Tuesday, April 29, 2008

April was quite a month!


I know it's been a while since I've added a post. We had a very busy month. Let me start at the beginning. Lissa, Sarah and Evan came in at the start of the month to help welcome Ben home for his leave. He got in on Friday evening and we pulled up to the house to see the three of them with Lauren and handmade signs welcoming him back. He had a very long trip home, with lots of stops and frustration. It took him a few days to get rested up and back to every day life, but I think he really enjoyed his trip. That first night, Lauren started getting sick. She threw up, and continued again in the morning, so we ended up cancelling her birthday party the next day. It was a little sad that we didn't get everyone together, but I think it was the right call. She still opened presents, but she spent most of the day conked out on the couch and being very tiny. I can hardly believe she's a big two year old now. She likes to sing "the itsy bitsy spider" and other songs with hand motions. She's singing the alphabet and counting to 10 in English and Spanish.

Once she was feeling better, we did take a trip down to San Antonio. We spent two nights and had a good day at the San Antonio Zoo. We spent a lot of time at home and running around doing things for the house, and of course, Ben took time to take care of the cars.

Ben went back to Iraq last week and he's settled back in. He says it's been really hot there (100 degrees +) and they've been having dust storms that prevent them from flying. He should be taking his PC checkride soon, so he's been studying for that as much as he can.

Lauren had her two year checkup on Monday, she's doing well. She's still below the 5th percentile for height and weight, but she's hitting every developmental milestone, so her pediatrician isn't concerned. We did start her on allergy medicine, though. She's taking Zyrtec right now and hopefully that will help clear her up. She always has a runny nose. She got her first dose last night and she slept better and hasn't been coughing as much.

Our front yard is full of flowers, we have roses blooming all over the place. My hibiscus bushes are getting tall, I hope they'll start blooming soon. I planted jasmine in the back yard. I'm not sure yet how well it's going to do, but I'm giving it some time to surprise me. I think maybe it just isn't getting enough sun. I bought some metal Texas stars and put them up on the inside of the fence in the back yard. I just like the way it looks.

This weekend I think I get to go to dinner and a movie with my friends for my birthday. It's nice to have someone else do the planning and get a sitter for a night out. I'm looking forward to it. Next weekend Lauren and I are invited to a Luau theme birthday party for our friend's one year old, Ethan.

Well, I hope I didn't forget anything... I should be able to do more updates more frequently again now that things have slowed down here again. :)

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