Thursday, February 18, 2010
Now, on to the point of this blog post......2 days ago, Philip and I both noticed that his cough is starting to come back. Like before, it is mainly when he's laying down for nap or at nighttime.
This morning around 3:30, through the monitor, I hear him coughing. I decide to ignore it rather than being a good mother and getting out of bed to give him medicine. About an hour later, at 4:48am, he starts coughing again. Mother guilt gets the best of me, and I get out of bed. I fumbled in the dark trying to find the cough medicine. I'm purposely keeping all the lights turned off so that maybe I won't wake myself up too much and can crawl back into bed for another hour of sleep (even though my alarm was set to go off at 5:00am, I am thinking I'll ignore it). I climb to the top of the stairs and there are lights on in Eli's room. WHAT THE HECK? I can still hear Zander coughing, so I go to their room first. When I open the door, Zane sits straight up and says "bah-bahs" which is "passy." I give Zander his medicine and help Zane find his passy. Get them both laid back down and go across the hall to deal with the light in Eli's room. I open his door and he's in bed reading a chapter book. I quickly turn off his light ('cause I'm still hoping for more sleep for myself) and ask him what he's doing. His answer: "reading." REALLY? Me: "Why? It's too early. You should be sleeping." Eli: "I'm not tired." Me:"Try to go back to sleep and don't turn this light on till after 6:00am."
I go back downstairs, crawl into bed, and of course, I can't get back to sleep. I am laying there thinking how crazy is it that 3 of our 4 children were awake at 4:48am? And I'm wishing they hadn't been because my day has now officially started.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
I'm pretty sure that's what the Walmart employees wanted to shout over the PA this morning when I was there with Zane and Zander. We went in for a few things (less than 20). Zander was fine the first 2 minutes we were there. He and Zane were both buckled into the kiddy shopping carts. (the kind that will actually accomodate twins!) The boys call these carts "ride."
We started off in the produce section and that's where the fun began. Zander got a little unhappy that he couldn't eat the strawberries I put in the cart. Then he got a little more unhappy that he couldn't eat the apples I put in the cart. Then he started crying when he couldn't eat the bananas I put in the cart. On and on the fun went. The real screaming crying came though, when I put "row-rows" in the cart. (row-rows = Frosted Cheerios). He was MAD and he got LOUD!!!
I continued on with the last few items on my list. Thought I was all done and then realized ranch dressing wasn't marked off my list. As I quickly pushed the cart back to the front of the store to aisle 2, I contemplated for one split second about getting Zander out of the cart. But this would cause several problems:
- remember I have the big semi-truck long kiddy cart? So, I'd be holding a near 30lb. toddler on my hip while still pushing this massive cart
- Zane who is perfectly content in the cart would probably start with his famous saying "Momma, hold you." (which means he wants me to hold him)
- This might lead Zander to believe that anytime he cries in the "ride" I will get him out.
So I decide to leave the screaming crying kid in the cart. As I zip at lightning speed down aisle 2, I am frantically looking for something I can yank off the shelf and stuff into his mouth. Asian Food? No. Ketchup? No. Mustard? No. Mayo? No. Oh, there's the ranch dressing. Throw it in the cart. Check. And what do I spot at the end of the aisle? Raisins and Craisins.......ya-hoooooooo! I know he likes Craisins because he ate cousin Jordan's when she came for a visit 2 days ago. I go cheap and get the smallest cheapest bag.....
and there is....................SILENCE.
All of Walmart can now shop in peace. Zander is being fed and he likes it!
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
EK's cousin Haley also competed at the same time. The girls love seeing each other at meets!
Thursday, February 11, 2010
accepting Valentine's the next day at the 3rd grade class party....
Eli handing out his Valentine's....
Party Food! You can see the 2 heart-shaped fruit pizzas I made. I signed up to make them as long as another mom would cut up the fruit...ha! Thanks Becky!
Some of the great moms in Eli's class came up with several really neat games for the kids to play. One of those games was to unwrap a Hershey's Kiss while wearing gloves...as demonstrated below by Eli
Next, they decorated their Kleenex boxes....
She likes to make silly faces when she knows I'm wanting a picture of her....
Handing out her Valentine's...
Love this glimpse of her eyes...that's so her...hiding behind others
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Zander had a Dr. appointment (for a persistent cough that's been going on for over 2 weeks), so we had to get out in it. When we got home, Philip hurried out of the car and ran outside. All the kids were still in the car so I went to see what Philip was doing. He was hiding with a snowball in his hand. He was ready to pelt Eli and Emma Kate when they got out of the car.
Emma Kate came out first but she immediately spotted him. She remained quiet and we all waited for Eli to
Eli finally came out and WHAM!!! He had no idea it was coming. When I saw how much fun the 3 of them started having trying to hit each other with snowballs, I ran inside for the camera.
Zane and Zander had been waiting patiently in the car while all the snowball fun was going on. I got them out and Zander went straight out into the snow with the most priceless expressions....
Momma caught him and snapped a picture with him. You can tell by the look on his face that he would've rather been running around....
We tried to get Zane to come out in the snow but he would have none of it. He stayed in the garage where he could see us and vice versa and played with balls.
Of course I immediately ended the phone conversation and had a split-second decision to make. 1)Gather up the towels and start cleaning like crazy. or 2)Run to get my camera and take pictures like crazy. I chose #2! And I'm so glad I did so that I could capture this moment....
Sunday, February 7, 2010
This year we waited until 2 weeks after her birthday when she had a weekend off from gymnastics. Rather than a traditional party, she wanted the 4 other girls from her team to go out to eat and then to a Gymbacks Gymnastics Meet. (yes, everything for her revolves around gymnastics. She seriously needs a shirt that says "Eat. Sleep. Gymnastics.")
One of her teammates was going out of town so it ended up just being 4 girls total. Emma Kate, Lauren, Sammy and Amanda.
It wouldn't be Japanese teppanyaki without the fire....
The chef was soooo good with the girls. He gave Emma Kate an egg to hold (look in her lap) and told her to come inside the cooking area to crack it, but she said no. That is typical Emma Kate. Doesn't like to be the center of attention as you can see by this look on her face.
Something tastes good using these kids chopsticks....
Once again a disgusted look on her face. They lowered the house lights and turned flashing lights on so the whole restaurant could sing Happy Birthday to her. She was not thrilled.
Once the lights were turned back on, our little group of girls sang Happy Birthday to her and she was much happier.
She picked out these sparkler candles (I didn't even know there was such a thing). They were a bit tough to blow out.
Mmmmmm, cookie cake.
Then we were off to the Gymbacks Meet. The girls were H-Y-P-E-R by this point. They skipped and sang a made up song from our car all the way to the arena. The song went something like "This. is. the. best. night. EVER."