Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
This is the question K. asked me after I ended a call with R. tonight. I guess the multiple "are you OK?" questions with the occassional "deer" thrown in concerned K. And yes, R. did hit a deer on his way home from work. As soon as he walked in the door K. asked again. Luckily, R. is OK. As you can see, the car did suffer some damage...what a great time of year to hit a deer. Off to the shop we go...
Friday, December 7, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Nope, not that season...birthday season. This month alone we'll celebrate five birthdays within the Armstrong family, and Miss 'Melia (the nanny) will also celebrate this month (we consider her a part of our family, too). The fun began last Saturday and will continue until the end of the month...party prep, celebrating the day of the birthday, celebrating the Saturday after the birthday (K) and the Saturday before the birthday (P), celebrating two in one day (Mimi & S.), and even celebrating Christmas day (Poppy). Not to mention, R. and I are celebrating our 8th wedding anniversary on Dec. 18. It goes without saying...December is a busy month.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Just wanted to let you guys know that K. will be having surgery on Dec. 21 (about the only day of the month on which we are not celebrating a birthday or anniversary) at the local children's hospital. Yesterday the ENT said her ears were very bad and she is suffering from some temporary hearing loss, though R. and I think that most of it is still selective.
As for P., well, he has taken to his new bed like a champ. And to ease the transition, P. has been sleeping with a giant stuffed Dora doll. K. suggested it to him, and Dora has been in there ever since. We have only had a couple of nights where he has fallen out, but we were prepared and put a nap mat beside his bed. We're very proud of him.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
To kick off the holiday season we dressed in our Christmas pajamas and took a ride on the North Pole Limited - a train leaving Chattanooga and arriving at the North Pole only 45 minutes later...it was a magical train. While on the train we all enjoyed cookies, a "chocolate drink," the Polar Express reading by "Mary Winter," and once we arrived, a visit by Santa who gave us all a bell from his sleigh. Needless to say, my children will be talking about this trip for a while. I highly recommend this ride for little ones. We may ride again next year. We're very thankful that Mimi, "Aunt" Lori, Cousin J. and Cousin L. (cousins from each side of the family) were able to go with us. Below are pictures from our trip. P. and J. were more than excited about all of the trains around us. I could hardly tear P. away from the train display inside the railroad museum. Enjoy these pics...Happy Holidays.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Yes, more surgery for K. No, not a plastic surgery, but her fourth set of ear tubes. I did say FOUR. The negative pressure in K.'s ears is so great that it is causing her pain. We hope to get this out of the way soon becasue she's off to visit the most awesome plastic surgeon in Tennessee in February, and we're sure that we're not lucky enough to go three entire years without a surgery in Nashville.
And it's no more crib for P. When Miss 'Melia went to get him this morning he was sitting in the floor of his room crying, not in the crib. Tonight will be his first night in the toddler bed (the crib with the front railing removed). Wish us luck. I'm sure this isn't going to be easy. K. moved into her toddler bed at the exact same age.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Tonight P. received a much needed haircut. It makes him look like such a big boy. I forgot the camera for the actual hair cutting, but was able to snap a few of him tonight. He's such a wild man that catching him still for a second was an impossible task. I did manage to get these two. Isn't he a doll?
Thursday, November 1, 2007
This year the kids were very into trick-or-treating. They had a great time and collected more candy and special treats than they can (or that I'll allow) eat in an entire year. Below are a few pictures from the night and a few from my work. A lot of people dress up at work for the costume contest. My co-workers and I dressed as the cast of Grey's Anatomy (I was Callie Torres) and won third place in the faculty/staff contest.
Last night, after we had made our rounds trick-or-treating, we came home to find Cooper in the yard beside one of our trees. He was hit and killed accidentally around 6:30 p.m., only minutes after we first left our house. We're all heartbroken to say the least. K. is having a very difficult time understanding why all of this happened. She was a bit hysterical last night and I stayed in her room with her until almost midnight. We had a good talk and talked about good times with Cooper. It certainly won't be the same around here without him. R. and I bought him as a puppy when we lived in Franklin six years ago and he was like a child to us before we had two of our own. I'm avoiding the outdoors today, and hoping that by staying in as long as I can will prolong my having to face the reality of him being gone. I know we'll be OK, but it may take a few days.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
We've been planning for more than a week to make a trip to the pumpkin patch today. It was the only day we didn't have to be at a lesson, practice, work functions or church. And it hasn't rained for months, but today, TODAY of all days, the sky broke loose and it poured. And with a never-forgetful four year old, it was impossible to explain that the trip would have to be delayed. She would not take "No" for an answer. So we loaded up in the car, after getting drenched (the sitter had parked in front of my garage spot) running to the car, and drove up the road to a local Baptist church that raises money for missions through its sale of pumpkins. This is what we saw.
There was no convincing K. that there was no one there to sell us pumpkins. She wanted to get out. Luckily, the doors were locked and she couldn't get out. :-) But as soon as it was 6 p.m., closing time for the pumpkin patch, the rain stopped, the sky cleared and the sun made an appearance - just our luck. We're going to try again tomorrow after preschool pick-up. Wish us luck.
By the way, this will be our second set of pumpkins. We had two earlier in the month and K. insisted we carve them right away. We did, and one week later they were mush. K. was nearly in tears as she thought someone had vandalized her pumpkin. It was only when she saw the "juice" leaking from it did she understand that it was rotten. Nice.
Monday, October 22, 2007
I snapped this great picture of P. and his Mimi this weekend. It is so sweet that I had to share. He's crazy about all of his grandparents, but last night P. informed me that he was "Mimi's boy." I won't believe it...he's a mama's boy for sure and I hope that never changes.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Today K. scored her first goal, well, her first "legit" goal. Last week she scored after the soccer ball rolled out of bounds. But today, it was a "for real" goal! We're so proud and she's so proud of herself. I believe she was a little shocked afterwards and didn't really know what to think. We were all on the sidelines yelling for her, including P, and so lost in the moment that we didn't get a picture. Oh well, I don't think any of us will forget. We were able to get a few other photos. Here they are.
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Friday, October 19, 2007
Next weekend I celebrate birthday #29, but my husband and in-laws surprised me with my gift a little early...a Canon Digital Rebel XTi. I'm so excited. No more calling Mimi to remind her to bring the camera to every event my children participate in because I've forgotten to buy film. I can't wait for tomorrow's soccer game!
Monday, October 8, 2007
3. Run as fast as you can with your arms straight out to block out the opponents.
4. Make sure your brother behaves himself.
5. Close the game with "Go Butterflies!"
6. One word: snacks!