Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Brody's Turkey Tale

The four year old preschoolers told their teacher, Mrs. Randall, all about Thanksgiving!  Their tales are hilarious and Brody's just cracked me up, so I thought I would share it with you.  We have quite the storyteller on our hands...

I'm going to Grandpa Larry's  for Thanksgiving.  Grandma and Grandpa will be there.  So will Uncle Adam, Daddy's grandpa and grandma, Aubrey and Addie will be there.  Aubrey and Addie's mom is having another baby but we don't know if it will be a boy or girl.  Jenna always  wants it to be a girl!  

Grandpa Larry's house is a long, long ways away.  We'll take our car there.  We have new tires! It probably takes four hours to get there.  First we have to go to Sioux City  There's a piano there for Jenna.  And she'll probably do swimming lessons while we're there. 

 Our Thanksgiving food will be pie, peach pie and pumpkin pie!  The ingredients are sugar, chocolate chips, flour, fluffy stuff, eggs and milk  We might eat apples, cut up ones.  Our meat will be turkey.  It has to be giant, like 10 feet long.  I can carry it because I have big muscles.  Mom is going to make our turkey, like last year.  We went hunting for it and daddy shooted it, not by himself, but Grandpa Larry and Uncle Adam helped grill to cook it.  It takes five minutes to cook it.  Dad will cut it open with a sharp knife and fork.  Grandma and Grandpa have video games for me while they hunt  Grandpa's birthday is at Thanksgiving too.  The deer and turkey will be for dessert and ice cream  will be for supper!  I'm thankful for deer this year!

That kid!  Love him to pieces!

I'm typing this as we are on our way to Minnesota.  We are going to spend the day with 58 relatives from the Hunecke side.  I'm so excited to see many people we haven't see in years.  It's going to be a crazy good time!

Happy Thanksgiving!! 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Monthly Check

Mr. Blake and I headed to Iowa City today for his monthly clinic visit.  As monthly visits go, this one was pretty easy.  We met with members of the nephrology team and that's it.  Woo-Hoo!

There's not too much to tell you.  They tweaked two of his meds.  We are starting a new formula that will give Blake more protein and iron (I think.  Blake was trying to escape out of the room, so I was trying to listen and chase him at the same time. :)).

The one downer of the day was that his exit site (where his dialysis catheter comes out of his body) is infected.  That means antibiotics.  As far as everything goes, it could be worse.  And, what's another med when you already take seven a day?!

I have to say that Blake's situation sucks and I would never wish what we're going through on my worst enemy.  That aside, I'm very thankful for the people I've gotten to meet and the amazing staff we get to work with at UIHC.

There's another kidney mom who has a little guy who has been having a rough go of things the last couple of months.  His latest admission has had him hospitalized for the past couple of weeks, so I emailed his mom, Sarah, and asked if I could do anything for her, knowing that I would be going insane.  We ended up having coffee and talking for an hour and a half!  I'm sure we could have talked much longer, but I needed to get home to pick up Bowen.

 It's nice to talk to someone who knows exactly what you're going through.  The best part?  She walked down to the dialysis unit with us and learned that they got to go home today.  Yay!  I hope they get to stay there for awhile. :)  (Thanks Sarah for sharing deliciously overpriced coffee and great conversation with me.)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The way I see it...

“If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more things you do, the more you can do.”  This is a Lucille Ball quote.  What do you think?  Is it true?

I have to admit, it caught my eye and made me think.  When you think about it, it would seem obvious to ask a person who doesn’t have a lot going on to do something, but it might not be the case.
Those people who constantly have things to do and tasks that they have to get done really know how to get things accomplished.  My verdict on that quote is that it could be one of my new favorites!

If my planner is any indication, I am a busy person.  I was just telling Aaron the other day that if I lost my planner I may have an anxiety attack.  I was only half kidding.  I feel like my whole entire life is in that thing.  Doctor’s appointments, snack days at the preschool, early outs, when I need to call and refill Blake’s prescriptions, birthdays, ordering of dialysis supplies, basketball games Jenna plays, basketball games Aaron refs, etc., etc., etc.

I literally must write it down or I forget.  Even if it is something completely insignificant like, “Eat a taco on Tuesday.”  If I didn’t write that down, I would not be eating a taco on Tuesday.

After I had Jenna my brain was ok, with Brody I started to see a little bit of a change and when I had the twins I feel like all of my brain cells took a permanent vacation.  Has anybody else experienced this with the birth of their children?!

I have a busy week in front of me.  I’m not complaining!  I like to stay busy, but sometimes I let the stressful part of busy overtake me.  I cope with coffee and chocolate.

The other day I was thinking to myself as I was trying to figure out an ad for the paper mid-afternoon during naptime, “I wonder how much coffee is considered too much in a day?”  I might need to look into that.  I don’t have problems sleeping and I still drink a lot of water and milk, so I’m going to say I’m still ok.

I’ll make it through another week just like I always do.  Just like busy people everywhere do.  It’s all about being efficient and having good time management skills don’t you think?  Oh!  Talking about my planner reminds me that I need to ask for a new one for Christmas.  I better go write that down before I forget, but that’s just the way I see it.

Sunday, November 11, 2012


Jenna is playing basketball.  Yeah.  It was a tough decision for us, believe it or not.  She's only in first grade and we never wanted to be those people who started their kid playing organized sports super early.

One of Jenna's friend's mom called and said they needed another player.  The program is run through a church and is very church-oriented.  The kids pray all together before the game.  A devotion is read for the parents at halftime.  No score is kept.  And I'm ok with that. 

 They play 6, six-minute continuous clock quarters.  They all rotate through all the positions, which I think is definitely a positive.  Oddly enough, I think Jenna likes to be the point guard. :)
 I'm very surprised at how timid she is.  She's not overly aggressive and is just too nice. Ha!  I told Aaron I wish we could get Brody out there because that would for sure light a fire underneath her.

Paul, the girls' coach, is great!  

 The really cool part is that I can already see a big difference in the girls from week one until week four.  The last game is the second week in December. 
 I don't know how Jenna got old enough to be able to start playing ball.  To me, she's still my baby girl. I just hope that she enjoys the sport as much as I did. :)

My 4 on the 4th

 This blog title is a lie.  Yeah...I remembered last nite after the kiddos were in bed that I was going to do the 4 on the 4th thing.  I tell you, if I don't write it down there is zero chance that this mom-of-four-brain will remember.  AHH!!

Anyway, please enjoy these pictures of our 4.  On the 11th.
The best one we got...from left: Jenna, Bowen, Blake and Brody.
And the funniest one we got...
No idea what Blakers is doing. :)

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Make this...Apple Dumplings!

Every fall, the kids and I and our friend, Mary, go over to pick apples.  This year, there were no apples.  This crazy weather where it got so warm and then the trees blossomed and then the frost happened and it killed all the blossoms.  So sad!  I'm desperately missing my homemade applesauce!  And this recipe I'm going to share with you - Apple Dumplings.

My grandma June sent this recipe to me a few years ago.  I thought she was crazy when I looked at the ingredient list, but it is so gosh darn good!  I even put it in my column in the paper and had numerous people call to tell me how much they loved it.

So, without further ado...


1 tube of crescent rolls
1 granny smith apple, peeled and diced
1 stick of butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 cup Mountain Dew

Prehead oven to 350.  Unfold crescent roll dough.  Placed diced apples on wide edge of each piece, roll up and place in an 8x8 baking dish.  In a saucepan, melt butter with sugar and cinnamon over medium heat.  Stir in Mountain Dew.  Pour mixture over dumpling.  Cover with foil and bake 15 minutes.  Remove foil and bake 15 minutes longer.

I made these last weekend and forgot to take a picture.  Darn it!!  Anyway, if you're looking for something easy and delish, try these.  Bet you can't eat just one. :)

More Twin Antics

These two!!!  Boy oh boy, do they keep us on our toes.  Literally.  Like today for example.  I'm pretty sure from the time I got up in the morning I didn't sit down for the first time until lunch and to drive Jenna to school.  This age is challenging.  And rewarding, of course, as they are learning and gabbing pure jibberish.  

I'm not sure if I told you but I couldn't take it anymore one day and I moved all of our kitchen chairs to the back porch.  If I don't get the chairs moved immediately following a meal this happens...

 They think they're pretty hot stuff... :)

Friday, November 2, 2012

Instagram Friday

TGIF!  We have had a busy week at our house and it looks like the weekend is going to keep us busy as well.  I thought I would post some more Instagram photos of what we've been up to the past couple of weeks. 

The boys had their 18 month check-ups.  They are both doing really well!  And can I just say that appointments are getting much easier for me to take the boys to all by myself?! Yay!
 Aaron wrapped up his volleyball reffing schedule.  He actually ended up having quite a few games and even got assigned three district/regional volleyball games.  Doesn't he look so professional?!
 We've been taking advantage of the weather by going to the library for some playtime.  Blake was very determined to make it up the slide!
 Last weekend when we were in Cherokee my dad randomly pulled out some old suit coats that my brother,  Mitch and Jenna tried on.  Can you say my family is so weird?! LOL
 Jenna has started playing basketball on Saturday mornings in Marshalltown.  We were very conflicted about letting her start so early, but the program is very church oriented, which is wonderful.
 I snapped this photo in our neighbor's yard.  I titled it, "nature's carpet." Just gorgeous. 
 The boys dancing (hence the blur) on top of the kitchen table.  STINKERS!!
Bowen enjoying a Halloween cupcake. 

And last but not least, the four kiddos ready to go trick-or-treating.  Jenna the cowgirl, Brody as Scooby Doo, Blake as a monkey (although he sort of looked like a bear) and Bowen the lion.