Thursday, December 29, 2011

Rock It Out Sista'

I soooo wish I knew how to play the guitar...Santa delivered this on Christmas morning and it brings tears to my eyes to see her "playing" it and singing her little heart out! I think God has blessed her with the talent of singing! (She did mention during the CMA's when Taylor Swift was sitting on the couch playing her guitar that she "wants to grown up, sit on a couch, play a guitar, and sing to an audience" the rate she is going, this could happen!
I told Justin last night that I am seriously considering picking up one for me...the same size. The bigger ones are just too bulky for me! I have always wanted to learn how to you see a future rock start in the making??!!


Kendyn has now officially grown out of the kitchen sink and into the bathtub for bath time! Santa delivered a new bath seat and now sure how long he will use it...he is more interested in playing in the water and splashing around! He reminds us so much of his big sister...the minute we used to undress her, she would make a mad-dash for the bathroom knowing it was time for WATER!!! Yesterday, I was doing some laundry and Kayin wanted some "swim" time in the tub...I closed the door so Kendyn wouldn't be intrigued by the water, and he just sat by the door and screamed! He wanted so badly to be in there splashing around!!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Brinkmeyer Christmas

Here are some photos from when Justin's mom and dad were here last week. It was so nice to have them around during such a crazy time at school! I can't imagine what we would have done without them (actually, I can...I would look like a walking zombie...Justin's holiday hours were crazy late this year!)

Grandma & Grandpa with the kids...surprised Kendyn sat long enough for a picture!

Kayin with her new doll she picked out with Grandma Brinkmeyer

All these new toys and want does he want...a BOX!!!

The kids playing in her new princess playhut

A new leotard for dance...good thing it's long sleeved! It's getting chilly!

Kendyn's new rocking chair
Baking cupcakes with Grandma


Going for a ride on lil' airplane
The infamous Perkins breakfast...Kayin requests this every time they are here!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Brinkmeyer Christmas

I am playing catch bear with me! Justin's brother and family came for their annual visit to Nebraska during Thanksgiving and we had a great time! Kayin was thrilled to have her cousins around! Here are just a few we took from that weekend.


Last week we had family pictures (which unfortunately, I have to sadly report they were not that great and we rescheduled) and Kendyn had his first haircut! I was so bummed to miss this "first" but knew it needed to be done before the pictures! His hair was starting to curl in the back it was getting so long! Thanks to Lori M. for a great job!!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Well, it's been awhile again since I have posted anything, but I guess it's better late than never!

* I had what was supposed to be an outpatient surgery, but turned into an overnight stay at the hospital due to complications.

*Kendyn is CRAWLING and on the go! He is pulling himself up and standing next to things...not sure, but think he will be walking by Christmas time (if not earlier)

* Kayin is learning more signs at school as another way to communicate with people. It's been really cute, she is showing her brother everything she is learning!

* Justin's holiday hours will start doesn't seem possible that Christmas is in about 2 months!

Kayin decided to take her tights off and wear them as a hat...this made my day! :) And put a smile on my face!

Here is our BIG boy! He has brought so much joy to our lives and we love who he is becoming! His personality really is starting to show and we can't wait for the next chapter...learning to walk!
This is pretty much is constant state right now...MOVING!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

10 On Tuesday

Well, I think it would be safe to say that this poor blog hasn't had any love or attention for about 6 weeks! :( So sorry about that kids, but let's just say life with two young ones at home certainly has created some obstacles! Don't get me wrong, they are totally worth it, but with the hubby's schedule and the amount of meetings that have been crammed into the first 5 weeks of school, I feel a little overwhelmed! I know all of you want recent pictures of the kids, but tonight is just not going to be it. It's 8:23 and I have yet to eat dinner and we are working on getting the lil' man asleep. Speaking of which, here are our Top 10 Happenings in the Brinkmeyer Household since last updating!

10. Kendyn is now on the move, and has been for about 2 weeks! He is a little scooter and kind of does a leap frog action when wanting to move. Every now and then, he will crawl, but he is finding it faster and more efficient to "hop"!!

9. Kayin is our lil' ballerina! She started dance the end of August and beams every time she walks onto that dance floor. We are fortunate enough to also have two of her friends from daycare there on the same night! She has caught on to the steps rather quickly!

8. Husker football has officially started and schlepping two children downtown to tailgate and watch the "Big Red Band" has been quite a daunting task. However, to see the smile on her face and excitement when she hears them coming down that street is priceless!

7. Speaking of Huskers...her theme request for her 5th birthday...HUSKERS!!! (And no, it doesn't seem possible that she will be turning 5)!!!

6. Kayin also started Preschool! She was accepted into the Peer Model program at Prescott for the hearing impaired program. When I tell people this, they give me quite the eye because she is far from being hard of hearing. But when I explain to them that children are recommended due to their language development and vocabulary skills, they understand how and why she is in the program. She loves school and I try not to be that "helicopter" mom always wanting to check in with her teacher! The first couple of weeks were hard, and we narrowed it down to the bus ride after school, but now, that's all she talks about!

5. School is underway and in FULL force! I feel like I have been in my classroom for more than a month (I have with summer school) but not with all the same kids. Last year I co-taught but this year, I thoroughly am enjoying my own room again...but it is kind of hard to get adjusted back to not having to worry about doing activities or planning without "okaying" it with someone else.

4. Fall is right around the corner and I CAN'T WAIT!!! I enjoy summer, but I am more than ready for cooler temperatures!

3-2-1. I know, I am kind of cheating here, but these last three are biggies!

Yesterday marked the one year anniversary where my grandmother was admitted to St. E's...on Grandparent's Day...and our lives were changed forever.

It was 4 days after her second amputation...I won't forget that day...Kayin, myself, my brother, and his wife headed up to Madonna to visit with Grandma and when we got there, a good family friend was there and met us in the hallway and said things weren't good...and they weren't.

I won't forget how she looked when we went into the still and extremely jaundice. I spoke with the on-call physician at Madonna and they had made the call to send her to the ER at St. E's. I made the call to my mom and things then suddenly were a blur.

Luckily, I was able to find someone to come and get Kayin and I headed to the hospital with her. All I wanted to do was hold my grandmother's hand and tell her it was going to be okay. After all the family had gotten there, we periodically took turns in her temporary room in the ER.

The next few hours were a little hazy, and I am not sure if family headed to a hotel, home, or what....but I was in the room with her when the ER doctor said she was heading for an ultrasound, she looked at me, grabbed my hand, and wanted me to go. That was a pivotal moment for me...seeing her wince in pain and grimace during the ultrasound. The tech soon realized that I had somewhat of a medical background due to all the questions I was asking.

When we found out they were admitting her, my sister in law and I headed back to Madonna to gather up her cards, flowers, and few belongings she had, one of which was her security blanket. That night, my brother, my sister-in-law and I were there by her side when they moved her to her room. I remember covering her with her security blanket, leaving for home, and crying all the way. (I could type more, but I still haven't eaten and Kayin isn't in bed...I'll finish more next week and have a box of kleenex's by the computer)!

Kayin and I got extremely close with her during her 9 month stay at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital fall of 2009-Early summer 2010. There wasn't a day that went by when we didn't stop and see her (how could we not, we only live about 5 blocks from there)! Of course, there were times when she would tell me that I should not have come and have our little girl out in the "that kind of weather" but deep down, I knew that she enjoyed those visits just as much as Kayin did.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

10 on Tuesday

I am trying to get back into the routine of things, especially with school starting in about two weeks (although I feel like I have been back full time since I started teaching EdVenture on July 11th). So, here is the 10 on Tuesday for today!! Enjoy!!

10. My 3 page school "To-Do" list has slowly been shrinking and on Friday, it finally could fit all on ONE...yes folks, 1 page!! I can't tell you how excited I am that it has finally happened and I am feeling pretty good about it!

9. With that being said, I am having so much fun decorating and putting things together for my room! Last year, I co-taught (which was a good experience) but was ready to have my own room again. Although, i do feel like I am a new teacher in Kindergarten!!

8. On July 21nd, my brother and his wife welcomed Jack Wayne!! He is absolutely ADORABLE and we are so happy he is here (finally)!!
7. Kendyn LOVES his exersaucer!! I was a little lenient to put him in it at first, but once he got the hang of it (and with his BIG sister's help), all he wanted to do was play with the gidgets and gadgets on there!
6. I don't know about anybody else, but this HEAT has got to go!! I like hot, but when you add the humidity it takes your breath away when you open a door to go anywhere! My first round of beans didn't do so well, I think we might have had fresh green beans three times and then they were done (it could have been a combo of not watering the three days I was out for the surgery and the heat). So, I planted another round this past weekend and am hoping they do well because there is nothing like fresh green beans from the garden!

5. Speaking of garden, my friend and I had grand plans for planting a garden and I feel like I have not helped much...between her being pregnant, me having a newborn, and this heat, we will be lucky to get everything we planted. However, I was able to make some fresh bruschetta with tomatoes and basil from the garden and it was YUMMY!! I also picked something last week when I worked in it and have NO IDEA what it is!! I am tempted to take it in to Earl May and have them help me figure out what it guess is that it is some sort of squash!

4. This is priceless...don't you think? Kayin loves to read to her brother and he is entranced with all the books she reads him...even the princess ones!
3. I am recovering well from the surgery, but have realized that my body has gone through two major surgeries in 6 months time. I am trying to take it slow and not overdo it because Lord knows I don't want to have something like this recent ER trip happen any time soon!

2. I get to meet the rest of my NEW BIG Kindergarteners this week at family meetings! I have been teaching EdVenture and 6 out of my 19 kiddos have been attending so I am looking forward to getting to meet the rest of them!

1. I hope everyone is sitting down...our little BIG girl will be starting Preschool in two weeks! Kayin will be a peer model in the hearing impaired program at Prescott!!! The program seeks out one or two individuals with a high vocabulary and language development beyond most of their peers. She was recommended by the teacher last year after she had met her on different ocassions. She had asked me if I had thought about it, and really, we hadn't. Kayin's daycare provider, "M" does such a great job with the kids that she already knows all of her letters, a majority of their sounds, can count 100+, write her name, knows some two letter sight words, and is inquisitive beyond what we would have ever imagined! But, the teacher background in me knows how important it is to have some school experience prior to entering Kindergarten. Although we are excited, it means that our little girl, isn't "little" anymore!!

Friday, July 22, 2011

5 Months

What a whirlwind it has been the past week! I was hoping to upload pictures today as I am sitting in my quiet house (explanation later), but the computer is being funny. So, maybe tomorrow!! But, I will give you a the scoop on what's been happening at the Brinkmeyer household this past week!

First and foremost, today Kendyn turned 5 months old...ALREADY!!! I know, it seems just like yesterday I was going in for our scheduled c-section and welcoming him into our lives. He has brought so much joy and laughter that having two really makes us feel "complete" (although I keep telling Justin I wouldn't mind just one more)! He really changes from day to day and he has grown up so fast! Among other things, he LOVES to laugh, smile, play peek-a-boo with his sister (the other day when we were coming back from Grand Island both of them got to giggling so hard tears were rolling down their faces), eat his toes, roll over, cuddle with his "lovey", and interact with anyone that comes in contact with him. One thing that he despises, which we learned real quick on our vacation, is being in his car seat. One would think that the motion of the car would put a baby in a sleep transe...nope, not him! I told my hubby that if we were going to do a long road trip again in a car we may need to look at getting a van where we can be more mobile and accessible to the kids (and I am kind of ready for a mom-van anyways)!

So, back to the "whirlwind" of the all started on Friday evening (and in retrospect, if I think back, it probably has been going on for awhile just never put two and two together).

Friday night was our Prescott Summer Festival and about half-way through the festivities I wasn't feeling good. The past couple of weeks, any time I ate, I had a tummy ache (which I thought was either an ulcer or heartburn...oh how I was WRONG)!!! Well, Friday night came and went with the pain continuing and waking up Saturday morning, I thought I was coming down with the flu. Justin headed to work, leaving me behind with the kids. Around 10:30 I was in so much pain I could barely walk, hold Kendyn, sit, nothing felt comfortable.

I broke down and called the hubby around 11:45 and told him that I needed him to come home because I thought this may cause for a trip to the ER. So, I made a call to my OB and talked with the doc on call...his thought was maybe a hernia (since exactly two years ago on our anniversary, the 16th of July, I had exploratory surgery of my abdomen and with the recent c-section, probably could be it) and suggested I head to the ER. What??!! Again??!! There must be something about July 16th that my body just does not agree with!!

Luckily we have a great friend here who came and rescued us around 2:00 to sit with the kids while we headed there and gradually, as you would think, the pain continued to get worse and worse. I give a shout-out to the BRYAN LGH ER staff because they were wonderful and got me checked in right away, had the on-call doc come in and look and if his eyes could tell a story, pretty sure they would. He looked at Justin and verbatum asked him, "Has your wife's belly button always been this big and purplish/blue looking?!" Needless to say, both of us weren't sure what to say (because it really is a body part that I don't look at because quite frankly, after having two children and two c-sections, it's kinda hard to see)! With that being said, Justin and I talked and I told him to head back to work because who knew how long it would be before things started rolling and happening (this was about 4:00).

Well, after having to drink the lovely contrast liquid for a CT scan, the ER doc on-call making a phone call, I went in for emergency surgery for an incarcerated/strangled hernia at 6:45!!! Unfortunately, Justin and the kids didn't make it to the hospital in time to see me off and give me kisses (which was probably the hardest part)! I lost it in the operating room when they told me he had just gotten there and would see me after I woke up. I asked if he could at least come back and give me a was our anniversary, for goodness sake. But, wasn't going to happen.

So, after two nights in the hospital, being scolded by the ER doc for waiting this long (I guess it could have turned out to be a ruptured hernia if I had waited any longer), no more than Ibuprofen 800 for pain meds, not being able to work at summer school for a week, my gracious coustins taking the kids in the morning so I can rest....I am home and doing well...although I do feel like I have had another c-section!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

What A Week!!!

Here are some random shots from vacation. I am too tired to take the time to organize and comment on every picture tonight...fussy baby who is teething and trying to unpack are the priority right now (as well as preparing myself for teaching 4 weeks of summer school starting Monday). When I get a chance later this week, I will post more pictures with details. These are just a few of the week's events! :) Enjoy!