Friday, November 8, 2013

Children's Museum Outing

We surprised the kids this afternoon with a 45 minute road trip to the Children's Museum in Bloomington, IL. They had been there before but it was 2 years ago so they didn't remember. It is so much fun to me to just sit and watch them discover things.

Sara loves to look at herself in a mirror, mess with her hair, dance, etc. But this mirror really threw her off!

The boys are all about the cars. I think they could have played in that area for an hour!

They both really enjoyed the water area.

Then it was off to make pizzas! Sara had so much joy on her face as she was "waiting" on us...pouring us drinks and serving our pizza slices. Shannon thought she put onions on top of his pizza but she swore it was canadian bacon!

After spending a little time in the doctor area, we moved on to the giant building blocks.

They absolutely loved the 2nd floor--over half of it was farm-centered.

This cow milking station cracked me up. Adam kept waiting for the container to fill up with milk that was pumping from the cows.

Sara kept running back and forth with a bucket of "feed"...little green balls that you could gather from various stations and put them into vaccuum tubes to get suctioned to another part of the farm.

Adam just kept running from one station to the next. I really think they both would have run themselves until they passed out!

I thought they would be more interested in the vaccuum tubes that spit out rags and balls.

Instead I think Shannon and I enjoyed it more. Of course the "big boy" had to say "I wonder if I can get it stuck?!"

Sara was 2-fisting the pinwheels, deep in concentration.

After we enjoyed some calzones, we headed for home. Totally worn out, heads were bobbing quite quickly. 6:15 and they got out of their clothes, into their pajamas, and crawled right into bed.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Preschool Halloween festivities

On Thursday the kids got to wear their costumes to Preschool. Parents were invited back for a little parade and snack time.

Here comes Adam and Sara's class with their teacher in the lead, Mrs. Ohlman.

All the adults loved their costumes. All the kids said "Who?" I think they were the only ones that were made. It seems like when I was younger, everyone made costumes. It must be a sign of how busy lives are now and what a faster pace life is.

I think it's great that Adam and Sara don't feel like they always have to sit next to each other. However, in this case, Adam missed out on being able to eat Sara's pudding that she didn't like and the fruit snacks that were left over. I laughed with another mom as we watched the things being thrown away. At home we eat what's left and we weren't even offered a spoon!

Here is Adam and Sara's class, minus one student.

Then I got to go to their classroom and see some of the projects they have been working on.

Adam's is in the upper left and Sara's at the bottom of the same row.

Halloween with PMOT

Last Saturday the twins group I belong to (Peoria Mothers of Twins) had their annual Trunk or Treat. Actually this year it expanded to include a Fall Festival, which meant games, crafts, and food inside after we trick or treated out of everyone's vehicles. It was a huge success and the kids had a ton of fun!

Adam and Sara decided quite a while ago that they wanted to be Pebbles and Bam Bam. Definitely a classic! I searched quite some time for a costume. They were all either lame or lame and ridiculously expensive. Instead, I researched the internet for what they typically wore and my mom and I made the costumes ourselves. Huge thanks for her sewing Sara's shirt. I did the accessorizing.

Of course when we made the costumes it was unseasonably warm, in the 70s. 2 weeks later it changed to unseasonably cold but it still worked well.

We also decorated the trunk at the very last minute by trying to make it look like the inside of the Flintstones cave home. A chair and table and a welcome sign that says "The Mollenstones."

Over 70 kids and over 50 adults!

Sara enjoyed pumpkin bowling.

Adam thought dropping the ghost in the bottle was the hardest.

The ring toss on the witches hats was a big hit!

And we even got to make pumpkin faces with some awesome stickers.

Hot dogs, chili, nachos, and cupcakes--a great way to end the day! It really is one of my favorite ways to do Halloween and keep the kids safe, especially when they are little.

Friday, November 1, 2013

What a difference 10 months makes!

This picture was taken January 1 this year, a little over a week after Sara's surgery in Boston. Some may think it odd that I took a photo like this or that I am doing a blog post on it. But when something is on my mind, I want to document it. When my kids are grown, they will be able to look back and have lots of childhood memories...and many instances of God sightings in our family.

This picture is still hard for me to look at. 26.5 pounds, down 2 pounds since leaving home. 4 robotic incision points beginning to heal. An extremely distended belly from surgery and the cause of much of her pain at the time. She would go from perfectly fine one second to screaming in pain the next and there wasn't much we could do to help other than tell her to breathe deep and give it time for her body to wake back up. Typical after 11 hours of surgery. A stepping stone added to my collection of things that have changed me forever.

This picture was taken October 22, just a few weeks ago. Her scars look wonderful. The vitamin E that we have been putting on them all summer has really helped. Sara is up to 31 pounds--a sign of health! We had a routine full blood work up and visit with the pediatric nephrologist. All levels look great, the best they have been for 1 1/2 years. We don't have to see him for 6 months. In the 3 months prior to her surgery, Sara did not grow at all. But since her surgery, she has grown 2 1/2 inches! It was neat to see the nephrologist so excited.

Stable. Healthy. Renal Reflux that isn't correcting. 1/2" kidney stones that remain but aren't multiplying. Another surgery to correct the reflux and remove the stones on one side, going back to the first picture for a while? Or enjoy the second photo until the surgery is urgent? It's when, not if.

Healthy. Stable. That will be the focus of my attention for now. In the moment. Thanks, God.