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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Great Days Are Planned

Apparently great days are planned. :-) This is a realization I came to after this weekend. David and myself planned the whole weekend and it was fabulous! Not everything we planned came out the way we had thought but I think it was a great weekend and even more so, the kids enjoyed it.
Saturday David had planned a bike tour in one of our favorite spots. He planned it all and got all the bikes ready. Although we were an hour late getting there, we had perfect weather. David even took Nathan's little bike with us and he pulled that plus both kids and the carrier. Whenver Nathan wanted to, his fabulous daddy untied his bicycle and let him ride. Then, when the road got too steep for little legs or Nathan got tired, he'd tie the little bike back in only to untie it again shortly thereafter. Abigail definitely wanted to ride her own bike, so we'll have to teach her that this summer. She got a little frustrated at times that Nathan was allowed out and she wasn't. It was more likely a separation thing than being in the carrier. That has been a theme that has started. Nathan had a blast and held up really well. He learned quickly to watch out for others on the path. Whenver we got to a nice little resting area, we let the kids out of their little cart and let them run around. They quite enjoy throwing rocks and little twigs into the water. Abigail still wants to jump into the water, so that causes some concern. :-) On our halfway point there was a nice playground and the kids got to run around there and play with other kids. I've never seen any kid so focused on going up and down the same slide as Abigail. :-) After the playground, we drove around the park it was in and watched some fisherman as well as some ducks. That's when the kids started to get tired and we turned around to go back. Poor Dave was very sore afterwards after pulling all that weight behind him. He managed bravely though and the kids appreciated it so much.
After naptime, snacktime and bathtime, the little bugs greeted their oldest uncle who came to babysit them while David and I went on a very rare date night! We had a gift certificate to a restaurant that was about 30 minutes away from our house. When we finally got there, the wait was 80-90 minutes! Needless to say we didn't eat there. :-) But we had a wonderful time together and had great talks. It was really nice to be out with my awesome husband.
Today we went to our church and had a very interesting sermon. I love those days when it's time to sing the final song and you didn't even realize that the sermon was nearing its end. Our sermon today was on Hebrews 1:1-3 and it was a great sermon of how God has always communicated to us and still does and how Jesus was his ultimate way of communication to us. It made me understand John more when he says that the Word became flesh. It all made more sense. Through my Apples of Gold class we are getting to know a lot more people. It was funny because today for some reason a lot of the ladies sat all around us. It's nice to see familiar smiling faces that are so kind.
Afterwards. we went home for a little bit of playtime, a lunch and then naptime. While the kids slept I got everything ready for a craft, dinner and dessert (caramel apples that Nathan had requested after seeing them at the store). When the kids woke up and after snacks, we started our dolphin craft which was also something that came about after Nathan read a book about dolphins. Nathan and Abigail colored a big sheet of paper with cottonballs. The object was to paint a big ocean and some skyline. Apparently the ocean is VERY colorful, at least in Abigail's imagination. Nathan also added greens and the likes but he had explanations: green seaweed and a huge purple jellyfish population. Hmmm. Abigail didn't care how dirty she got, Nathan was concerned at the messyness of the cottonballs. It was an issue that had to be worked out. :-) While we were doing the craft, Daddy browned our ground beef for dinner. When he was done, mommy realized that she just gave Grandma all her potatoes needed for the dinner (like I said, not all went smooth). So daddy without a second thought got his shoes on and went to the store to save the day! Thanks my love! Making a layered casserole dish actually worked out great because the kids could help put it together. Nathan was really into this and stayed around to do the whole thing. Of course having daddy by his side gave him a big incentive. :-) Did I mention that Nathan adores his dad???? Abigail then joined us when it was time to put together our caramel apples. We got Paula Dean's receipe from www.foodtv.com and it was great! Although I did put them on wax paper instead of the baking sheet and they got stuck. Was quite a feat to get them separated. During our movie night (Lord of the Beans from the Veggie Tale - yep! A humourous take on Lord of the Beans with the same message for little ones) we then ate our much anticipated apples which were the crowning jewel for this fabulous weekend! David put Abigail night-night and I took Nathan. When I asked him what his favorite part of the day was, it was expected that he'd say the caramel apples. And yes that was one part of his answer but the other one surprised me: Making them! He actually mentioned that before eating them. Like I said, good things happen when we make them happen. Tomorrow, this mommy will buy herself a BIG monthly wall planner and let the planning begin! :-)

Saturday, March 20, 2010

It's A Big Girl Bed!

Abigail is sleeping in a big girl bed (crib converted to a toddler bed) since last night. David has been wanting to do this for her for a while but I've been dragging my feet. Since she is getting well into her twos and is starting to test boundaries, figured it's now or never while she is still somewhat obedient. :-) So David and Nathan worked hand-in-hand yesterday to convert the crib into a toddler bed for our little snuggelbug. We made a big fuss about it and at bedtime, she actually asked for her slats back and didn't like her toddler bed. :-( However, after encouragement, she went to sleep in it. I was prepared to be up for a while but Abigail never once left her bed. For naptime today, she is overtired after a wonderful morning of bike-riding and a playground visit. Surely, she'll be way too tired to leave her bed. :-) So far, so good. Plus, we took all toys and books out of reach so she doesn't really have incentive to leave her bed. Hopefully this will work just as well as Nathan. Wouldn't that be nice!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

It's Potty Time!

Tonight was a BIG night in our house! Little Abigail used the potty for the very first time! Yippiee. Maybe no more diapers on the horizon. Not that I mind them but it'll be nice to not have to worry about that anymore and save that money. She was so proud of herself and really enjoyed all the praise she got. She's been sitting on her potty a few times but never did anything. This is the first sign she showed toward potty training.
Great job little girl!!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Social Little Butterfly

We have been doing a lot of playgroups lately and have been doing a playdate with Nathan's "best friend" almost every Friday. While Nathan still does the age-typical side-by-side play, Abigail has become quite social. She loves to chat, with kids and adults. It's too cute. Since she talks extremely well for her age and in whole sentences, she can communicate very easily. She finds it easy to play with other kids too and has no problems sharing toys with others. With Nathan however, she quarrells more. The two of them have been doing much better playing with each other. This has one side effect though: Abigail is being introduced to wrestling. Not what I had in mind for my girlie-girl but I guess we have to roll with it. After all, at least they are playing with each other.



Here is an excerpt from our last playdate with Carter who is a little younger than Nathan and Melissa, Carter's mommy:

Abigail: "Carter?"

no answer.

Abigail: "Carter!"

Carter: "Yes Abigail?"

Abigail: "Melissa is not talking to me!"

Tough Guy

Nathan has been having wart issues for a while. It all started with one very stubborn wart on his finger that then spread onto his nose and onto two more fingers. Apparently warts are quite common in children and they are a virus that spreads through rubbing on skin. So, if your child for example always rubs his nose with the wart finger, then it will grow a wart under his nose. If you tell him not to rub the nose anymore and he obeys you but uses a different finger, then the wart spreads there, etc. :-) Nathan had two warts frozen off twice. I've had this done myself and it can be quite painful for a few hours afterwards. It was not a good experience for him but he braved it. One of the warts nevertheless keeps coming back and the one on the nose is more like a skin tag that had no grown to 4mm. So it looked more like snot hanging out of his nose. We went to see a dermatologist who gave us some options, however Nathan would have to have a shot in his nose to numb it. My son very much dislikes needles. He was very concerned about this, so much so he even asked his dad to come along for moral support. And as always, having his dad by his side, just gave the kid such strength, we never even cried or whimpered, not when they gave him the shot, cut off the wart or put the medicine on the other wart on his finger. He was tough. Let's all hope that they will be a thing of the past now. No matter what though, we are so incredibly proud of our tough guy.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Nathanman

There is a super-hero in our midst! Recently the family was informed that a super-hero is part of us: Nathanman. He sports a cape which allows him to fly if he runs really fast. He also owns various hats for masking his identity. Sometimes he also wears glasses or goggles. Not sure he was taught that in super-hero school. Alas, his powers have not yet manifested (other than flying). From what we understand, he is the protector of little sisters. He is also the helper of a much taller Grampyman super-hero. According to Nathanman's alter ego Nathan, he also protects people from the pound. ??? Thank goodness, I guess. We are fortunate to have such greatness among us.
P.S.: Sources tell us that Nathanman has also been mentioning an Abbygirl a lot. Hmmm...