The texas trip has been fantastic so far! The kids have both been a dream with just a few bumps in the road. Tym has had a hard time at some points with the lack of kids to play with. It has helped having Ella (almost 2 years old) and her folks around a fair bit so far. She's been really cute "helping" to teach Ella things (like washing her back when they took a bath together).
Lake - my heart aches for him at times. His ear is finally healing up nicely with the neosporin we've been putting on. It's so well healed that we were surprised to see what we think if the originating source - a small cut along the bottom of his ear lobe. Enough that it almost looks like it tore his ear lobe a bit. But it's healing and looking much better now. I wish I could say the same for his leg/bum. The kid either has too many rolls or really hates the Texas heat. And I am kicking myself through and through for opting out of bringing the cloth diapers. It started as a small, simple blister like spot of his inner, upper thigh. It's now grown to the length of 2 loonies and almost as wide. I noticed another spot near his bum, and another spot on the other thigh. So we did the only thing worried parents with no medical insurance for the States would do - we took him to the vet. A good friend of Tony and John's (actually Ella's Mum) is a vet and she has been awesome at helping us figure out the best treatment for Lake. She's given us 6-7 make shift cloth diapers (what they used as burp clothes), some Boudreau's Butt Paste, and baby powder. With the combination of all this stuff and her checking it out for the past 2.5 days, we've been able to finally get it under control. Which means Lake is much more himself now. Poor kid!