Monday, December 8, 2008

Wiping butts....

I forgot to share that Nevin told me yesterday that he can wipe his own butt! Waa Hoo I think.. until Joseph yells out to Nevin... Nevin.. I need to be wiped, Nevin I need to be wiped.

And when I go into the bathroom to discover that Joseph stood still and allowed Nevin to wipe him with the CLOROX WIPES!! Oh! My!

Moral of the story.... you wipe yourself or you call for Mommy!!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

December 7th already!

Is it just me or is this Christmas season flying right past??

Today was the Christmas parade and BOY WAS IT COLD!!! And what made it even colder was that there was a TON of candy being thrown to the kids.. and who can pick up candy with gloves on?? And in Joseph's case.. with Grandpa's gloves on.

We have seen Santa three times now.... and each time Nevin has asked Santa for the Rhino Rhino game, which if you recall is the game we are giving Jesus for his birthday. And Joseph asks for a stuffed dinosaur bird that he saw at COSI (Children's Science Museum). So... today to be clear I asked the boys AGAIN what they have been telling Santa, because I really want to get it right... well Joseph says.. Tuck and Ming Ming (Wonder Pets)... HELLOO!!! I know for a FACT that Tuck and Ming Ming has never ever ever been brought up to Santa, now what do I do??? I am praying that the 4th time is the charm.. we are going to go see Santa at the Library tomorrow night. I will listen very closely and see what we tell the last and final Santa... please!

It's looks like the boys birthday cruise is going to happen. I decided a couple of months back that I wanted to bring the boys on a short cruise for their 4th birthday instead of a big party. Well, we got it booked! We are going February 9th. Yes, I know their birthday is not until the 17th of March.. but that is the PEAK of Spring Break season, so they better get used to birthday vacation happening in February. Any who.. we are leaving out of Miami on a 4 night cruise. We got to Key West and Cozumel. Right now planned to go is my friend Wendy, her mom and her two kids Kennedy and Kayden, My sister, her husband and their little girl Shannon. My cousins Wendy and Jennifer. Anyone else want to join come along. Total with tax, port charges, gas..etc.. it's under $250 a person. It's the Carnival Imagination, check it out! Water slide on board!!

And yes I know it's a bit of a splurge for a 4th birthday, but it's so much more than that. It's been almost two years since I have been on vacation, and from traveling as much as I did and taking for granted the ability to go places.. we have planned and saved and BEYOND excited. Even though Nevin tells me he does not like airplanes and does not like big boats. Yes, the boy who has already flown more time than many adults I know.

For the first time in 2 years I feel good about something and the ability to look forward without worry.... OK.. maybe a little worry, I am a worrier you know..

Friday, November 28, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Hope everyone had a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

This Thanksgiving Frank and Family joined the Ohio Digney's. We had a very nice time.. it was short but we all enjoyed a nice and relaxing day together.

We are now getting ready to get into the swing of Christmas. Decorating will start tomorrow, and then the Holiday fun will start... Christmas Parade, Christmas walk, Jingle Bell race/walk, cookie exchange, Holiday Lights at the Zoo, Cookie Decorating at Grant's... and anymore fun we can find.

Today I got up early to hit really wasn't that bad, then a stop at K-mart. Which our Marysville K-mart just... well I just have to laugh. I was talking to a person in line behind me.. I was saying how I could understand why they did not have all their registers open, because you know how Black Friday just snuck up on all of us this year! As of right now, I think I can pretty much say, I am done with shopping. I am happy with the variety of things the boys are getting, I think they will be very happy Christmas morning. After K-mart, I ran through McDonald's to bring breakfast home to the guys before heading to work... I got home at 7:30 and EVERYONE was still sleeping!! Why doesn't everyone still sleep when I can and want to sleep in? So, I left the McDonald's and heading to work.

Pacer was closed Thanksgiving and the day after, and then closed again Christmas Eve and Christmas Day... opened the day after Christmas (Friday)... Well... they were looking for volunteers to work the day after Thanksgiving and if you worked that day you can have the day after Christmas off!! Waaaa Hoooo!!! 5 days off at Christmas!! It was SO worth working the day after Thanksgiving.

Saturday and today we did much of nothing. We did get our Christmas decorations out and the Christmas tree is up. This year is fun, the boys understand that Santa is coming, but they don't understand why he has not come yet, they get excited each time they walk into the family room and see the Christmas light all lit up on the tree. It's going to be a GREAT Christmas.

Hope you all enjoyed the holiday and are ready all the fun yet to come.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Hand... Foot... Mouth, Oh My!!

Hope this find everyone doing great! The Digney house is getting excited to celebrate Jesus' Birthday!

The other day on our way to school the boys and I were talking about Hunter's (neighbor) upcoming 4th birthday party. They were excited about getting him a present and going to his party. They are getting to the age where they understand giving gifts to their friends, and helping the friend celebrate their birthday! So, I took the opportunity to tell them how exciting Jesus' birthday is going to be and how Jesus loves them so much that he wants THEM to have presents.. just for them. That was EVEN cooler!! So, needless to say we are all very excited for Christmas.

We shifted from swimming lessons to gymnastics, and boy do they LOVE IT! They get upset because we only go one night a week. In the 45mins they are in class they start at floor exercise, then over to the vault, then the balance beam, then the uneven bars.. well the one bar, they get to hang on it and climb like monkeys. After that they all go over any lay on a purple mat.. the coaches have all the kids lay on it deflated and then they turn on the air and it inflates into a big jumpy!! Big Big Fun!!

Today Nevin and I stayed home from school. He has the Coxsackievirus, better known at Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease. I think they both started with symptoms last Wednesday. Both had been having restless nights and I could tell it hurt them to swallow. One night I had them both up crying, inconsolable.. between Grandpa and I were going back and forth trading boys to see who had the magic touch... even with that being said, I can tell you that since they were born that was only the 2nd time I have had them both so upset.

So, back to the virus.. they had no fevers just the restless nights and the trouble swallowing.. this past Friday night, into Saturday Joseph slept all night without waking, but Nevin did not. I got a note that Strep was going around at both DayCare and Preschool.. so I decided to bring Nevin by Children's Close to Home, (kids urgent care). While waiting for the strep results, I noticed a few sores on his hands. The doctor came in and said.. negative for strep, but looked at his hands and asked to look at his feet. She pulled his sock off and he had many, many on his feet... :-(. Nothing we can do except help the pain in his mouth and wait for the sores to dry up. Not all kids get the sores, so I am praying the Nevin is the tail end of two brothers getting it, not the start of two brothers getting it. And while it's nice to have a break and to hang out with just one of my guys.. I need to be at work and really want everything to be healed.

Now on to some fun stuff. My Joker Joe loves to dance. We will be driving in the car and he will yell, dance Mommy, dance Nevin, dance Grandpa... and we all have to move around in our seats dancing.. and if we don't he will nicely keep asking. So, Saturday I made his first dancing video.. He just CRACKS me up..

This next video is of Nevin eating some sour candy. Mommy tried to tell him his face was going to pucker up but my boy.. the boy that can make himself sick by thinking it wanted to try it!

And last but never least... I can't neglect the fact that someone else in our family knows how to spell their name! Great job Nevin Michael Digney, the 4th!... I know I know.. the 4th where did that come from? I am not sure, but anytime you ask him his name he will respond.. Nevin Michael Digney the 4th!

Good day to all!! And, YES!! That was my cat on the kitchen counter in the candy video. While, I typically don't allow her to be on the counter.. my Ali girl is not feeling well. She is eating and eating, but just staying very frail. We put her food up there to keep it away from the dogs.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween

OK.. so my intent is to update this blog each month. But as things happen I think Oh.. I need to share that.

Tonight was Trick-or-Treating... and the boys had such a good time. They really enjoyed it this year running house to house, we made it through out entire neighborhood, which is almost 250 house. By the time we got back to our house they both just pretty much colapsed into Grandpa's lap. And for the record!! Nevin had only 1 sucker.. and Joseph has 1 piece of chewy gum. He really love chewing gum right now.. and he is really good at it.

Before Trick-or-Treating tonight we were having dinner and Nevin did the funnest thing. As I said before Joseph can spell his name, but when asked Nevin says.. "No, you can do it". Well at dinner we were being silly and I told the boys they can change their names.. and Nevin was now Joseph and Joseph was now Nevin. In the next moment.. Nevin giggled and said.. "I am Joseph.. J-O-S-E-P-H" Grandpa and I just sat there with our mouths hang opening, not believeing what we just heard... Too Funny! Also.. telling Nevin that his name has two N's in it, really bothers him! He does not want two N's.

Well.. that is it for now! Below is a video of Joseph spelling his name!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Digney Updates.. not just pictures :-)

Well if I am going to enter the blogging world I need to share family updates!

The Ohio Digney's are doing great. The boys are getting bigger and it's been so much fun watching them grow.

I want to be able to describe them as the individuals they are, but they do so many things that are the same.

There personalities have totally changed from when they were born. I am sure most of you remember all the trips to the hospital while I was pregnant because Joseph was not doing what he was suppose to be doing.. my mom and I would laugh because when Joseph was suppose to respond Nevin responded for him. Well.. Joseph is not as ornery.. and Nevin is not as willing. :-)

I think the one thing that keeps me amazed about the two of them is how much like Digney/Nevin they are. When I was deciding to have kids I wanted to pick a donor that was going to allow the kids to look like my family.. I don't know why.. but I just did. Well.. I got it. All my family at different times can see parts of them in each of us. From phyical features to personalities.. it's GREAT! I got A LOT of comments on how much Joseph looks like Grandpa.. and we always joke with Grandpa, Aunt Colleen and Nicole that they have no butts... well either does Joseph... it just amazings me how God worked it all out.

Nevin is my moody one. He has my over-sensitive nature. Loves his Grandpa and his brother. It's funny to watch him with Joseph. Joseph at times can be so mean to him. So I intervene and tell Nevin to just stay away from him... well 2 seconds later he is right next to him again...

Joseph is truly my sweetheart.. he has a rough and tumble exterior but oh.. so sweet and loving on the inside. He is still all over the place and nothing seems to slow him down.

It's fun watching them learn and discover new things. The other day we asked Joseph to spell his name.. and he CAN!! When I asked Nevin, his response was that I should do it for him. I have been keeping them active in different things to see what they like.. we have done soccer and swimming and next month we start gymnastics. They both love tumbling so I think it will be fun.

They are both in preschool.. again it's funny how different they are and how they change back and forth. Last year was their first year in school... after two weeks we decided to pull Joseph out because he was just not ready for it. Nevin was doing great, so he stayed and enjoyed getting on the school bus and learning new things. This year both boy are in school and Joseph is rocking!! He is doing great, learning, playing and being a good friend.. while Mr. Moody is not doing as well.. he is going but showing some defiance.. yes.. NEVIN!!

As the days go on I will keep everyone updated on how they are doing.

Grandpa is doing great.. he is working as Microman in Dublin, OH.. it will be a year this December. He was hired in as a Project Manager, but until recently he really wasn't putting any of his skills to use.. well maybe his solitaire playing skills. Now he is busier and being able to make a difference in what he does. He been on the Fair board in our county for two years now.. and that is another place he wants to make a difference, but the politics of it all really has not allowed that.. but he is hanging in there! I keep telling him, that one day they will embrace the change that needs to happen. The house in Hartwell still has not sold and we think at this point with how the economy is, it may NEVER sell...

I am doing good as well.. Lost the job that I loved and was unemployed for over a year... that was not fun at all. I wish I could have appreciated the time off, but I was just worried the entire time on how I was going to make ends meet.. I am working now at Pacer Global Logistics.. I have been here since July. Money is tight, but between my dad and I we are making ends meet.

I think this is the update for now... I hope everyone is doing well!

Shannon Ireland Winckler

Some recent pictures