Friday, September 25, 2009

Back to School

Shantel is the Big 1st grader this year. She is sooo excited to eat lunch at school and have 2 recesses! Her teacher is Mrs. Buchanan and she is lucky enough to have two of her little friends in her class too. I am excited for the school year to see how much Shantel will grow.
Walking Shantel up to the 1 st grade doors!

Shantel in line waiting to go in.

Kallie started her second year of preschool with Miss Chris. She wass excited to see Miss Chris and her friends again (only, they are not going this year ;( ) We are not carpooling this year, which takes a little pressure off me. Kallie has grown over the summer and can spell her name and write it... well, as well as a 4 year old can. I can't wait to see what she learns this year.

Kallie waiting for school, with curlers in her hair!

Hi Ho Hi Ho it's off to school she goes!

Here is a picture of Keegan after Kallie got out of the car and headed into school. He was upset because he wanted to go to school with Kallie. What will he do for 2 hours alone with just me and Gar? I am excited to spend some one on one time with my little guy.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Keegan in Stitches..and I Don't mean Laughing!

We spent our Sunday night at the ER with Keegan. What happened? He was running away from the neighbors front door and Shantel was riding her bike down the sidewalk and BAM! They ran right into each other. He fell to the ground, Shantel fell to the ground and the bike flipped and landed on Keegan.
Gary ran over and threw the bike off Keeg and ran him home yelling we needed to go to the hospital for stitches. I saw the blood, ran into the house and grabbed a rag with ice and held it to Keegans mouth. We left the girls with our neighbor and sped to the ER.
Here is a picture of the battle wound before stitches!
The MD in the ER decided it would be best due to the location and nature of the injury that we should have a plastic surgeon stitch out little guy up, and there may be a possibility of having to do touch up work later in life. Because it is right in the middle of the face we opted for the plastic surgeon, so they called the on-call MD to come evaluate.
1 hour after being admitted to the ER, he shows up to fix our little man! We had the ER tech hold his head, I held his arms and Gary held his legs. Both my guys were so brave and did well.
Here is our little guy after the MD stitched him up. He was crying so hard he put himself to sleep. The wound itself was an amazing 3.4 cm on the outside and about 2cm on the inside. Because it split in a T shape, the surgeon had to trim off the lower part of the wound to make it a clean cut to heal better. The final count of stitches....unknown. They had to stitch in layers. From the outside what I could count is approx. 20.
8 on the outer lip
7 inside and about 5 in his gums.
Keegan and Daddy waiting for the plastic surgeon to come! He got a new friend from the hospital.."Green Bear". How lucky that Green is his favorite color. He held on to him all night.
Keegan wasn't sure what really happened to him and why everyone kept looking at him. Finally he got curious and started feeling around. So I gave him a mirror to see it all. He looked and stared open mouthed at the amazing stitches. Touching them softly at first them after about an hour he was ready to have them taken out and started pulling at is going to be a long week, trying to keep him from pulling those. All night he kept looking in the mirror at them. He is so swollen and last night we was so numb that he could quite swallow and would, as he calls it, slobber down his chin.

Here is our little trooper this morning. Still swollen and looks like he has been through the ringer, but all in all doing well.
We go back to the plastic surgeon later this week to take the stitches out and make sure everything is healing and no followup is needed!

Friday, September 4, 2009

All Girls Soccer

We decided to try soccer again this year with Shantel. Cousin Ella asked if we wanted to join the team. After our last experience with it and Shantel NOT being impressed, I thought I would ask her if she wanted to play again leaving out the fact that Ella was going to play. (I didn't want to sway her decision). She shrugged her shoulders and told me "sure, I'll give it a try again". What a mature response, I can't believe how old she is getting.
Shantel ready to play. She is on the yellow team as you can see and Gary couldn't be happier that her colors are black and yellow!
A few action shots from her first game. After the game she told me she loves it, esp. being an all girls league! Shantel is a natural athlete. She dribbled (is that the right term in soccer?) the ball all the way up the field and then another girl scored a point for the team. Shantel thought that was the coolest ever!
Kallie also informed me that she wants to play soccer, but all the pre-K teams were year.

If you want to check out a game, they play Saturday mornings
Flat Iron Park located 1700 East 8600 south.
Sep 12 10:15
Sep 19 9:00
Sep 26 10:15
Oct 3 9:00
Oct 10 10:00
Oct 17 9:00
Bring a blanket or some chairs and snacks and enjoy a great soccer game!