Tuesday, June 17, 2008
The week in pictures
Parker had one of his worst allergic reactions this week. I took him with me visiting teaching and there was no food even around. The kids were all playing with toys, I guess there could have been traces of something on a toy like peanut butter or something. No cats or anything. He started rubbing his eyes and breaking out in hives and not a minute later his eyes were swelling up. So we left and went home, took benadryl, gave him a bath, put in eye drops, called the allergist etc. The benadryl worked, but if the swelling had continued they told me to use the epi-pen. The swelling went down slowly, It took about 24 hours for him to look "normal." Sigh. It was a little scary. He was a trooper though. I know it scared him too, He said "Will my eyes go back to normal?" The only other thing the allergist said was that sometimes plastic blow up toys come coated in a powder that causes some children to react this way (they had been wrestling a big blow up dinosaur). Parker is doing great and is back to normal.
The next day we drove to Hickory and had a really fun long weekend visiting Greg's parents. Here are some highlights...
They babysat so we could go to the CURE concert in Charlotte with Greg's cousins Jason and Kirk. It was awesome and they played for THREE HOURS! They have a new album being released in a couple of weeks and they played some songs from that and alot of oldie goldies from the 80's and 90's as well. They sounded amazing. This has been Greg's favorite band since he was 14 so it was fun for me to go with him and pretend inwardly that we were still in highschool and that I was his girlfriend! hahaha! He even bought me a t-shirt. What a nice boyfriend.
The boys had a boys night and had a blast at the Hickory Crawdads baseball game. Parker lasted 7 innings. Ok only 4 watching the game but they had a lot of fun things for kids to do there. The girls went out to dinner and had some fun of our own at the mall. Meadow got some new church shoes. She had her heart set on a sequined silver and pink pair 4 sizes too large for her that she clomped around in for a while before we settled on a nice black pair with a butterfly buckle. There were some pairs she refused to even try on. She knows what she likes.
On Father's Day, Greg and I took the kids to a fun park that had a little creek running through it to let Grandma and Grandpa take a nap in peace and quiet for a change. The kids had the best time and got really wet and dirty. Parker met a little friend named Jack and they had a great time being boys together. Afterwards, since this was all very spur of the moment and we had no dry clothes, we had to strip them down in the van and they thought it was great fun to ride back to Grandma's house practically naked. Ok totally naked, except we did have a diaper for Med.
We also visited the science center where we witnessed a sting ray jump out of the water which Greg magically caught on film. Parker enjoyed petting the sting rays. Meadow wasn't so into that.
Parker also loved riding the 4 wheeler around Granpa Glenn's yard. We enjoyed getting to listen to Parker yell Woooooooo!! repeatedly.
Grandma Debbie and Greg had fun trying to make Parker's hot dog more exciting complete with sea weed. Parker looked at the creation and said "I just want a regular hot dog." I said " That is a regular hot dog... see" and put the hot dog back into it's original shape. Parker said "No, because it still has legs and eyes." So we made him a regular non-threatening one. It was a little scary looking...