Thursday, December 22, 2011

Happy Holidays from the Paulsruds!

Wishing you and yours a blessed holiday!  (If you happen to be a loyal follower you might just be reading our 'news' before people get the actual cards since they just went in the mail today - opps!)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Merry Tuba Christmas

We've been working on learning our musical instruments here in this house - which actually has been a total blast.  And thankfully the use of technology allows us to learn what an instrument is and then go on YouTube and listen to the various instruments!  What fun! 

Well when (soon to be) Aunt Sarah posted on Facebook that it was a Merry Tuba Christmas at her place of work (The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in DC) which included 300 tubas playing Christmas music we were wishing we could share it with Connor.  Not 30 minutes later we got a text from Uncle Keith that we could live stream what the show on the Kennedy Center website.

Here is Connor's reaction:

He probably sat there and watched it for a good 5 minutes which for an attention span of a 2 year old that was pretty good! 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Oh Christmas Tree

This year was the first year we have been able to have a "real" Christmas tree and we were going to take FULL advantage.  We hit the Cozy Nook Farm just west of town the Sunday after Thanksgiving and it will definitely be a family tradition moving forward!
 Here's our pick waiting to get the trunk cut!
 A certain little someone really enjoyed exploring the trees and farm!
 Almost ready to head home!

 The tree actually looks tiny on Dan's big truck!
 So happy!
 Daddy and his 'helper' getting things set! 
 And she's in and ready to be decorated!  (no drill bit in the drill Connor is holding up to Dan's back - yikes, that looks bad!) Perfect size for the space, don't you think?!?
On this particular day we rushed to get the tree in and set because we were off to surprise Connor with a trip to see Elmo at Sesame Street Live!  More to follow on that....

Monday, December 12, 2011

I can see clearly NOW...

Well we've got a lot to catch you up on my lovely blog follwers!  Amongst the fast paced nature of our lives this time of year - we also have a new addition for Connor....GLASSES!
 At first when trying them on he thought he was going swimming - he thought he was wearing swim goggles, which made this Mommy laugh at a moment she felt like crying. 
 He is severly far sighted and right now hardly using his left eye at all - it is so weak. His prescription is so high the doctor says he will not grow out of his needs for glasses, contacts or vision correction in his lifetime.  Let's continue to pray for the researchers and doctors who continue to work on the best options for vision correction.
 Many people have asked how we knew to get his eyes checked - well the truth is we started to notice on occasion his left eye would start to cross.  It wasn't all the time and many people have said they never noticed it.  Apparently the eye crossing starts to happen when they are trying really hard to focus. 
 We will be going back to the Pediatric Opthamologist in January where the strength in his left eye will be measured again.  If significant progress has not been made he'll start to wear a patch 4 hours per day to force him to use his left eye to strengthen it.
 It hasn't been the smoothest transition, but in typical Connor fashion he sort of just goes with the flow and despite a little unhappiness seems to be starting to adjust.
In the meantime, my uber cute red-headed love is getting LOTS of attention for his fancy new specs, what do you think?!?