Happy New Year

It’s been so long since I’ve done a Monday Minutes update (The Wednesday version) that I barely know where to start.  So, first, let me say I hope everyone had a healthy and happy holiday and is excited for 2013.  We still don’t travel with Owen in the cold and flu season, so we were home and had a stream of visitors.

Here are the biggest (in no particular order) moments of the season.

Grandpa Mike’s Visit:  He took Kellen to Mall of America where Kellen went on 50 or more rides.  Both came home exhausted.  He also treated us to lobster cooked by Kyle for a delicious meal.  It never fails that when Grandpa Mike visits our family, someone is sick.  This time it was me; bad upper respiratory illness and so congested that my migraine friend came for a couple visits.  Owen had a milder version…or maybe he’s just not as wimpy as me; it barely slowed him down.



Grandma Sandy and Grandpa Russell were here for Christmas Eve:  Only Kellen calls him Russell.  He heard Grandma use it once and it has stuck – to the rest of the world,  he’s Grandpa Rusty.  We had a delicious ham dinner and were joined, as is typical, by my friend and mentor Judy.  We open presents on Christmas Eve and then the boys opened Santa’s gifts Christmas morning.

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Grandpa Corky and Grandma Cheryl  and Joe came for Christmas #2:  We had some more ham and the Serbian christmas-must, sarma.  We opened more presents including a tent and tunnel for Owen and a Cars themed sleeping bag for Kellen.  Then Grandma and Grandpa watched the boys while Kyle and I went on a date which will be described in the next bullet.

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Kyle and I had a date to the Packer Vikings Game:  The wrong team won, but I’m expecting a different result on Saturday.  As you can see, I was the green in a sea of purple.



Two kids on Prednisone:  Croup reared its ugly head on Christmas Eve.  Kellen had a pretty bad case and still had strider in the morning so we took him to open office hours where they gave him an epi neb and started him on prednisone.  It’s been 10 days and Kellen still has laryngitis but the coughing is getting better.  Owen didn’t have classic croup – the ped said his Flovent was probably keeping the airway from swelling too much to get the bark cough – but we had a couple days of coughing so I put him on the prednisone for a couple of days too.  Prednisone equals crabby insomniac kids in this house.

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Santa was very good to me!:  I never thought it was a gift I’d get, but a couple Santa’s went together and got me a new camera (and it was planned before I posted about it).  I’m still learning how to use it, but hopefully you’ll notice an occasional quality photo from me in the future.  If you have a good book to recommend, I’ll take suggestions.


Kellen is Train obsessed:  He got a Thomas track and a Leap Pad tablet from Santa.  Both are getting a lot of use, but the train track is where his heart is.

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Owen has finally agreed that it’s easier to go down stairs backward:  It took a lot of convincing – he really had mastered going head-first down one step slowly on his stomach for our sunk in spaces – but he’s now turning and going down the stairs backward and can do the whole flight to get up and down from the upper level.  His stair obsession has grown even more with this new skill.


Owen’s ready for shopping:  Owen got a shopping cart for Christmas and instantly took to it.  We had tried push toys with him in PT at Gillette and with Early Intervention with very little success, but the cart had the appeal.  He still needs assistance and keeps to the carpet, but he’s getting there.  PT and the Physical medicine doctor are saying he will walk before he’s two.  They are actually saying “well before”, but I’m not going to jinx it.  Honestly, 6 months ago I still wondered if he’d ever walk.  If it happens before two, everyone in Minneapolis-Saint Paul will hear our cheers.


New Year’s Day with Friends:  Gina’s fried chicken is amazing!  The company was some of my favorites.  We even decided to do the “staggered on the stairs” photo-op.



Whew!  That was a long post.  There were also a lot of doctor appointments over the last few weeks that I will update on next week.  It was a blessed holiday season. We’re ready to take on 2013.


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3 thoughts on “Happy New Year

  1. Happy Holidays! Looks like you all had a great week! Regarding your new camera – my first recommendation would be to read your manual. That may sound so obvious, but most of the other books and tutorials out there are useless unless you really understand the features on your particular camera and what they do. The book Understanding Exposure is a good overview of photography basics. I stumbled upon this set of tutorials a while ago and think its a great place to start https://sites.google.com/site/biowbiow002/twopeas_12week

    have fun take photos of your handsome boys 🙂

  2. Tatum – I really missed your posts, but it sounds like of we’re busy. Even Mommy bloggers need time to off every once in awhile. 🙂 Happy New Year to you and your family!

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