lunch from the samples. I’m loving my grocery list app- it’s called List Ease and it gives me a confetti party when I complete my list. I feel appreciated. 



Sunday had me taking Tyler to the sports med urgent care. He hurt his arm in the game on Thursday night and the trainer felt like it might be just a strained muscle. He also jammed 2 of his fingers on a helmet so they were swollen. His arm wasn’t any better after their practice on Saturday and his fingers started turning black and blue so the trainer had us go for xrays. Verdict- the arm is just a sprained muscle but he has a broken knuckle on his hand. So he has it taped and is just playing through the pain. The kid is tough. He also took a shot to his face in practice as you can see in the picture but at least he didn’t break his nose again. He’s going to be the death of me. 


I didn’t even take any pictures on Monday. We grilled, hot tubbed, swam, and relaxed. It was amazing until Tyler had to go to practice. I’m so excited for a short week. I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that waking up at 5:30am might kill me. It’s already killing my soul.