Calm before the storm

So the next few weeks are going to be a bit crazy around here with me heading out to my semi annual CHREC meeting (in Albuquerque this time) and then out to scout camp the next week. This week was a good, normal week and we were able to recharge our batteries a bit to get ready for what’s coming.

01 James has started feeding himself
James started insisting that he feed himself this week.

Because of the normalcy of this week, there isn’t a lot notable to talk about. Probably the most interesting thing that happened this week was that James had a bit of a fever for a few days. We’re pretty sure it was just teething because he’s been working on some molars lately. It was still hard to have him not feeling well.

02 James was so proud of this thing he made
James is getting better and better at making lego things. He made this all by himself.

Eliza also got some 24 hour bug on Thursday. She woke up and wasn’t feeling well. She didn’t eat much breakfast and then threw up soon after she ate. She rested on the couch the rest of the day. When I got home from work, she tried to be her normal happy self but just wasn’t up to it and had to lie down again. She had had a hard night the night before also and hadn’t slept much. On Friday she was feeling pretty much better but had a hard time sleeping that night also. Saturday she was back to her normal happy self and was just as cheerful as can be.

03 Eliza made a swimming pool
Eliza made this swimming pool and they were swimming in it.
04 James chasing my watch reflection
James thought it was great fun to chase the light reflecting from my watch.
05 Kids reading
We found them here just reading books. That’s my kids!

Oh yeah, Monday was Memorial Day. We spent the day in true Arnesen style working around the house. The goal was to do some yard work but it was too rainy so we dusted, vacuumed the cobwebs, vacuumed all the floors, and did some other cleaning. Eliza wanted to watch “Music Man” so after we were done cleaning we let her and James have some popcorn and watch that. In the evening we went over to our friends house to give then a frozen meal because they had a baby coming this week. They invited us in for home made ice cream to top off our Day.

Eliza wanted to help vacuum the floor so she got to do part of mommy and daddy's room.
Eliza wanted to help vacuum the floor so she got to do part of mommy and daddy’s room.

Friday night was James and my first Father’s and Son’s activity. Our ward didn’t do a camp this time but just opted for an evening activity. It was held at Berry Springs park which is just a short drive up the toll road in Georgetown. We had fried chicken and mashed potatoes to eat. James and I played on the playground that they had there and had a grand time. It was fun to just have some time with him but he was definitely missing mommy and Eliza. He kept asking where Eliza was and wanting her to help him do things.

James found a stick and started banging on this ladder and making all kinds of glorious noise.
James found a stick and started banging on this ladder and making all kinds of glorious noise.
The best part of the night was ice cream sandwiches.
The best part of the night was ice cream sandwiches.

While James and I were at the activity, Sarah and Eliza had a little date also. They went to Chick Fil’a for dinner and then Eliza wanted to go shopping so they went to Walmart and got some fun socks and some fingernail polish. James and I actually got home before they did so we read some books while the girls did their nails. Eliza was so excited about her nails and James didn’t understand why he couldn’t get his nails painted too.

Mommy and Eliza had some girl time and did nails.
Mommy and Eliza had some girl time and did nails.

We did get quite a bit of rain this week. It rained basically every night and usually had some pretty good lightning to go along with it. The yard was so wet that I couldn’t mow the corner of the back yard yesterday because it was still under 2 inches of water. This week is supposed to be dryer so that will be a nice change of pace. We’re really grateful for the rain after the years of drought we’ve been having. Our two main lakes are near or over 100% and they have had to release water downstream several times.

Sarah taught a lesson in church about honesty this week.
Sarah taught a lesson in church about honesty this week.

Eliza also had her last swimming lesson on Wednesday. She has absolutely loved her swimming class and we are so grateful for Sister Scott for teaching her and working hard with her. We were able to get her some nice flotation things to wear while she continues to gain confidence. It’s fun to see her learning so much.

Potty-training and Strep

So it’s been one of those weeks this week… Sarah and I have been fighting off sleep deprivation trying to keep the kids happy and healthy. The week started and ended well enough but the middle of the week was pretty rough.

We recently decide that we’d start potty training Eliza. We started on Monday and she actually had a pretty good first day. She figured things out pretty well and was doing a good job. Of course we had a few accidents but that is to be expected. She was excited to show me her sticker chart when I got home from work and was so proud to not be wearing diapers any more.  Tuesday was a bit down from Monday and then Wednesday everything sort of fell apart with her. We were having all kinds of accidents all over the place and Eliza was not doing so well anymore.

James likes to climb up on the stool and see what is going on on the counter.
James likes to climb up on the stool and see what is going on on the counter.

Part of the reason that Eliza wasn’t doing so well is probably because James started to feel pretty rotten on Wednesday also. He started getting super stuffy and running a mid-grade fever. We thought he was just teething (which, it turns out, he was) and gave him some pain killers overnight to help with the pain. On Thursday he wasn’t doing much better but still we thought it was just teething. The pain killers weren’t helping too much with his fever though so on Friday we took him in to the pediatrician to get him looked at. He had a strep test come back positive and they put him on amoxicillin. We got that right away and started him on it that evening.

James was feeling so rotten that he would just let us put him down sometimes and he'd just stare off into space.
James was feeling so rotten that he would just let us put him down sometimes and he’d just stare off into space.

Eliza started showing similar symptoms to James on Saturday. She was lethargic and acting sick all day. We took her to the urgent care on Saturday afternoon and she had an initial strep test come back negative. They did a culture test but we haven’t received the results of that yet. They put her on amoxicillin also just in case. So now we have two kids on antibiotics and that’s a fun job!

Mommy and Eliza at her "checkup."
Mommy and Eliza at her “checkup.”

Wednesday through Friday were hard with both kids being sick and cranky. James wanted Sarah’s constant attention (and to be held constantly) because he felt sick and Eliza needed constant attention because so she wouldn’t wet all over the floor. As you can imagine, this was challenging for Sarah. She handled it pretty well though. Here’s to hoping we can catch up on some sleep soon.

Both of the kids were on the upswing today. When they woke up they both ate breakfast which was an improvement over the last few days. We took them to sacrament meeting but then I brought them home after so that Eliza wasn’t in the nursery with all the kids. We did nursery at home while mom stayed at church to take care of some of her responsibilities. We had a song and a lesson and then had snacks and colored. Eliza was pretty excited about Nursery at home! Tonight they were both pretty happy and somewhat back to their normal selves.

James coloring at our "nursery at home" on Sunday.
James coloring at our “nursery at home” on Sunday.
Eliza coloring at our "Nursery at Home"
Eliza coloring at our “Nursery at Home”

Hopefully they both decide that tonight they won’t bet getting up every hour and Sarah and I can get some good sleep.

Hope that this doesn’t sound too complainy. We/I don’t mean to complain and we are grateful for what we’ve learned this week. This is just me trying to be authentic!

Daddy and Eliza on Sunday
Daddy and Eliza on Sunday

A Rainy Week

As you may have noticed we have been getting a bit of rain this week here in Texas! It has been fun. The temperature has dropped this week and it is starting to feel like fall here. We have been enjoying the cooler weather. Friday night and Saturday were particularly crazy. We had a lot of rain on Friday. I actually left work a bit early because I was worried about the storm coming in. We got about 5 inches of rain overnight on Friday and Saturday and it rained all day Saturday. I was supposed to go with the youth to the temple on Saturday morning early but it was so rainy that we cancelled the trip. There were several roads closed in Pflugerville because of flooding that morning. We had our normal lake of water in our back yard.

James loves looking out the back windows at the yard.
James loves looking out the back windows at the yard.
We always comb hair after baths and this time James wanted in on the fun. It turned into snuggle time with daddy.
We always comb hair after baths and this time James wanted in on the fun. It turned into snuggle time with daddy.
James playing peek-a-boo.
James playing peek-a-boo.

Other than the rain this has been a pretty standard week. I have had work every day and some of the days have been crazy. We had one of the guys on my team get loaned out to another team so we’re one man short of what we’re used to so we’re all having to pick up some of the slack.

James was sitting drinking his water and Eliza decided she wanted to come join him.
James was sitting drinking his water and Eliza decided she wanted to come join him.
Best friends!
Best friends!
James playing the sticks at music class.
James playing the sticks at music class.

Sarah has been great this week. She had several ladies in the area come over to decorate Halloween cookies. She spent most of the night on Tuesday making a stack of sugar cookies and then had the ladies over on Wednesday morning to decorate. She had several people come over but not as many as she had originally hoped. They had a good time even though the kids were a bit crazy.

Eliza painting. She loved it!
Eliza painting. She loved it!
Reading stories on BYU day.
Reading stories on BYU day.
Sarah showed Eliza her formal dress and Eliza had to put on her purple dress to match.
Sarah showed Eliza her formal dress and Eliza had to put on her purple dress to match.

Eliza and James got flu shots on Tuesday and so they’ve been having a bit of a rough week. Eliza was so brave. We had her come watch us get shots last week so she could see what was going to happen. When they got to the doctor she actually volunteered to go first. In telling me about it after, she said that she was a little scared and that she got a little poke. She was super. James, of course, had a harder time. He was sick the day after a bit and has had trouble sleeping since he got that shot. Eliza also has been stuffy, along with the rest of us, and is having a tough Sunday night today.

Eliza loved using the umbrella in (and out of) the rain.
Eliza loved using the umbrella in (and out of) the rain.
She has started learning her letters and we finally remembered her magnetic letters from last Christmas.
She has started learning her letters and we finally remembered her magnetic letters from last Christmas.

A bit under the weather

We were a bit under the weather in both the literal and figurative senses of the word this week. On Monday we had massive raining and flooding all over our area. We had invited people over to have some dutch oven cobblers with us but it was raining so hard that only a few showed up. I was surprised that anyone came at all with the rain and the wind the way it was. We had water flowing down our greenbelt in our neighborhood and it was all the way full to the street. We had several tornado warnings in the area and several touched down during the storm. None were close to us but it was a bit scary. We had about a foot of water in our yard but no damage. Our main lake for the area, Lake Travis, rose 34 feet in the last week and a half and is now higher than it’s ever been since we’ve lived in Texas. It’s been a blessing to get this rain that very likely will break this drought we’ve been in.
Our backyard was pretty full of water during the storm.
Our backyard was pretty full of water during the storm.
Unfortunately, we’ve also been feeling a bit sick this week. Eliza had two hard nights with fever and was throwing up on Thursday. She hasn’t been sick like that before and it was scary to her especially when she would throw up. Sarah was also feeling a bit sick this week and had a hard day on Wednesday. We’re all feeling better now and we’re grateful that James and I didn’t get sick. James did have a fever one day but it was because he was getting his second tooth! Thank you all for your prayers this week.
Eliza spent a lot of time feeling sick on the couch this week.
Eliza spent a lot of time feeling sick on the couch this week.
James is getting into everything. We need to recheck the baby-proofing on the house!
James is getting into everything. We need to recheck the baby-proofing on the house!
Eliza likes getting James up from his naps.
Eliza likes getting James up from his naps.
James has started moving all over the place. He isn’t officially crawling yet but he can worm his way across the floor pretty good and get wherever he wants to go. He is starting to get into all of Eliza’s things. She spent most of the day today while we were at home chasing him around and taking her toys away from him. Luckily she had a lesson today in nursery on sharing!
There is a bird that lives right outside of Eliza's window and she loves to watch it from her bed.
There is a bird that lives right outside of Eliza’s window and she loves to watch it from her bed.
On Sundays, Eliza will often ask for mommy to curl her hair.
On Sundays, Eliza will often ask for mommy to curl her hair.
Eliza decided she'd wear this dress on Sunday when we went to a missionary open house. Adam got it for her in Romania.
Eliza decided she’d wear this dress on Sunday when we went to a missionary open house. Adam got it for her in Romania.
Sarah and I got to go on a real date this week to the Austin Symphony to hear Carmina Burana. It was awesome. We’re grateful for our friends the Larsens for taking us with them.
Us outside of the Long Center after the Symphony.
Us outside of the Long Center after the Symphony.