Here's a quick overview:
SOCCER: We are officially soccer parents! Westin started his first organized soccer team experience in March and we have proudly watched as he has learned to play :) Yes, there is quite a bit of running in clumps (and they don't stop just because the ball goes out of bounds!), rolling in the grass, tag-playing, shadow-following, etc... but they're learning and its CUTE. He loves being part of a team and we've loved watching. Kreg is helping coach his team and I've loved watching that as well! Tucker has a very hard time sitting in his chair watching. He wants to be on the field, kicking the ball, and its usually all I can do to distract/restrain him!
We're not big on candy, so we tried to be creative with our basket-stuffing. They did get some Double Bubble & Jelly Belly's though... you've got to live a little, right? :) It was so cute watching them both wake up excited to see what was left for them and the epic Easter Egg hunt was just that this year... epic! It didn't take them long!
Neighbor Friends: Westin has discovered all the little kids around his age in the neighborhood and our house and yard frequently looks like this. I love it :) It certainly presents its own challenges as he picks up things we don't want him to, but I am so pleased with the way he remembers wrong from right even when his friends are around and accepts that not everyone in the world lives the way we do. I hate having to let him in to the world, but am glad we can ease him in slowly and hope and pray daily that he will be strong, courageous, and a warrior when it comes to standing up for what he believes in. That happened faster than I thought!Random Fun Spring Things:
Visitors: We were so blessed to get to squeeze in some time with some of Kreg's family in April! We got a quick, surprise visit from Steve, Kreg's Dad, which was short but sweet. Then, we got to host the Hodges family (Kreg's sister, Kim & her fam) for a few days while they were out here to attend a friend's wedding. I love that my kids have cousins their age! That's something I never had growing up and can see what a blessing it is for our kids.
Permanent marker does NOT come off of textured walls. Not with anything. We tried every trick in the book, the only thing that fixed it was multiple coats of paint. Thanks, Tucker!
Ear infections: We experienced our first ear infection this spring. Of course, it showed itself on a Saturday morning... a Saturday morning that happened to be one of the busiest this Spring (Kreg was playing golf first thing, we had company in town, Kreg was the best man in a wedding, I was photographing a wedding... we barely had time scheduled to breathe let alone take care of a sick baby!). Poor Westin woke up in so much pain. I've never seen him in so much pain! My kids have never been on antibiotics and I wasn't looking forward to this being the first round... thankfully, we knocked it out without it. I called my chiropractor who graciously met us for an adjustment (which calmed him down greatly) and gave me the number of a lady in town who could tell me how to treat it. At this point, I was mostly concerned about his pain. This worked SO well, I had to share... here's what she recommended and what we followed:
*Usnea Lichen (1 tsp 4xday for the first day, then 1/2 tsp 4xday for the next four days) This was taken internally just like an antibiotic to treat the infection internally.
*Nutribiotic (Grapeseed Extract) warmed, 3 drops in the ear 4x day for 5 days. This was also to treat the infection, dropped right into the ear.
*Lots of probiotics (which we take regularly anyway so I tripled his normal dose)
*Essential Lavender Oil on a cotton ball, placed in the ear. This stuff was miraculous. I put it in his ear for the first time, and after crying almost non-stop for 2 hours, he immediately calmed down and said "oh, that feels better" and fell asleep. I seriously am talking instantly.
He wasn't quite himself for the next couple of days while he recovered, but by day 4 we couldn't contain all his energy. I'm so thankful we are over that and hope that it's not something we have to do again anytime soon. We have been SO blessed with healthy kids and I thank our God daily. Multiple times daily! This is Tucker taking good care of his big brother during his ordeal :)
ANDDDD that pretty much sums up our spring so far. Up next? The month of May... Birthdays, Anniversaries, Mother's Day, and this year, Kreg & I are getting away :) More to come!