Monday, August 23, 2010

She thinks my Tractor's SeXy..

The tractor is back...we were removing rocks from our backyard in our continuous journey to clean up and remodel our yard. One thing is for certain..I was NOT meant for manual labor. Ask Cory, he'll tell you all I did was follow him around with a shovel and pretend to help.

Casey sat with Cory for almost an hour..he was in a trance the ENTIRE time!

I have no idea how or why I got as lucky as I did to be blessed with this trio of boys. They each add so much to my life and in different ways. My world would be lost without their smiles, their voices, the hugs, the cries and most of all their laughs and the many 'I love you's'.



Thursday, August 12, 2010

Slow down Mama Bear

I'm struggling...BIG surprise I know.

Jayden is old enough now that he is wanting to venture within our neighborhood to make friends. Although this may sound like not a big deal, I'm finding myself at yet another milestone of motherhood.

On the one hand, it's nice because he's getting to the age where he can entertain himself with riding his bike or playing in the backyard. However, slowly we are reaching the point where he is now in the front yard riding his bike in the cul-de-sac and visiting the neighbor kids.

On the other hand, I find myself a bit worried. I hear all of these horror stories about kids being plucked right out of their neighborhoods by kidnappers and I've used the crime watcher website and know there are 3 sexual predators within 3 miles from our house, one of which is just around the block.

The next worry I'd like to share I have to be careful of because you never know who reads your blog when it's public, but I'm still not sure how to handle some things. There are several kids on our block who don't look the same as Jayden. One little girl is really nice and loves to ride bikes with Jayden and they seem to play well together. There are two older kids who don't like to play with Jayden and it's obvious. I've heard them telling Jayden to go away or call him names. He's already told their mom to make her kids be nice to him because all he wants to do is play. I'm nervous because I find myself watching out the window thinking 'Are they being nice?' 'What are they saying to him?' 'Why are they riding his bike?' What do I do if they tell Jayden they don't want to play because they look different? Is it because they look different or is it because they just really don't like Jayden bugging them?

I wish I could be a fly on the wall to ensure the kids are nice to him and it makes my maternal instincts kick in to think someone is being mean to my son. If they are, do I talk with their parents? At what point is it just kids being kids and I should just leave it. I know there are many lessons ahead of Jayden in his life and that all I can do is stand beside him, to be there for him as he learns about the world ~ the good and the bad. The urge to protect my kids keeps getting stronger as they get older and it's no longer just protecting from illness or falling while learning to walk and kissing the bumps and the bruises better. We're heading into the tough waters of emotional hurt caused by others.

I know Jayden is a social bug just like his Mom and he loves to have friends and do things to impress them. Whether it's offering half of West Point a Popsicle from our freezer or sharing his bike with everyone..one thing is for sure he loves to have friends to play with. I just hope that he finds good friends along the way and learns that those who don't love him for who he is are not worth the time and self doubt they sometimes cause.

Just when I think I have the toddler stage down, here we go into adolescence and the curves that come with learning social etiquette. I just have to remember to put on the brakes when it comes to protecting my child, to keep telling myself:

Slow down Mama Bear...he'll be ok.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Girls Day at Sea...

Well, maybe not at Sea but Jordanelle Lake.

Last Sunday, I ventured out with 4 of my friends to take our boat out for the day. Cory was so great to trust me with our boat and my parents were nice enough to let me use their Tahoe to pull it.

I wasn't so confident about pulling the boat with Cory's truck and had always done better with our Tahoe when we had it. We were able to launch and load the boat with no problems. I impressed myself by staying calm and confident and it ended up being a breeze! I always get so stressed when I'm backing the truck down the boat ramp in between all the other boats and trailers. Cory said he wasn't worried and knew I could do, so that gave me a boost of self confidence I needed.

We had a GREAT day, it started out cool but ended up being warm enough for us all to get sunburned. We spent the day laughing, wake boarding, tubing, laying out and enjoying Morgan's homemade cocktails. It was so much fun relaxing and talking about everything and nothing all at the same time.


I'm pretty sure I've never laughed so hard in my life, here are some generic topics we laughed about without revealing who said what Ü

Liposuction


Wetsuits applied backwards creating a HUGE amount of cleavage


Tattoos


Work


Friends


Husbands


Kids


Money


Flubba or Flooba I can't remember


Going so fast on the wake board, my life flashed before my eyes


Watching two butts fly through the air simultaneously off the tube


Other girls...
The list could go on and on.

Here is the only picture I dare post as I was threatened with my life if I posted swimsuit pictures of anyone. I figured this was the safest option as all bodies are hidden in the water!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Good Bye Fishy Fishy


Tonight we realized that our eldest fish had passed away. He was our biggest fishy and this was very upsetting to Jayden. As we laid in bed for our nightly ritual of mommy ~ son talks, again I'm left giggling and so thankful he is mine.
Jayden: 'Mom, do you think that fish died cuz he choked on the worm I fed him?'
Me: 'I don't think so Jade.'
Jayden: 'You think he spit it out?'
Me: 'I don't know.'
After several seconds of silence..
Jayden: 'Mom, have you ever seen a fish spit? Like this?'
He proceeds to make a spit noise and now I'm laughing hysterically!
Me:'Jayden, where did you come from?'
Jayden: 'God.'
Jayden: 'Mom, if I didn't OWN you then God would've sent me to another family.'
'I'm soooo glad God chose me for your mom Jade!'
I LOVE our conversations...sometimes I wonder where he comes up with all this stuff. Keeps Cory and I our toes for sure Ü

Day at the Zoo

Tuesday, our new nanny decided to venture out with all the kids for a morning at the zoo. They all survived, and she even came back to work the next day Ü Jayden's favorite part was the baby elephant, he said 'Mom! We saw the baby elephant eat a watamelon..with it's NOSE!'

The kids really like their new 'babysister' which everyone else calls 'babysitter.'

Ethan, Casey, Jayden & Harry
Jayden, Harry & Ethan

Casey


Experiments

Monday while I had the kids, Jayden and I found some fun little dinosaurs that expand with water. They were suppose to grow like 10 times their regular size. So, we all lined up with our cups and picked out our color. Water ready...here we go!

Alison patiently waiting
Jayden...looking a little 'high' on life

5 minutes later...Aunt Kimmie notices on the package it says SEVERAL HOURS to grow.
Ok, so it wasn't the extravagant science experiment we were hoping for but it gave 5 minutes of entertainment Ü

My ouchies are BIGGER....

Just when I think I've heard EVERY argument in the book between Jayden and Harrison...I'm yet again surprised.

I was driving home from picking up Laurie's kids in the morning last Monday, the usual conversations were taking place. Alison is mumbling to Casey, Casey is happily humming and Jayden and Harry are in the midst of toddler 'peeing contest'.

Those two are so competitive with each other. Seriously, we have to be fair with everything. Whoever gets to pick where they sit in the car, the other gets to pick which plates they eat on for lunch or what room they sleep in for nap time, and so on and so on. If we don't follow these rules the arguments go on and on. 'Mom, tell Hay-son I'm funnier.' 'He won't give me that truck' 'He has the big bike' 'I want that color', etc etc.

This morning, Harrison was scratching his leg where he'd gotten some scraps from camping the previous weekend. Jayden, being ever so observant says

'Hay-son' (He can't pronounce his 'r's)
'I've got more ouchie's than YOU do!'

Seriously, we're starting before we even get home!
 
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