Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Long Time, No Post

Hey, friends. Can you believe it has been so long since my last blog post?? I know, I know. I'm slacking in the blog department. Honestly, though, there hasn't been much to report. Life has been fairly "slow" lately, so there haven't really been any big photo opporunities or events to write about. We still haven't really done anything blog worthy. But there have been a few things going on that I thought I should blog about. Especially since this is supposed to be an online family scrapbook of sorts.

First of all, Jenny has her very first loose tooth! It is in the front on the bottom row of teeth. It has been loose for close to two weeks, and she is very excited. She has been telling us about her friends who have loose teeth or who have already started loosing their baby teeth. I think she was starting to feel a little left out. Last night after she brushed her teeth I was looking at her tooth, and behind it I can see where her adult tooth has already broke through the gums. Should we be concerned about this? I know it is supposed to come through, but the baby tooth hasn't even fallen out yet. I am thinking of calling her dentist to see if there is something we should do, or maybe I am just overreacting.


Aiden hasn't really had much going on lately. However, little does he know, his whole world is fixing to be turned upside down! Potty training in our house starts this Friday, April 1st. No, it is not an April Fool's joke. This is the real thing. We have been trying to tell him that he will be using the potty soon, and that he won't need diapers anymore. I was going to start back when he turned two in November, but then decided to wait until Spring. Wish me luck, this boy is stubborn!!


Jenny has been asking for a Nintendo Wii for quite some time. She wanted one for Christmas, but by the time she told us she wanted one, all of her gifts had already been bought. She has been saving up her spelling test money each week - she gets $10 every week that she gets 100% on her spelling test. Since she didn't get the Wii for Christmas, she decided she would save up her spelling test money to buy one. As of last week, she was up to $110. She has really been getting frustrated though, because she doesn't quite understand the concept of money and having enough to purchase something. So, as a surpise, and since she has worked so hard this year in school, Jaime and I went out yesterday and bought her the Wii. It came with two games (Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort) and we also bought her a Dora the Explorer game to go with it and an extra controller so that someone can play with her. We set it up and got it all ready to go before she came home from school. So when she walked through the door, it was ready to be played. She was very excited, and I don't think she was expecting that to happen. She gave Jaime and I both a huge hug and told us thank you. So yesterday afternoon, we played the bowling and a few of the other sport games. It was a lot of fun, because all four of us were able to play!

Well, that's really all that has been going on at our house. I hope you are all having a great week, happy Wednesday!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

For Japan With Love







I am sure you have all seen the images of the devastation after the earthquake and tsunamis in Japan. While aftershocks and tsunami scares are still rolling in days later, the nation is headed down a long long road of recovery. So far the death toll is nearly 6,500 and there are still more than 10,000 unaccounted for. Not only do the survivors have to suffer the loss of loved ones, but as temperatures fall, electricity, water and food are now scarce to none.  Many have tried to go back to their homes and to start picking up the pieces, only to find the tsunamis have plowed their homes down and there is literally nothing for them to come home to.  Convenience stores have lines hours long and a limit of 10 items to each person.  The second crisis has only begun and so many are left helpless.

Our friends Lydia at Ever Ours and Lucia at Utterly Engaged have joined forces with bloggers to help raise awareness for For Japan With Love. We would appreciate your help spreading the word or any contribution you could make for this much needed cause. Thank you Lydia and Lucia for taking the initiate and creating a unified effort.

We will also be taking a blogging day of silence this Friday, March 18th. Instead of blogging we will be appreciating the small things in life and focusing our thoughts on those who have lost so much in this tragedy.



Monday, March 14, 2011

Skate Night

Last Sunday Jenny and I went to the Sparkles Skating Rink for the Girl Scout's 99th Birthday. Jenny has been skating a few times before, but never with me. I'm sure I would have probably already taken her, but since I don't know how to skate - I didn't know how I would go out on the rink and help her. One of the other moms in our Girl Scout troop told me last week that at this skating rink, they let the parents go out on the rink with their regular shoes on.



Jenny and I had a great time! At first she was a little nervous and only wanted to skate on the carpet. After a few minutes of skating around on the carpet, I took her out on the rink. She definitely needs more practice, but she did pretty good! She was holding my hand when we went around the rink the first time, but I told her that I think she does better if she doesn't hold onto me. So the second time we went around she only had to hold onto me for about 10-20 seconds at a time.



A lot of the other kids had purchased glow sticks and glow necklaces, so of course Jenny wanted one too. To motivate her, I told her that if she went around the rink one time without holding onto me, I would buy her a glow stick. She fell a couple times, but kept getting right back up and trying again. When we got back around to where we had started from, she was so excited! Then I told her that we had to go to the other side of the rink because that's where we had to buy the glow sticks. Haha!



She picked out a starfish glow necklace and a pacifier that lit up. After we bought them, we went back to the rink and she met up with one of the girls from our troop, Aliyah. Aliyah and Jenny went out on the rink together for a few minutes. I couldn't believe that Jenny went out on the rink without me! I was very impressed.



It started getting kind of late, and Jenny had school the next morning, so after that we had to leave. But we had a great time and I am so glad we went! We will definitely have to go back soon. Maybe next time we can take Aiden too!

Blog Makeover

It has been a long time coming, but I finally broke down and got a custom blog layout. I have been wanting one for a while, but couldn't really decide if it was worth it. Now that I have it though, I love it! A big thanks to Krizzy Designs for designing it! It looks great, and it was well worth it! If you or anyone you know is looking for a custom blog, I would definitely recommend using Krizzy Designs!



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Friday, March 4, 2011

Fun at the Park

On Tuesday of this week, Jaime and I took the kids to the park in our apartment complex. While we were there the kids took turns going down the "Fire Fighter Pole" (that's what Jenny calls it). They both had a great time!

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Temper Tantrums


Apparently temper tantrums are exhausting. The reason I say this is because after coming inside earlier this morning, Aiden pitched a huge fit to go back outside and finally got in our coat closet and closed the door. The whole time he was screaming and crying, and all the while I was doing what all good mothers would do....photographing the whole thing! ;-)
About 15 minutes after he was done throwing his fit, I walked into his room and found him asleep on the floor. Apparently pitching a fit is a lot of hard work! Or maybe he just got up too early. Either way, I was thankful he took a nap - otherwise it would have been a loooonnng day!

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Cat in the Hat

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Wordless Wednesday: Read Across America Day

Today is Dr. Seuss' birthday, and also Read Across America Day! Lately, Aiden has started gaining more interest in books and I am so glad! I love reading, and I hope he will grow up and have an appreciation for books. Here is a picture of him reading one of his favorite books, "How Big".

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