Tuesday, August 25, 2009

One Brave Boy

I just have to get this off my chest, it's been a rough few weeks at the Folian house, I must admit that I'm glad to see summer ending! Between my health issues (saving for another post) and Daredevil's (aka Carter) recent activity, it's enough to drive a Mom crazy!

About three weeks ago, we had just finished up dinner on a Friday night and we're trying to figure out what to do next. Dave decides to take the boys out back to play until I could clean up the dishes. Not even ten minutes after they closed the back door, I'm at my kitchen window watching my youngest soar high in the air on the fantastic tree swing that Dave made for the boys earlier this summer. All of the sudden, I see our Daredevil let go of said swing in mid air, only to fall squarely to the ground horizontally. This can't be good. Carter is screaming bloody murder which sends Dave and Logan into a panic as I rush to the back door. No sooner had I opened the door, Dave was rushing in with Carter screaming not to touch him. It was very easy to see that he had severely broken his left arm and a hospital trip would be our "fun" Friday evening activity.

After explaining to Carter that if he didn't let me take off his Indiana Jones costume shirt, that he had put on prior to going outside, the nurses would have to cut it off of him. He finally agreed through a stream of tears and it was an excruciating two minutes while I manuvered his shirt off so we could make our way to the hospital. Poor Logan sat in the back seat blaming himself for Carter's fall because he ran in front of the swing right before Carter let go. I explained to Logan that it wasn't his fault and that the doctor's would take excellent care of Carter. Thankfully, Grandma was able to meet us at the hospital and take Logan home so he didn't have to stay at the hospital with us. The next eight hours were some of the worst time I've spent as a Mom in my life. I won't go in to all the details but suffice it to say, my heart was breaking for my son who was such a brave boy as he laid on the bed, watching Spongebob Squarepants, waiting for his arm to be cast. Thank goodness for those TV's in the rooms, it really helped pass the time for us and keep our brave boy calm...most of the time.

At around 1:30am on Saturday, Carter was taken to the Ortho room, where they put patients under to set their bones before putting on the cast. Yes, his brake was so severe that he had to be put under to re-set it in two places. You would have thought that my child was having major surgery with seven different doctor's and nurses around us all working to get this little guy home and to his bed! After an hour, we were on our way home (at 2:30am on Saturday) with a very sedated little boy and our sanity still in tact. And yes, being the photographer in the family, I did take pictures, but I promise to only show the final cast;

Here he is waiting in the Ortho room to get his "sleepy medicine" to fix his other arm:

Here is the finished product, one sleepy but cool, blue casted boy!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Carter conversation...

It always makes me smile when I hear how my four year old interprets our conversations;

Carter: "Mommy, can we stay up tonight?"

Me: "That's up to Daddy, he's in charge."

Carter runs downstairs to announce to his big brother...

Carter: "Logan, Mommy didn't say NO, and she says Daddy's in charge, piece of cake!"

Um...sounds like Daddy isn't in charge after all.


Wordless Wednesday


Monday, July 13, 2009

I ♥ Faces - Week 27 Sports in Action


Well, it's amazing in just three short years since Logan started playing sports how many images I've taken! It's another fun week of photo entries at I Faces Photography blog, and I'm happy to have found the shot I was looking for.

This summer is Logan's first year of coach pitch baseball and it's amazing how much he's changed in just how he stands at the plate. I captured this shot during his first "at bat" of the season, he was very excited!


Be sure to head over to I ♥ Faces and check out other amazing shots!


Sunday, July 12, 2009

He's Growing Up!

Well, I knew that this day would come, however, I expected it to happen two years from now. I love to go and shop for school supplies (a crazy trait I inherited from my mom!) and this year is no exception.

As soon as we saw the Target ad yesterday showing backpacks and school supply goodies on sale, I promptly pushed persuaded everyone to get in the car for a short trip. Off to Target we went, I was really looking forward to helping Logan pick out supplies. I know, it's the middle of July and I'm already trying to fast forward to the end of June! I really want the boys to enjoy their summer vacation but I also remember the fun I used to have with my mom going on excursions to find deals on fun items for school.

Alas, we maneuver our way around to the aisle of backpacks and I couldn't wait to see Logan's face as he tried to contemplate what to purchase; Transformers, GI Joe, or perhaps Batman. After about a minute in the aisle, my darling seven year old looked at me and stated "Mommy, I'm going to be a big second grader, I don't want these kind of backpacks, I want a plain colored one." WHAT...did my ears deceive me, did my little man ask for a regular backpack? Oh the sadness, the disappointment...yes it took me a few moments to compose myself. To hear Dave say it, you would've thought I'd been punched in the stomach, the look of dejection on my face. My little man no longer wanted a fun character backpack, he wanted a yucky old plain backpack.

As I stood in the aisle, not knowing what to say, I hugged my husband and said "what happened to my baby, first a plain backpack, next shaving!" Ok, so I took this pretty hard but I still have Carter yelling at me that he wants three different backpacks for pre-school...he knew just how to make his Mommy feel better!

It just continues to amaze me how quickly they grow up...

Thursday, July 9, 2009

A League of His Own...

Well, another season of little league baseball has come and gone...but what fun we had! This was the first season that Logan played "coach pitch" and actually had to work on connecting with the ball. At the beginning of the season it was pretty rough for all of the kids (ages 5-7) to figure out that the "tee" no longer exists and they have to play by the actual rules.

But what a difference a few short weeks can make! By tournament time, Logan and his entire team looked like they had been playing for an entire year together. And most importantly, they really seemed to "get" baseball and how much fun it is to play. It was great to see Logan actually looking forward to game days and wanting to play the entire game.

Logan took on the nickname "catch" towards the end of the season and it suits him perfectly! The funny thing about the nickname is that at the beginning of the season, he wanted nothing to do with being catcher but slowly he realized that his size/build is perfect for this position.

I decided to put together a little video of Logan so that our family that doesn't live in Ohio can still experience the "catch" in action. We're very proud of him for sticking with this and making such great progress, way to go Logan!



Wednesday, July 1, 2009

I ♥ Faces-especially the ones I know best!


So, as I wrote about last week, I entered my first photo contest at I Faces. This photography blog is not only fun to participate in but you can also learn valuable tricks of the trade. I happened to go back to the blog last night to read a post about Photoshop Elements and as I'm scrolling down through the blog, what did I see, but my oldest son's smiling face amongst a lot of other great photos! For me, this was as much fun as if I had actually won the contest! To simply have a photo that I adore make it into one of their collages amongst hundreds of other entries...it truly made me smile. Here's the collage that Logan was in:


As you can see, there were a lot of other great photos and they have weekly entries that I would highly recommend people check out! There's a listing on the blog with upcoming dates for various submissions and who knows, maybe you'll see a face you recognize!

Wordless Wednesday



Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Monday, June 22, 2009

Let's Hear It For the Boys! Photo Challenge


I've been following this site for awhile now because I LOVE looking at photos and taking them as well! At the I Faces Photography blog, they are celebrating Father's Day this week by celebrating everything boy! It was really hard for me to decide between my two boys but my first born is just such a ham when the camera comes out.


Be sure to check out the I Faces blog to see other fun and amazing photos!

Have a great day!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Swinging from the trees...

It's Friday night and this is what happens when I let the boys create their own fun...




That's right, my little monkeys are now swinging from one of the huge trees in our backyard. But as Dave says, as long as they're having fun, that's all that matters. I hope our boys understand someday how cool their dad truly is!

TGIF!


Friday, June 12, 2009

ONE...singular sensation of a musical!


I got such a great surprise yesterday! My husband called mid-afternoon and wanted to know if I wanted to go see A Chorus Line. At first I said "no, we've got stuff to do around the house" to which he replied "come on, you love musicals, we'll have a good time." So, I decided to go and I'm so glad I did! This was my first time seeing a Broadway production and we had fantastic seats!

Outside the theatre

We don't get very many date nights, as of late, let alone during the work week but it was soooo worth going to see.

Here we are, waiting for the performance to begin (terrible lighting!)

I truly enjoy musicals and I hope someday to actually go to Broadway to see a performance. Thanks to my hubby, I had a great evening and got to see the revival of a classic show!

TGIF!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Soccer send off

Well, tonight was Logan's final soccer game as he has decided to try fall baseball since he seems to prefer baseball over soccer (at least right now.) Logan definately went out with a bang as he scored two goals and worked as hard as he could to help out his team.


Fortunately, Logan has had a great coach for the past two years as he has learned how to play the game and more importanly learned how to be part of a team. Thanks to Coach Dad for always being patient and supportive, even when he was trying to score on his own net! This has been something that both father and son have shared together and I know that they both have enjoyed the experience.


Although I personally am very competitive when it comes to sports, I'm just glad that Logan is able to experience different things and decide for himself what he wants to spend his time doing. I'm so proud of Logan and how much effort he gives each and every time. My hope is that he tries a variety of things besides sports so that he can see how much variety he truly can have in his life.

Great job Logan, your hard work definately paid off!

My special afternoon with Logan

I spent a great afternoon at Logan's school celebrating Mother's Day (albeit a week post Mother's Day due to scheduling conflict at the church) but it was worth the wait. Logan had been very secretive about what his class had prepared for all of the first grade mothers and it was such a wonderful experience seeing all of these children so excited to share their mothers with all of their classmates.

There was a cute little processinal, followed by songs that the children sang to their mothers. Then as the children recessed, each child handed their mother a rose. After the ceremony, some of the eighth grade students had helped the first graders put together a great PPT presentation with a photo of each student saying why their mom should be "Mother of the Year." All the first graders made their moms' a special gift, a heart shaped key chain with their photo inside (Logan's decoration was too cute!) After the presentation the students brought over cookies and punch.

It was a wonderful afternoon and something that I'll always remember.


My favorite first grader!

Wordless Wednesday


Monday, May 25, 2009

Baseball, Blue Jackets and bunk beds...oh my!

It was definately a fun yet busy Memorial Day weekend at the Folian front and now another crazy week has begun!

We started the weekend with a great baseball game, Logan had two great hits and was able to do some more catching, which he really seems to love. Grandma joined us for the game which Logan loves when other people come to watch him play besides his boring Mom and Dad. Even Carter is starting to enjoy being at the games and cheering on his big brother! This is Logan's sign to us letting us know that he's ready to play ball!


After baseball, it was time to focus on the room redecorating that we have been planning for Logan's room over the past couple of months. Logan has been asking for a new room change for the past year. Mommy just had a hard time letting go of the dinosaurs that he loved so dearly. When asked what he wanted, there was no hesitation, I want a Blue Jackets room (our NHL team in Columbus.) Sorry Dad, Detroit is taking a back seat in your son's eyes, ha-ha! So, in my typical perfectionist style (see I have no problem saying it out loud) I began my search for everything CBJ. After looking at the prices to make my son's "dream" (at the moment) come true, I was looking at around $500 to make it happen. I don't think so...thankyouverymuch!

So, I decided that I would decorate his walls with CBJ framed posters (thanks to Dave) for getting so much crap memorabilia during the innagural season that it only cost us to purchase frames. We were able to decorate the walls of his room with framed pieces (that actually were printed the year before Logan was born.) Here's one of the framed posters...


Logan really wanted the new logo in his room so thanks to my MIL, I was able to use an overhead projector to create the logo on his main wall. The hard part was that it took me a full day to complete this (four coats of paint, ugh!) But the look on Logan's face when he saw it was the perfect "thanks Mom." What do you think?

So, Saturday afternoon, we headed over to one of my co-workers homes and picked up a set of bunk beds that her son had out grown. I had been looking for beds for eight months but nothing was in my price range (for quality wooden bunk beds) and I wasn't even sure if the boys would want to bunk together. We got the beds home, set them up and the boys loved them, as you can see...


These guys are loving the fact that they can now create the coolest forts and just hang out together. As it was time to go to bed, I wasn't sure if Carter would really want to stay in Logan's room but they were ready to go to sleep before I could finish their story. I kissed my guys good night and closed the door, but I did stay at the door just to see if they would start talking to one another. It was so sweet when I heard my gentle giant say to his little brother, "it's ok buddy, if you need me, just let me know and I'll come up to the top bunk with you and keep you safe." They talked for a few more minutes and then everything fell silent...at least for a moment until they both started snoring heavily, I sure pitty their future roommates!
We had a very relaxing Memorial Day, boys played in the little pool out back, we grilled out and just spent time together as a family. I feel very blessed every day that my little piece of heaven is just hanging with my guys!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Logan "the catch" Folian

I just had to share a couple of images of my "big guy" tonight during his baseball game. He turned a corner last week in baseball and really is starting to get the hang of things and enjoying playing different positions (something I really like to see little kids experiencing different positions on the team.)

Tonight, he got his first taste of playing catcher. Now, my mom always wanted my younger brother to be a catcher (just like her man Johnny Bench.) Unfortunately, Ty had other things in mind and he decided to be on the other side of that duo, as a pitcher (and a great one at that!) Anyway, I really wasn't sure how Logan would do but the moment he took his stance...


I could tell that this might be a great position for him!


Way to go Logan, keep up the good work!


Friday, May 15, 2009

Freedom!

I honestly didn't think that I would be writing this until the end of summer. We have been encouraging Logan take off his training wheels and learn to ride his bike. Unfortunately, he's been too scared to try it, until today!

It might sound weird that a seven year old doesn't know how to ride a bike but my sweet, sensitive boy has fallen a couple of times and he refused to even attempt to ride without training wheels. Coupled by the fact that my "big guy" has a hard time balancing himself on anything, Dave and I thought it would be a battle to get him to ride. Little did I know that on this evening, Logan would face his fear...



Cost of bike...$25.00

Bike helmet...$10.00

My son growing up...PRICELESS!

I'm so proud of you Logan, I knew you could do it!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Carter sings the Mommy song

I have to admit that I'm not the greatest videographer and I typically prefer photos to capture those "little" moments in life. But as the boys are getting older, I'm realizing that soon I won't hear the sweet, small voices of their younger years. So, I decided to record an encore performance of Carter singing my Mother's Day song that he learned in pre-school. He was so proud of himself on Sunday morning when the boys made me breakfast in bed and then Carter performed his tune. Although it took him a few attempts not to get his loving mother confused with the beloved Bingo (who made the song famous!) That's okay, I know who he was singing for and the fact that he sang at all was another "little" moment that I'll always treasure.

Enjoy this rare performance!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

My boys

There are few things in life that make me truly smile from my heart...these two happen to be the reason that I work so hard to make their lives better. I am so blessed to be a mother to such wonderful boys, I'm so lucky that they belong to me.



Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Can I play with madness?

No, I'm not referring to what happens when the boys go to a ball game with Nana and Papa, get hyped up on sugar and then sent home to my loving arms to contend with (although that totally happened on Mother's Day!) The title of this post is what my four year old was doing screaming last night as he was attempting to brush his teeth for bed time. I truly don't think I've laughed this hard in months!

Here's the back story, my husband is a total music freak, he and his iPod are best buds (he listens to such a wide variety of music.) So, I've come to understand that when I'm not in the car with my guys or away from home, Dave imparts his musical taste on my young, impressionable boys. A few times I've come home to find the boys "rocking out" to Metallica or Megadeth in the family room, while half naked and playing their air guitars (I have to take picture sometime!) Other times, I'll come home to find them peacefully sitting on the couch with Dave listening to the calming sounds of James Taylor (I just never know what I'm coming home to, HA!)

But lately, my son Logan has been learning the fine art of rocking out before a game (soccer or baseball) and his favorite song is "Can I play with madness" (I sure hope this isn't God's way of telling me what I have to look forward to in a few years!) When it's nice out, we turn on the iPod and turn on the speakers on the patio so we can listen while we play and of course, that was Logan's first selection. Now, on a side note, he does have my musical tastes as well (if you want to call it that) when he also asks Dave to play N*Sync's "Bye, Bye, Bye" (because he likes that I know the hand motions), that remains an "indoor" song Daddy says because Logan always begins to flail his arms when he hears this song.

So, after a couple of hours in the backyard last night working on hitting baseballs and fielding, it was time to come in for our nightly bed time routine. Now, my sweet, shy Carter tends to do everything Logan does when we're around, never of his own accord. So, imagine my surprise as I was heading upstairs to check on my monkeys (bathroom door was closed) and I hear this shouting of the lyrics to Iron Maiden's song and as I slowly open the door, I see my sweet, little Carter completely naked, with toothbrush in hand, singing at the top of his lungs the few words that he does know/understand. As soon as he saw me he ran to the door and pushed it closed and I proceeded to fall to the floor in hysteric laughter over what I had just witnessed. Logan comes out of his room and wants to know "what's so funny?" to which I respond "Oh, your brother is just finding his inner rockstar."

I know I've said it before, but boys are just plain funny!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Take Me Out to the Ballgame!

It's time for hot dogs, rally hats and lots of laundry (oh wait, that's just for the mom's of the kids!) Logan's moved up to coach pitch league this year and we're juggling both soccer and baseball games...it's a busy time at the Folian front!

Not alot of time to blog lately but I at least wanted to share a couple of pictures of my slugger!


Ready to field the pitch...

Bring it on pitcher...


My baseball boy...


Have a great evening!