Tuesday, June 28, 2011
To which I replied, "Ummmm, what does this movie teach you?"
Jackson had to think about it for a minute and finally he said, "It teaches me how owls fly!"
It was the way he said it. Like 'knowing' how owls fly (which the movie does not teach you) will solve all the problems of the world. LOL. I couldn't help but laugh! So I told him, "Well, honey, knowing how owls fly really isn't as important as knowing how to read and write. The shows we watch on Iowa Public Television help us learn, not this movie."
Was that mean? Am I a horrible parent because I didn't play along with that?
Oh my, the fun I'm going to have when he's 18 and I pull out these pictures. WAH HAHAHA!
As we were leaving the camp, Jackson was asking the teacher about something else they made and she reminded him that they decorated the one side and it had to dry over night and that they would finish it up tomorrow. When we got into the car and I was asking Jackson about what he had for lunch and what he did at the camp, I also asked him, "What was it you were talking about with the teacher that needed to dry over night?" And he said, "Oh, that's just my purse." LMAO! I think it is just precious that he is loving all of this and doesn't care that they are making things he is not normally interested in at all. Anyway, his purse has a train on it and he can't wait for me and dad to see it.
The rest of the day was pretty low-key as Jackson played on the front deck for a while with the water table, and then moved to the backyard to play on the swing set and then back to the front to play in the sandbox for a couple of hours. After a quick shower and dinner we have just sat down to watch, "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole." Jackson has wanted to see this movie since it came to the movie theater but I have had ZERO interest in seeing it myself. I just found it on HBO On Demand so we are watching it now FOR FREE!
Oh, so yesterday Jackson and I went to IMMC for his EKG and I have to say that it was a very easy experience overall and only took about an hour. We even got to a ride a little shuttle car in the parking ramp to the main entrance. I told Jackson it was like going to Disney World. NOT!
Anyway,the doctor called me this morning and said that his EKG looked great. :-)
Monday, June 27, 2011
Sunday, June 26, 2011
About two months ago when I sat down with him to tell him about the camps the Y was offering I just told him about the Science and Go Wild! camps. When he asked me if there were any others I told him that there was one more but I didn't think he would be interested. When I told him there was a Princess Camp his eyes got HUGE and he said, "Oh, Daddy, I really want to go to that camp!!" So I called the Y to see if it was okay for my little man to be in the princess camp and they said that was fine. I am really glad that both the same camp teachers for the past two weeks of camps are teaching this week as well so they already know Jackson. Maybe I'll get some good blackmail pictures of Jackson for when he's older from this camp. Hehehehe!
Anywho, we left early in the afternoon Friday for our weekend in Omaha. The boys were asleep in the backseat, Daniel was on a conference call, and I was driving with a horrible stomach ache that just did not get any better the further we went. I even pulled over once thinking that I might throw up, but I didn't. Once we finally arrived at our hotel (it was about a 3 hour drive) and we all got in the room I went into the bathroom and threw up. :-( After 3 more incidents of me throwing up the boys all went out to dinner and checked out the town while I stayed in the room. Maybe Peyton's spitting up incident earlier in the week really was a stomach bug and not to be blamed on his teething.
THANKFULLY, when I woke up yesterday morning I felt a lot better and we ventured out to breakfast at Perkins (did you hear that the owners recently filed bankruptcy?) before heading to the Omaha Children's Museum! What an AWESOME place. Now I worked at a Children's Museum in North Carolina for 6 years and this place was just on a much higher scale. The water table, the world of balls (where there are shoots, cranes, and drops for balls and the kids just went wild), the Carousel, and the old Richmond Gordman slides. One of the best moments was when Jackson and I were crawling around in this play area of tunnels (that are really just for kids but I went in there too) and he turned around and said, "I love you, Daddy!" Sometimes he just knows how to melt my heart. But then when Daniel or I are carrying him around and he farts in our arms, not so much! LOL. Jackson was really upset when it was time to go. If you have not been to this CM before, you really need to check it out with your kids.
|Outside the OCM Entrance|
|Loved this! Children of the corn! LOL.|
It was finally time for us to 'hit the pool' as Jackson was going NUTS and I realized that I forgot to pack his swimming trunks! OMG! I had them in the washer and dryer at home because he had his swimming lesson on Thursday night and I left them in the dryer. I could have died! So we quickly ran to Target to get him a new pair of trunks. Problem solved (thanks, Daniel)! As we were walking through to the boys department, we passed the women's section and Daniel said to Jackson, "There's a new suit for ya!" pointing at a two piece hot pink girls suit to which Jackson replies, "That's not my color!" What a smart ass! I love it! After we got back and all got ready we went down to the pool and had a blast. Even Peyton enjoyed floating around for a bit before getting splashed by another kid and wanting to get out.
On the way back home this morning, Peyton was sleeping and Jackson was busy playing on the Nintendo DS. Suddenly, Jackson said, "Daddy, do you like my drawing of you and me on the swings?"
It really was a nice trip to Omaha! I hope we can make it back there again real soon!
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Over the last few months, Daniel and I have become obsessed with the game Angry Birds and so has Jackson. We just sat down to dinner at Godfather's Pizza in Omaha when Jackson asked me if he could play Angry Birds on my phone. To which I replied, "What am I going to play with?" Jackson thought for a minute and said, "Well, you can play with your hands," as his hand danced across the table. Daniel and I both laughed and I said, "How about you just play with your hands and I'll play Angry Birds?" Jackson gave me a dirty look and said, "I don't like to play with my hands!" Well, don't suggest it if you don't want to do it yourself, buddy! LOL
Friday, June 24, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
After a quick nap (yes, I can't get through the day without my own nap while the boys are down), we made our way out to Jordan Creek Mall for a play date with our friends Anita and her son, Mason. I love that mall and adore their play area because it's very big and open from all sides for parents to watch their kids play. As Anita and I sat on the bench watching our kids a little girl walked in front of us and proceeded to climb up on top of the gum ball machines in order to get a blue piece of gum from the top. Anita and I looked at each other and both said, "Where are her parents?" Kids will be kids, that's for sure, but sometimes they do some stupid things and as a parent I can't help but want to swoop in and "fix" it for them. As Jackson was running around wild in the play area chasing after girls and boys, playing tug of war, and climbing up on top of everything and jumping as far as he could off of them I wondered are these play areas really safe?
|Jordan Creek Mall Play Area|
Later, after Jackson's swimming lesson, we headed over to the airport to pick up Daniel who had been out of town for work all week. We were all so glad to see him and headed out to dinner at our favorite restaurant, Bang Bang Mongolian Grill (we are still convinced that Cher started this restaurant based on her hit song). Afterwards, we even stopped at Dairy Queen and got Brownie Batter Blizzards. Yummy!! After Daniel put Jackson to bed and I was finishing up feeding Peyton, we finally sat down to talk and debrief on everything that has been going on over the last week when I heard some noise coming from Jackson's room. When I went into his room he was on top of his covers laying with his head down on the pillow and butt up in the air. LOL. Obviously, he was doing something. When I asked him what was going on he said, "Nothing." So I sent him to time out to think about what nothing had happened. Eventually he told us that he was standing on his bed trying to pull on the chain to his ceiling fan to make it go faster. We have talked to Jackson repeatedly about not playing with the chains on the ceiling fan and asking us to turn the fan on or off at bedtime. So now Jackson has no ceiling fan on for the rest of the night because of his poor choice. At what point does it just "click" in his mind that we have a reason for telling him what to do and what not to do? Sometimes my little blond headed angel is so adamant that he's going to do it himself that he forgets what we said. LOL.
I'm so ready for our trip to Omaha tomorrow. I'm looking forward to so fun play at the Children's Museum there and walking around the Aksarben Village area where we are staying and eating at Jones Bros. Cupcakes. Mmmmm! So excited!!
The morning started off interesting with Jackson when I gave him his first ADHD med. Typically he just chews or drinks his medicine, but this med is a pill. So he ate breakfast and I sat down with him and we talked about the pill. So I placed it on his tongue and told him to drink some water and swallow it and the pill. First time was a fail as he was shaking his head and stuck out his tongue with the pill still there. LOL. So we tried again... it worked that time. As he was getting up from the table he said, "Daddy, the reason I can't chew my pill is because it will hurt my loose tooth!" LOL. Gotta love his logic... whatever works!!
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Anyway, I had to get Jackson to the doctor this morning so we all got up early. And I mean EARLY like 6:45 a.m. UGH! After we all got ready I ran Peyton to my mom's house and then Jackson and I made our way to Walnut Creek Pediatrics. Here's a little background for ya... Daniel and I recently decided to have Jackson evaluated for ADHD. An incident last week was the final straw for me when Daniel was riding his bike since he's training for RAGBRAI, while Jackson and I rode our bikes around Gray's Lake. This was the first time we did this and it was quite the experience for me. Picture it: Jackson was riding his cute little red bike with training wheels next to me as I turned my head towards him and said, "Jackson, why don't you ride up in front of me now." No response. So again I said, "Jackson, ride up in front of me now." No response. So I yell, "HELLO!" Jackson turned to me and says, "What did you say, Daddy?" That was just the start to our hour and a half ride of me trying to give him direction and him saying, "Did you say something, Daddy?" I was like he's either deaf or ADHD! The appointment went well and we are proceeding with some next steps for treatment for him.
So you are probably thinking... 'ummmm, where is the a day from hell part?'
Well, when I got home from picking up Jackson for camp and Peyton from my mom's... guess what the dog did?? Threw up on the couch, the rug, and three places on the floor. It was ALL OVER THE COUCH. I thought I was going to die. So I got the kids to nap and cleaned up that mess. THEN, so last night I neglected to mention that my baby Peyton spit up three times. Very unexpected each time right after a bottle. I was really worried that he wouldn't sleep at all, but he didn't have any problems in the night. This morning he was fine taking a bottle and cereal and the same at lunchtime. He laid down and took a 2 1/2 hour nap and when I went in to get him he was awake and smiling. He started to get a bit fussy so I got a bottle ready and sat down to feed him. The nipple barely touched his lips and up everything came from lunchtime. All over me, all over the rug, AND all over the couch. OMG! I need to send the couch and rug to the cleaners! So basically my day from hell was a day of throw up. Can you top that?
Peyton seems to be fine tonight tho. I did call the doctor and spoke to a nurse. There is evidently a stomach bug going around right now and she thought he might have picked up the bug from somewhere. So it's been Pedialyte all evening and he took a bottle before bed with no problems - finger crossed!