Monday, May 31, 2010

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Bathtime antics

Yesterday, the kids were in the bathtub and Anthony was keeping an eye on them while I was taking a shower. As soon as I got done, Anthony came and asked me to join him in the main bathroom where the kids were, and tell him what I saw on the side of the tub. When I walked in, I saw a large puddle of yellow liquid, and the floor was all wet. Anthony proceeded to tell me what happened...
The kids were splashing around making noise, and when he walked in, he saw the yellow puddle on the side of the tub. He asked Talon what it was. Talon stated, "I not go potty in the bathtub!". Anthony was sure it couldn't have been the dogs, and knowing it couldn't possibly be Kaitlyn, he asked again. Talon very emphatically said he "did not go potty in the bathtub!". Anthony then pointed to the puddle on the side of the tub and asked, "Well, who did that?".
Talon let out a big, exasperated sign and very sheepishly said, "Talon".
I've told him that, under no circumstances, is he to go potty in the bathtub. So, he didn't. He stood up and went outside the bathtub all over the floor!
As soon as I got it all cleaned up, and we were out of sight and earshot, Anthony and I had a good laugh about it. I think I found it slightly more amusing than he did, but I think he was still a bit awed by the whole thing.
Today, when I put them in the bath, I made sure to include that we don't go potty outside of the bathtub either... we only go potty in the toilet.


I put the kids in the tub the other day, then went to put some clothes away in their closets. I heard some splashing, so I peeked my head in and told them not to splash because I didn't want water all over the floor. When I went back in a couple of minutes later, I saw the mess they had made... there was water everywhere! Talon's gotten in the habit of blaming things on his sister, so I expected this time to be no exception. I showed him the puddle on the floor and said, "Look at the mess you made. You got water all over the floor!". He looked at the floor, then back at me. He got a perplexed look on his face, and said, "Now why did I do that?".
Wow, that was a reply I didn't expect. I want him to take me seriously and know that I don't think it's funny, but it's times like these that I have a really hard time keeping a straight face!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Talon Moment

Talon: "Mommy, my eye hurts."
Me: "Your eye hurts? Why does your eye hurt?"
Talon: "I got contacts in it. My contacts hurt!"
Me: "Do you think you're gonna be okay?"
Talon: (Running off to play) "Yeah, it feels better now."

Eye Infection

Friday morning, Kaitlyn woke up with a swollen right eye and it was a bit runny. We kept an eye on it (no pun intended, just couldn't think of a better way to put it), and it actually started looking better as the day went on... until after her nap. When she woke up from her nap, her bottom eyelid was almost purple, her eye was red, and almost swollen shut. My first thought was, "Fabulous... pink eye! It figures this had to happen on Friday night." Thankfully, the doctors' office has night and weekend hours and they told us they could see us if we came in immediately. We ran out the door (leaving a very sad Talon behind)**, and raced to the doctor's office (probably could have used a boat... it was POURING down rain!). The doctor thought she either scratched her eye or was bit by something. Either way, she was diagnosed with periorbital cellulitis, was prescribed oral antibiotics and eye drops, and we were on our way. Next stop... Fred Meyer pharmacy. We spent longer waiting for the prescriptions than we did at the entire doctor appointment. Oh well, at least we got it taken care of so we didn't have to spend hours in the Emergency Room! We then headed home, picked up Daddy and Talon, and headed for an ice cream cone. Yum... that made everything better!
I didn't actually take a picture of it (very unusual for me, I know), but after only the 2nd dose of antibiotics and eye drops, Kaitlyn's eye looks great. (Of course, now we're having to deal with the GI side effects of antibiotics. I've had to completely strip her bed and wash all the blankets for the 2nd day in a row. Good times!)
**(Talon loves his Curious George books. In Curious George Goes to the Hospital, George goes to see Doctor Baker. Talon was convinced that Sissy was going to get to see Doctor Baker and he wasn't, and this made him very upset. I then promised him if he was a good boy while we were gone, we would go get an ice cream cone. He reluctantly agreed, but asked to go 'bye-bye' a few dozen more times before we actually left.)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Enjoying the weather

The weather has been beautiful the past few days... almost 80* at times! I've had to work and haven't really gotten to enjoy much of it, but the kids have loved getting to play outside. We had family night outside tonight after dinner. The kids and dogs got to burn off a little of their energy... and wore me out! We had a lot of fun.

Talon was having a blast just running through the dry grass.

It's always fun to sit and pick at the grass!

Kaitlyn is really into counting (well, up to 'three' anyway!). Every time I go to take a picture, I say "One, ..."
and she finishes "... two, treeeee!". It's adorable.
I snapped this one on "two".

Daddy took this one... I have no idea what he's doing.
Just happy to be outside, I guess!

Such a big girl in her own lawn chair.

Around the house

(Just a few random pics of the kids around the house this week)

Kaitlyn loves trying to wear other peoples' shoes. Lately, she's been wearing my flip-flops around the house. It's pretty funny because they are so hard to keep on, she ends up using them like skis.
(She wasn't very happy when I asked her to stand still for a second so I could take a picture.)

Talon sitting on the couch holding his doggie.

Yet another picture of Sissy feeding herself.
(Daddy isn't quite as concerned about getting her hair out of her face when she eats.)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Monday, May 10, 2010

Mother's Day Roses

These are the roses I got for Mother's Day. They were accompanied by a 4 pound tub of Red Vines licorice. Does my sweet husband know me or what?
We barbecued shishkabobs, and had a nice relaxing day enjoying the gorgeous weather.
So blessed to have such a wonderful husband and sweet, adorable kids!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

A few thoughts on Mother's Day...

Since it's Mother's Day, I thought I would share a few things that I've learned in the short time I've been a mother:

Sleep is not a necessity, it's a privilege. If you look at it as such, it doesn't seem quite as bad when you don't get it.
Raisins and cheese go hand in hand. Probably shouldn't feed your child too much of one without the other.
Never buy just one package of colored socks. Always buy at least two. That way, when the dryer eats one, it has two to go before you have to finally throw the last one away.
Pull-Ups were never meant to hold as much fluid as a diaper... especially at night. Don't let the fact that you pay twice as much for half of the amount fool you into thinking so.
A child's hair never looks good for more than 3 or 4 minutes... especially if you spent any time at all fixing it.
For special occasions, buy a really nice gift for yourself and give the box and wrapping to your child. That way you both get something great out of it.
Look both ways before you cross the kitchen. It's the funnest place to drag toys while mom's cooking dinner.
When you dish up your child's food, go ahead and just throw half of it in the garbage... that's where it's gonna end up anyway.
Any word you say can, and will be used against you.
You can never have enough bibs.
When you clean the glass doors, only clean from about the waist up... after the first day it will look like that's all you did anyway.
There is no such thing as getting the laundry done.
"Because" is never enough of an answer to a "why" question.
Your child will injure themselves somewhere on his/her face when you finally get the picture appointment scheduled.
If you ever want your child to eat or drink, just go put them in bed. Suddenly, they are starving and dying of thirst.
There's no such thing as a 'spill proof' sippy cup... especially when the kids are dressed up or wearing white!
A Costco size box of OxyClean needs to be figured into the budget every month.
Children have a different palate when at their grandparents' or other peoples' house. They will eat anything put in front of them after you just got done saying how picky they are.
They can only program so many songs into one little toy. After about two hours of play, you will want to take out the batteries or make the entire toy disappear.
There's never a best time to give your child a bath... they will wait to have a "blow-out" until they are freshly bathed with clean clothes on.
The restroom is never a place of 'rest'. It's a place to congregate and play while mom's using it.
Grandparents are the only ones that think your child's temper tantrum is cute and acceptable.
It's only fun to play with the ball in the room with all the breakables.
It's a lot of fun to put things in the garbage can. You should probably check its contents a couple of times a day... it's amazing the stuff that can go missing.
Leave time for bedtime stories.
Teach "please" and "thank you" at a very early age.
Dogs work great as vacuums around the high chair.
Sometimes you really don't want to know what happened.
Every child, at some point, will use their finger and try to explore the two little holes in the middle of their face.
A hug and "I love you, Mommy" can make even the worst day better.
I now know what it would look like if a tornado struck Toys R Us... I get a visual of it at least once a day in my living room.
It's okay if they stay up past their bedtime once in a while.
If you ever looked at another child and said, "If that were my child...", you will get the opportunity to show what you would do.
Falling on the pavement, scraping their hands and knees, and just about cracking their head open never hurts as bad as popping their only balloon.
Make lots of time to "nuggle".
Toilet paper never looks quite the same when you've had to re-roll it.
They learn amazingly young how to blame their sibling for something that happened.
Get on the floor and play at their level.
It's okay for kids to play in the dirt. But if you have young animals, and they bring you dirt they found in the house... it's probably not dirt.
Take lots of pictures.
Sometimes you just have to laugh. It's either that, or break out in tears.
If you give them a cup in the bathtub, they will try at least once to make a lake on your bathroom floor.
When they have sticky hands, you have two options: Clean them up immediately, or clean their hands and wash their hair.
Sometimes they fall asleep without getting their teeth brushed. It's not going to kill them.
If you have to bring their car seat in the house for some reason, they will gladly sit in it all day and play with their toys. If you decide to stick it in the car so you can go somewhere, they suddenly hate it and want out.
Never say we "might" go get ice cream. They just heard "Let's go get ice cream!".
Sing lots of songs and don't be afraid to act silly.
Tell them you love them often throughout the day.
Don't give them bubbles in the house unless you are prepared to mop the floor.

After experiencing some of their antics and idiosyncrasies just in the short time that we've had kids, I can truly say that I LOVE being a mom, and I wouldn't trade it for the world. My children are a gift from God and such a blessing. As I look back on some of the things that they've done, I just have to laugh.
It does make me even more appreciative of my own mom. Just with some of the stories she tells, I can only pray that my children don't try half of the stuff my siblings and I did.

Hope you all have a very
Happy Mother's Day!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Yeah... 6 years!!

On Saturday, May 8, 2004...
6 years ago today...
Anthony and I began our wonderful life together.

Happy Anniversary, Baby!
I love you!!!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Happy Nurses Day 2010!!

This week is National Nurses Week, but today is National Nurses Day.

At times, being a nurse feels like a thankless job, but it also can be the most rewarding job. You see people on their worst days, but also on their best. You observe life as it begins and as it ends. You step into peoples' lives for a brief time, and have the opportunity to make a difference- no matter how big or how small it may be.
I appreciate all the nurses that I have had the privilege of working with over the past 8 years. They are some of the most caring, thoughtful, and selfless people that I know.
Happy Nurses Day 2010!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Happy Anniversary Dad and Mom!

On Saturday, May 1st, my parents celebrated their 22nd wedding anniversary.

Congratulations Dad and Mom...
We love you!!