Sunday, May 31, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
and played at the playground! I didn't take pictures of that part though because I was too busy sliding, swinging, and chasing Colter around to keep him from falling off equipment that he's really too little for. The walk I planned on was cut short by all the things Colter saw to do instead of sit in his stroller. The park is a big loop, and every time we walked passed something Colter wanted to do, he would start crawling out of the top of his stroller and do his best to convince me to stop. As we walked past the area where we could barely see the playground equipment he likes, he would point at the swings and say, "Whee! Whee!" (whee whee means swing by the way). I was silly enough to think Colter wouldn't notice the playground equipment and we could walk before playing. Silly mommy. I guess we can't go for walks in the park anymore unless I plan on wearing Colter out at the playground first. :)
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I wish I would have listened to my instincts and waited another day because they tortured Colter at the doctor's office. His throat looked awful so they did a strep test, which he did not enjoy by the way, but it was negative. His throat was just so red because of drainage. The doctor didn't think his lungs sounded very good, so she sent us to the HOSPITAL to get blood work and an x-ray of his lungs! Not fun! Poor Colter was miserable. First, we had to wait in a tiny room with a bunch of people who were also waiting to get blood work, and I was thinking about how if we didn't have swine flu before, we were going to catch it in there! Then, a nurse and I had to hold Colter down while another nurse took a vial of his blood. It really went pretty well; Colter held very still and the nurse got his vein on the first try (thank you, Jesus!), but he was so sad! He knew something was up when I had to start holding him tight and a stranger started holding his arm down. Before the needle was even in sight, he started sobbing big, pathetic cries saying, "All done, all done, wanna g-g-g-g-ooooooooo!" So heartbreaking! The nurses gave him three stickers and a pinwheel to try to make him happy again. They gave me a pen because I cried too. :) Next, I had to take Colter to the radiology department for an x-ray of his lungs. Of course, after getting his blood drawn he did not trust the x-ray technician one bit and did not want to cooperate at all for this totally painless procedure. There's no reasoning with an almost-two-year-old though. After several tries, she was finally able to get clear picture.
After all that fun and excitement, we went back to the doctor's office where she looked at everything and determined that Colter had..........a viral infection! Of course, I'm really glad Colter just has a virus, but OH brother! If I would have waited just a bit longer, his fever would have went down, and he would not have had to visit a vampire and a lady with a scary camera. Hopefully, my boy wasn't traumatized too much, and he'll trust people in scrubs again before he's 47.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
A few months ago, Colter decided his Duplo man needed a diaper. The Duplo man is only two inches tall! It didn't work so well, and I finally got a tissue out to use instead of a diaper. It was really funny!
He has been more interested in matters of the diaper lately. We got a potty chair a few weeks ago, and he likes to sit on it, pretend to wipe, than flush toilet paper down the toilet. It's a very environmentally friendly game. I have not really tried to get him to actually use the potty yet, but it's here for when he is interested. Maybe he'll potty train himself sometime. :)
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
By the way, it's not a good idea to leave a cell phone unattended next to a toddler's pool. It might end up in the water. Cell phones and water don't get along.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
On Mother's Day, Courtney outdid herself and made a delicious Mother's Day Tea. She made cucumber sandwiches, scones, yummy cream stuff that I am sure has a name, chicken salad, cookies, cheesecake, and other tasty treats. We had three kinds of tea, English breakfast tea, mint tea, and caramel tea (SO good). Courtney did pretty much all the work as a present for Mom, Jessica, and me. What a good sister!
The funny part of the tea party is that my brother, twenty-five-year-old, wild child, railroad worker brother, Chance, was in attendance. Chance is the last person I expected to attend a tea party, but since it was Mother's Day, I guess he felt obligated. When he saw the all the pretty cups, tea pots, and the girly food, said and I quote, "What the *&#^@*# am I supposed to eat?" He then commandeered the bowl of chicken salad as it was the only meat on the table and started eating it out of the bowl with the big spoon. Oh brother. Literally. While it was funny to watch three grown men (my brother, brother-in-law, and Courtney's boyfriend) drink tea in flowered cups with their pinkies out, I think the next tea party should be ladies only.
Later on that day, my mommy dearest gave me this book!It's The Secret Kitten! My favorite book! My copy got ruined in The Great Basement Flood of '88 ('89?) Mom bought me a copy off Ebay. Mom read me this book so often when I was little that she still has the words memorized. :) I didn't really remember the storyline, but I remembered the pictures!
I was so excited to get a copy of this book! It's neat to come across something so very familiar that's been missing for twenty years. THANK YOU SO MUCH MOMMY!!!! I love you! I'm going to bring The Secret Kitten home tomorrow, so you can read it to me.
Friday, May 8, 2009
We had only been curled up a few minutes when a fierce wind suddenly hit the house. I then knew why the electricity was out; it was crazy windy! Almost immediately, it sounded like the roof was being ripped from our house (thankfully, it wasn't). I honestly thought the windows were going to be blown in, so even though I had not heard the tornado sirens, I rushed Colter to our designated tornado spot. It’s a pathetic excuse for a safe-haven. We don’t have a basement or shelter, so we cower down in the hallway, the only place in the house without any outside walls.
Without electricity, I could not flip on the TV and see what the weatherman had to say about what was going on, so I tried to call my mom with my cell phone. No signal! I couldn’t get through. Had the wind blown a tower down? It sure sounded like it; I had never heard such a wind! It sounded like things were being blown into the house, and the rain was coming down in torrents. I went to the front room and took a peek outside, and it looked like a blizzard. I could barely see three feet out the window. Buckets of water were falling from the sky and the wind was blowing it so hard, it was just white outside. I saw a few green blobs blow by though. Trees? Oh brother! Were there seriously trees blowing by my house? Surely not! I rushed back to the hallway, panicked now. I hunkered down on the floor, praying with all my might, when I heard the sound of a freight train! AAAAHHHHHHHHHHH! I was really terrified then and felt exposed and unsafe without a basement. I rushed to the living room with Colter in one arm and grabbed my solid oak coffee table with the other arm and practically threw it down the hall. The table offered a little protection if the roof fell down on us. I seriously was terrified. Colter didn’t seem to mind one bit though. He was not completely awake yet, and probably thought I was playing a new game.
After a few more minutes of this, I finally heard the tornado sirens. They were just a little behind the times. I was then able to get through to my mom, and she was able to see the radar for me and let me know that the worst was over. Praise the Lord! We were alive! The wind did quiet down some, although it was still quite a storm, but since I knew the worst part was over us, I felt brave and went to look outside. Our backyard was a lake, my metal patio furniture was blown into a heap, and our trashcans were missing. Colter’s plastic swing set was blown into the middle of the yard, shingles were strewn about and limbs were snapped. It was a mess! It was still windy and rainy for quite awhile after, but it was nothing like the frightening first thirty minutes of the storm. While I waited for it to quit raining, I talked to a friend and found out that the tornado sirens had actually gone off three times, but the wind had just been too loud for me to hear them. It turned out that the shingles were actually from our neighbor’s roof, and our house pretty much looked all right. We had some stuff blown about, but the only real damage was a broken vase which I had left on the deck table, a broken trashcan lid, and a bent over crab apple tree. We were lucky, for there was a lot of damage around town. While waiting for the electricity to come back on, Colter and I drove around town and saw trees down, sheds blown over, and a tree crushed by a car!
When we went home, I picked stuff up and put our coffee table back into the living room. It is heavy. I struggled getting it through the hallway by myself. When I put it in the hallway for Colter and I to get under, I used one arm! Apparently, my adrenaline was up, because the table had felt like nothing. I realized as I put the table back in its spot that my arm was actually sore. Too funny!
Saturday, May 2, 2009
My friend Gina organized the Carter Ryan Run for Life to raise money for the American Cancer Society on May 2nd (go here to read Carter's story). There was a mile walk, a 5k run, and a 10K run. Although I could have run the 10K in record time and amazed all the onlookers with my speed and grace of course, out of the goodness of my heart, I decided to have pity on my friend Rachel and walk the 5K with her as she is preggo and didn't feel running a 10K would be in her baby's best interest.
Suddenly Joey grabbed my arm, and Rachel took off!Grr!Look at the expression on Rachel's face! It's obvious this was her plan the whole time. The little sneak. :)
The preggo lady crossed the finish line first! At least I got ahead of Joey. See how John is behind us? He just watched the whole thing and didn't rescue his wife. I hope I don't ever get attacked for real!
We finished the race in an amazing 52 minutes! We are speedy. :)The man of the hour with his mommy!