Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Doctor visits in the comfort of your own home!

First off... I want to thank all of you that read my last blog and messaged me! WOW! I'm so overwhelmed by the friends and family that I have! My blogs are journals of our lives. It was very therapeutic to be able to type all that out. It was a VERY traumatic day for me, and it's been hard to get the thoughts that I was having out of my head. To be with your kids ALL THE TIME, and to be watching and playing with them, and tragedy could still strike... is shocking. I'm thankful and blessed.  :)
On to other things now... 

Have you ever had a house call from a doctor? 

Last night after dinner I noticed that Jake was laying on the couch and kinda listless. I went over to him and felt him. He felt very warm. I looked over at Asher and he seemed fine. I grabbed the thermometer and check Jake's temperature. It was 102.2. I thought it was strange. He was fine all day. Did great at the park, and at swimming lessons. I asked Jake if he had a sore throat, head, or ears. He said his one ear was really hurting bad. 

Jake rarely complains. He even got tears in his eyes, and kept saying how much pain he was in. I knew at that point he had to be seen. I checked Asher and he was fine. He continued eating his dinner... and Jake's. ;)

The thought of taking 2 toddlers to urgent care at 6:30pm made me almost cry! ha ha. Then I realized about this service my friend told me about. Medicast. She had liked it so much (she was actually on the news talking about it), and I had a free trial of it. So, I decided to use the app I downloaded and call a doctor to my home. It's an urgent care at home doctor call. My friend had used it and referred me. I decided to use it. 

The doctor showed up around 8pm. Grant was working late so it was nice to not have to take both kids into the urgent care that late at night. The doctor showed up, examined Jake, and prescribed medication. He even had the ear drops on him. It was awesome. Grant picked up the prescription on his way home, and I never even left the house. 

I hope all my friends with kiddos checks it out. Medicast. They even have their own app! Jake is doing great! No fever, and his ear pain is gone. I'm so thankful to have been able to try this and will be totally using this service again. 

Now... off to party plan for Jake's 4th birthday! NINJA TURTLE PARTY! 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Unbelievable day.

I can honestly say that today God was watching over my family more than usual. I have been crying off and on all day. I have thought about posting this and thought about NOT posting this. But, my blog is my journal of our lives. And this was a huge event that I'll never forget. So... here I go...

Today started out like any other Sunday. Got up, dressed, fed, and out the door for Sunday service. All was normal. After our amazing service today, I went to get the kids. Grant stayed at the auditorium to buy a book from the speaker we had today (a former Navel Seal). I got Jake, and then we went to pick up Asher. We went to get Grant, and met up with some friends. I told Grant to stay and shake hands with the speaker while I played with the boys outside. 

As I was walking out the boys where walking in front of me. I noticed they started to pick up the pace so I did too. Pretty soon they were running... I wasn't running... but, my pace was close to. I had my VERY high wedges on and was keeping up... until... they started running really fast. 

I first yelled out, "STOP!!! ASHER, JAKE... STOP!!!" Jake stopped in his tracks, but Asher didn't. He looked back and thought we were now playing a game of chase. All would be fine if we were playing at the park... but, not at church. Not at church next to a busy street. 

I began to run. I noticed that Asher turned left and started heading toward the street. I threw my purse, diaper bag, and everything I had on the ground and full on sprinted. Asher put his feet unto the street, and there were cars that started to honk at the oncoming traffic to alert them (thank you to the angel in the black SUV), I leaped onto the street... even though I saw the red extended cab truck headed towards me! Arms out, and I swooped up Asher. I ran back to the sidewalk. I hit the ground. Shaking. Asher in my arms. 

I can't even type this without sobbing. Not just crying. Sobbing. To think I was walking behind the boys... to think I'm always watching... to think I could lost my child's life (and I guess mine too)... I know I didn't. I know God gave me a gift today. God gave us another day. This may sound dramatic. But, it was. When I walked back up to the church courtyard, there was close to a hundred people staring. I couldn't stop shaking. An elderly lady that was close by commented about how fast I was running, and how close I was following. And then one of the pastors walked up and I gave him the biggest hug.

I know I always say that life is a gift... and that we should be thankful for everyday... and I am... But, next time I'll say it... I'll mean it even more. I have been non stop hugging my boys all day. I already bug them as it is. BUT I CAN'T STOP. 

Parenting is the toughest thing I have ever done. I've never loved so deep, and worried so much. When they say, "I'd jump in front of a car for you... or I'd take a bullet for you..." It's all true. 

When we finally got to the car I started balling. I almost threw up. I was shaking and crying. I told Grant I've never been so scared in my life. I've never been so thankful as well. 

After we got home I finally calmed down a little. We had lunch, played, and all the normal Sunday actives. Then I got a call from my mom. My grandma has been having complications from her surgery. She isn't feeling well, and is in lots of pain. She had back surgery (that took 6 hours last Thursday), and hasn't had any relief. I called her immediately and talked to her for over an hour. It seemed to make us both feel better. She's hoping for more answers as to why all the pain when she sees her doctor tomorrow. 

I pray for her health. She is so very important to me. It's so hard seeing our parents/grandparents get old. We have always been super close. I wish I could do something to help. I hate living so far from the people that matter so much to me. 

What a day. As I go to bed tonight... I pray. Tonight, I'll pray longer and harder than usual. I'll start out by being grateful. 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Asher's 1st day of Preschool.

Asher started preschool in August, and is loving it! He is so happy to finally be at school, with his brother. I tried holding off Asher as long as I could, but he would kick and scream leaving the school after we would drop off Jake. Asher is doing great and working really hard. He is the youngest in his class right now. He's in class with 2 1/2 - 3 year old kiddos. He runs into class with a huge smile and puts his back pack in his cubby. He's so proud and happy. Then he gives Jake and I a hug, and starts to play.

I get to the school for pick up a little early because that's prayer time. I love to watch the little children learn about Jesus. They fold their little hands and start to pray.  They give thanks for their day and families. It's truly amazing. I hear all the little toddlers scream, "AMEN!" It made me teary eyed when I saw Jake do it for the first time, and same went with Asher's class.

I usually go and get Jake first, so that we can pick up Asher together (classrooms are right next to each other). We walk in to get him and he screams, "MOM!" Then he runs to his cubby, collects all of his things and hands it all to me, with a huge smile. He's so proud of all of his work. He gives Jake and I big hugs and we leave.
First day of school for Asher. Such a happy day for this little guy.
Asher LOVES his puzzles, just like his big brother does. He also LOVES the alphabet. He can recognize any letter in front of him. He's even learning to sing it. It's adorable. Such a little smarty.
 Stone boys.
Asher is in swim lessons now. Jake and Asher go Monday - Thursday 1:15pm - 2pm for the next 8 weeks. They have a 15 minute private lesson, and then 30 minutes of play time with a floaty on. They are doing so well.
Things have been busy, but great. We are finishing up such a fun summer. Lots of travel, fun in the sun, family time, and lots of growing. I am beyond proud of my little men, and continue to give thanks for every blessing in our lives. I hope everyone has had a great summer as well!

Thanks for stopping by and catching up with us.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Summer time fun!

We have been having such a fun summer. Best to date! We have been with family pretty much all summer. It's been awesome. Never a dull moment with these toddlers of mine!
 Lounging around.
 Handsome boy.
 Uncle Marty!

First time at the circus for the kids... and for Grant and I! My aunt and uncle had a suite for the whole family. Suites are great for kids. Espeically toddlers. When kids need to get up... they can! Stretch and sit back down. Or sit in the couches if need be. My kids pretty much watched the circus the whole time though.
Uncle Phil, Bryan, and Jake.
 First timers!
 Snow cones! Pretty tasty!
 Our family.
 Then my aunt and uncle had us all back over for dinner.
 Jake is learning how to maneuver chop sticks!
 Safe to say they had a great afternoon with my family. Asher was completely wiped out!
Jake had his first VBS (vacation bible school) experience. He had a great time. He also learned a lot. His school shares the campus with a Christian School. His whole class participated in the event. Asher wasn't old enough... next year! 
 LOTS OF PUZZLE TIME.
 Asher LOVES the alphabet! He knows all the letters. It's so adorable.
 We went to the OC Fair with the boys this year! Grant had to work, so Amelia and I took the boys. :)
 Amelia and Jakey!
 Playing games.
 SO MUCH FOOD!
 FUN!
 Snow cones!
 Winner winner!
 My aunt and uncle came into town also! We went to the bay, and had a family dinner. It was so nice!
Then we road tripped to Big Bear Lake to visit my uncle, aunt, and cousins and their summer get away!
Cousins.
 The group!
 Older boys teaching the little boys how to catch goldfish in their mouths. haha.
 Happy boys in Big Bear Lake!
 Jake LOVES his cousin Bryan. Everyone fell asleep watching The Fox and The Hound.
Then on the way home... Jake got car sick coming down the mountain. Thankfully, I was prepared. This happened on our way to Utah last month also. I was able to clean everything up, put on clean undies and get back on the road. Both boys passed out on the drive home.
Hope your all having a great summers!

Keeping memories.

So... if you clicked on this blog and it isn't Stone Chic... you are still in the right spot. After I created "Hot Wheels & Heels" I got sad to think I couldn't go back and click on old posts. Posts that reflected my babies, marriage, friends, funnies, and my life in general. So... Stone Chic will be Hot Wheels and Heels. It will have to be under grantandbrookestone.blogspot.com. I guess I'm just NOT ready to let go. I still LOVE going back and viewing past entries.

Sorry to confuse you all. I will just update this site, and it will take on a new name. :)

Thanks for checking in with us, your comments, texts, calls, and so on. I value all that have been following us over the years. I'll keep "Hot Wheels & Heels" site and eventually go there. But, until then... you can keep following our lives here.

Cheers and love to all!
Brooke

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Road Trip 2014

We're back!

We took our first 17 hour road trip as a family, and the boys did great! We left our house at 2:30am and headed to Salt Lake for our first annual Spellman family reunion (aka My BIG fat Greek reunion). IT WAS AWESOME! Seriously... AWESOME! The drive to Salt Lake is about 10/11 hours. Once we got there we were greeted by my parents, brothers, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins! 

We had lots of food (and you better believe we had a BIG Greek dinner), laughs, new adventures, and LOTS of baseball games. My grandfather had a professional photographer come and take our family photos also. It was a blast. My family is hilarious, loving, loyal, and super fun! My kids didn't want to leave. But, knowing we were going to the second half of the road trip got everyone excited again!

After 3 days with my extended family, we piled in the SUV and took off to Boise, Idaho! We dropped Grant off at the airport (he had to fly back for some important meetings), and caravanned to Boise. I had my 2 toddlers, and uncle Dylan (my brother that's 7 years older than Jake) in my car, and my parents followed in their car behind us. 6 hours later... we made it! BOISE!

Grant flew out on the Fourth of July and stayed another week with us. So, I was with the kids for a total of 2 weeks there. That sounds like a long time... but, it wasn't. I miss them everyday. Seeing the joy on my kids faces the entire time we are there also makes my heart smile. 

We golfed, swam, played water guns, shopped, dined, relaxed, sat by the fire with smores, and much more. Because so much went on, it of course went by so fast. It was so hard leaving... like usual. This time there was even more tears. The tears of Dylan and Jake. Jake adores Dylan. "Uncle D." Jake sobbed as we left. And so did Dylan. Seeing their friendship and love grow is amazing. Best friends for life. Dylan is the best. Honestly, the best. He's so wonderful with the boys. Teaching them golf (Dylan is a super star golfer), baseball, soccer, and life lessons (taught by an 11 year old. He is wise beyond his years though). It's the sweetest. I miss him dearly. 

We left Boise on Saturday at 1pm. We made it in to Salt Lake (staying at my aunt and uncles for the night), at about 6:30pm. We went to dinner with my family again, and then went to bed. We left Salt Lake at 2:45am, and made it into Vegas by 7am. We stopped for gas and breakfast and got back on the road. We officially made it home by noon. There was quite a bit of traffic when we hit California. What a shocker! ;) The kids were so awesome. I would definitely drive to Boise again. I look forward to many more vacations and road trips with the boys. We now have 2 more visits with my parents left this year, so we are looking forward to that!

Here are some pictures from our super fun trip! We have so many pictures to look through. The photographer sent our CD with TONS of pics. I just saved a few to post for now. 
 Immediate family.
 My baby boys.
 My love and I.
 My grandfather and hubby are silly!
 My grandmother, aunt (my dad's older sister), cousins, and I.
 My mom and I.
 Our crew. And we are missing 2 uncles, 1 cousin and her 3 kiddos, and Brittany's kiddos, since they were sick at home with her hubby.
 COUSINS.
1st cousins.
My little cowboy.
My brother Marty and Asher.
 Asher jumped on the horse and took off!
 Heeyyy!
 Asher loves his uncle Marty. He went everywhere his uncle went. Too cute.
 Ended our "Big Fat Greek Reunion" with a bang!
 On to a few Boise pics!
Uncle Dylan and Asher snuggles.
 The boys. Best buds.
 How you roll in Boise!
 Running through the sprinklers at 8 am!
 Party on the 4th!
Farmer's Market in Downtown Boise.
Making cupcakes with ya ya.
GO BOISE STATE!
Enjoying the evening. It doesn't get dark until 10pm. Bedtimes were pushed back on this vacation. :)
 Golf with pop pop.
 Jake loves golf.
 The parks in Boise are cool!
 Super soaker fight!
And then we had 2 sleeping toddlers. They did great on our long road trip. I was very proud of my little men. I can't wait until our next adventure.
 
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