Monday, April 24, 2006

The ABC Song

I haven't had a lot to post lately, but last night Carson was cracking us up. We recently had to "un-bunk" Taylor and Carson's beds. Carson has not been sleeping well at night and has been fighting us when we want to tuck him in at night. He also would end up waking up numerous times throughout the night and come into our room. He would use various excuses such as he had to go potty, or he needed a drink, etc. So we decided to put the boys beds where they could see each other. This has helped tremendously. He doesn't fight us to go to sleep and only wakes up once to go potty and then he will walk back to his bed and go right back to sleep. Last night as we were going through the bed time routine we were singing songs. Carson asked to sing the ABC song. He was belting it out and as we got the the "L-M-N-O-P" part Carson came up with his own version. He sang, "Elmo's gotta pee." We were all laughing so hard, which made Carson get even more silly and he came up with another version of the ending of the song. The actual song as we sing it goes, "Now I know my ABC's, next time won't you sing with me." Well Carson was singing the bathroom version and sang, "Now I know my ABC's next time Elmo won't you go poop." I tried not to laugh so that I wouldn't encourage that type of talk/song, but I couldn't help it. After all the silliness we did end up finishing the song night with some serious songs such as Jesus Loves Me and the B-I-B-L-E song.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Brutally honest

Has your child ever made you feel self conscious about yourself? Well today I experienced that with Carson. Today we went to the gym and I had a killer cardio interval training class. I don't think I've ever been so sweaty and have been pushed so hard before. It really was intense. So I bring the kids home and get Luke laid down for a nap. I get both Carson and I's lunch made and sit down at the table next to Carson. He starts eating and is looking at me with a strange face. He sets his food down and sternly says, "Mom you need to go poop - you stink!" I about fell of my chair in shock at the comment and from laughing. I told him that I am a little stinky from working out at the gym and getting sweaty. He replied, "Then go take a shower. You stink and I can't eat." I must have really grossed him out to make his appetite disappear. Poor kid! But kids can be so brutally honest!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Spirit Week

This week is Spirit Week at Taylor's school. During Spirit Week the kids have special events each day that they may participate in. Monday was wear your pajamas to school day. Today was crazy hair day. Taylor was very much interested in participating so we came up with a crazy hair style that is sure to win a crazy hair award if there ever was such an award. Tomorrow is wacky Wednesday where you dress to clash or wear your clothes backwards and inside out. Pretty much anything goes - as long as it's in decent taste. I remember back when I was in high school we had crazy hair and clash day combined for Spirit Week. My friends and I came up with some pretty insane outfits and were brave enough to actually wear them to school. Here is the picture from my high school days and along side me are my friends Amanda and Jennifer. We had a blast! What a bunch of hotties we were!!! LOL!!! You'll have to excuse the poor photo quality. I had to scan in an actual photograph - you know back in the old days of 35mm film and flash bulbs! HA! No digital cameras to spoil you.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Is it Easter yet?

That is what I keep hearing - "Mom- is it Easter time yet?" I don't think Carson quite grasps the concept. Yesterday we went to visit the Easter bunny who was at K-Mart. The boys all liked him and were happy to see him. The bunny gave Carson a high five and acted like he fell backward which made Carson gut giggle. He couldn't stop. It was so cute. I've attached a picture for your viewing pleasure. On our way home Carson kept talking about Easter time. He would say, "When Easter comes over I am going to give him an egg." He thought that the Easter bunny's first name was 'Easter' and the last name was 'Bunny.' That one made me smile.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Family Update

I decided to take a little break from blogging, but I am back.

Carson update:

We have been struggling with sleep for Carson during the last week - ever since the time change. It all started with him waking up in the middle of the night screaming and running into my room saying that there were mannequins in his bed. Earlier that day we had gone shopping at Kohl's and while I was looking in the shoe department my mom and the boys were in another part of the store when Carson noticed the mannequins. He just stared at them. No fear at the moment, just curiosity. Well, whatever it was about the mannequins, it freaked him out that night and that's when it all began. Every night since then he will not go to bed. He throws a fit, screams and cries. This has also affected his naps. It's the same situation. So I believe nap time is now over for Carson - which I am very sad about. In order to get Carson to bed at night we end up having to sit with him in the recliner until he falls asleep which doesn't take long because he is pretty much exhausted from not having a nap during the day. I hope this doesn't last much longer. I am getting very frustrated! Just the other day during a nap time struggle regarding mannequins in his bed I said, "Carson, get it out of your head." He replied, "No they're not in my head, they're at Kohl's!"

Luke Update

I am happy to report that Luke seems to have conquered being able to sleep through the night. He still occasionally wakes up, but he now is able to put himself back to sleep. I decided to not use the baby monitor at night so I am less likely to hear him if he is up and crying. I am enjoying longer stretches of sleep at night. It's been a long time coming. Also, Luke is now enjoying a broader variety of food. I have been hesitant to give him "solid" food as opposed to jars of baby food due to one episode of minor choking he had a month or two ago. But, I have overcome my fear and Luke is now a happier and fuller boy. He enjoys cheerios, toast, crackers, spaghetti/noodles and more. We are finally getting there. I always feel like I am behind the times, but what am I in a hurry for? Luke is getting closer and closer to walking. He has excellent balance and will stand by himself, but has yet to take steps outside of his playpen. He will walk from one end of his playpen to the other, but outside of that safety zone it's not happening. Soon enough I am sure. He is babbling a lot more too and his favorite words are Bob and Momma. Not sure who Bob is, but I think it's probably just a fun word to say.

Taylor update:

Taylor brought home his report card just the other day and is excelling at 2nd grade. He is such a bright student and we are so proud of him. He received all E's (which stands for Excellent Progress) and one M in handwriting (M stands for Meets requirements). His teacher left him a very nice comment, "Taylor continues to be a very responsible and cooperative student. He is progressing beautifully and is such a pleasure to have in class!" Way to go Taylor-bug! He also entered the schools Discovery Fair and made a project about the metamorphosis of a frog. He really did a good job.

Lynette and Jason Update:

Jason and I just celebrated our 8 year anniversary. We are planning a night out to have dinner and go see a movie, just haven't had the opportunity to do so yet. Jason and I have decided to join a local gym that is right around the corner from our house - quite convenient! The two younger boys really enjoy going and playing with the other kids while I take my classes. So far I think my favorite is the kickboxing. It's a great stress reliever - punching and kicking and sweating your butt off! Since I have started working out again I have this renewed sense of energy and I am not living off or craving as much coffee as I usually do. I am sleeping more sound and just feel healthier. Plus I am eating healthier foods the majority of the time. Last night I just couldn't resist a small bowl of M&M's while we had family movie night! Overall I just feel so much better.