Friday, June 26, 2009

Poor Kid

I am generally a pretty overprotective mom. It completely puts me out of my comfort zone to let my kids play outside with the neighbor kids. I practically had a panic attack while on the phone with Chris one day because they were riding their scooters down our inclined driveway into the street (Chris laughed at me by the way). The only good thing about the 100* weather is that it is to hot for them to be out for very long. Yesterday Aiden was riding his scooter and it hit a rock and he fell off landing on his face. It looked very swollen and sore, but the thing that concerned me the most was that he couldn't remember what had happened or what we had for dinner or where we had gone that day, so it was off to the emergency room. I think I watch to much TV because I was sure the hospital staff would take one look at his face and assume abuse so I took Ashton with me because she saw the whole thing and could vouch for my innocence. She felt so bad for Aiden that she was crying too. After x-rays and cat scans and a total of four hours, we found out he was fine. Nothing broken or internally bleeding, just a really bad scrape and a really swollen cheek. I was really impressed with Aiden though, because I could tell he was very nervous about everything but he was very brave through the whole ordeal (I've heard him cry more over not getting a book he wanted from the library). His bravery was rewarded with a popsicle and a bunny and as long as his cheek doesn't get touched he doesn't complain of any pain. I was also impressed with the kindness of his sisters. When they are not the cause of each others injuries they are the best caretakers.

I told him he could play Batman with Dalin now and be Two-Face. One side is a good guy and one side is a bad guy.

Isn't that the saddest thing. He can't even smile or laugh because it hurts his face :(

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Re-learning the potty training rules

It's been a while since I've been in the realm of potty training. Over four years as a matter of fact, so I'm pretty out of practice. The older kids were functioning toilet users well before their third birthday, and I figured Dalin would follow suit especially since he was showing such an intrest six months ago. I was wrong. His birthday came and went and he was still pretty attached to the diapers. I told Dalin that we weren't buying any more diapers and he was nervously watching as they dwindled away. This is how the conversation went last week when he realized he was using the last diaper.

D: I don't want to be potty trained (the very fact he knows that phrase was a sure sign we were way over due)
Me: I'm sorry, but the lady at the store won't let three-year-olds buy diapers (not really a lie because I'm sure no respectable store clerk would do any sort of transaction with a three-year-old)
D: I don't want to be three anymore.
Me: Okay then you have to give all the presents back that you got for your birthday, do you want to do that?
D: No

One day he was wearing some spiderman underpants, and in an effort to motivate him to keep them dry I told him not to pee on spiderman. So later when he had an accident I said, "I thought you were going to keep spiderman dry." To which he replied, "I didn't pee on spiderman, I peed on Doc-Oc, he's a bad guy." There goes that tactic. We are only a week into the serious training and fortunately for me he's doing pretty well and having little to no accidents. Now we just have to work on number two.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Double Digits!

Kaylee is officially a decade old! Can you believe it? I am trying to come to grips with it myself. She's had an ongoing celebration since Saturday. On Saturday she had a friend party at the pool. The weather was fabulous and I didn't have to entertain the kids and they still had fun, so it was a success. On Sunday we had a family party for Kaylee, Rachel and Dalin our June birthdays. I made them each a little cake so they could all blow out their own candles, but I forgot my camera so I'll have to get those from my sister-in-law. I tried to make a graduation cap cake for Austin, but it kind of collapsed right before we left so he got cupcakes instead. On Monday (her actual birthday) I took cupcakes for her school class and after school she got her haircut from the same stylist my sister and I go to (fan-cy). Kaylee had gotten a birthday cupon for a free kids meal at Chevy's so we went there for dinner. Dalin fell asleep while we were there so she didn't get to use her birthday cupon from Golden Spoon so the celebrating continues. Here are a few of our favorite ten year old's favorites.

Color: Purple
Food: McDonald's chicken nuggets
Pass time: READING
Saying: Her "eye rolls" say a lot (she may disagree with this saying, but it's the one I get the most often)
Subject: Reading/Math
TV Show: Wizards of Waverly Place/iCarly
Movie: Kung Fu Panda

Kaylee is such a wonderful part of our family. She is smart and pretty and a great example to her sister and brothers. She is definately a rule follower, which I love. Happy Birthday Kaylee! We love you!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

And then there were none

My baby brother Austin graduated from high school yesterday! My parents have had kids in school since 1979. That is 30 years people! Austin was the same age as Aiden is now when Chris and I got married. Ca-ray-zy! Being the youngest he has had to put up with a lot of bosses, but he is always willing to help and he is a fantastic uncle to all of his nieces and nephews. Congratulations Austy! We love you, even through you always have a stinkface in your pictures.
Unfortunately this was the better of the two pictures I got at the graduation. I wasn't kidding when I said stinkface.

Thursday, June 11, 2009


He's holding up three, in case you couldn't tell.
What the? I think because Dalin is our baby each of his birthdays cause me to have a minor freak out. My stream of thought on this birthday is "Three is not a baby, it's not even a toddler anymore. He's a little boy! AAAAAAHHH what happened to my baby!" It's just a reminder of how fast time is flying and I don't feel like I'm keeping up. Enough of that, here are a few of Dalin's favorites.

Food: Watermelon, strawberries and popsicles
Color: Green
Sayings: "Stinkerpot", "That doesn't make sense" and "See I told ya."
Pass time: Picking his nose (It's constant. Seriously I can't get him to stop, any suggestions?)
Super hero: It's a tie between batman and spiderman
TV Show: Go Diego Go!
Movie: Toy Story & Toy Story 2 (a.k.a. Big Buzz Lightyear and Buzz Lightyear, Woody bad guy)
Toy: Anything he can use as a sword

I would post his three year old stats, but I'm a bad mom and I haven't even set up his well check yet. Kaylee is excited for any special occasion so she was awake before anyone else. Shortly after I told her she could wake up Dalin, he came running out with his grumpy grunts and hid behind the chair. I don't think he even saw the gifts. After it was apparant we weren't going to be able to coax him out, I went and picked him up. When he finally realized there were presents he perked right up. After he finished opening his presents he looked up and asked me where his cake was. We are so happy to have our funny, mostly happy, cute little boy in our family. Happy Birthday Dalin!
Kaylee's birthday is four days after Dalin's which usually means four days of cake. Not to diet friendly so I borrowed the watermelon cake idea from my very clever cousin Jessie. It incorporated two of Dalin's favorite foods, and I won't feel bad about eating the leftovers.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

It was a close one...

Almost 20,000 votes were cast, but the mayoral race was won by only 45 votes! Luckily those 45 votes were in favor of my uncle Andy. Sweet wahoo Andy won! I know this is something Andy has wanted for a long time and we are so happy for him. I think it's pretty cool that the Henderson native is now the Henderson mayor. My kids are super excited to be related to the mayor!