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Fire Truck puzzle in my Fire Truck Jammies

Posted in Uncategorized by sandy on the September 30th, 2009

Mikey still REALLY likes Fire Trucks. He still says, “Fire Trucks Awake Mama!” every time we pass the station by our house. When I tell him, “they ARE awake!” he says, “Touch them!” which is actually his response to everything exciting that he sees- Mikey- “AIRPLANE!” Mama- “Yep!” Mikey- “Touch it!” Mikey- “Ducks!” Mama- “Yep!” you get the idea.

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So, our next adventure will be to go to the Fire Department and let Mikey TOUCH the Fire Trucks. We wanted to save it since this weekend we will see (and touch) :) Thomas the Train and we’ve been focusing on that. Mikey is SO excited and keeps talking about “seeing Thomas.” For months he has been saying “October Mama, see Thomas!” Now we are telling him “Friday” instead of “October” so he has been saying, “See Thomas on Friday!” The other day he said, “Thomas comes around the bend Mama.” He must have heard something like that on one of his Thomas movies. When we ordered the tickets, we were able to order a Thomas whistle and Conductor hat that arrived in the mail yesterday. He’s been using the whistle to “call” Thomas and LOVES the hat (which fortunately matches his Train Conductor Halloween costume perfectly since they were sold out of the one that came with the costume). So, stay tuned for the Thomas Weekend blog and pictures. Here’s one more cute one though-

DADDY’s BOY-

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Yet another peice of evidence…..

Posted in Uncategorized by sandy on the September 30th, 2009

Well, two pieces actually- That Braeden is G R O W I N G U P! 

The First one speaks for itself. Braeden wore these jeans just 6 months ago-

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The second? Aaron just booked him a flight to Chicago for Thanksgiving BY HIMSELF! Yep, you read right, he is going to fly from here to Chicago ALONE. As long as it’s a direct flight and the child is over 5, they can fly alone (for extra fees of course). I was just telling a friend the other day that both my children are a little backwards…..Braeden is OK flying across the country alone, but needs to sleep with his brother at night to feel secure! :) Mikey will jump in a pool without his float suit on, but is scared to death (STILL) of the blow dryer! :)

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As much as I tease about Braeden sleeping with Mikey (in a twin bed mind you- and he DOES have his own right next to Mikey’s), I get some of the best laughs when I walk in to check on them. Sometimes they are snuggled right up together or have hands over the other’s face etc. SO CUTE!

When I asked Braeden how he felt about flying alone, this was his response- “Mama, it will be SO COOL. I’m not scared at all, well maybe just like 1 percent scared. Don’t you worry, I will just play my DS and I won’t even start playing it until the little ding comes on and the ‘No Electronics’ light goes off.” What the heck am I worried about? The kid is a pro. :)

From Sprout to Disney Channel, to Cartoon Network, to ESPN

Posted in Uncategorized by sandy on the September 16th, 2009

As if it weren’t obvious enough that my boys are growing up TOO FAST, the other morning as I was laying in bed, I heard Braeden ask Mike if he could watch TV before heading to school (since most nights Mike is not home, I do the evening routine and Mikey and I sleep a little longer in the mornings while Mike takes care of Braeden). That morning, and every morning since, Braeden has watched ESPN before school. No more cartoons for this kid. In fact, he rarely plays with toys. He likes anything to do with sports and outside, or video games. He does enjoy reading too which makes me feel better about his love for video games. He is SO smart when it comes to sports (and in general really- every paper he has brought home since the start of school has been 100 %) :) Sorry bout the bragging. Anyway, when he it comes to sports, he is especially intelligent. He knows the rules to almost every sport more than me.  I came home from running some errands the other day and Braeden was sitting in a chair watching a football game with Mike. Of all the things a 7 year old could be doing with their Saturday afternoon, Braeden wants to watch ANY game on TV. Now that football season is here, and baseball playoffs approaching, and having a husband and son BOTH loving sports, I think I can pretty much guarantee I am going to be recording all of my shows that are about to start back up. Lucky for me, Braeden did remind me yesterday that despite his maturity, in so many ways he is still a little kid. He came up to me complaining that his eye hurt. It was really red and he was teary. He said, “Mama it really hurts. I think I have an eyebrow in it.” I savor moments when he says things like this and I just can’t correct him!

Hmm, then there’s the little Monster, AKA Mikey, who has needed a LOT of correcting lately. He seems to be able to catch on quickly when I am not up to par. Rather than console me and be sweet and loving (the way Braeden has always done- even at 2 years old, when I wasn’t feeling well), Mikey takes advantage and acts like a maniac. Over labor day weekend I battled bronchitis. I had fun pool plans Sat afternoon and a girls night out planned for Sat night and I cancelled both opting instead for a visit to the urgent care clinic. Good thing because by the time I was in the waiting room I was ILL! After the X-ray confirmed bronchitis, I was given 2 shots in the butt and a breathing treatment. I just took my last dose of antibiotics today and feel back to normal- Mikey…..still a work in progress. :) That weekend, he emptied about 25 cups of water onto the bathroom floor. Guess that means we left him unattended too long huh? Remember we live in a two bedroom apartment and he does not play quietly- even in the bath tub. For some reason we didn’t hear the water being poured out cup by cup. The next day when Mike took the boys to Walmart so I could rest, Mikey decided to hop into the freezer bin while Mike checked the date on the yogurt. Where was the camera at THIS moment? As I stated on Facebook a few days ago, For every Terrible Two Moment that Mikey (and our family) goes through, there are 10 moments that Mikey makes me smile, love and adore him, and feel completely in awe that this AMAZING little kid is really MINE?! He is also SO polite- never asking for anything without saying please and he says thank you when handing us something or after he helps with something. Watching him experience things for the first time truly is so humbling and honestly he makes me LAUGH! A few cute things he’s said recently-

Me- “Mikey are you ready to go to Mom Mom’s house? Mama has to go to work!” Mikey- “I go to Mom Mom’s SCHOOL!”

Mikey- “Airplane Mama!” Me- “Yes that IS an airplane Mikey.” Mikey- “Touch it!” (he says “touch it” when he sees anything interesting). Me- “No sweetie it’s too high to touch!” Mikey- “Use step-stool Mama?” :) Recently he has wanted to get things himself and LOVES using his step stool.

One morning I was in the shower and when I came out, Mikey was investigating the contents under the bathroom sink (don’t worry it’s pretty child-friendly). He had a small bottle of dove body spray up his nose. The bottle looks a little like Braeden’s Flonase nose spray and Mikey wants to imitate everything his big brother does. :)

That SAME morning, Mikey (who always wants to flush the toilet regardless of whether or not it needs to be) was insisting on flushing the toilet. I told him that the toilet didn’t need to be flushed because no one had gone potty. He ran out of the bathroom. I figured he was headed to watch cartoons that were on in the other room. A couple minutes later, he came back in with his bear, lifted the toilet seat, sat bear on the potty and while holding him, made a peeing sound. Then he said, “Good JOB bear!” and flushed the toilet! What an imagination he has.

Speaking of potty, I feel safe saying that he is about 50 percent potty trained. He will pee pee any time we put him on the potty (which is several times a day) and from time to time (when it’s convenient for him ie. in TARGET, or WALMART, or any where else that’s NOT so convenient for me) he will say, “potty Mommy” and will pee when we go into the bathroom. He does still pee a lot in his diaper or pull up (he wears mostly pull-ups during the day), but he drinks a lot. I was so proud of him on Sunday because we left the house with a pull-up on, went and watched Harley play baseball (he’s playing competitively on a travelling team), played at the playground, had lots to drink and when I took him into the potty 4 hours later, he was DRY! He has also been waking up dry several mornings too. Ah, the thought of no more diapers…….is actually SAD to me! :(

Saturday, AFTER the Penn State game (they won by the way), I took the boys to a new park. It was the coolest park I’ve ever been to and another reason WHY I love this amazing city we live in.

The park is literally UNDER the two big bridges. It is almost entirely shaded, is completely fenced in and had a nice breeze coming off the water-

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Only problem is, being directly under the bridge made it loud and Mikey was “gared” (scared) at first-

“HEY Mama!” Not scared anymore-

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Braeden loved jumping into the mesh pit

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One more cute story- We bought Mikey a plastic bucket shaped like Thomas the Train for him to take trick-or-treating. When he saw it, it was SO excited and squealed, “NEW Tommy Mama!” I told him it was to put his candy in on Halloween. He has been taking Flinstone vitamins for about 6 months. When the Dr. told us to start giving them to him (because his iron was a little low) we were worried he might object, so we called them “candy.” This morning he came to me and asked for his “candy” as he does most mornings (fortunately he LOVES the vitamins and remembers every morning) and when I gave him his vitamin, he ran and got his Thomas bucket and put the vitamin in it! :)

I LOVE my Family!

Juggling Act

Posted in Uncategorized by sandy on the September 1st, 2009

 My Office-

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So, I am on my second full week of work and am getting better at juggling working full-time AND being a wife and Mom. So far there hasn’t been any major hiccups, although Mike did mention to me last night that I hadn’t typed a new blog entry in awhile. I will also add that I stay CONSTANTLY busy, that I’ve become much more protective of my evenings and weekends and have gained 5 pounds in the past month from eating too much fast food. I need to start making my lunch (which will allow for healthier alternatives to burgers and fries) and I need to order the jumbo pack of energy drinks I am addicted to because I seem to crash every day around 3pm if I don’t have one. Many thanks goes to Mike’s Mom who is an amazing help with the boys. In fact, I would not be able to work this job if it weren’t for her. Part of Mike’s job involves a lot of evening meetings which puts him home as late as 9pm some nights. I don’t leave work until 5:30 and don’t get home until after 6pm (with no traffic). Braeden’s after-school care closes at 6pm, so on the evenings that Mike can’t get him (when he doesn’t have meetings he is off work at 4pm), Mike’s Mom picks him up around 4:30 from after-school care, feeds both boys AND has a plate waiting for me. Even MORE amazing is that she refuses to take even $1 from us. We are SO blessed.

 

So, things at work are going really well. I am enjoying the tasks assigned to me, learning a lot and have caught on fairly quickly. It’s so much easier to learn when you actually LIKE what you are doing. I was telling Rustalyn (the only other office employee other than the 2 attorneys- who are mother and son) that I am re-learning things as Braeden brings them home because when I was younger and being taught in school, I was always so bored and focused on everything BUT school, that I didn’t retain much information. I passed tests by memorizing and now that I actually care about being somewhat intelligent, I am interested in so much more. I LOVE my office- it’s kinda like my own spacious cubby hole, and I do have a little window that allows me a slight view of the lobby, front door and outside.  There are several times during the day when I don’t have much to do, so I’ve been reading some of the case notes to familiarize myself. Lets just say its MUCH more interesting than Environmental Law! J

Both boys are doing great. Braeden has adjusted well to being back at school and really likes his teacher. He has a couple kids from previous years and one little boy from his baseball team in his class. It hasn’t seemed to faze Mikey that I am gone all day now. He does cry most mornings when I drop him off, but he is fine 2 minutes after I leave. He is just an attention seeker and wants all of us around him all of the time! It is amazing how in love I am with my children in the evenings when I get home. When I was home for 4 months (and it being summer), by 6:00 pm I was ready to hit the bottle. Now, I actually find myself wanting to push their bed-time back just a little bit so I can spend a few more minutes with them before they go to sleep.

 

A few cute, one appalling and one awesome things to share-

-Braeden asked the other day if he could be a Policeman AND a Professional Baseball Player!  

-Mikey is sorta indifferent when it comes to potty training. He wants to use the potty as long as it’s at a time that doesn’t interfere with something more exciting. He doesn’t like to be changed and when we ask him if he is wet or if he has pooped, his response is always, “NO! gasy dough (though)”

-He says, “Oh Mikey!” when he falls down or makes a mistake in whatever he is doing.

-He says, “Hold you!” when he wants to be picked up or held (which lately is OFTEN).

-He picked up the word “Nasty” from his big brother and Harley and uses it correctly.

-He is so proud that he can sing patty-cake: Mikey’s version- “patty cake, patty cake, roll em’ up, PAN!”

-His new favorite song is “Bet on It” from High School Musical 2 (also one of Braeden’s favorites) and he requests I play it a lot and over and over.

-His top 2 things in the world- Fire trucks and Trains. Count down till we see “Tommy-” 32 days!

-We went to Chuckee Cheese this past weekend to celebrate Sayelor’s 2nd Birthday and of all the cool, loud, fun things to do there, Mikey wanted to use token after token to stand and watch the train in the big glass case. It was really neat, but over and over and over for $.25 each time? I did manage to snap some pictures of him testing out some of the other attractions:

 

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 I wonder if he’ll look any more excited when he gets his first REAL set of wheels.

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 “I like this one Mama cuz I get to HIT!”

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 Weee!

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The Beautiful Birthday Girl wearing her Chuckee Cheese crown-

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-The “appalling” news?…..The boys and I were in a store and Mikey smacked some woman as we walked by her. I was SO embarrassed despite the fact that she insisted she didn’t feel a thing. I made him say he was sorry and he did a good job at it, was adorably cute and even seemed quite sincere. Why then, did he, in every store we went in while running errands that day, point at a woman and say, “lady?” and when I said “yes”, say, “hit her?” I will give him the benefit of the doubt and believe in my heart that my precious baby boy was actually wondering if that was the woman he hit, not whether or not he COULD hit her!

-The “awesome” news?…..Mikey chewed and SWALLOWED an entire hotdog, 2 nights in a row. This is a HUGE accomplishment for our two-year-old-baby-food-eater!

 

Btw, Mike took the weekend off and went to a wedding in KY. I am not sure the last time he took a weekend off, but am so glad he did. He was able to have a break, spend time with some of his best friends and see one of them get married.

 

Click here to read a really neat article that just so happens to describes MY 2 year old toddler perfectly. blog-upload.pdf

Have a great week!