Monday, October 17, 2011

Cub Scout "Cub & Pal" Camp Out - Oct 2011

We went on our first camping trip with Kieran's Cub Scout den/pack over the weekend and had an awesome time!  Here are some images of the trip.

Ready to shoot the BB gun
Taking aim
Reload
Bow and arrows
Tuckered out!
Arts & Crafts
Done making my pirate boat
B'Elana helping the other scouts with their boats
Kieran starting across the rope bridge
Rope bridge completed!

Monday, October 10, 2011

A New School Year

One full month into a new school year and the kids are excelling at a rapid pace!  They are very motivated this year because of all the extra-curricular activities they get to enjoy.  B'Elana was selected to participate in the Honor Choir and is learning to play the viola in her schools orchestra.  She is also taking horseback riding lessons courtesy of Grandma P (pretty cool birthday gift gma!)


Proud of her viola!

First riding lesson :)









Kieran is enjoying his first month as a cub scout!  He is a wolf cub this year and (if he sticks with it) will move up through the ranks to boy scout.  This weekend we have our first camping trip and the scouts are all excited to shoot B.B. guns and bows and arrows.

My little Wolfe!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

School Projects, My Degree, Broken Bones & Easter

So the past few weeks have been full of doctor's appointments, school projects and holiday goodies.  Kieran had to create an insect for his science project and filled in a book report worksheet with information he learned about the insect he chose, which was a ladybug.  We hunted around the house for things to make his ladybug with and produced a very cute little bug!

Kieran and his ladybug
I finally received my Bachelor's degree from Kaplan University this month.  That was a long time coming!

Last week B'Elana was once again freed from a cast, only to be put in another splint for the next four weeks.  Her bones are healing nicely and the doctor did an awesome job straightening her arm.  After she is release from the doctors care next month she will still be wearing the splint during play and other physical activities to ensure that her arm stays protected and we don't have to go through this again for a third time in a year!  I know she won't be happy with wearing the splint this summer, but I think she will accept it when she realizes it is just a precautionary measure.

Easter was a very pleasant and quiet day for us.  The kids had their annual Easter egg hunt and found two new movies that the Easter bunny left for them - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I and the newest Narnia installment.  We watched Harry Potter, Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, and Wall-E (which has become one of my all-time fav Disney movies!).  Then we had dinner and made a simple chocolate cake with icing and sprinkles. 
The kids Easter cake

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Long Time!

Ok, so it's been a while since I've written anything.  Yes a very, very, VERY long time!  Since last August things around the Susmilch household have been hectic to say the least!  Here is a breakdown of each month's activity's:

AUGUST - Pat left for his overseas deployment late in the month and the kids handled it pretty well.  We concentrated on B'Elana's recovery (broken arm) and preparing for school to start.  We shopped for school supplies and new clothes.  They happily started school the last week of the month!

SEPTEMBER - A slow month until the end, with all three of us concentrating on school work.  Grandpa flew in the last week of the month to help us celebrate B'Elana's birthday.  The kids had a great time and Grandpa enjoyed a well deserved week off of work!

Grandpa's last day

B'Elana's birthday cake













OCTOBER - Again another slow month, but at least we had Halloween to look forward too!  We spent the evening with our good friends the Sasser's, trick-or-treating and making new friends along the way!

Kieran and a much bigger Batman! 
 
Caden, Morgan, B'Elana & Kieran














Kieran and his Indian hut
 NOVEMBER - Again, another low key month.  School projects seemed to be the theme this month as we all has something going on!







DECEMBER - B'Elana took part in the 3rd grade Christmas Pageant as a fairy with the rest of the girls in her class. Dad/Grandpa came to visit again, this time for my birthday, and of course we had our Christmas holiday!  I also graduated from school with my Bachelors in Information Technology!

Our Christmas Tree


B'Elana (standing, far right) and
the rest of the fairies!











Kieran the baby chick!
JANUARY - Yet another slow month, but we did have some excitement as Kieran had a Barnyard Moosical for his grade; it was a hoot!











FEBRUARY - Probably the most eventful month to date!  We had 5.5 snow days this month, which is probably a record for Texoma!  the kids had a ball playing in the snow while it lasted!
The view on 2/1
Later that day...









MARCH - Well here we are, all caught up.  Finally got the slab leak fixed in my house; now I have hot water continuously flowing, no more waking up early and turning the hot water tank on just to take a shower! 

My foundation!  New pipe though!
Whew! They filled it in!
 












 Next week is Spring Break which means another visit from Grandpa, which is nice because now I can go on a Dallas-shopping trip!  (Pat and Dad don't like the kids and I making the 2.5 hr. trek to Frisco so I can go shopping in IKEA; they say it's the drive that worries them but I know it is really the amount of money I could spend!!!).  Oh, I almost forgot!  B'Elana broke her arm again!  Same arm (left), same spot (distal radius), and yesterday (3/7) had the same procedure done as in Aug!  Yep, it's been a stellar year so far! ; )

Our retail therapy
results!


Nice, huh?!

 
So there you have it, a recap of the last six months of our lives.  Hopefully I will be a little more dilligent with my writing duties from now on.  I'm sure my friends who actually read this blog will help me out with that!  And yes, you all know who you are!



Thursday, July 29, 2010

They're Back!

My babies are back home!  Needless to say I am so very happy!  They flew home to me this past Tuesday morning with their daddy.  I drove to Dallas to pick them up at Love Field, and when I arrived I found out that their flight was delayed!  That did not make me happy, but at least there was some drama to keep me entertained, such as firemen in full gear running through the airport and a cop flying around on a Segway - good times!  Anyway, here are some pictures of their trip.

Flying out to see Gma Cherie

First flight for both of them; I think they enjoyed it!

Swimming at the quarry

Kieran, B'Elana & Cousin Daniel on a ride at Cedar Point

B'Elana & Cousin Jacob on a ride at Cedar Point

Cousin Daniel & Kieran at Cedar Point

Jacob, Kieran & B'Elana at Comerica Park to catch a Detroit Tigers game

Kieran enjoying the game

B'Elana & Jacob getting a bird's eye view of the field

Game over!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

B'Elana Smiling

Here is B'Elana and her brother smiling.  Finally, another happy day!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Vacation News

Pat and the kids have been gone for a total of five days.  Much fun has been had since their arrival in OH, but then all that fun came to a screeching halt Monday afternoon.  As the family was gearing up to head back home from a fun filled day at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, OH there was a small mishap.  B'Elana, Kieran and their two cousins Daniel and Jacob were goofing and running around.  They were warned to stop before someone got hurt but, as kids often do, they did not head their parents advice and B'Elana got hurt.  She fell off of one of her flip flop shoes and landed on her left arm, breaking and bending it slightly about 2" above her wrist.  After a 3-hour ER visit and a confirmation x-ray showing the break she was put in a splint and soft cast until she could be seen by an orthopedic surgeon the following morning.

The over-sized green button-down shirt she is wearing is Pat's; after the accident happened he fashioned it around her to act as a sling so she wouldn't injure her arm further.

The next morning daddy, grandma and B'Elana drove back to Sandusky to visit with the surgeon and receive a permanent cast.  As they were starting to cast her arm the surgeon came in to stop them and tell Pat that she needs to have her bone "straightened" back into place for it to heal correctly.  This meant she would have to be put under general anesthetic for the 15 - 20-min procedure.  The procedure was to take place at 3:30 pm.

 The x-ray definitely shows her bone bending towards the left, which is not how bones are supposed to be! So the plan now was to hit the local mall and try to take her mind off of the impending procedure. Toy stores made that possible for her, and daddy bought her a new Webkin to keep her company while waiting for surgery.

At 1 p.m. they arrived back at the hospital to get B'Elana admitted and ready for the procedure. The put her in a small children's hospital gown, blue shower cap, and eventually started an IV. I was able to speak to her before they took her back and even though she was nervous, I could tell she had her brave face on and was trying really hard not to cry. I am so proud of my little girl! She came through the procedure with flying colors, but unfortunately without the blue cast that she had picked out. Daddy and other relatives have already signed the cast and I'm sure she will get plenty more as the week wears on and after she gets home!


Here she is prior to surgery.  She is even smiling!  She has her new Webkin and the multi-colored plush toy on her right is a fish that the hospital staff gave to her.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Up, Up and Away!

This morning my babies hopped on an airplane with their daddy and flew, for the very first time, to Columbus, OH.  They are up North visiting with Pat's family for 10 days.  The kids were very excited to experience their first plane ride, however mama was a little nervous for them!  I am a nervous flyer anyway, so I guess it was just as natural for me to be nervous for them.  B'Elana couldn't wait to get on the plane and kept asking "Why not today?!" for a week straight!  Kieran, on the other hand, had his reservations (gee, I wonder where he got that from?).  He remained very quiet when we talked to him about flying but maintained that he was as excited as Sissy.  So this morning we get to the airport in Dallas and we say our goodbyes and they walk off towards the security checkpoint and I walk towards the parking garage.  I stop for coffee at a local Starbucks (a major necessity after being rudely awaken by an annoying alarm at 4 am) before I hit the highway towards home.  As I am waiting for my coffee I get a text from Pat saying that Kieran is "going nuts!" - a friendly reminder to parents out there who are nervous for their kids flying or participating in an activity where you are more nervous than they are - read the whole text first before flipping out! - I'm thinking, "Should I go back to the airport and get my little boy?" and comfort him and tell him it will be okay?  While my mind is debating what to do I look at my phone again and finally read the whole text, "Kieran is going nuts!  He is so excited!"  As Pat is so fond of saying, I worry for nothing sometimes.

A very happy B'Elana & Kieran after the first leg of their first flight
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
July 16, 2010

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Kieran's 6th Birthday

Today was a very joyous occasion as we celebrated Kieran's 6th birthday!  He is getting so big I could barely pick him up tonight to give him a birthday smooch.  Anyway, here are some pictures from our dinner at Chuck E Cheese and a trip to Toys R Us.

Bubby and Sissy at Chuck E Cheese







Laughing it up in the Roller Coaster Simulator












Bubbs picking out some toys at Toys R Us












And finally at home with the birthday ice cream cake!




Happy Birthday Bubby!!!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Summertime 2010

So far the summer of 2010 is going swimmingly!  LoL, I say that, I've only been swimming once so far yet the kids have been swimming more times than I can count on both hands and feet!  They are enjoying their time at the YMCA per usual.  This is Bubby's first summer as a school-ager so he finally gets to partake in all the fun, festivities, and field trips (yeah, say that three times fast!) that Sissy has been raving about the past couple of years.  Needless to say he is having a marvelous time!

Unfortunately they only have a week and half left at the Y, or at least until the week right before school starts.  Next week is Pat's last official day of work and he officially starts terminal leave on the 15th.  On July 16th he and the kids will be boarding a plane bound for Columbus, OH.  They will be visiting his side of the family, spending time in Bettesville, OH with his mom's enormous side of the family!  They will travel to Detroit to take in a Tigers vs Toronto Blue Jays game.  Pat's favorite team is the Blue Jays while his mother's side of the family will be rooting for Detroit.  How awkward will that be?  Pat in a Toronto jersey in the middle of a mass of Detroit clad fans?  WOW!

They will also spend time in Sandusky, OH, home of Cedar Point which is undoubtedly one of Pat's favorite theme parks in the world.  He and his family LOVE riding the highest, fastest, and twisty-ess roller-coasters in the world.  Yes, I think they are nuts!  I believe in keeping my feet planted firmly on the ground!  I think B'Elana will end up like her dad eventually, but Kieran is like mama, he isn't going on those things for nothing!

Sadly my travel plans for this trip have changed for the last time.  I had planned to fly (yikes!) up to Columbus the last weekend they would be there to enjoy some festivities myself but unforeseen events have now squashed those plans.  I am very sad that I won't be able to partake in the visiting but I know that Pat and the kids will have an awesome time no matter what!  Besides, I am already starting to plan my week and a half of alone time...now all I have to do is pick out some paint color!

As I close out this post I will leave you with some pictures of our glorious Dallas trip from the weekend.  Enjoy!

B'Elana and I waiting for the Rangers game to start, sitting in the rain.

We sat in the rain for almost 3 hours waiting for the game to start!

Finally!  Game time and no rain!
Texas Stadium