Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Hanging with Dad!

Jason decided to sit down with the boys and watch Peter Pan, as Tab has been very into everything Pirates. I wonder if he actually could see any of the movie.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Brotherly Love

The other day Tab yelled at me to come into the living room. So I did and then quickly went to grab my camera. I had put some primary music on and they were sitting on the stool together rocking back and forth to the music. (Nevermind the hand towels he stole from my drawer to use as "flags" to dance with). It quickly turned into this...

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Picnic in the Park

On our last Saturday of spring break we decided to hit up the park. As we were getting ready to leave Tab asked if we could have a picnic. Well, um...we had already eaten lunch, so I told him that we could bring a snack picnic, thinking I'd throw some crackers in my purse and forget about it. When I walked into the kitchen a few minutes later Tab was digging through the fridge. I yelled at him to get out and he said he was just looking for food for our picnic. I decided I wasn't going to get off as easy as I thought, so I chopped up some strawberries, sliced some cheese, tossed in some crackers and water bottles and grabbed a blanket. Thanks Tab for not letting me cop out. We had such a fun and yummy snack picnic. And we sure enjoyed the park too.We got out the soccer goals for the first time and they were just your size. You were so proud of your goal.Benton even made a few goals.
Benton really enjoyed chasing Jason around with the ball....that is until he didn't anymore. Sometimes Jason just doesn't know when to stop teasing, but then most of you already knew that.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

In the Jungle...

One day over spring break I was trying to catch up on a lot of stuff that I had been slacking on over the week and so I occupied the boys by creating a tent with the table and some blankets.At first Tab claimed it was a Tiger's cage. I tried to inform him that he didn't look like a very fierce tiger, but... Benton, on the other hand, looked much more ferocious.
After carrying in many more stuffed animals, pillows, stools and flashlights, Tab informed me that it was now a jungle.Here are my jungle animals pretending to take a nap.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Horsey Horsey

Tab pulled this old stick horse out of the closet on one of our many chances to play outside. I was planning on getting rid of it when we moved, but Benton took to it pretty quickly. (I just love how he is sticking his front teeth out like that...just for you Abbie and Anna...bucktooth Benny has returned. Poor kid had a bit of a hard time with how top heavy the head was and how long the stick was.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Let's Go Fly a Kite!

We had so much fun over spring break just hanging out and enjoying the nice weather. With a few windy days we decided to break out the kite.

Tab thought it was fun to help throw the kite up in the air and watch it take off. He was getting pretty good at it by the end. Jason enjoyed pitching the kite around and driving it into the ground a bunch of times before we figured out that we needed to let more string out to start as the wind was kind of crazy.Tab really enjoyed helping Jason fly the kite.
Benton looked like he was born to fly kites. The silly boy stood there holding the string giving gentle little tugs.As a matter of fact, I'm pretty sure that Benton spent more time flying the kite than Tab did. Jason stood on a loop of string and just let the boys have at it. Benton was convinced he was doing it all on his own.And the happy, windblown family after a morning of kite flying.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Going Bonkers

Over spring break we headed to Columbia to get a few necessities not available here in the 'ville. You know, fabric and cute girly clothes. We took the boys to one of our favorite places in Columbia, Going Bonkers. They just love it to death. Here they are entering the play place.Benton has become such a big boy and roams with Tab.Tab knows the maze like the back of his hand and it is impossible for us to keep up with him.Benton was a little tired from the day and was happy to roam with me or Jason as Tab was too impatient to wait for him.Tab calls this place "The Big Bonkers Slides". He talked about it all day and went down the big slides repeatedly in many many awkward different ways.
And finally the boys bouncing on the trampoline netted bed thing.I think this was probably our last visit to Bonkers. We sure will miss it.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Sweet Treat!

Over finals week, I made treats for Jason to take to school each day to share with his buddies while they were studying. The one day I apparently left the frosting bowl on the table while Benton was eating lunch. As you can see, the result was him pushing his lunch aside for the frosting. I have to admit, it was pretty tasty. At least I had already scrapped most of the frosting out of the bowl.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Home Depot Project Again

I just love the Home Depot projects and so do the boys. This last month the project was a racetrack. Tab was particularly fond of the goggles.Benton thought they should be worn like a hat.Jason helped Benton...
While I helped Tab...Benton immediately knew what the racetrack was for.We took them home and painted them so that the boys knew whose was whose.
Tab asks frequently when it is time to go back to make the birdhouses; next month's project.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Ride that Buckin' Bronco

Jason's mom made a wooden rocking horse for Tab when he turned one. Tab liked it but always had a hard time getting on and off of it and staying on it when he was on it, so it didn't initially get a ton of use. Benton (aka climber of the year) on the other hand can get on and off of that thing like he was born doing it and therefore spends a lot of time riding the horse. As a matter of fact, I sometimes have to time turns because the boys fight over riding it. And of course they can't ride the horse without the cowboy hat. It is just part of the experience I suppose.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Poor Kid

This is a little old...from about a week ago, but I had to share.

Tab spent one night puking last week. At first we had him sleep on a bed we made for him on our floor, but he got tired of getting up to go into the bathroom to puke every hour, so he just laid down on the bathroom floor. I got him a pillow and blanket and he slept most of the night there. Oh, did I mention I did too. He didn't want me to leave and I would have felt bad leaving so we snuggled together on the bathroom floor. After about 3 pairs of pj's, he decided he just wanted to be naked. Fine by me. Here's the poor kid trying to sleep.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Cat in the Hat

With Dr. Seuss' Birthday being last week, The Cat in the Hat came to the local university with the Read Across America program. The boys really had a lot of fun. Tab was so excited to be able to meet the Cat in the Hat until he walked in the room and was ridiculously tall. I have to admit, I thought it was a little extreme. Benton however didn't care and went right up and gave him a high five! As you can tell, it took some coaxing to get Tab to be in this picture.They had a lot of really fun activities. I think Benton's favorite was coloring the door hangers.Tab really like making this "thingy". I can't remember what it is called. One of those pick a number things...come on...you know what I'm talking about. Anyway he played with it forever until I threw it away after he went to bed because I got sick of him crying because the paper was getting so flimsy that he couldn't make it work.
They also had a really fun time planting "clovers" aka marigolds, like the one in Horton Hears a Who. Benton mostly thought that the pots were stacking cups and it took some effort to keep him from dumping the dirt out.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Tragedy in our household

The Culprit: I was making some scones recently that called for heavy cream. I reached into my fridge and grabbed my carton and poured into my measuring cup. It was lumpy and disgusting and had gone bad. I mean, I know that I have been trying to cook a little bit healthier lately but come on really. I have never had cream go bad. I always use it up before it is anywhere near that point. I was seriously appalled with myself.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

A Proud Mommy Moment

So as most of you know I have a food addiction. I cook a lot and take a lot of pictures of my food. Tab has caught on to this and on several occasions has requested that I take a picture of his plate also. I usually oblige and snap a quick photo. Well the other night after desert the camera was still sitting at the table and Tab asked if he could take a picture. I said sure, so he grabbed the camera and then grabbed his empty bowl and started snapping pictures. The funniest part was when he turned the bowl to get a different angle. I was so proud. Thanks for not thinking I'm a total weirdo for taking pictures of our food Tab. You Rock my mommy world!

Friday, March 06, 2009

Feeling the Love

I just wanted to thank everyone who helped me and my family yesterday and today. I'm overwhelmed with the outpouring of help and offers to help.

Update/What Happened- the very short version... lol:

Yesterday afternoon I took the boys to the park and then picked up a few things at the grocery store. As I was driving home my back started to ache. By the time I was home about 3 minutes later my back really hurt. I got the boys out of the car and in the house and then basically laid on my living room floor then on the couch and just couldn't get comfortable. The pain quickly got unbearable and started to spread from my back around to my stomach. Though the pain was constant there were surges of pain that were even stronger. I thought I was having contractions, so I started trying to call Jason at school. After calling about 5 times I had my sister try calling him. After she called several times he finally stepped out and answered, rushed home and brought me to the ER.

By the time we got to the hospital I couldn't force myself to get out of the car because of the pain. Jason had to pull me out and they wheeled me straight up to the Labor and Delivery floor. They checked my cervix and I was high and tight, good. They but monitors on me and couldn't find any contractions, good. So they moved rooms and got me on some morphine. After a little bit on the morphine I was able to at least be in control of the pain, although I was still in a lot of pain. They did an ultrasound and discovered fluid in my kidney. (Apparently the ultrasound of the baby was awesome, and I knew it would be, but I just couldn't force myself to look as I was still in a lot of pain and was just focused on fighting that.) They decided I likely have kidney stones, that I am now waiting to pass. (I can't even begin to explain the pain other than to say it was the most excruciating pain that I have ever been in, bar none. Definitely worse than my natural child birth.) Luckily at this point my OB approved having my morphine dose increased, thus allowing me to be rid of pain. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I also couldn't keep my eyes open as a result.

Late this morning they took me off of the IV morphine and moved me to oral pain killers, percocet. Since I have been able to "manage" my pain with those, they sent me home! So now I'm at home, drinking more water than should be humanly possible and hoping to pass a stone and hoping that I can continue to manage the pain with the percocet. So far, so good. I've been feeling pretty good being at home. I think there is just something about being at home rather than at the hospital that helps you to feel more alert and able to recoup.

Bed Time

Have I ever mentioned how early my kids go to bed? They hit the hay at 6:30 every night. Freaking awesome, I know. The problem is when we got invited to a birthday party at 7:00 PM and decide to go. When we got home this is what happened. This is about 3 feet in front of the front door. Nice.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Yummy Spinach

Last week I made a yummy soup for dinner. Tab was not in the mood for soup and so he decided to gag on every bite that we made him take complaining that it was gross. Jason and I were having some spinach salad on the side and Tab loves spinach, so we told him that he could have a plate of spinach when he was finished with his soup. At that point he at least willing gagged on each bite of soup. He then received what he thought was the grand prize. Jason took out the camera to document his silliness... I mean what 3 year old LOVES spinach?
It turns out it was lucky he grabbed the camera because we were then able to get this series of pictures.

Ecstatic that he got a plate of spinach he started shoving the rest in his mouth. He then realized that he had put a bit much in his mouth at once.
Oh yeah, it was way too much.All of this time Jason was taking pictures and what was I doing... laughing hysterically of course. Don't worry. I decided to be a nice mom and shoved the plate under his mouth right before it all came out. (Jason is making me post this picture so the grossness is his fault.)He decided that he didn't like spinach for a few days after that.