Giant post ahead! Brendan is very sore. The incisions are itchy and annoying. Otherwise, he is doing SO well, and he is sleeping so much better in his own bed!
Immediately after taking Gramma to the airport, we picked up Aunt Shannon, Uncle Jon, Kieran, and Malcolm! They initially booked their trip to help us manage things while Brendan was in the hospital. We all had no idea that he would already be home!
Here comes cousins!
Lunchtime with cousins!
The first thing we had to do was make a Costco trip so we were able to feed houseguests.
Costco has out their huge selection of Halloween costumes. Last year, I waited too long and all the good ones sold out. The boys are very in to costumes now, so we picked up a few.
The littlest soldier
We had to do a lot of relaxing. We introduced the cousins to “Miles from Tomorrowland”. They were hooked! Now they all make robot ostrich sounds. Wah-ah-AAAH-ah!!!
Brendan loves to build with Lego. He has been keeping himself busy creating his own models.
August 9th – FIRST DAY of Kindergarten!! Trevor loads up in Rocket Bike 2.0
He was looking forward to going to his new school!
So far, he has had three really good days. Brendan has been cleared to start on the 21st. He is excited too. They will be in different classrooms.
It was always my intention to set up and do some portraits with all the boys. So Kieran and Malcolm went for some haircuts. It helped them feel cooler in this heat! But because of the time change, school, nap schedule, and overall exhaustion of adults, we just didn’t get the studio put together.
Brendan went for a follow-up with the surgical team on August 10th. His chest x-ray looked awesome. They are very proud of him and impressed with how quickly he is healing. Brendan likes to play with the model hearts.
While Trevor was at school and Brendan was resting, the other boys had to go to the playground to get all their wiggles out.
We couldn’t get rid of this giant box yet. It is just too good. The cousins loved it.
Malcolm loved all of the owls in our house. So we decided to take an evening adventure and go see the burrowing owl sanctuary. Brendan could ride in a stroller so he didn’t have to over-exert. The heat was OK once the sun started to go down.
Burrowing owls are small and cute!
Uncle Jon and the pack
Malcolm loved the owls
Kieran is trying to whistle to the owl
Peek! These owls live in the pipes and tunnels in the ground here.
Something else likes these pipes too
Tired of walking
But still silly!
The next day we decided to investigate the Odysea Aquarium while Trevor was at school.
They put in a new activity for kids. Kids color sea life on the special pages.
When you put your artwork in the scanner, it makes your creations come to life and swim around on the screen. The kids loved it!
This was my favorite part of the day. For the first time since we have been visiting, the giant octopus was out of its hole and being very active! Really amazing to watch!
Brendan is showing Kieran secret tunnels under the tanks
That’s my Brendan smile!!
Selfie at the Living Sea Carousel Ride.
Sit back and relax and watch the huge tanks.
Or take advantage of the dark and quiet to catch a late nap.
Little spider friend hanging out on the door handle of the car. I know a few people that would totally freak out about this. I thought he was cute.
Extra carseat in the van worked while Trevor was in school. Otherwise we all had to roll in two cars. Thumbs up to the day at the aquarium!
Giving Malcolm a spin.
All these boys had different bathing requirements. They got custom tubs.
Trevor likes a deep hot tub with tons of bubbles.
Brendan can’t have water above his belly button. And he likes no foam.
Malcolm just needs room to be a monkey, and room for a mom to hang on to him when he is being a monkey.
Kieran likes his bathwater cool.
And he needs room for jump-drops
Clean boys and pillows
Trevor really wanted to play his favorite game called “Don’t fall off”. Brendan can’t really play yet, but he didn’t want to be excluded.
Brendan just slid down and tried to stay out of the landing zones.
Maybe the game should be named “Don’t land on your face”. Kieran was OK! He got right back up for another jump.
A few Endermen join the fun
Malcolm must do anything the other boys are doing!
He wants to jump!
The visit was over so quickly. I am very glad that it turned into fun adventurous visiting time and not more hospital time. It was still EXHAUSTING having all of these little guys everywhere.
We had to take two cars to the airport so that we could all ride the Sky Train together.
I imagine that this cutie will be twice as tall when we see him again.
Front row Sky Train for Brendan on the way back to the car.
Our visiting family had horrible luck trying to get home. They were diverted to Oklahoma City due to storms and had to stay the night. Delay after delay made their trip home almost 24hrs. They made it safely to Dallas!
Brendan continues to recuperate. It is amazing how quickly he is improving. We appreciate so much all of the letters and drawing that were sent. We continue to get them!
We ALL need to rest and recover from the last few weeks.