Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Breast Cancer Awareness

Go to this link and enter today - time is running out and it is for a good cause.
http://thedomesticdiva.org/blog/2007/10/21/contest-dyson-pink-vaccuum/

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Back to Normal

Well things are finally getting back to normal in our household after being sick all last week. Aidan actually had another small episode of throwing up on Tuesday night, but we have had no other episodes in 2 days so I think we are in the clear.
Today was PJ day at Aidan's preschool - he wore his Superman PJ's. He said they popped popcorn and had a slumber party - how fun! I also had the chance to have my parent teacher conference with his teacher Miss Wilma. She reports that Aidan is doing very well and is a 'delight' to have in class. She said that he is ahead of other kids in most areas and is ready to start bringing home the easy reader books, since he is sounding out words all the time. The other day he read the word 'rescue' off of Adley's t-shirt. I am so proud of him as to how well he adapted to school and how he is so willing to learn new things. Hopefully he will be reading by the beginning of next year.
Aidan recently told me that he wants to be an Eye Doctor like his Uncle Craig. We think that Adley may want to be an architect because he has been busy building houses with every kind of toy we have. Blocks, Lincoln Logs, Legos, etc. He is the child that actually plays with all of the toys that we have and on a pretty regular basis. He loves Thomas the Tank Engine right now and the other day he said to me, "Mommy I want to watch Thomas and Friends, Making tracks to great destinations." It took me a minute to figure out what he was saying - but that is what they say at the beginning of every episode of Thomas.
Eli is moving around the house more and more everyday - today we found him standing up at the bottom of the stairs holding on to the second stair - I guess I will have to be getting the gates out soon. Here is a video of him crawling around the house and another picture of him trying to stand up while holding on to a Lincoln log box.

video


In other news Jared's parents dog Maddie died last month. It was getting kind of lonely at the house and everyone was missing the dog so Jared's mom surprised Jared's dad with a new golden retriever puppy. Her name is Miss Lily. She is now 10 weeks old and such a pretty dog. The boys love her too - mostly because she licks and she is smaller than they are. Here is a picture of Maddie about a month before she died and then a couple of Lily.

Maddie in August
Lily

Other news to report is that since having Eli in Feb we have been quite cramped in our Honda Pilot with 3 car seats across the middle bench making it difficult to buckle seats and I practically had to throw Eli into his seat in the middle. So we traded in the Pilot for a Honda Odyssey yesterday. It is a 2005 - same color as our Pilot. It only has 30K miles and it has the DVD system that we wanted. We don't really use the DVD player that much around town but it is so nice if we are traveling anywhere longer than 2 hrs.
So far for Halloween we will be having a Power Ranger and Pirate in our house - not sure what Eli will be yet. We will post pictures.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

More sickness

Sorry it has been awhile since I posted. Our entire family was hit by a stomach virus this past week. It seemed like everyday another member of the family started with some part of the virus. First it was Aidan, then Eli, then Jared, then Adley and then me. It has been a rough week, but thanks to Gatorade, gingerale, Pedialyte and my mother in laws homemade chicken noodle soup (which was fantastic and we were very thankful) I think we are all starting to feel a little bit better. Unfortunately the sickness caused Aidan to miss his very first field trip and a Halloween party that our family was invited to by a kid from Aidan's preschool class. I know there will be more parties and more field trips but I felt sorry him - he had been counting down the days until he got to go to both of them. Hopefully we are done with being sick for a while as we are heading to AZ in a few weeks.
I will post more during the week as Eli is now crawling and pulling up on things - I will try to get him on video.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

What we've been up to . . .

Funny Story - Last Thursday I let Aidan stay after preschool for lunch bunch. When I picked him up I asked him how his day went. The first thing out of his mouth was 'Mom, Emma likes me and I'm in love with her. We are going to get married'. I then asked Aidan what happened to Ella Lee or 'Ella S' as he likes to call her. She is girl that he liked because he said that she wears pretty bows in her hair. He said he still likes her but that he likes Emma and Lauren now too. If this is how it is in preschool already - what is it going to be like when he is 16!!!
Not so funny story - I asked Aidan what he learned at school this past Thursday - following all of the marriage talk from above he told me that his friend John told him that sometimes boys marry boys and girls marry girls. I was in shock - I thought this wasn't an issue I was going to have to deal with until he was at least in the 5th or 6th grade - but preschool!!!! So I quickly told him that it was not right for boys to marry boys . . . but that we would sit down after daddy got home and talk about it some more. So we had a brief but good talk. We told him that we believed that it was wrong for boys to marry boys . . . and that it did not make Heavenly Father happy. Heavenly Father wants only boys and girls to be married. We did explain to him that just b/c it wasn't something that we believed was right, that it didn't mean people won't do that. We also tried to explain to him that he is still supposed to be nice to everyone even though they may not believe what we believe. (Aidan has already told me that he wants to tell his preschool teacher that she shouldn't drink coffee - we had to tell him that even though we know it is wrong other people don't and it is their choice). I wonder what conversations kindergarten is going to bring!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Act of Service - Okay so last story about Aidan I promise - We were at Chick-Fil-A the other day for lunch. Aidan was playing in the play place and was giving a little boy a boost to get to the next level. When it was time to go he was sitting on the bench next to another mommy putting his shoes on. The woman made that comment that the other boy was going to be sad he was leaving b/c he was so nice in helping him get to the top. Aidan replied 'Yep - it was an act of service'. So he really is listening in primary! :-)
Sickness - This past week and a half Eli and Adley have been sick. Both with runny noses, congested and Adley with a cough. We have been doing the typical cough medicines for both and bulb suctioning, saline spray and humidifier for Eli. On Thursday evening at dinner Adley started not looking so well. He said ' mommy it is getting really hot in here'. I took his temperature and it was 103.2. It was his usual bath night so I took him up to the bath - ran the water at the normal temperature and bathed him. After his bath he kept saying that he was freezing and he was shivering so badly. It took about 10min for his teeth to stop chattering after we wrapped him in a blanket. I decided that since I worked the next day that I probably should take him to the after hours clinic at his Pediatricians office. It turns out that Adley has 'atypical pneumonia' or walking pneumonia; and a small ear infection. It is referred to as atypical because of the time of year that it presents - late summer, early fall. He was started on antibiotics and a long acting cough med. We decided it would probably be a good idea to have Eli checked out since he had some of the same symptoms. He is okay - just has a small ear infection as well. Adley is doing much better now, no more fevers and his cough is improving.
Eli has teeth - Eli has recently gotten 2 teeth - both on the bottom. I am going to miss his gummy smile, but will be glad that he can start eating more solid foods soon. Here is a picture of him - you can kind of see his teeth.
Eli - Eli slept through the night for the first time on Thursday night. He went to bed at 9pm and I had to wake him up at 6am to feed him before I left for work. Hopefully this trend will continue and I will be able to get more sleep soon.
Camping - The end of Sept we went camping with our ward from church. The boys had a great time - me and Eli went home before bed and then came back for breakfast. Here are some pictures.
Our 3 boys - We finally got recent pictures of the 3 kids together as well as individual. We took 48 pictures and got about 8 good ones. Quite the task!
So that is what we have been up to the last few weeks - thanks for enduring this post. Until next time.