Thursday, January 31, 2008


I can't believe it, but I just registered Katelyn for pre-school. Aaack! My baby is only 17 months old! She will start pre-school this coming August when she turns 2. She will go 2 days a week from 9-12. Omigosh, it just doesnt seem like she could be that big in a couple of months. How time flies. And she will have the same wonderful teacher that Gavin had when he was at the same school. I guess I have lots of time with her at home before she goes out into the big world!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Knitted Heart

Angela at Mommy Bytes sent me this cute little handmade knitted heart. Is it cute or what? I am so happy to have it and right in time for my Valentine's Day decorations to come out. Thanks Angela! I entered her Pay It Forward contest a couple of weeks ago. So now that I have won, I have to rack my brain to try to come up with a Pay It Forward of my own. So keep on the lookout everyone for my contest! Thanks again Angela!!

Monday, January 28, 2008

Back To School

Gavin went back to school this morning after being out for almost 2 weeks. It was so cute to see all his little friends greet him in the hall. He was missed so much. Of course he came home with tons of paperwork to catch up on. This Friday is the 100th day of school this year so he has some special projects to work on the celebrate that day.

We also had a Tball game tonight. He missed the last 2 games when he was sick. The coach told him how much he was missed at the other games and he even got to bat first today :) He also got to play the pitcher position for the first time and did a great job. I am so proud of him when he is out there playing, I can hardly put it into words how I feel! Saturday is his last game of the season and the awards ceremony. Should be lots of fun!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

On The Mend

I think we are finally on the mend. It took Gavin a couple of days to start feeling back to his normal self after the antibiotics kicked in. It makes me happy to see him playing and laughing again. He spent the rest of last week at home. Monday he will go back to school and resume all of his other activities if all goes well. Karate, TBall, and choir.

On the other hand, I am still trying to get over being sick. I guess it was inevitable that I would get sick too with spending so much time taking care of Gavin. I have strep throat, laryngitis, and upper respiratory infection, and my rib cartilage is infected. How wonderful. I feel horrible!!! I am finally getting my voice back- it was barely a whisper that past couple of days.

The good news is that thankfully Katelyn is not sick at all!! She had a tiny little cough a couple of days ago, but that is now gone. So I am keeping my fingers crossed that nothing happens in the next couple of days with her.

Hopefully this coming week we are back to normal. Thanks to everyone for your kind words and warm thoughts regarding Gavin feeling better.
Have a great weekend everyone!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Where to Start ?

I really don't know where to start with this post. This past week flew by like a whirlwind. It started late Tuesday night when Gavin came into my rooming stating that he didn't feel good. After a quick check to his forehead ( which was burning hot ) he got some Motrin and went back to bed.

Wednesday morning came with the fever still here. I kept Gavin out of school so he could rest. He wasn't complaining of any other aches or pains, just the fever. He laid in my bed all day resting and watching TV. He also dozed off a couple of times.

Thursday he started to complain that his throat hurt. Since he still had the temperature, I took him in to the pediatrician. They ran a strep test which came back negative, checked his ears, and listened to his chest. Everything looked OK. The basically said he had a virus and it should run its course by the weekend.

By Friday night the fever was almost gone. What a relief. A relief that was short lived because by Saturday afternoon the fever was back. Now I was having a hard time getting it down. It would be 102.5 and with medication I could get it down to 101.5. The whole week of Gavin not feeling well really had me worried. It broke my heart to watch him feel so sick. Most of the time he would just lay in my bed and stare at the ceiling. He didn't even want to watch TV. He wasn't eating and I was having to force the liquids down him.

Sunday when he woke up and still had the high temp, I called the pediatrician who told us to go straight to the ER. Gavin cried hysterically the whole way there. He was so scared. Thankfully they took us right back to a room. His first temperature check was 101.8. I knew they would have to draw blood and I was dreading it. My poor Gavin was crying already when the nurse came back in. I held his hand and his head by mine and they drew the blood. My heart was breaking into a million pieces to hear him cry. Another nurse came in after the blood draw and gave Gavin a Popsicle which made him stop crying. They left the IV line in his arm just in case they needed anything else.

The doctor came in a little while later to examine him. Ears, chest, and tummy were examined, and they did another strep test. We also went down to radiology for a chest xray. None of this went smoothly. Gavin screamed and cried through it all. He was so scared. He ended up getting an IV of fluids because he was dehydrated. His second temperature check was 101.3. Not good at all and really got me worried. Why wasn't his fever coming down????

After what seemed like forever, the doctor came back. He has an ear infection in one ear and pneumonia. I was relieved to finally know what was wrong and scared to death about the pneumonia. The doctor gave us a prescription for antibiotics that would help both the ear infection and the pneumonia.

Ok, we finally made it home after hours at the ER. Gavin is finally feeling just a little bit better after a dose of the antibiotics. And finally the fever has come down some. We have to have a followup visit with the pediatrician on Monday.

This day was such an emotional roller coaster for me. I had to hide my own fear and worry so I could be strong for Gavin. He needed me to hold his hand and protect him from everything that happened to him today. He looked to little and helpless in the big hospital bed. I finally broke when we got home. I had to let all of the emotions out. I am so thankful that it wasn't something more serious. I am thankful for the wonderful ER staff that did a wonderful job with Gavin. I am thankful that my mother in law was available to pick up Katelyn for the day. I am thankful that my mom was able to come to the ER with me. I am so thankful that God heard my many prayers this morning and helped me and my beautiful baby boy through this day.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Valentine's Day Goody Swap

Kailani at An Island Life is hosting a Valentine's Day Goody Swap. If you would like to participate, Click the link and head on over! Sign Mr. Linky and and leave a comment.
In order to get to know each other better, Kailani posted a questionnaire, so here are my answers:

1. My idea of a romantic Valentine's Day is probably getting take out with my hubby and watching a movie at home , with NO KIDS in the house.
2. In reality, Valentine's Day is just like any other day, except I get a card!
3. My favorite sweet indulgence is probably a kit kat, not too much chocolate.
4. I do NOT like chocolate or any flavor of liquorice.
5. If I fell into a pool of chocolate, I would have to find the quickest way out!

Be sure to go to An Island Life to check out the fun!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Wordless Wednesday - The Mohawk

Monday, January 14, 2008

Maybe He's A Giant

Back in October I went out and bought Gavin 4 pairs of jeans for the upcoming winter. I bought him a 4T. The length and the waist were perfect. He wore them once at the end of October when we got our first cold front.

Our second cold front came at the very end of November. When I put the jeans on him they did not fit anymore. Too short and a little too tight in the waist. I couldn't believe that he grew so much so fast. I am not kidding, the jeans were too short on him and he looked like a big dork. But I had nothing else so he had to go to school wearing these. I tried to make him wear them pushed down off his hips so maybe they would cover his ankles, but he wouldn't do it.

The next weekend I went out and bought him a couple pairs of size 5T. Now these fit great. Loose in the waist with lots of room to grow and long. We are good to go.

We had another cold front today. I almost fell over when I put the jeans on him this morning and they didn't fit. I honestly thought I had grabbed the size 4T on mistake. Oh no, it was the new pair of 5T's. Too short and too tight in the waist. What is going on with this kid?? There is no way in heck I am going out and buying this kid new jeans. Nope, he is going to have to either look like a dork in highwaters or learn to wear them around his hips.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Weekend Recap

Since Christmas the Wii has become the most popular thing in our house. So after Ken picked up Danyelle on Friday it was no surprise that the Wii was on all night. Gavin, Ken, and Danyelle spent the night playing Mario Galaxy and Mortal Combat. After Ken went to bed, Gavin and Danyelle continued to play. Gavin Loves the weekends that Danyelle is here. He gets to "camp out" in her room with her Friday and Saturday night. They make up their comfy bed on her bedroom floor - complete with Spongebob and Patrick stuffed animals.

Saturday afternoon I finally had Katelyn's pictures taken. I took Gavin and Danyelle with me to help. The last time Katelyn had her pictures done she would not smile at all. We were there for about and hour before she finally gave us a smile. This time was different. All smiles and giggles for the photographer. They should be ready in about 3 weeks. Yea!!

Sunday morning we headed off to church. Katelyn once again cried when we dropped her off at the nursery. After we dropped Gavin off in his Sunday school class we walked back by the nursery where poor Katelyn was still whimpering. Oh, how that makes my heart break!!
After our service we encountered a very different Katelyn in the nursery. She was happily playing and walking around. She smiled and laughed when I called her name to let her know we were back. She even ran in the opposite direction to keep playing!!

We had a wonderful Sunday lunch at my in laws. Once again the kids had a great time together.
Have a great week everyone!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Wordless Wednesday - Little Indian

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Baht and Bot

I thought I would give a quick update on Katelyn. I have been meaning to post for a little while now on her talking. Now is as good as time as ever before I forget. She has been saying ma ma for a couple for a couple of months and also says daddy. She pronounces it " Dah - eee". She also says hi and bye bye. Some of her new words were a little hard for me to decipher, but I think I got some of them:

More = sounds like "Mur"
Car = sounds like "Kur"
Ball = sounds like "Bahl"
Baby= sounds like "Babe"
Brother = sounds like "Baht" At least I think this is brother since she says baht and then points to Gavin.
And her favorite word besides "hi" is "BOT". This means everything else. She says Bot a million times a day. Who knows??

Monday, January 7, 2008

Gavin's Hair

One morning before Christmas break Gavin asked me if I knew what a spike was. This was while he was getting ready for school so I assumed he was talking about his hair. I told him I knew what it was and he then wanted me to do it to his hair. The whole time I was laughing to myself thinking , my gosh, he is only 5 and he already wants a "hairdo". When we got to school that morning his friends came running and gave him high fives to celebrate his "spike". All of them had spiky hairdos.

Christmas break is now over. Gavin's first day back was today. This morning I asked him if he wanted a spike and he said " Do you know how to do a smooth?"

A smooth? What the heck is that? He showed me by taking his hands and running them up the sides of his head to a point. My god- the child wanted a Mohawk. So, yep, I gave him one. Not with the shaved sides Mr. T style, but just gelled up going down the middle of his head. And I have to say, he looked pretty darn cute. When we got to school this morning and his friends greeted him, I noticed 2 of the other boys had Mohawks too. Did they have some kind of weird esp thing over Christmas break?

Saturday, January 5, 2008

A New Game

Oh, yes, Katelyn had discovered a new game. It's called - Let's Give Mommy a Heart Attack.
The rules are very simple: Do whatever you can to make mommy's heart race, make mommy panic, and make mommy run. Sound like fun? Here's how to play:

1) Sit quietly in Gavin's closet so mommy doesn't know where you are. Giggle as you hear her calling for you.
2) When your in the bathtub, stand up and try to run back and forth. Cry very loudly when you fall and hit your head.
3) Get onto the couch and do somersaults. When you fall off the couch and land on your head- cry very loudly.
4) Climb up onto the kitchen table. When mommy sees you, try to run from her down the length of the table.
5) Get knives out of the dishwasher. When mommy sees you, throw them at her and run away.
6) Push a chair into the kitchen so you can get onto the counter. Push everything you see onto the floor.
7) Push toys in front of entertainment center. Use them as a ladder to climb up next to the TV.
8) Open the fridge. See how long it takes you to climb up to the top shelf before mommy is yelling at you.

If you do all these things often enough, it just might cause mommy to have a nervous breakdown!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

No, I didn't-- Yes, You Did

We finally got a real good cold front here. Temps have been in the 30's and 40's which is very unusual for us. I have been struggling with Gavin all day to keep his slipper socks on since our back room is chilly. He keeps taking them off saying he doesn't need them. So, when I found the socks laying on the floor for the 80th time today, I was irritated.

Me: Gavin, come put these socks back on.
Gavin: I don't need them.
Me: Yes you do.
Gavin: But I'm going to lay under a blanket.
Me: I don't care, put them on anyway.
Gavin: But I will be under the blanket.
Me: But when you get up your feet will be cold.
Gavin: No they wont
Me: Yes they will.
Gavin: No they wont

Gavin: ok, ok, why do you have to yell?
Me: Because you keep arguing with me
Gavin: No, I didn't
Me: Yes, you did
Gavin: No, I didn't.

Omigosh, this could have gone on all night!