On Friday night, I took a night off from Jason's revival (with his blessing, of course) to attend the Begley Scholar Reunion at Lindsey Wilson College's Homecoming. My sister and I were both so blessed to receive the Begley Scholarship. I can honestly say that the experiences and memories as a part of the scholars changed my life in a most positive way, exposed me to people and places I never would have had the opportunity to meet or visit otherwise, and allowed me the opportunity to develop a relationship with Pres. and Mrs. Luckey, two people whom I admire greatly. The night was wonderful. Lindsay and I were both able to catch up with friends we had not seen in years. For me in particular, I was excited to catch up with Brittani, Jamie, and Larissa, three LWC alums who were so kind to me when I arrived there, and with whom I made many memories, particularly on our trip to San Francisco with the scholars. Larissa is truly one of the main reasons I fell in love with LWC and even decided to apply for the Begley Scholarship. She is one of those people whose beauty truly comes from within. She simply glows with happiness, and her presence always makes me feel at ease. The food, fellowship, and conversation reminded me just how much I loved and miss LWC.
Saturday was a busy, busy day. Early in the morning, Mom and I took Connor to the urgent care clinic. After two weeks of almost no sleep and complaining about his ears for two days, we found out that there was absoutely nothing wrong with him and no reason he shouldn't be sleeping (according to the doctor). Of course I don't want him to be sick, but I was hoping for a reason for this lack of sleep, but we are still stumped. I am wondering now if Connor's ears hurting are actually a result of his molars coming in...I feel a little bit of bumpiness in the back of his mouth. However, it doesn't explain his absolute fear of going to bed at night. I am so sad that my little boy who used to ask to go to his bed now is afraid and upset when we put him there.
Shortly after returning home, we (Jason, Connor, me, Mom, Dad, and Linds) made the drive to Etown to celebrate Dad and Lindsay's birthday with a trip to Red Lobster, my dad's favorite eatery, especially when Endless Shrimp is an option. Afterward, we all headed to the revival together and took turns wrangling Connor in the pews.
Sunday was the last day of the revival, and Jason had to preach both Sunday morning and evening, so it was an early start to the day. After a yummy meal with too many dessert options at the church, Jason and I decided to kill the time between by heading to Etown and window shopping. We eventually made our way to Barnes and Noble, where Connor spent an hour playing happily with a Thomas the Train set. Eventually we made our way to the mall and another play area, which Connor was reluctant to leave when it was time to go. A delicious dinner at Rafferty's was followed by a final trip to Magnolia for the revival. While it was a tiring weekend, we are always blessed to spend time with the people at this particular church. They were particularly enamored with Connor, and he adored all of the attention.
Monday was Lindsay's official family birthday party. Sugasisters made the decadent wedding cake and pumpkin spice cupcakes, my mom made a cheesy, yummy baked spaghetti, and Connor helped Aunt "Ninny" open her gifts.
Tuesday was one last celebration for Lindsay's 25th birthday,with our favorite kickboxing girl, Robin, and our former kickboxing pal Mandy. We met at Cafe on the Square (with Connor in tow), ate my favorite ever sugar cookie (To.Die.For.), and talked until well after closing time.
Wednesday I had a faculty meeting, so Jason was in charge of Connor, and was also my hero, because he took Scout to the vet (with Connor along) after a small scare. It turns out that Scout will be fine, but there was some blood loss and medicine involved, so it was scary at the time. For those non-pet people, this will seem silly, but we've had Scout since our first anniversary, and she is such a special part of our family that I was worried sick that something terrible was wrong and she'd have to be put down. Thankfully, that wasn't the case and she is doing much better.
I also headed over to a costume shop on Wed. (with Mom and Connor) to finalize our costumes for Halloween. Yes, we are that nerdy family who are all dressing up together. Jason is borrowing a Woody costume, I rented Jessie, and Aunt Linds bought Connor a Buzz costume, so we are a Toy Story family this year. I will be sure to post embarrassing photos next week.
Thursday was a day I had been looking forward to for weeks. Typically, as I may write about, when it comes to concerts and music venues, Linds and Jason are almost always the ones to venture out to such events. I am usually home with Connor, enjoying some quiet time. I do, however, love music, and was excited when I was finally invited to tag along with them to see the Avett Brothers. We all had delicious burgers at deSha's before the show, and then walked to Rupp Arena, where we had general admission tickets, meaning we stood on the floor. Adventurous Linds ended up with a second row view, and while Jason and I hung back a bit, we still had a great view. The show was better than I had anticipated. My favorite ever live band is DMB, but this show gave them a run for their money. The cellist was outstanding. I had never before seen a person jump around on stage, cello in hand. The guys' voices were passionate and clear, and their love of their music (and the crowd) was evident with every song. I truly enjoyed every moment, despite losing a few hours of sleep on a school night. I hope I get invited to tag along with them again. :)
If you haven't ever given The Avett Brothers a listen, these are two of my favorite songs:
Random thoughts for the week:
- BIG NEWS: Connor peed in the potty twice this week! Both times were at the church where Jason was in revival. Jason just happened to ask Connor if he wanted to pee-pee before church, and he said yes. Jasno took him in, held him over the big potty, and he peed! He did this again on Sunday morning at church. Since then, he hasn't responded to our multiple offers to pee-pee in the potty, but at least it's a start.
- His new word this week is "backward."
- Connor has begun to love salad, especially with ranch dressing. He, however, calls it "saddle." :)
- After church, when I put him in his carseat, he said, "Shoes off. Comfy." I love to see how rapidly his communication is progressing.
- We are still having sleep issues. After multiple nights having to "Supernanny" Connor (putting him back in his crib each time he tried to crawl out, until he eventually fell asleep), we purchased a revolutionary device known as a crib tent. While it has not solved the sleep issues, it has given us peace of mind that Connor cannot hurt himself trying to escape his crib. We were given lots of advice from different people, but ultimately as his parents, Jason and I do not feel that Connor is ready for a toddler bed and all of the freedom (and danger) that might come with it. That day will eventually come, but for now we feel comfortable knowing he is "trapped" (sorry if that sounds harsh) in his crib, safe and sound. I cannot figure out how this happened, but my sweet boy who loved his bed and put his hands behind his head and said, "Night, night Mommy, each night, now screams when we try to put him down. We have kept our bath, book-reading, rocking, singing routine, but it hasn't helped. He simply throws a fit when we go to put him in his crib. We have a nightlight, we have his blanket, Muno, and a couple of toys in his crib, and there isn't anything in particular in his room that he seems to be scared of, but it still happens every single night. Since we got the crib tent, he will cry for about 10-20 minutes before falling asleep, and then wake up at least once in the night, sometime between 12-3, crying and screaming again. At first I would go up there and check to see if he was okay, see if he had pooped was sick, but I think now that it is just making it harder for him to fall asleep. Jason says we should just let him "cry it out" at that time as well, but it's a struggle, because I worry he might actually need me and I am ignoring him. However, even more than I need my own sleep (which I value immensely), Connor needs to be well-rested, and most importantly, he needs to know that he is safe in his room, and that Mommy and Daddy are in charge and will care for him. Please continue to pray for us about this situation, especially that we will make the right decisions.
Random photos for the week:
|"Connor's" pumpkin, as he calls it|
|He was done taking pictures and wanted the hat off|
|Connor says the little pumpkin is his, then points to the one on the left and says, "Momma's" and points to the one on the right and says, "Daddy's."|
|After living in our house for almost two years, Jason and I finally saved up and decided on a backsplash for the kitchen that we both like. The section over the stove is not finished yet, so I'll post more when it is all done.|
|Jason and Connor were playing in the yard on the last warm day earlier in the week, and I got some really cute shots. I am planning a separate post for the rest.|
Have a blessed weekend, friends!