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    It seems crazy. Ten years ago Clint and I had just gotten married, and we were so young and carefree. It was just the two of us and life was pretty easy. The house stayed (reasonably) clean, we went out when we wanted, and traveled to some pretty incredible places. We didn't have a whole lot of responsibility, pretty much just to ourselves.

    Fast forward to 2014 and we now have three miniature versions of ourselves, two girls and a boy in the middle. Hayley is six and is as spunky and prissy as can be. Colin is almost five and is the nuttiest little thing imaginable, but oh so sweet. And Sydney, our littlest, thinks she's six and is already the comedian in the family. Despite our kiddos being so little, they not only now outnumber us, but they have managed to turn our world upside down. But we wouldn't have it any other way. We love 'em to pieces!

    The blog is filled with the weekly happenings within the Stuckey family, some funny, some touching, and some a little zany and crazy. Life is definitely better with kids in it! We love ours to pieces. Images + Words = Memories.


BHE Spring Carnival

If there’s something BHE does right according to the kids, it’s the Spring Carnival.  They LOVE the Spring Carnival!  Hayley loves seeing her friends outside of class.  Sydney is a total ride junkie.  Colin was especially excited because he got to sell cookies and popcorn at the GT treat stand.  He signed up for an hour time slot, but ended up staying the full two hours.  We couldn’t get him to leave.  There’s an little entrepreneur inside of him. The kid definitely loves to sell!  Oh, and Keaton came for the cookies!  John and Tinsley also met up with us and the kids played until the sun went down!

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BHE Carnival April 2017

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Colin Schools the Chess Teacher

So Colin isn’t even old enough to join the Chess Club, but on a weekly basis he acts as the mini-instructor and assistant to the coach (yep, that is in fact the Chess Coach). He comes to the school once a week and each time I tell Colin, “You need to play the Chess coach!” Finally, Colin took me up on it and asked the coach to play a game of Chess.  It was so funny, the Chess coach kept saying, “Wait, are you sure you want to do that?  Is that a smart move?  Look at your pieces.”  Colin was giggling the whole time.  Naively, I kept saying, “Colin, what are you doing? Listen to the coach.”  Then all of the sudden Colin said, “Mom, I’m going to checkmate him!” The coach looked down for a second and then immediately said, “Um, I’ve gotta get this lesson started.  We need to clean up!”  . . . Ten minutes early!  Sure enough, Colin had schooled the Chess coach!

Colin BHE Chess

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Activity Days Daddy Daughter Dance

These girls are SO incredibly lucky!!  Why couldn’t we have had Activity Days when I was a kid?!  These girls have SO much fun each Tuesday night.  And they have the best leaders that go all out each and every time.  I know because I’m one of those leaders.  But this time Alyson Felt took charge and put together the cutest Daddy Daughter Dance imaginable!  We had glow-in-the-dark disco circles on the walls, a photo booth (that was my contribution), fun food and treats, and the best dance party ever thanks to Jeff Griffith with his professional speakers and lighting set-up.  The girls had so much fun with their dads!

Daddy Daughter Dance March 2017

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Playing in the Bluebonnets

Oh my gosh!  I wish these kids were ALWAYS as sweet and as cute as they look in these pictures!  Even still, I love each one of them!  Hayley is almost ten and is trying to navigate her way around moving from the innocent little kid world into the sometimes bratty tween world.  She still has the insecurities of being a little girl, but wants all that comes with being a tween (i.e., the coolness factor).  Hayley is our feeler and tends to bottle up her feelings inside until they burst.  Thankfully, she has her little brother Keaton.  He instantly calms her down when no one else can.  Hayley loves Keaton SO much and is such an incredible sister to him.  She can play with him for hours.  He loves it!  Hayley started gymnastics this past year and is gaining so much self confidence as a result.

Colin is still my silly, sweet, and obedient eight year old boy.  He is as smart as a whip and has become the Chess coach’s assistant even though he’s not even old enough to be in the Chess Club.  Colin LOVES being in GT and will only read funny books that make you laugh out loud!  Colin still hugs me in public and cuddles up next to me in the middle of the night.  No matter where I fall asleep (the movie room, downstairs on the couch, or in bed), Colin always finds me.  Colin is crazy into gymnastics right now and is actually really good for having been in gymnastics for less than a year.  He’s trying so hard right now to make the Boys Level 5 Team.

Sydney, oh Sydney, everyone needs a little Sydney Sunshine in their lives.  I love looking at her little face and squeezing her to pieces!  She truly is a little cartoon character and bounces around the house spreading love and joy.  If Sydney’s sole purpose in life is to make others happy, she’s accomplishing it!  It’s hard not to be happy around Sydney.  You can’t look at her little face and not smile.  Sydney lights up any room she’s in and loves to be the center of attention.  She’s definitely the alpha child and loves to organize and plan the day.  Sydney is also our most social child and LOVES to be with her friends!  Like Hayley and Colin, Sydney started gymnastics last year and apparently is really good and super strong for her age.

Little Keaton is the caboose that barely made it into our family, but we are SO happy that he did!  Without him even knowing it, Keaton has been the great unifier of the family.  We all needed him.  I needed all the love and little cuddles he brings.  I clearly was not ready to let go of the baby phase.  Clint needed another little dude in the house to balance things out and to have another boy on his team.  Hayley needed Keaton as her calming mechanism. Keaton brings out the sweet and gentle side of Hayley like none of us can.  Colin LOVES his little brother more than life itself.  Colin needed a little sidekick, a little partner in crime, and everything that comes with having a brother.  Sydney needed Keaton as her little playmate when Hayley and Colin were off at school.  Sydney also likes having someone little she can boss around.  But truly, Sydney is SO sweet to Keaton.  The remarkable thing is that there has been no envy or jealousy of Keaton, only envy and jealousy of who gets to spend the most time with him.  Keaton has no idea how much he is loved by this family.  If anything, we may be guilty of loving him too much!  XOXO

Bluebonnets March 2017A

Here’s a few more pictures of these beautiful kids!  Seriously, how did I get so lucky??

Bluebonnets March 2017B

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Keaton’s First Trip to the ER

It took two years, but in March Keaton took his first trip to the ER.  It all started Sunday morning.  We were getting ready for church, and I grabbed Keaton by the waist to pull him toward me to change his diaper before getting him dressed.  When I did, I felt a hard lump in the side of Keaton’s stomach that felt much bigger than a golf ball.  I laid Keaton down and sure enough there was a hard lump in his stomach.  I even had Clint feel it.  Keaton hadn’t been feeling well, and had actually thrown up early Saturday morning and still had diarrhea despite his stomach being huge.  He probably had no business going to church, but I was on this “we need to go to church kick.”

I put church on hold and immediately started Googling “lump in stomach.”  Word to the wise, don’t do this.  It will only freak you out and send your mind into a tailspin.  But before completely panicking that our child had a tumor in his stomach, I called the Texas Children’s Pediatrics after-hours nurse line.  I talked with one of their experienced nurses for over twenty minutes in depth, and she concluded that Keaton probably had a strangulated hernia (don’t Google that one either) and needed to go to the Urgent Care or ER right away.

Prudently, we decided to first take Keaton to the Texas Children’s Urgent Care.  Clint took the other kids to church and I took Keaton down the street to the Urgent Care. Keaton was not himself, kept wincing in pain, and I started to become a little more freaked out.  Finally, we got to see a doctor (a “seasoned” Indian lady).  I remember her examining Keaton and then saying to me, “A lump this size in children is never a good thing.”  And then she continued, “I usually don’t do this, but I’m going to order some x-rays.”

I hugged little Keaton tighter than I had ever hugged him before, and I carried him down the hall to the x-ray room.  I laid his tiny little body down on the table while Keaton got his first set of x-rays.  He was such a goodsie.  The doctor examined the x-rays while we were in the room and showed me the small orange-sized mass on the screen.  She then proceeded to explain to me how the mass had completely pushed his intestines to one side.  She then asked me over and over if any doctor had ever mentioned this mass to me or made note of it in any way because clearly this “mass had been growing since Keaton was born.”  The doctor than told me I needed to take Keaton to Texas Children’s Hospital right away to get a CT scan.

I called Clint, told him to leave church immediately, and that we needed to take poor little Widdy Fox to Texas Children’s.  My stomach was in complete knots.  My motherly instinct kept telling me that Keaton was okay, but it didn’t make sense for him to be okay.  He had a mass growing in his stomach that was the size of a small orange.

When Clint and I got to Texas Children’s with Keaton we were triaged almost right away.  Usually you go into triage and then back to the waiting for a few hours until you’re ready to be seen.  But after triage, we went straight to a room.  This was not a good sign.  Thankfully, the sweetest nurse came in with bubbles and made Keaton the happiest he’d been in days.  When we finally saw the doctor she wanted to do a CT Scan on Keaton’s abdomen. I resisted and asked if we could please do an ultrasound instead.  She agreed.

We went to the ultrasound room and Keaton sat perfectly still like a little angel during his 20 minute ultrasound.  I kept asking the technician if she could tell us anything.  She said she couldn’t.  I kept trying to read her face, but she remained calm the whole time.  Was this a good sign?  I couldn’t tell.  We were then sent back to our little tiny room for over TWO hours.  This was definitely not a good sign.  If it was nothing, they’d come right back in and tell us we could go home, right?

Finally, the doctor came back in.  The “strangulated hernia” and the “orange-sized mass that had been growing since Keaton was born” turned out to be nothing more than POOP!!  POOP!!!!  Poor little guy!!  All the pain, all that agony, was nothing more than poop.  Apparently, Keaton was SO clogged up that nothing could get through, but water, hence the diarrhea and the throwing up.  I was so relieved, but felt so guilty at the same time.  How did I not know this?  No wonder Keaton had been so whiney and grumpy in Las Vegas the previous week.  He was probably in SO much pain!  For what it’s worth, the doctor told us that 70% of what she sees in the ER is poop related.

Later the two nurses came back in and gave Keaton a water enema.  Keaton was NOT at all happy having water shoot up his butt, but it completely flushed him out.  Oh my gosh!  That enema worked wonders!!  His stomach went from being completely distended to nothing more than little ribs.  We weighed Keaton when we got home.  He was two pounds lighter.  I must have said a million prayers of gratitude.  As for Keaton and has been on Mirelax ever since!

Keaton ER March 2017

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