Tuesday, January 16, 2018

First Day of Basketball

Jackson had his first day of basketball last Saturday. He has been anticipating this moment for a while now. He loves basketball and is constantly dribbling the ball at home or shooting hoops into his bedroom basketball net.

Jackson did so well at his first practice and game. So well, in fact that he received the first medal of the season. He got it for listening to the coaches and making 15/15 baskets. 

Jackson (and the other players) still have a lot to learn about the rules of the game. They need to understand that they can't walk with the ball without dribbling (ha) and that they need to be actually open before they yell: "Open. Right here" (as they stand behind a player from the other team). Too funny, I tell ya.

I was so proud of our boy for participating and doing so well! I will never get sick of watching him play basketball or any other sport for that matter. 

Friday, January 12, 2018


6  more days until we leave for our annual trip to Cabo!! I cannot wait!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

McCartney's Surgery

McCartney had her umbilical hernia surgery at Banner Children's Hospital this morning. I took Jackson to school really early this morning and Presley came with us to help out. McCartney was excited all morning and kept saying: "My surgery. I gunna have a little belly button." She was so cute. I was so nervous but was doing my best to hide it. My nerves were quickly calmed as we met the staff at the hospital. In the lobby, the cutest old man and woman receptionist gave the girls the cutest handmade bears and the sweetest books to keep. After we were taken back, the nurses could not be any kinder. They were angels! There was this child life coach named Megan and I swear she was made of sugar. She brought all these goodies for McCartney and explained the whole surgery process in the cutest way so that McCartney wouldn't be scared. She gave her a polar bear stuffed animal and two masks. She said one was for the polar bear and one was for her. She explained how to use it and then let McCartney pick out a flavored lip smacker to put in the inside so it would smell really good. She also let her pick out stickers to decorate the whole outside. Then she gave her coloring books and some other goodies. BUT the best part had to be the pink jeep. She got to choose between a red sports car and a pink jeep and of course she chose the pink one. She got to ride that car into the operating room (see video above). It made the transition and "see you soon" so much easier on me and her. 

30 minutes later, her doctor informed me that she did awesome and that the hernia was bigger than they thought. Good thing we made the decision to have the surgery.

They got me when she was waking up in the recovery room and I wasn't prepared for what came next. She was hysterical. She had her eyes closed and she was screaming for me and rocking back and forth. She kept saying: "Mommy. Mommy. I want Mommy. My tummy hurts." They said she was in a state of emergence delirium (which is very common with young patients). It took a while to calm her down and it was breaking my heart to see her like that. Eventually she fell back asleep in my arms. The next time she woke up, she was MUCH better. She was a little grumpy and out of it but a lot better than the previous wake up. We gave her a popsicle and some ibuprofen and then they sent us home. 

She has been a little quiet today but is slowly starting to get back to her old self. She is in a bit of pain but I have a feeling she will be back to normal in no time. 

Phew! Glad it is over. I hope and pray that is the LAST time I have to see any of my kids in any pain or under any anesthesia. 

Friday, January 5, 2018

Wildlife Zoo

My mom and I took the kids to the Wildlife Zoo last Tuesday and we ended up spending the whole day there. We fed the giraffes, rode on a ton of rides: the zipline was Jackson and Presley's favorite. We ate hot dogs, hamburgers, icees, popcorn, and giant ice cream cones. We went on the sky ride and the kids LOVED it. We saw tons of sharks and other animals, and touched a stingray. Oh and Presley requested that I took a picture of her standing next to an ostrich because she had one on her shirt. Haha. We were exhausted when the day ended but it was honestly SO MUCH FUN!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Winter Break Recap

Wow! These past 2 weeks have flown by! It is Thursday afternoon (as I type this), and we only have 3 full days left until I go back to work and the kids go back to school.

We have done so many fun things this break: McDonald's play place, Pump it Up with our neighbors, The Wildlife Zoo with my mom (I will post pictures tomorrow), 2 park days, lots of quality time with  my brother and sister (the kids LOVE Uncle Ste Ste and Aunt Nae Nae), a nice dinner at Preston's Steakhouse with my hubby, Christmas over at Kurt and Sara's house, a New Year's Eve (tiny) get-together with our neighbors and Kyle's friend Jeff, a dance party outside, lots of puzzle building, Peter Piper Pizza, McCartney's first hair trim, pedicures with Presley, lots of gym workouts, and so much more. Presley even got to go golfing for the first time with Nana, Papa, and Lanae. Papa got her her very own set of golf clubs. Too cute!

Only a few not-so fun things happened (are happening) over this break: I ended up in the hospital on Christmas night with food poisoning. After throwing up 16 times, it felt so much better to get an IV and some Zofran. And this morning I had an ablation at my OB office. Since we are done having kids, I have no reason not to have a period anymore and mine just happens to be THE WORST. It is probably a little TMI but I bleed so much that I soak through my clothes. Since Kyle and I travel so much (and it always happens to start the day we leave--go figure), I decided to get it done. It is an easy procedure but I am super crampy today, so that is NO FUN. The last (not-so fun) thing happening over break is McCartney's umbilical hernia surgery which is happening tomorrow. I am scared for my baby to go under anesthesia, so please keep her in your prayers. I will let you all know how it went! Bye-bye big (and potentially painful) belly button! 

Happy Thursday! Exactly 2 weeks until we leave for Cabo San Lucas! 

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy 2018

We had such a wonderful New Year's Eve at home. The weather was so perfect. We played outside, took down the rest of the Christmas decorations, and had a little cat nap. Our neighbors came over at 4:00 with their daughter Paige and we ate appetizers, drank champagne, and stuffed our faces with smoked steak and chicken. We ended the meal with brownies and ice cream. Heather and Chris brought over sparklers and fireworks. The kids had the best time holding the sparklers and watching the fireworks go off. McCartney was the first to pass out with Jackson not too long after her. He actually fell asleep on the patio couch. Presley was a trooper and hung in there as long as the adults. She even participated in the Martinelli's (non-alcoholic) champagne cheers (see above). 

We had the best 2017--full of many adventures: Our annual trip to Cabo, Nebraska for Lauren and Danny's wedding, San Diego with our kids (and Kurt and Sara), New York, another trip to Nebraska to celebrate Granny turning 95 and Caroline having a cancer free scan, many sports events, Kansas City, dressing up for Halloween, date nights, playing in the backyard on a Sunday, dance parties, Sunday treats, Emily and James's wedding in Sedona, and many more amazing memories. 

2017 is going to be hard to top, but I have a great feeling 2018 will be even better. I am looking forward to the many trips, quiet times with the kids, watching my family grow, and everything else wonderful that life will bring.

We are making our resolutions tonight and I will share them soon.

Happy 2018!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Favorite Moments of 2017

 ^^^Kyle and me^^^

These are my favorite 9 photos of each of us. I started this tradition last year, and I plan to keep it up every year. Click here to see last year's favorites.

Happy New Year's Eve!

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from The Von Tersch's! 

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Friday Night Traditions

A few months ago, we started the tradition of ordering pizza and a movie on Friday nights. I look forward to this night all week (and so do the kids). 

Kyle has been picking the movies lately and here are some of the amazing ones we have watched (ahhh memories): Little Giants, Mighty Ducks, Little Rascals, Sandlot, Free Willy, and this week was: Cool Runnings. The kids loved all of them so much. I cannot wait to see what Kyle picks next week.

I remember eating pizza EVERY Friday night when I was growing up. We would stuff our faces with Pizza Hut slices and watch TGIF shows like: Step by Step, Boy Meets World, Family Matters, and Hanging with Mr. Cooper. Even now, the smell of pizza unlocks those memories that are stored in my "favorites box" in my head. 

I hope my kids remember these traditions when they get older and smile while doing so. :)

Friday, December 22, 2017

Presley's First Musical Recital

Kyle and I were so proud of our little girl as she performed in her first musical recital. She did so well! She knew all the words and all the moves and smiled so big while doing so. 

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Picture with Santa

This is the FIRST year where all 3 of my kids are smiling as they sit on Santa's lap. Check out this epic picture if you want to remember what happened two years ago. It is still one of my favorite pictures of all time. Haha!

4 more days till Christmas!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

What's Happening with McCartney?

1. She has not sucked her thumb in over a month. She has been wanting to stop--so one night, I put that "no bite" nail polish on and she stopped immediately. I still cannot believe it;
2. We got her a bike for Christmas and I know she is going to be super happy when she sees it on Christmas morning;
3. She is in gymnastics and absolutely LOVES it. She asks if we can go every day. She is so flexible and strong and I have a feeling she will be really good at it;
4. She sleeps through the night without a pull-up... 
5. ...so bye bye diaper genies and leftover pull-ups;
6. She is in dance at school and had her first recital the other day. She nailed it! We are enrolling her at a real dance studio soon;
7. She loves to play doctor and dress up. She always says: "I gunna check you out!" And then when I ask her if I am healthy, she says: "No. You are very bad." Haha.
8. She loves hummus, vegetables, and steak;
9. She is having her hernia removed in January;
10. She is a peanut. She is in the 27th percentile for height;
11. She loves waking us up super early and then demands a million things: "I want to watch Paw Patrol," "I want a snack," "I want my sippy cup," "I want my blanket."
12. She can identify every letter in the alphabet, every single digit number (and even some double digit numbers too).

She keeps us busy our little, divalicious! 

Friday, December 15, 2017

Overdue Photo Dump

 ^^^My adorable tee-ball player. He starts another season next Friday.^^^
 ^^^One of the last few pictures of Pokey before he went into hibernation. We miss him already.^^^
 ^^^She is obsessed with putting on my lipgloss. She asks for it daily.^^^
 ^^^Sara, Kurt, Khloe, and Kolette joined us on one our weekly Sunday treats. It was nice having them over to play.^^^
^^^Sharing is caring.^^^
^^^Always hamming it up for the camera.^^^
^^^They love to play "Baby and Mommy." I remember playing that with my sister when we were younger.^^^
^^^She always says: "Bentley is my beeeeeest friend."
^^^His little thumbs up gets me every time.^^^
^^^He looks so old here.^^^
^^^Selfie with my hubby in Kansas City, Missouri.^^^
^^^Matching braids with my girl, Ashley in Missouri.^^^
^^^Kicked back and relaxing while getting his hair cut.^^^
^^^One of our weekly Sunday desserts. Cheers!^^^