alright, let’s get this party started

First a photo by Ty and then a story about him…he took this with the 5D last week.

Ty came home from school on Monday and immediately let me know that the little girl responsible for the whole dog bite incident last year was in his class. Of course, this means we had to have him moved into another class. Both because Ty deserves to be in a peaceful and positive learning environment and because we are being forced into a a lawsuit with the family as they have refused to take responsibility with neither us nor the insurance company. It’s likely to get ugly and having the kids in the same class just isn’t a good idea. Especially considering that after the attack, she continued to taunt Tyler. Anyway, Ty’s school rocks and not only moved him right away with a smile, they let him choose his new teacher, cleaned out his old desk for him so he wouldn’t be bombarded with questions or embarrassed in front of his peers and just made the whole thing easy for him. Love that.

Monday night, he told my mom that there was a new girl on his bus that asked the bus driver to assign her to sit next to him. I heard that and I swear my insides immediately started to swell up. Then it comes out that she’s “feisty”. Then I felt like I couldn’t breathe. Feisty in a good way or feisty in a bad way? “Feisty good” says Ty with bright eyes. I’m not handling this well. At all. Turns out that she’s also in his new class too and sits right next to him.  I have had the urge to run every single girl off that comes knocking on our door, with the exception of sweet, sweet Kayleigh. But this new fiesty girl….she’s giving me gray hairs already. Jase, of course, thinks it’s funny. It’s not. He’s wrong. He says “Oh Ty, you’re 11, have fun” when I roll my eyes and scowl at the discussion of girls….what kind of crap advice is that?! Good advice would be “girls are no good, run far, far away son”….now there is some good parenting!

A note to my dear husband….one day soon your own feisty little blond hair, big blue eyed little girl is going to come home talking about a boy. You will feel your insides swell and your lungs push up against your chest like you can’t breath. And oh sweet husband, if you had hair, it would all go gray. Just know, it’s funny to you now, go ahead and laugh it up, but your day is coming buddy, much sooner than you think.

2008-08-27T19:43:43-05:00August 27th, 2008|My Family|

10 on Tuesday: Snapshot Edition

For a long time I got caught up on always taking a correct photograph, even just of my kids, hanging around the house or whatever.  Thankfully, over time, I’ve gotten over it.  I actually take a ton of snapshots.  I shoot a ton and while a lot of them land in a file called "proof once my children are older, out of the house and I’m bored in my empty nest", I do proof some and print some, but I barely ever share them so I thought it would be fun to share a few on a 10 on Tuesday post…

1.  Little T, swinging at the park this morning.  No more baby swings, she’s all about that big kid swing.  Right after this we blew lots and lots of bubbles….it was fun.

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2.  Ty, on his way out the door on the first day of school.  His bus leaves at the crack of dawn, so it was still dark.

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3.  This one is for my mom….she bought this for Taryn for her birthday and wanted to see what it looks like all hung up in her room….so here ya go Gee Gee….

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4.  Our Taryn’s dog Kylie.  Follows Taryn everywhere.  All.the.time.  When Taryn is outside with me or Jase, Kylie sits by the door and waits for her to come back in.  When Kylie hears her voice getting close, she starts to spin around in circles like a big 70 lb tornado dog.  This is Kylie’s signature loving head tilt…

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5.  Jase installing our new storm door, and T painting the front walk while he works.  I love the new door, lets in tons of light.

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6.  Just one of many reasons Little Dude loves hanging out in Taryn’s room…

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7.  Jason helping Teagan learn how to sit.  Love my boys.

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8.  I can do it, I can do it, by myself.  I hear this 1,008,632 times per day.  Damn that Barney.

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9.  Little dude now loves sitting up his crib.  It cracks me up to walk by his room and see nothing more than his cute little mohawk and eyes peeking over the edge looking out at me!

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10.  One of our prizes from winning the bump contest on the nest.  Still don’t know what we are doing about Jamaica.  Its been a little frustrating trying to figure it all out, while we’d love for the whole family to go on the trip, we just can’t justify putting ourselves in debt over it.  Figuring out who is going to go, well, that’s been a pretty constant debate.   We also haven’t had much luck in dealing with the marketing company handling the trip for their client (the resort)….she is nice as can be but replies to us without really saying anything or answering our questions even though she uses a lot of words.  Kind of politicianesque LOL!  So, for now, it’s still all up in the air.  Love, love, love the gift basket though!  I also heard from the Bump magazine last week, they needed to confirm the spelling of our names.  Good thing they called cause boy do we have some doozies!  The publication will be released this fall, can’t wait!

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Thanks for stopping in!  =)

2008-08-26T16:14:54-05:00August 26th, 2008|My Family|

Ty’s Summer

Last friday Ty and I played around a bit and brainstormed ideas on how we could document his summer activities.   Below are just a few of our ideas.  I tried hard not to bug him too much with the camera…he’s 11 now you know!  He had a great summer…..hanging out with a few new best friends, Kayleigh, Wade…going to the pool, visiting my mom….

He was very into his Legos this summer…I don’t think a single day went by that the entire bucket didn’t get dumped out onto his bedroom floor at least once.

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playing the Wii….Mario Kart was a big fave.

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Star Wars….a very Star Wars summer….the books, the clone wars movie at midnight with one of his friends and Jase.  Daily light saber wars with Wade.  Star Wars was big…

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He got all settled into his new room too.

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Lots of miles on his Rip Stik.

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But even more riding his bike.

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It was a great summer, and I loved having him home.  Watching him cuddle Taryn and Teagan every morning.  Hanging out, teaching him how to cook, always having someone to chat with, watching him read about 50 books, sometimes over 400 pages per day.  Today was his first day back at school….and I missed him like crazy.   But on the other hand, I’m so ready to get back into a routine again.  And a manageable grocery bill…man can that kid eat!!

And I couldn’t help but think about this time last year.

Be sure to check in tomorrow for 10 on Tuesday, a snapshot edition!

2008-08-25T20:46:50-05:00August 25th, 2008|Uncategorized|

10 on Tuesday

1.  Went to visit the school this morning for Taryn, went good.  Clean, well organized, great teachers, very positive experience.  Taryn did ok.  She was shy, wanted me to hold her and hid behind me a few times, but she did ask the teacher if she could see the potty.  She was thrilled they had no only one, but two!  And each came with a step stool, something else she was worried about.  She was fine while we were there but got quite upset on the way home saying she didn’t want me to leave her there alone.  So hard.  We can do this right?  I’ll try and focus on getting her a new backpack, a new lunch box and she needs her own water bottle, of course, she wants that to be pink too.

Thank you for all the warm well wishes, your stories and your comments / emails, they mean the world to me!  I have the best blog readers!!!!

2.  Little dude, hanging out in Taryn’s room yesterday afternoon.  He gets so excited being in there, so much to scoot around and get in to.  I just love his funny little face, mohawk, drool….him.

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3.  I bargained with Ty yesterday.  I got to take a few pics of him and if he cooperated, I agreed to take a photo him in his new skull sweatshirt hoodie (insert me rolling my eyes here, all while being a good sport).

His end of the bargain:

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And my end of the bargain (hey – I never said I would crop out the skull!!):

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4.  An out take….normally I wouldn’t process one with his eyes closed like this but holy moly look at those lashes!!!  Why oh why don’t I have lashes like that?!  Soooo unfair.  The worst part is, he hates them, tells me he wants to cut them!  He better not.  So long we even have to have his lenses curved on his glasses so they don’t hit.  Totally unfair.

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5.  Thank you blog readers for all your advice on Teagan hating his carseat.  We made the big switch and now we’re wishing we would have done it much sooner.  We opted to buy Taryn a new larger seat and move Teagan into her Britax Roundabout.  He’s now upright and happy, no more screaming in the car, happily looks out his window and plays….totally different kid, it’s crazy.  Taryn got a new Graco Nautilaus and she hated it for awhile because it really ticked her off she couldn’t get out of it.  She still slides the bar up and down, which drives me crazy, but at least she can’t get out of the seat.  That was another issue we were having, her constantly taking her straps off.  But, the larger seat and the cupholders have won her over with the new one.  She’s still griping about it some, but the crying has stopped for the most part.  It’s comfy for naps too.

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6.  Last night, first night in the ducky tub.  Yeah, he’s got carrots all over his face and an icky color cast on him, but you would too if you were sitting inside a big yellow duck!  Taryn was less than thrilled to pass it on, it was her favorite until she literally couldn’t sit in it anymore because she was just too big.

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7.  Teagan has had nonstop diaper rash since he outgrew Swaddlers.  I’m seriously considering switching to cloth diapers.  I need to convince my cute husband though.  Our deal is that he does laundry, I do dishes, so he’s gotta be on board…I just feel so bad for Teagan’s tush.  Oh yeah, and the effect that disposables has on our environment =)  Anyone have any great cloth diapering resources that can help me build my case??

8.Playing peek-a-boo with mommy…

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9.  We’re having even more family photos taken next month, can’t wait!  I’ve been trying to come up with some fun clothes for the kids to wear.

A few ideas for Teagan, I bought it too!  He’s gonna look like such a cute little man =)

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Here is what I bought for Taryn, I went with the brown shoes…

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I’m still working on Ty…as you can probably guess, he’s a bit tougher.  If he doesn’t actually like what he’s wearing, it’ll show.  We must come to an agreement we can both live with.  Wish us luck, we have a few weeks to figure it out.  Jase and I will go fairly simple, so we’re easy.  It sure was fun shopping for such cute stuff for the kids though!  Anyone got any great ideas or links for "cool" clothes for pre-teens???

10.  Be sure to stop by tomorrow to check out a new book sample I just ordered for the business – cute stuff and I’ll share some pics!

2008-08-19T17:07:01-05:00August 19th, 2008|Uncategorized|

the most wonderful time of the year

It’s that time of year again…..this is my all time favorite!

Ty and I took off for the afternoon to hit the mall and shop for school clothes.  We totally took advantage of the tax free weekend and all the back to school sales.  I was bound and determined to make it as painless as possible because Ty is in that awkward age where friends and clothes are becoming very important.  While we don’t always agree on clothing choices, I was careful to let him choose his clothing (within reason) and purchase things he was comfortable in and he thought were ‘cool’.  I even smiled when he chose a hoodie with a skull on it.  And anyone who knows me can tell you that when it comes to stuff like skulls on clothing, that I was being a very good sport!!  ha!  Gosh it was easier in Louisiana because he wore a uniform, I wish they would institute that here.  It would make my life so much easier and avoid the "what are you going to wear tomorrow" and the "oh uh-hu, you’re not wearing that" battle at our house.  Anyway, we had a good time, until we couldn’t find pants that fit him.  I had to face reality….I’m having a really, really hard time with the fact that my baby now shops in the men’s department.  No more boys department.  How can that be?!?  I’m not coping well.  Guess I should have seen it coming, he’s almost as tall as I am.  Seems like just yesterday he was tiny in my arms, just like Teagan.  Sigh….times are a changin’.

Speaking of change, tonight was Teagan’s last night in the sink bath tub.  He’s totally outgrown it, bustin at the seems, splashing and ready to move on to the ducky tub.  I had to take a few shots of him tonight…the end of an era…

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My boys….remember this?  They still cuddle after bath each night, I love this time that they share.   Cuddlebugs…

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They grow and change way too fast than could possibly be good for this momma’s heart.

2008-08-18T00:36:36-05:00August 18th, 2008|Uncategorized|

still kickin

Thank you all for all your well wishes, comments and concerned emails, I appreciate it.  Yesterday morning when I got up I still wasn’t feeling ‘right’.  My doctor decided he wanted to do an EKG just to ensure there wasn’t any heart damage.  Thankfully everything came back clear and it looks like it will just take me a few days to shake the joint pain, burning sensations and an overall fried feeling.  I was reminded how lucky I am to be alive, much less walk away without serious injury.  I still can’t believe it happened, but I can promise you it’s a sensation I’ll never forget.

I think what sticks with me the most is that I was home alone with the kids.  Tyler could have seen his mom electrocuted, and that thought breaks my heart.  I’m so, so thankful, he wasn’t faced with that.  He knows what to do in case of an emergency, but you never want to have to find out.  My worst fear is that something will happen to me when I’m home alone with the kids.  Especially if Ty were in school and it was just me and the two little ones.  Ahhhh, you can tell this has set my mind reeling with all the ‘what if’s’.  I’ve been hugging the kids and Jase a little harder and Ty has certainly been more needy and clingy, having a full understanding of what happened.

On a lighter note, my friend Alli was convinced I’d wake up with some variation of super power yesterday morning, and, that she was destined to be my sidekick!  I half expected her on my door step by breakfast!  We spent quite a while discussing this and I told her that I’d planned to only use my powers for evil.  Little does she know that I woke up with long distance x-ray vision and can see what she’s doing right now, even a few blocks away!  BWAHAHAHAHAHA.  LOL!  Hey, maybe T will let me borrow her cape?!  Thanks Alli for making me laugh through all this, it’s exactly what I needed!

And because I feel like I can’t post without a pic…..here is little dude, chillin in the Bumbo…..

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Have a great day!

2008-08-14T09:32:34-05:00August 14th, 2008|Uncategorized|
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