Sunday, June 22, 2014

Owwie Eyes

I mentioned a few months ago that at Vincent and Landen's 3 year check up they screened the boys' eyes with a new little machine.  Landen's screen showed that he was farsighted.  The pediatrician referred me to a pediatric optomotrist and was pretty confident he would need glasses.

At the eye doctor appointment Landen was being a typical 3 year old. He would not sit still and was looking every where else than where he was supposed to be looking! Miraculously the eye doctor was able to figure out his prescription.  She was so sweet and so patient with him.  He will need to wear glasses all day, taking them off only to swim and to sleep.  Since the pediatrician had warned me already that his eye sight was pretty bad I went in expecting this type of news.  I figure there are far worse things than needing glasses.  So this will be the new norm. ok. we can do this.

The stylist there was so so helpful. (I think that's what they are called...you know the ladies that help you pick out glasses).  She recommended these bendable all plastic frames.  And to be honest when she showed them to me, my first thought was UGLY! They looked hideous.  But after thinking about how active my Landen is, I agreed with her, those were the kind he needed.  The almost indestructible kind. But I also wanted a wire framed pair for nicer occasions like church, family gatherings and pictures.  

The day we went to pick up Landen's glasses Vincent comes up to me with tears welling up in his eyes and he says to me with a quivering bottom lip "what about me mom? what about me?"  I had to explain to him that Landen had owwie eyes and that's why he needed glasses but that Vincent's eyes were not owwie so he doesn't need them.  I mean how do you make glasses sound super cool to one kid but to the other kid you try and tell him that glasses aren't really something you want.

These are the all plastic frame glasses.  What I once thought were ugly, look pretty darn cute on this kid! 


They came with a strap snapped to the back.


Even after we had seen the eye doctor and ordered his glasses I was still in denial that he really needed them.  I could read him a book and ask him to point at things and he would find them just fine.  It wasn't like he was running into things because he couldn't see them either.  (although he is my most accident prone kid)  BUT once he put on his glasses for the first time, he looked around the doctor's office in awe.  Like he was seeing things, like really seeing things for the first time.  My eyes teared up just watching him.  I was so happy for my baby, so so happy for him. And I was kind of sad too that he hadn't been seeing 20/20 for the first 3 years of his life, poor kid! 


The first day he had them he asked to take them off a couple of times but after that, he was the one reminding me to put his glasses on him. I think he was really noticing that he could see better with them on.


Vincent wanted to be just like Landen with his glasses so he sported a pair of sunglasses for awhile.


I was so worried that the glasses would be a constant battle to have him wear.  But Landen doesn't mind wearing them and he rarely messes with them.  Although they NEVER stay clean.  How he can see out of them half the time is beyond me with all the smudge marks.  And his eyelashes are so long that they are smashed by the lenses but that doesn't seem to bother him either.


(this movie that they are watching is Despicable Me.  They are OBSESSED with the Despicable Me movies both 1 and 2.  I have to admit they are funny movies so I don't mind them being on.  And the boys do a pretty good impression of a purple minion.  If you don't know what I'm talking about you you should watch Despicable Me 2)


These are Landen's wire framed glasses.  So far he only wears these to church.  They are a little wide for his face but he will grow into them.



It will be fun to look back on his childhood and see all of the different pairs of glasses he has.  For now he sees great with these two pairs.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Camping in the HEAT

It has been almost a week since we got back from camping and I think I'm finally recuperated from the trip!

It was HOT!

We met my Aunt and her family at Buena Vista lake last weekend.  My parents also went with their trailer. (if they had not have gone...I wouldn't have either)

It was HOT!

On the way there the boys watched the Disney movie "Cars" (have I mentioned that I LOVE our van and the DVD player?) By the time the movie was over....we were arriving to the campground. The lake is only a couple hours south of us.



It was HOT!

One of the most memorable parts of the trip was watching Ryan put up the tent with his 3 little helpers.  I was feeding Cruz while watching and laughing at all the things the boys were doing...which was mostly getting in Ryan's way.


Vincent says "hmmm, lets see here. I will look at the map"




They each got a turn hammering in the stakes





It was HOT!

That night the boys roasted marshmallows and made s'mores which was a highly anticipated event because the first thing Landen said when I told him we were going camping was "oh...we have to get the marshmallows for the fire!!"

They slept in the tent with Ryan.  My dad slept in his own tent because he so graciously gave up his spot in the trailer for Cruz and I.  Cruz slept on a couch cushion next to where I was sleeping.  

So my mom and I and Cruz got to sleep in the air conditioned trailer.  



Cruz did awesome!  I fed him once at 4 a.m.  In the morning, my mom and I we were up around 7 getting ready for the day and starting to make breakfast so the noises woke him up again around 7:30.  It had been over 3 hours since he ate last and my experience with all my other babies is that when they wake up in the morning they are ready to eat.  Not this kid. I put him on the couch while I got things cleaned up and there he stayed smiling and cooing away while he was still swaddled up. Just the cutest thing.



My mom was a huge help in getting my family fed. We collaborated on the menu for the weekend and it worked out great!!

It was HOT!

While my Aunt and Uncle were getting the boat ready for the day the boys enjoyed some bubble time in camp.

It was HOT!




And they helped my cousins, Morgan and Chandler, set up some lawn games.  (They weren't much of a help...just like the setting up of the tent)


It was HOT!


It was boat time.... (Jacob had never been on a boat before)


It was HOT!

My cousins did some knee boarding and wake boarding and even Ryan got out there on the knee board for the first time.  And since....

It was HOT!!

We stopped a few times to just enjoy a swim in the lake.




Vincent is probably my biggest fish...He LOVES the water and can swim ALL day!



We headed back to camp for lunch and naps.

It was HOT!!

Jacob napped in the air conditioned trailer because man did he NEED a good nap.  Vincent, Landen and I tried to nap in the tent but it was.....Yup you guessed it....

It was HOT!

We got about 45 minutes of shut eye in, maybe even an hour.  We then headed back down to the lake to swim.  We were in the water for a couple hours just to keep cool and out of the heat because....

It was HOT!

Ryan caught on camera throwin' his kids around..quite literally.



We got all showered up before dinner. Another perk of having a trailer! Thank you Mom and Dad!!
The boys did great playing for the early evening.  Don't let the shade in the pictures fool you....

It was HOT!



Cruz did GREAT all weekend.  He stayed in the A/C trailer most of the time because he is a smart little man.  Only occasionally venturing out into the heat.  This is one of the only pictures I got of him outside.


It was HOT!

And this my friends, is camping in the 21st century...iphones save the day...when it's not quite dark enough to send them to bed but too hot to do anything else!



We packed up right after breakfast on Sunday because, I don't know if I've mentioned yet, it was HOT!! The expected high was to be 103 that day and it was already in the high 80's by 8:30 in the morning.

Camping was a TON of work but so worth it. The memories of putting up the tent and swimming in the lake with family will always be remembered. I know my boys loved it!

 A huge thank you to my Aunt and Uncle and cousins for camping with us and a big thank you to my parents.  Without them we would NOT have gone camping with 4 little kids. Come on, we aren't that crazy!

oh...and did I tell you already...it was HOT!!