Wednesday, April 30, 2008
As I have in years past, I signed up for the Secret Sister game with my MOMS Club. Basically, you fill out a form with your likes and dislikes and everyone who wants to play gets matched up with someone. It may be someone you know, it may not be but the person you have has no idea you have them. That's why they call it *secret* sister. :)
Anyway, this year I have been matched up to a rockin' amazing secret sister! This is week two (of five) and so far I received a card (sent two weeks before the start of the game just to say she was thinking of me), yummy chocolate chip cookies (of which I ate only four. The kids pirated the rest before I hardly knew what was happening! Darn kids.), a Starbucks gift card (which I all too happily used this morning) and a glass frog which, as the story on his card goes, will bring joy and luck. It must be working because I feel *very* lucky!
I can only hope that the person I am giving gifts to is having as much fun as I am. I'd share with you what I've done for her but I have no idea if she reads this or not - so I can't. Sorry! :)
Here is a photo of the notes taped to the door:
This one is the No Mon-ters and No Kelton Scare Me sign:
This morning, as she was getting out of bed, she said "I glad my signs are working!"
Of course this came quickly on the heels of her burping and then saying "That was totally supposed to happen." Oh my! I just love this kid soooo much! :)
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Kaylen cracked me yesterday when she requested a pencil, paper and piece of tape. She crawled up into her chair at the table and started writing on her paper. I heard mutterings but paid little attention.
"Dare." she says as she puts her pencil down.
"There, what, sweetie?" I asked
"I wrote a sign for my door. It says "No mon-ters and No Kelton scare me! I gonna put it on my door, k?"
"Sure, honey. If you want."
Off she toddled to tape her sign on her door.
She comes back a few hours later and requests more paper, another pencil and another piece of tape. I gladly supply them and she gets right down to work.
"Mom? I tape this one to my door too, k? It says "No Keltons Allowed."
Holding back giggles I send her on her way to tape another sign to her door. Is she really only three? She seems much older sometimes.
And yes, the notes are still there. :)
Monday, April 28, 2008
So when does the other shoe drop? :)
The kids and I got up early (trust me, early was not my idea but it was hard to resist a certain little girl who popped open her eyes and eagerly asked, as she had for the past two days, "Is TODAY Mom's birthday?" When I said that yes, it was, she hopped up lightning fast and said "Let's go decorate!"
Groan. It was 6:20am. On Sunday.
I knew Kelton was already awake and watching TV so I rolled out of bed and got to work. First we got the cinnamon rolls baking and then we set about decorating the house with birthday banners galore! I took my directions from the kids and put things up where I was told. It was pretty funny to watch them pulling stuff out of the birthday drawer and trying to decide the best place to hang things. (And for those who noticed, yes those were Strawberry Shortcake dressed as a princess plates and napkins. Kaylen was in charge of picking out the theme this year. :) )
Once the living room was properly decked out we got breakfast ready and placed on a tray and then we walked down the hall to where Dakota was sleeping (HA! Just try to sleep through kids trying to decorate and help prepare food. I dare ya!) and "woke" her up singing Happy Birthday.
After the food was consumed and the moms were appropriately plied with coffee, we headed out to the living room to open gifts. Once upon a long ago Dakota and I would take all day to open our gifts. One gift every few hours to make it last. We liked that. A lot. But with kids that went right out the window as I truly think they believe they would die if paper wasn't ripped off every gift immediately. The suspense would do them in, I'm sure of it. So, we open all the gifts in one sitting.
It's funny how the kids are like vultures when it comes to gifts. They kept trying to sneak "accidentally ripping" the paper into the chaos. But we were on to them! :)
After the excitement of the morning was done, we were left wondering what to do. We tossed about a few ideas but finally settled on going to OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry). The kids and I had never been before and Dakota hadn't been since she was a child so it was very exciting! We ended up purchasing a yearly pass since it wasn't much more than the cost for the four of us to go just the one time. Crazy how that works. But really, I think it's a good thing and now we will have something to do when we just want to get out and do something. And as a plus, unlike the zoo, we can go rain or shine! :)
We had intended to spend only a few hours there and then go have a late lunch at Azteca (Dakota's only request for the day was Mexican food - well, that and calm kids. At least she got the Mexican food. *grin*). Before we knew it, the entire day was gone and it was the dinner hour. Amazing! We did go to Azteca and then came home for cake and ice cream. Well...the kids had cake and ice cream. Dakota and I were way too full to even think about it. We had a small serving hours later though because well...we had to. I think it's a birthday law or something. :)
It was a great day!! Happy Birthday, Dakota!! Forty-two never looked so good on anyone! :)
But now, the birthday trappings are put away and Dakota is heading into finals. In eight more school days year three will be behind her and she will officially be in her last year of law school. But even better than that, we will have her with us every night after work and all weekend long. It makes us all so happy to think that we won't have to cram all our family time into one day and with the upcoming warm days we are all looking forward to having a great summer.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
One thing we know for sure though - we are all way too old to be dealing with zits. :)
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Dakota made him a binder in which to keep all his work and it included a checklist of all this things he accomplished. Pretty impressive, if you ask me. He helped log into her computer, made coffee (now there is a skill I could put to use!), checked email, created a contract with mom as to how his day would go and what he was responsible for, faxed the contract to an authorized sign off, received signed off contract back (Dakota is a Contracts Coordinator so contracts are her job), filed the contract, met with Dakota's supervisor, called someone using the speaker phone, checked on a contracts status (a real one), rode the Aerial Tram, had a coffee break, drew pictures, worked on his binder, went with mom to pick up lunch and had lunch with co-workers.
Are you tired yet? Imagine how exhausted he is tonight! :) He was at Dakota's office from 6:30am to 2:30pm. That's quite a day for a little guy.
Here are pictures of his day:
Making a picture that he would later photocopy.
Adding his checklist to his binder.
Working on a project given to him by Dakota's supervisor.
Walking to the tram.
Talking with me on the phone while walking to the tram.
Waiting for the tram.
On the tram.
Having a coffee break with Chris (who signed off on his contract and who has watched Kelton grow up).
Kaylen and I drove up to have lunch with everyone and then brought Kelton home but first, after lunch, Kaylen let it be known that she too wanted to ride the tram. So, off we went. Now mind you, height and I don't mix well so this was huge for me. Kelton helped me my holding my hand and telling me when the tram would swing and what else I could expect. Quite the role reversal!
Watching the tram we rode down the hill leaving the station to go back up. We caught the next one.
There it goes!
Is it any wonder he wants to go back again tomorrow? :)
Isn't he just the cutest thing? He looks so proud and so, so serious!
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
For her part, Dakota spent some time today getting ready to show her son what her job is all about.
They have quite the schedule lined up with meetings, learning to fax and copy, a tram ride, coffee break time, etc. It all culminates in a lunch that Dakota has arranged. Kaylen and I will be joining them for the lunch portion and then the kids and I will head home leaving Dakota to finish out the day and then head to school. I think it ought to be a day to always be remembered for both of them. And yes, she promises to take photos so I can share them. :)
The name plates in their work space.
Kelton's work area which is right next to Dakota's.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec 21)
An enchanting presence in your life makes you know you are wanted, not needed. It's a nice position to be in. The pressure is off and anything you give is a bonus.
Wanted. Not needed. Enchanting presence. Pressure is off.
Those are my favorite parts. :)
I do not know these people but I know this: they are parents in need of help and support. Please go over and add to their village of support while they navigate their way through the days and weeks ahead.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Wouldn't she make a sweet big sister? No - it's definitely not in the cards but Kaylen really is quite smitten with babies. This is Tennyson and he is the 8 week old son of my friend, Shawna. Kaylen could not wait to hold the baby. On the drive over to Shawna's house all Kaylen could talk about was "Can I hold the baby, please?" "Mom, can Kelton hold the baby after I do?" Chatter chatter chatter about holding the baby. When it was finally time for her to hold him (he had been sleeping most of the time) she was completely over the moon. It was so cute to watch her with him. And then - about 3 minutes into it, she was done. "Here Mom. Take it now. I done."
So, so cute!!
Monday, April 21, 2008
I have an MP3 player! I know most of you are probably thinking "Yeah? So what? I've had one for years." but this is the very first one that has ever been in our house. We have just never had a need nor a desire for one. (Thank you, Dakota, for suggesting we get one for me!!)
What was I thinking???
I had no idea how much fun it would be to listen to my music while I cleaned. I didn't have to listen to the strains of Max and Ruby or ICarly or whatever show the kids were watching. I could listen to music *I* like! Even in the car I have no say over what we listen to. You without children (or those smart enough never to have let your child know child-friendly music can be listened to in the car) scoff but seriously, whenever I turn on the radio I hear "Barney!! I want Barney music!" from the backseat. If I ignore the demands, try to worm my way out of listening to the Barney CD one. more. time. or worse, flat out say "No honey. Mommy is going to listen to the radio right now." the ear piercing screaming begins. Eventually, I will give in because I can't hear my music anyway.
Most days the radio/CD stays silent because I just can't bring myself to listen to kid tunes more often than necessary.
But now I have an MP3 player (and it's so tiny!) and life is good! No, I can't listen to it in the car (I'm safety minded like that - go figure) but I can listen to it while I fold laundry, sweep, mop, vacuum or do dishes. Yay!!!
I tried to take a photo of my actual unit but I just couldn't get the lighting right tonight. Frustrating!!! But yes, I actually did get the pink one just like shown above. Cute, isn't it?
PS..Keep reading. I was a posting freak today!
That evening, we put together his Better Batter set (which he wanted oh so much but which turns out isn't as much fun as he had hoped. Bummer. :( ) and the kids had some baseball fun in the yard.
This year, for the first time ever, he was able to choose a special activity that he wanted to do - he choose golfing! So, off to our local miniature golf course we went.
I think it's safe to say that, minus being sick in the days prior and his sister being sick int he days immediately following, that Kelton had a great birthday! For my part, I still can't believe my son is six. It's just so strange to say, you know? I have a six year old. Wow. Never again will he count his age on just one hand - how in the world did the first five years go so fast??
Happy (belated) Birthday, Kelton! You are one in a million!
It's not an extremely fancy set but it fits our needs perfectly (plus there is more room at the table for the four of us. Our last set had a round table (we bought it the year Kaylen was born so we weren't really thinking ahead to needing more elbow room.). Sure, teak patio furniture would be a step up but for now, we are really enjoying our new set. Now all we need is for the wind, rain, hail and snow to stop for more than a day so that we can enjoy it! :)
(this is a stock photo from the Wal**Mart site. It is the set we have though.)
Saturday morning Kaylen woke up and said "Hey Mom - I feel really, really, really good today! I not sick anymore - hurray!!" Hurray indeed, my daughter. Hurray!
This morning, Monday, she woke up and said "I feel ever more better today! Let's go someplace." So I guess it's official - we are over this sickness and the world, once again, is open to us.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
To be honest though, I can handle diarrhea much better than barfing. At least she is potty trained and can get herself there in time. Barfing is much more unpredictable as to where it will land.
Still. We are housebound for yet another day. I think I might be going bonkers. It would be really, really nice if the weather was decent so we could at least get out in the yard to play and breathe in some non-stagnant air.
She feels good - except for the part where she isn't. I may have Dakota stop by and pick up some liquid Imodium to have on hand. I remember the doctor said to give it to Kelton when he was three and we had some sort of nasty rotovirus going through the house (especially delightful when you have a six month old). I'd have to call and find out age/weight data for dosing but still....I think we all deserve a break and it might be just the ticket to break the cycle. It's been going on for days and days and days now.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Well......she is definitely NOT better. She fell asleep on my lap around 2pm today and woke up at 4. After being up for a bit she complained of her tummy hurting (a common complaint since this all started Friday night). A while later she said she was hungry and asked for a scrambled egg. 20 minutes after eating it, she climbed on my lap, snuggled in and........barfed all over me.
So..I guess we're onto phase 2 of her being sick. Lovely.
But on a sort of funny note - after getting everything cleaned up she said she was hungry again and I told her that I didn't want her to eat just yet because her tummy had just gotten sick after she ate the eggs. She said "Hey mom - I think it was your cooking that made me sick!"
Oh sure - every one's a critic of my cooking. *sigh*
(PS..once life returns to it's usual state, I have birthday party pictures to share. And S, if you are reading this I wanted to let you know that Martian Matter was a huge, huge hit! I have to admit that it's even fun for the mom. :) He passed up cake and ice cream so that he could assemble and play with it immediately. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!)
Update on Kaylen is she is still not doing well. Very quiet and low energy today. She has me concerned so if she isn't better, or gets worse, I'll call and take her to the doctor tomorrow. She says she is just really tired but even people at kindergarten pick up today commented on how she was just not herself and didn't look well. The past two days, even though she has still been sick, no one said a thing. I'm surprised she isn't doing well today - I had expected this to be the day she turned the corner and started feeling better. Think good thoughts for her, will you please?
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Entering the second week of nasty poop hell. *insert sound of train whistle* All Aboard!
Actually it hit yesterday after a couple days with a "clearly not feeling well but couldn't pinpoint what exactly was going on" child. Oh the joys.
But on another totally none-related note; I need to update my favorite links on the side bar. If you would like your blog to be included. drop me a note (via email or comment - your choice) and I will happily add you. To the rest of you (like Fern!) you will be included whether you like it or not because you make me laugh while allowing me to feel less alone and a whole lot less crazy in the game of parenthood.
So? Want me to link to you? :)
Now if we were heading to the beach on her actual birthday then that would be one thing but it won't be for a few weeks after (finals and all....) and I just can't imagine not having a gift for her to open.
So...the hunt is on. Wish me luck!
They love it! It will ask questions about the bug they have found and then will try to ID it for them. They have also discovered the delight of trying to trick the bug finder by showing it something not real, say a doll bottle, and then set about giving it no answers to "Does it have wings?" and "Does it have legs?". Kaylen will actually try to give it hints in her little voice (I'm not sure why she thinks it can hear her but she does) "Nooooo....dis isn't a bug at all. Guess again!"
I wonder how much longer I can put them off when they ask me to go turn over pieces of wood or flower pots so they can find creepy crawly things.
Then we finally bought a new one...which worked great until we bought the new computer in December. Suddenly we were having issues with just about everything but clueless me didn't connect that it was because I failed to install the driver and whatnot for router to work on the new computer (and had no idea where I had put the disk to do such a thing). Thankfully, my computer smart brother came to visit in February (yes, we put up with it for that long) and immediately discovered the problem and had it fixed in no time.
With all his knowledge on routers, I wouldn't be surprised if he owned a used cisco router! (Check out those puppies - they are GINORMOUS!)
Through all this rambling I guess I am saying.....
hmmmm....I have no idea. I guess I'm just saying. :) Maybe this is just me over-sharing my stupidity when it comes to technology. :)
Monday, April 14, 2008
My darling Kelton...you are the light of my life and you never, ever fail to make me laugh. Your smile is one the most amazing things I have ever been blessed to see and when you wrap your little arms around me I feel such a sense of joy and peace. You are part of my soul and no matter where your life takes you, you will always be linked to me in a way that is indescribable. I will never ever forget the moment you were born or the way Mama looked as she held you in her arms for the first time. I watched her give you your first bath and I listened to her whisper words of love as she cradled you in her arms that first night. You were much dreamed of, so wanted and are loved beyond measure.
You are the world to your mom and I and we can't imagine this planet without you on it and, while we can't believe you are six (!), we are so proud of the person you are growing to be.
We love you with every fiber in our bodies.
Happy Birthday, Kelton - our beautiful, amazing and wonderful son!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
So now I hold my breath and hope like heck Kaylen and/or I don't get it. I'm more worried for Kaylen than I am for myself. She assured me tonight that she was ok but she didn't eat very well at dinner so I'm on hyper alert. Just let us all get through tonight without anyone getting sick. Please.
I have so much to do tomorrow. I have to clean the house from top to bottom for Kelton's birthday party. Saturday is supposed to be a beautiful day, which I'm thrilled about, but it does mean that the amazing sunshine will highlight every place that harbors dust. I confess...I only dust when I have people coming over. Otherwise, I just don't see the point. Tonight I actually cleaned out the ashes in the fireplace from our Christmas vacation fires. Nothing like putting that off for as long as possible but hey - it's done. Kudos for me. :) I even replaced the air filter for the heat pump. See? I'm not a total slacker. :)
Oh right - you all wanted to know what I made for Dakota for her anniversary gift. I would upload it here but I'm afraid it will take way too long. I made her a DVD of the 14 years we've been together which meant I spent day and days going through photo albums and scanning in photos of our life together. We didn't go digital until 2005 so that was TON of work. Then I put it all together in a slide show, added music and burned it to a DVD. It turned out really well (except for those two typos I made which I will be going back to correct and then burn a corrected DVD). It's about 20 minutes long and I know it is something we will love having throughout the years. Favorite photos all in one place, gotta love that.
Dakota has made a couple DVD's for me over the years and they are so incredibly special to me so I just had a feeling she would love her gift. And I was right. :)
For her part, she hunted high and low and found me a clock for mounting on the back of the house. I don't wear a watch and, as a result, I spend a lot of time asking "What time is it?" when we are in the yard. I've been wanting a clock for years but never found the right one. Dakota found it! It's so great and I can't wait to get it installed. Isn't it cool looking? To be honest, as cool as the picture is, it's even better in real life. :) Thanks, honey!
Hmmm...I think that's it for tonight. If you are so inclined, please keep good thoughts for healthy children and a good nights sleep for all of us - thanks!
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
I know you are all jealous beyond all reason.
Let's hope he is better in the morning and that we have no further incidents tonight. The poor kid has his birthday party scheduled for Saturday and it would be nice if this was a fast moving illness so we can still have it.
Once I am no longer swimming in *ahem* bodily fluids, I will tell you all about the anniversary gift I made Dakota.
Kelton screams loudly and in a mean tone yells: "Kaylen! Move your big butt out of the way! I can't see!!"
Mommy, from the kitchen says, "Let's be more respectful to each other, please."
Kelton: "Sorry, Mom." He takes a breath and.....(you all see it coming, don't you?) says in a nicer tone but still quite loudly; "Kaylen PLEASE move your big butt out of the way NOW! I can't see!"
Well...he *did* say please. *sigh*
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Monday, April 07, 2008
(And just so it doesn't get lost in the days postings....if you haven't already read the posting I did about Great Strides about helping to raise funds for my blog-friend's daughter's fight against cystic fibrosis, please go here. Thank you!)
Cara made one for Kaylen's bed this past Christmas - it's pink flannel with snowmen on it and it's just the softest thing! But taking her skill to a completely new level, she made a space ship cover for Kelton for his birthday. Kelton LOVES it. LOVES it. He was so delighted with it when he opened up the gift that he started rolling around in it immediately. Once we got home he couldn't wait for us to remove his stars and moons comforter and put on his new bedding.
After he admired it for a while he said "Where do you think they bought this?" so I explained that Cara had handmade it for me (I thought he had understood that before but clearly not). That was too much for him - he was in complete disbelief that she had designed and created the cover specifically for him. There is no other one like it in the world!
Here is what it looks like (never mind Kaylen - she refused to move out of the way and every time I took a picture she would jump in the way. Silly monkey girl!):
(and yes, she made the matching pillow case, too)
(close up of the rocket)
Rocket boy sound asleep in his space bed.
Isn't it great??