Friday, June 29, 2012
Well. I will try to make this post drama free and to the point. Mostly I am adding it to the blog because I feel that this is such a great chronicle of our life for the boys to look back on one day, and I feel that Miles' first visit to the E.R. deserves documenting.
On what was already a memorable weekend, we woke up on Sunday to Miles incredibly ill. Once stabilized at the hospital we determined it was a bad case of a summer flu causing him to be extremely dehydrated. After an IV and an X-ray of his stomach we determined that he just needed some fluids and some rest. Which he did right there in the room... while watching an amazing array of cartoons available on demand. We're pretty sure he thought he was in a toddler spa, except for the fact he was feeling so bad. I am not sure he has ever seen that many consecutive hours of television before.
I will not go into how hard it was to watch him get and IV in his arm, and how proud I was because he was so incredibly brave. In hindsight he seems none the wiser and simply refers to the event by saying, "I went to the doctor and he made me better." It was a challenging day for all involved, and again I am so thankful to have family nearby because they were here to help in an instant.
Relief finally came when they gave him a graham cracker to eat and he was able to keep it down, and they let us go home. Not an incident I care to repeat.
Now lets get on to the next chapter of this year and leave the drama and hospital trips behind! I would say we've had more than our share. Sincerely though, it gave me a true appreciation of some of the things that families who care for sick children are dealing with and my heart goes out to them.
Posted by Sally at 12:01 PM
Friday, June 22, 2012
Anyway... we are blessed to have some great places to stretch our legs very nearby. Miles especially loves to ride his push cycle at a local biking park. Other bikers are literally amazed when they cruise by and see him with his helmet on, working his way through the trails! In typical Miles fashion he loves to exclaim, "I am riding my bicycle." as they fly by on theirs. The pictures above show us coming and going (at about the same point) after an almost 1.5 mile ride/walk... pretty exceptional for a two year old in my opinion!!
Another favorite outdoor past time for Miles is still going on a "Bug Safari." We have enjoyed watching some Monarch caterpillars munch on milkweed on our beach this spring/summer. We have literally watched them grow from tiny little worms to big hungry caterpillars.
We served up some BBQ chicken, burgers, and oatmeal walnut burgers for Brian, Diana, Aunti Ei, Thea Annie, and "the Yia Yia's." It was great to catch up and celebrate with family!
Another way we celebrated Father's Day was with a backyard camp out. We even managed to convince our friends it would be a great idea to come share the experience.
Ruben enjoyed playing with his girlfriend Emma!
Michael shared his first Father's Day with Ruben.
I shared a tent with Miles. He woke up with S'more stickiness still smeared all over his face and a beautiful case of bedhead!
He was a little bit dazed, but he was excited that he slept outside.
Miles captured these two images while we were having breakfast.
So if you are looking for the Triant Family, we may not be off on some great adventure out of state, or even out of town this summer, but you will most certainly find us outside and learning about flora and fauna of our own backyard!
Posted by Sally at 6:06 AM
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Ruben's monthly photo shows him with his head held high. You can usually find him trying to sit himself up and participate with anything and everything his older brother is doing these days. I am having so much fun watching them really start to play together. Miles' favorite thing to do lately is search for bugs anywhere and everywhere; so it seems fitting that his monthly photo shows him with his magnifying lens!
Another way we love to celebrate this time if year is by putting it in jars. As a friend recently said to me, "Canning season has begun." We started with strawberry jam! My brothers came over to visit for the afternoon and entertained my boys while I turned this flat of berries...
into two dozen half pints of jam!
Last weekend we decided to beat the heat playing in the sprinkler. Our dear friends brought their girls over and joined us.
Miles and Sofia took turns spraying each other with water.
It was a perfect summer day. The kind when you put all the lists of things you should do or could do aside, and instead crack open a beer, sit back, and watch your kids play!
And finally! I managed to get a picture of Ruben's teeth! His new toothy grin just melts my heart.
Posted by Sally at 6:34 PM
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Fast forward EIGHT years! This last week the second of the two transits that we will see in this lifetime occurred. Like bookends I looked back and reminisced over the eight years that have been capped by these events. (I'm like that with astrological events and rare occurrences :-) I am amazed at all that has happened, and now I have my own kids to play with. That said - the scientist in me was super excited to share this event with my boys. Needless to say I hyped it up all day. Miles and I talked about planets, and the sun, and our place in the universe. You know, you're usual topics of conversation with two year olds.
So when the time arrived we went outside with my welding glasses and...
...Michigan delivered with some of your typical lake effect cloudy skies!
(And thanks to technology we sat down and watched this unbelievably beautiful video from NASA and we got to see it for ourselves!)
Posted by Sally at 6:19 AM