Sunday, June 8, 2014

Max

Max the baby of the family (for now) is growing by leaps and bounds!  He is 7 months now!  He had 2 bottom teeth fully in and 2 teeth that are just starting to push through!  He spider crawls  (hands and feet as opposed to knees) so fast, when I sweep the floor it's a rush to try and get the crumbs sweep up... He thinks my little piles are snack bars for him!
 He can cruise the couches like a pro, and he loves showing off his tricks!  

His facial expressions are just to die for cute, and he does the sniffing nose wrinkle that just makes me giddy!  


Using the restroom is a competitive sport for me, I have to be quick (and sanitary).  With 2 forgetful big boys and one moving baby his life is always in danger!  Seriously, I snapped this washing machine pic after I closed the door to the garage someone had left open (that could have been nasty)


How cute is this baby!  I am so exhausted, but so very happy!



Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Memorial Weekend

We had a busy weekend, and it was so much fun to have things to do!

Friday started of with me having my first ever garage sale!  Wahoo... NOT!  I had 6 people stop in 4 hrs and I made $67.00.  I live in the worst neighborhood for a garage sale and the best one for low traffic!   We finished the day at Rodeo our local family restaurant, the boys love it for the trains that drive around the ceiling (very cool for little boys)

Saturday we headed into Eugene for a fun filled couple of hours with the Nelson family at the Beers, Blues, and BBQ festival!  I managed to get a little sun and Mason and Miles both won gold fish!
We love ballon animals!

Mason decided to name his fish 'Elmo' and Miles names his 'Yar'. The boys were ecstatic about there first pets (I guess baby brothers don't count)

Mase and Elmo 

Sunday was a day of BBQ, furniture shopping, cleaning, and naps! We bought special fish food for Elmo and Yar and the boys took the fish on several outings; meeting the neighbors, jumping on the trampoline, seeing the upstairs and any other place they though the fish might like!

Monday was wonderful!  We got up and out the door in a hurry to make the Memorial service at the JC cemetery.  Now my boys only know cemeteries from cartoon and there understanding is limited as to what we do there or so I thought. 

We pulled in slowly and with the windows down to lots of elderly people decorating loved ones graves (seriously, there were like 4 young families on the whole place) as we drove up the gravel road careful of all the pedestrians Mason told me at normal Mason level (loud) that "tonight all these dead people will be zombies". He didn't just tell me once he told me over and over again... Making sure that every grannie in the place gave me dirty looks!

Once we settled the zombie theory to Masons satisfaction we made out way on foot to the flag area to watch the Veterans ceremony.  Now not everyone could make it to this area on foot, one little lady who was up there in years (even among the elderly group assembled) was pushed up in a wheel chair.  She barely made it in time and she was trying hard to make a stealthy arrival.  Which was difficult because I the hush that had fallen over the crowd as the men assembled to 'forward march'. In between that order to move and the quiet crunch of wheels on gravel Mason loudly proclaimed to the assembled group that " the old lady is gonna die soon ". 

In that moment Micah turned quietly with Maddox in his arms and headed straight for the car.  I was still at this point determined that my boys would learn some respect for our country and its veterans.  

After the pledge, national anthem, and flag raising, one of the men read a lovely poem it was at this point that Miles announced to the group, " My poopy is coming"

I gave up!

Next year we will try to teach patriotism, this year I didn't want anyone to commit a felony on my family!  

We got home to find Elmo floating up side down in the bowl.  Mason was heart broken.  I gave him the option to bury him in the backyard (like at the cemetery) or burial at sea.  Mason not wanting Elmo to go zombie on him opted for a burial at sea.  Flushing his fish was a real spirit booster, until Miles decided he didn't want to be left out... Yar and Elmo are together forever at sea!

Monday, May 19, 2014

We bought a house!

We bought a beautiful, perfect home in Junction City, Oregon... We are over the moon!

See it's just darling!

No we didn't buy acres of property, but we did buy on the very edge of a subdivision and there is nothing between us and the coastal range.


We have a postage stamp size backyard, but that didn't stop me from taking advantage of the offer of a free "jump-o-line".  I made it fit!

I lost the screws for the boys bunk bed in the move and it took me 2 weeks to find them!  I shouldn't have even wasted the time searching, the boys are still sneaking into our bed... And with Micah traveling I like to have all my little chicks in arms reach!

The boys favorite part of our home is the 3 bathrooms, in fact when ever someone comes over or asks about our new home that is the first thing they talk about.  

We now have room for all our friends to visit and to throw some really kick-A parties (well as kick-a as parents of 3 kids can get).    



Sunday, March 2, 2014

Will we ever out grow bunny ears?

It's my favorite time of year... Benefit season!  For some reason the majority of non for profit organizations have their biggest fundraising events over the next few months.  I am lucky enough to get to attend some of them.  It's very similar to prom... Even as adults we still have a curfew, we make-out in the car, and my date gives me bunny ears!


I'm so darn lucky to have this guy, he is just yummy!


A little gambling for charity!  Why is it I win with funny money, but never with the real thing!



Max stayed with our sitter for the first time and did so good!  Yah, I can have dates with out the munchkin chaperone, squawking when ever Micah gets too close!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Miles

Miles still goes to daycare once a week when I volunteer in Mason's classroom.  Every month a child gets to bring in some of their favorite pictures and put them on the board and share their stories with the other kids.  

This is Miles' month!  He was so excited going through the pictures and telling his stories!  


This pictures make me smile, but I also really need to print new pictures... These are all 18months old!


This is Diego and he loves Miles!   Miles is an old 3 and Diego is a young 3...  My kid is huge!



Sunday, February 2, 2014

In the market

We are serious home shoppers... Ok as serious as Micah and I can be.  We love/hate everything and want what's not for sale. 
Our weekends are full of long drives, open houses, and exploring new parks. We make it fun for the kids by having them watch for new parks we can visit (Micah purposely avoids any parks in an area until we are ready to stop). The boys play along pretty well.  

The boys know right away if try like a home or not and at times can be really embarrassing.  We have walked into open houses and Mason has said loudly he doesn't like a place.  I usually agree with his opinion but it's not nice to loudly tell a room a place stinks!

The hunt goes on and on and on... I'll keep you updated!


Mason was trying to get a shot of Micah dunking the ball or touching the rim and I have 57 thousand shots of a hoop!  

Saturday was 52 and sunny, perfect for park hunting!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The best view in the house

When Micah's out of town this is what I open my eyes to.  

Monday, January 27, 2014

Attack of the sugar bugs!!!

Back to the dentist we go...

Mason told Kristy one morning that his teeth hurt, she texted me and I called the dentist.  They gave me two options either we could come in at 1020 that day or wait until march... Hmmm tough choice!

I took all 3 of the boys with me (I was nervous, if all 3 melted I was going to need the gas not Mase).  We got to the office right on time, which was a miracle in and of itself.  We walked in and Max was snoring in his car seat.

FYI... Baby snores are the best, much better than adult snores!

Miles and Mason headed straight for the toy wall and I got us checked in.  Poor Mason only got to play with the toys for a few minutes and we were all headed back to the procedure room.  Mason jumped in the chair and talked the poor assistant's ear off.  She got him started on the gas and he relaxed so quickly (i would really like some for at home)

The dentist came in and talked to mason about the sugar bugs eating his teeth and how he needed to put the bugs to sleep so he could get rid of them. 

Mason has a huge fear of needles and I really contemplated sedation so as not to upset him and cause complications.  In the end I thought trying the gas would be worth the risk (not to mention the affordability).  This pic is of him getting the shots, he didn't even flinch.  He didn't know it was coming either!  

Once his mouth started to sleep he asked me to take Miles back to the toys so he and Max didn't accidentally wake up the sleeping sugar bugs.  I was heart broken and proud at the same time, he does need me but maybe he should.  I kissed his head and whispered "luv ya" and he shhhed me out the door.  

This was during the "shot"!  I was so nervous and he was too busy telling stories

He was done so quick and was a great little patient



The kids all get a token to take to the prize machine!  This is everyone's favorite  part!

Mason ended up with a Crown and a filling.  He now has a shiny tooth like daddy which he loves looking at in the mirror.  He also has a healthy obsession with sugar bugs, one we discuss anytime anyone is eating anything within sight of Mason.  

Life is as always so darn good!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Library visit

I decided after the long boring year we had last year with me tired and pregnant for most of it, that this year we are going to do more!  Enjoy our community, take advantage of all the fun daytime activities that happen during the week! 

 Soooooo, we headed to the library to enjoy the 3-6yr olds story time.  I was sure it was going to be a hit.

I stopped for coffee on the way and we arrived early enough for the boys to browse the books.  I sat down at a kiddie table in a kiddie chair with Max Bjorne riding my front.  Once I sat down, I couldn't get up.  My knees just wouldn't work with the awkward baby situation, so i had this brilliant idea to climb down to the floor to reposition myself to get up.  in the process of climbing down onto my hands and knees, I spilled my entire coffee all over the table!  There I was on my hands and knees in the kiddie section swearing like a sailor and mopping up the spill with a baby blanket and wipes!   

Once my mess was cleaned I quickly ushered the kids into the story room and away from the scene of my crime.  The boys played with some puppets and looked at the books they had on display until the program started.  A crazy eugene lady with a badly done blue dye job came into the room and started the group off on a song!  

Miles ran to the front of the room screaming SHUT UP from the top of his lungs.  I had to run to the front of the room apologizing to the offended parents and drag Miles back to our chairs.  

Mason decided at this point that story time was lame and for babies.  So he acted like a giant baby and crawled under my chair and kicked my seat through the first book.  Miles of course followed Masons queues and hid under the chairs as well.  

3 books, 4 songs, and a puppet show later and finally it was over.  As the other parents were leaving a woman stopped and personally thanked me for breast feeding Max in public.  What do you say to that..." Your welcome"  That's all that came to my mind.

We were the last family out and one of the library attendants who looked incredibly young (think college student) stopped me and told me after watching me wrestle my boys, she had decided she only wants girls... I was and still am speechless.  I'm sure I mumbled some platitude as we walked by.  I kept picturing a pinterest pin that reads "your children make me want to OD on birth control."  

The library was a hit all thinks considered, we changed lives,some lady will find a way to pick the sex of her children.  Miles can't wait to go again and Mason has agreed to come as long as I promise a treat later!


The giant globe was a hit!  We found Eugene!

They can't wait to see it again tomorrow!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Teeth tickles and tooth counts


The boys headed in for a dentist appointment with the most kid friendly office I have ever seen.  Our dentist has wall to wall toys, and prize boxes.  Every time the kids do something right they get to play with a game boy or take a token to the prize machine.  When I told the boys we had an appointment they were so excited, they wanted to go right then!


Miles opening wide for Mr Sucky!  He thought it was awesome to have his spit sucked up!


Mason did so good, both boys did but... Mason has a sensitive gag reflex and he muscled through like a champ.  


Miles loved the idea of getting pictures of his teeth, he held still and they got pics of all his teeth!  Yea, Miles!


Monday, December 30, 2013

Maddox Kellen Clinger

Mad Max is growing and changing faster than we would like.  His arrival has shown us how sweet and thoughtful our older boys can be.  When the he cries the boys come running from all corners of the house to make sure he is ok and shove (sometimes violently) a binky in his mouth.  He's forced us to slow down and spend more time together.  It's been a wonderful change, some how I had forgotten how much a baby slows me down.  Here are a few things about our baby.

Max: 
Fights sleep worse than any baby I've ever seen
He can hold his big bobble head up like a pro
He loves to be rocked by daddy
 He has the worst latch, and is one of the noisiest eaters
If I turn on the vacuum he will sleep
If the boys are screaming and the TV can't get any louder he will sleep
He co-sleeps with us right now, and he is doing great during the night

He already has a special bond with Miles, they share binkys all day long!

Here is little man sound asleep in his Bumbo, he fussed and fussed... And fussed himself into a nap.


He is straight up a daddy's boy


He started smiling... Such a doll

Happy 2 months baby boy!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Santa came!

From our family to yours

We wish you the best of Holiday Seasons!





Christmas Eve

We were lucky enough to spend Christmas Eve with our friends the Widmers.
JoAnne and I have had all of our babies with in months of each other, and our most recent additions are only weeks apart. 

We shared a yummy turkey dinner, then the kids exchanged gifts, and lastly we decorated our cookies for Santa.  Mason did such a good job, I'm sure he gave Santa heart burn!
Mason and his creation


Miles and Addilyn decorating and tasting


Mason and Maeli... Every cookie had to be perfect!


Our newest additions Maddox and Ray IV

Such a great night, we had a blast with some of our oldest friends!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Last Christmas

Our dearest friends know about how awful last Christmas was for us...  I'm going to record what I remember here, so that we have a record of the events for Miles in years to come.

Just thinking about last year makes my heartache...

I had got off from work a little early and snuck home to clean and straighten our place before I picked up the kids from Daycare.  When I got a call from the daycare that Miles had had a seizure and was unresponsive.  I raced to his daycare to find 5 workers standing around his room watching him, all looking terrified.  I was sick, heart stopping, gut clenching sick... I walked to his room and he was playing and acting like a champ...   I asked for a full account from the women who had found him:

He was playing inside one of the houses with a little girl, the worker heard the girl call his            name over and over.  The checked to see what was going on and found him slumped against the wall, his eyes rolled back in his head and he was unresponsive.  He came right out of it, acting as though nothing had happened.

I quickly packed he and Mason out to the car and called my friend Kristy, I let her know what had happened and asked her to take Mason.  I then called Micah who was out of town in AZ for work and sobbed for him to come home.  He got on the next flight into Portland.  Next I called my friend Stephanie who works as an ER nurse at our local hospital, she was working at a different hospital that night but she called friends who were working and asked them to check on Miles and I.

I got to the hospital and they observed Miles for several hours and then sent us home.

Micah made it it home late that night, our good friend Kenny drove 4 hours round trip to pick Micah up and bring him to me.  When he finally got home well late that night, I sobbed into his arms.  You seenI had just finished my Anatomy and physiology requirements to apply for Nursing programs.  I knew enough about seizures to be terrified for Miles, but not enough to actually do anything constructive to help him.

We went to our Ped Dr Kordesch the next day and she cleared her schedule so we could really talk about how we were and what we needed to do.  After hoarding an hour of her time, she gave me her personal cel phone number and asked to call her day or night if he had another.

He did.

With the second seizure We went back to the ER and they observed him and sent us home.  We waited through several more (with each new seizure I became more hysterical) and during an awful episode, where I felt like he was trying to talk to me but couldn't, we took him back in.

Our ER doc was a little floored that we has our doctors private cel phone number and did a quick consult with her over the phone and admitted us.  The hell truly began then.

He seized over and over again daily.  It was so very terrible that I thought we were going to loose him, he went from one seizure a day to multiple seizures a day in 4 days.   We went through test after test after test each one more inconclusive than the last.  He was put on insane Meds, phenobarbital, depakote... And each med made him comatose for long periods of time and then he would wake up and we would repeat the seizing and testing until his dosage was so hi that they couldn't go any higher.  We were in our local hospital for 6 days, until they realized that his seizure weren't interrupting his brain waves, they stopped his mobility and communication, but not his  brain waves.

We had more questions than answers and we were sent home with a heavily medicated little boy, with no idea what was wrong or how to fix it.

My parents had come in the middle of all this and stayed at our place, taking over Masons care and our home while Micah and I lived at the Hospital with Miles.   We decided that my parents should takes Mase home with them as we had no idea how much longer this was going to go on.

We got home on the 23rd of December, Micah and I took turns running around buying presents trying to put together some kind of  Christmas, poor Miles was a zombie through most of the time we were home.  Micah flew out on my birthday to bring Mason home.  Several hours after he left Miles developed a rash, several hours after that we were back in the ER for a major allergic reaction.   Miles was on several types of drugs and since we didn't know what was causing his reaction I pulled him off everything.

Back at square one, there was nothing else our Hospital could do for us.  We were sent to Portland, to OHSU. I drove through the night to Portland exhausted and scared, Miles even full of Benadryl stayed awake and helped me stay awake to make it there. It was either I drive him or he be transported by ambulance, I was terrified of being separated from him so I drove.

 Every test we had done previously was repeated.  The blood draws were constant it seemed and Miles would cry every time the nurses entered his room... It got to the point that a nurse informed me of my right to refuse.  At this point they couldn't find a vein to draw from, his arms and legs were bruised and we were down to milking blood from pokes in his toes.  I refused all draws then and there... Without an express explanation of the necessity of the draw and without first communicating with the other doctors to makes sure said test hadn't already been run or couldn't be added onto something already being tested.

We were at OHSU from the 28th to the 31st.  Our doctors there came to the same conclusion, he wasn't having seizures... He was having seizure like events (say what). What ever he was going through was not disturbing his brain waves.  We were sent home to observe from home his "events" and referred back to our original ped neurologist.

I refused all possible meds for Miles and we went home.  To this day, we have no idea what caused his "events" or if they will come back.  Miles recovered on his own.

I live in constant fear that he will start again.  Every time he doesn't answer me my stomached clenches a little and I worry...

I built a lot of forts while we were in Portland... He felt safer in his forts!

During his 2nd EEG (it took 3 long hours to attach each wire, I restrained him through each placement)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

I had a baby... Again!

Maddox Kellen Clinger Joined our family on October 30th

He wasn't due until Nov 3, but he decided to join us a little early!


We had a rough start, he and I struggled with all things newborn, but we persevered!


The Langworthy's took the boys overnight and they had a blast watching little Mermaid and eating pizza!  

Kristy woke up in the middle of the night hearing someone down stairs.  She yelled from the top of the stairs "I'm up here". And Miles came running sobbing and screamed at her to "GO TO BED."  She yelled back, "No, you go to bed," Miles walked up the stairs and went to bed... Such a funny kid!



Mad Max, has no patience with us, he yells the moment he realizes he needs something.  He snorts and grunts all night long.  Poor Micah moved to the spare room just to get a decent nights sleep.  unfortunately the boys have had no issue with the extra noise and are still hanging out in our bed?..

We are all enjoying the adjustment of a new member to our family and Max has a jumping through hoops already to get a glimpse of one of his smiles.