Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Another Chapter

For any family or friends, I took a break from blogging for awhile, but have taken it up again.  Our new blog is 

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Welcome Mason

Well, what seems to have been like....a 9 month hiatus, I'm finally posting! I couldn't in good conscience not post about our latest little friend. On October 21, 2010 we welcomed little Mason Allen Brown into the family! I was induced, as per typical Kari....and also as expected, labor was ridiculously fast.....AGAIN!! Thank heaven I was numb! My water broke on it's own at around 12:15 pm and then, just before he was born, I went from a 6cm dilation to a 10 in literally, 5 minutes! Talk about frightening! I'm so grateful for inductions! He was 8 lb. 4 oz. when he was born and 20 inches long! It's so fun to have another little guy in the house....and the brothers adore him!

So far, my recovery has honestly, pretty much stunk. I think I am literally falling apart! I'm not sure if it's that I'm in my 30's this time around, the fact that he's #4, or a combination of the two, but I've really struggled to feel "normal" again. Unfortunately, we suspect I had a "wet tap" from my epidural, which caused some incredible headaches! At the same time, I was running a fever and felt like I had the flu, as a side efffect from the Tdap shot they gave me when I was discharged from the hospital. If that wasn't enough, it took forever for my milk to come in on top of that, and since I don't breastfeed, that was incredibly painful and took longer than usual to dry up! I was hoping once that passed, I would be on the mend, just in time for Gavin to bring home a killer cold/cough from school which Michael and I both got. The good news, is that Mason made it unscathed! Two weeks later I am still coughing from it, and have since had to have a root canal done - I could feel my pulse in my teeth, it was that painful! And I've had ulcers from the chronic heartburn I had when I was carrying him. They've put me on ulcer meds and 3 different antibiotics to balance the bacteria in my system, because of the stomach pains I was having! Like I's a laundry list of awful things I've struggled with since I had him. That's true, he's worth it, but it sure has been a bummer to recover from!Our little guy is actually sleeping quite well! He goes down around 11 and usually gets up from 3:30 to 4:30, or so. The hardest part is dragging my bum out of bed at 7am when the others need to get rolling and the routine starts again! Any mother out there knows that the first few months are a struggle, and I really feel like I'm living that movie "Groundhog Day," but at least this time around, I know it'll get easier as we go. We still haven't gotten an official smile out of Mason and keep trying to get him to talk to us; he made a couple cooing noises the other day, but nothing since.

So, life is adjusting once again, and with it, Michael got a new job! He'll be starting the week after Thanksgiving, working for a company called He had a friend working their who kept asking him to come work with him, and finally, Michael felt it was the right time. He will primarily be working from home! We'll see how this'll be a big change for all of us! Hopefully it's for the better! The only downside is that it will require travel at least once a month, but maybe it'll be great and we'll all be ready for a break when that rolls around. That's it in a nutshell. I'll try to post next time, sooner than 9 months from now!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Back-Tracking A Little: Home Depot Date With Dad

I almost forgot to put this in here! Every month on the first Saturday, Home Depot hosts free clinics for kids to go to with their parents and build things. Michael tries to take the boys to these occasionally and happened to for February! The hard thing is, the kids are supposed to be 4 years old to participate, and Scott is only 2 1/2, yet he's old enough to get that he's being left out if Michael only takes the older boys. So, we packed Scott up too and I joined them. Scott and I got to watch and color together. Every once in awhile Scott got to sneak in an occasional hammer hit and had fun too! This time Jared built a bank that looks like a Fire Station and Gavin built a shelf to hold all his Hot Wheels cars. After that we took the kids over to Great Harvest and bought a cinnamon roll to share! Yum! It was a fun Saturday!

Valentine's Day 2010

We had a great Valentine's day this year! The last couple of years I've been totally spoiled like it's Mother's Day or something! It's great! Michael made us a big waffle breakfast and gave me some gorgeous hot pink roses! He also managed to make me a trail of hearts leading out to the kitchen....a nice reminiscent thing of when we were dating (only then, it was rose petals....*sigh*). The kids took time to make really nice Valentine cards and my gift for Michael was to give him an alarm boring am I? More often than not, we've learned to become more practical, than anything, with our gift giving! We bought a little treat for the boys and gave Jared some page protectors that he can use to put his books and illustrations in and Gavin a "tech deck" (huge waste of money if you ask me, but he loves them....little mini skateboards), and Scott got a Color Wonder fingerpaint set.

We had a fun long weekend due to President's Day too and had a great time! We took the boys indoor golfing too over at Trafalga. Turns out it was glow in the dark day....they had a great time! I love all my Valentines!

100's Day

Every year the school makes a big deal of the 100th day of school. This year was Gavin's first experience with the 100's Day festivities and he had a blast! I got to go help out in his class. All of the kids brought 100 of something to mix together into a trail mix for the kids to take home and boy did he love that! Gavin can always go for marshmallows and pretzels! Here he and some of his friends are sporting their 100 Day Head Gear!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Jared's "Girlfriend"

Although they've been off and on (hahaha) this is Jared's best friend at school! He has her over frequently and they get along great! All Jared's life he's gotten along really well with girls and this is one of them.....Brianna! Last time she was over they were hauling each other around the yard in the one little patch of remaining snow! Like all the grass in the background? It's a sign of a less than average snowfall for the winter!

Our Own Brand Of Mystery Men

Faster than a Speeding Bullet........

It's A Bird!

It's A Plane! It's the Undie Boys! Run for your lives!

Each has their own flare!