Monday, August 18, 2014


Elizabeth is the money finder.  Where ever we go she seems to find loose change.  There are goldmines like my parents house where there haven't been many kids by to dig around for coins and there are random places like in the back of our car after Jeff has just vacuumed.  She gets so excited when she finds the coins too.  I think we will have to start working on identifying them since she calls them all pennies, even this one:
We thought that Jason would be the first to be interested in monetary gain so we got him a piggy bank last Christmas.  He is interested in the money, which is why he so kindly offers to keep Elizabeth's change safe in his piggy bank.  Little swindler!  And a piggy bank is going on Elizabeth's Christmas wish list.

Monday, August 11, 2014

swimming in the summer time!

The kids were so excited to start swim lessons a few weeks ago.  This was Jason's third year and Elizabeth's first and we were a little worried that Jason wasn't getting that close to swimming, or so we thought.  We have been taking lessons at the YMCA in a town about 45 minutes away.  They have three levels and for the past two years Jason had been at the first levels.  This year I was debating on if he was ready to move up, but he was put into the next class up and seemed at about the same point as his classmates.  Elizabeth has been sitting on the sidelines for the past two years and was thrilled to get to join in this year.  It also made it easier for me because I didn't have to try to entertain her while keeping her out of the pool. 
They both did pretty well listening to their instructors.  They worked on freestyle and froggy (breast stroke) swimming.  Elizabeth's favorite part of the class was at the end when her instructor got out a few pool toys and let the kids throw them and swim for them on the shallow area of the steps.
Jason's instructor started the class working on strokes with each kid then as the days progressed she worked on getting them to work more and more on jumping in and swimming (or trying to swim) to her.  Most of the time Jason's swimming looked pretty frantic, but by the end he was starting to get it down a bit.  His form needs a lot of work, but he is able to get his head out of water to take a breath which is a huge improvement.

At home we practice with them in our pool, but have their continue to wear their lifejackets when we are playing to be sure they are safe.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Salomon's go to Washington


A couple of weeks ago the family headed up to visit my family in Virginia.
Jason made his own magic wand

Elizabeth collecting many many wands

They loved trip tromping over Grandma's bridge.

We got to meet our precious niece Abigail and Grandma loved giving her cuddles

Elizabeth showing off her dance moves in front of the space shuttle

We found a plane just the right size for Jason

Later in the week we toured Uncle Kevin and Aunt Rachel's house.  Jeff and Elizabeth admired baby Abigail playing around

Uncle Kevin looks like he has his hands full with these three cuties

Grandpa and Uncle Brian

Aunt Rachel with her sweet girl

Jason showing Grandma how to play his LeapPad

Jeff didn't mind the baby cuddles!

Elizabeth loved giving Abigail hugs and kisses on her hand


Proud Grandma with her (wiggly) grandchildren

Uncle Kevin and Aunt Rachel were amused by Jason who never stops moving


We went to an outdoor story time which would have been better if there hadn't been construction going on.



Later in the week we Frisbee Golfed at Jeff's old stomping grounds.  Elizabeth was a big fan of the stumps.

Big fan!

Elizabeth with her guys

We walked down the Mall and needed a photo in front of the (Smithsonian) Castle.

Jason was pretty excited to see the capital building.  He always points the Texas capital when we drive through Austin and was pretty impressed that the one in DC looks so similar.


They might live in the area, but I don't think my parents have many photos with the monuments

Jason was pretty excited to see all the trains

Jason even got to use a Cotton Gin to de-seed his cotton.

We had a wonderful time with family and were so happy to meet baby Abigail!  There were some less then amazing parts of the week (see my last post) but we made the best of our trip.  We even got to meet up with friends with kids Elizabeth's age that I knew from an online group.  I'm so glad we got a chance to visit!

Monday, July 28, 2014

I was pregnant, but now I am not

I really debated on posting this, but miscarriage is an issue that, in my opinion, needs to be acknowledged

We just got home from our week at VBS in San Antonio and I was feeling a bit off.  I knew I wanted to wait until I was home with Jeff to take a pregnancy test, but I was trying not to get my hopes up.  It was positive and we are so excited to be expecting again!  I hope it wasn't too much of a giveaway that I asked for area OBGYNs.  Hopefully I won't have to stretch the truth too often because I am awful at lying.  Either way anyone who sees me in the next few months may guess since they say you show sooner with each subsequent pregnancy.

I checked with the insurance and the most recommended OB was on it so I went ahead and scheduled my first appointment with him for July 7th.  Now to just be patient for the next two weeks.  Thank goodness the nausea isn't too bad.  I didn't have any with Jason, but did a little bit like this with Elizabeth.  I wonder if that means the baby is a girl.  Either way we will have to wait until the end of February to find out since I promised Jeff we would be team green this time.  UH that is going to be so hard!

I met with the OBGYN who had been recommended by many friends today and really like him.  It is a bit of a drive, but his office is beautiful and he seems really understanding.  Today I am supposed to be 6 weeks 3 days, but when we had an ultrasound it was showing that the baby was only 5 weeks 1 day.  The doctor said it was probably because I had just come off of birth control pills and I ovulated later than normal.  I am still pretty nervous.

A little back story: In January 2008 we were trying for our first child and found out we were pregnant!  I went in for an appointment and ultrasound when I should have been 8 weeks and it only showed that I was 6 weeks.  A day later I started bleeding, I had a miscarriage.  A year later we held our new baby Jason in our arms and knew God had a plan.  We are praying for this baby and trying to stay calm.  For right now I know I am pregnant and I have another doctor appointment with an ultrasound in 2 weeks to check on the baby's progress. 

We are visiting my family in Virginia and decided there was no better way to tell them then in person.  I know it is early, but after lots and lots of thought we decided that we would want our family's support if something happened to the baby.  We started by telling the kids after Elizabeth woke up from her nap. I didn't know how much the kids would really get, but after just telling them we would be having another baby Jason asked if he would be able to come to the hospital with us!  Jeff and I put them in big brother/ big sister shirts and let them go downstairs and spill to Grandma and Grandpa. 

That evening we were meeting with Uncle Kevin, Aunt Rachel, Abigail, and Uncle Brian.  We started with a tour of Kevin and Rachel's house.  Aunt Rachel noticed the shirt right away, but both Uncles needed a few hints to take note.  (How shocking, the guys don't pay as much attention to kids clothes as Aunts and Grandmas do)  Everyone was so happy for us and completely understood when we asked them to keep it to themselves until September.

Today has not been such a great day.  I really wanted to sleep in, but the kids wanted me up, then Elizabeth had a tantrum about what I picked for her to wear.  When I was finally able to go to the bathroom I noticed some light brown spotting.  This wasn't cause for panic, but I was concerned.  There is nothing I can really do, so I went on with my day and met with some moms with kids about Elizabeth's age at a local playground.  That evening after giving the kids a bath I discovered red bleeding.  I now realized I was probably having a miscarriage.

After bleeding most of the week I would have been shocked if the doctor found a baby still growing in the ultrasound scheduled for today.  I was so sure that I didn't even really cry when he told me he didn't find anything.  I put away the big sibling shirts and the outfit I had foolishly bought the baby too early (don't tell Jeff!)

I didn't write this all out to make anyone feel guilty for having healthy pregnancies or babies.  I am truly happy for anyone blessed with children and I know how blessed I am to have our two wonderful kids.  In some ways I can't even explain why I needed to tell my story.  I just feel like miscarriage is an issue that is always kept quiet and is almost shameful.  Just like exposure to breastfeeding has made it a more accepted thing, I feel that talking about miscarriages and the sorrow they can bring will help healing for me and anyone else that has gone through one.  This baby was hoped for and wanted and I was heartbroken when I figured out what was going on.  As I told the OB I hope I get to see him again soon, but God is the only one who knows our future and our lives are in his hands.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Schlitterbahn and VBS

We are so lucky to have family relatively close by.  This past week we traveled down to San Antonio to see them.  We were having a hard time figuring out what we wanted to do over the weekend of Father's Day and finally decided to get season passes to Schlitterbahn, a wonderful water park in Texas.  The kids love this place and there is no height requirements on most of the rides so as soon as our kiddos are brave enough to ride them they can go ahead.  Last year Elizabeth mostly stayed in the kiddy area with the grandparents, but this year she was big enough to go on some of the major rides and she was so brave!!!






We had a great Father's Day and Jeff got to celebrate in the way he wanted, to play a big board game!  It took most of the day, but he got to play History of the World and, of course, won.  After that he needed to head back home to get to work on Monday morning.  The kids and I stayed in San Antonio so Jason could attend Vacation Bible School (VBS) at Grandma and Grandpa's huge church.  Elizabeth is looking forward to attending next summer.  Jason had an amazing time and came home every day singing the songs.

Grandma, Elizabeth and I went out most mornings and I was really enjoying the amenities of the "big city"  When I got home Jeff had a word with me about over use of the credit card...opps! I even got a night out with Aunt Michelle with dinner and a movie.  It was a pretty great week, but we were so happy to see Daddy when we got home.